Monday, May 2, 2016

Zentangle® Crux, Ruutz, and an Inchie

This week over at I am the Diva it is a Use My Tangle with a tangle called Crux by Henrike Bratz. I'm not overly fond of grid tangles. I find they require a bit more precision than my style allows, but I was determined. Turned out that I really liked working with this since Henrike showed so many fun possibilities for altering the look of this tangle. I used a Renaissance tile and added some color with blue and brown colored pencils, Sepia Pitt pastel, white charcoal pencil and just a dot in the centers of white acrylic paint pen.
Facebook's Square One has a focus tangle of Ruutz by Eni Oken. I used it in a wide style to add other tangles. I also added a technique I learned from Sonja Yencer of a muted twisted Hollibaugh behind it.

And, for Every Inchie Monday, the prompt word is Monkey. Did you ever play Monkey in the Middle when you were a child? I really didn't like being the one in the middle as my athletic skills were less than stellar!


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

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  1. Beautiful work, Jean! Love your Crux, great use of colours as well. Your Square One tile looks very creative to me!

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    1. Thanks, Ilse. I try to come up with something different, not always successfully LOL) when I work on tiles. I also find it fun to present the tile in a different orientation that the way I originally began.

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  2. Love the blue on this crux. Your others is great too, with the mutted hollibaugh behind.

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    1. Thank you, Kate. I thing blue really looks nice on the tan. I need to experiment with more colors on it though.

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  3. I absolutely love your gorgeous Cruz tile. Tile is the right word - I'd have these in my house in a flash!! And a very lovely Ruutz for the Square One challenge. Guess what, we played 'Piggy in the Middle' but I love your little inchie regardless of the animal.
    Sorry I've not been commenting recently. I have struggled to gain access to our PC (too many children in my house) and if I comment from my phone, it duplicates it which really irritates me! I've been looking and enjoying though. Axxx

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    1. I guess it does look like a tile. Maybe Spanish in style. I never heard it called piggy in the middle. Fun to know. I can remember locking myself in the bathroom to do important things when my children were little. But, once they grow, even though you will have use of your computer whenever you want and you will then be able to find the scissors and tape, you will miss them so much :)

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  4. Your Crux with blue is so pretty! Love your inchie too!

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  5. Both lovely and especially beautiful colors on Crux

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  6. How do you get to this stuff so quickly??? Great stuff. I like the color combination on the Diva and who could forget Monkey in the Middle? Recess was never my best subject, either! Cheryl

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    1. I get up early, Cheryl LOL! Childhood was not my favorite time of life. I couldn't wait to be an adult so I could act childish without the trauma!

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  7. Great job on that Diva tile. I love the nice colors and harmony is a great way to put it. It looks like it was meant to be there that way. But it's not heavy or oppressive, but lighthearted and gently brushes the page. Nice job! Sarah.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Sarah, for your sweet comment. I have to be honest and say that I seldom love my own work, but I do love this one, so that's good, yes?

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  8. love the tiles, they are so detailed. I never played Monkey in the middle, we called it keep-away. I prolly played it but I am sure I sucked at it lol

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    1. Oh, yes, now I do remember hearing my children call it that. At least it wasn't quite as mean as dodge ball!

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  9. Jean, I really like your UTM tile. Great Crux variation and I like the added colors on the Renaissance tile!

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  10. I remember playing monkey in the middle although I wasn't too fond of it as I was the youngest and smallest in the neighbourhood! Great idea

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    1. I wasn't too fond of the game myself, Kia, but it was something different for the word LOL!

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  11. Your UMT tile could be used as a ceramic tile. I can imagine and kitchen splash-back being tiled with it. Stylish and understated with pops of colour. Lovely.

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    1. I didn't think of that while I was working one it Miss L, but I agree. Grid tangles do tend to look that way though.

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  12. The colours that you have you used on this challenge are well chosen en make your tile a real beauty.
    I also love your tile for Square One, especially the shadows!!!

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    1. Isn't that a fun technique? I am having fun playing with this new to me idea, Ria.

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  13. Ha, we used to call it Piggy in the Middle - but that's lovely to hear it was called Monkey in the middle where you are. Great work for your inchie it's always inventive to come up with something different.

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    1. This is always so much fun, Jenny. I love hearing about things I remember in a totally different way!

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  14. I like the soft colors in the Diva tile!! The other is beautiful too. I like how you filled Ruutz.

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    1. Thank you, Annemarie! Since we had done stripes, it was kind of in my head to use tangles to be strings for tangles in a stripe style.

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  15. Fabulous tangles and inchie, we used to call it piggy in the middle, monkey is much better.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. It's fun to know that this game was played all over. Probably not now though since someone's feelings could get hurt :)

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  16. I love your Crux tile Jean. I agree with the others that it looks like a Spanish tile, or Moorish. It would look beautiful as a back splash for the stove. I don't know the tangle Ruutz at all. But I love what you did with it. I also love the shadow tangle in the background. I just learned a technique using the gray shadows. I did a little bit of it on my tile. Never heard of Monkey in the Middle or Piggy in the Middle. If it's keep-away, that's probably what I knew it as. I wasn't very adept at that kind of thing either.

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    1. Ruutz is really pretty when done in the style that Eni designed. You know I can't leave well enough alone though LOL! The gray style is fun. I got the PDF and have played with it a bit. I enjoy learning something new, but ten to move on quickly. I don't think, it sounds like, that many of us "artistic" types were very athletic LOL!

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  17. Terrific artwork and a great inchie. We always called it Piggy in the Middle and I didn't like it either lol

    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. I think those games were invented to torture some of us, Chrissie HaHa. But, we were always better when it came to creative endeavors!

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  18. It was Pig in the middle for us, but I was never tall enough to get the ball! I like your sepia tile very much and I really must get to grips with the Square One Focus - it looks fun.

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    1. Oh, do join us, Magrat. We all do things so differently that it is a great way to grow in Zentangle!

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  19. your cruz tile look very sophisticated

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    1. Thank you, Lorna. I like that word :)

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  20. Interesting name for the game...I knew it as piggy in the middle!

    Sally

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    1. Fun! Piggy, Monkey, and Keep Away. All the same, I guess, Sally!

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  21. Beautiful work Jean! That Diva tile is really stunning.

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  22. Beautiful tiles - as always!

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  23. All tiles are wonderful! I like the colours in your Crux-tile, especially the touch of blue! Your Square One tile is fabulous! Great dephth and contrast! And of course I love your inchie! As always it´s so imaginative and humorous!

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    1. Thank you, Annette. I really do find searching for something different, in tangles and in inchies a fun challenge!

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  24. Great tiles, and your inchie response always amuses me. I hadn't heard of Monkey in the Middle but I was always hopeless at ball games too.

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    1. Thanks, YT. That was the only part that I never liked about school. Pure torture :)

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  25. Lovely tiles. I like the Diva one a lot.

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  26. Your work is really beautiful, Jean!

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    1. Thanks, Anja. I appreciate your kind comment!

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  27. Brilliant inchie. I don't like sports if there is a ball within the game.

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    1. LOL, Trillian. I always just closed my eyes and put my hands in front of my face. Gee, I wonder why nobody wanted me on their team?

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