Sunday, 27 April 2014

A few pieces of late

The first one was a work in progress for a few days.  I wasn't happy with the direction it was heading, however not one to leave a piece unfinished I kept at it and completed it this afternoon.  Perhaps I should have shaded it but because it is drawn with a blue coloured pen I was hesitant to use a blue coloured pencil for shading.

Frilly Flowers

An aunt of mine wanted me to show her how to tangle, here is my piece and unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of hers.  She quite liked it in the end but was very concerned with her shaky lines - I thought she did very well considering.  I stressed to her its not about the finished product but the process is what it's all about.

this one was finished early on in the week and I just hadn't got around to taking a photo and posting it.  The main pattern is from a design on some scatter cushions I saw in a magazine so I'm not sure if there is a tangle like it out there.  I also used Rixty, Fandango and 2 of my newbie tangles Cameo and Bellamy.

I hope you had a pleasant weekend - as for me, back to work tomorrow after 10 days break :)

Saturday, 26 April 2014

It's a String Thing #31 by Pat Ferguson

It's a String thing with Adele Bruno from

We are to use the tangles listed below - all starting with 'Pa" in honour of Pat Ferguson who created this string #31

Paushalöv by CZT Amy Brody
 Pavonia by Angie Shade  
Paizel by CZT Angie Vangalis  
Palvero by Karry Heun

this is what happened when I put them altogether.

Thanks for stopping by :)

and here is the same string from 15 months ago - still busy but no shading :)

Tackle it Tuesday with the letter 'I'

Tangles used:

In a Pod

Drawn on a round coaster, coloured with gel pens.

If you would like to see what others have tangled, please visit Cheryl at Artful Creations

Friday, 25 April 2014

Lace Play

I've been wanting to try this for a very long time and tonight was the night when I had some time.

My inspiration - my coffee cup - an Easter present (filled with chocolate Easter eggs) from my lovely daughter-in-law.

Basically I just did what came to mind - I hope you like it too

Thanks once again for stopping by and for your interest in my artwork - always appreciated :)

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Weekly Challenge #164: "Amanda (Earth) Day"

From Wikipedia
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[1] and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.[2]
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. 

So this week our challenge is to take inspiration from our Earth.

I wasn't too fussed on participating in this week's challenge, however, whilst flicking pages of a colouring book I keep here for when my granddaughter visits, I came across several scenes that would fit perfectly.

here is my inspiration piece.

and here is my ZIA

Thanks for stopping by and many thanks for your interest and comments on my posts from last week.  I appreciate it greatly - have a great week! :)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter 2014

Spent the last 2 days cooking, baking and bagging Easter Eggs for my family.

Happy Easter Everyone - wishing you all peace, love and happiness always.

Here are some pics :)

Blessings xx

Dyed some eggs for Easter (Traditional red)

 my twin son with his daughter Paris
 my twin daughter with my granddaughter Paris
 my mum and dad and my niece and granddaughter
 egg hunt
 with my cousin's doggy Holly

 gourds in mum's garden
 almond cookies

 Jesus is the reason
my granddaughter and I

I haven't tried these before - my gift from my daughter :)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Deelite - New Pattern

Deelite came about as I was trying to draw Judy Murphy's 'Double D' pattern from memory one lunchtime.  That evening I checked her pattern on and realised it was obviously quite different.  

Even though to me, it is very different, I'm not sure if it's a tanglation or a variation on 'Double D' or if in fact it is a new pattern all together.

I would like to know your thoughts on 'Deelite'.

I do hope you get a chance to try it out for yourself.

There's so many ways to draw this 'D'; right, left, up, down, with 1 loop, with 1 and a half loop, with a double loop, vertically, horizontally, in a straight line, in a curved line, spiral, grid or simply on its own.

In my monotangle example I've shown a number of ways you can incorporate this tangle.

Thank you for your interest - comments are most welcome.

I inadvertently signed in the wrong place :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Weekly Challenge #163: New Official Tangle - Rixty

Rixty is the New Official Tangle created by Maria, one of the founders of Zentangle® in honour of Rick's (the other founder) 60th Birthday.

There are many variations and you may find the step out here Rixty Pattern

Here is my interpretation for this week's challenge with Laura from

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Cameo - New Pattern

Here is another I've been meaning to do a step out for.  Thank you for stopping by.

This is my inspiration.

And here is my step out

Sahara - New Pattern

I managed to do another 2 more. here is Sahara - I asked my daughter for a name.  She said it looks African.

I hope you like it and have a chance to try it.  I would love to see your interpretations - thank you :)

Bellamy - my new pattern

I'm playing catch up with some step outs.  I'm always finding bits of paper with sketches of some things that pop into my head.

Introducing 'Bellamy' (the hardest part for me is naming my patterns)

It looks kinda tricky but it isn't really and it doesn't matter if the lines are not the same size which is a plus :)
There's quite a few number of steps but that's because I stretched it out - I could have shown it in less.

Aiming to do at least another step out this weekend.

Thanks again for your visit :)

 close up of examples

"It's a String Thing" #35

Tangle Pattern String #47 is by Cheri Hartwick and in her honour we are to use her string along with 'C' tangles - I've chosen Crescent Moon, Cayke and Chillon.

Check out Adele Bruno's Blog Tickled to Tangle, where she runs weekly challenges using tangle pattern strings.

Thank you and have a nice day :)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Weekly Challenge #162: "String Theory - Initial String"

...and here is my 2nd entry - 'L' and 'P' string

Have a lovely weekend! :)

Tackle it Tuesday - 'G' Tangles

I made a bit of a blue, actually, it's not really a mistake, but I had plans to use one string and enter the same tile in 2 challenges - and guess what! I forgot that 'It's a String Thing' challenge with Adele Bruno was to use String Pattern # 47 with some chosen 'C' letter tangles ( I did the 'G' thing)

I guess that idea goes out the window.  Nevertheless I am entering this tile using string #47 in Cheryl Rotnem's Tackle it Tuesday challenge - using tangles starting with the letter 'G'

here we go; tangles used:  

Glace (by me) 
Grass Border by Suzanne McNeill
Gewgle by Sandy Bartholomew

Thanks for your interest - come again soon :)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Weekly Challenge #162: "String Theory - Initial String"

I'm surprised, Laura's post only came out last night and there are already over 30 entries!  I'm going to make this a quick post as it's way past my bedtime and I have work tomorrow.

Our challenge is to use our initials for our string - you can spot mine from a mile away hehe.

If you too would like to participate or check out the other entries, you may click here I am the Diva

I drew the string last night and tangled my tile tonight.  Seeing it was very dark piece, I added colour as I didn't think shading would suffice.

Have a wonderful week everyone :) thanks for your visit - look around :)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Challenge #2 - Bubble Artwork with Made by Joey

Boy was I sorry I started this one - it took me all afternoon to draw, colour and fill the bubbles.  I really wanted to do a Portuguese Rooster so I thought I would combine both for this week's challenge.  I wouldn't normally add such a busy background and feel my rooster got a little lost.  Having said that 'Tipple' is one of my favourite fills and it would have been better if I didn't tangle my rooster.  All part of the experience isn't it?

I used copic markers for colour.

And here he is.  And the link if you would like to join in.

I hope you've had a lovely weekend - thanks for stopping by - I'd love to hear from you :)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

It's a String Thing #34

Adele Bruno asked us to use Tanglepattern String #29 with a condition to only use these tangles; 

Sand Swirl  by Karry Heun Sanibelle  by CZT Tricia Faraone Snag  by Jem Miller Shattuck  an official Zentangle® pattern

I'm not sure that I like my tile - a little too one toned.  I should have added some colour or even filled sections of Sanibelle and Sand Swirl, oh well, maybe next time :)

If you would like to know more please visit Tickled To Tangle

Thanks Adele!

Tackle it Tuesday - F

Tackle it Tuesday with Cheryl Rotnem from artful creations.  We are already up to the letter 'F'!! I still haven't completed 'A nor B' yet but I am going to try to keep up with her :)

These are the tangles I have incorporated:  

Footlites (a fave)
Florz (another fave - a double fave actually)
Fancy Nancy

I did use a fair few :) and here it is.

If you too would like to partcipate and/or check out what others have drawn, please click here artful creations

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Weekend :)

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Weekly Challenge #161: "In a Quandary about Quandary"

Late Monday night I saw that Laura had posted this week's challenge.  It's a pattern that never really appealed to me - only because I struggle with it - the tangle is 'Quandary'.  She says it's a practise tangle, and she sure was right about that.  It was too late to start so the next day on my lunchbreak I decided to practise - the only thing was I couldn't remember if it has 5 or 6 petals!  I had a play regardless and then I had a closer look on Tuesday and I discovered it was 6.  Then I read her little trick is to do it in sections, triangle by triangle.  It seemed like a good idea but when I drew it I kind of do the whole 'flower'  I'm going to call it a flower because it looks like one to me :)

Firstly I drew 3 circles and just started somewhere in the middle - I added 'Flowervine' as I thought the two patterns would work well plus to try to give the piece a bit of balance - not sure if I succeeded so I coloured some areas using a blue Copic marker.

My practise piece

 My entry

Found this on my desk at work (nothing to do with quandary)

A piece I was working on Monday night - finished last night

Some doodling whilst on the phone at work - it's on a papertowel

...........and there you have it

I hope your week has been travelling kindly :)