First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
- If you're NEW here (and there've been a lot of new additions to the party!) I'm working on creating some tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or: See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials"
- Last week's challenge slideshow is late, my apologies. I hope to have it up and running soon!!
- To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tab above, or follow this link
- Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
- Due to an AMAZING TURN OUT each and every week - i'm going to have to cap the amount of entries PER PERSON to TWO per challenge. (This doesn't mean that you can only post 2 entries - no no noooo, it just means that i will only download 2 entries for the slideshow, of which i will download the first 2 presented to the challenge. i hope that makes sense, somewhat.)
- and i want to say a very extra special big heart felt thank you to everyone who donated funds last week. I continue to be amazed by the generosity of spirit of this wonderful community. HUGS!
If you're a regular around here and you usually skim the first part up there (it happens) i just wanted to reinforce and bring to your attention that i've had to lower the entry cap to 2 per participant. I'm STILL processing entries and trying to get the slideshow up in a timely fashion, but i can't ever seem to get it done on time because the slideshows get bigger every week! The participation level is amazing, and i feel really honoured to be the facilitator for such amazing work each week
so, again - the cap for the slideshow is 2, but feel free to post as many as you like on your blogs. (if you wanna go the extra mile for me, please put the TWO that you want in the slideshow as the first two images on your blog... thanks!)
and now on with your regularly scheduled blog post:
A few weeks ago, Rick and Maria (our Zentangle® creators) posted about the art and inspiration from artist William Morris and since then i've been dying to try it out for myself. And, of course, this is the perfect platform for trying new things!
I've always been "drawn" to the very subtle images in the backgrounds of many of his designs. Behind the graceful images of flowers, fruit, animals and maidens . . . there in the darkness, hidden almost from sight were faint patterns that completely and elegantly filled the spaces.She then goes on to demonstrate how this can apply to Zentangle by using a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen on black interstices or 'space between'. See her examples here, here, here, or here.
Maria adds (in the comments below):
p.s. I also wanted to mention that it is to your benefit to proceed slowly and softly with the gelly roll. Almost tickle the paper for the best results...and dots...well , make them very deliberately...gently circling these tiny orbs.thanks!
Weekly Challenge #19 - More Morris
Create a tile or Zentangle Inspired piece using the William Morris technique of light over dark.
So i sat down to do my tile this week, excited about trying something new - started my tangling, filled in all my black space... and wouldn't ya know it? NO WHITE PEN!! i thought i had one in my arsenal, but all i had was 3 shades of purple and a gold pen. This. Would. Not. Do.
Luckily for me, B-rad is a wonderful husband and offered to run out while he did errands and he picked up a Sakura pen for me! (YAY B-RAD!) Because of him i was able to do this:
|"C" is for Chewie, my almost 3 year old|
|materials used: Black card stock, white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, white pencil crayon|
Now that i've done the white on black, i'm looking back into my stash and thinking about trying out one of those purple pens, or perhaps maybe the gold one... hm....
oh, the possibilities.
the fine print:
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. :(