Thursday, January 12, 2017

Diva Challenge #298, Joey Challenge # 147

Use My Tangle: Orbs-la-dee by Anneke van Dam

The Diva is back and hopefully, so am I. The past 6 weeks has gotten me off my game. Capping off all of the holiday shenanigans was a week of house/dog sitting. Though I'd brought all of my drawing tools with me, there was not a comfortable place to draw and the lighting was bad. There was, however, cable TV, internet and good coffee. I fueled my Food Network addiction and cooked enough to inject my sadly neglected food blog with a little love.
I bought a new journal to kick off the new year. I like to do several sampler type Zia's in the beginning so I have some references when I'm feeling stuck.
I was so happy to revisit Orbs-la-dee. I had forgotten all about it, so it was perfectly fitting to include it here. I started this page after last week's Joey Challenge. I was looking at a lot of "A" patterns and made note of the ones I didn't get to use on last weeks entry.

Finish my Tile: The Alphabet Series featuring B'twixt
additionally: Bambooz, Bala, Buttacup and Barquillos

We're on to B. I'm creating a Bijou series for my pattern library page headers, again tweaking Joey's original start to fit the 2" format and stay somewhat consistent with a font style.

I've challenged myself to use at least one new pattern in every piece I create for the duration of the month...maybe longer.

Here's a Back-to-Basics piece I created for the Facebook group Zentangle: Tangled and Journaled Too! They're following The Zentangle Primer lessons. I don't have the book but I'm trying to follow along anyway. The task was to create tangleations of the 4 basic patterns. I'm really enjoying this.

Primerless Primer Study
exercise 2: Tangleations


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

By the way, the winners of my Gift of Zentangle Diva Challenge were:

Annemarie of Anne's Tangle Blog
Kate of Art Lady Kate
and Denise Vitola

Email me (michelewynne1(at)gmail(dot)com) your snail mail addresses and I'll send off a little surprise.

31 comments:

  1. Brilliant & beautiful black & brown bijou B!
    xo
    ~ joey ~

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    1. Thank you Joey! I love how your challenges inspire me beyond just the challenge;-)

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  2. Beautiful work! Love how much you were able to get on the little bijou!

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    1. Thanks Kate! There was actually more space than I thought. Of course the key was selecting the right patterns too. I wanted to include mostly new ones;-)

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  3. Love your Orbs-la-Dee with the skinny orbs! And thank you for sharing your sketch book page! I'm amazed at how intricate your little Bijou is!! Happy New Year Michelle! :)

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    1. thanks Deanne! Happy New Year to you too;-)

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  4. It's always a surprise to me to look into someone's scetchbook, thank you for sharing; your Orbs-la-dee is wonderful and so is your B, but most of all I love your back-to-basics work. I wish you a happy 2017 with lots of tanglepleasure!

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    1. Thanks Ria! I so happy to see you back. I have been enjoying the back to basics work the most;-)

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  5. All are wonderful! Especially I like your fabulous journal page! Really a lovely mirror image of the week!

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    1. Thank you Annette! It was a very Zen drawing;-)

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  6. Glad you're back! I love your Orbs-la-Dee rivier flow, together with these other tangles. Your Joey-B ;-) looks lovely with some patterns I didn't know yet. Good inspiration - as you always give me :-)

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    1. Thanks Ilse! I'm hoping to balance the Alphabet Series of learning new patterns with the back to basics lessons I'm doing with the Facebook group;-)

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  7. oooh! I love peeking into your sketchbooks! These are all just wonderful! love that first one, and I'm intrigued by Arcados. Definitely going to play with that one! good work.

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    1. Thanks Heidi! I really love Arcados too! The shading transforms it;-)

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  8. I just saw my name in the winner's circle, Michele! Thank you so much. Your blog is the best of the best and love coming here.

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    1. Thank you so much Denise for all of your lovely comments. I truly appreciate it. I mailed your gift of Zentangle yesterday;-)

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  9. Your journal page turned out really great! It proves that whatever tangles you choose, they always fit together nicely.

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    1. Thank you Anneke! Orbs-la-Dee is a fave;-)

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  10. I love your journal page, it's exactly what I like drawing ! beautiful page.

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    1. Thanks Chantal! I had a lovely time drawing that page. It's very time consuming but very Zen. I'm starting another one;-)

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  11. Lovely tiles, Michele. Nice to be back, it's a while since I had time to look at your beautiful work. Axxx

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    1. Thank you Annie! Welcome back. I hope you had a lovely holiday season.

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  12. Beautiful tiles, Michele! And I love your journal page with Orbs-la-Dee. And it is a great idea with those references on a journal page.

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  13. Very nice pieces. I love doing tangleations and I'll bet you are going to have a lot of fun following that group. Wish I had a bit more time to join in.

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    1. Thanks Jean! I am enjoying that group study. I really don't have the time.either and other things may fall by the wayside, but I find it so enlightening to spend time with the basics and all of their possibilities;-)

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  14. I really like what you are doing with the letters to use as headers. I realize you're not a monk hunched over a table in a remote monastery (at least I don't think you are), but your series references that time and art. I visited the illuminated Book of Kells exhibit in Dublin---quite inspiring. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! Sometimes I feel like a monk hunched over a table;-)

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