Larry and I are blessed with some very tall beautiful trees in our yard. That also means we have seed and seed pods. That at times can be a bit messy. But like they say - if you get lemons, make lemondade, I have black walnut pods so I decided to make black walnut ink.
I've never done it before but I thought it would be something fun to try so...
So I did YouTube searches and found several site. So in October when I had what seemed like thousands of pods I began. They've been steeping in a pot every since.
Today I decided it was time to check out the results. It's a very messy jobs. I strained the ink and added a little gum arabique to it. That's suppose to help make it flow. Here are the results.
It's more brown than the markers we use for the tan tiles. And it's not as thick or flowing as I'd like, but I may be able to fix that. I also want to try it on tan paper and as a background wash.
Needless to say I'm pleased that it worked.
I may have to create a class project in which we use the ink.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Here is the info on the Zentangle Art Expo.
I will be teaching a class on July 12th for Tanglegami. It will be an Origami notecard enhanced with Tangles. I hope to see you there.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
I just got back from a 4 day trip to Tangle U in Portland ME. What a wonderful time. I got to connect with several of the CZT's from my CZT 10 class.
The days were packed with wonderful classes. Just some of the highlights were Chris Letourneau who wrote "Made in the Shade".
Beckah Krahula, "One Zentangle a Day" ; Marie Browning, "Time to Tangke with Color"; and Molly Hollibaugh from Zentangle.
Here are some of my pieces. Both were done on black paper.
There is another event coming to Madison WI in July. It will be for CZT's and all Zentangle enthusiast. I'll save that for the next post so standby for some summer fun.
Thanks for the visit.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Zentangles is making an effort to get on CBS News Sunday Morning. CZT's will be sending tiles and a note telling them what it is and asking them to call Rick and Maria for more information. Here is what I'm sending. Wish us luck and maybe we'll be on TV.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I'm grateful and quite lucky in that I have a room all to myself and just for my crafts. It's sometime called the Studio or friends call it my Obsession Room. Usually I refer to it as My Craft Room.
I've been doing quite a bit of ZIA work lately and I finally decided to frame some of my pieces. Michaels Crafts had a sale on frames so I had lots of fun picking them out and figuring which pieces to use. But now where to hang them? You guessed it - in my Craft Room. I'm very please with the results. Now I think I need to call this my Studio... Have a look yourself.
What do you think? And remember I can teach you how to do this. It's fun and truly an art anyone can learn.