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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Just Inktober Drawings

Haven't done this week's Diva Challenge, but am doing three of the Inktober challenges.  I am really enjoying them - the two Zentangle ones bring me back to basics, and the Botanical one just feeds my love of trying to do botanical work more.  That one takes me out of my comfort zone as I try to make them realistic.  I do better with whimsy - one of the classes I took reminded us that to always keep one piece of realism in our whimsy so it is recognizable.  I wonder if I should put one piece of whimsy in my botanical work so it doesn't look so rough??  Oh well.

Based on CZT Stephanie Jennifer's List:

Based on Tangle All Around List:

Day 8 - Poppy
Day 9 - Daisy
Day 10 - Dogrose Leaf
Day 11 - Lavender
Day 12 - Star Anise Seed Pod
Day 13 - Dahlia
Day 14 - Fan Palm
Day 15 - Cosmos
Day 16 - Silver Birch
Day 17 - Ranunculas
Day 18 - Crocus (actually this is Day 19 flower - should have been Freeesia.  So that will be Day 19)


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Diva Challenge 371 and More......

Diva Challenge 371 is a focus on the tangle Onion Drops.  This is a tangle I just did for Inktober so it is fresh in mind.

I had a piece of the watercolor background left so I did a tile of the pattern Eternal.  Neat pattern.

Days 5-8 Inktober following CZT Stephanie Jennifer's prompts:

Days 5-8 Inktober following Tangle All Around prompts:

Inktober following Botanical prompts by Louise Gale.  Thank you Dr. Minette Riordan for cluing me in on these prompts.  My favorite type of drawing, although I do better in a whimsical style than these more realistic ones.  But I love trying.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

And the time rolls on - Diva Challenge 370 and more

Diva Challenge 370 is a UMT (Use My Tangle - first Monday of the month) and is focusing on the pattern Mezzanine by Heidi Sue.When I started playing with the pattern, I visualized it as the center of a mandala.  I added YinShel by Alena Light.  This is actually a mandala that I did more free form than usual - eyeballing sections rather than meticulously drawing them.  I tried to keep my colors lighter on this one, and actually played with gray polychromo shading some.  It was an experiment.

But, you know, sometimes I just want to draw.  I am way out of my comfort zone when I try this but I do enjoy seeing what I can do.  This work is done in my tan-toned journal, using polychromos, dip pen and some pastel chalk pencil.  It was a lot of fun playing with this to see what I could do.  I was pleased with the result.  And there is a bit of linework, too.


In my Tangled Lives journal group, our prompt was dedicated to Mothers.  I decided to honor my mother who passed in 1987 at the age of 81.  She was 42 when I was born, so it left quite a void in my heart.  I was 35 and raising two small boys alone.  She was my moral support.  My upbringing by her is what made me the woman I am today.  She was a farm wife/mother, an avid crafter who loved flowers and color.  So this piece is an entwined double heart, with henna drum, forget-me-nots, printemps, and Verdigogh for remembrance.  I always remember, at CZT seminar, Maria teaching us the drawing of Verdigogh as she passed out sprigs of Rosemary - the symbol of remembrance.  The white dots are my mother's pearls of wisdom.  I did this page on gray-toned paper with polychromo colored pencils, dip pen, and some white gel pen highlights.

And Inktober 2018 begins.  
I am basically following the list prepared by CZT Stephanie Jennifer.  The basic principle of Inktober is to get in the habit of drawing each day.  I already pretty much do that, but this is an official challenge.

Day # 1 is Mooka.  Day 2: Yah.
Days 3 and 4: Ginili and Facets

I will be working through Inktober in a couple of ways.  Mainly, Stephanie Jennifer's list.  Square One Zentangle group is using Inktober as its weekly focus, combining the days in that week in one tile. 

 There is also a list from Tangle All ARound.  

Here is a tile from the first four of that list: A-Sku, Baecube, Ballace and Rixty.
 And, of course, I will be doing other daily work.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

My week, Diva Challenge 369 and a video of Endless Zentangle

Lots going on here.

First of all, the Diva has us creating Orbs this week.  I love orbs.  Here is my tile for the Diva Challenge 369.  I have used Borbz and Bublz with some Tipple, of course.

I am finally settling in a bit.  I got to go to the college football game Saturday night for family day and see my grandson cheering.  Love that kid and what he is doing.  Seeing my grandkids in their cheerleading activities is one of the reasons I wanted to come to Texas to live.  I have really missed them.

I am still working on the Keto diet - I started September 9 and am now 8.8 pounds down.  It has been a slow start for me - I wasn't eating enough so it fooled my body into starvation mode, I think.  Better now so maybe will start to see the scale go down more.  My son has lost 75 pounds and counting so he is a good coach.  We cook a lot of great meals.  Trying a new one again today - Garlic steak bites with Zucchini noodles and this time I am doing the cooking.

I have done a fair bit of art now.  It helps that I am getting settled and feeling a lot more relaxed and happy.

One group I am in used a prompt of using Adolf Bernd's work.  Not being a calligrapher, I had to research this and then, even more out of my comfort zone,  use watercolors.   I did a sample piece, then did my page for the journal.  (My journal is a 5 1/2 x 8 binder with protective pages).  As you can see, I based my page on the quote: "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."  Any time I go out of my comfort zone this much, I end up learning something new and useful.

Then, in another group, I am a little late to the party, but we were to use Rifty, Triple Tipple and Ur-Chen in a ZIA.  I like these challenges, so I can see what tangles work well together. 

Square One Purely Zentangle's focus pattern this week is Lee-Bee from Sue Schneider, CZT.  This can be a very interesting pattern in itself or used as a string.

Last but not least, I have been working on a project - 19 weeks now - from Elena and Natalie at  Each week there is a new pattern to use in the accordion book created at the start of the project.  Natalie does a video of the focus pattern.  Natalie and Elena and the people that follow them are very talented artists, and I am just playing along, trying not to compare my work with theirs.  It is really a fun project.  I hope they keep it going.  Pardon the wrinkles in the background.  I was trying to film the video on a white background to show the art more naturally. This is the first time I have done a video to show my work.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A difficult task = Diva Challenge 368, Etc.

I thought this would be an easy task this week to complete the Diva Challenge.  She challenged us to use only straight lines.  I didn't realize how much of my art involves curving those straight lines.  I went with Irradial, Frosted Flowers and Ahhhh!  (I almost blew it by putting orbs on the Ahh!)  I really had to concentrate to keep my lines straight but it was fun.  It made me really slow down which is what I need to do more of.

One of the artists whose work I really admire, Jo Flaherty, created a ZIA centered around an eye.  I really liked the idea and decided to do one with a dragon eye as my focus.  Some of the patterns I used were Spicas, Lupin, my variation of Dragon Eye, Mooka, Printemps, Meringue, Claws and Crazy Huggins. I really enjoyed working on this.  I used Inktense and Polychromo for the colors.
And then I took one of the tiles in my stash - I think this background was made with shaving cream and inks.  Some mica in the inks - it was hard to work on.  I kind of felt like a space scene/black hole effect.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Diva Challenge 367 - N'Zeppel

Diva challenged us this week to use N'Zeppel.  This is one of my comfort tangles.  I like to play it  up.  This time, I have combined it with Square One Zentangle's focus pattern Bran.  Time has been an issue with my big move to Texas over the weekend.  And I am far from being settled down.  This was a much needed break to do this tile.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hello, and Diva Challenge 366

It has been a while since I posted - life gets in the way sometimes, doesn't it?  Like our Diva, who looked inside herself and realized she needed time to get away and regroup.  Her posting about it is quite revealing about mental illness and its effects.  You can find that post here.  But she is back now, and her way to come back is to come back with the basics.  Four dots, string and simple patterns.  I chose as my simple patterns ones that are now simple to me - Mooka, Diva Dance, Hollibaugh and Printemps.  To these, I added rounding and weighting to give it some drama.