Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Heart pop out card

A friend of mine runs some Stampin Up classes and as I couldn't bear the thought of taking out all of my cardmaking gear, rummaging through all the boxes, finding what I needed etc etc,  I decided it would be less stressful to attend her class.  We made a desk calendar and a pop up box card.  The theme being Valentine's Day but since I was going to an Engagement Party I wanted to make it as an Engagement Card.  I think it turned out just lovely - I will make another one for sure.





and here is the desk Calendar



Thanks for looking - have a nice week :)

Weekly Challenge #152: New Official Tangle Aquafleur

I have been playing with Aquafleur last week ( I followed Emily Houtz how to)  I found her how to, to be simple and easy to follow - I like drawings and I avoid watching videos whenever I can. 
These are my interpretations where I deliberately missed adding the little tails on the 'ribbons'



from there I went on to do this red number


...... and then Rick and Maria posted their version of how to draw 'Aquafleur' (it is one of their tangles and is now on the official list).

Well, now I am confused, as when I drew from their step out, I cannot seem to make it flow naturally and it looks very different to Emily's.  When you examine both versions they do have the same features, it just looks way different.  So now I tried it their way and this is what I come up with


here, I've added some fill to my original piece.

And then the Diva Challenge was to use Aquafleur - so out came my pencils again and this is what I came up with - like blobs sliding down a wall :) its done on brown cardstock.


Still not completely happy, I looked at the 'Zentangle' website and checked out Rick and Marias's examples .  I do love how they are so soft and fluid like - me and organic don't go hand in hand together - My style is so rigid, and every now and then I try to do organic - I need lots of practice.  lol

A brainstorm hit me - how about a pillow effect - and yep this is how it panned out (I used Copic markers for colour)


I do like this, even though its not technically a 'Zentangle' and more of a ZIA.

thank you for your visit.  I hope I made sense as I am a little tired and can hardly keep my eyes open :)

Monday, 20 January 2014

Playing with Aquafleur

I checked out  Emily Houtz's how to on Aquafleur.  Her how to was clear and simple to understand, thank you Emily - I'm loving this pattern and it's relatively easy and doesn't take long to do.
Thanks for coming - come again :)

 the one above is my 2nd one, where I have been a little informal with the solid black stripes for the sheen.

This one is my first one and I think I may just like this one a little more - in this one my fill is more deliberate and even.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Weekly Challenge #150: One Little Word - FAITH


My 'little' word for 2014 is 'FAITH' I believe 2014 is going to be a year of things falling into place - just as they're meant to be :)

Thanks for looking, your comments are most welcome and appreciated.  If you have some time take a trip to Laura's Blog http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com.au/ to check out the other entries, I'm going to, but tomorrow, coz for now it's way past my bedtime :)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Arums, Zantis and Coroline

I was working on a few patterns that developed from a leafy/flame pattern.  I remember as a young girl a group of us used to draw flame like patterns, starting from the bottom of the page and we would continue this pattern working our way up the page.  We would colour them in rainbow colours and I thought it was quite pretty.


So my first pattern, I named it 'Arums' after Arum Lily because that's what the pattern reminds me of.  I did some variations; one is quite whimsical resembling 'gum nut babies'.  This is something else I have doodled over the years.  In one of my note books I have something that I have yet to construct into a pattern - I should get onto that one too :)




Now I had Lilys on my mind - so the next pattern idea stemmed from 'Arums'.  It is called 'Zantis' - I googled the botanical name for the Arum Lily and its called 'Zantedeschia', hence the name.  It's quite an easy pattern to do and I think it looks lovely in a line, looking like a scroll. 





Thirdly, pattern 'Coroline' is also based on a Lily.  It is more or less a front on view, as if you are looking into the flower.  Now it too is scrolly, but in a different way.  I have come up with some variations ie horizontal and vertical.  I wondered whether the pattern would be adaptable in a less formal way, so I tried doing the pattern randomly and it worked out just nicely (well,I think so anyway).


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 Thanks for your interest - comments are always most welcome - have a nice day :)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

New Pattern - Arums

I have been playing with a few patterns that developed from a leafy/flame pattern.  I remember as a young girl a group of us used to draw flame like patterns, starting from the bottom of the page and we would continue this pattern working our way up the page.  We would colour them in rainbow colours and I thought it was quite pretty.

 I named it 'Arums' after Arum Lily because that's what the pattern reminds me of.  I did some variations; one is quite whimsical resembling 'gum nut babies'.  This is something else I have doodled over the years.

I have a couple more patterns which Linda from Tanglepatterns.com has added to her list so I may post those before the end of the week :) tfl


Sunday, 12 January 2014

Weekly Challenge #149: "Twenty-Fourteen"

I didn't think I would make it in time for this week's challenge with Laura over at http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com.au/ but I found some time this evening.  I had nothing in mind other than '2014' so just went with the flow.  A part of me wanted to add colour, the other part didn't -  I did scan it before I added shading, in case I ever felt like going back for colour.

I have been busy doing step-outs for another 3 patterns which I have sent to Linda over at http://tanglepatterns.com/ for her consideration.  I know she is very busy but will publish here soon in any case.

Thank you for your visits and comments and interest in my other published patterns.

I hope your week goes well.

Smiles and Rainbows :)


Monday, 6 January 2014

An afternoon of experimenting - 4 new patterns with step-outs

Off to work tomorrow.  I had a lovely relaxing 2 weeks Christmas/New Year break.  My daughter and I had lunch with a girlfriend, coffee then some time to myself.  The plan was to finish off some ATCs for a swap.  Instead I did 4 step-outs! I am pleased with that.

I have been wondering whether my pattern 'X' would work in grid style.  In playing with that I came up with 3 similar but different patterns.

The first one I have given the title 'Stazzle' as it reminds me of a star.  In a grid I started off with a small circle (just as in my pattern 'X')  then I drew some lines leading off the circle; vertically, horizontally and diagonally.  I tried it with 6 lines and 8 lines.  These would form a 6 pointed star and an 8 pointed star.

Here are the step-outs for 'Stazzle' (I hope the diagram makes sense)



From 'Stazzle'  I came up with 'Explo-Zen'.  It starts off the same as 'Stazzle' but instead of making 'X' lines, I curved them in the middle.






Still had ideas in my head, so thought, why not try to do the 'X' pattern in a grid, still using the original idea, see here original 'X' pattern

Diagram show how to do 'Griddex' with 4, 6 and 8 points ie 'X'



The next pattern I have named 'Tri-Dala' as it consists of triangles.  The inspiration came about from my bedcover.  I have been looking at it for a couple of days wondering how to do reconstruct its basic form.


This is what it really looks like :)



and this is my rendition of it - changed it quite a bit but I don't mind how it turned out :)




Apologies for the long post but I had a fair bit to say....as always I appreciate you stopping by and of course your comments are welcome.

Have a wonderful week! stay safe :)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year! - first post for 2014 :) new pattern - Webbly

First of all I would like to wish my friends and visitors a very Happy New Year.  May 2014 be filled with peace, love and happiness and may you be blessed with good health and prosperity.

I came across these textured spheres on Pinterest pinned by 'D J Hornsby'.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/110760472059674763/

I am not sure if this has already been deconstructed and I have not seen it anywhere so please alert me if this pattern exists somewhere.

Here is my attempt at deconstructing into a 'tangle'.  In my example I used a grid so I have the step outs for freehand as well as in grid form.

It looks difficult but it really isn't.  The only thing is I'm not sure if I have captured the spirit of these textured spheres.  In any case, that is okay too as a pattern does not have to be an exact replica of something - right? :)

I would love some feedback - let me know what you think - oh by the way, I haven't given it a name so please dish some out :)

Thanks for your interest and visit to my Blog.

(this tangle now has a name, Webbly, courtesy of Dorothy Allison - thank you Dorothy!)