Sunday, 30 September 2012

hi all, colour challenge

Just a note to let you know you are not forgotten!! I have been keeping up with challenges while I am away in Perth with grandies, but have yet to work out how to send a phone photo to my blog. Never mind, I shall have quite a gallery full when I return on Oct 10th.

Ive had fun with the littlies painting gum nuts! They look great with some tangles on, and even look good with duck ponds and cooking ovens! Children can think outside the square. Some zendalas I printed onto watercolour paper, and am really enjoying painting those.

As I can't present any artwork today, I thought I might send you a colour challenge. Create a zentangle, repeat it twice and then colour each in three complementary colour and orange; red and green; yellow and purple. Use the colours in a variety of hues and tones and consider the use of CONTRAST. What are the different effects of the colour schemes?? Make a note of this for future reference, and let me know what you thought of the exercise.

Happy hols to those in Oz. Its 34 here today, so I wont be going far!!

Monday, 24 September 2012

zendala dare#23

As I was packing today to go away I didnt think I would get this one finished, but as I did, I shall post it. I dont think I could go overseas anymore, its so much work to just go interstate!!!
I don't think the shading worked. Oh well, good to try things out .

Thursday, 20 September 2012

challenge#87;celtic crosses;blind strings

Been busy this past week or two. I was first of all challenged by Margaret Bremner's Celtic crosses so thought "Why not?" So pulled out all my celtic books to look for something I could work on. After selecting a few, I decided on this one to begin with. It took quite a while and proved harder than I thought to get things even.

Reasonably pleased with this, my next challenge was Laura's #87, 'Pinwheels for Peace'. I think I may have got a bit lost with this one, but anyway, its about the process isn't it?

Margaret's blog this week brought some relief presenting her fun tiles of vertical blind strings. Now I really enjoyed this one, simple as it is!

I have trouble leaving white spaces, and I really want to master this as I know how important negative space is, so this exercise was a breath of fresh air for me, thanks Margaret! I'm off to Perth next week to join my family there  of SEVEN  grandchildren, so we (they love doing tangles) will have fun creating the same again! Praps we can make a forest too!!

Monday, 17 September 2012

zendala dare #23

I've started to really enjoy doing zendalas now! Here's latest challenge from Bright Owl.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Challenge #86 and Krunstler tangle

Thia week's a challenge to "break free" of boundaries. had fun doing this one.
Magaret Bremner is always an inspiration to me. I feel like her blogs are leading me on a journey of visual challenges and art explorations. I've told you about the nice marbled tangle book, well I have also one of those moleskin books too, the journal sort. Last week in this one, I began to explore Margaret's tangle 'krunstle', which she was inspired to do from the optical design exercises of Julianna Krunstle. The following are the four stages I took this development through. The colours are Prismacolour pencils, which I applied using Julianna's technique.

This was developed horizontally first the next vertically

Here using krunstler in a zentangle

Saturday, 8 September 2012


I have been following Bright Owls blog for some time now, but did'nt feel I had the time to participate in her challenges with her zendala templates or 'Zendala Dare"'s as they are called. But as the latest Zendala Dare #22 was a monodala-a zendala which is made from one tangle pattern- I thought maybe I could manage that, so I did!! The tangle I used was 'coaster' one of my favourites.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Challenge #85 and some zias

Today was a UMT (use my tangle) challenge. The tangle "Copada" is a creation of Margaret Bremners and provided some challenge indeed. I probably overdid things a bit!

This was more an experiment of colour than anything else. Originally it was 'A square in a square'.

Colours havent come out so well on the screen. They show better blending in reality.

I used Tombow markers for these two pieces, both direct and indirect methods.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

old treasure

Wow! Two blogs in  one day! Thought I'd share something I found while I was sorting out some cupboards on the weekend. In the 80's and 90's I was into calligraphy significantly. I taught children and adults locally, even wrote two small books on "How to" . I had forgotten about any work that had sold, so was quite thrilled when I found these four plaques! A book company in Ballarat made the artwork  into plaques which sold to Christian Bookshops.

Monday, 3 September 2012


Another book I have had for ages. A plain page moleskin journal! Decided to try it out with watercolour paints but that was a flop, The cream background wrecked the colours. So now down to coloured pencils (Prismacolours here) . This is a collage from Sheila Arthur's work on Flickr. I have been inspired by her work since I began Flickr. I hoped doing this might help me learn new designs and patterns for future work. Her Flickr name is Bostinstuff. If you've never seen her work there is a treat ahead for you!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

My tangle book entries #2 and #4.

Some recent work completed in a delightful book I bought donkeys years ago in England. It has a lovely marbled hard cover with good quality 150gsm cartridge paper, great for zentangles. Heres the book with two pieces from it.
Measures 21cm x 15cm x2cm