Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Challenge #128 White on Black

Hmmm.......not my favorite, but I am willing to spend time with it. I have many new supplies I would like to try out so now is as good a time as any.

First tile I find to busy although I realize some of you may like it.


Signo Angelic pen (I thought I had ordered White but got Angleic, not sure if it is the same) White gelly roll for dots (I think it does a better job at dots) blue and peach chalk pastel pencil in Zinger and a light gray pastel pencil for shading in Printemps and Punzel

               After scanning it I added black lines over the Angelic signo pen to add a little depth.



This second tile I like better for it's simplicity and and it's foggy ocean feel.




Verve in White Signo, Pearls are white gelly roll and shading is in dk gray chalk pastel pencil.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Travel and many firsts!

In April I traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend Tangle University where CZT's from all over the US and many different countries, come to learn from other CZT's about our craft. It is in it's third year and it is something I look forward to every year. The CZT crowd is a bunch of like minded, fun people that are always a blast to meet up with, if only for a long weekend. There never seems to be an end to good food, good friends and a mind blowing amount of things to learn. I have come back with many unfinished projects and some cool new tools that I have yet to play with. The one project I did get done was taught by Kate Lamontagne. We used a new tool called a Helix Angle and Circle Maker . This is an inexpensive and very simple tool to make Mandalas, or in our case, we made dream catchers, and learned to use colored pencils. It was just fascinating.


I was home less than a week and repacked my bags for an adventure by car. Oh what fun! I drove to a fellow CZT, Chris Titus's home in upper New York  state and spent a few days in her wonderful studio where we actually took a class in renaissance tiles via Skype from fellow CZT Meredith Yuhas. (A first for all of us!) The following is her tile as I left mine behind in Boston.


We used black and brown micron pens, white charcoal pencil, white gelly roll pen, graphite and we were all amazed at the results. Meredith's work is just yummy.

After a few days of "playing" in the studio, we were on the road again along with Deborah Bartlett on the next leg of our adventure. We drove to the American side of Niagara Falls and walked about, having lunch at a casino just so we could see inside and spend a small amount on playing the games (another first for me!) We all left with 2Cents! 



We then crossed the boarder (another first!) and saw the falls from the Canadian side. Just amazing. We took a ride on Maid of the Mist:

We walked in tunnels behind the falls, which were amazingly loud, if not a bit scary and then just spent time at the bottom of the falls watching the water and listening to the power of them. It was a beautiful morning and I believe we spent 4 to 5 hours just taking it all in.





From here we traveled to the tiny, beautiful town of Elora, Ontario where we attended a weekend workshop called "Tropical Tangled Garden" taught by Cherryl Moote and hosted by Brenda Shaver and her sister in law Mary Hudson-Shaver. What another great group of people! We had the most wonderful weekend of shopping, eating and creating that could be had. Cherryl is a fabulous teacher with many talents and such a down to earth wonderful soul, it was a pleasure to spend the weekend learning from her.  Work In Progress:



After this fabulous weekend we headed back to New York where Chris and a friend were to fly out the next morning to Southwest Harbor Maine and spend a few weeks soaking up the Maine coast and I was to drive back to Boston. Well, things do not always go as planned and Chris and I were in the car again, this time heading for Southwest Harbor Maine! Ten hours later we arrived in a beautiful spot her sister rents every year and I was asked to spend some time. Well, why not! More good company, in a State I love, I couldn't say no. I found myself celebrating Cinco De Mayo at a restaurant in Maine with half price margaritas (original and blueberry basil) while my youngest celebrated his 26th birthday in Brooklyn NY. I stayed for several days then made the journey back to Boston.






It happened to be the fourth anniversary of my eldest sons passing, so I made a stop in Andover and walked up to Holt Hill to spend some quiet time and leave a little something. It is a beautiful spot where you can see the thirty miles to Boston Skyline.

He will always be loved and never forgotten. Shine on!

I stayed in Boston for the weekend and packed up for my summer in Mid-Coast Maine where I am now. A new trip is planned for July! Again to Canada but a whole different part! Woohoo! 











Sunday, May 17, 2015

Challenge #217 Dex and Bunzo

I have been traveling a bit lately and have not joined in with the Challenges. When I read Laura's POST this week, I was humbled by what she gets done with all that is going on in her life.

My tile for tis week is simple. It was hard to try and marry these tow tangles.


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 http://artofthetangle.com/celtic-knots-tangling-coloring/
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  Enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com 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!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Challenge #203: Athitzi by Seven

One thing, of many, that I love about Zentangle, is that our community is so large that I have met many people from around the world just because we share the love of tangling. The tangle chosen for this week comes from Germany created by Seven and it's name is Athitzi. It is a tangle that is very simple and mesmerizing to draw. I was unsure where to go with this, but I had a tracing of a stencil I purchased from Jenny Perruzzi (Acadia Laser Creations) that was just sitting on my desk waiting to be finished. You can buy Stencils (or rather Zencils!) from Jenny here.

I had fun with this tangle and will defiantly keep it in my "go to" tangles.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekly Challenge #202: "DuoTangle: Chebucto vs Copada"

The challenge for this week is to use two "border" tangles from the very talented Margaret Bremner. You will find Copada and Chebucto at her site the Enthusiastic Artist where you should take some time to browse because she has a wealth of information and beautiful art.

I am not sure I did her tangles justice but this was my result:



After posting this I felt it was a little unbalanced. I added black to the inner Copada brackets and it feels better to me now.



What do you think? Should I blacken in the outer ones too? I may just do that to see what a difference it makes. Back soon.



I think I like the last one best! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable.

The prompt this week for our journal group was to try your hand at something that you struggle with, are afraid to do, is not your "Mac 'n Cheese" go to thing.

One of my goals this year was to become comfortable with hand lettering. I don't want it to be perfect but, I do want it to be nice to look at. So with the recommendation of the talented Sandy Bartholomew I purchased this book for myself, The Hand-Lettering Ledger by Mary Kate Mcdevitt.



So I decided that this was a good time to start with lesson one "Serif." Serif refers to a small line, flourish or embellishment trailing from the main stroke of a letter. Aside from a decorative element, serifs were added to augment the legibility of the letters.

Here is my page for my journal:


I even drew the cup! who knew it was in me. This book contains eleven lessons, lots of space to practice in and many tips that encourage and enhance your style. Lots of fun to be had. Thanks Sandy!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Challenge #201

This is my fourth Moebius awareness tile since starting the challenges with The Diva in 2012. I really wanted to put a little more effort into this tile and so maybe I will return with another, but I am already playing catch up on my many projects and feeling a bit over wrought. So simple is the way to go these days. Here is my tile for Artoo and Moebius Awareness 2015. If you would like to join in, wear purple on January 24th and show some support.


Moebius Symbol and Ticking

I found time to do a second simple Moebius tile. This one is again very simple because I loved how the color came out on this tile and did not want to cover it up. I used Tombow markers on a mixing palette and sprayed with water then inverted my tile on top of it to soak up all that lovely color.




Pendrills, Flux



Monday, January 12, 2015

Challenge #200 Bi-Zen-Tennial Celebration!

Wow! 200 Challenges! I have been here for many, but not all the challenges. This weeks challenge from the Diva is to go to your favorite tangle and fill a tile completely with it. Also to add 200 somewhere in the tile. This challenge may have cured me of my Printemps addiction because at the moment I do not really want to draw another printemp to soon! Here is my tile for the week:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Challenge #199 Hitch

This is the first challenge of 2015 and it will be a quick post for me as I am already playing catchup with the many projects I have started this year. This weeks tangle is Hitch.



Brown and black micron, white signo pen, Hitch, Wud

Sunday, January 4, 2015

And so it begins........

This is my first entry in my 2015 Tangle Journal. I now belong to a Certified Zentangle Teachers group that was formed out of some frustration.  Joining other journal sites was exciting but usually got abandoned somewhere through the year because they usually focused on things to far from what we know and that is Zentangle. Hence, Our Tangled Lives was formed in a closed Facebook group that 150 lucky CZT's are members. Our goal is to complete one entry a week for a year! And so it begins.....

Our first entry was setting an intention for the year. Choose a word that describes your intention and make a string of that word to tangle or do what ever you would like. Having such a diverse group there have been many unique beginnings and I have already started learning for others.

My intention for the year is Wellbeing, the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. I have let myself become lost in the last several years and that was ok, I needed to go through it, but now I am ready to change up a few things so that I will be comfortable, healthy and happy. I hope to achieve these goals buy giving up a few things, adding a few things and being very grateful for what I have in the present.

Here is my first entry:


It makes me happy just to look at it. Score!

For those of you who would like to know the names of the tangles, their names begin with the letter enclosing them. Wud, Emingle, Lacy, Borbz, Itch, 'Nzeppl, Girlande

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

COLOR

I know I am not alone when I say I have a phobia about color. I have tried to add color to some of my art work without very satisfying results. So with the purchase of this book:





I have decided to face it full on and get some help using mixed media. Each chapter is a new exercise using color and supplies. So far my work looks very similar to the authors but I figure I need to learn somehow and if copying in the beginning is how I am going to build this muscle, so be it. Hopefully as I work through this book a little more of my artistic genius will come out. The first two exercises:

 COLOR WHEEL



COLOR WORDS



I need to go back (something I have never done before, done is done) and add some tangles and spruce up the first page. I think this challenge is going to be fun.

I am also hoping to finish a complete journal this year. A journal that I will be doing along with about 150 other Certified Zentangle Teachers. I hope to share many of the pages of this exciting experience during the coming year. I will also try to keep up with the Diva's challenges and also Square One Facebook Focuses. It will be a busy year. I might even consider daycare once a week for the dog to free up some time!

One last thing. A word of my intent for the New Year. Last years was Forgive, this years is Wellbeing!

Looking forward to a happy, fulfilling year. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Simplicity

I know I have been drawing many feathers lately but the challenge from the Diva this week is "keep it simple silly" aka K.I.S.S.

There is nothing so simple as drawing a line. This feather is made up of many single lines that come together to form something the looks much more complicated and beautiful!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sakura spelled backwards is Arukas

Arukas is a new tangle which Molly Hollibaugh came up with and it is our challenge tangle this week. This will be the first time for me to try this tangle as I haven't found the time to play. It happens that today we are experiencing a Noreaster' here in the eastern states and it has provided me some down time. The weather is nasty (although the dog and I have been out in a lot of it today) and I have rescheduled some things so I could stay home and mostly out of the weather.

I did two tiles, one white, one black. After adding the "bubbles to the black tile I felt it took away a bit from the Arukas so I did not continue with them. I like the results anyway.



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Playing with feathers

I have always loved feathers. As a child I would collect all the feathers I found and stick them in around my mirror in my bed room. I don't know what eventually happened to all of them. I'm sure my mother had a field day when I left for college throwing them all out. I still love feathers. Since loosing both my mother and my eldest son in recent years past, I feel a special connection to feathers that happen to be in my path, as I think it is their way of keeping in touch with me.

I had recently been inspired by the talented Linda Barrett of a feather she had photographed with water droplets on it. Linda not only is wonderful photographer but she also is a bookbinder and crafty in many ways. She knows of my attachment to feathers and is generous with her findings along her way.

Here is her picture:

I have drawn feathers in the past but it has been some time and I have never drawn one with a water droplet. So I have been practicing, practicing, practicing. 

Here are some of my attempts:













And then I think I got it:




Thank you Linda for the inspiration. I feel very relaxed when doing these drawings. It might be the beginning os a series!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Challenge #195: "Turning Old into New"

Thank you Sandy Hunter for a creative challenge to look at our tangles in a new way. We are to take a grid based tangle and make it free flowing or take a fee flowing tangle and put it into a grid. I tried one tile with Skein used as a border and Verve put into a grid. Here are the results:


There are so many great examples at iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com you should really take some time and check them all out.

I have not taken up challenges or focus tangles at Square One lately because I have been hooked on my inkblot pictures.

Here is the latest one I have finished.



I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am already looking forward to spring!