Thursday, July 20, 2017

Black & White Week

well well, I'm getting a blog post done midweek, not on Saturday ha!

I've settled in to some steady tangle time, after work, after dinner, using that time to sit and tangle.

This week, I managed to do three challenges, and they all managed to be "classic zentangle" with a tile (drawn into my sketchbook), a string, and patterns all in black ink on white paper, with shading!

And here they are

The Diva Challenge:

Jessica Davies, who gave us the wonderful heart challenge last week, has gone one step further to a REAL CHALLENGE...using Peaknuckle! ack!

But I found out how EXTREMELY cool that tangle is, when I played with it. I love that you put S's down in columns, and when you're finished, there's nary a trace of S's, just lovely curvy cascades.

This is the string I created, and here is the tile:

Peaknuckle is in the upper right and lower left, with Indyrella, Flux, Niuroda, Florz, and Diva Dance. Once I put the shading!

the Joey challenge has a guest blogger, too: Susie (whose style I absolutely adore)

She gave us a start, with a very unique string, and some Asian Fan in there.

This is what I did for that challenge:

I had a hard time knowing what to do, so after I got the string and Asian Fan start, I put it aside for a day, then came back to it. I put a dangling Domizil in there, then *tried* to make something graphic and bold (that's those leafy looking things to the right of the Asian Fans)...but though they don't look anything like the pattern I was trying for, they are still kinda cute and quirky. I might develop those later.

Aloha by Suzanne Fluhr is that large shiny leaf looking thing, and then some Sevaw in the background, and some bubbly tipple down there on the right.

One last challenge, just to myself...I got the idea from Susie, who is going through the refreshers on Tangle Patterns. So this one is Refresher 157 with  Molygon, ZooLoo, Tattle, and Wocar. Natti is part of that refresher, but I couldn't get it to fit at all.

   ZooLoo is the one on the bottom left, with a larger individual motif in the center....FUN! and I like the way it turns out. Wocar is the upper left and I don't fancy it much. Tattle was fun, too. Getting back into the pile of tangles is a good thing, man. 

I did do one colored tile, using that delightful string from last week's Joey Challenge:

This dark blood it needed something dramatic and I think all that onomato on a swirl just works. :) 

and now for two baby pictures

I'm not so sure about you

How did you get SO cynical, so young!

Isn't he just something? In both of these pictures, he looks exactly like his dad. hahahaha! and it was his dad who had him in the carrier. This was at the family reunion. His name tag says Orion, Heidi's Grandson.

Fun times!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Heart of my Heart

Wow my new job is not giving me as much time to blog as I used to have...nor tangle as much, either. It's real nice to be sitting at a desk, with a little bit of time between calls with pretty much free rein with what we were allowed to do...I tangled non-stop back in those days :)

The new job, no down time, and besides I'm in training and still doing new employee stuff, and such. And I earned beaucoup bucks this past week. And that's alright with me.

So, I did get a couple of challenges done, and a couple of swap bot swaps sent.

The Diva this week has a guest blogger Jessica Davies, whose recent bout with heart issues drove her to many meditative "heart" tiles and tangles. She did beautiful things, and challenged us to use a heart string.

This is what I did:
Hollibaugh Heart

And here is a picture for you: bebeh feet!

I LOVED the challenge at Joey's this time. Michele Wynne is the guest blogger while Joey takes the summer off and if you haven't seen Michele's blog post about it, get on over there now!. Some mighty impressive and inspirational stuff there...thanks, Michele!

The challenge is centered on a string: Rope by Margaret Bremner.

                                                                                 I mean I want to make a dozen tiles with this string and do them all! woo!

And this is what I made of it:

this is in my sketchbook on a tile sized section. It's going to be one of those when I go back through old sketchbooks, I'll be so happy to see this one again. It was fun to do, and I think it's quite enjoyable to look at.

Telis in the upper left and bottom center; flux; a version of b'tweed; remo; pinbawl with nippa; echoism; b'tweed; more telis, and flux with lots of auras. The shading on this...sigh...shading is magic.

at a recent family reunion, my Aunt Dorothy wanted to hold the baby. :) she walked around with him a bit then sat down and he fell asleep SOLID...and so did her arm! ha!

and here he is on another shoulder, looking around some more. My little angel baby. Slurp!

I got to feed Orion second breakfast today, and he fell asleep in my arms. When I put him into his little seat, his hands startled, but he stayed asleep...

his hands stayed all up and alert for a long time!
Now, back to tangle stuff.

Here are a couple of things I've sent on for swap bot:

this is all about the ATC, with a Bee theme. Since bunso has always reminded me of bees it came to mind immediately.

And, with the ATC I decorated a notecard to send along, and inspired by the heart theme from the Diva, and flat out mimicking something I saw on a blog somewhere, made this heart and ribbons...and LOOKATIT! I was absolutely delighted with how that shading turned out!

One more....

This is a first round for a pass & paste...I can't wait to get it back, some time, when everyone else gets a chance to put something.

So, hopefully I'll get used to my new schedule quickly, and be able to post things before Saturday in upcoming weeks...meanwhile...

Who melts my heart? Orion Isaac Spencer Hartley, that's sweetest angel baby love bean.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Diva and Joey and Pass and Paste! And Orion!

there's a few here today. I'm including the Diva Challenge and Joey's,, but I thought I'd lead with a challenge on swap bot, because there are a few people who might be interested to see how the "pass and paste" turned out.

Pass and paste is similar to the Traveling Tangles project, but it involves four artists and a "round robin" type postcard. You make a blank postcard out of card stock, divided into four sections, and the first artist creates something in one of the squares. Four lines on the back, where each artist can put their name, or something about what they've created. Then you put your own address ans a stamp on it, slip it in an envelope, and mail it to the next person, who does something in one of the squares USING AN ELEMENT OR TWO from the completed squares, and then sends it to the next, until all four sections are filled up. Neat, eh?

In my case, I got a card that already had three squares filled in, and I did the lower right square to finish it, and I just popped it in the mail to Barbara, whose address was on it.

This is what I received:

Lots of Knightsbridge some Onomato, I see Tagh, Hollibaugh, Aah, Tipple, Well, and I JUST LOVE the pearlized perfs in the upper right. The impressive, swirly pattern in the upper right...I think that is Joki...Cecily, could you correct me if I'm wrong?

Oh! and the red roses are fabric that have been appliqued to the card...neat, huh?

Well, using some of the patterns straight off these sections, I went for it:

the roses inspired me, so I made a bunch of String Roses

a tutorial for string roses here

then wanted something water looking, so Nippa which continued the curve started in Knightsbridge...and I did teeny tiny Knightsbridge "under" the nippa. Then I picked up the Well from the upper right, Tagh from the upper left, with Beelight curves in there, and finished off with some Hollibaugh in the very back. This was fun to do, and I've put two "starts" in the mail, and can hardly wait to see what everyone does with them.

I also created something for the Diva Challenge this week. The theme was "home"...well, I live in a high rise apartment, on the fifth floor, so I started with that (Dex):

check that Cubine in there...don't know why, just wanted it in there.

Then I put in favorite patterns (the ones I feel 'at home' with, eh?) such as Hollibaugh, Fricle, N'Zeppel, Flux, Shnek, Jute, some more Nippa with a few individual Cypresses swirls, and ribbons, with black perfs. Oh...Printemps!And for a change of pace, I did all my shading with pen rather than favorite part is where Hollibaugh and Printemps are playing together.

And at long last I come back to the Joey Challenge...she presented us with an auraknot string, and asked us to do stars. I was just in the mood for Auraknot, so that's what I did, after putting the string on a sort of splotchy tile:

with some tipple in the corners...If I were to use a tile like this again, I'd incorporate the splotchiness into the string more. But...this isn't too bad. Oh, there's Hollibaugh weaving in among the auraknot auras, too.

Orion started smiling last week! what fun!

Oh....I LIKE you, Opa!

full of smiles

Wylie makes a great Opa

the wonderful thing about this boy right now is that he wants to be held while sleeping...mama doesn't think it's all that great but every Gramma I've talked to about this says Yay! babies asleep in arms! I mean, we even managed a big shopping day the other day...when Mama was trying on things, YaYa held the baby...and when I needed to select and try on, Mama held him. He made it through a feeding and two naps while we circulated around the thrift store. Just wonderful!
well aren't you interesting to look at.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hey Aquafleur!

Heh, whenever I read or say the name of this pattern, Jethro Tull comes into my mind hahaha Hey Aqualung! ha!

Well enough of that.

A lot has happened since my last post. I got really sick with cellulitis about three weeks ago, and am still feeling the effects. It weakens me, so that when I do the slightest thing, my heart thuds and I get out of breath. There's that.  But on the 12th, even though I didn't feel up to it, I went to a job interview...and got offered the job two hours later. :) I'm excited about that! And sad to leave my current job, where I've been for five years. But the new job is a seven dollar per hour increase in pay. Noice, eh?

And, about one week ago someone stole my wallet. *sigh* I do NOT like that...there was a chunk of cash in it, part of Wylie's share of the rent. Honestly. And yes, still exhausted from the cellulitis. Rough. Lots of stupid paperwork type things to deal with, no lie...and me worn down already. I only have so many spoons a day, and bank errands take a LOT of spoons.

Still playing with that amazing baby!

 he started smiling this past week, and it is SO MUCH FUN!
Duck lips? really....

 Smiley boy!

The Diva Challenge this week was to use Aquafleur in a tile. I had already put the string for IAST #200 on paper,


 and used C-perfs, the pattern that Adele created for this big anniversary. So I started with that string, and got this:

I like the way Aquafleur goes "under" for part of it, and I really want to play with C-perfs...lots of scope for creativity!

a few other little things...

Stephanie Drewa, from The Traveling Tangles Project on FB gifted me this amazing set of started ATC's...she put a few patterns on each one, going through the abc's. And I finished, using patterns on the opposite end of the alphabet! Still working on it.

and last but not least, an old piece I found when I decluttered a bit around the art supply area

Funny how much you like something so much when you put it aside for a time then look at it again...
Maybe I'll put this one up in my new desk, at my new job...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Many Challenges

Wow, it's been a couple of months, hasn't it...Not that I haven't been doing plenty of tangling, just been out away from my computer for much of it BECAUSE!!!!!

I have been busy with my new sweety angel pie baby GRANDSON Orion

Hi there world!

He is THE most looking around kid I have ever seen...when he is awake and calm, he is looking around. End of story. 
Lookin good in his shark suit

what a sweet face

yup, nuthin but sweet

Believe me when I tell you, I am head over heels in love with this one. When I came home after he was born...after 30 hours of helping my daughter labor, it was beyond time for a shower...I got refreshed and put on clean clothes, and all I wanted was to go back and hold Orion some more. Much of my free time has been spent at home with him and his mom, and a few times just baby and YaYa home babysitting which I love better than anything.

And he is an easy baby. Easy to calm down with a lullaby or something to suck on, and even when he is full bore hollering out the top of his lungs, it isn't grating or nerve wracking. Just a little love bum. 
birthday with mom and dad
May 9, 2017
cook and future cook

daddy wears black; so does baby

Well that's what I've been doing for the past month. Orion just
made it to the one month mark, and today (Tuesday) he is
five weeks old. Amazing, isn't he?
Yaya and baby
Now, for the Diva Challenge

I've been checking in with the Diva, but generally speaking haven't done anything with the challenges. I found some terrific beads on a trip to the Gem Faire with Orion and his mom last week. Want to make something cool with them, something to possibly hang up in my window where I can look at them. I thought of R2 while I was selecting them :) and then ended up not doing a tile for the challenge. 

But I did this one, for the challenge this week. 

The tangle we're using is Dansk, by Margaret Bremner. When I got over to her blog to see the stepouts, I was impressed with her MANY tangle patterns and spent some time practicing a few of them. Dansk along the bottom, and Box Spirals nestling in along the top. My own Torsdag on the border, and some background Dansk in grey Tombow. My gosh, does shading EVER make Dansk shine. I LOVE it! And so I ran with shading this into multi-level fun.

Another challenge I look at every week is Adele Bruno's It's a String Thing, and one that caught my eye, and my heart, was when she posted a challenge in support of Lily Moon, when her daughter's cancer came back...SO so sad.

I made this tile for that challenge, but because it doesn't require a blog, no blog entry.

 the challenge used an M shaped string with four of Lily's own tangles. It was a sad time, and my thoughts and prayers were with Lily in this tragic season of her life. I think in the end, it isn't a pretty tile, but has some beauty in it, and some interesting things. It is stained and there are broken hearts in it...all of it, a little bit like life, maybe?

Along with the IAST challenge, I have been involved on Swap Bot, especially seeking out swaps using ATC's. Zentangle seems to be made for ATC's, but I am also interested to see other styles of art on these little scraps, so I've done some swapping. There are also post card swaps...and guess who makes her own post cards! ha! I've also done tangled envelopes, poetry swaps, book list swaps, etc. Some days when I check my mail, there's four or five Happy Mails in there! And I've started a lovely collection of ATCs.

here are some of the pieces I've sent out:

this is a postcard, for a poem swap

This was a "little extra" I sent in a penpal swap

This one...I want to get busy making more super rich vibrant colored paper, because LOOK AT IT! WOW!

I have received SO much happy mail, including letters, recipes, poems, ATC's, note cards, washi tape (who even knew there was such a thing hahahahaha) and some of them works of art from the envelope to the ephemera slipped inside. Good stuff. But since getting samples of art outside the realm of zentangle was my first reason to start swapping on swap bot, I present some ATC's I've received:

fun to send and receive
But this is my favorite so far, among all the swapping on swap bot...a "New to Zentangle" swap where we were to make a sampler 4x4 in a 1" grid, and put a tangle in each grid. Well look what I received:

Isn't this JUST SO COOL! there's loads of patterns on here, but the artist crossed the grid lines, to create a spectacular sunshine with triangular rays beaming out. I was impressed...and then I colored it. Ha!

So. Much. Fun!

and there we have it. My first blog entry, and my first Diva Challenge entry, in over a month.

It's been fun hanging out, though.


time to go now....