Monday, December 28, 2015

Zentangle® Narwal, Trumpits, IX, and an Inchie

Since there is no Diva Challenge again this week, I thought I'd share a bit of Narwal.
The focus tangle on Square One, Facebook, is Trumpits. I paired Trumpits with IX.
And Every Inchie Monday has a prompt of "next." I am not one for making resolutions. I know too well that life just has a way of getting in the way of good intentions. Besides, I really don't know what "next" will be until it happens. I really prefer to be surprised by whatever "ohh, shiny" catches my attention NEXT!

Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy New Year! All the best for the days ahead. I also want to thank all of you that follow me or just drop by to say hello. I am very grateful for all of you!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Zentangle® with Gems, IXorus, and an Inchie

Since the Diva is taking a holiday break from her blog and challenge, I thought I would share my first go at doing the trendy gems. I used a photograph of some earrings as a reference, and added a background of Florz.

IXorus is the focus tangle this week for Square One on Facebook. I took the suggestion of tangleation (altered tangle) to heart and kept it simple.
And, the prompt word for Every Inchie Monday is "Evolution." I thought I'd share my artistic evolution from using crayons as a tot (left) to my professional Copic markers (right) as an adult and accomplished artist. Well, maybe not so much of an evolution, huh? (And, I still love my crayons!)

Thank you for stopping by. I want to wish every one of you, who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas with one of my Copic colored cards!
Merry Christmas

Monday, December 14, 2015

Zentangle® a Watercolor Bookplate, WUD, and an Inchie

I Am The Diva, Challenge #248, is to "give the gift of Zentangle". I used a card from Suzy's Watercolor Doodles that I colored with Inktense and Prima watercolor pencils. I added a border of Quib and Laced, then some Betweed and Inapod to the heart. I finished with regular colored pencils for shadows and a white acrylic paint pen for highlights. This will be a bookplate for a gift.
The focus tangle over at Square One, Facebook, was to use WUD. I added Hurry.
And, The prompt word at Every Inchie Monday was locomotive. This is actually a tiny print out of a photo I took from the back of the steam train ride my hubby and I took in the spring on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. It was truly a beautiful trip.

Thanks for stopping by. I truly enjoy reading your comments!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Zentangle® African Artist, Drupe, and an Inchie

The Diva Challenge #247 is a Use My Tangle. This tangle, African Artist, comes from CZT Tina-Akua Hunziker. I used a Renaissance tile, red Sharpie Ultra Fine Line pen, watercolor pencils for shading and white charcoal pencil for highlights. I added Printemps and Beadlines.
The focus tangle from Square One, Facebook, is Drupe.
And, the prompt word from Every Inchie Monday is Angel. Can you guess that I love food? Here is a giant plate full of angle hair pasta! Yum!

Thanks so much for your visit. I truly enjoy reading your comments!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Zentangle® a Tree, Steps, and an Inchie

Over at I am the Diva, guest blogger Dilip Patel, CZT, shares the reasoning behind this week's challenge - monotangle a tree. I chose Henna Drum and used Prima watercolor pencils, an orange and cream fine line Sharpie, and a charcoal pencil in white, all on a Renaissance tile.
Square One, Facebook, has a focus tangle from Helen Williams (I want to be Helen when I grow up!) called Steps. I added some Inapod.
The prompt word at Every Inchie Monday is "Tea". I could not get the song "Tea for Two" out of my head, so I went with that.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Zentangle® Hollibaugh, Pea-nuckle, and an Inchie

Weekly challenge number 245 over at I am the Diva was to use Hollibaugh. I love the versatility of Hollibaugh and I'll bet we see a lot of interesting tangles going on this week. I was going to do Hollibaugh inside of Hollibaugh but after I made the full circle, I just went with an under layer of Hollibaugh. I pulled out my Inktense, Aqua markers, and colored pencils to play a bit.
Square One on Facebook's focus tangle this week is Pea-nuckle. Molly taught this at my CZT training and I was still lost. However, once I am challenged, well, I now get it. I have been playing with it even more and finding it really fun. I added Bales and Cadent.

Crochet Inchie
And, the prompt word for Every Inchie Monday was Crochet. Since I do crochet, I made it easy on myself this week and just crochet a tiny one inch square.

Thank you for stopping by. I really enjoy reading your comments!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Zentangle® Tripoli, Paradox, and an Inchie

The Diva Challenge this week was to use Tripoli. I thought I would play with more of the Sharpie pens and added some colored pencils and Stabilo Carbothello soft pencils.
Square One on Facebook had a focus tangle of Paradox to which I added Lichen by Jennifer Hohensteiner.
And, over at Every Inchie Monday, the prompt word was Exotic. Exotic means not native or out of the ordinary. My research led me to find out more about how dangerous it is to the environment when non-native species of plants or animals are added where they don't belong. They can truly disrupt the systems, like the invasion of garlic mustard!

Thank you for stopping by. I always enjoy reading your comments!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Zendala Dare #116 with Gneiss and Meer

If you have not gone over to see what Erin did for her outstanding contribution to the Zendala Dare this week, you must go see! I did not scroll down to see hers or I might not have even tried to do one this time LOL! I do love opening up one of my books and selecting a tangle at random and making it work, or at least try to make it work, in the given template. So it was with a variant of Gneiss (inverted). I also added a kind of Meer and the rest was done with shading.
For those of you who "see" things in the tangles, I can't help seeing a plate of deviled eggs with toast points around the edges!

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Zentangle® Squid, Cyme, and an Inchie

The Diva Challenge, #243, was to give "just a tiny taste" of a tangle on your tile. I opened one of my books and randomly chose Squid. I was inspired by Laura's idea of using different colors on the tan Renaissance tiles, so I picked a turquoise pen and added colored pencil, white charcoal and a white gel pen. A bit of Msst was added to draw the eye in just a bit.
The focus tangle on Facebook's Square One was to use Cyme. I filled the center with Auraknot and added Courant and black pearls.
Here is a surprise for Zentangle followers. The prompt word for Every Inchie Monday this week is "nymph"! So, I did a tiny Zentangle pattern that is actually called Nymph for my Inchie. Here are the step-outs for anyone interested.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I really enjoy reading your comments.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Zendala Dare # 115

Erin gave us a great template to work with over at The Bright Owl. We were to use the letters from the word "thank". I used three of the letters; Trumpits by Theresa Glover, Heartvine by Lori Howe, and Knightsbridge.
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Zentangle® Gourdgeous, Verve, and an Inchie

The Diva Challenge this week is to use the new tangle Gourdgeous. I used a black tile for this and added a bed of 'Nzepple. I used my Slicci pens to tangle, Conte pastels for shading, and a white gel pen for the dotted lines.
The focus tangle for Square One was to use Verve. Since I use Verve so often, I thought I would see what happens when you start with a square instead of a circle. These squares were turned into Cubine. I also ended the shading with squares to balance out the piece.

Every Inchie Monday had a prompt word of "emotion". This was so interesting to research. Tibetan Buddhist psychology believes that there are two types of emotion: one to express and one to control. Sensible. I also read that some emotions are actually cultural! My image is not original, but it really represented the swings of emotion.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Zendala Dare #114

This week's Zendala Dare, over at The Bright Owl, is number 114. I made a happy "mistake" and wound up with this.

 Don't you just love "mistakes"? I do because they invite creativity. I used Betweed and Reticulated by Livia Chua. Thanks, Erin, for this lovely template.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Zentangle® a Stacker, W2, and an Inchie

Crescent Moon-Msst- Inner Aura
This week over at I Am the Diva Challenge, guest poster, Paula Bramante, CZT, gave us a very interesting challenge this week. Just a bit complicated to explain it all, but do check out the post. I chose to do a stacker. I love the repeated pattern stacks that come from Cindy Angiel over at The Rainbow Elephant. I also love rocks and stones and do collect ones that speak to me.  
I used a tag and a brown Sharpie, Microns in brown and sepia, sepia Conte pencil, Pitt Pastel, and Dylusion Inks in Vintage Photo and Rusty hinge.

The focus tangle for Square One this week was W2. I added Shattuck and Quib.
Every Inchie Monday had a prompt word of "texture". Being a mixed media artist, I love texture and have a huge box filled with items to make texture. I chose some sequin waste to do identical inchies. One on black and one on white. I used Gellatos to color some Molding paste and push through the sequin waste to make texture. If you've never seen the messes I can make, do take a peek at my art journaling blog

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Zendala Dare # 113

Another wonderful template from Erin over at The Bright Owl. I used variations of Verve and Drupe, some rounding, with a border of Cadent.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Zentangle® Aquafleur, Nymph, and an Inchie

The Diva ran a day late this week with Challenge #240. However, we are all happy to hear that Artoo is doing better. Laura suggested that we do something inspired by the season. Well, I live in Arizona where mother nature doesn't know it's fall yet. I do come, originally, for New Jersey. I remember the beautiful fall leaves. I wanted to do a leaf on a tan tile and went hunting for an image to use. I found a free image that I used to make a stencil with my Scan n Cut machine. I sprayed with Dylusion sprays and did Aquafleur with a Tombow brown pen. I added sepia pencil for shading, white colored pencil for an outline, and a white gel pen to the simmer.
Square One chose the focus tangle of Nymph b CZT Melinda Barlow. I added Nippa.

And, Every Inchie Monday's prompt word was "yogurt". Well, I love yogurt and eat some almost every day. However, did you know that yogurt is also an excellent brass cleaner? (Can anyone guess that I used to be a teacher LOL!!!)

Thank you for stopping by. I truly enjoy reading your comments.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Zendala Dare #112

Erin at The Bright Owl has given us a beautiful template to do our Zendala's this week. I chose Jonqal and Munchin. I had to force myself to stop. I often add too much and lose something in the process. I think minimal shading suited this design quite well.
Zendala Dare #112
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Zentangle® Munchin, Poke Root, and an Inchie

The Diva and her family celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday and so the Challenge didn't come until today. It was to use Munchin. I've often used Munchin on the black and so I decided to do one on a tan tile. The tan is quite delicate and does take some getting used to though. I used a brown 01 Micron, Sepia Pitt Pastel, and a white chalk from Kol-I-Noor.
Square One had a focus tangle of Poke Root.
And, Every Inchie Monday had a prompt word of "key". Does anyone remember their biology classes and learning to use a dichotomous key?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Zendala of Frankenstein

The challenge over at The Bright Owl this week is to  turn Erin's template into a Halloween masterpiece. I'm not too sure about the "masterpiece" part, but my rendition of Frankenstein would certainly fall into the Halloween part. At first, I wondered how this would work into my way of thinking about Zentangle and Zendala's. However, once I got started, I found the rhythm the same as I went about the circle repeating one little piece of the face at a time. I did manage to squeeze in a bit of Knightsbridge along the outer edge! A fun challenge!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Zentangle® with Tri-bee, Jalousie, and an Inchie

UMT, use my tangle, features Tri-bee from CZT Beate Winkler over at The Diva Challenge this week. Such a pretty tangle with so many options. I chose to do an aura and add some Knightsbridge.
The focus tangle for Square One was Jalousie by Stephanie Kukla. I added Hurry to this one.
And, Every Inchie Monday had a fun prompt this week: Lumberjack. Did you know that September 26 is National Lumberjack Week? Well, I didn't either. So, next year, pull out your plaid, grow a beard, and eat some pancakes!

Hubby and I were off on a camping trip (no phone or Internet service) for several days so I couldn't comment on everyone's blog. I will try to do better this week. I always enjoy reading your comments and I thank you for dropping by!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Zentangle® on a Stencil, Zenith, and an Inchie

This week, over at I Am the Diva, Laura has a guest post from Charlotte Carpentier, CZT. Charlotte suggested that we try some stencils to make our strings. I made a few and really didn't like them until I grabbed a piece of heavy white paper to sop up the top of the stencil I had used that was covered in Dylusions Ink Spray. I loved the reverse use of the stencil. I did very little tangling, using a white Signo, mostly because I liked it just the way it was at that point. A bit of Verve, not even completed, and some Holibaugh style crossed auras.
The focus tangle for Square One (Sorry, no link today. Facebook seemed to be having a meltdown?) was to use Zenith. I had just done that and so I just decided to push it even more. I made it go in the round and then I expanded it outward in Arukas style.
And, finally, for Every Inchie Monday, the prompt word was Hotel. Well, we have a very famous hotel here in Jerome, Arizona named the Grand Hotel of Jerome. Thought to be haunted by many it is quite the tourist attraction. I have seen it, but never gone in. We go up to Jerome now and then to have lunch at the Haunted Hamburger and enjoy the gorgeous view as the town is built high up on the side of the mountain! 

I did attempt to draw this and then gave up and just printed out a one inch photo that I doctored just a tad. I guess I was never meant to be an architect LOL! 

Thank you for stopping by. I always enjoy reading your comments!

We are off on a little trip, so if you leave a comment after Tuesday, the 29th, it may not post for several days. I do comment moderation and I don't think we will have the Internet where we are going camping. I will post them all and reply after we return. (If you think you might come to my house and "steal" pencils while we are gone, be aware that our house sitter will be here with our big dog Rufus, kitty Charlie, and bird Jasmine!) Thanks for your understanding.