Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Aloha tangle and D-1 fragment

Two Diva challenges in this post!

First, Suzanne Fluhr's challenge to use her tangle Aloha, and then Marguerite Samama's challenge to have fun with Zentangle's D-1 fragment.

ALOHA is a leafy tangle that's very graphic and bold. Step-outs can be found here.

On the first tile I added a gold crescent moon with some ochre pencil for a bit of shading, and used an Aloha-like fill in the Paisley Boa sections.
Tangles: Aloha, Paisley Boa, Paradox, Printemps, Tipple
I had a tan tile with a blossom-like string, five petals and a center. That's rather lost at this point! I didn't realize until I was 'finished' that the pink and orange inks would look so similar on the tan paper so I outlined the whole 'flower' and added a 'stem'.
Tangles: Aloha, Pixioze, Printemps
By my third go at it I was deciding that Aloha looks best on its own! Here's the beginning of my third tile, and what I added next, which I didn't really like much.
I eliminated the white around Aloha with a gray brush pen, then used a gray drawing pen for some of the tangles. I'm not unhappy with the result, but I still really like the simplicity of Aloha alone.
Tangles: Aloha, Printemps, plus stripes and spirals
THE D-1 FRAGMENT fits into a  square grid but is really based on triangles. I had a slightly curvy, but still square-ish string so I began with that. I wanted to see what would happen if I continued to subdivide the triangles; that's at the bottom.
Tangles: Crescent Moon singles, Pearlz, Zewm
I got caught up in the triangles and tried this fragment on a couple of pre-strung 3Z tiles. The pictures show the string I began with, and the finished drawing.

As I was working with all those angular triangles I was reminded of the tangles Ing and Fassett, so I did an ATC with D-1 and those tangles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon, Fassett, Ing

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rainy Day house

It's a gentle rain, coming straight down, and with sparkly water droplets!
This is the second in my Global Village series of house kits, a joint project with CZT Jenny Perruzzi. It's just been launched and it comes with most of the supplies you need, including tiles, special pens and even a custom cut mat with a house-shaped window. You'll need to have basic supplies like a pencil, tortillon, and black pens.

If you're interested in creating one of your own, you can purchase a kit at Jenny's Etsy store here. And if you missed the first one, a medieval half-timbered house, you can find the kit in the same Etsy store. You could end up with a village!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Lisbon fragment

I love the sound of that! It calls to mind a piece of an ancient manuscript or pottery. But no, it's a zentangle fragment, and it's part of Henrike Bratz' guest Diva challenge this week. There is a wonderful explanation with lots of pictures on Henrike's blog here.

For the challenge we are to use both the Lisbon fragment and the tangle Diva Dance. I have only barely worked with the fragments and reticulae concept, so this challenge is a good opportunity to delve a little deeper. Here's my first go. The fragment is in a curved grid so it's a little awkward.
It occurred to me that if I did the fragment quite large, I could fill the triangular spaces with something interesting, like... daisies! That's on the right of course (two fragments). On the left, at the top, I tried reversing the light/gray/dark order and did the top bands dark and the background light. That was all so interesting that I completely forgot to include Diva Dance!
 Third go, I remembered Diva Dance. But I got so caught up in the Tripoli-like triangular fills on the left that I forgot to add the 'behind' parts of the X of the Tripoli fragment. Sheesh.
Finally, again I got so involved in the fragment I forgot about Diva Dance. this photo is at a slight angle so you can see the gold ink on the tan paper. I love that effect!
This fragment has a few possibilities, depending on how you orient the initial crossbars. I'm going to enjoy playing with it. Thanks Henrike for introducing me to it!

Friday, July 28, 2017

"Expecting Triplets"

No! No, not me. Thank goodness! Oh my golly. (breathe... breathe...)

It's the title I gave this recent piece on eco-dyed paper.
"Expecting Triplets" (c)2017 Margaret Bremner
Tangles: Buttercup, Crescent Moon, Finery, Floo, Morse, Pearlz, Printemps, Sindoo
The tree is a single leaf, which printed lightly but nicely except for a roundish blob in the middle of it. It took longer than I would like to admit to think of a nest.

The most interesting part for me, though, is the ground. In browns, I drew Sindoo on the left and Buttercup on the right and it was too light and they were different-sized grids and I just didn't like it. To darken it I drew Printemps in black all over both sides. It was an improvement for sure, but still didn't really tie in with the rest of everything. I took an 'oriental brush fountain pen' (I don't know what else to call it) and drew wavy lines across both grounds. Three layers of patterns! Finally it all came together.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Fairy Lane properties, Nos. 6-10

Oh suburbia, neat rows of square boxes and straight sidewalks, all beige and brown and grey.
Let's continue our delightful and pleasant stroll past the more interesting homes on Fairy Lane...

No. 6 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Beadlines, Finery, Flukes, Flux, and Auras

No. 7 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Opus, Paizel, Pearlz,
Printemps, Tipple and Auras

No. 8 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Antidots, Meer, Paizel, Pearlz, Printemps, Tipple and Auras

No. 9 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Aquafleur, Barnacle, Lanie, Paradox, Perfs
No. 10 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Blooming Butter, Crescent Moon, Finery (sort of),
Opus (sort of), Pearlz, Sanibelle, Tipple

You can see numbers 1-5 of the Fairy Lane properties here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Fairy Lane properties, Nos. 1-5

Oh suburbia, with your rows of square boxes and hard, straight sidewalks, all beige and brown and grey. I look at one of your houses and immediately know which window is the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedrooms.

Wouldn't it be so much more delightful and pleasant to live on Fairy Lane, perhaps at one of these addresses...

No. 1 Fairy Lane
Tangles: 'Nzeppel, Pearlz, Pixioze, Printemps, and Auras 

No. 2 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Arukas, Black Pearlz, Flux, Hurly Burly, Opus and Auras 
No. 3 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Beadlines, Pearlz, Tagh

No. 4 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Printemps, Romanancy, Sanibelle

No. 5 Fairy Lane
Tangles: Black Pearlz, HurlyBurly, Opus, Snaylz
I wonder how long the street is?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

'My home' "old" illustrated manuscript

I continue to be inspired by the marks left on paper by the process of eco-dyeing. This page offered a sharp 'V' in the center, and it kept looking like hills, but I didn't know where to go from there. Then I pictured a house tucked into the side, and off we went.
Many years ago I did a calligraphy commission for a friend with a quotation that began "My home is the home of peace..." I thought it might be just the thing to pair with this image so I hunted it down (thank you internet!). I only used the first few lines due to space considerations, but here is the full quotation I found:
"My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined. This is the home of knowledge: the one who enters it must receive knowledge. This is the home of love: those who come in must learn the lessons of love; thus may they know how to love each other."  (Abdu'l-Baha)
I had a page with a slant at the top and decided to use it, do the writing on a slant, and hide part of the initial decorated capital.
Finally, the pair of pages. Each one is about 8"x5.5".