Sunday, September 28, 2014

Playing with Betweed

This week's prompt on Square One is Betweed. I all ready did a tile but wanted to play with it a little more. did not really want to do it on a traditional tile. Saw some great examples of Betweed and wanted to try some different things. Used black and white but in this case I used a black Zendala tile with a white pen. Still did it more symmetrical. If I have time may try something that is with more random spaces. I just wanted to try different ways to do the lines. As is sometimes ( read most of the time), the case it did not turn out exactly the way I envisioned it in my head, but that is okay. Gave a chance to get some practice highlighting and shading the black tiles also. Here is what I ended up with.

This ended being a exercise with Betweed and Indy-rella. The shading was done with a Zenstone and a white Prismacolor pencil. The more I look at it the more comfortable I am with it. Have not used my white pens for a while and they seemed to be a little sticky. Did not cover quite the way I would have liked. Had to go over a number of the lines. I used the Uniball Angelic white gel pen and the Sakura white gel pen, medium point. The string is random radii. Then filled in the spaces with Betweed. Was not anything special.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Square One Purely Zentangle®: Betweed

This week's prompt on the Facebook page Square One: Purely Zentangle® is Betweed. This is not a challenge like a number of others. It is designed to focus on the basic Zentangle method. There are usually a lot of other nice tiles posted besides the one using the prompt.

I like this pattern. Have not used it a lot lately but it is versatile to fill in spaces and provide a little perspective. I am not sure about this tile. I may have attempted to do a little too much. What will probably happen, as does a lot of times, is that if I pull it out later I will find more I like about it. I think I need to pull out Made in the Shade or some other resources for a refresher. If for nothing else for me to feel more comfortable when I do a lot of shading.  Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Ennies, Meer, Marasu, Betweed, Quib

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Diva Challenge #186: "String Theory - Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! "

Was not sure I would be able to get anything done for this week's Challenge. I also probably should have rechecked her blog to make sure that I completely understood the challenge. I remember it was about leaves and I remember reading that could get real leaves or use leaf tangles. I chose the latter, but did not really think about using them as a string. I just did the tangles. I am pleased with the way it turned out, particularly since I had only used one of the tangles before. Verdigogh is the only one that I had used before. That surprises me as I have used more organic tangles than when I first started. I tended to stay away from them in the beginning as I did/do see them closer to drawing and I have never been comfortable with my skills in that area. I also chose to do it on a Renaissance Zendala tile. As is usually the case, shading, was also a challenge. Was not really sure what to do so just went with what I saw and seemed to fit. Over all was pleased with the end result. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it, even if it is not exactly what was intended.

Tangles used: Sampson, Oke, Kogin, Verdigogh
Kogin is a tangle from Sandy Bartholomew's Totally Tangled. It was developed by Melissa St. Pierre. The others can be found on 

I have not seen any other things posted so far. Hope to have time in between other things to look at what others have come up with. Would encourage you to go to I Am the Diva and look at the great pieces of art that others post. Would also encourage you to try your own, even if you do not post it on the blog.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Square One: Dex

The square one prompt for this week is the tangle Dex. I use to use this one a lot but have not used it recently. For some reason I usually do Dex by making a grid and then add the squares and diagonals. I do not know why, maybe it is because of the way I do my tangle Basquals, I started by making the squares. This is also the way that Zentangle® did the original step out and I did look at this before I did my tile. I think I will go back to using the grid as my Dex is a little wonkier than I had intended. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Dex, Zander, Zinger, Vine

Trying to get things organized for the ZAP presentation in Ft Wayne in a few weeks. Not sure that I will have a chance to get anything done for the Diva Challenge. If not hopefully I will be able to look at what others have posted.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Diva Challenge #185: Duotangle - Phicops vs Diva Dance

This week's Diva Challenge used two fun tangles, Phicops and Diva Dance. I knew fairly quickly what I wanted to do. As is my usual practice, I do not look at other entries until I have almost finished mine. The exception to this is a couple of blogs I follow in my reader. What a surprise to open up blogger and see two post with similar ideas to what I did. They were different enough, that I did not think about changing what I was doing. It just happens that one of the posts was from my sister, Tinkered Art, and the other was Michelle Beauchamp's. I am sure that there will be others that are similar but these were the two that I saw. As is the case with a number of tiles, shading was a challenge. I almost did not shade it at all but decided against that. The real challenge was Diva Dance. In general this is a tangle that I am not sure how to shade. Over all I was pleased with the results. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Diva Dance and Phicops

I hope to have some time to look at all the other posts. The last time that I looked at the blog there were all ready a long list of posts. If you have not all ready done so, I would strongly encourage you to visit the Diva's blog to look at some amazing art. Try it your self since there are links to the stepouts for these tangles.

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

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Diva Challenge #184: "New Official Tangle: ING by Molly" , 2nd Post

As I indicated in the earlier post for this challenge I wanted to do another tile. Part of the reason for this is that it gave me more time to experiment with this tile. I did not try to change the lines of it that much and focused more on trying different things inside and not just shading it. Here is what I came up with. It has a Hollibaugh effect to it. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: ING, Stripes, Knightsbridge, Fasset, Ahh, Beads, Paradox, and Scrawlz

I was not sure about using Paradox as was not sure how it would turn out. I like the way it whooshes across the page. 

I have only been able to see about half of the things posted so far so hope to see the rest soon. There have been some unique and creative things that people have done. Go visit by clicking on I am the Diva. Try it your self even if you are not up to posting your work on line. That is not necessary to participate.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Square One: September 5, 2014 - Quib & Diva Challenge # 184 - New Official Tangle - ING by Molly

The prompt on Square One this week is Quib. I have used this tangle before, but I think I have used it more in Zendalas than in regular square tiles. I do like it. I tried to do something a little different by combining it with the new tangle ING. That was a little more challenging than I thought mostly because of trying to come up with a way to distinguish the different strands of ING. This was made a little more difficult as I did not make the sections that large. Oh well, it is what it is. I was not sure what to do with the background. I did not like the way it looked just leaving the white space but was not sure about what tangle to use. I decided to use a wave, which mostly turned out like an "s" shape. The idea was similar to what you would use with Msst. The lines were just a lot shorter. It provided something as a background. Guess I could have used some thing like Florz that would have been more open.  Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Do not normally do this, but as I just finished this tile yesterday, will also use it for the Diva Challenge, even though I did not know ING was going to be the challenge. If time permits will try to do another one this week also.

Tangles used: Quib, ING
If you are on Facebook and want to see some other great uses of this tangle, put  Square One: Purely Zentangle® in the search box. Even if you are not a member of the group you will be able to see the things posted. 

To look at others as they are posted, go to I am the Diva. I am sure that there will be many great pieces of art posted.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Diva Challenge #183: "Use My Tangle- X-Did" by Annette Carlo

As it is the first of the month this is a UMT (Use my Tangle) Challenge. You can see the step out for Annette's tangle X-Did by clicking HERE. As with many patterns it is one that she saw on someone's blouse. I hope she does not mind but I varied it a little. When linking them together, I alternated the pattern rather than having it completely stacked. (I think you will be able to understand when you look at the tile.) Was not sure exactly how I was going to finish it but it came out okay. I also chose to use the black/brown combination, but rather than do it on a Renaissance tile, I did it on the traditional white tile.  May play with it more, as there are some interesting possibilities. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: X-did, Shattuck, Crescent Moon

Have not seen what others have submitted so now am off to do that. Would encourage you do this also and even attempt your own tile. Even if you are not comfortable posting it. Can click here on  I am the Diva to see some great art. 

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Just for Me

I have been participating in different challenges for  a couple of years. I also make a number of different ZIAs for sale or to demonstrate something for a class. One of the things that I got away from from when I started was doing things for me. The excitement, satisfaction of doing something because I wanted to try it. One of the longest times I spent tangling after I got my CZT was at the CZT Hideaway this last April. That was fun, but I was still responding to prompts. Most were trying new things.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and I did learn a number of things that I enjoy doing and sharing with others, but it was not something I did because I wanted to.

Two tangles that I enjoy, but are also a little challenging are Tripoli and Quandry. Tripoli, think was introduced just before I went to Providence and Quandry was the tangle introduced in out CZT seminar. I realized that I have not used them much. So I decided to do something about it. I did this tile, not because I it was part of a challenge or a prompt. I did it because I wanted to use these tangles. I did not get rid of all the old critical voices that roam around in my head sometimes, but I did enjoy doing this tile. I could list all the things that I thought about when I was done that I did not think were right or I could have done differently, but I am not going to. Here it is. I hope you enjoy it. I did creating it.

Tangles used: Quandry, Tripoli, Indy-rella

If it has been awhile since you created something just for you. Take some time to do it. And make it a practice to do it regularly. That is one of my goals. 

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