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Monday, January 2, 2012

A Bit of Bubbly . . .

. . . for your New Year's Celebration.

Maria Writes:

I never manage to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve, even when I was younger. It just never seemed to have the appeal . . . watching the ball fall.

When we go to parties, we are the first to leave. I love to go home. (Ironically, I love to go out, too!)

But home is the bees knees . . . great food . . . warm fires . . . great company (even when I am alone) . . . the best rest . . . and comfort and joy. Always comfort and joy.

Here's a bit of Zentangle technique I'd like to share with you. Something really simple that you may have already figured out, but I'll say it anyway. (Sometimes the most obvious is the one we just do not see.)

When you are tangling your favorite tangle and you want to add dimension (depth), character, contrast, or just some fun; instead of darkening the background, play with tiny orbs.

Starting around the perimeter of a space, draw the tiniest row of "orbs" (our word for circles) all around. Then the next row, just a smidge bigger orbs, then the next, you guessed it, a little bigger . . . and depending on the size of the space just keep going until you reach the center with the largest orb. Then shade around the edge . . . maybe the first two rows of small orbs and VOILA!

You have filled in a space with a tangle without even breaking a sweat. You can also go from large circles to small ones, too.

This is a great way to "tone" an area and increase your focus at the same time. Focus on keeping the orbs the size you want, increasing or decreasing them ever so subtly. It will result in a shell-like texture, especially with shading.

So give your Zentangle tile some "froth" and see what happens!

A Year of Health, Wealth, Happiness and Love to all our Zentangle friends.

Rick and Maria

Click images for more froth.


Enthusiastic Artist said...

Great idea!
Wishing you and yours all good things in the year to come. <3

(PS - I'm having fun with Fengles!)

Carole Ohl said...

This is the very best kind of bubbly...I love adding the bubbles. I find the rhythm of it very relaxing, and it always livens up a tile! So we raise a tile of bubbly to you and your family and friends for a wonderful 2012!

Erin said...

Love this technique, especially in the second example. Beautiful!

Shelly Beauch said...

Cheers to plenty of bubbles in 2012!

Debby said...

How did you do that 2nd one. I'm thinking that "starfish" was Rick's contribution but I can't figure out which tangle that is.

Alittlesprite said...

You inspired me to do some bubbles today and at first I hated it but as it grew it is now my most favourite drawing I've done! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I just saw one of these on Pinterest, did a quick google search, and holy cow! I had no idea this existed as an art form! I have been "doodling" these for over ten years on post-it notes. I have shoe boxes full of them! This is just so exciting that other people do this!


Judi said...

Oh-Oh, I think that last poster is in for a 2012 treat!! :-) Wishing you a wonderful new year in every way. And, it was so nice to see someone put into words how I feel about "HOME" Thanks for that!