Compass Flower

I recently learned about making geometric art with just a compass and a straight-edge. Colored with Copic markers.

Compass Flower

Lil’ Monsters

I thought I would change things up a bit. This was a lot of fun and I will surely be doing more. Thanks to @piccandle for the inspiration!

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Not So Busy Time

Here is a something I have been working sporadically on when I have some down time at work.

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Diva Challenge #203 Athitzi

I was going to opt out of this week’s Diva Challenge due to all of the other challenges in my life this week. However, I was looking to doodle while on a webinar conference call and picked up a Bijou tile and started playing with this week’s tangle, Athitzi. I ended up mono-tangling the complete tile as I tried filling different shapes.

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Diva #201 Moebius

In honor of Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, this Friday, January 24th, 2015.

Learn more about Moebius Syndrome at http://www.moebiussyndrome.com/ .

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Bijou #2 and Bijou #3

Here are a couple more of the small format Bijou tiles. Bijou #2 is a monotangle of Mr. E. Bijou #3 sat on my desk, unfinished for weeks, maybe months, until I was inspired to finished with a grid tangle. I chose the new Kiss tangle from http://nogoatfarm.com/kiss-pattern-steps/ , but of course, I couldn’t leave it alone and tangled it up a bit.

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Bijou #2

Bijou #3

Bijou #3

K.I.S.S. – Diva Challenge #198

This week’s Diva Challenge was to Keep It Simple, Silly. For me, keeping simple has more to do with not over-thinking, than with the line work.

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Hope Mac Dee – Diva Challenge #180 and String Thing #53

I was able to “Catch two birds with one stone” again this week, combining Diva’s challenge to use Mac Dee on the same tile for the String Thing challenge.

This is the first time I have been moved to use color. The Scottish blood in me just had to see a “wee bit-o-plaid”.

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Diva Challenge #179 – Bijou

This week’s challenge is to use the new “Bijou” 2″x2″ format recently introduced by the Zentangle company. You can learn about Bijou here. I thought the snail mascot was a little too cutesy, and it seemed to be more of a marketing ploy (it is) than a meaningful addition to the art form. But, hey, I’m an open-minded guy and I’m always game for a Diva challenge.

I make my own tiles from vellum bristol cut into 4″x4″ squares. It was simple to cut one down into 4 Bijou sized tiles. I started with the same string and Meer, like the demo. A total copy would be too cheesy, so I opted for Paradox triangles instead of Zinger. I found the process to be fun and quick.This was the first time I actually finished a tile within 15 minutes!  I think I am going to enjoy these little things. Heck, I may even make friends with the snail.

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Diva Challenge #178 – By the Letter

This weeks challenge was a duotangle using patterns that start with your initials, in my case, K and Z.

I chose  Zuan Shi, and substituted half the diamonds in Zuan Shi with Knot Rickz

Technically it is a ZIA, as I used a straight edge. Using tools in a repetitive fashion like that still evokes the zen mindfulness for me.

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