The holidays have been keeping me pretty busy. This week offers a break from the day job, but still plenty going on in the studio and with the family.
I did some tangling for the holidays, and played around a bit with metallic inks on black.
I’ve also been doing a lot of playing around with Renaissance tiles to help prepare for some upcoming classes. Here are a few that I pulled various elements from for the final class. I do love the tan tiles!
Renaissance exploration tiles
I hope you holiday season is going well so far, and that the New Year brings joy and well being!
This week Laura Harms, AKA ‘The Diva’, challenged us to use the tangle CanT by Chris Titus. This is a great pattern – very easy to follow and tons of variation possibilities. The circles in the centers of the grid reminded me of Well, so I included that as well.
On the Square One facebook groups the focus pattern this week was Opus. I went pretty straightforward with this one, but if you are on facebook, you should check some of the others – I was really amazed this week with some of the Opus tiles!
I also wrapped up the Zendala I am donating to the Prayers for Talan fundraiser. Here’s a pic of the finished piece (sorry for the reflection) as well as a close up of some of the detail. Please send along some healing thoughts for Talan and his family as he moves along his road to recovery.
Zendala for Prayers for Talan
Heart shaped Fengle, Flux, Fife
Just a quick post today to share a couple of things.
First up – the Bright Owl Zendala Dare #108. The center of this template immediately reminded me of the star shape you can get from Arukas, so that is what I started off with, then added a little Mumsy and some Beadlines.
Arukas, Mumsy, Beadlines
I’ve also been working on another zendala – this one a larger piece that I will be donating to a fundraiser for a local family (whose 3 yr old son was in a tractor accident in the spring) to help pay for ongoing medical expenses. This piece is still in progress, but here is a sneak peak.
Zendala in progress
Been busy with some other things as well, which I hope to share with you soon, but too busy to get it all posted this week. Hope your lives are busy in a good way too!
I was able to get back to some weekly challenges now that I am home, even though this has been a busy week with other life stuff.
I started off with the Diva Challenges. The first is a catch up from last week where Erin Olson from The Bright Owl provided a template for us to use. I took the opportunity to try out Frost Flower by Karry Heun and TA-DA from Margaret McKerihan (although the way I used it, it reminds me more of Inapod).
Frost Flower, TA-DA, Flux
Then I got busy with this week’s challenge from guest Sharla Hicks who challenged us to use tangles that use undulating C and S lines. I have to admit that patterns like this are some of my favorites to draw, so I was a happy camper.
I go so caught up in these curves, that when I saw the new zendala template for this week’s Zendala Dare, I just had to keep going!
“I mustache if you like this zendala…”
Be sure to go check out the rest of the undulations going on over at the Diva’s (that sounds naughty) and the zendalas at the Bright Owl.
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!)