Tuesday, November 25, 2014

diva challenge no. 195: 'turning old into new: jailbreaking tangles'

The Diva's weekly Zentangle challenge this week: take a freeform/flowy/scatter pattern and stuff it into a grid, or use a grid-based tangle and break it out. If I hadn't been so tired when I wrote that challenge (late-night, last-minute as usual... 'cause that's how I roll), I would have realized that nearly all of my examples were stuffing tangles into grids and only one tangle pattern got liberated in that post. So I've got a few more examples to show you.

Just a few things to ponder (because I did a terrible job of explaining this in my original post):

• Putting a pattern into a grid is usually easier than taking one out. If you don't know where to start, try a grid first. Lines, dots... start with whatever you like to draw the most.

• Don't be afraid to only use a piece of a pattern you like; it doesn't have to be the whole thing. Picking a pattern in the first place is just so there is a place to start, a jumping-off point to get inspired.

• No grid doesn't necessarily mean no structure, unless you want it to. It just means you don't start with dots or lines in military formation.







Rick's paradox (Zentangle):







Starbarz (Jane Dickinson):







Sunflower (Anne Marks):







I loved this one so much it got its own Bijou tile. 







Drip-drop (Debbie Perdue):






Bronx cheer (Zentangle):





Assunta is the focus tangle on one of my favorite facebook tangle groups this week, so I'm giving it a little legroom too.
















and Veezley, which is one of mine. Helloooo, Christmas trees! Very Seussy.



I know this is a tricky challenge and there isn't much zen to it... but it's fun to shake things up and I've already seen some really inspiring tangles out there. Thank you, brave souls...it makes me so happy that you're taking this challenge and running with it. 

Happy jailbreaking. :oD







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Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekly Challenge #172: Duotangle - Auraknot vs Mooka

I tried a few variations of the Auraknot/Mooka combination until I got one I liked.




A four-point auraknot:






Five points:






 Eight points:






I liked the six-pointer one the best, so that's the one that got shaded. 
Sooo lazy.



Thanks for the challenge, Madame Diva!







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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

weekly challenges 170 & 171: bugles & beads of courage

Haven't jumped on the merry bandwagon in a while, so I sat down recently and did a couple of weekly challenges. I couldn't decide to go with color or shading for the Bugles one, so I went with this (it wasn't a total waste; at least next time I'll know what not to do). I'd go back and add a little shading to make this better, but I've spent so much time looking at it today that I'm ready to be done with it. I like the pattern, at least.





...and here are my beads of courage for the Diva's son. He earns one bead of courage for every medical poke and prod and illness and overnighter, and he's got quite a collection going. So, this one's for him.







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Friday, May 23, 2014

and now, for something completely different.

My very talented friend Debra makes her own hand-dyed and hand-painted fabric, which she then sells to quilters and those Very Patient people who like to applique. A couple of days ago, she invited me to her studio to join in on the fun, and I managed to snap a few photos in between steps (when my rubber gloves were clean enough to pick up my phone). Had I not been participating in the process, I would have taken more pictures... but there are still enough to get a general idea of what went down in the studio! Just FYI, this is not one of my usual 'how-to' posts... this is more of a recap. I can't guarantee all of the steps are documented here (or in any kind of logical order, for that matter)! 



The first fat quarter of fabric: 
The first few splashes of dye on presoaked fabric, which started out as a pristine white.



After Debra soaked the fabric in a bucket of dye, I got to add a little 'character' to it. With blue. 



Unscrunching and rescrunching (to expose different parts of its surface) to add a different blue....



... and again.



(If there's anything better than blue, it's more blue.)



look at all those beautiful, smurfy shades.



 Just wanted to point out the pretty patterning in this glass on the way to the rinse sink. 



The rinse sink... where the water never really runs clear.



A few sloshes to make the dye permanent...



 ...and then we let the color set for a while in the toasty Texas sunshine.



Smoothie, anyone? 
Just kidding. That's dye too.



wet fabric: it will look much different when it's dry.



More wet fabric. 



Wet on the left, ironed/dry on the right. 



See that pretty sunburst effect happening down at the bottom? 
No idea how that happened. But Debra knows, and that's what matters.



She gave me some to take home and play with...
 So of course I drew all over it. :o)



That's an Identi-pen, in case you were wondering.



You can see some of Debra's art (she paints on canvas, too) here on her website.

Fabric junkies: If you're on facebook, she's got a whole album of fabric photos here... and if you only click on one link in this whole blog post, make this the one, because it's definitely worth a look. 









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