Friday, May 25, 2018

A Tangled Birthday Card

After trying Alena Light's "Zefirki" pattern recently, I realized that it would be a pretty design to use on a birthday card that I was planning to make. Below is the first tile that I drew when trying out the pattern. You can see that I embellished the design elements in a couple of different ways. You can get Alena's step-out HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


I had a lot of fun drawing the first tile so I tried out some more variations on the tile below:


I knew that I wanted to use some of those designs on the birthday card but I didn't want to leave the background blank. I also didn't want to use anything too busy so I had to find a background pattern that wouldn't overpower the main designs. I looked through my collection of patterns and "Raindotty" seemed the perfect choice. You'll find "Raindotty" HERE.

To help separate the main design elements from the background pattern, I thought perhaps I should draw auras around each of them. Here is my sample tile with auras:


Just to be sure that I wouldn't like it the elements better without the auras, I drew another sample without them. Note that I also colored the design with bolder colors this time.

 

I thought it looked nice but, just to be sure, I added another element to the tile that did have an aura around it. I drew the aura as close to the edges of the element as possible this time. I liked the look of that so that's how I drew them on the final tile for the birthday card.


Below is the finished tile that I glued to the front of the card. 




 
I printed the text on the inside of the card with my printer before cropping it to size. Before doing that, I drew one more element which I left unshaded and uncolored. This one was scanned and printed on the back of the card along with the text. That way I could do the hand coloring and shading directly on the card. Here is the element that I used on the back of the card:


This is the front of the card with the original tile glued on:


Here you can see the inside with the card opened up flat:


Below is the front and back of the card with it opened up flat:


I think you can see that I accented parts of the design with a metallic gold gel pen. What you can't see is where I've also added clear glitter here and there to add some sparkle to the card.

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Royal Wedding Bracelet - Teal & Bronze


ROYAL WEDDING BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Rulla beads "Luster Gold"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Copper Teal"

Here is another elegant version of the bracelet with one of my favorite fire polished colors. Unfortunately, this color doesn't seem to be available anymore. The bronze Rulla beads perfectly match the seed beads.


You'll find this free bracelet tutorial by Sandra Halpenny HERE on her blog. She also has a YouTube tutorial HERE. If you need Rulla beads to make this bracelet, Supply Emporium has a very nice selection of colors.



 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Royal Wedding Bracelet - Chalk Lazure Blue


ROYAL WEDDING BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • Rulla beads "Chalk Lazure Blue"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Metallic Suede Gold"

As you can see, this also makes a cute bracelet without the picots along the edge. It has a more casual look.


You'll find this free bracelet tutorial by Sandra Halpenny HERE on her blog. She also has a YouTube tutorial HERE. If you need Rulla beads to make this bracelet, Supply Emporium has a very nice selection of colors.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Royal Wedding Bracelet - Orchid Aqua


ROYAL WEDDING BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • Rulla beads "Pastel Bordeaux"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Polychrome Orchid Aqua"

Did you watch the Royal Wedding yesterday? I watched the whole thing on YouTube in the afternoon while taking a break after editing these bracelet photos. Tomorrow I'll be blogging about one of these bracelets that I made without the picots.


You'll find this free bracelet tutorial by Sandra Halpenny HERE on her blog. She also has a YouTube tutorial HERE. If you need Rulla beads to make this bracelet, Supply Emporium has a very nice selection of colors.



Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Tangles

If the clouds clear out this afternoon, I should be able to take photos of the three "Royal Wedding" bracelets that I mentioned on Wednesday.


There isn't a published pattern for "Articulated Molygon" but Melinda Barlow CZT has a video HERE showing how to draw this variation of the official tangle called "Molygon".


This pretty tangle called "Bluster" is by Irina Wins and her pattern is HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. Below  are a couple more examples of "Bluster"



Lindy Clarkson's "Fan-filla" can be found HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


"Momo" was first introduced on Veena Arun's Knot Brat blog HERE. The step-out is also posted HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


This cute rope-like tangle called "Natti" is HERE at TanglePatterns.com. It was created by Anita Aspfors Westin.


"Row Row" is by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb and the pattern is posted HERE on her blog.


"Tipple" was introduced by Zentangle on their blog back in 2016. You'll find their step-out HERE. It's not so much a pattern as it is a filler used to fill gaps between tangles. Rather than just show you a tile full of circles, I used "Tipple" to fill some of the cells of "Vache 1". Visit THIS post for information about "Vache 1". There is also a step-out for "Tipple" HERE at Pattern-Collections.com as well as several video links.


"Tri-o-angle", by Kasturi-Das, is posted HERE at Patten-Collections.com. You will also find a link to Melinda Barlow's video about this tangle.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Today's Tangles

I've made three more "Royal Wedding" bracelets but I haven't been able to take photos of them yet. Sunday night I discovered water dripping from the kitchen ceiling. The landlord sent someone out on Monday to find the source of the leak and yesterday they cut a big hole in the ceiling and repaired the leak in the pipe. Everything that was on the kitchen counters is now covering my "photo studio" (aka the dining room table). I won't put the stuff back in the kitchen until after they have replaced the sheetrock and painted the ceiling on Thursday. In the meantime, here are some of my recent tangle drawings.


"Caracole" is by Lily Moon and her step-out is posted HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. She also has a video tutorial HERE.


I saw this pattern on the Pattern-Collections.com Facebook page. No one seems to know the name of it but it is similar to the Zentangle pattern called "Well" and another pattern called "Stella". 




Lindy Clarkson's "Florascroll Double" pattern is HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. I drew, embellished and colored each of the elements a little differently.


I found this fun tangle called "Octoleg" HERE on Damy's blog. Damy has several example images showing interesting ways to use this pattern. I drew mine along both sides of a curvy line.


This one called "Yuu", is also by Damy and it's HERE on her blog. I really love this design. First I drew separate elements like she did on her step-out. Below you can see how it looks drawn on a grid.



"Zefirki" is by Alena Light. She posted her step-out HERE on Facebook. Nicole Dreyer posted THIS lovely tile featuring "Zefirki". I had some trouble drawing this pattern at first and I found it very helpful to turn the pattern sideways and draw it horizontally rather than vertically. Doing so seems to give me better control when drawing the curvy lines.


You'll find the pattern for "Zeihryt" HERE on the LonettA's CREA(R)TIVES blog. It's by Annette Plaga-Lodde CZT.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Royal Wedding Bracelet with various beads

Yesterday I blogged HERE about the free pattern by Sandra Halpenny called "Royal Wedding Bracelet". You'll find Sandra's tutorial HERE. The pattern calls for Rulla beads but I wondered if any other kinds of 2-hole beads might work with the design. I tried regular SuperDuo beads, Smooth Outline SuperDuo beads, Mini DiamonDuos, CzechMates Bricks and IOS par Puca beads. As you will see below, some of them worked quite well and others not so much.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Pastel Pink"

I made the sample above with regular SuperDuo beads. They don't work well at all and the motifs don't have a distinct shape to them. They're pretty much a mess.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Pastel Zircon Blue"

This sample was made with Mini DiamonDuos. Although the motifs have a different shape than when made with Rulla beads, they do have a nice shape. However, the motifs are unstable because the seed beads tend to flop in front of or behind the points of the DiamonDuos.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • CzechMates Bricks "Opaque Rose Gold Topaz Luster"

The sample above has CzechMates Brick beads. They work quite well with this pattern and the motifs have a nice round shape.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • IOS® par Puca® beads "Opaque White Ceramic Look"

This sample with IOS® par Puca beads looks very similar to the Rulla version. They're just slightly smaller than Rulla beads. I would definitely use these beads to make this bracelet sometime.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Smooth Outline SuperDuo beads "Blue Turquoise Picasso"

These smooth outline SuperDuo beads also work very nicely with this design. I did have to make one tweak though. Instead of adding six 11/0 seed beads on each side, I only added five.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Smooth Outline SuperDuo beads "Ivory"

This started out to be a bracelet but I ran out of thread and I also found a thread looped around a bead. It also is made with smooth outline SuperDuos. I'm posting this photo because I thought you might like to see how a bracelet made with just this motif would look. It's delicate and thin enough to make a wrap bracelet if you don't mind using a ton of seed beads.


Supply Emporium has quite a few colors in Smooth Outline SuperDuos. Note that the 15% off coupon code has changed from "15BLOG" to "CRAFTY15".