Welcome back to the new weekly “I am the Diva” challenge #317! This week was something completely different that CZT Laura Harms hasn’t done before. We are to cut or print a picture from a magazine or newspaper, afix the picture to a tile and tangle around it. It is an interesting challenge and I’m sure the tiles will be fascinating to see. I loved the idea but it presented a challenge for me. I don’t do print as I am a clutter bug so it left me with a problem as to what picture to use. As I went through my coloring books I ran across one of my beginning Zentangle books by CZT Suzanne McNeill. Zentangle 11 workbook edition is the book and on the back there’s a word, “Tangle”, thats been colorfully tangled. It was the perfect size and I decided to use it. I started worrying about copyright infringement about the time I finished the tile, so I went to Suzanne McNeill’s blog and asked her permission to use it. I haven’t heard back but of course she’s a busy lady and I am ready to post. So here is my Diva challenge tile 317 and I hope Suzanne wont mind my using her image! If you are interested in Suzanne McNeill’s blog here is a link! In the USA her wonderful books are available on Amazon.
I’ve done a terrible job getting my challenge tiles finished this week! I seem to be stuck in a creative slump and tangling was really tough this week. It felt like work. Which, of course, means I’m doing something wrong. Instead of giving up on them, I slogged through and finished, though not pleased with my tiles (but when am I ever?!). So, here are my 2 tries, similar but different in small ways. Here’s hoping for Zen when tangling this week!
Hello and welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time for the weekly Diva Challenge. This weeks challenge was to get to know the Tangle “Molygon” better. To make friends with it. Sigh! I love Molygon. It was my very first tangleation about a year ago. I love the tangle but I’m always displeased with my results. Shaking hands are not friendly with Molygon! Maria Thomas said to “keep the lines consistent”. Hmmm…after 6 starts (and fails) and yes I know this is not true to the Zentangle® Method, (but they didnt have to post online for all to see) so after some thinking, finally I reminded myself I was missing the point of the challenge. I took out the sketchpad and played with Molygon until I came up with my own version that would be easier for me to draw. It’s closer to a “flux” in a molygon fashion but I’m sticking with it!
This is week 314 in Diva Challenge land! We are doing a UMT (use my tangle) which I love because you learn a new Tangle and frequently meet someone new. This week’s pattern is scallamps by Sarah Uram. Her step-out for scallumps is here on her blog. This tile just flowed out. I almost did another because I didnt feel I spent enough time on it. What I reminded myself was that this is the epitome of what Zentangle is all about. Not necessarily drawing because yes, its about drawing. However, it’s much more about the journey than the end result. So, I’m sticking with this simple tile because after all, there are no mistakes in tangling, simply new opportunities for exploration. Happy Tangling!
This week’s Diva Challenge is to do something earth day worthy. The diva drew her challenge on the back of a box of granola bars! Using recycled products is a great way to support the earth so I took my challenge in a similar but slightly different direction. I use a lot of paper. I cant keep enough in the house. I decided to conserve paper as well and drew my challenge on the inside cover of my sketchpad. Not very creative but I didn’t use any paper either! I traced a tile on the pad board twice and started with paradox and ended with gobs of echo lines. This was a true tangle as my brain wasnt anywhere to be found today. If you would like more information on the diva challenges, you can find the diva herself right here!
Can you believe there have been 312 diva challenges!? I don’t know where she goes to keep them fresh but I love her ideas. This week we’re doing something we’ve done before, using a stained tile as a string to Tangle on. I don’t drink tea or coffee so I watered down a bit of my green aquamarine Inktense pencil and dropped tiny drops of ink on the tile then carefully let it dry to preserve the drop shapes. Tangled, marker background and prismacolors for shading the bubble shapes and I called it done. It was nice to work in color again. I’ve almost exclusively stuck with black and graphite for awhile as I focus on the art of tangling. As always, if you’d like to join the Diva challenges you can find her here!
This will be a short post as there’s still much to do, but I want to thank all of you who come by! I hit 3k views last week and it wouldn’t have happened without all of you, dear readers! See you soon for “It’s a String Thing”. I can’t wait to see Adele’s pictures from Italy!
It’s a new week and time for a brand new diva challenge from the diva herself, CZT, Laura Harms! We normally just get right to the challenge but I want to shine a light on the next project from the Diva. She has begun streaming live on twitch! Check her out here on her blog for the latest news and streaming schedule. What she’s accomplished in the last seven years with the diva challenges on her blog has brought artists from all over the world together for the express purpose of sharing their art. Thank you Laura for your weekly challenges!
This week the diva challenges us to use both a circle and a square as our string. As many as you like, but at least one of each! Here’s my tile featuring the tangles: Apcross (look for my step out here soon!), poke leaf, hollibaugh, tipple and fragment t3! My first fragment tile!
Welcome back to the weekly diva challenge brought to you by the diva herself, Laura Harms! You can find this week’s challenge here in Laura’s blog. This week we are once again following Zentangle HQ at Zentangle.com or check back here for the weekly challenge. Recently, in the Zentangle Mosaic app, we were challenged to use the newly released “noom” pattern, the step outs to which can be found here.
Noom and I have been trying to make friends since it’s release… Unfortunately, I was not inspired and I struggled to make it look nice. Well, we made up today finally and here’s my tile for the Diva’s weekly challenge this week!
I won’t lie, I’ve let you down. I’ve been doing the Diva Challenges, but I haven’t been posting my results…mostly because they were awful, also because they sucked! I may still post them here, we will see, but the Diva herself gave me a challenge I couldn’t turn down. Of course, that means I couldn’t mess it up! This weeks challenge was to return to your “comfort” tangles. The tangles you enjoy, that you’ve drawn over and over are a good place to start. For me, it was deciding which to choose.
Almost from the first, back on Pinterest, I kept seeing art from A Little Lime, Helen Williams amazing blog. Helen’s art is very organic, many of her tangles come from plants and flowers she sees in her garden. Her pieces drew me back again and again. The first I learned and that I kept returning to is called “Ruffles”. Helen has a new pattern catalog including step outs for all her 2016 patterns available on her blog. Check out her beautiful blog with the step out for Ruffles here.
The other pattern that finds it’s way into everything I draw is “betweed”. As with all official patterns, you can find the step out for betweed on tanglepatterns.com.
Here is my “MacNCheese” challenge tile (#dc308) featuring Ruffles and Betweed.