I hope everyone had a great week!
Artoo had an exciting week: He went on his very first field trip ever!
His kindergarten class went to the Pumpkin Maze at one of the local greenhouses in town. I got to tag along, which was pretty fun. Artoo was so excited to go on the school bus, and he was pretty pumped to introduce me to all his friends. i'm pretty happy i was able to go.
The boys had a super long weekend from school - with Friday being a professional day for teachers and Monday being Thanksgiving. However, we spent a good chunk of Friday in the doctor's office because my little man Chewie had a sore throat. That poor boy gets so many tonsil related illnesses. We're going to have to get a referral to an ENT to see whether or not he should get them out. :(
Since we spent so much of the day doing boring things, and we had a little bit of time between doctors and errands and supper - we took advantage of the weather and made a stop at the park where the boys played. Artoo is getting braver on the play structures, but he still is very cautious. It's so easy for him to get knocked over by other kids, i'd be cautious too.
|Wait, who's driving this thing?|
This weekend we Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving - and so my weekend was filled with "SO MANY FEASTS" as Artoo would say.
|Artoo and Dad riding the quad at Grandpa's acreage|
|Chewie and his cousins tearing it up!!|
Boys and the cousins spent a good amount of time ripping around on the quads and the golf cart. And after dinner they were playing hide and seek in the dark. It made me pretty happy that my boys will have those cool memories.
|Cheers from The Diva and the diva's Mother in law!|
Here's the Thankful post i made on my facebook page:
I'm beyond thankful for my two beautiful boys. They make me smile and fill my heart with unmeasurable love - they make me laugh and drive me to new and crazy levels of frustration....every single day.
I am so thankful for the gift of being their mother.
Today my parents are celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary. I am so thankful for the loving example they've been for me, still acting as newly weds as my brother says. My parents have been immensely supportive as We figure out this whole parenting thing.
I'm very lucky to have three handsome men in my life - my brothers - who still make me laugh uncontrollably.
I'm thankful for my beautiful and talented ladies in my life who I'm lucky to call friends. Thank you for putting up with my sh*t. 😘
My zentangle family, who continues to inspire me and push me and help me to grow.
And, lastly, my soul is made whole by you Brad.
Thank you for all of it. Everything. All the things. Thank you.
Yep. I'm pretty darn lucky.
Weekly Challenge #239: "Munchin Play"
This week Sakura posted a video of Molly Hollibough demonstrating her tangle called Munchin.
She's also demonstrating the products in the black zentangle tool set.
I had seen the step outs for Munchin many times and i never really took to it, until i saw Molly demonstrate it, back when i was certified in 2010. I don't know why, but seeing it demonstrated really helped me 'get it'.
it's funny how many tangles i thought i 'knew' but didn't like...until i saw them demonstrated. Then the light bulb came on, and now they're in my favourites.
Today's challenge is to use Molly's tangle Munchin.
If you want the added challenge of using white on black, feel free to do that as well.
I'm going to tell something to you all right now....
it's Diva confession time....
i am not a huge fan of the black tiles.
There. i said it.
I've been holding this in for years. But it's true. Now, don't get me wrong. I still use them, but - i just don't like the way they perform as compared to the white tiles. I miss the drag of the micron pen. and the black tiles are very porous and the gel pen sorta gets sucked into the paper leaving the white looking sort of washed out.
Some tanglers out there LOVE the black tiles and they make such delicious art with them, and i am envious of them. If you want to see a whole gallery of white on black gorgeousness, check out the latest post by Maria on the zentangle blog - go ahead! i'll wait!!
I know you're supposed to gently kiss the gel pen onto the black paper, and i know that you can go back over the white pen to make it more vibrant. I know these things. and i teach these things.
working on the black tiles does not make my heart sing.
and you know what? that's okay.
i've decided that it's very like when you are in a yoga class, and the instructor is showing you a pose, and everyone is doing the pose, but it's just not working for you. So the instructor says: "remember to listen to your body" - sometimes you need to listen to your body.... and sometimes it's okay to do a variation of the pose.
so. i'm listening to my body.
and this is my variation of the black tile pose. ;)
So, here i present to you: My white zentangle tile - with a bit of black gesso. I put a little dollop onto the tile and then spread it using an old plastic gift card, or hotel key. it dried, literally, in seconds.
what i love about black gesso is: It is SO black. It's very black. what is gesso, some of you may ask? Gesso is essentially a surface primer. When you buy those pre-stretched canvasses from art supply stores like michaels? They are pre-gessoed. (this is why they're white, canvass is actually kind of tan coloured) i love gesso. i use it all the time in my art journals and in my paintings. I'm not going to get into all the ins and outs of gesso, if you're curious there's about a bazillion youtube videos on gesso.
you can get gesso at pretty much any art supply store, i bought my black gesso at Michaels.
for my purposes today: i used black gesso on my tile because gesso gives your surface a little bit of tooth and acts as a bit of a barrier between your medium and your substrate (the thing you're painting, drawing, tangling on... in this case, my tile). Sakura gelly roll pens and black gesso are a match made in heaven.
With the tooth of the gesso i got a bit of that pen drag back that i love with the microns and the white tiles. And because it's a bit of a barrier between the gel ink and the paper tile, the white is super vibrant and i don't need to kiss the tile with my pen, and i don't need to go back over it again. i have BLACK blacks and WHITE whites, and i love it.
Again, this is what works For me. This is me listening to my body and doing a White on Black variation pose.
here's my tile:
i like it. :)
have a great week everyone! enjoy playing with munchin!
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. ;)