This week’s challenge is to bring awareness to Moebius Syndrome Awareness, a rare disorder that affects just one in a million children. Laura’s youngest son, Artoo, is one of those children. Laura plans on sharing the contributions to the challenge with the families in her Moebius Syndrome support group. She asked that we incorporate purple in our drawing since that’s the color associated with the group. I used a purple micron and a purple watercolor pencil. It’s a challenge that I was very happy to do.
This week Laura told us about Beads for Courage. Young children, who because of illness have to endure many uncomfortable medical procedures, are given beads for each procedure as a reward. The string of beads they accumulate over time attests to their courage. So the challenge for this week is to draw beads in recognition of Beads for Courage. God bless Laura’s son Artoo, and all the other children and their families. Here’s my contribution:
This week’s challenge was to “break free” and create a tile free of constraints. So much fun! Here are my two contributions. In the first tile my string swung back and forth accross the tile. With no plan in place I just drew, and was happy with the outcome, especially after adding a little color. In the second my string went all over the tile, not stopping when coming to an edge. With my string in place I filled my tile, and when I was finished I liked what I saw. This was really a fun challenge. Getting to do whatever you want is always fun! Thanks Laura!!
While slicing strawberries for my cereal one morning I laid them on a paper towel. After picking them up there were lovely pink prints on the towel. I decided to experiment later that day and arranged several sliced strawberries on a 9 x 12 piece of watercolor paper. I gently pressed down on them and then left them there for about an hour. After checking to see if the color was deep enough, I carefully lifted them off. I then let the paper dry. That evening I tangled the flowers, added stems and colored them in with my inktense pencils. I love my bouquet of strawberry flowers! Thought you might like to see it.
This week’s challenge, Auraknot, was a fun one. I couldn’t work on it until today. I watched Rick and Maria’s video, it seemed easy enough, and for the most part it is, but I’m still working on getting the sections a little more balanced. The first one, the flower, looks a little wonky. I think my lines are too close, so in the next tile I made them a little wider. I like that one a little better.
On June 9th I left for Ireland and while it was a great vacation, I did miss having my Zentangle connections. I brought my Zentangle kit with me but only managed to do one tile while I was there. We were going from morning until evening each day. We saw and did so many amazing things, but after staying in so many hotels I was longing to sleep in my own bed. So when I got home a week ago and saw the Diva’s challenge for “Home” my bed was the first thing that came into my head. I finished it last Thursday, but jet lag kicked in and I never submitted it. So my first 2 tiles here are the Ireland and “Home” tiles. The next two tiles are for this weeks challenge in honor of Rho Densmore’s brother-in-law Peter who recently passed away. My heart goes out to all of the family. Rho, you have my permission to use any of my Fiore di Pietro tiles.
I love how 5 year olds think. Who would have ever thought to name the earth. Chewie evidently feels a strong connection to Mother Earth. When I think of the earth I always think of nature, and since I always gravitate towards flowers I decided to make them the focus of my first tile and added color. My second tile is an older one, but the curves in the circle made me think of how the earth is constantly spinning.
I thought it might be fun to make crosses as Easter gifts for the two women who run our Faith Formation program at Church. Today was the last day of this year’s program for the children. I had a great class of third graders. I finished the crosses last night and framed them this afternoon. Both women loved them and wanted to know more about Zentangle. I was asked if I could make one with a crown of thorns to use next year during Lent
I did these last weekend using stencils for the outlines. I’ve been wanting to try it ever since I went to Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s “Untangled Retreat” in Maine at the beginning of March. They’re not perfect, but being my first effort I’m pretty pleased (after all, there are no mistakes in Zentangle). I think I might frame them and give them as a gift to a friend who is moving away.