Sonntag, 29. Januar 2017

Blue lianes in jungle

My tangle of this week is a colorful one. I wanted to create a gift for a longtime doc of me. She will retire soon and I like her much so I plan to gift her something individual. Whats better than a framed picture in colors she like?

I did my drawing on a normal 3,5" self cut tile. I started with watercolor first to create a background. I did moe then one background tile to chose the one I liked best.  Then I started with tangleing and the color was my border and string. I used only two tangles. "Quandu" by Eni Oken and little tangleation of "Beth" by me.

For coloring I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils, the white prismacolor Pencil and white Dr. Ph Martins Pen-White. To chose the right colors to use I made a little colorchart on the same paper I use for my tile, but without watercolor background. Its a wrong cut tile (on one side its a few mm to short) and the paper is to expensive to waste. But for color tests its a good size.

I hope you like my little picture, and I hope my doc will like it too.

Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2017

Shading Zentangle Group - Focus Tangle

This weeks focus tangle in a facebook-group I participate is "lollywimple". Maybe you remember my last tile with that pattern?
This time I tried something new. I did the lollywimple orbs as frame and linked the free spaces. I don't know if I love this tile, maybe I could enhance it with better shading? But I liked to draw it. And I'm sure I will use that pattern again (and again).

I don't know if there is enough time to do an additional tile, so I call this my finished
"tile of the week".

Sonntag, 15. Januar 2017

ING meets Orbs-la-Dee

My tangle of the week is a duotangle for the 298th Diva-Challange. Her weekly task was to create a tile with Anneke van Dams tangle "Orbs-la-Dee". Because I like gems and orbs, I liked this pattern on the first sight and I had to try a tile with it. I think it is a perfect background-tangle to add a bit 'drama'.
I have to admit that the string isn't 'mine'. I used tanglepatterns string #237 as guide.

With this tile I had some up and downs. I drew the ING-"towers" first and loved the result and their overlap and wasn't confident orbs-la-dee would look good in combination. But I wanted to do a tile with these orbs so I tried it. (after I did a picture of the ING to being able recreating it, if I did not liked the final tile).
But I think it was a good choice. I like my tile and I hope you too!

I used Staedtler Pigment Liner and a selfcut Tile for this picture.

Freitag, 13. Januar 2017

My new big love

Finetec watercolor swatches page 1
No no, I dont have a new boyfriend. I'm writing about my new metallic watercolors.

Last weekend I ordered a complete set of "Finetec" Watercolors. They arrived on wednesday but today was the time for testing them! On wednesday I only did some swatches of 5 colors because I was really curious, but today I created a chart for all 28 colors in my color-swatch-sketchbook.
(In this sketchbook I have charts of my watercolors and some mixing-swatches)

swatches page 2
There are twenty opaque watercolors and eight translucent/shimmering ones. The opaque ones came with 5 different shades of gold, some reds, a green, some blues and two blacks. The translucent ones are blue-green, green, blue, violet, pink silver, gold and copper.
You can order smaller sets of some colors (6 or 12) for example a Gold set with gold and silver colors, or a pharao set with gold and blue ones. But you can order every single color alone too. They have two sorts of boxes (iron sheet or plastic) in two different sizes (six and twelve pans). And you can order all colors in a bag (what I did).

Its really easy to work with these colors, but you have to wet them with some waterdrops from your brush or with a small spray bottle, to get the pigments more easily onto your brush.

Finetec shimmering watercolor detail
Some of the colores aren't that vivid like I wished but nevertheless beautiful. The opaque blue (called midnight blue), the opaque green (Moss Green) and the opaque violet (Deep Purple) paint like dark grey if you dilute them with too much water. But maybe I did something wrong.

I ordered two boxes (for 12 pans each) to store my pans, because I thought I can keep 4 of the colors stored away... but I like them all so much so I ordered an additional box today to hold the translucent ones. Its a bit sad that there are 28 colors... so four to many for two boxes, but there are eight translucent colors too. So they don't fit in a six-slot box too :( Now I will have three twelve-pan boxes with empty slots. Maybe they will release additional colors in the future and I can fill these slots xD

I sure will use them to add some sparkle to my tiles!

Dienstag, 10. Januar 2017

New tangle or tangleation?

Hey guys,

some days ago I did another 3z tile. On this tile I drew a pattern I haven't seen anwhere else. I used no stepout or rather 'invented' my own. But I'm not sure if its really new or not. I asked at an facebook-group but the answers I got were confusing. I asked some more questions about this matter but in the end im more confused than before :(

I now asked on an other group, maybe they can help me clarify that "problem".

Never the less, I want to show my new tile, because I like it very much. And I will use this tangle again. Wheter if its my own pattern or a tangleation of shattuck or any other tangle.

PS.: this tile wont count to my weekly tangle. I plan to do at least one more.

Sonntag, 8. Januar 2017

New year, new year's resolutions...

... at least one tile a week!

I thaught about my drawing last year. And I wished I had done more. But after work I was tired and said "tomorrow" and next day I was tired too... so it was "tomorrow" again :( I was lazy and hope to change that with this resolution.
One tile a day is too much for me. Sometimes I'm late at home after work and don't have time for a whole tile, so it would be "tomorrow" again. But one tile a week, thats definitly possible!

Yeah, I know, I could regularly participate in challenges like the Diva Challange or It's a string thing, but sometimes I dont like the weekly task and then I would say "maybe next week". With my "One tile a week" its open... I could participate in a challenge, but I don't have too. I can do more than one tile a week, but not less. Thats a possible task for me.

I started this challenge this week, so there is a new tile to show today. I tried 2 new things on this tile. First thing: the tile itself. Its a triangle tile called 3z-tile made off tiepolo paper but selfcut, second thing: the tangle I used. Its called Sea Wave and I love it! Its so organic and wavy. It forgives every mistake!

Material used:
- Fabriano Tiepolo Paper
- Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.1
- Faber Castell 9000 Pencil 3B
- Blending Stump