Welcome back! It’s time for the weekly diva challenge and I’m grateful to have it finished early this week! In keeping with her heart “strings” in February, the Diva challenged us to used nested hearts this week. Basically, one heart string inside another heart string. The challenge flowed easily this week and here is my tile. The pattern on the heart is Lily Moon’s Drogon. This has been a “go-to” tangle for me for quite some time and I use it constantly! On the hollibaugh stripes is a half shattuck, and 2 variations on my Marito pattern. I finished off with Printemps, Apcross (Step-out in the menu above), and a background pattern I learned from one of Eni Oken’s lessons (Treasure Frames I believe).
My pattern Marito can be found in the pattern Menu above, as well as a video step out with added embellishments you can find right here! Thanks for stopping by!
I received a beautiful gift today from a wonderful lady and it reached into my heart and squeezed. It was completely unexpected and I know done with great compassion. CZT Jody Genovese sent me a small box delicately filled with small brown and tan crinkled paper ribbons, a new pack of black apprentice tiles (which I’ve wanted to try), 2 traveling Tangle tiles and one wine stained tile (something I’ve never tried), and a note of caring and support that had me tearing up. The absolute best part of tangling is meeting other tanglers. I’ve never met a better person than Jody. I’m learning, after a year, that the true beauty of the Zentangle® Method is in the community of tanglers.
Jody did one other thing that meant so much to me and that was to tangle my Apcross pattern on a coffee stained tile. It immediately became one of my favorites! Check out how cool this is! This will be my featured image for Apcross! Jody, you did an amazing job! You’re becoming a good friend at a time when I needed it most! Thanks!
So I really was unhappy with my diva challenge submission this week so I decided to go through my tiles and try to get it right. The result was interesting to say the least for several reasons. Here’s my before and after tiles:
This is a white tile with a burnt ochre watercolor wash. I started with my Sakura micron brown pen and was disappointed in the contrast but this made a perfect tile for #273.
I have several sets of Sakura pens that I’ve never used so this ended up being a bit of an experiment. I used my set of Sakura glaze pens for the colored in sections of the aquafleur and what is supposed to be Veezy I believe. So what I learned is that the glaze Pens have a large nib I’m assuming to allow the ink to flow smoothly which it certainly does. It goes on extremely smoothly and when it dries it leaves an upraised glossy look to what’s underneath to give it a 3D look. Unfortunately this means that fine lines and drawing with them can become rather a gloppy mess so having tried those, I really liked the dark brown aquafleur but the other was a mess! But in keeping with the Zentangle® Method I kept working and finished the rest of it. I used a burnt ochre, a dark brown and a terracotta prismacolor soft core pencil for shading which, as always, helped a lot. This tangle includes #opus #aquafleur #mookah #veezy and #fescue. (I’m terrible at remembering the tangle names so forgive me if I don’t list everything.)
See everyone next week for diva challenge 274! As always you can find a link to Diva’s blog in my top menu.
I completely forgot to upload my diva challenge this week, sorry to everyone who stopped by to see nothing! But diligence should be rewarded so here it is! I’m not sure I shouldn’t have left it as it was! I swear I took a picture of my tile before starting but now I can’t find it so here’s the finished product and if I can locate the before pic I will post it.
My name is Cyndee Pelley, I’m an amateur artist with a spinal disability and this blog allows me to share my art, tangle patterns and coloring ideas. I’m also bound to touch on dogs and horses as well as family because they’re a big part of my life. My hands shake so my lines aren’t perfect but I’ve found expressing myself through art extremely important in maintaining a healthy perspective when my body is trapped in a bed. Family, pets, art and health are all topics that will arise but mostly this is about art.
One of the most significant things to happen to me in the last 15 years was when I accidentally came across the Zentangle(registered trademark) Method created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Instead of trying to explain their method let me quote from their official website Zentangle.com.
“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.
We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. ” (quote from the Zentagle.com website)
These are some examples of simple patterns and what you can do with them.
I will be talking more about this method in later blogs but for now I’ll just say that Zentangle has changed my life. I’d encourage anyone who wants to draw but doesn’t know where to start to visit Rick and Maria’s site Zentagle.com. I also highly recommend tanglepatterns.com which is Linda Farmer’s collection of tangles including Rick and Maria’s official tangle patterns.
I will also be chronicling my application process for a mobility service dog. I’ve always loved animals and in particular horses and dogs. I just lost one of my rescued dogs (Daisy) after 15 years.
My Daisy Mae (passed in April, 2016)
Her long time companion, Chance, is fading fast though I’m hopeful he will last the year.
I also have a foster dog from a local rescue agency. His name is Jake and he mostly likes to hide from the world.
The rules regarding service dogs in the home are usually that no other dogs are allowed to be present in the home. The reason for this is service dogs are working dogs and can get distracted which works against their training. Having a service dog is a commitment to ongoing training and special care. I have made my application to an organization based in Norman, OK called “A New Leash on Life”. http://newleashinc.org/ They take donated puppies (usually Golden or Labrador Retrievers for their natural retrieving abilities) and train them for the specific needs of each client. This takes between 1 and 2 years because the pups need to be fully grown to support the pulling, balancing and other activities a mobility dog must handle. So, I applied after Daisy’s death making me both sad and excited and guilty about the excited. Their letter to confirm my application was dated May 11, 2016. I’m trying to patiently wait for the next phase!
That’s enough for the first blog. I hope you’ll come back to see what kind of art we’ll be working each week. I also hope you’ll check out the 3 tangle patterns I’ve deconstructed. I’ve sent them to Linda Farmer, CZT at tanglepatterns.com to see if they conform to the tangle rules and can then be published there. Either way, feel free to experiment and share your thoughts and comments.