Category Archives: Wonder Wednesday

Because wonder means to be filled with adoration, amazement, or awe and I’m always amazed at the things I create

Siri Magical 8

This week’s Diva Challenge is to use Simone Menzel’s tangle Siri. I checked out the focus tangle on Pattern-Collections.com and decided to use yesterday’s pattern focus of Magical 8 by Smita Toke. I also looked at the weekly string on Pattern-Collections and decided to go ahead and use string 68, well something similar. ;)

I went ahead and did my border and string. Then worked a little backwards on Magical 8, since I drew the string before the 8’s. Next I decided to fill Siri in as the background but on a medium scale. I only had four repetitions of the set. Since I drew it into the background, some of the details are lost but it still looks decent. :)

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#354 ~ LIfeofjoy.meAs always, I’m happy for shading to cover up my wonky lines. :) I really had to concentrate when I was drawing Siri and I’m certain I didn’t do it justice but I like the effect.

Here it is after shading.

DC#354 shaded ~ LIfeofjoy.meI opted to make the loops of my string into solid shapes instead of empty ones.

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Hearty Zendala

This week’s diva challenge is to do a zendala and heart string. I think my approach is not very creative but it is what I imagined right away. :)

I’ve seen some lovely pieces on facebook lately using Verve by JJ LaBarbera. I have not used this tangle before but saw a lovely heart with Verve aligned sideways. It had lovely gold/bronze/brown tones and was just beautiful! Since seeing that, I’ve wanted to try my hand at Verve. So I didn’t even look at anything else this week; I just jumped in with hearts and Verve.

I stayed with just four hearts on my zendala tile. (For any visitors that are not familiar with the term zendala, it is what happens when Zentangle connects with a mandala. A mandala is a drawing that is round and is usually pretty symmetrical although not necessarily so.) This Zendala was done on an official Zentangle Zendala tile, which I believe is a circle with a four and a half inch diameter.

Here is what I had before shading.

DC#353 Verve ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was not fearless in my shading though. ;) I was afraid I’d get too much shading and it’d be too muddy looking. I haven’t done much tangling on official tiles lately, so I was surprised with how rough the paper was. Okay, it wasn’t actually rough, but just not smooth. I struggled to get enough contrast, so I used a #6B pencil in a few spots.

Also, when I was shading it, I focused on each heart shape individually, rotating my tile. So all of the circles had the shadow towards the center of the overall piece. After I was done and was looking it over, I–shhhh, don’t tell anybody–erased the crescent shading on three of the orbs and adjusted them so they were all in the lower portion of the orbs from one position.

And here it is after shading.

DC#353 Verve shaded heart ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt always amazes me how much I shading I do and it still looks like hardly any at all. At least there is a noticeable difference between the shaded and unshaded versions. ;)

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Nested Heart Khloma

I’m going to have to do more tangling throughout the week because I find I’m rushing a bit to get a tile up on Wednesday. This week is no different. :( But my process was the same as it has been for quite some time: I look at the Diva Challenge, check the focus tangle at Square One: Purely Zentangle, then check the daily tangles on Pattern Collections for the day I am tangling as well as the day the tile will go live on my blog.

This week the challenge is a string challenge, specifically to use nested hearts. I was interested in the Pattern-collection focus tangle for today which is Khloma by Irina Sedova. I really liked some of the variations shown and kept imagining it in a heart shape. So that’s what I chose to do.

I didn’t do a lot of shading, although it looks more shaded than some I’ve spent a long time shading. I forgot to take a pre-shaded scan though. So without further adieu, here’s my tile for the week.

DC#352 Khloma ~ Lifeofjoy.meOn my first try with the string, I drew the nested hearts in ink and quickly decided that was not what I wanted. So I started over with the string in pencil and I like the outcome much better.

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Michele ºÜº

Zentangle Group and an Olympic Tile (cheat)

This week’s diva challenge is to be inspired by the Olympics but I kind of cheated . . . okay, I really cheated but I think it works. ;)

Here’s how it happened:

Last month I mentioned the Zentangle group I attended. Well, I went again this month and enjoyed myself once again. Pam is a CZT and agreed to spotlight some of the unpublished tangles in our Monday group.

This week she showed us how to draw the tangle Evoke. It looks surprisingly like Fescue but the way it is constructed and how you used the aura’s is it’s distinguishing characteristics.

Here is the piece we constructed as she taught us this tangle.

DC#351 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI added a tiny bit of shading down the shared aura. Pam showed us how using a pencil for the blackening part can really add some depth because you can vary the darkness of the shading then. But I really do love the contrast of the inked areas. I can also see how this would look good inside a string section instead of as a free-flowing piece.

But that is exactly what I did with it. I couldn’t help but see it in a heart shape, since it is February.

DC#351 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen I look at these and think of the Olympics, I see the Alpine Skiing with the flags they have to go around. :) See it is a bit of a cheat. ;)

I’m not sure if I like the heart shaped one with the extra bit in the middle. I considered stopping and blackening all of that in but figured I could always go back and blacken it in if I didn’t like it. Now, I’m not sure I like it but I am also uncertain if I’d like it blackened. :D

DC#351 Blackened ~ Lifeofjoy.meI blackened the center with GIMP and I think I like it better. What do you think? Should I blacken the center on the tile?

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I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day today.

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Michele ºÜº

Heart Rimana

The diva challenge this week is to use Rimana by Nadine Roller. It kind of seems like Rixty a bit to me. I went along with Laura and drew a heart string on my tile and then started with a small heart near the center of the string.

I decided to start drawing Rimana from the bottom tip of the center heart. Then as I headed it back up to the top of the large heart string and drew hearts on the tips instead of the pods.

Here is the tile before shading.

DC#350 Heart Rimada ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is after I shaded it.

DC#350 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meOnce again it looks better in a smaller size.

DC#350 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meHmmm, looks a lot more shaded in person! I’ve considered shading the empty background but maybe I’ll use a color, maybe pink or red.

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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Rumpus

This week’s Diva Challenge is to use Rumpus. This one is new to me and I believe it will take a bit of practice for me to like my results. ;)

I too decided to make this a monotangle tile. I looked at the focus tangles for my other groups and just felt like I’d be pushing myself a bit too much if I tried to incorporate them in this tile. Rumpus took a bit of focus to make sure I kept track of the ‘petals’ and the spaces. I opted to blacken in the spaces this time rather than filling it with purfs or anything else.

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#349 Rumpus ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did not us an official Zentangle tile, so my center lines were not as ‘jagged’ as Maria’s and this caused me a bit of struggle knowing which was the space and which was the ‘petal’.

I did try my hand at the enthatching for some shading but also added a little graphite too. ;) I’m not very impressed with this tile but maybe I’ll like it better next time I see it. ;)

DC#349 Finished Rumpus ~ Lifeofjoy.meOnce again, I think this looks sooo much better smaller. ;)

DC#349 Rumpus ~ Lifeofjoy.meDC#349 Finished Rumpus ~ Lifeofjoy.me

 

 

 

 

 

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 Michele ºÜº

Bujo Movie Page

I had a fun visit with my sister for a bit yesterday. When she left I took a short nap and then proceeded to procrastinate on doing the Diva Challenge tile for the week. Since I worked on this Movies to Watch page in my bullet journal the other night, I decided it fit in the parameters of Wonder Wednesday.

My sister really loved the page but I must admit that I didn’t come up with it on my own. I used an image I found on pinterest as my inspiration. Well, I nearly copied it. ;) I put the letters of the title too far apart and didn’t have enough space to draw a film reel but I still like it.

Movies Bujo Page ~ Lifeofjoy.meI made each rectangle a bit wider because I wouldn’t have been able to write any movie titles in it if it were only four squares wide.

As I watch them, I will color the rectangle in with some light color so that the title can still be read. I think it will make it a nice and colorful page.

I hope it inspires you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

String from Objects

The diva challenge this week is a string challenge, particularly to find items to trace for your string (at least that is how I understand the challenge). Doing this means that I cannot share my finished tile on Square One: Purely Zentangle because pure Zentangle means you freehand the string and it is abstract. BUT I did like their focus tangle this week and last week, so I incorporated those in my tile even though I cannot share it there.

I looked on my table and found these items.

Traced items for string DC#347 ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy pencil sharpener, a round hand lotion container, and a large penguin paper clip. I thought the sharpener was a cool shape and would make an interesting string by itself but went ahead and included the other two items.

I really like the simplicity of Irradial even though I don’t think I did it justice. Maybe I tried drawing it too large. I won’t let it stop me though. I liked it and will use it again. :) Irradial was the focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle last week. I didn’t have the chance to use it so decided to use it this week. :)

This week’s focus tangle one Square One: Purely Zentangle is Cativa which was designed by a 6-year-old. It’s is a nice one too and the stepout is great. :) I must admit though that I got myself a bit confused when I drew it so small in the background. :D It’s still fun.

The last tangle I used was the daily tangle over on pattern-collections yesterday. They used to have at least a week ahead listed, so I could actually use the tangle for the day I was posting my tile, rather than the day I drew it but alas, they are too on top of things now and I guess I’ll just be posting it a day behind. ;)

So here is my tile before shading.

Preshaded dc#347 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is the position I drew it. But when shading it, I liked it better upside down.

DC#347 #irradial #mesq #cativa ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt kind of looks like a tropical bowl and spoon on a mat. :D

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Michele ºÜº

New Tangling Friends and a Duotangle

This week I finally took the time to go in town to a tangling group at one of the local libraries. CZT Pam taught Toodles, had PN pens available for sale, and gave us apprentice tiles to use at the gathering. It was nice to finally meet up with artsy people. I can honestly say I have never done anything like that before, and I have to admit, I had a good time. :)

Pam encouraged us to draw the initial “s” curve backwards too. I did try but was only successful once. :D Like Maria, she encouraged us to use the inner aura shading technique and the tangle variations. I tried my best. :) It was fun. Of course I’m a bit of a slowpoke. I decided mine needed some blackening done, to make it stand out a bit more. I added an extra aura around the drawing and blackened from there out. Then realized I really needed that second aura to be gone/blackened in as well. These decisions slowed me down a bit as my graphic 1 pen was drying out. Thankfully I also had a graphic 3 pen with me and was able to make quick work of the last go around the tangling since I’d finally figured out how to use the crazy thing.

I purchased one of the black PN pens. I think I’m going to have to practice a bit more with it before I’m comfortable with it.

Here’s the tile I did with Pam and the couple other ladies (Jane and Laura).
Big Toodles ~ Lifeofjoy.meI could have done a bit more shading but, as I mentioned, we were out of time. It was fun and I hope to go again next month but we’ll see. I never know what my schedule will be or if I’ll feel up to going out . . . I am a hermit. :D

Today’s diva challenge is a duotangle using Phicops (happy birthday B-Rad) and Huggins. I really like these two tangles and wish I were good enough at Phicops to overlap them but alas. It is what it is. I tried to make them a bit larger but they came out small each time. Oh well, I think it looks okay.

I was not very creative and just drew Huggins as the background. I really like Huggins. It’s easy and has nice results. Here it is before shading.

DC#346 Phicops and Huggins ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had a bit of a blackening issue with not enough light and my glasses not being strong enough in dim light, so there is a bit of a mess on that left Phicops. Of course, my solution to wonky lines and any kind of mess up is to shade the dickens out of it. :D

Here is my shaded finished tile.

DC#346 Phicops Huggins ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, I always see the places where I didn’t blend enough AFTER I get the picture scanned and on the computer. Unfortunately I don’t have time to blend it more and rescan. You see, I took down my Christmas decorations today and that bit into my tangling/blogging time and rather than get this up late, it will just have to be good enough. ;)

Here, look at it this size, it looks more finished. :D

DC#346 Phicops Huggins ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh yes, MUCH nicer. :D

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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Mitten Tile

So this week there is still no new diva challenge, so I’m doing another festive tile. I chose the mitten string from Pattern-Collections, as my string.

The focus tangle on pattern-collections for today is 8 of Diamonds. I’d never drawn this tangle before and liked it even though I don’t do very well with tangles that require I do things evenly spaced.

I also checked out Square One’s Focus Tangle even though I wouldn’t be able to share it on the purely zentangle page because of my mitten string. Organic was their focus tangle and I don’t recall using this tangle before either but when I saw the step-out for it, it looked so really nice and easy to draw so I decided to use it for the cuff of my mitten. :)

I drew the string twice and each time part of the mitten went outside of the border. So I finally decided to just leave it there and I like how it turned out.

Here is the tile before shading.

Another holiday tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI chose to fill in the diamonds. Then I debated on whether or not to fill in the eights. I was afraid there’d be too much black if I did that and I was pleased with how it looked so I left it unblackened.

Mitten Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hope you’ve had happy holidays! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº