Saturday, May 7, 2016

Diva Challenge #266 Crux, Kaleidoscopic Color, 14 Shades of Gray and Ellish...or Allish?

Gentle Readers,

I appreciate your patience in waiting for my post - it seems I'm moving ever farther past Thursday to now...Saturday!  I guess I get so involved with the tangling that I don't stop to record and organize.  I must admit, that is one of my lifelong challenges.  I used to HATE when the powers-that-be at work asked us to keep track of everything we do.  That takes way longer than the doing!  Thank goodness those days are gone.

Before I forget, Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful, loving, supportive, challenged, overwhelmed, affectionate but frazzled, totally human (and even the non-human!) mothers out there!  May all your progeny shower you with every accolade on your special day.  My own mother departed so very many years ago, just four days after her 30th birthday, and I never had the opportunity to share a Mother's Day with her.  I still love you, Mommy!

On to this week's "Zentanglish" musings:


Last week I promised to work in some color.  I have been playing around with new watercolors and trying out various papers, stretching techniques, brushes, washes, etc.  This is all new to me - I haven't really used watercolor since I painted them into my childhood coloring book pages.  So much to learn!  When I started working with the featured tangle Crux, I thought from the start that it cried out for color.  Somehow the crystalline forms reminded me of what I saw peering through the opening of those little Kaleidoscopes I loved as a child.

I applied the color sparingly in this case, but added lots of black to simulate that feeling of the dark hole in the tube with the colored light shining through. 


On the other end of the color spectrum, I received my 14 Shades of Gray kit from the supremely talented Sonya Yencer and Jenny Peruzzi.  This kit describes a method of taking your featured tangle from black and white to a misty gray on your tile.  It is such a lovely transition and way to soften the look of a bold tangle.  I have lots more to learn through practice and inspiration from other 14-Shaders, but here are my two contributions to the mix.




I tried the new official tangle Ellish, but it kept going its own way, turning into an "A".  One of the FB group commenters said "I love your Allish!", so that is what I will call it.

Allish on a Ring

Allish with Ruutz

So, Dear Readers, thank you for stopping by today.  Have a beautiful Mother's Day weekend and enjoy your families.  Know that I cherish all your thoughts and comments and would love to hear from you.



  1. I love your Challenge tile ... the color is beautiful and the blackened background made it just pop. And you're right, it does remind me of a kaleidoscope! The black, white, and gray pieces are beautifully done. It has been years (too many for me to mention!) since I attempted that kind of work in college. Since life got in the way of studies, I just haven't spent the time I probably should have keeping sharp on techniques. I love you Ellish pieces too. I need to work on that one a bit more to have it flow so smooth. Great work!

  2. Me too, like your Challenge tile very much: a beautiful design with splendid colours!!!

  3. Wonderful tiles! I never thought to use a kaleidoscope as inspiration. How clever. :)

    Your Allish looks wonderful. I haven't played around with that tangle yet, so seeing your tile has reminded me to do so.

    Happy Mother's Day to you too.

  4. All of your tiles are great! I love the kaleidoscope reference in the challenge tile!

  5. Great tiles and that way of shades of grey is beautiful. Happy Mothers day!!

  6. Beautiful and very inspiring work! I like your kaleidoscop idea!

  7. So much inspiration! Beautiful work. Remember how at the beginning we were encouraged only to use black and white? I'm so glad that's no longer the "rule." While I truly love black and white pieces - colorful ones are equally wonderful.

  8. Wonderful work! Your "Allish" is gorgeous! Happy Sunday!

  9. Beautiful work! I love the Diva piece-it really does look like a kaleidoscope;-) Your Allish on a ring is absolutely stunning and your shades of grey are perfectly ghostly. Thanks for the inspiration;-)

  10. What fun to add watercolors in this way. Beautifully done. You've done beautiful shades of gray tiles also. The "Alish" with Ruutz is gorgeous!

  11. Great kaleidoscope tile, I love the way it is waving like a banner. Both your Allish are wonderful and I think you must have inspired Maria because since you posted yours on Mosaic she has gone Alphabellish bonkers now lol.

  12. Your kaleidoscope Crux is out of this world!