Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Some Traveling Tiles

Getting ready to start a new adventure: The Adventure of the Traveling Tiles. It's going to be fun!
So far, I've swapped three tiles,  and I've gotten two fun mail packages, from Pam Signorelli and Michele Wynne. 

From Pam. Look at the black! and the white one with the square string has little birds touching beaks in the corners. That one reminded me right away of Mayan or Russian folk art, and I tried to follow thru with that theme. Not sure how well I did, though I found some pretty cool Mayan designs

at any rate, this is what I made of them:

She started me with garlic in a corner and I added hollibaugh, pokeleaf, and tipples. Finding the way to shade it was fun. I ended up using white charcoal pencil, but leaving the "shaded" areas on hollibaugh and pokeleaf...I think it worked!

This one was lots of fun. It was like drawing my own coloring page and then coloring it in! I added opus in the alternating corners, and then in the center I tried to follow a Mayan pattern I found. I may deconstruct that a bit, because it could be way cool. Anyway, I was looking at a Mayan design when I started it....

Then some Hi-C corners. To color it, I was going with primaries, but then wanted purple in the border.
You can see two pretty gnarly smudges, where I bled on my art hahaha after biting a hangnail right before picking up my pen to start. Argh!

And, Michele Wynne sent me two starts to work with:

 This one to the left has the most interesting texture, and an absolutely luscious color palette. Yum! Starting with a corner full of tripoli...mmm, mmm, good!

I added D-vine, ribbonz, and flord.
With a little bit of tipple, and some flower petal looking things.
And used my gray tombow for shading here and there. 
Which I haven't done that often.

This one has THE most amazing detail, with a delightful shading around the sand swirl, making it all turquoise-y.
Another terrific color palette.

to keep true to Michele's work, I used green and blue micron pen, and highlighted a lot with white charcoal, and used some sand swirl around my Niuroda and printemps. I would LOVE to know how Michele got her shading so smooth in her sand swirls.  I burnished like mad with the burnishing pencil by Prismacolor. A mooka up there in the left was fun. One of the things I enjoyed the most in this was working around the little spots of pure white. I left them untouched in my sandswirls, but in the mooka I went ahead and tangled through it...maybe a bit like a beam of light? Some onomato. Oh...nearly forgot, I made a row of shnek on top of Michele's row of perfs, and tried to do gemstones in the shneck rounds.

And with that, now on to Joey's challenge for this week.

She started us with a corner of one of my VERY favorite grid tangles...buttercup.

  and this is what I made of it:

Shakin the Blossoms Down

I am making some Autumn themed pieces for my cubicle at work, and this is one of them. Buttercup on a yellow tile? Ooh, la, la! Hmm, I must be in a mooka mood these days. But it was so much fun doing this one, too.

The zen seems to be back, and I'm feeling inspired and energetic. I made a bunch of tiles from a piece of tiepolo paper I bought from DaVinci art supply online, and am enjoying very much stringing them and tangling.

Three I have finished for  3x3 ensemble piece.

And eager to do some more.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Joey and Diva joint challenge entry

Just a quick post today.

For some reason, tripoli doesn't really turn me on. I see other people's works and find them enjoyable to look at, but I can't get into it much. I did a page with a variety of tripoli's on it, and didn't like it. Then I thought of my little stash of bijou tiles, and this is what I made:

Coloring these was fun. See the little inchy in the upper right. Just a smidgen of tripoli.

Because I like the star pattern created when you get a little way into tripoli, I made three, with different interiors.

Then I went with that sort of rounded effect that happens when you go forward with tripoli.
And of all of them, I think this is my favorite.

a tripoli star, with some tripoli in prisma, in the background.So, got that out of the way. Maybe if I played with it some more, I'd really like tripoli. It's okay just not my fave.

Joey continues with the delightful challenge of giving us a tile with a bit of a start on it, like the traveling tangles FB page. This week, tipple in the corners!

And this is what I made. It is still in progress.

 The main string is a letter M, because it might end up being for a co worker named Megan. I need to at least do some shading, and then decided what to do with it. Maybe it'll end up staying in my sketchbook.

And, speaking of traveling tangles, I created three and posted them, and expecting to see three tiles in my mail. I can't wait!

I sent these out...soon to find something in my mailbox!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Diva Spill AND Joey's "traveling" Tile Challenges

This week, what fun! The Diva Laura Harms spilled and got inspired hahahaha

so, the idea is to slosh your coffee or your tea or what have you, onto a tile, and tangle.

So tangle away, I did!

I started by stirring my green tea with lemon and honey with the mug sitting on the tile. Some good little sloshes...that didn't show up AT ALL. Except now there's a shiny sticky spot from the honey, probably. With green tea not really working, I put some frozen berries on the tile, let them thaw, and ended up with a lovely purple splotch.

I wish I had taken before pics, because the splotch was interesting, sort of like a gingko leaf. Oh, well. As it was, narwal came to mind so I tried it. And niuroda and  some printemps and maryhill.

Narwal kind of disappears into the splotch/niuroda area. I need to practice that one some more. 

Now, for Joey's challenge. Finishing a tile someone else starts is pretty cool. I may have to jump in at FB and see what it's all about. :) In the mean time, here is the Joey challenge. 

the tangle is Villers #2 

and this is what I did with it. 

It has been a while since I did anything on toned paper, and I had some gray card stock so I went with it.
When I started this, I wasn't liking it much, but putting the highlights on along with the shading was so much fun, and it ended up looking a lot cooler. Too bad about that graphite in the upper left...the glare! But it doesn't look like that in person.

Both of these were fun challenges. I want to get out my "spill" tiles from when Laura presented this as a challenge a few years ago.

  this was berry juice, too. And I was scared of color, didn't know what to do with it, so I did this funky alien cave thing. ha! It was fun then, and it is fun now. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Some Challenges, Some Sketchbook

It's been a while since I sat down and really wrote anything here, so I thought I'd give it a spin before my day really starts. Brekkie in my tummy, tea at my elbow, and here we go.

The coolest thing in the past few weeks was the Journey/Doobies concert I went to with my feller Wylie. Two years ago, going to see Journey was our first date, so this was a fun throwback for us.

Me, and Wylie. His best friend has cancer, so he shaved his head in solidarity, and now goes around with his sexy do rag hahahaha!

the Doobie Brothers have been a favorite band of mine since I was 15 years old. They are super danceable, and so SO good. The sax, the violin...the wailin guitar. Awesome!

There was a HUGE crowd there. Usana amphitheater is an outdoor venue, with seating near the stage, and a grassy hillside sloping up for the less expensive seats. We brought a blanket and some short legged chairs...and a flask with fireball in it shhhh don't tell.

Then JOURNEY! wow, did the people roar! Journey really knows how to rock it.

they had an amazing light show, and a screen on stage where you could see close ups of the band playing. The highlight of the concert was an absolutely stunning, jaw dropping drum solo by Steve Smith. About five minutes of jammin...just amazing. I made some art trying to depict it

You can see the light show in the upper right corner, and the drums as seen on the big screen on stage in upper left, then there's a cluster of printemps in the bottom centerish, which would be the actual drum set, with a wall of nzeppel (rock...gettit?)

I love this concept, but made the mistake of coloring things in...not liking it so much now. But it was fun to do.

The lights go down in the city...YAY JOURNEY!!!

 everyone holding up their virtual lighters hahahaha

Light show is a pattern that cropped up for me that night, falling asleep after the concert

 They had magenta, pacific blue, brilliant white, yellow, and green lights that swept the stage and the audience. Very cool. I tried to capture the motion and energy. I will create step outs for this one.

Now, on to the challenges. 

There are two challenges I wanted to post to this week, in one blog post. The Diva challenge was to use ING in a piece. This is a cool pattern based on a structure that Marie and Rick saw somewhere, but it always reminds me of the Olympic torch in Salt Lake City

with the summer Olympics just ending in Rio, and me not participating in that challenge, maybe this could be a double challenge item heh. 

Anyway, ING does remind me of the Olympic torch from when we hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics whichwasverycoolandiwishtheywouldcomehereagain.

Salt Lake became a more sophisticated place, and we still benefit from the changes that we frantically made in preparation. The Trax system alone is worth what we put up with, getting it up and running. But we also still have the various ice skating venues available for use, and improvements at the ski resorts, etc that people play in/on all the time.

Well...ING then.

the string I made for this looked like a road disappearing over the horizon, so i went with that a bit. Btweed road, with a cluster of printemps and rock flower (another possible pattern I made up after the Journey concert)...and ING towers sort of following the road...see how they seem to get smaller? I did perspective!

ING seems like a pattern that would be fun to do as a border, too. Hmmm...

Well then, Joey is doing a very cool thing for challenges currently. Taking a page from the awesome traveling tangles project on FB, Joey gives us a "starter" pattern, and we are to create a piece using her "tile"

Though i didn't post last week, I did make a tile using that fun paradox triangle

 Paradox surrounded by Ditto edging, and my own Flysh in the upper right corner. I invented that one when I was practicing ditto for the first time a couple of years ago. Along the bottom, another tangle I like to play with. I call it Smoke, but it also has some flux elements to it and maybe a bit of Henna Drum. It is more of a tangleation than a new invention, IMO.

So, that was last week's challenge from Joey.

This week, she gave us a little nugget of sparkle

  and we get to finish it however we want...

Sparkle is so much fun, I made a bunch of em.

 Then, indyrella has the same shape, but with the energetic, highly textured lines.
Carrying that theme of many lines stacked up,
I put zinger in there.
Then, wanting to mirror the swirly stuff in Sparkle, I used my tombow tan pen for Verve.

To be honest, I doubt that the black and tan really works that well together...unless we're talking about stout beer. hahahahaha! But, it is what it is, and at any rate, I love how the shading looks in this one. 

Now, here are a bunch of pics from my sketchbook, with minimal commentary:


Umble, Undling, Aloha, Beelight, Printemps, Butter, Nzeppel, Bumps. In the center, some lozenge shapes with ribbons and strings around some of them, Aquafleur style. 


This one to the right was for a challenge at our Intermountain Gathering...we were to create a piece using our initials. H for Hollibaugh/Heidi and W for Wud/Whitney. I made this while watching a movie Song of the Sea, a very artistic, creative animation about the legend of the Selkie. BEAUTIFUL movie. Visually amazing. This piece has some of the same values/qualities of the movie. Spirals, organic, subtle background details. 



This isn't from my sketchbook, but from the Ben Kwok book Wildlife Design. It is my most recent completion from that book. First time playing with zengems in quite some time. Fun to do! There is a terrific Facebook page called Ornation Creation, if anyone is interested. Ben posts templates, and invites anyone who wants to, to use them for tangling in. Not only from his books, but current works he develops. It's pretty cool to see the creativity there.
And to finish off, a page from when Skye first came out, and I spent some time playing with it.

So you see, even though I haven't posted much, I've kept myself busy with creating. Good fun!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Duo Tangle Week

The Diva this week challenged us with a duo tangle. And the two patterns are Meer and Auraknot. It's been a while since I played with auraknot, so this was fun.

I played around with a star shape a little bit then hit upon a square and decided to do two squares perpendicular to each other, and fill it with meer.

meer came out kinda twisty, because the connecty side lines/ribs were so long, and they ended up not all pointing up in that inverted V, so I adjusted here and there and it doesn't look much like Meer after all, but I think it looks SO cool! And I like the piece as a whole. It was extra fun, because I used a new pen, in my Canson multimedia book...98 lb. paper is SO NICE.

It reminds me of a basket full of silky fabric.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Knightstar Fun!

What a fun tangle to play with, Knightstar! By drawing straight lines, you end up with is a lot like mathematics! ha! It reminds me of an art project my mom taught to her cubscout troop, using cardstock and red yarn. Cool!

It wasn't easy to grasp right off the bat, so I played with it some

I penciled some, and did some individual motifs. 
That piece on the bottom, I tried making it with the doesn't work as well, does it.

Well, I put it aside for the time being and started just tangling on a blank page in my sketchbook making a sort of Linq type thing and bubbles and flux and stuff...then there was a corner where a grid would fit and I went for it :) Fun!

I kinda like this...not sure what it reminds me of...there's a city and some burgeoning energetic land around it, and a sparkling sky over it....

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Diva Circle Challenge

Circles seem to be in the air these days, with Joey challenging us in circle strings the past several weeks, and now the Diva is asking us to use circles in whatever way we want, as a string, and then tangle in them.

Well, I opened the challenge at work and searched for things on my desk that I could trace:

Largest to smallest: a tub of desk wipes, the lid from my water jug, hand lotion, eyeglass spritzer bottom, eyeglass spritzer lid.

I used these to trace a string into a new sketchbook (which I do NOT like. The paper is thin, yet super "toothy" so it soaks up ink. My niece or granddaughter might like it, but I won't be using this sketchbook after all)

But here is the traced string in progress:

This was my "between calls" project at work, where we were only  moderately busy, so I was able to get some things done with minimal interruptions from my job. hahahaha!

The first pattern I thought of was Yew-Dee, and from there, the rest sort of fell into place, ending up looking like a basket.

Yew-dee, Narwhal, Carpet Daisy, Tipple, Crazy Poky String

That yewdee really makes it baskety, doesn't it. I do like it, though the paper is disappointing......even the shading is muddy and meh... 

After I got done with this I looked up. There, tacked to my cubicle wall, is a piece I created a while back...Circles! So I took a pic with my iPhone and here it is

Niuroda was entirely the inspiration for this, and I just went with it from there. I believe I traced circular items for this one, too. Niuroda, Purk, Bales, Mumsy, Arukas, Hollibaugh (looking like a ball of tape in the center, really small) and a Jettie ball there on the bottom.The top sunshiney looking thing is my own Concert, and there is a circle of circles there, dunno what that is called. For a finishing touch, I added little black perls here and there.

I agree with Laura: circles are relaxing to draw. I can fill a page with tipple, scruffle, go4th, jetties, or whatever circular patterns in a JIFF.