Thursday, February 8, 2018

Weekly Challenges and other stuff...

Heartstring & "Rimana"

Well, it's that time of year for all of the hearts and flowers and reds and pinks...all that stuff that I avoid like the plague. I was gonna go rogue and ignore the string part of the challenge. "Rimana" is this weeks Use My Tangle part of the challenge and I knew right away that it would grow quite nicely in my cosmic garden. I just had to adapt it a little. I've been inspired again by Margaret Bremner's latest series of eco-printed ZIA's and found a suitable starter:


It seems quite obvious now but didn't even see the heart string until I started penciling in the leaf outlines, so it all worked out just fine;-) Instead of starting with the stem of Rimana, I placed  the bulbs first. I love how this turned out!


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It's my 3rd week of combining these two challenges and I'm really liking the challenge on top of the two challenges so far. It goes off-the-rails many times throughout but I manage to rein it back in and finish with something cool. 
I started Joey's challenge to use Knightsbridge (a fave) within Tangle Patterns string #91. Without thinking too much, I've been trying to lay in the Joey string with an idea of how it might be able to transition into the IAST piece. I do this blindly since I don't know what the IAST challenge will be when I start this, hence the triple challenge;-) 
I stopped after drawing Knightsbridge and the top portion of Mookas and Fescus. Once IAST appeared I married the two strings and then moved back and forth to balance the piece. 

As for other stuff I've been up to...week's back I determined that my art goal would be to "Spend less time watching and more time doing". I've only partially succeeded. In my search for inspiration on ways to fill my current DIY art journal, I stumbled across a YouTube channel called Maremi's Small Art. Marta, the artist, creates mixed media journal pages amongst other things. Well, I've spent the last two weeks binge watching her assemble what at first appears to be hot mess after hot mess of collaging, stamping, stenciling, painting, gluing, gessoing and painting some more...into finished pieces of quite stunning art. This video on using coffee and tea is what sucked me in. Click it at your own risk. Marta is delightful, she's a Polish Bob Ross;-)
This happened in conjunction with my starting a Feng Shui cleaning purge. I'd come across a box of travel mementos...



 and well...this happened:

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Your thoughtful and generous comments delight and inspire me;-)










28 comments:

  1. I admire your artistic creativity, the results are great :-))

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  2. Your new cosmic garden piece and the double challenge are gorgeous! And Aimee is a wonderful model. I don't know what my favorite should be. I am curious, what you will do with your travel mementos.

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    1. Many thanks Margarete! At this moment,the mementos are being cut and torn and glued and gessoed...😉

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  3. Whow! This is amazing! It is so special! And a Cosmic Garden, so beautiful!

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  4. wow, that combined challenge is IMPRESSIVE! I did a leetle tiny bit, but I'm with you...hearts, ruffles, pink, red, argh! so my creative juices have been backed up. But you did it SO well! wow!

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    1. Thanks Heidi! Yes, the creative juices are being tested😉

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  5. I love your Diva tile! The heart string but without the red and pink!! All art this week is awesome and I enjoyed looking.

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  6. The colors on you Diva tile are just amazing, wow!! And the way your combined Joey/IAST turned out this week is so cool! I love how Knightsbridge fades into heart-grid pattern. Very beautiful!

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  7. Perfect marriage vowed to stay together forever! Once more you hit the nail on the head with your double, no, triple challenge. But all the other pieces of art are....well, ART in capital letters!

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  8. I'm fond of the double challenge, it's original and wonderful drawn, just like your other work on this post, another fave are these kind of "balloons" love them and always glad to see your muze in another pose!

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    1. Many Thanks Ria! I've been pleasantly surprised at how the double/triple challenge pages have evolved;-)

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  9. Love your work. Beautiful Diva tile with Aimee in the background. And your 3 in one challenges are so cool!

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  10. They are all beautiful, Michele! I especially love the cosmic garden in your Diva tile.

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  11. Michelle like everyone else I'm so impressed at how you combine the Challenges and how well they work together! Props!

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  12. I would never have thought to use so much black on such a beautiful eco-print tile, but you pulled it off beautifully. It is absolutely fabulous. I love how you're combining the IAST and JWC challenges, and how you make everything flow!

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