Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A challenge completed

Recently over on the Chocolate Baroque Zentangle Group, we decided to set ourselves the challenge of using this string:
This is taken from the Tanglepatterns.com website, a great source of inspiration for those of you looking for Zentangle information.

I chose to draw two designs, the first, using some new designs that I hadn't used before, but that had caught my eye. My focal image is Mooka, I'd seen it around, and really like it. So, I decided to give it a go. It's not that easy in a triangle format, but I hooked one of the three designs under the other two, and then the pattern worked. I've used Printemps, but in a larger format than I do normally, Knightsbridge, Paradox, Buttercup, Heartline, and Oof, (Out of Focus).
My second design is a nod to the Olympics. I couldn't let it pass without some kind of tribute. I have really enjoyed watching the events that I have managed to catch. I've spent a lot of evenings with my OH marvelling at the brilliance of the past few weeks, and the outstanding endeavours of our athletes, and those of our neighbours as well. There have been some memories that will stay with me for a long time, and I think that the whole thing was staged brilliantly. The crowds were uplifting, and it was simply memorable. I remember watching the Olympics growing up when there was less choice on TV, sat with my family. I loved the athletics and the gymnastics then, not much has changed. I enjoyed watching some of the Olympics with my Dad this time around, that was priceless for me, as he lives so far away.

I have drawn this piece of ZIA in colour, and used a piece of poetic licence, as my Olympic rings are not a Zentangle pattern. However, I wanted to get them in my design. They are a bit wobbly, as they are quite intricate to draw, and I'm still new to this mullarkey! I have used Intersection for the British flag,(what else!), Pokerleaf to represent the flames, Dandelion Seed to represent the fireworks, and Tufted Leaves to represent the crowds.
This is purely a bit of fun, but I really enjoyed finding patterns to fulfill my brief, and to tangle in colour was very refreshing. I used some Stabilo Fineliner pens left over from my Art Club days. They are 0.4mm nibs.I've used the official Zentangle tiles for the first time, and I've found that they bleed a bit in comparison to my usual watercolour paper which is a very good one. I used Sakura Micron pens and they bled as well, so once I've used these tiles up, I think that I'll go back to my watercolour paper, as I prefer the finish.

I have another work in progress, so hopefully, I'll be back before too long. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


  1. Great tangles Judith. I love the olympic tribute. Clever use of patterns to represent different aspects of the games.

  2. These are two great tangles and I just love the focal image in your first one (not spotted that one before)

  3. These are 2 great tangles Judith and I reall lke the tangle you have used as the main image in the first one
    Jackie x

  4. Finally I've got here! I absolutely love your Mooka & the way you have shaded it, added auras to complete the triangle & hooked the third one under the other two. Your finishing strokes are great with that too. I've yet to try Paradox but love the way you enhanced the triangular aspects of the whole string with its use. Buttercup looks gorgeous so I'll find that one & I must admit the Heartline ties it all together. Love the flow of your Printemps too.
    When I first saw your coloured Olympics I wondered what you'd used - I've got some Staedtler Triplus 0.3mm fineliners to try. The way you have used tangles to represent the various elements graphically is terrific - I especially like your depiction of the crowds.
    I've tried one of my official tiles - not too sure about it all as I managed to wreck it but shall have another go. I do like the weight of the Langton Hot Pressed when it comes to tangle tiles & the smoothness is a dream; I'm getting to rather like the creaminess of the colour too.
    You've really excited me with the colour.
    Paula (PEP)