Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Diva Challenge #219 - Straight Stuff, the Purks of Coffee Time and Tangling On "Not Tiles"

This week the Diva challenged us to use only straight lines.  I had an idea in my head, but as sometimes happens, it didn't translate very well on to the tile.  Sometimes that's just how it goes.  I finished two tiles, and although not so satisfied, figured time to accept and move on.  That's the Straight Stuff!

For Square One: Purely Zentangle, the focus tangle is Purk.  What could be more fun?  I love making all those rows of ovals and then getting a jewel-like "thing" at the end.  But this time, I must have been smelling the coffee in the morning, because this is what came out of that process.  My happy moment!
I know I have shared my irrational aversion to things not 3-1/2 X 3-1/2.  I want to break out - really!  So I first did my CZT-bound duty and tangled the pencil box provided at CZT 19.  All the while working on it, I kept thinking "this isn't very good", but I vowed to complete the project.  Imagine my surprise when, when fully tangled and shaded, I must say I love it!  See?  It takes one step to start, then you are on your way!
And finally, once I finished this pencil case, I thought - MUST TACKLE THAT WOODEN BOX.  You know, the one that has been sitting on the counter, reproachfully eyeing me as I tangle in my sketchbook, on standard white tiles, on Renaissance and black tiles, and as I mull over my options.  I chose an Identipen, because it is very non-threatening (still the idea that I can't break too far out...), and began.  I am not finished, but thought I would give you a progress report.  It's coming... Tangled with all the usual suspects and thinking I will use a gray marker for shading.  I have a set with different values that should work.  Onward and upward!

 So thank you all for stopping by, the coffee is always on around here (hehe), and I appreciate all your thoughts and comments.



  1. Wow! My pencil box still looks like a drab, cardboard paperbox. Yours is now so gloriously adorned as to make me consider withdrawing into a corner to weep. Seriously, it is a lovely work of art - as is everything you do. I like your first "line" drawing better than the second, tho both are great. The simple lines of the first one make a more dramatic statement, I think. So, if I were to draw a really nice tea cup, would you pour me a lovely cup of tea from your purkpot? How clever you are!

  2. Antonine. Your straight lines are lovely - lots of depth. Bit your pencil case - Wow - it is stunning.

  3. Antonine. Your straight lines are lovely - lots of depth. Bit your pencil case - Wow - it is stunning.

  4. Hmm. I don't think we got pencil boxes at CZT #18----or did you buy it at the Mother Ship store? I really like everything you have shared here. I think your responses to the Diva's challenge are frameworthy. Purk is one of my favorite tangles and your tea/coffee pot is stunning.

    1. We did get the pencil box as part of our "welcome kit". It came with a few promotional markers from Sakura. Rick and Maria encouraged us to tangle it, as well as the brown cardboard folder they provided to hold our handouts. Since that is "full size", I haven't gotten to that yet. Thanks for your kind words! No matter what, I always seem to be happy that I participated in the challenge each week.

  5. What an awesome Post, Antonine. Both of your Challenge Tiles are great. Love the Black areas and wonderful shading. Your Purk-olator is so adorable, and the steam is a brilliant touch. Your brown box tangling is awesome. Love every pattern you used and you have shaded and highlighted it perfectly. (I think the sketchbook they gave us originally came in this box. It works perfectly as a pencil box.) Your wooden box is so nicely tangled. Beautiful as is. Please show us the shaded version. You Rock.

  6. I like very mush composition of your tiles. great ideas

  7. I love your two challenge tiles. I agree that they are frame-able. The pencil box looks great.

  8. Your straight lines challenge pieces remind me of modern art forms. Wonderful work on all of your pieces this week! I am always inspired!

  9. Isn't it funny how we get an idea in our head for a tile and our tangles simply go where they want? I often have a sense of disappointment, but if I put the tile away for a couple of days, I forget (okay, after a couple of hours) what my original idea was and I like what I see. (okay, okay...minutes LOL) I really love your Purk coffee pot. I would put that one up in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy. And those boxes are wonderful too! (I still haven't tangled the white shell that was our gift from CZT 11!)

  10. Beautiful work - and I dó love your Diva tiles as well!

  11. Both of your straight lines are amazing!! You Purk is wonderful and your pencil is fabulous ... and the wooden box is looking good!!

    ~ Diane Clancy