Saturday, January 24, 2015

Square One : Rixty

The focus tangle for this week at Square One is Rixty. This was developed by Maria as a birthday present for Rick when he turned sixty. I have used this before, but have tended to use it on Renaissance tiles. Not sure but this may have been the first time that I did it in black and white. I wanted to try something different with it also. One thing I did was to biggify it a little. I also tried to do a "tango". I think I used that word correctly. It is combining two tangles. The shading was a big thing on this. It is okay but I have to admit the idea that I had in my head looked a whole lot better. This is something that I have to work on continuously. Some day I hope to be able to shade like some of the other artists I see. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.



Tangles used: Rixty, Tierso, Florz
The shading was done with 2B, 4B & 6B pencils 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Square One: BB

The focus tangle for  Square One this week is BB. I have never used this tangle before. I have to be honest, it is one that just never attracted me. There is not really anything wrong with it, I just did not think of using in any tiles. When it was selected as the focus tangle I almost decided to forgo trying to do a tile. Honestly I was not sure what to do. I did not start out to do a monotangle. It just kind of emerged as I was doing it. O guess it is best to describe it as a Hollibaughesque BB.

This is also one of those tiles that I have mixed feelings about. There is not anything really wrong with it There is just not much about it that attracts me. I will do what i usually do with tiles like this. I will put it aside and go back to it later. Sometimes my perspective does change.  I will probably use BB a little more, but not in this way.  Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.



Tried to accent this using stippling and some shading. It was difficult deciding what to do.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Diva Challenge #201: "Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day 2015:

This week's Diva Challenge is a yearly one for the Diva. For those that are not aware, her youngest son was diagnosed with Moebius Syndrome which is a congenital nerve disorder. It is rare and his latest surgery was to deal with some of the effects of this disorder. You can learn a little more about it at I am the Diva . You can also search the web for information. I was not sure that I was going to get a tile done for this challenge, even though I had participated in the last two. I happen to have some time at work, I had my supplies with me and I did not have the materials with me to work on my taxes so I decided to give it a go. The string is the logo for the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. Purple is their official color.

Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.


Tangles used: Diva Dance, Shattuck, Knightsbridge(wonky version)

I have to admit that I did not set out with the intent of doing a tricolor tile. When I started I thought I was pulling out my black micron.  I obviously was not paying that close of  attention as it was the brown micron. I intended to use black and purple. Instead of starting over, in true Zentangle® fashion of no mistake, I just decided to go with it. It is a little unusual. Not real thrilled with the way the shading turned out on the Shattuck. Did not have much I could do as I was trying a few new things. Needless to say, I will not try them again. 


I have not had a chance to look at any of the other tiles posted yet. Hopefully in between other things I can get to I am the Diva and  look at least a few. If I am really lucky, I may even have a chance to comment on a few.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

First Pyrography Attempt

Not too long ago I received a surprise package from my sister. I had tried my hand at wood burning a couple of years ago. I had some wood boxes that I was doing for the oldest granddaughters. I do not think I had even started tangling then. I had a simple tool that I had purchased at Hobby Lobby. My sister has been burning for a while. She originally started on gourds. After she stopped doing gourds, she transferred this to her tangling work. She has done some really stunning pieces. If you want to look at some good burning, can see some examples at her blog Tinkered Art Studio. She has pictures in her Galleries. She has things in every one except her Zentangle® Gallery. Well, what was in the package was her older Razertip burner with about 5 different pens. I had been wanting to try different things but with the holidays and a couple of venues where I was selling, I did not have a chance to try them out. I finally just decided to do go ahead and do it. Although I probably should have been working on things to file my taxes. It is nothing special, but it is a start. Hope to get to some other things later. Really need to get some information/instruction on this.

Here is what I did. You cannot tell from the picture but this piece of wood is about the size of a business card. It is not very thick. I stuck to very simple tangles. I hope you enjoy it.



Tangles used: Paradox, Msst, Ahh

I guess the word is apropos since I was not sure how this was going to turn out.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Diva Challenge #200: Surprise giveaway !!!

As part of this special challenge, the Diva is having surprise giveaway. She did not identify what it was just that there are 3 secret prize packages that she is giving away. You only have a few hours to go to her blog and enter. Can find out what you need to enter and the links for the different things submitted for this challenge HERE.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Diva Challenge #200!!: "Bi-Zen-Tennial Celebration!"

This week's Diva Challenge is her 200th weekly challenge. To celebrate she wants people to use their "Mac & Cheese tangle in a monotangle. The other guidelines were to fill the whole tile and somewhere include the number 200 in the tile. A big part of this challenge was deciding what tangle I would use. It would seem easy as a Mac 'N' Cheese tangle is one that you go to when you need a tangle. I think at first I was getting this confused with tangles that I like. When I thought about it, the one tangle that I have used the most, and for a while particularly when the Zendala Dare was active, I used one tangle in almost anything. At one point I found myself using it so much that a set a challenge for myself to not use this tangle at all for a couple of months. The tangle that I am referring to is Shattuck. I am not sure why this became so popular with me but it just seem to fit in so many places. I also like it a lot. The next part of the challenge was deciding how I would do this as a monotangle. That was a little more challenging, but once I started it came together fairly quickly. It just took a while to get it done. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.





Used 2B and 4B pencils for the shading.

As usual things have been hectic and I have not seen very many things that have been posted. I am on my way now to look at a few of them. If you have not go to I am the Diva and check it out. Try it yourself, even if you do not post. But I would encourage you to put away that inner critic and go ahead and post what you have done.

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Rémy Métailler - Gopro Face shot Whistler - Gopro POV - DH MTB

Have not posted a lot of non-Zentangle items in a while. Saw this video and thought it was a great video. I do not do any off road or mountain trail riding. At the point in my life that I enjoy a more leisurely ride. It is fun to watch others go down these trails. I hope you enjoy it.