Ticky Tacky Town


Artwork: Zebra Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils on a Hahnemühle YouTangle tile.

There’s an old folk song ‘Little Boxes’, that talks about neighborhoods filled with houses made of ticky tacky, that all look just the same. This is another one of the tangle drawings I did while watching movies on New Year’s Eve and when I looked at the finished piece – ticky tacky is the name that came to mind!

Doodlewash prompt: Crayons – crayon translates to pencil in French, so I’m claiming this one fits the prompt!

Tangling from the Comfy Chair


Artwork: Zebra Pen Mildliner Pens on a Hahnemühle YouTangle tile.

Hubby and I spent most of New Year’s with a Boston Cream pie and a pile of old movies, so I managed to do some tangling – because isn’t that what everyone does while watching movies?

Dinner at the Black Hole Diner – Tangle Drawing


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard

I started this one while at the airport, waiting to come home from Florida. Airports always feel a little bit like a black hole to me, sucking all the energy from you – hence the title.

Since I got home, I’ve played hide and seek with it, finding it and adding a bit, losing it and finding it again. I’m convinced it was hiding out in that Black Hole!

Desert Island Discs


Artwork – Desert Island Discs-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard

So I did manage to get all the episodes of Lost in Space Season 1 watched, but I wasn’t totally artless while doing so. I always have a set of my Zebra Zensations Technical Pens and Nostalgie Postcards sitting close to my chair.

So no list of favorites discs ( I don’t have favorites that way – they constantly change), just lots of linework.

Cosmic Puppy and the Search for the Bountiless Bone-Day 4


Have you entered this week’s giveaway for a copy of Alice Hendon’s ‘Tangle Starts: Into the Future’, a tin of YouTangle tiles, a set of 48 Arteza Colored Pencils, and a 3 pk of Zebra Zensations Pens? If not, why not? It’s open internationally Go here to enter.

Pages 19-21.
Text: …carried on refreshed. He delved on high and delved below. But nowhere did he find the Bountiless Bone. And so he traveled…

Pages 22-24.
Text: …on. He found galaxies of gems and galxies of rings. And galaxies of bubbles and swirls and things.

To be continued tomorrow.

If you missed the third installment of this thrilling story, you can find it here.

Cosmic Puppy and the Search for the Bountiless Bone-Day 3


Pages 13-15.
Text: He met many cosmic creatures and asked if they knew where the bone was. No one did, but it was a worthy search. On that, they were all in …

Pages 16-18.
Text: …agreement. “Bone,” said Cosmic Puppy and he trotted on past galaxy after galaxy. He stopped to drink from the milky way and …

To be continued tomorrow.

To start at the beginning of this thrilling story, go here.

Cosmic Puppy and the Search for the Bountiless Bone-Day 2


Pages 7-9.
Text: …your breath. The bone you can gnaw forever and the Bone that will provide contentment for the entire universe.”

Pages 10-12.
Text: But Cosmic Puppy wasn’t listening. He was already scampering down the path, in search of the bone.

To be continued tomorrow.

To start at the beginning of this thrilling story, go here.

Cosmic Puppy and the Search for the Bountiless Bone-Day 1


Back in 2010, I filled a couple of Moleskine accordion albums with a tangle-illustrated story for friends. Hahnemühle just announced that they have released a Zig-zag album (which I’ll review in the future! *jumps for joy*) But the news made me think of this older artwork.

Recently, I’ve had trouble keeping up with all my artwork, and am getting behind in reviews and tutorials, so I decided that for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to share that old artwork and try to get caught up a bit.

This will be done in serial form, with a couple of three-page spreads a day.

Cosmic Puppy and the Search for the Bountiless Bone.

3.5 x 5.5 Moleskine Japanese style album with concertina style paper.

The Illustrated Story of Cosmic Puppy’s search for the Bountiless Bone.

Pages 1-3.
Text: While playing at the beach, Cosmic Puppy had a vision of the Stupendous Starfish. “Come,” said the Starfish. “I will show the …

Pages 4-6.
Text: …path to the Bountiless Bone!”
“Bone?” said Cosmic Puppy.
“The Bountiless Bone, that will clean your teeth, and freshen …

To be continued tomorrow!

Bleedthrumanade with Big Eggs and Energy


Got lemons? Make lemonade.  got Marker Bleedthru?  Make Bleedthrumanade.
Layout created with MyMemories Suite V3.
I’m tired tonight, and I think I need to work on this a bit more but I wanted to get it posted.  
Haven’t done a bleedthrumanade for a while–Rhodia ‘R’ Pad, Letraset Promarkers and Micron Sepias-Brush, Graphic & Pigma.

New tangle pattern enhancement Moquette


This pattern was drawn in one of Geneviève Crabe’s Tangle Organizers Layout #1.  For a review, and a chance to win one of her Organizers or one of her Journal 2012s, please check out my giveaway.
Moquette is actually more of an ‘enhancement like ‘Aura’ than an actual tangle.  I’ve shown it used with swirls and line hatching for shading.  You could use the same idea with any shapes hatched in a darkened area-tubes, circles, boxes, whatever.  Or you could shade with a pencil instead of using lines (although, I think the lines add interesting texture).
Line hatching just means a series of closely-placed lines going in the same direction.  If you add a second series of lines going in the opposite direction, you are cross-hatching, and you could do that as well, if you want areas that are darker than the hatched bit, but lighter than the completely blacked out portion.  I use hatching for most of my shading, not just with Moquette.
The main thing is that you have slightly lighter shapes in a very dark area.  You’ll use up a lot of ink if you cover too large an area, but this is a wonderful background enhancement that adds elegance, while pushing your other more open tangles forward so that you get a 3D look.

By the way, the moquette refers to fabric or a rug with a heavy nap or tufting.  Mine made me think of Persian Carpets.