Freitag, 18. August 2017

IAST#208 (Happy 4th Anniversary!) and DIVA Challenge #329

First of all I send my congratulations and best wishes to Adele Bruno, who has been  running her
"It`s a String Thing" challenge for four years now!

I am proud to be a follower of this challenge for two years. I clearly remember my first contribution, it was exactly the second anniversary , IAST#104, with two candles as string.

One year later, 2016, we drew the same string with three candles, that was IAST#156.

And now another year has flown away... the string has four candles this week, and I wonder if there will be five candles next year?

I love to read the posts on Adeles blog "Tickled To Tangle" and I am looking forward to the next ones...
This is my contribution to IAST#208. The background has been created by my CZT friend Sabrina Stein, using dry pastels.
She gave it to me some weeks ago and I thought it were a good occasion to use it. The colours give a perfect light to the candles..

The tangles are : Knightsbridge (ZT), Trella (Adele Bruno) , Copada (Margaret Bremner), Wud (Joni Feddersen)

The theme of this week´s DIVA Challenge is a Fragment.
Guest Blogger Marguerite Samama , CZT from the Netherlands, wrote some interesting words about fragments and challenged us to tangle a tile using the fragment "D1" from the Zentangle Primer.
If you would like to see the fragment in detail, look here

This is my D1 tangle. I used several variations of the fragment.

Last not least I show you my today´s tangle. I used a new tangle of Sabrina Stein from Berlin. She published the tangle "Spanflow" on her blog last weekend and I drew it for the first time today.
Great tangle, Sabrina! I like it much!
I hope you like my tile..

Sonntag, 13. August 2017

DIVA Challenge #328- "Aloha" and Lonetta`s Mosaic Project TMP#9

Another week with a Guest Blogger on DIVAS Blog... This week Suzanne Fluhr challenged us to create a Monotangle, using her tangle "Aloha".
What a lovely tangle- powerful with high contrast and space for lots of variations...

I had once more the experience of the flow while tangling. I started with a curved line and the first leaves without any idea about the final result. I decided step by step about the next strokes, the colours and the fillings inside.
I felt very relaxed and creative and I love the result!

My second tangle project during the last days was the tile for Annettes Tangle Mosaic Project (TMP#9).
I am absolutely impressed by Annettes Mosaic creations. She gives the string and the rules how to fill them, many tanglers draw and send her the tiles and she creates mosaics by combining them.
The results are amazing and I will not miss any of these wonderful projects.

This time the string is one Cubine fragment to fill.
These are my contributions to TMP#9. The second one is my favourite ;-)

The first one... "quick and dirty" with Bales, Emingle and some Tipple

The second one with "Wells"  as fragment and much more detail work.

Dienstag, 1. August 2017

DC#327- The DIVA Dancing in Lisbon

This week the DIVA Challenge was presented by German CZT Henrike Bratz.

Henrike spent some days in Lisbon and was excited about the lots of tiles with beautiful patterns. I have not been there yet, but I saw similar beauties in Barcelona and I know how a tangler feels among this lots of patterns...
No wonder, that Henrike drew the patterns and deconstructed some.

In her guest post she presented her Fragment "Lisbon" and challenged us to combine it with DIVA Dance.

What a beautiful idea for this weekly challenge - thank you so much, Henrike! I am looking forward to meet you in October!!

This is my conribution for "The DIVA dancing in Lisbon"  (I love that title!!!!)

This was my first decision to have finshed the tile last night. Today I felt it too "fade" and filled the spaces. No idea which one is better, I like them both ;-)

Here is a "late" tile for the last DIVA Challenge (#326).
As `Nzeppel is one of my Mac`n cheese tangles I tried some more.
This one I like because of the powerful colours (created with Inktense pencils and some washing)
The tangle is drawn with curved lines, as it were  " `Nzeppel random curved "...

Donnerstag, 27. Juli 2017

DC#326 - `Nzeppel Monotangle and a beautiful Zentangle day

This week guest blogger Eliza Murphy published the DIVA Challenge.
She asked us to draw monotangles of `Nzeppel which is one of my absolute favourites.

She wrote interesting words about the issue "not fitting in" . I know such situations very well.

I decided for a Zendala tile which I had prepared some weeks ago for another DIVA challenge.
I prepared a string with black tea.
My `Nzeppel on this tile different from the standard tangle, but nevertheless I am sure nobody will say "it does not fit" ;-)

CZT Summit "G2" in Dresden  (much more peaceful than G20)

Last friday I had a beautiful day with a CZT friend from Berlin. Sabrina is the CZT next to me and I am very happy to know her.

She visited me in Dresden and we spent some hours tangling, talking, laughing...and even a little geocaching.  The time hurried...

Some weeks before she asked me to tangle something into a pictrure frame which she sent me.
Of course I used one of my own tangles "Praa" and my special version of the Macintosh- roses.
I like this little piece myself and was very happy to see that Sabrina liked it as well:

What did we do the whole day?

We had the idea to try together the new "transzendig" technique.I decided for "Umble" over "Spoken"
So I prepared the tile with "Spoken":

and added a complete layer of "Umble" on top.

For my opinion this example shows, how this technique does NOT work very well. The black lines are much too havy and the whole tile is too busy and overloaded. Absolutely no transzending ;-(
So... this is my experience of "It does not fit in" .
First I wanted to throw the tile away and did not want to show it, but I think possibly it is helpful to see also some "Nogo" examples ... why not?

Back to some nice tiles:

Sabrina showed me her experiences with tangling on grey tiles - the possibility to highlight with white (like renaissance) but without brown.... the colours are glowing literally on the grey.
And she showed me how to draw beautiful Zengems. I did not draw very much of them before and was curious how it works.
We drew some Zengems and tested some different pens and colours.
Here is one example of our "hard work"

Zengems created with Inktense ink pencils (watercolour ink)

Lateron I tried another tile with Zengems in pink on grey paper

Zengems created with Prismacolour pencils (dry blended)

and the next day I was in the mood to create a multicoloured tile

some perfs with Inktense, some with Prismacolour

Sabrina drew a little MySwing tile for me and I gave her some hints how I draw it in detail.
I am so happy to see this tile , isn`t that lovely?

Last not least I give you a small insight about the creative atmosphere, we call it "creative chaos"..

Finally, after nearly 9 hours, we were tired, but happy. Thank you so much, Sabrina, for that beautiful day! I am looking forward to see you again.

Oh yes, we need to practise taking selfies...

Donnerstag, 20. Juli 2017

DC#325- "Pea-nuckle" and some more tangles

DIVA Challenge #325 has been created by guest blogger Jessica Davies again.

This week she asked us to draw the tangle "Pea-nuckle" from Molly Hollibaugh.
This was a real challenge for me!
Jessica described in her post how she drew this tangle for the first time and how she needed some tries to like it and to love it.
I must admit, that I feel similarly after my first try- not as much satisfied ;-) , but I am still motivated to give Pea- nuckle a new chance .

We have a German Facebook- group of tanglers where we run also a weekly "challenge", which is named something like "weekly playing around with tangles".
This week`s theme is to use the own signature as a string.
I combined this one with DC#235 and drew my SM signature with a bit of Pea- nuckle:

This tile I started some month ago. I prepared it for DC#312 . I used some English Breakfast Tea to create my string. Yesterday I found this tile in my diary and finished it.