Saturday, 20 August 2016

It's a string thing #158

It's been a while since I've participated in this challenge. I still find using other people's strings hard to do. Much more comfortable just drawing something myself.

I chose to participate this week because the challenge features a tangle by Lily Moon. I admire Lily's work, especially her attention to detail. Every stroke of the pen starts and finishes perfectly.

Here are my two tiles.

Have a good week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L







Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Diva #280 - Rio Olympics

This week's Diva Challenge is about celebrating the Olympics.

I found this challenge hard to do as I haven't gotten into watching the Olympics much this time round. Maybe that's due to Netflex (Broadchurch for edge of your seat drama, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for laughs) and Zentangle - two things I've been spending time on lately.

Anyway, my first tile uses the motif of a oars, as this sport has given Australia one of its' few gold medals for these games. Diva Dance for the water, Printemps for water highlights and Ahh for sky highlights.



My second tile draws inspiration from an Olympics games that I did watch - in person. This was the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney. The Husband and I got to see beach volley ball (loud, fun and the only time I've visited Bondi Beach), hockey (which we used to play every weekend) and some athletics. I also got to be in the grandstand for a dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony. 

The funny looking set of coloured symbols on the bottom right of the tile are taken from the top part of the Sydney games logo. From there I've added ribbons of Finery, Shattuck and Twing, with a touch of Flux at the edges.



Other drawing


This week I've been reading Chapter 6 of the Zentangle Primer. This chapter is about learning more tangles rather than exploring techniques of shading, enhancements or tangellations.

These are some tiles that I've drawn, influenced by this chapter. The way I'm drawing Shattuck at the moment is directly from chapter 6. Zen gems and Twing are continuing to show the influence of my visit to Shelley Beauch over a month ago. 








Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to drop by your blogs too.

Miss L


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Diva Challenge #279: "Duotangle Meer vs Auraknot"

This week's Diva challenge asks us to combine two tangles: Auraknot and Meer. I decided to keep both tiles simple. The second uses Hollibaugh to create layers of Meer. 







Other drawing 


Not much drawing at all over the past week or so. Last week is a blur. I cannot remember what I did at all. Maybe I've just been tired?

I did spend time adding to my Zentangle Journal. I'm actually enjoying working on this more than using normal tiles. 

Recently I finished reading the chapter about strings where we are encouraged to venture beyond them. In this tile, however, I stayed closely within the strings. Normally, however, I'm pretty relaxed about staying within them and often don't use them at all. Maybe that's what I took away from the chapter - that it is OK to stay within them on occasion? I'm most proud of my strings of Mooka that coil up the tile and my Huggins, which is a tangle I worked on with Shelly Beauch recently and which still causes me grief. Not in this tile though.





Skiing


Last weekend was a real super wonderful amazing treat. We went skiing. The Husband and I can both down hill ski at an intermediate level although we choose to stay in green runs, which are the easiest level. Although we live only 3 hours from the snow, we haven't been able to get onto the slopes very often since before BoyBoy was born.

Speaking of BoyBoy, we took him with us. He is 17 and has never down hill skied.

After a difficult start and nearly giving up, BoyBoy got the hang of skiing and was beating me down the hill on most runs. Whether that was deliberate or because he was slightly out of control, we don't know. His crash rate fell away and he understood why The Husband and I love skiing so much.

I got quite emotional at times over the two days. It was such a joy to be back on skis after a long break. It was also a chance to enjoy skiing the slopes that I'd first learnt on in my teens yet doing so with my husband (who is THE BEST husband ever!!!).  Ah the memories. 

Most of all it was an incredible, powerful, wonderful feeling to see my boy skiing confidently down the slopes. On the Sunday I was racing down this lovely wide open valley, with BoyBoy right behind me. I was a very proud mother then!


The Husband and I overlooking Perisher Valley.
BoyBoy with an ice crystal 

Snow gums while waiting for the chair lift, Pleasant Valley. 

Have a great week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L



Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Diva #278 - UMT KLnightstar

This week's Diva challenge is to use Knightstar, which is a tangle by Daniel Lamothe.

I highly recommend reading Daniel's blog. He is young - late teens? - and the youngest CZT. His blog posts are funny, insightful and full of his unique take on life and art. And his art is incredible.

http://thetanglecorner.blogspot.com.au/

My first tile started life this morning as I was doodling before a meeting. I'd arrived early (did not know what to expect from the traffic) so filled in time by experimenting with this week's challenge.

Here's my doodle and my finished tile. The finished tile includes tangellations of squill, ellish and knightstar. Not sure I like it much but I did like the process.






Since I wasn't too happy with my first tile, I had another go. This one owes a little inspiration to CharKat and the way she shaded knightstar. I added something extra to the white spaces - a product called Glossy Accents.  But, of course, the gloss didn't come out in the photo. 



Other drawing


I haven't been Tangling much this last week due to life, the universe and everything. I did, however, complete a tile on Monday, which I posted on the Zentangle Mosaic. 



Bertie


A huge, huge, huge event in my life recently has been the purchase of a car. This is my first new car, just for me, that I chose, that I could have customised if I'd wished.

My car is a Mini Cooper S. That means almost nothing to me other than it is a Mini and that it's a sports model which means the driving should be fun. And it is very, very fun to drive.

Why Bertie? Apparently it is customary for Mini Cooper owners to name their cars. I named mine Jeremy for a few days, which is a reference to a British TV show called Top Gear. However, the name didn't suit. So now it is called Bertie.

Here's a piccy. The angle is bad because I didn't want to post a photo of my number plate.





Health, fitness, weight loss


I haven't posted about this topic for a while. I guess it's because my fitness program has become such a normal, almost everyday part of life. It's common for me to go to the gym up to 5 times a week and spend an hour or so working out. If I miss the gym then I walk our dog, Milo.

Results in terms of weight loss have been gradual, if not a bit slow. Have to work harder on cutting down sugar and refined carbs. 

Results in terms of losing size has been noticeable. Clothes are looser and the body is toned.

Results in terms of strength have been amazing. Today, for instance, I did 10 x 5 sets of full push ups and 3 sets of 30 stomach crunches. Did the same yesterday as well. Feeling quite proud of myself.

The other activity I've taken up is meditation. I've been using an App called Headspace. So far I've meditated for 10 minutes a day for 22 days straight. Looking at the time now, I'd been finish this so I can get a session in before bed. 

Thanks


Thanks for dropping by. Thanks especially to people who add comments. Love to read them and then visit your blogs. Page views for my blog are now well over 10,000 and it's not quite 1 year old.

Have a great week

Miss L



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Diva #277 - Running around in circles

This week's Diva challenge


The challenge this week was to draw inspiration from circles. Here's my tile. If you visit my blog later in the week there will be more tiles for this challenge.





Zentangle Primer


I've been doing more work in my Primer Journal. This week I tackled the front cover. The border features tangle fragments that I saw on Adele Bruno's site recently, plus squill, ellish, skye, rixty, tripoli, flux, florz and shattuck, with a few bunzo-esque pieces thrown in. The gems have some extra sparkle courtesy of a couple of layers of Mod Podge.






























ZIA 3D paper shapes


On the weekend I went to a craft fair at my local art centre. One of the stalls that caught my eye and imagination was by Altapapercraft. They had a display of 3D images made from cardboard pyramids. 
You need to go to their instagram or facebook page to appreciate. I can't adequately describe their work. http://altapapercraft.com/

You could buy the artworks already assembled and framed or you buy their kits and try it at home. I bought two of their kits and have spent much of Monday drawing over them and converting them into ZIA.

Here's my 3D star and 3D fish. I already had box-ish frames. Just took out the ZIA that were in them before, added some pretty background card, tangling the backing card and viola. 








Cake decorating continues


Here's my latest attempt at this edible art. I've found that my work colleagues are quite happy to eat the results.




Have a great week and thanks for your comments.



Miss L



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Diva #276 - moving tangles

This week's Diva challenge is to tangle while moving. I don't have a tile like that or an opportunity to create one - I have only a 10 minute car ride to work and I'm the driver. However, I do have a page of my Zentangle Primer Journal that I worked on at an airport. 

I started the page at Melbourne Airport on my way to Tasmania to draw with Shelly Beauch, I addded to it during the week, and then did some more while waiting at Melbourne Airport for my delayed return flight to Canberra. 


Here's the tile and my selfie, primer opened and pen in hand.






You might notice the pressure garment on my left hand. It extends all the way up my arm, is a relic of having cancer and is something I have to wear every time I fly. It prevents me getting lymphedema. 

Zentangle Primer and Journal


I've had some pretty nice comments about my use of the ZT Primer journal - both on this blog and on the ZT mosaic app. Remember that there are no mistakes in Zentangle. Don't let the loveliness of the journal stop you from using it and making it your own. The journal is meant to DRAW IN. 

Here's one of my recent drawings, based on the image on page 46 of the Primer. My favourite tangle in this is Shattuck - I've learnt how to vary the weight of my pen lines in it, which is something I've not been confident to do before. 




























Tasmania trip


Readers of this blog would know that I love to travel, and I'm enjoying travelling solo sometimes. My recent trip was to Tasmania. 


Here's some photos. Photos were mostly taken in the Bay of Fires region in the NE Tasmania.



Have a great week. 

Miss L






Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Diva #275 - Give peace a chance

Winter weather update


We have snow. We don't get snow in Canberra very often and when we do it quickly melts. It also creates lots of excitement.

My daughter Moo leaves for work before 6am so she's been keeping her car in the garage to avoid having to de-ice. This morning she would have had to de-snow.

Here's my car outside at 6am this morning.



Here's our backyard at 9am.



Miss L




Diva #275


This week's Diva challenge asks us to reflect on the recent events in the USA. Black lives matter.

I chose to use organic tangles around a peace sign. Tangles used were Verdigogh, Tamisolo and Iza.






Drawing with Shelly Beauch


Last week I travelled to Tasmania (over 700kms away) to spend a couple of days improving my drawing skills with the delightful and generous Shelly Beauch.

We spend most of the second day working on an Opus tile sampler, where Shelly showed me new tangles and helped me draw some older ones. Here's my Opus tile.




I did lots of other drawing last week, some of which you can find on the Zentangle Mosaic App.


Zen Gems


Zen Gems are something I've seen lots of and tried but without success. Some in person tuition has changed that. Here's a collection of Zen Gems that I created yesterday, complete with plenty of tangling to enhance them and to link each 'tile'. 



Zentangle Primer


My Zentangle Primer and workbook arrived just before I travelled to Tasmania. The book is packed with inspiration and ways to develop and extend your Tangling skills. I spent hours with it, particularly in airports waiting for delayed flights. 

Here's my name plate.


Have a great week.

Miss L


Diva #275 - Give peace a chance

This week's Diva challenge asks us to reflect on the recent events in the USA. Black lives matter.

I chose to use organic tangles around a peace sign. Tangles used were Verdigogh, Tamisolo and Iza.






Drawing with Shelly Beauch


Last week I travelled to Tasmania (over 700kms away) to spend a couple of days improving my drawing skills with the delightful and generous Shelly Beauch.

We spend most of the second day working on an Opus tile sampler, where Shelly showed me new tangles and helped me draw some older ones. Here's my Opus tile.




I did lots of other drawing last week, some of which you can find on the Zentangle Mosaic App.


Zen Gems


Zen Gems are something I've seen lots of and tried but without success. Some in person tuition has changed that. Here's a collection of Zen Gems that I created yesterday, complete with plenty of tangling to enhance them and to link each 'tile'. 



Zentangle Primer


My Zentangle Primer and workbook arrived just before I travelled to Tasmania. The book is packed with inspiration and ways to develop and extend your Tangling skills. I spent hours with it, particularly in airports waiting for delayed flights. 

Here's my name plate.


Have a great week.

Miss L