Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Weekly Challenge #206: "Tools/Trade"

The Diva's weekly challenge is to use a tool we don't normally use to draw our tangle... and while my attempt at using colored microns begat a sad day in sandyland, using gold gouache on black cardstock more than made up for it (if you're an appreciater of little things, it's kinda fun to watch the gold particles travel around on the water's surface tension before soaking into the paper).

Hope you enjoy all four of these nearly-identical photos that *almost* capture the shiny, strappy, sun-drenched essence of the original piece. ;o)
















Thanks to Laura for the challenge... I will definitely be trying these particular tools of the trade again. And now I have a whole new respect for people who can successfully photograph shiny/metallic things, 'cause boy is it ever tricky. :o)



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Weekly Challenge #205: "Year of the Goat"

The Diva's weekly challenge this week is to do a tile inspired by the Chinese zodiac.

My own personal challenge is to get this posted before my laptop battery dies, as it's currently down to 2% power... so with no ado at all, here's my year-of-the-rabbit tile:




Sure hope it wasn't supposed to be a goat. 








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Monday, December 15, 2014

AKOYA.


One of my favorite things about tangling is how one thing often turns into something else, which turns into something kind of unexpected and wonderful. Thought I'd share this serendipitous moment with you, since you're here and all. ;o) I won't blather on... here y'go.




An earlier version (why yes, I did name the file 'holidala'), with ribbon running throughout. The brilliant minds over at the tanglebucket studio facebook page (unanimously) voted for color. Soo glad I listened.







Here's Akoya proper drawn as a simple border, no fluff.






a fancypants little star for the holidays...







I just love this pattern as a border.







 ...the how-to:





If you're not a perfectionist, please disregard the following...

Some helpful hints- 'cause you know I'm way too chatty to just drop and run:

Step 1: Space evenly and draw slowly so your pearls don't end up with tails. When in doubt, go with a smaller pen size or draw a little bigger than usual until you get a feel for the way the elements of this pattern fit together. 

Step 2: This line should start close to the top middle of the first pearl and extend close to the bottom middle of the next pearl. If these shapes aren't slanted enough, there won't be enough room to vary the sizes of the outer lines of pearls in Step 3 and 4. Try to draw each line as an extension of the curve it's coming off of, so you're less likely to have a big 'dent' in between pearls and lines (which is awkward to fill in).

Step 4: To get a good smooth curve, keep in mind that the biggest pearl in the middle is the halfway point of each section, not the end.

Step 5: Make these shapes as big and as round as possible. Draw on the lines that are already there so your circles are nice and big in there. Ideally, you want as few spaces as possible to fill in with black  in your last step. The less black fill you have in the middle, the better your final result will look. 

Step 6: Think of this step as spackle, to smooth out those pesky little valleys.




Given my track record this past year, you're unlikely to see another blog post from me before January... soooo, Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Kwanzaa/Happy new year! 




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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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