Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bubble Paint Tutorial - So Much Fun!


If you would like to have some fun making colorful backgrounds for some zentangle inspired art, or anything else, here is something you might want to try. 

Supplies:
• dish - I used glass so you could see inside best, but any dish works.
• measuring cup
• 1 cup water
• measuring spoons
• 1 teaspoon dish soap
• 3 Tablespoons craft type acrylic paint
• standard drinking straw
• papers to paint: tiles, journal pages, etc.
* These measurements are great starting points. The result you get will depend on the amount of actual pigment in the paint and how concentrated your soap is that you use. If you need to add more of either to get the results you desire, feel free to be adventurous.
Directions:
1. Measure and put water in your dish first to make mixing easier.
2. Add dish soap next, and stir with the straw until it is blended in well.
3. Add paint last, and stir in with the straw until it is blended in well.
4. Place the straw in the mix and blow until bubbles rise to the top as shown in picture B.
5. While still blowing, gently place papers atop the bubbles. The bigger the bubbles are, the bigger they will appear on your paper. A variety of sizes adds interest to your paper.
6. Remove the paper slowly, and pop any remaining bubbles. These popped bubbles leave the best imprints. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have the desired coverage. Picture C shows a variety of color intensity. The bottom left corner of the tile pictured has been dipped in the bubbles repeatedly. This intensity would be great if you plan to add other layers of color to your paper.
* You may do more than one color per page. Picture D shows two colors. In order for each color to maintain its intensity rather than blending into the previous color, allow each individual color to dry before adding another on top. Hair dryers, fans, and heat guns work well for speeding up drying time.
7. Tangle on your printed papers after they are thoroughly dry. I found that an Identipen works great. Feel free to carefully experiment with other pens. Fine artist pens with fine tips are often easily damaged on rough surfaces, so beware.

Other notes:
1. This has been done with children young enough to thoroughly understand the difference between sucking and blowing on a straw. Enjoy it as a supervised activity with your little ones.
2. If your paper is curled after drying, place it between two layers of paper, one to protect your ironing surface, and the other to protect your iron, and iron with a medium to high setting, working quickly so you do not burn your paper.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas, Everyone!





Merry Christmas to any of you celebrating. I am sharing my newest tangle today called Ah, Love You!  for the very first time on the internet. I made it for my Facebook group members in Zentangle: Tangled and Journaled, Too!
                             https://www.facebook.com/groups/761892257271670/
We have had a tangle showcase going on over there for 25 days straight showing a total of 59 tangles not yet on tanglepatterns.com. I want to share this tangle pattern with you, my blog readers, as well, so here you go. If you are not a member, you are welcome to join us and see all the beautiful zentangle inspired art going on and the artists' tangles, too! Ah, Love You!  is a super easy one, but still lots of fun whether it is colored in olive or not. I hope you have lots of fun with it.

Additionally, here is another one I put on the internet back in June for a different private journal group I belong to. It is called I-mazing because it makes a maze as it develops. In that group, we were challenged to come up with a tangle based on a letter of the alphabet, and I obviously chose I. Have fun with this one, as well!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Come join the group!

A couple of weeks ago, I started a new tangling group on facebook and everyone is welcome to come take a peek and see what is going on. As of today, almost 500 people are there looking at the art of the members, leaving comments, and posting their art. There are weekly ideas for particiaption, but they are optional, we have a 9 for 9 atc swap running right now with deadline for signup being 11.30.15 and deadline for arrival to me on 12.4. 15, so they can be mailed back before Christmas.
Starting Dec. 1 and running all the way through Dec. 25, there will be one or more tangle artist with one or more of their tangles, ones that have never appeared on tanglepatterns.com. They will be providing the stepouts for these tangles, so if you are a tangler, you won't want to miss this.
Besides all that fun, members post their work when they like, whatever tangling they have in their journals, so that is always fun, too.
No participation is ever required. What better deal all for free? Cilck the link and come join us!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/761892257271670/
Update: 12-11-15 - We are nearly at 700 members as of today.



Monday, June 29, 2015

New Class: Stacked and Tangled


 Zentangle® Stacked and Tangled - Thursday, July 16th 10am- 1 pmThe Occasional Artist    7150 N 57th AVE Glendale, AZ 623.847.2215   Call the store to register.
• Come learn the basics of how to stack your tangles, do some shading, and leave with several completed tiles. More info. @ janeeileen .blogspot.com
• Please bring a Micron pen size 01 or your preferred size, a standard non mechanical pencil and a tortillon or paper stump to class. If you do not have these supplies, they will be available for purchase in the store on the day of class.
• Everything else needed will be provided as part of the class fee. $30

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tangled Canvas Tote

This is a little canvas tote bag that I tangled this morning to passs some time in a waiting room. My tangles from top to bottom are Betweed, Cubine, Tipple, Flux, Florz, W2, Msst and Antidots.  I put together a few kits if anyone is interested in making them. They are available in my etsy shop. I am also selling just the pens for people who want to tangle on something a little different. It was great fun, and I am happy with the results.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

See Jane draw strings!

Ok, so I was being a little silly with my title, so I apologize. My string below is now String 157 on tanglepatterns.com. I did a little tile to show I used it, and I wanted to identify the tangles since I got a few questions about them. You can find lots more strings here if you are looking for any.
The patterns I used starting from the bottom left corner moving up to the top are as follows: A) flux B) Shattuck variation, C)  Socc  and on the outside border D) twistee with a side of antidots.  If any of you use my string, I would love to see what you create.  You can use the blue add your link button at the bottom of the page to show your creation.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A New Tangle: 4MOM

I believe I have come up with a new tangle! I am calling it 4MOM. You can see why in the stepouts. I made it to share with some of my Zen friends including Alice Hendon for Mother's Day. It is just two steps, and then you may play with it, if you wish. Mix and match the patterns, or make your own to go in the first two steps. Have fun, and Happy Mother's Day to all of you.

If you would like to see what Alice did with 4MOM, you can see it here: http://www.thecreatorsleaf.com/2015/05/4mom-jane-eileens-new-tangle.html    Be prepared to stay awhile when you go. She has incredible Zen art there, because that's how she rolls!

Update: You can now find my tangle 4MOM on tanglepatterns.com herehttp://tanglepatterns.com/2015/05/how-to-draw-4mom.html

UPDATE 11.25.15 : IF you would like to join a facebook group where we share our love of tangling in journals, here is a link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/761892257271670/
A couple of weeks ago, I started a new tangling group on facebook and everyone is welcome to come take a peek and see what is going on. As of today, almost 500 people are there looking at the art of the members, leaving comments, and posting their art. There are weekly ideas for participation, but they are optional,.
Starting Dec. 1 and running all the way through Dec. 25, 2015, there will be one or more tangle artists with one or more of their tangles, every single day, ones that have never appeared on tanglepatterns.com. They will be providing the stepouts for these tangles, so if you are a tangler, you won't want to miss this.
Besides all that fun, members post their work when they like, whatever tangling they have in their journals, so that is always fun, too.







Here below are a few photos showing how I have used 4MOM so far. You can see how I have mixed some of the designs in my variations in these pieces.