Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Winter Project

During the winter, when the days are short and bitter cold, I put a largish sheet of paper on my kitchen table and doodle away at it off and on when I have time; kind of like you folks that always have a jigsaw puzzle going. This winter's project got 'bumped' several times in the priority list but I finally finished the design and inking last night. Hmmm. End of July finish date...not exactly a winter project any more, huh?

There is still a lot of shading in my future, but the the main part of it is complete. Maybe I will tuck it away and let the shading be my NEXT winter project. It's coming faster than you think!
It's one third of a sheet of large poster paper.  Sort of a 'bell pull' shape. 
I like the dangles on the bottom.

Closer of top half.
Don't know why the top looks crooked. It's really not. Must be the angle of the camera

 Closer of bottom half. It's not crooked either. 

I've a mind to stabilize the back and then roll the top and bottom around dowels for display...not sure yet, but it looks like I have another whole winter to think about it!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diva Challenge: Truffle

Let me start right up front by apologizing for my entry this week. I had the day from H-E-Hockey-Sticks yesterday with a migraine. I had no business attempting the challenge last night, but I did. And I promised myself I would always put forth my first effort for better or for worse. Turns was worse.

The challenge was to use 'Truffle' in a tangle. Truffle reminds me of dandelion blossoms so  that's the direction I took. It's muddled and sloppy but here it is.

I hereby solemnly swear to never to doodle under the influence of  a headache or it's medications again. 

PS: The 'bombs' dropping from the sky are supposed to be dandelion seeds. I'm going back to bed.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diva Challenge and The Madison Zentangle Expo

This week's Diva Challenge was to be inspired by your favorite drink, in whatever form that took. One of my favorite drinks is a cherry French soda, a coffee house specialty that has cherry soda and half and half so I decided to use a hand died pink tile background and tangle it with red pen, and white Jelly roll and shaded it with red colored pencil. Ouila! Cherry French Soda!

Where did the hand dyed pink tile come from you ask? Why I dyed it myownself at a class at The Zentangle Expo this weekend !   It was held at The Monona Terrace Convention Center on Lake Monona in Madison. It was an overcast day but there still was an amazing view! 
 There was a gallery of beautiful work from the teachers and attendees.

 You'll want to biggify those. Beautiful, beautiful pieces!

And I took 5 classes; Using Watercolors, Hand Dying Backgrounds, Shading, and Zentangling on objects.  Here are some seashells that the teacher did. She is a calligrapher as well. 

 I can't wait to do some of my own and leave them on the beach face down for others to find!
The last class was called The Master Class- each of the Certified Zentangle Teachers for the weekend got up and gave a tip, trick or pattern. It was awesome. The entire weekend was! I was very impressed at the organization and professionalism. I learned a lot! Now I'm counting down the days until next 's Expo!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Diva Challenge: Crux and Molly The Hedge Warrior

Business first. I haven't done a Diva Challenge in a while so I settled down last night to tackle this week's UMT (Use My Tangle). The entire tile is one tangle pattern called 'Crux'. It's so versatile and there are so many variations that 20 people could sit down and do it and get 20 results. Just pop on over the Diva's post and check out all of the entries at the bottom of the entry. Diversity at its finest!

I'm happy with the 3D effect I was able to achieve with the tips and tricks I learned at my last class with Katie Butler. I'm looking forward to playing with them lots more. 

We are the proud owners of a new electric hedge clipper at our house. This is a very good thing because after the past three weeks of heat, humidity and rain, it was beginning to look like a jungle out there. 

The WhateverThisIs growing by the steps was oozing over making the Big Doggie scared to come out of the house.
The dreaded lilac had grown up over the windows and the air conditioner again! I love lilacs, but that is not the place for that one; too small a space. 

So we drew straws and I got to be the Hedge Master. Those without opposable thumbs laughed and laughed. I put the new trimmers together. Screws, safety guard and handles were involved and went out Thursday night to tackle the hedge monsters. No electrical cord provided. WTH?!?!? So we piled in the car and went to Farm and Fleet and got a cord. By this time it's dark so the whole deal will have to wait until tomorrow. I vow to get out there early as it's supposed to be hot.

I go out the next morning at 8:00 (out of respect for our neighbors, as I was raring to go at 6:00). On the way to the garage to get the trimmer, I notice that the leaf lettuce has gotten way out of hand, so I cut that and put it in a big bag to take out to the farm. Since it was breakfast time for the animals, I decided to take it out right away. ADD at it's finest.  By the time I get back it's hotter out there but I'm still fairly enthusiastic. I fire up the trimmer and tackle the step-eating shrub. Up one side. Cool! Up the other side. Nice! One long cut across the front and silence. I'd cut my own extension cord. Damn. 

Back in the car and over to Farm and Fleet only to find that they are closed for the 4th. Down to ACE hardware where I find a new cord...for $5 more than they have them at F&F. Damn. Get back home and now it's blazing hot. I plug in the new cord, fire it up and ...nothing. Down to the basement to check the fuse box, flip the switch, back up the stairs and out to the garden and ...nothing. Damn. 

Finally I decide to give up the entire enterprise until later in the afternoon when the sun is on the other side of the house and the garden is shaded. During the afternoon, I try to turn on the downstairs bathroom light and discover that it won't come out so I know I've missed a circuit breaker. Back down to the basement I go and switch it over. 

After supper I go back out and start again.  This time everything goes swimmingly. I remember to lay down the plastic table cloth to catch the clippings. I remember to plug my cord into the outlet BEHIND me so I won't cut it again, and off I go. Although things have been going well, by the time I get to the dreaded lilac,  I'm hot, sweaty and tired and losing enthusiasm fast. I whack away at the bush, whittling it down to a more reasonable size.  I even hack a branch that's about 3/4 inch in diameter and marvel that the trimmers can handle something that big. Then it's time to go around behind and cut the back. I hate that part, there's no room back there, it's right next to my neighbor's fence and  and I can't see what I'm doing but I plunge in anyway. Remember that branch that I, just 30 seconds ago, marveled at? Yep. Impaled myself on it, but good. 

So, to review, now I'm hot, sweaty, tired, injured and TICKED. I start swinging the weed whacker wildly yelling, 'DIE!!!!' until I wear myself out and have to stop. It's quiet. I turn around to see my neighbor standing over me on his doorstep looking concerned. 

"I hate this lilac." I state quietly. 
"I would seem so." He replies before trundling off to his garage.
But despite all of the trials and tribulations, I fought the foliage and aside from one minor flesh wound, I won!