Saturday, April 21, 2012

Zendala Dare #2

This is my first zendala, in response to Erin Olsen's Zendale Dare. This is dare #2. I tried to add a link to her blog, but for some reason it isn't working (on my end) so here it is manually: (I'm pretty sure I'll be able to use the link on my website so I'll have to figure out why it isn't working here?) I've been wanting to do a zendala but felt intimidated. Thank you Erin for posting the "dare" and for providing the templates in various sizes! In this Zendala I used cadent, slink, sanibelle, beadlines, and black pearlz. I ended up using carbon paper to transfer the design onto heavy watercolor paper, which works ok as long as I don't press too hard. The carbon is a bit harder to erase if needed, but it does work. I would be happy to receive any comments or suggestions.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Zentangle Challenge #66 - Laura's Auras

I'm glad to have another challenge to do as I've been working on a ZIA that I'm not too happy with, so wasn't feeling very motivated. This week's zentangle challenge is to use aura's. Not easy for me as I haven't done much of this, and I do love my "white spaces". But I'm quite happy with this one, it has some auras, and still lots of white space. Good challenge - again taking me out of my comfort zone!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Website!

Well, it's been a techie week for me! I set up my website at then printed out some business cards. Both need some improving but they are up and running. I have also apparently sold some of the owls at the consignment store and they have ordered more. It's exciting, and motivating. I thought I was running out of motivation to make more owls (I have about 100 in stock), but if sales keep up then so will I.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

ZIA - ovals, squares, circles - Zentangle challenge #65

The string for this ZIA was created using three things from the kitchen - a coaster, a martini shaker, and an olive dish - I thought about calling it "wasted martini's", but will save that catchy title for another ZIA. I had barely started when Zentangle Weekly Challenge #65 from "I am the Diva" came out asking us to use the tangle "Huggy Bear". I'd never used it before. I did a traditional tile and submitted that, but though it made me try some variations of Huggy Bear, I wasn't too happy with it. So I added it into this ZIA, and I'm much happier with how it turned out. I didn't try to be too original in variations - I'm working on learning and practicing tangles, rather than stretching creativity. Sometimes when I see how creative others are, I think "why didn't I think of that?". Hopefully that will come after I get better at technique. Love to hear any comments....

Monday, April 2, 2012

Zentangle Challenge #65 - Huggy Bear

This week's Zentangle Challenge is a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge. The tangle that was chosen is one called Huggy Bear. Ok, I've never used it before, and can't say that it is my favorite, although after I tried it a few times, I can see that there might be some very interesting variations. I'm not peeking at the other entries first though - but I sure will once this is posted. Don't particularly like this one, but I didn't like the string I drew in the first place... But, that's why it's called a challenge. I'm also working on a more intricate ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) and have filled in one of the sections with Huggy Bear - it looks much smarter there.