Saturday, January 30, 2016

Diva Challenge #252 ~ Tangle within a Tangle

This has been a rather restful week, with not too many major problems. I have actually spent time tangling. My hands were mostly cooperative and my family pretty much took care of themselves this week for a change. Anyway, I have started many Zentangles and ZIAs, but unfortunately not finished them all. But it's all good because it was relaxing for me.

The Diva's challenge for this week was to do a tangle within a tangle, and I had so many ideas running around in my head for this one. Unfortunately, I actually only finished 2 tiles completely. So here are this week's offerings.
Diva Challenge #252
Tangle within a Tangle
Media: 3.5" white tile, Black Micron pen, graphite pencil
Tangles: Purk and 2 others that I can't remember what they are,
inside of Narwhal

Diva Challenge #252
Tangle within a Tangle
Media: 4" square tile, Black Micron pen, graphite pen
Tangles: Luv-A, Pea-Nuckle, Printemps, Betweed,
Shattuck, and Bunzo inside of Abundies
This last one was actually the first one that I was working on. Arukas is one of my favorite tangles, but this one definitely went awry. Somehow my lines came out all wonky and quite frankly, it started making me dizzy to work on it. I really liked the jewel I tried in the center and will likely try this one again with a bit more mindfullness and watching what I am doing *grin*

Diva Challenge #252
Media: 3.5" white tile, Black Micron pen, Prismacolor
pencils and white Gelly Roll for jewel
Tangles: Hybrid, Shattuck, Stripes, Perf inside of
I am trying to make an effort to do most challenges this year, so I hope to be back next week. For those seeing these challenges for the first time, take a look at the Diva's blog to see some fabulous artwork. Click here for her blog, and if you are so inclined, please join us. Any and all comments are most definitely appreciated. Have yourself a zen-ful day!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Diva Challenge #251 ~ Moebius Syndrome Awareness

The Diva (Laura Harms) has challenged us to use the Moebius Syndrome Awareness logo as our string this week. Her youngest son, Artoo, was diagnosed with this extremely rare syndrome when he was born. The syndrome affects the nerves in the face and doesn't allow the face to show emotion or move laterally. But it is a spectrum disorder, like many others, that affects each person differently. At present, there are only about 5K people with this syndrome worldwide as it only affects 1-2 in a million births. Those of us that have been watching the Diva's blog over the last 5 years have seen her boys, Chewie (the oldest) and Artoo (her youngest) grow up. They both are adorable boys, and it's been very interesting to see how well Artoo has risen to his challenge of this syndrome. Children with this syndrome are often seen as unintelligent, but Moebius Syndrome does not affect intelligence at all. In fact, the Diva has told us time and time again how bright Artoo is and doing well in school.

To show my support for the Harms family, I decided to just do a simple tile this week and have only tangled the background with a new to me tangle called CAUGHT by Christine Reyes. I found it on TanglePatterns last week and thought that it would make a good background. I was also attempting shading with my Prismacolor colored pencils on the logo, but I don't think that the photo showed it that well. It took me considerable longer to do the shading than the drawing. But at any rate, here it is and I hope you like it.


Media: 3.5" square tile, Purple Micron 01 pen01,
Prismacolor colored pencils
Tangle: Caught
String: Moebius Syndrome logo
Please take a look at how other artists have met this challenge on the Diva's blog (click here) and, as always, any and all comments are welcomed. I'm off now to see the others and leave some comments of my own. Have a zen-ful day!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"Bringing it Back to the Old School" Diva Challenge #250

Well, here we are, already more than 2 weeks into the New Year, and I have yet to post anything.  I'm going to try to remedy that today. This week, the Diva (Laura Harms, CZT) has challenged us to do our tangles this week the "old school" way . . . that is, a WHITE 3.5" square tile, black pen, and graphite to shade. Simple and to the point. Well, it would have been simple, except my hands have not been holding my pen all that well for the last little while.  I suspect that's because it's been bitter cold here and my arthritis doesn't like the cold. I have been keeping my rice sock heated up so that I could keep my hands warm. It works pretty good, too!

Anyway, the holidays were good to us and hubby got me a couple of new sketchbooks; one tan tinted pages and the other one for mixed media, so I can try working more with my copics. Son got me a movie and cast iron cookware (the first time in my life that I have used cast iron), and I've got to say that I am really loving the cast iron stuff.

I actually have been doing a bit of sketching as well as doing the challenges when I can. I just haven't posted them all.  But here are a couple for the "Back to Basics challenge:

Tile 1
Tangles used: Aquafleur, Florz, Cadent, Flux, Tipple
Media: 3.5" white tile, black micron 01 pen, graphite pencil

Tile 2
Tangles used: Shattuck, Zinger, Onamato, Fescu, Punzel (?)
Media: 3.5" white tile, black micron pen 01, graphite pencil
Used Lily Moons string 146
I liked them both considering they took so long to do.  I had to keep stopping because my hands hurt, but I really enjoyed doing these. Much more restful than all the things I want to "try". One of these days, I actually will learn to use color effectively, and how to draw a gem, but I thoroughly enjoy just using pen and shading with pencil. Tile 2 could be so much more, especially in my haphazard zingers, but what can I say? They are there and I may redo this one one day.

But in the meantime, just enjoy all the beautiful work that has been posted on the Diva's challenge and perhaps try one of your own one day. Check out all the others here at the Diva's blog.

I always love comments, as does everyone here, so feel free to leave comments and I'm going to head on over to the Diva's place to leave comments. I've pretty much looked at them all, but haven't left comments yet.  Have a wonderful, Zen-ful day!