Friday, September 22, 2017

9er Mosaic FMT 181 to 183

You have no idea how much I wished my friend Hubert and his son had done a Camel Safari through the Gobi Desert (!!!) instead this Bicycle Tour along the vegetation-rich Danube, which I have taken as my theme for this mosaic. Alas, such is not the case and my 'suffering' through Joey's mosaic challenge continues. ("Hubert! We need to talk!")

However, and at last, I was able to collect and convince myself to stay in the game and thus I finished the missing last three weeks' tiles, bringing me up-to-date with the rest of the braves in this challenge. The good news is: only three more tiles/weeks to go.

Here my tile to the Finish My Tile challenge 181 with the tangle Breach...

Finish My Tile # 181 with Patterns: Breach, Zinger, Gottago, Jib
Patterns: Breach, Zinger, Gottago, Jib

.....and the tangle Muscari for FMT 182...

Finish My Tile #182 with Patterns: Muscari, Pokeroot, Pokeleaf, Eyehook
Patterns: Muscari, Pokeroot, Pokeleaf, Eyehook

...and this week's FMT 183 featuring the tangle Ginili.

Finish My Tile # 183 with Patterns: Ginili, Cyme, Pomcoco
Patterns: Ginili, Cyme, Pomcoco

Bicycle Ride Along the Danube thus far. I thought it was a good idea to draw the tiles in a spiral with the crescendo in the middle. I mean, why make it simple when you can make it complicated?

Finish My Tile Challenge Mosaic - 6 tiles out of 9 finished
6 out of 9; 3 more to go

Animal Happy Day

Finally! Here we see how very dangerous Pit-bulls are!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DIVA Challenge 332 - 2 Squares

I was sure I was going to give DIVA Challenge #332 - 2 Squares a miss because I still have other challenges I urgently need to catch up with, namely my friend's "Bike Ride Along the Danube", or better known as Joey's Mosaic challenge. I have done but 3 tiles and tomorrow she has week 6 live. Ouch, that hurts.

My 2 squares are ZingZing, a new tangle for me, and the rest is silly decoration. Silly as in silly decoration, not silly as in dumb. Silly decoration. If I keep writing it...

Diva Challenge #332 with Patterns: ZingZing, Mooka, Fazzy Wazzy, Tipple and 1 single Fescu
Patterns: ZingZing, Mooka, Fazzy Wazzy, Tipple and 1 single Fescu

Animal Help Line

Why you shouldn't visit circuses with animals shows.

Helen's Journey F - Fickle

I am getting somewhere...caught up with Helen's Journey A-Z where she has reached letter F - for Fickle. Fickle is a tangle derived from her tangle Faux Weave. I am glad she didn't choose the true Faux Weave because I have already dedicated an "Inspired by..." post to this tangle in April. I, too, tried a few variations, but never would I have thought of this beautiful "Fickle" version. It looks definitely different and I had to figure out how she drew it. It looks simple, but, as so many times with her tangles, it was a bit tricky.

I drew two that looks similar to Helen's and one that doesn't look so similar to Helen's. So let's start with the 'not-so-similar-to-Helen's'.

I drew 4 rings and placed one Fickle eye onto each ring string. The rest developed by itself. The coloring happened in Photoshop (two adjustment layers: overlay and dissolve)

Helen's Journey A-Z - F for Fickle
Pattern: Fickle

Here the version that looks more like Helen's. I have to confess, I had to give it several tries and still haven't really found out how she did hers. Anyway, this is my feeble attempt to Fickle.

Helen's Journey A-Z - F for Fickle
Pattern: Fickle - coloring with Photoshop

Here both tiles in their original state

Helen's Journey A-Z - F for Fickle

Helen's Journey A-Z - F for Fickle

Animal Happy Days

Cute! Cute! Cute! (0:47)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Helen's Journey D - Diva Dance

I am no Diva Dance tangler. I love to see other people's Diva Dance and some of them are captivating to say the least, but no matter what I do, I am never remotely 'captivated' by my versions. However, to have Diva Dance representing the letter D in Helen Williams' journey through the alphabet is and was Helen's decision alone (gr**!!!). Needless to say, hers is brilliant; it has so much depth!!!! It would take me forever to get to that point. Have a look.

So here my version of Diva Dance as per Helen's Journey and - thank heavens - let it be done with.

Helen's Journey D for Diva Dance with Tipple and Fescu
Patterns: Diva Dance with some Fescu and Tipple

Another Sirds image? Easy one - you can almost see that it must be a subject out of Game of Thrones. Good luck!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Tangle: Kinggo & Black Mountain

My new tangle: Kinggo

I drew it a few times and never knew what to call it. Now I have finally made it 'official' in my Zentangle life: the new tangle I named Kinggo.

Kinggo is a leaf drawing depicted from the Ginkgo or Maidenhair tree. It may look complicated but is rather simple. I like to draw Kinggo showing transparency which gives a nice effect when leaves overlap. It can be drawn as single leaves or in clusters and is a great space filler.

Click to see Ginkgo leaves on Pinterest

I am aware there are already two tangles out based on Ginkgo: Kogin (I don't know by whom) and Gobi by Nadine Roller, CZT.

Here my step out (the square is only meant as a guide):

New tangle Kinggo step out



Kinggo in a tile I drew for DIVA #329
For DIVA #329

Kinggo in a square grid
Kinggo in a square grid

Kinggo in a tile I drew for IAST #207 
For IAST #207

and here Kinggo with....

My new tangle: Black Mountain

Kinggo together with Black Mountain

I needed a tangle as a background filler for the DIVA #330 challenge and I thought it would be good if the tangle had a black tip. Instead of looking for one, I made my own and started drawing "Black Mountain".

Black Mountain in a tile I drew for DIVA #330

Here the step out:

Black Mountain Step out part 1

Black Mountain Step out part 2

...and some samples:

Black Mountain in Circles
Black Mountain in circles

Black Mountain variations
Black Mountain variations

Black Mountain with different tangles and Lapin as the border
Black Mountain with my border tangle Lapin

Animal Very Polite Day

Naughty kids could learn from this dog!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Helen's Journey E - Eddyper

Helen's Journey through A-Z has reached letter E and she chose the tangle Eddyper. No, she did not choose Easter Lily (I almost bet all my snails in my garden she would) and not EEB either, which was my second guess, but I am sooo glad it wasn't Ellish. Not that I don't like Ellish. In the contrary. I saw some awesome tiles of Ellish, the threads weaving in and out, over and under, it made my eyes spin and my admiration for these tanglers jump way into the stratosphere. Just google it and you see what I mean.

Anyway, it is Eddyper, a tangle I hadn't done yet, so I did some warm up exercises with it. All of a sudden I had something in front of me that reminded me of that awful stinking beautiful flower that only recently had been in the news again for its flowering. It is called Amorphophallus Titanum, blooms very rarely, I mean something like every 4-7 years, and when it does bloom, it releases such a bad smell, people inconspicuously look around trying to find the corpse.

So my version of Eddyper is a mix of some wavy Eddyper and some Amorphophallus Titanum Eddyper.

Helen's Journey through A-Z with E for Eddyper
Pattern: Eddyper

Here an image of a Amorphophallus Titanum. It has a striking similarity with mine above, doesn't it.

This images is taken from the Wikipedia website

Helen's Journey A-Z D for Diva Dance is still in the case you are wondering.

Friday, September 01, 2017

DIVA Challenge 331 - Petoskey Stones

DIVA #331, by guest tangler Jane Reiter, introduced us to her local fossil stones Petoskey. At first, I didn’t quite understand what I was supposed to do in this challenge, but then I remembered that I shouldn’t just speed scroll down the page, but actually read it.

So this is not a new tangle, but we have to draw our own interpretation of a Petoskey stone design. Ha! I can do that, yes mam, I certainly can. And so I did - not just one, but two Petoskey stone tiles.

My first tile is drawn on a page I tore out of the Bangkok Post’s weekly ‘guru’ magazine from December 25-31, 2015. I drew my own Petoskey version and extended some of its lines to make tentacles; added Tipple to give the illusion Petoskey is actually a tangle; and then made the whole thing look weird by adding some flowy things to hold it all together. Don't they look like aliens from another planet?

DIVA #331 with Pattern: Tipple, and simulation of the Petoskey stone pattern
Pattern: Tipple, and simulation of the Petoskey stone pattern

In the second tile I used the same Petoskey version as above, but used each single hexagons as a Stepping Stones bridge across something yucky you don’t want to put your foot into. This time I emphasized the extension lines and used the Petoskey Stepping Stones as the diving bridge between light and darkness, good and bad, ying and yang…you decide, or all of the above.

WARNING! If you go across this Petoskey Stepping Stones bridge to reach the other side make sure you put your feet right smack on top of each yellow dot. If not, you will fall into the ‘something yucky you didn't want to put your foot into’ in the first place.

DIVA 331 with Pattern: N'zeppel, and simulation of Petoskey stone pattern
Pattern: N'zeppel, and simulation of Petoskey stone pattern

Animal Rare Day

I used to be a PADI scuba diving instructor, probably influenced by all those early underwater documentaries by Jacques Cousteau my father insisted on watching when I was a kid. Like most instructors, I, too, had a bucket list of u/w creatures I wanted to meet. I was able to hook off the likes of mud puppies, bottom dwellers, lead weights, and aquaholics, but I never ever came across a Sunfish. What a pleasure it would have been to meet one of those!!!

SIRDS again

Whoever read my previous 9er Mosaic FMT 179 & 180 post and tried to 'see'/learn to 'see' SIRDS images, here is another image.

If you still can't see the 3D object I recommend a glass of vine or two or more. Or look at the 2 dots at the bottom with your nose pressed against the monitor screen (almost), look behind the image as if the monitor was transparent, move slowly away from the monitor while watching those blurred dots become....THREE! (STILL NOT FOCUSING AT THE IMAGE!!!), and then move your eyes up into the grey zone. There it is!!!! It is a propeller airplane! (Now who wouldn't move earth to see THAT?)

Click image to enlarge!!!

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