Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UMT's, letter writing, traveling tangles

First, I wanted to share from Fleeting Time whose author I cannot remember...but visit the blog. She is one I subscribe to in my email, because of the absolutely wonderful ways in which she explores EVERY tangle. Well, wasn't I tickled to find that she had been inspired by Torsdag! And just look at what she did with it! It inspires me!

Now for the diva's challenge this week... a UMT using Frunky... a fun little tangle that is going to look good tucked wherever you put it.

Since I was working on a tile to send in a swap via Swap-bot.com (check it out, it is a way to get some good fun mail nearly every week!) well, I was in the middle of creating a tile when this challenge came along, so I added it to what I already had:

I chose a tile with color on it, and started with dreamcatcher in the bottom right, with the printemps and msst upper left, some rain and more msst...and then added the Frunky, emerging from the dreamcatcher. This tile was unique, in that I started with the dreamcatcher on top, and after adding the msst with the Printemps, it wanted to be the other way. Some Fescu, a few more Printemps, shading and highlighting. I think it looks like the fragrant mossy undergrowth in a damp temperate rainforest, with seedlings emerging and soft exhalations of dew sinking into the soil.

So, I sent this tile and one other, to a swap partner who lives in Massachusetts, along with a two page hand written letter. That was so much fun to do...write a letter? Long hand? Fold it up and put in an envelope? With a stamp? And put it in to post? Wow!

 Since I had written about myself a bit, being a zentangler, I had to include tiles. The other tile, a classic black and white on a string...I forgot to photograph before sending it! But it was cool looking.

Some sketchbook play:

One evening I was just sitting watching something on Netflix and decided I wanted to do something with Flux...and an hour or so later, this is what I ended up with. It pleases me.

Some patterns in this piece: Tropicana, Flux, Log Cabin, Fricle,  Tring, Torsdag, a tangleation on Diva Dance, Cayke, Cubine, Opus, Mooka, Domizil and some random Tipple and Printemps. This was fun and satisfying to do.

On the Traveling Tiles front, I finished another by Sue Bailey

You can see on her start, where I caught myself right after making one straight line. This one was just delightful to finish. I tend to gravitate towards the curvy patterns, and it was loads of fun doing this with all its corners and straight edges. And it turns out looking way cool.

Kat VanRooyen sent this start. I think she has such a fine hand, her lines are so delicate and precise.

This is how I finished it:
The FINAL finished product for this one, has some blue in it. I don't know what happened to that pic, but this is where I almost stopped, and looking at it now, It's actually very nice. Didn't need the other color added.

Kate Ahrens sent this tile a few weeks ago, and I finished it:
I almost wrecked this one, but putting Buttercup in
individual motifs unified it all. I am pleased.  
Her tiles are made of paper that has the most delightful texture. They are Zentangle (TM) tiles, but the process of coloring them, or something, gives them a very fine toothy texture with quite a bit of "give"...that is, the paper is flexible and feels good in your hand. Just lovely.

And, a  little sweet treat from Kate also:

Isn't it yummy!


  1. So beautiful tiles, dear HeidiSue, I can not stop admiring them and the tile with Frunky is really exciting;:-)

  2. Great Frunky tile and so fun to see all the others! You really didn't almost wreck it... Looks great! ;)

  3. You are so prolific!!! I like what you did with Frunky. Yours looks more three dimensional than any I've seen.

  4. A beautiful tile with Frunky and wonderful finished Travelling tiles! I like them all! Your sketchbook page is just gorgeous!

  5. All lovely and the Diva tile is great!

  6. As always, a lot of eye candy. Each one is super. I like the Frunky!

  7. Beautiful composition and colors!

  8. Every time I open a post on my blog, I always click "next blog" when finished rather than simply closing the window. I do this hoping to connect to other bloggers interested in the things I write about: cycling, language, puzzles, nature, etc. But I always come to some kind of personal art blog, and invariably I'm not interested. However, this time I ended up here, and your work immediately made me sit up and pay attention. I don't understand any of the words you use to describe it, but as visual stimulation it is super.

    By the way, I do know why I keep getting directed to art-based blogs. During my cycling peregrinations around the New Territories of Hong Kong, I come across all kinds of public art, and I report it on my blog.

    And the most popular post on my blog is a report on what I named Ghost Alley (a recent update on the site is my second most read post).

    I think your readers might like these.