Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weekly Challenge #176: "B.Y.O.B"

I really like to use stains on tiles. Maria has been doing it for some time using tea or wine for shading. Amy Broady CZT challenges us this week to "Bring Your Own Beverage" to stain a tile or tangle with the beverage of choice, or simply sit in a beverage house and create a tile. I used many different staining mediums but settled on this tile that was stained with coffee and turmeric.



Mooka in black micron, Verve in blue micron


Tomorrow would have been my son's 28th birthday and of course, he has been heavy on my mind. His ashes were set free off the coast of Maine "so he could travel the world." I always feel that he is around us in Maine especially but, we are also surrounded by water in Boston too. I didn't see this while tangling but upon reflection I see the three of us, myself, my husband and my son, Dylan in the Mookas, surrounded by the swirling ocean (Verve) that is Austin and then by the shining world. Somethings just come out on their own without a conscious thought.

25 comments:

  1. Beautiful stains on your tile! Beautiful thoughts of your son too!

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  2. Beautiful stain, and really great tangling on it! Especially cool Verve!

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    1. Sue, I think my favorite tangle is Verve.

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  3. Wow, those are beautiful. So simple and so great. 'Less is more' and I agree with this quote when I look at your tile.

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  4. Love the way your worked thoughts of your son into your Tile. Beautiful work. Well done.

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  5. I like Verve done in blue on the tan tile. It really stands out. It was nice that you were able to make that connection to your son in the tile.

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    1. I have always loved the blue and brown combo. My boy seems to be everywhere.

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  6. Beautiful tile, wonderful thoughts. So, do you put turmeric in your coffee?

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    1. Ha! Funny I don't drink coffee but I'll pass this on:

      Turmeric Tea
      Turmeric tends to stain anything it comes into contact with, so be careful.

      1/3 cup / 80 ml good, raw honey
      2 1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric
      lemon
      lots of freshly ground black pepper

      Work the turmeric into the honey until it forms a paste. You can keep this on hand, in a jar, for whenever you'd like a cup.

      For each cup of tea, place a heaping teaspoon of the turmeric paste in the bottom of a mug. Pour hot (but not boiling water) into the mug, and stir well to dissolve the turmeric paste. Add a big squeeze of juice from a lemon, and a good amount of black pepper. Enjoy! Stir now and then as you drink so all the good stuff doesn't settle to the bottom, or top off with more hot water as you drink it.

      Prep time: 2 min - Cook time: 3 min

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    2. Debra! I made this turmeric and honey paste as a home remedy anti-inflammatory, when i got hit with arthritis in March. I just ate a teaspoon of it every day. Never knew you could make it into tea!

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  7. Love your Verve. Thinking of and praying for you. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you Ann. It is still a special day

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  8. Your tile, pre-artwork, reminds me of Bryce canyon in Utah. Very high desert, sandstone sculpted looking. And the playful way you filled it! just delightful... aka HeidiSue

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    1. I cannot imagine eating turmeric by the spoonful! but, I guess you got to do what you got to do. Hope the tea is better! Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  9. Tomorrow (17th) would have been the birthday of the son of my best friend and he would become 26 now. Twice a year, on the day he died and his day of birth my husband and I go to his grave and since I found zentangle I take a pebble that I tangled for him with me and leave it there. Tangling this pebble brings him and all the memories back to me, so this is an important ritual.
    I hope your day was good and special for you and your family.
    Blessed Be!!!
    I like your tile and what you see in it, that touches me.

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    1. What a lovely ritual you have for your friends son. Thank you very much for your thoughts and comment

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  10. It´s a wonderful and very sensitive tile! Wonderful Verve here!

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  11. Like what you did with the stain. Enjoyed reading your comments about your tile and how it reminded you of your son. Great but probably bittersweet memories. But would be harder without them.

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