Friday, November 20, 2015

Diva Challenge # 244: "Tripoli Triptastic"

Have not had a lot of time to tiles for challenges recently but when I saw what this week's challenge was about, wanted to try to get something done. Had the opportunity when I had to wait for some routine work to get done on a vehicle. Tripoli is a tangle that I like using. I would not say that it is a "go to tangle" like it is for The Diva, but I like it for the secondary pattern that develops when you use the different fills in the triangles. Since I have not been able to participate regularly, I also decided to try to combine two challenges. I think it was last week that it was being minimalist. I chose to do this with this tile. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Tripoli, Henna Drum

The tile is one that I did for a class when was doing alcohol inks to add color to tangling. Had it as an example and decided that I would use them to tangle on. These were with Dylusions inks. I think the colors on here are Turquoise and Crushed Grape. When I did these I sprayed the tile with water first and sprayed the inks on the wet tile.

I hope that I have some time to look at some of the post of other people. May not be able to comment a lot as still working on getting inventory up for the market that I am participating in the next 4 weeks. If you have not, visit I am the Diva and see all the great art created by other artists.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle !!

Friday, November 13, 2015

New items for the season

I have been woefully negligent about posting anything or participating in any of the on line challenges recently. I think I over extended myself. I have three different things going on over the next 5 weeks. The one that takes the most time, meaning I have to man the sale starts tomorrow and is every Saturday  until the 2nd or 3rd week in December. I still have a lot of work to do . Here are a couple of new items this year.

The first two are pillow boxes and a gift card envelope. I like the way the envelope works better than the pillow box. The pillow box is done on paper that I colored with alcohol inks. It turned out darker in the pictures than it is in reality. Used some of my wife's card making supplies to finish off the envelope. It makes a nice closer for the flap. There are foam dimensionals between the layers. The gap is where the point of the flap fits in.

I did a card last year and this is a new addition. The cares are the only things that I make prints of. They are too time consuming to try to do individual cards. I liked this because it reminds me of a tree with ornaments. I was pleased with the way that this turned out.

I am hoping to get back into the swing of  things with posting a little more regularly and hopefully participating in some of the on line challenges more regularly.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tangled letter project: Framed

Said I would post when I had finished with this. Not real pleased with the frame but ended up getting some thing a little bigger because I was going to use this as a display and wanted to have some information on it. The letter is as 5" stencil and the frame is a certificate frame, 8.5 x 11. Not sure that  would have looked good in a 5x7 frame. May try a clip frame to see how I like that look. The problem is that only saw 8x10 size. Oh well, will just have to experiment. Someone suggested, asked, if could make copies of the letters so that could just do prints if someone wanted one. Will try a few with that. Here is the finished project.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Two Challenges in One: Diva Challenge #239 & Zendala Dare # 112

Have not been able to participate in any of the challenges that I usually do. Decided
that it I was going to do it needed to come up with a way to use one tile for both challenges. The Diva Challenge is to use the tangle Muchin. You could also add the challenge of doing white on black. The Zendala Dare was the usual format of The Bright Owl posting a template and pretty much leaving it up to the person what they wanted to do with it. This did present a challenge as I usually do not change the template a lot. There is nothing that says you cannot change it but I always viewed it as part of the challenge was using the template. Well to complete one tile for both challenges I did not think I could accomplish that with the template that was provided. What I did was a pretty significant change. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Munchin, Tipple
Shading done with White Charcoal pencil. 

To see the original zendala template, and look at what others did, go to The Bright Owl. This is the first Zendala Dare that I have done in a while.

To see what people have done with the tangle Munchin, go to I am the Diva. I would encourage you to try either one of these challenges or if possible both of them. I am hoping to see what is posted in both challenges. I may also get lucky and get to the the focus tangle of the week on Square One.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle !! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Diva Challenge #238: " UMT- Tri-bee by Beate Winkler, CZT"

Was not sure if I was going to get to the challenge this week. I usually try to do the UMT Challenges because it gives me a chance to try some new tangles. This challenge also gave me an opportunity to work on some things that will be doing in a class a little later this month. The class is on adding color but will doing it with water color washes and alcohol inks. I have used water color washes before but never used alcohol inks. This is my first experience with Dylusions ink. Did not turn out too bad but did not get a really good balance between the two colors. I did a regular white square tile and a Renaissance Zendala® tile. The later is the one that I used for this challenge. The red is not quite as overpowering as what it is on the white tile. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Tri-bee, Flux, Featherfall, Zinger, & Scroll Feather
Highlighting and shading was done with an 01 Micron that is low on ink. Have never done this before, but I like the effect.  

Have not had a chance to look at what others have done. Hoping to get a chance to look at them. Are usually some great pieces of art. If you have not looked at them, go to I am the Diva and look at what others have posted. Would also encourage you to try it your self, even if you do not post what you  do. It is about the process for you, not the end result. 

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Project: Tangled Letter - Step II, Cut out

Was not sure that I was going to post each step but got this done and decided to go ahead. I completed the areas that I am cutting out. May have to go back and clean up a few of the cuts. Still not sure what I will put it on. To give an idea of where the cuts were made I took a picture with two different backgrounds. Not sure what I will end up using. Will probably be something neutral so very likely that it will be black. Not sure what I will do for a frame.

Tangles ( from the bottom): Mooka, Rixty(variation), Tripoli, Flora, Nymph, Cubine, Keeko, Poke Root, Poke Leaf.

This is a time consuming process. Not sure how if I will do this as a class and not sure how to structure it. Concerned that it did it in two or more classes not sure how would charge for it. Also not sure if many  would be willing to put that much time into it. I cannot do longer classes. 

Did notice that in doing the cutting, What I did on Tripoli, it really changed the way that the tangle looks. Probably better to use more organic or linear tangles when you do this. Have a couple of different size stencils. Do not have a 2" which would probably be better if doing more than one letter. May try making my own stencils by picking fonts on the computer, enlarging them and then tracing those. Will wait and see.  Nest will probably do with a little more traditional block letter.

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Project: Tangled Letter

I really do not remember who the CZT was that originally posted this. The first time I saw it I thought it was great and wanted to try it. That was some time ago. I never gave up on it, I just did not work on it a lot. Part of that at first was that I did not know if I wanted to do the letter free hand or to use a stencil. I ultimately decided to use the stencils that I won in Genevieve Crabbe's give away. They are a 5" stencil. I used the letter for my first name, a D. I am not done with it yet as I have only completed tangling and coloring. I hope to complete the cutting out of sections soon but wanted to post what I had so far. Here it is. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Mooka, Rixty(variation),Tripoli, Flora, Nymph, Cubine, Keeko, Poke Root and Poke Leaf.
Colors where done with Prismacolor pencils. Some are layered and others are single colors. I used a blender on all of them.

Two things that I have to decide. One is what color matte I will use as a background and also what to cut out and what to leave. Will post when I have it completed. 

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

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