Friday, July 28, 2017

IAST Challenge 205

This week at IAST challenge #205 Adele gave us a sun with rays string and the tangles Pauline's Pigtail, Shard, and Shattuck. I had already accepted the fact that I will probably give this challenge a pass, but decided to sit down and look at the package for at least 5 minutes before throwing the towel for good. Then I had an idea that might just work.

I decided to draw the three tangles anywhere I wanted and then take the sun string, slightly altered, and place it on top of it all.

Voila! Here my contribution to the IAST challenge #205 with all its elements.

Patterns: Pauline's Pigtail, Shard, Shattuck

Thursday, July 27, 2017

DIVA Challenge 326 - Nzeppel Update

This is an UPDATE  to my DIVA Challenge 326 - Nzeppel post.

I didn't know I can actually produce a tangle tile while my mind is full of worry about my 14-year old black Cocker, Shadow: will he wake up after his OP?

Today at 9 am I deposited Shadow at the vet for his 2-3-hr skin growth removal. Since he was about 8 he had to undergo this OP almost every year to the month, but now age played a factor. So instead of walking aimlessly around in my house I sat down and started tangling - no TV, no computer, just drawing Nzeppels. After all, isn't this what we are supposed to do in times of stress?

After 3 hours I got a bit nervous because I haven't received that "you-can-pick-him-up" call yet. So I called the vet instead and the office staff confirmed that he is still under the knife, and yes, the old boy is still alive. So I went back to my Nzeppel tile.

At around 2 pm I decided to pay the vet an unexpected visit. In my mind I already saw Shadow lying on the floor with the vet bent over him administering CPR and mouth to snout resuscitation and the assistant, with arms cartwheeling, shouting nervous commands at the staff to fetch live saving tools. But when I arrived the scene at the vet's was calm and normal and the ever smiling staff told me in a most friendly way that they are just finishing him up and it will take yet another hour or so before I can pick him up. Then they told me to go home and wait there, which I did. After all, I had a tile to finish.

True to their words, at exactly 3.13 pm I got the long awaited call and swoop I was out the house and on my way to get him back.

...and my tile was finished.

DIVA Challenge #326 - Nzeppel update with tangle pattern Nzeppel
Pattern: Nzeppel

And look what I brought home! Needless to say, I was a bit shocked when I first saw him lying in the kennel because all I saw were white patches and bandaged legs. Now I understood why the OP took so long.

Shadow after OP - all patched up

Shadow after OP - all patched up

My poor little baby hadn't eaten since Wednesday evening, nor had he had water, so he was a bit weak after the OP and he couldn't stand nor walk without his hind legs caving in. So eating and drinking were first on the agenda when we got home. After an hour or so he felt better and he is now in seventh heaven on this green ugly beach towel that was once a give away from my bank, which I now use to pull him around so I don't accidentally pull off his new body piercing and the decoration.

Shadow after OP - sleeping
Pattern: Cocker patchees be continued....

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DIVA Challenge 326 - Nzeppel

I think I made a study out of Nzeppel for this week's DIVA Challenge #326, launched by guest challenger Elisa Murphy. But this just gets to show that I do love Nzeppel, I had to physically restrain myself from drawing more and more, so here my post (written wearing handcuffs) and my study results:

This was not my first, but my best, at least from the point of what I was thinking  at the time I drew it. I thought of sails and the song "Islands in the Stream" by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. ".....sail away with me, to another world...". Jeez, I get the shivers down my spine just thinking of the song!

If you are too young to know the song, click on the video at the bottom of this post.

DIVA Challenge #326 with tangle Pattern Nzeppel
Pattern: Nzeppel

These two are also Nzeppel although it might not look like it. They even are from the same base structure, but look different - maybe due to the coloring? The second tile is drawn on rice paper.

DIVA Challenge #326 with tangle Pattern Nzeppel

DIVA Challenge #326 with tangle Pattern Nzeppel
Pattern: Nzeppel in both tiles

Here is the base structure for the above tiles in 3 squares. All I did was move one of the lines in the squares a bit.

DIVA Challenge #326 with tangle Pattern Nzeppel
Pattern: Nzeppel

One does not always have to fill  in all fields. The sparkle on the 'eggs' is nail polish with glitter.

DIVA Challenge #326 with tangle Pattern Nzeppel
Pattern: Nzeppel

Here I made a mistake in the original drawing. I had loops on the outside of the vertical 2 outside lines and it looked ugly. First I wanted to cut the middle part out = nope, no want to do! Then I played with the idea of copying and transferring the good part onto another piece of paper = really? Do everything over and then over again? NO!

So I decided to just copy/keep. And that is what I did.

DIVA Challenge #326 with tangle Pattern Nzeppel
Pattern: Nzeppel

Now here is my first tile I drew and I like this one a lot. I know, I shouldn't say that, but, well, I do and if you don't, that is totally OK with me. On the Internet I recently saw a modern statue depicting a woman. Although my sketch looks anything but that statue (the middle part turned out to be a bit too voluminous), but there is just that ever so slight resemblance. Can you see her?

DIVA Challenge #326 with tangle Pattern Nzeppel
Pattern: totally Nzeppel

And that is the end of my Nzeppel study. It was fun and tons of thanks go to Elisa Murphy for this beautiful challenge.

Animal Happy Day

Bird rescue,

After mean people did this to a bird....

Island in the Stream.... Click and enjoy!

Monday, July 24, 2017

FMT Challenge 174 - Asian Fans Tiles

This page goes back to Joey's Finish My Tile challenge (# 174) where I had the honor to sub for Joey to give her a well deserved summer break. My challenge was the tangle Asian Fans by Suzanne McNeill. I was thrilled by all the tanglers who participate and how beautiful all those "Finished My Asian Fans" turned out. I know, this is not how we do it, but I wanted to say thank you in my own way to all the participating tanglers and put all the tiles together on one page.

So here the "Finish My Tile" Challenge #174 Tiles Gallery in alphabetical order.

Anita Aspfors Westin - website: One Stroke at a Time

Bine - website: BineTangle

Denise on Instagram

HeidiSue - website: TangleOoh!

Ilse - website: Zentangle Zoo

Joey v O - website: MadeByJoey

Margarete - website: Malerisches Franken

Meridiana - website: Drawing From The Day

Michele - website: Coffee & Creativity

Ria Matheussen - website: Tangledreams

Susan Theron - website ZentangleChallenges

Trudi from Canada on Printerest

Ursula B aka Ulla51 on flickr

Thank you all so much.

If any of you featured tanglers in this blog would rather have your drawing removed, let me know and I will comply instantly.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

DIVA Challenge 325 - Pea-Nuckle - Update

In my post DIVA Challenge 325 - Pea-Nuckle I showed a Pea-Nuckle step-out using ovals to facilitate the drawing of this - for me - unfortunately rather difficult tangle. So I ended up with an unfinished tile and the question popped up: what now? Pea-Nuckle is not a tangle that easily integrates with other tangles - again, I speak for myself and Blogger is not responsible for this content nor does it share its view. So I tried this and that tangle and that other one, but alas!

Finally, I just plastered a few Tipples here and there, added a Zinger or two, some Ringz, Mookas with Fescu hats and a few curved lines with and without stripes. To make it pleasant looking I added pink. Pink always looks good.

Update on DIVA Challenge #325 with tangle Patterns: Pea-Nuckle, Tipple, Zinger, Ringz, Mooka/Fescu, and some loops with and w/o stripes
Patterns: Pea-Nuckle, Tipple, Zinger, Ringz, Mooka/Fescu,
and some loops with and w/o stripes

Will I ever draw Pea-Nuckles again? I actually might. I just might do it again. After all, I still have the "Inspired By..." theme going on my blog...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

IAST Challenge 204 - Something Borrowed & Blue

This is the continuation of Adele's It's a String Thing, or IAST, wedding theme challenge. Last week it was "Something Old and Something New", so this week is "Something Borrowed and Something Blue". The "Blue" is the tangle Bluebonnets and the "Borrowed" part is a tangle we wished we had come up with ourselves. Well, this last bit was a real battle for me, because I wished I could claim ownership for 156,377 tangles. Now you go and chose!!!

Anyway, eenie meenie miney mo chose and it chose Dragonair so Dragonair is my "Borrowed" tangle.

IAST Challenge #204 with Patterns: Bluebonnets, Dragonair, Beads
Patterns: Bluebonnets, Dragonair, Beads, and
Splitzer or Spiraallinten (that is the ribbon)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIVA Challenge 325 - Pea-Nuckle

This is the 2nd week into the DIVA's guest challenger's posts. #325 is again Jessica Davis and she chose a single tangle: Pea-Nuckle or Peanuckle. You should have heard the moaning that erupted from East to West and North to South when tanglers visted the website Monday morning and found out. My ears still suffer from tinnitus. But Jessica seriously tries to convince us non-peanucklers, to jump right into the deep end and start loving it. Ha!

Then it happened to me. Yes! Indeed!

I am/was a non-believer. If you don't like a tangle why should I spend time with it when there are tons of other tangles on the net I fancy and haven't even acquainted myself with yet? But I did as I was told and suddenly the light went on and I found a new way to make Pea-Nuckle a dream to draw.

But first things first.

Here my tile I accomplished when I was still suffering from the Pea-Nuckle hate syndrome. I have a motto: If I can't draw it, fake it. No! I mean.. If I can't draw it, overdo it. With that I mean the irregularities. I made wonky 'S's. Then I first drew one side, then I turned the tile 180' and drew the other side. That explains why one side goes up and the other down. Also, Tipple in the middle: the blue ones are on one side of the S and the empty ones on the other.

DIVA Challenge #325 with Patterns: Pea-Nuckle, big Tipple, Fescu, leaves
Patterns: Pea-Nuckle, big Tipple, Fescu, leaves

The Pea-Nuckle Awakening

This is only a training tile because I was actually ready to upload the blue tile when an idea hit me. What if I start drawing touching ovals where I want the stripped nuckles? I quickly picked up a pen and started sketching. I was delighted! It worked and is sooooo easy! After I penciled the ovals I traced the round narrow edges, got my Ss, and the rest is HI.. STO.. RY!!!! Never has my Pea-Nuckle looked so beautiful!


Pea-Nuckle in a circle.

DIVA Challenge #325 with Pattern: Pea-Nuckle
Pattern: Pea-Nuckle

Oops! Above is upside-down.

Pattern: still the same

Ah! Now that is so much better!!!!

Update July 20th:
I thought I will place my steps on how I did the above yellow Pea-Nuckle (by Molly Hollibaugh) tile just in case somebody is interested.

First the ovals. Make sure they overlap a bit

 Then the 'Ss'

 Now draw the pea lines. I didn't draw the nuckle lines as they can vary.

Finally the shading and the closing up of open pea bottoms. Now if that wasn't easy I don't know what easy is.

. Hmm...what am I going to do with this tile now?

Animal Happy Day

Do you oppose 'Running Of The Bulls' as much as I do? Well, this one you will love. Trust me.
...she says.

Click here.

I promise! You will smile - unless you suffer from cheek muscles stiffness.

Monday, July 17, 2017

FMT Challenge 174 - Asian Fans

Update July 17th: After Ria sent me an emergency email about not being able to recognize my string, I noticed that something went wrong with my image (on my side). Hence I thought I will place it on my website, hoping you guys will find the revised image helpful. Sorry about that.

When Joey over at MadebyJoey asked me whether I would like to do a challenge for her, I was just finishing one of my own personal challenges I have running in the background: the Refreshers published on Linda Farmer's website. It was one I did in May, #28, and I liked the Asian Fans tangle and I thought: Why Not? Why not an old pattern and easy to draw.

So here my refresher #28 tile with Asian Fans with a little twist...

Patterns: Tripoli, Asian Fans, Mumsy, Beadlines, Afterglo

...and its string.

Here with the swirls...

...and here without.

Have fun!

Friday, July 14, 2017

FMT Challenge 173 - Rope String

I finally made it, Michele. Here my two tiles for your guest challenger entry at Joey's website, Finish My Tile #173. Loved your rope string so I used the same string for both my tiles.

The string on the first tile is populated with several different tangles.

Finish My Tile (FMT) #173 with Patterns: Ving, Wud, Netti, Flux, Steps, Twisted Rope
Patterns: Ving, Wud, Netti (correction: Natti), Flux, Steps, Twisted Rope

...and my second one is a monotangle tile using Narwal. The string just asked for this tangle. I thought.

Finish My Tile (FMT) #173 with Pattern Narwal
Patterns: Narwal

A big thank you, Michele, for a great guest challenge!

Animal Happy Day

Puppies found on the road have the best dad ever

IAST Challenge 203 - Something Old & New

When I saw Trilad for the first time over at Linda Farmer's website a few days ago, I immediately thought of the golden rule in design (see below), which so much is based on in nature. So I knew exactly what I wanted to do with Trilad when Adele chose it for her IAST Challenge #203 for her 2-week "Wedding" theme. This week it is all about Something Old and Something New where the tangle SeZ represents the "OLD"part.

IAST Challenge # 203 with Patterns: Trilad, SeZ, Nzeppel, Florz, Shattuck, Fescu, Onamato
Patterns: Trilad, SeZ, Nzeppel, Florz, Shattuck, Fescu, Onamato

Here the outline for the above golden rule in design or sacred geometry.

Golden Rule in design or Sacred Geometry be continued next week.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

DIVA Challenge 324 - Tangled Heart

Over at the DIVA guest challengers are taking over for the summer. This first week it is Jessica Davis' turn and she goes all out on hearts. The samples she laid out are second to none...simply breathtaking!!!

Oh, well. Maybe I can talk faster than she can. Hihihi! :-1

I made two hearts - it needs two to tangle they say. The first heart I started with a big loop and covered it with a heavy band of Flowervine. Then I gave this loop a Quasimodo and voila, my heart was done.

DIVA Challenge #324 with tangle Patterns: Flowervine, Snookums, Fescue, Tipple, Jocund
Patterns: Flowervine, Snookums, Fescue, Tipple, Jocund

My second  is a normal heart string, normal everything, and all in normal red, dark, and ... it looks almost sinister. I loooove the tangle Wisket, but of course, it should not be in a heart!

Diva Challenge #324 with tangle Patterns: Wisket, Camelis, Organza
Patterns: Wisket, Camelia, Organza

Animal Happy Day

Can it get any cuter?

Saturday, July 08, 2017

IAST Challenge 202 - Bad Weather

This week it is IAST #202 (It's a String Thing) over at Adele's and with the tangles she chose, I ended up having a Bad Weather tile. Literally! Just look at the grey in grey hues and the low hanging clouds with funny lightning xlpotions; it could rain any second. The tangles were Pop-Cloud (actually not such a bad tangle!), Xplode (no comment), and CO2, which I turned into a friendlier tangle than its name proposes. Well, I had to have some bright, mood uplifting color in this carreau de la misère.

IAST Challenge #202 with Patterns: Pop-Cloud, Xplode, CO2
Patterns: Pop-Cloud, Xplode, CO2

Animal Happy Day
A dog lover in the Making

Friday, July 07, 2017

New tangle: 4-Corner Corolla

Some time ago while surfing the Internet I came across a quilting pattern I thought looked very nice and even more importantly, is so easy. So finally I had time to play around with it and publish the step-out and a few samples and variations. It's name: 4-Corner Corolla.

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla downgraded to 3-Corner Corolla
Pattern: 4-Corner Corolla downgraded to 3-Corner Corolla

Step-out to 4-Corner Corolla.

Step-Out to New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla
Step-out to 4-Corner Corolla

4-Corner Corolla with Paradox. Paradox I drew with 1 side wide spaced strokes, the other 2 sides the strokes are very close to each other.

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla with Paradox
Patterns: 4-Corner Corolla with Paradox

Two tiles with 4-Corner Corolla in wonky grids.

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla in wonky grid with black background

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla in wonky grid and 3 variations of the tangle
with 3 tangle  variations

4-Corner Corolla embedded in circles and 'circulated'.

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla in circles and 'circulated'

4-Corner Corolla variations - and two 3-Corner Corolla tangles in triangles

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla variations and two 3-Corner Corolla in triangles

4-Corner Corolla downgraded to 3-Corner Corolla. I divided a square into 4 squares, from the center I added a diagonal into each square to create 8 triangles. I drew two 3-Corner Corollas facing each other into each square - or one per triangle. Then I started to fill the tangle...

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla - progressive step 1

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla - progressive step 2

New zentangle pattern 4-Corner Corolla - progressive step 3

Note: With the thousands of tangles we have access to via the Internet, and daily new ones are created, we often cannot tell whether a tangle exists already. If 4-Corner Corolla already exists, please let me know and I will delete this post.

Animal Warning Day

Dogs left in hot cars
American visitors/viewers: watch to the end to see in which states it is now legal to crash a car window to safe a life.

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