When you search for “Zentangle borders” followed by “images” under Google, you’ll instantly see several examples that can inspire you to create unique frames. Inside, you can put quotes, wishes, photos, drawings, whatever you like… This tile was made on the back of “eco dyed” paper. The advantage of this technique is that you can work on both sides of the tile. On one side you will clearly see the prints of the leafs, on the backside you’ll get softer, more pastel colored shapes. You can follow the leaf motifs with tangles or you can simply draw on the “blurry” background. To you the choice!
I have seen beautiful drawings, made on eco-dyed paper on the sites of Margaret Bremner and Michelle Wynne. It is really worthwhile to discover this wonderful technique. I am certainly going to experiment more in the future.
Eni Oken’s “Framed Treasures” were a source of inspiration by making this tile. I have drawn with brown and black pens and you can see a lot of tangles: Coil, N’Zeppel, Remo, Zander, Shattuck, Barberpole Slowpoke, Flux, Zoran-Flower, Printemps, Crescent Moon, jetties, U-too and Tipple. The finishing touch was done with grey, black and orange pencils and about the highlights: a white chalk pencil and a white gelstift always give beautiful results.
Pleasant moments can appear all of a sudden and you will find them very often in small things!
Unfortunately we do not always enjoy beautiful things around us and find (too) much, just for granted.. This buddhist quote will help to look in a different way:
Beauty is not only in the object you are looking at, but also in the way you look.
Mesh balls, peanuts and feeding bowls lure birds to your surroundings. They help them through this cold period and you’ll get funny winter scenes.
For many of us, a new year means a new start with good intentions that we will try to continue. On the other hand is giving up when it is necessary, also a life art. It has nothing to do with a shortage of perseverance but requires a lot of courage and it is often the only way to get a better balance in your life. Staying in regrets does not make any sense. Is the goal no longer possible, or do you not feel good in a certain situation, why putting in still so much energy? Are there alternatives? I’m sure there will always come other challenges to put your focus on…
We have only one life where work and free time are intertwined. Finding a good balance is different for each of us and often you have to search… Anyone can take a certain amount of stress if a relaxing activity follows.. No one can maintain to say always yes, now and than say “no” is necessary.
Even on cold, wet, winterdays, you can discover the beauty of nature.
The well-known symbol (Yin-Yang) is an ancient Chinese concept. The outer circle stands for “Everything”, while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called “Yin” (black) and “Yang” (white). They are not completely black or white, just as the things in life are not completely black or white, but they cannot exist without each other and ensure balance.
The origine of yin/yang goes back thousands of years. The principle was first mentioned in the I-Ching written between 700 to 1000 years BC. The shape of Yin and yang share the symbol and give a sense of the continual movement of these two energies, yin to yang and yang to yin.
Below you’ll see how easy you can make such a drawing and then fill it with your favorite patterns. There are many possibilities to design your own unique yin/yang symbol. I like to show you a few examples:
The following drawing was made on a watercolor background with only 2 tangles: The recent tangle Abukas around the yin/yang symbol in which you recognize Hybrid. (and of course again Tipples, I couldn’t resist to add them) On watercoloured backgrounds, I like to make the colours a bit stronger with ordinary colourpencils.
On this tan coloured tile I’ve used the new cute tangle, created by Rick and Maria: Toodles. It is not a real ” Renaissancetile” but just brown wrapping paper. I have cut away half of the tile and glued a black piece behind on which I tangled with white pens and finished with chalk pencils.
I’ve found this image on the Internet. It’s not Zentangleart but it’s funny, nice and cute and therefore this ying/yang deserves a place on my blog post, especially for all the cat lovers among the followers and I know, there are many…
Meanwhile, I ‘ve found a new tangle. This form was used as a string on one of the Prestrung Zendalatiles but I have never seen the pattern as a tangle. Therefore, I chose the name Mistura (Portuguese for mix) it is a mixture of old and new, of eastern and western and also of strings and tangles. It’s a very easy pattern when you follow the right steps and you can make beautiful compositions with it. You can use Mistura as a framework, as a background or combine with other motifs. This pattern looks also nice on black tiles
The following example is drawn on a white tile and finished with ordinary pencils, besides Mistura, you can also see a variation of Nouvart, Onomato, Hybrid and the fragment K14
On this black tile, I opted for a combination of Mistura, Wud, Hybrid, Peek-A-boo-Daisy and the fragment B12. The tile was finished with white and colored chalk pencils.
I really enjoyed the unique demonstrations that Rick and Maria showed us on their blog during the 12 days before Christmas (which is accessible to everyone) I find their two new tangles Toodles and Rumpus very nice and therefore I have added a few examples of Rumpus. If you follow the guidelines, this tangle is not a difficult one and you can use beautiful colours. My grey tile is finished with grey, black, pink, red and three different tints of blue pencils, a white chalk pencil and a white gellypen.
I discovered this gorgeous variation on Susie Ngamsuwan’s site: Fleeting time. She really has a gift to put her personal touch on every tangle.
It is only the beginning of January, the heart of the winter but the darkest days are already passed away. At the end of this month, the days will have become quite a bit longer and the sun will give us new energy…
I started with a buddhist quote and I would like to end this first post of 2018 with another one:
Whatever your past may be, your future you make now..
Thank you all for your visits, feedback, comments, e-mails and wishes and once again, I wish everyone the best in the new year: peace, happiness, a good health and many new Zentangleadventures. Let’s have fun and now we finish this first post with a fantastic piece of music by Father Bach, brought by Vanessa Mae and the symphonic Orchestra of Bratislava.