Monday, June 29, 2015

That's New to Me Challenge #26 & Diva Challenge #224

explore a new "N" pattern
&
Artist Focus on Neil Burley

I was super excited by this challenge for a couple of reasons. First, I'm a big fan of Neil Burley's work so it was the perfect prompt to truly focus on a few of his patterns. Second, "Rokpool" is one of my favorites and finally, there's a raffle going on and the chance to win a copy of his book. Fingers crossed.
All, but "Rokpool", are new to me. I started with "Nave" in the center, surrounded by "Talbert", "Intertwine" goes across the top, then "Liberty 100", "Rokpool" and "CB5". I've been trying to slow down and really focus on the Zen of the tangle and each deliberate stroke so when this challenge came along, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to do that. Neil's patterns are beautifully intricate and precise, much inspired by architectural detailing. I spent a good deal of time last night drawing out the steps and practicing some patterns then this morning I eagerly began a tile.
Well, this pretty much went off the rails from the get-go, when I realized I'd started Nabu off center. I screwed it up in so many ways I started to take notes.


I didn't start over, I just delegated this to a practice sampler to work out the kinks. Once I completed the patterns, I went back in to vary some line weight and try to fix some mistakes...but as there are no mistakes in Zentangle, only opportunities, I decided to "make it work".

Monotangle "Tipple'

This is what I was looking at as I was reading the challenge this morning:
Later on I was on my way to yet another cafe and passed the paint store. Well, at the risk of being too literal, it had to be done.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your generous comments always make my day!

30 comments:

  1. This coffee was really inspiring to you, I love the result.

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  2. Your Tipple coffee looks so real, great!

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  3. I love the coffee inspiration. Great job on the TNTM tile...so many patterns that were new to you! Thanks for being part of the challenge this week!

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    1. Thank you Suzy for all of the inspiration!

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  4. Beautiful tile! The colors make such a graphic element to this piece. Love it! Sarah

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  5. How clever, at first I didn't realise it wasn't s photo.

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  6. What a great idea! Looks really wonderful!

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  7. this is a great idea, i love it

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  8. Oh, man, we sure were on the same brainwave this week, and OF COURSE the coffeeandcreativity girl would make tipple into coffee. Yours is spectacular! Don't you love the Neil Burley tangles, but I agree some require substantial practice! Your TNTM tile looks great!

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    1. Thanks Antonine! Yes I shall be practicing some more this week;-)

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  9. superb! That cuppa is absolutely marvelous. You've got all the textures, lines, glints, shading, and everything down pat. Nice!

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  10. Absolutely love your tile! So creative!

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  11. Your Neil Burley inspired tile is great and the Coffee Inspiration is really a pointer to the creative material that surrounds us. Great.

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  12. Like the coffee Tipple tile. I am not awake enough to get inspiration from a cup of coffee in the morning.

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  13. Wow - you've packed in so many of my patterns! Great job :)
    Thanks for joining in the challenge, and good luck in the draw :)

    Neil

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