Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Challenge entry and a sad event

This is going to be a brief post, because it is a sad week. David Hunter asked me to let people know, he will not be participating in the Diva Challenges for a while, as his wife passed away and he will be busy with wrapping up stuff for her funeral, and dealing with the things she left behind. Please pray for him and his kids and grandson, as they go through this tough time. You can send him condolences if you want, at our Intermountain Tangle  blog, where I posted a short announcement about it. David's email is associated with the blog, so he will receive anything you send him there.

So it is a sad time. He tells me his house is so quiet now. :(

The Diva Challenge this week was to tangle using something we've never used before in this art form. As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew I wanted to try a tile with crayon!

I've been playing with string 109 lately,
string 109
and have a little collection of tiles using that string. It is pretty amazing how you can start with the same outline and end up with such different looking end results.

Using crayon, I really REALLY wanted to play with color, but no,
I decided that black alone would be good.
I've got other projects where lots of color is called for. My, does the smell of a box of crayons bring back my childhood!

make sure it's good and sharp

 As I worked with this "new" medium, I discovered that it is pretty tough to control the tip of a wax crayon. It's hard to determine where exactly the line was going to go, and I had to focus more to make the lines go where I wanted them. I chose tangles that are simple, and that I have used often.

MrE, Knightsbridge, Flux, Mooka, and Concert (that is one I've developed) In the upper left corner a few Starskets (another one I invented)

kind of a fuzzy one

The overall effect is one of fuzziness, maybe blurriness is a good word. It is friendly and soft. I like it. MrE never looked so bundled. 

Here are other tiles I've made using String 109.
Diva Dance for the win!

Niuroda takes the stage here.

shnek around the corner


  1. You did well with the tile, but, to be honest I did not look very well. I'm so very sorry to hear of David's loss. No words.

  2. I am so very sorry to hear about David losing his wife. I am just so sad. His joy of life always came through in all he did and I hope he will let his light shine again soon. I do like working with crayon too sometimes. I think it would be easier to do on larger paper though. Nice work.

  3. I think you did very well with the crayon. I can imagine one would need to keep the point very sharp in order to get precise lines. Possibly shave the tip to a point with an exact-o knife? Also, your string 109 tiles are beautiful!

  4. I´m so sorry to hear about David´s loss ... words fail me!

    With regard to your tile ... the wax crayon gives a lovely and intersesting effect! Great idea!

  5. Thank you for letting us know, and deepest condolences.

    Your tile has a nice effect and so well done and not so easy as you were using a crayon.

  6. Thank you for sharing David's sad news. I am so sorry to hear about his wife and will be sure to add him and his family to my prayers. Words are hard to find.

    Your tile is lovely. Crayons are a neat medium - and remind me of being a kid opening that brand new box. Nice job.

  7. Sorry to hear of David's loss and hope everything works out well for him. I would never think of crayons for Zentangling. It turned out pretty good.

  8. I am so sad to read of David's loss. He immediately stood out to me as a very kind person once I started working on these challenges.

    That is a very interesting idea to look at several versions of different tiles that emerge from the same string. After I am a CZT, I might try that with a class. It immediately, "explains" Zentangle. No right or wrong. It is what each of us decides it is.
    PS: I love your photo of the sharpener on the back of the 64 pack of crayolas. I was always so happy to have a box of those, partly because of the sharpener. And yes----there is that evocative smell. :)

    1. David Hunter is a very kind man. He is encouraging and positive, even more so than in his comments on line. I'm extremely glad that we met and became friends. I feel so bad for him with this loss. His wife was a very sweet lady, her heart was her family. A sad time

    2. Heidi, thank you for informing us of the loss of David's wife. I have to agree, he has captured my heart from the moment he started with the Diva's challenge. I will keep him and his family in my prayers an thoughts. (((hugs)))

  9. Heidi, your tile is beautiful! I have children in my house and I know exactly what you mean you mentioned the smell of the ole crayola!!! I have always love to color so there are times that I join my lil kiddos in 'good ole' fashioned coloring in coloring books.
    Crayons are very different to work with than the Micron, that's for sure! Have a lovely weekend! :0)

  10. Your tile using the crayon really turned out very nice!

    I am so sorry to hear of David's loss. It's heart wrenching. I have him and his family in my prayers.

  11. Thank you of letting us know about David's wife. When I read it on our tangler's blog, I was in a state of shock. I was so sad to hear of it. But thank you very much for the information.

    I love your tile with the crayon. I have one of the big sets of crayons here (96 colors) that I won't let my granddaughters use until they are old enough to take care of things, so only 2 of the 5 have been able to use them so far. But I'm not a mean grandma, I bought the others their own basic set to use at Grandma's house...lol. Anyway, your tile looks great and I love the comparisons with the other tiles using the same string. I guess I should start trying to use strings.

  12. Just saw the one where you used crayons. Just practice. I can now get wonderful control. Look up "The Crayon King" And you'll see a Portrait of John Wane that looks like a photograph! I can't draw like he does, but he's inspiring!

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