This past week brought a last minute trip to Ohio to see family and help with a renovation project, so my blogging and tangling took a bit of a hit. Here’s a little catch up of what I have been working on.
At my monthly meeting with my writing buddy, we took a break and had an artist date with her partner to create on some of the zendala tiles. I was a little mistaken in my conversations with them as I thought they had both been tangling for a while, while in reality, my writing buddy had never tangled before! I would have chosen simpler patterns for us to do, but had based the selection on her love of spirals, so we just went with it.
Dragonair, Marasu, Printemps, Zinger
I think they turned out great! Can you even tell which is from a first time tangler?
I’ve spent a little time experimenting around with Dylusions Ink Sprays to create backgrounds of color to tangle on. This tile is just me playing around with both black and white pens trying to figure out which techniques I prefer on these backgrounds.
On the weekly challenges, I only did 2 last week, and both of those were done late.
The first was for the Weekly Zentangle Tangle Video, with the focus on Jetties.
The second was for the Its a String Thing challenge by Adele Bruno. It was my first time doing this challenge, but I’m sure it won’t be my last! This was for challenge #105, which used TanglePatterns String 105 as the string, and she gave us Daviso, Dicso, X-ess, and Undu for the patterns to use.
Daviso, Dicso, X-ess, Undu
Hopefully, this week I’ll be able to get more posted and done in time for the challenges. (Though we are also spending this week prepping for my daughter’s 7th birthday party on Friday, and having a Girl Scout planning meeting on Tuesday, and a private Zentangle class on Thursday, so it may be another sparse week artistically! Whew, I think I’m sleeping in on Saturday!)
This week’s Diva Challenge comes to us from guest challenger Cari Sultanik. She is asking us to use tangles that remind us of things natural and organic. These are my favorite tangles to use, and I had just finished some prep tiles for an upcoming class where I will be focusing on organic patterns for one of the classes.
Flux, Marasu, Zinger, Sampson
Diva Dance, Poke Root, Poke Leaf
Here are a couple of others from this week:
The Weekly Zentangle Tangle Video group focused on Fengle this week.
The Square One Facebook group focused on Eye-Wa as this week’s tangle.
Eye-Wa, Srewolf, Perf
Be sure to follow the links above and check out everyone else’s work. It is always so inspiring to see all the different approaches to the same challenge!
Erin Koetz Olson at the Bright Owl Zendala Dare gave us a wonderful template this week. I had a bunch of different thoughts on how to approach it, and ended up making 2 different versions.
This first one got transferred a little off center, but I just went with it. (No mistakes in Zentangle®, right?)
Aquafluer, Printemps & more
I’d been itching to break out the Renaissance tiles that I got in Providence last month, so this zendala was the perfect excuse for that.
Onamato, BTL Joos, Tipple, Mooka, Flux
I’ve also joined a new group on Facebook – The Weekly Zentangle Tangle Video (WZTV). They select a tangle each week and then the tiles are compiled into a video slideshow by Jane Dickinson, who does a great job running the group.This week’s tangle is Verdigogh.
Verdigogh, Tagh, Diva Dance
I’d love to hear your feedback, and don’t forget to go check out all the other Zendala’s over at the Bright Owl this week.
Laura Harms, AKA “The Diva” is taking some time off this summer and has invited some guest bloggers to issue the weekly challenges for her. Lee Darter gave us the challenge this week and, for me at least, it was a doozy! She gave us a 3 ring circus themed challenge based on her family’s vacation near the Ringling Brothers’ Museum in Sarasota, FL. We were tasked to use Cack (by Adele Bruno) and Tropicana (by Kate Ahrens) as our first 2 tangles, and then choose one more from the following: Florz, Linq (by Lara Williams), or Fescu.
I had to play around in my sketchbook to get a handle on Cack and Linq – both are patterns that I had not used before.
Practice, practice, practice.
After a bit of experimenting, (and a couple of tiles that will never see the light of day but did give me some shading practice) I was able to actually create a tile that I was satisfied with.
Cack, Linq, and Tropicana
So while I don’t think Cack will make it into my often used tangles, Linq might, and it feels pretty good to have kept working on them until I felt competent drawing them.
Are there any tangles that you have struggled with that you now love? Let me know below….
This week’s challenge from the Diva’s guest blogger is one of Simplicity. Creating a tile without filling the entire thing, leaving a bit of space to breathe. I played around with Rashell by Lin Chiu for this one and actually had fun leaving it so open.
With the Square One Facebook group, the focus this week was Finery. I did a tile as well as a zendala, and for some reason perfs were calling to me as well.
I hope you enjoy and would love to hear what you think.