Thursday, March 26, 2015

Challenge #210 Spirals

I have been doing some catch up in my Tangle-a-Day calendar and I had chosen to draw a Michele Beauchamp inspired Marasu to fill up the days.

Then came Monday and a new challenge from the Diva to use a spiral! I am not sure I love it but it did help me try out Margaret Bremners,  Cubine and then some, in one tile. 

How is that for name dropping? I do hope to someday meet all these lovely ladies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Challenge #209 Happy St. Patrick's Day

My husband and I have just come off a fabulous weekend in Manhattan! We walked about 10 miles each day and had a fabulous time, the best of which was seeing our son who now lives in Brooklyn.

We drove to NYC on Friday arriving around 11:30. We visited The New Museum (Contemporary art) which had an interactive tour in which we blindly followed an artist onto the Metro and around Brooklyn only to be left standing at a grocery store while she completely vanished inside. Not a word was spoken between her or her followers. We could not figure out if we were the art, she was the art or the city was the art. Anyway it was a experience. That evening we saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on Broadway (Fabulous!).

On Saturday we were off to Brooklyn to see my son's apartment, which is very cool, had lunch at a taco place that actually serves food as a sideline while making, baking and packaging tacos for distribution. The oven, conveyor belt, and boxes are part of the informal BYOB dining room. We then set out for an off off Broadway show called Comfort Dogs that had real dogs as part of the cast, and the stage was up close and personal. It actually brought me to tears at one point. Needing a laugh we headed back to Manhattan, grabbed some awesome NY Pizza and then to a comedy club! We were headed to bed around 2:00am the next morning. Really a fabulous time! Can't wait to go back.

On to the challenge for this week which is Saint Patrick's Day.  I colored my tile with Tombow makers and used the texture of a stencil. The tangle here is Coroline by Poppie. When I was finished it kind of reminded me of all that fizzy goodness of a really cold (green) beer!

Enjoy your celebration!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Challenge #208 Poke Root and Cubine

I don't think I would have put these two together on my own. Here is a quick tile for the challenge as I have a busy (fun) week ahead and may not find time in the future to post.

My birthday is this coming Thursday and I have two Mah Jongg games and two theater trips planned for the beginning of the week. Then I will be leaving Friday morning for NYC to see my son in Brooklyn along with another couple of plays, a comedy club visit, a museum visit and of course lots of eating and walking.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy YOUR week ahead!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Challenge #207 Unbatz

The Challenge this week is to use the very talented Sandy Hunters tangle "Unbatz," You can find her step outs at her blog HERE.

I love mono-tangles. That is using just one tangle per tile. This is a great tangle for this purpose.  I think there may be endless variations or tangleations for Unbatz and I will be sure to visit this tangle again.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Challenge #206 Tangling with new tools

I must admit, I think I have to much on my plate as I am not getting to all the things I had planned for this long hard winter. I did not take into account that the simple task of walking the dog would become harder and take much longer in the winter muck. Driving to the store or even taking the train for errands takes up so much time in the winter snow and ice. I find I am starting to remove some things off my list but also have added "going to the gym" daily as a must do, so some good things are happening.

Our challenge this week is to use other tools then what we are used to for tangling. I believe it was at the Last Tangle U in Portland Maine that Marie Browning from Tombow had taught us to use black tiles with a stylus and colored pencils. I have not revisited that since so I thought it might be a good time to try it again. Color is always and issue for me, so I am not very pleased with the final result and the scan of this tile does not represent it's true colors, but I do believe the more I do the better I will get. Experiment and "grow my color muscle" so to speak.

The celtic knot was one borrowed from Jean Chamberlin Theurkauf's blog post on Celtic knots
And the background is printemps. Design was "drawn" on with a stylus then color with Irojiten pencils was added over it. You can see Marie's work HERE

Friday, February 20, 2015

Challenge #205 Lunar New Year

This years Lunar New Year is a bit confusing. Some say it is the year of the goat, others say the sheep. I don't like conflict so I just went with a sparkly lantern which did not scan very sparkly. You will have to trust me.

Black and red micron, gold and red Gelly Roll star pens.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekly Challenge #204 "Valentangle"

Well it is February and we are snowed under. Here in Boston we have had record amounts of snow for the year with more to come. Valentines day should be a bright spot in all this cold and confusion, but I have never bought into this holiday. My husband, thinking he is being cute says, "every day is valentines day!" We also know this is not true. I do like the idea of brightening things up with a touch of red. My red pen hardly gets much use so it was juicy with ink and a pleasure to draw with.

I did find it intriguing that the Diva used a tan Zendala tile and with the use of red made it look very pretty so I got stuck on that idea. My first tile I did on a 3.5" square tan tile and the only thing I really liked about it was how the red hearts with the highlights looked so striking.

Flux, Bumper, Rain, Dragonair, Bleeding hearts, Scribble hearts

Since I have many tan Zendala tiles and almost never use them (because I really don't know how to start), I visited my favorite artists blog and got some inspiration from her on a post about spirals. This tile took me what seemed to be forever to finish with all its detail and Zendala space, but it was fun to do and I really like the results, hearts and all.

Mooka (sort of),  Marasu, Diva Dance Scrible hearts, red pearlz

Thank you, Margaret for letting me take your "style" out for a spin. It was a wonderful ride!