Thursday, September 29, 2016

October Tangle Swaps

The theme for this October Tangle Swap is using your non-dominant hand to draw the tangles.

So... I've got my pieces drawn and I'm waiting for the three names of my swappers.

Can't wait to swap!

And... by the way... drawing with my non-dominant hand isn't that hard but it's so stressful. My abs were soooooo cramped up the entire time. Ugh... didn't feel zen at all.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Jewelled Garden - ZIA piece by Aleesha Sattva

I started this piece almost a week ago and this is the longest I've worked on one piece.

I didn't actually start this piece for me. I have some tangle swaps to do and I thought I'd start these two different pieces of paper (one is blue and one is brown/beige) for two people. Then... I saw the two pieces coming together as one.

I decided to go with it. Perhaps I'd send the bottom one to one person to complete...

But then I realized it was meant to be one piece of art and I had to draw it. I drew the centres of the flowers so I could place gems in them... as I wanted this piece to be more 3D than other work I've done.

I used Copic Multiliners in black of varying sizes for the piece itself and coloured Copic Multiliners for some detailed work throughout the piece.

The piece was really coming alive for me. I created my own way of doing gems during this process. I needed some gems to look more flat while others needed to be more rounded or misshapen. I hope I achieved this look. It's hard for me to see this piece with fresh eyes when I've put so much time in to it.

Then I laid down all of the InkTense pencils... this was a few layers of colours. I often do more than one colour per layer in a particular piece and I did here as well but some flowers (and the bamboo) took a few layers to get the effect I was looking for.

When I was done adding layers of colour with InkTense and Coloured Pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Artist Pencils) then I needed to choose how to mat the piece. I took it over to the art store and tried it on different home made papers until I found the right one.

In the end it was between a bright orange which looked GREAT but watered down the bamboo... and a dark green. The dark green was chosen in the end.

And now it dries - used Rice Glue - and then it'll be hung on the wall.

I loved this process and will probably make another one sooner rather than later. I'm envisioning a larger piece... perhaps four or six pages...

in light,
Aleesha Sattva CZT

Edited to add:

And now it's hung!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tangle Swap with Debbie E. New

Wow... all I can say is Wow!!! Debbie E. New does such gorgeous line work and I just love what she did with this tile.

I sent her this tile

and this is what she did with it!

Gorgeous gorgeous work!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I was inspired by another artist's work and decided to do something similar. She had created a bouquet of flowers using tangles... so... here's my version!

I started off doing the art... (Copic Black Multiliners in various sizes)

Then I added some InkTense and Sakura Glaze pens...

And this is the completed piece. I felt it really needed some grounding but adding black to the piece itself didn't feel right. So I mounted it using rice glue on a black piece of pastel paper. (Copic Grey Multiliner, Koi Watercolours, InkTense Watercolour Pencils, Sakura Glaze Pen - clear, Faber-Castell and Derwent Artist Pencils)

Now it's hanging on my wall...

Some people haven't used Glaze Pens so here's a close up of some of the work I did with them. You can see that don't allow the stain from the watercolours to penetrate the paper. So you see the 'blank pattern' wherever you place the glaze pen!

white leaves are glaze pen

tipple (circles) around edges of petals are glaze pen


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Such fun

I had a lot of fun creating this piece. I learned the technique at CanTangle 2015 - hence why I can't wait for CanTangle 2017.

Friday, September 16, 2016

To shade or not to shade?

I love shading. I love adding deeper dimensions to my work. But some people aren't fond of shading...

So I took two photos. One when I was done my piece and I could see an opportunity for more shading. And then another picture once I added additional shading.

Here they are:

Which do you prefer?

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Monday, September 12, 2016

Different Blending Tools for Coloured Pencils.

So I was playing with some different blending tools today. These gems were created using different tools. Two are Derwent Blending Pens. One is a PrismaColor Blending Pencil and one is only using a white Derwent Artist Pencil to burnish.

The centre piece is using the Derwent Blending Pens and the black outter is TomBow marker with TomBow blender.

From left to right: DBP, WDAP, DBP, PBP

in light,
Aleesha Sattva CZT

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Derwent Blending Pens with Coloured Pencils

Today I decided to try out the Derwent Blending Pens with my Derwent Artist Pencils.

All I can say is WOW... seriously ... wow. One swipe with the pen and it's perfectly blended. ONE SWIPE!

I'm off to do some drawing and I'll attach what I do to this post once I'm done.

Seriously... go get yourself a set of these... they were 130 Baht (about $5 CAD) here in Thailand... not sure what they'll be in your part of the world.

More images to come...

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Tangle Time with my boys

Whenever we Skype with our boys I always tangle.

This is what I drew today while we chatted for an hour or so.

with love,
Aleesha Sattva CZT
(aka Mama Aleesha)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Derwent Blending Pen Review

I bought a set of these Derwent Blending Pens yesterday and thought I'd give them a try. What I discovered is they don't so much blend as make the graphite smudge proof! This thrilled me... cause it doesn't change the look of the piece like so many of the spray on smudge proofings do... they just make it smudge proof.

Here's some pics to show you what I did. Some before the pen and then after.

Let's begin with the finished piece. All of the blending was done with the two blending pens. I didn't use any other blenders. To make a larger graphite space... I simply applied it on with the graphite pencil (rather than putting a bit on and smudging it with a blender). Then I'd go over it with the blending pen and VIOLA within seconds it was dry and smudge proof!

completed piece

8B Graphite Pencil has been laid down

Blending Pens have been used on the Graphite 

Close up after using the Derwent Blending Pens

 So... although I haven't yet tried these with coloured pencils (I will) I'm very pleased with what they've done with the Graphite.

edited to add: Coloured Pencils - here and here.

Aleesha Sattva CZT
Certified Zentangle Teacher

Friday, September 9, 2016

Another swap with Debbie E New and Aleesha Sattva

Oh man... does this girl draw tiny or what? This tiny little card has such tiny tiny tiny tangles on it... I had to pull out my smallest pen to complete it. I almost tossed it out at one point... but I reminded myself that EVERY art piece goes through an ugly phase... and you just have to continue through it!

So... I did. And here's the result:

Tiny tiny art...

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Aleesha Sattva and Debbie E New - Tangle Swap

I had plans today... I did. But darn it all... I got my package from Debbie E New in the post yesterday and I just couldn't wait to tangle with her so... I changed my plans.

I spent many hours today creating this - it is a lot of layers of paint. InkTense, Koi Watercolours and watercolour graphite pencils. In the end... I'm pleased.

Here's her tile that started it all: (check out her gorgeous linework!)

And here's the completed tile after my contribution.

That was my first EVER tile swap... I can't wait to do another!

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tangle Swaps!

Oh my goodness it's fun to receive a tangle swap. I was so excited today when I went down to our postal area to find a lovely package addressed to ME!!!

I feel so pampered. Deb sent me so much fun stuff to tangle on... plus who can resist a cute little panda envelope! I can't wait to tangle on these... it'll have to wait until the weekend since we have plans tomorrow.

Here's a couple of swap tiles I completed today... sending them out soon.

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chain Gain

Hi Diva... this is for you!

Centre Square, Chain Gain and Sing4Me - Aleesha Sattva CZT Tangle Step-outs

I thought I'd make it easy for people... here are the tree tangles that I've created step-outs for. I've created some others that I use but not step-outs.

So... here we go!

Centre Square as featured on Diva Challenge 283

Chain Gain


Aleesha Sattva CZT

Diva Challenge #283 - Centre Square by Aleesha Sattva CZT

I'm soooooo honoured to be the Diva Challenge this week. Squeeeeeeeeeeee Click on the link and go to the bottom and then you can see all of the people who did the challenge and how they used this tangle.

This morning I woke up and meditated. During my meditation I was brought to a thought about the Diva Challenge and the tangles I submitted to her awhile ago. When I finished meditating I checked my phone and my Sissy had sent me a text saying "How cool is it that your tangle is the Diva Challenge this week!". Well... I was shocked to say the least of it. How cool is that!

So to celebrate I created a new tangle... called Sing4Me.

Above is the tile I created for the Diva Challenge this week and here is the step out for Sing4Me.

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Edited to add a variation:

Monday, September 5, 2016

Renaissance Tiles

I've been commissioned to do some art for an upcoming book. I have some parameters that I need to work within. Here's two pieces I've completed so far.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tangle Swaps!

I had no idea that people were doing half an art piece and sending it off to another 'tangler' and having them complete (and keep) the piece.

So I had to get in on the fun!

Here are the pieces I did in the last two days and I'll be sending them out tomorrow. I have three more to complete!

The above piece is going to someone in Hawaii. It's a postcard... and they are sending me a postcard (same quality paper) and I'll complete their piece!

The one below is four of the seven tiles I need to have completed for seven other people!

And below is the other three:

And this is the tile I made for a fellow CZT. I decided that it would be so much for CZTs to trade amongst themselves... so I created a group on Facebook to do just that! Edited to add: turns out I did a bit too much on this tile... so I made her another couple. Her's is the blue flower below!

And here's the blue one I sent to her:

Once they are completed by the other person(s) I'll post the results!

Aleesha Sattva CZT

Edited to add:

Here's one of the completed swaps:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Love this piece... and Swan Light by Glaring

This piece is, IMO the best art I've ever done. I'm super pleased with this! In the picture with three images in one... it is the Inktense Pencils added to the piece and then the process of adding water to it (top right photo)... watch the progression. In the end it was about 4 hours of painting involved in this piece. (notice the glaze pen in the background... that needed 24 hours to dry before painting).

I used: Copic Multiliners (many different sizes), InkTense Pencils, Derwent Line Painters (Graphik), and Koi Watercolours all on a Large Tangle Me This! Sketchbook Lavender.

You can purchase a Sketchbook on Etsy.

And I believe my art just went to a whole new place because of my new light that my hubbins bought me. I love this light = it has 42 different settings!!! Loving it - Swan Light by Glaring.

Aleesha Sattva CZT