Monday, 20 January 2014

Calla Lily Tangle


Hi there!
It's Monday so it’s time for a Trees and Flowers blog. 
Let me tell you where I went on Saturday, who I met and what was going on.
There is a cool shop in Tunbridge Wells, called the Pantiles Papertole, owned by the lovely Val Marshall. 
Well, on Saturday, my good friend Paul Church was doing a demo day there, so I popped in to say hello. Val, Paul and the ladies gave me such a warm welcome! 
Paul was demonstrating Zentangle with Claritystamps and stencils, and doing a great job, too.
But what I enjoyed most was the sense of GROUP, the feeling that all the ladies and gents there were part of a TEAM. It really was special. And when I turned up, I was allowed to slot straight in, and was given a total sense of belonging. 
It was cosy, enjoyable, informative and fun. What more can you ask from a crafty demo? Well done Paul! And he even knitted a hat for the occasion! What can I say????




But the session at Val’s shop inspired me to go home and doodle, create a Zentangle - a Filigraphy Picture. 

This one’s for the Pantiles Papertole Group xxxx

One of the things I love about this arty form of Doodling, which is call Zentangle, (or Filigraphy by us at Clarity), is that you really only need a sheet of paper and a pen. I used one of our Flower designs as a basic shape to build on - our Calla Lily.
I thought I would build it up for you, so that you can see the progress. 


Forgive the lighting. I was enjoying myself in front of the log burner, and the lighting wasn’t ideal for photos.
But you get the picture...


For those of you who are new to this type of artwork, the trick is to tackle each section of an image individually, and fill it with a doodle pattern, using a very fine black pen.


I find it best to work out a doodle on scrap first...


Blacking out backgrounds is also very effective.


It’s a very, very therapeutic pastime...


To make my own frame, I used a CD case for sizing. 


Then I just loosely drew a kind of curtain square.
This again gave me something to fill.


I didn’t want to make the background as detailed (dark) as the actual calla lilies.


But I got a bit carried away!
And before I knew it, it was gone midnight and I had to stop!


So I have brought my artwork into work this morning, and 
have photographed it in the light of day, 


up close, so that you can see the patterns.


There are literally thousands of Zentangle Doodles! 
Google them for inspiration.


I have to get some work done now, but I really want to add some shading, to accentuate the patterns. 
I know! I have a plan!


Tomorrow I will post this Filigraphy tangle all completed, 
shadows, frames and all.


Because with Tuesday’s blog, we roll back the years
and I would like to broach the subject of P for Pressure...



This art form has been a life saver for me in the past, and tomorrow I will tell you why.

with love,

59 comments:

  1. Gorgeous just gorgeous! Just goes to show that you don't need a Craft Room full of stash to create a beautiful piece of art.
    Paul looks rather fetching too! Xxx

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  2. That is FANTASTIC, Barbara!! Good job I'm on my way out of the door ,otherwise I'd be looking for pen & paper!! xx ivyb

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  3. Absolutely stunning, Barbara!!! I love doodling and you're right - the hours and the stress just seem to ebb away. Great blog post - keep them coming.
    Hugz, Jan xx

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  4. How fantastic and how beautiful how fabulous creative you are barbara looking forward to tomorrow's blog all ready .might give this ago with the clarity pear stamp .xxx

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  5. You've given me an idea as in February I have to attend some boring meetings!!!

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  6. stunning zentangling Barb - looking forward to seeing it tomorrow xx

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  7. Wow, wow - just a peace of White paper, a stemp and a black pen. Toll einfach toll! I am really impressed. Freue mich schon auf Morgen. XX

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  8. This is amazing Barbara and using such simple basic materials too

    Jackie x

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  9. I love zentangling! Your Calla Lily is a great design to work with. Only little comment is that I don't think you should change the name as the word Zentangle is known all over the world now.

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  10. You know me Barbara... I love all things Filigraphy (zentangle) and this is no exception! Beautiful!
    I know what I'll be tanking on my hols with me, you've helped to make up my mind, pen and paper!

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  11. Good Morning Barb
    I love the lose yourself aspect of Zentangle!
    My Grandchildren like to use the Micron pens and create wonderful patterns.... it keeps them quiet for hours too!
    It also takes away any stress you are feeling ..wonderful art!
    Love Marg

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  12. Hi Barb,
    Fabulous, love the calla lily stamp and pleased that you have shown how you do the zen tangle bit. When I went into hospital a couple of years ago for a knee replacement, I took a sketch book with some stamped images( very simple ones) and also some iris folding grids without numbers on and filled in my time ( when I wasn't being put through torture with the physios or being ill with reaction to anaesthetic!) doodling or zen tangling. My attempts were not as good as yours but I did enjoy it.

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  13. Wow, this is fantastic, what fun I need to start playing with this technique. Love Paul's hat.

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  14. Lovely to have met you on Saturday, This lily is lovely .
    Elaine

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  15. Lovely, we used to do this a lot when I was at school (I'm now 64!) but I don't think we called it anything other than doodling. Nice to see it has a proper name x

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  16. Lovely lovely lovely. I really like Zentangle and as you say it's very therapeutic especially to me as I suffer from lots of panic attacks .

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  17. Oh Barbara you have done it again, yet another stamp to add to my wish list. Just wish I had a bottomless pit of money, but then again I bet we all do. Loved Paul's headgear if you hadn't said it was a hat I would have thought he was wearing a wig.

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  18. Must admit my notebooks at work have doodles - zentangles as I tell everyone on most pages..... I'm always practising in the hope I'm going to put it to better use one day. Great demo - thank you!

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  19. p.s. back to the jungle blog now to order some bog offs!!

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  20. How absolutely marvellous! I love All the different doodles you have done. Yet you can still see that it's a lily.
    I also go with what you're saying about team work . You can get so much more done when the team pull together too!!! Love and hugs! Xxx

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  21. Fabulous - if only I had the patience (oh and the skill!) x

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  22. You are quite right, you get totally absorbed, but people think it is very complicated but it isn't. Beautiful artwork Barbara.

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  23. Truly a work of art Barbara. Amazing!

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  24. I must get out my Zentangle pens and stamps and see what I have that I can tangle. Thanks Barbara for the nudge :)

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  25. Funnily enough I too was doing a bit of Zentangle or Philigraphy myself last night only mine doesn't look anywhere near as good as yours!! Also every time I do it I get the urge to colour it in, so now mine looks more like a 60's hippy chick kind of zen!! I still have the first one I did, I kept getting bored so I would fill in whole sections with a tiny bird stamp, or a simple flower stamp, it really fills you spaces quick and I did it Black on Red so I didn't need to colour that one in. Starting with a stamp is the best idea! I can't wait to see it shaded in, I do love this form of Art.

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  26. Zentangle just love it! Probably why your filigraphy stamps are a big hit with me. So relaxing. Bought my eldest granddaughter the pens last year at NEC and she has done some lovely patterns. My ten year old granddaughter also had equipment off her aunt at Xmas so we are all hooked. Your design is wonderful, can imagine how the hours just sped by. Looking forward to tomorrows blog Lynne xx

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  27. your zentangle is awesome. love what you have doen with calla lilies. i have that stamp so might try it out. hugs xx

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  28. I love the idea of Zentangle, but can my shaky hands come up with something so neat and complicated. I doubt it, but I might just give a go anyway. Thank you for the inspiring me to have a go at something new again.

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  29. Beautiful in so many ways, love it! x

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  30. I am quiet new to Zentangle but I really enjoy doing it. I love that you can't go wrong, you just make it part of the design. I will be digging out my outline stamps and giving it a go. XX

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  31. I have been without internet for a week so I have missed out on your blogs till today. Just had a lovely time reading up and enjoying your stories and demos. Life is so much better with a bit of Barbara in it. Love the pentangle. Joan x

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  32. This is gorgeous Barbara, would make a great stamp!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. Lovely lovely lovely Barb, I had read Pauls blog from Saturday and looked at his tangles ...all wonderful. You are so right about how it is therapeutic, a god send and a life saver - I love that lilly stamp ...one for the future I think! Looking forward to tomorrows blog xx

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  34. Oh Barbara you've done it again-I can't wait for tomorrow!! I love Zentangling, although I've yet to go as far as shading. Working in a school, I've passed on the idea to the year 5's I work with by getting them to 'tangle' the letters DAD for their father's day cards, they love it and are so effective. Your Calla Lilies are beautiful and I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished picture. x

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  35. Very effective, I remember all my school books being covered in doodles now it has a proper name and place!!!
    Lorna D

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  36. I have never tried Zentangle but this looks amazing barbara x

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  37. JUST FANTASTIC, love it .will have a go xxp

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  38. You really have to be an artist to do Zentangle. Very nice, thanks for sharing it with us.

    Laurence xx

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  39. Wonderful. I have not tried Zentangle but am going to a workshop on Friday.

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  40. Barbara Gray ! Your talents never fail to amaze me !! I love the little signature 'Barbara was here '. Great blog as always Barbara xx

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  41. Fantastic Zentangle Barbara....and it is great to see you enjoying your Saturday...thank you for sharing it with us,,,especially the photo of Paul's hat....x

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  42. Absolutely stunning. Can see why you were carried away by it and time passed so quickly. Am certainly going to try to zent now I have seen that. Thank you so much for sharing ! x

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  43. Wow! what a fabulous calla lily Barbara. So glad you enjoyed yourself on Saturday, I think when a group with the same interest get together everyone feels like part of a family. Pat x

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  44. I don't know if you would call it a doodle any more, it's now truly a work of art. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  45. I don't know if you would call it a doodle any more, it's now truly a work of art. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  46. Oh how funny I was in Tunbridge Wells too on Saturday..at the Trinity Theatre..my son plays in a band and they entered a talent contest like Britains got talent on a much smaller scale of course run by a charity called Compaid. We left the boys to their sound checks and went for a wander...I was heading for the Pantiles to check out The Papertole that I'd read about when we were summoned back to be ' roadies '. Thought I was imagining things as I thought I saw you in Russell and Bromley as I sneaked a quick look on our way back to the Theatre...the Zentangled lily is beautiful...looking forward to tomorrow's instalment xx

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    1. Haha Chris! No, i had a pair of shoes to collect! X twas I xx

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    2. Glad it was you Barb and I'm not going entirely mad! Was feeling peeved that I didn't have longer to browse but the boys won the contest so that more than made up for it! xx

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  47. My 83 year old friend next door does the most stunning zentangle and has been doing it since you first showed it on TV. I have some of her artwork framed and I had a wonderful birthday card last year with intricately doodled flowers and background -hours of work -happy work - for her. Hours of pleasure for me.
    Janet (in Kent)

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  48. Hi Barbara, I love what you have done with the Iily. I know what you mean by getting carried away with it. I personally have ruined pieces by 'over cooking' them with my Zentangles. It is very relaxing and the time just disappears. Looking forward to Tuesdays Blog xx

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  49. Hi Barb, wow, this is amazing, it does look very therapeutic. I have a habit of doodling on my note pad when working, perhaps I should do some prints, and carry them with me :-). Bx

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  50. Amazing art work, but what struck me most about today's blog was the photo of Paul. Is he ok? He looks really different from how I remember him from when I last saw him 18 months ago, and I'm not just talking about the beard. I'm aware he's had personal problems but just hope he's well.

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  51. Amazing work and unbelievable patience x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x