Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Diva #261 - stacked tile challenge

Not well - again

I spent today at home drawing. My normal Tuesday involves being at school teaching but I've been unwell again. Same problem as a few weeks ago - asthma - but bad enough to require antibiotics to clear up the chest infection which has now arrived. Blah!

I hate, hate, hate being sick. My mind often goes to the worst case - has the cancer returned as a secondary? I'm 9 years and counting post diagnosis of breast cancer. The fear of recurrence hasn't left me yet.  

I'd be interested to hear if the fear does go away.

Diva challenge #261

It was a relief for this week's Diva challenge to be so absorbing and time consuming. How great is it to be unwell and to have this marvellous activity to keep you going?  One day I hope to train as a CZT and then take this art form to sick kids in hospital. I may have blogged about that before but if I say it aloud often enough it may come true.

My first stack includes Official Zentangle Tangles, Tangles from Tanglepatterns.com, a lovely Tangle called Mel Mel from Adele Bruno and at least one from my new eBook from Sandy Bartholemew. I used all sorts of different pens as well as my Zen stone. My Zen Stone doesn't get used much because I'm hopeless at using Renaissance and Black tiles which are what Zen Stones are intended for. 


My second tile draws inspiration from Jennifer Sparrow's piece. Jennifer is first on the list for this week's challenge. From Jennifer I got the idea to use bright colours and that I don't need to place all the tiles evenly on top of each other. 

The Tangles are all commonly used ones. This is, however, the first time in a long, long time that I've used Paradox and the first time that I've used it as a border. I used squares as the base rather than triangles, alternating clockwise and anticlockwise.

The whole tile is meant to represent a colour swatch, being held together with a brass ring.



Zentangle Mosaic App and my continuing exploration of Mooka

A couple of weeks ago I decided to get confident drawing Mooka. I showed a few of my Tiles in my blog. Thanks for the positive feedback.

I continued to explore Mooka over the weekend but this time I took inspiration from the many Mooka examples on the Zentangle Mosaic app. It was interesting to view the many styles of Mooka that artists have developed. 

I can see a difference in my drawing. The bulbous bits at the end form more naturally now and without me having to think so hard to shape them. Maybe my natural Mooka has arrived?

Here are some tiles from the weekend. You can see I've also been trying out Zen Gems (again). One day I will master them.



If you drop by for a visit, leave a comment and say hello.

Miss L


16 comments:

Ria Matheussen said...

Nice work, all the tiles you showed us.
For the Diva's Challenge, my favorite is the second one. I love the colours, the tangles, and the different way of stacked tiles: original!

Anne's tangle blog said...

I love your stacked Bijou!!!! Sorry to hear that you are still ill. I do understand your fear, that's not very strange I think. My dad (and more of his family) died of a heart attack (many years ago). Whenever I feel something in my chest I fear to have a heart attack myself. Hope this fear will not keep in your mind for long.

Anja said...

Beautiful work! All the best!

Daniele OBrien Design, CZT said...

Beautiful work, I especially enjoy your offset layered piece. Just lovely. Your Mooka are great, that's one of my favorite tangles!

Jean Chaney said...

Your stacked tiles remind me of a beautiful quilt. I see we bothe used Sandy's tangle, Lune. It's a great one. I am so sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. I think that your fears are natural. All we can do is just go day by day in this life. Sending you hugs.

Suzanne FLuhr said...

I like all your work, but the second stacked group is truly inspired. For someone who is self-described as "hopeless" at Renaissance tiles, your last tile would belie that notion.

Lorna said...

All the tiles are great. I love your colour combinations. Sorry you're feeling poorly, I hope you feel more upbeat soon.

Cari Sultanik said...

Beautifully done all around. I hope you feel better and get to take the CZT class. You'd be an inspiration!

The Yorkshire Tortoise said...

I like the way you offset the stacks, very creative. Lovely tangles too around the borders. Hope your chest infection clears soon.

Pat Mathes said...

I like both tiles. I hope you get well soon.

michele said...

wow! all of these pieces are gorgeous. Your Diva piece is truly stunning! I love your layers and the colors are so elegant.

Shelly Beauch said...

Hope you are on the mend! Super tangling!

magratscraft said...

Lovely work. The two pieces for the challenge are so different and that paradox border is exceptional. I'm glad it had the added benefit of helping you through the illness, better than medicine in some ways. Like you, my CZT training is a "one day"... sort of thing, mainly because of cost but, also like you, if i keep saying it, I'll do it in the end. i hope to see you there.

Simone said...

Beautiful tiles, all of them!

Lily M. said...

Beautiful work!

Jennifer Sparrow said...

So sorry you're sick! I dreaded getting sick when I taught middle school because of the lesson plans and lack of francophone substitute teachers. I hope you're feeling better. Thanks so much for the shout out! I love your stacks. The second is my favorite with the bright colors and I love the paradox border!!! Peace and blessings!