Tag Archives: Tangents and Tactics

Tangent #10: Icon Grids (+ Tangent)

Last weekend’s trip to the real art supply store also yielded a new trio of pens: Sakura Gelly Roll, Glaze, and Souffle, all in white.  I really like working in white on a dark background, and had recommendations for all. The latest post in Daisy Yellow’s Tactics and Tangents series gave me the perfect framework — and as usual, I took yet another tangent off of that.  DY Icon Grid + Tangent

On the left, the “pure” interpretation, albeit at a slightly larger-than-suggested grid size– just under a half inch — using mostly typographic characters as the icons. And on the right, my tangent-off-the-tangent, each grid filled with a unique pattern.

The final verdict on the white pens:  Gelly Roll is easy to use, goes on stark white and is in first place as go-to white pen; Souffle starts out transparent/barely visible, finishes with less distinct almost chalk-like appearance, suggesting subtle possibilities; Glaze starts out nearly invisible, finishes white but transparent, not sure when I will use but pretty certain I will.

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Tangent #3 (at last) Accordion Book

This challenge took a while between start and finish:  Daisy Yellow’s tutorial for Accordion Book Tangent was posted way back on August 18th. Over the time I worked on it, the backgrounds on each side came out quite differently and I couldn’t decide how or, ultimately, if I’d bring them together.  One side’s Bright, all about Color; the other is Dark and about Process. Both feature squares randomly cut from glossy bookmarks and postcards collected at science fiction conventions I attended this year.

DY Accordion Book Bright Side croppedDY Accordion Book Dark Side cropped


Tangents #7: Pattern Grids

This last Daisy Yellow Tangents and Tactics exercise was a bit addicting, so I ended up doing it twice in over the weekend. Once in Black & White, using my fattest chisel-tip Sharpies, plus my new favorite dip pen and white ink for the text on a single cut-from-a magazine-page shiny black square. (Note to the observant:  The over-sized initial letter of text was not intentional; the ink blobbed because I forgot to check the flow, and I decided it would become the pen-and-ink equivalent of have lemons, make lemonade.)

DY B&W Pattern Grid cropped

The color version had an added element of experimentation. Cruising the after-back-to-school clearance racks at a local Target, I came across a set of Yoobi markers, promising that they would be used to draw over each other for patterns that would not bleed. I hadn’t any idea what that could mean — I draw over things all the time with markers to make patterns without bleeding — but they were marked down to $1.48, and who can resists a whole set of chubby markers for under a buck and a half? I thought I’d try them for a color version of the pattern grid tangent — and was absolutely blown away! Five “step 1” super-bright color markers — lime green, orange, red, magenta, and purple — plus a couple of “step 2” markers that were colorless until used over the step 1 markers, changing those into another color completely.  No way to do these justice but on a solid black background.

Flashback to the Psychedelic Sixties, anyone? (Click on image for full effect; click again on details if you dare…)

DY Color Pattern Grid cropped


(Warm up for) Tangent #6: Quirky Girls

DY Girl Face practice gridFollowing Daisy Yellow’s tutorial, an index card grid of hastily-sketched girl female faces.  I can’t change the name of the exercise, but in my head, these are not only girls — there are a bunch of women up there as well. I think the one in the fifth column, middle row looks the most like me — my chubby nose and the “but I am smiling” expression on my face in most photographs.


Tangent #5: Beach Umbrella

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Another 2-page spread in my re-purposed board book journal, sort of a second-cousin-once- removed from the Daisy Yellow’s Beach Umbrella tutorial.  A tangent-off-a-tangent, I guess — bright colored craft acrylic stripes, oil-pastel shading/highlights, over a black gesso-ed background, dip pen and white ink for between-the-stripes text. More thoughts on my relationship with control over the years, as this has officially become my “control” journal, tentatively named “Boundaries, Edges, Frontiers.”


Tangent #1: Starburst

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Daisy Yellow may have hooked me again with her Tangents and Tactics series. My Starburst is on the muted side, a bit more introspective feeling than the vivid Daisy Yellow demo version. It has a bit more of a swirling movement as well, which I think was fitting for the the journal portions — circling thoughts on a series of recurrent dreams.