Monday, April 13, 2015

Zentangle® with a Stencil

The Challenge from the Diva this week is to use a stencil as a string. Being an art journalist and card maker means I have LOTS of stencils. I chose one from TC Designs. I used Quib, 'Nzepple, Crescent Moon, Ibex, Knightsbridge, Betweed, and Tipple.














For Square One on Facebook, the tangle to use was Man-O-Man, to which I added Festune and Verdigogh.

And, Every Inchie Monday had a prompt of "Gecko!" Did you know that a mechanical engineer has come up with gloves for humans that mimic the sticky pads of a gecko's feet to allow for vertical climbing on smooth surfaces? Here is an interesting article about it.

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  1. Nice drawings! Love the inchie.

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  2. Lovely tangles and inchie, plus some interesting information. What will they think of next.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Isn't it amazing? Why would anyone need to do that anyway?

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  3. Beautiful tangles. I learn always when I come to look at your inchie. Great inchie.

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    1. Thanks, Trillian. And, I always learn new things just for this post LOL!

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  4. I must be daft. It never occurred to me to use a "real" stencil! I like both tiles here. The lines made by the stencil are almost Hollibaugh too. No matter how good those gloves are, I don't think you'll get me climbing walls any time soon.

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    1. Well, if you've got 'em, use them, I say :) I agree. You'd never catch me climbing up some wall hoping that the gloves would hold the whole way! Yikes!

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  5. Love that stencil tile. Gecko (g)love :) How cute are their hands, almost as cute as our cats' :)

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    1. Yes, Zoe, I do love to watch those little feet climbing up glass. And, I really love my cat's little sweet tootsies too!

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  6. Hi Jean-- Amy and I found each other almost immediately.Thank you for "virtually" introducing us. As always, you did a creative job with the Diva's challenge.

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    1. I am soooo happy that you two got to meet up. Isn't the training just wonderful? It was one of the most magical times of my life and I hope that you are finding it so as well!

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  7. I love the tile you made of the stencil, the negative space is great. Your inchie made me smile :-)

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    1. Thank you, Annemarie. I like to use stencils of "real" things to tangle too.

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  8. Loved your Inchie gecko especially! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment :)

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    1. Thanks, Kate. I always like the look of negative space and a string like this does help to preserve some white. I almost filled them with laced but decided against it.

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  10. Great tiles this week, Jean. I'll try not to let them influence me. (I haven't had a chance to get started yet.)

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    1. Thank you, Audrie. I try to be one of the earlier ones just so I don't see anyone else's submissions LOL!

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  11. super cool art this week! I love the stencil design. and the gecko hand is great!

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  12. Terrific artwork and a wonderful inchie idea

    Love Chrissie xx

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  13. I like your diva-tile, very interesting string and nice contrast and shading :-)
    Cute inchie.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. I have so many stencils that it was hard to choose. I do like the Hollibaugh look of the design though.

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  14. I love your stencil tangle, Jean!! Simple and very effective. Great Man-o-man too, though I found this a difficult tangle to bring to life. I find Gecko feet fascinating so really appreciate your Inchie and the unexpected additional information - thank you! Axxx

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    1. Thanks, Annie. I don't really like the way mine turned out. I just don't have the patience for tangles that are more grid like or require accuracy. LOL! Give me Mooka any day!

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  15. Such lovely tiles! I especially love the one for Square One, now I have new tangles to try! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

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    1. Always happy to encourage someone to try more tangles. There sure are enough of them that we will never get to all of them :)

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    2. I just realized that you're another desert girl! I'm just as pleased as punch to have discovered you!

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    3. I just love the AZ desert, Becky. Although, when I first came here I was disappointed because I expected something more like the Sahara desert LOL! My four kids are grown, but I still have a cockatiel, a dog, and a cat, plus the hubby. So, a similar life style I guess. Nice to meet you :)

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  16. Love your stencil tile! But then I love them all. I have just found Man o Man and will need to give it a try. I love that you always give us some background info, like for the gecko inchie.

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    1. Thank you, Lezli. I enjoy researching the Inchie each week myself, so if I find something interesting I will share it. Some of them are so much fun.

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  17. All the work is great. I love the stencil tile. Fantastic.

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  18. oh, Jean! I love your tiles and inchie today! The thing I like most about the diva's challenge tile...is that I look at it and realize that I recognize the names of the tangles...LOL! I'm learning...BTW you were one of the random winners on my blog for the arts and crafts stencil. Visit the blog to see how to get it mailed to you!

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    1. Yes, Lynell. I think learning the names is the hardest thing about Zentangle LOL! It does take a while to do so. Yay! I will hop over to your blog :)

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  19. I understand your first shape. Its a good idea not use the complete stencil form. (I apologize for my bad english)

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    1. Your English is good, Christine, and I am always impressed with how people who speak other languages are brave enough to comment. Good for you and thank you! Yes, I think you are right and that a partial stencil gives a piece more movement.

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  20. Love the gecko toes! And no matter how hard we try, we still can't match the engineering of the Master. I like how you used the stencil--just enough of it. And you got to it first! You must never sleep. have a brilliant day! c

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    1. Well, Cstocks, since I am retired, I take my three interests and three blogs very seriously, almost like a job. (I've read too many stories about people who retired, just to die. Not gonna do it!) I do spend about 8 hours each day either on the computer or creating, but I also get a good night's sleep. I have found, just like back in school, that I do better if I have a schedule and just do things on the day they are posted. Works for me :)

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  21. great inchie - what an interesting idea

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    1. Thanks, Kia. Yes, the Diva always has fun challenges for sure :)

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  22. Cute gecko foot! Wonderful tiles too!

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  23. Jean, your stencil is so much fun!! I love the tile you have created with it!! :)

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/04/my-diva-traced-object-string-challenge-entry/

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  24. Love the use of a stencil ... turned out beautiful!

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