Saturday, January 31, 2015

Diva Challenge #202 ~ Duo-Tangle

Another week and another challenge from the "Diva" .... a duo-tangle using two tangles only two tangles: Chebucto and Copada, both by Canadian CZT, Margaret Bremner.  These are both lovely tangles, probably more suitable for edges or frames than main tangles, but still beautiful. That is, until I tried to put them together on one tile. They fought me and I fought them ... I think that I must have used half my sketchbook trying to get them to play nice on the same piece. But I finally managed one that I deem is okay, so here it is ~ along with a couple of unfinished ones that I may use for inspiration at another time *or not*

Chebucto/Copada Duo-Tangle
Media:  Micron Black Pen, Pencil, and shading stomp

Unfinished challenge tile ~ I just could seem to get this
one to work with me at all.  Maybe one of these days I
can figure out where to go with this; if not, well, it was good

Another unfinished challenge tile. I didn't like the thick lines
around the Chebucto, and I have absolutely NO IDEA why I
stuck the brown bit in there.  But there are some parts of it I
like, so maybe I will just put them into another design one day.
I just couldn't believe the problems that I had in getting these two to play together. But now that I know how to do them both and found how versatile they can look, I plan on using them more.  Thank you Diva and thank you Margaret!

If you want to join in the fun or see what the other tanglers have done with this challenge, just take a look at the Diva's blog "I am the Diva" . There are a lot of talented artists there and I'm going to go take a look at them now.  Thanks for looking at my attempts and of course, comments are always welcome.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Diva Challenge #201 ~ Moebius Syndrome Awareness

For our challenge this week, the Diva, Laura Harms, would like us to remember that Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day is today, 24 January and tangle something to support this organization.  You can read more about the challenge HERE and see what Laura tells us about the syndrome that affects her and her family daily.  Her youngest, Artoo (blog name), has this syndrome and is overcoming challenge all the time. He is a wonderful child from what I can see from the Diva's pictures as I have been following the blog.

I had fully intended to have this posted on Wednesday, because it was mostly finished, but again life got in the way and I have been living on pain pills since about Tuesday. I finally was cognizant enough today to finish it and get a picture of it.  One of these days, I fully intend to get my scanner hooked up, but until then I guess I will just have to rely on my camera.  This isn't too bad a picture, but not the greatest either.

I used a paper that probably should have been used for watercolor and it really wasn't suitable, but I think that the tangle turned out fairly well in spite of it and me fuzzy head!  So here it is!

Moebius Awareness
Self cut tile
Media: Micron Pen, White Gellyroll, watercolor pencils, Creative Memories Fine Tip Pen
Tangles: Luv-A, Leaf and a twist
As always, your comments are always appreciated and I want everyone to know that I always read the comments, but quite often don't get back to you. Thank you for your comments :)   If you would like to see what other tangles have been done for Moebius Awareness, check out the Diva's blog HERE

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Diva Challenge #200 ~ Bi-Zen-Tennial !

Wow! It's hard to believe that our beloved Diva has been posting challenges for 200 weeks. That's a whole lot of inspiration and that's why I admire her so much. Given that she has a young family and is busy, busy with them and still finds time to let us out here in Zentangle land keep in touch with her is amazing to me. I haven't been a steady poster but I try to keep up with the challenges when I am able to and I only started in May of 2014, I believe.  Zentangle was something I just saw in a post from one of my Artist blogs and I ordered the book and kit and I was hooked.  When I looked up Zentangle blogs on Google, first I went to the official site and then the one that caught my eye was the Diva!  I followed it for a few weeks before I decided to be brave and post an actual tangle. I have learned so much from Laura and her guest bloggers, as well as all of those who post here each week, that I am very glad that I found this place to call home.  It feels like a big, warm family and I'm glad to be here.

The challenge for this week was to use your "Mac and Cheese" tangle on the whole tile, with no borders and the number 200 somewhere on the page.  It took me a couple of readings to realize what she meant by "Mac and Cheese" (your go-to tangle or a favorite tangle), but this old lady finally got it right *giggle*.  I really don't have a true favorite tangle, but I find I tend to use either Flux or Luv-A a lot of the time. It was just so hard to choose which tangle is my current I just picked one ~ Luv-A.  Here is my first submission for this week...I may do another one if my hands hold

Diva Challenge #200
Media : Moleskin Sketchbook, Micron black and red pens, Graphite pencil
Tangle:  Luv-A

As always, I appreciate any comments - good, bad, or indifferent and I invite you to take a look at all of the beautiful work done so far for this challenge.  It can be found on the Diva's blog "I am the Diva - Certified Zentangle Teacher". Take a look at all the beautiful tangles and ZIA there and why don't you come play with us too!