Diva Challenge quickie

Hello World, just a quickie this week as I’m ankle deep in packing and sorting and tidying. (Very out of character, won’t happen again for some time.)

So this is just for the Diva Challenge –

This week’s challenge is to use coffee, tea, wine, watery paint, or some other liquid: Spilled, dripped, sprayed, blotted, or ringed on your tile to create a string.  

So that’s just what I did, almost. The tea barely showed up on the tile when dry, so I dribbled some Brusho ink (Sandstone colour) onto the damp paper, stood the jar on it for a while and then went off to have lunch.  This is what the tile looked like when dry. 

I thought it looked like Revenge of the Were Rabbit at this stage, certainly not a cute Easter bunny anyway.

So I outlined it with Pigma Micron 03 to see if that helped. It didn’t, much.

 So I did a background in Tearce, which I recently rediscovered and am enjoying using. I then had a pause to decide on a filler pattern, decided to stick with the letter T and went onto Tanglepatterns.com for inspiration. I’d never noticed this one before – Ta Da – and, although I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out here, I can see all sorts of possibilities.

The shading is less than perfect because I used a Promarker pen on water colour paper and it soaks in too much. Lesson learned.

And that’s it for now. More tales from beyond the horizon soon but, until then, be good- ish.

Something a bit fishy here…

Based on something I saw on Pinterest

Home from a recent trip, I spent two evenings stuffing soft toys I’d started while we were away. I have a very low boredom threshold so I always take things away with me to keep me occupied.  Drawing things – obviously- crochet, my Kindle and a tablet to keep in touch with the world and play idiotic games on. The rest of my attention is taken up by eating, drinking and going for walks with the loved one.

This trip the walks were slightly marred by my recent acquisition of an arthritic knee, which slowed me down considerably, in spite of anti inlammatories, pain killers, a knee brace and a telescopic walking stick bought for me by the loved one. You may perhaps imagine the expression on my face when he gave it to me. Grateful appreciation was not top of the list. Admitting that I might need one is not the same as being handed one as a pre holiday gift. However, it may not have been appreciated but, to my easily imagined chagrin, was useful on occasion.

Back to the stuffing. I have been making amigurumi toys; you may remember the armless doll, still incomplete, but I WILL finish her, probably this week. Well I took some yarn away with me and started a mermaid doll. Because I hadn’t taken stuffing – oh come on, even I don’t take soft toy stuffing on my hols – I had to stop at the point where I was decreasing for the shoulders, otherwise it would have been too narrow to get the stuffing in at a later time. 

So I had a trawl on the net (see what I did there?) and decided to make her a couple of friends; a fish and an octopus. They were such fun to do, I may make more, if I can think of anyone who might want them. I’ve started a seahorse too but that is on pause until all the other projects are complete, otherwise I will end up with a bag full of unfinished symphonies. Sorry, another bag full of…

I’ve mentioned before that I belong to a couple of FB groups swapping little Zentangle artwork pieces – Zentangle Artist Trading Swap and Travelling Tangles Project.  Well, a couple of weeks ago, a lady called Michele Wynne (Her blog is called Coffee and Creativity and well worth a visit, her artwork is gorgeous) offered on the travelling Tangle Project  to send part complete ATC’s for people to finish. I begged to be included and came back from Tenerife to find a beautifully decorated envelope waiting for me. This is what it contained –

Just look at the subtlety of the shading here.
And the vibrant colours on this one, wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well it took me a while to work out what to do. I looked at the Mooka one first and decided on some sort of motif pattern top left, somehow linked to what Michele had done. I did a fair amount of rough practice on scrap paper and eventually took a deep breath and drew Cirquital in the top corner, using some of the colours in the Mooka. Unfortunately, mine were deeper than the ones Michele had used, so I used a little of my red  over hers to tone them together.  This was, I thought, the finished version but it didn’t work – almost, but not quite.  There was no link between the two parts, even though I had used the Tipple and Pokeleaf as a unifying element,  they were just two patterns that happened to share a page. Nervously, because at this stage I didn’t want to ruin the whole damn thing, I added a few ribbons to join the two areas. And, in my humble opinion, it worked.  Phew! I hope she doesn’t think I spoiled her starters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, feeling positive, I started on the brightly coloured one. The bottom left corner just did it all by itself; I didn’t have to think about it at all. But the top right had me puzzled. In the end I went off on Pinterest looking for patterns and found this one – called Muscari by Elaine Belfatto. Once it was in, I could see it was a disaster – not the pattern but my execution of it. My shading, colouring and drops of white were a frantic attempt to disguise  my failure and, in the end, it looks OK. But it doesn’t live up to expectations. Bugger!

And the vibrant colours on this one, wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I decided to send a couple back for Michele to complete.  I went for plain and simple design on splodgy (That’s the technical term) inked backgrounds. I shall put them in the mail tomorrow and see what happens. 

 

And then it was Diva Day again and I read the Challenge with high hopes.

This week’s challenge is a string challenge where you are to use a Circle and a Square in some form for your string.

You can take this in any direction you like, you can use MANY circles and one square, you can use many squares and only a few circles – just make sure you use at least one of each.  You can also free hand your circle or square if you want, or if you don’t have access to things to trace.  It’s all good.  

 

So, since I am completing a swap using triangle tiles, I used one and  drew a square-ish square and surrounded it with circles.  I can’t remember the name of the pattern, it’s the new one from the mother ship demonstrated by the two little girls on the newsletter  and I like it soooo much more than I first expected to. I also can’t remember the name of the Greek key pattern inside the square but it’s an old favourite, just shaded a little.

And here are the rest of the swap. The jury’s till out on whether or not I like the 3Z tiles but I did enjoy these.   And I think that’s all for now. My daughter and family are joining us for a few days, so it will be bedlam at the home for the terminally disturbed this week and we will heave a sigh when they leave but, oh, it will be fun.

Until next time, world, be good -ish.

A Little Adventure

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The Winter Gardens

We went to Sheffield.  Now, in comparison with the Marianas Trench or K2, I suppose Sheffield doesn’t impress you much but, for the loved one and me, it was an adventure. We’re used to travelling around Europe but we don’t do cities much. I like the seaside and promenades and beaches and I like magnificent mountains and barren terrain but somehow we never do cities. It’s alright in theory but  when it comes down to going out, we tend to pick coastal or rural rather than urban.

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The Town Hall

And Sheffield? It’s our nearest big city; it’s where I worked, many, many, MANY moons ago and it really has a lot going for it. In recent times, we have been there quite a few times but always for hospital appointments, which didn’t endear it to us, as you can imagine.  So, when the loved one asked if I fancied a trip there, I almost said no. But it was a lovely bright winter day and we had no other plans, so off we went. Continue reading “A Little Adventure”

Arthur who?

A pair of tiles I received the other day as part of the swap on FB. From Brenda Pereira and Anne Marks

Arthur Itis, that’s who.  In my knee. Now this isn’t fair. I was a good girl and went for my neurosurgery last July and took it on the chin. (s) I gradually eased off on the pain killers and, as I did so, my right knee started to be a bit uncomfortable. And then more uncomfortable. And then painful. Surely you’re supposed to recover from one thing before the next one starts, aren’t you? And anyway, only old people get arthritis, don’t they? It’s not fair and I’m having a sulk, so there. Anyone looking meaningfully at the calendar and  doing adding up faces had better watch out. Fortunately, most of my hobbies involve sitting down – the Zentangle, crochet, reading and so on. Continue reading “Arthur who?”

Catching up

Two ready to send to the swap. The challenge is to use grid based patterns.

Hello world, I hope you are full of fun, vim and vigour, as I am myself. (That may be  me fooling myself but if it works, I’ll go along with it.)

My previous post was a bit short and to the point because we were away in Spain and typing on a tablet does not come naturally to me. How people use their phones for these things is beyond me. I like a keyboard. We had a good time though, in spite of our first full day there being inclement, as they say. The rain in Spain fell mainly on me and the loved one.  He’s gone all rusty now but we’re pretending it’s a tan. (I ended up with prickly heat, which is always a good sign!) The hotel was excellent and right down on the seafront, which I love. Continue reading “Catching up”

The New Look

  1. I got a bit ambitious and decided to update my blog. Not being all that skilled with these things, it was a bit of a trial for me but I’m not unhappy with the finished look, at least for now.

I’ve been making quite a few cards recently: three or four birthdays and, horribly, some sympathy cards. We’ve had three funerals in a month and there’s another one to come. Two of them were very elderly and frail and, sad though these things always are, it felt right to be saying a fond goodbye. The other two were much younger and that most definitely does NOT seem right.  Knowing that sometimes life isn’t fair or right is no consolation at all and I rail at the unfairness of it all. To no avail, of course, but I still have  to have my tantrum. Continue reading “The New Look”

Livin’ Doll

Got myself a cryin’, walking, sleepin’, talkin’, livin’ doll…

Showing my age again but this comes to mind because I am currently making a doll for my granddaughter.  (I was going to do one for my grandson too but one may be more than enough.) It’s crochet, from a pattern I found on the Ravelry  website (http://www.ravelry.com/ )  – if you haven’t been there, go there. Do not pass go, do not collect £200, just go, it’s got everything and is worth joining just for all the free knitting and crochet patterns.

I'm making the bigger one, I hope.
I’m making the bigger one, I hope.

What’s the problem, I hear you ask…  Well, it’s me. I hate having to do as I’m told, constantly want to try MY way and therefore can’t follow a pattern for toffee. It’s why Zentangle works for me – I use the step outs to learn and then do it MY way. And then I try to kid myself that MY way is as good as the original. Hmmm. Not fooling anybody really but… Continue reading “Livin’ Doll”