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Ack…I am so, so sorry everyone for not posting my Inktober drawings last Saturday like I intended to. Some personal stuff came up and I was really stressed out and upset all weekend, and by Monday I decided I was just going to combine weeks two and three of this year’s Inktober into one post. I ended up missing days fourteen and eighteen, the former because of said personal stuff and the latter because I had a lovely PSAT the next day (thank god that’s over…now I just have the SAT and ACT to look forward to, whee…). So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve done for Inktober the last two weeks.
If I remember correctly, this one started with a blind string. I used a brown Micron to draw Indy-Rella, Sampson, Flux, Mooka, and a bit of Aquafleur-like stripes, then added in some Tipple and Fescu to fill empty space. I’m not really excited about the shading on this one – I’d just sharpened my pencil, so it’s a bit darker and rougher than I’d prefer. It was plenty of fun though (and I’m just as obsessed with Mooka as ever).
If you can’t tell, this one was a rush job…I was looking through Sandy Hunter’s website and came across her Snafoozle tangle, which I immediately fell in love with and used in the upper right corner of this tile. From there it kind of became a Sandy Hunter tile, with her tangles Wunderwall, Lollywimple, Unbatz, Veezley, and Puffle filling out the tile. I had to hurry the shading on this one to get it finished before I went to bed, so I used a Fabrico marker…and now I wish that I’d just left it unshaded, but oh well. What’s done is done and it doesn’t look all that bad.
…Eek. I honestly really, really hate this one and am hesitant to even post it, but I’ll just take the plunge. Another rush job, this started with a smattering of Dylusions Ink that I didn’t really like in the first place, with Bales in the top part and Cheesecloth in the bottom. I shaded it heavily with a Fabrico marker and a light gray Copic, then added Printemps and Tripoli on top with a Graphic 1. OK. Moving on.
Ah…much happier with this one (I had more time, can’t you tell?) I used a Micron 03 instead of my usual 01 for much of the linework on this, starting with something resembling Chianti then adding Scoodle, Sand Swirl, BB, Eke, and a bit of Mooka around it. Then I went back to my 01 to add a little more Mooka, before shading. Again, it’s a bit rougher than what I’d prefer, but happily less so than Day 8’s tile.
This one’s probably my favorite from week 2. I started by scribbling with a Koi Coloring Brush Pen, then adding WAY too much water (despite being water-based, they don’t blend well at all). I then went in with a light blue Triplus, starting with the large Blooming-Butter in the center and then building Bales, Featherfall, Diva Dance, and a strange mix of Verdigogh and Mooka off of its flowing strands.
The most basic, no-frills Zentangle of the bunch. Simple border, simple string, a Micron 01, a mechanical pencil, a tortillion, and some tangles. I started with Socc, then added the Purks, then the crazy Olb-like….thing, then Rick’s Paradox. It’s always a fun challenge to try and warp Paradox into shapes with curved edges while still maintaining its spiral effect.
I was originally intending do all my Inktober pieces on white Zentangle tiles, but I got some tiles cut from colored Canson pastel paper and I just couldn’t resist. I used a sepia Micron on this gorgeous yellow-y color, starting with Angel Fish and filling in the space with Dansk and Crescent Moon. I decided the two Angel Fish looked a little too empty and filled them with Flux, before deciding to fill the remaining space with some of Joanne Fink’s dangles. The shading – done with a dark brown Prismacolor – looked really muddy until I added white charcoal, which I think really made everything pop. Tons of fun, and the texture of the paper gave the lines a wonderful wobbliness that I think matches the somewhat-slapdash shading perfectly.
Of course, after the fun of day 15 I had to play with my pastel paper again…I used a blue Micron on dark gray here, starting with Sparkle before adding Fengle (aura’d up a bit like Ellish) and Mooka. There’s some patterning inside the Fengle as well, but it’s mostly covered by my shading. I like the texture it gives, though.
From here on out it’s just standard Zentangle. This was one of the most relaxing tiles I’ve ever done, finished entirely during the duration of the album Skeleton Tree, by Nick Cage and the Bad Seeds (which, by the way, is utterly brilliant and go listen to it now). I started with the Fife, which kept telling me to add more and ended up growing a lot bigger than I originally intended it to. Then I added Avreal and Kathy’s Dilemma in the two “bands” of the string, before filling the gaps with Springkle and finishing up with a bit of Huggins. Once again, I wish the shading wasn’t so rough, but other than that I’m quite happy with this one.
And this…this was my debate tile, constantly interrupted so I could look up at the television and make some snarky comment about how idiotic politics has become (not going to name names because I don’t want any flame wars in the comments, LOL…) I had a strange, boxy-spiral string on this one that was pretty challenging, but working from the inside out I think it turned out pretty well. I started with Flukes, then added a Fassett-filled Ing and a gorgeous Molygon variation Maria Thomas posted on Mosaic (which, by the way, you should totally get if you don’t have it already). I’m not as happy with the Onamoto, Frondous, or Diva Dance, but I think the shading turned out a little better here.
Definitely my favorite from week 2. This tile started off with grand plans to be a Betweed monotangle, but halfway across it changed its mind and decided to throw in some Phicops. OK then…should be fun, I haven’t used it in quite a while. And it was. I’m super happy with the shading on this one, bold enough to be noticeable but subtle and soft all the same. And the way Betweed took on a mind of its own and climbed up into the top left corner…must try that again. Sooooo much fun.
Probably my most back-to-basics tile done for Inktober, drawn entirely with comfort tangles (Printemps, Crescent Moon, Flux, Mooka, Enyshou, Paradox) and simple, broad shading. My version of simplicity.
Inktober got a bit stressful around week 2 – the PSAT was imminent and I felt an obligation to finish a tile every day, even if it meant the art suffered for it because I was constantly crunched for time. Once I realized that obligation was hurting me, I tried to let it go and week 3 became much easier (plus I didn’t have a super-important test hanging over my head, telling me to study for it). For anyone who hasn’t joined Inktober yet, it’s not too late – just jump in, maybe even do some Inkvember to make up for the days you missed!
Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope I’ve inspired you to create something of your own!