Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly Challenge #317

Happy TUESDAY everyone!

If you were celebrating Victoria Day in Canada, i hope you had a wonderful May Long weekend. We had a great weekend - the boys had Friday off school as well as Monday, so we went on a little roadtrip to Lloydminster, SK to visit my friend Christine and her kids.
Hilarious Road Trip Snacks... yes those are Ketchup chips, and they are amazing. 

So hilarious
 Lloydminster is just far enough away that the boys were pumped about a "road trip" but not so far away that they started getting too antsy in the van.

"Check out this scenery! Take a picture of me, mom!"
We met our friends for lunch and then spent the afternoon at the petting zoo, which the kids.... LOVED

Feeding the Llamas, Billy goats, and Camel
all four kids ran from pen to pen, feeding the animals grass and laughing - it was pretty fun.

Llama's love grass
 It's a pretty decent petting zoo, in addition to the Llamas, the Billy goats, and the camel - they also had two Tortoises

And two little Timber Wolf cubs - one named Rosco and one named Duke. 

Here's chewie holding Rosco, who is 5 weeks old

Artoo and Rosco - you can see Duke in the background
 I was really impressed with Artoo at the petting zoo - he really doesn't like dogs or cats - so i was expecting him to be indifferent to the whole situation - but he LOOOOOVED the wolf cubs, and had no problems petting them and holding them.

They wolves were his favourite part, and we went back a few times.  Chewie loved the wolves the most, too.  And both boys also loved the Sheep pen.  They would laugh and pet the sheep and feed them grass and we spent a lot of time there as well.

my friend Christine's girls - i call them Elsa and Anna because the older one is blond and the younger is ginger.
They love my boys, and my boys love them too.  This sheep they named "The Blacky Black One"
We drove home that night just in time for bed, and the rest of the weekend was spent doing a garage sale on Saturday, and yard work and clean up on Sunday, and Monday the boys played on the trampoline and we roasted hot dogs for supper.  
A spectacular sunset, taken from my front door.... The Land of the Living Skies!

Weekly Challenge #317: "Photo Tangles"
So, i had this idea for this week's challenge earlier in the week, and i had been thinking about how to do it... 

 And when i started streaming last night (www.twitch.tv/iamthediva) i still hadn't quite worked out what i was going to do... and so if you were watching last night you were treated to an extra special treat of me not knowing where to start - and really - it was a true tangling moment for me.  Very authentic.... i often don't know what i'm going to to until i start doing it.  I think that's one of the magical qualities of zentangle - the unplanned.

So my idea is to use an image as your string - and here i've used a model from a fashion magazine.  I sometimes find that shiny magazine paper doesn't really play well with Microns.  So i thought i'd just photo copy the image (my home printer has a copy function) and then cut it out and glue it onto a zentangle tile.  And that's what i've done here.

You could also cut out the image and glue it onto a tile, as Vonnie suggested last night... or you can go through your stash of fashion mags, or craft mags, or use an interesting photo in a grocery flier..

the basic premise here is to use the image as your string and tangle around it.

Add caption

 have a great week!

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 #DC317(Diva Challenge #316) 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. ;) 
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  1. Thank you, Laura! I've been wanting to do this for a while, and just haven't gotten around to it! Looking forward to seeing how this comes out!

  2. I had SOOOOO much fun doing this challenge! After finishing the first one, I couldn't resist doing her sister's photo from the card. Was super excited when the word Happy became part of the card :)

  3. I really appreciate this challenge - it gave me a chance to honor and focus on my mom, who I miss every day! Thank you, Laura.

  4. What a fun challenge! I was drawing along with you last night;-) I love this idea and now I'm inspired to do more. Thank you!

  5. Thank you Laura for this wonderful challenge. I love Zentangle but I need to take a break because I have much pain in my back/neck/shoulder/wrist. Changing habits and take more movement will help...
    I wish you and your family a wonderfull summer and send you warm regards from Belgium

  6. This was a fun Challenge Laura, I found a Totem Pole in my CAA magazine and decided to incorporate a drawing of my impression of one of Benjamin Chee Chee's Canadian geese. I just loved how he could take a few strokes and make such beautiful art. It was a shame we didn't have him long.

  7. This turned out to be a lot of fun and I think it might be something I try again. Thanks for the idea.

  8. I really enjoyed this challenge too. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I plan to do it again. Glad to hear your family had a nice vacation.

  9. This was great Laura! Thanks!

  10. They have a few large flat screens in the hall but not too many to make this a sports bar. It's all about the beer at New York Event Venues. Long lines of taps are behind each bar sporting an impressive array of craft libations.

  11. This is a really interesting challenge. I'm going to share it with my next Zentangle Apprentice class.

  12. Whenever I feel myself resist the challenge I carry on and appreciate the process and the end result. Fun challenge!

  13. I had so much fun with this challenge, thank you Laura for the inspiration!

  14. Great idea for a challenge. After much deliberation, I decided to use a picture of one of my glass butterfly beads (explanation in the blog) for the image. It worked out very well. Thanks for a really new idea.

  15. I'm back for another comment: This was an amazing challenge!!! Thanks so much for inspiring and educating me!

  16. This challenge was different! I was´nt convinced I would make it, but I did and found it an amazing challenge! Thank´s a lot giving us this chance!


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