Sunday, November 25, 2012

Diva Challenge 96 Zinger

Zinger is the latest pattern announced by Zentangle HQ -  Maria has used it for quite some time but it  now has an official name - courtesy of a fellow CZT from seminar 4 Sue Clark.  The Nov. 18th Zentangle Newsletter has the step-out of the pattern and the story of how it came to be called Zinger.

I'm no longer in possession of the first tile I did for the challenge - I made several tiles to give to folks at our Thanksgiving gathering.  My plan was to scan them before I left but somewhere along the line it just did not get done.  I didn't realize my error until I was getting ready to create a post for the challenge.  Back to the drawing board - decided to give myself another challenge and use more of the floral/organic patterns. I love the look of them and admire the many ways that others use them but mine just never quite come out the way I want them.   One of my talents seems to be the ability to wilt, wither and kill off plants of any kind - on paper or in pots!   My brother has the better "green zentangle thumb" in the family!  Oh well it's a challenge so I'm not going to hide them.


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 Silkpod the tangle in the lower right corner is a new one from  cuz' Dianne

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This and That

A few links I came across today and thought you might enjoy.

Jean Theurkauf has posted a fun Holiday Zentangle Inspired Art video

Dianne Krumnow's latest tangle pattern Silkpod 

I wasn't happy with the one nameplate I'd previously posted here - so started over on a new one - keeping some of the same elements but going for a lighter look.  I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  Delivered it to the customer this morning and she loves it!  The nameplates are still something new so I'm learning and refining things as I go along.  I appreciate the comments left on the previous post - confirmed what I was seeing and freed me up to go in a different direction.  Thanks.

Take Two

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Ganesha Calling

Dilip Patel a CZT from India has commitment to publish 100 Zentangle Ganeshas before 31st December, 2012.  In order to accomplish this he has requested contributions from the Zentangle community.  You may read more about the project and how to submit your creation here.  To date there have been 70+ submissions.  You may use your own creation or use one of the templates Dilip provides.

Thank you Dilip, for the invitation - nice to learn the history and story of Lord Ganesha and it was a fun Zentangle to create.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Diva Challenge 95 - Mickey

This weeks challenge comes from  guest poster Courtney Frantz.  

Courtney writes . . .
On November 18, 1928 the Walt Disney Studio released the animated short film, "Steamboat Willie". This was the official debut of Mickey Mouse as well as his girlfriend, Minnie.  Since Mickey has been touted as one of the world's most popular cartoon characters and noting that his debut was in a black and white film, I feel it is only fitting that we use our black and white Zentangle art to pay tribute to Mickey, Minnie and/or Walt Disney.

I've spent the last couple of weeks working to complete a few of the woodburned Zentangle Nameplates - one gift and two special orders.  It's a good thing I enjoy making them since I've had a couple more folks request them.  It's also been fun exploring different font sites to find new and interesting fonts to use. During one font search I came across a Walt Disney font - wasn't sure I could make it work for a nameplate but I really liked the look so went ahead and installed it.

Had to laugh when I read this week's challenge - who knew I'd have a chance to use the font so soon!  First thought was to tangle the initial "M" - that would be too easy and if there's a way to make things more complex I can usually find it!  Since I'm still in nameplate mode why stop now?!

Diva Challenge 95  - Mickey

Tangles - Meer, Inapod, Cruffle, Knase, Ennies, Yale, Mickey

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Here are the 3 woodburned namplates.  Have not found the best settings for scanning them or for photos - need to work on that another day.  I'm still experimenting with the nameplate projects - mostly not sure how dense or sparse to make the tangle patterns.  One way the names are very prominent the other they meld into the overall piece.  Not sure which I like better - then again it's not so much what I like, it's what the customer likes.  If you have a preference or other thoughts please leave  a comment to let me know.  The concept is definitely a work in progress.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Art Every Day Month - Day 1

Decided to participate in the Art Every Day Month over at Creative Every Day blog.  The goal is to create some piece of art every day in November.  Seemed like a good idea when I signed up.  You can read more about it and sign up for it at either of the links above.  Will be something different for me - will just have to see how it goes.  At least I'm starting out well by posting something on the first day!


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