Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekly Challenge #12

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So, the first challenge in the month of March, and i have to say that when i got up this morning at 6:30 - i could see the beginnings of a sunrise, this was amazing... and the temperature has been 'somewhat' mild - meaning that yesterday you could go outside without your skin freezing off your face. ha!

And let me tell you, we CAN NOT WAIT for warmer temperatures around here.  Chewie is a little cabin fevery, and me too.  Because of Artoo's boots and braces, he can't fit into a snow suit - so we can't really go out and play.  But back when we had a 'warmer' spell a couple of weeks ago, i suited Chewie up in his snow gear and sent him outside to play in the snow on the deck with STRICT instructions not to go near the stairs, which was fine with him... he just wanted to throw snow at the sliding patio doors and then eat the snow on his mittens.
Here's an updated photo of Artoo (on the left) and Chewie (on the right) for Christina

It was great because i could sit just inside with Artoo and keep an eye on Chewie at the same time.  But then it got cold...

How i wish i was a snowbird some times, just head down south for the bitter cold parts of the winter.  My mom and dad got home on Wednesday after being in Jamaica for a week... jerks! ;)

here's my gorgeous mama in Jamaica - look at all that beautiful BLUE water...

Anyway, today is my Mom's birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!) and this works really well to segue into this week's challenge, which is kind of a coincidence that it falls on mom's bday.

This week's challenge is called: "Something Blue!"

A Zentangle®, in the traditional sense, is done in black and white with pencil shading.  I was asked one time in a Zentangle class why it is that we only use black and white - and to that i answered Zentangle is designed to remove the obstacles that we place in front of ourselves when beginning art.

By only using the gray scale spectrum we eliminate the decision of what colours to use - so there's no thinking, there's no reason not to start.  By only having black or white or gray to choose from, it takes away a level of stress that some people feel when beginning an art project.  

So, with all that being said - this challenge is designed to gently dip into colour.  Instead of the whole colour palette - i chose blue.

The challenge is to use the colour blue in your tile or Zentangle inspired piece.  Think back to that famous quote by Henry Ford when they asked him what colour to make the cars and he said: "Make them any colour you like, as long as it's black" only this time, we'll use blue.

So, blue pen! or blue shading, maybe a blue highlight, blue paper! Blue markers, blue paint, blue wax or pencil crayons!
I used my regular Sakura pen and Blue Watercolour pencil crayons.  I also used an "M" shaped string, for Mom.

Last night i was putting the finishing touches on this post (while dealing with the migraine, sigh) and i was thinking about my mom - and her birthday - and i remembered that Blue is my mom's favourite colour!  So, i dedicate my tile to my Mom on her 53rd birthday.  :)

Oh, and one last thing that i want to know - when you add your link and your comment, let me know in the comment section how YOU pronounce the word Crayon... is it "Cray-On" or do you say "Crown" or some third way that i've never heard of?  This is one of those heated debates in the blogging world.  (I'm of the opinion that the only proper way is to say "Cray-on") another one is Coupon (Coo-pon or Cyoo-pon?) and Tuesday (Toos-day, Chews-day, Toos-dee, or Chews-dee) and then, of course, Schedule.  (Sked-jool or Shed-jool).

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 don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address)

The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.

I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. :(


67 comments:

  1. Lovely challenge this week, thank you. Hope you are feeling better now migraine's are horrid. Its getting warmer here in the UK best day this year so far will try to will it over to you. Being British I, of course, pronounce all those words the right way LOL well in a Dorset accent anyway LOL XOXO Zoe

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  2. This is gonna be fun - I just love blue, too! And I relate to the migraines - huge history, nasty stuff, aren't they? Glad you're improving and thanks for the update pic of the boys; they are too cute for words!

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  3. No wonder you have a headache. You think too much.
    Quit pondering Chews-dee or Toos-day.....
    And I am happy your headache didn't knock you too far off sked-jool
    I'm am going to laughing all day about this post
    Say Happy Birthday to your mom for me.
    Now where's my bloo cray-on ?

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  4. This will be fun! My birthday's this week, too! I say cray-on... it's obviously a dialect thing. So many different accents for one country! Lol Then there are our foreign friends. Love it. <3

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  5. Hahahaha! And I just remembered you're in CANADA! Close enough to be honorary American ;o) xoxo

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  6. Great challenge.

    I'm not sure how to grab your button. Are there any tutorials out there that you know of?

    As a born, bred and lived in all my life Oregonian, it's Cray-on, Coo-pon, Toos-day, and Sked-jool.

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  7. This will be a real challenge for me as I much prefer black & white, but will give it my best shot! Your kids are so cute :) and I completely sympathise about the migraine, I get them a lot.
    I'm another Zoe from the UK (minus the Dorset accent, lol): Chews-day, sked-jul, coo-pon, cray-un. Pronouncing crayon "crown" seems strange to me, I've never heard it pronounced that way before. Anyway, enough chat, I have to go and dig out the best blue for the job! :)

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  8. Me and my metaphor lessons and you and your pronunciation questions! That's cabin fever in Canada fer ya :-)
    *sings* You say potayto and I say potahto... actually I say potayto too. I've never heard 'crown' - that's just weird.
    I did hear a southerny US type (or Boston?) talk about spirals not long ago and it sounded like 'spaaarls'!
    A grade school friend on vacation was asked by another youngster if she could do a "Hee-ann Stee-ann". My friend was completely mystified. Her new friend proceeded to demonstrate a "handstand"!!!
    Last one: In Australia, if your father dies, you don't say 'My dad is dead.' you say 'My ded is did."
    I'll stop now.

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  9. Laura, you are so much fun!!! Love the very sweet photo of your babies - the big'un and the little'un.

    Your are going to get lots of comments about how we pronounce words and I'm going to chuckle over every one. In my voice, it is cray-on, sked-jool, coo-pon, toos-day, and I'll add ap-ricot (not ape-ricot) Although I don't have a southern accent, being from the American South, I can relate to Margaret's comment about spaaarls instead of spirals!! And in Oklahoma, if you are weary after a long day of hard work, you are tard..... and then there's bob-wire....[barbed-wire] - pkease.... make me stop!! Blue tangle coming up......

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  10. Forgot to send a blessing for healing of the migraine - have a history too, and they are devastating. A doctor once told me that they plague smart, creative people more often than not - small comfort.......

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  11. Love this challenge, love the colour blue too. So I entered already, but I'm sure going to make more of these 'something blue' s :)

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  12. Love this challenge. I enjoyed the splash of color :) and it is cray-on, Que-pon, Toos-day, and sked-jool for me. I live in AL but was transplanted from TN and before that PA, and then we were also military....so I have no idea what kind of accent I have.

    I hope you feel better!

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  13. What fun!!! I was really looking forward to Monday to see what was next...I know this is not original....but BLUE is my favorite color...now just to pick ONE of the many ideas swirling around in my head!! And I am a "cray-on" girl!! and coo-pon, Toos-day, and sked-jool!

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  14. Cray-on for sure! Oh do I like to mix colors....but I promise I will stay with the blue!

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  15. Hello all. This is the first time i have done this challenge, so hoping i did it right. I see some durn nice work here!

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  16. LOL everyone (espeshully Margaret re Aussie accent)! As an Aussie (pron. Ozzy) sheila (woman), I'd say cray-On, Chews-day, and sked-jool. Since my man is a septic (that's Rhyming Slang: "septic tank" = "Yank") we have 'discussions' about word pronunciation all the time at our house [grin]. He's originally from The Bronx, New York (though, for some strange reason, he insists that he's from "Da Bronx, Noo York"). Looking forward to BLUE, Laura! :D

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  17. "Happy Birthday" to your Mum, I actually share her birthday, blue is perfect for our challenge as aquamarine is one of out birthstones.

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  18. Congratulations with your mother's birthday.
    Great challenge...I love the color Blue.
    Cray-on, but I'm Dutch so we normally use another word for it.

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  19. Yes, Claudia and I use: kleurpotlood :P
    But in my English class we had to use Cray-on :)

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  20. My addition has been added.. it was a fun challenge b/c I find it so hard to add colors other than my little red heart signature. Beautiful babies by the way!

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  21. Jay, your link doesn't work so i'm going to remove it - can you re-add it?

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  22. I actually managed to post early this time! (well, for me anyway!) *G*

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  23. Zen is tangled. Somehow my blog got put in to link #5, but the blue tangle is #14.

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  24. i love this challenge! blue is my favorite color! yay!

    i also posted to week #11 since i combined two challenges into one.

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  25. I'm back! Really enjoyed doing this one and come back to look again at your fab family snaps your boys really are adorable. Right off to find out more about the Zoe without the Dorset Accent LOL XOXO Zoe

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  26. This sounds like a fun challenge. Blue use to be my most favorite color as a Kid and as a teen I started liking Green as a favorite color and the night I fell in love with my Husband today I also started liking Purple, so now Blue, Green and Purple are my Favorite color.

    What purple have to do with falling in love. The night my Husband today fell in love, both of us were listening to Jimmy Hendricks "Purple Haze" song while working over night on call at the Workorder Desk on the Army Base when we got tons of rain, causing flooding in some of the Army Surplus Housing in the Presidio of San Francisco.

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  27. Am I allowed to post more then one tangle for the challenge? I posted the monotangle in the wrong catagory, sorry. How can I change that? Blue, blue, blue (its a Dutch song, and I love it). Your challenges help me to un-block. I am/was blocked for a while, just tangling did not worked out so very well. But slowly I am coming back....

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  28. Oh DO NOT get me started on how to pronounce things..lol....
    enjoyed all the combinations of how differently we say the same words.
    as usual, the tangles are awesome! thanks all for sharing your beautiful work again!

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  29. hey Ellen,
    you can submit as many tiles as you like, i will put the first 4 in the slideshow. as for your #11 submission, you can just add your link to the #11 challenge and i will delete the one you put on this challenge. make sense??

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  30. Love the color blue-been my favorite for years and years! I had fun with this challenge!
    My mom and I tease each other with "coupon." She says "Q-pon" and I say "koop-on." I even looked up the pronunciation in the dictionary once and showed her that I was right. I also say "Cray-yon" for some reason with any extra "ya" in the middle. One thing that has always struck me as weird is that I never say "God Bless You" or "Bless You" after someone sneezes, I have always said "Gesundheit!" Most of my students know exactly what I mean when I say it, but there are some of those that have no idea what I am saying!!

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  31. Laura, This was a fun one! I so rarely use color, so it's outside my comfort zone. I loved it and will need to do more in the future. Thanks again, for another great challenge.

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  32. This was something I've been wanting to try - so thanks, Laura, for another timely challenge. Still working on technique so I may post a couple more tangled drawings for this one.

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  33. I agree with Sande - I think I say it "kray-un". I did a butterfly this week for the 1,500,000 Butterfly Project of the Houston Holocaust Museum in the style of a tangle and added some blue to it - it was my favorite of the three I did. http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com/2011/03/1500000-butterflies.html - the blue one is about halfway down the post.

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  34. I find that I keep saying "crown" for Crayon, and my sister (we're both mid/late 30's) tells me that is something you wear on your head. And a cray-on is the thing you color with. It never ends! I try to catch myself, but then just sound goofy. So really, no matter to me, I know what is meant ;)

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  35. Laura your lovely zentangle was a great inspiration to get us going on this challenge. I love the color blue, just like your Mom. I didn't use any Cray yawns on this challenge, just felt tip pens and a little bit of colored pencil. A most enjoyable challenge, very comfort zone on this one.

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  36. Tangled up in blue...another fun challenge. We only have cray-ons in our house. Although I've heard folks around here say 'cran'.
    Thanks for all the fun, Laura! Some weeks, it's only this challenge that gets me to take a break from a busy life and breathe with some art.

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  37. I have reposted my website and I checked it out. It did seem to open for me. Please let me know if it doesn't work again! I was wondering what happened to my name! Then I discovered that I shouldn't register until I had my Zentangle ready to be posted!! Thanks again for all you do. I just checked back into all you original blogs and challenges and I am thinking of attempting all the past challenges! And you have a beautiful family...I am in awe of all you do!

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  38. Fun times again! and nice work everyone.

    I say crayon a few different ways. Sometimes, I don't say crayon, I say Crayola no matter what brand of crayon it is. When I am talking fast I'm almost certain I say "cran" (1 syllable). Other times I say "cray yon."

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  39. Hi all, I've just posted my blue tangle. I'm laughing at Zoechaos' comment above and am off to check her out! :-)
    The other Zoe x

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  40. I like this blue challenge. It is a boost for my creativity as always.
    I tend to say cray-on like the french " crayon" and that is a black pencil. I am not quit sure what you mean with crayon, is it color pencil or wax-crayon or something else? sometimes hard to explain what i mean to say in a language that is not my native language and how to pronounce it that is even harder but in the end if we understand eachother that is the most important.and i understood it had to be blue:)

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  41. I love blue.. one of my fav colors... here's my tangles in blue.. the second one is actually blue although in the scan it looks more grey.. I am loving this Betweed tangle..
    hope your headache is a thing of the past..I do say kray-on and Q-pon... fun to see how everyone pronounces things.. and wish your Mom a very Happy B-day!

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  42. This is a wonderful Challenge this week!. Sometimes a little direction is just what the doctor ordered and your Challenges fit that spot every week. Thanks for giving us a reason to hang out together!

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  43. Love this challenge, blue is one of my favorite colors !

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  44. I got inspired to do something remembering my dad yesterday so a blue card seemed just right!

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  45. This was fun. The first time, I think, that I've ever used color with a tangle.

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  46. I've just found your blog and I love it! Thanks for posting these challenges. Very inspiring!

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  47. This was my first time using color. I love all things blue. Regarding Crayon: I put the emphasis on Cray and then a less emphasized n so Cray-en is what comes out.

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  48. Whata fun challenge. i was just thinking monday morn "I wonder when color will be introduced?" Ta-da! I just did my first color piece, so thrilled at being one of the last spots in May's CZT seminar!! I couldn't help but feel colorful, and blue is one of my faves.

    Interesting how so many commented on the mood of blue in their posts. "Blue Monday" "Something blue (wedding)" blue mood. I've always found blue to be happy (hence my tangle), but I really never gave it much thought on this challenge.

    Your language questions actually prompted me to do a language post on my blog: http://wp.me/pASgH-mO There's no way I could comment all in this comment section. I'm born and bred in Pgh, PA, and we have our spicy brand of dialect. Come on over and check it "aht." Diana

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  49. Great challenge. I decided to use blue card stock, black ink, and blue coloured pencil. Oh, and I say CRAY-yon (which is close to the way I say it in French).

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  50. Blue was appropriate - pretty much the way I feel - so I drew mine using a blue Muji .25 pen and Pitt Brush pen

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  51. This was a great challenge Laura. I usually don't use color either although I do love "Cray ons" and skedjools too. Pronunciations are such fun. I have been married to my hubby for 25 years and he still says things my family doesn't understand. He grew up just 2 hours south of me in Charleston. LOL
    Hope you feel better Too.

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  52. The slide show is going to be awesome and cool.

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  53. So many posts, so little time . . . I agree with the ladies who say 'kray-un' However sometimes in the south of USA I think I slide into 'kray-an'
    Looking forward to the slideshow - just not enough time to look at each individual post. Thanks for taking the time to put the show together!!!!!

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  54. I finally got mine done. For some reason, this one was harder for me than most, even though I've previously done some color work. Anyway, I say 'cray-on'. There are some members of my family, though, that pronounce it more like 'kren'.

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  55. Thanks for another great challenge. This one was harder for me for some reason. Growing up I called crayons "colors" as in "Go get your box of colors and let's draw." I now say cray-on. Here in Delaware, some natives say crown.

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  56. My first try at the Diva's Challenge. Loved it. Shading with crayon taught me that it's okay to be bold and go deep. Thanks, Diva!

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  57. Going to have to get onto this one today and I LOVE blue so this will be fun :)

    Oh, and it's chews-day, coop-on, shed-ule and cray-on for me, here in Australia. I saw a message above that said we say our 'ded is did'...nahh, that's not us Aussies, that's the Kiwis (New Zealanders) :)

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  58. I love all the blue tangles! It's definately 'cray-on' for me! :)

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  59. Finally got some uploaded :) This week's been a very rushed one but I've loved playing around with some of my Faber Castell aquarelle pencils and glitter pens today :)

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  60. Wow, your challenges are ONE BIG SUCCESS. Keep on going! Looking forward to the next challenge! love, Ellen

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  61. I am eager to see the slide show made with these drawing. It will be awesome.

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  62. This was hard for me to pull off as I really really prefer the black and white - but it is a challenge and that isn't always about what we want. Thanks for continuing to challenge us and push the envelope. Good for the creativity in us all.

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  63. This was fun! I took it a step further and all my tangles begin with the letter B... Bales, Bumper, Braze, BB, Bucky, Beelight, Beeline, Betweed and Bronx Cheer, all on pale blue paper. BTW, I call them "Cranz" with a short a.

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  64. Something blue... and pink... And my answers are "Cray-awn" and "Toosday"

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tangle me some zen, baby!!