Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Diva Challenge #201 ; Art Deco

Thanks to those who left comments last week, they are always encouraging!
This weeks 'Diva Challenge is to use the Amoebius Syndrome symbol as it is Amoebius Syndrome Day on Jan. 24th. Purple is "their" colour.

Tangles used: Heartline; Coaster; Poser

A batch of ATC's to send to USA for FB ZATC Groups swap. Title "Monotangle"
Tangles used: Betweed, Bubbles and Coaster.
Media: Some on watercolour background, Micron pen, watercolour pencils.

Some more Art Deco....

These two from the cruise ship

Beauty from The Old Telegraph Office

Below: Some common patterns used.

Cheerio! happy tangling.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Diva Challenge #200 Yeehah! and Napier, NZ

Congratulations to Laura Harms on such an amazing achievement. Two hunded Challenges ago she sent out her first zentangle challenge for aspiring tanglers. With 1.7 million page views and 3000 fans on Facebook she has brought so much pleasure to us all. Thank you Laura. You can find her site on

Our challenge for this week is to make a monotangle (using only one tangle in a variety of ways) using from our favourite tangle, and include the number 200 somewhere on a borderless tile. My fave one is probably "Leaflet" by Helen Williams (thanks Helen). I use it quite a bit as its such a flexible pattern to use in many ways. Below I have used a colour wash background, .005 micron pen, pigma brush tips and  Derwent Watercolour Pencils for shading.
A few others done for Facebook Zentangle sites
Camelia and Betweed

Leaflet, Coaster, Euca and Dl-nebula

Art Deco at Napier, New Zealand.

Typical Art Deco carpet
A national disaster resulted in Napier Becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd, 1931, a massive earthquake -7.9 on the Richter scale, rocked Hawke's Bay for more than 3 minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake or fires which followed. The current styles of the time was Art Deco, Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission, thus rebuilding reflected these styles.

I am not only a lover of pattern, but especially Art Deco patterns. The style is rhythmic, often geometric, uses floral motifs and is most elegant. Colour also plays an important part in the designs.
My friends brother in law drove us around the city in his old vintage model T!! Here are some pics from Napier. As I was being driven around I had to video most buildings, so forgive the less than perfect pics.
Ready to drive me around Napier!
Typical patterning on a building

Hows that for a manhole cover?

Entrance to The Tobacco Company

Inside. Traces of Stripped Classical

So elegant

I think thats probably enough for one post!!
More to follow next week.

btw..laura is offering prizes if you enter her competition this week. Why not have a go?

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Diva Challenge #199 and a cruise.

First challenge for the year is a UMT "Hitched". I took the traditional approach for it.

During the holidays I completed a number of ATC's for a Facebook challenge. Using tangles which begin with our initials.
Afterglow, arches, arrows, a-fog, and arukas
Man-o-man, assunta, meer, apulia, and moon rocks
The current swap is to create a tile with only organic or only geometric tangles. Just finished a few.

These were both 'organic' ones. Media was watercolour wash backgrounds, fine liners and watercolour pencils or Prisma Verithins.

I mentioned in my last blog of 2014 that I was going on a cruise around New Zealand. Well it was great and not so great!!
It happened that hundreds on the boat caught a norovirus bug, also called stomach flu, which causes you to have bad diaoreah and vomiting, which confined them to their cabins sometimes for days.Then after all that they got stung a fortune in medical costs.

I selected a few shots for you.

Im off on an ocean wave!

With my friend Margie

Our cute cabin with plenty of room.

 A BBQ lunch

Such a work of art

Nearly tangled! port of call Wellington

Entering Fiordland

Though no sun, the clouds made it quite dramatic

This is my fave photo, I just love the colours
Amazing carpet design. Next week I'll do more on the Art Deco which pervades the ship.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Off to New Zealand

Unfortunately I've had no time to do Diva Challenges recently as I'm off on a cruise around New Zealand. I've been very stressed and nervous about it all, not having gone out of Australia since I arrived back in 1980. Going away is always a bit unsettling for us, being "Seniors", but this is a totally new scenario . I know I'll be fine once I meet up with my friend. She's glad to go as she comes from NZ, and has a daughter living there whom she'll be able to see. I won't be able to post again until I come back in two weeks. But I do have something to share.

I have continued to explore Betweed and watercolour pencils. I enjoy working on watercolour paper.

Another share..I took a friend just out here for two weeks from Manchester, UK, around our delightful Gippsland countryside. Previously she'd only seen cities, outback and Queensland. Its so green where I live, similar to England. She just loved the day. We headed for the mountains, where we have snow in the winter.

Spotted an alpaca as we drove by.

A view over to the Baw Baw mountains and the Tarago reservoir.

Discovered the Noojee tressle bridge. It was built many years ago for the trains to cart wood from the forests which were  being cut down. Its made from wood and bolts. No longer a train track but every year they have the longest breakfast right along it, yay!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Diva Challenge #193 "Trio"

This week's challenge is from guest Diva Holly Atwater is to use three tangle patterns:- Huggins, Trio and XYP.
I've been away and working in my small watercolour book, so decided to work in that for the challenge. I did the zentangle in the traditional manner first, then used watercolour pencils for the colour.

Our next swap on Facebook is to represent "Winter". At first I found this difficult, then started to look at images of bare trees, which became my inspiration. I created some watercolour backgrounds, some with luminous effect and went from there. Below is a selection of some of them.

Wondering what to do with old ZIAs, decided to use them for Christmas cards!

In Australia Spring continues to bless us with colour and more colour! I am continually amazed at the beauty of flowers. Here I have one of my rose bushes and some ground cover which, when the sun is directly on it, seems to glow with quite a brilliance.

I hope I have brought you some colour and inspiration today!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Diva Challenge #192

It's UMT week,  with guest challenger Chris Letourneaux giving us her tangle "Seton" to create a tangle-ation with. I loved the design but got too carried away with too many details. My final tile wasn't crash hot either but here it is.
Tangle: Seton, Onomato and Ennies

Also this week I kept working with Betweed. I did a mono tangle of it in a watercolour paper book, painting in watercolour paints. To get the intensity of colour I wanted I needed to work in layers, but I was pleased with the result.

We are in a lovely season of Spring right now and the roses are in full bloom. We were fortunate to have purchased a house which came with rows of rose bushes down the driveway. They are so delightful!

Many thanks for all the kind comments for last weeks blog, they are much appreciated.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Diva challenge #191 and a new tangle pattern

Well, Ive been busy again trying this and that...
One night I wanted to have a play with paints, so I drew a picture same method as doing a zentangle, just as came. I nearly tangled all of it but didn't!
I used Koh-I-nor palette of bright paints

this one was for a Facebook challenge to use Bee-line,  I used the tangle as a string as well

Im amazed how this looks on a screen, almost luminous, but its only a watercolour background and white gel pen.

And finally my Diva contribution! I started with a sepia pen, thinking it was black..duh!  anyway, I kept going and here it is.

Our challenge was to use Betweed