For those of you who haven’t read “Wind in the Willows”, these are the words of Toad on first seeing a motor car and becoming enamoured of cars and sports cars in particular. (The poop poop bit is in reference to the car horn, I feel I should add, for those of you wondering if I am of a scatological turn of mind.) My college friend Sue and I used to use it on sighting a particularly attractive member of the opposite sex. (It’s been a while…)
Anyway, Why, I hear you ask, why, Maggibee are you in such raptures? Well I’ll tell you. (Was there any doubt?) I received a parcel today from an organisation called Woodware, who make excellent acrylic stamps for cardmaking and journalling and the like. That’s not all they sell by a long way but it’s what I knew them for and I have to say their stamps are excellent. (They are wholesalers, so you don’t buy direct from them but loads of places stock their stuff.) BUT, do you remember I met up with a “blogfriend” from The USA a few weeks ago? Lynell Harlow, Well, she is/was the owner of Dreamweaver Stencils, who have just sold out to Woodware and, as a result of that meeting and some exceptionally generous behaviour on her part and theirs, I am now the proud possessor of a set of Dreamweaver stencils.
I am, therefore, giddy as a loon and, in spite of the fact that I’m supposed to be packing to go away tomorrow to Tenerife, I’m in my craftroom instead, stencilling away like nobody’s business. I’ve used either stamp pads or Promarker pens on the stencils to create backgrounds and/or strings for tangling and I’m taking them with me to sit and play in the sun. You can see one of them at the top of the page in a sort of Before And After arrangement, and another two a little lower down, just coloured and ready for patterns. There are more but I haven’t had time to use them yet.
Oh bliss! Oh ecstasy! Oh poop poop!
So now we’re at the airport watching the news about a plane crash over France. I’m torn between sympathy for the people who died and their poor families and a strong desire to avoid flying at all costs. There’s a bank of cloud drifting across the runway as I write and it all looks a bit Stephen King. Will feel a lot happier when we get to Tenerife. It’s a five hour flight so I might do some tangling on the plane. However, having been up since 03.15, I may just sleep. Who knows?
I brought my circle maker too in the hope of doing a Zendala or two. Doesn’t get much more exciting than that, does it?
But it does. I was looking on Lynell’s blog (Dream it Up) and there was a piece on her blog drawn by me! It was drawn using mainly the pattern Athizi, which I found weirdly versatile, and I’d given it to her when we met. On the blog was a request for a reminder of what I had used to make it. It looked way better than I remembered but that’s almost certainly because I saw something similar on Youtube or Pinterest and “borrowed” the idea! It was done with Pigma Micron pen, white water colour pencil, a Mitsubishi white pen, sanguine pencil and a Zenstone from the Zentangle people.
I tried another way with the owl stencil, using Promarker pens to set up background colour and then patterns using Pigma Microns (01 and 005) then finished it off with Gelly Roll pens and water colour pencils. again, here are Before and After pictures. And, as a result of being away and the vagaries of foreign wifi, I haven’t done the Diva Challenge this week. I saw it and I will do it because it’s to use a pattern I want to try, but I’m waiting until next Monday and I’ll catch up then. This week’s Challenge, is to use the “official ” tangle, Flux and, as I was already doing another of the Dreamweaver owls this week, I’m using both versions of Flux for his feathers.
Well, we’re home, having spent ten days in the sun, walking, well, let’s be truthful; strolling, for miles along the sea front from Costa Adeje to La Caleta and back; swimming in the sea – not as warm as it looked – and dipping in and out of the pool; eating out every day and drinking too much of the local beverages and , of course, doing a bit of Zentangle.
On the five hour flight out there, I did a sort of zendala, although it’s ended up a bit wobbly in places. I used a Helix angle and circle maker to do the circles – they don’t approve of sharp objects at airport security, so it’s an absolute godsend. An American friend from one of the FB sites sent it to me because, although it’s a British company, you can’t buy them in the U.K. There’s logic for you. So, thanks again, Rae McCurdy and this is how it’s used. I’ll get better, I promise!
I also used one of the stencils from Dreamweaver to do a front for a birthday card and I rather like the finished product.
So the last thing I did while we were away was a stylised picture of the island of La Gomera, across the bay from our hotel. I don’t suppose it’s recognisable but I quite like the finished product.
So, soon it will be Diva Day and then I’ll post for two weeks. My daughter and grandson are coming up for a few days and things might be a bit busy, so I’m hoping the challenge is not too challenging this week, concentration will be at a premium!
So the diva challenge is here and she has asked us to use Fanz as a focus pattern this week. It’s a simple but very adaptable pattern, so I decided to have lots of little Fanz bursting out of a big one. It seems to work OK. While I was doing it, Ben came in and offered to help and, since I was drinking tea at the time (When am I not?) he drew me a tangled teapot. So here it is.
Bye world, see you next week…