As you all know from earlier blogposts, I love tanglework on watercolor backgrounds. Usually I see in the flow of the colors some kind of “strings” and I find there always spaces to fill up with patterns.
Now I’ve done it in another way: simply apply watercolors with a thick brush on wet paper and then use a putty knife to smear the paint. You will get a completely different effect. The colors will become “smoother” and the “strings” are gone, but a special result will appear. Drawing on a watercolored background with a very thin pen is difficult. I usually use a 0.3, 0.5 or even a 0.8 mm and afterwards, I like to make te colors a bit stronger with ordinary pencils. You can also make a photocopy of the watercolored paper, and of course you can easily work on it with much finer pens.
The watercolor paint is randomly applied in layers with a thick brush
With a putty knife, the colors are then “smoothly pulled”.
Now you see the difference before the use with a putty knife and after.
Below I used this technique with typical autumn colors. I cut out 4″ Bijouxtiles” of an A4 format. (the rest will be used later). Watercolor paper has a slightly thicker grain, this can be seen on the pictures below. Also the streaks caused by the knife are visible. However, I sometimes love this “rougher” texture. If you don’t like it, you can just use finer paper.
Breach, Rain and Printemps
Abundies, Rain and Trigue
Sedgling, Rain, Tipple and Zinger
Molygon, Rain and Box Spirals
The 4 “Bijouxtiles” in a small mosaïc
And another with only one tile
And one more with 4 tiles in a different sequence
In an earlier newsletter, Rick and Maria taught us a new technique under the item “Kitchen table Tangles”. They call it tranzending and many tanglers have already tried it out. Actually, it’s not that difficult at all and there are several possibilities to make parts of your tile transparent. Do you want to take a look again:
In the tiles below I have applied tranzending in two different ways. I also used 3 different “folds”, something I always like and it makes your tile a bit more special. The 3 drawings were made on grey paper.
A double fold on which Kinggo is drawn in tranzending style next to Fassett.
2 small folds facing each other and a beautiful, original Diva Dance (by the way of Helen Williams) with a Dreamcatcher inside.
Here is tranzending applied, on Kinggo and on the small frame (with fold). It looks like there is a piece of mica on your tile, complemented by Verve, Jetties, Joki and Ovolution.
Everyone who regularly tangles, gets a favorite tile on which she/he loves to draw. I prefer the Renaissance tiles and especially the Zendala’s. Drawing on these tan colored round pieces of paper gives me great satisfaction and I always enjoys the relaxing feeling. A lot of times, I even don’t use a string. I start somewhere in the middle and the rest will follow…
On this tan Zendalatile I started with Ukkepuk (looks almost equal as Breath), followed by G-Chi and Printemps. I found a small white aura to fit nicely. Then I chose for Pebble flowers and filled the gap with perfs. To get a bit more contrast, the outer open pieces were coloured black with a brushpen on which white dots were applied. At the Renaissance tiles, colours always come out nicely and afterwards use white accents , gives extra shine on your work.
For Belgium and the lower countries, it was not a nice summer and also September started wet and cold. However, there are always unexpectedly beautiful days in every season that invite you to go out and enjoy.
Wow, what an athlete!
A bit slower but also fantastic:
And yes there they are again, the fairytale fly agaric where all the children are crazy about.
A simple but beautiful autumn palette
And a wonderful natural example of filigree
Wood chopping and piling do not have to be boring and you can even make real works of art as you can see below:
Tomorrow is the day of vegetarianism and it is worthfull to think of all the benefits that a more vegetarian diet has to offer: for the environment, as well as for humans and animals. That’s why I could not fail to add a nice vegetarian recipe: Chili no carne
It has gradually became a habit to finish with a unique piece of music.
I am not a fan of Johnny Depp but I’m fond of this handsome young man who brings the title song of “Pirates of the Caribbean” in a fantastic way for you. Here is David Garrett:
You don’ t need to meditate in a certain position, just take time to relax in a way you feel the most comfortable!
Keep on tangling and till next time!
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