Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Diva Challenge #306, Joey Challenge#155 etc....

Use My Tangle Monday
featuring: Amphora by Lily Moon

The first Monday of the month challenges us to use a pattern submitted to The Diva by one of her many fans, fellow CZT's and loyal followers.
I am (as are many) a huge fan of Lily's work. She's truly a superstar in the world of Zentangle. I'm so glad Amphora is the chosen one because I needed a reason to finally get this pattern right. I've attempted it before with disappointing results and let it go. I have a really hard time keeping wavy lines consistent, especially when they need to mirror each other. I was also frustrated because I'd get it too cramped. So, I practiced this for quite a while in my sketchbook and realized the problem I've had all along with it was drawing it too small. I had my AHA! moment, grabbed a watercolor ZIA tile I'd relegated to the slush pile and...well...there ya go;-) I still need to work on Amphora in what I call "wallpaper" mode or fill. Hopefully later in the week.

Finish My Tile Alphabet Series: J
featuring: Jellyroll
additionally: Jalousie and Jilli

This is a Bijou series I'm working through as page headers for my pattern library binder so I try to stick to Joey's parameters as best I can whilst maintaining a style consistency through out my series.


I also want to share a progression series I'm calling "The Bare Bones". I  used last week's "It's a String Thing" tile and posted the progress photos here. I'd love to hear from you if you find this sort of thing helpful and would like to see more. Many thanks to those of you who already commented on it. I know I always love seeing how others work through a tile.

Here's a Travelling Tangle I finished this week:
My finish to...

Debra Huff's starter

This was for the Year of the Rooster swap. The task was to start a tile using either rooster colors or feather like patterns. I used a dip pen and red ink to complete this. I was inspired by some work I'd seen on Eni Oken's Facebook group Shading Zentangle using Echo Lines. I love how this tile turned out.
Last week I was visiting Laurel Regan's blog, Alphabet Salad. She presented a set of beautiful note cards she'd created on watercolor paper she'd hand torn just using a metal ruler. I gave it a shot and then used tissue paper to color them.

Re-used tissue

I created this for the "Por Fin" Shading Zentangle weekly challenge
but I really don't want to shade it...yet;-)

Sketchbook WIP
Official Zentangle Patterns page

I'm trying to get all of them;-)


Thanks so much for stopping by. Your thoughtful and generous comments delight and inspire me!

31 comments:

  1. Wonderful, your tiles just sparkle!

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  2. Love your Diva's tile, such a wonderful drawn Amphora in a nice combination with other tangles.
    Your work is always great: in black/white and in different colortechniques. I' m fond of this red travelingtile: just gorgeous and the work for Por FIn is also very nice, even without shadowing!

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    1. Thank you Ria! That red traveler was definitely a stretch for me and now I'm going a little crazy with it;-)

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  3. All very beautiful! You are a bit hard on yourself, I do think your Amphora is done well.

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    1. Thank you Anne! With much practice and patience, I finally got it;-)

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  4. I love your Amphora - very curvaceous! And that Rooster tile - so vibrant! Well done on being so daring in your use of red, in that and the Por Fin in progress - it's a colour I find hard to work with - it gets out of hand so easily!

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    1. Thanks Jem! Yes, red is a color I rarely ever used. I never would have gone there if my hand hand not been forced by the starter. I'm kind of obsessed now;-)

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  5. Love the weighted line you used in your Amphora challenge tile. Beautiful! (My first one was to small to and on your TT ATC. Unfortunately I didn't practice first...) Fun to see your alphabet so far they are going to look great in your pattern book. The Rooster travel tile is lovely! Can't wait to see the reed on shaded, and a great sketchbook page.

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    1. Thanks Kate! I'm still playing around with shading techniques on the red. Although I love how the TT came out, the grey brush pens were murky in areas.

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  6. Don't know where to start. Absolutely love the red one. The original piece you received is gorgeous in itself, so yoyr final version just knocks me out. I also love the illuminated letters and the Diva tilw is fabulous. I chickened out on adding other patterns but you've nailed it. Great week's work.

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    1. Many thanks Margaret! The Diva tile started off as practice on an old "Dud" tile. Every now and then I squeak a silk purse out of a sow's ear;-)

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  7. what fun, making all your Joey tiles into a unit! love the idea, and your work is stellar as always. I'm looking at that tissue picture...no tape? I'll have to give that a try, as I lose an edge of my papers by taping them down before putting tissue on them. My favorite this week is your journal page. Lots of variety, and plenty of cool stuff to look at! well done.

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    1. Thanks Heidi! I usually do tape but I was trying out a new technique to get the torn edges and wanted color there. I tore these down to 4" squares first so they didn't warp too much once dry. I did put them under a stack of books for a day.

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  8. Wauwwww, great tiles and beautiful colors.

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  9. Beautiful tile! I like Amphora in the midst of waves!

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  10. Oh that Diva one and the travelling tangle one - what can I say? Gorgeous.

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  11. All of your tiles are delightful to look at. I particularly like the Amphora.

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  12. I'm in love with your Diva tile (and the rest is pretty awesome too ;-) )!

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  13. Beautiful tiles again Michele! I love your Amphora. Very 3D and full of texture. I'm awed by your red traveling tangle tile. Again full of depth and texture. I love seeing your sketchbook! :)

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  14. The weighted lines in your Diva tile,along with the shading and highlights, give Amphora such an elegant look!

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  15. Your art is always beautiful and inspiring! I. love. them. all. ๐Ÿ˜

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