I can't believe the Diva has offered us up 200 challenges! I have done them all, some of them after the fact and unposted, but they are all in my portfolio. I love these challenges. I love to create them, but the best part is seeing how so many people, given the same instructions, can come up with so many different interpretations. It's amazing!
I also enjoy Laura's blog. She has the cutest kidlets EVAH, and she takes us through the journey of her days with humor and style. So HAPPY 200th Laura! Thanks so much for everything you do! We Love ya!
Haven't been doodling much lately. The Diva took a couple of weeks off of challenges, the holidays were busy and we've been playing copious amounts of Qwirkle in the evenings (I am SO addicted to that game) so I have good excuses! :-) Decided to take a few minutes and do the challenge this week which was to use the tangle 'hitched', which is the design that goes through the middle. I liked it and had been wanting to try the twig one in the upper left too. It was fun to kick back with a pen again.
The holidays have been wonderful. We didn't have any snow until a couple of days ago and for the most part the weather was temperate so I got lots of walking and sunshine in-especially on the Christmas weekend itself. The tables have turned now and it's below zero with wind chills WAY below zero, but it's par for the course in Wisconsin in January, I discovered a system of walking trails in the field and woods by my house and am kind of hoping for some snow to try snowshoeing on them!
One of my favorite gifts this Christmas was a bullet blender, I've been having lots of fun playing 'let's see if it will blend this and what it tastes like' for the last week. I'm in love! This morning's smoothie is pear, strawberry, blueberry, walnut and yogurt. Yum! I made one with spinach, carrot, apple, cuties and cucumber the other morning and it was fabulous as well. Awful healthy though. Might try pepperoni pizza, a doughnut and Sierra Mist next.
This week's Diva Challenge was right up my alley! During the busy hustle-bustle of the holidays, Laura encouraged us to just Keep It Simple for our tile this week. This was left open to interpretation as to whether you would do a simple string, or some of the more simple tangles. I decided, no strings, no deciding which pattern would go best where. I would just do a tile of a new tangle I had seen and wanted to try (Cirque by Chris Gerstner). No sting. One Tangle Pattern. Simple.
It is about as far away from an 'official' Zentangle as you can get and it's not much of a looker but it sure was relaxing, just when I needed it most. Apparently I was so relaxed that I fell asleep taking the picture and so it's all crookedy! I aim to go back in at a later date and fill in the background but for now, it's...well...simple!
Sincere thanks to Laura for another amazing challenge. This one really hit the spot at this time of year. Thanks for the pleasant 30 minutes away from my mind monkeys!
I walked in the back door last night and the house was flooded with red flashing lights. I ran outside and there were men on ladders, on my roof and the neighbor's roof. Before I had a stroke, my neighbor yelled that it was a false alarm. Seems two girls out playing in the' hood noticed 'smoke' coming from my neighbor's roof. Being responsible citizens, they called 911 and then ran to his house and told him his house was on fire. He explained that the smoke was steam from the dryer vent and turned off his dryer to show them. By then, four fire trucks had arrived and my neighbor explained what had happened. They thanked the girls for looking out for their neighbors and said that while they were all there, they would run some ladder practice drills. That's about the point where I walked in from the garage and was sure it was the end of times. I don't think that Ben and Cooper's eyeballs have gone back to normal size yet! Mine either. Never a dull moment around here!
After I got myself together a bit, I struck off for Zentangle Snowflake class over at the local craft shop. Katie Butler was the teacher and it was amazing as usual. I loved the whole class, but the discovery of micro glitter and a glue pen rocked my world. Here is my snowflake.
And these are the ones from the rest of the class. It always amazes me that we are all in the same class with the same instructions and every Zentangle comes out differently, no two are the same, just like snowflakes!
Yesterday was a long, difficult day so I was pleased as punch to sit down with a couple of tiles and work on the Diva's Challenge for this week. Laura is back after a short sabbatical and her tangle this week was to use the newest Zentangle pattern 'Arukas', designed by Molly Hollibaugh. (See below.) A clever person at our Zentangle Artist's Coalition meeting realized that 'Arukas' is 'Sakura' (the name of the pens we use to Zentangle) backwards!
This tangle has lots of possibilities. I made it BIG in the first tile.
And smaller in the second tile.
I wish I had doodled at the table like I usually do, but I was hunkered in the fetal position in the corner of my cozy nest with my snugglie woobie due to an excruciating Monday, so my lines are a lot wonkier than I'd like, but I LOVE the new pattern!
Thanks for another great challenge, Laura, and a great new pattern Molly!
I must admit when I first heard that the good Zentangle folks had put out a new 2" x 2" sized tile, my first thought was, 'Well what would you do with that? That's too small to do anything with!' So listen up, People, because this doesn't happen very often....I WAS WRONG. That's right. I said it.
I won a tin of tiles and they were kicking around and kicking around. On Saturday, the perfect storm brewed. I hurt my back which slowed me down considerably. Whilst on the coach, snuggling with my bag of frozen corn, I had time to watch a multi-part video AnnDoodles posted to Facebook. I encourage you to go to her blog and look at her work; so much detail! The videos were time lapsed- showing how she makes her beautiful work.
I decided to give it a shot, but just a little one and dug out the Bijou tiles. I figured I'd give it at least 2 inches and see how I liked it. ME LIKEY! VERY MUCH! Both the tiles and the technique!
This was my first one, based on Ann Doodles technique.
Closely followed by these three. (I call the top one 'Ragtime and Ruffles'. That's more of a 'traditional style' Zentangle).
Then yesterday, I pumped out 4 more. If you look carefully, you will see the tile's namesake, Bijou' the snail, in the lower right corner of the lower right tile.
I was amazed at how much you could fit on a tile. It took me nearly as long to do one of these as it takes me to do a regulation 3.5" by 3.5" tile! You can pack a lot of inky goodness on there! So, I apologize for dissing you, Bijou, before I really got to know you, but I can tell we're going to be best friends for a long time!
Today's Diva Challenge is by guest blogger, Sandy Hunter. Little Artoo is still on the mend and Laura's pinch hitters are really stepping up to the plate! The theme is 'Turning Old Into New', taking a tangle pattern you always use and using it in a new way.
I use Sanibel and the flowers (can't remember name) in the grid a lot, but never in a grid- always free form. Demi (the black and white squares on the left are supposed to be in a grid, so I took them out. Tipple (the bubbles) I use as a filler but not a border and Perk (what I think of as a seed pod) usually has all of it's seed intact instead of flying all over.
This was a thought provoking exercise. I found it very uncomfortable to do which tells me this will be a great thing to investigate further!