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I am the Diva's Weekly Challenge #220

This week's challenge for I am the Diva is to create a zentangle using the All Boxed Up tangle.

Once upon a time, drawing straight lines was easy for me. My hands were a bit shaky here. My major mess ups actually contributed a lot to this tile. I colored over them in black and then drew on top with a gelly roll pen. I think it did an amazing thing for the dark/light balance that I often struggle with. The checkerboard patterning from Knightsbridge felt like a very natural way to tie things together.

There is no shading at all on this tile. Most of the time it helps, I think it may have detracted from the overall here had I used it.

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Learning Rain

The Square One tangle focus this week was Rain. I think it looks more like lightning. Zentangles are not supposed to be a recognizable picture, but I did go for a representation picture and really like how it turned out. Scrawlz (the leafy line along the top) was new as well. That was fun to draw.

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Working through One Zentangle a Day, Days #7 and 8

Day 7 of One Zentangle A Day was about using tangleations: taking known tangles and adding your own spin. Varying degrees of success with these two tiles. I do like the rounded shattuck (show in both, left side).
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Day 8 was learning Purk (the ones that looks like an Easter egg), Vega (the criss-crossed tube). This coincided with the Square One challenge of the week to use Purk. I really like how this tile came out.
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I am the Diva's Weekly Challenge #219

This week's challenge for I am the Diva is to create a tile using on straight lines.

I tried for some illusion of movement using Paradox. Added a heavily modified knightsbridge and a standard nekton. I experimented with betweed and jemz to get them to be straight lined and fit in the triangle spaces and am pleased how they came out.

I added a little boarder of sawteeth in lieu of my original idea outlining paradox with pearlz, as those most definitely are not angular!

I tried to keep even my shading angular, but that didn't quite happen.
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It's a String Thing #93

The challenge this week for It's a String Thing #93 was to use TanglePatterns String 93 with the tangles 4MOM, Gottago, and JJ.

String 93 is all curvy lines (kind of reminds me of an elephant head actually). The tangles are mostly angular and gridded. Normally the string and tangles have something in common that gives me a starting point. This week I wasn't sure where to start. As two of the patterns were both gridded, I played around with scale, something I have a hard time doing. Gottago looks great on a small scale. I did, however, underestimate how many tiny little lines there were in it! :) 4MOM was the easiest to warp and therefore made a good top border. Individuals JJs look great strung in the open spaces left.

Super pleased with the final. I wasn't sure I would get something to come together that wasn't chaotic. (The less chaotic they are, the more relaxed I am on finishing them.)

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I am the Diva's Weekly Challenge #218

This week's challenge for I am the Diva is to create a white on black zentangle.

I played around with Cadent at varying scales, because I want to get out of my comfort zone of small stroke size. The Sakura gelly roll pens have a thicker tip than my black pens, so I ended up at a tad smaller than the pen could manage. I added something called Angelfish because it has the same lines as cadent, and then I added fescu, because I'm beginning to love the little antenna streamers.

This is my first time doing white on black. Shading here was a challenge, I really didn't know what to do. Shading and accents were done with a white Prismacolor pencil.

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Working through One Zentangle a Day, Days #5 and 6

Day 5 of One Zentangle A Day introduced printemps (the spirals) and isochor (the parallel lines). Mixed them with Fescu and Knightbridge. Kind of looks like an alien underwater scene. I like this one a lot, though learning isochor took a while. It's more free form than I am.


The second exercise for Day 5 was to make an Artist Trading Card size Zentangle. Regular tiles are 3.5" x 3.5", ATCs are 3.5" x 2.5".

This one kind of reminds me of a bug. I was in a loopy kind of day, so there is some underlying similarities in the strings used. Used Knightsbridge (I love that particular checkerboard), Fescu (love the little antennae), Crescent Moon, Tipple, Hollibaugh, and Pokeroot.

Day 6 introduced Mooka, Amaze (which I call stipple in free motion quilting, though stipple means something completely else in drawing), and Flux. The flux kind of looks fern like here, and the mooka is almost a heart. Add tipple (the mini circles) and fescu for more flavor. I like this one, because my string and patterns worked well together.


One more day left in week one of the book. It focuses on modifying patterns you know into similar designs. I've already done some of that, I just have put pen to paper. :)
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Working through One Zentangle a Day, First Week

Still working on tiles for days six and seven, but I did experiment with the tangles from those days and with all of the tangles presented so far in the book to create a Zentangle Inspired Art piece on this Flycatcher template by Ben Kwok ( Very interesting to see all of the patterns come together!


(My scanner tilted it automatically. The text along the bottom is actually parallel with the bottom of the page.)