Sunday, 16 October 2016

Made by Joey #134

This week's Made by Joey challenge is to use torn paper as the string.

Here's my tile. Tangles are Squill, with a variation of Florz and some random squiggles darkened with some Kaiser Mist. 

I made a similar tile to this about 2 years ago, when I was just getting into Zentangle.

The tile is stuck to my pin board which faces my drawing desk. The desk is meant to be a shared desk between my husband and myself and for uses in addition to drawing. However, Zentangle has completely taken over the space, although I can tidy my desk quickly if needed. Somehow though, the need rarely arises.

Have a good week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Diva #288 - Gourdgeous

This week's Diva challenge was to use the tangle Gourdgeous. This is not a tangle I ever use, although I do like what other people do with it. It took me several tiles over a couple of nights to get some work that I was prepared to show on my blog. What is complicating things is that I'm trying to make my drawings more 3D with layers of tangles, as per Eni Oken's 3D tangling book. Maybe I should just use the KISS principle in future ie Keep It Simple, Stupid?

Here's the first tile. The ink for the Flux is a dark grey which didn't come out as grey on the tile unfortunately. 

My second tile plays with Kaiser Mists sprays, and the tangles Squid and Pixiote.

My final tile is one which combines Washi paper, coloured pencils and tangles. The tile ws left over from the ZIA I worked on last weekend. The tangle in colour is Gnarly. I got the idea of using Gnarly from Ilse's page this week. 

Other drawing

Last weekend I played around with an A4 ZIA which combines Japanese Washi paper and my Kaiser Mists (in red, candy and yellow). Washi paper has been used in Japan for centuries and is most commonly seen in origami and in Washi Eggs, which is a Western use of the paper.  I combined all that with some cardboard shapes I found in my old scrapbooking box. 

Tangles include: Tri-Bee, Mooka, Tripoli in the bakground, Shattuck, Purk and Knightsbridge in the white space section, and Shattuch, Tripoli and Buttercup on the tiles.  I hadn't intended to use Mooka but it just arrived all on its own so I went with it.

Walking the dog

I'm very fortunate to live somewhere with easy access to native bushland and the facilities of a city. That's what Canberra is - a capital city in the bush. The photos below were taken in a tract of bushland only 10 minutes walk from my house.

It is Spring here and I'm seeing some of the shyer creatures coming out. Below are some photos of an echidna, which is an animal only found in Australia. This one is about 40cm long. The photo is a bit grainy as I didn't want to get too close to it and scare it.

And here's my dog Milo enjoying the wildflowers. Milo is a Kelpie and is 10 years old. The poor dog has arthritis in his hips now which means daily walks are even more important for him.

Have a good week. And sorry for not visiting many of your blogs at the moment. 

Miss L

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Diva #287 - Dreamcatcher

This week's Diva challenge was to use the tangle Dreamcatcher.

In my first tile I used the tangles Dreamcatcher, Shattuck and two from SandySteen Bartholomew - Mumsy and N.A.F. I added colour as a message to our weather gods - it is meant to be Spring so enough with the cold weather and storms!

My second tile has half of B-Tweed, some Purk, a touch of Paradox and a background of Huggins. The tile is not finished as well as I'd like as I was using Zentangle to help calm my nerves. We had a severe storm last evening - intense wind, hail, rain and trees branches falling down. Unrelated to that we also had a light fitting fall down and smash to pieces as we were watching telly. So, I like my idea but not the execution.

Other drawing

I've been playing around with Washi paper (see my previous post for other examples). Here are some tiles using it.

Solo Travel

Last week I spent a couple of days on my own in a cottage in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. I first started solo travelling last year. Now I take off for up to a week on my own each school holidays. I find solo travel refreshes my spirit and gives me a self-confidence boost.

This time I travelled only 4 hours away by car. While I was away I: walked a lot within the town and in the bush, browsed through a couple of shopping streets (Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath), had a 2 hour treatment at a day spa, drew, sat drinking tea by the fire and read.

Here are some photos.

Have a great week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Tangle challenges - 1st October

It's a String Thing

This week's IAST challenge was quite simple - use a basic square border then use W2 plus whatever other tangles we liked.

For my first tile I kept it as a monotangle. 

But one tile was not enough, so I did a second, this time adding Fleavy and Dicso.

Made by Joey

Made by Joey is another finish my tile challenge, using a strip of diva dance flowing through the tile. While I like the way other people use Diva Dance, it doesn't flow for me.

My first tile uses Cadent, Shattuck and Mooka. 

My second uses Flux (my go-to tangle), with Lollywimple (thanks to Ria M for sharing that tangle), CreZendo (careful if you search this for tangle as you may end up at a condom website), and Pufcookie.

Other art

I tried my hand at decoupage this week using Japanese Washi paper. What do you think?

Where I've been creating this week

I have just come back from a few days on my own, staying in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Here's a shot of the Three Sisters, which is a major, major tourist attraction for Sydney, even though the Sisters are 3 hours west of the city centre.

And here's a couple of photos from Govett's Leap, which was only a 15 minute walk from where I stayed in the village of Blackheath. More photos to come.

Ah, the serenity.

Miss L

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Diva #286

This week's Diva challenge is a quick draw for me today as I'm just about to go away for a couple of days. The trip is just me and my car, Bertie. Bliss. Look out for photos next week.

Anyway, this week the Diva challenged us to use straight lines. I thought I'd quickly do a spiral. Alas, box spirals are hard to draw free hand. Here's my first fail (I had a second using a ruler which turned out even worse!).

Below is my third attempt. All the tangles are fragments from the Zentangle Primer, except for the tiny red paradoxes in the corner squares. 

Zentangle Journal

This entry incorporates fragments from the Zentangle Primer and layering of tangles covered in one of Eni Oken's books.

Other drawing

Staying with Eni Oken, I have some of her shading guides. For a change in pace for myself, I tried to follow her instruction closely. Normally I use instructions as a rough guide. 

Here is Tri-Roda and Aquafleur shaded as per Eni's guide. The only ink in the Aquafleur is in the outlines of the shape. The dark bands are graphite.

Lunch date

This coming weekend is our 22nd wedding anniversary. To celebrate The Husband had a couple of days away, or 'down the coast' in local Canberran speak.

We had lunch at Rick Stein's Bannisters by the Sea. Rick Stein is an English celebrity chef. He's made lots of cooking shows, owns a few world class restaurants and writes cook books.

Lunch at Bannisters was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. The was simple, complex, fresh, tasty, textual, lovely. Here are some photos.


Have a great week.

Miss L

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Tangle challenges

Diva Challenge

The Diva this week asks us to relax. She also asks us to draw with the sole purpose of relaxation and for show. Mmmmm.

I'm putting these images on my blog and I'm hoping for comments. I get a sense of recognition and value from the comments themselves and from the number of comments. I get the most comments when my work is good. But I need to put that aside and just draw. OK.

My first tile is a play with colour. Mist sprays, coloured pencils and lots and lots of Mooka. There's some Diva Dance around the edge of the red blob and 'Nzeppel within the blob. I enjoyed creating it but not sure that I relaxed that much. I was very focussed though.

My second tile is a play with two favourite tangles: Flux and Shattuck. This one uses black and grey and a simple string of wave-like lines. 

Made by Joey

This week's Made by Joey challenge features Buttercup. I combined it with W2 on a colour-misted tile.

It's a String Thing

I struggled with the IAST challenge. It uses Andante, Flux and Cruffles with a curly string. This tile is so bad that I doubt that I'll submit it. It goes on my blog because I like to show failures as well as tiles that I like. This one is a fail.

Postscript to IAST

It's a day later and I've created another tile for this week's IAST challenge. This one is better.

Other drawing

I've spent a bit of time with my travelling tangle kit this week. My page shows me playing around with CreZendo, which is a tangle recently featured on the Square One Facebook page. 

Spray mists

If you looked at my blog last week, you'll see that I've been playing with spray mists. I got the idea from an Eni Oken book about making distressed tiles. While I have downloaded and printed the book, I have gone beyond glancing through it. That was enough for me to get out my old scrapbooking materials or from buying some new colours.

Here's what I've been using.

Have a great week and thanks for dropping by.

Miss L

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Tangle challenges

I've spent a quiet morning listening to some new music and drawing.

I treated all my tiles this morning with shimmer mist.  I saw someone else recently using so thought I'd have a try too.

Here's another Diva #284 tile featuring Tripoli.

Then there's Adele Bruno's It's String Thing challenge. This week the tangles were Hollibaugh and Bubbles. I tried to be a bit unexpected with Hollibaugh and really highlight how this flat artform can look 3D.

Finally, my Made by Joey tile which is a finish my tile challenge.

My verdict? get some more colours of Glimmer Mist because I like the effect.

Thanks for dropping by and adding your comments.

Miss L