Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Diva Challenge #163: New Official Tangle - Rixty

This weeks Diva Challenge was to use the new tangle introduced by Zentangle®, Rixty. When we first got this in the new letter, I played with it on a Renaissance tile. It is fun to do but I tend to see it more as something that works well as a monotangle, or with just one or two other tangles. Will be interesting to see how others have incorporated it into their tiles. The only one that I have seen so far is the one that Laura did. She did a nice job of integrating it into her tile. This time I did it on one of the original tiles and uncharacteristically used color.  I did not do a monotangle, but combined it with one other tangle, or as The Diva calls it a Duotangle. Not exactly sure how I feel about this one. I completed it fairly quickly and I do not dislike it. It may be one the more I see, the more I will like it. That is many times the case when I try something that I do not use a lot, or am not entirely comfortable with it. Here is what I came up with. I hope that you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Rixty, Indy-rella.

The color was done with colored pencils and I did some shading with pencil.

The one below is the one I did on the Renaissance tile. I am including it here because I think when I had posted it before I had not added the white to the tile. I was not sure what to do and had some suggestions from others, but decided to do this.  I do like the brown and black together. 

If you have not all ready done so, I strongly suggest you head to I Am the Diva to look at what others have posted.  The next couple of days are going to be busy so I hope I have a chance to take them in and comment on them. 

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

Go Tangle !!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Tangle, Embellishment, or Tangleation: Whee

When I was first introduced to Zentangle® I was playing around one day just seeing what I could come up with. I came up with something that my sister has used since a couple of times and I did submit it to Tangle Patterns, but it was never posted there. I have used it a few times on things and decided to pull it out to use on this week's Diva Challenge. I do not get a lot of comments on my blog, but there was some consistency in people commenting that they liked this tangle. I figured that since there was some interest and I had never put in a post I would put it out there because others might be interested also. I have started a page of My Tangles so it will always be available there also.

After posting this, and after receiving a comment, I did find out that Melissa Hoppes had created a tangle Frippery, that is very similar to this. The step outs are different, but they end in a similar fashion. The only place I know it is available is in Kass Hall's Zentangle Untangled.

It has a number of  possibilities but may tax your need for symmetry depending on how you approach it. The name was picked because as I was drawing it, I thought of going down a curling slide and the glee that might be expressed, thus Whee.

Hope you enjoy it and would be open to seeing things that you tried with it. Here is the step out.

Here is a tile where I used it.

This is a tile that I used it in recently.  As you can see, you  can get quite a different look depending on how you fill,shade, or embellish it.

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

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Diva Challenge # 162: "String Theory - Initial String"

This week's Diva Challenge is another String Theory but this time it is to use your initials as a string. One of the hardest parts was deciding how to put the initials on the tile. Finally decided on a straightforward approach. I also decided to use an original Zentangle® tile after using a Renaissance tile the last couple of weeks. I chose a combination of seldom used and familiar tangles. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Drupe, 'Nzeppel, Paradox, and Whee.

'Nzeppel and Paradox are two tangles that I use frequently. The only change I made is that I usually do Paradox so that the fan shape is predominant. I chose to not do this and go for the twisted bar. Not sure what I think about it. Drupe is a neat tangle but not one I think of often. Whee could be looked at as a variation of Echoism. It is one that I came up with before I even knew what Echoism was. There are really a lot of different ways to finish this off. If you are really curious can see the step out on the My Tangles page of my blog. 

If you have not done so, would encourage you to go to I Am the Diva to look at what others have done. I did look at some before I did the last section of my tile. I all ready had decided what I was going to do, so was not influenced by what I saw. Is a little harder with this one, unless someone had the same initials. So far that has not been the case. 

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

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Diva Challenge # 161: "In a Quandary about Quandary"

This is probably going to be a short post. This week's challenge is to use the tangle Quandary. I feel a special connection with this tangle as it is the one that was introduced at my CZT training. I liked it when I first saw it. It has puzzled many though, much like Tripoli, people can get lost in the pattern and also get overly concerned about doing it correctly. I have not had much difficulty with it. I enjoy it. It does have a lot of possibilities and I am sure that you will see many of them in this challenge. This tile may end up serving a dual purpose. It has been quite a week and did not have time to do a tile to send to CBS. Have not decided yet, but I may end up using this one. It will get there later than most of the others but not sure that is as important. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Quandary, Zander, Flux, Fife, Zinger, Fescu

I have not looked at any of the other posts for this challenge but am looking forward to doing so. If you have not done so, I would encourage you to go to I am the Diva and look at the things others have posted. Should be a great show.

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

Go Tangle !!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Diva Challenge #160: "String Theory: Spiral out, Keep Going! (v.2)"

Was not sure if I was going to get this done before the deadline. I started a while ago but the week has been busy.  I have not even had a chance to look at things that others have submitted. I have not used spirals a lot although I like the ways that I have seen others use them, particularly Shelly Beauch. You can look at some great art by her by clicking on here to go to her blog. I think I got a little ambitious with the things that I tried to put in the spirals. Overall it turned out well. Here is what I came  up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Zander, Quib, Knot Ricks, Tripoli, Fengle, Betweed, Marasu, Printemps, Jetties, Indy-rella

I hope to have a little time now to look at what the others have posted on I am the Diva

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

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

More play with the Renaissance tiles - Shading

A few days ago I posted a Renaissance tile using the new tangle Rixty. When I was done I indicated that I did not think it was done but I was not sure what I wanted to do. Well I did do something to finish it. It is a different shading than I usually do. Not sure what I think of it. It definitely does make the Rixty stand out a little. I did find out why people were making some of the comments about the Renaissance tiles. When shading, did have to be gentler with these tiles. Was not just when blending, but also when using the white pencil. I used a Prisma white wax pencil for he shading. I tried a few areas with the Zenstone but that was too light so I went over it. I will keep trying. I think I need to get out my copy of Made in the Shade and do a little practice. I hope you enjoy it.

The original shading using the colored and graphite pencils did not seem to impact the tile as much as the white wax pencil. Did not try using a white charcoal pencil. Nest time I use the Renaissance tiles, may have to try shading with that to see what difference, if any there is. 

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

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More fun with new things: Renaissance tile and Rixty

Can be fun to try new things.  This time is was further experimentation with the Renaissance tiles and trying out the recently released tangle Rixty. The tangle is fun. Can be a little challenging the more that you try with it. Here is the tile that I came up with. Not noticing much of a problem with the tiles. Some have talked about not liking them as much because they are not as thick as the originals. They are not, but have not really had much of a problem with that. Have not used gel pens as much on them and will have to try that to see how they work. I decided to post this tile now although am not sure if I am done with it yet. I am thinking about doing some white highlighting but not sure exactly what I want to do. I hope you enjoy it.

I did this with the black and brown Microns. Shaded it with graphite and a generic colored pencil Burnt Sienna.

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