Fall is my favorite season of the year. I know Spring is considered the season of rebirth and fresh starts, but for me, this really happens in the fall. I think it all goes back to the start of the new school year and the excitement that comes with that. Temperatures have also taken a dip this week, so it feels like fall. And there is candy corn at the grocery store! (Unfortunately, there is also pumpkin spice everything. No offense to those who are fans, but I am not. No pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving either, thank you very much.)
This week I actually managed to get the Its A String Thing challenge completed by the deadline. Adele challenged us to use Hamail as part of our tile and continue with one of our favorite patterns. I had to go with Narwal as I am enamored with it these days.
Hamail and Narwal for IATS#111
I was also able to wrap up a set of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for a mail-in swap and got those sent off in the mail. The theme for this swap was ABC, so we had to create cards with mono-tangles of patterns that started with either A, B, or C – 3 cards of each.
Artist Trading Cards ready for the swap.
This was a lot of fun – can’t wait to see what I get back in the mail. I’ll definitely share them here once they arrive.
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!)
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….