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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Diva Challenge 307

Molly Hollibaugh's daughters Indy and Mazzy released the latest Kitchen Table Tangles, introducing the tangle Zingo.  This week, Laura asked us to create Zingo.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Diva Challenge 306

This week is a UMT - Amphora by Lily Moon.  This is a striking pattern, and can be found on Tangle Patterns website. I am a bit late this week in posting, but here is my take on it.  I used some Shard and Printemps to set it off.  I chose to use circles and offset black and white to set off the Amphora.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sending greetings

Traveling Tangles Project for March is to prepare a zendala.  I signed up to swap with four people and these went out in the mail to them.  I am excited to see what the mail brings for me.  I love zendalas.



Square One focus pattern this week is Por Fina.  I am not familiar with this pattern, so had to do some playing with it.  Here I used it as the focal with echoing, Sea Wave and Diva Dance.



Since I already had my Kala Dala stencils out, I decided to work on some more of the zendalas. The first one I took the flower of life stencil and turned it into a Celtic Knot string. Henna Drum made an outstanding outer pattern. I really enjoyed working on this one. The colored one, not so much. But I put it in here to show that even if you are not happy with one, you still keep on and salvage what you can with it. I wasn't crazy about the strings on this one, and then the Inktense colors bled outside the lines. So I had to keep working on it. I ended up using Blue Micron 01 to do the pattern work on it, and added more color and some echoing of lines. Ended up with a zendala that worked, just not a favorite.





















Monday, February 27, 2017

Diva Challenge 305

This week, Laura asked us to do a Duotangle using the patterns Marasu and Molygon.  I love Marasu in Renaissance colors, so my entry ended up as a piece in my tan journal.

A busy week

I have done quite a bit of practicing this past week, not atual tiles, just practiing strokes and patterns. I think I needed that grounding.

I did the journal prompt for Our Tangled Lives which featured leaves.  I love leaves - fall is one of my favorite times of the year with the colors of leaves, but the hint of green coming for spring is just as enticing to me.  With the weird weather this winter - it has been so much warmer than usual for winter - I can feel the spring coming.  So I reflected back to an e-lesson I took last summer from Cherryl Moote and spent a lot of time working on leaves.  I went through her lessons, and then researched many of my own pictures of leaves - the colors and the shapes - and decided I would use one of my accordion cards from the class I put together to teach and I actually wrote my first Haiku.

The Square One focus pattern this week is Yew-Dee. I have always enjoyed this pattern.  When I was teaching Illuminated Letter classes, it was one of the patterns I taught to use as a border pattern.  It makes an awesome border.   I mixed it here with Festune Too and some flux.

I saw a pattern this week called Reflections that really caught my eye, so I played with it for a while, and then in my tan journal, I did a ZIA using Reflections with some Laflor additions, Yew-Dee off the grid, with some printemps and tipple in the background using pencil rather than pen.  Oh yes, there was also a little bit of Molygon and some Bunzo! I really had a lot of fun with this piece and liked the drama I got with it.


I did two exercises this week from the Primer - Exercises 12 and 13 which both dealt with shading.  The first one was creating two tiles using Shattuck and Printemps, and shading them differently, and the second one was to use the pattern Crescent Moon and shade it in different ways.

Even though I did a lot of practicing, I still had quite a bit to show for the week.  Have a great week!




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Diva Challenge 304

Since Waybop was just released by Zentangle to everyone not just CZTs, the Diva challenge this week was to use Waybop.  I really like this pattern.  You can see my other creations in my last blog.  This time I decided to turn it into a zendala.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy day!

President's Day Greetings! What a weird weather pattern. It has been in the 70s every day, and we have had no rain here for many days. Humidity is medium, which is unusual here. I am not complaining - I don't like cold weather. It just makes me wonder what kind of spring and summer we will have. In this part of the country, things will start greening up in another month or so. In fact, looking out my window right now, the grass isn't brown - it has green patches in it.

This past week I caught up with the Traveling Tangles Projects I had received.

First off was Holly Pacier from Pennsylvania. She sent three tiles - what a variety. Fun. The watercolor swatches begged for boldness so I went bold. The others were a fun challenge.
Stephanie Drewa from Wisconsin sent me this beautiful Renaissance piece. It really turned out great.



Jolanda Baan from The Netherlands sent me a wonderful basic Zentangle tile. I really enjoyed doing it. And the purple sprockets were fun -
Square One focus pattern this week was Trio, a pattern from Hanny Waldburger in Sweden. I have loved this pattern since I first saw it last year. Here I mixed it up with a Dragonair leaf and some caviar.




In the Zentangle Mosaic app, Rick and Maria did a Kitchen Table Tangle on Waybop, adding a series of auras, and finishing it up with "graphite is the new black" background. The first tile below is the one I did while watching the video.

Still playing with Waybop, I used a background made with ink sprayed on shaving cream and marbling the paper. I cut this down to a 5" circle and then placed it on a piece of scrapbook paper to frame it. The Waybop is done with Brown Micron 05, Black Micron 05, White Prismacolor, Gold Gelly Roll and White Uniball.

Hope you all have a great week.