This week’s Diva Challenge is to use Kuke by Katy Abbot. I hadn’t tried it yet and discovered that I really like this pattern. I’m not usually a big fan of color, but since this pattern was inspired by a cucumber slice, I decided to add a touch of pale green. Also, this week I’ve seen several black tiles and zendalas done with metallic gel pens. I really liked the look so I thought I would give it a try. It’s a different feel than using the micron pens, but I liked using them. They really pop on the black tile.
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.
I didn’t get to post this last night so I’m adding it today. I thought I would combine the Diva’s Challenge with One Zentangle a Day, but I wish I hadn’t. I’m not at all crazy about the way my dansk turned out. I do like adding sparkles to things though, so that part of the tile was fun. I think I’ll be trying dansk again for the Diva’s Challenge, so I can keep practicing it. It’s one I’ve never done before.
Trying to keep up with doing One Zentangle a Day is getting challenging and I’m not sure I can keep up. It’s starting to feel like work, and that’s not very zen. I want to feel freer to do what strikes me at the moment when I have time to tangle. I think I’ll jump in evey once in a while when I can. I’ll still be following and looking forward to seeing what everyone is doing.