My interest in Zentangle (R) started when I was looking at adult colouring books and decided I'd rather draw the pictures. My husband bought me a book about Zentangle inspired art for Christmas and my latest interest was born.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

A little break?

Hi all, hope you've had a good week! We have had a warm blustery spring day today, I was half expecting my washing to have taken off on an interstate trip when I got home. Back to winter again tomorrow, but I did make the most of it and went for a walk by the beach this morning.

Diva Challenge #289

The diva challenged us to use an autumn leaf as a string or as inspiration for this week, or for those of us from the southern hemisphere to use some spring flowers. I had a play with some colour and tangling inspired by a protea in my garden. Lots of mooka and some flux meets leaflet.

Hmmm looking at this now, I could have emphasised that cherry red a bit more. I drew it on green paper but the colour hasn't come up very well in this photo.

Joey's challenge #135

Joey challenged us to use three tangles; drogon, disco and msst, and a string based on 3 circles. Here is my take on that. If I did this one again, I would use single disco for one circle, double for the next and triple for the next. I got a bit tangled up trying to do the layers too.

Travelling Tangles

I'm sharing some completed by an overseas tangle buddy, Janet. I'm completely blown away by how she finished my starts, I love them!

That's all for me this week, except to say that I'll be taking a bit of a break, possibly till after Christmas. We have a bit of an adventure planned for December and I need to put some time and effort into getting my back right. At the moment I get one bit sorted and another bit starts playing up, not good for travelling. When I get into routine again I might drop back in before that, but after a very frustrated sore morning this morning I decided I needed to stop challenges and tangle swapping for a bit.

Hope the rest of the year goes well for you all! Keep on Tangling!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A change of heart

I nearly didn't take part in the diva challenge this week. I really don't like gourdgeous that much (so I thought) and have been a bit restricted by a sore back. But then I got an inspiration to make a bit of a Hallowe'en themed tile out of it with a couple of gourdy pumpkins, and some dream catcher webs, and an Aussie red back spider which all sounded kinda fun so I decided to give it a go.

This is what happened. When I got to this point I loved it so much I couldn't bear to go any further in case I wrecked it. One of my favourite tiles I've drawn to date I think.

The tangles are gourdgeous (ZOT), individual leaflets (Helen Williams) and tipple. I tried out using stipple and cross hatching for shading (no graphite).

So thanks Laura for the challenge, and pushing me out of my comfort zone once again to try something different. My hallowe'en fun tile might have to wait for another occasion (as an Aussie I don't do hallowe'en anyway lol).

If you'd like to see what I did for Joey's challenge this week (which I really enjoyed!) you can check it out here.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I try to comment on as many as possible as I can too, but some sites (eg pinterest, some wordpress) won't allow me to.

Happy Tangling!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Oops I ripped my tile

Well not really but Joey's finish my tile challenge for this week was to make it look like a strip had been torn out of the middle of your tile. I was really excited by this challenge and would have got into it straight away if I'd had the energy, but a weekend of gastro had left me feeling like a limp noodle and with some travelling tangle starts to catch up on.

Here is what I came up with. I'm pretty happy with it, except I'm still struggling with my shading. I think when I get a chance I'm going to need to try a variety of pencils and papers and work out how I best like to shade for once and for all.

Travelling Tangles

I've been receiving lots of lovely happy mail over the last few weeks and thought I'd share some of the latest ones with you. These ones are a France-Australia collaboration with Christine who has just decided to give travelling tangles a go. The first one is one I sent to her:

I drew the outline of Huggins and the ripped page and Christine did the fills and and all the rest. I think this looks great! Christine does beautiful line work.

The next one Christine sent to me:

Christine sent me the red and black tripoli. I added another layer of aura and the circle string and went from there. I decided not to shade as I liked the clean black white and red effect here.

If you'd like to join the travelling tangles fun, check out the group on Facebook.

That's all for now. Hope you are all having a good week and are in good health! The only one in the family who enjoys someone being sick is guess who. He spent the last 3 days permanently fixed on my bed or chair lol.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Relly Telly 1

A quick little post (I hope, promises, promises) to share what happened when I tackled Joey's finish my tile this week.

I definitely relaxed into this one. I even made a mistake with which square I wanted to fill with printemps next and that didn't faze me. Love to hear what you think.

If you want to see what I did for the diva challenge this week you can find that here, or alternatively click on home or my blog title to see all the recent posts.

I do try to comment on as many of your posts as I can during the week, but my apologies to those of you who post on Pinterest. I think my app updated and now it won't let me write comments on any of your photos.

Lots of happy mail has been arriving this week, hopefully I'll have some more to show you next time.

Till then, happy tangling!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

A step too far - Diva challenge #287 UMT Dreamcatcher

Early post this week as I'm working different days. I'm planning to get the Joey challenge done too but you just in case I'm doing an early one lol.

This week's diva challenge was a UMT challenge incorporating Daniel Lamothe's Dreamcatcher. I'd looked at this a few weeks ago, loved it, then promptly forgot about it so I was glad to be reminded about it - thanks Laura! And oh did I enjoy drawing this tangle!

I decided to fill alternate bands with yincut but then I regretted it. The ethereal looking tangle was gone. Have you noticed that when you do that to a nearly finished tangle it takes as long again to "fix"? I'm pretty happy with it again now, though I definitely need to draw another one without fill.

I've bought some lovely pastel papers on the weekend to play with, but I'm not sure the soft pink of this one shows up in the photo.

I'm not sure if that ribbon tangle is a tangle or not. It's something that happened when I tried to draw Margaret Bremner's Skye from memory. I played with it a bit and it's a good deal simpler to draw than skye. Is it a unique tangle do you think or a tangleation? I'll do a step out for it later in the week anyway :) If you think it's a unique one, feel free to suggest a name (or tell me what it's already called!).

It's been an eventful week - we've had a once in 50 year storm described as a "non typical cyclone" followed a couple of days later by more storms. There's been quite a bit of flooding though we're okay where I live. One good thing about the continual bad weather though is Toby has gone from being quite anxious to ignoring it all. Thanks for all the sympathy he got last week, maybe he's feeling the love lol.

It was also our wedding anniversary, so hubby and I had a night away from the family by ourselves. We dropped into the OzAsia festival but didn't stay long as it was extremely soggy underfoot. The lanterns were amazing though.

Last but not least, here's a travelling tangle I completed this week. I was stuck on it for a while because I loved it just the way it was, but I finally got inspired. I love the beautiful colour many of the travelling tanglers apply to their tiles. I don't have the time or space to do this myself at the moment, maybe one day.

That's all for now, catch you later in the week I hope or else this time next week.
Happy tangling.

P.S. Thanks for all the lovely comments, and do visit the diva's page to see other people's lovely work!

P.P.S If you want to see what I did for Joey's challenge, you can find it here, or alternatively click on home or my blog title for recent posts.