Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Diva Challenge #185. DUO tangle

This week our challenge is to combine Phycops and Diva Dance tangles.  I really didn't come up with any masterpieces this time as I found Phycops a tad difficult. I hadn't used it before. Anyway, you win some you lose some.

On our Aussie ZIA Facebook site we have a new challenge to create a flower from each letter of the alphabet..cool! My first is for A I used 'Antidot'

On the family front, I am so excited about  5 of my  grandchildren (girls) in their school sports. They ALL won first or second in every race, who hoo! Their mum nearly made state level so she is a runner indeed. The grade fiver won runner up championship, and grade three won 3 first places!!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Diva Challenge #184

For this challenge we are to use Molly Hollibaugh's pattern "Ing". It's a fun pattern to work with as it is so flexible. My first tile was an adventurous one as you will see, trying to do something different for me. Following that one I wanted to do a coloured one, but it seemed more suited to black and white when I had completed it. In the second one, I used the line extension method to divide up the tile. So..I tried another tile! This was more flowing and this I did colour, using both paint and pencil. I wondered if I should colour the background but left it white. Hope my design's will inspire you in some way.

Tangles: Ing, windfarm, lotus pod, moon stars.

Tangles: Ing, florz, khirkee, ilana, paradox, knase, Ricks arrows.

Tangles: Ing, mah-kra-mee.

I'm also participating in some Facebook tangle sites which offer challenges, and thought these may interest you..

The first is a weekly challenge around the books of the Bible, this weeks being Chronicles. This means TEN tangles! So undaunted, I decided to overlap some, with interesting results. The second challenge was to use Quib.

Tangles: Cubine, Hollibaugh, Rain, Oke, Nipa, Inapod, Capell, Lotus Pods, Emingle, Strircles.
(can you find them all?)

Tangles: Quib, Roscoe.
And thanks to all who gave such encouraging comments last week, it means a lot!!

Friday, 5 September 2014

DIVA CHALLENGE #182 and #183 . plus some colouring-in.

Hello again! Ive been away for two weeks from any fast internet connections in Perth, now returned and enjoying linking up through my laptop and a fast broadband connection.

Challenge 182 was to work around the theme of 'stripes'. How easy could that be?? Believe it or not, I struggled with it. Possibly because I was out of my comfort zone at home and worked in a book rather than a tile. I first attempted rounded stripes, which I coloured, then straight ones

I wasn't happy with either of these, so found a tile and began again, keeping things simple this time.

Much happier with this attempt!. I then enjoyed colouring it red, calling the final one "Adventure in Red"

When I tried to work on this weeks challenge UMT = 'use my tangle', again I struggled, so did my own version of "X-DID" by Annette Carlo.

I was quite pleased with these! I liked the way the shading on the first one brought out a 3D effect. For the coloured one (used gel pens), I created the X-dids with curved and straight lines. You may need to look carefully for the pattern, but it is there!!

While with my grandies  in Perth, we had some fun colouring in Ben Quoks templates!!

Media: watercolour pencils, with touch of wash paint.

Last post I asked if anyone wanted to try my lined drawings to colour-in. I had a little response, so this is for those interested. Id love to see your results, so please email me. The original is A4 in size, but you can make it whatever size you like. (For personal use only) If interest continues, I can give you some tips for colouring in. Main thing is to relax and enjoy the process, like tangling!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Diva Challenge #181 and arty stuff

"Water" is our challenge for this week. I checked out all the tangle patterns I had to hand, and decide to select 4 of them for my design. I made a watercolour wash background first- seemed fitting, then used microns, then coloured pencil.  I was happy with the result. I was going to do two, but this one took a while so I left it at that!

A while back I showed a picture of a simple landscape which I rendered in markers (new), Now I can show you the finished product with tangles. I think probably I need to have worked more on the front section, it seems to spoil the rest. This landscape is very simple, but I have painted many naive landscapes, and am thinking of doing more complex work on a replica of them. In fact I had thought of giving the outline of some for others to try. What do you think?

Our Facebook Sunday challenge this week was 'Kings'. I used a complementary colour scheme. The background shape started off as a crown, but turned into mountains!!

I am off to perth tomorrow to see my son and 8 grandchildren, so don't know if I'll be able to blog while there as their signal is very week. So much for the governments broadband!!

Let me know what you think about the landscape paintings.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Diva Challenge #180 UMT and some more arty things

UMT= use my tangle!  "MacDee" by Anneke Van Dam

I wondered what I could do to make an interesting picture and this is what turned out!!
When I think of tartan , I think of material......

Ive had some more lovely art work from the US this week.
We've been swapping tangling on a water coloured background.
I received this one from Karen Sandoval from Wisconsin. After that the one I sent to her.

Our "Initials" swap continues.
This yummy one from Pamela Ryan and my offering to her, a bit different from my usual.

For another challenge on FB we are asked to simply do one name, and are partnered off with someone.  I had "Jennifer". I was thinking of mediaeval manuscripts when I did it. Media coloured pencil and microns. Real size is A5.
 Hope you enjoyed my contributions today!!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Diva Challenge #179, twinchies!

First time doing twinchies (2" square) for the Diva!  But there's a story behind this.
A new 'creature ' has arrived at Zentangle central. Its name is Bijou, a little snail which attached itself onto Maria's suitcase while travelling (so they say). It has learnt to tangle, so were to create some twinchies remembering to ...breathe...admire...etc. After I competed my twinchies, I found some I'd done earlier.
I'm also involved in some Facebook swaps I'd like to share with you below.

Initials swap

by Lila Popcheff. Aussie swap - a postcard of where we live. I love this one.

ZIA onto a watercolour background. By Christine Medvetz. Cool!

USA tile swap: by Brenda Periera. Don't you love the card..and the delightful tile too.

Two I did for the swap

This isn't a swap. a challenge was offered to do the books of the Bible, employing each letter to select the tangles.
This was for the book of Ruth (see the face)

I hope you enjoyed my blog this week, you can see I've been very busy!!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Diva Challenge #178

'Use your initials to select the tangles' is this weeks challenge. I like these kind of challenges as one doesn't have to think much!! I used my initial 'A' for the string, and tangles Arches, Mumsy and Merryweather. Looks a bit awkward but there we are...

Guess what? I bought another gerbera! Cant resist them, especially when they're on sale!

Last week a friend gave me an art journal book. It is 260gsm and Bristol paper. Woohoo! The paper is sooooo nice I could eat it! In trepidation I started on the first page. Usual swirls! When all else fails, use swirls!
So far Ive swirled, tangled and blackened. Now I have to decide whether to shade or colour, and what to do on the background. Stay tuned....