Monday, December 26, 2016

Zentangle® Drawings, and an Inchie

Hope that all of you that celebrate had a wonderful Christmas. I know we did. Still no Diva Challenge, but I do have my Drawings from Square One on Facebook.
And, for the last Inchie, from Every Inchie Monday, the prompt word is Letter. I always dated the "intellectual" type in high school, so never got to wear a boyfriend's sports letter sweater.
Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year. Thank you for being a very important part of my 2016. I truly enjoy seeing your comments pop up and reading all the sweet things that you write. See you again in 2017!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Zentangle® Stella, a Star, and an Inchie

No Diva challenge until after the holidays, so I will start with the focus tangle from Square One on Facebook. Stella is a pattern from Jana Roberts and I absolutely love it. I can see so many possibilities with this one. I am always telling my students to take just one tangle and push it in as many directions as they can. I compare it to vocabulary. If you know a lot of words but don't know how to use them, what good are they?
 Chris Letourneau, CZT, has genereously shared her template to make pretty stars to tangle. I used this one to show a student how nicely Copic markers can look with Zentangle.

Every Inchie Monday's prompt word was "Ugly". Well, this time of year, we all know what that means.

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate!

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Zentangle® Msst, Aura-Leah, and an Inchie

This has been an eventful week with my computer going belly up last Monday. What fun, she says sarcastically, to try to find all the things I had, remember passwords, get things to work. But, 7 days later, I'm doing okay!
This week over at I am the Diva, Laura showed us the links to the past five year's December posts so that we could choose one. I went to the very first, Simplicity, since I need that right now. It was most interesting to see names there that I haven't seen in years. Well, a bit sad actually. I enjoyed interacting with a lot of them in the past.
Anyway, here is my Renaissance tile using Msst, Zig markers, and Prismacolors. Msst seems to be the "easiest" tangle of all, and simplicity means easy to me.
The focus tangle for Square One, Facebook, is to use Aura-Leah, by Carla du Preez.
And, Every Inchie Monday has a prompt word of "Grin". Well, of course I had to think of the Cheshire Cat since I love anything Alice!

Thanks for stopping by. I know many of you only visit to see the Diva Challenge (I will still post each Monday), so if you don't come back until January, I wish you all the best for this holiday season and I look forward to seeing that you all have a happy and healthy 2017.




Monday, December 5, 2016

Zentangle® Moowa, Reel, and an Inchie

I just love the new tangle by Anya Ipsen, CZT, called Moowa. So, I was pleased when the tangle this week from I am the Diva is Moowa. It has the grace of Mooka without the never ending part. I have a student who would like to learn more about Copic markers, so I created this for him to practice blending colors.

Square One, Facebook, has a prompt tangle of Reel by Lily Moon. This is a pretty tangle with so many possibilities. I did several variations to test it out.

And, Every Inchie Monday has an odd prompt of "42". So, 42 inches is three-and-a-half feet, right?



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Zentangle® Fragments, Reticula, Sindoo, and an Inchie

Well, the challenge from I am the Diva remains the same for this week except to use a fragment (filler) that is asymmetrical. I am happy to have another go at this. Last week, I tried to use an Ogee grid and lost myself along the way and had to say that I used an "irregular" gird. So, I decided to do it again, and did so with complete success. The filler is a fragment of Footlights by Carole Ohl, CZT.
The focus tangle at Square One, Facebook, is Sindoo by Sharon Robinson. I added some lines to it and it turned itself into Bales ­čś▓
This week’s Every Inchie Monday prompt is “Question”. This made the song from Stone Sour, Through Glass, keep running through my head. Especially this verse:
How do you feel? That is the question
But I forget you don't expect an easy answer
When something like a soul becomes initialized
And folded up like paper dolls and little notes
You can't expect a bit of hope
Not to leave anyone depressed. It is only a song and my dancing paper dolls should put a smile on your face!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Zentangle® Reticula, Fragments, Moowa, and an Inchie

Over at I am the Diva, the challenge was to use Reticula (grids) and Fragments (repeating inner patterns). I dunked a Zentangle tile into some watered down Distress Inks and then had to play with my new gel pens. Wish you could see the sparkle, but sparkle seldom shows up nicely in photos or scans. The grid, wonky, and the pattern are both just ones that came out of my pen.
The focus tangle this week on Square One, Facebook, is to use Moowa by Anya Ipsen. Very interesting layering of a Mooka shape. I added Jax from Vera Giesbrech
And, my tiny one inch square idea comes from Every Inchie Monday where the prompt word is lighting. Be kind you your eyes and always have appropriate lighting to do your work.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Zentangle® Rainking, Keeko, and an Inchie

Sorry I missed commenting on everyone's post last week. I was gone for four days. If you are interested in my other life, you can read about it.

The tangle for the week over at I am the Diva, is Keeko, a basic filler. I added it around Rainking, featured below, and used Spectrum Noir watercolor pencils on a tan tile.
The focus tangle for Square One, Facebook is Rainking. Fun tangle!
And, I stayed so simple for the prompt word for Every Inchie Monday of Wormhole. When I was a child, we often ate apples straight from the tree without any pesticides. Horror of horrors and much spitting when this happened!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Zentangle® Eaxy, Fassett, and an Inchie

This week is a Use My Tangle over at The Diva Challenge. This one, Eaxy, comes from Nadine Roller, CZT. I just got a new set of Lavender Copic Multiliners and had to play. I used Paizel, by Angie Vangalis, CZT, in the front and added some colored pencils as well on the Renaissance tile.
The prompt tangle for Square One, Facebook, is Fassett. I divided the tile into four sections to try different ways to do the tangle.
And, Every Inchie Monday has a prompt word of Cloud. Sorry to do this to you, but I just couldn't get the idea of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs out of my head even though I've never seen the movie LOL!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Zentangle® Web, Boze, and an Inchie

The Diva Challenge is to do either a Halloween tile or something on black with white. I do enjoy working on black paper, but not so much on the softer tiles. But, I did so for the challenge.
I used Suzanne McNeill's Web and then did a mirror image. I added some Tipple and Betweed with the mirrored image. The main lines were made with a Uniball Angelic White pen and then white charcoal and white Prismacolor pencil was added.

The focus tangle on Square One, Facebook is to use Boze by Jan Steinle. As you can see, I had to do a "what if"!
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And, Every Inchie Monday's prompt word is Coastline. I originally come from New Jersey and our favorite place of all was "down the shore" to Seaside Heights. This is the Jersey coastline highlighting where my favorite childhood memories were made. The top star is where I lived at the time, Hawthorne.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Zentangle® 'NZeppel, Flux, Tagh, and an Inchie

The challenge, #290, from I am the Diva, is to use just 'NZeppel and Flux. I though it might be nice to use Flux as the string and fill with the 'NZeppel. I used a Renaissance tile, Polychromos pencils, and charcoal in white and brown.
The focus tangle for Square One on Facebook this week is Tagh.
And the prompt word for Every Inchie Monday is Pirates. This was a fun one to research. I found that there were several famous women pirates. I was most intrigued by a pair that became good friends, Anne Bonny and Mary Reed. The interesting thing was that both of these women were brought up as boys.



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Monday, October 17, 2016

Zentangle® Leaves, Antique, and an Inchie

For some of us, fall is right around the corner. Well, in southern AZ, it will still be awhile! The Diva Challenge, #289, is "Leafy Goodness". I printed some leaves out on watercolor paper and did some ink spraying before adding variations of Verdigogh, Fracas, and Drupe. Then, I added Koi Watercolor brushes and Polychromos pencils for shading. So colorful that I just had to add it to a card base for sending some cheer to a friend.

The focus tangle for Square One, Facebook, is Antique by Kathy Barringer, CZT. I added some petals and a dark upper border for some extra punch.

And, for Every Inchie Monday, the prompt word is Horizon. I found this quote from Vanessa Hudgens: "I just love expanding my horizons and growing as an artist. The only way you get to do that is by doing something that scares you or takes you out of your comfort zone." Smart cookie. The only way to grow is to stretch.

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I just love expanding my horizons and growing as an artist. The only way you get to do that is by doing something that scares you or takes you out of your comfort zone.
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I just love expanding my horizons and growing as an artist. The only way you get to do that is by doing something that scares you or takes you out of your comfort zone.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=as+an+artist+horizon
I just love expanding my horizons and growing as an artist. The only way you get to do that is by doing something that scares you or takes you out of your comfort zone. Vanessa Hudgens
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=as+an+artist+horizon
I just love expanding my horizons and growing as an artist. The only way you get to do that is by doing something that scares you or takes you out of your comfort zone. Vanessa Hudgens
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=as+an+artist+horizon

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Zentangle® Gourdgeous and Showgirl

The challenge from I am the Diva is a day later this week because of the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. I hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful day. If you missed my post from yesterday with some info on my latest interactive local program, click here and find your weekly dose of the Facebook and Inchie prompts too.

The tangle of the week, posted today, is Gourdgeous. Perfect for the season.
I used a Renaissance tile, tangled with a brown Micron, filled with an Orange Copic Multiliner, and colored with Polychromos colored pencils.

Here is an extra. Showgirl on black with white gel pen and white charcoal.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Zentangle® Oshun and an Inchie

I did not realize that today was Thanksgiving in Canada. So, no Diva Challenge today. I hope all of our Canadian friends have a great holiday.

Saturday, I did a presentation at the Appaloosa library in Scottsdale, Coloring and Zentangle for Seniors. It was a lot of fun and very successful. If you missed the first one, and are a senior living in Scottsdale, I will be doing a second presentation on October 20th at the Civic Center Library. Do call and reserve a spot as they are almost full. 

Square One, Facebook, has a focus tangle of Oshun, by Sandy Steen Bartholomew. I placed it in the corners and then allowed Quib to grow from each side.

Every Inchie Monday's word is Direction.
You have BRAINS in your head, You have feet in your shoes,
You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss

From Oh, the Places You'll Go! I never tired of reading any of Dr. Seuss' wisdom to my children. (This is from the cover.) If you've never read it, you should. Excerpts.

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