Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Farewell fragments - orbs

Do you remember this stencil string from a few posts back?  When I went to my Zentangle Primer Vol 1 for some circular fragment ideas, I decided the list needed to be expanded.  The Primer orbs grid is A-L and 21-25.  I just continued the numbering ( I mean lettering...). This is NOT an official or authorized list,  just my compilation of things bouncing out of my pen after some inspiration from a used book I picked up at Powell's Book Store called Japanese Design Motifs compiled by The Matsuya Piece-Goods Store and Translated by Fumie Adachi. There is also some Pinterest quilt block inspiration.  And some of these you will recognize as tangles just put into orbs.  Some are variations of one or all of the above!  And if you look closely, one is a repeat of the Zentangle grid (R25 just has a few more lines than D23 and my center is offset.)  N24 may look familiar too as it inspired last week's Pentangle Zendalas.  For a closer look at it's string, check out this post.  

My continuation of orb fragments
I took the time to do step outs on a couple of my favorites and hope you enjoy and are inspired by the whole list. 
O-21 and S-21 step-outs and variations for both

I also wanted to say farewell....I've decided that I spend too much time on electronics.  I wish to close this door so I can see where the next door leads.  I do plan to leave my blog up barring unforeseen circumstances.   It's possible I go into withdrawal and come back here.  It's also possible I post a picture or two onto Pinterest or the Mosaic app, but I truly want to spend more time doing and participating vs watching the world go by.  I think it's more important today than ever.  This blog has been a worthwhile experience for me, and hopefully for you too.  Thanks for your support.  And thanks for dropping by!

O-21 fragment in hexagon (see the internal "daisy hexagons too??)

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Last week's hexagon tile led to a fragment study.  It's not quite ready to post.  So, I thought I'd take a slight break from my fragment study and share these.   One of my fragments inspired these pentagon tangles (pentangles).  Both were complete on Zendala tiles.
String that divides tile into 10 segments in the middle and only 5 extending to edge.

Both tiles have the same string, except the outer circle is smaller on one.  
Maryhill and Paradox only partially shaded.
Notice how shading Maryhill adds to the lines of the pattern (only the top two arms are shaded here). 

No shade yet.

And this photo is prior to all shading.  

Aren't they cool?  
Paradox and Maryhill, one of my favorite combos.

Maryhill, Skwim, Mooka and a touch of Flux

I'm hoping they inspire you a bit.....and that you check back again for my fragment study!  


Friday, July 20, 2018

One thing leads to another, and another....

While I was working on last week's Borromean rings, I had this mess on my desk.  As I'm easily distracted, I decided I needed to make a box!  I took a piece of years old paste paper that didn't yet have a purpose, and I cut it to size for an envelope.  I used a recently acquired envelope punch board by We R Memory keepers and made an envelope.  Then I added an extra score line on all four sides to turn it into a box, or maybe a dimensional envelope would be a better description.

The paste paper already had a Static-like pattern and I wanted to accentuate that but not cover it up.  I decided on a die cut image.  This is Elizabeth Craft Moda Scrap 1322 Lacy Poppies. I glued in a piece of acetate behind the die cut opening and then glued the thin petal lines (is that the negative...or the positive?) to the acetate.  When I glued the envelope together, I left enough of the bottom flap unglued so that I can tuck in the top flap for closure.  

There, that looks better!  Can you tell I like boxes?  And that reminds me.....(like I said easily distracted) a few weeks back I made some cool little boxes from an envelope die.  
examples using copy paper

and using thicker paste paper after adding score lines to make a box

I used Spellbinders Grand Shapeabilities Hexagon Petal Envelope LF-007.  It makes an envelope if you use thin enough paper (the blue examples above).  It's more 3 D with heavier cardstock.  But again, I wanted some dimension to store some hexagon drawing tiles.  So after die cutting I added an additional score line on all 6 sides for this result.  This too was cut from my paste paper stash.  

This tile has a pencil string that is traced from a recent clearance bin purchase of a Minc Heidi Swapp stencil.  The stencil isn't in the best condition as its warped, but I was able to hold it flat to trace.  Oh, I think I see another distraction coming on.....Reticula and Fragments here I come again! Until...squirrel....!  ;-)

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