Monday, February 2, 2015

Zentangle® Athitz, Quandary, and an Inchie

This week, over at the Diva Challenge, it is a UMT (use my tangle) week. The tangle chosen is brought to you by Eleanor Holt, and the tangle is named Athitz. This was so much fun (I always loved crosshatching) that I got carried away on my practice file card and didn't want to do a "normal" Zentangle tile after that. So, I pulled out a standard tile and played with some distress inks and spray acrylics and then used what happened as a base for a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art). I added Mooka and a bit of Fescu. When complete, I sprayed it all with Perfect Pearls for some glimmer.




For Square One, on Facebook, the tangle of the week was Quandary which I embellished with some Laced and some cones.







 And, finally, for Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was "kitchen". When I thought about kitchen, it brought back memories of those cold snowy days that we insisted on going out to play in. We would come home freezing, wet, and hungry. I could often see steam on the window as I was racing home knowing my mom was brewing up a huge pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. Wonderful memories.


Thanks for all your comments. I truly appreciate each one :)

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  1. Lovely colors and a wonderful composition. Sounds like it was a lot of fun to do too - and the result is beautiful to look at.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Yes, it sure was a lot of fun. I love to get ink on my hands :)

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  2. Very nice Jean. I do like the addition of colour.

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    1. Thank you, Chrissie. I really felt this tangle needed some punch to it.

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  3. Wow, Jean - absolutely blown away by the glorious colours in your first tile! Great Quandary too - and as always an Inchie with a story to tell. This week's is lovely! Axxx

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  4. Beautiful work! Your colours jump out of my screen, so pretty! Makes it a special ZIA.
    Quandary looks very good as well.

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    1. Thank you, Ilse. This tangle just seemed to NEED color :)

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  5. Oh man, and I think I'm going out on a limb if I use a colored pen here and there. Your Diva Challenge tile is very artful on every level. :)

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    1. Do remember, this is a ZiA, so lots of color is "legal"! LOL!

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  6. Beautiful tile for the Diva challenge! You really do colour justice. Mmmmm, chicken soup.....mmmmm....... All your work is gorgeous as usual.

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    1. Thanks, Zoe. Now, you're making me hungry!

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  7. So much detailed work, i love it all. i do also remember snowy days and soup to welcome me home! Great job and thanks for the memory!

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    1. Thanks, Freebird. Those memories become all the more precious as we get older, I think.

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  8. Your tile is pretty. I wish I had all those wonderful sprays (see them on YouTube all the time). Homemade chicken noodle soup sounds good, great inchie. Your Square One tile is good also. You did a great job with quandary.

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    1. Thank you, JL. I make a lot of my sprays from Easter egg dye kits when they go clearance after Easter. Just add some hot water and a bit of vinegar and put into a small misting bottle. I use old hair spray containers. They work fine and, if you don't water them down too much, are quite vibrant too.

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  9. I like the diva-challenge-tile with the very big mooka in it :-)
    The tangle for square one is amazing - wonderful contrast and shading! I always have problems with Quandary and yours is great.
    Very nice Inchie too :-)

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    1. Sandra, I have to play with Quandary on scratch paper first every time I use it. I can't follow the stepouts as written so I have to remind myself each time how I figured out how to do it. Remember that Zentangle is supposed to be easy and relaxing. If a certain tangle is causing you grief, choose another :)

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  10. A wonderful Post, Jean. Your Diva Challenge Tile's, "Color-'Splotion" is spectacular. Athitzi so ably pulls your mighty Mooka's into a delightful Tile. Wonderful Square one Tile. Quandary is my Nemesis. I can't keep that one together to save me. You did great with yours. You back story for you inchie is wonderful and invoked so many memories. You are awesome.

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    1. Thanks so much, David. Do read my answer to Sandra just above. I think a lot of people have trouble with Quandary. Just look at the final design and make up your own stepout and I think you will be successful.

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  11. Your Athitzi is well done and I love the colors in Mooka. Thanks Jean, for sharing those memories of winter and your mum.

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    1. Thanks, Annemarie. You always do such nice colored tiles that I thought it was time for me to do one again too :)

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  12. Wonderful pieces this week! Especially I like your Athitzi tile! Lovely coloured background and beautiful Mooka!

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  13. Wow, what a bright are the colors in your Diva Tile. It looks great. It is as if the mooch stems are giving light. Great effect. The total layout of your tile is GREAT :)

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    1. Thanks, Diana. I guess I woke everyone up this week! I think it is the influence that I am having from art journaling and getting used to LOTS of color LOL!

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  14. Beautiful colors, Jean and all the work evokes such happiness! Have a brilliant day! c

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    1. Thanks. I'm finding that, since I have retired, my joy is coming through by the use of color and happy things :)

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  15. what a lovely memory your inchie invokes. It brought to mind coming in from skating on the pond that formed every winter on my front lawn and the warmth of the kitchen, and for some reason, the coloured lights that were on the stove we had at the time! Great tangles too.

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    1. Thanks, Kia. I think childhood memories are just so special. We need to take the time to enjoy those memories sometimes!

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  16. Fabulous inchie and tangles. I really must get round to learning how to do them.

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    1. Just go to Zentangle.com and you will find someone close to you that teaches, Wendy. You would really love doing them. Very relaxing!

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  17. It's like a peach tree! I just love it...juicy and bright, with mooka fruit and ahitzi branches. The colors are stunning. It is really brilliant work, in more way than one. Love your courage in going so bright and bold.

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    1. Thank you, HeidiSue. I really am loving those bright colors. Maybe my eyesight is failing LOL!

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  18. All three are great and your colours are so remindful of summer but I must admit your inchie really made me smile. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Nat. I'm so happy that I managed to make you smile. Smiling is always good!

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  19. I LOVE your Diva one, Jean - the color just brings it all together - just wonderful!! Your Quandry is lovely - I get mixed up with that one :)

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/02/diva-umt-athitzi-challenge-entry

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Yes, Quandary can be difficult. My theory is that if a tangle is difficult, set it aside and do something relaxing. After all, that's what Zentangle is all about. NO stress!

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  20. Love your "square one" & that's a great little inchie too.

    Sally

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  21. Nice way to expand on yout ZIA and incorporate the Challenge tangle.

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    1. Thanks, Donald. Now that I am spending so much time with paints and markers, I thought it was about time to get some of my tangles in there too with all those glorious choices!

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  22. Loved your tile. I love how bright it is and playful. I may have to try to precolor a tile or two sometime. Heaven knows I have enough inks and paints and colors to give it a try at least. Great job and thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Oh, do Lezli, you will have just so much fun. Why not, it's only paper as they say LOL!

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