This week I was pretty efficient and got lots of Zentangle's completed, as you will see in the Dare below. I also had a family barbecue to celebrate Independence Day (complete with a homemade American flag piñata for my nieces and nephew. Yah, I'm a pretty cool aunt), and managed to complete the Diva's weekly challenge.
Since it is the first Diva challenge of the month the Diva chooses someone's original tangle and this week it was CZT Rho Densmore. Rho unexpectedly lost her brother-in-law a few weeks ago and asked us to create a Zentangle using her original tangle Fiore di Pietro (Peter's flower) to honor him. Rho plans on using the images to create a book of tangles to give to her family members as a memorial. Rho, you have my permission to use this tile.
|Tangle: Fiore di Pietro|
I chose to do this style of ZIA for a few reasons. First, I had read a lot of comments from people about this tangle saying that they were having trouble getting the circles consistent. I find that when I have trouble with consistency, I can usual cover those inconsistencies with embellishments so I wanted to have a lot of options to embellish this tangle in many different ways and I find using geometric shapes to separate them is an interesting and useful way to do it. Second, I just love this style. I have several ZIA's similar to this that I display in class and they are always a huge hit. I know it's not very traditional but it's whole lot of fun!
I forgot to post last weeks Diva challenge so I figured I would throw it in here as well.
|Tangles: Kwiet, Printemps, Dragonair, Pystyl|
The challenge was to create a Zentangle that represented home to us. I live in the beautiful wine country of northern California so I threw in a few bunches of freeform grapes. I included Dragonair to represent our nearby beaches, Pystyl and Kwiet to represent all the beautiful flora and fauna, and Printemps because who doesn't love Printemps?
Ok, ok, I know you all love to hear and see what I am up to but I know what you are really here for....
Zendala Dare #13 - Play with paper
Like I had mentioned in a few previous posts, the first Zendala Dare of each month will now have an added challenge. This weeks added challenge is to have some fun playing with papers you would not normally Zentangle with. The only rule is that you cannot use traditional Zentangle paper or tiles. You can use scrapbook paper, stationary, your brown paper lunch sack, or old gift wrap. These are just a few ideas. It doesn't matter, just pick something different.
First things first, here's the template:
Even though we are not going to use Zentangle tiles this week I have included the usual sizes because everyone is accustomed to tangling with tiles that size. Just cut your paper to fit whichever you choose.
I chose this challenge for a couple reasons. First, I love paper. I love the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it creases, and the way it sounds when you crinkle it. You may be a little creeped out by my description. I don't care. I love paper so much that I am finally ready to put our uncensored relationship out for everyone to see.
Second, I have ALOT of paper. Wrapping, scrapbook, origami. You name it, I've got it. I collect it and rarely use it so I thought this was a great excuse.
Third, I have often had a theory which I have now proven to myself at least that paper plays a much more integral part in art than we may realize. The way the paper feels, the way it accepts the ink and graphite, how it holds up to shading, are all components of the end result of our art. Even how the paper feels plays a part. If you love the feel of it that will come out in the completed piece. But if the paper literally rubs you the wrong way, you may end up with something much less harmonious. At CZT training Maria told a story about how her and Rick spent a whole day at a friends studio playing with pens and paper to find just the right combo for Zentangle. At first I thought it was a little strange, but that story makes total sense to me know.
When I decided on this challenge a few things became clear right away. 1) I would want to complete several tiles. 2) I would need to set some rules for myself. I have a bad habit, especially when it involves art, to allow too many variables. If you are going to try something new, sometimes it is important to try many variations but at least keep some parts constant. A while back I wanted to created 4 - 6 pieces for a portfolio and show many variations on one style. The problem was that I used lots of different pens with lots of different color papers and in the end I just had a mess. I would have done much better to keep part of the project constant to create some type of consistency. So when I embarked on this weeks challenge I decided to use any paper I wanted, but only use a black Micron 01 and grey graphite to shade. This way I could truly see how the paper affected my Zentangles.
This week I have completed four tiles and have documented my challenges, triumphs and defeats below.
|Tangle: Rick's Paradox|
This paper came from a scrap pack that you can buy at any craft store. It was a pack of odds and ends used for card making. I chose this paper because I thought the grey would be an interesting tone on tone study with the black. It wasn't. I like it but it doesn't do anything for me. I started with Paradox on the outside triangles and after that I found the whole thing so boring that I figured only something as impressive as a Paradox monotangle could save it. I also found that my usual image transfer technique did not work very well. The paper had a little grain and didn't care for the graphite, maybe white graphite next time.
|Tangles: Lokomotive, Courant, Worms|
This tile was a surprise. I have seen patterned papers used on a few blogs and wanted to try it out. To be honest, I thought I would hate it but I really ended up loving it. The white pattern had an almost waxy feel but surprisingly, it didn't mess with my pen.
|Tangles: Purk, Crescent Moon, Flux|
I'm sad to say, this paper was a real let down. I bought this paper from Dick Blick based solely on its color. It was some type of recycled rough sketch pad and I bought it in a 9 x 12 inch size and also in some crazy huge format that is like 2 x 3 feet. When it arrived I wasn't thrilled with the feel but tried it anyway. It was coarse, it soaks up too much ink and bleeds, and it hates graphite. Even while I was drawing I was secretly cursing it. I tried to love you beautiful brown craft paper, but you and I are done. It's not me, it was definitely you. If you buy something from my Etsy store you can try it out for yourself because now I use it as packing material.
|Tangles: Tipple, DL Sunray, Da'rough|
This was far and away my favorite. This paper came from the same scrap pack as the grey tile. It's a beautiful chartreuse with tiny gold flecks in it. Based strictly on feel I thought it might be too absorbent but it worked beautifully with the ink and graphite. Since I was completing so many tiles one of the things I really tried to accomplish was to transform the template so each piece looked different. I think I did a good job of it on the last two tiles but I think the shocking green colored really helped this one along.
I can't wait to see what paper's you choose this week and how they work out for you. Please leave a comment and make sure to link your entry below.
Have a great week and happy paper foraging!