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.