Thursday 18 February 2016

The Start of Something New

  If you don't know yet; I recently went to Art Friend (it's an art shop in Singapore) and they were having a promotional sale on all Canson products. So I bought lots of things and made a review about what Canson papers and sketchbooks are available. There's even a giveaway at the end of the post. You can find it via this link.

  I also finished working on one of my typography books and have already started on the second one. Such fun! Here are a few pictures from the first:

  And if you missed it, here's the flip-through video of the whole sketchbook. (it even has a little speed-drawing in the middle. hehehe)

  I also did a Zentangle drawing with really inexpensive pens by Uni-ball. I've done it till' this part:
Still need to finish with shading and adding of Zengems.

  And I also have a speed-video of me creating it right here:

Here's an ATC I made for a swap. Pardon the poor lighting. It was at night and I wanted to pack it into an envelope so that I wouldn't forget to mail it the next day.
  And some other Zentangle tiles:
Hamadox and Sand Swirl, plus Printemps on the black flourish.

Again, Hamadox. This time with some Sharla Rella.
  This week of Diva's Challenge was to do a tile inspired by a tile you did a long time ago. So here's a thing I did in February of 2014:
I used to draw tangles exclusively in sketchbooks. So this was the closest I got to a square format.

  And here's the tile reimagined:
Done on Canson paper with Derwent Inktense laid on it. Shading was done with a black Coloursoft.
A sort of "Hypnotic" on the left, "Facets" remained the same, "Sharla Rella" looks much more mature, circle changed into a wave of "Reticulated", and a pretty "Yuma" on the lower right.
I'm very proud of my progress. ^-^

  I'm also very excited to announce the start of a new project I'm working on.... The "Travelling Tangles" project. It is a collaborative project between Zentangle artists from all around the world. The idea is that you will draw on an original Zentangle tile but only finish the drawing half-way. Then you will send it off to another CZT for him/her to complete it. In exchange, they too will half finish a tile and send it to you for you to complete. Both of you will then each have a tile to keep. I first posted the idea of the Certified Zentangle Teachers Facebook page and it received really positive feedback. Many of the Certified Zentangle Teachers have begun swapping. The project is open to any and everyone, though.

  I've started with eight swaps so as to not overwhelm myself, and here they are:
It felt weird to not complete the tile and to not add shading. hahaha

  When I first came up with the idea, my vision for it was to show others how the Zentangle® method has reached people from all around the world; and also to show that the Zentangle method goes across all race, religion, and creed to bring people closer to one another. It also felt like the next logical step with Zentangle- that people would begin collaborating with other artists to complete a tile. I'd been doing collaborations with my mother, Joni Toh, already and every tile we did together was always fun.

  I think it'd also be really interesting because when you start a tile, you mostly have an idea of how you're going to finish it. However, when you have to finish someone else's tile, you might have to think differently, and how you'd finish a tile would probably not be how another person finishes the tile. It's going to be lots of fun- that, I know for sure. And if you'd like to be a part of this project, here is the Facebook group that I opened for it. Travelling Tangles.

  I hope you'll join it and be a part of this new adventure, and I can't wait to see what everyone will create. ^-^