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Thursday, January 11, 2018

DIVA Challenge 346 - Phicops


DIVA Challenge #346 brings Phicops and Huggins together on one tile. I am familiar with both tangles so I appreciated the opportunity to play around with Phicops a bit. One Phicops I drew with the segments looking from the inside out and the other from the outside in. And no, there is no Betweed at the bottom, but the middle part got pulled up slightly, half revealing what is going on underneath Phicops' top layer...when drawn from the inside out. (I always wanted to know that)

Top tile I slightly manipulated in Photoshop, giving it more shadow...below is the original all handmade. I could have done the shading by hand, but I didn't dare. Each time I used the stump more and more paper fiber came off. This is watercolor paper and I completely soaked it in water several times because I wanted to try the soap bubble background effect. I can now safely say that the trick doesn't work with watercolor and you need distress ink, which I don't have. In case you are interested, click on the link.


DIVA Challenge #36 with Patterns: Phicops, Huggins manipulated in Photoshop
Patterns: Phicops, Huggins

DIVA Challenge #36 with Patterns: Phicops, Huggins original
The original






Animal Happy Days



Shadow was in the play mood this morning. Hide and seek is on. He hides, I seek. After an hour I finally found something that indicated this could be my dog. Yes!






"Com'on, get out of there!"
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Pitties and Kids

If this isn't one of the best pitty/kids video.... Enjoy! (1.50)









Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joey's Weekl Challenge 198 - Ta-Da


Joey over at Joey's Weekly Challenge #198 started a new challenge theme: Tangled in a String. As with Adele's challenge she gives us a string and a tangle and we followers make the best of it. At least we try.

This week the tangle is Ta-Da and I planned to place two Ta-Das in opposite corners as the string leads us. Then I thought, oops, maybe somebody else already had this fantastic and unique idea. So I made a slight alteration to the bottom left Ta-Da and now I have a real Ta-Da facing an impostor Ta-Da. Hence forward this tile is now called "Fake Ta-Da in Pink".


Joey's Weekly Challenge #198 with pattern Ta-Da
Pattern: Ta-Da




Animal Happy Day


Ah, when I saw this video, I had to share it with you. The main character is Faa Mai, an elephant in a Thai Sanctuary, and the 'play thing' for Faa Mai is played by Lek Chailert, the founder. Your heart will melt. Here a link to the short article. I am glad Thailand has people like Lek Chailert! (0:58)











Sunday, January 07, 2018

IAST Challenge 224 - Toodles


WOW! I just noticed my last IAST challenge contribution was #209 with Spoken end of August 2017. So it was about time I joined Adele again. IAST #224 is about the New Year with an '18' string, and the old year with tangles created in 2017, such as Toodles. I already created two posts with Toodles and lots of Toodles tangelations (this one and this one2)...why not a 3rd? Besides, this tangle is a real treat, you can never have enough publications! Yes, mam!

So here my 2nd attempt at the '18' string with Toodles tile. I themed it "Tangled Up In Blue", a song by Bob Dylan. Notice the undeniable resemblance to the one below. Yes, once again I had something in my mind and both results went awry. It was already Saturday night and I had to make the decision, which to send off.  So I did my "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" and the one themed "Tangled Up in Blue" left to land in Adele's inbox.


IAST Challenge #224 "Tangled Up in Blue" with patterns Toodles and Slowpoke
"Tangled Up in Blue" with patterns Toodles and Slowpoke



Below the "other one". You may notice the little lines at the edges of the tile. These are strategically well-placed distraction lines so your eyes won't notice the mess I made with the gel pen - again (!).

sng: "Trudi!!!!! I am still doing it!"
Trudi: "Duh! Told you to use the gel pen for the very last task and then don't touch the tile for 24 hours so it can dry. "
sng: "I did! It happened WHILE I was USING the gel."
Trudi: "Pick up Cribbage!"


IAST Challenge #224 with Patterns: Toodles, Slowpoke
Patterns: Toodles, Slowpoke




Animal Happy Days

Don't think Shadow has only a small-bed problem. Here you can clearly see that if provided with a huge double pillow bed he still has something hanging off. Now he complains about losing orientation when on the pillow, having a hard time to find his way off the pillow - hence the 'radar position'.

Show on his huge round double pillow bed

"Mum, will you ever get it right?"


For this post I chose another 'elephant rescues elephant' video. This time two female elephants involved in preventing a baby elephant from drowning. Keep an eye on the back of the video, too, where a fenced off elephant gets visibly distressed from the ordeal. (0:51 - no sound)




Thanks for stopping by!





Thursday, January 04, 2018

Joey's Weekly Challenge 197 - Mirrored Pencils


First Zentangle challenge of the New Year comes straight from Canada: Joey's weekly challenge #197 featuring a string of two pencils positioned tip to tip. Tangles are not specified, but we are to draw inside the pencil on one side and outside the pencil on the other. If you have no idea what I am talking about...

....here my three contributions or check out the link above to see what the 'real' challenge string looks like. With the yellow tile I looked for a radial tangle as I thought the many corners would be ideal for such a pattern. Hence Veezy.


Joey's Weekly Challenge with Pattern: Veezy
Pattern: Veezy



And again, I couldn't resist and violated the 'where we are supposed to draw only' rule. But note, I just penciled it in, so it is not really there. In other words, if Joey has us do something with the white space in her next challenge, I can erase! In this tile I used only Nzeppel, but instead of shading the round shapes I shaded some of the lines.


Joey's Weekly Challenge with Pattern: Nzeppel
Pattern: Nzeppel



This was actually the first tile I drew of the three. Somehow I thought the many tangles didn't bring it. Or maybe the two different sized pencil strings make it look awkward. Anyway, after this tile I had to try monotangle tiles and for me the result was a lot better. (That is why I placed them first)


Joey's Weekly Challenge with Patterns: Nzeppel, Pop-Cloud, Molygon, Toodles
Patterns: Nzeppel, Pop-Cloud, Toodles, Molygon





Animal Happy Day

When I saw this video I was instantly thinking of me and Shadow, my 15+ year old Cocker. With age his back legs have become weak and taking the steps has become cumbersome. But help is not far. I do  exactly the same as the mother elephant does in the video only I don't use my nose.




Apropos Shadow. Recently he reminded me he needs a bigger doggy bed. He complained that he just can't get it all in.




He sleeps now in my bed!


Then he had attracted a new friend, DAM (in Thai: Black). Dam is one of my neighbors' very friendly cat with the most beautiful golden eyes (the image does not justify the color!). Recently he conducted a study, went from house to house to test the softest pillows. Guess what, I won.

Dam, testing pillows






Monday, January 01, 2018

Inspired by... December 2017 with Rumpus


... Alien Spore by Nicole Dreyer - The colored one is on the cover of my 5th Tangle Journal - upside-down.


Inspired by... Alien Spore with Zinger, Henna Drum and Tripple stones
Patterns: Alien Spore, Zinger, Henna Drum, Tipple stones

Inspired by... Alien Spore with Mooka, Zinger, Tipple, Printemps, Fescu
Patterns: Alien Spore, Mooka, Zinger, Tipple, Printemps, Fescu



... Rumpus. It was another 12-Days-of-December new tangle by Zentangle HQ. I admit the tangle didn't flow easily from my pen albeit intense practice. Then I changed my approach to drawing circles and now this tangle does not give me headaches anymore.


Inspired by... Rumpus
Pattern: Rumpus



Here my approach to Rumpus: it works better for me if I outline with big circles where the leaves go.


Inspired by... Rumpus string
Rumpus tangle string



This is actually one of my Rumpus practices once I got the circle idea. I was surprised how much easier it was and instead of starting all over (and on drawing paper) I erased all the ugly pencil sketches around it and inked and colored what I considered the OK parts.


Inspired by... Rumpus - from rough practice sketch to color
Pattern: Rumpus - from rough practice sketch to color



The following Rumpus tile after I had some more practices...I started to "get it".


Inspired by...Rumpus
Pattern: Rumpus




...Joey's Blob on her 'Kids' art week at Carla Sonheim on her old blog dated July 25th, 2017.


Inspired by... Joey's Blob added tangle Nymph, Sez, Printemps, Tipple
Patterns: Nymph, Sez, Printemps, Tipple


Joey's blob
Joey's blob



... Joey's weekly challenge #195, string provided by Margarete, a Snowflake for the Christmas tree. I didn't quite meet the string nor the tangle Jax, let alone producing something worthwhile although I tried. Twice! Oh, well, I'll try next year again.


Inspired by... a Joey weekly challenge tangle used Jax, but mainly x-mas red, some stippling
Patterns: X-mas Red, Jax, Stippling


Inspired by... X-mas Red, some Jax, Beadlines
Same as above with strings of beadlines



... a simple Christmas card. Am not much into Christmas, but when I saw a simple Christmas tree card I had to tangle it. I used the tangle Static, an official tangle (created by whom), which I don't see drawn often.


Inspired by... Static Christmas Trees
Pattern: Static



...Poinsettia by Ekaterina Berezhnaya. It was a tangle that caught my eye and I did a quick small season's tile with a candle. I had it the wrong side up when I signed and dated it. So the question arose: What makes less sense the date upside-down or the candle?


Inspired by... Poinsettia, X-mas Red and a candle
Patterns: Poinsettia, Xmas Red, and a candle




Three tangles from my December refreshers bunch. Batumber by Kelley Kelly (#167); Sati by Jem Miller (aka Ragged Ray) (#159); and Flovine by Lin Chiu (#123) - just because I think they are great tangles.


Patterns: Flovine, Batumber, Sati



My try on Embedded Letter suggested by KTT015. It was also one of Joey's December challenges. It is so obvious that my heart was not in it.


Inspired by...Hidden Letter S among Printemps, Pokeroot, Henna Drum, Crescent Moon, Shattuck, Knightsbridge, Antidots
Patterns: Letter S hidden among Printemps, Pokeroot, Henna Drum,
Crescent Moon, Shattuck, Knightsbridge, Antidots





Sunday, December 31, 2017

Inspired by... Toodles - part 2 of...


Part 2 of ... how many more?

2! Yes! At least for this year! But honestly, who can resist this tangle? It is so easy to draw; perfect as a monotangle; looks absolutely gorgeous no matter how you draw it; and tangelations flow easily from one's mind to the hand.

I came up with this Toodle version after I saw Eni Oken's fantastic Toodles.



Inspired by... Toodles part 2 with Patterns: Toodles with Fescu and Tipple
Patterns: Toodles with Fescu and Tipple



Some more Toodles tangelations (and here in part 1).


Inspired by... Toodles part 2 with Patterns: Toodles
Pattern: Toodles



In this tile I used the top middle Toodle from the above image. The leaves I modeled off one of my garden plants. I do not know its name but it grows like a weed, climbing and crawling everywhere, hence I aptly call the new tangle "Weedly". (My apologies if somebody else already created this tangle.)


Inspired by... Toodles part 2 with Patterns: Toodles and Weedly, Sez
Patterns: Toodles with Weedly, Sez



Because the background of the Toodles/Weedly tile is rather dull, lacking some spark, I photoshopped it a bit. Now I can call it "The Radiant Toodles/Weedly tile". (the bg is still dull enough though)


Inspired by... Toodles part 2 with Patterns: Toodles and Weedly, Sez PS'ed version
Patterns: Toodles with Weedly, Sez Ps'ed version



The models for my "Weedly" tangle


The original "Weedly"
The original "Weedlies"



For the below tile I used this accidentally knocked-down plant as a string. (It is presently in water waiting for roots to grow)


Plant string
Plant string


Inspired by... Toodles part 2 with Patterns: Toodles in my plant string
Patterns: Toodles in my plant string



Since I was in the PS mood, I gave this tile a digital makeover as well.


Inspired by... Toodles part 2 with Patterns: Toodles in my plant string PS'ed version
Pattern: Toddles with a PS makeover



So, this is my last post for this year. I wish everybody a happy, healthy and splendid 2018 with lots of Zen and tangles.


Click on the link for part 1 Inspired by... Toodles
for more possible variations to this gorgeous tangle.







December 2017 Refreshers


The months of October and November were dedicated fully to my goal to catch up with all the Refresher suggestions published on Linda Farmer's website tanglepatterns.com. In all I drew 60 tiles. Not every one of those tiles came out to my satisfaction and there is/was the one or other I swore I would replace, e.g.: #88 in the second half of November, or #120 in the second half of October to mention but two. One day....!

Now here are the final refreshers to reach the goal... 11 in total:

December 1 - Refresher #136


Refresher #136 with Patterns: Pea-Nuckle, Alien Crest, 63Y, Snafoozle, Ferdy
Patterns: Pea-Nuckle, Alien Crest, 63Y, Snafoozle, Ferdy



December 2 - Refresher #157


Refresher #157 with Patterns: Molygon, Tattle, ZooLoo, Natti, Wocar
Patterns: Molygon, Tattle, ZooLoo, Natti, Wocar



December 3 - Refresher #166


Refresher #166 with Patterns: Noom, Ginili. No-No, SunSun, Lenche
Patterns: Noom, Ginili. No-No, SunSun, Lenche



December 4 - Refresher #123


Refresher #123 with Patterns: Rain, Flovine, Trimond, Oolo, On Target
Patterns: Rain, Flovine, Trimond, Oolo, On Target



December 5 - Refresher #131


Refresher #131 with Patterns: Flux, Omen, Keystone, Balo, Lacee
Patterns: Flux, Omen, Keystone, Balo, Lacee



December 6 - Refreshers #137 and #139


Refresher #137 with Patterns: Purk, Rio,Blooms, Cylon, Narwal
Patterns: Purk, Rio,Blooms, Cylon, Narwal


Refresher #139 with Patterns: Tripoli, Gra-Vee, Abundies, Binda, Sails
Patterns: Tripoli, Gra-Vee, Abundies, Binda, Sails



December 7 - Refresher #159


Refresher #159 with Patterns: BB, Sati, Fraccing, Y-Chain, 3-Loops-6
Patterns: BB, Sati, Fraccing, Y-Chain, 3-Loops-6



December 8 - Refresher #160


Refresher #160 with Patterns: Strircles, Kiasom, D'Rua, Ping, Whimriph
Patterns: Strircles, Kiasom, D'Rua, Ping, Whimriph



December 10 - Refresher #167


Refresher #167 with Patterns: Gourdgeous, Sundy, Batumber, Ingwi, Hexastar
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Patterns: Gourdgeous, Sundy, Batumber, Ingwi, Hexastar


Refresher #168 with Patterns: Waybop, Loopy Blossom, Paravan, E'Rutats, 96X
Patterns: Waybop, Loopy Blossom, Paravan, E'Rutats, 96X

I DID IT!!! I am actually UP-TO-DATE with all refreshers as per Dec 10th 2017...and have already mixed feelings about the success. For one I am happy the pressure of having to catch up is gone; on the other hand I already miss the pool of tangle combos I was able to choose from when my brain needed guidance. And so I can honestly say that I am already looking forward to refresher #169.



Finally! The second refresher of the month came out Just before the year ended and thus my December collection is complete.

December 30 - Refresher #169.


Refresher #169 with Patterns: Icanthis, Veezy, Infinity, Rainking, Funsin
Patterns: Icanthis, Veezy, Infinity, Rainking, Funsin



A collection of all my Refreshers is in this flickr album,






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