Monday, April 29, 2013

Zendala Dare #55

Erin at The Bright Owl picked a unique template for this weeks challenge. She has not posted what she did yet. Am anxious to see what she does. I have to admit the first thing that I thought of when I saw the template was Auraknot. It was not calling to me, it was yelling at me. So I chose to listen. I was not sure what else to do but as is many times the case, once I start the tangles emerge. One of the harder things to decide what to do was the center. I did not want to leave it blank. The next struggle was to fight my urge to fill all the different spaces. the Flux around the outside was the last thing that I added. It looked okay without it but all that space just did not seem right. I did resist any urge to fill in the spaces between the Newell. I don't remember the last time I completed a challenge so quickly. I really enjoyed doing this and thought it was a great template. Hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Newell, Auraknot, Flux, Scrawlz(variation).  Not sure that the center, or the intertwined lines  is actually a tangle.

If  you have not all ready done so, would encourage you to visit The Bright Owl to look at what others have done with this template. Check back frequently throughout the week as there are always new additions. 

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated. 

Go tangle.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Adventures in Monotangles #8 - Phicops

Doing well for Challenges this week. I am 3 for 3. Phicops is this weeks Adventure in Monotangles. I remember when Laura aka The Diva introduced it. It was one that her husband developed. While I like it and it is a fun one to draw, I have to admit I have not used it a lot. Not really sure why. I did use it recently in the Diva Challenge as part of a tile. You can see that at this post on my blog.  I did not even think about using it for this challenge as it is not a monotangle. Here is what I came up with. For me the harder part is coming up with different embellishments. Hope you enjoy it.

Here is one that I did earlier using Phicops. This was actually a way of practicing the tangle.

This was a bookmark that I made and was part of the packet I gave to a student at one of my classes.

Go to Mindful Creations to look at the monotangles that others have done.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged and appreciated.

Go Tangle!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Diva Weekly Challenge #115: "Amanda Day or Earth Day" 2nd Tile

Those of you who looked at my first tile are aware that I was not pleased with the result. It was okay but it somehow left me wanting. I posted it anyway. I am not sure if I just needed to get that one out of my head or what but this one was much easier. I also like the result of this one much better. It is still an organic tile, but the tangles seemed to flow much more easily and it seemed that I had a much better direction of what I wanted to do. The only thing that I did not include that I had thought about using was Helen Williams Leaflet tangle. You can go to her blog A Little Lime to see the step out for this. Just felt that did not need to add it after I got to the end. I still think it is a great tangle. Here is what I came up with. I hope that you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Chainlea, Flux, Phicops, and Mumsy

If you have not all ready visited I am the Diva, would encourage you to do so and look at the other great submissions by some fantastic artists. 

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.
Enjoy some tangling.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Diva Weekly Challenge #115: "Amanda Day - or Earth Day"

I have heard of writer's block but not being a writer, I have never experienced it. I think I am suffering from "tangling block". When I read this week's challenge my mind was as blank. I looked at some of the things that others had done and still nothing. When I started thinking about putting things on paper, all I could think of were different organic tangles that I had seen or used. The result is my garden. It is nothing fantastic but hope that you like it.

This is really a combination of things that I have done in the past and some tangles from others. One is Antidots, and the other is Laydee. 

If you have not been there all ready, would encourage you to go to I am the Diva and look at the things that others have done. There are some really great artists that do things.

Thanks for visiting and as always, comments are welcomed, appreciated, and encouraged. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Zendala Dare #54

I generally have liked doing Zendalas but for some reason this one presented some challenges. I am not sure why. I think part of it was that I really was not sure what tangles to use in the different sections. When this has happened in the past, I still have managed to get a sense of what tangles to use. I think I decided to use color to substitute for this. I did not even do any shading. Maybe if I have time I will attempt another one. For what it is worth, here it is. Hope you enjoy it.

If you have not had a chance would encourage you to go to The Bright Owl and look at the other Zendalas that people have submitted. As usual there is a great variety.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, appreciated, and encouraged.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Adventures in Monotangles #7 - Onomato

Have been pretty productive getting challenges done the last couple of days. This week's Adventure is to use Onomato. I figured what better time to work on a little color technique than with a monotangle.  Did not turn out exactly the way I would have liked. Will have to do a little bit more work on remembering the color wheel. It was an interesting process. I thought enough ahead of time to take pictures of the process along the way. The end result is okay. Hope you enjoy it.

This is what the tile looked like before I started to add any color.

This is the first layer of color. Did not want to do too heavy but think maybe I did it too light.

This is the next layer. Almost went back and just did this layer with better coverage, but decided to push forward.

This is where the color started to get a little funky. Looks almost like rainbow.

Hmm. Taking on a totally different character. Not thrilled about the green around the outside. 

Trying to get something a little more suitable. Beginning to like some of the areas a little more.

Here is the end result. Like some parts of it but not as satisfied with the larger orbs. Am going to have to work on my color blending technique a whole lot more. 

For all the things that I can find about this that I do not like, I am  not totally dissatisfied with the end result. Did not have a broad spectrum of colors to choose from. Will definitely look for more vibrant colors in the next set of pencils that I purchase. Most of this was down with a basic set of InkTense pencils.

Would encourage you to go to Mindful Creations to see what others have come up with. As usual with the Zentangle® community, the results are unique and varied.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged and appreciated.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Zendala Dare #53

This is a special Dare as Erin stated that she started the Zendala Dare 1 year ago. Congratulations!! I have not been doing them that long. I must admit that when I first started doing them I was a little intimidated by them but I have grown to really like doing them. I do not know if it is the symmetry and order that attracts me or what. I do know that I definitely have to think things through a little more. This one was fun to do. I may have to create a challenge for myself though. I do not know if anyone else has a tangle that they really like and find themselves using a lot. One of mine is Shattuck. I've noticed that I use it a lot lately. I just like the way it looks in a variety of spaces. I wonder if I can go a month and not use Shattuck in a tile or Zendala. But I digress.  I kept this simple as far as the number of tangles that I used. I also find myself using a combination of more structured and organic tangles in Zendalas more. Not sure why, but I like the combination. Well enough rambling, here is the Zendala. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Shattuck, Striping, Flux, and Zingers

I know this is a late post. I appreciate your taking the time to visit. Visit The Bright Owl and look at the other submissions. 

As always, comments are welcomed, appreciated, and encouraged. Enjoy some tangling.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

They are finally done - Well almost. Travel mug inserts.

Earlier I had posted an unshaded ZIA that I was going to use as a travel mug insert. Received some comments that people wanted to see them when they were shaded. I finally finished the inserts. The reason that I said they are almost done is that I still need to do the final cropping and insert them in the mugs. Here are pictures of the 5 inserts that I did. They will be in travel mugs which will be Administrative Asst. Day gifts for the staff at my office. Hope you like them.

Tangles used: Hibred, Paradox, Sanabelle, In-a-Pod, Tierso, Keeko, Puf, Betweed, AHH, Shattuck, Crescent Moon, Cadent, Flux

Tangles used: "NZeppel, Eyelet & Ribbon, Twirl, Brayd, Daggerly, Fearcles, Beads, Hurry, Hollibaugh, Florz, Huggins, Sankegg, Vache, Meer 

Tangles used: Florz(variation), Arckles, Indy-rella, C-scape, Cadent, Vega, Diva Dance, Keeko, In-a-Pod, Munchin, Socc

Tangles used: Bales, Rain, Poke Root & Leaf, Chordin, Swarm, Fancy Nancy, Chillon, Hibred, Tripoli, Striping

Tangles used: Doodleedoo, Beeline, Japonica, Dansk, Ragz, Cubine, Copada, Pea-nuckle

This was my attempt to take a picture of the finished product. Only took one. Not the easiest to do and not get glare. Cannot see it, but this mug does have a handle. 

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged and appreciated.

Diva Challenge # 114: "You with the Stars in your Eyes - Stars v 2.0"

Has not been as easy to get back into doing the Challenges regularly as I had hoped. Part of this is that I was still finishing another project. Can see that in another post on my blog. Had every intention of doing something last week but the time flew by and I never got to it. This week is a star challenge. Can use a star tangle or string. This is a challenge that she used before, but that was long before I had been involved in doing the challenges. Looking at the tile, I think it met the criteria in spirit, but maybe not just in the way it looks. A tangle that I have used before and like is Spiteria. This is a modification of this tangle. I did not put in quite as many lines and I did extend the lines a little bit. It did take away from the star shape this tangle usually has. I used this tangle as my string and then added the other tangles.  For what it is worth here is the end result. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Spiteria, Knightsbridge, Printemps, and Paradox.

If you have not all ready done so, would suggest that you go to the Diva's blog and look at the other tiles and ZIAs that others have submitted.

I appreciate your taking the time to visit. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Diva Challenge #112: UMT v.XV "Tuxedo"

Not sure why it is taking me so long to get to the challenges earlier in the week. Like the UMT challenges as there are a lot of tangles, like this one, that I am not aware of and this gives me a chance to use them. This is one that I think is a little hard at times to get it consistent. Were a few glitches. The rest of the tile I just chose tangles that I like and included them. Here is my submission for this weeks Dare. Hope that you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Tuxedo, Zander, 'NZeppel, and Cadent.  

There are a lot of great submissions over at the Diva's site. If have not all ready gone there, would encourage you to click here and check them out.

Glad you came to visit. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.