Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Bright Owl #110

The Bright Owl    Zendala Dare #110

Not much studio time this week. These two Zendala tiles I got done in the evenings on the couch between school projects.
I actually kept track of the tangles I used this week. One the first tile, a 3 1/2" square you will find Web, Strike, Bilt, archer, and Arrowheads, in some form or another. I liked the black and white on this one.
When I started the round Zendala tile I found myself using some more organic tangles that I haven't used before. The more it developed the more the word color kept coming into my mind, so I broke out my Copic markers and gave this one some color. The tangles I used are: Diamond Drops, Octonet, Euca Wavez, and Flowtus, again in one form or another. 
I'm always so glad I found Zentangle at the time in my life when I did. I must confess I'm a self taught Zentangler so I may not always be spot on, but I always hang on to the there are no mistakes in Zentangle. This art form has saved my sanity many a day when I needed something not to taxing but still creative. 
At some point in time I would like to take a class from a Certified Zentangle Instructor, but so far I haven't researched in depth where one might be near me. Soon, I will do that Soon.
Hope everyone else has had better luck with studio time this week.

Happy Creating--

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Every Inchie Monday--Myth

A quick post before I'm off for school pickup. Also, a red letter day in my life as a couple, my husband and I have been married 47 years today. We married in Portsmouth, VA on a hot and humid day with my husband in his wool dress Navy uniform and today here in N.TX it is a sunny and slightly humid day, but less hot. Lots of water has flowed under our bridge but we're still not washed away.
On to this Inchie. This one is a collaboration between myself and my Grandson. He is a budding artist and so many other things also. If he continues in the vein he is going he will be called a Renaissance Man. Hopefully, there will be some young ladies who will appreciate that kind of man in his future. He and I share a love of Dragons. We see them as powerful beings, good and bad just like people, and oh so beautiful. Again, so many variations just like people.
I say a collaboration, but actually he drew the dragon I added the finer scales and the frame around the Inchie. We must give credit where credit is due. He said it is a fire dragon emerging from it's egg.
Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments you all leave on my posts. 
I'm off to enter and then hit the road.

Happy Creating--

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

i am the diva,czt Weekly Challenge #236 "Tangle Unexpected"

i am the diva, czt     Weekly Challenge #236-"Tangle Unexpected"

Laura has started us out this week with a great challenge "Tangle Unexpected". Take something that's not a Zentangle tile. She had an old map that she tangled on. I found this poem in an old book last year that I got to alter. When I read it I immediately tore it out and keep the original on my desk. I decided to make a copy of it, tear it, crumple it, Distress Ink Tea Dye it. I picked up a dark brown Micron 01 pen kind of smoothed out the paper and took a look. This may not be exactly what Laura had in mind, I think it came out more like a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art), but I like the way it came out. A few different tangles scattered all around, some underlining of key phrases that spoke the most to me, and unexpected to me a face emerged at the bottom of the page. I'm choosing to call that a face of determination. 
I looked at a lot of the other entrants and commented on some of them. All very different. Nothing new there, but very interesting to see what each person tangled on.
It's already Tuesday so I'm off to enter and move on to some more projects.

Happy Creating--

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Every Inchie Monday--Rhythm

Here it is Sunday, tomorrow is time for another Inchie Monday and I'm just getting this last Mondays posted. Being 65 and coming down with a mild case of Whooping Cough has really set me back. A Booster shot, some antibiotics, cough medicine, and a week and a half of practically bed rest I was finally able to go to Church today with no coughing and not feel like I had used up every bit of energy I had.
When I saw the prompt for this challenge I knew immediately what I wanted to do for it because the song "I've got rhythm, I've got rhythm, who could ask for anything more." started playing in my head. Now as you know it doesn't take long to create an inchie so that part got done right away with this cute piano button which I clipped the back off of, glued on to white card stock, outlined with black Sharpie, and drew a black music note with a black Micron Pen. The next part taking a picture, saving it, could never get it in focus (even with the advice of a very nice follower, but will keep trying), writing the post, and entering the challenge had to wait for the strength to sit at the computer. 
Glass half full, I'm on the mend now hope I can avoid all the other child hood diseases that come to school the rest of the 2015-2016 school year. 
Hope to be back to getting some art time in my studio going forward.
Go over and check out the new prompt for Every Inchie Monday with the link above tomorrow.

Happy Creating,

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Try Stampin'- or not- On Tuesday    Challenge #234-Shaker Card

Still in Halloween mode. Haven't played at this challenge before. I'm still getting my artistic feet wet in the challenge community.  I recognize some of the gals on the Team from a couple of other challenges I've played on. Guess that's why it looked like a fun place to play.
It's been quite some time since I've made a shaker card and it's so good you can't see this from the top, bottom, or side. All Stampin' Up products except the foam tape, and the little shaker bits. They were gifted to me a long time ago by a dear friend. 
Thanks for visiting. I know some of you will be vacationing this long weekend. I hope everyone gets to enjoy their Labor Day Weekend.

Happy Creating--

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge #174-Splatters & Sprays

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge    #174-Splatters & Sprays

This is my first Halloween project of the 2015 Halloween Season. BOO TO YOU!!
I got out 3 sprays for this background and some 140lb. cold press watercolor paper and went outside to an area I use to spray in, in good weather. (Still sunny and hot here) A dylusions Squeezed Orange, a Heidi Swapp Color Shine Chartreuse, and a Tsukineko Java Walnut Ink. 
No matter how I adjusted my photo program I use to save my pics I could not get the sky behind the Boo! to look orange like in real time. Same with those little rhinestones 2 of them are orange.
On with the show--After I dried the background I tore my back ground piece and edged it with a Stampin' Up Metallic gold marker. Some time or a tuther I had picked up some Penny Black dies Boo Crew and Haunted Hollow, the bats are from the first one and the house and fence are from the second. Also, I used a studio G stamp and rhinestones for the Boo! and rhinestones in the top left corner.  The fence was die cut out of a piece of scrap Stampin' Up So Saffron card stock, the house from Stampin' Up black card stock backed with a piece of Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie card stock. I gave the fence a light sponge of Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and the sparkle in the windows is a Stardust Gelly Roll pen, as the eyes on the bats is with a White Gelly Roll pen. 
Baddy Bing Baddy Bang--a very cute ATC. Just wish that sparkly shimmer would have come through on the photo with the true colors.  
Grab your Sprays and whip up an ATC and click over and enter your little project of goodness at Wicked Wednesday, there's a prize to be had. Who knows you could be the winner. 

Happy Creating--

"It's A String Thing" #108

Tickled To Tangle     "It's A String Thing" #108

This challenge started Tuesday afternoon and here it is already Friday. I had to think about the tangles and where I wanted to place them before I began. 
Adele gave us 4 tangles to choose from this week, saying we could use as many or as few as we would like. 
The tangles are: Lanie, Chemystery, Cubine, Primtemps. I chose to use all 4. I started with Lanie in the two small triangles in the center. I then moved on to Cubine. I had never used Chemystery before so I had to mull this one over for a bit and decided to use it to border the center square. As I was drawing my grid lines for Chemystery I thought of Holly's voice from the audio challenge I did over at i am the diva,czt way back on 8-26. Her voice was very calming so I slowed down and with a bit more concentration I was able to get this pretty even which I think it needs. I quite liked it when I finished and added the white sparkle to each ball with a white gel pen. For the finishing touch to the tile I used Primtemps with a black background to hold the middle together. The shading on the Cubine is what makes it look like you can enter the boxes so I decided the rest of the tile needed some shading also. I forgot to put the black border around the outside of the tile that I usually do but I think that would have taken away from the focus of the Chemystery border with it's shading.
I'm off to email this to Adele and do school pickup.

Happy Creating--

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SUO Challenge #130-Cards for Friends

Stampin' Up Only Challenges    #130-Cards for Friends

This challenge is just what it says, Stampin' Up Only products. New or retired are fine. 
I think everything on this card is retired. I'm going through my stash and using things that I have had for a long time and not had the time to use. 
Cards for Friends need to be a staple of our card stashes. There's an old saying, "You can choose your friends, but not your family". We want to make sure we let the people whom we have chosen to be in our lives that we are thinking of them, appreciate them, or are just there for them the way they are there for us when no one else is. 
If you're a Stampin' Up supply hoarder like me click on the link above and join in on the fun.
Supplies: Early Expresso 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card base, Specialty Designer Series Paper Mocha Morning, Vanilla card stock, Early Expresso Seam Binding, Versamark ink, Early Expresso ink, gold embossing powder, Early Expresso embossing powder, Postage Collection stamp set, dimensionals. 

Happy Creating--

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Artful Creations-Tackle It Tuesday #69-K

Artful Creations     Tackle It Tuesday #69-Letter K

I have the Letter K for you today. Tangled with Kay-Tee and Footlights. When you attempt this challenge we are always supposed to use at least one tangle that starts with the letter we are using.
Would love to see what you would use with a Letter K that you tangle.

Happy Creating--

i am the diva, CZT Weekly Challenge #233

i am the diva, CZT    Weekly Challenge #233-"New Offical Tangle" Zenith

Laura is back from her summer hiatus. Welcome back Laura. She has some wonderful pics from her time off with her family and friends. I have to say I did enjoy all the Guest Bloggers she had to fill in for her.
To explain this tile I must start by saying I usually play at Tickled To Tangle, I missed the last 2 weeks. When I was checking on challenges I discovered that last week Adele used String 111 and the theme was to celebrate the 76 yrs of the Wizard of Oz movie with the yellow brick road. One of the tangles she suggested to use was Zenith.
Laura's challenge this week is to use the "New Offical Tangle" Zenith. After I had practiced that tangle a bit I decided to use String 111 to enter in Laura's challenge this week. 
I water colored what I saw as the road with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers: Yellow and Mustard. I thought somehow the Emerald City needs to get on here somehow. I made some water dots with a water brush pen and used my new Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens in Lime Green and Turquoise, they named them #10 Billy and #13 Envy. I've watched a couple of YouTube videos on these being used. I told my husband if he squinted he maybe could imagine the lights from the Emerald City sparkling. He never seemed quite receptive to that idea but I carried on anyway. I decided the tile needed a bit more so I added the swirls with little flashes coming out all around. After I added the bricks to the middle of Zenith I decided they needed a bit of shading with a PrismaColor yellow pencil.
I have a partial list of challenges in a book I keep on my work table, maybe I'll be able to keep track  of things a bit better now.
I'm heading over to enter and I hope you'll give this challenge a go if you are interested in Zentangle.

Happy Creating--