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lördag 22 februari 2020

lördag 15 februari 2020

Summary of Valentangle 2020 and my Bitty Book adventure (to be continued)

Valentangle 2020 is done! My little Bitty Book is not done. My mathematic skills has never been outstanding, so I got some pages left to do! But I found a solution for this! The left pages are going to be .... Dingbatz!!! But first  here  are Valentangle day 2-14:

Day 2: Trinity (Stephanie Kiefer)

Day 3: Minstrels (Hanna Geddes)


I did appreciate that Marguerite made a fragment for 2020 too! She called it Double Hearts. But this little fragment can be used in so many ways!!!


Day 5: Starsky (Sue Schneider) was a new pattern to me! I liked it a lot.


Day 6 was another special day. Marguerite hade presented a string that could be used when making mosaics! I will try that further on.



Day 7 was the Zenbutton day with Jack Stripes (Chrissie Frampton) and fragments

Day 8: Sun (Hanna Shan)


Day 9 with Taiga (Tomás Pádròs)


Day 10: Focus on corners!



Day 11

Day 12 Khala (Anica Gabrovec) 

Day 13: One more take on the mosaic-string

Day 14 Tangle an envelope


Last day of Valentangle was ofcourse on Valentines day! We were supposed to tangle an envelope. But my bitty book wouldn´t be big enough for an ordinary envelope. I once got a stack of Origami papers from someone that didn´t know what to do with them. I took one of those papers and made a tiny little envelope that would fit in my book. But ofcourse that envelope needed something in it so I tangled a last little Bijou which was a perfect match!



That´s all for now. Next time I hope my bitty book is finished!

fredag 31 januari 2020

Hello 2020! Hello Valentangle!

Is my blog still alive? I ask myself, since I haven´t been posting for almost two month! It is and I have tried to brush it up a little. We have a new year and a lot of things has happened in the Zentangle world. Project Pack 007 is done and it was all about gray tiles. I loved that project pack almost as much as I loved 006, the no-mistake PP. But now it is a new year and it has started in my journal too. I decided this year I wanted to try making my own journal and I searched on YouTube to find something that would work for me. I wanted to have a Squared journal, since the tiles are squared most of the time. I must say I struggled to get it all together, I didn´t want to cheat, I wanted it to be something I would like to work with every month all through this year. And here is my beginning:




When I got it all together I was quite proud of myself! I only used stuff I already had. The paper is good drawingpaper, acidfree and I used some monoprints on the cover. I might do some more tangling on the cover but so far this is what it looks like. And here are the fist pages:


To choose the word for this year wasn´t too easy. I landed in the word "experience". I love the quote of Albert Einstein: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science". So I went for that. 

 The first prompt of the year came from Danielle de Rome and she wanted us to focus on our hands. My hands are my tools and hands together can save this planet. I was thinking of a project in Sigtuna kommun: all students on all stages of education was invited to make drawings of their hands with written messages on them and decorate the hands in every kind of creative way. The hands were all sent to the climate conference in Copenhagen.  That was such a wonderful project. 


Extra prompt: Make a pie for the pieday! I didn´t know there was a pieday in the US. We have "kanelbullens dag" in Sweden and that must be the closest we get. But I love to bake pies so I tangled one on a gray zendala and on the day 23d of January I made a meatpie for dinner.

Today is the last day in January and tomorrow is the start of Valentangle, hosted by Marguerite Samama!  I couldn´t bare myself though. Last year I saw a post from Lynn Shelton Mead were she had made a "bittybook" with tiles she had created and later on one with Bijou´s. I loved the idea but didn´t know how to make this. But as always the solution was to watch Youtube again! And here is my little tiny bittybook that can carry my Valentangles 2020 on Bijous!



For once I am a day ahead with my Valentangle day 1! Marguerite has made up a wonderful borderpattern to start with and she calls it V&A. My day 1:




I am looking forward to this! And right now I am in need of Bijou so .....



onsdag 4 december 2019

Blanes part II

Sometimes a pattern takes time before I can see the possibilities to go on with it in more than one direction. It is not only about embellishments. It is something else. After the last blogpost I haven´t used Blanes, I felt a little stuck with it. But then all of a sudden Debbie Huntington made a post on Fb where she had used it in a Dingbatz kind of way and all the bells started to ring! I asked her if I could use it in this blogpost and she said yes! So here it is:



She had made it on a Gray tile and used gold and the rest of rennaisance colors. I loved it so much! Now I am convinced about this pattern and now I also can go on with it and just having fun! Today´s meditation between baking bread and buns, I spent with Blanes on a Rennaisance tile:



I used fragments all over this tile and a random string. A fragment of Zonked (Barbara Finwall) in the center and the petals could be a part of Batumber (Kelley Kelly). There are other fragments too. I found that Blanes is fun to use with layering techniques. When I did Blanes at the start I was aware of the metapatterns that easily came around depending on the shading. But I wasn´t too excited about the rest. Now I am happy to be able to go on from here with it! Thank you Debbie, you opened my eyes! 

söndag 17 november 2019

New pattern! Blanes!

On our two weeks vacation in Blanes, Spain I ran across a lot of patterns everywhere! 



The second day i took a bad photo of a glasswindow in the old part of the little town and back to the hotel I realized that the Suzanne Fluhr had made a new Humpday Challenge that was about deconstructing a pattern found.  I looked at the photo and thought this is it! It is meant to be! But I also thought that this pattern might be so simple that maybe or most likely it has been deconstructed as a tangle already.


Anyway I worked on it and here is my first tile with Blanes:


Back home again I made the step-out, very simple and as this pattern is a grid-based pattern it was very easy to see the possible fragments of it!  Here is the step-out, hope you´ll enjoy it:



söndag 10 november 2019

Inktober is over! November is here!

I thought I would be able to post more frequently in October but that was not the case. But here is my finished Inktobertangles 2019! It was a journey with this Opus tile. I didn´t work the way I use to with a traditional string. The start was the embedded words Inktober 2019 which was a kind of a string though.








All the tangles are there! I started off earlier than october, since i was in Spain for two weeks and it was nice to come home and find my almost finished work waiting for me. I liked what the fountainpen made for this Opus. I will have to frame it though since the ink i watersoluble and I need to protect the result which I am happy with! Looking back on this I find that there are a lot of tangles that I discovered in a new way and some tangles were new to me. Inaflux (Debbie New) for example, and that one I really liked a lot! Stephanie Jennifer and Debbie New has done a great job administrating this Inktobertangles 2019-event and they do a lot more than this which you can find on their 7F5R-blog! I am already looking forward to next Inktober to come! Thank you ladies for doing this!

onsdag 25 september 2019

Inktobertangles 2019

We are soon entering October and Inktober Tangles Challenge 2019. I have done this earlier on Bijou-tiles and in my Calendar. Stephanie Jennifer CZT has published a list of tangles to do each day of October. Here is the list:



You can find more details in the blog 7 Forests 5 Rivers.
This year I want to try the Inktober Tangles on an Opus Tile. I have only made two Opus tiles before this and now I am stepping out of my comfort zone! As I decided to do this I wasn´t sure of how to. Should I divide the surface into 31 pieces? Should I make a string? After I had thought about it I decided not to divide the tile into 31 spaces to fill. It is risky, maybe there wont be room enough for 31 tangles??? Especially as I wanted to start like this:


I was really pleased with this beginning: Inktober 2019 as embedded letters. I will use my favourite fountain pens, one filled with sepia colored ink and one with black ink. As I am going to be travelling for two weeks in October I needed to start with the Inktobertangles earlier. I will not make blogposts every day with my inktober tangles, but hopefully my blog will be updated more often than I have done the last months! Here are the first three tangles of Inktober:


Printemps, Tunnelvision (Jody Genovese) and Toodles. I am excited to do this! I love that I don´t know where this will end if everything will take place on this Opus or....This is also something that feeds  my creativity, the uncertainty of art in progress. I have thought about that if I don´t have room enough I could continue on the back of this Opus.... Working with fountain pens is nice. The ink is flowing easy, no need of pressure to make it work! Why don´t I do this more frequently???