Monday, July 22, 2013

Diva Challenge #128: Two-Pencil String

This week's Diva Challenge is to use a double pencil to create your string. Seemed easy enough but did need to do a little touch up on the string as the pencil did not always mark consistently on both sides. Here is what I came up with, I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Chainlea, Annee, Diva Dance, Mooka, Tipple, & Facets

Would encourage you to visit I am the Diva regularly to look at what others have submitted.

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

Go Tangle !!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Zendala Dare #66

Usually do not have a chance to get to the Dare this quickly. My schedule cleared out and I decided to do something that I enjoy doing rather than all the things on my To Do List. I will probably pay for it later, but it was fun and relaxing. As is usually the case, the shading is what causes me the most discontent. I probably need to work in my journal on this a little more. Here is what I came up with for this weeks Dare. Uncharacteristically, I did not include an organic tile. That has been a pattern with me for a while. Despite my questions about the shading, I am generally pleased with the result. I used some of my favorite tangles on this one. Hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Betweed, Shattuck, 'Nzeppel, & Paradox

Going to use this post to catch up on a few of the challenges that I missed. The first one is Zendala Dare # 63.  This was a fun one to do. I surprised myself at how quickly I was  able to complete it once I started it. The tangles just seemed to flow. 

The next is Zendala Dare #64. I have to admit that it is not according to the directions of the Dare. I had printed off the template and had been carrying it around. When I had the time I did not go back and reread the directions and did not remember that the tangles we were to use were suppose to begin with the letters H O T or H E A T. I am including it mostly as I liked the way it turned out. I hope that you enjoy it too.

I completed this weeks challenge early enough that there are not a lot of others posted on The Bright Owl. I encourage you to go there often during the week and look at the great pieces that others submit. 

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

Go Tangle !!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Zendala Dare #65

It has been a couple of weeks since I have been able to post a Zendala Dare. I was hoping to get a couple of the past ones done to post at the same time, but things did not work out that way. I have to admit that when I first saw this template I was a little unsure. It is different than any of the others that I had seen. As I was thinking about it, I was not sure what to do. I admit, I did start to do some planning. Before I started with it though I read a post from someone that was participating in another of the on-line challenges and they commented that whenever they tried to plan a tile they struggled a little. They had learned that they were much better off letting it grow. It reminded me of a basic tenet of Zentangle®. There is no right or wrong. After your string, you just tangle. I did not abandon all my pre-thoughts but decided I was going to start and just proceed from there. The major decision was deciding if I should fill the space in the outer ring. I still am not sure about the decision to put in the Flux, Fescu, and the leaves. It looked too empty with nothing there, but it looks a little busy with it filled. Oh well, it is what it is and generally I am pleased with the result. Hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Ennies, Paradox (variation), Beads, Flux, Fescu, and Shattuck.  I do not know that the twisted leaves are a tangle.

This is a post late in the week so I am sure that most of of you have all ready been to The Bright Owl. If not would recommend that you visit and see the other submissions.  Plan on doing that, not sure how much time I will have to comment. I know that I appreciate comments that people make and I figure that if people take the time to create it, the least I can do is acknowledge it in a small way.

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

Go Tangle !!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Diva Challenge #127: "Duo Challenge v.VII: Cirquital/Opus"

I had a mixed reaction to this challenge. Part of that is that I have only tried Cirquital on a few occasions and was not pleased with the way that it turned out. If there is a circular area in a string, I am more likely to use another tangle. I guess though that is what the challenge is all about. It is doing something different from what we normally do or are comfortable with. I don't have any similar feelings about Opus, but I must admit it is also not one that I find myself using a lot. Not sure why. I was not really sure how to start, so I went back to basics and did a string. Since I knew that I would be using Cirquital, I included a couple loops. I pretty much envisioned Cirquital being the primary tangle and Opus being the embellishment. As is usually the case, the shading presented the most challenges. Since this is not a tangle that I have a lot experience with, I was generally pleased with the results first try. I hope that you enjoy it.

I have not had a chance to look at the other entries in this weeks challenge but am off to do that now. If you  have not all ready, would encourage you to go to I am the Diva and look at what others have done. I continue to be amazed with the diversity of things that I see. 

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

Go Tangle!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Diva Challenge #126: " Stencil Fun" 2

I had mentioned in my earlier post that I had another string. Was not sure that I was going to get it done. Wouldn't have if I had not forgone the Zendala Dare (sorry Erin). This one is very different from the other one. I used a stencil with all different size circles on it. I only used two different sizes. Here is what I started out with.

Was not anything special. Just made a bunch of circles. Here is what I ended up with when I was done.

This was fun to do but it did take a while figuring out what tangles to use. I did not want to repeat any. I was not completely successful as I did use Ahh in 2 of the circles. As usual, shading was probably one of the more difficult decisions. Tried a couple of different things. Over all I am pleased with the result. 

Thanks for visiting. Keep checking I am the Diva for new submissions.

As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Diva Challenge #126: "Stencil Fun"

This was a good challenge for me. I am doing a class in about a month on Zendalas, specifically different ways to make your own template.  Some day I would like to order one of the zendala template makers but right now I have to go with a little more economical method. I picked up some symmetry stencils at a new store. I was down in Indy doing some cycling on the Monon Trail and found a store close to where I was staying named United Art and Education. Went in to investigate. They had some nice stuff though most of it was geared toward elementary and preschool children. This challenge gave me a chance to experiment. Did not do anything fancy. I really liked what Laura did with the stencils that she used. Here is the stencil string that I came up with.

Nothing fancy, but I was okay with it for a first try. Here is the ZIA that I came up with using this template. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Scrawlz, Crescent Moon (variation), Betweed, & Mooka

I have not had much time to look at what others have submitted. I only looked at a few. I hope to spend a little more time looking at those and if there is time, If you have not, would strongly recommend that you go to I am the Diva and check things out. I have another stencil string ready to go. It is much different, and simpler. May not get it done in time to post for this challenge but may post it later. 

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

Go Tangle !!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Diva Challenge #125: UMT v. XVIII Birdie Feet

Was not sure what to do with this challenge. Decided to just have some fun even though it challenged my drawing skills, which are seriously lacking. Think that is why I like Zentangle® so much.  Used the tangle birdies feet as the  string and just added things after that. Could not really think of how to finish off the bird. Not sure if it is one or two. Here it is. Hope you enjoy it.

Tangle used: Birdies Feet, Ennies, Crescent Moon (variation), and Pendrills

Have not had much of a chance to look at what the other people have submitted. Plan to do sometime this weekend. Would encourage you to go to I am the Diva to look at the great images that others have come up with. 

On a totally unrelated note.  I did not use them here but picked up my first set of Tombow markers. Of all places to find them, they were at Meijer's. Usually check out the craft section of most stores that I go to and saw them for the first time last week. This week Meijer's had coupons in the paper so got $5 off the price. Got the retro group. Has 9 colors and a blender. Did not realize that a blender came with it and bought a Copic blender at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon before I got the Tombow's. Looking forward to having some fun experimenting with these over the next 2 weeks as I am taking some time off work. May even pull this back out and add some color just to see what it looks like.

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

Go Tangle !!