Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Diva Challenge #253, Made by Joey #98, That's New to Me #49 & String Challenge #130

"Molygon"

I made up a new batch of watercolor ATC's thinking I might be a bit more efficient. I really enjoyed the back to basics black and white sketchbook series but those seemed to take me such a long time and never did get the "It's a String Thing" challenge done. It could be that I'm a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to the whole Valentines Day themes that are beginning to pop up. I'm not a hearts and flowers kind of girl...



New "V" pattern: Viaduct
Heidi Sue Whitney's "Hitched"

...although I managed to turn "Hitched" into a flower. It was totally unintentional. "Hitched" is not new to me. I believe it came up in one of the Diva's UMT challenges way back when. I like it a lot  because it has so much potential for variation. "Viaduct" is a new one. It's a great bold pattern. My white gel pen is giving me grief though.

"Cayke"


I started off intending to fill the entire space with variations of "Cayke", but something in the watercolor background compelled me to create the swirl that became "Marasu".  The rest just sort of took on a life of its own.

String Challenge #130
String #150
patterns" Luv-a", "Heartbox" & "Join"
also "Heartstrings" & "Marasu"

This weeks string challenge was just the kick in the butt I needed to get into heart mode. I'm participating in a swap that fits similar parameters and I've been putting it off.  I made a set of watercolor tiles last week along with the ATCs hoping that would light a fire...it didn't. Anyhoo, one down, ten+ to go.

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





21 comments:

  1. These tiles/ ATCs are fascinating. I've not seen ZIA artwork like this before. The artwork is strong, confident and bold. Love it.

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  2. Viaduct was one of the first patterns I tried and I'd totally forgotten it, so thank you for reminding me. As for things that take on a life of their own, they're often the best ones. I really like all of these.

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  3. I love the look you achieve with these backgrounds. They pull together everything you put on them. All three pieces make me look and look again. Nice work!

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  4. All tiles are nice !!! bravo!!!

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  5. So artistic, I love all the colour blending you do. Lovely.

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  6. These are all so beautiful, love the painterly quality these backgrounds bring to your work.

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  7. Love your beautiful tiles, Michelle!

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  8. I just LOVE your watercolour ATC's! I understand what you said about the basic b&w's not working for you. I tried to go more fully Zentangle and found that I didn't finish either, so I need to go back to what I'm most comfortable with.
    For a "curmudgeon" your last tile turned out beautifully! You'll be happy to know that I'm not doing a heart challenge this year for Valentine's Day as I'm not a hearts and flowers girl either. I suppose I had better start thinking about what to do instead!
    Thanks so much for sharing your work and letting me babble in your comments!
    ~ joey ~

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    1. Let's hear it for the un-hearts and flowers crowd!

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  9. All are so beautiful! I really like your unique style!

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  10. Lovely, all that shading and colouring must take ages

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    1. P.S. Sorry I seem to have commented before, I came via Joey's challenge this time and I probably came via the Diva's Challenge last time.

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    2. Once I've made the atc's the artwork doesn't really take too long, the background does most of the work and the smaller ATC format helps too. Funny, I tried to think of how long it takes me to do one of these and I really couldn't tell you. I totally lose track of time;-)

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  11. Astounding. I love your version of Hitched by HeidiSue!

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  12. You are a real artist, I love all of your tiles again!
    I can`t decide for a favourite...

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  13. These are all wonderful work! Thanks for being part of my challenges! Don't forget--we're having a raffle this coming week.

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  14. All your tiles are beautiful! Very interesting is your TNTM49; I love your art of the pattern Hitched!
    Greetings Esther

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