Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tangling this week

I've been a having an odd relationship with Zentangle lately. Not enjoying the constraints of tangle challenges and not doing much independent drawing either.

Thanks for comments last week. I do see the value of challenges and I do enjoy the connection with Tanglers around the world. Yet sometimes the desire just isn't there. This week's Diva, however, was a timely reminder of why I Tangles and what I like most about it.

Diva #308 - MacNCheese

This week's challenge was all about those go-to Tangles we use without having to think. The Tangles that appear on the tile even when we are focusing on other Tangles. I realised that most of my go-to Tangles are Offical ones. My work wouldn't feel like mine if there wasn't some Flux, Printemps, Mooka, Shattuck, Tripoli or Bunzo, somewhere. Rixty, Hollibaugh, Fengle, Purk, Squill, Florz.

Today's tiles are both variations of the same string. One was a false start which I went back to and continued after nearly tossing in the bin.

Made by Joey

This week the letter was L and the feature Tangle was Lee Lee. I added Land Girlz, Lollywimple variation, and Lenche. I've been doing this challenge in a journal which is made with hand made paper. Boy am I getting sick of this paper. It tears, doesn't blend, needs a very light touch, bleeds even with Micron pens and gets wet too quickly when I add colour.  I will persist. It would drive me crazy to change now and leave the series in the book incomplete.

Other drawing

I'm continuing to experiment with coloured shapes and a background of detailed Tangles. Tangles used were Tropicana, Shattuck, Odee, Bunzo and Pixioze. These ZIAs take me hours to complete over about a week. It's all about the process, the Zen of getting lost in each line.

Thanks for dropping by.

Miss L


1 Art Lady Kate, Tangles and More said...

Fun to see your mac and cheese tangles. I also go in and out of doing the challenges. Some weeks with my schedule that is the only time I do get to tangle, so I try to at least do that even though it might not be up my alley. Sometimes for me that is a good push. I really like the experiments that you are doing with the colored shapes and the Zia. It was fun for me to see what you did with the Tropicana. I so enjoy seeing what variations folks come up with. It is a beautiful piece.

Ria Matheussen said...

I think what you are describing is normal: we all have days that everything goes easy, everthing looks wonderfull and on other days everything goes wrong. I think the best is to accept that. You may never have the feeling of" I must do that", better is:"I can chose to do that"
Your Diva tiles look great and I love your beautifuo Zia!

michele said...

Beautiful work! Kudos to you for persevering through both the challenges of the challenges and also your paper issues. I really like the way you composed the L piece. The L string as presented seemed a bit awkward but you've balanced it out nicely. I have to admit that there have been occasions that I've opened up a challenge and my first reaction is "OK. You are just messing with me" and I have to work through the agitation of it. I've also allowed myself to take a pass if I can't;-)

Jean Chaney said...

It certainly does take us away from the purpose of true "Zentangle" sometimes with the challenges. It's good to go back once in a while to remind us why we fell in love with this practice. Nice work!

the dudz said...

I totally agree that taking breaks is normal and healthy. I dropped out from April to November last year for who knows what reason. But I always have my supplies around and I'm so happy to just drop right back in and feel so at home and comfortable tangling away for myself or for a challenge of for whatever.

Anonymous said...

I really like your tiles this week, and like you, sometimes I just don't want to do it. For me, tho, in spite of that attitude, the challenges are truly what keep me tangling.

Your large ZIA is my favorite. There is just something freeing about doing a larger piece...when I do a large one, I keep it truly free and don't use strings.


Anne's tangle blog said...

I like both Challenge tiles, I lik them a lot.

Ilse said...

Beautiful contributions to both challenges! Your Mac 'n Cheese tiles are lovely to look at, very 'peaceful'.

Heike said...

Beautiful challenge tiles and a beautiful, colourful ZIA!

Suzanne Fluhr said...

I understand. I usually do the Diva challenge, but I don't always get around to sharing them because I have this idea that they need to be accompanied by a blog post, and for me, writing sometimes feels like giving birth. (I'm totally exaggerating. Nothing feels like giving birth.) In any case, I'm glad to see you back. You seem to have been able to pick it up again without missing a beat. But, here's a question: Is life too short to tangle on paper you don't like? P.S.: I just ask the questions. I don't know the answer. :)