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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Diva Challenge 329

The guest blogger this week is Marguerite Samama from the Amsterdam Area.  I have followed Marguerite's work for some time and love it.  She is a true inspiration.  Her challenge is to use the fragment D-1.  I was working on a challnege for another group I am in where we had a one-word prompt "Square"  So I did a framework of squares and inserted fragment D-1 in various ways.
Then I did another one

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Splotchy Tangles 2

I spent time with CZTs Deb Thingvold and Susan Mayes today and we worked on some more splotchy tangles.  Deb had some tiles that were prepped with shaving cream and inks.  Here is my progression and finished tile.  I really love the freedom of these tiles.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Splotchy Tangles

I have been participating in a challenge "Splotchy Tangles".  To start, I applied Tombow markers to watercolor paper and created the color.  Then I spritzed with water, let it sit a minute, and then used a paper toweel to lift off the water to give a splotchy effect  The next step was to use a black pen and outline the "splotches".  After they were all outlined, I started filling in the areas.  As a Zentangle Artist, this was really a stretch for me.  It is just line drawing and it really led me outside my comfort zone.  In effect, though, the black outlines were the strings - they were just restrictive, unlike a pencil string that is used as a guideline.  I did manage a few Zentangle patterns in this, but it is mainly line work.  I did use colored pencil to shadow and enhance, and a Uniball signa to highlight.  So below are my progress pictures.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A letter to you!!

I just took part in a challenge on one of the Facebook groups that was fun and I wanted to share the results.  This challenge invovled letters, and there were three entires to be made  So I used the three initials of my name.  The first challenge was to use the letter as a string.  Second, create the letter and tangle inside it.  Last but not least, do the leter with negative space.  Funny story, I used my middle initial as the negative space initial.  I do not use my middle initial because if I do, my initials are PAM and people tend to call me Pam instead of Pat.  So I dropped it a long time ago.  Therefore, it is a negative letter for me.  Here are the results of my three tiles.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Quirky Birds

Oh what fun I have had.  I have been taking a course from Willowing Arts on how to create Quirky Birds!  Here is my first set.  I  based the accordion book on the Tim McGraw song "Last Dollar" because the words to that song, which I have always liked, really fit these birds - "One, Two, Three, like a bird I'll sing".

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Today's Zendala

I love to create zendalas and mandalas.  I have had this one in mind and decided it was time to see if it worked.  I am relatively happy with it - it ended up quite dense with pattern but I like the way it all came together. I like the play of Diva Dance in this - it ebbs and flows.  The piece is 5" square.  The color is Inktense pencils.  Other than that Black Micron 01 and graphite for shading.  I did a series of progress pictures and share them below the zendala. I apologize for how they are showing on the page - I really had issues with Blogger today.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Diva Challenge 325

This is another guest post from Jessica Davies.  Last week we SHARED THE LOVE with our hearts.  This week we are PAYING ATTENTION to an oft-overlooked pattern from Molly Hollibaugh - Peaknuckle.  I had the opportunity to see Molly drawing this tangle at Tangle U last year..  Molly is an amazing person to follow in her teachings.  I "understood" the tangle pattern after watching her.  She also has a You Tube video on creating the pattern which you can see here,

I used Peaknuckle with Adele Bruno's pattern "Sand" and "Y-Ful Power" by Shoshi.  I hadn't worked on my gray journal for a while, so it beckoned to me.  You can find the step-outs for the other patterns on
I hope you like it.  Have a great week!