Thursday, December 17, 2015

Diva Challenge #248 - Gift of Zentangle, and Throwback Thursday #7 - Finally after a month off!

Gentle Readers,
I finally returned to this venue after a month-long break, a "just because" gift of down time to myself.  When your passion starts to feel like work, it is time to hibernate for a while and then come back. 
Two happy things prompted this return, even though I am in the throes of cookie baking, card writing and party planning (and attending - nice!) 
First, Linda Farmer posted my tangle "Oybay" on the website.  Lots of people visited my blog as a result of that, so I figured I should at least let folks know I am still alive and kicking.  One of the things included in the post with the tangle step outs was the tile shown below.  I did this right BEFORE the ZenGem craze started.  I have no idea if anyone saw it and knew they could absolutely do better!  But they certainly started posting gorgeous gems and (thank you dear artists) tutorials on how they drew the gems. 
This was a perfect segue into a Throwback Thursday #7.  Here I have taken my original tile and reworked the gems in the second version.  I also added some amped-up shading.  I don't think these are actually the best gems I have done (I'm still practicing like crazy - literally crazy!), but they are certainly improved in the second tile. I added regular Prismacolor pencil on top of the Inktense originals and topped them off with Gelly Roll highlights. What a difference! 
If you have a throwback you would like to add, I'd love to see it.  Click on the link at the bottom and enter your URL.

original version

new and improved

Diva Challenge - Gift of Zentangle

I am so grateful to have someone poke me in the butt sometimes and make me get something done.  Usually, that someone is my husband (thank you, darling...) but this time it was our Diva.  I have been wanting to make something for my granddaughter, but somehow there is always something going on.  I have been taking instruction in calligraphy from a great lady in my community, Desiree Mansell.  She has been working with me on the Uncial alphabet, and I really love it.  I am still at the kindergarten stage, but I thought I would try something fun.  I took a paper and aged it with distress inks, then used a fat pen point and lettered her name "Pemba".  Unfortunately, the ink bled a bit on the paper I chose, but I forged ahead anyway.  I tangled around the lettering, actually in a random sort of way, and I am pretty pleased with the result.  So here is my entry for this week's Diva Challenge.  I show it scanned in and then framed.


So that's all I have this week.  I probably will not post again next week, so I will take this opportunity to wish all my dear readers the most Blessed Holidays and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!


  1. I smiled when I read your first paragraph. I took this week off from a couple challenges, and have enjoyed being able to spend more time visiting others' blogs, like yours! Your gift for your granddaughter is fantastic. Happy holidays and blessings for the new year!

  2. I'm so glad you popped back for a bit;-) I'm working on a piece right now for my niece inspired by your gorgeous wine quote ZIA and "Oybay". Congrats on the Tangle Patterns inclusion. I knew "Oybey" would a grand success when I saw here originally. I'll post of pic of my finished ZIA on my blog next week. I'm up to my ears in cookie baking too;-) Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!

  3. Just yesterday I tried you new tangle and I do like it a lot, so thanks for sharing. It's good to see you back here and with such a beautiful piece of art. Happy Holidays!

  4. I've really enjoyed working with Oybay. I've even taught some of my students how to draw it. I especially like how versatile it is.

    Really beautiful work on the throwback. Such great improvements on the jewels.
    "Pemba" is such a unique name, and has a nice tone to it.
    It's great that you popped back into the blogging sphere to share all your creations with us. :)

  5. Such lovely work! Your granddaughter is very lucky!

  6. Gorgeous work! I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  7. That is really so cool. I love the finish. Blessed holidays to you!

  8. Wow - your lettering work, and choice of colours are simply beautiful. This will definitely become a beloved keepsake!

    A very blessed year ahead, may your paths be filled with abundance, peace, joy, love, health and wholeness <3

    Debbie New CZT18

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  9. Your original gems were lovely, but don't you just love the evolution of the gem lately? Amazing and beautiful second go at the gems. I also love the gift you made. Gorgeous and your granddaughter will cherish this! Happy New Year, Antonine!