Monday, August 25, 2014

Zentangle® Stripes, Bronx Cheer, and an Inchie

I never look at others' tangles before I post mine. Why? Well, if I see how wonderful they are I might be too intimidated to post my own, or I might feel like I have to go back and redo mine. I know, silly, but it is a flaw of my nature that I just have to work with, and not peeking is how I do it. Those of you who use blogger will know that when you open it up, the first thing it shows you is recent posts from those on your blogroll list. So, I open mine up to post and there is, where I can't miss seeing it,  LeeAnn's entry for this week's Dive Challenge and it, as always, is so gorgeous that my mouth dropped. Sigh.... I will post mine anyway LOL!

I used Beeline, Ambler, Hibred, Tortuca and Chartz. What's the difference between Ambler and Emingle? In Ambler, the pattern moves clockwise whereas with Emingle the pattern repeats.

For Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was "Quartz Crystal".  I started thinking about quartz. Did you know it is said to have powers? Like a crystal ball? Gel pens on black and I used some Glossy Accent over the ball to give it depth. I looked into my crystal ball and saw more time on the Internet, my studio getting more and more stuffed with things I need, and a lot of happiness.
What do you see in your future?

 And, I have joined another group on Facebook for people who really want to do traditional Zentangle tiles. It is called Square One: Purely Zentangle®. So, I will now post my weekly entry for that group as well. This week, we were to use Bronx Cheer as a tangle, not as a mistake cover.
Bronx Cheer, Striping, Tipple, and Quib

Monday, August 18, 2014

Diva Challenge #181, an Inchie, and a Bonus Zentangle®

The Diva had a relaxing time splashing in the water, so she challenged us to do something related to water. I always think of the ocean and rain = two of my favorite things. I thought I should pull out some tangles I have never used so I went with Agua for the waves and Leau for the big water drops. I added some Msst for interest. Then I used some markers and finished with colored pencils. Not very "Zentangle" but an interesting ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art).

 Our Inchie this week, from Every Inchie Monday (Bijou sized tiles, or twinchies, are sooo easy now that I've started working on these inchies!) had a prompt of "quick"! Well, how did we cook before microwaves? Sloooowly :)

And, just for fun, and bit of Verdigogh, Aquafleur, Ahh, and some pearls.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zentangle® and an Inchie (Edited to add the Dive Challenge too)

Well, that was scary. I was going to post my Inchie for Every Inchie Monday and my computer told me that my folder, with this whole year's pictures was "unavailable." I searched all over for it and finally went online to see what that message meant and it said that I will experience a hard drive crash very soon. AAKKK!!!! So, I restarted my computer. Still no folder. Then, I don't know why, I decided to look in my trash and THERE IT WAS!!! I don't know how it got there and, usually, I am quite tidy and empty my trash regularly. Phew!

Inchie for today is "Plum" and to be sure, after the past hour I AM plum tuckered out :)
And, if you are missing seeing a Zentangle tile (the Diva hasn't had a chance to post for this week yet), here's one with Twing, Hibred and Printemps.

Edited to add the Diva Challenge that showed up after I had posted. I couldn't get past the new skirt that I always got for the start of each school year. It was always plaid. I had to do a ZIA (this kind of looks like boxer shorts though HAHA!) this time.
UMT of MacDee by Anneke VAn Dam

Monday, August 4, 2014

Zentangle® with Bijou, Link to Alpha Tangle Tangled Cards, and an Inchie

The Diva's weekly challenge #179 was "Be like Bijou" the new twinchie sized tile (2 inches) from Zentangle®. I couldn't get the spiral shape of Bijou, the snail, out of my mind, so I just went with it:
 Sandy Steen Bartholomew has a new set of tangle cards called Alpha Tangle Tangled Cards that you will just love. Do hop over with the link on her name to find out all about them. She is even having a contest. Just do a tile using official Zentangle tangles and use your name as a string. Here's mine:

Rain, Verve, Meer, Msst

And, for Every Inchie Monday, the word was "privacy"! Wouldn't that be nice? HAHA
Enjoy some quiet time :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zentangle®, A Challenge, The W Word, and an Inchie

So, did you ever have one of those days? I did the Dive Challenge "wrong" (Did I say the W word? We all know there are no mistakes in Zentangle!!!) and was not pleased with myself as I was using one of my Renaissance tiles and I don't have a lot of those. So, I started over. Then, I spilled a whole cup of coffee across my desk. Fortunately, my Zentangle tile was in the scanner but I ruined several cards that I was in the process of making. Sigh. Only paper, yes?

So, the challenge this week was to do a duotangle using just our initials. My initials are J and C, and I wanted to do a tangle that would slide into another tangle. I chose Jonqal by Zentangle and Cockles 'n Mussels by Margaret Bremner ( a variation of 'nZepple) My finished tile:

I hate to waste a tile, and I have learned not to give up on a "mistake" but to embrace it and move on. So, I went back to the first one and finished it adding some of my fun new gel pens.
And, finally, my Inchie for Every Inchie Monday was the word "orange". I seldom go for the obvious but I really wanted to play with my new quilling tools. I know it doesn't look too much like an orange (the paper is orange but shows up red, and I am having a bit of a glue issue), but you do have an imagination don't you?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Zentangle® Truffle, and Inchie, a Link to Quilling

This week, Caroline Broady is the guest challenger for the Diva Challenge. I met Caroline and her mom at my CZT training last year in June. It's fun to see someone start out so young with this amazing thing called Zentangle. I can only imagine what she will be doing when she is an adult. Caroline came up with a new tangle called Truffle. She used it beautifully. However, she did say we should feel free to do a tangleation and to have fun, so I did both :)

For this week's Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was "Odd"! Well, I started thinking of the odds of winning the lottery and I actually looked it up. Sigh, I guess I will never win!

And, finally, I was asked to share some of my newest art interest, quilling. I have really just started and don't have much exciting to share, but you can see what I am up to by visiting my Copics and Paper Fun tab above, or click HERE to go directly to that page.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Zentangle® a Spill and an Inchie

The Diva Challenge this week is hosted by Amy Brody. I was lucky enough to meet her and her adorable daughter at CZT11 training. Her challenge was to have a "spill" on our tile and tangle on. So, I grabbed my coffee cup and dripped some on my tile. My hubby makes kind of weak coffee, so it didn't do much. Ahah! We had company last week and there was some left over Sangria in the fridge. I liked this spill better.
After I tangled, using W2, Ixorus, Diva Dance, Tipple, and IX, I decided to shade with colored pencils and just a touch of regular pencil. The stain kind of disappeared with these heavier tangles. They do show up more in person rather than a scan though.
The prompt for Every Inchie Monday was "Navy." My original list had it spelled "Navi" which was very interesting, look it up. But, I went with the current spelling and thought of the branch of the military service, and sailors. Did anyone else have one of these "sailor" blouses? I had both the blouse AND a dress!