Aquafleur

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It’s been a while since I’ve drawn a Zentangle Inspired Art piece for “I Am The Diva.”  I love doing her challenges but of late, I seem to have been very busy with other projects.  However, today I produced a piece using the new tangle Aquafleur, created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  You can see the instructions on how to draw this beautiful tangle by going to:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs119/1101168872594/archive/1116292742131.html

The name they gave this new tangle intrigued me.  Of course, I had to Google the word.  The results were lots of sites related to aquariums and decorating them.  Some of the greens known as “Aquafleur”  look like this:

bp01 bp09This water plants are a far cry from the tangle drawn below.  Despite the fact that the tangle’s name has no bearing on the real life plant, I loved Maria’s creation of this organic and flowing tangle.  My rendition is far from the lovely pieces created by Maria, but I enjoyed drawing my own version of this tangle, shown below:

Diva Challenge #152-AquafleurI used Micron .01 pen to draw this tangle and then added color using Prismacolor pencils.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.  Zinger is the name of the tangle on the outer rim of this ZIA.  This one is drawn on 8″ x 8″ card stock.  Do hope you like it.  I look forward to your comments.

Focus on Health

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Diva Challenge #150 by ronniesz
Diva Challenge #150, a photo by ronniesz on Flickr.

According to Laura at “I Am The Dive” blog: “Around the internet arting/crafting world people are talking about their one little word for the year. My understanding is that you pick one word that you want to be your focus for the year.” So, thanks to Laura, I’ve given this a lot of thought and came up with the word “Health.” The definition, when I looked it up is: “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain; a flourishing condition.” I’m committed this year to bringing my health to the forefront by exercising, eating healthy, and taking good care of myself.

I drew this Zentangle Inspired Art on 6″ x 6″ beige card stock using Micron .01 pen.  I used Bic fine-line pens to color and shade this piece.  I decided to use the letter in my word as a way to choose the tangles:  Heartrope, by Bunny Wright;  Embellish, by Sandra Strait; AAs, by Judy Murphy; ; La Bel, by Sue Jacobs; and Telic, by Chrissie Framton.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to your comment.

The First Day of Hope

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“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

T. S. Eliot

Wow!  The first day of 2014.  I’m looking forward to the new year and hoping it holds good things for me.  I guess everyone feels that way.  One never knows what the future holds but it’s always good to be optimistic and hope for the best.

I’ve been working on lots and lots of bookmarks for an upcoming Swap with the Yahoo group “Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap.”  They are posted on my Flicker page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80288200@N03/ ) and also on the group page.  I would like to add them to my blog but I just seem to run out of time.  So, stop by and check them out and leave a comment.

I started this Zendala Dare last night and worked on it most of today.  It’s drawn on 8.5 x 8.5 beige card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  I used metallic gel pens and Prismacolor pencils to color it.

Zendala Dare #85Do hope you like my efforts and will take a moment to leave a comment.

 

Busy as a Bee

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Hard to believe that the last time I posted was early September.  I haven’t been idol.  I discovered a number of Zentangle groups on Facebook and have been engrossed in creating Artist Trading Cards to swap, as well as, posting my work at the various pages to share with the group members.  Between drawing the ATC’s, scanning and posting as well as, keeping up on viewing all the wonderful art posted by others, I’ve had little time to post on my own blog.  I even thought about deleting my blog since I don’t seem to have enough time to keep up with writing and posting on it.

I spend my time participating in Erin’s blog posts at The Bright Owl.  She manages to create and post a beautiful Zendala  (a mixture of Mandala and Zentangle) template every week.  I enjoy drawing tangles on the Zendala every week and posting on her blog.  These templates are her designs.  In addition she works full time and has a busy social life.  Another favorite of mine is I Am The Diva’s blog.  She issues a challenge each week which makes creating the Zentangle a challenge and a joy.  This woman has two children, one of whom is often being treated in the hospital or needing medical care, and until recently had a full time job.  I am amazed and wonder how they both have time to keep up with a blog.

I really shouldn’t be so hard on myself.  I just went back and counted the number of art pieces I’ve created since I last posted and believe it or not, there are approximately 120 pieces I’ve posted on Flicker.  A great many of them are ATCs which come together quickly, but I’ve also done a number of pieces on 8″x12″ cardstock.  The larger ones can take up to two days to complete.  If you care to look at them, feel free to click on this link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/80288200@N03/  Flickr seems to be the place that I, for sure, post what I’ve drawn.

My previous post, titled “As Promised” showed the large (27″ x 21″) colored Zentangle which I framed and hung in my home.  In addition, I recently completed another framed piece (17″ x 17″) which is posted below:

[Before color]

Butterflies are Free [The finished product complete with color]

butterfly framedI do hope I’m forgiven for neglecting my blog.  I’m not quite ready to delete it.  I do have the intention to keep on blogging.  We’ll see how it goes.  Thanks so much for viewing.  You know I would love to hear your comments.

Like It Or Not

I’ve missed a couple of the Diva’s Challenges.  Just seems I’ve been busy lately and didn’t have time to get them done.  I did, however, find time to do this week’s Challenge, a monotangle of Dex, a tangle created by Maria Roberts.

I found this tangle a bit daunting. I had a hard time coming up with enough variations to fill the entire page.  I found myself peeking at the other drawings posted on the Diva’s blog (Iamthediva).  I don’t usually do that.  I try to come up with my own interpretation, but this one just threw me and I had to seek inspiration from the already posted drawings.

I drew this monotangle on a 7″ x 7″ beige card stock using Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.

Diva Challenge #131-Monotangle Dex"Overall, I’m okay with how this one turned out.  Don’t think I’ll be doing any other monotangles of this tangle.  I wouldn’t mind using it in a drawing, but trying to come up with lots of variations was not particularly fun for me.

Hoping the rest of your week goes well.  Thanks for your visit.  I always appreciate when you leave a comment.

Hanging By A String

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Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.

Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

This week’s Diva Dare hinges on a String.  String 004 to be exact, submitted to Linda Farmer’s TanglePatterns.com by Sue Agnew.

TanglePatterns-String-004I’m sure somewhere along my tangle journey, I’ve tangled this string before.  But, the interesting thing about strings, you can tangle them over and over and come up with totally different ZIAs.  Here’s my entry for this week:

Diva Challenge #129-String Theory v. XXV-String#004

Be sure to surf over to I Am The Diva‘s blog to see the other entries and read what the Diva is up to this past week with her beautiful children.

A day or two has passed and I found time to add some color to this ZIA.

Diva Challenge #129-String Theory v. XXV-String#004-colored

Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always a pleasure to receive.  Enjoy the rest of this week.

Challenges Can be Fun

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I like the challenge of trying different things

and wondering whether it’s going to work

or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.

Johnny Depp

 

This week’s Diva Challenge was to put two pencils together with a rubber band and draw a string for the ZIA or Zentangle.  This was “trying something different” for me.  Not so very difficult and fun to do.  Here is my Zentangle Inspired Art entry.

 

 

I drew this on 8.5″ x 11″ white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is colored with fine-line pens and Prismacolor Pencils.

The “Two-Pencil Strings” are filled with these tangles:  Coaster, by Carole Ohl (top left- next to the circles); Arckles, by Suzanna Wilka (right side strip); Chard, by Linda Farmer (middle strip); Gloven, by Mariët Lustenhouwer’s (bottom center loop); and the circle shaped string is filled with and un-named tangle.

The tangles in the spaces are:  Loopy, my tangle (top left); Paushalov, by Amy Broady (next to Loopy); PANE (var.), by Sandy Bartholomew, CZT (top center); Echoism* (top next to Pane); ‘NZeppel*, (right center); Paradox*, (below ‘NZeppel); Printemps*, (top right); ); Hako, by Lara Williams, CZT (bottom left); Zenella, by Molossus (bottom center); and Hepmee, by Carole Ohl (bottom right).  There may be a few tangles that are un-named.

Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing my work.  I really appreciate it.  Leaving a comment will be greatly appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

*original Zentangles by Maria Thomas