woensdag 10 augustus 2011

Aboriginal "Dutch" dot painting "Dutch Glory"

Another experiment with Aboriginal dot painting...in Dutch style, named "Dutch Glory".

I used some cheap paintbrushes, which I saw in two pieces for the 'dotting'.

This is so much fun....!!!!!!!!

maandag 8 augustus 2011

Aboriginal dot painting

I doubted whether I'd publish this on my Zentangle blog or not...
Since the aboriginal dot paintings also have repetitive patterns like Zentangles I thought it was okay...

Just a while ago I saw the aboriginal dot painting "Dream Sisters" made by Colleen Wallace Nungari, while I was googling for some inspiration. 

I was captured by the "simple" beauty of this painting. And I'm always in for trying something new...that's why I wanted to give it a try.

This is the result:

I'm experimenting with acrylic paint at the moment and this was so much fun to do that I know for certain more paintings like this one will follow....

With thanks to Colleen Wallace Nungari!!!

zaterdag 30 juli 2011

I am the Diva - Challenge #32

The challenge on the I am the Diva blog is to use a 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch tile, if you still have any left...which I don't. So that's why I drew this one in my A5 notebook.

Use any string you like with these four tangles:
Pais (by Mikee Huber),
Zedbra (by Laura Harms and Margaret Bremner),
Keenees (by Donna Hornsby),
Baton (by Laura Harms).

This is my first Zentangle since last April...and it felt great, fabulous, liberating...etc. etc.

So here's my entry for challenge #32

Today (31st July) I  made another one with the same tangles.... just wanted to show you...

zondag 3 juli 2011

A total ZT's block... It feels like I've lost a very very dear friend

Something really strange happened to me after having attended an official Zentangle workshop last May. I experienced a total Zentangler's block!!!

I purchased the official Zentangle tiles and pencil and I managed to make some ZTs the following two days. And then...I got stuck...not a bit, but totally stuck!!!

My precious Zentangles which had accompanied me during a very hard and difficult period in my life didn't give (?) me the mental peace and calm anymore. 

And today it finally struck me.... I tried to tangle according the Official Zentangle way. Using official Zentangle tiles and draw without a pre-planned intention....

I confined myself too much to the meditative part of Zentangle and completely forgot the creative part I like so much. And that doesn't work for me at all.

I will show you my ZTs here and I think you'll notice the lack of enjoyment, inspiration.

It feels like I've lost a very very dear friend..

zondag 26 juni 2011

Sorry for not being around lately...

My very dear Zentangle Friends, sorry for not being around lately.
I've been busy with work, family, painting the house and some other projects.
Just a few weeks ago my dad fell with his bike and broke his hip.
So he got a new hip and was hospitalized for a week. Now he's rehabilitating at home.

Our house was in desperate need of some paint and as you all know probably, this takes more time than you estimate.

I also initiated a sort of campaign for the women's shelter in Dordrecht. Together with ten girls of my daughter's Child Care facility we painted 5 large canvases/canvasses (don't know the right word in plural for canvas..) to brighten up the rooms for the kids who are staying there.

Just wanted to let you know that I did not forget all of my dear Zentangle Friends, but there have been some other things in my life which had more priority.

dinsdag 5 april 2011

Challenge #16 - Mooka

This week's challenge on I am the Diva blog of Laura Harms is to create a traditional Zentangle tile or ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) using the new official tangle: Mooka.

You can see directions on the official Zentangle blog or have a look at this You Tube video.

I think it's a great and gorgeous tangle.

Here's my (first) attempt for Mooka:

One thing's for sure I'm going to use this lovely tangle more often.

woensdag 30 maart 2011

Laura Harms' Weekly Challenge # 15

Laura Harms' weekly challenge # 15: Love your curves, Baby  was to only use curved lines.

I thought this wouldn't be too difficult...but when "filling in" some patterns I used straight lines... Oops, I was just in time to change them into curved lines.

Here's my attempt:

I used "Tuffit" from the book Yoga for your Brain by Sandy Steen Bartholomew for the main focus point and "Tung" to wrap Tuffit in.

maandag 14 maart 2011

Like my Dress?

I just love the girls of Suzi Blu !

Totally inspired by her art I made the following ZIA.

Do you like her dress?

zaterdag 12 maart 2011

Let's make some beautiful ZTs to show the world that we care...

Morther Earth seems to be warning us... Are we exploiting the world's natural resources too much? Or is it "just" the way our planet earth works?

Nevertheless, what's happening to Japan, Chili, New Zealand, Australia, America etc etc is affecting "real" people. Families have lost their dear ones, their houses completely washed away, their belongings gone forever etc etc. How much more can they take? 

Let's make some heartwarming Zentangles just to show we care!!!!

 News from CNN Earthquake Japan

woensdag 9 maart 2011

Check Maid ( my Zetti girl)

And now for something completely different... LOL

I also love Zetti Art or Zettiology (go and have a look at the Flickr's group).
So every now and then I'm experimenting with this. 

In Cloth Paper Scissors edition 2006 Violette presents some Art Journaling Techniques. That's where I saw a lovely Zetti-like face, which inspired me to draw the following face of my Check Maid.

I'm anxious to learn from you what you think about it...

dinsdag 8 maart 2011

Weekly Challenge # 12 - Blue

This week's challenge on Laura Harms' blog is to use the colour blue in your tile or Zentangle inspired piece.

I decided to let the color do it's work in my "ZT".

Blue is one of my favorite colors!!! For me it represents "space, freedom, tranquillity".

dinsdag 1 maart 2011

Weekly Challenge # 11

This is my attempt for the Weekly Challenge # 11 on Laura Harms' blog I am the Diva. The challenge is to create a Zentangle by using just one tanglepattern.

I don't know whether my pattern really has a name, but I use it quite often.
It's very dynamic and the way of how you shade it can also change it's feature (if that's the correct word for it....)

Since I am a huge fan of Ledenzer's way of coloring Zentangles I tried to color some of the tangle spaces like she does. Better try next time.....

dinsdag 22 februari 2011

Challenge # 10 - The Space Between

The weekly challenge on the I am the Diva blog is called "The Space Between" and it's about creating a tile or Zentangle inspired piece being aware of the space between the tangles, leaving some white space. 

Sometimes people do tend to forget that there are no patterns, figures, objects, words etc without space between them. This space defines the object... It's like the saying: ""There's no music without the pause between the music notes" (or something like this...;-)  )

I created a very simple Zentangle with some coloring to emphasize the effect of space between the patterns. Yes, I know it's not my most wonderful Zentangle, but it clearly states what "The Space Between" can mean for your drawing. Or even for your life.... We all need a pause, break, rest every now and then to become more aware of our surroundings and really learn to appreciate what's surrounding us. Don't you think so?

Wow, did I really learn something these past 45 years? LOL ;-)

Okay, here it comes:

A part of me is saying: "Do you really have to share this ZT with other people? It's not such a special or beautiful Zentangle..." But on the other hand, what's wrong with simplicity? Life is already as complicated as it is...

zondag 20 februari 2011

Theme 3 on Dutch Zentangles group: "Geluk" (Happiness or Luck)

The 3rd theme on Flickr's Dutch Zentangle Group is ""Geluk", in English "Happiness" or "Luck". It's how you interpretate the Dutch word Geluk.

To me it stands a.o. for Love, Commitment (as in marriage), having good Luck in your life (every now and then)...

Hopefully I captured this all together in my Zentangle:

zaterdag 12 februari 2011

Especially For You

I made this Zentangle (with the pink ribbon) for a dear colleague/friend, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January last year. She's had breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy: a lumpectomy is a partial mastectomy, because part of the breast tissue is removed) and radiation therapy during 6 or 7 weeks in 2010. So far she's doing quite well.

Coming Monday her ovaries and oviducts will be surgical removed on her own request. Just as a precaution measurement.
My thoughts are with her!

dinsdag 8 februari 2011

Challenge "Life Imitates Doodles" - Tell Your Story, Be Part of the Art

Sandra Kay Strait (Molossus) had a challenge on her blog Life Imitates Doodles, since I am a huge fan of her Zentangle artwork I decided to participate.
Sandra asked us to do the following for this challenge:
"Well, I ask you to look at a ZT you've just finished (no fair planning ahead of time).  Take note of the movement, the flow, the texture.  Spin it around.  Look at how the dark and light work together.  How do the tangles work together>  How do they resist each other?  What objects seem to appear?  What's the mood?  Do this immediately after you finish, and look, and do not second guess yourself.

Come up with a title based on your immediate impressions.  Then invite your viewers to tell you what they see or feel.  In other words, invite them to invest part of their world experience into yours."
Well, this is what I came up with...
It's titled: "Shattered, but keeping the pieces together"

Shattered: "burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow".

This is what I see in the pattern "Scraper"...shattered, as with a violent blow...of life itself. You burst into pieces, but you know you have to keep the pieces together... using all kinds of strings and finally you succeed. Although it feels like surviving and not living, this is what you are capable of at this moment.

So the strings in this ZT are keeping the patterns (pieces) together.

The L in the righthand corner stands for Linda, a dear old friend of mine from highschool.

donderdag 3 februari 2011

Zentangle swap on Flickr's Dutch ATCs group

Today I received 6 gorgeous Zentangle ATCs from our Dutch ATCs group on Flickr....  As soon as it light enough I'll make pictures and post them here.

What I can show you are my own Zentangle ATCs, since it was light enough in the house to make pictures before I put them in the mail. ;-) 

Waiting for spring to come

Made with micron pigma pen 01 and watercolor pencils.

Kept inside the color

Made with micron pigma black 01, pink 01, green 01 and orange 01 pen.

Hopefully we'll have a Zentangle ATC swap soon again... (hint, hint)

woensdag 2 februari 2011

Birthday present for my father

It's my father's birthday tomorrow, he'll turn 69!
(But he looks much younger!! ;-) ) 
The 3rd of February, so he's an Aquarius.

I'm really "in love" with the Zodiac series I saw on Mariet's Flickr photostream.
Totally inspired by her Zodiac Zentangles I also gave it a try and I think it turned out rather well....

Today it was my day off, so me and my daughter went out to visit him and give him his present (and some "birthday-cash").
I think he was somehow pleasantly surprised with this "unusual" present, which he liked very much.

Happy Birthday, greatest dad of the world!

zondag 30 januari 2011

ZTs inspired by the theme Spring on Flickr's Dutch Zentangle group

I'd like to share those wonderful, amazing and beautiful Zentangles made by my dear Zentangle friends on our Flickr group Dutch Zentangles, based on the theme Spring.

The first one is made by Rooike1 (Jeanet), a very talented woman who's become a very dear Zentangle friend of mine. It's called "A bit of spring".

The second ZT is made by Kraai65, a woman with many talents as you can see on her Flickr Photostream. This one is called "Lente (Spring)".

This third one is from Sandra van der Geest, a "newbie" amongst the Zentanglers. She just wanted to give it a try once and participated with the following ZT, which I think is gorgeous. More ZTs by Sandra's hand to follow...

Fourth in line... Mariet Dronten, please do have a look at her Flickr Photostream. Besides her ZTs she makes extraordinary and beautiful drawings. I think she's a very talented and creative artist. Enjoy her art!

The fifth, spring inspired ZT made by Dinie54, also a "newbie" amongst the Zentanglers. Famous for her gorgeous ATCs, which I really admire.

And last, but surely not the least, a ZT from Yvonne's ATC . A newbie as well on Zentangles. I "met" Yvonne on the SA (Scrappersanonimous)-forum and since then I'm a real fan of her art! She makes gorgeous and extraordinary ATCs, I think she's a stamp-goddess! :-)

Thank you all my dear Zentangle friends for sharing your amazing ZTs with all of us all over the world.

zaterdag 29 januari 2011

New theme "Love/Valentine" on Flickr's Dutch Zentangles

As from today the new theme on Flickr's group Dutch Zentangles is "Love/Valentine".

Thought it would be fun to do Zentangles with a love theme and since Valentine's day is just around the corner...
So let your heart speak and tangle with love!

You're "killing two birds with one stone" (twee vliegen in een klap)...
You had fun with tangling and on Valentine's day you'll have a very personal present for the one you love. ;-)

Here are some templates you can use:

Image from: http://familyfun.go.com/printables/heart-pattern-703484/

Image from: http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/category/holidays/st-valentines-day/

Image from: http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/cupids-choice/

Image from: http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/valentines-day-20/

Image from: http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/valentines-day-22/

Image from: http://www.coloring-pages-kids.com/coloring-pages/holiday-season-coloring-pages/valentines-day-coloring-pages/valentines-day-coloring-pages-images/valentines-day-coloring-page-04.php

To transfer the images on your paper you can print them out, "colour" the back of the copy with a grey/black pencil and then turn the copy put it on your paper and go around the lines with a sharp pencil to transfer the image.

Have fun and show us your "Lovely Valentine" Zentangles!

woensdag 26 januari 2011

Dutch Zentangle group on Yahoo Flickr

The other day I created a new group "Dutch Zentangles" on Flickr. Since there was no group for Dutch Zentangle artists on Flickr I thought it was a good idea to start one. Holland is "blessed" with so many creative artists. That's something we really can be proud of. Applaus for our Dutch creative souls!

Once in every two weeks there will be a theme, which is not meant to be a challenge. It's just an extra or when you're facing an "inspiration-block".

This week (untill Saturday) we have Spring as a theme. My dear Flickr friends made really beautiful Spring themed Zentangles.

As administrator of this group I participated also.
So I had a try and the following Zentangles are the result:

For those among you who don't recognize them...
These are Easter eggs, which I associate with Spring.

Duckling swimming for the first time with it's mom.

Chicks having fun!
Need I say more....?