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I think this will be my last Jaysix focused tangle for a
while.I hope to use it as a filler in
the future though, it’s quite versatile and pretty fun.Be sure to check out Eni’s page with the step
out, as this is her awesome design.
Here is the before pic:
Here is a video of me shading in the end of the piece:
And the final pic here:
Check out my other Jaysix Zentangle pieces on this blog too!
Here we go again, another double challenge featuring Eni’s
challenge of using Jaysix and the Diva’s challenge of using stripes. It took me
a while to figure out how to combine these two.I considered using Jaysix within the stripes, but this way seemed a lot
I was playing around with the jaysix zentangle pattern in my
head for awhile and thought, “Hmm… what can I do with the ends?”My first thought was worms or snakes, neither
of which I am of, now could I draw, then I thought, “Hey, why not go a little
more organic? The jaysix tangle looks a bit like a weaved basket, so why not?”
Alas, this is what my mind drew up.I’m pretty fond of it J
Before pic (again, almost forget as the shading is barely
Eni Oken’s challenge this week involved a pattern she came
up with while playing with Cruze.She
named it Jaysix because it’s always 6 lines.
So this was my first attempt at Jaysix.The pattern will forever remind me of Bill
and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey because that’s what we were “watching”
while I worked on this piece. That tends to happen quite a bit, each pattern I
learn reminds me of whatever we threw on the tv while I was drawing.Since our interests vary drastically, an
interesting collage of shows/movies play out in my head when I mix in a few
The pattern itself is fairly simple, but I find myself a
little lost when adding a bunch together. It required more practice to get a
groove going, but alas, this is my first attempt.
you can see I almost forgot to do this pic as I started to shade)
Shnek 3 perhaps? Happily Tangling After? I can’t help but
see “shnek” and think of Shrek. Anyhooo… I’ve loved playing around with this
shnek zentangle, it’s been a lot of fun and it is very versatile.I went a little nuts with the holes/bubbles
here.I wanted them to sort of look like
holes, but I’ll take bubbles instead.Tis the Zentangle way after all.
Will step out the variation on Shnek – coming soon to an
internet near you.
This is my first attempt at the Shnek zentangle, and will be
a contribution to Eni’s Mosaic project.Once you get your groove ging with this tangle it’s a lot of fun.I’m already looking forward to working it
into the Diva’s spring has sprung challenge and may have come up with a
variation for it.It has inspired lots
of ideas for tiles for the week!
It means I’m slacking on my mega project, but when the muse
hits, you gotta pay attention and take advantage.
Pretty basic before pic:
Added fillers and started shading before I remembered to
snap a pic
So from Eni’s fb page, I’ve noticed I’m not the only with an
issue of trying to figure out what else to put on the Cruze zentangle tile
other than, well, the Cruze Zentangle.I
find it doesn’t really flow with other tangles and my brain just shuts down
when I try to get my Zennyness to inspire me into creativity.I’ve got to give credit where it is due
though, some of those FB shaders have come up with amazing pieces that flow
just fine with cruze… I just haven’t been one of them.
With this piece, I drew the Cruze first.I added the shading and black, then just
stared at it, trying to be inspired. I said to my honey, “It could be a cloud I
guess”.He said, “Yeah it could be
raining down those little squares you put in the middle”.And Voila! Inspiration from my beloved!
So it’s raining pixels, how cute!
Before pic – what I stared at for what seemed like forever…
Another Double the Challenge, Double the Fun, missing Eni’s
challenge with the Diva’s challenge.
Eni’s challenge was to use the Zentangle Cruze, whereas The
Diva’s challenge was the Gobular Grid.I
mixed the two challenges together, whisked til appropriately blended, spread it
over the art table and sprinkled with shading. It didn’t turn out half bad!
Well this one was a little more difficult than I expected.As per usual, my first attempt is lacking, I
still haven’t gotten the shading down yet on this one.I used the wrong copic shading marker on the “ribbons”
and had to lighten them up with a white pencil crayon.
I’m hoping to get the hang of this pattern because I like
the braided effect, but I’m not quite there yet.
Here are the rest of the slit tiles I’ve managed to get
through this week.All part of the
Mysterious Mega Zentangle Project I’m cooking up.I’ll be making quite a few more of these, but
instead of pestering the feed with the same type of tile over and over again, ad
nauseam, til they are all done, I figured I’d stop here for now.
I have no idea what possessed me to draw up this little guy,
but I love how he turned out. He was a first attempt, and I’m sure they’ll be
improvements on my next go at him.The
shading in the smaller mushrooms is my favourite part of this piece.I may just do a whole sheet of different
mushrooms at some point, they are a load of fun to color in.
Mushroom Zentangle Forest
No before pics, sadly, as I was just screwing around with
this piece as it came together.
(not part of the Mysterious Mega Zentangle Challenge)
Doing the Double the Challenge, Double the fun again with
Eni’s FB Slits Challenge, and The Diva’s Fasset Challenge. Double the challenge, double the fun, and double the tiles! I rolled the two
challenges into one and here’s what became of it on the first try.
As with first attempts at any tangle, there is always a
learning curve. For this one, I did as the original Fasset challenge suggested
and went for a random array of triangles as my base.Sadly, I was so consumed with how this was
going to turn out, I didn’t take any before pics.I found some of the “triangles” sort of
worked themselves into a pattern, while others, not so much, making it look
kind of messy. When I finished the tile, I shrugged and thought, “hmm… well
it’s alright, but it could be better.”
So I got out another tile and tried again, this time with
more uniform triangles and I liked the results so much more.This one pops and there is no “Where’s Waldo”
effect to it, which is definitely an improvement.
On this one, I half-heartedly remembered to take before
Before connecting lines
After connecting lines but before Shading
But the final piece is the one that puts a smile on my face.
Well this could have gone better.I sort of worked out the slits part of the
challenge, as in they look a little more like slits.Unfortunately I didn’t take into account that
the design needed to be simple in order to actually SEE the slits.So I added color.Woopsies!
Zentangle Garden with "slits"
By the end of this (omg it took forever) tile, I as
disappointed. Way too busy and everything kinda got lost.Then I looked on the bright side! I’ve
created my very own “Where’s Waldo” but it’s “Where are the slots” instead! Go
Slits Challenge and the Mysterious Mega Zentangle Project
Slits challenge zentangle
First, the slits challenge.Eni Oken’s FB challenge of the week is to create slits within a
zentangle piece.I didn’t do very
well.It’s supposed to appear like the design
is going in or coming out of the paper from a slit, just a gash, not quite a
When I was done with my shading and what not – I really didn’t
feel like I’d hit the target.I was
rather disappointed, and was going to ask Eni for guidance until she (psychically?
) posted how to do exactly what I couldn’t get.No shading the part of the design that laps over the gap in the
slit.For more detail you’ll have to
join Eni’s Shading Zentangle FB page to see her awesome worksheet! (Do it, do
I expect to do better next time with this eye-opening
Now on to the Mysterious Mega Zentangle Project portion of
our show… err I mean post.This is tile
#1 for the project.Kind of gives away a
lot, but I can still pretend its Super Mysterious.At least I wasn’t exaggerating on the Mega
part – this is going to take awhile.
As I scrolled through the amazing posts for the
Knightsbridge challenge on Eni Oken’s FB page, I kept seeing the same
thing.Racetracks. Racing flags. Those
netty things over race-car windows (I’m sure that ‘netty thing’ is the
technical term).Now of the pieces were probably
intentionally supposed to remind me of a Indy 500, but for they did.So I thought, “Hey, why not do it on purpose?”
Then as I started my string the same thing kept popping into
my head.Mario Kart.Yeah like the original Mario Kart, cuz yup, I’m
that old. Especially the last race with the rainbow bridge? Anyone else as old
as me remember that one? Well that’s all I could think about when I was doing
this piece.I considered adding
mushrooms and turtle shells and little yellow stars everywhere, and making the
knightsbridge pattern in psychedelic colours – but I figured it would lose some
of its charm.
So here’s the progression!
First pic, basic outlines:
Second pic, after color, before shading and background:
Third pic, before shading, after background:
Final Piece! All shaded and stuff (sadly the sunlight was fading when I finally finished so the lighting isn't great):
I am working on a mysterious mega project.It’s not really that mysterious, but why not add a little surprise to the grand finale?
This is going to take a lot of time, and a lot of patience, but I will keep this page updated with tidbits of information as the project unfolds.Keep checking back for updates, and of course for the final outcome.I promise to share all my tips, tricks, screw-ups and triumphs on this hefty endeavour.
But first… a little story on how this project came to be.My honey and I were drawing side-by-side on the couch, just doodling away, and he picked up a stack of my finished tiles. A light bulb went on above his head, which, if cartoons have taught us anything, meant that he had an idea.He threw a few thoughts my may and I took them, mashed them up in my head and spewed out my grand plan.
We pushed everything else aside, he got out the measuring tape and I fetched a paper, a ruler and a pen.Then I brainstormed til the idea had reached its full form. Then I patted its head, kissed its little nose, and named the idea, “Celeste”. I found an old stuffed animal to keep her company and constructed Celeste a makeshift bed, thus telling my new pet project to get comfy, cuz this is going to take a while.