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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Diva Challenge 325

This is another guest post from Jessica Davies.  Last week we SHARED THE LOVE with our hearts.  This week we are PAYING ATTENTION to an oft-overlooked pattern from Molly Hollibaugh - Peaknuckle.  I had the opportunity to see Molly drawing this tangle at Tangle U last year..  Molly is an amazing person to follow in her teachings.  I "understood" the tangle pattern after watching her.  She also has a You Tube video on creating the pattern which you can see here,

I used Peaknuckle with Adele Bruno's pattern "Sand" and "Y-Ful Power" by Shoshi.  I hadn't worked on my gray journal for a while, so it beckoned to me.  You can find the step-outs for the other patterns on TanglePatterns.com.
I hope you like it.  Have a great week!

Fun Time

I have had one issue with Zentangle art - my art can be very rigid.  I tend to follow the "rules" too much.  A straight line should look like a straight line - no wobbliness.  So, to say the least, I often become frustrated when creating my art because my hands are nowhere near steady - I have to really lose myself to overcome that feeling.  So I turn to whimsy.  There is no perfection in whimsy - in fact, just the opposite.  Assymetrical lines are the norm, not symmetrical.  And after spending 50 years in the legal world, the straight line is the rule!!  So I need to break that.  I am taking a couple of different on-line lessons.  One I am taking is "Quirky Birds" by Willowing Art.  I am having so much fun with this - I want to share one of my Quirky Birds I turned into a greeting card for a friend who is moving.
So the rule is to throw away the symmetry in these.  I am still not there, but it was a bit easier.  I am having fun with my birds.  (I have always been seen as a bit "cuckoo"!)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pattern-collections

Pattern Collections is celebrating its first anniversary of daily focus tangle patterns.

You can check it out here.  This site has a wonderful group of patterns gathered from people all across the world.  Many of them are representational patterns, so not primarily zentangle, but many of them are zentangle patterns.  Nevertheless it is a wonderful site of challenges, patterns and information.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Diva Challenge 324

I haven't posted a Diva Challenge for a while.  I have been doing art every day, but focusing in a different way.  But this one fit in with what I am working on, so here it is.

It is summer and Jessica Davies is the first guest blogger - The Diva takes the summer off to spend with her boys and everyone else fills in for her.  Wonderful!! Jessica started tangling hearts as a meditation/prayer when she started having health issues.  Like Jessica, I am usually not a heart person but this one spoke to me.  And the marbled tile had a shape going that was a heart shape fit right into. Here is the tile I started with and the string-
So I used A-dalpha, some gems, N'zeppel, Nymph, some floral pieces, auras, etc. and here is the finished tile.  I ๐Ÿ’“it.

Have a wonderful day!!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Diva Challenge 320

The Diva Challenge this week is a "UMT" (Use My Tangle) - Dansk by Margaret Bremner.  I haven't posted for the Diva Challenge a while - taking a break to refocus. But this week it struck me as one I wanted to participate in and create a tile.  Interestingly, Margaret Bremner posted on Facebook, giving the difference between Dansk, Sand Swirl and Verve.  She noted that all three look similar, but each has a distinct difference.  Sand Swirl (Kerry Heun) has a small circle connected to the line and the auras curve around and end at the original line.  Dansk has a droplet not connected to the line and the auras continue back to the bottom, never touching the original line.   I hadn't caught that difference before so it really interested me and I saw the tangle pattern more clearly.    And then there is a third tangle called Verve (JJ LaBarbera) that begins with a circle and auras out on both sides.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Zendala

It's been a while since I posted but thought I'd share this zendala with you.  I created the template, then worked on it in stages.  The blue is Iris blue Inktense.  Then I used four shades of yellow/orange for the gems.  Finishing touches with white gelly roll.  I really get in a zen zone when I work on these and the day goes by really fast.  Here are the stages, and then finally the finished project.




Monday, April 10, 2017

Journal work

This is a piece in my journal from a couple of months ago - not sure what I was following at the time or who's work might have influenced me at the time. I picked it up today and did the shading and color work - and a bit of the line work. This includes Anooka, Nappi, Noom, Drogon, Hypnotic, Dragonair, Printemps, Verdigogh, Garlic, Meer and Caviar.