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Some Tips for Using Micron Pens

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Blog Article, Tips | 0 comments

Some Tips for Using Micron Pens

I was searching around for tips to keep Sakura Microns healthy, and came across a blog post on the excellent Tanglepatterns website.

Here is an excerpt from that article, Sakura’s response to Linda’s query as to why pens might clog or leak;

From Sakura:

Micron Care and Quality

Sakura invented Microns as an inexpensive and disposable alternative to high-priced technical pens while maintaining technical-pen quality. Microns were originally designed for fine-line technical and art drawing but their use has spread to other applications.

Micron’s best use is on paper, so non-traditional uses such as tole painting, decoupage applications, using it on canvas, decorative quilts, etc., might contribute to an issue with a bent or clogged nib.

A Micron nib may clog from use with partially dried paint or primer, wood dust, fabric dust, starches & protections on fabric surfaces and very fibrous paper. The Micron nibs are essentially “micro size plastic tubes” which allow our pigment ink formula to easily flow from the barrel to the paper. When any foreign matter clogs these tubes, the Pigma ink flow is blocked.

Microns are designed to be used at a 90degree angle, like technical pens. The smaller point sizes (005 and 01) use very delicate nibs to create the extra fine line, so they need to be used with a very light touch, no more than the weight of the pen itself. Microns require very little pressure to provide a flow of ink. If you experience a bent nib, switching to a thicker nib size, and/or using lighter hand pressure when writing, should resolve the issue.

A leak near the nib holder or ink wick could be caused by dropping, inadvertently shaking, or accidentally applying centrifugal force to the pen by spinning it in your hand.

There is also  lot of great information in the comments section

I’ve also found that the pens leak when I fly, even in the pressurized cabin.  I take Sensei’s instead, and have not had any trouble with them.

Tangling over watercolor washes and over watercolor pencil can also lead to occassional clogging.  I have a theory that it might be due to the composition of the pigments in the watercolor ground.  I will do some testing in the next couple of weeks as I develop samples for some classes on watercolor wash techniques.

 

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Artist Trading Card Swap ~ 53 little gems landed in my mailbox

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Blog Article | 1 comment

Artist Trading Card Swap ~ 53 little gems landed in my mailbox

About a year ago, I signed up for a massive ATC swap amongst Zentangle teachers from all over the world.  Each participant was to create 52 Artist Trading cards, send them in, and receive back 52 cards from other participants.

This huge undertaking was organized by Sharon Payne of Styx and Stones.  There were over 130 participants and some did more than one deck!  Sharon and her fellow North Carolina  CZT’s met up in a mall, it looks like they took over an entire food court, and “dealt” the decks.

With permission, I share the cards!  (I will post pictures of the ones I submitted after all of the ATC’s have been distributed)

52 Zentangle ATC's Set 1

52 Zentangle ATC’s Set 1

52 Zentangle ATC's Set 2

52 Zentangle ATC’s Set 2

52 Zentangle ATC's Set 3

52 Zentangle ATC’s Set 3

52 Zentangle ATC's Set 4

52 Zentangle ATC’s Set 4

52 Zentangle ATC's Set 5

52 Zentangle ATC’s Set 5

52 Zentangle ATC's Set 6

52 Zentangle ATC’s Set 6

 

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Tangle Pattern ~ Star-igami

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Blog Article, Featured, Stepouts, Video | 9 comments

Tangle Pattern ~ Star-igami

This tangle looks like an origami star. …. Star-igami. Different values of shading give a folded appearance.

It is very easy to draw, once you get into the rhythm.

It makes a wonderful centerpiece or focal point. Or, draw a cluster of Star-igami.

This tangle is featured as a focal point in the Shading and Enhancements Advanced Zentangle class

Here are some detailed stepouts.

Stepout for Star-igami

Draw two lines at right angles, to form “spokes”

Stepout for Star-igami

Draw a second set of spokes at 45 degree angle from the first set.

Stepout for Star-igami

Draw a diagonal line from one of the spokes toward the center. Be sure it extends more than half way to the adjacent spoke

Stepout for Star-igami

Draw another line from the adjacent spoke, crossing the first line by a little bit

Stepout for Star-igami

Repeat around the rest of the star

Stepout for Star-igami

Connect the two ends of the cross, creating a small triangle

Stepout for Star-igami

Repeat around the rest of the star

Stepout for Star-igami

Connect one corner of the little triangle to the center, creating one side of the “origami” fold

Stepout for Star-igami

Draw the other side of the “fold”

Stepout for Star-igami

Repeat around the rest of the star

Stepout for Star-igami

Stepout for Star-igami

Stepout for Star-igami

Blacken the little triangles

Stepout for Star-igami

Shade darkly on one side of each star section.

Stepout for Star-igami

Add a lighter shade to the other side of the star section

Stepout for Star-igami

Shade around the outside

 

An original Zentangle(r) tangle pattern, designed by Jean Theurkauf, CZT

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Holiday Card Templates

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Blog Article, Featured | 4 comments

Holiday Card Templates

Here are some Holiday Card templates for tangling.

They are set up to be printed two per page on 8.5×11 paper, in landscape format.  Click on the images below and then download the attached pdfs.

 

Holiday Card Template

Candles

 

 

Holiday Card Template

Peace

 

 

Holiday Card Template

Star of David

 

 

Holiday Card Template

Stars

 

 

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Shine and Sparkle Mini-Mandala Class ~ Student’s works (November 2014)

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog Article | 0 comments

Shine and Sparkle Mini-Mandala Class ~ Student’s works (November 2014)

Here is some incredible student work from the November Shine and Sparkle Mini- Mandala class.

For the first half of the class, learned how to create little mandalas by combining simple elements.  We worked in with the Metallic Pen and Pencil set, and learned some tricks that bring out the beauty of these metallics.

For the first set, we learned how to build the mandalas with very simple elements and lines.

Metallic Minidala Student Work

Metallic Minidala Student Work

For the second set, we used more complex patterns, with a botanical feel to them

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

During the second part of the class, we worked on a larger scale.We started with a mandala in the middle, adding simple elements.  Then we surrounded the central mandala with new mini-mandalas.  Finally, we thought of ways to integrate the central mandala with the surrounding ones.  The results were beautiful and showed a lot of variety!

 

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

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If you can’t hide it, decorate it

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog Article | 0 comments

If you can’t hide it, decorate it

I live in a 250 year old house, that has a tendency to peel. The last time it was all peely, I thought it would be neat to have a little tangling party and invite people of like minds and tangle up the peely areas, in the spirit of “if you can hide it, decorate it”. My husband was not on board with that. Now, we will be fixing up and selling our house. During a warm day a few weeks ago, I set to repairing some peeling paint. I guess I forgot to ask my husband’s opinion…..

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

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Thinking about Mandalas

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog Article, Featured | 0 comments

Thinking about Mandalas

I find myself drawn toward mandalas these days. Its easy to construct mandalas by combining simple shapes and patterns along the axes. And, as with other Zentangle Art, you rotate the tile or paper as you repeat the patterns, so that your hand can repeat the same motion pattern each time. This gets you into the “zone”.

What actually IS a mandala?

Freeform Mandala, Color on Lokte

Freeform Mandala, Color on Lokte

 

Mandalas are a timeless masterpiece, rich with traditions and symbolism. Each mandala is unique and conveys different meanings depending on who made it and what philosophies are believed by that individual. Mandalas are generally considered sacred objects with important teachings and a deity given to each one. Found in many different cultures and religions, from Buddhism, Hindu, Celtic, Native Americans, and many more the mandala has become a major symbol throughout history and even today. Yet many people don’t realize the significance or cultural meaning of this mighty symbol.
While the origin of the word mandala is still debated, most people believe it comes from a Sanskrit word meaning circle, and suggesting the etymology of the word itself actually means a container of essence. While the origin if the word is debatable, what is agreed upon is that a mandala is generally a circle with dividing lines separating it into several quadrants. Each quadrant represents a different theme and starts at the center of the circle working outward, generally a deity is depicted at the center of the mandala but it is not unusual for a mandala to be completely geometric.
Meaning of Mandalas

Like Zentangle, mandalas can be strings that are filled with pattern

 

Mandala

Mandala

Mandala strings can be drawn with compasses

Mandala using Compass for String

Mandala using Compass for String

Mandala strings can be drawn freeform

Mandala, Color on Renaissance Tile

Mandala, Color on Renaissance Tile

Mandala strings can be asymmetrical

Freeform Asymmetric Mandala

Freeform Asymmetric Mandala

Mandalas can have color

Freeform Floritanglia Mandala with Color (Forest Floor Collection)

Freeform Floritanglia Mandala with Color (Forest Floor Collection)

Mandalas can be constructed by building shapes and patterns along axes

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

They can even combine with Celtic Knots.

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

There are so many ways to draw Mandalas!

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Downtown Jammy Retreat 2014 Artwork Slideshow

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog Article, Video | 2 comments

Downtown Jammy Retreat 2014 Artwork Slideshow

Here are some images of the Floritanglia and Taste of Color classes at the Downtown Jammy Retreat

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Floritanglia meets Color!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog Article, Featured | 0 comments

Floritanglia meets Color!

A full day of Zentangle Inspired Fun with back to back classes this fall!

In the morning, we will explore my new “thing”…

Floritanglia.

 

Floritanglia Tree 2

Floritanglia Tree 2

Floritanglia Flower 1

Floritanglia Flower 1

In this class, we INVENT all kinds of new fantastical flowers, vines, trees.  We take simple elements and combine them to create complex and wonderful botanically inspired designs.  We will create two pieces using this process.


Then in the afternoon we will be exploring color!

A Taste of Color

 

Here we will explore some neat tricks and techniques for creating beautiful and harmonious color palettes. Using high quality Caran d’Ache Supracolor Watercolor pencil collections, 6  colors specially chosen to work together to create a particular mood, we will learn how to blend, layer and glaze to create wonderful, deep and complex colors.  The class fee INCLUDES the one Pencil Collection of your choice

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

 

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection

Zentangle Inspired Art, Forest Floor Supracolor Collection


View some examples from the 2014 Downtown Retreat, Laingsburg Michigan


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Celtic Knot Class

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog Article, Featured | 0 comments

Celtic Knot Class

Drawing Celtic Knots is easier than you think!

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a neat book by George Bain, called “Celtic Art: Method of Construction”. He outlined a really easy way to draw Celtic Knots, here is a little tutorial I did a few months ago that uses his methods.

Using his methods as a first step, we will really dig into some more sophisticated, yet easy ways to draw these beautiful figures.

While this class is in black and white, the techniques can be used with any media.

Simple Celtic Knot

Simple Celtic Knot

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

Zentangle Celtic Knot

Zentangle Inspired Celtic Knot

I am really excited about this stuff. Its just as addictive as Zentangle once you learn the tricks!

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