These “tiles” are, again, in my sketchbook. I’ve been in the habit of carrying my sketchbook and doodling while waiting at sax/piano lessons, dentist, wherever. That’s on the days I don’t take my knitting instead. So, when I started OZAD, it just seemed natural to continue these daily lessons in it. I’ve passed day 11 now that I’m writing this post and it occurs to me that I should probably be using tiles since some of these turn out frame worthy. However, this little traveller journal does a very good job of keeping things together. On the occasions that I use a different piece of paper to tangle, I just tape it in (usually with archival quality double sided tape).
So… first “tile.” I love Hollibaugh and decided to create a star with it and tangle behind it with the other two patterns. Poke root and I have never gotten along. The more roots I poked, the more I disliked the tile. I wanted to finish it anyway so I added the Festune. Also not a regularly used pattern but it did ground the Poke Root a bit. Still didn’t really like it. Finally, I added the distant, dotted Hollibaugh and shaded then moved on. Surprisingly, especially after not looking at it for a few weeks, I like this one.
The second tile is another indicator of Valentine’s Day getting close. Can’t imagine why I would think that.
I used String 039 from tanglepatterns.com for this one. Now we know I received the book before Valentine’s Day. Knight’s Bridge is another pattern I don’t use often but I like the strong background under the heart. Fescu has always been one of my favourites. Nekton was another new one for me and I find I really enjoy it.
A slight variation on the heart string for this one. Not bad. The spiral heart has possibilities but I think it doesn’t stand out against the too busy background. It looks better in the journal. I’m definitely losing some of the shading during the scanning process. Must figure that out.
A friend sent me a Mastercard Gift Card and I thought that One Zentangle a Day, a wonderful book by Beckah Krahula would be a great way to spend it. OZAD is subtitled as A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. Who doesn’t need that? Conveniently, it’s available on amazon.com so I cashed in my card (Thanks Chris!) and the book arrived in my mailbox sometime mid-February. I’ve been enjoying it ever since.
I’m sure I’ve had OZAD for close to 5 weeks by now and I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to get through 11 days of lessons.
Too busy? Too slow? Really savouring each lesson? Whatever… I’m really enjoying it and I encourage you to do the same. No, I do not know Beckah. No, I do not get royalties from her book sales. Do I find relaxation, inspiration and fun while following the lessons in the book? You bet. Do I think you should buy it? What do you think?
Too many questions? How about I post my Day 1 efforts?
I’ve never used Static before and found it a bit bland on this piece. Definitely takes a lot of attention to keep those lines parallel… and maybe less coffee.
Still not entirely sold on Static. I’m also noticing that my scanner wreaks havoc on the shading. Both of these were done with Sakura micron pens in a Pentalic journal.