The Diva is back with a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge this week, even though it isn’t technically the first week of the month. This month’s chose tangle is Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam. It is pretty simple and yet with a bit of difficulty. Okay, the only difficulty I really had was getting my initial waves to line up . . . well, and then there was the drawing of the orbs, which I don’t seem to be able to really make very oval . . . and then there is the shading of the orbs . . . but yeah, it’s a simple tangle and I enjoyed drawing it.
This week’s Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle focus is Paushalöv by Amy Broady. This too is new to me. But I have to admit that I LOVE this one a lot!!! Shading it is . . . yeah, it’s my challenge. Have you guessed that my current area of learning is shading? I love Zentangle because it is done in black and white which means that I don’t have to figure out color.
For Christmas I got Eni Oken’s gem book. I really prefer them in printed format so that I can tangle without being on my computer or any other electronic device. I do so much on this wonderful thing that my eyes need a break from it. At any rate, I look forward to playing around with some color but am thankful for the boundaries of Square One: Purely Zentangle.
At first I thought I’d do some waves of Orbs-la-Dee on the bottom and then on the top of the tile and some Paushalöv in the middle. But I also got Eni’s ebook on Overlap, and so, even though I haven’t finished reading it yet, I decided to try a bit of overlap, somehow. Thus the 3 large partial orbs at the top. They too are overlapped rather than side-by-side as in the tangle below/over them but I don’t think it matters.
Then I decided to give Paushalöv a go as a border, at least along the bottom. Then added a bit at the upper part of the sides. I look forward to drawing this tangle a bit larger in the future. I really like it though because it is super simple and flows so well!
Without further adieu, here is the unshaded picture of this week’s tile.
That was a lot of orb shading and I haven’t quite perfected that yet, although this certainly did give me some practice. Seeing it this large though, I see where I overlooked some of those smaller orbs with my blending stump. Oh well, you can’t see it that well in person. Overall, I’m pleased with it. And it was fun to do. Paushalöv really is fun. If you haven’t done that one before, do give it a try; it’s super simple.
I did manage to make some Zentangle posts the last several weeks, during the diva challenge break. If you’d like to see them, you can click here or on Wonder Wednesday on the menu bar and scroll past this post. However, if you’d like to see some pictures of the fun we had over the holidays click on home or “Life of Joy” here or in the banner to scroll back through all the posts for the last several weeks.
Well, I guess that’s it for this week. Thanks in advance to any that take the time to leave comments. You, your kind words, and any tips you have whereby I might improve are greatly appreciated.
Happy New Year to you all!
Until next time, God bless,