Tuesday, October 1, 2019

an update and Inktober Tangles

Hey everyone.

Let me catch you up on what's been happening.  For those of you who don't follow my page on Facebook or my Instagram page, it does seem as though i have fallen off the face of the planet.  What's going on is that over the last six months i have been dealing with hand and arm pain - so much that when i try to hold a pen for too long my hand cramps and it's very painful.

I'm currently waiting to get a referral to an occupational therapist, i see a great massage therapist, and i've been using CBD Cream on my hands daily.... and i've had to cut back on so many of the things that i enjoy - like tangling, painting, journaling, knitting, pottery.... because i need to use my hands for all of that.  although i have been picking up sewing in the interim, because i need to be creating and sewing doesn't hurt my hands. 

but i miss my blog, and i miss my tangling, and i miss making videos. 

So i've been working on that slowly. 

i take a lot of rests, but it's not the same as it was. 

As it's now October i thought i'd try dipping my toe back in the water with Stephanie Jennifer's Inktober Tangles prompts.  You can find the list of tangles here

So i made a video.

i hope you like it.




Monday, March 4, 2019

Weekly Challenge #387

Happy Monday - First Monday of March!

Why is it that February, which is the shortest month of the year, always feels like it's the longest?  I'm so over this weather.

But, the days are getting longer and i always find it so amazing how much just a bit more sunshine each day really effects everyone in the house.  Especially me.  All winter long we get up in the dark, so it's nice to have the sun already rising when we wake up again.  It's making me feel so hopeful for spring.

So.

Because this is the first monday of the month - it's a Use My Tangle Challenge!

Weekly Challenge #387: "UMT - HaWy by Holly Atwater, CZT"

This month's Use My Tangle challenge features the tangle HaWy (Rhymes with Hawaii).    

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...

This month's tangle is brought to you via Holly's instagram feed!  i saved the post in my collections and i kept thinking i'd get around to it, but i never did - but luckily for me sometimes i get to use my challenge as a way to further my OWN practice.  Yay me! lol

You can find the step outs to this amazinnnnng tangle on Holly's blog - and you can all ooh and ahh over her new home in Vegas too.... (Holly, if i'm ever in Vegas, i'm coming for you... lol)

This is certainly not a 'mindless' tangle - like keeko or printemps.  It's definitely what you'd call a HIGH FOCUS tangle, and i think it looks more intimidating than it actually is - eventually.  But dannng.  The results are worth it. 

Here's my tile done with Holly's tangle.


For some reason i had a very sci-fi feel while i was tangling, so i tried to make the bottom half of the tangle a little more flowy and organic, like a spacey background to this stark angled geometric tangle.  i'm not so sure i achieved the effect i was going for, but this WAS my pass of this tangle, and i'll for sure be doing it again. 



have a great week.

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC387 (Diva Challenge #387) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)



Monday, February 25, 2019

Weekly Challenge #386

Good Morning, friends!

I hope you all had a great week or two, sorry i decided to take a week off last week because it was february break from school, and Artoo was sick on top of that.  I kept thinking i would post the challenge late, but i just never ended up having time to sit down and do it.   Thanks for understanding.

But Artoo is feeling better now, and hopefully everything will be back to normal this week.

So!

This week's challenge is:

Weekly Challenge #386 - "Pick up where you left off"


Image result for abandoned art quote

This week as i was preparing to create my tile, i was thinking about abandoned art.  There are quite a few unfinished paintings in my studio.  Thankfully this past week i set aside some time to pick up a paint brush and work on a few.  I added a few more details, or in some cases changed the backgrounds and i found it really invigorating to breathe a bit more life into those canvases.  And i was thinking about the great Da Vinci quote above, and how so many artists struggle to find that moment of being 'done'.

It's tricky because we are often our own worst critic, and we always see a flaw that could be fixed, or a line that doesn't do exactly what we imagine  it should...

but then i was thinking "What about pieces that i have abandoned because i don't like them?" - could a little big of time and loving care breathe new life into those?

so i rummaged through a few shelves and drawers and came up with a few tiles that i had started, or tiles that i have used to demonstrate a particular tangle to a friend - tiles that served their initial purpose and then got 'put away' - and i thought what if i actually sit down and complete a tile?


So i found this incomplete and abandoned tile that i had used when i was learning how to draw that tangle Drawings - i had used a fountain pen, so after a few test runs, i found the matching ink and filled up a pen so i could complete this tile.  (for the record it was Noodlers Black Swan in Australian Roses)


Once i had the right ink, i sat down and started to tangle Dewd.  It wasn't my intention to create a duo-tangle, but sometimes you just get in the zone, and today was one of those times.



I'm quite happy with the result, if i do say so myself.  I'm glad that i gave this tile another chance and kept at it.  

This week you have two options for a challenge.  

Challenge A) - to find an abandoned tile, one you gave up on, and breathe new life into it
Challenge B) - if you don't have an abandoned tile feel free to create your own duotangle using Drawings and Dewd, the links to the step outs are provided above.

That's it!!
have a great week everyone

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!
have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC386 (Diva Challenge #386) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Weekly Challenge #385

You guys,.....

is mercury in retrograde? I am seriously having issues with all things electronic lately.  I spent the better part of today fighting with my computer trying to make today's challenge happen - and my computer decided to do things like reboot 700 times and download updates and configure, and restart, and everything was driving me crazy.  but we're here.  We made it, people.

it's all happening.


Let's cut to the chase

Weekly Challenge #385: Valentangle

Some of you may or may not have been participating in the valentangle prompts on instagram and floating around in facebook groups but this week's challenge prompt is in light of the day of love.

Be inspired by Valentine's Day, the colours, the lace, the chocolate, the wine - whatever floats your boat.

I even managed to make a process video for this week's challenge, which made all my computer troubles that much more frustrating.  here's the video!!



Anyway, i hope you have fun this week and maybe give your tangle to someone you love!

have a great week.

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC385 (Diva Challenge #385) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, February 4, 2019

Weekly Challenge #384

First of all, to all of us who are trying to make it through this Polar Vortex, i hope you're all well stocked in hot cocoa, or mulled wines, warm fuzzy socks, scarves, slippers, cozy sweaters, and hand made afghans!!

i mean, WINTER, CAN YOU NOT??



Sigh.

But the good news is that january is behind us.
am i right?
 And it's now February and according to all the groundhogs in their various places, it looks like early spring??? YEah, i'll believe that when i see it.  I spent half an hour shovelling over a foot of snow off my sidewalks and walkway on Saturday morning, only to come home from my my errands to find B-rad was shovelling again... because snow!  i mean.... ugh.


And so the first week of the month means:


Weekly Challenge #384: "UMT - Anthem by Jody Genovese, CZT"

This month's Use My Tangle challenge features the tangle Anthem by Jody Genovese.    

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...

This month's tangle is brought to you via Jody's instagram feed!  i was scrolling through my feed and up popped her tangle  - and i fell in love with it because i love crystals - and i just couldn't wait to get playing with it, and i thought you might too!



 So fun!

I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

here's my tile this week!



this week's challenge is to try out Jody's new tangle.  You don't have to do a monotangle, i just happened to.

have a great week.

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC384 (Diva Challenge #384) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Weekly Challenge #383

Good Morning friends!

I hope you've had a lovely week.

The weather has been insane here, one day the weather is freezing sub zero temps, the next day it's raining and the snow is melting only to have it plunge back into the deep freeze again.

It was a busy week with the boys again - with Karate and piano lessons, on top of that B-rad and i have started our weekly yoga class (WHICH I LOOOVE) and Chewie has had extra bowling practice because he qualified for the zone bowling tournament in the beginning of february....  in addition to that Artoo had his class presentation for Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day on Thursday morning and afterwards i went to visit a good friend who just started Chemo treatments for ovarian cancer, and i've also been watching my neighbour's daughter after school while she was out of town on business. 

but today the boys have the day off school, so here's hoping for a little bit of a less jam packed week.

Happy Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day!! 

Weekly Challenge #383: "New Official tangle: Ratoon"
So this week Zentangle HQ released their new official tangle called Ratoon.   I have been meaning to play with the tangle since they introduced it to the CZTs - but i hadn't had the chance to.  SO, thankfully i have this blog. lol.  

Diva's first Ratoon - this photo makes this zendala look blue, but i actually used a dark purple watercolour for the background in honour of Artoo and Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.  

You can find the step outs for this tangle in the latest newsletter HERE - it's definitely one that requires a touch more thinking, and i will have to practice it MANY Times before it's one i can just do without too much thinking.  But that's part of the fun, isn't it?

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC383 (Diva Challenge #383) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)