May 20th, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.)