Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Diva Challenge #251, Made by Joey #96 & String Challenge #128

I am the Diva Challenge #251
Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
January 24

This week the Diva's Challenge is to use the logo for the Moebius Syndrome Foundation as the string for our art. The Diva's 5 year old son was born with this rare neurological disorder that affects one in a million people, 5000 people on the planet! Moebius Syndrome effects the lateral nerves of the face where one can't smile, grimace or  look side to side. There are other delayed developmental issues and the inability to resist virus that results in severe illness. It does not affect intelligence. The Diva's young son wants to be a "Bona Fide Paleontologist" when he grows up. I love that!
It's been raining buckets this morning. I'm so perfectly cozy with my coffee in the cafe so I'm not gonna venture to the library to scan my tiles...so apologies for the blurry pics. I cleaned them up as best I could.
Music series using a "Natural" string
"Chillon"

This was a relaxing piece. I don't think I've ever used "Chillon" before. I like it.

String #129, patterns: Hypnotic and Paradox

I treated myself to a set of calligraphy pens last week with my 30% off Blick coupon. My primary drawing tools are a set of Rapidograph technical pens I've had since art school, some 20+ years ago. I had to send my two finest nib pens off for servicing and needed something in the meantime. I was inspired to try the old school pen and ink by a post I saw recently at Antonine Tangles. This started off as a practice piece, watering down the ink to get the grey tones. I love the variation in line weight but I'm really clumsy with the dripping. I used a grey Inktense pencil for the shading. This was such a relaxing and fun piece to draw.


Zendalas for the Zentangle Artists Trading Card Swap Group

The parameters for this swap are to use 3 1/2 inch Zendala tiles and to use some patterns that are new to me. I've never done Zendalas before and I don't do symmetry or geometric so I had to really struggle to find my take on this. I'm using the new pattern "Hamadox" (Hamail & Paradox) around a gem and then a variety of old and new patterns around it on my watercolor backgrounds.
I tend to approach each swap as an opportunity to perfect a particular pattern or technique by doing something over and over with slight variations. It not only helps me add to my "signature style", it eliminates having to reinvent the wheel with each tile. I love the way these are looking.


Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Your thoughtful and generous comments truly inspire me.

17 comments:

  1. Beautifully drawn tiles in response to the challenges, but those Zendalas look fantastic. I love how you choose such subtle colours

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  2. Wow... Your Moebius sign is pehantastic- I love especially the purple shading!
    The other tiles are beautiful as well.

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  3. Wonderful tile for the challenges! Especially I like your fabulous Chillon variations!
    Your zendalas are stunning!! Little pieces of art!

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  4. Well the zendalas are just wonderful - not that the other tiles aren't but, I mean, wow. It's not the gems, although I love the subtle colouring you have achieved with them, it's your way with colour altogether, truly delicious.

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  5. Your Diva tile is wonderful. I love the tangles and the great shading. But your zendalas are just amazing, beautyfully coloured - I could not find words for it.

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  6. Great Challenge tile and the rest are stunning too! The Zendalas are beautiful!

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  7. Love all your work (as usual :-) ), but your zendala's are most stunning to mee!

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  8. All your tiles are very beautiful.

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  9. All beautifully done. I especially like the Zendalas. So pretty!

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  10. Wow. Everything is beautiful. Those Zendalas are stunning! I don't think I've ever seen anything like them. Bravo!

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  11. I have to echo the other sentiments here...they are all beautiful, but the zendalas are absolutely stunning. I don't think I have ever seen the tangle you used (Hamadox). Are there stepouts for it anywhere? Or is it your tangelation of the two? At any rate it is stunning. Your Diva challenge tile has such subtle shading, beautifully done as well.

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    1. The patterns I used for the Zendalas are from the Facebook group Zentangle: Tangled and Journaled, Too. New patterns were introduced daily in December. Hamadox and Podzules were just two.

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  12. I visited Blick this past week too, but I kind of wasted my 30% off coupon because I didn't buy any one thing that cost very much---just a lot of little things that added up. All your tiles are beautiful. I really like the way you combined Paradox and Hyponotic. You're off to a magnificent start with mandalas. Yours are really elegant.

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  13. I visited Blick this past week too, but I kind of wasted my 30% off coupon because I didn't buy any one thing that cost very much---just a lot of little things that added up. All your tiles are beautiful. I really like the way you combined Paradox and Hyponotic. You're off to a magnificent start with mandalas. Yours are really elegant.

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  14. Wow, wow, wow! These are all so beautiful! How do you create so much beautiful pieces in a week? I'm in a drawing 'dry spell' at the moment but your work continues to inspire me!
    ~ joey ~

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    1. Oh geez, I'm having troubles writing too "so much beautiful pieces"? So many beautiful pieces!

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