Thursday, October 13, 2016

Diva Challenge #288, Made by Joey #134 and Travelling Tangles


Gourdgeous is an original pattern from Zentangle HQ that came out last year. I attempted it once back then. I have to admit that this is not a fave, but I'm giving it the old college try.  My sketchbook is loaded with clumsy attempts at this, but I  think it actually paid off;-)



Torn Paper

Joey prompted this weeks challenge with a torn paper "string".  I found an ATC that I'd created using torn pieces of colored art tissue and adapted the string to fit the colored segments.

Here are the Travelling Tangles I finished this week:

This is my finish to one of the tiles sent to me by Anita Westin...

...travelling from Sweden.

I think "Tripoli" and I are finally becoming friends;-)

Anita challenged me with a black tile as well

Anita's start

The black tiles still prove to be problematic but I'm working toward a deeper bond. It's the white pen  that's really the problem, they either go all skippy or the coverage is too thin. I'd found a solution, the Signo Uniball broad tip, but then the store was out of stock last time I went in for them. Anyhoo, this turned out pretty well.

My finish to a super fun start by Beth Bentz

Beth sent me this jewel studded gem from Saskatchewan

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


22 comments:

  1. As usual, I like all the tiles. My favorite from the challengetiles is the one for Joey. I love the beautiful "thorn effect" the shadows and the white accent.
    And again a big WOW for these T.T., your finishing work is really breathtaking!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ria! This was definitely a challenging round of Travelling Tiles and a lot of fun too;-)

      Delete
  2. Beautiful tiles! How did you color your Gourdgeous and tipple in the Diva challenge tile? The green-background traveling tile is especially fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Brenda! the background is created by applying re-used art tissue paper strips to a very wet watercolor paper. For the drawing I used colored gel pens for the line work and prismacolor pencil for the fills. I blend the pencil with a prismacolor colorless marker blender. I shade with grey prismacolor markers and highlight with a Signo Uniball white pen.

      Delete
  3. I just love the depth that you achieve with your tiles and the traveling tiles are so fun to see.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow ... your Gourdgeous is gorgeous! Beautiful colors.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! I still can't get the sketchbook versions looking decent, so color it will be! Forever;-)

      Delete
  5. The zentangle black tiles are quite absorbent I find and had to work with gel pens, but they do take coloured pencils beautifully! I bought a black visual arts diary and the white gel pens stand out much better but colour pencils not so much.
    All your work is beautiful Michele, I'm in awe of your techniques with colour.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Suse! Your tips on black tiles are truly appreciated. I do love the look of them when executed by those more competent than myself. I practiced a bit on some scraps of scrapbook paper but you're right about the official tiles being quite absorbent.

      Delete
  6. I really love how the tangles in Anita's black tile extend beyond the tile. And the highlights in Beth's tile really make the tangles shine. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Stephanie! These were so much fun to complete. That black tile really did vex me. I love a good challenge;-)

      Delete
  7. Beautiful tiles. Nice to read your process in your response to Brenda. Thank you for sharing that.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love that Joey Challenge tile! hahahaha, the little groupings of tipple look like caterpillars, escaped from under the tree bark! hahahaha...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! you're right;-) I just noticed that.

      Delete
  9. Gourdgeous with colors is a very good idea. I like the combination with tipple. Beautiful tile.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Christine! Tipple is definitely my go-to fill;-)

      Delete
  10. My favourite two tiles are the Made by Joey one (the 3D effect is excellent) and the last travelling tangle - the movement in this is intriguing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Amazing work! My favorite your Gourdgeous! I love the brilliant colors!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful tiles. Your gourdgeous is gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Since several times i looked every week,what you've tangled. And now,I'm very happy, finally find out(I'm a dinosaur by using all this technical stuff😅) a way to tell you my admiration about your style and how you use colors in such a nice way.Please excuse my english,it's not my mother tongue

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words:-)

      Delete