Thursday, July 27, 2017

DC#326 - `Nzeppel Monotangle and a beautiful Zentangle day

This week guest blogger Eliza Murphy published the DIVA Challenge.
She asked us to draw monotangles of `Nzeppel which is one of my absolute favourites.

She wrote interesting words about the issue "not fitting in" . I know such situations very well.

I decided for a Zendala tile which I had prepared some weeks ago for another DIVA challenge.
I prepared a string with black tea.
My `Nzeppel on this tile different from the standard tangle, but nevertheless I am sure nobody will say "it does not fit" ;-)

CZT Summit "G2" in Dresden  (much more peaceful than G20)

Last friday I had a beautiful day with a CZT friend from Berlin. Sabrina is the CZT next to me and I am very happy to know her.

She visited me in Dresden and we spent some hours tangling, talking, laughing...and even a little geocaching.  The time hurried...

Some weeks before she asked me to tangle something into a pictrure frame which she sent me.
Of course I used one of my own tangles "Praa" and my special version of the Macintosh- roses.
I like this little piece myself and was very happy to see that Sabrina liked it as well:

What did we do the whole day?

We had the idea to try together the new "transzendig" technique.I decided for "Umble" over "Spoken"
So I prepared the tile with "Spoken":

and added a complete layer of "Umble" on top.

For my opinion this example shows, how this technique does NOT work very well. The black lines are much too havy and the whole tile is too busy and overloaded. Absolutely no transzending ;-(
So... this is my experience of "It does not fit in" .
First I wanted to throw the tile away and did not want to show it, but I think possibly it is helpful to see also some "Nogo" examples ... why not?

Back to some nice tiles:

Sabrina showed me her experiences with tangling on grey tiles - the possibility to highlight with white (like renaissance) but without brown.... the colours are glowing literally on the grey.
And she showed me how to draw beautiful Zengems. I did not draw very much of them before and was curious how it works.
We drew some Zengems and tested some different pens and colours.
Here is one example of our "hard work"

Zengems created with Inktense ink pencils (watercolour ink)

Lateron I tried another tile with Zengems in pink on grey paper

Zengems created with Prismacolour pencils (dry blended)

and the next day I was in the mood to create a multicoloured tile

some perfs with Inktense, some with Prismacolour

Sabrina drew a little MySwing tile for me and I gave her some hints how I draw it in detail.
I am so happy to see this tile , isn`t that lovely?

Last not least I give you a small insight about the creative atmosphere, we call it "creative chaos"..

Finally, after nearly 9 hours, we were tired, but happy. Thank you so much, Sabrina, for that beautiful day! I am looking forward to see you again.

Oh yes, we need to practise taking selfies...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

DC#325- "Pea-nuckle" and some more tangles

DIVA Challenge #325 has been created by guest blogger Jessica Davies again.

This week she asked us to draw the tangle "Pea-nuckle" from Molly Hollibaugh.
This was a real challenge for me!
Jessica described in her post how she drew this tangle for the first time and how she needed some tries to like it and to love it.
I must admit, that I feel similarly after my first try- not as much satisfied ;-) , but I am still motivated to give Pea- nuckle a new chance .

We have a German Facebook- group of tanglers where we run also a weekly "challenge", which is named something like "weekly playing around with tangles".
This week`s theme is to use the own signature as a string.
I combined this one with DC#235 and drew my SM signature with a bit of Pea- nuckle:

This tile I started some month ago. I prepared it for DC#312 . I used some English Breakfast Tea to create my string. Yesterday I found this tile in my diary and finished it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIVA Challenge#324: Tangeled Heart and a new Zendala tile

This and the next weeks the DIVA spends her holidays.
But no holidays for the DIVA Challenge!! She ordered some guest bloggers withe their beautiful ideas to continue the weekly challenge until the DIVA will be back on her blog.
What a nice idea.

This week Jessica Davies came along with hearts.... (Outside of Valentines season!!)
We should use a heart shape as a string.
And she told us that she loves pink. Oh wow... I love pink as well! Who is following my blog regularly, knows that!
I decided for a simple heart shape and divided it into black/white at the middle line of MySwing.
In the background I drew Emingle.

Finally, the result looks like Yin/Yang. Love is sometimes black and white (more white, of course) and sometimes simply pink!

My second tile on this blogpost is a Zendala tile whih I drew without any intention, without challenge, no calendar, no duty...
I have not drawn on a Renaissance tile for a while and had a nice evenng with it: I used an Original Zendala tile, prestrung, and tangeled Paradox, Crescent moon and Tint.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

DC#323-"Home" and some calendar pages

Last week was Canada Day, the 150th. Congratulations!
This inspired the DIVA to this week`s challenge: HOME. She wrote on her blog :

" And while Canada celebrates this BIG birthday, and my American friends celebrate their independence , think about what YOU love about YOUR home" 

I admit, that I needed some days to answer this question for myself and to find an idea how to bring it on a Zentangle tile.
The idea came totally unexpected, when some collegues from our Headquarter (about 700km away) visited our company and we showed them our city of Dresden on Thusday.
That evening I realized, that I am very proud of my City where I lived my whole life.
There are so many beauties in Dresden to show.... but how to tangle????

Another unexpected situation, same evening: When I went home by tram I saw a city plan with the tram lines and suddenly found my idea:

This is a part of the City Map of Dresden with the river ELBE. I used the river, the bridges and the great streets as strings... and had fun with it!


During the last two weeks I was successful to fill my Zentangle calendar regularly.
 found lots of tangles which are new to me.

Today is the birthday of my loved daughter. I drew the roses for you, my dear Linda!