Hello world, here we are again. The heat is on both figuratively and in reality. That is to say, the heating is on; the windows are closed and we’ve begun our hibernation in earnest. Snow? Nah. Gales and blizzards? Nah. Mist, drizzle and murk? Yup, that’s the one. The day starts grey, in fact you can hardly tell it’s started at all, and then it brightens enough to fool you into thinking you’ll go out. Wrong. Cold, miserable and damp. And we are now officially in the run up to Christmas. As a result, I have discovered what I already knew, that the cards I have been making since last January will not be enough. (Here are a few of the more recent ones.)
These two were both from craft class. Very simple but, I think, effective.
A couple of friends came round the other day and one of them brought me some boxes to decorate if I wanted to. Here’s the lid of the first one.
However, I have started another project for Christmas, although it may not be ready for THIS Christmas, but we can hope. It’s based on a photo I saw on Facebook of a picture by a lady called Diane Vienneau. Isn’t it great? So I thought I’d try one. I’ve messaged her on FB to ask if she minds my sharing her work on here and she says OK, so I know she won’t mind and I just want to share her wonderful work.
I’ve only got as far as the main outline plan.
You can see all my scribbling on the left hand side, where I noted ideas before I forgot. If it’s good enough, it may even go on the wall.
Speaking of “if it’s good enough…” I started a big name plate thing for my son and his family some time ago, using Joanne Fink monogram patterns and a Zentangle border. I’ve worked on it on and off for months but lost interest and have just finished it in time to give it for Christmas. It’s wrapped and ready and yet, and yet. Alright, I’ll ‘fess up, I don’t want it to be one of those things they put on the wall if they know I’ll be coming round, just to please me. (Bloody vanity – I should be grateful they care enough not to want to hurt my feelings.) Well, this is it in its finished form and I won’t be there to see them open it, so I’ll never know, will I?
I have a Zentangle class tomorrow and am looking forward to it. At the last one, we drew a leaf, divided it into sections and started filling it with patterns. For homework – homework, would you believe? – we were to finish the patterns and take it back tomorrow to do a sort of background or frame. So this is what it looks like today and we’ll see how different it is tomorrow.
Been to my Zentangle class. Was it great? Oh yes it certainly was. We did white on black, which was not a complete success but I do feel I learned a lot. See above for the virtually finished leaf and then we did two tiles, see below, and a Christmas Star, using mica powder to colour. It’s much more luminous in reality than it looks here but you get the idea. That’s mica powder added to my Christmas list.
The white on black is tricky because of the way the ink goes on and shading is sort of in reverse, but not. Yes, well, that’s as clear as I can make it, so we’ll leave it there.
And finally, the Diva Challege. We were asked to use a doll as our string and I have to admit the first thing that came into my mind was Chocky. ( Sorry, apparently it was Chucky!)I trod temptation under foot, however, and ended up with an angel doll. Now I admit, she/he still looks more like an avenging angel than a guardian one but we are, after all, what we are.