Finally! I got time to do the Diva’s challenge this week before the deadline. Probably because it’s school holidays and I’ve been taking things a bit slower this week.
I even managed two tiles.
The first one seemed really obvious and I haven’t looked at what other’s have done yet but I’ll bet someone else has done this too:
And the second one I did a string and went more traditional. It’s been awhile since I did a standard string on a tile and just do what ever turns out.
The rest of the week I was working on a bigger tangle in my Moleskine. Really liked how this one turned out. My inspirations were many but started with the Verdigogh on the left. In fact the bottom left Verdigogh stayed on the page by itself for a few days. It looked really nice. But then I just started looking out for plant-like tangles to add. I was particularly inspired by Virginia Burrows Creative Times blog on Tumbler and her flowers here. I don’t know what this tangle is called but I really like it a lot. (ETA 26/10/13 – I think it might be Henna Drum)
I’m nearly to the end of this Moleskine and I ordered a new pocket-sized Moleskine for my next book. It arrived from the great people at Notemaker.com.au this morning. If you’re in Australia and haven’t found them yet – well – maybe that’s a good thing. It will save your hip pocket.
Until next time.
I’m off to look at all the other challenge entries for this week.
It’s been awhile since I had any time to do any Zentangling. I finally finished a piece last night while I was studiously avoiding the very depressing Australian election coverage.
Anyway – here’s what I ended up with.
I was really inspired by a couple of tangles I saw on Pinterest during the week and also a graphic that whizzed past on SBS during the week.
The first tangle was called Big Zentangle over on a blog called Being So Well. The artist was designing something big to go on her living room wall. She incorporates many elements that I really love.
The second tangle was probably more of a doodle by a Japanese artist called Miura Takao (aka Noah) who has a site, called Noah’s Art, full of interesting stuff. It was part of this doodle that got me inspired. Can you see which bit?
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.
This is my second go at a Diva Challenge, but the first time that I will be on time for the deadline. I am hoping I can manage to get the linkey thing to work ok.
This week’s challenge is a square inside a square. As per usual I used my Moleskine notebook. Although this morning I did finally manage to find a CZT (Michelle Beauchamp) based in Tasmania, Australia, who actually sells Zentangle tiles downunder. I can’t wait for them to arrive in the post!
Tangle patterns: Peaks Border, River, Hollibaugh, Shattuck, Tipple, Pokeleaf.
This was the first time I tried River as a pattern, and I was only marginally happy with the way it came out. I think if I did another version of this I would also try to have more elements coming across the borders to add more interest.
I also scanned this before before shading…
…and after shading to show what a difference a bit of shading can make to a zentangle.
A few weeks ago, I was browsing around Pinterest looking for doodles and stumbled upon some really nice ones by Margaret Bremner. (Margaret Bremner, coincidently is the name of my year 7 maths teacher – but that was in New Zealand not Saskatoon). Anyway, Margaret Bremner has a blog called the Enthusiastic Artist, and I had a quick squiz around her website and noticed that she was doing something called Zentangles.
A few click later and I had zoomed through Rick and Maria’s Zentangle site before heading off to my kindle and buying a fantastic book called One Zentangle a Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. And then I was off. This is my first Zentangle in my old trusty Moleskine notebook that is already half full of doodles that I’ve been doing over the past six years at least.
Tangle patterns: Starting top right corner and going to the centre anti-clockwise: Keeko, Flukes, Florz, Shattuck, -, Crescent Moon, Pokeleaf, Purk, Nipa, Holibaugh x 2, Tipple x2, Fungees.