Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Tangle challenges

After weeks of doing very little drawing I'm now doing lots. Today I completed 7 tiles. Must have something to do with a significant easing of work pressures and improved health (had bad asthma and hay fever for a couple of weeks).

Diva #296 - Moowa

Today's tangle challenges are Diva #296 - Moowa and continuing with the 12 days of 3Zs with the Mother Ship.

Moowa was relaxing and fun to draw and to shade. Hard for me not to turn it into Mooka though. Here are my tiles.

My first adds Sanibelle and a tangellation of Sanibelle that fell from my pen. I've never seen it done this way by anyone else.

My second adds Flux and Knot Ricks to Moowa/Mooka. I drew inspiration from Cris Letourneau's response to this week's challenge.

My final tile is a mono tangle of Moowa.

12 days of 3zs

I found time to get these tiles done yesterday and today.

Work news

The school year here is coming to an end. Only a week and a half to go. I will be changing schools for the start of next year. I've been at my current school for 5 years so it's time to move on and meet new challenges. I'm sad and excited at the same time. 

Last night was our school's Year 10 Formal/ Graduation. I taught many of these students when they were in Year 7 and have watched them grow ever since, even though I haven't been their regular teacher since Year 7. It was lovely night and I got lots of crazy dancing in. I'm known at school for spontaneous dance moves and terrible singing in class, so it was nice to be able to sort of dance properly maybe kinda with my ex-students last night. 

Thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Tangle challenges

First up I want to thank people for dropping by my blog and leaving comments. The comments help me feel connected to other Tanglers and help keep me motivated to draw. I haven't been drawing much lately due to the usual end of year work and family pressures.

I did order some more Zentangle supplies which arrived a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday I started playing around with circular tiles. Later I'll get out the Opus tiles and see what appears on them.

Diva #295 - more fragments

Loved doing this challenge. I used fragments J6 and X7 on my first tile then W2 and W7 on my second with a little Hollibaugh.

Made by Joey

Not so many people do this challenge. Not sure why. Maybe people don't know about it? I highly recommend it. Joey often gets us to finish a tile that she has started. This is a great way to get back into drawing when you are struggling to find your mojo.

Here's my tile. It starts with Pipez and a zigzag string. I've used a circular tile and surrounded it with Pixioze.

It's a string thing

This week's feature tangles of Veridigogh and Cruffle.

12 Days of 3Zs

Finally, The Mother Ship has released triangular tiles and a 12 days of Zentangle Challenge. The link to the challenge is here. I've made my own triangular tiles from 220gsm artists paper.

Thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Tangle challenges

Diva #294

This week's Diva challenge uses Reticula and Fragments from the Zentangle Primer. I've been fortunate to own this book and the accompanying journal. After a few months of using both regularly I've slacked off. This week's challenge has been a nice reminder to get both books out again and get drawing.

Here are my tiles. The first uses a fairly standard square grid while the second uses reticula R-E 3. Some of the fragments are from the book while a couple invented themselves as I drew.

After a break from drawing it's been a pleasant evening getting back into it.

Diva #293

A few days ago I drew a tile for Diva #293 featuring Keeko. I use Keeko quite a bit. This time I drew a grid first then filled it with Keeko. Normally I'm quite free-handed with it. The centre is a fragment (square fragment  X7?).

Made by Joey 

Last week the Made by Joey was a finish my tile challenge with Mooka in the corner. Mooka appears in a lot of my work, often by accident. My pen just likes those shapes! The Mooka is surrounded by Pixiote. The green interior is a water colour pencil.

Thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Joey #138

This week it's another finish my tangle challenge. I have such fun doing these.

Tonight I sat down to draw, not intending to do the challenge, not then anyway. But I checked on the link and liked the challenge so I did it. 

Here are my two tiles.

Thanks for dropping by and adding your comments to my blog. Much appreciated.

Miss L

Diva #292 - Eaxy

This week's Diva challenge was particularly challenging. The tangle was Eaxy. I  had several practices of this one, and looked at what other Tanglers had done. Still struggled, which is frustrating at the tangle looks great on Nadine's blog.

Here are my tiles. The first uses the design of a glass object I saw yesterday at the centre piece, with Shattuck running down the middle.

My second tile uses Viaduct,  Tattle and Ahh.

Other drawing

Nothing happening this past week. Instead of drawing I've been going to the gym; been busy at and with work; suffering badly from hay fever; and writing. I'm part way through a creative writing course that I've been attending one evening a week. It's getting me writing again.

Farewell dinner for Moo

This Sunday by lovely, lovely daughter Moo flies out to New Zealand for a 3 week holiday. Australian's like to joke that travelling to NZ is not overseas at all. It is. She needs a passport and plane.

Moo is joining a tour, so she'll be with other people. She doesn't know any of them but that will change soon enough.

To celebrate this big event and to send her off, we had a special dinner last Saturday. There were 6 of us at dinner: The Husband, BoyBoy, Moo, B - Moo's best friend and my sorta daughter, Wookie - B's boy pal and my sorta son-in-law once removed, and myself. We went to a restaurant that serves food and games.

Here's a pic of their games menu.

The service was ordinary, the food less than ordinary, but the one waiter who understood the games menu and our needs made the night.

Saturday night games night has been an institution in our family since the kids were little. Other families have movie nights. We have games. Uno, Cluedo, Monopoly, Scattergories, Spoons - nothing complicated. It's a bonding thing and a chance to laugh at each other.


My son attends our local college. The college had their end of year art showcase and my talented, amazing BoyBoy had several pieces on display. Most of his friends had work in the display as well, making me a very proud mother.

Here's a pic of his major work titled 'A Perfect Hand'. BoyBoy's work is the giant hand in the centre of the photo. The hand is about 40cm tall, hollow and completely hand made. BoyBoy hopes to attend art school at university to study sculpture.

Have a good week.

Miss L

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Diva #291 - black tiles

This week's Diva challenge was on the theme of Halloween. If not Halloween then black tiles. I only use black tiles when I'm challenged to. Never by choice, although participating in a challenge is a choice ......

Right. My tiles.  The collection below are my failures. I tried using a gel pen. I tried using a spider web as a string. Nope. Not happy with any of them.

Maybe I was simply too tired last night to draw.

Tonight I was more relaxed and I treated the black tiles the same as a normal white or tan tile. My first uses Buttercup, Flux, and W2. My second uses a spiral string and is a monotangle of Ponio.

Other drawing

I've been playing around with Ponio lately. The first tile uses Ponio with 'Dillo and Huggins. The second tile combines Ponio with Shattuch and Mooka and some random swirly things. My fixation with spray mists continues.

Thanks for dropping by. Thanks for commenting too.

Miss L

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Made by Joey challenge #136

I enjoy doing Joey's challenges. My favourite type of challenge is her complete my tile ones, where she starts a tile off and we get to finish it.

This week Joey's tile started with Fracas in the corner.

My first tile adds poke root, shattuck, pixiote and meer, with little tastes of printemps peaking out of the pixiote and poke root. This tile is actually my second because my first didn't get finished. I'd completed most of the outlines and was going back to fill in the web within Fracas when I realised that I'd got the curves of the bands around the wrong way. The background colour is a Kaiser Mist in blue.

My second tile uses the Fracas bands within another tangle. In this case I've used it within Fengle. I then drew lines of my new favourite tangled called Ponio. This tangle has lots of variations. Here's a link to the step out  - link. I finished the tile off with Zinger.

Have a good week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Diva #290 - 'NZeppel and Flux


A big thank you and lots of virtual hugs to those lovely people who posted supportive comments on my blog recently. Your words of encouragement made a difference. I also followed your advice in how I tackled my art - in attitude and in how to pick tangles.

I'm forever grateful to this amazing online community that has developed around Zentangle.

Diva #290

Flux is my most used tangle so I was very pleased to see it featured this week in the Diva challenge. I also use 'NZeppel quite a bit too.

This week I decided to use spirals for my string. I think someone submitted a tile like this shortly after the Diva posted the challenge. Anyway, I got the spirals from Shelly Beauch's blog. Here are my two tiles. Same string, same tangles, same day, different results.

Other drawing

After hitting a blank wall of no inspiration and loads of self doubt, I took advice from those lovely people who commented and came up with this ZIA.  I used circles as strings, Ponio as a partial border, 'Dillo, Squill, and Cyme in the balls, with Purk crossed with Hollibaugh and sprigs of Poke Root for the overlap, then Tattle as filler. Tattle I found on by using the type selector on the side of the page. Could not resist adding a touch of Kaiser Mist on the edges.

Potter's Society open day

On Sunday I took BoyBoy to the Potter's Society Open Day. BoyBoy is 17 and in his second last of year of school.  He's discovered a love of ceramics and sculpture this year and now hopes to study it at  university.

I thought it would be good for him to join the Potter's Society. This would help him expand his skills, develop his portfolio (which is needed for entrance to the course he wants to do at uni) and might get him out of bed and off his computer during the coming summer holidays. So, we found ourselves at the open day.

We got to try a few things, including the potters wheel and Raku firing of some pots. With the Raku firing, we paid a token amount for a pot then got to apply glaze to it. An hour later our pots came out. It was a surprisingly fun couple of hours (and surprising amount of time we spent there!).

BoyBoy will join the society some time soon(ish) and will do some evening courses there next year.

Here are some photos.

Me at the wheel. So much harder than it looks. The mess was fun.

I thought I'd show you a bigger shot of the mosaic in the background of the pot shot. This mosaic is about 90 x 60cm in size. I made it and it's partner about 5 years ago when I was in my mosaics phase. Zentangle is so much neater than mosaics!

Have a great week and thanks for dropping by. 

Miss L