Thursday 21 July 2016

blues, pinks, and tangles

  It's been a splendid week so far. And now that I'm feeling better (as compared to how ill I was last week), I could get lots more art done this week.

I did this watercolour flowers, and will add tangles to them soon.

  I'm also planning new Zentangle-inspired craft classes to teach.
Like these pins.
(Also note that the background of this picture is actually my uncompleted Tanglelendar.)

And this very beautiful shell pendant. I'm going to be tangling on it.

  I visited the Peranakan museum yesterday. I've been there before, but there's a special exhibition on beadwork happening currently. The exhibition was wonderful. I feel so much more inspired today.
Obligatory selfie from the museum.

   I received gifts in the mail from Janine Barash. Here's just two of the many tiles she sent me.
She also sent me a hand-made bookmark with the quote that said, "We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust." I really like that quote.

  Onwards to tangling that *I've* done...
Zendala done just for fun. I partially regret adding that "Afterglo" to the middle of the tile.... I feel it's a little too heavy.

  For Diva's challenge, I completed this page in my sketchbook. The pattern in the middle of the circle was done whilst on a train ride. The trains in Singapore aren't like the ones in America or European countries... It's a much smoother ride, over much shorter distances. Singapore is, after all, just an island. By train, it takes just slightly over an hour to travel from one end to the other end of the country!
I was wondering whether I should add shading to the Fugu (the pattern on the outside part of the circle) or maybe add Tipple? Or does it look good as it is? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.

  Lastly, something from the Travelling Tangles Project. A tile from Kat Von Rooyen got smudged in transit. :( But instead of calling it a tragedy, I channeled some inner Zen and thought about how to turn it into an opportunity for something new. I briefly considered taking the easy way out and just inking a band of black over the smudges.. But no. I wanted to try harder than that.

  Instead, I turned it into a garden.
Also featuring my version of Mooka. Get more ideas via this link.

  If you'd like to join a global collaborative Zentangle project, do pop over the Travelling Tangles' Facebook page. Even if you don't want to swap and only want to see all the pretty things others have created... It's a wonderful group.


  1. Beautiful flowers you have drawn and I also like the traveling tile you have finished, well done. I cannot draw when I'm moving, that the reason why I am not on the site this week.

    1. Motion sickness seems to be a common problem. I can't read whilst on buses and cars.... :(

  2. All your artwork is so, so beautiful. I'm amazed that you could draw on the train. My brief experience of trains in Singapore was smooth but involved standing up the whole way.

    1. Hahahaha! That is very true if you're travelling during peak hours. I have odd working hours so I'm out and about in the afternoons which is when trains are a lot less packed.

      Thank you for your compliment! :)

  3. All of your work is so lovely! Happy to hear you're feeling better. I love your sketchbook page for the Diva challenge. I think the Fugu part looks fine the way it is. Better contrast.

  4. Like Michelle I would keep the zendala as at is! Lovely!!!

    1. I wish I could find some pins like that to tangle on :-(

  5. Hi- I just joined the Travelling Tangles' Facebook group. It looks like fun. I hope you'll share what you do with the flowers you started. They are beautiful even without tangles. Your Diva Challenge tile is a testament to the Singapore Railway system. It's perfect, not something you could have achieved on Amtrak here in the United States. Having visited Singapore, I'm not surprised. It seemed like such an organized place.

  6. I love your work...the watercolor flowers are stunning. Your challenge piece is so very well done with such beautiful linework, all I can say is you definitely must have a smooth train system. The only train that I have ever been on is our local commuter train and, although it is fairly smooth, I couldn't have done anything like your piece. Beautiful work as always...all of it!

  7. Hi, Stephanie, I agree with the others: The mandala is fine as is, no need to add anything to it. The way you "fixed" the smudge was inspired, great job!! Glad you are feeling better.


  8. Your work is so beautiful ... love the watercolor flowers. They're already perfect! My opinion is the diva challenge background is currently perfect. :) Love how you rescued the smudge with a flower garden ... almost anything in life is improved with flowers. Hope you have a wonderful day.