Saturday, January 20, 2018

Been out of it - spam sharing

Spam sharing my tiles / work since Xmas. 

12 days of zentangle (didn't buy the project pack as shipping is prohibitive). Particularly proud of the zendala. 

Most of the tiles done whilst vacationing with Dad in KL. 


Visual Journal Zentangle tile for the trip. 


Visual Journal Zentangle tile for a holiday visit to the local bird park. Coloured with Sakura Koi watercolour markers. Inspired by the Scarlet Macaws at the bird park. 

crazy huggins.sandswirl.'nzeppel.shattuck

Didn't manage to do last week's Diva Challenge but was inspired to play around with Crazy Huggins (which I have had trouble dealing with... until now!). Used a Prismacolour liner with 3 different purple pens (Sakura, Copic and Zig), orbs coloured with cheap Colleen double sided colour pencils - the dream colour pencils of my childhood.
And this week's Diva Challenge #347 using items that were lying around 1 day during breakfast before work:  

Shaggy legoman. rainbow hair tie. set square protractor. overjoyed membership card. teaspoon

Monday, December 11, 2017

Take a step back.

This whole thing with my Dad is really getting to me. Been quite stressed out. Upset. Weird. Whatever. Work hasn't been helping. 29 November 2017 is possibly the worst work day ever in my 10 year career from which I am still "recovering". 

P has been trying to convince me that too many tears have been shed recently whereas it doesn't really help (I know he's right but then I can't help myself). I suspect that he semi-planned a day out after my own medical appointment (was on leave from work for the appointment) to take my mind off things. 

First with a trip to the local Art Science Museum which currently features Treasures of the Natural World. I had told him that I wanted to see the exhibit to see the thylacine (AKA the Tasmanian Tiger) although it eventually transpired that we went to settle a dispute - whether the Dodo was the size of a chicken or at least the size of a turkey. I voted chicken (thanks to Ice Age) and lost miserably... 

Then we went to The Animal Resort - which I admit to not knowing existed till then where there were oodles of animals to feed (I like feeding animals, especially fish). 

Loved the blue of the peacock and was somehow taken by the stinker of a look that the large rooster was giving me. 

Next, for a coffee at what I think is one of the most  inspiring of places, The Art Faculty. The Art Faculty showcases and promotes the talents of special people, commonly those who are autistic. Their retail space sells various items designed / drawn by special people and also features a small cafe, where your friendly baristas are also of special needs. 

I have a soft spot for contributing to places like these. 

My favourite design from the Art Faculty involves dinosaurs by Sheng Jie (I love dinosaurs) and these flamingos by Jun Yi (I loved the stunned and lost looking ones especially). Do check them out! 

So whilst there, I picked up a couple of presents for my cousins, enjoyed my iced earl grey tea and took out my sketchbook and started on a new tile for IAST #222 (whilst waiting for my gifts to be wrapped).  


I used a navy Micron PN (they are finally available locally albeit only in boxed sets) for Verdigough with orange, blue and green microns for the tippled background. I went a bit crazy drawing that many bubbles. I chose blue green and orange because  the colour wheel suggests that they "go"... however based on the tile, I'm not quite sure...   

And as a final stop, I asked P to bring me somewhere I would be happy...  

P does know me doesn't he. 

I feel a whole lot better having written this post. Perhaps sometimes you just need to be able to take a step back and breathe and appreciate the wonderful things that are around you and have been done for you. While I did have fun yesterday I think I was so stuck in mire that I didn't realise to its full extent what an awesome day it was. I guess it's kinda like zentangle - when you're done you need to hold it out in front of you and admire the tile in all orientations. Another life lesson from zentangle.  

Thank you for staying with me this post. Do leave a comment because well, everyone likes having comments.Somehow makes it seem like you're not so alone... you know what I mean? 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Back in action

The bestie got married last weekend and it was beautiful =). What better way than to commemorate the occasion than with a tile (using the last IAST string).

Wishing ya'll all the happiness ever! Love you both! 

Use Sakura Koi watercolour brush markers in the tile. I think I like them better than the Tombow brush markers! Which may be a blessing in disguise since these markers are a heck load cheaper. 

Also sharing my Diva challenge #344 piece (after several weeks hiatus due to all the pffft things that were going on). Done with a Micron PN and a sparkling blue uni-ball signo (which sadly doesn't really show well in this picture). 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Get well soon, Dad...

luv-a.join.heart flower.hearts-a-flutter.heartstring.diva dance rock n' roll

Thursday, November 16, 2017

GWS =(

Quite a lots been going on.
I initially hadn't had much time to tangle because I was busy making my seasonal brooches.
Then things got a little hectic. Dad got hospitalised. He's been diagnosed with heart failure. Sister and I have been running around trying to deal with things. Kinda lost. Taking time off work here and there (and am thankful for an understanding boss). If we're getting it bad. He's getting it worse.
So just sharing photos today.
Diva Challenge #341 done at the hospital with Dad. Sakura 08 done in my A6 sketch book. Prayers appreciated. Get well soon Dad.
Other photographs that were meant to be shared...

These are this year's brooches. 

IAST #218 - microns, multiliners and Omni  intense colour pencils. 


Time to Tangle with Colors which suggested that the easiest way of going into colour is going monochromatic.

black and blue sakura microns, 4 shades of blue omni intense colour pencils
red sakura micron. 3 shades of red omni intense colour pencils 

Pointed pen tangling class with CZT Mabel @ Heartistry (πŸ’– CZT Mabel!). 

Gifts from my sister who returned recently from Japan.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's the season of GUTS

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it - here's sharing my Halloween inspired IAST #217 tile!


Still on my HAVE MORE GUTS campaign but this didn't turn out nice =(. But I did like the little "resist" Batik like effect on my candycorn centre... thanks to the teachings of CZT Mabel!

Also tested out my new Monami Fabric Markers (which seem to be much more expensive on Amazon than what I paid for in a local shop) on a dollar store pouch.

I'm now afraid to draw anything else for fear that I make it look horrible! But I must say this fabric marker is the best I'v used in quite a while! Easy to use. Nice bright colour. Best of all, supposedly it doesn't need to be ironed!

Whilst I was browsing blogs last week I spied a tile by CZT Stephanie featuring tangle Frunky which in turn led me to Floo. So I had to try them both right?



Sigh, it feels so good to be doing pure black white tiles again... but no! I must HAVE MORE GUTS! I cannot give up on my be more adventurous campaign right?? (But there's nothing against doing a comforting good ol' black and white now and then right???) 

Whilst trying out Frunky, I was also trying out the Shinhan Touch Liner pens and Hahnemughle Tiles of which there was an awesome review of here

The Tiles are really very very smooth - perhaps stunningly so. I was not quite used to it. I'm usually working on  Stathmore 400 Series Vellum Bristol or in my Canson Inspiration sketch book both of which have substantially rougher surfaces than the Tiles [however I am shallow and have to say that I love the little tin the Tiles come in!]. 

The Shinhan Touch Liner pen was nice and smooth, however I found it to be rather inky - like the moment I leave the pen there for a liiiiitle bit, there's a visible (albeit small) inky blot. Not quite sure whether it is because the pen is new or it's to do with the Tiles. It's worth more experimentation for sure! However at a price slightly higher than the trusty old Micron... perhaps I'll just stick to the Micron.

Also sharing my Diva Challenge #339 tile. I know it's supposed to be fall / spring but we don't have either here! It's tropically warm all year round. However this time of year is our rainy season. Hence my rainy / fall tile with several rainy day inspired tangles!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kit and colour!

Spent the last weekend dog sitting for my sister at my sister's place. So of course I had to pack a zentangle kit to last me the weekend right? 

I've been eyeing these hard top pencil cases at Smiggle for a while now, thinking they'd be super awesome craft kits. For the longest time I fought the temptation due to (1) price concerns and (2) concerns that a packed kit would be obstructively heavy and I would have wasted my money. 

However I finally caved for my dog sitting weekend!

The amount of stuff I managed to stuff in was amazing! 

Yes it was heavy but it wasn't as heavy as I was afraid it was going to be. Amazing ain't it! 

And what did I do with my kit you might ask: 

Inktober day 21: meer.YAF  

ennies. indyrella 


Inktober day 22: yincut.ramy.drawings

Clearly I'm still with my HAVE MORE GUTS campaign. Whereas in my last post I only ventured as far as coloured pencils, I have now done some experimentation with my Tombow watercolour brush pens (courtesy of one of the classes previously given by CZT Mabel), coloured Microns (and a grey Zig Kuretake Mangaka pen) and my current favourite Zebra Super Marble Gel Pen.  

Some of it I think looks ok, others not so great. Having seen so many awesome coloured pieces online, I was hesitant to put up my recent works because I was embarrassed that they weren't great... but no! I need to HAVE MORE GUTS right?  But hey... practice makes perfect (hopefully)... and I should be proud of whatever I did right? Right?

But if they do look bad, I blame it on this:

Has anyone else tried to tangle side ways (like the table is on my right) with a dog on your lap? It was a bit of a challenge! But this sweetie was feeling crummy that my sister was away... (In case you're wondering: yes, she's wearing a flower. It's actually a cone of shame in disguise but shhhh don't tell her that!). 

Also sharing my Inktober contributions for day 14 and days 18-20 (days 15 to 17 were previously shared):


This week's Diva challenge wasn't really on all four with my  HAVE MORE GUTS campaign... but it kinda was. I've never attended any black tile classes and have never even tried tangling on black before so yes... GUTS required!


My first attempt at white on black on white. Not quite sure how I feel about it but I had fun doing it! Am now thinking about doing sparkly pens / pastel pens on black and see how they turn out! Am glad that pretty pens are relatively inexpensive here! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My new mantra: Have more guts!

Spent the weekend @ Heartistry!

With a Brush Lettering workshop on Saturday (the results of which I am tooooo embarrassed to share - suffice to say I need a lot of practice) and my first ever Zentangle jam on Sunday.

I quite enjoyed the session which involved making a glueless box from two zendala tiles, taught by CZT Mabel as well as making a small booklet with "pamphlet stitch" from a couple sheets of watercolour paper, taught by one of CZT Mabel's friends at Heartistry. Was my first attempt at book binding which was kinda cool 😎. 

I also collected my nets flash pay card (kinda like a stored value card) with the Heartistry logo that I won on Heartistry's Facebook draw (woohoo!πŸŽ‰). 

I met tanglers I've never met before and saw what they could do (which in all honesty did make me feel a little bit lacking because some of what I saw was amazing and I was so envious! 😭). 

We had the pleasure of having not 1 not 2 but 3 CZTs at our session. I think a lot of the online Zentangle community may be familiar with CZT Stephanie (who was the originator of the Zentangle Inktober 2017 prompts) - well she was at the jamming session too! 

CZT Stephanie shared with us a simplified way to do diva dance rock & roll and aquafleur. For those interested, the version of aquafleur taught by CZT Stephanie features on her blog in this post, and her simplified version of diva dance rock & roll can be found here. Amazing! 

Having attended the session and having had the opportunity to look at other people's work, I have decided I need more guts! More guts to go out of the box! More guts to use colours! More guts to try and experiment! More guts to be wrong! My new Zentangle mantra is therefore: HAVE MORE GUTS! 

So since I spent all my time at the jamming session working on my palrevo box, when I got home, as step 1 to my "HAVE MORE GUTS" movement, I did some coloured pieces in my sketch book to record what I learnt from CZT Stephanie at the jamming session.

I'm quite pleased with how everything turned out which goes to show that I need to have more guts (but inside I'm trembling and melting like a jelly with too much water content).

So my HAVE MORE GUTS movement also extended into this week's Diva Challenge #337

diva dance rock & roll.dragonair.patience.dyon.sandswirl.printemps.leafleft.striping.shattuck.artoo


Ok so well I didn't have a lot of guts... just a little bit to give a sprinkling of colour here and there and to bring out artoo even more. I was quite pleased with the result until a bystander told me it looks incomplete... πŸ˜• sigh... baby steps?

Also sharing:

(1) My IAST #215 tile (I was clearly still in the striping mood from last week's Diva Challenge!)

(2) My Inktober bijous for days 10 to 13 (my Diva tile also snuck in Inktober day 17!)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inky Stripes

I was kinda mind-blown when I read this week's Diva Challenge and browsed the links to striping. I loved what Margaret Brenner did here! I clearly underestimated the tangle! I never knew you could do so much with striping!

So with my new Sakura Pigma PN (MWAHAHAHAHA the local stores didn't have it yet but my sister ordered some for me online - my sister and online shopping FTWπŸŽ‰!)... 

I need to work on my light and shadows but I don't think it's half bad. I will never think of striping the same way again! 

[Mini review: the PN is very very smooth which is awesome and doesn't really leave indentations in the paper. When I have a new micron somethings the corners of the "tuft" make lines a little irregular and have a slightly jarring tactile response but not with the PN. The downside is that the line weight is clearly thicker than that of the Micron so fine line work involves playing with pen pressure. All in all, I love the PNs πŸ˜€ and will treasure and enjoy the few PNs that my sister bought (while hoping that they hit local stores soon!)😍]

Also sharing my Inktober days 6 to 9! 


As well as my last IAST submission!


[Mini review: I did this one with the Sakura Pigma Pen (aka the apprentice pen). The ink is very similar to that of the Micron. Tip width wise it's definitely thicker than a Micron 01 and I suspect,  also thicker than the PN (but I could be wrong). It seems to tend to "fluff" a little (like pick up micro-fibres from the paper after prolonged drawing) but thankfully not to an extent that it leaves a blot on the paper. Whilst it's supposed to be a cheaper option to the Micron, in my case cost-wise it was more or less the same, since I ordered them online and they had to be shipped to me. To be honest / fair, Microns are not particularly expensive where I'm from. In case you are in my neck of the woods and want to order some, I got them here.] 

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Ok. Considering I started Zentangle this year, I've never heard of Inktober! However my sister (who is far more creative than I am) has been dabbling in inks for much longer (she's more into fountain pens and fountain pen inks) and shared the concept. 

So in case I have it wrong, I understand Inktober to be a month long challenge to draw one ink drawing per day... and the people at Inktober have even given a list of prompts in case you need an added challenge / inspiration! And then on day 3 I discovered Zentangle prompts by CZT Stephanie Jennifer

So why not? Since I work full-time I don't think I can afford the time to do a full tile every day (without severely sacrificing sleep anyway), so my "modified" Inktober - (at least) one bijou per day! 

Ready. Steady. GO! 

Inktober days 1 to 4!

Day 1: "Swift" using Indy-rella, before I discovered the Zentangle prompts 
Day 2: "Divide" using paradox, before I discovered the Zentangle prompts 
Day 3: Simply Knotty (and paradox) 
Day 4: Diva Dance (with a little bit of printemps)

Inktober day 5!

Inktober day 5 was a pure fluke I must admit. Was working on the Diva Challenge #335, Tint, and used Marasu before I checked to see what was day 5's challenge - it must have been a premonition! So I'm taking my Diva Challenge tile as my Inktober Day 5 (is that cheating?).  

For the Diva Challenge I tried 3 different forms of Tint. Two that I saw on the step out suggestions and one that I kinda just winged it... quite literally, in an attempt to make something that kinda looks like a peacock feather. Not quite sure if I liked how it turned out. 

This tile for me, was one of those "oh no it looks terrible" tiles when I was working on it, but after I finished shading, I thought it didn't look thaaat bad. Lesson learnt - don't give up on "oh no" tiles! 


Also sharing some more of my recent zentangling activities: 


And the next in my bookmark (and laminator) adventures, a pair of paradoxes!