Getting to grips with swapping.

Initial D patterns
Initial M patterns
Initial C patterns

Coooeeee! It’s me. Didja miss me? Oh. Right. Well, anyway, here I am again. I’ve been getting behind with my swaps for various FB sites I’m a member of and I decided it was time to be a bit more pro active. The July swap for  Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/123904037786011/  just trips off the tongue doesn’t it? –  was to send someone an atc using patterns that began with the initial of the recipient’s surname. Corr. At first it was a bit laborious but then I got into it and had a lot of fun. It also got me trying patterns I haven’t used before, which is no bad thing. some of them will go back into the “not bothered” pile but others, like Camreap and Cabana will surface again, I think. Each atc had just a little colour but I got a bit over excited at one point, as you can see.

Initial S patterns
More Initial S patterns, I think
Are these initial L? Already forgotten, sad isn’t it?
White Clover Flower Fairy Vintage Print, c.1927 Cicely Mary Barker Book Plate Illustration
This is the Clover Fairy by said Cicely M Barker and my Grandma said it looked just like me at that age. It needn’t be true but I like the idea. I’ve still got the podgy legs.

I recently joined a fledgling FB group called UK Tanglers (So if you are in the UK, have a look. We’re a friendly bunch and there aren’t many of us as yet.) anyway, we’ve swapped a few starts for each other to finish and some different types of card/paper to draw on and now we’re doing a round robin swap. We’re using  A5 card and each member does a bit then passes it on to the next person on the list to add their bit. I’ve started one and added to two more as they’ve arrived but, and this is soooo typical, I forgot to take photos before I sent them off.

However, I think it’s a nice idea and I’m looking forward to seeing how they all turn out.

 

And the next swap for Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap is even more exciting …Zentangle fairy houses, no less. Ooooooo this is fun. Since I can’t draw proper Flower Fairies a la Cicely M Barker, I’ve gone for quirky instead.

I know my little houses are pretty derivative but I had a lot of fun doing them and I think I’m going to do a bigger one for my four year old granddaughter, probably as a Christmas gift. Although I tried some with bright colours, I found the more subtle ones felt more comfortable for some reason. (Well, subtle for me anyway.) Anyway I sent them off last week so we’ll see in a couple of weeks how  they are received.  Silly me. I know how they will be received – with pleasure and kinds words, because tanglers are supportive and positive of each other. It’s one of the reasons I love doing it.

So there we are, welcome to Fairyville Parva, full of desirable residences for discerning fay folk.

And then, joy of joys, the Diva is back. Refreshed and renewed by her Summer break, she returned with a couple of back to basics posts and my responses to both of them are here.

Firstly, DC 366 –

Weekly Challenge #366: Back to Basics
I’ve been thinking about what my first back to bizness challenge would be after the summer, and i didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself or on any of you – so this week’s challenge is a Back to Basics challenge – we’re gonna go back to the Zentangle roots.

Black on White, with pencil shading, on a 3.5″ Square
Dots. Border. String.

using simple tangles like HollibaughCrescent MoonKeekoPrintemps.  (follow links for step outs if you don’t know them already)

Dots, frame, string.

So I did my dots in the corners, made a frame, used D and C linked as a string and off I went.  I didn’t try for anything fancy, just quiet concentration and it worked a treat. It isn’t art but it is very satisfying.

And then I moved straight on to DC 367, which is still going back to the fundamentals of Zentangle and using rounding the corners to make a simple but very effective pattern.

Patterns and shading. Neither inspired nor inspiring but good practice nonetheless.

Again, I really enjoyed this and I realise it was because this was all I was doing, no finished product in mind, just one line at a time. Very, very relaxing.

Here’s what the Diva asked us to do

 

Weekly Challenge #367: “Tangle ‘NZEPPEL”
So this week’s challenge is to spend some time with the tangle ‘NZEPPEL and it’s cousin CRAZY ‘NZEPPEL if you like!  I’m trying to ease my way back into the habit of tangling, and this tangle has always been a pretty soothing one for me, that is – once i saw Rick demonstrate it back when i was certified.
The key in the tangle, in my opinion, is to trace the shapes as best you can, only rounding out the corners.  Rick says: imagine squishing a water balloon into a triangle
I tried to draw Nzeppel behind Nzeppel and I think it works reasonably well.
So that’ll do for now. Caught up quite a lot and still got lots to do for next week. So, until then, world, be good -ish.
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4 thoughts on “Getting to grips with swapping.

  1. There is a lot of beautiful work to see on this page. What a wonderful idea to create tiles about a certain initial!
    The tiles with the tiny houses look great, so much difference and lovely colours and me too love the double-decker N’Zepple.

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