Saturday, 19 July 2014

Weekly Challenge #176: "B.Y.O.B" take 2 (or 3 or more...)

This week's challenge with Amy Broady is quite interesting, and I really went to town with the theme - BYOB - bring your own beverage to the tangle.  Thank you Amy and Laura, I had loads of fun!

I better tell you this is going to be a long post and I do hope you continue to see the end results.  These will be part of my 2nd entry.

During the week I busily prepped some tiles and paper; 

before... here I used coffee

after ... tangles Meringue by Kelley Kelly, Mathura and Soleil by Anne Marks, Jasmine by Simone Bischoff (this one is my favourite)

here I dropped coffee off a teaspoon

and then went over the drops with a fork, forming criss cross pattern (mmm looking interesting)

this is the end result - no real tangles, just allowing the coffee stains to make a statement.  For interest I added some pink around the edges using a photo editor.

and next we have more coffee, dribbled randomly then drawing over the coffee with my handmade paddlepop 'pens'.  I just cut small 'Vs' with a knife.  Mind you I did these ones at work so I don't have many tools to choose from lol

I should have stopped before writing my name in coffee (my boss gave me the cup for Christmas a couple of years ago - and I'm not looking, I already have my tall, dark and immortal :))


and here is how this tile turned out - just some bibs and bobs in between the grid like areas - oh any my pattern 'Deelite' - its the narrow one.

Yep, there's more

A few pics of the next experiment - some alcoholic drinks - why not?  they are quite pretty, don't you think?

not happy with the results - the liquid tended to stay on top of the tiles and when I tried to soak up the excess, you could hardly see it, so I drank the rest :)

then I had another bright idea - why not use some pink rock salt, that will do the trick! nope, it too was a fizzer :( (too bad as that salt is not cheap)

and now for the exciting bit - I had a brainstorm and I had been planning on trying out some liquid 'Chlorophyll' - it is a very very dark green liquid and even when you mix it with water, it is still quite dark - it's in our fridge and it's my daughter's, supposed to be really good for you - tastes a little minty, not really my cup of tea :)

Tile 1:  can you see 'mum' and 'bub'?  I only noticed them this afternoon when I was tangling.

a closer shot, you can see the green colour better

I did a couple more, poured some Chlorophyll onto one tile, then place another on top

here is mum and bub again

I went back to these, tried one more time - blah!

These tiles with Chlorophyll were done in two stages, after I blotted the first drops I poured some more to get a darker shade of green - tuned out camouflaged.

and here we have the finished mum and bub tile - she is sweet (have no idea what's going on to the right! lol)

and finally, here we have the pair of tiles - as you can see I added some fuchsia bingo dots

Thank you for staying with me to the end - hopefully I didn't bore you.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay safe. :)


  1. Lila, I don't have enough words....! I love every piece. The innovation, the colour, the style, the textures. Looks like you really got into the zone on this one! You are legend!! Congrats my friend. :@) xxx <3

  2. I really love the color you got with the chlorophyll!

  3. A dazzleing display of talent and creativity. I loved following your experiments in Tile Staining, and the spectacular results. Love them all. The criss-cross, and the final Mum and Bub are my favorites, with the DeeLite a close follow up. Beautiful work, and an awesome submission.

  4. Fun to see all your experiments, and some really nice finished tiles too!

  5. Wow, you really took this challenge to heart. I have to say that I loved all of them but couldn't stop laughing at the thought of you drinking up the art supplies!

  6. Wow Lila, this is so different for you. Using random liquids th create your 'strings'. They all look amazing, I especially like the mum and bub tile. At first glance, the green looks like grass. Great effect. Well done. I hope you keep experimenting like this. It's fun isn't it.....

  7. oh my goodness! Every tile was a little thrill, and they just kept surprising me with delight! the first one reminds me of a pricey antique fabric, and the final one, with the chlorophyll water and fuschia...oh my! just wonderful! makes my eyes happy!

  8. The creativity bug really bit you hard on this challenge. Loved seeing what you did to get the stain and your tiles are stunning. While I like the first with the red. It just really pops. I think my favorite is the 3rd, the one that you spread with the sticks. The dimension you created is great. The last ones are also really great. You used the stain so differently and quite well in all of them. You must either be on a high from all the creative energy or exhausted. Very well done.

  9. Wow, Lila, you were in the mood!!!! Great that you shared all stages with us and gives us ideas.
    I love them all, but the first and diagonal string are my favorites.

  10. Wow! So many creative ideas and beautiful results! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Fascinating. Spectacular results. I loved everything, but I find tht I am particular wowed by the last two - that color combination (red and green) is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, it was fun to read.

  12. Now you went experimenting!!!! Wow great results. My favorite is the first and third one but they are all beautiful. Well done!!

  13. Wow! Cool experiments. Thanks for sharing al the results!


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