Should I feel guilty because I’ve now got my cousin almost as hooked on Tangling as I am myself? Nah, she loves it. In particular, we’ve been dangling. We went trawling the Internet for inspiration and the stuff you can find on Pinterest is amazing. I’ve mentioned Joanne Fink before and I’ve still not found anyone who does it better but there are lots of other people out there doing some enviable work. Many of them, like Joanne, are professional artists and I know I’ll never be able to do anything as good as theirs but I do enjoy trying my own take on things.
I’ve been looking at Zendalas but I haven’t tried one yet. Maybe that’s tomorrow’s challenge. In fact, I’ve been looking at a blog called I am the Diva ( http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.co.uk/ )and she puts on a weekly Zentangle challenge. I’ve only just found it but she’s been doing it for a couple of years. I’m going to go back right to the beginning and try them all. That should keep me going for a while. She puts ideas that have been sent to meet her challenge on the blog, so you can see how lots of other people have interpreted the challenge. There are some very talented people out there.
Also, I’ve been looking at Zentangle letters/monograms and alphabets. Again, there is some beautiful stuff out there and people are happy to share ideas. As a result, monograms are on my To Do list now. I’m going to have to live to be 199 if I’m to get all these things done.
Anyway, as my new grandbaby has now arrived, a baby girl and pretty as a picture, I thought I’d make a mobile to hang over her cot. In fact, I shall probably do more than one, knowing me. So I thought I’d start with the letters of her name. Fortunately for me, they’ve chosen a short name and it’s lovely, Isla. So far, these are the letters I have designed. Not sure if they’re good enough but we’ll see when I’ve got it all put together.
I did enjoy doing these as I watched “Springwatch” on T.V. but perhaps they would be better if I’d been concentrating a bit more on one or the other!
I also saw a challenge on “I am the Diva” blog, the very first challenge she did, in fact. It just asked for something simple, so, after a brief period of thought, I decided that simple for me meant just one tangle pattern, in this case, Phicops, and a string in the shape of a heart. Not unhappy with the result.
I also think I may have invented another Tangle. If I have, I’m calling it Norbudz because they’re neither flowers – nor buds. If, on the other hand, someone else got there first, my apologies and what’s it called please?
On the finished tile, I’ve just filled in with auras, as I couldn’t see a sensible way to link the motifs.
I’ve just bought some Sakura Gelly Roll pens, so I’m off now to give them a try.
Happy Tangling, world.