Archive | April 2013

Weekly Challenge #116: “Blind Sighted”

This week’s challenge was to use a blind string – making a string on your tile without looking. This is my tile for this week. I tried a couple of tangles I hadn’t used before. I got off on the wrong foot with the first one (top), it was way too small, but I reworked it a little and got it back to where it should be.  Before zentangle, I would have tossed it in the trash.  Now, I persevere. The result may not be perfect, but that’s okay. It’s not about perfection.

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Weekly Challenge #115: “Amanda Day – or Earth Day”

It took me a long time to decide what to do for “Amanda Day”, trying to figure out how to represent the earth. I came accross a quote yesterday that I really liked and that gave me some inspiration.  “Forget not that the earth delights in feeling your bare feet, and the wind longs to blow your hair”-  I can’t remember the last time I went barefoot in the grass. I thought about how much fun it was to be a kid, picking dandelions and buttercups, lying in the grass looking up at the sky, and not having a care in the world. It made me think about the earth in simpler terms. I began by writing the quote around the outside of the tile, then added things to represent water, land and sky. It took me a while because the colors appeared very light at first, so I added deeper color, then I was sorry I did that (sometimes you need to leave well enough alone). I played around a little more and I guess I’m happy with it now.  Sorry, it’s a little blurry.

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Up n Down

While at the CZT retreat “Jump into January” held in Putney, VT,  we did a Tangle Hunt in nearby Brattleboro. In one of the places we visited I saw a simple carved leaf design on old piece of furniture (this design was a border for another familiar looking pattern, Tagh).

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I call the design Up n Down. The design was easy to deconstruct, and here is the step out for it.  The third step is actually the same as the second, just drawn upside down. So it’s a simple tangle to do and can be used as more than just a border. I’ve included two samples of tiles where I’ve lightly shaded it along the edges of  each of the leaf shapes.  I’ve also included some variations.

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Weekly Challenge #112: UMT v. XV “Tuxedo”

This week’s challenge was to use Lee Ann Lendenzer’s “tuxedo”. I hadn’t used it before, but it looked fairly easy. I soon found out that the tricky part was keeping things evenly spaced. I didn’t succeed in that, and the look wasn’t as pleasing as I’d hoped for. When I’d finished the tile I felt it was lacking something. After studying it for a while I decided to add highlights in the orbs, giving them the look of pearls. It gave it a whole new look.

I want to thank everyone who stopped by and left comments on my mooka tile last week. It’s really great to get feedback.

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