Painting the Forth Bridge

For those of you out there who don’t get the reference to the Forth Bridge, it’s a hundred or so year old railway bridge over the Firth of Forth just north of Edinburgh in Scotland. It’s a magnificent structure but was famous throughout my childhood for the fact that it was constantly being painted in order to preserve its integrity.

Got to love it.
Got to love it.

According to urban myth, no sooner had the poor painters finished at one end than they toddled back across and started again at the other.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forth_Bridge And so it is with tidying my craftroom. (Also known as the computer room and ex spare bedroom, though Heaven help us if anyone had to sleep in there now!)

I start well, with the best of intentions, find something I’d forgotten I’d started and three hours later I surface from a Tangled state in a room no tidier than it was before, with a small square of card covered in squiggly lines. Is there any wonder my husband calls it the Black Hole of Zentangle? (Another historical reference – look up Black Hole of Calcutta for original. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hole_of_Calcutta )  He says it’s where pens go to die, a sort of graphite graveyard. Dammit, another historical reference – see Elephants’ graveyard.

Believe me, this is a better picture than the photos of the real thing.
Believe me, this is a better picture than the photos of the real thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephants%27_graveyard

Anyway, today I finished a couple of tiles for a new group I’ve joined on Facebook – Square One: Purely Zentangle, which goes back to basic Zentangle principles – “Our only requirement is you stay within the parameters we’ve provided in the group description (white tile, 3.5 x 3.5, black ink, graphite pencil ONLY).” which is fine by me, as I find the restriction actually helps me focus. The other one is called For the love of Doodling and is run by someone whose work I’ve seen on Ornation Creation and it’s a more relaxed site but still based on sharing patterns and ZIA’s. It’s new so we’ll see how it goes.

“Share your Doodles, Tangles, Zia, Zentangles, tangle patterns – consider this a place to share, motivate and admire.

A few Do’s and Don’ts:
Do share your WiP’s, ZIP’s, DIP’s and finished works.
Do share new patterns, interesting blogs, websites and information on Doodling, tangles and related art.
Do share, motivate, admire and be respectful
Don’t sell here.
Don’t copy someone’s work.
And obviously no spam or porn.” 

Again, fine by me.

So I’ve been finishing a couple of things and starting a few others.  The following tiles were for Square One, the first “challenge” was to produce a tile which included Verdigogh”, which is one of the patterns that I like the look of but don’t think I can produce to any good effect. I slipped in a little Dragonair because it’s a favourite and then tried another new to me pattern, Zenbudz, to fill what seemed to be empty space. Am I happy with it? Werll – let’s say not unhappy. Don’t want to get over enthusiastic. Anyway, I CAN do Verdigogh and, with a bit of practice, will do it better next time.

Using Verdigogh and Zenbuds for the first time.
Using Verdigogh and Zenbuds for the first time.
Using Twing for the first time.
Using Twing for the first time.

The second one uses Twing, another one  hadn’t tried before, with a Star Map/Neuron mix and Zenplosion folds, which I found hard to get my head round but liked the end result.

As for works in progress, I’ve got several on the go. I bought some little wooden drawers to decorate and make into little trinket boxes for friends for Christmas and I’ve been painting them ready to cover with pretty papers etc.  I’ll put pictures up when they’re nearer to being finished.

I think I’ve finished a ZIA see below but I’m not sure it’s finished – maybe the ribbons need some work.

Coloured with Promarkers first and then tangled.
Coloured with Promarkers first and then tangled. Using Star Map, Twistee, Y-Ful, Sandswirl and a bit of Frickle, I think.

The works in progress? A nameplate for my daughter in law to be (Don’t tell her, it’s a surprise.) and a tree ZIA that is an unashamed steal from several ideas on Pinterest.

Tree as a work in progress.
Tree as a work in progress.
A nameplate for Karen as a work in progress. Got to finish tangling the frame then do the colouring.
A nameplate for Karen as a work in progress. Got to finish tangling the frame then do the colouring.

And that’s it for now. Tidying? Well, I’ve avoided it for half an hour while I wrote this post. What’s the next avoidance technique I can use? There’ll be one, never fear, there WILL be one!

 

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3 thoughts on “Painting the Forth Bridge

  1. the Firth of Forth…I am remembering that location from a book I read ages ago…The Plague Dogs, was it? And yes, I can commiserate with the unending nature of tidying places like craft rooms.

    Love your tiles. Getting inspired here on my late Monday morning…

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