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Upcoming! Techniques Class – Bijou, Dingbatz & Whatz-its!

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It has been a long time since we got ourselves organised. Life has been very full and it seems like new surprises and challenges await at every turn.

This June we are organising our new tangles technique class for returning students. [ All participants need to have attended at least a 101 class with a CZT prior to attending this class. ]

Bijou from Zentangle HQThis class will feature Bijou the snail from France – Zentangle HQ’s tiny mascot.

There will be an introduction to Bijou tiles, Bijou-isms, and two new techniques to add to your growing arsenal of tangling skills: Zentangle HQ’s Dingbatz technique, as well as a newly released technique by our very own Debbie New CZT – Whatz-its.

Whatz-its is a technique that Debbie ‘stumbled upon’ in her many tile swapping adventures and she has been playing with this technique from several years ago. Whilst she didn’t think it was that special then, she often received many questions about it and this interest made her decide to develop it into a proper technique for class.

Our very first Bijou, Dingbatz & Whatz-its techniques class is scheduled as follows:

  • Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018
  • Time: 2pm – 6pm
  • Venue: 33A Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672 [ 5-min walk from Clarke Quay MRT Stn Exit A/E ]
  • Fees: $140/pax
  • RSVP: support[at]tangledpursuits.com [ by 20 June 2018; slots are limited ]
Fees include:
  • A personally curated class kit for taking home
  • Drinks and light refreshments
Requirements:
  • Completed a prior Zentangle 101 class with a CZT
  • Basic Zentangle kit: 01 Micron [ Black ], pencil, tortillion

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We hope to see you there!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge 282 & New Tangle ‘DreamDex’

Diva Challenge 282

I have to admit that it was kind of hard to get to this one, as my mind was in a constant state of flux all week. I just couldn’t concentrate or relax and my anxiety levels were quite high. I might try out again, when my mental state improves. Meanwhile, here are some of my older pieces, featuring dripped and splattered on paint…

 

New Tangle – DreamDex

This is my fifth tangle after Dealys, Angeleafe, Cadenza and Cabbit.

When I first put up two images of (what would later be known as) DreamDex onto my FB page, one of my BFFs in North Carolina, USA, informed me that this was the pattern she used very often to calm her down; to help her get to her ‘safe place’, her very own dreamspace.

This BFF is not a tangler, in all the years I’ve known her, but she is an awesome crochet artist. She never once talked about or described how she would mentally tangle this shape, so when she said “Wow.. you read my mind….. how did you know………” I nearly fell off my stool.

Unlike all the previous tangles that I’ve put up step-outs to, DreamDex is a completely new one, even to me. I had chanced upon it whilst doodling grids and “S” shapes at random, a few weeks ago.

It took me some time to figure this tangle out properly and make clear stepouts as I was constantly being interrupted by Life (this year has been beyond crazy, everything seems to be going on all at once – but I’ll spare everyone the details because it looks like even more drama is due to come). Anyway, even I have not had the chance to completely explore and play with this tangle!

I am not usually drawn to grid tangles, as I prefer organic, free-flowing ones.. but something about this one caught my attention. I am reminded of pinwheels each time I look at it, and it does feel strangely gratifying to draw.

My BFF says this one is right on the money, lol. And that I need to put it up before anyone else comes up with something like it. So.. here is DreamDex.. [ clicking on the image will take you to Flickr – where you can use Flickr’s zoom-in function ]

 

[  Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate DreamDex in your tangles, or link back to this page. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18   ] 

Here are a couple of DreamDex tiles. I may update with more soon, once I can get some time to tangle!

DreamDex - a new tangle pattern

The “Dex” in DreamDex is also a reference to my other cat Dexter [ Dealys was named after Dyllis ], whom we call “Dexdex” very often. Dexter sounds way too serious for him sometimes, especially when he squeaks in response….

I use a inverted or mirrored S shape, but you can switch it around to what feels more comfortable for you to draw. The important thing is to do yours all the same direction 😉

DreamDex - a new tangle pattern

This last photo is of a collaboration between myself and Janet Day, a tangler based in WA, USA. Janet started off the tile with Sandswirl, Finery, Flux and Fescue. Her line work is so gorgeous, I decided to set it off with some additional depth and contrast. Can you spot DreamDex peeking out under one of those layers? 🙂

Travelling Tangles Project

I used a black watercolour pencil for shading, instead of my usual graphite, and I think some parts were not blended in as well as I would have liked. I had also wanted to add more danglies around Janet’s tile, but I never got around to it. Oh well, at least this post finally made it up? Yeah, I think so…

Have a great week 🙂

Zentangles – Diva Challenge 265 & Negative Space Tipple ‘Hearts’

Diva Challenge Week 265 – Stripes!

I am not sure where the time goes, but it seems like 7 weeks have just all but flown by since my last Diva Challenge attempt 😛 This year seems like it is going even faster than 2015, and I thought 2015 was record-breakingly, gone too soon.

This week’s prompt is one of my favourites at the Diva’s. Since I have a black tile class this Saturday, I thought I’d get in the mood by going white on black for this challenge 🙂

To start with, I placed 6 parallel, curved lines on a black tile and the rest, they say, is history…. [ as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr ]

Diva Challenge Wk 265 - Stripes

I like how it resembles a quarter of a circle… Like the rest of the bits of the puzzle are missing. I added Printemps, Zenith, Flux, Tidings and Msst and made up the rest as I went along 🙂

I used an array of white pigment and gel pens and shading with my white charcoal pencil made it complete.

Diva Challenge Wk 265 - Stripes

 

Negative Space Tipple Hearts – a Walkthrough

I’ve been tangling these little “hearts” for a long time now, and I teach this as part of  my regular Zentangle 101 Class so I never really thought about making stepouts. However, I’ve recently had several queries about them from separate sites.

The lovely Inge Frasch, CZT, suggested on FB that I put up some stepouts so here they are.

Before we begin, I thought to mention…

Tipple is a tangle pattern that was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas of Zentangle, USA. This walkthrough presented here is a variation, also known as a ‘tangleation’, of Tipple. 

Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate these “hearts” in your tangles. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18

Negative Space Tipple "hearts"

It is best to begin with a Micron 01 or 005, as you want to be able to achieve the most delicate and refined, almost-lacy effect.

This iteration of Tipple is especially pretty when added to flower and leaf inspired tangles such as Mooka or Flux.

[ If you click on the image, you can view it larger with Flickr’s zoom function ]

Negative Space Tipple "hearts"

When properly tangled, your ‘hearts’ should not have any unintended gaps to distract the viewer’s eyes. And you will find that they are capable of filling up nearly any amount of space 🙂

Here are more examples of my past pieces featuring these “hearts”…

Zentangle-inspired Tumbler

Bales, Flux & Opus fleurs, meet Tipple “hearts”

 

Travelling Tangles Project

In collaboration with Beverly Gotthardt from Texas, USA. Beverly’s site: http://www.gottheartart.com/

 

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Angeleafe, Mooka by Lisa Fedele CZT…

 

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Tipple on Tipple 🙂

 

Travelling Tangles Project

Bales meets Tipple “hearts”

 

Zenith meets Tipple...

Zenith meets Tipple “hearts”

Have a great week…!

I don’t always check in. If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com or via the Tangled Pursuits page on Facebook 🙂

Debbie New, CZT 18

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge 258 & New Tangle ‘Dealys’

Dealys

This is my fourth tangle, after AngeleafeCadenza and Cabbit.

Like ‘Angeleafe’ before this, I had been using Dealys long before I thought to publish it. It has shown up in my work from even six months ago. From its early days, it appeared very similar visually to Carla du Preez’s Auraleah, so I didn’t think much of it.

As it was already so much a part of my tangles, step-outs for Dealys only ‘resurfaced’ as a priority as I began working on black tile lesson plans. I’d wanted to use something that can be drawn in multiple ways, and I tweaked it so that the step-outs would be as distinctive from Auraleah as possible. As a result, Dealys may be tangled in several ways to achieve different looks.

Dealys is named because of the considerable ‘Delays’ in putting up the step-outs and also after one of my cats, Dyllis. [ Basically, one day, my stepmom happened to ask why I haven’t named any tangles after my cats……. I didn’t have any clue. So……. here we are. ]

Dealys is tangled in one continuous, curvy stroke, meeting at specific points. [ Clicking on the images will take you to Flickr. ]

Dealys - a new tangle

[  Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate Dealys in your tangles, or link back to this page. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18   ] 

And here is Dealys, all fanned out…

Dealys - a new tangle

And Dealys, in full bloom… shading makes it pop!

Dealys - a new tangle

Dealys elsewhere…

Dealys - a new tangle

Diva Challenge Week 258 – UMT Rautyflex

After missing out on ten challenges, I checked in to the diva’s blog today and discovered it was a UMT challenge, featuring Kathrin Bendel CZT’s Rautyflex.

This was definitely a challenge, indeed. I haven’t been this confused by a tangle in quite some time 😛

I am not sure I can draw this tangle again without looking at the step-outs at every few seconds. Anyway, this was really fun to do…

Diva Challenge 258 UMT Rautyflex


Rautyflex in white gel inks, on a black tile with shimmering gold acrylic tints.

I don’t always check in. If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com or via the Tangled Pursuits page on Facebook 🙂 Have a great week!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge 248 & The Sandwich Days of 2015

The Sandwich Days of 2015

Sandwiched between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day every year, are the five days where I can be found at my most deeply retrospective and reflective moods. I like to call them the ‘sandwich days’.

One of my earliest memories of these sandwich days happened when I was just a little girl, maybe about 3 years old. My concept of time; ie. how seconds become minutes.. minutes become hours.. hours become days.. days into weeks.. weeks into months.. months into years.. was only just beginning to take shape then.

It was strange to me, at the time, to find that my mother would encourage me to re-read, re-use or re-utilise toys, books, everyday items but never calendars. Those were thrown out every year and it puzzled me so. My two older cousins were staying over with us for the holidays, and they laughed at how dumb I was (kids can be really mean to each other! It didn’t help that I was the youngest and was always chubby).

It took my 3 year old self quite some time to understand that time does not return to us, that it cannot be ‘re-used’. After this ‘discovery’, I know I was never the same kid.

My sense of appreciation for time, and for the appreciation of all things developed quickly after this.

I never liked excess, and I always made sure I ate everything on my plate (this probably explains my weight!). I made sure I never left any of my belongings behind, anywhere. I was always mindful about using things responsibly and well. (And eventually, this ‘trait’ of mine would give me a desire to upcycle things into useables.)

As time went by, I’d lose some of my nearest and dearest family members to cancer, all at an early age. This made me grow to really cherish people, see people for who they really are, and really cherish the time we have with them.

I believe everyone is put in our lives for a season, to bless us. To love us. For us to love them, discover their inner beauty, learn from them and appreciate them.

This season, a close family member of ours, is losing her second battle to cancer. We are all saddened, still having to keep busy, yet determined to make lasting memories whilst we can. It is never easy to say goodbye.

As we turn the page on 2015, I recognise that I have been incredibly blessed. I have had the privilege to meet and, in some instances, collaborate with many amazing CZTs this year. I have been wantonly blessed with new friendships, new opportunities, and new adventures.

Thank you for being a part of this journey, even if you are only just reading this entry and we’d never met. Have an amazing 2016, our best year yet!

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Diva Challenge Week 248 – Give the Gift of Zentangle

I realise that I am really late, as this challenge was issued on December 14th – LOL!

I decided to post my entry anyway, since it is better late than never 😉

On 19 December 2015, I had an amazing opportunity to participate in the first ever Tangle with Heart event to raise funds for a Singaporean charity called The Red Pencil that is committed to helping individuals who require art therapy.

Many of their beneficiaries are children in trauma.

Together with the organisor, four of us Singaporean CZTs raised $10,000 towards this cause 🙂 A total of four sessions were taught to people who had their first encounter with Zentangle! What a gift, right?

Here’s a peek into the session I taught.. [ as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr ]

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Tangle with Heart

Here’s the class mosaic of our first tile 🙂

Tangle with Heart

Second tile ft. Hurry ..

Tangle with Heart

And, for our finale, my very own Cabbit on a Bijou ^_^

Tangle with Heart

This was almost everyone that came – we had some people who had to leave earlier..

Tangle with Heart

Here I am [in the back] with Shannen, the organisor [in red], CZT Wai Fong [in blue] and her friend, Season [behind Wai Fong].

Tangle with Heart

With this, I sign off to belatedly visit everyone’s posts 😛 Again, better late than never, I suppose lolol.. Happy 2016!!

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wks 188 – 190

I am finally getting caught up with the Challenges I’ve missed.

(Things seem to be perpetually up in the air and I cannot seem to be able to find a routine to stick to, before it gets up-ended and I have to re-wire my brain again. It does not help that I have been waking up at first light, sometimes way before first light, and having nightmares and panic attacks, these past few weeks. I have also been having a neck and head ache which is into its 8th day. And then(!), we are having our “annual” period of hazy air here in Singapore, and having to deal with that on top of everything is making me irritable and restless.)

Diva Challenge 188 – LGBT

Whilst I do have a number of good friends who have come out or are in various stages of coming out, I personally do not possess any specific feelings or opinions on the matter of anyone being LGBT.

I simply think everyone LGBT or not, has enough on their plates to cope with, facing their own issues without the need for anyone to add any extra drama or stigma, so my stance has always been one of acceptance and friendship.

For my challenge, I used an old book page, cut to the size of an official tile. After that, I didn’t know where to begin and just decided to start at random, so I did not have a string, and I went with tangles from the letters L, G, B, and T. Finally, I then stuck the old book page to an A6 postcard blank as a backing.

Diva Challenge Wk 188 - LGBT

Call me boring but I am not really liking the use of this much colour 😛 I prefer tangling in grey-scale by far 😛

Diva Challenge 189 – UMT Yuma

Yuma is a tangle that I have a lot of difficulties with, especially the ‘stemmed’ version of Yuma 😛 I did both kinds for this A7 journal page, and I like the non-stemmed Yuma better 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 189 - UMT Yuma

I am still (quite obviously) stuck in my “Leaves” mode and decided to just flow with it 🙂 So here’s another leafy pile, on an A7, lightweight chipboard card. I love the texture of the chipboard, as well as how sturdy it is, without being too weighty.

This piece will probably be swapped at some point (I have simply accumulated too many leafy piles already, haha), but we’ll see how it goes.. tangles are often difficult to part with!

Diva Challenge 190 – Pink for Ardath

This week, we are asked to honour someone who has had a brush with breast cancer.

For this challenge, I decided to focus on my mother, who was once a breast cancer victim. In all, she fought cancer for about 7 years, which by then had spread to her other organs. When I was 16, she finally succumbed, losing her fight just days before she was to begin a more invasive treatment, that had already been scheduled.

It was a year like no other for my family. We had lost my mother and paternal grandmother within 3 months of each other, and I could never speak of either of them without crying, for such a long time. I am much older now, and grief has finally lost its sharp fangs, but this week’s challenge has reminded me how being 16 felt like. Not something I want to revisit in too much detail right now, with my throbbing neck and head.

Diva Challenge Wk 190 - Pink for Ardath

This is a 3″x3″ strathmore cold press card, much smaller than a usual tile. My lack of mental focus today made me pick this over something larger like an official tile or A6 postcard blank (which happens to be my favourite – so practical to swap and give away). I do admit that it is a little small to be worthy of a tribute, but for now it is all I can manage (better something smaller, with some meaning, than bigger without finishing, haha…).

I also decided to make the string simple and what better than to use the iconic pink ribbon itself as a string. I then tangled up some tangles that I know my mother would love.

Signing off now, hoping next week will be haze-free, at least!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 187 – Blind String

I cannot believe how time flies! Another week is gone. We are so much closer to the end of the year than I feel like it ought to be.

I spent a few days catching up on everything I’d missed whilst moving my craft space and whilst I am not fully caught up, I am nearly there. Yay!

I’d also finally completed a long-awaited Mew Review (it seems are our cats are getting quite popular) which I had floating around in drafts for nearly 3 weeks 😛 I’ll just need to send off the ‘official’ photoshoot photos after this post before I can check it off my to-do list ^_^

This week on the Diva Challenge, we were asked to draw our string blind.

I had really enjoyed the “Eyes Wide Shut” (Week 3) challenge and was very excited to attempt this one last night 🙂

This was my response to Eyes Wide Shut, drawn on A5 art paper.

Diva Challenge Wk 3 - Eyes Wide Shut

For this week’s challenge, I used an official tile to create a 9cm x 9cm border on a postcard blank (with eyes open – which is probably cheating!), and then drew on the string with eyes closed. This was how my string looked like… (clicking the images will take you to Flickr)
Diva Challenge Wk 187 - Blind String

Although it probably looks like I was still channelling the previous week’s “Leaves Leaves Leaves” challenge, I am rather pleased with the resulting ZIA ^__^

Diva Challenge Wk 187 - Blind String

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I decided to leave out shading for now as I haven’t left any piece unshaded, for a long time 😛

I realise also, that I need to use a larger variety of tangles in my work! I seem to keep using Sanibelle, Knot Rickz and Lily Padz………

Signing off here, so I can visit everyone else work ^__^