Showing posts from July, 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 b…

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.

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 …

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 a…