Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Weekly Challenge #97: String Theory v. XX -"No Strings Attached"

Thanks Laura for another fun challenge.

Heart Strings

The challenge is to do something without using strings.  Right up my alley as more often than not, I don't.  I like the freedom of doing whatever I think of without being confined to working with a string, but most of all I love the element of surprise.  There are times when I wished I hadn't used a particular pattern or I didn't follow the instructions properly and the tangle turned out different to how it was meant, but somehow or other it all comes together :)

So, it got me thinking.... or maybe it didn't as the first thing that came to mind was some text.... not really a Zentangle thing to do (but I usually go with the first thing I think of and take it from there).  Little thoughts come to my mind - I say to myself, no, that won't work, how silly! and then I think, so what if it's not perfect - it is what it is and, once I commit, then that's it.  I just go with the flow.   A lot of you would have seen some of my works - I post them all! The reason is, whatever I have submitted is just another unconscious work - I don't sit there and analyse my work but I do wonder - what was this all about? lol 

I love it as they are all part of the experience.

Occasionally, I just use dots on the page and go for it.  Other times I start from the middle, or the side - I do turn my work around, seeing it from a different angle and many times the end result is upside down to how I started.

The most intriguing thing for me is my Zentangle 'life' is opposite of my real self.  Outside of tangling I am a thinker, an analyser, a procrastinator, always being very careful and deliberate with my words - yet when I tangle I don't do any of that except for example when I'm making a card for someone I think of what I'm going to do before I start.  There you have it, a little bit about me :)

So, for this week's Diva Challenge, I thought I would take you on a stage tour of my Zentangle Inspired Art - I called it 'Heart Strings'

Are you ready?  here goes......... enjoy the ride! :))



Stage 1:

Please excuse my grammar....  it says 'I often don't use  strings - in saying that - this is a string :)

Stage 2:

I used the tangle 'Retro' by Belatrix29/Elena Hadzijaneva, above the text and then I drew a grid for the 'Rose' pattern by Sandy Bartholemew.  At this stage my thought was, I've really made it difficult for myself now! lol ... but... I go on.....


Stage 3:

Added some curves to the outside of Rose. and then some straight lines with tiny hearts on the ends.  Yoi, yoi, yoi!  it's not going to be a flowy ZIA!  :)


Stage 4:

Some 'Zen Buds' by Danni O'Brien (I love doing these!) and a few lines across the way. 


Stage 5:

I have to keep it simple now, otherwise I would lose the effect - I added 'Tipple' - one of my all time faves!


Close up 1:

Stage 6:

Time for some colour - I used Prismacolour Premier pencils.  Almost finished now :)

If I haven't lost you by now - I thank you :)





More Close ups:

 
And finally, here is my finished ZIA
 
I hope you enjoyed the ride :)
 
Thank you for taking time to read this very long blog.
 
Wishing you all a lovely week - SMILES :)

20 comments:

  1. I love love your beautiful art. And love to know about each step. Thanks for share.

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    1. Thank you Graciela - it means a lot to me to know you enjoy my 'art' :)

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  2. Step by step to a lovely piece of art. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for taking time to view and comment - my pleasure :)

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  3. Beautiful, Lila; and a fun post to read.

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    1. Thank you Linda - I'm glad I didn't bore you :)

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  4. thanks for the step-by-step, and your thinking along the way
    a lovely vintage feeling piece

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    1. thank you kindly - it is lovely to get feedback - it didn't occur to me that it might be vintage like :)

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  5. Love, love love! Thanks for sharing the process!

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    1. Thank you LeeAnn it did take me a little while to put the post together and am happy with it. I wanted to do that little extra - and that was my challenge :)

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  6. Very nice. Isn't it amazing what can develop out of a blank page. Something as simple as tipple really changed and brought this to life. Love the color.

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    1. Thank you Donald! yes, it is amazing - I still get excited with the end results, even if I have been tangling for just on 11 months now - It feels like the first time - every time :)

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  7. Great description of your process to a finished ZIA. Your statement - "I say to myself, no, that won't work, how silly! and then I think, so what if it's not perfect" - is exactly how I often feel when drawing a ZIA. I seldom look at what others have entered, feeling that whatever I enter is entirely my creation, no matter how it turns out, and despite my mind chatter that it's not good enough. (This week is an exception as I took my inspiration from Laura's nude ZIA.) Your entry this week is just lovely. Starting with a string of words turned out to be a great idea. You do beautiful art! Thanks for sharing your process.

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    1. Hi Ronnie, thank you for your comments - always appreciate them. I know exactly the feeling - I like to enter my challenge and then view the other entries, sometimes I'm on a roll and do several pieces and then when I go back to the linkey there's over 20 entries and it does take me a very long time to make comment on all of them and then it becomes so overwhelming, I do try to make as many comments as I can - so I really do appreciate receiving comments. I enjoyed posting the process and wanted to add something to my challenge as I hardly ever use strings anyway, except for when I'm doing the 3.5 X 3.5 Tangle Pattern Strings. Cheers! :)

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  8. I loved your tile, I´m sorry because I can´t write my real feelings as I would like, I´m from Brazil, and I need to improve my english, but Ispent a lot of time admiring your art. Thanks for share.

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    1. Hi Graciela, that is quite alright, I understand. Thank you kindly for stopping by and making another comment - that is very sweet of you :)

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  9. This is so beautiful and I love reading about your process. It helps to encourage others who go through those - maybe, maybe not steps. Great and thanks for sharing.

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  10. Such a beautiful tile. Thank you for taking the time and walking us through your process, I enjoyed it.

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  11. The process of your pictures while they grow are fantastic... The end result is brilliant.

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  12. The end results were super, and it was fun seeing how someone else thinks a tile through. Thanks for taking the time to do so.

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