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

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tangle challenges

I'm not doing so much drawing at the moment but I'm trying to keep up with at least the Diva and Made by Joey challenges.

Diva #301

This week was a duo tangle of Paradox and Diva Dance. I've always struggled with Diva Dance. I've seen lots of examples of it done well but somehow I've never had success. However, this week the Diva linked us to a video of Rick and Maria using it. Now I get it. 

I created two tiles. I'm very happy with both but the second is my favourite. It may even be one of my best tiles ever.

Here's the first.

The second uses Derwent watercolour pencils in two shades of blue. I'm proud of the progress I'm making with colour and getting dimension with colour.

Made by Joey

This week's letter was E and the feature tangle was El Prado. I added Dex and Tripoli. (Side note - I hate the name Dex as this is the name of a medication I was on during chemo. Dex was used to manage side effects of chemo but came with a whole host of nasty side effects itself. The tangle is one I use often though.) I added colour by spraying mist colours onto bubble wrap then pushing that onto the page.

Zentangle Apprentices

I start teaching a Zentangle Apprentices class at my school next week. (I have read, re-read and double checked all the copyright information on and on so that I'm confident that I'm working within the law here).

The Zentangle Apprentice kit is out of stock, so I don't have their lesson plans but I have ordered the apprentice tiles and pens.

The tangles I'm starting with are: Knightsbridge, Flukes, Crescent Moon and Tipple. I'll start with a Z string.

The following lesson I'll use Hollibaugh and Paradox. 

What other tangles do you think I should introduce this term? Students will range in age from 10 to 15 years old. I'll have 5 one hour lessons. Possibly around 15 students. 

New School update

All is well. I like the staff and my students seem interested in learning. I'm teaching a mix of English (or English literature as it may be known in other countries) and Humanities. The school culture and traditions are strong, even though the school is only about 10 years old. Overall, I'm very pleased to be here.

The weather has been over 35 degrees most days (or nearly 100 F) which has been horrible. The students have coped remarkably well though and without complaint. 

Onions, onions, anyone for onions?

This summer we grew tree onions for the first time. These onions grow bulb-lets from the end of their green stalks, which you can eat but which also sprout more bulb-lets. We've been harvesting just enough to eat but they looked like they needed to harvested in one go, so that's what I did. Here's me sorting and cleaning them ready for storing in the garage.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Miss L

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Tangle challenges

Thanks to all those lovely people who commented on my blog this week. I think that's a record number of comments for me. Comments make my day and inspire me to keep Tangling.

Diva #300

What an amazing, incredible milestone that the Diva has reached with this week's challenge. So many Tanglers around the world owe their persistence and growth with this art form to the Diva's challenges.

I started this blog so that I could participate in the Diva challenges. I learnt about the value of these and other online challenges after spending time drawing with Shelly Beauch CZT. 

Below is the first Diva challenge I posted on my blog, back in September 2015. 

Here are my tiles for challenge #300. It is kind of weird that one of tiles this week features Zenith, as did my first ever challenge tile. I did not even think of looking for this until just now. 

My second tile features Drawings (I like doing this one now that I've go the hang of it) and Florz.

It's a string thing

IAST #181 uses a string based on Zen Bud, and tangles Pozer, Puf and Flukes. 

Made by Joey #149

This week's challenge uses D as the string and starts with some Dicso. I added D'rua, 'Dillo and Golven. 

I'm continuing to use a hand made journal for this challenge. The paper is quite rough and thin, so I have to quite careful how I colour it and shade it. After so many supportive comments about last week's ZIA, I thought I'd include some photos of the process I used to create this week's ZIA.

Create a template using scrap cardboard

Spray on some colour with Kaiser Mists, being careful not to over-wet the page

Shade as I go. I normally shade at the end but that leads me to damage this paper. Not sure why.

New School

I started at my new school this week. I had been at my previous school for 5 years, so starting somewhere new is daunting. Very nervous to begin with. So far it's been a positive experience. I think I'm going to enjoy being here. Students start back next week.

I don't expect to be very active in the Zentangle world for the next few weeks as I get used to new students, new environment and to the general busy-ness of every new school year. Sorry if I don't get to visit and comment on your blogs. 

Cheers and thanks again for your comments and support :)

Miss L

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tangle challenges

This week in Canberra the weather is hot. Really, really hot. I'm talking heat wave conditions with temperatures above 35 degrees every day. It's the sort of heat that gives you sun burn when only in the sun for 10 minutes. 

Luckily here it is a dry heat which is not as hard to deal with as humid heat. 

I'm currently savouring my last week of holidays before returning to work and a new school next week. Getting lots of drawing in and getting ready to refurbish parts of our house. Bathrooms and window furnishings are top of the list. More on that in the weeks to come.

Diva #299 - Drawings

This is a tangle that I tried last week during the 12 days challenge in December. Didn't like it, couldn't get it to work. Then I visited CharKat's entry for this week's challenge and I understood it better. 

Tip for drawing Drawings - start from the outside and work inwards. That gives a more natural flow to the lines. 

Here are my two tiles. The first uses a filler based on Bunzo while the second uses Dex and some Inktense pencils.

Made by Joey

This week's Made by Joey features Cat-kin and the letter C. I've added Curly-Q, Cathedral and Chard. I used a spray mist to colour the page. The mist took ages to dry, even in this heat and weakened the paper. Will have to use less next time. 

IAST #190

(post updated 19 Jan)

I don't always attempt Adele Bruno's challenges. There's only so many hours in the week for drawing!  I couldn't resist this week as it uses Paradox (we should all know this one), Fassett (which I used to use a lot but have forgotten) and Trimonds (a new one for me which I will try and use for often).

It took me a couple of attempts to get a tile that I was happy with. The first one is incomplete and in the bin. 

Here's my second one. Much too busy I think.

And now the tile that I submitted. The phrase 'less is more' comes to mind here.

Both tiles use yellow spray mist. The second also uses white pencil.

Colourful Arukas continued

I started playing with this style of drawing Arukas after reading Eni Oken's blog. Here are my latest (and possibly final) ZIAs in this series.

Thanks for your comments and for dropping by.

Miss L

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Tangle challenges and holidays at the beach

This week I have been away on holidays with my family. We had a week at Huskisson on the NSW South Coast. This was my 4th visit in 12 months. It's become a favourite place. My last visit here was for a few days on my own just before Christmas.

Anyway, I didn't do any Zentangle challenges until I got home today.

Diva #298 - Orbs-la-Dee

This is a new tangle for me, although I do use use a something like it which is based on Purk. I decided to use some colour today so I got out my Kaiser Mists.

My first tile uses Orbs-La-Dee with Florz and 'Nzeppel.

For my second tile I used B'twixt and Shattuck.

Made by Joey #147

This week's Made by Joey challenge was to use the letter B and B-twixt. I added Bubbles, Barber Pole, Batik and Bandola. It was fun looking for B tangles and finding ones that I haven't used in ages. I'm still getting to know the recycled paper in this journal and how it reacts to colour, pressure and pencils, shading etc. Gentleness is the key.

Other drawing

I spent hours drawing this week. Recently I signed up to emails from Eni Oken. I admire her use of colour and her bold approach to some well-known tangles.

Here's a ZIA based on Eni's interpretation of Arukas.

Here's a ZIA based on fish.

Catching the big one

Speaking of fish, my son, husband and I went fishing with a fishing guide. Well worth the money. Our guide has us targeting flathead. The biggest flathead I've caught would be about 40cm. On this day that was our smallest.

The Husband caught the first fish (60+ cm), BoyBoy caught the most (5 fish, each over 60cm, and one over 70cm) while I caught the biggest fish. My beauty was 83cm. She was tagged and released. We kept enough fish for two dinners and let the rest go.

It was THE BEST fishing experience we'd ever had. 

Here's some photos.

One happy dog

We took our dog Milo with us for the week. There were off-leash beaches for him to swim in. Here's a photo of one very happy dog. 

Have a great week.

Miss L