Sonntag, 22. April 2018

DC#360 Tripoli with Shattuck .. Lonetta`s TMP#12 ...and a fantasic Zendala Workshop

This is my first blogpost after two very busy weeks... filled with daily work in my job, with the beauty of spring which came with a nature "explosion" and between some time for tangling ;-)
I am going to show some photos/ tiles of this time:

DIVA Challenge DC#360 : Duotangle Shattuck with Tripoli

I love Duotangles and both tangles belong to my favourites!
I started with a Tripoli "flower" in the center. All the other tangles "came in the flow"...
Thank you, Laura, for this beautiful challenge!



I did not publish the results of Annettes Tangle Mosaic Project TMP#12 yet.
The whole Mosaic of all contributions you can find here

I show you the little mosaic which Annette sent me, created with my own contribution.
Thank you Annette - I love your project and your efforts so much!








Yesterday I run a  Zendala Day- Workshop .
It was very intensive and really successful day - I love to see the motivation of my students and their creativity. Unbelievable...
Here are some of the results... aren`t they beautiful?!


Six hours are too short to draw four different Zendalas (with all the preparation and explanation and practising of the used tangles) so I decided to give some homework to my students...
I am looking forward to see the results soon. I love it to give the students some orientation but possibilities of variation as well.

The Beauty of Spring

Spring is the most beautiful season of the year for me.
I am not so good to find the right words for this enormous beauty, so I took only some photos, by the way...


fern 

Climbers "on the Rocks" in the Saxon Switzerland near Dresden.


The details of this ranunculus blossom reminds me to a tangle ;-)



Samstag, 7. April 2018

DC#358 "UMT PickPocket " and some Holidays' Impressions with CRM

Last week Tomas Padros published a new tangle on Instagram. I like these complex grid tangles and so I tried it immediately... at this time the tangle was still nameless ;-)
One day later Tomas named his tangle "PickPocket" - yes, I think it is a very suitable name...
These were my first tries:


What a surprise that the DIVA chose Pickpocket this week for her UMT Challenge.
I decided to try PickPocket on a Zendala tile. I started with a round grid and realized that I had started in the wrong direction. What a challenge!! I had a little brain training - the straight lines in the tangle needed to be circles now... After a while I got it and finally this was the result:


Although I like the result I was curious how the tangle will become when I start the right way and all lines meet in the center. So I drew another Zendala :


Isn't it stunning how different the patterns are, depending on the direction of the links?
This was an interesting experience - just unintended ;-). At least I like the "wrong" tile more...

My husband and me spent our  Easter holidays in Glasgow, Scotland.
Why Glasgow? Just easy: We LOVE Scotland and we love Art Deco. And in Glasgow lived and worked the famous Art Deco architect, designer and artist C.R. Mackintosh (CRM) wo designed the beautiful Glasgow Art Deco style together with his wife Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh (MMM)
We visited some very interesting Galleries, Houses and the Willow Tea Rooms (unfortunately one of them was closed because of reconstruction)


I attach only some photos of his work, just as an impression:
stencil for wall paiting
cupboard door

   


room design as contribution to a design competition
detail from the "House of an Art Lover"

lovely detail in a door - these are MY colors!!

Entrance to the Willow Tea Rooms


Stained Glass detail from the "House of An Art Lover"
Inspired by the beautiful works of these artists I did some tangle tiles during my stay in Glasgow:


This part of a curtain inspired me to try a new tangle, which has no name yet. 
Maybe I will give it a name and draw a deconstruction, but I need some more time to decide if this is really a tangle.. 




In my holidays I had only the pink and rose pencils , back home I needed some different color:


Mittwoch, 28. März 2018

DC#357-Paradox, Lonettas TMP#12, Lonettas new tangle Hilgabo and more ice!!

This week I have lots of pictures to show in my post.
First - the DIVA Challenge. The DIVA asked us to create a monotangle of Rick´s Paradox. This is one of my most favorite tangles (this tangle catched my eyes some more than three years ago before I bacame Zentangel addicted..). It is stunningly easy to draw but with such great AAAAHHHH effects ;-). There are loads of possibilites to draw it and to play with Paradox. 
I decided for "fragment tangling" : I drew Paradox as a string for my monotangle:

Monotangle Paradox
Paradox string
Another project of my heart is Lonettas Mosaic Project. She started the 12th  project with this lovely string and gave it the motto : "Blaze of Color"
This is my contribution to TMP#12. I am looking forward to the final Mosaic, which will be published by Annette mid of April.

TMP#12 : Blaze of Color
Last friday I run another Basic Zentangle Class in Dresden. It was my first class with my new technical equipment: A document camera and a projector. I am very happy with this new equipment because I do not need to draw at an easel which was rather difficult sometimes. It is much more fun to draw on real tiles ;-) 

My Zentangle classroom in Dresden last friday... well prepared for a basic lesson..

This zendala tile I started some weeks ago with the coors and the Verve tangle. Then I got stuck with it until I discovered "Dublin" by Chris Titus some day ago. I love Dublin (the City as well ;-)... some later I saw Annettes brand new tangle "Hilgabo" (on the left). I saw it on her blog and immediately liked it. So I found a great completion for this Zendala. Thank you, Chris and Annette!!!

Hilgabo (left) / Verve(middle) / Dublin (right)


Last but not least I show you some photos from our walk last sunday in the "Liebethaler Grund" near Dresden.
The first pictures are taken in an old ruin of a small waterpower station which worked about 100 years ago in this small valley. There are some metallic residues visible vessels with flanges and some screws. The floor is covered with white tiles (!!). And the nature comes back into this ruin and covers alle these things. What a contrast and beautiful motives:

iron screw covered with moss

screw and eyelet under the new plants

iron pipe with flange, look at the floor tiles under the leaves!




Some kilometers later we found another waterpower plant with a small aqueduct.The strong frost during the last weeks created such beautiful icicles and icefalls around the aqueduct- we felt like in the "Lord of the Rings" saga ;-)
I love these little surprises which the nature creates...




I wish all of my blog readers very Happy Easter!!







Mittwoch, 21. März 2018

DC#356 "Name String" and some

This week the DIVA challenged us to use our name as a string on our tile.
I used my favourite C.R.Macintosh font and tangeled some flowers around: Spiral Rose and String Rose by Helen Williams and my own MySpin; some Printemps in the background.
And two pink dots- my signature ;-)


Some days ago I drew a tile which has been inspired by Melinda Barlows YouTube video.
I love the tangle "Shell Xcape" by Jane Keslin and combined it with some spring colors ( unless the temperatures still seem like winter)



Some days before Annette Plaga Lodde started her next Zentangle Mosaic. If you would like to attend: here is the link

Last not least, I drew another Verve tile for DC#355 from last week.
For my last Zentangle class I tried lots of variatons with watercolour frames- this is why I am in my "color phase"





Dienstag, 13. März 2018

Thank you for DC#354, DC#355"Verve" and my first Zentangle Workshop

Last week for me was a very special one: The DIVA chose my tangle SIRI for the UMT (use my tangle) challenge.
I felt so happy, when I saw all the beautiful contributions to the challenge - I realized that SIRI might be a bit complex to understand for the very first time, but, nevertheless, every tile with SIRI is a great honour for me.
I would like to say a big THANK YOU ALL!! You made me very happy!
And I found a lot of inspiration for my tangle - how cool is that?

This week the DIVA challenged os to draw a tile with the tangle "Verve" by JJ LaBarbera.
Verve is one of my favourite tangles, so I started immediately on the first tile I had on my desk...
It was a tile which I dyed with an Ecoline Watercolor edge in green - doesn`t it look like a first touch of Spring? The perfs are coloured with Prismacolor pencils.


My first Zentangle day workshop last Saturday

... was a new and great experience for me.
I spent a lot of time with preparation , choosing the tiles, techniques, tangles... It should be interesting and amazing for the class, I wanted to teach a little string theory, organiic tangles and drama tangles, grid based tangles and "crazy" ones, the Renaissance techniques, a bit of color and a lot of tangelation.

I was rather happy with my programme and the students were also.
Look at the beautiful results.
I am impressed, that every tile is so beautiful abd so different.
Wow - I LOVE to be a CZT (even if it is only one day a month...)

Morning coffee before the workshop ;-)

Organic tangles (Flux, Poke Leaf, Poke root) with drama Striping
every student created their own string

tangelations of BALES on Renaissance tiles

Crazy Huggins with Shattuck or so... on Renaissance tiles. Printemps as background

Bijou tile with HURRY and some coloured tangelation 

Coloured tiles (Ecoline watercolor) with a tangelation of Arukas


Indeed, we needed the 6 hours to create these tiles (with some little sketches between).
All participants were happy that afternoon ;-) and me too!
I am sure - I will do it again.

On Sunday we walked in the Saxon Swizerland near Dresden. The temperatures felt like spring, about 13°Celsius. But we could see the residues of the winter days - beautiful frozen waterfalls and icicles on the rocks- just beautiful nature:





behind the ice ;-)