Saturday, December 10, 2016

String Challenge #174 and other bits...

Adele's Christmas Tree String
Patterns: Zenith and O

I just created a new set of watercolor tiles and ATC's, somewhat heavy on the blue/green. This challenge was a great fit and what fun it was doing O with the white gel pen. I love how this turned out.

a drawing challenge from Zentangle HQ

I love these 3Z tiles (hand cut by moi). Zentangle HQ's seasonal drawing challenge features the new 3Z tiles. Each day we're prompted with a different pattern to add to the previous melange. So far, we've used Tripoli, Diva Dance,  Shattuck, Marasu, Tipple, Molygon and Knightsbridge. I'm really happy that I started this because it's given me the opportunity to revisit old favorites. 

 12 Days of 3Z: Day 7

Here I am up to Knightsbridge. My goal is to include the new daily pattern with all of the patterns from the previous days on each days tile. Let's see if I can do this without them getting too crowded in the end. HQ just posted today's challenge using Pokeleaf! I can't wait to get going on that one. Check this out to see their amazing assembly so far. They're busy elves at Zentangle HQ, creating multiple tiles daily...i.e. 7 new tiles on day 7 etc. Whew!

In the meantime I'm woefully behind on my backlog of Travelling Tangles, but here are two tiles I've finished since my last post.

My finish to an Apprentice tile started by Muniza Askari in Singapore

This was tricky. I don't use much color in my line work, so my color options are very limited. I don't have any florescent or gold gel pens. I do, however, have pink and blue. I'd pulled out an old gold paint pen for the 12 Days challenge. I had a lengthy stare down with this one, a little daunted by all of the white space. Crazy Huggins popped into my head and wouldn't let go. I went a little crazy with the fillers too. I was surprisingly happy with this playful tile. It took me farther out of my comfort zone than I'm comfortable with, but when I look at it, I think of jesters and acrobats.

This was Muniza's starter

My finish to Liz Well's start

This was a wonderful contrast to Muniza's tile. I finish my tiles in the order in which they are received so it was a happy coincidence to have this next in my stack. I love getting back to the Zen of a white tile and black pen/graphite. I still have Moowa on the brain from Monday's Diva Challenge. I've been working on it more, inspired by Heidi Whitneys recent blog post. She did a beautiful page of Moowa.

Liz sent me this all the way from Down Under;-)

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  1. I ran out of time for my String Thing tile this week - but yours is lovely - that white on your coloured tile is great - really festive but in a very natural way!

  2. So many beautiful tiles! You are so busy, dear Michele! I really like your wonderful 3Z-tiles. It is so much fun to create a mosaic with them! And I do love mosaics!

  3. Beautiful tiles! :D Do you know the name of the pattern that Liz sent you connected to the garlic cloves? It is so cute, I'd like to try it out.

    1. Thanks Nic! It's called Amybaby. You can find it on