Friday, March 17, 2017

Zingo. By Jingo!

Hokey blog entry titles aside, I have had fun with Zingo this week.

It's a cute, funny little pattern developed by a couple of kids, whose tutorial video is available at the blog

Little cuties. And they have developed a fun tangle, with lots of scope for creativity!

This was my first go at it:

I love how the spirals sort of lift off, upward from the "petals" that sort of lie flat.

And it has such an easy going, goofy fun look, I thought of coloring it in...with crayons!

They smell as good as they look!
So, I decided to make a new Zingo, and embellished it a LOT:

I think it would be wonderful, completely packed with little details!

But I decided to color it.

The problem was, I didn't select a color scheme and stay with it. It's still fun and funny looking, but not all that pleasing, when it comes right down to it. Maybe with this kind of haywire color palette, it needs markers.

So, I had another go:

Kept this one a bit simpler with the embellishments, and chose just a few colors to work with. This is how it ended up:


It's so much better with the unity of color, isn't it? But I'm looking forward to playing with it some more, with markers to color in, and as an elegant, glittery piece...which I've seen in a few entries this week already.

I've also gone ahead with the IAST challenge for the week

Fricle has been a favorite for a long time, and I had a tile already colored. This one was finished before I could get any zinger in there, but I really like how it looks had to be finished.

It'll go on someone's desk for St Paddy's day! woot! (not green, not a shamrock, nor much Celtic about it. Oh, well.)

But these are quite Celtic looking, aren't they?    

The little solo one is the same stone as the blank in the top picture. I found these pebbles while out on a walk, and shellacked them with clear nail polish. Then tangled some celtic looking stuff on them.

Enjoyed all the challenges this far. I will probably get caught up with the Joey Challenges soon.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

J is for Jellyroll...Diva is for Amphora

this week's Diva challenge is a UMT, with Amphora as the featured tangle.

It's a pattern I want to tangle with more. Haven't gotten it out in a long time, and it really is cool looking.

Because I fell in love with Crazy Huggins this past week, I wanted to use it, too. So I made an amphora frame, and filled it with CH.

I also did a line of amphora "inside" the Crazy Huggins... another thing I want to play with is putting a pattern IN another pattern, not filling the space inside a pattern but making it sort of go over the pattern, if that makes any sense. That's what I was trying for with that one line of amphora going up on the right, inside the Crazy Huggins.

So, that one still needs work. But I fetched a colored tile out of my stock, and did this:

After  making that amphora sea slug across the middle the colors themselves cried out for Aura Lea, so I complied. A few highlights in white charcoal pencil, and shading with various Faber Castell and Prismacolor pencils, and I think it turned out okay. It is vaguely Under the Sea-ish, which I've seen some of, from other artists in this challenge.

Now, on to Joey's challenge this week: The Letter J and the tangle Jelly roll

This is on a colored Bijou tile. I took a cue from Michele Wynn's page, who is making her Joey challenge tiles on a theme: Bijou size, with a coordinating color scheme, so she can use them for a project involving pattern sorting. I doubt I'll go that far, but using a bijou appealed to me, so I did.

Jelly Rolls on the bottom with a few Jetties, and Jilli all in the background. I filled in the j string with white charcoal pencil, and outlined it in white gelly roll pen. Jilli looks pretty cool overlaying all that color. I shaded with prisma and Faber Castell.

I do like the Faber Castell pencils. they have a creamier feel, and blend with each other SO nicely. they're oil based, whereas the Prisma's are wax based, and they cost about twice as much as Prismacolor, but their quality is superb. I bought all the "rainbow" colors, plus one brown and one gray. I'll be adding to this a few pencils at a time. They really are nice.

Some sketchbook play:

 I wanted to do a classic zentangle piece, just black and white and shading, using a string and filling with patterns. I used some tangles I haven't touched for a while: Knightsbridge, striping, bunso, and florz. With a little bit of flux, and some misst, printemps (of course) and Mooka is always fun. Hmm, I do like the contrast, and it has enough white space to keep the eye from overload. Hm.

Another tile from Kate Ahrens

She sent this delectable ATC in butterscotch, with Tropicana crossing it. I finished it with my own Concert  beaming up from behind. Shading with brown Faber Castell, highlights with white gelly roller and white charcoal pencil. It did turn out pretty neat looking, eh?

I'll be working on another tile from Kate today, as I've declared this a Stay At Home Day. It's 1:00 pm and I am in my jammies, watching some Hiyao Miyasaki, and relaxing deeply. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017


The idea for this pattern came from some clicking around in Celtic and Viking stuff one day. The picture of a wooden statue of a Norse warrior really caught my attention.

This isn't EXACTLY the one, but it's the general I made a pattern based on what he had carved on the front of him

1) two squares on point, with a line connecting them vertically
2) square spirals in each "corner" Start each one next to where the squares meet the line.
3) a vertical line connecting the spirals, on each side of the initial vertical line

I call it Torsdag, which is Norwegian for Thursday hahahaha! Which means Thor's Day, right?


I woke up with this idea in my head the other day, and eventually got a chance to sit down and work on it. It reminded me of ancient Egypt...what the pharaoh might have had in his palace...pillars perhaps, on either side of his throne? That is where the ph at the end of the name comes from.

1) Two parallel vertical lines, curving slightly outward at the top.
2) an arc across the top, connecting the two curves
3) some stylized "V" shapes, with possibly little strands and dots downward
4) add a rim across the top.

Doesn't it look like pillars from a Pharoah's place?

A Little Bit of Everything

This might turn out to be a lot of pictures with minimal text, as I am at work and it is busy today. People are in chatty moods.

Which sort of brings up my job, since I mention it here often. It is a call center, but not the usual kind where I answer customer questions and solve problems. What I do for a living is providing captions for telephone conversations. This means I'm not talking TO anyone, but directly repeating word for word, whatever I hear in a phone conversation. It's a wonderful service, but as a job it can be a bit tedious...BUT I rose one rung on the "ladder" and became a mentor, thus earning my own cubicle, so I can decorate it how I want! It has a lot of my tiles and larger pieces on it, along with a growing collection of Traveling Tiles. Makes sitting in front of a computer inside three gray half walls a bit more enjoyable.

Sometimes we have lengthy pauses between calls (our idles) where I can settle in and tangle, or read, or watch something pleasant on Netflix. And...most times...our idles are quite short, and today idles are short AND people want to have nice long visits.

So now that I've loaded this with a LOT of text, here are some pictures

the diva has a duo tangle for us this week: Molygon vs Marasu

I was trying to make the Marasu stripes with Molygon sections...and until I shaded it, I wasn't that impressed...LOVE SHADING!

Now, for Joey's challenge, I have a special treat:

Ria Matheussen and I exchanged tiles, and this is just part of what she sent me...from Belgium! I just LOVE traveling tangles! I'm getting mail from so many wonderful places...SO cool.

so, this was her start sent to me. From Belgium.

Do you see that Icanthis? Hmmm?

I decided to make Ria's wonderful green start into my tile for Joey's I challenge...and boy did I have fun! Does it look like glass? The i? hahahaha a glass i! oh my goodness, I'm giddy. Lack of sleep.

Ria also sent me a couple of 3Z tiles, and this is how I finished one:

I decided to go symmetrical with it and ended up liking it a LOT. I've not been overly fond of the triangles, but this one was fun to do! Thank you, Ria for so much fun stuff!

Another tangler I swapped with this week was Kate Ahrens
You can see the wonderful tiles she sent me at her blog. BUT you can also see things here

Fun Mail from Lady Kate! Oooh I just love the depth and richness of these colors!
a little blue Bijou

Don't you just love the straight border on this? I know it has a name...

and this is how I finished:

I thought Star Map seemed the perfect counter to the (I can't remember the name of the little circle spikey tangle, though I've actually used it) and some Aaah's in white gel pen.

The photo doesn't do justice to the wonderful blue of this tile. I have another bijou in red, started by Raye Burnett in my very first TT swap...this one will go right next to Raye's on my cubicle wall :) getting quite a collection going!

A start for Aleesha in Thailand:

Aleesha wanted to swap circles, so using my compass, I created a couple of circles. One of them, I filled with gems...this one, I started and have it in an envelope ready to go to...THAILAND!?

wow...I'm so excited to be getting mail from all these very cool places on the earth. Can't hardly wait to receive fun mail from Aleesha! ha!

And, to finish up, a few pieces that I've been busy with...some finished up a while ago, some just this past week:

Grapes in the Weirdness

The color combination on this one wasn't
appealing, so I tangled on it. It still wasn't
that wonderful, but again, with shading! 

Onomato into the Center

Planet Jumble

This little  brownish one had more color appeal and there was enough circular stuff on there naturally, I just went with it.

and the blue "warp drive" started out as a tile marked for Zendala, with lots of lines radiating out from the center. With a bunch of concentric circles, it would have been set up for something more traditionally mandala-esque. As it was, I decided to run with Onomato, and WOW!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Woah! Waybop!

The Diva Challenge this week was to play with Waybop, the new Zentangle (tm) that is so impressive, and SO much fun!

I started the tipple corner at work, thinking it would be a traveling tile, but when I sat down to this challenge, it was the one I grabbed...tipple ended up playing a pretty big role.

the aura was fun, too 

This week's String Thing Challenge looked interesting, too. I liked the string a lot, for some reason. Usually curves are more my thing. Well, I decided to try this one "Lori Byerly Style"... 
She likes to "bigify" things, and every SINGLE thing she creates is striking and unique. Well, I bigified the Flec to start:

A creek with little cairns along the banks

I ended up liking this one a lot. Oh! that's Lori's "Bublz" pattern in the corners. Even though Edgar doesn't turn me on, I managed to include it.

Also keeping me busy this week have been some Traveling Tangles.

I stayed inside Stephanie's border

 Stephanie Jennifer, from Singapore...SINGAPORE!... sent me this sweet start with Dicso and Bales. I finished it off with Footlites, a little bit of shading, some color int he centers of the Dicso flowers. Such fun! Singapore. wow.

Another Stephanie, Stephanie Drewa from Wisconsin, sent this bright colorful tile, and her Blorbs start

I added some more Borbs, and her Butterflyz along the right...and see the one little orange feller there? he broke away from the ribbon. My Cypresses, and then some round bits: Niuroda, Hamail, Proza, and Phicops. Then tipple...seems that Tipple spilling off the edge is a theme with me lately.

Stephanie's Lovely Bold Card

Stephanie and I are going to swap back and forth:
an Opus size tile. I'll start, she'll add to it, and send it back
then I'll do some more! until we are done.
Won't that be fun!

The fun mail from Stephanie was all packed inside a blank card with the cute Citrus, cruffle, and Barberpole in the bottom left corner. I had so much fun finishing this, and can hardly wait for an occasion to give to someone. :) that motif in to the right is called Proza, which I learned around the same time as Waybop. 

So, I found the most adorable bird picture...a Splendid Fairy Wren...and isn't he JUST splendid! Then looking at him, I realized...I can do I did:

I maked something

Wouldn't it be truly splendid to get that brilliant shade of blue on his cheeks?'s still adorable.

And, one last picture. It's an ATC tile, cut from a sheet of watercolor paper that I colored using the tissue paper transfer method...when I had this one in my hand, I just knew it needed Fronds, so that is where I started:

Suzanne Fluhr's Aloha just hollered out to be included, and then Fescu here and there.

Oh, these colored tiles!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's Diva and Lovely Family

this has been a fun week for me, because my son who lives in Denver has been in town since Monday night! We've all been hanging out, he's been staying at his sister's new house...who JUST moved in literally the day he got to town. So, with her moving, and her little sister moved into a new place one week before and I helped with that...hahahaha...supervised is more like it, since my knee is out of commission. And at work, moved my desk. I knew it was coming, but didn't know the day it was supposed to happen UNTIL I arrived last Friday.

Long story short: I need a drop shelf for my keyboard, for ergonomic reasons. They uninstalled my drop desk from THIS desk and installed it at my NEW desk during my days off. So when I got to work, I found out: NOW is moving day. And I like my new location, but a day's advance notice would have been nice...

But more about my wonderful kids.

Santa put fake noses in their stockings that year for Christmas. These three are Abbie, Robby, and Katie on Xmas 2010. Robby is the one who now lives in Denver.

but since this picture doesn't include their oldest brother Jason, I have another:

all the hands! hahahaha!

That's Jason wearing orange. Real mature, Jay...and Rob. This was two ish years ago. That's me in the middle with the sideways head.

Yes, we are always generally this goofy when we get together. And now my Robby lives in Denver; Abbie (the dark haired girl on the top layer) is expecting her firstborn in May and just moved to a new house. Katie on the right is head over heels in love and just moved to her first apartment "with" someone. :) Jason has two kids of his own. Yes, I'm a gramma. And the year this one was taken, the oldest was 11. Which means he is now 13. Good grief. How old every else has gotten.

Well, it's been over a year since we've seen Rob, so we've been enjoying his company. He's hanging out with siblings, took me out to lunch on Tuesday which was lovely. Pizza and unpacking the kitchen together at Abbie's last night. And tonight, with even more family, hanging with my mom, and then out to dinner, all of us. Yay! And he drives back tomorrow. Boo.

Now on to the art!

We were challenged to do something Valentiney this week, for the Diva Challenge.
Valentine's Day isn't all that important to me. I found a card for Wylie this year, and made some inchies with hearts on them and put them on a few friends' desks at work. And Wylie got me some earrings which are lovely. Well anyway, I wasn't wanting to do all kinds of hearts and lace and such. And this is what I came up with

Looks sort of heart and lacey after all doesn't it?

Luffline is the main pattern, with a few perfs nestled in there, and floatfest along the edges. Floatfest is one of the first complex patterns I learned. I hadn't encountered Hollibaugh yet, and here I was drawing "behind"...I just loved it and it was fun bringing it to this pattern. The shading is"pen flick" method, using a ball point pen...a REALLY fun technique that I enjoy so much and it looks very cool when you're done.

Still enjoying all the colored tiles, though with all the family activity I haven't had time to make any more or to cut tiles...though I do have lots of starts on colored tiles.

Anyone want to swap? Let me know in the comments and we can arrange addresses, etc. I'll wait a few days before posting on FB.

Meanwhile, I also have a couple of starts that came to me, from two Stephanies! One from Wisconsin, and one from who would have thought when I started tangling three years ago, that I'd be getting mail from Singapore!

I'll share those starts and finishes here, when I'm done.

Haven't gotten to Joey's challenge yet. Maybe today.