Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 195

Life often seems to throw the most unexpected things and the most unexpected times. Last week was one of those weeks.

Last Tuesday, I lost a friend.

I had just gotten to know him and his young family. They have a 3 year old. They are a very warm and inspiring couple and I was very much looking forward to getting to know them better, as we have some social gatherings over the next few months.

Our little group was all shocked into disbelief because it seemed like he was texting us about a Christmas party one moment in the late afternoon, and then 2 hours later we were told he was unconscious and they could not resuscitate him. By nightfall, he had returned home to the Lord. Everything happened in a span of a few short hours.

I was not close enough to him for me to grieve too deeply, but the suddenness of everything (they are such a lovely family) put a huge dampener on the rest of the week. I happened to be flooded with custom orders too, so I was kept fairly busy, but the whole time, my mind did not leave his family and the (seemingly) senselessness of their loss, even though I do agree that he is indeed in a better place.

Considering the situation and everything that was going on, I decided to spare myself the agony of last week’s “Embracing the Yuck” challenge.

I get that it might have been a good challenge for some, but no, thanks. I already have plenty of yuck around these parts as it is. Also, I did originally turn to Zentangles to calm down, create beauty and appreciate beauty in the mundane, not the yuck. Definitely.

This is my personal preference and has nothing to do with the Diva’s guest or the challenge being guest-issued – I’d also skipped the Diva’s original “non-dominatrix” (non-dominant hand) challenge when I was starting on the challenges from the beginning.

To be fair, I did try my hand at that old challenge, but gave up when I started getting frustrated and edgy because it completely killed off my inner calmness – the very calmness that for me is a challenge in itself to hang onto, each day.

I am so very happy to participate on this week’s challenge instead, which bears the title “Turning Old into New”.

I particularly like the hopefulness and positivity within the title itself, and was much happier to pick up my Microns this time.

For this week’s challenge, I drew a string onto my art journal, but did not really manage to keep to it, except for the borders. I had decided to use Pokeroot as a grid, and Sanibelle for my line border, which I think turned out quite pretty.

My Pokeroot is kinda half-spiral, half-grid(?) – I am not too sure which it resembles more, but I like it because it looks kind of like I am looking down at a bunch of Pokeroots from the top.

I ended up adding in Beadlines, which I wanted to present in a flowy grid, but did not succeed, and Shard/Shattuck which became a square.

Here we go.. (clicking on the images will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Wk 195 - Turning Old into New

Diva Challenge Wk 195 - Turning Old into New

I am quite pleased and might try putting a spin on other tangles over the course of the week, just for fun 🙂

To end off, here are some other recent pieces before I visit other entries 🙂 If you are participating in my swaps on SB, I must tell you that there is a spoiler ahead 😛

ZIA postcards

ZIA PostcardsZIA Postcards

ZIA PostcardsZIA Postcards

 International Postcard Swap on Swapbot

“Snowflakes in December”
ZIA PC Swap

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments from previous weeks. They are much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!

Going.. going.. MAAD ^^

As November draws to a close, it can only mean that Christmas is just round the corner 🙂 I hope everyone is well and busy with Christmas preparations!

 

Next month, my little shop will participate at MAAD Pyjamas, organised by the Red Dot Design Musuem Singapore, once again. This will be happening on:

 

Date: Friday 12 December 2014

Time: 5pm – midnight

Venue: Red Dot Museum Singapore (look for us indoors!)

 

Do come and say hi if you happen to be in the area! In the meantime, I leave you with some sneak previews ^^ [clicking on the images will take you to Facebook]

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 193

This week the challenge celebrates the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving with a TriTangle of Trio, Huggins and Xyp.

The past 17 months have been a constant exercise of willpower for me to focus on being thankful for the good things in my life, whilst putting up with the distractions of the bad 😛 I am still unwell (it does seem to be endless!) but I do agree that I have a lot to be thankful for.

This is my first time trying out all three tangles, and I found Trio to be the most challenging.

After a failing at all my attempts, I was getting more and more frustrated just trying to follow the original step outs for Trio. Eventually I gave up and decided it couldn’t BE that difficult to pick up. I decided to then deconstruct the pattern myself and reproduce it to the best of my abilities. I ended up starting on the right instead of left and, basically, ‘flipped’ most of the steps. I don’t know if it ‘works’ visually, but it looks much better than all my failed attempts combined.

Once I was confident enough, I used an official tile to create part of my string on an old book page. After tangling, I trimmed it and mounted it onto a postcard blank.

Here we go.. (clicking on the images will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Wk 193 TriTangle THX

Diva Challenge Wk 193 TriTangle THX

And just for fun (because I don’t really feel chatty)… Here are some other recent pieces before I sign off to go look at other entries 🙂

ZIA postcards
ZIA Postcards

Art Journal Page Swap
ZIA Journal Page

Hexagon Tile Swap
Hexagon Tile

And my favourite… a second take on last week’s UMT Seton, on a postcard blank ^^
ZIA postcard

Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 192

This week is relatively less hazy than the last and we’ve got workers scaling the external walls of our apartment again (read: this is the 4th time in the past 2 months) and all our windows cannot be open whilst they work.

Please excuse me if there are any nonsensical words or grammar offences in my post. I am dizzy from oxygen deprivation and switching on the air conditioning only made me sneeze non-stop (which is weird because we leave the air conditioning on every night whilst we sleep. If we don’t it is way too warm to sleep) so I turned it off. Needless to say, this was how I ended up with a huge migraine which is now into its third day. It is all rather annoying because I am prepping for MAAD Pyjamas this Friday and really DO need to focus!

Ah, the various trials and tribulations of working from home! Oh well back to the topic…

This week the challenge calls for a rendition of Cris Letourneau’s Seton, inspired by the glass windows at her parish church. Cris is covering for the Diva whilst little Artoo goes for eye surgery.

Despite being relatively new to tangling, I have already noticed that I am quite disastrous at all the tangles that require grids 😛 So I used Cris’ renaissance tile as inspiration – this allowed me to tangle up Seton in a curvy, more forgiving manner, whilst still sticking to a grid formation.

For my string I took one of my 3 inch square strathmore cold press cards (stockist: Time2split on Etsy) which I have recently developed a new fondness for, and used it to trace a “frame” across two pages of my art journal (stockist: Marmalime on Etsy). By the way, these strathmore cold press cards are sturdy and of good texture, and are as lovely to draw on as the official tiles from Zentangle. They are perfect for when a Bijou tile feels too small and a regular ZT tile feels too large – especially on days when I am too tied up with orders and stall prep, but still want to tangle.

I’d seen some very talented tanglers overlap journal pages this way with their tangles, and I decided to see if I could get it to work for me too. I decided to keep it simple with just Seton and Flux in a duotangle 🙂

Diva Challenge Wk 192 Seton

I had not anticipated (or planned) that I could turn the loose ends into ‘ribbons’ and was quite pleasantly surprised. At my ‘discovery’, I decided to add a dose of playfulness so I created the loop at the top to ‘hold it all down’ with a Pokeroot-inspired pin 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 192 Seton

I love the loads of movement in my end result. This is the first time I am enjoying a grid based tangle this much 🙂 Thank you, Cris!

Signing off to visit everyone else’s work 🙂