Thursday, April 30, 2015
The diva's challenge this week is to tangle a labyrinth.
Laura found she had given herself a real challenge this time.
Labyrinths are not that easy to draw in the first place (although she gave a good link to drawing one).
This is THE most simple one and I moved ahead a week in my Tangle-a-Day calendar so I'd have enough room to do this. Don't get the wrong impressions that I am really this far ahead!
I wanted to stay "true" to a labyrinth's purpose and that is to have a clear path in and out (a meditative path) so that the person walking it has no worry about finding their way. (The difference between this and a maze is huge!). Mazes are puzzles to be solved. Labyrinths are meditative walks without worry of getting lost.
So I made it a "yellow brick road". You won't get lost in there.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Special thanks to Joanna Grant for sharing her tips on this fun way to recycle greeting cards. These two little journals are totally made from old Christmas cards. (any greeting card will do, of course).
These were printed directly on a Gelli plate but you could also glue gelli print papers onto the cards as well. AND who knew that those decorative rolls of "duck tape" could be so crafty and fun? (And yes, they do spell it "duck".) It's such a strong and sticky tape it REALLY holds things together and comes in some really funky designs now (about $3.50 a roll at WalMart for about 10 yards.)
Click on Joanna's name above and go to her free intro video demonstrating a lot of what she will tell you and teach you on her new video!
I've been trying to think of a fun project to introduce in my Gelli plate class in WI this summer. This "might" one of them. She also shows how to do this with an old recycled calendar! (Takes longer to do but is really cool!) And she does some darling accordion folded books that also would be fun to do in a class together.
I'd like to journal in one of these so I could demonstrate what people put in this kind of a journal. Lots of time for that this summer since the class is not until August.
Gorgeous weather here in central FL…82-85 so the hot 90s has dissipated for awhile. Sunny and beautiful.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
I am making some headway toward getting ahead on my calendar…slightly. I'll be "on the road" by mid-May and although I have my calendar with me, I know from experience that getting to it while distracted or tired may not work.
Of these 6 tangles Gottago and Intersect are my two favorites.
Both will go on my "mac n cheese" flip chart. Kloorz is kind of creepy, don't you think? Holiday Splash would be cute in holiday colors at the holidays.
Been a rainy day (mostly) in central FL today around 80. Rain again tomorrow but then maybe a few pool days! I am beginning to frame work for the up north shows now.
Have a good week everyone!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
large yellow Mailing envelope
I want to have a few of these hand-decorated mailing envelopes around as samples for my August Gelli-plate workshop. So I printed up another one.
This one is actually more a "stamped" one done with those wonderful "magic foam" blocks you get at Joann's and then you heat one side with a heat gun and press it into anything that has a pattern and the foam block will HOLD that pattern semi-permanently…that is until you heat it again. The blue pattern as made by pressing it into a saucer full of beads. The purple pattern by pressing into a bunch of Q-tips.
Some of the others are stencils. So actually maybe this is not the best example…it has some Gelli plate printing on the reverse side.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
|This design format is called "Shapes Within a Shape"|
11.5" x 11.5" on 300# Arches paper
|"Radiating Center of Interest"|
|The T Design|
|The Bridge Design|
|The crucifix design|
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Today I had a little time to play around with my new app called "You Doodle".
Despite the fact that I am not too thrilled with the word "doodle" and am ignoring that and trying out different kinds of tangles using it.
I entitle the first one on top "Line Dancing" which is one of the topics I plan to discuss in my Journal Prompt this week. I am asked to think of something I'd like to learn. Friend Cynthia likes to line dance. That sounds really fun. Next fall I may join her.
One of the fun parts of You Doodle is that what ever you fill in or add in the doodle the colorful pattern will continue on in the part you expose. Very cool. These were made using a stylus. I do have the "enhanced" version as it was on sale for only $2.99. I can hardly wait to play more with it. It will fun for traveling.
I printed these out on paper (sent from my iPad).
I also printed out a few small versions to glue in my tangle a day calendar! Also very cool.
So far I haven't figured out how to shade on the tablet but once printed out, I can shade AND add enhancements to my heart's content. Are we having fun yet!?
Monday, April 13, 2015
One of the joys of multi media is that it can go just about anywhere and on most anything.
This is a 11 x 14 mailing envelope.
I am recycling it.
A perfectly good (but very boring) yellow envelope.
On the front to camouflage the previous label, I have Gelli printed, stenciled, stamped with hand-made stamps, drawn and sprayed with paint. Most of the paint is permanent but a few of the paints are water based. So I will take it outside and give it a few coats of acrylic clear spray to make it all permanent before it goes to the post office!
With most of the stencils I like using a foam brayer and acrylic paint. I think when this is possible, it far outweighs using foam stampers. And it goes very fast and the foam brayers wash out beautifully and can be used over and over.
The "calligraphy" is mine and is original..done in 05 and 02 micron pigma pens. Based on an idea in a recent video by Andrea Joseph where she uses a kind of "contour script". It is a little harder actually than it looks. I did it 5 times before I got that one and it still needs polishing. (She has a great blog by the way).
This technique is especially nice when sending a gift rather than actually gift wrapping it. It can sit with other gifts and look pretty "outstanding". Hahaha.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
I think I've had "Fanz" in my collection but I can't remember ever using it! That's what I love about the Diva's Challenge.
Ya just never know until you try it!
Also been playing around with "auras" as an enhancement. Linda Farmer sent around a list of some of her favorite "stuff" and Maria's ideas about different kinds of auras was one I had not seen before. Shucks, just adding lines is only ONE way to do an aura! She did auras in all kinds of ways!
Who would of thought?
Have a good week everyone.
Friday, April 10, 2015
I was honored today (along with many other teachers) for my contributions toward teaching Zentangle this year at our park here in FL.
We had a great pot luck lunch which was very well attended.
(It is so weird to see myself without glasses!)
Well, I was up to date a few hours ago.. Hahaha.
Keeping a daily calendar sure reminds you of how time flies.
Wonderful warm days here in central FL but that mess of weather causing all kinds of issues in the midwest will push down this weekend and unload rain on us big time. We need the rain but am not happy it will arrive just when my company also arrives! Where do I complain!?
Today our Art Group here in our park will conclude it's activities with a big pot luck lunch at 11 am all designed to thank the teachers who have been working so long and hard (for free) all season long!
We have so many wonderful volunteers! You can take classes here in oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, clay, china painting, pen and ink and watercolor in our art room! All for free! (you buy your own supplies). It's a big selling point here in our park. We have over 100 clubs with everything from Woodburning to Line Dancing, Fishing to Orchestra, Bingo to lapidary. You name it. We got it. Or we will get it. Hawthorne Park in Leesburg (look it up).
Some of our classes will continue on informally over the summer. Probably 50% of the homeowners here stay all year. The rest of us toddle up north to cooler spots for the summer and return in the fall.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
|5 x 8" journal page with booklet closed|
Monday, April 6, 2015
I had SUCH a good time doing this calendar page!
I was obviously inspired by Carole Ohl's marvelous work on previous pages but I only had to stop because I ran out of white paper!
Also enjoyed the new tangle "Loop" which I
tangelated with Crescent Moon around it. Such a nice easy and pleasant looking tangle!
Update on cataract surgery: Everything is going very well. Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts. I see the surgeon again on Thursday for another check up and then it'll be about 2 more weeks and I'll get my prescription for reading/computer glasses. I am not wearing glasses for TV or driving…just up close work. I still have quite a few "drops" to take in both eyes…for another two weeks. But I'll be back at the pool by Wednesday! Temps in central FL are close to 90 most days now.
All us former Wisconsin-ites are pretty delirious right now over basketball! Tonight is the night! Can we do it? Whatever happens it's amazing that we got this far! So go Wisconsin AGAIN!
Saturday, April 4, 2015
5 x 8" page in journal
Our week 14 journal prompt was to describe how it feels to be a "fool for love". Whatever love you choose. It was suggested to use a circular shape and "valentine" colors but that was optional.
I think being a grandparent is the most adoring love I can think of. Next to my mate and my children they are THE most beloved people on earth to me. (Well, my sister sort of sneaks in there somewhere too).
There are 12 hearts with the names of each of my grandchildren (all above average of course). I think it came out sort of looking like a bracelet. I used stencils, paint, ink, stamping, tangled hearts and glue. I threw in some glitter and confetti stars. It is a "happy page" and fun to make as a prelude to Easter.
The words in the center came from Pat or Mike when they were about 6 or 7. It's hard to throw anything away from the little ones!
And by the way "GO WISCONSIN!"
Friday, April 3, 2015
Lacee is a brand new tangle and it seems to me to hold many creative possibilities in it. Crescent Moon is old tangle and this version is based on a Helen Williams tangelation of it.
You'll note on my side bar that my Zentangle and other art classes are all "up north" now for summer. I am "winding down" here in FL. April is hot…you have to take it easy…we'll be in the 90's most of next week…everything slows down in pace now.
Easter Sunday looks lovely in mid-80's and then hot hot hot follows that. I have set up an en plein air event for the park art group next Wed but we'll have to start early and in the shade.
My 2nd cataract surgery was last Wed and it went well. There is always some discomfort and swelling for a few days and a sort of "gritty" feeling like you have something in your eye!
But I know now that this will only last a short time and get better each day. One more post op exam on Thursday of next week and then I'll be waiting to the end of the month for my exam for reading glasses. Like most folks, I'll probably still need glasses for art, reading and computer. Thank you to all the blogger friends who have been rooting for me and my recovery!
After Easter I look forward to a nice long visit from my sister and brother in law (from SC) and following that a 3-day wc and collage class with Gerald Brommer up in The Villages. You will hear all about that!!!
Today I hope to have a little messing around time to work on the Week 14 Journal prompt and I think we'll have lunch out on the adirondack chairs in the yard this noon. (Me with sun glasses, of course).
Have a blessed Easter everyone.