Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekly Challenge #338

Hey Hey my peeps!

Artoo says thank you for all the birthday wishes!  On his birthday he had a celebratory birthday donut instead of cake
Seven candles on that sucker
 We all went for dinner together for his birthday with our friend Christine, and it was fun - even thought the restaurant was out of Root Beer.  (B-rad was unhappy)

drawing on the paper table cloth
 It took forever for our meals to come, but we entertained ourselves by drawing - and Artoo drew some really great Captain Underpants pictures.

Tra la laaaaa
B-rad drew his signature Ninja Turtle.  as you do. 
well done, babe

 And Chewie was seriously having None of our shenanigans.

seriously mom?
 The week went by too fast - and i spent this whole week prepping for Artoo's birthday party... honestly i don't now what i was thinking doing back to back children's birthday parties. ( it was insane - and i'm tire)
B-rad and i had a really wild Friday night playing our newly acquired Mastermind game

obligatory photo of Luna
 The party was a success - there was pin the Mustachio on the Mario, Cookie Face, and a few rounds of Freeze Dance!  Artoo had a great time and so did all his friends.

all done parties for another year

And now it's time for a beer and a nap.


Weekly Challenge #338: White on Black!

So this week's challenge was supposed to coincide with a new YouTube video - and the new Gelly roll pens from Sakura.  Sadly - i spent a good portion of my week trying to record and edit a video and record a decent voice over, only to find out that the "Free version" of the video editing software i had downloaded doesn't allow me to upload the video into a format for youtube.  Needless to say i was not very pleased.

This whole Video recording thing is still new to me and i'm basically learning as i go - so i'm sorry there weren't as many Inktober Tangles videos this week - and i'm also sorry that the video i recorded to go with this challenge is just sitting, useless, on my desktop.  :(

BUT i still have photos.  So.  that's at least something.

SO i received an early artist package of the new Sakura Gelly Roll pens in the new widths to test out before they are released to the rest of the world.  Originally they only came in 08 size, which is fine - but it was tricky to do some of the more intricate line work of some tangles.  So they have released a bold pen in a 10 size, and also a fine pen in a 05 size.   I recorded a little unboxing video here

This week's challenge is to play with White on Black.  You can use a black tile if you've got one, or you can throw a bit of black acrylic paint on a tile with an old credit card, or my personal favourite is Black Gesso.

For my submission i used the sample of Strathmore Black Chalk paper they sent me, cut down to a tile size.

New Gelly Roll pens courtesy of Sakura of America

That's it!
Okay! I hope you 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 #DC338(Diva Challenge #338) 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. 
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  1. Happy belated birthday wishes to Artoo & many thanks for the challenge!

  2. What fun. Just got my Project Pack Nbr. 01 a couple days ago, so I tried the new Sakura White Gelly Roll pens, plus I have a boat load of bright and glittery Gelly Roll pens that I thought suited the occasion. Thanks Laura for another super fun challenge.

  3. I had to run to my local art store to buy a pen (actually, I bought two, because I think I'll be using these a lot). Sakura knows what they're doing when they send you stuff.

  4. I do feel you were taking on a lot with two parties in one week. Slow down, lady and relax a bit. But it does look as if you all had fun. As for this week'd challenge, I really did enjoy myself. Thank you.

  5. I'm looking forward to getting my mitts on those new Gelly Rolls:-) I've got a big jar of black gesso and a bunch of dud tiles to resurrect;-) Thanks so much for THAT particular gem amongst all of the other inspiration you share here week to week;-)

  6. First of all happy birthday to your little bub.Secondly I found your weekly challenge 338 quite interesting.I love this sakura gel pen too.


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