Diva Challenge #217 and maybe more

My birthday was last week and I didn’t take any time to do any tangling. I was excited to get back to it this week but then I got a hum-dinger of a headache yesterday. I’ve had the windows open the last couple of days and evidently the pollen count was a bit too much for me (and Tiffany) and we think that was the cause of the headaches. I was concerned that I wasn’t going to get a tile done to post on time but I started working on it anyway. I was amazed to find that by the time I’d finished the tile, my headache had lessened greatly! Whoo hoo! Thank you God!

iamthedivacztThe Diva Challenge this week is a duotangle using Dex and Bunzo in honor of the Diva’s 35th birthday this week. Dex is not one that I have ever done properly and I’ve never even attempted Bunzo before so this was definitely a challenge for me. I decided not to try and come up with some cool way integrate the two and just use a string. But I also did not want the pressure of picking a string either, especially since I already had enough pressure in my head from the pollen. Sooooo, I decided to draw the string with my eyes closed. :)

DC#217 ~ LifeofJoy.me

I just went with it. I’m not necessarily pleased with how dex turned out but it’s okay for the first time with it.

DC#217 finished ~ LifeofJoy.me

My pens are drying out, so I should really use my new ones but I hate to start the new ones while there is still ink in the old ones. How do you store your pens? Laying down or standing on one end – which end? I heard that you can turn the tip around using pliers and it will extend the life of the microns. Do you have any experience with this? Is it worth the effort?

I also need to get another pair of magnifying glasses for the detail work. I can really see the areas for improvement when I put it online because it is enlarged.

Well, as always, if I get any more tiles or zias done this week, I’ll add them here.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

7 thoughts on “Diva Challenge #217 and maybe more

  1. Hey Michele…this was a great background job! I know what you mean about wanting to use every drop of ink, because the pens cost dearly. The thing I hate the most is if they start leaking and are messy…that has happened to me a couple of times while flying. I figured that it had to do with the pressure in high altitudes. When I have lots of blacking in to do (like on Bunzo or the centers of Dex I use a Graphic 1 by Sakura or sometimes even a Sharpie (less expensive). I asked Wayne (more experience with these pens than me) about how to store and he said he heard somewhere that is best that they lie flat and not upright on their tip or tail. As far as the pliers…hmmm that has all the makings of being really messy, but nothing ventured nothing gained…you might try it on a lost cause pen and see what happens. AND then of course share, because I am definitely curious. Good luck!

  2. Hi there, I seem to think there is a post on the Zentangle official website where Rick tells you about taking the nib out and being able to extend the life of the pen. i like your tile and the shading makes for a dramatic effect.

  3. The depth on your tile is awesome and had you not said something, I doubt that anyone would have known that this was your first time using Dex. It’s very well done. I hope your headache clears up soon. I suffer from both migraines and severe sinus headaches, so I can definitely sympathize with you. Rest well and when your head is better, relax with some more tangles. You do good work!

  4. Great work on the blind tile and the tangles. I have heard you should store the pens flat. The frugal crafter on YouTube has a tutorial on refilling your pen. I haven’t tried it as I can see me making a mess (plus I don’t have any india ink).

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