I love water. It balances me. When I was suffering from horrible migraines, besides the dark room, pillow over my head, ice pack over my eyes, and drugs, the sound of waves was what helped me to try to relax. It was imagining myself at the beach with the wind blowing and the rhythmic sound of the waves that got me through it. Sometimes I still have to imagine that just to get to sleep at night.
I used a regular Zentangle tile for this challenge. I spritzed it with 2 Shimmer paints, Mama Sings the Blues and Jeni B Blue. Instead of using regular graphite pencil, I used my lovely Fantasia Colored Pencils. They are so pretty and smooth. Did I mention that I love color? Don’t get me wrong, I love the simplicity of black and white too, but color… It makes me happy.
I took a paper making class a while ago. Below is a picture of my favorite piece. I haven’t done anything with it yet. It is just too pretty to draw on. Maybe one day…
Along the lines of water, my daughter picked the theme of “Under the Sea” for her son’s baby shower, nursery etc. It fit well since she thought she was the little mermaid when she was young. She insisted that her (black) hair was a lovely shade of red. The quilt below was the one I made for her son (now 14 months old) with fabric called “A B Seas” and oh-so-cute! It is kind of hard to see the details in this picture but all of the ABCs have under the sea related words associated with them. You can get an idea what they look like if you click on the “A B Seas” here or above. Also the quilting, which I did on my regular sewing machine, was done with a lot of circles, swirls and shell looking designs. I admit, I had a lot of fun doing it even though it took a long time, it was truly a labor of love for my cute little grandson.
This week’s Diva challenge “UMT – MacDee by Anneke Van Dam” was fun. I had to do color for this one. I mean really, the plaid just screamed out for color. Luckily I had been playing with the sprays that I bought from Pat. I had some leftover spray on my craft sheet and mopped it up with my sketchbook paper. Love the orange and pink together. I think it would make a really cute plaid skirt – if it were fabric.
This weeks challenge is to tangle on a small tile. We were introduced to Bijou and his fun beginning. If you haven’t read the Diva’s page, you should check it out. I didn’t have any 2 inch tiles so I drew a little square in my purse sized sketchbook and started a tangle. Of course I ordered myself some Bijou tiles with my birthday money. How could I resist? And they fit in my purse!!! Here is the version I did on my little notebook paper.
After I received my Bijou tile in the mail (oh, happy day) I couldn’t wait to get started tangling. But alas, things don’t always go smoothly. So yesterday while sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office waiting for my son to be seen, I started. A friend of mine had shown me a site with some cool looking room dividers. One of them pretty much said, “Hollibaugh” to me so that was what I wanted to play with. Here is a screenshot of what I had seen.
Of course I had to put my own little twist on it. So while waiting for a follow-up doctor’s appointment for myself, here is what I finished. I still need to shade it and will update when I do, but for now here is my first Bijou tile.
I just had to take a shot of the cool sculptures (big rocks) in the lobby of my doctor’s office. Don’t they make you want to climb them and sit on top?
This week’s Diva challenge is to do a DuoTangle using tangles that begin with the letters of you name. I have C and R. I chose Cruffle and Rixty. I was looking to have them sort of morf together. I think it worked out pretty well.
This was tangled on water color paper that I used shimmer spray on in a Fun With Paper class at the Photography center in Frazer, Pa. Thanks to Pat for the fun play time!
I can honestly say that I’m glad I did it yesterday. Today would have a bad tangle kind of day. I was working on a monotonous project of fixing author names in a database. You fell asleep a little reading that didn’t you? It’s ok to admit it. Really. I came home with Pink Floyd lyrics, “one day closer to death…” On repeat in my mind. So yeah, I’m so glad it’s over now. Well at least until tomorrow.
Our weekly Zentangle challenge was to try out Truffle by Caroline Broady. There are so many things you can do with this tangle. I had some fun playing with it. My tile looks a little like an undersea world to me. This is a great tangle. Thanks Caroline!
This week the challenge was a UMT Challenge (Use My Tangle). We were given Crux by Henrike Bratz. I of course, am a little behind in getting mine posted. I had fun doing this. I think the shading made a big difference to the way it turned out. I love this pattern and expect to be using it in a whole lot of places. I’m loving the challenges!
This circle challenge proved to be fun and a little intimidating. I had not created my own large circle to tangle in, before this challenge. I’ve done a couple of Zendalas and done other tangles within multiple circles but nothing like this.
The challenge was to only use ONE circle as an outline. All tangles had to stay within the circle. It really was great fun and I got to use the watercolor background that I made a few weeks ago.
This week’s challenge was Duotangle – Auraknot vs Mooka. I had never tried Auraknot but love Mooka. One of my Auraknots got very messed up, of course it was my first one. But overall I like the piece. I just have to ignore that one area. I REALLY love the colors I put together on the watercolor paper.