Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Diva's Challenge: KISS

This week's Diva Challenge was right up my alley! During the busy hustle-bustle of the holidays, Laura encouraged us to just Keep It Simple for our tile this week. This was left open to interpretation as to whether you would  do a simple string, or some of the more simple tangles. I decided, no strings, no deciding which pattern would go best where. I would just do a tile of a new tangle I had seen and wanted to try (Cirque by Chris Gerstner). No sting. One Tangle Pattern. Simple.

It is about as far away from an 'official' Zentangle as you can get and it's not much of a looker but it sure was relaxing, just when I needed it most. Apparently I was so relaxed that I fell asleep taking the picture and so it's all crookedy!  I aim to go back in at a later date and fill in the background but for now, it's...well...simple!

Sincere thanks to Laura for another amazing challenge. This one really hit the spot at this time of year. Thanks for the pleasant 30 minutes away from my mind monkeys!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Life Is Never Dull!

I walked in the back door last night and the house was flooded with red flashing lights. I ran outside and there were men on ladders, on my roof and the neighbor's roof. Before I had a stroke, my neighbor yelled that it was a false alarm. Seems two girls out playing in the' hood noticed 'smoke' coming from my neighbor's roof. Being responsible citizens, they called 911 and then ran to his house and told him his house was on fire. He explained that the smoke was steam from the dryer vent and turned off his dryer to show them. By then, four fire trucks had arrived and my neighbor explained what had happened. They thanked the girls for looking out for their neighbors and said that while they were all there, they would run some ladder practice drills. That's about the point where I walked in from the garage and was sure it was the end of times. I don't think that Ben and Cooper's eyeballs have gone back to normal size yet! Mine either. Never a dull moment around here!

After I got myself together a bit, I struck off for Zentangle Snowflake class over at the local craft shop. Katie Butler was the teacher and it was amazing as usual. I loved the whole class, but the discovery of micro glitter and a glue pen rocked my world. Here is my snowflake.

And these are the ones from the rest of the class. It always amazes me that we are all in the same class with the same instructions and every Zentangle comes out differently, no two are the same, just like snowflakes!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Diva Challenge: Use New Tangle Arukas!

Yesterday was a long, difficult day so I was pleased as punch to sit down with a couple of tiles and work on the Diva's Challenge for this week. Laura is back after a short sabbatical and her tangle this week was to use the newest Zentangle pattern 'Arukas', designed by Molly Hollibaugh. (See below.) A clever person at our Zentangle Artist's Coalition meeting realized that 'Arukas' is 'Sakura' (the name of the pens we use to Zentangle) backwards!

This tangle has lots of possibilities. I made it BIG in the first tile. 

And smaller in the second tile. 

I wish I had doodled at the table like I usually do, but I was hunkered in the fetal position in the corner of my cozy nest with my snugglie woobie due to an excruciating Monday, so my lines are a lot wonkier than I'd like, but I LOVE the new pattern! 

Thanks for another great challenge, Laura, and a great new pattern Molly!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Review of Bijou Zentangle Tiles.

I must admit when I first heard that the good Zentangle folks had put out a new  2" x 2" sized tile, my first thought was, 'Well what would you do with that? That's too small to do anything with!' So listen up, People, because this doesn't happen very often....I WAS WRONG. That's right. I said it. 

I won a tin of tiles and they were kicking around and kicking around. On Saturday, the perfect storm brewed. I hurt my back which slowed me down considerably. Whilst on the coach, snuggling with my bag of frozen corn, I had time to watch a multi-part video AnnDoodles posted to Facebook. I encourage you to go to her blog and look at her work; so much detail! The videos were  time lapsed- showing how she makes her beautiful work. 

I decided to give it a shot, but just a little one and dug out the Bijou tiles. I figured I'd give it at least 2 inches and see how I liked it. ME LIKEY! VERY MUCH! Both the tiles and the technique!

This was my first one, based on Ann Doodles technique.

Closely followed by these three. (I call the top one 'Ragtime and Ruffles'. That's more of a 'traditional  style' Zentangle).

Then yesterday, I pumped out 4 more. If you look carefully, you will see the tile's namesake, Bijou' the snail, in the lower right corner of the lower right tile. 

I was amazed at how much you could fit on a tile. It took me nearly as long to do one of these as it takes me to do a regulation 3.5" by 3.5" tile! You can pack a lot of inky goodness on there! So, I apologize for dissing you, Bijou, before I really got to know you, but I can tell we're going to be best friends for a long time! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weekly Challenge #195: "Turning Old into New"

Today's Diva Challenge is by guest blogger, Sandy Hunter. Little Artoo is still on the mend and Laura's pinch hitters are really stepping up to the plate! The theme is 'Turning Old Into New',  taking a tangle pattern you always use and using it in a new way.
I use Sanibel and the flowers (can't remember name) in the grid a lot, but never in a grid- always free form.  Demi (the black and white squares on the left are supposed to be in a grid, so I took them out. Tipple (the bubbles) I use as a filler but not a border and Perk (what I think of as a seed pod) usually has all of it's seed intact instead of flying all over.

This was a thought provoking exercise. I found it very uncomfortable to do which tells me this will be a great thing to investigate further!

Thanks Sandy for the awesome challenge!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Diva Challege: Seton and INKtober 2014 Wrap Up

Over at The Diva's Place little Artoo is having some surgery, so Laura has put a crack team of guest Zentanglers on the job of putting up the challenge every week for the next month. This week's was by Chris LaTourneau and was to use the tangle 'Seton'.  It's a new one to me but I enjoyed it. I made it into an RAZ  and added it to my stash.
Seton is the pattern with the ring toward the right hand side. 

One of the objectives of INKtober was to  study the evolution of your art over a month and see if you can see progress, patterns or evolution in your work. I decided to put thumbnails of  all of the pieces together to make this a little easier.  Upon review of the lot of them, I have come to the conclusion that I am a schizophrenic with more personalities than Sybil, am on crack, and quite possibly may have been abducted and altered by aliens. 

After the first week I consiously tried to not to use the lower left to upper right arc in each piece. The second week was a wash because I was in a fog of cold medicine. The rest of the weeks have some 'OK' pieces and some 'meh' ones but I can't see any discernible pattern, growth or evolution. 

What I did gain out of  doing a piece every day is that I don't want to HAVE to do a piece every day. Weird, because before I HAD to I WANTED to. Just like anything else, it's not as fun if you HAVE to do it.  

It was a great challenge though and I think by next INKtober, I'll probably be ready to tackle it again. In the meantime, I have a pretty good stash of RAZ to hide out and about!

INKtober 27-30

INKtober 27
This was for a friend who asked me to put this saying on a card for her fridge. It has a lot of pink sparkley on it but but the picture of it is poor.

INKtober 28
I printed off a piece of triangle graph paper and just started filling in the triangles with Paradox during a dept meeting. I took it home that night and shaded it. Then I submitted it the next day as the notes I took during the meeting. Some team meetings are so sciencey that I tend to black out if I try to figure out WTH they are talking about. Doodling keeps me conscious. 

Inktober 29
This week's Diva Challenge was to use only the pattern 'Betweed'. I used my new Helix circle and angle making drafting tool and still managed to make them not round. More practice required!

Today's was a quicky at lunch since I have a party tonight. My last dyed Zen tile. It was mostly pale yellow so it doesn't show up well. It looks really wonky in this photo but it's not as crooked as it looks. It will be an RAZ.  
PS. for those of you playing at home, you can click on this to  biggify it and see the 'sniper' that Brother Dan swears is under the top left leaf in the foliage on the right. 

Just a small RAZ for Oct 31.  Not much time with all of the Halloween festivities! 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Diva Challenge: Betweed

This week's Diva Challenge 191 is a monotangle.  You can only use the tangle pattern 'Betweed'.

I was kind of rushed since I also had to make deviled eggs for tonight's Halloween Pot Luck so the shading is all wonky.  I used my new Helix Angle and Circle maker tool for the first time and can see lots of potential once I learn to use it correctly. Look at the second circle from the left on the top.  
Helix Angle And Circle Protractor - Plastic - Assorted (HLX36002)

[Who can't make a circle with a plastic tool shaped like an actual circle designed to make actual circles? *Waves hand wildly in the air* Me! Me!]

The tangle was fun to do. I used Betweed quite a lot in my other tangles. But I'm not happy with the overall design since it was so rushed. The deviled eggs came out much better!

Happy Halloween!!!