Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Weekly Challenge #296: "UMT - Moowa by Anya Ipsen, CZT"

This week's Diva challenge was wicked fun. It was to use Anya Ipsen's tangle pattern Moowa which I like very much. It reminds me of Tess Imobersteg's Breakers pattern that I use a lot. I couldn't decide if Moowa looked more like water to me or plants, so I tried both.

In the first one I tried for water splashing up on the wharf. 

In the second one, I added it with Mooka to make a kelp forest for an octopus I had drawn preciously in my sketch book and had left unfinished. Lucky because I like the kelp forest a lot. 

Thanks again Laura for a wonderful challenge and Anya for a great tile to add to my arsenal!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Diva Weekly Challenge #295: "Reticula/Fragment part 2" Update!

Update: 12-1-16 THIS is what I was trying for in the Diva Challenge

This is one of those times I'm sorry that I promised to put the first challenge tile I completed up-come what may. My intentions were pure but this baby came out a muddled mess. I wanted to do a straight grid with 4 'loose' fragment tiles floating on top. I still think the concept is sound and may try it with another fragment pattern. Picking a 3-D fragment like Cubine was a mistake. It all smooshed together into a mess. You're not having a bad acid flashback...it just looks that way-complete with lousy lighting, creased and smudged paper and my thumb. I didn't clean it up-why bother?  Avert your eyes. Save yourself

In other news, I kind of like this one. It's just from my doodle book but I was in a spring/summer mood on a rainy autumn night!

Onward and upward....

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Diva Challenge: Keeko

I haven't written for a while. We've been spending every possible second outside enjoying the unusually warm November weather. This week's Diva Challenge brought me inside though. It was to use the tangle pattern "Keeko" which is one that I use quite a bit. I forgot to put 'stars' in my Dex windows like I had usually do, but for better for worse, here it is:

I'm still semi-obsessed with trying to make 'ripped/flipper paper' but haven't nailed it yet. 

This is the last thing I see before I leave the house each morning. Sad puppy. Wadded up in the corner of the big chair. The minute the door closes, he hops down, plays and naps with Cooper, but for whatever reason feels he has to make me feel like scum just before I leave to start me day! 

Probably because he has been out and about with me in the warm weather a lot the past few weeks. I expect once the winter cold really hits, he will be perfectly content to stay in his warm chair when I leave.

Went to the zoo last weekend. Had lunch at the zoo cafe which has a huge viewing window of the polar bear exhibit. I got my lunch and a primo table by the window.  This was the view.

I said, aloud, "Look at the Grizzly bear!" Immediately 20 toddlers stopped what they were doing and corrected me, loudly, vehemently and with a large degree of disgust. It was a POLAR bear. He'd just been playing in the MUD. Wow. You haven't felt truly stupid until you've been chastised by a herd of feral toddlers!

Mr Bear added insult to injury by going over and rooting around in the sand and mud again, clearly on the toddler's side in the situation. 

Mr. Tortoise was very kind. He KNEW I knew the difference between a polar and a grizzly and thought that I was judged a little too harshly by the tiny tyrants!

Jury was still out with Mr. Snake.

Scolding aside, it was a lovely day to be at the zoo....

on the shores of Lake Wingra

Ooo! One more little tidbit. Look at the awesome safety/flag pin I scored at a craft fair. Safety pins are big right now as a symbol of solidarity with those who feel disenfranchised with the results of last week's election. It says , "You're safe with me". I love this one because it shows that I care about my friends and fellow Americans who feel particularly persecuted right now, and  also America itself. Despite the trying times we are in right now, there is ALWAYS hope. Never give up! Never give in!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Inktober: Week 4

Yay! The last week of Inktober. It is fun, but the pressure of HAVING to do a tile every day, gets to me after a while!  I'm glad I did it though. 

October 25
This was also the Diva Challenge for last week. To use only two tangle patterns. nZepple (the grid) and Flux (the leaves).

October 26
Not being 100% happy with yesterday's stab at the Diva Challenge, I tried again.

October 27
And Again. This proving that I should quit while I'm ahead. Blech!

October 28
But I never learn so I took one last stab at it. Enough!

October 29
Spring thoughts on an autumn day.

October 30
Watching the movie 'Victor Frankenstein' (which was unexpectedly awesome...Harry Potter was in it!) I think that may be where all of the wheels and cogs came from!

October 31
Rumor has it that Moose wanted a canine-themed tile.  I  really phoned this one it. I had to be up early this morning to get it in since I work all day and will be busy all evening turning the hose on trick or treaters! 

So I did it! I did a tile a day. None that I'm exceptionally proud of, but I got in the habit of doing it every day whether I wanted to or not. It was interesting that even if I had zero ideas, once I sat down with a pen, something always came from it...worthy or not. Good practice! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Diva Challenge: TakeTwo

I did two more challenge pieces last night, partly because I wasn't wild about the first one and secondly because I won't be able to do my Inktober thing tomorrow so I'm filing one ahead.  After close consideration, I've decided that I don't like these tiles either and the reason is Flux. I use this tangle rarely because it isn't in my top 50  favorites... which is a weird juxtaposition with nZepple which is probably my #1-Go To pattern. C'est La Vive!

Inktober 26 and Diva Challenge
Flux as a string

Inktober 27 
nZeppel as a fill for Flux. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Diva Challenge: Nzepple and Flux

This week's Diva Challenge was to use the Nzepple and Flux patters as a duotangle. Not really happy with this one, and the graphite really flared for the carmera, but I always post my first effort so for better or worse, here it is. I think I'll have another go at it tonight for Inktober and see if I can do it more justice.

In other news, the Merino Silk yarn I won online came yesterday. It is softer than unborn baby panda pelts! Can't wait to turn it into a scarf or cowl!

I couldn't get to it last night since I had Moose napping on my shoulder. Tends to paralyze the  left arm a bit, but totally worth it to have his Darth Vader like snores DIRECTLY in my ear! What a little sweetie!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Inktober: Week Three Recap

October 17
Playing with shadows and I love the daisy pattern.

October 18
Diva Challenge was to use a leaf. 

October 19
Trying to get that 'ripped open to see what's underneath' thing going. Failed miserably.

October 20
Wonder if I can draw a zipper. Brother Dan says this looks like an L.L. Bean vest. I'll take it!

October 21
A pop of color

October 22
Using 'Mooka' as a string.

October 23
I don't know whataheck is going on here!

October 24
Friends don't let friends tangle at 4:15 AM!