Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jewels for Joey & Ghosts of Tangles Past

Jewels for Joey
Challenge #100 from Made by Joey

Joey's challenge  was to use the provided string, your choice of patterns and to put  Bijou, the official Zentangle mascot, somewhere on the tile. To celebrate Made by Joey's 100th Weekly Challenge, I made Joey some bijoux with a hidden Bijou.

September 2013
Diva Challenge #255-Ghosts of Tangles Past

Dig up an old tile from your beginner archives and use it as inspiration to create a new piece with all of your mad skills. I'm fairly certain that this was one of the first tiles I ever made. I never dated anything but I found this one dated and I was actually surprised that it went back that far. I can't believe I lurked around for a year before I started this blog.

Fast forward to this morning...I used the same string and the same patterns on a watercolor "Renaissance" tile. Yeah...it's a bit over-worked and took forever but it was fun exploring some new techniques and playing around with different tools. This is what the tile looked like before:

note to self: leave more paper showing next time;-P

I'm exploring the world of Renaissance tiles...again. Last night I created 3 watercolor sheets and started this practice page, using different sized coasters to randomly create a bunch of string lines:

I'm just gonna play around with a bunch of stuff and if it turns out okay I'll cut it apart and make some kind of ensemble piece like this. Thanks to Jennifer Sparrow for that inspiration.

Here's the link to the post where I did the watercolor background tutorial.

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


  1. I like your reworking of the old tile very much. Great colors.

  2. Wow, Great reworked piece! Can't wait to see the ensemble piece finished!

  3. I found him! I found Bijou! Lol

    Great work all of them, look how amazing your reworked tile looks. Not only an improvement but a style of your own too. Wonderful

  4. Sweet little Bijou :) And, what a difference a few years can make. I love the paper you are using.

  5. Beautiful gems for Joey (I found Bijou!) and what a big change in your working style! I really love how you've developed your own, very recognizable style. Chapeau!

  6. I love the re do one esp the tipple inside the mooka heads 😊. Off to watch your watercolour wash tutorial now. Ps I got my swap ill post in group soon its beautiful thanks Michele x

  7. terrific work, as always. The colors that are on your paper make everything look so antiquey and refined. ... Now I see it! I was looking at your early tile and saw lots of Hollibaugh, but couldn't find it in the current tile...but looky there! It is sort of the string, isn't it! very clever. And a rich piece, lots of good stuff!

  8. Lovely tiles as usual. I like your watercolour background and still have to try it. (Found your Bijou!)

  9. How in the world did you manage that hidden Bijou?! I just love that Renaissance tile. What an amazing difference in your Diva tiles! Thanks for the shout out! Can't wait to see your finished ensemble, and frame!

    1. I drew it in before I added the color of the gem and then finished with a little white prismacolor pencil light rubbed over it. I found the frame and the backing paper. I just have to assemble it.

  10. What a difference! You have developed your own style by using colours in a wonderful way. Great!

  11. I love your reworked tile! What a wonderful style you have developed over the last few years. Your use of shading and color is exquisite. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. More beautiful work, your Joey tile reminds me of a piece of expensive antique jewelry!
    Your style has changed so much in just a couple of years. I love your current style however I am very curious to see if you will take it in another direction in another couple of years?! You are so talented and I love to see how you interpret each challenge, I never know what artistic trick you are going to put out of your hat! :o)
    So glad to have you participate every week!
    ~ joey ~

  13. Love Bijou! And the dimension in your reworked tile! That paper is gorgeous by the way..