Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Diva Challege: Seton and INKtober 2014 Wrap Up

Over at The Diva's Place little Artoo is having some surgery, so Laura has put a crack team of guest Zentanglers on the job of putting up the challenge every week for the next month. This week's was by Chris LaTourneau and was to use the tangle 'Seton'.  It's a new one to me but I enjoyed it. I made it into an RAZ  and added it to my stash.
Seton is the pattern with the ring toward the right hand side. 

One of the objectives of INKtober was to  study the evolution of your art over a month and see if you can see progress, patterns or evolution in your work. I decided to put thumbnails of  all of the pieces together to make this a little easier.  Upon review of the lot of them, I have come to the conclusion that I am a schizophrenic with more personalities than Sybil, am on crack, and quite possibly may have been abducted and altered by aliens. 

After the first week I consiously tried to not to use the lower left to upper right arc in each piece. The second week was a wash because I was in a fog of cold medicine. The rest of the weeks have some 'OK' pieces and some 'meh' ones but I can't see any discernible pattern, growth or evolution. 

What I did gain out of  doing a piece every day is that I don't want to HAVE to do a piece every day. Weird, because before I HAD to I WANTED to. Just like anything else, it's not as fun if you HAVE to do it.  

It was a great challenge though and I think by next INKtober, I'll probably be ready to tackle it again. In the meantime, I have a pretty good stash of RAZ to hide out and about!

INKtober 27-30

INKtober 27
This was for a friend who asked me to put this saying on a card for her fridge. It has a lot of pink sparkley on it but but the picture of it is poor.

INKtober 28
I printed off a piece of triangle graph paper and just started filling in the triangles with Paradox during a dept meeting. I took it home that night and shaded it. Then I submitted it the next day as the notes I took during the meeting. Some team meetings are so sciencey that I tend to black out if I try to figure out WTH they are talking about. Doodling keeps me conscious. 

Inktober 29
This week's Diva Challenge was to use only the pattern 'Betweed'. I used my new Helix circle and angle making drafting tool and still managed to make them not round. More practice required!

Today's was a quicky at lunch since I have a party tonight. My last dyed Zen tile. It was mostly pale yellow so it doesn't show up well. It looks really wonky in this photo but it's not as crooked as it looks. It will be an RAZ.  
PS. for those of you playing at home, you can click on this to  biggify it and see the 'sniper' that Brother Dan swears is under the top left leaf in the foliage on the right. 

Just a small RAZ for Oct 31.  Not much time with all of the Halloween festivities! 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Diva Challenge: Betweed

This week's Diva Challenge 191 is a monotangle.  You can only use the tangle pattern 'Betweed'.

I was kind of rushed since I also had to make deviled eggs for tonight's Halloween Pot Luck so the shading is all wonky.  I used my new Helix Angle and Circle maker tool for the first time and can see lots of potential once I learn to use it correctly. Look at the second circle from the left on the top.  
Helix Angle And Circle Protractor - Plastic - Assorted (HLX36002)

[Who can't make a circle with a plastic tool shaped like an actual circle designed to make actual circles? *Waves hand wildly in the air* Me! Me!]

The tangle was fun to do. I used Betweed quite a lot in my other tangles. But I'm not happy with the overall design since it was so rushed. The deviled eggs came out much better!

Happy Halloween!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

INKtober 20-26

This is an archive of my entries for INKtober last week:

I've had a rough sketch of this idea sitting around for a while so I finally decided to tackle it. It might lend itself to being a bigger version with some color in the future.  It was drawn as a RAZ to leave for someone to find. 

This one was submitted to the Diva Challenge for breast challenge even though it isn't very Zentangley, it's very pink! I'm digging my new Jelly Roll pens. I see now that I need to fix the tail wings up a bit!

I had seen images similar to these on tattoo sites on line so I combined two of my favorite on a piece of paper I dyed last spring. I like it and think I will try to do a bigger version on a pretty piece on scrap book paper.

Found a 'How to Draw a Cat' tutorial on line and decided to give it a whirl. don't think that this  Zepple variation (the background pattern) works very well on an arced grid. The background was hand dyed. This will be an RAZ.

This was just a little guy done on a scrap of hand-dyed. I made him as an RAZ to leave in the children's section of the library. The little goober-men are from a book on 3 D drawing by Mark Kistler.

This piece is on a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper. The frogs are tribal tattoo patterns. The color didn't really come out in this pic; it's actually more mottled spring green than mint.  It was a b-day gift for a friend .

Fiddled around a bit with Joann Finks 'Zenspiration' book. It's clear that I can't draw a straight line. If I wanted to do this technique for anything but practice, I'll have to use a graph or a ruler, but it was fun to work all the little bits and bobs in! And I like the hand dyed background on the tile. It will be an RAZ .

So that's it for this week. Only 5 more days to go!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diva Challenge 190:Pink For Ardath

This week's 'Diva Challenge' was to use pink for breast cancer. Laura's (the Diva) grandmother passed last year of bc and I've had several friends who have fought the battle. I'm happy to say that the majority of them won the war but sadly not all. Cancer in ANY form is a horrendous disease. It affects not only the person fighting it but everyone who loves them.  I know this design isn't technically a 'Zentangle' but the first thing that came to mind was a butterfly for hope that one day, hopefully soon, no one will have to ever deal with this horror again!

I also submitted this doodle for my INKtober entry because I didn't have as much time to draw as I thought last night and didn't get a chance to make two designs. I looked out my window at suppertime and the neighborhood was full of smoke. I heard LOTS of sirens so I put on my jacket and sneaks and went to see what was going on.  So did the rest of my neighborhood. I've never seen the sidewalks so crowded. About a block and a half diagonally from my house there was a huge house fire. My neighbors and I watched helplessly as one of our own lost everything in the span of 20 minutes. The house is a total loss but although there were a couple of injuries the four adults in the house got out safely.  The lesson is that we never know when we wake up in the morning, what the day holds. Be present, be careful and cherish every 'good' moment you have-even the ho hum ones, because you never know when everything will go up in smoke, 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Inktober 14-19

Here's the stuff I did for last week's INKtober entries.

Most of my stuff is little so I can leave it places for my Random Acts of Zentangle or Art Abandonment groups, but this first one is 12" x 12". I made it in Katie Butler's Halloween Zentangle class over at Lynn's Craft Shop in Madison. Katie is an awesome teacher with lots of fun idea for Zentangle Inspired Art. This was all white ink on black paper and then highlighted with Zen Stone which is a soft mineral stone. Therefore, I got a ton of weird glare when I took this photo. Come of it showed up like up at the top and some didn't show up at all, like at the bottom. I guess that makes it more spooky.  I like to work on 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper because it's so inexpensive and easy to frame. 

I found a couple more little scraps of the paper I dyed last spring.  This quote has been bouncing around in my head for a while and I had wanted to try the border motif which I saw elsewhere on line but I can't remember where. The result was this  little piece to leave somewhere. I like the border design but not the lettering. 

Here's a dragonfly I kind of like, but again it's tiny-in the neighborhood of 4" or so. I like that I got the shading almost right. 

Still thinking about the drop shading and the way light hits things to make shadow, I experimented a little more. This is a regulation sized Zentangle tile. I wish I hadn't added the tacks to the corners and made it more of a 'pillow' than a 'poster'.

More with the shading. I don't know why I can't leave the background black, I always have to add stars. 

This one is my least favorite of the week. The more I fiddled with the shadows the worse it got. Plus the photo is really messed up due to the glare of the excessive amounts of graphite I pushed around. It's not all gray and blurry in real life. 

So I spent another week trying and learning new things. There are only a couple of my famous 'Miss Optimistic America Diagonal Bottom Left To Upper Right' banners kicking around in these. And they aren't obvious so I'm pretty happy about it. Lots more to learn about shading. I'm finding it interesting so I'm guessing my pieces this week may be more 3D-ish . I'm really enjoying this INKtober challenge. It's really  pushing my comfort zone!

In a side note, when I leave Random Acts of Zentangle in public places, I put a note on the back that says what it is and that the person can take it.. yadda yadda. Then I've set up a gmail account just for them so I leave the address and a note that says that if they would like to tell me where they found it, to feel free to contact me. I got my first contact last week! We chatted back and forth a little and she was looking for info on learning Zentangling herself. I lured another one over to the dark side! Mmmmwhahahahah!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Birthday Surprise and Spooky Zen Class

I got the loveliest birthday gift this year. Those of you playing along at home know that I was recently reunited with four birth siblings earlier this year. Unfortunately but fortunately, we found each other through youngest sister, Shelly's obituary but I was thrilled to meet, Doris, Dina and Dan when I was home this summer. We've stayed close by phone and online but I was totally not expecting the gift they sent. It was a box with an 'open this end' message written on it. Inside was a note that said, "Give the dog and cat their presents and open the tissues, then open the next three boxes in order." Sure enough there was a jingle ball for Cooper (which he immediately picked up and disappeared with) and a pull rope for Ben (which he settled down to blissfully chew) and a box of Kleenex.

The next three boxes contained 48 birthday cards; one for every birthday we have spent apart. Dina took ages one through 17. Some cards were homemade and some were age appropriate kid's cards and they each had cool messages about what would have been going on in my life during that age. (You're 13. Did you get your ears pierced? You're 15. Did you pass driver's ed?) Doris took 18-31. Each card was handmade with love and so beautiful.  Dan took 32-48 and hand painted them and added rhymes. He also painted me a wee lighthouse necklace that is adorable.  He made me laugh by saying' Sorry this is late' on almost every card! I laughed and sobbed through opening all of the cards. Thank goodness they included the Kleenex! I still can't believe how lucky I am to have such sweet siblings in my life! The box also included birthday cards for this year from all three including one from beautiful niece, Rebekka.

I received many other gifts and cards from friends and family today. Sometimes I feel so alone, everyone does, but days like today make me I realize that  I am blessed with an embarrassing wealth of love and support in my life. I am truly humbled.

I took Katie Butler's Halloween Zentangle class last night. I was on the bubble all day about whether to drag my lovely snot-filled self out in public but decided at the last minute that I felt OK enough to go. I'm so glad I did. She had us do a spiderweb project with lots of patterns I'd never used before.
I wish the picture had come out better. I took it after dark and got a lot of bounce from the Zenstone shading. Once we got tangling, the time just flew and I got lost in it and forgot all about not feeling well for a bit.Guess I must be on the mend!

Thanks to EVERYONE who made my birthday special! I love you all!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

INKtober 6-13

This week's drawings were supposed to be a departure from my usual drawings, and they were for the most part. I tried to be conscious about not putting that diagonal band in every one. But mostly they came from a nightmarish place of oxygen deprivation and cold medicine

'Michael Likes Flamingos' 
Had a piece of pink card stock. Had recently been to the zoo with friends. Michael was looking for flamingo feathers outside the enclosure. He said he already had two. It had never occurred to me to look for them before. I will now! The game is on!

I kind of like this one, I must have had a moment of clarity.

Oh I wish I could!

Bookmark. Didn't shade it. Too drugged.

What?!? Totally phoned this one in.

Tried to make up for the 'cheater' ones. Wish I had been more conscious of the empty space on the left and right of the diamond-way uneven.

This was my head yesterday before I got the really good drugs-sharp pointed edges in an airless vacuum. 

Hopefully next week's pieces will be a little more thought out  and coherent!