Monday, April 24, 2017

DC#313- Amanda Day, and a first try of "Dingbatz"

Letzten Samstag war der Tag der Erde "Earth Day". Lauras Sohn war schon vor Jahren der Meinung, dass die Erde einen Namen braucht, und so ist es nun schon meine dritte Teilnahme zum Amanda Day der DIVA Challenge. Ich bin sicher, es werden weitere folgen ...

Dieses Jahr habe ich mich wieder für ein Renaissance- Zendala entschieden (das passt irgendwie perfekt...) und habe versucht, Bäume im Zentangle Stil zu zeichnen.
Vor dem Schattieren, auf halbem Weg hat es mir nicht wirklich gefallen, aber nun finde ich es doch ganz schön. Auf jeden Fall hat es Spaß gemacht, mal wieder zu tangeln, nach mehrtägiger Pause.

Last Saturday was Earth Day. The DIVA`s sun gave our Earth the lovely name Amanda and this is already my third Amanda Day to take part in the DIVA Challenge! And I am sure there will follow some...

This year I decided to use a Renaissance Zendala tile and tried to draw some trees in Zentangle style.
I did not like it much before shadowing but finally I like it, anyway... And I enjoyed it very much to tangle, after a some days break.

In ihrem letzten "Kitchen Table Tangle" Video stellten Rick&Maria kleine dekorative Ornamente im Zentangle Stil vor, die sie "Dingbatz" nennen.
Heute habe ich die ersten kleinen Versuche gemacht. Die Dinger sind einfach süß. Und die haben das Potenzial, süchtig zu machen ;-)

In their last "Kitchen Table Tangle" - video Rick&Maria introduced the technique to draw small decorative ornaments in Zentangle style and named them "Dingbatz".
Today I tried the first ones. They are so cute.... probably they are addictive ;-)

Mit meinem Kalender bin ich arg im Rückstand. Da ich mich nicht unter Druck setzen möchte, werde ich wohl ein paar Tage auslassen und diese ggf. später nachholen.
With my calendar I am much behind the scenes. Probably I will leave off some days and add them later. No stress!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DC#312 - Tea String - and new Tangle PRAA

For the DIVA Challenge I used English Breakfast Tea to create a string - I dripped it on the paper and used the spots as the background for my new tangle "PRAA".

I got the inspiration for PRAA during a walk on the Cornwall Coast Path, on the cliffs along the sea, and there were loads of beautiful blossoms. The shape of one of them reminded me of tangles , the new , fresh lplant, but the dry residues of the last year as well. 
Later in the evening I played with this flowers and found an easy way to deconstruct it as a tangle.I named it PRAA, as our holiday home is situated in the village Praa Sands, directly at the Southwest Coast Path.

Here is a page from my calendar, where I did the first steps with PRAA:

                          And, just in case that anyone will give it a try... here is a stepout for PRAA:

Last, but not least I show you the plant, which inspired me for PRAA:
The German name is "Bärenklau" , in English "hogweed".


Sunday, April 16, 2017

DC#311"Circle Sqare String Theory" and Happy Easter Greetings from Cornwall

I am writing this post in my beautiful holiday home in Cornwall, near Penzance where we have stunning seaviews from our home and phantastic weather.

We started last Wednesday, evening and had a lovely journey through South England, which has breathtaking nature and phantastic sights on the way to the West.
The nature shows that we have spring with lots of blossoms and flowers everywhere.

After very interesting breaks in Bournemouth, Winchester and Exeter we arrived here in our cottage yesterday.
Winchester and Exeter have gorgeous catherdrals, where I got lots of tangling inspirations. Sometime I will make an extra post  for this issue. Winchester Cathedral has a great area with phantastic medieval floor tiles which are tangles, everywhere:

Caused by the journey I did not have lots of time for tangling.
So I completed my calendar tiles in combination with the DIVA challenge today after a lovely walk on the coastal path.

The DIVA challenged to use squares and circles as strings, and this is what I did with it:

 I combined Flip-Flap and Ambler (or Emingle) in a square with Zenith and Maryhill in a circle.
Completed with some Hypnotic and String Rose.

This is my latest calendar page before, which I completed this morning with the Easter Eggs ;-)
I wish you all Very Happy Easter and thank you for visiting my blog!

Friday, April 7, 2017

DC#310: UMT "Frunky" and new calendar pages

My last week was rather busy without much time for tangling. I had a huge backlog on my calendar pages and so I drew the DIVA challenge on my calendar pages this week. Last night I tangeled five days ;-)
First Monday of a month is "UMT-Challenge" (Use My Tangle). The DIVA chose the tangle "FRUNKY" by German CZT Katharina Königsbauer- Kolb. I drew it on April, 3rd , and a tiny piece on April, 4th.

Furthermore I discovered "HORTI" by Ria Mattheussen, which was published on last week. HORTI is inspired by Art Deco. I like it very much , there are many tangelations possible.
You can see it on April, 1st and 2nd:

"Land Girlz" was also new to me, I found it by accident and I do love the very straight and graphic tangles, which create a huge 3D effect.

Also new on tanglepatterns was "Strutz" . It appears very powerful and technical, so I combined it with some pieces of the lovely Printemps. It`s a bit funny, isn`t it?

The last day of March I filled with "Cubz". It was my first try and my grid became not as I intended. I like it more when it is turned:

Yesterday I had a Zentangle Basic Class with some of my colleagues. They were curious to see and to try what Zentangle is and we  had two very inspiring hours.
Finally, I was glad to see them happy about their own results. I love the moment when all tanglers are watching the mosaic of all tiles and appreciate each other`s works. 
I am so proud of them - most of them did not try it before:

After the first tile the ladies asked me to show them how to draw my own tangle "MySwing"
So I changed the lesson plan spontaneosly and drew MySwing. 
I was surprised about the results - and happy to see my tangle living ;-))