Friday, 27 April 2012

coaster page

Thanks to those who sent me such encouraging comments. You make everything worthwhile. Theres no buzz like encouragement!! Last night managed another page of cc. I had already drawn a string, thinking to fill it in with a variety of tangles, but decided to do a mono. Then I didnt have my .005 black nearby so went blue and green, shading with coloured pencils. I was pleased with this one!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

challenge #67 and calendar

Instead of the darkness of  "Earth Day" we can now have a colourful  "Amanda Day" as invented by our wonderful Chewie ! Asked to illustrate this with 'earthy' things, I thought of a garden and happy colours. yet I seemed to get a bit mixed up and my effort didn't turn out as I hoped. anyway here's my little contribution.
I enjoy doing Carole's Calendar, but have got a bit behind now due to holidays, and back to work interferences, so am having to leave some pages blank. But I have started back to it as the term settles down with current dates being worked on.

Have to tell you the story behind the above piece. I had received my new set of Zendalas. Now you'd think I would want to start designing straight away yes? Sorry to say I viewed them as puzzles and tried to work out how they were constructed!! What does that say about me? That evening when I came to do the above calendar page, I'd become a bit obsessed with the compass!!. Quite enjoyed fiddling and making patterns.
Should have taken a photo of the line drawing, but didn't consider that at the time. Pretty easy though this one to work out anyway. Quite like the end result. Might try it again sometime. lol.

Thursday, 19 April 2012


We hear about people with "aura's", well this week its tangles with auras!
For mine I used my own tangles of EUCA and BWIYA, which is designed with auras
My other contribution this week is a tangled name I did for my sons birthday

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

4 calendar pages,including watercolour, 1 zendala

Having been away for a while, I have a few calendar pages to post, plus a zendala.

I experimented with this by creating the circles on my computer, plus the divisions.

This was just a colour fun one!

I often try to do something different, this was one of them.

This was coloured using watercolour paint. I wondered if the paper would take it ok. It did.
I had been showing how to do embroidery, and 'borrowed' the roses.

Friday, 6 April 2012

A tangled holiday

Returned safely from Western Australia but not without incident. Our flight due for 1.20pm, we set off at 10am from Jurien  Bay. Also on board Chris's coaster bus were the eldest grandaughter Adrien, and a new doggie called Matilda. She is a 3 month old Rottweiller and gorgeous.She has been on these long distance runs before without a problem. Normally its a 2 1/2 hour trip to the airport.

After about an hour a really bad smell arrived in the van. "Who did that?" asks Chris. We look innocent and then I see a brown bundle on the floor. OOps! Doggie-doo. As we could not stand the smell, it had to be cleaned up thoroughly.  Fifteen minutes later another bundle appears. Oops, she's been sick! So we lose more time.

It wasn't me

We ring the airport to find time of next flight. Some good news, our flight has been delayed 40 minutes. Breathe sigh of relief. As time was now on our side, Chris made two quick business calls en route. BUT drawing closer to the city, the traffic turned into a snails pace. We should be ok with 35 mins before take off ..another BUT...Sorry, the plane is leaving in 10 minutes. The 40 minute delay had turned into a 20 minute one. Duh. Missed flight. Next one??? FIVE hours to wait.

A canvas tangle for Adrien
 Filled in time with coffee, lunch  and stroll around airport shops. By chance( or not) I noticed a book "How to Retire in 12 months" by Serena Star-Leonard. An Australian . As I am actually retiring in 8 months, and I still want to create an income, I purchased it. It has been an absolute delight. "This is just what I need" . So maybe we were meant to miss that plane??

Jurien Bay is great for fishing and has a massive marine park which includes sea lions and whales. The sand is almost white and very fine, the sea a tempting turquoise. It has a new pier which is semi circular!(nearly)

Next eldest girl Faith had her eighth birthday while we were there. Balloons and streamers. Great fun BUT when it was all over, where do we put the balloons? Idea. In the bath! So, when two stayed over in our caravan, they had a balloon bath!

After the bath, they kindly accomodated me by bursting all the balloons. I couldnt do it! Next thing was to remove the streamers....They made a nice hat!

Its always nice to go away, but still good to come home. Now my goal is do some more canvas tangles for the Art Teachers Art exhibition next month. Keep me busy while on school holidays. AND I will soon have the new set of Zendalas to explore!