Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Merry Happy Challenge # 148

Merry Happy!

On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me A Partridge in a Pear Tree,

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…..

Of course we need some ornaments for the tree,

  And some presents for underneath,


Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly,

And Warm Woolen Mittens….
(We have been getting lots of use out of those in Minnesota!) 
These are a few of my favorite things!

And the Stockings were hung by the Chimney with care,

While visions of Sugarplums danced in their heads.

My Wish for You and Yours this Season of Joy,

It seems that I was a week ahead on my Merry Happy, so excuse me posting it again.
The atc’s are my present tags this year.
To Annette Carlo, My blog was started through my school, which does not yet allow Google plus. I wanted to thank you so very much for the shout out, and I am honored to have inspired you! You made my day!
To Laura, You are the diva, and my thanks for all your hard work on the challenges through out the year!
 You are a Star!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Boo~Kee Challenge # 147

Greetings from a very snowy day in Minnesota! I played around with this very fun pattern from I am the diva, CZT Laura Harms, called Boo~Kee and finally finished up one variation making the “leaf” shape a bit more seasonal. I broke out the copics for the color. This was round two, after I had the red bleed all over in the first one that I had drawn. I had forgotten how much the reds will move, as it has been awhile since I have used them. At least in this neck of the woods, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Everyone have a great week and thanks for stopping by. 
Here is my wish for you this season!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekly Challenge #146: DouTangle

I wonder if Laura over at i am the diva, heard my groans when I read this weeks challenge! Pea-nuckle and Well! Well, I really like “Well”, but Pea-nuckle not so much. I surely didn’t know how I was going to get these two to play together well, for this duo-tangle challenge. I pondered for a day, and this is what I came up with. I am double dipping by doing this on an ATC size card of the new Renaissance tiles, for the deck swap. I am enjoying learning how to work with this beautiful colored tile. No, the Renaissance tiles do not come in the ATC size yet. I just took one of the regular tiles, traced the edge of one of the regular ATC cards and carefully cut the edge! Walla! an ATC Renaissance card.

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know that I have much to be thankful for this year! My thanks to all of you that have chosen to follow me on my journey here on my blog, and for the wonderful support you have shown!

My Blessings to You and Yours. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More on the Weekly Challenge #145

I wanted to play around a bit more with quib this week. Here is my second piece, using the new Renaissance tiles. I used the black and brown micron pens, graphite, white and ocre brulle prismacolor pencil, white charcoal pencil and a little white gelly roll pen. It has been fun playing on the new tiles.

Here are a few of the ATC’s that have been in the works, around my house, for the deck swap.

My thanks to you all for stopping by and leaving comments! Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Weekly Challenge #145

Ahh, Quib, this weeks challenge from i am the diva. I first used this after it was released to the CZT’s, on Weekly Challenge #129. You can see that example here.
I was continuing to work on my ATC’s this past Sunday and used it on this card that will be part of the deck swap that some of us are working on. I made it play with “Well” that day. So here is my first piece for the challenge this week. I have another in the works, so I’ll be back!

My thanks to those of you who stop by to see my work, 
and You Rock! when you leave a comment too!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Free to Fly!

There was an opportunity for me to participate in a fun work! Check out this joyful adventure that Avoxtar is up to!
Here is my feather that will fly on it's way today! There is still time, if you hurry, to play along!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weekly Challenge #144 A Bug's Life

Here is my entry for the, i am the diva weekly challenge this week. I ran across all of these neat beetles in my research and decided that I just had to hold one in my hand! I am also busy with 53 ATC (artist trading cards) zentangles for a trade, so stay tuned for some of these to show up here too. For now, here is my ZIA hand. I don’t currently have any Gellyroll pens, so this was done with Copic markers and colored micron pens instead.

My thanks to all who stop by and see what I have been up to, and those of you that take the time to comment, You Rock!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Weekly Challenge #143 UMT Week!

Wow! I can’t believe that we are already into another month. With the end of the quarter, and all the grading to do at school, time is flying by for this teacher! It’s already use my tangle time over at i am the diva’s weekly challenge, and this week it’s Caren Mlot’s tangle, Cruze, that we are all trying out. You can find the step outs here. I decided since time is so very short for me right now, to try this out on an ATC tile, and still continue to experiment with the black and brown combination. I used a bit of white, sanguine and burnt sienna Derwent drawing pencil in there too. If I have time later in the week, I would like to try out some of the variations and see if I can get this one to be a bit more organic, but for now here is my version of using Cruze.

 As always your comments and visits to see what I have been up to, are very much appreciated! Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Danger Zone Weekly Challenge #142

“Highway to the Danger Zone

Right into the Danger Zone”

That is the i am the diva challenge for this week.

For me, that is trying the new things without practicing them first.

So here were my out of the comfort zone attempts.

-A round tile

-Using black ink and brown ink together. I always love what Maria Thomas and Shelly Beauch do when they use this combination, but I have not until now tried it myself.

-Using white charcoal pencil to shade.

-And last but not least using a brand new Tangle, for the very first time and putting it straight onto the tile without any practice beforehand.

I managed to check off all of them in this attempt. Even though the new tangle isn’t quite “right”, I am still pleased with my first attempt.

Just remember,

“You Don’t Know What You Can Do!

Until You get it up as High as You Can GO!”

 Thank you for stopping by and seeing my work, and to those of you who leave me comments. You do make my day!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Random Acts of Zentangle

I have been lurking over at The Bright Owl blog watching all the beautiful zendalas that folks are making, and this week the challenge was to make a Random Act of Zentangle. I just couldn’t resist trying this one out. Even though I am a bit late I thought that I would share the two random acts that I sent out into the world. Here is the Zendala from Erin’s Dare. Here were some of her directions.

There is a new trend afoot called Random Act of Zentangle.  It is in the same vein as Random Acts of Kindness or Paying it Forward but with a Zentangle twist.  Take the tile to a public place and leave it somewhere.  Take a picture of it wherever you are leaving it and then........walk away. Here is my first left at McCoys last evening.

And here is a black tile that I left at the Narrows. I am hoping that they brightened someone’s day.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

More on the Weekly Challenge #141

Here is another attempt at this weeks DuoTangle challenge from i am the diva. I worked this one quite large, and had fun playing around with the sizes of the tangles. Sorry about the shadow from the scan. There didn't seem to be any way to correct it.

I also needed to get a card done for one of my good friends who is going through a trying time with her health, so used a variation of “Well” that hopefully will brighten her day. I am planning on using one of the new cards from Zentangle to frame it out for her. I you haven't seen them yet you have to talk to your nearest CZT. They are fantastic.

Thanks, for stopping by, and for the comments you leave! Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Challenge #141

Ok, here is the first try. I am not happy, with this tile, but the shading did help. I found these two, not the easiest of tangle partners. Some twosomes work together well, and for me this one didn’t.  It’s not that I don’t like both the tangles themselves, but I found it difficult to use them in a DouTangle. I may have to work a bit more to see if I can get these two to play together nicely. Make sure and stop by i am the diva and check how others solved this challenge. My thanks to all who stop by to check out my work, and leave comments. It's so lovely to have you here.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Weekly Challenge # 140

Wow, what a blast from the past I had with this challenge when I read it this morning. I haven’t done anything like that since, dare I say it, college. I took a trip down memory lane thinking about using the rapidograph pens for projects like this. The kind of pen that you had to keep perfectly upright for them to work, the kind that seemed, on the smaller sizes to clog up all the time, and were a pain to clean!

Now to start the challenge for the week… For those who know me, most know that I do have sort of a, ok I have a pen fetish! If one pen is good, ten is better. I normally carry around a little bag of my favorites with me. I usually have at least three sizes of microns, along with a few colors and other types of pens. Today, no such luck! I only had my .01 micron pen. I searched through the book bag twice, thinking that I had missed them. I still found nothing but the rouge sharpie in the bottom of the bag. Guess I am doing the challenge in a .01. Here is my piece for the i am the diva challenge, to use pointillism for a tile. Be sure to stop on over to the site and see what everyone else does too! I used a tangleation of Well and a bit of modified Mooka for this one.

To all who left me a comment last week, thank you so very much! 
I truly enjoy hearing from you and you made my week!

Friday, October 11, 2013

More on the Weekly Challenge #139

I wanted to keep playing around with “8’s Parte Dos” this week, so here is another of the i am the diva challenges. I wanted to see if I could do a regular size tile, and also make it work from small to large, and curve it. I added some poke root and poke leaves too. It reminds me of the berries on the tree between our house and the neighbors.  I am not sure what kind of tree it is, but with the colder weather coming the birds have been working on stripping it bare. Here is my second try.

My many thanks to all of you who left such lovely comments 
about my first try at this challenge! 

Happy Friday and Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekly Challenge # 139

Hope that everyone is having a Marvelous Monday!

This week’s challenge by i am the diva, is a UMT, or use my tangle challenge. The tangle chosen this week was by Jane Eileen, and is called “8’s Parte Dos”. You can find the step outs to this tangle here.

Glad that I learned this tangle, as I had not seen it before. It sure made me slow down and be in the moment as I learned it, so as not to start the curves the wrong way.  I had fun trying a couple of tangleations, and with the shading and bits of color. I did work this one fairly large, it’s about a 7 ½” square, so I had a bit more room to learn and play.

Have a great week everyone! Thanks for stopping by! 
To those that leave me a comment, You Rock!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Weekly Challenge #138

Happy Friday Everyone!

I feel like I finally made it! It was a long week of grading for me, with midterms already. I finally had the chance late last night to do the, i am the diva challenge this week.   

The thing that caught my eye was the border pattern, on the small Persian rug (Thank you, Grandma!) that lays on the table across from where I sit in the living room. I didn’t get a chance before work to take a photo of it, as it was still pretty dark when I left this morning and the flash didn’t seem to do it justice. It is an interesting rug, as the border is a pattern, but the colors used on it, do not create a pattern. 

Here’s my tile for the week, and everyone have a great weekend. Thanks to all of you that take the time to stop by and view my work, and leave such wonderful comments. You make my day, and I appreciate it so very much!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Weekly Challenge #137

This week’s challenge from i am the diva, was a duotangle using Knightsbrige and Tipple. I don’t use Knightsbrige that much in my work, but do teach it in my classes, so it was an opportunity for me to play around with it a bit more. Tipple creeps in to my work here and there, so that was not as much of a challenge. I really enjoyed playing around with the shading, and hope that the values will show up well in the photo.

“Well” I couldn’t seem to stop with the color challenge and also playing around with well some more, so here is another of those tiles for you to see.

Thanks for stopping by to see my work, and for those who leave me a comment, you truly make my day! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Weekly Challenge #136

Another week is flying by, and the challenge this week, from i am the diva, is one of my favorites. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the look of black and white on my tiles, but I also love me some color! 

I did double duty this week, as I had some swap cards that needed to get done for a Zentangle pumpkin swap over at ATC’s for All. It’s a fun place and a great community of swappers, for anyone who may be interested. I used black pen and watercolor for the four artists trading cards.

Everyone have a great week, and thanks for your wonderful comments from last weeks challenge. It means a great deal to me!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Weekly Challenge #135

Well, it was back to school I went, and now two weeks in, and things have finally started to settle down, I think anyway. That is why I have been absent for a while.

Well, you know how you have certain tools that you grow to love? Well, as I was starting to work on well, I had some students asking me about it. Well, one of my favorite pencils….. (It has been with me a little over a year now, as it was the createacolor graphite pencil that I received at my CZT training, so small at this time,) disappeared from my desktop. No one would say that they had taken it…. Sigh. Of course, since I am the one that does all the ordering, I started looking through the catalogs after school. I could not find them. Then it was on to the web. Well, I finally found them and I am happy to report that I have a box on the way. I know it’s a weird thing; some of the other brands are probably just as good. Trust me, I have lots in the room and the kids, also have lots of different brands, that I ask to try out, when I see something new. I just liked this one.  Well, that was my day, and I have had a fun time trying this one out, and as in the past, I was behind with the calendar again, and well, had to catch up! Thanks Laura, for another great challenge! (Check it out here, and see what other folks did too!) As always thank you for the comments, I do really love to see what everyone thinks of my work. Keep on tangling and have a great week.

Well, here is my playing around with Well!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Weekly Challenge #132

This week the challenge from i am the diva was to complete a monotangle using bales using your non-dominant hand. I did have this done on Tuesday, but with the spotty Internet service, I am back at the Rabbit bakery to make my latest post today. Here are some of my thoughts on the challenge.
-I found that I gripped the pen more tightly with my left hand, and had to consciously keep reminding myself to lighten up.
-I also had problems with the pen line skipping more that with my dominant hand.
-I finally figured out about half way through the tile that I was a bit more controlled if I pulled the line towards myself.
-With pulling the lines always towards me on the later half of the tile, the turning of the tile became very important, more so that usual.
-Shading was the least of my problems, but if you look close I was a bit heavy handed with the blending stump.
-It was an interesting challenge, wobbly lines and all.

The other thing that I ran into this week was my first, in person viewing of yarn bombing. Word has it that persons in black, late on Sunday evening, yarn bombed this tree, on basically the main street of Lake City, Mn. It sits right on Highway 61 running through town. I heard that it was done to celebrate a birthday for someone. After seeing yarn bombing on the Internet it was really a delight to see one in person. To those persons in black, I think that you Rocked It! Here are a few pictures of their work.

As always thank you checking in, and for your comments.
This teacher is looking forward to her last few days of freedom, before school starts next week. Enjoy your weekend!