It's been a very long week here at Casa Diva. Chewie has been home from school all week for February break! But! Something magical happened this week!
I have three brothers - and i often say to my mom: "I don't know how you managed to not murder us in our sleep." and she always just laughs and says that having four kids wasn't so bad because we all played with each other and we kept ourselves occupied.
So many times i wondered when this would happen to me.
Well, folks? The boys actually spent time playing "together"!!
This is a huge deal.
|Behold Chewie's Lego creation: Rancor 2.0!|
Wednesday they took on the Colossal task of ridding the house of zombies. And off they went, my little zombie-killing duo, and systematically cleared the zombies out of EVERY room in the house. I'm so glad they took care of that for me, cuz the zombies around here were getting pretty ridiculous.
Thursday they found some play-doh and made amazing creatures and then made little models of each OTHER and play acted a bunch of random scenes. I really wish i had gotten a pic of their little mini-mes.
By Friday though, it seemed that playing with his brother had lost some of it's charm, and Chewie began pestering his brother - which led to many conversations about how just because HE is bored doesn't mean he's allowed to bother his brother (who is pretty content to do his own thing)
it's so interesting being parents to little human beings and to see how much they are similar, and then see how much they are different. My little extrovert and my little introvert. hm.
Friday night i got to get out with b-rad's cousin and attend another Dr. Sketchy life drawing session. The theme of this night was PUNK ROCK and so the music was rowdy and there was beer and there was this amazing burlesque model named Stella Behaviour who told us her stories from back when she was a PUNK.
|She pretty much looked ready to jump over the table and knock a few heads.|
|Adorable Monster Boys|
On our way how we got to watch this amazing sunset.
|They don't call Saskatchewan Land of the Living Skies for nothing.|
Weekly Challenge #206: "Tools/Trade"
So, i sliced open my thumb. did i mention that? As we were driving home from my in-laws and my thumb was throbbing in pain, i contemplated perhaps taking the day off from the challenge. Then i thought; "No, maybe i can make this work for me?" And so when i got home and the boys were in bed, i decided to try something different.
typically, i work on the regular zentangle size tile - 3.5"x3.5", or a zendala tile; but for this challenge i used a zentangle apprentice tile, which is larger than a regular one. it's 4.5"x4.5"
the reason i used a larger tile is because i wanted to spend as little time on my tile as possible (because of the throbbing bleedy thumb). So instead of using a .01 Sakura micron pen i used a Prismacolor Brush nib pen.
The brush nib is very soft and flexible, and leaves a heavier line. Since the nib was super flexible, i really had to slow down (Which sort of defeated the purpose of using a larger nib in the first place, d'oh) and take my time with each pen line. I also was holding the pen at the very back of my hand because it was the only way it didn't hurt to proceed.
For me, it was very reminiscent of the non-dominant hand challenges because (THUMB!) i had to let go of my expectation and really just focus on the feeling of the pen dragging across the paper. It was very relaxing, and while it's not very pretty - it's still pretty awesome.
So - this week's challenge is NOT to go and cut your thumbs open. PLEASE do not do that. :)
This week's challenge is to try using tools or materials you've never used before for tangling. Maybe you've always wanted to try tangling with watercolours instead of pens? Or maybe india ink? Or maybe a ballpoint pen? or perhaps you want to use nature and create a piece in the snow or the sand, or out of plants or flowers or twigs... maybe you want to use your sewing machine? Or try some embroidery? maybe you want to use a digital drawing program?
Rick is fond of saying that Zentangle can be done anywhere, with anything, even if it's just a stick in the sand.
What will you use?
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. ;)