Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Zentangle Diva Challenge 237

The challenge this week is from guest poster CharKat a local fellow CZT.  She has a great studio/store in Temcula, CA where she offers a variety of classes - check it out.

The challenge is to use a stencil as a string and use spray inks, dyes to create it on the tile, then go tangle it.  Most of what I needed to complete this challenge is out at my studio so I had to improvise a little - like using the juice from my breakfast blueberries as the coloring agent.  After painting, spritzing, and flicking juice mostly on several tiles plus the surrounding area I did eventually find a stencil. Used a small paint brush to mark the stencil on the tile.  There is some light shading but the scan didn't pick up much of that.

Diva Challenge #237


Have also had the wood burning pens fired up quite a bit lately - creating items for craft fairs and getting a head start for holiday gifts.  Below are some of the wall hooks.  All are done on basswood most are 4" with a few 5" ones.

click on image for larger view 


Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Bit of This 'n That

This weeks Diva Challenge 225 - Add some color.  Color is always a challenge for me, I really like the simple beauty of Black and White plus I'm not very confident in my color skills and I don't have a lot of tools that help me incorporate color into my work.  That's been changing a bit lately but still a long way to go to find a comfort zone.

Kept this one simple and used my most favorite color combos, purple, gold and green.  

Diva Challenge 225 - Add Color

Dooledo, CO2, and Tipple 

I did this one for the last week's Diva Challenge 224, a monotangle using Tipple.  Didn't set out to do it in color. I'd started several tiles but wasn't inspired enough to finish any of them.  While cleaning out a cupboard I came across this circle scratch piece.  Tangling is always more fun than cleaning so just started playing with it by drawing a few circles and had an AHA moment to use it for the challenge - just never got around to posting it.

Things I've done in the last couple of weeks, mostly for posting in several Facebook groups.  Hope you enjoy the variety.

 Cadent variations, Keeko

 A couple of Munchin monotangles - one with rounding - wasn't sure I'd like it but rather pleased with the look - now to remember it the next time!


Last ones - a couple of Found Poetry pieces.

Truth once bewept,
Now speaks beyond measure

'tis well to think without delight
should one wish to not have the sun
give up the darkness
walk the hillside
as if in wonder
take delight in that place
repair there for the new day

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Diva Challenge 219

This week's Diva Challenge is to use patterns with straight lines - no curves.  I'd say most of my tangles fall into this category - I do use many of the curvy organic patterns, and greatly admire the work of those that are more organic but I have to admit if a patten gives me fits it's an organic one.

Here's my entry for challenge 219. The template is an early one from from Zendala Dare days - just two patterns used - Spiteria and Panzi.

Challenge 219  Straight Lines

On another note I finally succumbed and joined Facebook, mostly to participate in the Zentangle and Pyrography/Woodburning communities.  I'm still learning my way around.  I don't post much on my personal page but I did create a Page for my art - if you want to take a look and if so inclined like the page you can find it here 


One group I enjoy is Zentangle Stacked and Tangled. The prompt this week was Stripes.  Here is the tile I posted there.

Of course I'm still woodburning, sometimes it seems I spend more time with my woodburning pens than my microns.  Another hook, delivered today to a friend as a gift for her new office.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bi-Zen-Tennial Celebration

The Diva Challenge hits 200 this week - time to celebrate with "taking it to the edge" with our "mac 'n cheese" tangle.  I have a few favorites to choose from but decided to go with Hollibaugh as it's a pattern I did for 10 years on gourds before I even knew Zentangle existed.  It was hard to give up the gourd art but I found Zentangle a few months later and finding Hollibaugh there was comforting and welcoming.  It's so versatile, I love teaching it, and I love getting lost in it - truly a zen pattern for me.

Update: Reposting the tile with 200 added. I had included it early on when working the tangle but as the hollibaugh grew I'd blacked it in and then forgot to add it back. 

Those of you that strained to find it - sorry about that - it's there now!

Still woodburning - a new item - decorative wall hook 4" x 4" basswood.