Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Bumpadox and the Threads of Inspiration

I posted one of my Tangle-a-Day pieces to Facebook last week.


January 15 contained a triangle with Puf. I had put some Crescent Moon/Diva Dance-like bumps on the auras before I had "puffed" it. Margaret Bremner commented, "Oooo, Paradox with bumps...:D".  And I said to myself, all righty then, let's try it!

Here is the fun that happened next...
It just so happened that while all this was going on, I was in the middle of a CZT gathering at my bead store. As I shared this new discovery, Cris Letourneau looked up from whatever she was doing and cried, "Bumpadox!"

So there you have it. I sometimes takes a village to create a new tangle. And of course, it all goes back to Rick for deconstructing one of our all time favorite tangles, Rick's Paradox.

Here are the step outs. You can do this technique beginning with any shape, but I suggest starting with a simple triangle. Maybe just bump two sides of the triangle on your first go, then once  you get the hang of it, go crazy with it.

I start each line away from the corner and then into the next corner. I found that working with the bumps, it was easier to start with a wider space to a corner than the other way round. Of course, do it which ever way is easier for you. Now, once the sides start to close in, it requires a little more focus to find your line end corner. But no matter, have fun and find your way. Who knows? You may end up with a whole new tangle!

Also, notice the last step is an option I add once in a while. The red lines are how I Puf the bumps. I simply connect any sharp corners formed in the auras around the bumps.

Have fun!




Sunday, October 29, 2017

2018 Calendar featuring Margaret Bremner, CZT!

The 2018 Tangle-a-Day calendar is now on the presses! You are welcome to place your orders at Braughler Books.

I so very happy to announce that Margaret Bremner (CZT) is our featured Zentangle artist for the 2018 Tangle-a-Day Calendar. I've long admired Margaret's work since the day I met her at my first CZT training seminar. Margaret has so much inspiration to share through her art, and we are so lucky to have our pages graced with her beautiful tangling style. I know you will enjoy this year's edition.


For those of you who would like to purchase the calendars in bulk, there is a separate listing on Braughler's website store.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

2017 Tangle-a-Day Calendars are available

We are happy to say that the 2017 Tangle-a-Day Calendars are now available! This year's theme is fragments. I've had so much fun with Zentangle's new Zentangle Primer, Vol. 1, that I had to include samples in the calendar. I hope you all have as much fun as I did.

Click here to purchase a calendar from Braughler Books.
Order quantities of 10 or more, click here.

Have a great 2017!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fragment Fun

Create a square grid in pencil, then divide each square into four triangles. With pen, draw Poke Root in each triangle, turing your tile randomly to change the direction of each fragment. Let the Poke Root touch the edges of the penciled triangle.

Aura each Poke Root
Puf the corners, close up the outer loose ends, and shade!



Thursday, October 6, 2016

Reticula Fun: Triangles

I have always loved quilting because of the way each square, when connected to the next, creates shapes and patterns that the one square alone did not. In Zentangle, the same fun can be had by connecting the same square or triangular design (fragments) in a grid fashion. There are so many combinations! If you have the Zentangle Primer, Vol. 1, check out the chapter about Reticula.

For the art below, I used a square grid and triangled it by drawing diagonal lines from corner to corner on each square. I did the grid loosely in pencil. I like when things are a little off, so I wasn't at all careful about even lines, etc.

The reason I drew the grid in pencil is so that the edges of each fragment will connect to the next one (or not!). This process makes way for new shapes to form between the fragments. I used the fragments illustrated in the wonderful chart in the Zentangle Primer: K-15 and J-15.

I alternated each fragment when drawing them in the grid. 
As I drew each one, I played off the loose end of the drawn fragment next to it...

I then connected any loose ends to each other. Notice how the outside lines connect to other outside loose ends to create complete shapes...

I then added more auras to the unfilled spaces, darkened some middles and shaded...
As you can see, the results are a little wonky and unpredictable... exactly what I love about the Zentangle process. The more I don't care about the outcome, the more fun it is when I find the many surprises the lines have in store!




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Gommi Tangle

Hey everyone, I had a request to post a tangle that I offered in the 2014 Tangle-a-Day calendar. I realized I had never posted it here.  It's called Gommi. Hope you have some fun with it!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Per your requests...
The 2016 Tangle-a-Day calendar contains tangled art starts and loose ends so you can add to, connect and play any way you like. 


Each calendar day still has a box for you to fill 
with your favorite Zentangle® fun.
Order today! Special bulk pricing is available, too.