This week’s Diva challenge was to use the UMT (Use My Tangle) tangle called Birdie by Owl Loving April.
I’m inspired often by the delicate patterns of feathers on birds. My favourite at the moment is probably guineafowl feathers. That play of white dots on a dark background.
Once upon a time I used to be an undergraduate zoologist and used to spend vast amounts of my spare time tromping around the nearby national park in the breaking dawn trapping small wee birds in mist nets (all fully licensed etc.) and banding their legs and taking their measurements and sending them off to the bird banding society.
I loved holding those birds, briefly and gently, and seeing that the amazing patterns their feathers made. It’s a whole other world: that boring brown bird that flits about in the bushes is actually magnificent in the hand.
Once I spent a whole year studying two species of thornbills in the ranges outside my hometown. These tiny birds are amongst the smallest species in Australia.
To this day I keep an eye out for their fluffy little brown shapes tweeping and chuckling in the scrub or high in the trees.
So thanks Owl Loving April and Laura (the Diva) for this weeks challenge. I enjoyed my little bird reminiscences.
Bales. Bales is a good tangle pattern. Even though I haven’t been tangling that long, I’ve used it quite a few times. So it was with relish that I extracted a pair of new zentangle tiles from my precious stash and set to work this week on the Diva’s Weekly Challenge #120.
Here’s my first tile.
And while I was doing that I started to think about my second tile. I also love the Zentangle pattern Cubine. I started wondering whether you could merge Bales into Cubine on a tile. This is what happened when I tried. (Please excuse its upside-down-ness).
I’ve also been tangling away in my Moleskine over the last week, as I had a couple of days on the couch with a bout of tonsilitis. Boy, tonsillitis as an adult makes you feel really crappy. Pencillin is a marvellous invention and luckily, as my GP said, it kills tonsillitis dead in about two days. So having slept straight through all of Tuesday, this is what I was upto while perched on the couch under my quilt and listening to an audiobook all day Wednesday and Thursday. Zentangle is a lovely way to spend time recuperating.
PS. I was listening to “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. (Our local library has a fantastic service where you can borrow Bolinda Audiobooks for two weeks at a time!!!) As well as being good stories, Kate Morton really does a great job on the old narcissistic character. There was a fabulously subtle narcissistic character in this book and an even better one in another of her books that I read (listened to), called the “Forgotten Garden”.
Hope you are all having a nice week.
I have to admit when I first saw this new tangle I was really not keen. It just seems so stark and geometric and I do like a curve (as you can see from most of my tangles). Nevertheless I also now have new official Zentangle Tiles thanks to Shelly Beauch CZT (who thank the goddess, stocks these things for those of us downunder) and so I thought I would just get on with this week’s challenge and see what came out.
I used a slightly wonky version of Maria’s dovetail arrows rather than the standard version and as I was going, three pine trees emerged, followed by three houses in front, followed by three schwaying women in front of that. In the end – I am quite happy with my challenge effort this week.
This is my first go at a Diva Challenge, but I was too slow to realise that there was a deadline – so it won’t appear on the linkey thing this time.
This challenge was to use one of the tangles created by the Diva challengers – this time it was one created by LeeAnn. I used my Moleskine notebook and a 01 and 08 Micron to draw, followed by a 2b pencil to shade.
Tangle patterns: Girdy, Beelight (I think?), Scallops, Floatfest, Rouche, Weben, Tuxedo, Lantern, Footlites, Jalousie, Sand Swirls, Lotus, Inapod, Printemps, Tipple, and a string of what I refer to as a snakey thing which could be a variant of Marasu or Barberpole. Can anyone help me out?
One of the recurring features of many of my “before” doodles are spirals. A spiral floating over the top of this pattern, sort of Hollibaugh style, was the inspiration for this tangle. My six year old loved this pattern and decided it should be called “Rose of Love”
Tangle Patterns: All About V, Archer, Cadent, Beelight, Candleglow, Footlights, Florz, Huggins, Ixorus, Mi2, Planateen, Sand Swirl, Sparkool, Tagh, Festune, Shattuck, Quiltz