Thursday, 15 January 2015

Weekly Challenge #200: "Bi-Zen-Tennial Celebration!" for Laura AND for me!

Challenge #200 for the Diva - now that is real dedication.  I may not participate every week, but I sure have done my share :) 

Let's see, my first challenge that I posted an entry was back in 2012 - It was Challenge #70 Colour me Sepia  

I was hesitant at first and 'watched' for about 3 weeks, then I decided that the following week was going to be my first dip in.  Well, low and behold, the challenge was to use the colour Sepia!, now what do I do, I had no Sepia pens - but.... I found some paints that I had bought for my granddaughter for when she would visit me - they were in little bottles with a spongy top - much like a bingo marker, so I used the brown one.

I started tangling the day after Christmas in 2011.  I already had a Flickr account and I did a search on 'Zentangles' and found heaps of beautiful artworks -  through Flickr I came across some entries for the Weekly Challenge with the Diva (Laura Harms).  

Hasn't she done an amazing job - keeping up with her blog and setting up all these wonderful challenges for us! Thanks Laura - your a gem!  Happy 200th Challenge - and here's to 2,000 more!! hip! hip! hooray!

This is 'Smiley' my first entry that I had posted with the Diva Challenges.

I don't think I posted the following works - here I used some brown ink - some leftover I found from my Calligraphy days - I just used a paddle pop stick and a brush to spread the ink.

And to highlight Challenge #200 I did this bright piece.  Tangles used are my 'Poppie-Love' and 'Loop-de-loop'

.......... and you know an interesting thing happened... I posted this on Instagram and I realised that I reached 200 followers!  what a coincidence!  So this ZIA is for Laura and for me :)

Have a lovely week everyone!  and a big thank you for your visit and for your beautiful comments - much appreciated.

Friday, 9 January 2015

New Patterns Castle-rock and Trapt - 1,2 and 3

I was working on the '100 Mandala' challenge and the next thing you know 'Trapt 1' was born.  Whilst working on the Mandala I thought of other ways in which this pattern could be drawn.  I played some more and came out with 3 different versions.  Castle-rock also came about in this process, however I felt it was different enough that it warranted its own special name.  I figured if you drew the pattern one way, it reminded me of a space rocket, and accidently I turned it upside down and saw castles, hence the name.

Something you probably don't know about me is I'm and analyser, in fact I over analyse almost every situation.  I think I've figured out why I chose those names, but if I tell you it would give away too much personal information :)

I hope you like these patterns and find some time to try them for yourself - I would love to see your interpretation on them.

The Mandala that had my mind working

Same Mandala - coloured in with Sienna and Green/Gold by Faber-Castell (the pic didn't take too well, sorry)


Basically it's just the letter 'H' joined by a line

TRAPT 2 - this is your basic 'H; pattern working from top to bottom.  The variation is a slanted 'H'

TRAPT 3 - is drawn in a grid

Castle-rock - when drawn from top to bottom it reminds me of a rocket but when drawn from bottom to top it reminded me of a castle.  Note: the lines in the middle of the 'H' have a slight curve, one curve going up and the other curve is going down. 

In my sample piece you can see the castle and rockets.

and just for fun here are two more Mandalas, (not perfectly round as its hand drawn) also drawn for the '100 Mandala' challenge.

I hope you find some inspiration from this post - keep smiling :)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Weekly Challenge #199: "UMT: Hitch by HeidiSue" - 2nd entry

For my second entry I started off with a circle in the middle then drawing 'arms' radiating from a small circle. I also left out a part of  'Hitch' by not joining the lines from the diamond shape. I added other patterns as I saw fit, not spending too much time in deciding which patterns work together.  I felt like adding some colour, and shading.

I hope you like it, I'm really taking a liking to this pattern - thanks Heidi and Laura - I'm having lots of fun with it.

Thanks to all for your visit and for all the lovely comments - much appreciated :)  I hope to have some time to check out all the other entries.

Here it is - a ZIA

Weekly Challenge #199: "UMT: Hitch by HeidiSue"

A very short post tonight - I've just seen our Diva is back with the first challenge for 2015.  It's a 'use my tangle' and its name is 'hitch' by HeidiSue.

It's almost 12.30 am in the morning and I'm back at work as of today and I really need to get some sleep so I won't have time to shade my tile, perhaps another time, who knows, I may even let it be.

I hope you all had lovely holidays and I wish you all good things for this new year.

Have a nice week :)

Post note:  its actually a micron brown pen and not red as most have thought :)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Happy 2015 everyone - may the year ahead be filled with many wonderful moments, the best of health and good fortune to you and your loved ones xx stay safe

I haven't posted in a long while, thats not to say I haven't been tangling hehe - December is a very busy month in my family with lots of birthdays, Christmas parties, all before Christmas.  I had a lovely Christmas with my family, starting with my birthday on Christmas Eve.  I hope you are all having a lovely holiday season.

Here are some pieces I've worked on during the month.  (As I am using Instagram a fair bit now, I will see what pics I have that I can post).

birthday pics of me and my family - my granddaughter at the front

 Christmas Day at my eldest son's place.  Here from left to right, my twins, my daughter in law and granddaughter

 My Advent calendar I made for my granddaughter

 our mantelpiece

 A birthday card I made for my youngest son

Some Christmas cards

 Oops, how did this doodle get here :)

Happy New Year

 My first tangle of 2015

Some Angels using watercolour pencil for Joan Waff's Facebook  Watercolor Pencils with Pen Embellishments Group(think these may have been drawn in October or November, but seeing as its the holidays, I thought I would post too :)

This one for the Square One; Purely Zentangle Facebook Group


This also for Square One


 and this

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Weekly Challenge #197: "New Official Tangle - Arukas"

Hi Everyone! It's great to see Laura back and that Artoo is recovering slowly.

I'm going to make this a quick post as it's after midnight and I'm getting tired (so hard to wake up these days - life is busy busy and I find myself juggling with too many pots on the boil.

This week, the challenge is to use Arukas, the latest pattern by Molly Hollibough - I saw it about a week ago and its one I wanted to try out.  Well, tonight was the night.

I went ahead and did 2 tiles - oh and I tangled a small star during my lunch break today.

The first piece is very angular and rigid - the second tile is more freeform.

This week I was asked if I wouldn't mind if my newest pattern 'Violeta' could be the focus of this week's challenge with the Wacky Zentangle Weekly Challenges Facebook Group - I'm excited (Of course I said yes :) )

Friday, 5 December 2014

New Pattern - Violeta

 Hello - it's been quite a while since I've posted on my Blog - I've been so busy with the lead up to our Family Reunion and have not quite got myself organised and back to my before reunion days hehe.

Yay! it's Friday and I actually have some spare time before heading off to work, so I'm taking the liberty to share with you my latest pattern called 'Violeta' - named after my daughter-in-law (we call her Vicki).  I was making a birthday card for her and was going to use the pattern 'Blooming Butter', however something else happened after placing the first few dots!

I love it! it's fairly easy and anything goes with it.  It doesn't have to be precise and the lines can be as random as you like - add fill and embellishments as you see fit.

I've also drawn a variation where the lines meet - they look like a bunch of flowers.  The pattern may also be drawn on a grid - it looks quite funky like that - I will post a ZIA showing 'Violeta' on a grid later on. 

I do hope you find some time in your busy lives to try it out.

Thank you all for visiting me.

Here is the card which started it all.  'Violeta' is the pattern on the top of the card.

 ...see how it flows?, no need to be exact

 the step outs

2 tiles and a ZIA - there is much to explore!

'Violeta Pears' as an add on - this tile for this week's 'Violeta' challenge with the Wacky Zentangle Weekly Challenges Facebook Group :)