Diva Challenge #283: UMT Centre Square

Another post I wrote back in January 2017 which I didn’t get around to post.

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Another year has come but the Diva is still taking her well-deserved break. Time to catch up on some of the challenges of 2016 that I didn’t have time for, the big goal (for this year) is to finish them all so I have a complete mosaic for 1 whole year of Diva challenges. Yeah, another challenge for myself since I already failed like… 1.000. But it doesn’t matter, I’ll get there some day eventually!

The tile for challenge #283 below actually has a long history. Some would say it’s full of misunderstandings, others would say it’s.. giving up too early on a promising opportunity. I was really motivated when the challenge was up and I wanted to incorporate tangleations and all kinds of fancy stuff into this tile. The challenge was to use the tangle Centre Square by Aleesha Sattva and was really eager to try something new since I had just recently gotten myself the wonderful ebook Overlapping Zentangle by Eni Oken and experimented with going over and under. Centre Square looked like a great opportunity to play with this concept. However, after the centre grid was finished, I was absolutely not satisfied with the outcome, it looked not at all like how I imagined it to be. And I put it away. In the months to come I looked at it again and again but it didn’t speak to me until late December 2016 when I finally finished it. I’m quite satisfied with it now (although it is too full AGAIN.. will I ever learn? X’D) but it was a real struggle. Here’s the result of the fight:

Diva Challenge #283
Tangles used: Centre Square, Demi, Marasu (not coiled up – or maybe only very loosely coiled up?), Printemps, Tipple (in a looooong string)

One thing I really like is the combination of Centre Square and Demi in this tile. And how Printemps is such a good contrast to all the straight lines in this tile. Ok, I have to admit it: The tile is not that bad, ok… πŸ™‚ Centre Square is a really nice tangle and I think I’ll use it now and then in the future. Thanks for sharing, Aleesha!

If you want to see all the other tiles everybody did for this challenge, click >>here<< to go to the Diva’s blog entry.

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Diva Challenge #276: Space truckin’ – Moving tangles

The Diva took a well-deserved Christmas break, so I felt I had a chance to catch up a little on the 2016 challenges. I’d really love to finish a complete year but I still have a long way to go there: There were 48 challenges in 2016 and I only managed to finish 15 so far (including this one and not counting the tiles for the first year of Diva Challenges), that’s almost one third of the challenges.. I’m happy that I was able to do so many in my first year, but… way to go if I ever want to have a complete mosaic! So let’s take this next step.

That’s what I wrote in JANUARY and never got to actually publish here on the blog. Until today. Better late than never! PLease enjoy!

Challenge #276 was issued by the Diva in July 2016 in the middle of summer and summer vacations. Click >>here<< to check out everybody’s contributions.

When the challenge was up, I was not happy because I like my steady, quiet drawing underground and there’s hardly another thing more annoying for me than an underground that’s moving and shaking in an uncontrollable and not foreseeable way while I’m drawing or tangling. Oh, those wonky lines! I don’t care if it’s ok with Zentangle to draw wonky lines, I’m a perfectionist and I dislike wonkyness in my work. ;-P Oh, and yes, I had no vacations during summer, either, because of the wedding preparations. Since I had no opportunity to tangle travelling, it was hard to do this challenge, too (no, I won’t start tangling on my way to work, this is even MORE bumby that express trains to the other side of the country and too little time at a time, too). However, on January 1st, when we rode the train back to our home from celebrating Christmas and the new year with the family, I remembered the challenge and decided to pick up my Micron and try it anyway. It was bumpy and a bit annoying to tangle in the train, but in the end I have to admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be and I like the result far more than I expected. I'm glad I took up the challenge and pulled through! Here’s my tile:

Diva Challenge #276
Tangles used: Ahh, Fassett, Jawz, Knightsbridge (shattered by a meddlesome Printemps-coil into black and white squares), Paradox, Printemps, Tipple, Trelina

Most conveniently, the tile took the whole train ride to complete, about 4 hours (including some leisure breaks), so I was pleasantly busy the whole time without being pressed for time (kind of magical, huh? πŸ™‚ ). The tangles came easily, too, and if I only had a feeling what I needed, like some “drama” in the end, I quickly found what I needed on the internet (provided for free on all ICE trains in Germany since January 1st, which was extremely convenient). And there was the surprise element in the end, too, so all in all I’d say that everything was just as perfect a Zentangle experience as one could hope for. Thank you very much, Laura, for helping me to leave my comfort zone and for letting me have such an enjoyable time! πŸ™‚

Sign of Life

Dear all,

it’s been some time since my last post. Unfortunately, work has had me in a firm grip since the start of the year and February & March were especially intense, thus the long time without any post. I did tangle a bit here and there but mostly I was simply too tired to work on the Diva Challenges or even publish some posts that I had already written in January (and which are still waiting to be published). However, I think that these extreme times are over and that there’ll be more life in the near future.

Here are a few works I tangled since the last post that I like a lot:

ATC abstract
Tangles used: Ruutz, Black Pearlz, Printemps, Fassett, Hamail, Wheelz

ATC bumblebee
Tangles used: Ginili, Shattuck

These ATCs I tangled for a swap with a friend over at the German ATC website kakao-karten.de. Actually, only the first ATC was for our swap, the second one was a birthday gift and the first work I used my Finetec colours with. You see the shiny golden Ginili there? The gold was done with one of my Finetecs which are about the same as the Kuretake Gansai Tambi many tanglers are already using. I bought a set at the beginning of the year and I LOVE them! Here’s a picture where you can see their shininess a little better:
ATC bumblebee-shininess

Tangling on top is a little hard sometimes since the colour seems to clutter the tip of the Micron a bit, but with a little patience it works just fine. I also think that it’s a perfect match with my latest favourite pattern, Ginili. Isn’t it a wonderful pattern?

big one gardening tangles
Tangles used: Ansu, Fescu, Garlic Cloves, Ginili, Onamato, Pozer, Tipple, Zinger

This next piece I did for my mother’s birthday. My sister and I gave her a trip to Berlin this year since the International Garden Exhibition will be in Berlin this year. The picture is part of our gift certificate (that’s why there’s a lot of empty space at the top). I like the picture overall, although Zinger looks a little blocky here. But I guess it’s ok since I was a little under time pressure and finished it at 3am on the morning I had to send it over to my sister to finish it. πŸ˜€ I really like Garlic Cloves here, it’s a great pattern to use for “gardening textures”. The background was done with watercolours. I then tangled on that background and shaded with Polychromos coloured pencils. Shading was a lot of fun here!

tile 4 fun
Tangles used: Auraknot, Ginili, Hollibaugh, Printemps, Zedbra

My latest piece is a traditional tile and I really love how it turned out! It all started with Auraknot, then Ginili joined in and the challenge was to connect both of them. But Hollibaugh (here with dark and bright “strands”), some smaller Auraknots and Printemps did a good job here, I think. Shading the small Auraknots was a challenge though. But if it’s larger, it doesn’t get any easier, too, and I guess I tend to “overshade” it. I’ll have to do some research how everyone else is shading it! It’s always great to see how others are shading or tangling a particular tangle.

You might have noticed that I didn’t scan the tile as I usually do and post a cropped picture. The reason is that I bought a roll cutter which creates a lovely deckle edge. I SO, SO love it! My scanner, however, is not nearly as thrilled as I am and crops the picture as it thinks is best – without the deckle edges.. That’s why I bought a small easel (like many other tangles already did before me) and will have to post the tiles like this in the future if I want to keep the edges. But maybe you think that’s an improvement? Let me know what you think, I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

That’s it for today, I hope to see you here again soon!