Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tangling this week

I've been a having an odd relationship with Zentangle lately. Not enjoying the constraints of tangle challenges and not doing much independent drawing either.

Thanks for comments last week. I do see the value of challenges and I do enjoy the connection with Tanglers around the world. Yet sometimes the desire just isn't there. This week's Diva, however, was a timely reminder of why I Tangles and what I like most about it.

Diva #308 - MacNCheese

This week's challenge was all about those go-to Tangles we use without having to think. The Tangles that appear on the tile even when we are focusing on other Tangles. I realised that most of my go-to Tangles are Offical ones. My work wouldn't feel like mine if there wasn't some Flux, Printemps, Mooka, Shattuck, Tripoli or Bunzo, somewhere. Rixty, Hollibaugh, Fengle, Purk, Squill, Florz.

Today's tiles are both variations of the same string. One was a false start which I went back to and continued after nearly tossing in the bin.

Made by Joey

This week the letter was L and the feature Tangle was Lee Lee. I added Land Girlz, Lollywimple variation, and Lenche. I've been doing this challenge in a journal which is made with hand made paper. Boy am I getting sick of this paper. It tears, doesn't blend, needs a very light touch, bleeds even with Micron pens and gets wet too quickly when I add colour.  I will persist. It would drive me crazy to change now and leave the series in the book incomplete.

Other drawing

I'm continuing to experiment with coloured shapes and a background of detailed Tangles. Tangles used were Tropicana, Shattuck, Odee, Bunzo and Pixioze. These ZIAs take me hours to complete over about a week. It's all about the process, the Zen of getting lost in each line.

Thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tangle challenges

A question for visitors to this blog: how useful do you find online challenges? What do you do when you have a run of feeling uninspired by them? 

I normally look forward to the various online challenges I participate in. Until recently, I haven't missed a Made by Joey for months, and I've been a regular Diva participant for over 2 years. I've backed off It's a String Thing lately because I don't use strings that often anymore - I find them too restrictive - and there is a time factor involved. I can't do everything all the time.

Lately, however, it's been a real effort to take part. Not sure why or what to think. 

This week I've only made two tiles and both for Made by Joey.

Here's last week's J, which I completed last night. I've used Jelly roll, Jax and Jelly Legs.

Tonight I tackled K. I used Kiss, Keeko, Kitl and Lollywimple. The last one doesn't start with a K but none of the other K tangles suited so I chose one using the last initial of my name, L.

The last IAST challenge I did was something I am quite proud of. I used an Opus tile and experimented with the tangles and with the Mist colours.

Other drawing

This tile was an experiment with deep, intense colours. I had my Vibrant Colour Shading book by Eni Oken with me, my grey Copic markers and my Derwent Inktense pencils. Here's the result. The size is A4. Tangles used were MySwing, Quabog, Mooka and Tripoli.

A weekend away

Last weekend was a long weekend in Canberra. As I don't work Tuesdays it was extra long for me. The Husband also took the Tuesday off.

We spent the weekend at Jervis Bay - my 3rd visit in 4 months and my 5th since January last year. Each time we go we stay somewhere different but all within easy reach of the beach.

Here's my portable art studio. I loved the wooden floors throughout the house, and the big windows that overlooked lush gardens at the front and back. Getting lots of ideas for my dream house that I hope to own one day in the area.

We took Milo the Dog with us. He had such fun last time that we had to bring him along again. The poor boy has arthritis in one of his back legs and he gets tired more easily, not that he would admit to either. 

Here he is at one of the dog beaches. He loves being in the water, running on the sand, chasing tennis balls in the surf and swimming. He is one happy, happy dog boy.

Have a great week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Tickle to Tangle IAST #186

I normally add my IAST tiles to my Diva and Made by Joey posts. But this week I decided to be different.

The challenge was based on the theme of Pi.

Here's my tile - an Opus one today - before I added shading, highlights and more intense colour.

Here's the finished tile.

The colours, other than white (white wax pencil and white gel pen) and grey are all Kaiser Mist sprays in a range of colours. 

Here's how I coloured my tile.

Step 1: I painted the Pi string on the tile with plain water and I sprayed several colours onto baking paper.

Step 2: I placed the baking paper onto the tile and rubbed it, focussing on the pre-wet parts of the tile.

Step 3: I carefully lifted the baking paper off. You can see the Pi shape emerging.

Step 4: I took off the excess paint with a paper towel.

Step 5: I Tangled the tile.

Step 6: I intensified some of the Tangles by using a combination of a paint brush dipped into the Mist bottle and a paint brush dipped into a water and Mist mix. That helped to blend the colours. And then added shade and highlights. 

Hours of work which I'm very pleased with - the process and the outcome.


Miss L

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Tangle challenges March

Not much drawing going on this week. The weekend was relatively cool so that meant The Husband and I could get out into the garden and get some much needed maintenance done.

Here's a photo of Arthur supervising us emptying the two giant compost bins. We've ended up with well over 1 cubic metre of compost to spread around the garden and another couple of cubic metres of partially decomposed material that might turn into usable compost in a few months.

Diva challenge

This week it was a duotangle of Marasu and Molygon. Marasu is a tangle I use sometimes and quite like. Molygon, however, is a shape I'm not comfortable with and can never seem to get right.

Here's my first, unfinished attempt. Not good. 

I had another go tonight, which is a a couple of days later. This one I like a lot.

My third tile I started last night and finished this evening. I went back to the step outs and tried to follow the examples more closely. Not very original but sometimes that's what it takes to get a tangle working.

Made by Joey

The feature tangle this week was Icanthis. I added Ilana and Inapod. This week I kept the colour palette muted.

Have a great week.

Miss L

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tangle challenges 22 Feb

This week I've been playing around with the new official tangle Waybop. How lucky for me that both the Diva and It's a string thing challenges feature it this week. 

Here's my Diva tile. I've added Hollyhock, Crescent Moon and Flux to Waybop.

Here's my IAST tile for last week. I've added Mooka, some odd heart-shapes and a pathway of B-tweed. I used some new blank post card paper for this which comes in at 300gsm. Very nice to play with. 

I added colour by first wetting a section of tile with water, applied with a broad paint brush. Then I sprayed blue and yellow Mist sprays onto baking paper. I then  placed the paper on my tile and gave it a rub, which produced the solid colour and the fine spray at the same time. 

Finally, here's an A5 sized ZIA that I made the other night. In this one I've linked the Waybops, added Emingle to the centre pieces and then Sandstorm in light grey pen on the outside. Dark blue Derwent water colour pencils for the contrast colour.

This week, as usual, I participated in Made by Joey's challenge. Joey started with Hollibaugh. I added Huggins, Hibred, Hypnotic and Hurakan.

This week's Kitty Pic is a photo I took yesterday of Arthur playing with a new toy. He's such a cutie! And he is as sleek and soft as he looks.

Thanks for visiting and adding your comments to my blog. Your comments give me a lift.

Miss L

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tangle challenges 15 Feb

This week I'm drawing with a bad cold. After the extreme heat of last week (nights in the high teens, low 20s and days above 35, including two in a row above 40) we've had mild and even cold weather. 

Sunday's temp fell to 15 by 4pm when the cold front hit. Nights have been deliciously colder, going below 10 while the days have been in the mid 20s. Much more sensible weather BUT... 

So I'm at home, not getting much school work done, drawing, sleeping and binge-watching Nurse Jackie.

Diva #303 - Valentangle

I don't get into Valentine's Day but I do get into Zentangle challenges. My approach to this week's challenge was to create a tile based on what the Husband most wants - time. My string is based on the letter T and uses old favourite tangles: Tripoli, Ilana, Mooka and Emingle. Plus mist sprays for colour.

Made by Joey - G and Gnarly

I really struggled with this letter. I'm trying to use tangles starting with the theme letter but this week, not so many tangles to choose from. I'm continuing to only use my handmade journal for these challenges and to experiment with ways to apply colour. 

Here's part of my first attempt, using Gutz.

Here's my finished page, using Garlic Cloves, Golven, Groovy and Gothic.

Other drawing

Continuing to play with Hamadox on some standard tiles and on an Opus tile. 

With a little help from my friends

These guys keep me company when I draw. The big(ger) one is Luna Lovegood while the small(ish) one is Arthur Weasley.

Have a great week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tangle challenges 8 Feb

Diva #302 - Hamadox

Hamail is a tangle I tried a few times last year but could not get the hang of. Hamadox, however, seems to come off my pen fairly smoothly. 

Here is my first tile. The second is not finished yet - I'll add it later in the week.

Made by Joey

This week it's the letter F. It was fun to find how frequently F tangles find their (f)way into my (f)work.  Sorry for the bad, bad pun. Could not resist.

Here's a page from my Tangle Journal. I used Festune, Fengle, Fleavy, Florz and Flux. The colour is a combination of blue, apple green and denim spray inks with I first sprayed onto baking paper before applying over a stencil. Colours don't blend well in this journal as the paper is thin and fragile as it is hand made, so I've been forced to be inventive.

I also made a tile, where I added Flukes, Fescue and pale Flux to Festune. The colours are from the same sheet of baking paper, applied to a tile that I'd dampened first with a paint brush and small amount of water. 

Other drawing

I was inspired by my new-found ability to finally draw Diva, so I played some more with it. Here's one of my tiles. It uses Verdigogh and was inspired by the examples shown by Maria.

Life matters

Enjoying my new school very much.

Am getting very tired of the relentless heat and humidity here. We are heading for 36 tomorrow, 40 on Friday, 41 on Saturday then back to 36 on Sunday. At least the classrooms at my new school have ceiling fans.

Have a great week and thanks for dropping in.

Miss L