Since I THINK all the vacation laundry is finished, and since we spent some happy time this weekend at Maggiano's restaurant celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday (WAY too much really yummy food, but worth every calorie... er, bite!), I am ready to settle down and get back to some sort of schedule. Made the beds and spiffed up the bathrooms, rolled the trashcans out to the curb, had coffee, and after this post, I will spread out the yoga mat for some "Yoga Over 50". My stuff never bends as far as that of the 62-year-old instructor on the screen, but oh well... After that, a little tangling, fix lunch, make a couple phone calls, computer (shopping?) time, nap, fix dinner, a little TV and bed. If that sounds boring to you, you haven't worked for enough years. I love retirement!
I must say, internet shopping is my blessing and my curse, and since I retired, I spend far too much time surfing, to say nothing of how Paypal and Amazon OneClick make parting with my money so very easy!
This week I purchased a variety of white and gold metallic pens. A few weeks ago I got a big black paper sketchbook, so I've been having fun experimenting with how each pen works. Some make fine lines, some are great for pooling into big fat dots, one even has a shiny finish to the ink when dry. My sketchbooks are never anything like the beautiful journals that so many in our Zentangle community produce (see the latest news from Rick and Maria to find photos of her incredible journal!) No, sadly, my book is a big scratch pad in which I just experiment and scribble whatever new tangle was posted online or whatever pops into my mind at the moment. I often do some playing around with what can I connect to what and how would this tangle look in a circle or as a border. Very therapeutic, though, and I do keep all of them handy for reference. You understand, though, there is no structure, no order, no contents or dates in these books. That's just not how I roll. Hey, my underwear drawer and cabinets are all neatly organized - even plastic containers - that's enough!
This week, the Diva's guest blogger was Erin Olsen, of The Bright Owl fame. She asked us to use her Zendala template for our entry. I was itching to use those new pens, so I transferred the template on to a black Zendala tile. I traced it on the back side with a white chalk pencil and then flipped it over and used an embossing tool to trace onto the black paper. Worked like a charm!
Here is what I got. At first, I was not warming up to all the circles, but in the end, I embraced them and had fun. I wish the gold showed up a bit better in the scan, but in "real life" it looks quite nice. I am also learning that shading with a graphite pencil on the black tiles is not exactly right. This time I switched (mid stream, unfortunately) to a "charcoal" colored chalk pencil, and it was just right. It works well with the texture of the black paper, and I'll file that technique away for future use!
For the That's New To Me #32 challenge, the random letter was "A", and the guest artist was Karry Heun. I chose Arnia by Maureen Stott and Alien Crest by Gael Shepherd. I used Karry's tangle Stitch. This one took a bit of planning and sketchbook try-outs, but I am happy with the results. Does anyone else see sardines here?
Square One: Purely Zentangle focuses on Schway this week. I don't often use that one because once you draw it, you have to figure out what to do with it. If I put it in a tile with other tangles, I get stumped, so it rarely makes an appearance. Here, I decided to see if it would work on a curve, getting progressively bigger. Once I had it drawn , I just took it somewhere strange. I did something similar with the tangle Whirlee a while back (November 2014), so I must have some fixation with things on a string. I call this one "Strung Schway".
Thank you for stopping by today, and know that I cherish all your comments and insights!