Saturday, April 19, 2014

That String Thing #36

I really like this String Thing. 
It starts out with String #042 by Bunny Wright:

and any or all of the following patterns:  
Bucky and Bunzo - official Zentangle® patterns
Bubbles by CZT Suzanne McNeill
Buttercup by CZT Sandy Bartholomew

I immediately knew that I wanted to start with Bunzo in the 2 larger parts of the center section, and have Bubbles spring from Bunzo. Once I finished that part, it felt like it was done:

But I felt like I should try to use more of the string, and/or more of the patterns. So I played around  and realized that it didn't need the other patterns. But I did try one using the rest of the string. I kind of like it, too. 

So as usual, I have to use them both. Which do you prefer?

Be sure to check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, when she offers the new ones.
 
Thanks for visiting; please leave a comment, favorable or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's how we learn and grow; and how we know someone out there is paying attention.

Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Diva's Challenge #162, and That String Thing #35

I started the Diva's Challenge and That String Thing immediately after they were posted, but for one reason or another, got hung up finishing them. So finally, here they are. 

First was Diva's Challenge #162: use your initials for the string. That was easy, more or less; I've done it before. But of course, you don't want to do the same thing again. So I played around a bit, and this is what I came up with: 
Sakura Sepia Micron pens in 01 and 05, 
highlighted with White Sakura Gelly Roll pen, 
on Strathmore Toned Tan paper.
Tangles: Paradox, Purk, Aquafleur

 Next came String Thing #35, using String #047, 
by Cheri Hartwick:
 

using the Official Tangles:  Cadent, Chillon, and Crescent Moon, and Cayke, by Rose Brown.


I used Chillon, Crescent Moon, and Cayke; Sakura Microns in Sepia, Brown, and Burgundy. When I finished, it seemed to lack something, so I added Cadent as a background, using a Prismacolor Sepia pencil, so it wouldn't fight with the main part of the tile.

All in all, I'm happy with both tiles; I hope you like them, too.

Be sure to visit the Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.
 
And then check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, when she offers the new ones.

Thanks for visiting; please leave a comment, favorable or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's how we learn and grow; and how we know someone out there is paying attention.

Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

In a Quandary about Quandary

This week's challenge is to use the Tangle "Quandary", 
and find the way to do it that works best for you.

Some times I use a grid and some times do it freehand. 
Some times it works out perfectly, 
and other times I get a little sloppy. 
But this is sort of half way between.  

I started with this String;

and made a Monotangle; 
using one tangleation of Quandary 
in each section of the string: 
Part of it looks pretty good; part of it, not so much.
But as time is running out, it'll have to do.

Please be sure to check out the Diva's site 
 to see the other wonderful entries; 
it's amazing how different all the responses are. 
Maybe you'll even be inspired to try out 
one of the Challenges yourself.

Thanks for visiting; please leave a comment, favorable or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's how we learn and grow; and how we know someone out there is paying attention.

Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Diva's Challenge #160: "String Theory: Spiral out, Keep Going! (v.2)"

The Diva's Challenge is to use a spiral as your string.
This past week saw the introduction of 2 new patterns, both of which I like a lot, and both of which I thought would lend themselves well to a spiral form.

The first is Ansu, by CZT Lori Manoogian, 
which I added to this dual spiral, with a tangleation of Flux for the other arm of the spiral:
I thought it looked good, but needed something; either color, or shading. My first try at color was using
 Derwent's Inktense Pencils.
I like the color, but it was a little messy on the paper I was using. So I tried my Prismacolor pencils;
not so messy, but they didn't do so well on the textured paper I was using. Although the overall effect is not bad.

Then I tried some shading; this effect is also not bad. The main thing is that I was right about Ansu working well as a spiral. I really like it. I just don't know which version I like best.

By the time I finished (I didn't get a chance to work on it till today) there wasn't much time to spend on the other new pattern: Pax, by Christine Reyes. But I thought that if, instead of reversing the direction of each row, as in this example:
you continue in the same direction, it would be a spiral.
And it works. I didn't have time to work up a more elaborate tile, but you get the idea.
Let me know what you think.


Be sure to visit the Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.
 
Thanks for visiting; please leave a comment, favorable or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's how we learn and grow; and how we know someone out there is paying attention.

Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.


Friday, March 28, 2014

String Thing #33

For a change I finished my entry for this week's 
String Thing #33 earlier than at the last minute as I usually do. 
The challenge is to use String 034 by Jadie Wright:
and any or all of these tangles: 
Japan Diamond by CZT Laura Liu
and three official Zentangle® patterns:
Diva Dance, W2, and Tagh

 Diva Dance is one of my favorites, in any or all of its versions, and Tagh makes a great filler. I like Japan Diamond, too, and it seemed to fit in well. W2 didn't make the cut, but I was happy with the way the other 3 patterns fell into place. I've used this string before, but this time there was no question which pattern to use in the center, and the other 2 just kind of followed along. The highlighting on Tagh was done with soapstone, but on Japan Diamond it was done with a white charcoal pencil. The shading was done using a Monolith Graphite 4B 
(couldn't find my 2B).
 All in all, I'm quite happy with this one.

Be sure to check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, for the new challenge.
 
Thanks for visiting; please leave a comment, favorable or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's how we learn and grow; and how we know someone out there is paying attention.

Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.