Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Diva Challenge #228 Nature/organic

Little different approach today, and pastels colours too!

Tangles: Henna Drum, Mooka, Sunflower, Blue Bonnets
Media: Markers.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Diva Challenge #227 Circus

I made a few booboos this time! I happily worked away on the "Circus " challenge and was quite happy with my result. THEN I discovered I should have used certain tangle patterns! Duh!  as Im going away again, I don't have time to do another one, so I will unashamedly post what I have done.
At the end of last weeks' blog I suggested folk try the colour scheme I have used, aqua, red and lime green. If you tried it, let me know. and a big thank you to all who posted such encouraging comments last week, they mean a lot.

Tangles: Printemps, Striping, Shattuck, Jalousie, Reticulated, Onamato and Hibred.

Other work under creation for my swap friends has been a challenge of one colour, 3 tangles.


..and I have just finished the watercolour ATC swap.


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Diva Challenge #226 "Simplicity"

I've been away for a few days in the city of Melbourne and it has been cold and wet. When I left today  it was 8 degrees centigrade! But I have been keeping up with my tangles, and have a few to share tonight now I am back on my laptop.

This weeks' challenge to use two or three tangles and white space was an enjoyable task, and I liked the result, particularly as I'm prone to fill a tile every time!! I wasn't sure about the shading so I've included both.

 I think it must be the most minimal I have ever done.
Here's another tile where I attempted to create some white space.

Another challenge I worked on was a monotangle using Coaster, and an artwork for my tangle "Euca"
Euca in Prismacolours
For those who are struggling with colouring tangles, i'd like to give you a challenge to use the colours  red, aqua and lime green together and let me know what you think. Shades and tints allowed.
              Happy tangling!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Diva Challenge 225

Hi all! Sorry I haven't been around for a while, and todays just a quickie.
This weeks Diva challenge is to create something colourful. I have used a new tangle by Ina Sonnenmosser called Basement, and made a ZIA. I used coloured fine liner and Prisma coloured pencils.



Some other works created lately are a tangleation of Knightsbridge and another new tangle by Ina called Guardian. The background for Knightsbridge was spray inks and stencil. The media for Guardian was watercolour paint.












Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Diva Challenge #220. UMT 'All Boxed Up', more inks and stencils

Today's Diva Challenge was indeed just that. A challenge! Asked to use Alice Hendon's  tangle "All boxed up" I made many mistakes as you can see by my first effort. Then I realised I shouldn't have the lines so close together, and to not be such a smarty pants trying to do it on curves when I haven't even done one on a straight line!! So my second effort was created using straight lines and not so close together. I added shading to give some special effects, and colour to top it off. I was pleased with that result. I'm being brave showing first one as its so bad, but to encourage anyone else who struggles.. to persevere!


Continuing to explore spray inks, this week we tried using stencils, finally realising that less is more!!



I think I'd say they all need some fixing up! Some of the good papers I have used for cards.  Show you those next week. To finish off with something a bit more successful are my bookmarks for the Facebook swap group. I've forgotten which ones I've shown already so I'll just put them all on.

Tangles: Wud, Ovy, finery, Bales, Coaster, Pin Bawl and Crescent Moon.

Tangles: Purk, Bales, Sindoo, Wud, Pokeleaf, Flux. I don't know what the flowers are called (but would like to know)


The next two have to be cut into two yet. They doubled as offerings for Stacked and Tangled group on FB.

Tangles: Apulia, Florz, Bales, Chard, Leaflet, Knase, Golven, Fandango, Camelia, Hibred, Reticulated.

Tangles: Chard, Camelia, Leaves, Leaflet, Jetties, Camelia Hibred and Fandango.

All were rendered in Copic or Mexpy markers.

Thank you to those who left such encouraging comments. They are much appreciated.



Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Diva Challenge #219 with Markers

I've just about recovered from our Creative Yarragon weekend and am really enjoying the two sets of Mepxy brush markers I purchased, Basic and Pastel. They are such yummy colours, you can go to town with colour schemes. Our recent swap for Facebook is to create bookmarks 2 x 6 inches. I found it easier to create a 4" x 6" size first, then cut it in half. Here are four I've done so far.




Now for my Diva Challenge piece which has to be all straight lines! Decided to see if I could use a string with only straight lines, #120 fit the bill (oh, should've made a copy of it, sorry). Unfortunately for the photo I used a gel pen for some of the black, not realising it was metallic!!!

Tangles: Afterglow, Arukas, Cubine, Schway, Brella, Triral

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Diva Challenge #218, more spray inks.

This week for the Diva we are to work on black paper using a white pen. I've had no luck with white pens. I keep buying them - good ones too- and they just keep drying up on me. Ive googled what to do but its not worked for me. I started using some coloured gel pens I had then it came to me I had a box of gel pens from Smiggle. Yey! They worked! Nevertheless, I liked the colours so finished that one, then did a stacked one in white. I shaded in white charcoal.




I have just returned home from a most amazing event! A little village called Yarragon, 15 Minutes from where I live, normally runs an Art Exhibition every year. Instead this year they put on an "Arts Fest...the Full Spectrum". Twenty workshops over two days put on by twenty talented folk. Each ran for an hour and cost only $10. People even came from over one hundred miles away to be further educated in as many arts/crafts as they wished.

On offer were calligraphy, gouache painting, journalling, printmaking, zentangle, scraper art, felting, weaving in the round, watercolour painting, acrylic painting, paper characteristics, knitting, pastels, watercolour pencils, sketching, charcoal, coloured pencils, marker rendering,  In between my teaching sessions I did the workshop on using markers, and another with Canson Papers, which was an in-depth instruction about why papers and paints are so different in price and quality. An awesome two days.




Ive had some fun tangling over my spray ink backgrounds, even made a birthday card ..of sorts.




And finally an assortment of ATC's made for Facebook swap "Pop of colour"
Hope there's some inspiration for you here today!