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This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
Well, here I am with a Diva Challenge again. This time X-Did is the challenge tangle. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it but I rather do! Ooples is one I have not tried before also so I threw that in for tomorrow.
I'll be off teaching Zentangle most of tomorrow so best to get ahead!
The background of Sept 2 is a watercolor wash of Qor (pronounced "core") which is Golden's new line. I used Burnt Sienna and Indian Yellow for the wash. The highlights on that tangle and on September 3rd are done with Derwent Inktense wc pencils. In X-Did I used the color "Baked Earth" and on Ooples I used Sea Blue and Apple Green.
|Ing, Yew Dee-Well, Zander, Purk, Indy-rella, Bumper|
I admit that I am head over heels in love with Renaissance tiles. They are my FIRST choice when I go to do a tile now.
I am putting together a resource of as many different tangles now that I can that look "swell" on this color tile with using the brown pen and the white charcoal accents.
As you can see from the "sidebar" I am teaching an Advanced class on October 10th in the Lake Geneva area and I want to have my "ducks in a row" for that class.
|8 x 10 Mixed media on canvas|
I posted this en plein air painting a few weeks ago on a white background and asked my blogging friends for suggestions as to whether to leave the background stark white or paint in a background.
The vote came out heavily in favor of a dark background. I didn't want to lose the nice ground shadow, however, so I compromised. A little white remains. It's not signed yet, but I think it might be done.
Does anyone have a title for me?
|Krinkle, Brabs, Coaster, Hearts Divdided, Knightsbridge|
Okay…always time for a few little stripes.
Laura is posting on FB that she is doing birch bowls.
How this woman finds time to sleep is way way beyond me. And everything she does is pretty awesome too! Runs the challenge, is wife and mother of two busy little boys, AND makes birch bowls…it's amazing.
I am prepping for teaching a big Zentangle group on Sept 3 (see side bar). I have 17 signed up for the class. Whew. Lots of materials to get ready!!! The Rhinelander class looks like a "go" too on September 15th although I do have more space in that class!
Cool front just hit the north woods again…back to autumn. We are rolling into our last month now with so so many things on the September calendar.
We are beginning to plan our fall trip east and south now thinking of dates and stop over points. We take like 3 weeks from start to finish because we just like to sight see and play along the way. Have a good week everyone…we are headed to Labor Day weekend already!!!
|Mooka and Yew-Dee Well|
Water is our theme for the week and this is by far one of the wackiest interpretations of the theme I've probably ever done. One of those "let it just happen" tiles.
I love Yew-Dee Well and I use it often and I thought of it as "wave action" when I started but like a true Zentangle had NO idea where I was going with it. It just seemed to wave up and spill over at the top.
Where Mooka came from I have no idea. But it sure is getting wet. I think of Mooka as organic plant-like tangle.
I wanted to do this challenge without resorting to color…I am guessing there will be a ton of blue and green tiles this week.
However this might look better with some colored pencil. I may reconsider.
|Box cover (Kraft box) about 6 x 8" with sliding drawer|
black and brown ink, white charcoal
|iPad cover (gray rubber) done with black Identi-Pen by Sakura|
|earrings (wood) and ceramic cat pin|
We've had company at the north woods cabin over the last week…but now and again, things would quiet down and the kids would all go out fishing and I'd have a few moments to slip into the studio. Skies have been gray 4 out of 5 days (although not as cold as usual) and so sunning on the deck was only available one day last week.
CZT friends on Facebook have been talking about crazy things like doing Zentangle on your iPad cover.
And I began to wonder why THAT had never occurred to me. (Any flat surface is vulnerable.)
But wow, was that a difficult surface to master…that rubbery finish did not take kindly to ink. Identi-pens are a permanent ink with a thicker nub on it and that was about the only pen that would work. I tried a little shading with a Pentel gray brush pen which turned out to be the only "gray" pen I possess here. It was only moderately successful. I think up on the top I may do some lettering later.
The kraft type box was a gift at CZT training and actually contained a sketchbook. But everyone there liked the box too and Molly Hollibaugh (Maria's daughter) gave us some examples of how she tangled her box and we were all consumed with trying it too. Despite the empty space on the box, I think I am done. Space is good when tangles are complicated.
And the jewelry is just 25 cent garage sale jewelry I picked up at a garage sale recently. I painted them all with black gesso and then tangled with white jellyroll pen. I will give them all a light spray of matt acrylic and then probably the jewelry will get a gloss coat of gel on top of that.
After all the company takes off on the 24th of August I hope to settle down and prep for several Zentangle classes I have coming up. Hubby and I are now beginning to make our travel plans for the southern trip. We plan a week in southern WI before we actually start the major trek east and south. Seems like we just got the cabin open and now we have to think about closing. ARRRGH.
|6 x 8 Watercolor on Strathmore CP wc paper|
|Art Exhibit at Howard Young Hospital August - Oct 1|
Just to prove I do some things besides Zentangle now and then!
These are wall watercolors.
The ones in the exhibit are wc on canvas.
The abstract is collage and acrylic.
The story on the little bunch of flowers is that the jar is an old original cottage cheese container from the Lockwood Dairy in Plainfield, Il. The nice jars have been carried around from move to move since the dairy closed as memories of the old dairy and farm life. Imagine cottage cheese in a glass jar?
The words on the jars say:
12 oz liquid
The little bouquets were door prizes at the church pot luck last night and I painted the painting to give to Mr. Lockwood as a memento of the jars.