Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Diva Challenge #333, Joey's Weekly Challenge #183 etc....

Guest Post: TanglePod's Juliette Feissinger and Kellie Fellinge

This weeks challenge is to choose a tangle or two that feel cozy. My initial thought was, of course, to go to my mac 'n cheese patterns, those friendly no-brainers I've collected in my 20 Patterns arsenal.
I didn't do that. I chose "Verve". I love to aura. Auras are cozy. Coffee is cozy. Cat is cozy.
I recently created a couple of sets of tiles/atc's using a new and very budget friendly watercolor palette. This is my first test of how pen friendly the surface is. It feels a little dusty but so far it's not clogging up the pens. My go-to black fine-liner is a .35 Rapidograph technical pen. I also used gelli rolls (blue and dark red) and the purple Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.

9 piece ensemble series
ATC #6 featuring: Ginili
additionally: Prestwood, echo lined Mooka, Striping, Opus, Tipple

Moving right along with my ensemble piece.

Travelling Tangles:

My finish...

...to this lovely start by Margaret Blank
travelling all the way from the UK

My finish...

... another of Margaret's starts

"Aimee gets Cozy"

I've taken to keeping my masonite art clip board handy for when my work table is commandeered...
note to self: get a smaller clip boardπŸ˜‰πŸΎπŸ’ž

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Diva Challenge # 332, Joey Challenge #182 etc...

"2 Squared"
Ha-krall, Abukas and Printemps

The Diva is back from her Summer hiatus. The challenge is to create a string using 2 squares.

9 piece ensemble series
ATC #5 
Featuring: "Muscari"
Additionally: Pixioze, Batumber, Striping, Paisley Boa and Fescu

The "92 Days" Summer prompts are complete and now we're moving on to a series of prompts called  "The Little Zen Menu" from the Facebook group Tangled and Journaled Too! 5 or 6 prompts are posted every Saturday to choose from. I have one last pocket journal to complete so I decided to start with the weekly zendala template (selected from Erin Olsen's "Weekly Zendala Dare challenge  from her blog "The Bright Owl") and incorporate as many of the other prompts as makes sense.

Zendala template #43

Zendala Template #58
inkidoodles.com (Melinda Barlow's Echo-lined Mooka)

Travelling Tangles completed this week:

my finish...

...to this inspiring start by Deb Huff

my finish...

...to this start by Stephanie Jennifer

I came home from work last night to some lovely Travelling Tangles in my mailbox. Aimee commandeered them;-)
"Why you needs happy mail? you got me!"

My nieces had given me and my sister gift certificates to this art studio a couple of Christmas's ago and we finally got it done;-)

Drinking wine and making art with the family. Good times🍻❤πŸ˜€

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Joey's Weekly Challenge #181 and other stuff

Ensemble piece #4
Featuring: "Breach"
Additionally: Striping, Crescent Moon, Tripoli

Travelling Tangles:

My finish...

Arukas seems to be one of my go to solutions to many Travelling Tangle quandaries. This idea for Arukas came from something I saw on Lily Moon's blog.

...to this fun start by Debra Huff

92 Days: Done🍻

Moving on to a new series of drawing prompts at Tangled and Journaled Too! called The Little Zen Menu.
5 or so prompts are posted each week to pick and choose as we please.

Zendala string #64

I don't find I have the discipline or precision for zendalas, but, I'll give it the old college try.

"Uhhh...hello?...I don't see salmon pate on this list?"

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Diva Challenge #331, Joey Challenge #180, String Challenge #209 etc...

Guest Blogger: Jane Reiter
Hexagons inspired by Petrosky Stones

I remember this from when I was first introduced to "Oskie" by Antonine Koval. I love this pattern;-)

I found a watercolor tile in my bag of tricks that had a nice stoney feeling. I drew hexagons with a "Black Grape" Prismacolor pencil.

This is "Oskie"
by Antonine Koval

I used a Prismacolor colorless marker blender to soften the hexagon grid a bit.

#3 Ensemble
Featuring: Cruffle
Additionally: Striping, Betweed, Crescent Moon, Tipple, Yin-cut

This is such a fun series of challenges. If you haven't been following along you can find the initial challenge here and you can see my 9 stringed ATC's here. I won't post them together until it's done.

Diva Challenge #330 part 2
The finished plate tiles

Last weeks Diva Challenge inspired this ensemble. I started with a set of tiles I'd made ages ago using torn edges and then colored with re-used art tissue paper. The line-work was done with grey and purple Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and a black technical pen then colored with Prismacolor pencils and shaded with Tombow grey-tone brush pens, highlighted with a white Prismacolor pencil and a white Signo Uniball broad tip pen.

Adele's String Challenge was just to use "Spoken" starting with a small off-set circle. This was my first time trying "Spoken" so I pulled out a tile I had made for the "Recycle" Diva challenge awhile back. It's cut from a cat litter box. I intended it as a practice piece but even though the spokes are wildly uneven, I loved how this was progressing and so it ended up being my finished piece, but due to some last minute technical difficulties, I didn't get this entered in time, but you can see all the entries here.

The "92 Days" of Zentangle drawing prompts are coming to an end:

Though the project is coming to an end, the lovely admins at Tangled and Journaled Too! have a whole new series of journaling inspiration ready to go. If you're not already a member of this group and you love Zentangle, you really need to check it out and join in...or just lurk if you want.

Travelling Tangles completed this week:

My finish...

...to this wonderful start
by Barb Mavraganis

My finish...

...to this lovely start by
Sue Olsen

"Enuf wit da #@&*,©% camera!!"

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Diva Challenge #330, Joey's Weekly Challenge #178 & other doodlins...

Guest Blogger: Jeanette Clawson
Border and ribbon patterns
a few faves: Abukas, X's and Orbs, My Swing, Fescu, Copada 
with a little Mooka, Zinger and Printemps

The challenge this week is border or ribbon patterns on 1/4 circle strings,  ideally created on 4 tiles to make an ensemble. I will try to do more because this would make a great sampler of some of my favorite ribbon patterns.

Ensemble Series #2
Featuring: Merryweather
additionally: Paisley Boa, Striping, Fasset, Crescent Moon & Tipple

This is the second in a 9 tile ensemble series. You can see how I started this here. I'm very excited about this series because it's something I've always been meaning to try. The best part is watching everyone else's progress on their own ensemble. If anyone wants to join in start here.

The "92 Days" project is winding down. I did a separate post for Adele Bruno's "It's a String Thing" Challenge and included a few more journal pages. It's IAST's 4th Birthday.

My brush pen was a bit dry on the start and I was really liking the texture so I stopped. 
I almost didn't want to draw anything on it.

I started with blind string

I loved the way day 80 bled through to 82
I couldn't have planned this prompt better if I tried
I left it alone;-)

Some Travelling Tangles completed this past week:

My finish...

...to this fun start by Mary Perrin
in Crystal Lake, Illinois

My finish...

...to this inspiring start by Angie del Rosario
traveling all the way from The Philippines


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

It's a String Thing Challenge#208~ Happy 4th Birthday!

Happy 4th Birthday
Adele's birthday candle string
Copada, Knightsbridge, Wud and Trella

Kudos to Adele for 4 years of inspiring challenges. I've been following these challenges since long before I actually submitted my first at  #74 and they've enhanced my tangle practice immensely.  I've learned to embrace the string, in fact I'd probably be lost without it. My favorite strings are the ones that I lose, when the string is so embedded within the design that you don't even know it's there. I've introduced so many great new patterns into my repertoire thanks to IAST.
The format is different than other challenges in that instead of submitting challenges via a link, entries are submitted via email which are compiled into a gallery show every Monday where we can all see each others work all in one place and read everyone's responses to the challenges because, more often than not, they are indeed challenges. Patterns don't always play nice and easy with the strings so there can be many "Make it Work" moments. Adele takes the time to generously comment on every entry and declares a "Best in Show" and sends each winner a lovely certificate and a little Zentangle treat. IAST is a true gem among all of the blogs and challenges out there.
Thank you so much for all you do Adele!

My first
January 2015

I've been catching up with my "92 Days" of  tangle prompts for the Facebook group Tangled and Journaled too!"

I thought I'd include this. My little handmade sketchbooks aren't made with the highest quality paper but I learned to embrace the bleed through and use it as a jumping off point sometimes. I've never been one to get too precious about my sketchbooks/journals. Ideas can be messy;-)

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