Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Diva Challenge #236, That's New to Me #38 & Made by Joey #79

Diva Challenge #236~"Tangle Unexpected"

The idea is to tangle on something other than your traditional paper. I shall admit to cheating right off the bat because this wasn't entirely "unexpected".  I'm always picking up interesting postcards and coasters that make me think "ooooh, I could tangle on this sometime" in anticipation of challenges of this ilk, but this is the first time I've ever done it. The glossy surface was both nice to draw on but some of the wetter parts took longer to dry than expected so I had a few smears.

I knew this had tangling potential from the get-go.

That's New to Me Challenge #38
explore a new "Z" pattern
"Zag V" by Helen Williams

I'm on a bit of a Helen Williams kick this week after receiving her eBook " Three Little Rules", so when I started searching "Z" tangles, "Zag V" jumped out at me and I knew I had to get to work. I love this pattern and I shall use it often. The Facebook group Square One: Purely Zentangle is focusing on "Meringue" this week, and though I've yet to create a tile for the group, Helen's tutorial has me flinging "Meringue" everywhere I can.

a work-in-progress piece from Helen's eBook.

Made by Joey Challenge #79
"Pea nuckle"

Oh boy, this challenge really vexed me! I've attempted to practice "Pea nuckle" before because I love the way it looks, but I ALWAYS give up because I can not get it right. This is a hot mess under the shading and my watercolor ATC also masks a multitude of errors. I watched Ellen Wolters You Tube video and though it made much more sense, I still had trouble with it. I'm hoping to get another go at it.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your generous and thoughtful comments always inspire me.


  1. I couldn't agree more about Peanuckle, but you seem to have the hang of it despite what you say. That cover with the red lines is a perfect fit for a string, how clever to have found it and hung on to it. You really made it look special with the tangles you chose.

  2. Beautiful Diva tile, postcards are always nice to tangle on ;-)
    Zag V is very pretty too! I really love Helen Williams' style, but find it quite hard to get her patterns looking smooth en fluent on my paper. Luckily practising is nice to do as well :-)

  3. Oh I adore that Diva piece! Peanuckle is giving me some gyp this week too lol but I'm starting to actually enjoy it now :-)

    1. I'm still working on it and enjoying it more as well. I love it when a challenge has me gritting my teeth initially...then practice turns into obsession;-)

  4. I love every one of your tiles this week! I, too, keep items like hotel coasters and promotional cards for tangle potential, but the one you did is totally brilliant! Your watercolor background looks so gorgeous on the Zag-V (one I can't make gracefully, but you sure did!) and the Peanuckle. I have used it as a fill since I started tangling, but never have I seen it so beautifully explored as yours is here! All so lovely!

  5. I love your tiles this week! (And every week--lol!) Just can't get enough of the "pens" on the edges of your work! Helen Williams' work makes me drool and want to be just like her. I have a long way to go! I'll have to check out her new book.

  6. Lovely work. I have always found Peanuckle to be a bit of a challenge myself and I even got to have Molly as a teacher for it. Some tangles are harder than others and I think you did a great ATC with it.

  7. Love that's organic and the shading is amazing! love the little prongs springing off the ends of things. And just look at the pea knuckle. I'm still trying to even get my pea knuckle to look like ANYTHING. Great work!

  8. Fun way to do the diva challenge! I think your Peanuckle looks great, and I too find this one a challenge. Love your wip

  9. Your DIVA unexpected tile is wonderful! and it looks like you're getting some good stuff from Helen Williams. Thanks for being part of the TNTM challenge this week!

  10. Lovely, work on all pieces!! :0) Annette

  11. I like what you did with the dancing lines!

  12. Beautiful is your Z-tile with the Zag V! Also your Pea Nuckle for challenge 79 is great. My first try was not very good, I'll do it again. I love your work in process pattern, it's wonderful. Greetings Esther