Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Challenge #214

You guys!! how fun was last week's challenge? LOL.  I love how creative you guys got!! (I saw many scissors and tangled kitchen utensils, so fun!)

Strings are everywhere! :D

This week we had lots of Sunny days, but April being April the wind was very cold even though the sun was warm.  looking forward to those warmer days.  annnnny day now.

on the weekend we had a fundraiser BBQ at a local hardware store to raise money for our family to go to Los Angeles next summer to attend the next Moebius Syndrome Conference.  For those of you who are new, my son Artoo has this rare neurological condition, so attending these conferences have been very amazing for us.

anyway - we have to sign up for these BBQ dates with the hardware store in January, and you take what you can get, and we got saturday.  It just so happened that Saturday was very windy, super chilly, and we had a very poor go of things.  we didn't lose money, but it was very close.
The day was cold, but the food was hot
Luckily, i have really great friends and family who made the day fun, despite the weather.  I did get this sweet wind burn, though.  So, i guess that's something.  

the sad thing is that both Friday and Sunday were sunny days.... ah well.  Better luck next year, i guess.

How was your week?

Weekly Challenge #214: "Amanda Day/Earth Day (Round 4!)"
This Wednesday is Earth Day. I know this because it's on my calendar, but mostly i know this because Chewie is learning about Earth Day in grade one and so he comes home and tells me its X many days left until Earth Day.  

So, there's this thing that happened 4 years ago, when Chewie was only 4 and Artoo was 18 months old - Chewie decided to rename the Earth Amanda.  I'm not sure why.  I don't even think he knows anyone called Amanda.  But the name has stuck.  

See the past Amanda Day challenges here: 

For these Amanda Day challenges, it seems i like to do them on Zendala tiles.  They roundess just lends itself so well to the Earth, don't you think? 

This year, at WeLove2Tangle in the art shop - i picked up two Masking Fluid pens.  So i thought i'd try them out on my tile this week. 

She's got the whooooole world, on her kitchen table
I sketched out a VERY ROUGH Amanda onto my zendala tile, then using my masking fluid pen, i tangled on the Earth. 

It dries blue so you can see it.  Then you watercolour overtop and
when the whole thing is dry - you erase the masking fluid
Using the pen was challenging because it was so thick, but overall i liked it.  This might be fun to try on an Opus tile, perhaps.  ANYWAY, i tangled on my Earth, and then i used some Twinkling H2O paints in varying shades of green and blue, and painted overtop. 

When the whole thing was dry, i erased the masking fluid, but the white was TOO white.  

Sorry, i didn't take a picture of the super white tangles. 

So to 'push back' the tangles a little bit, i went back over the Earth parts with a very light wash of green.  

It's not my favourite thing i've ever done, but i like it. 
When i went back over with the wash, i lost a lot of my tangle definition.  But overall - i like it.  
As always, my own personal challenge is to ALWAYS post my first try.  regardless of it's state of 'perfection'.

i think it's an interesting piece - and plus sometimes art doesn't work out on the first try, and that's okay.  But i'm interested to keep trying this technique to see where it takes me. 

So, this week GO wherever the challenge takes you; round tile, or plant like tangles, or use earth tones, or used recycled materials, or something cool i haven't thought of!!

 - - - Happy Earth Day everyone! (Happy Amanda Day, Chewie!)

Have a great week.

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekly Challenge #213

Good Morning everyone!

This past week Chewie has been home from school for Spring Break, and THANKFULLY the weather actually cooperated, for the most part.  There were a few days of snow at the beginning of the week, but by the end of the week we had highs of +20C (68F) which we thoroughly enjoyed.

I finally loaded some pictures off my phone this week, so be forewarned - a lot of photos are coming....



Dapper Dans
One morning i came downstairs to see the boys wearing these hats and being fancy.   :D so cute.

So, okay - the week after WeLove2Tangle was pretty crazy, and i haven't really had a chance to tell you all about it.
Artoo at the airport
The Tuesday after WL2T our friend Kelsey came to visit us!  She flew in from Calgary to stay with us for a few days so that she and i could go to Maroon5 on the Wednesday together.   They boys were super excited to see her, we haven't seen her since the Moebius Conference in Washington DC last summer.

On our way to see our boyfriend Adam Levine
So we got to show Kelsey the sights of Saskatoon, and she and i drove to the concert... and were stuck in traffic for like TWO HOURS... it was brutal.... LUCKILY we only missed the opening band, but we were right in time for THIS:

WOOoooooOoOOOOOOOOooOOoO!!!
It was super fun.  We sang and danced and laughed at how hilariously awful the traffic was.... good times.  And we talked about how sometimes the less-than-perfect experiences make for the best memories.  And i know that's true, because i'll probably always remember those times in traffic belting out Maroon5 and Kelsey making jokes to keep me from getting all road ragey...

She flew back to Calgary on Thursday evening and on Saturday morning we packed up the boys and headed to Calgary ourselves for Artoo's eye appointment check up - which you may remember ended with us spending an entire day at the Alberta Children's Hospital emergency room until past midnight.

 BUT - before that happened, we drove through Drumheller, AB on our way to Calgary.  Drumheller has one of the worlds best dinosaur deposits.  And Artoo loves him some dinosaurs.  So we stopped to climb up the World's Largest Dinosaur - and 86ft high fiberglass TRex.

Quite Possibly the most adorable Dinosaur on the planet... the Artoo-asaurus

Smelly dino feet
 Here's a family photo from the mouth of the dino...
CHEESE
And one from the inside.

hope he doesn't choke!
 In Calgary we stayed with my aunt and uncle, who have a trampoline outside, which totally made Chewie's whole trip.

ACTION SHOT!!
And then Artoo got sick.
It was exhausting.  But we made it to his eye appointment where the doc told us the great news that the first surgery was great, and the botox injections were successful, which means he will not have to undergo another eye surgery!  HOORAY!!!  But, he needs glasses.

 speaking of glasses, check this pic out:

Gol'darned if i don't make adorable children. 
 So, now that we're all caught up - spring break....

 after the snow melted the boys and i did some yard work...


the cutest helpers ever
 and played on the swings, funny to remember that just a few weeks ago i posted a similar photo with snow all over the place.

swingin!
We drew on the sidewalk with chalk

A favourite activiy
 We had playdates!

Artoo got really good at climbing this ladder all by himself... i am so proud
 Then on the weekend B-rad and Chewie played a little catch

love this
 And it was a gorgeous day with lots of wind, so we went to the park and flew B-rad's big kite!

so smiley
Artoo was pretty excited to be 'flying' dad's kite - except that moments after i took this photo the kite pulled so hard that b-rad knocked him over.  he wasn't thrilled about that.

I had a turn flying the kite, and it was pulling me all over the place!  B-rad actually snapped the strings.  twice.  and they are 130lb test!!  So, it was a crazy windy day.  fun though.

We spent so much time outside this week, it was awesome - and hopefully a sign of more beautiful days to come.  The boys were so used to playing inside, it took some convincing to get them out there, but once they were out they were golden.

Weekly Challenge #213: "Traced Object Strings"

okay, so back at WeLove2Tangle, one of the cool things at the end of the day was when Margaret Bremner shared with us a quick trick to making interesting strings.

She uses the leftover cardboard from board game pieces as stencils to create interesting strings and she brought a whole bunch with her for us to try out... So, i grabbed a stack of tiles and i just traced strings like crazy, knowing that i would come back to them and do them up!  (You can see what kind of cardboard stencils i mean in her blog post here - and the challenge that she refers to in that post is here)

So, these are the Strings i made (you can't really see the black one, sorry)




I'm sure all of these will be super fun to try out.

So, this week's challenge is to trace an object to create a new and interesting string.  I chose this string:

love it.
 and my finished tile is here:

LOVE!!
So, what if you don't happen to have any cardboard bits left over from a board game?  That's okay! If you have a stencil, use it - or Grab any object and trace it... here's an example of one i did on a Bijou tile.  I grabbed this little Spiderman keychain that Chewie got from the easter bunny and traced it.


Then i traced around this spiderman eraser - also courtesy of the easter bunny. 


The result of this string is here: 

not too shabby!!
I hope you'll have some fun with this challenge this week.  I know for me i often get stumped on the string - just where to even begin.  So it's nice for me to have a stack to draw from - and i also know i can trace any found object as well!  I'm looking forward to see what you all use so i can add those to my bag o' tricks as well.

Have a great week!

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Weekly Challenge #212

Thanks for the reprieve last week everyone.  It's meant a lot to me to have the time for our family to regroup.  I have been very sick all week long, too.  Ugh.  Head colds are just to worst.

But Artoo is feeling much better now, he's still got a bit of a cough but he seems to be on the mend.

We had a few Easter dinners with families, and they were fun.  A certain little bunny came by our house this weekend too.

Hoppy Easter - Love Artoo and Chewie
Finding Eggs
The boys had fun looking for eggs both at our house, and at Grandma's too.   
More hunting
We're now into Spring break so Chewie has the week off school, so hopefully we have more days like this where the boys can play outside in the yard - preferably in their easter bunny hats.
bunnies playing outside

Have a great week everyone. :)


Weekly Challenge #212: "UMT: Fanz by Susan Goetter"

For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.

This months submission is from Susan Goetter, called "Fanz" you can see the step outs here


I really enjoyed this tangle, it really relies on the concept of aura-ing.  When creating the auras be mindful of the distance between the line you drew and the line you're drawing.

Have a great week!

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy easter

happy Easter everyone. Enjoy your long weekend. See you back here for the Weekly Chalkenge on Tuesday Morning!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

No challenge this week - wait. I lied. Challenge #211

Hey all.
This weekend we travelled as a family to Calgary to go to Artoo's eye check up on (Monday) from his surgery in November. Thinking we'd get a little visiting in with friends and family - we drove up on Saturday. Sunday morning artoo started getting sick and progressively worse and we ended up taking him into the emergency room at Alberta Childrens Hospital. 
Sadly I won't be able to issue a challenge this week. I'll catch you all up when I can. 
Thanks for understanding. 
Love Laura 

EDIT
okay after publishing this I checked my email and saw that newest zentangle newsletter has gone out.  in it they are sharing the official tangle FLUX in the Rick version and the Maria version. 

If you're so inclined, we'll make this the challenge for the week. 

I'm blogging this from my phone so I'm not able to add the appropriate links at the moment. And I won't be able to add the linkey machine for a little while.  (links and linkey machine have been added)

But maybe one of you could be a dear and post the link to the newsletter where they show flux? 

Thanks again for your continued understanding. I'll add the linkey when I am able. 
Artoo enjoying some hospital pudding.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Challenge #210

Well, i jinxed it.  Last week i said i thought at Spring was almost here, but it snowed this weekend. Like 4" of snow. So, i guess we're onto second winter.

the story of my life

Hopefully Second Winter doesn't stick around too long.  
On Friday afternoon/evening i drove to Calgary for WeLove2Tangle on Saturday - an all day workshop for Zentangle enthusiasts!  Then on Sunday i drove home late just in time for this post.  

Here's a quick recap of WeLove2Tangle

Everyone is arriving and checking out the art supply vendors!
 The event was held in a beautiful hall with great windows and wonderful natural light!

I got to meet Cindy Hagen, CZT
Cindy was presenting a mini class on the tangle Betweed.  She's so sweet, she gave me a massage before i spoke, it was great.  Thanks Cindy!! She's also from Cranbrook, BC!!

As it happens, i never seem to get a photo of me speaking, so here's some selfies from the day, during my part of the workshop.

cheeeeeese

SMILE!!!!

 After my 2 hours session i went to grab a much deserved delicious mozza burger from Angels Drive Thru...
HEY! We're having lunch!!
Oh, and you may have noticed my girlfriend TARA!  She really wanted to come to the gathering, but it didn't seem to be working out... so on Friday afternoon she called me while i was on the road driving that circumstances presented themselves in such a way that she was going to be able to come - so she hopped on a plane and flew calgary on Friday night to attend, and hitched a ride back to Saskatoon with me!
Sandra Chatelain CZT, the mastermind behind the whole day,
introducing my fellow Saskatoonian Margaret Bremner
CZTs Nina Klaiman, Cindy Hagen, and Margaret Bremner all shared with us some awesome tangleations on different tangles.  This part of the day was great.  Too often, i get stuck in ONE WAY of doing a tangle.  i'm excited to break out of my mold a little bit. 



Tara working on her Crescent moon tangleations, taught by Nina Klaiman


Here are my tiles from Margarets class.  Scrumptious, no?
Oh, and you may also noticed that THIS happened....

it feels amazing.
it always feels sooooo good to chop it all off....now on to the challenge!!

Weekly Challenge #210: "Spiralstring - that's the thing!"

Hey everyone,  I will be at WeLove2Tangle so i've pre-written this week's challenge so hopefully all i'll have to do is get home (probably late on Sunday) and plop in some pictures of the weekend and be done!

This week's challenge is to use a spiral as your string... I like to come back to a simple spiral string because frankly i find them to be challenging because they don't really close off anywhere.  PLUS they always look so cool.



Do you have a particular thing that you find challenging that you go back to again and again?
Have a great week!

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Challenge #209

Good Monday Morning!!

I don't want to jinx it or anything, but i think Spring may be almost here.  The boys and i spent some time this weekend playing outside, and boy was it nice to just be outside without freezing our skin off. 

Artoo and I splashing in a puddle
I'm really excited for the nice weather, but also because i think Artoo will be a little bit more adventurous and independent this year.

Jumping for Joy!
There's nothing quite like jumping on ice to make it all break apart. I don't know why that's so satisfying, but it is.  It's nice to see that Chewie enjoys this as much as i do.

Smiley little helper man
Artoo, Chewie and I brushed some of the snow off the top deck.  I can't wait to lounge out here while the kids play this summer.

SWINGING
Yes, this is Spring in Saskatchewan, and it could snow again at a moment's notice - but we'll take what we can get!!

This weekend i'm off to Calgary AB to speak at WeLove2Tangle.  I'm pretty excited, and nervous. Wish me luck.  (if you're in the area and you're interested in attending, it's open to all Zentangle enthusiasts, there may still be space available, registration is open until Tuesday!)

Weekly Challenge #209: "Saint Patty's"

i love a holiday themed challenge.  This week's challenge is to GREEN UP your tile.


On my tile i used my Sakura Koi watercolours, which i LOOOOOOVE, and put down a light wash of green watercolour.  (Oh my, did you know that the official Zentangle tiles are made out of the most delicious watercolour paper? EDIT: I was told this morning by a fellow CZT that the official zentangle tiles are NOT made of watercolour paper, they are made from PRINT MAKING paper, which i suppose is why they're so smooth.  Still, they do take a bit of a watercolour wash quite beautifully.)  I used the flow of the paint to create my string and tangled with my trusty Pigma Micron pen.  To add a bit of sparkle, i added just a touch of green sparkly gelly roll pen - also by Sakura. (if you're interested, i used Stardust Limestar #727)

You don't have to use watercolour. You can add green however you like! A green paper, or a green pen, a green marker or green pencil crayon shading... or maybe some other kind of awesome green thing that i haven't even thought of!!  You could also incorporate St. Patrick's day, tangling a shamrock or a rainbow with a pot of gold, or a leprechaun.... Should be fun!!

ENJOY!! (I sure did)

Have a great week!

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)