Thursday, December 31, 2015

Permission To Play Workshop Pages

A Colorful Journey    Permission To Play 5 lesson Workshop

This is my last post for year 2015. It's been a very interesting year. A rollercoaster ride, but upon reflection of years past in my life I think they all were. That would be from 1963 to 2015 today.
Onward and upward will be my words for 2016.
These are the 2 sides of my pages that will eventually be my finished journal for this Permission To Play workshop.
The next lesson will be paint and not sure what else, haven't looked ahead.
I had some old dictionary pages and some cut outs from magazines that have been begging to be used, mostly adverts.We'll see if I can make them interesting. 

Signing off for 2015---Happy New Year to all far and wide!!!!

Make some Art--

FB Square One: Purely Zentangle

These are two tiles I have created for the Facebook Group Square One: Purely Zentangle. The tangle forcused on until tomorrow is Trumpits.
When I saw the name of the tangle the first thought that came to my mind was Trumpet Flowers.
Obviously that's where this first tile went. The other tangles I used are: Aura-Leah, Barber Pole, Beadline, and some swirls, not sure if those have a Zen name.
After looking at so many of the other artists creations and not wanting to copy I decided to clear my mind and start with a string to go for a creation closer to the step outs of the Trumpit tangle.
I looked on the Tangle Patterns site for a string that caught my eye. It happened to be String #122 by Adele Bruno. I hand drew the string and used Trumpit and Cruffle with some shading. 
Thank you all for visiting and all the wonderful comments you give me.
Wishing everyone far and wide A Happy New Year!

Happy Creating--

Permission To Play Workshop

A Colorful Journey    Permission To Play Workshop

Today is the last day of 2015, just stating the obvious to myself. I signed up for Carolyn Dube's 5 lesson Permission to Play Workshop to try to give myself a jump start into 2016.
I've done a lot of Zentangle in 2015 because I can pick it up and put it down easily when general living calls out for attention. There's no drying time with it.
I tried to put the picture with the link to this workshop on the right side of my blog, but my techno cells aren't in gear yet today. If you click on the above it will take you to Carolyn's blog and you can find this workshop as well as some others she teaches.
She gave us this permission slip to print off and get some paint on to spur us on play. I will be putting it on the next to my calendar in my studio so as I glance up perusing what is on tap for the day and month to come I will be reminded to get some play in also.
I used cheap acrylic paints and some water to go for a rainbow effect. As I moved to the bottom right corner I forgot to let this area dry a bit and as Carolyn has said in another workshop she teaches there are colors that are just not friends unless you dry between applications. I need to learn to slow down. It seems when I get a paint brush with paint on it I think I need to hurry up and get all the colors on at once. I have all my cardboard pages cut and ready to gesso and add papers and ephermara to which is the next step in this workshop. I will be playing with those the rest of today so I can hopefully start out the New Year posting what I've accomplished so far and continue playing in my studio tomorrow.
I hope all you artists out there in blog land and beyond will give yourselves permission to play this year and create beautiful pieces of art. They are food for our souls. 

Happy New Year to all and I hope all your dreams and resolutions come to be the way you have dreamed them.

Happy Creating--

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tangle Gems-Zentangle Inspired

Tangle Gems--Zentangle Inspired Facebook Group

This is my first attempt at the new invention in the Zentangle community. ZenGems.
There are several tutorials on the Facebook Group that I joined to showcase artists art in this new form.
I chose to purchase Eni Oken's ebook: 3D Tangle: Shading Smooth Gemstones
I did not have all the exact tools that she used so I'm pretty pleased with how these gems came out. I will put the supplies that I used at the end of this post. There are quite a few people who have already done several pieces, saying how addicting it is to make these gems.
As I was getting supplies together and contemplating what I was going to create for my first attempt I was thinking about my December birthstone, Queen Elizabeth's Christmas speech, which led me to think about the crown jewels. I'm not saying my necklace comes anywhere near the crown jewels, buttttt--
1 3.5" X 3.5" Bristol Smooth Surface paper
1 .01 Micron Black pen
3 colors of blue Prismacolor pencils
1 white Prismacolor pencil
1 clear blender Prismacolor pencil
1 soft lead pencil for shading
1 blending stump or tortillion
1 soft brush to brush off crumbs from blending the Prismacolor pencils

Ok, I'm off to post on the Facebook group.
2016 is coming and in the New Year I hope to get in my studio to get back to making cards and some Mixed Media.
I have started Carolyn Dube's Permission to Play 5 lesson workshop. I have actually printed off the permission slip and sealed the printing, it's ready for color, which I plan on getting done tomorrow, then on to lesson 1 and 2.
Stay tuned I'm not making New Year's resolutions just going to try to make hopes come true.

Happy Creating--

Friday, December 25, 2015

Made by Joey #92

Made by Joey    Weekly Tangle Challenge #92-Present Template

Christmas Day has settled to a nice hum this evening so I have time to sit at my computer for a bit.
This week Joey gave us a nice present template to play with. I dithered around with the Christmas Trees last week I was really past the challenge deadline, but Joey's leaves the Linky's open for people like me. Thank You, Joey. 
I kept this template pretty pure. I do like to put a border around my tiles. After I had used Emingle, a little Jettie knot, and Jonqal tangles on this template I thought it needed something so I added lots of tiny pen tip dots.
I'm so glad I found Joey's blog. I've only been playing there for a few challenges, but I want to take this time to Thank Joey for all the time and effort she puts into maintaining a fun place for all of us to play.
We're now on the down hill slope to the New Year 2016. Hope everyones week is happy and whatever you all have planned to celebrate the New Year in please make it fun, safe, and happy.

Happy Creating--

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Artful Creations #80 Z

I'm dragging up the rear this week, but still steppin'. 
The last challenge here at Artful Creations for 2015. Z the last letter in the alphabet and I chose to use the tangle Zedbra with a squared aura and a little shading. 
Next year when Cheryl picks her new challenges for us I hope more of you find this site and join in.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever you say to wish people a happy season I do wish all of you a very Happy Start to a New Year 2016!!!!

Happy Creating--

Facebook Posts

Square One Purely Fun Zentangle Facebook Group---Hearts with Ixorus Variations

These are the two Zentangle groups I have joined on Facebook. I have been welcomed very warmly. 
The first tile is for the Purely Zentangle group, black and white only. The tangle for the week was Ixorus. I had never tried that tangle before so I kept my tile pretty simple. There have been so many beautiful tiles this week it's amazing still to me how each persons tiles are so different.
The second tile I posted in the Purely Fun Zentangle group, this group allows color and some quirky variations if you are so inclined. I thought if I put some hearts on the tile I could drum up a little more enthusiasm for the next 2 days. Maybe helped a little. 
Hope all of you whatever holiday you are celebrating or not are have a happy time.

Happy Creating--

Made By Joey Weekly Challenge #91

Made By Joey    Weekly Challenge #91

This was last week's challenge from Joey. I mulled it over to long and then went crazy making it a ZIA. I didn't get the hang of one of the tangles til the bottom of the right tree. I finally said, "it is what it is". Today I have a little bit of time in my studio so I've already printed out this weeks template. My plan for it is to keep it in more of a pure form. 
In this neck of the woods we get together with family on Christmas Eve and open presents and have some snacks together. My Grandmother started this tradition in our family. She always told us we were special enough for Santa to come to our house first so he could get to all the other special children before the end of Christmas Day. 
Off to get some more posts done before I'm called back to general living.

Happy Creating--

Every Inchie Monday Evolution

Every Inchie Monday     Evolution

Evolution? It depends on who you talk to about the subject. There is lots of debate.
My interpretation is as you see above: We look into the past and form opinions about what took 
place. Then we turn and try to look into the future to determine what might occur.
I personally like to try to learn from information I glean from the past and apply lessons learned to what might be going to happen in the future.
My Sons call that a being a control freak and trying to always be prepared for what might happen. They turned out to be more live in the minute guys.
One more Monday until we start working on 2016 Challenge list. 
Happy Holidays to all!

Happy Creating--

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Every Inchie Monday Locomotive

Every Inchie Monday     Locomotive
I started mulling this over on Sunday while I was posting art pieces from last week. What kept coming to mind was " The Little Engine That Could". I had a lot of Golden Books before kindergarten. If you know about Golden Books, those would be something from the good old days.LOL  I think "The Little Engine That Could" was a Golden Book. 
I intended to make the tracks on this Inchie going uphill, but the fact that I actually was able to draw this little engine on an Inchie and it be recognizable as what it is supposed to be is in the vein of the original story. I'm using my own words now, but when you think you can't go anymore or you seem like you are only going uphill, keep puffing (see the steam) and keep on chugging. 
I got out my Inktense pencils for the coloring and a water brush to blend. I have to tell you before I blew this up the blending looked a whole lot better. Keep chugging and Practicing, Practicing, Practicing.

Happy Creating--

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Square One: "Purely Zentangle"

Well, this week I figured out how to create the link to the Facebook Group page. About the time I catch up technologically everything will change.
I pulled out my official  Zentangle tiles that I had purchased when I first found Zentangle, yes, I've been hoarding them. Looks like I'm going to have to place an order with some of my Christmas money because I see there are a lot more things in their store than when I was there last.
The tangle is Wud and oh my goodness if you are able to see all the different variations that have been posted this week you will be totally amazed. While I was dithering everyone else was creating.
This is my entry with a little rope looking border. 
If you do Zentangle and Facebook this is a great group to be part of.
Got the Grandson down, off to bed myself, hoping to shake the dithers. Pledging to wake up chipper at 6am. Well, you see I didn't put chipper in caps. LOL

Happy Creating--

Tackle It Tuesday #79

Artful Creations     Tackle It Tuesday #79-Y

This week was the letter Y. I used the tangle Yuma for the Y and then an aura around it. The border I made up with a Y and a curl or swirl or a long sideways S. That's about how my week has gone a lot of dithering on my part. 
Next week is the last week of school before an almost 3 week Christmas vacation. Lots of activities planned this week and of course, the vacation will be taken up with lots of playing with all the goodies Santa brings.
Tuesday the letter will be Z. 

Happy Creating--

Made by Joey #90

Made by Joey     Weekly Tangle Challenge #90-Christmas Ornaments Template

A purist tile or color? A black and white beauty or colorful Christmas baubles?
Finally, I settled on the black and white of the original Zentangle concept. 
The left ornament is TA-SF and Betweed. The right ornament is Betweed, Knase, Florz, and Flukes.
After so much indecision I'm pretty pleased with the outcome of my efforts.
If you visit here tonight be sure to come back tomorrow afternoon and click the link to see the new weeks challenge.

Happy Creating--

i am the diva, CZT     Weekly Challenge #247-"UMT" African Artist by: Tina-Akua Hunziker,CZT

I started the week out with a Wham Bam then general living got in the way. Now, here I am on Sunday evening finally with some finished art.
1st up I've got a tile for the diva's challenge that you can find the link to above. 
I had never done the tangle African Artist before so I had to do a bit of practicing. I don't know that I really have gotten a good take on it yet, but here it is combined with Spinners, Ansu, and Yoga in a string of my own making. 
3 more posts to make because I don't like to clutter up one post with too many links.

Happy Creating--

Monday, December 7, 2015

Every Inchie Monday--Angel

Whoo Hoo-I actually got my Inchie done yesterday so I can actually post on Monday.
This Angel stamp is from a stamp set by See-D's. This is one of the first stamp sets I got when I first started stamping. 
I have stamped her on on of my squares punched out of the large sheet of watercolor paper that I practiced with Brusho Crystals. She is stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin' Up gold embossing powder. 
A guardian angel looking down from Heaven soon to land on her assignments shoulder and begin whispering her protection encouragements.
Off to enter at Every Inchie Monday and check on some other challenges then off to do my school pick up.

Happy Creating--

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Square One Facebook Group-Drupe

Square One Facebook Group    Drupe

This is a first for me. I've had a Facebook account for quite a long time. I think of myself as a social person just not a social media person. However, my 95 year old MNL has been on Facebook for over a year now along with SNLs and other family members. They all love keeping up with each others lives, news, and other videos that pop up there. I really got my account to connect with art groups. 
I'm pretty late to the party but I've been following Jean Chaney,CZT, Tangle Street Studio and she is part of this group. It looked very intriguing to me because it is very purest Zentangle as in 3.5" square tiles, black and white, with shading. As much as I love color, the black and white graphic look to Zentangle is one of the things which drew me to Zentangle. I also liked the no mistakes mind set. 
I got accepted into the group this weekend and I'm going to try to post my tile of Drupe with a few Fireworks minus their auras. Even though there is only black, white, and some shading this tile still reminded me of Fireworks. 
We humans seem to need to see some concrete object in things we see around us. Maybe that's why it took abstract art so long to catch on.
I'm off to Facebook to give this a go. 

Happy Creating--

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Joey's Weekly Challenge #89 Zinger

Last letter of the Alphabet at Joey's challenge. She's already got something new up her sleeve for next week. I'll be on board to check it out. How about you?
I think of Zinger as small pods. I didn't want to just plop a bunch of Zingers on the middle of the tile, so this is really a ZIA. A small clump of Zingers that you might come up on in a field when you're out for a spring walk. I broke out my Copics for the color. I got a little bleeding with the Sharpie around the edges which is a mistake but I'm going to call it a feeling of breeze with clouds scudding across the sky. Some imagination, huh?
Off to enter, thanks for visiting and thanks for all your wonderful comments.

Happy Creating--

i am the diva, CZT Weekly Challenge #246

i am the diva, CZT    Weekly Challenge #246: "Guest Post: Monotangle Trees, Dilip Patel,CZT"

Well, I didn't read and remember the challenge title very well did I? I'm getting all wrapped up in the preparations for Christmas so I had a Christmas tree on my mind. 
I've got a small Zentangle book I got at Amazon. I couldn't find an author's name on it, but this idea came out of that book. 
I don't think you can see it in the pic, but I used some $ store glitter pens for tangles and some PrismaColor pencils for a little shading. There are a variety of tangles but just one tree so maybe Laura and Dilip won't X me off the entry list.
If you are not familiar with Dilip's art be sure to check out for more of Dilip's art. He's a very talented man. 
I'm off to enter, fingers crossed.

Happy Creating--

Tackle It Tuesday Challenge #78

Artful Creations      Tackle It Tuesday #78 X

We're at the letter X at Artful Creations. Two letters left to go. I wonder what Cheryl has up her sleeve for us next?
My X is a monotangle again with a little bit of shading. I am really loving the smoothness of this Bristol paper I've been using. I seem to get a crisper image which I like.
Hope you'll click on the link above and check out the Artful Creations site and even join in on the challenge.

Happy Creating--

Monday, November 30, 2015

Every Inchie Monday Tea

After scouring my stamp collection this is the smallest Teapot I could lay my hands on. I've already been over and looked at the other entrants art and I'm so impressed that they all fit their art on the inchie, so far I'm the only one hanging over the edges. 
This is a Prima stamp set that I have had for quite a few years. I was going for a Damask like background not to loud to over shadow the Teapot. I embossed the Teapot with Stampin' Up Pewter embossing powder, fussy cut it out, embossed the clock with Stampin' Up Early Expresso embossing powder, fussy cut it and popped it up with a dimensional. 
The title for my Inchie is Tea Time. The way the clock looks to me it's 11:50 am, In Western America we call that lunch time. In Britain I don't think they have tea until late afternoon. When I mark that destination off my Bucket List I'll come back and let you know when the correct time for Tea is.

Happy Creating--

Sunday, November 29, 2015

madebyjoey Weekly Challenge #88 Y

madebyjoey     Weekly Challenge #88-Y

In amongst all the to do this week I found a new to me Zentangle Challenge. It's run by a very busy young lady named Joey. She lives in Canada. I wonder if she and Laura the diva know one another.
The challenge this week was Y and Joey chose the tangle Yuma for a monotangle. This is a new to me tangle also, but I gave it a go. I pretty sure this will be called a variation of the tangle. I did this tangle in my "tangle-a-day 2015 calendar" by Carole Ohl.CZT. I also used a new 01 Micron pen and it looks like my hand was a little shaky slippery. I didn't think I was rushing but---
Yep, it's Sunday afternoon. Joey says she never closes her linky to enter so I'm off to enter and good news tomorrow is Monday so she will have a new challenge up. 
Hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday. It's back to school for us tomorrow then a busy schedule til school lets out on the 18th for Christmas holidays. Then you know what happens--It's a Happy New Year!!

Happy Creating--

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

i am the diva, CZT Weekly Challenge #245

i am the diva, CZT    Weekly Challenge #245-Back to Basics-Hollibaugh

Laura has us going back to basics this week. Hollibaugh is one of the first tangles learned in Zentangle. If you're not familiar with Zentangle just click this link and you'll be amazed at the story behind this art form.
On this tile I've used a variation of Knightsbridge for the border, 2 little strings of Tipple amongst the Hollibaugh. 
I've also changed to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface 100 lb. paper. I feel like I got a smoother crisper image and I like the way the shading stump worked on this paper also. 
Hollibaugh has not been a favorite of mine but I really like the dramatic feel to this tile. 

Happy Creating--

Tackle It Tuesday #77-W

Artful Creations    Tackle It Tuesday-#77-W

At Artful Creations this week we're up to the letter "W". That leaves only 3 letters to go. 
For this letter I broke my mold and used 3 tangles instead of just one. They are: Wired, Waax, and Warangaie. As I divided up the tile I liked the way it ended up with a "W" in the middle. 
I changed to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface 100 lb. paper. I am really glad I stepped out of my box and tried this paper. The pen glides smoothly, the shading is smooth also, and I felt like the result was a crisper cleaner image. The real Zentangle tiles are 100% cotton heavy weight fine artists paper with a vellum surface. I've used them but I really like this Bristol paper for a change. 
Thanks for visiting--

Happy Creating--

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Sparkle Card

I belong to the on line community Live Love Cards. To become a member and have access to lots of videos, techniques, challenges, and much more there is a small fee of $2.50 a month or $27.00 a year.
I was already a follower of Darlene DeVries on YouTube so when she created this community it wasn't hard to bite on the $27. 00 for a whole year. Ok, I've got the sales pitch over. It's worth a click over to check it out for yourself.
Now to the card. I have to start out by saying that my card is a CASE of Darlene's that she posted a few days ago. She is so talented with watercoloring techniques with several different kinds of products. I didn't have all the same supplies she had but I wanted to see if I could appoximate her card. This would be a similar but not the same.
 The card base is Stampin' Up Crushed Curry card stock. A piece of watercolor paper, masking fluid, a brush dedicated to the masking fluid and lots of practice flicking small dots onto the upper part of paper. My masking fluid is several years old so I know now to get some fresh probably will flick better. The rest of my supplies are fresh, though not the same as Darlene's, maybe this will spark your interest enough to click over to see what she did with her supplies and compare what I used.
My supplies are as follows: Distress Paints Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Dusty Concord, Ranger Archival Ink-Potting Soil, Stampin' Up Stamp set-Sheltering Tree, Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, Deco Art Glamour Dust, VersaMark Ink, Stampin' Up Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Stampin' Up Stamp set-Festive Fireplace-for the sentiment.
You can create cards that you see and like without running out and purchasing all like supplies. Your card will be similar but you wouldn't want it the same. This way you can give credit to the person who created the original and an original of your own that you've practiced the techniques and you can say well done for a try at this and either add it to your list to try again or mark it off and move on.
I like my card well enough that I'm going to send it to a friend.

Happy Creating--

Every Inchie Monday Crochet

Every Inchie Monday     Crochet

I had to bring out my rusty crochet skills for this challenge. Today it's Crochet at Every Inchie Monday.
Of course, I couldn't find any of my tiny steel hooks so I scrounged around my many stashes because sometimes I use supplies for other projects, not necessarily what they are intended for.
After my crochet piece turned into a small white wreath. If you squint hard it will look like that to you also. LOL I brought out some Stampin' Up red glitter paper. Great stuff, the glitter doesn't come off. 
I guess this appeared because there is so much Christmas everywhere already. I'm off to enter.

I will say Happy Holidays to all, whatever you might celebrate!

Happy Creating--

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tackle It Tuesday #76 V

Artful Creations     Tackle It Tuesday #76-V
This week at Artful Creations we are tackling the Letter V.
I used the very pointy version of the tangle Voga for this V and quite a bit of shading. I guess I picked this version because I feel a little bit prickly this week. 
We will be experiencing Thanksgiving here in the U.S. next week. As of Friday the kids get out of school and don't go back until Nov. 30th. 
I shouldn't feel prickly because I have so many things to be thankful for but some days you just feel out of sorts. I'll have to get my holiday self out of the closet and dust her off so believe it or not ring in the new year very very soon. 
One last UGH, ok. I'm done. 

Happy Creating--

Monday, November 16, 2015

i am the diva,CZT Weekly Challenge #244 "Tripoli Triptastic"

i am the diva, CZT     Weekly Challenge #244-"Tripoli Triptastic"

This afternoon as I worked on this tile I thought about all the posts I've read on the internet and all the news stories I've watched on TV and I felt more and more like this tile represents what is happening around us in these present days. A fractured world. It doesn't seem to matter whether human beings live close together or far apart there are always some who are trying to do away with others. Such a shame when we have so many more educated people on the planet than ever before that as higher beings we don't seem to be smarter.
I've always been a person who sees a glass half full. I will not let anyone take that away from me. Hope and Happiness are still special concepts no matter what or how hateful people try to destroy it.
I am still going to close my posts:

Happy Creating--

Every Inchie Monday--Exotic

Today was a chilly rainy day here in N.TX. As I thought about the prompt Exotic for this weeks Inchie my mind wandered off to some exotic travels that are on my Bucket List. I ran across this tiny stamp from Close To My Heart from several years ago and a piece of my Brusho Crystal paper that brought the song "Sailing, Sailing over the Ocean Blue" to my ears. I'm sure the big sailing ships were a sight to behold and for the traverlers of that day the places they sailed to were very exotic.
Maybe this Inchie will get me back on track this evening and hopefully stay that way the rest of the week. 

Happy Creating--

The Bright Owl Zendala Dare #116

The Bright Owl     Zendala Dare #116

Like the last post I was left in the dust last week in entering the regular challenges I enter. I got the art work done just never posted.
The tangles I used on the first round Zendala are: Betweed, Reticulated, Parodox, and Ammon. The large template I cut out and tangled I did not keep up with the tangles I used. I did get the sun faces out of the same book Erin got her faces: Yoga for Your Brain by: Sandy Steen Bartholomew.
I'm off to enter because it looks like Erin has left the challenge open for people like me. One of these days I will learn to manage my time better.

Happy Creating--

Tackle It Tuesday #75 U

Artful Creations    #75-U

Last week left me in the dust. I think Cheryl still has the challenge open so I'm going to go over and put my U in line. 
I used the tangle Unyun for the U and sat it on the tangle Up and Across.
Tomorrow is V hope I can get that done and entered this week like I'm supposed to. That's the polite way to join in challenges.

Happy Creating--

Monday, November 9, 2015

i am the diva,CZT Weekly Challenge #243

i am the diva, CZT     Weekly Challenge #243

We are challenged this week to leave a majority of white space. Of course, the only white space you will find on my tile are the oval orbs with the blue, green, and white PrismaColor pencil. This bold tangle is called Purk. 
I had ordered a Tints on Tan kit and received it Saturday. I have looked at everything in the kit and read the instructions, but not really practiced the instructions. I just grabbed my Micron Black and Sepia pens, the white, blue, green, and sepia PrismaColor pencils and a cool light gray Copic marker.
My mind said heart on a tan piece of card stock. 
This is my bold heart as I stride through this next week and into the holidays. 
I really admire Laura. She's raising 2 wonderful boys and stepping up to many challenges I'm sure not of her choosing, but she's doing it with Grace and Love and still providing a fun challenge for all of her loyal followers. 
I enjoy seeing her fun family pictures and hearing about all the things they do together as a family her energy seems boundless. That said while she's taking care of everyone I hope she takes some time to take care of herself.
Speaking of taking care of others, this week in the US it is Veterans Day. Please take time to think about all countries of the world's military. They are mostly young men and women away from home for the first time and thrust onto the world's stage having to follow orders from people they hardly know. Whether we agree with their countries ideology or not they are the front line of defense for their particular country and they all have Mother's who miss them when they are gone.
So much for my Veterans Day speech. 

Happy Creating--

Every Inchie Monday Nymph

This week I went straight to my stamps for this cute little fairy stamp. I have stamped her in Gold Encore ink and embossed it with Stampin' Up Iridescent Ice embossing powder on one of my tiles I punched out of the paper I practiced Brusho Crystals on. It was mostly the blue sky with what looked like trees so I accentuated the trees with metallic pencils and then stamped the fairy on top.
She will be called Winnie the Wood Nymph from this day forward.

Happy Creating--

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Bright Owl Zendala Dare #115

The Bright Owl     Zendala Dare #115

This is the template Erin has given us this week to create with. Since it is the beginning of the month she also adds a little extra challenge for us. Thanksgiving here in the US is the end of this month to complete the extra challenge we were to use tangles that spelled out the word Thanks.
Here is my Zendala that uses the tangles Trimonds, Hypnotic, Afterglo, Neit-lite, Kay-Tee, and Sparkle, or variations of.

After practicing the tangles that I just couldn't seem to get the hang of, I decided to just tangle the 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" square tile with some random tangles. 

If you are somewhere in the world and have already celebrated Thanksgiving or are here in the US and are already planning how you will celebrate Thanksgiving this year like my husbands family is doing, I hope you have lots to be thankful for and will experience some happiness on that day. For that matter I hope you are all experiencing happiness every day.

Happy Creating-

Challenges Not Done

Over in YouTube world when someone just talks to their followers it's called a Vlog. I'm not sure what it's called in the blogging world so I'm probably just rambling to hear myself ramble.
I have not done the challenge at i am the diva,czt this week. The challenge was to do a Monotangle using Maria Thomas' new tangle Gourdgeous. I love fall and I love gourds of all shapes and sizes. I practiced the tangle several times between general living and could just not get it to flow or even look remotely like the step outs. Even though there are no mistakes in Zentangle it is best to kind of be able to recognize the tangle you are trying to learn.
That being said the same thing happened to me over at Tickled To Tangle. Adele has created a new tangle called Sand. With quite a few attempts I just wasn't getting the hang of the step outs.
Zentangle is supposed to be relaxing and fun. I wasn't feeling either with these two challenges this week. I'm not giving up, I've just put those two tangles aside for the moment and will practice them later in the month. I will probably even post my results just so you can hear me clapping myself for reaching the goal of learning two new tangles.
OK, I'm off to post and enter the challenge over at The Bright Owl.
Thanks for listening (or reading).

Happy Creating-

Artful Creations Weekly Challenge#75 "T"

Artful Creations   Weekly Challenge #75-"T"

We're up to "T" this week. I'm coming to the end of my large sheet of watercolor paper that I experimented with my new set of Brusho Crystals. They are so vibrant and fun to play with. 
When I put the "T" in the middle of the tile, drew the tangle Tortuca in then put the aura around it, I thought that's just to lonely. With further search I came up with the tangle Triral for the border, but it was still needing something so I filled in the background with the tangle Tadpoles. I didn't really stick to the exact way to draw Tadpoles, they are just squiggling everywhere like Tadpoles do. That's the beauty of Zentangle there are no mistakes.
Thanks for visiting. Click over and give Cheryl and the other two gals who have entered the challenge some love.

Happy Creating--

Monday, November 2, 2015

Every Inchie Monday Emotion

Every Inchie Monday     Emotion

This week our prompt at Every Inchie Monday is EMOTION. I chose Theater Muses. Where in the world can you find such highs and lows of emotion except in the real world from whence the playwrights draw their stories.
A one inch square from some Brusho paper and hand drawn Muse masks.
Sticking with emotion, we've hit November 2 so put on a Happy Face and let's all slide into the Holidays together.

Happy Crafting--

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Bright Owl Zendala Dare #114

The Bright Owl    Zendala Dare #114

Each week that I click over to The Bright Owl Challenge site I appreciate Erin's dedication to continuing her creative templates for all of her loyal followers to play with. She is truly a generous spirit.
I chose to do the middle sized template this week. It is usually printed out in a circle, but I chose to cut it out. I used the tangles: Sparkle, Flying Geese, and Ballot.
I did a bit of shading then decided I liked it as is. Reminds me of a really cool whirl-i gig. 
This is my last post for today and probably til next week. 
If you celebrate Halloween wherever you are I hope you have a Spookilicious Weekend.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G

Tackle It Tuesday Challenge #73-S

Artful Creations    Weekly Challenge #73-"S"

I couldn't resist this little snake for this weeks challenge at Artful Creations. I had already drawn him with pen and the tangle Shattuck when I decided he needed a stick to perch on. So, that's exactly what he's doing just perching not wrapped around. My little pretend vine is tangle Barber Pole.
Next week will be "T" so my mind is already thinking of searching for tangles that begin with "T"

Happy Creating--
Beverly G

i am the diva, CZT Weekly Challenge #241

i am the diva, CZT     Weekly Challenge #241: Guest Blogger Paula Bramente,CZT
"Stones & Ceremony"

I would urge you to click on the link above and check out what Paula has to say about how she came up with the theme for this weeks challenge at i am the diva, CZT. Generally speaking it's about health and wholeness, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. She also talks about rocks, stones, and imagining what wayfarers of long ago might have been thinking when they left stone piles or stone circles for that matter.
My mind went to Stonehenge. So many ideas and speculations on that particular site. One of the top places on my Bucket list before I leave this world. I've always felt if I could just stand close and put my hand on one of the uprights at Stonehenge I would be able to feel magic crackling in the air.
Zentangle was not created by Rick and Maria Roberts to represent things. It's supposed to be a meditative artistic outlet where there are no mistakes. However, this week with my less that accurate drawing skills I have tangled a representation of some standing stones. 
There is still time to enter the challenge this week so click over and give it a go or just click on the entrants links and see how other artists have interpreted this challenge.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G 

It's A String Thing #116

Tickled To Tangle     "It's A String Thing" #116

Friday is National Candy Corn Day. Adele has decided to make tangling this candy corn string a tradition at Tickled To Tangle. Since I love the Halloween season that sounds like a good idea to me. 
I thought about using candy corn colors, but dediced against that. I like the boldness of the black and white. I did some shading and if you happen to look very closely you will see smudgy dots all over the tile. I used a pen similar to a Micron but not a Micron and didn't realize the ink wasn't drying so my partial left thumb print also added to the background.
The tangles we used this week were: Chartz, Cadent, Cracked, and Confettus. I usually struggle with Cadent but this week it seemed to come out of my pen to fit exactly where I wanted it to go.
Adele always posts a gallery of all the entrants the Monday or Tuesday after the challenge so be sure to come back and click on the link above to check everyone's candy corn creations.
I'm off to email this to Adele and do afternoon school pick up.

Happy Creating--

Every Inchie Monday--Texture

Every Inchie Monday    Texture

Yay, it's only Thursday, but Saturday night is Halloween and that will be a big night in our neighborhood.
As soon as I saw the word Texture for this weeks challenge I thought of the phrase "A Heart of Gold". The way I decided to bring this Inchie to life was with tiny gold micro beads and yes there are some silver ones mixed in, and some Art Glitter Glue. I'm still punching inchies out of the giant piece of watercolor paper that I practiced with several different colors of Brusho Crystals. I don't quite know how the silver beads got in there, probably from the last project I used them on, but so long ago now. I've slept since then and when the beads hit the glue I just left it.
People with hearts of gold are truly to be treasured, they are few and far between.
Click over and see what all the other entrants created with their Texture Inchies.

Happy Creating--

Sunday, October 25, 2015

i am the diva, CZT Weekly Challenge #240-Birthday Leaves

i am the diva, CZT    Weekly Challenge #240-Birthday Leaves

This last week Laura was inspired by her birthdays at her house with lots of playing in the leaves. Her husband was kind enough to provide the raking skills to keep lots of piles for jumping into. 
She said she used the Tints on Tan kit created by 2 CZTs Marty Deckel and Jenny Peruzzi. I loved the look of Laura's tile and searched and searched trying to find where I might get on of those kits and learn that technique also. But alas I finally gave up. If anyone sees this post and can point me to a link to get one of those kits I would appreciate it. However, as you can see I did not give up completely. I got out a piece of tan card stock stamped Stampin' Up Gently Falling line leaves in Ranger Archival Sepia ink then proceeded to use my Micron 01 and 05 Sepia and Dk. Brown pens with a white PrismaColor pencil for shading and some variation on the tangles Circus and Sail Away and I never can remember the name of the one on the small leaf.
With this tile and the cooler temps this weekend I ready for Fall to stay with us. 
I'm looking forward to the new challenges this next week not only in art but in life. 

Happy Creating--