Catching up!

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The new year has overwhelmed me and I haven’t been keeping up with the Diva’s Challenges since before the holidays. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been tangling at all, however!

First of all, I have a wonderful 2015 Tangle-A-Day Calendar that I have been striving to keep current:

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I love the feel of the pages in this calendar and the inspiration art work that Carole Ohl has included is, well, inspiring! :)Some of the illustrations include how she composes a tile – a step-out of tile composition, so to speak. Carole’s tangling is intricate and graceful and beautiful. You can order your own from a link on her blog here – Open Seed Arts.

So here is what I’ve done for the first two weeks or page spreads –

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I’m just warming up here, folks. On the 6th, I “messed up” Crosco – so I will have to try that again. I really prefer to follow the step-outs as they are the first time I try a tangle and then mess around with tangleations. This time my Crosco is a definite tangleation (some may say mistake, but, of course, there are no mistakes in Zentangle).

When I need to play catch up, as I did for the 10th – 11th – 12th, you will see the tangles spread out and relaxing over several days. Tangles that need sprawling space in order to show well are great to use when time is not on my side – it’s really not a bad thing to have to catch up sometimes. Over these three days I’ve used Poke Root, Knightsbridge, Ing, Punzel, Inapod, and just some filler marks.

In addition, I’ve done two tiles using the featured tangle for the Facebook group Square One. Each Friday a tangle is chosen to feature on our submitted tiles. Last week was one of my favorites – ‘Nzeppel. I posted the first tile on FB, but the second one I just did for my own entertainment one evening. Truly it looks better at a distance.

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Here I’ve used Shard, ‘Nzeppel and Tipple. All step-outs can be found at TanglePatterns.

Beside tangling for my own pleasure, I’ve been planning my new series of classes that will be held through Fox Valley Technical College at Clintonville, Appleton, and Oshkosh campuses this semester. The Oshkosh class begins in less than two weeks! Can’t wait to meet the folks who want to learn or continue with creating beautiful Zentangle tiles. The Appleton, Clintonville and the second session in Oshkosh all start the last week in March. I hope to meet and inspire many new enthusiasts through these classes.

I am also putting together a series of special classes that will be given at Atlas. Some of the ideas I’m considering are focus on botanical tangles, tangling for special days, creating Zendalas, and working on monograms as illustrated by these tiles made for me by my sister, Cari. These were done on the adorable Bijou tiles – 2″ squares. Love it!image (9)

 

If you have any ideas for classes that you would be interested in, please email your suggestions. Until then, consider registering for the Zentangle – Basics and Beyond at your FVTC location of your choice and . . .

Tangle on, my friends.

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Arukas – Diva Challenge # 197

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Arukas is the newest official tangle generated from the latest Certification Seminars in Providence RI. This tangle fully embraces the repetitive aspects for the “zen” experience.

After much wrestling with this comparatively new laptop I have, I have managed to scan the two tiles I’ve created for this challenge. I am really not enjoying the learning curve for this thing I’m working on. I think I need a shift in attitude and then it will all be good – Ha!

Here they are Arukas 1 and Arukas 2:

Aurkas 1

Arukas 2

Thank you for checking in – tangle on, my friends!

 

This and that . . .

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So I haven’t blogged much – that’s an understatement, I know. So I thought I might show a few of the things I’ve been experimenting with.

I tried the 3-D ornaments using Zentangle tiles:

3-D tile ornaments

3-D tile ornaments

I also had been approached about tangling on the globe ornaments – here are some that I created doing that. The roundness made tangling a bit tricky.

Tangled globe ornaments

Tangled globe ornaments

Here are some tiles that used a tree shaped string – ’tis the season, you know. You can see my first attempt at the new official tangle Arukas as background on one tile. I will need to play around with that one a bit more.

Tree decorated with Beelight.

Tree decorated with Beelight.

Multi-tangled tree with Arukas in the background.

Multi-tangled tree with Arukas in the background.

Thanks for looking in on what I’ve been up to lately. One last thing, if you live in my area, registration for FVTC classes are open. I am offering 6 week Zentangle classes in Appleton, Clintonville and Oshkosh. Go to the “Scheduled classes” link at the top of this page for more info.

Tangle on, my friends!

 

All Dolled Up! – – – Diva Challenge #196

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Yes, I know it has been awhile since I’ve posted here. The past month and a half seemed to be extremely busy and just zoomed by. I did do some tangling – but not nearly as much as I would like to do. First I will share how I met the current Diva Challenge #196:

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Tangles used are Gneiss, Quare, Maelstrom, Tami and Gnarly.  So this “doll” isn’t so dolled up, but she seems more like an action figure. Is she beckoning? Halting? Hailing? I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

I will get this posted and then put up another post of some other tiles I have done and a few other surprises and announcements.

Take care – have a good, good, weekend and tangle on, my friends

Diva Challenge #189

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This week’s challenge from the Diva is a UMT (Use My Tangle) – read about it at the link provided. The tangle is called Yuma and it is a fun one to play around with. I plan on doing some more playing, but thought I should get this into a blog before the time has passed. (That happens all too often for me.)

This tile offers Vega, Yuma and some Tipple:

Diva Challenge #189 - UMT Yuma by Tina-AKUA, CZT

Diva Challenge #189 – UMT Yuma by Tina-AKUA, CZT

Step-outs for Tina’s tangle Yuma can be found at this link:

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This week I also taught my first Renaissance tile class – here are the tiles created by my students in Oshkosh and Clintonville:

My apologies for cutting off the tiles on each end. Our series of classes is coming to an end – only one more class left. See the “Scheduled Classes” link for information about upcoming classes.

Oshkosh class

Oshkosh class

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Clintonville class

Have a wonderful week and tangle on, my friends.

Choices – Choices

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The Diva’s Challenge, posted last Monday, had us choosing two tangles that begin with our initials. So the completed tile would be a duotangle. As Laura suggested, I went to TanglePatterns.com to look at the tangles that start with the letters “C” and “S.” Each letter has three “pages” of tangles – way too many choices. So I came up with a plan – working backwards in time I would look at the most recently posted tangles on the TanglePatterns site and use the first ones I came across that started with my two initials. The first one I came upon was Sprigs by Michele Beauchamps. Looking a little further down the line I found Chi by Cynthia Gannon. So I made my attempt at both and here it is —-

Duotangle using Sprigs and Chi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was fun and I decided to do another one. This time I used Shard and Coaster – both tangles given to us by Carole Ohl – the links will bring you to her blog – Open Seed Arts – and the steps for doing Shard and Coaster. Carole has a list of tangles she gives directions for on the left side of her blog – some of them are my favorites.

Duotangle using Coaster and Shard

 

 

I met Carole when attending CZT Seminar #7 in October 2011. Speaking of CZT Seminar #7, Michele Beauchamp (Sprigs) was also an attendee as was Linda Farmer (TanglePatterns). Wasn’t I with incredibly inspiring artists?

I really enjoyed this challenge and will remember this the next time I need a direction to go with choosing tangles for a tile – there are many other initials I could use.

Until next time, tangle on, my friends.

 

 

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Weekly Challenge #177 – MMMM – Truffles!

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This week the Diva’s Weekly Challenge is hosted by Caroline Broady – the youngest CZT to ever host the challenge. Caroline has offered her tangle – Truffle – as the challenge this week. The stepouts to this tangle are offered within the blog, so follow the link and try it yourself. Truffle is a tangle that can be played with and varied to your heart’s content. In my first tile I made it rather small and then added other tangles that overpowered the little Truffle. As you can see here.

Truffle attempt #1For the second attempt, I made Truffle much bigger and only added Rain as an additional tangle. I think I like the second one better in that you can immediately see the Challenge tangle rather than having to search for it as in my first attempt.

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Have a happy tangly week!

 

 

 

 

Weekly Challenge #176 – “B.Y.O.B”

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Very interesting challenge this week offered by guest CZT Amy from Tennessee. We were to use our own beverage of choice to create a stain on a tile and use that stain as a string. Coffee was my beverage of choice – so handy at that time of the day. I added a few grounds to the wetness in order to get a darker stain. Here is what I ended up with:

Coffee stainA strange string, no doubt, and I had to take a day to contemplate what I might do with it. As I was thinking about it, I roamed my books and TanglePatterns looking for inspiration.

It took awhile to get the inspiration and I can’t say that I ever experienced an AHA! moment.

An aside —- We just got a new laptop with Windows 8 on it so I am trying to adapt to an new way of doing things and it isn’t easy. Frustration in figuring out how to do things is driving me up the wall. So scanning, editing, getting around a document, the web, even the desktop on this contraption is all just that much different that I have to discover how to do it all over again. Scanning nearly had me in tears!!! Okay, enough, I will get on to the task at hand. (I hope)

 

 

Unshaded Zentangle

Unshaded Zentangle

 

Here it is without the benefit of shading.

Tangles used are: MI2, Purk, Shattuck, Bunzo, Marasu, Tipple and a slight bit of Hollibaugh-ness. It’s difficult to tell, but I used a brown Micron pen for a bit of the MI2. I wished I had used it somewhere else on the tile as well. Maybe next time.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaded and highlighted

Shaded and highlighted

 

 

Shading and highlighting adds so much more to the whole effect. I added highlights with a white Gelly Roll pen and a white charcoal pencil.

When I teach a class I often tell students to prop their tile up in a place they can see it the next morning. As they approach it they will discover that what they were unhappy with the day before had improved overnight and they will see it with new admiring eyes.

 

 

 

This was an unusual and interesting challenge. I may do this kind of string again just to see what else I could come up with. Until next time, tangle on, my friends.

 

 

A day late?

Somehow my activities haven’t allowed me to post as often as I should – won’t make any promises, but trying will be done.

My sister, Cari (cctangles.wordpress.com), inspired me to do the Diva’s Challenge from last week which was Challenge #172 which can be found here. Both Mooka and Auraknot are challenging alone and putting them together was rather mind boggling. I thought Cari did a wonderful tile incorporating the two tangles.

My tile is a bit busy because I kept seeing places I could add more Mooka. Then I thought the Auraknot just disappeared so I darkened the outline of the Auraknot tangles. The two images are below – the first before the darkening and the second after. Do you think it made a difference?

Before outlining Auraknot

Before outlining Auraknot

After outlining

After outlining

Can’t decide – but I am glad that I met the challenge and posted it. I usually do the challenge each week, but I haven’t taken the time to put it up here. I can’t wait to tackle this week’s challenge. Check it out here.

Well, that’s it for this post. Keep tangling – I know I will!

Diva Challenge #161

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“In a Quandary about Quandary”

Although I often create a tile for the Diva’s Challenge, I don’t always (as you can tell) post it here or link it on Laura’s blog. I know, I know, what is up with that? Most of the time there is no time and that’s the only excuse I have.

This week I wanted to get in the thick of Quandary with everyone else – it is a tangle that I struggle with so I thought it would be good for me and my brain to rise to this challenge on all levels. So here it is –

All Quandary (with some dots)

All Quandary (with some dots)

Nothing fancy – I just concentrated on doing Quandary – I haven’t tried it for quite awhile. I would like to do more with this tangle, but right now I have to get ready and pack up to teach a class in New London this afternoon. I am so looking forward to meeting this group of excited new tanglers.

Until next time – tangle on, my friends.