First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
- Enter my 200K Giveaway! Contest ends November 30th!
- 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"
- 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.
- See Challenge #47's slideshow here
- 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!
Well, i was looking through my phone and my camera and i have no new pictures to share with you. Mostly this is because we didn't do anything this week except try to keep Artoo out of the hopsital. And we were successful. Yay!
B-rad and i are both exhausted, after such a long and stressful week of sleepless nights and waking every hour or so to suction the baby, or to feed him a bit of a bottle of pedialyte to keep his hydration up.
He's not completely out of the woods yet, though. He still has a wicked nasty cough, but the coughing spells are becoming fewer and fewer, which is great.
Weekly Challenge #50 "Biggify"
I taught a class this week to a great bunch of ladies (HI LADIES!!) and as we were chatting, we got to talking about how sometimes the tendency, when working on a small canvas such as a Zentangle tile (which is 9cm x 9cm or 3.5" x 3.5") is to make all your tangles really very small. Which can have a wonderful effect, but what would happen if we made the conscience effort to biggify those tangles...?
So, i tested this out on my own. Turns out - when i decided to biggify my tangles, it was really very challenging for me.
Here are three tiles with four of my go-to tangles; Crescnet Moon, Keeko, Ennies, and Tripoli. You can see my 'regular' size tangling in the first tile, the second tile i 'biggified' the same 4 tangles - i showed it to b-rad and he said "You should try to make them even bigger".
So, the last tile i biggified to the edge of my comfort zone and then a bit further. It was a different feeling, for sure. Especially with a pattern like Keeko (the basketweave type one) where, when i do it in my regular size, i find it very relaxing and meditative. But biggified to the max, i had to be much more aware of my lines. They were longer, i had to space them out differently... i had to be much more deliberate in my work. And i really loved the shading i was able to achieve on the size of that tangle. Usually i just shade around the edges.
This week's challenge is to push your comfort zone and biggify your tangles. Don't biggify your canvas, try sticking to the size you generally work on to get the full effect. (Zentangling on a large surface is a whole other ball of wax - fun though) so if you work on tiles, biggify on a tile. if you work in your journal, biggify in your journal. you get it.
have fun! try it a few times and see where your comfort zone lies. Put your toe over that line and test the waters.
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. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine. please? for me??