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. Oh dearie, 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!
- The limit of submissions to the slideshow is TWO, but please feel free to post as many as you like to your blogs. I will take the first two presented to each challenge.
- 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!
This was a big week in the diva household... we ACTUALLY left the house!! My mom convinced me, after a month of staying at home*, to get out and do something with what little is left of our Saskatchewan summer.
*For a while there it seemed that whenever we'd leave the house to do something fun, Artoo would find himself in the hospital with pneumonia. Needless to say, i was/am a little paranoid
Tuesday morning we went downtown set up some chairs and watched the Exhibition Parade - Saskatoon's answer to the fair/tradeshow.
|Artoo and Grandma in deep thought|
|Old Timey bicycles are FUN|
|Chewie can haz flag!|
|Chewie liked the horses|
I also got some painting done (the house kind, not the art kind) in our basement, just in time for my dear friend Saviabella to arrive on Thursday night. She was in town because she magically scored some free Media tickets to the opening night of Wicked: The Musical - and she took me along as her date!! SQUEE!!!
today's challenge is the last guest post that i have lined up! (i'm back in the challenge biz as of next monday!) But it's a gooder - by one of my favourite Zentangle artists, and fellow Saskatooner, Margaret Bremner. She can be found in many places online, but she blogs at Enthusiastic Artist. She and i took our CZT training together in May of 2010 - and actually planned a Zentangle weekend retreat the following October that i didn't get to attend because Artoo made his debut 8 weeks early! I gave birth that day! ;)
Weekly Challenge #35: "Tile on a Tile"
Hi all! Margaret here, a.k.a the Enthusiastic Artist.
When every one in a Zentangle class has completed a tile it's great fun to have them place their tiles together and ooh and aah about this and that. This little exercise really demonstrates how we are all individual and unique. Even with the same string, same tangles and same instructions, everyone's creation is their personal interpretation. One thing I notice is the amount of border people decide to leave. Some leave a generous white area around the edge of the tile and others want to fill as much of the paper as possible while still leaving a little something.
A while ago I decided to do a tile with a REALLY generous border, and a string of course. It looked a tad empty. I began tangling the intended border area too. It started to look like a mini tile on a regular tile. That was interesting! I did more.
This week's challenge is to create a "Tile on a Tile". Place the dots way in from the corners and leave a very generous border. Add your pencil string over the entire tile. You'll need to think about which tangles are darker and which are lighter, to help define the mini-tile, although shading will help too. You may want a light mini-tile on a dark background, or a dark mini-tile on a light background. Here are two sample tiles, one of each variety. For more examples check out my Monday blog post too: www.enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com
Happy tangling! I can't wait to see what you create!
|"shading" - Tangles: Betweed, Caviar, Cockles 'n' Musesels, Finery, Florez, Flukes, Keenees, Lotus Pods, Partay, Tripoli|
|"TonT BonW3" - Tangles: Beadlines, Coaster, Ogen, Striping, Strircles, and dots and lines|
Margaret Bremner is an artist, illustrator, Certified Zentangle Teacher and occasional writer, as well as wife and mother. She's not much of a housekeeper. Margaret has been making art since she was very small and never seriously considered other career paths. Mandalas were her focus for over 15 years and she encountered Zentangle on the internet in early 2009 while living in China. It totally clicked with her love of detail, pattern and the graphic quality of drawing.
and now - 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. :(