Thursday, 28 August 2014

Weekly Challenge #182: "Stripes"

After being sick last week, I was hanging to get some tangling done and I managed to complete this week's challenge quite early this week.  Tangling in 'stripes' is simple yet can be striking.  For some added interest I drew them diagonally.

and the piece below is just something that developed - I began with Beth Snoderly’s Zentangle® pattern: Uni.

and today I drew this Mandala

I hope you are having a lovely week - thank you for stopping by :)

Monday, 25 August 2014

Weekly Challenge #181: "Water"

Just made it with a couple of hours to spare.  I quickly rustled up my interpretation of 'water' for this week's Diva Challenge.  I haven't been well this week, and haven't looked at other entries, however, I did come across some beauties that were posted in the various Facebook Groups.

Not sure if it looks like a water scene, but this is how it ended up.  It is blue though, could be the ocean :)

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I will get to the challenge much sooner next time.

 with added special bubble effects

When I went to upload my pic I saw another piece I did a couple of days ago - using one of Ben Kwok's templates - I spritzed with some colour - its for my man as he loves sharks! eek!! haha.  This could very well have been my entry :)

the pic below shows some digital special effects

 and last but not least, my 'name challenge swap' with the Aussie Zentangle Inspired Facebook group


 hope to see you real soon :)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Weekly Challenge #180: "UMT - MacDee by Anneke Van Dam"

I'm going to make this nice and short.  It's been a very hectic week and I didn't think I would get around to participating in this week's 'Use my Tangle' challenge with the Diva - but I managed to do a quick one on a Renaissance tile using black, grey and pink pens, shading with 5B pencil and a bit of pink and 'raw sienna' coloured pencils.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Weekly Challenge #179: "Be like Bijou"

Hi my friends, it's been a while since I've posted and missed last week's challenge with the Diva.  That's not to say I didn't tangle.   I have been making some postcards for a swap with the 'Aussie Zentangle Inspired Art' Facebook group.

First of all here is my little 'Bijou' using just 2 tangles; Kuke by Katy Abbott CZT and Twile (Stoic) by Lesley Scott-Gilliland.

My Postcards - if you have time click on the links to read/see more about the place where I live.

A scene from Wollongong Botanical Gardens - such a pretty place to relax and just wonder around looking at the beautiful gardens.  Showing Kawasaki Bridge


 Here I tangled the Gratitude Bell found at Nan Tien Temple - the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere.  A beautiful serene place. A little bit about the relevance of the bell. about the bell

This scene is of Bald Hill at Stanwell Park  a look out with views all the way down the south coast - Illawarra, where I live.

Pelicans abound in the Illawarra as the majority of our towns are by the sea - these ones were inspired by a pic I took down at the boat harbour, in Shellharbour village - about a 2 minute walk from where I live.

This tangle is my 'Kurrajong' inspired by the Illawarra Flame Tree  for more pics click here pics of the Illawarra Flame Tree and this one is located just around the corner from me(same problem as my other pic)

Back in 2011, the day after Christmas, my daughter and I went to a place nearby called Barrack Point.  I had just discovered Zentangle ® and took my drawing tools, sat under a tree and tangled.  Up in a tree above us were some 'Galahs' - hence this postcard. This is a pic I took- sorry, have no idea why its gone sideways (tried uploading a couple of times)

 just some shells for Shellharbour

Belmore Basin at Wollongong Harbour - the largest city in The Illawarra - showing our 2 lighthouses.  I lived in Wollongong for 30 years before moving south to Shellharbour.  The lighthouses turn pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

So there you have it, its a long post but hopefully it gave you an insight of my home and surrounds.

Thank you for your visit and I hope you come back soon

Have a great week!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Weekly Challenge #176: "B.Y.O.B" take 2 (or 3 or more...)

This week's challenge with Amy Broady is quite interesting, and I really went to town with the theme - BYOB - bring your own beverage to the tangle.  Thank you Amy and Laura, I had loads of fun!

I better tell you this is going to be a long post and I do hope you continue to see the end results.  These will be part of my 2nd entry.

During the week I busily prepped some tiles and paper; 

before... here I used coffee

after ... tangles Meringue by Kelley Kelly, Mathura and Soleil by Anne Marks, Jasmine by Simone Bischoff (this one is my favourite)

here I dropped coffee off a teaspoon

and then went over the drops with a fork, forming criss cross pattern (mmm looking interesting)

this is the end result - no real tangles, just allowing the coffee stains to make a statement.  For interest I added some pink around the edges using a photo editor.

and next we have more coffee, dribbled randomly then drawing over the coffee with my handmade paddlepop 'pens'.  I just cut small 'Vs' with a knife.  Mind you I did these ones at work so I don't have many tools to choose from lol

I should have stopped before writing my name in coffee (my boss gave me the cup for Christmas a couple of years ago - and I'm not looking, I already have my tall, dark and immortal :))


and here is how this tile turned out - just some bibs and bobs in between the grid like areas - oh any my pattern 'Deelite' - its the narrow one.

Yep, there's more

A few pics of the next experiment - some alcoholic drinks - why not?  they are quite pretty, don't you think?

not happy with the results - the liquid tended to stay on top of the tiles and when I tried to soak up the excess, you could hardly see it, so I drank the rest :)

then I had another bright idea - why not use some pink rock salt, that will do the trick! nope, it too was a fizzer :( (too bad as that salt is not cheap)

and now for the exciting bit - I had a brainstorm and I had been planning on trying out some liquid 'Chlorophyll' - it is a very very dark green liquid and even when you mix it with water, it is still quite dark - it's in our fridge and it's my daughter's, supposed to be really good for you - tastes a little minty, not really my cup of tea :)

Tile 1:  can you see 'mum' and 'bub'?  I only noticed them this afternoon when I was tangling.

a closer shot, you can see the green colour better

I did a couple more, poured some Chlorophyll onto one tile, then place another on top

here is mum and bub again

I went back to these, tried one more time - blah!

These tiles with Chlorophyll were done in two stages, after I blotted the first drops I poured some more to get a darker shade of green - tuned out camouflaged.

and here we have the finished mum and bub tile - she is sweet (have no idea what's going on to the right! lol)

and finally, here we have the pair of tiles - as you can see I added some fuchsia bingo dots

Thank you for staying with me to the end - hopefully I didn't bore you.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay safe. :)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

New Pattern - Chim-Chimenee

A few weeks ago I was doing a ZIA and began to draw my pattern 'Chop Chop' from memory, however once I did the triangle peaks something else eventuated.  A few people asked me about it so I decided the pattern was different enough to warrant it's own step out and name.

This is the piece I was working on at the time.

here is the step out

a close up - together with patterns, Sliders an Chechain

and my pattern Chop Chop

and here's a tile I finished off yesterday, nothing to do with Chim Chimenee :)

and a glimpse of my desk at work - a work in progress - this is what I do when I need a break from Finance :)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Weekly Challenge #176: "B.Y.O.B"

This week’s challenge is brought to you by Amy Broady CZT from Tanglefish  and the them is to B.Y.O.B.—Bring Your Own Beverage—to your tangling session and utilize it in your art.

I prepped my tiles at work today.  I made myself a cup of coffee and spooned some liquid over the tile.  I wasn't that impressed as the colour was fairly light so I tried again; this time 3 heaped teaspoons of coffee in about a third of a cup of water.  I spooned it over, and as it was a big blob I soaked it up with a paper towel and kind of sponged more colour over the tile - I did a third one, this time putting the coffee in a saucer and placing some cardstock over the liquid - I haven't tangled on this one as yet.

I do want to try something else I have in mind and I will let you know what it is, maybe tomorrow night :)

I started my first tile using 'Cruffle' and 'X' tangles, then I added one of my faves, 'Chechain'.  I like it because it flows really well and doesn't take long to do.  Also, I wanted to add some blue as I do like brown and blue together.  I added a bit of a twist by only colouring the white bits of part of the pattern - it might look a little strange but I do love how it turned out.

 For my 2nd tile I drew a simple flower using my pattern 'Maddie2'.  I used black gel pen, Faber Castell Sanguine and a tiny bit of Faber Castell May Green.

Thank you all for visiting my blog and for all the wonderful comments - blessings to all xx

here are my tiles, before pics (look at that rich colour-almost black)

 my first tile

 my second tile