The lovely Diva, Laura Harms has given us our monthly UMT (use my tangle) this week. She has chosen CZT Carole Ohl’s lovely starlike pattern called afterglow! Here’s the step-out at Carole Ohl’s website.
I’ve never use afterglow before. I tend to enjoy the more organic flowing types. Of course, that is quite short-sighted of me before I even try it! As I progressed I started varying line color and width. I used micron pigma 01 in brown, and sepia, as well as a graphic 1 also in sepia.i then applied several of Eni Oken’s techniques for tiny details, and tan treasure tiles. It didn’t become special though until I shaded the star. I love how it turned out. 😀
I have finally managed to get my Diva Challenge and my It’s a String Thing Challenge all finished this week just in time to be late! It’s a very busy time of year for everyone! So I’ll jump right in!
The Diva challenged us, last week, to do a tile featuring the new Tangle from Zentangle.com, Dewd. I love this tangle and took to drawing it first time out. If you want to find the step-out the link is here.
My dewd tile from last week.
It’s a String Thing Challenge 221.
Here’s Adele Bruno’s string for last week’s challenge #221.
A new artist focus post will be out this week so please check back soon!
Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com! This week’s diva challenge was a “UMT” or use my tangle week and this week’s tangle was Wibble by Shawna Martin. A pretty ribbon style tangle, I struggled to “make friends” with Wibble although I found it simple to draw. Finally, I decided to go large with 2 elemental bits, embellished, and finished with Sandswirl and ok, I cant remember the name of the 3rd.
Here’s how it turned out. As soon as I published this I received a notice that this is my 100th post! Another cool milestone!
It’s been a crazy week with mom stuff putting the challenges a bit behind. Therefore, I’m going to combine my tiles this week into a single post.
First, the Diva Challenge 339. This week we were challenged to do a fall themed tile. I did Gourdgeous a Zentangle® original, of course, and Helen Williams’ leaflets, as well as a few Joki. Honestly, I wasn’t excited by my results but here’s diva challenge tile #339.
Next, it’s a String Thing challenge #218. Here’s the string.
Only 2 tangles were chosen this week, Drawings, a Zentangle® original, and Adele Bruno’s own O.
Now I was thinking, practice more with black for this one. 😀 Yes I should have stayed with white. But i lost myself in whimsy, got out my Sakura stardust gel pens. These are special glitter pens. Instead of adding glitter to the ink like most glitter pens, Sakura uses a super fine ground glass. It makes them smoother and are easier with which to draw and write. The glass makes the shine gorgeous and they don’t soak or bleed through like so many. My favorite feature is how quick to dry they are.
Check back on Monday for the new Artist Focus, England’s Philippa Napper!
This week’s Diva Challenge was to do “white on black”. It’s been some time since I have worked on black much. It took me back to my first pattern, Apcorg. I drew it on black a lot! So I decided to do Apcorg this week. I finished quickly and felt I hadn’t done much so I tried it out on a Zendala black tile. I’d never used a genuine black Zentangle ® tile before nor a zendala tile so I tried it out.
I have to say I’m not a fan of how my white pens performed. The genuine black zendala is very good paper (Fabriano) and appropriate for wet media. Unfortunately, this means it likes to soak up ink. I used both my Gelly Roll and my Uniball Signo. They rolled on okay but by the time I would finish the next stroke, the last would be soaked in and no longer looked crisp and white, making me try to redraw lines. It gave the piece a rather blurry appearance. I don’t know if they offer the apprentice black tiles in Zendalas but it’s a much better draw on those tiles with black. This is my opinion, So see for yourself. I think square is a nicer look than in the round.
And lastly, because I’m a girl and love sparkling things, I added some clear glitter pen for pizzazz to my first tile.
This week’s Diva Challenge was to use another monotangle (a word that was coined by the Diva herself!), meaning a tile using only one tangle. I love these weeks because it is so relaxing to get lost in the drawing and not worry about fitting it with another tangle or string. This week the diva chose the Zentangle ® original tangle, Striping. The fun for this tangle is an interesting string to give the simple pattern a complex look.
This was a UMT (use my tangle) week at casa Diva. The challenge is a bit lost in Inktober challenges but I particularly love the UMT challenges because they frequently let me learn tangles with which I’m unfamiliar. This week was one of these weeks where the tangle and I were in sync. I found it flowed and was easy to draw. It was perfect with my inktober idea for the “divide” prompt.
This week’s tangle was Tint, by Heinrike Bratz, CZT. (Step-out)
Here’s my tile including Tint and Diva Dance (today’s Inktober prompt).
The Diva was back in action this week using one my favorite tangles, N’Zeppel. Diva, Laura Harms at Iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com, was back live on Twitch Monday morning and I was lucky enough to finally catch her broadcast. Laura is great and relaxed on the feed, adding coffee and her playlist as she tangles. I enjoyed it and she inspired me to try something I never wanted to do, namely, color black the small areas between the stones (in my case). I like the way the webbed area looks, so I’ve never filled it before. For the colored stones, done with Prismacolor Premier pencils, i liked the black to emphasize the depth between. Check out the link to the Diva’s site and find links to the pattern step-out as well as a great video by Molly Hollibaugh, CZT and daughter of Maria Thomas. Molly’s a great artist and I love the video. (I highly recommend everyone try out one of the many videos out there done by Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas, founders of the Zentangle ® Method, or one with Molly. They have a way of teaching that is second to none, If you want to truly experience a Zentangle experience, check out their videos. A few can be found on YouTube. Look for Kitchen Table Tangles. These are great videos.)
Sorry, I digress! Here’s my diva challenge tile for #334. There’s an extra at the bottom because I’d already done one from Molly’s video the day before the Diva’s challenge and I LOVE N’Zeppel!
This includes the patterns Pixioze, and Eni Oken’s twisted ropes.
This week’s Diva Challenge was brought to us by guest bloggers, CZTs Juliette Flessinger and Kellie Fellinge, from the podcast, Tanglepod. Listen to their diva Challenge here. This week we were challenged to find and use our “cozy” tangles. Tangles we feel relaxed and comfortable with. I chose flux (Rick’s version) and went with a tile i had distressed earlier and then shaded using Crayola Super Tips. The Crayola Super Tips are water-soluble and perfect for shading with watercolor, Derwent Inktense or distressed inks. Right now, they sell on Amazon.com for $14.00 USD for 100 colors. A great deal for most wet media projects. All of the guest bloggers this summer have been excellent.
This week’s Diva challenge was brought to us by guest blogger Jane Reiter. Jane challenged us to tangle the pattern on the Petoskey Stone.
The above image is a close up of the radiating pattern on the Petoskey stones. This image is thanks to Wikipedia. The first thing was to figure out how to draw the pattern accurately. This is how I did it. There’s no right or wrong way but the perfectionist in me wanted it to be as accurate as possible.