Zentangles – Diva Challenge 265 & Negative Space Tipple ‘Hearts’

Diva Challenge Week 265 – Stripes!

I am not sure where the time goes, but it seems like 7 weeks have just all but flown by since my last Diva Challenge attempt 😛 This year seems like it is going even faster than 2015, and I thought 2015 was record-breakingly, gone too soon.

This week’s prompt is one of my favourites at the Diva’s. Since I have a black tile class this Saturday, I thought I’d get in the mood by going white on black for this challenge 🙂

To start with, I placed 6 parallel, curved lines on a black tile and the rest, they say, is history…. [ as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr ]

Diva Challenge Wk 265 - Stripes

I like how it resembles a quarter of a circle… Like the rest of the bits of the puzzle are missing. I added Printemps, Zenith, Flux, Tidings and Msst and made up the rest as I went along 🙂

I used an array of white pigment and gel pens and shading with my white charcoal pencil made it complete.

Diva Challenge Wk 265 - Stripes

 

Negative Space Tipple Hearts – a Walkthrough

I’ve been tangling these little “hearts” for a long time now, and I teach this as part of  my regular Zentangle 101 Class so I never really thought about making stepouts. However, I’ve recently had several queries about them from separate sites.

The lovely Inge Frasch, CZT, suggested on FB that I put up some stepouts so here they are.

Before we begin, I thought to mention…

Tipple is a tangle pattern that was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas of Zentangle, USA. This walkthrough presented here is a variation, also known as a ‘tangleation’, of Tipple. 

Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate these “hearts” in your tangles. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18

Negative Space Tipple "hearts"

It is best to begin with a Micron 01 or 005, as you want to be able to achieve the most delicate and refined, almost-lacy effect.

This iteration of Tipple is especially pretty when added to flower and leaf inspired tangles such as Mooka or Flux.

[ If you click on the image, you can view it larger with Flickr’s zoom function ]

Negative Space Tipple "hearts"

When properly tangled, your ‘hearts’ should not have any unintended gaps to distract the viewer’s eyes. And you will find that they are capable of filling up nearly any amount of space 🙂

Here are more examples of my past pieces featuring these “hearts”…

Zentangle-inspired Tumbler

Bales, Flux & Opus fleurs, meet Tipple “hearts”

 

Travelling Tangles Project

In collaboration with Beverly Gotthardt from Texas, USA. Beverly’s site: http://www.gottheartart.com/

 

Travelling Tangles Project

Angeleafe, Mooka by Lisa Fedele CZT…

 

Diva Challenge Wk 224 - Tipple Monotangle

Tipple on Tipple 🙂

 

Travelling Tangles Project

Bales meets Tipple “hearts”

 

Zenith meets Tipple...

Zenith meets Tipple “hearts”

Have a great week…!

I don’t always check in. If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com or via the Tangled Pursuits page on Facebook 🙂

Debbie New, CZT 18

Blog: hesedetang.wordpress.com

CZT Website: tangledpursuits.com

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge 258 & New Tangle ‘Dealys’

Dealys

This is my fourth tangle, after AngeleafeCadenza and Cabbit.

Like ‘Angeleafe’ before this, I had been using Dealys long before I thought to publish it. It has shown up in my work from even six months ago. From its early days, it appeared very similar visually to Carla du Preez’s Auraleah, so I didn’t think much of it.

As it was already so much a part of my tangles, step-outs for Dealys only ‘resurfaced’ as a priority as I began working on black tile lesson plans. I’d wanted to use something that can be drawn in multiple ways, and I tweaked it so that the step-outs would be as distinctive from Auraleah as possible. As a result, Dealys may be tangled in several ways to achieve different looks.

Dealys is named because of the considerable ‘Delays’ in putting up the step-outs and also after one of my cats, Dyllis. [ Basically, one day, my stepmom happened to ask why I haven’t named any tangles after my cats……. I didn’t have any clue. So……. here we are. ]

Dealys is tangled in one continuous, curvy stroke, meeting at specific points. [ Clicking on the images will take you to Flickr. ]

Dealys - a new tangle

[  Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate Dealys in your tangles, or link back to this page. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18   ] 

And here is Dealys, all fanned out…

Dealys - a new tangle

And Dealys, in full bloom… shading makes it pop!

Dealys - a new tangle

Dealys elsewhere…

Dealys - a new tangle

Diva Challenge Week 258 – UMT Rautyflex

After missing out on ten challenges, I checked in to the diva’s blog today and discovered it was a UMT challenge, featuring Kathrin Bendel CZT’s Rautyflex.

This was definitely a challenge, indeed. I haven’t been this confused by a tangle in quite some time 😛

I am not sure I can draw this tangle again without looking at the step-outs at every few seconds. Anyway, this was really fun to do…

Diva Challenge 258 UMT Rautyflex


Rautyflex in white gel inks, on a black tile with shimmering gold acrylic tints.

I don’t always check in. If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com or via the Tangled Pursuits page on Facebook 🙂 Have a great week!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge 248 & The Sandwich Days of 2015

The Sandwich Days of 2015

Sandwiched between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day every year, are the five days where I can be found at my most deeply retrospective and reflective moods. I like to call them the ‘sandwich days’.

One of my earliest memories of these sandwich days happened when I was just a little girl, maybe about 3 years old. My concept of time; ie. how seconds become minutes.. minutes become hours.. hours become days.. days into weeks.. weeks into months.. months into years.. was only just beginning to take shape then.

It was strange to me, at the time, to find that my mother would encourage me to re-read, re-use or re-utilise toys, books, everyday items but never calendars. Those were thrown out every year and it puzzled me so. My two older cousins were staying over with us for the holidays, and they laughed at how dumb I was (kids can be really mean to each other! It didn’t help that I was the youngest and was always chubby).

It took my 3 year old self quite some time to understand that time does not return to us, that it cannot be ‘re-used’. After this ‘discovery’, I know I was never the same kid.

My sense of appreciation for time, and for the appreciation of all things developed quickly after this.

I never liked excess, and I always made sure I ate everything on my plate (this probably explains my weight!). I made sure I never left any of my belongings behind, anywhere. I was always mindful about using things responsibly and well. (And eventually, this ‘trait’ of mine would give me a desire to upcycle things into useables.)

As time went by, I’d lose some of my nearest and dearest family members to cancer, all at an early age. This made me grow to really cherish people, see people for who they really are, and really cherish the time we have with them.

I believe everyone is put in our lives for a season, to bless us. To love us. For us to love them, discover their inner beauty, learn from them and appreciate them.

This season, a close family member of ours, is losing her second battle to cancer. We are all saddened, still having to keep busy, yet determined to make lasting memories whilst we can. It is never easy to say goodbye.

As we turn the page on 2015, I recognise that I have been incredibly blessed. I have had the privilege to meet and, in some instances, collaborate with many amazing CZTs this year. I have been wantonly blessed with new friendships, new opportunities, and new adventures.

Thank you for being a part of this journey, even if you are only just reading this entry and we’d never met. Have an amazing 2016, our best year yet!

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Diva Challenge Week 248 – Give the Gift of Zentangle

I realise that I am really late, as this challenge was issued on December 14th – LOL!

I decided to post my entry anyway, since it is better late than never 😉

On 19 December 2015, I had an amazing opportunity to participate in the first ever Tangle with Heart event to raise funds for a Singaporean charity called The Red Pencil that is committed to helping individuals who require art therapy.

Many of their beneficiaries are children in trauma.

Together with the organisor, four of us Singaporean CZTs raised $10,000 towards this cause 🙂 A total of four sessions were taught to people who had their first encounter with Zentangle! What a gift, right?

Here’s a peek into the session I taught.. [ as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr ]

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Tangle with Heart

Here’s the class mosaic of our first tile 🙂

Tangle with Heart

Second tile ft. Hurry ..

Tangle with Heart

And, for our finale, my very own Cabbit on a Bijou ^_^

Tangle with Heart

This was almost everyone that came – we had some people who had to leave earlier..

Tangle with Heart

Here I am [in the back] with Shannen, the organisor [in red], CZT Wai Fong [in blue] and her friend, Season [behind Wai Fong].

Tangle with Heart

With this, I sign off to belatedly visit everyone’s posts 😛 Again, better late than never, I suppose lolol.. Happy 2016!!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge 236 and Cadenza

Diva Challenge 236 – Tangle Unexpected

I have been busy – a good sorta busy 🙂

Since I have not been having much down time this couple of weeks, I am featuring past postcards and ATCs that I have made with old book paper (one of my favourite mediums because it is SO good to advocate upcycling this way!), including a larger piece on good old scrapbooking paper.

Here goes 😉 Starting with a few ATCs… [ clicking on the images will take you to Flickr ]

ZIA ATC

Spoiler Alert ^^Postcards…
ZIA Postcard ft. FIFEZIA PostcardsZentangle Inspired Art PostcardAnd lastly, an Opus-tile-sized wall art on scrapbooking paper …

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala SundayNew tangle – Cadenza

I am pleased to unveil my latest tangle discovery, the Cadenza or CadenZa. The emphasized Z being Z for Zentangle 😛

Those familiar with me and my tangling style, would probably know that I am not a huge fan of grid-based tangles. Nevertheless, this one really started to grow on me. Something about it makes me think of oriental lanterns! I have been filling all my tiles with it since I came across it earlier this week.

It is thus named, because when I deconstructed this pattern, I found that it could be built upon an official Zentangle pattern called the Cadent

[ EDIT: This tangle was not originally intended as a filling for Cadent, but I am aware it does look that way from the step outs 🙂 The pattern that inspired this tangle did not resemble Cadent until I was deconstructing it. In other words, it was only as I was creating the step outs that it became apparent to me that using Cadent as a first step would greatly simplify the process, as well as help to even out the very curvy shapes. Here is the image of the original pattern as seen in real life: http://goo.gl/MdISbQ  ]

Without further ado… I give you, the CadenZa 😉 Have fun!  [ clicking on the images below will take you to Flickr ]

Cadenza - a new tangle

Since the Cadent is an official tangle that was created by Rick and Maria, I decided to include a statement in my stepouts as a mark of respect.

The trick to this tangle is to insert parallel lines in Step 4., rotate the tile and insert another parallel line in Step 5. Another tip is to add the inner strokes in a clockwise direction in Step 6, because it can get very confusing if added on a whim.

Here are more examples of Cadenza in action 🙂

Cadenza - a new tangle

A closer look…Cadenza - a new tangleCadenza - a new tangle

In blue, just because 😉
Cadenza - a new tangle[  Please feel free to use the step outs to recreate Cadenza in your tangles, or link back to this page. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18   ] 

Now I am off to visit everyone’s Diva Challenge entries 😉

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated

P.P.S I don’t always check in. 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!

Updates for March – June 2015

I hope this post finds each of you well after a week of feasting and merry making! 🙂 BLESSED LUNAR NEW YEAR!! Hope you stay ‘yang’ and healthy always!

Here are some updates from my corner of the world.

Hamster Reservations Closed

Thank you for all the love you have shown our little Hamstery over the last twenty years, in one way or another 🙂

A short while ago, we announced that reservations were open for our hamster family’s 8th generation. Since then, we have been blessed with the arrival of two healthy litters of Roborovskis from Hazelnut Frappe and Almond Roca.

We have enjoyed tremendous favour and support and are pleased to report that both our litters have been ‘over-subscribed’. With full hearts, we are closing reservations for the time being. If you have already been placed onto our waiting list, this announcement does not affect you.

Here are some photos of the first litter for your viewing pleasure 🙂

Hazelnut Frappe & Almond Roca's First Litter

Hazelnut Frappe & Almond Roca's First Litter

Hazelnut Frappe & Almond Roca's First Litter
the Hamstery at hesedetang *’s FB Updates: _https://www.facebook.com/hesedetanghams

N.B: Fresh reservations (for our 9th generation) may be placed when we open the call for reservations again. The next call for reservations looks to take place sometime in the final quarter of 2015 (given how fast this year seems to be going!).

MAAD Pyjamas March 2015 

Next month, my little shop will participate at MAAD Pyjamas once again. This will be my last booth for the time-being as I will be attending a certificate course in the Zentangle art method in Rhode Island, USA.

Here are the details:

MAAD Pyjamas!
Date: Friday 6 March 2015
Time: 5pm – midnight
Venue: Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, at Maxwell Road (look for me indoors!)

  
the 5tudio at hesedetang *’s FB Updates: _https://www.facebook.com/hesedetang

the Hamstery and 5tudio 5hop hiatus

I regret that whilst I am away overseas, my shops on ECWID (handmade accessories), EtsyCarousell (hand-drawn postcards) and all custom orders will be closed until my return.
The Hamstery will also shut its doors to boarders and no custom-blended organic mix will be sold during this time. Here are the respective closing dates:-
1. the Hamstery
Boarders [ within Singapore only ]
Temporarily closed till June 2015
Organic Mix Orders [ within Singapore only ]
Last Order: 15 March 201
Shipped out by 1 April 2015
2. the 5tudio 5hop commissions  [ International and local orders]
Last Order: 10 March 2015
Shipped out by 1 April 2015
Thank you for your kind support and understanding 🙂
Happy goat year 🙂

Open for Commission & MAAD Pyjamas!!

Hello !!

I am happy to announce that my little shop is once again open to take commissions and bespoke requests. Simply fill up this form or write to me at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂

Do feel free to browse at Facebook.com/hesedetang as well for customisation ideas ^^

On another note, my shop is scheduled to return to our monthly booth at MAAD Pyjamas on Friday, 6 February 2015, 5pm – midnight 🙂

Have a great week!

debbie a.k.a hesedetang *

Custom & Bulk Orders

Hello!

As December draws closer, please note the closing dates for all bulk or custom orders ^^

This will help me ensure that the orders are delivered to you in time for Christmas.

Singapore & Malaysia
Orders close on: 6 December 2014
Shipped by: 17 December 2014

International
Orders close on: 22 November 2014
Shipped by: 5 December 2014

Custom or bulk orders may be sent through this form or via email to hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂

Thank you!

Hamstery Update – Reservations are Open!

Ms Hazelnut Frappe

Click to view additional details about Hazelnut Frappe.

In our first pairing of the year, we have just successfully introduced Hazelnut Frappe to a white-faced male named Almond Roca 🙂 Hopefully, they will go on to successfully take our line to the 8th generation.

Almond Roca, white-faced Roborovski male.

Reservation slots for upcoming litter(s) are open. Please send us an email at hesedetang.hamstery@gmail.com sharing a bit about yourself and your experience with hams, if any.

As always, we do not encourage the shipment of hamsters (they are fragile, tiny and many do not survive in transit). Thus we only welcome Singaporean interest. There is a screening process and limited reservation slots are available.

Special consideration will be given to competent hobby breeders looking to work with me on future generations of Roborovski hamsters.

Related links:

the Hamstery’s Hamily Tree Prezi

the Hamstery FB Page

Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 191

I am so happy to see clearer skies this week here in Singapore! My throat and nasal passages join me in thanksgiving ^^ They still feel swollen, but cleaner air, even if just slightly cleaner, is ALWAYS a welcome improvement.

After hitting a real physical low and being in much pain last week, I am happy, almost gleeful, that I have been able to get many things done and out of the way as possible, these couple of days.

To ‘celebrate’ I decided to start tangling in my new-old (or is it old-new), upcycled art journal. In Jan 2011, I purchased this little gem of a journal from Marmalime on Etsy. (See item page on Etsy: _https://www.etsy.com/transaction/41184876 ) (Clicking the images below will take you to Flickr.)

New-old/Old-new Upcycled Art Journal

New-old/Old-new Upcycled Art Journal

It is an entirely handbound journal, using upcycled and recycled materials. The cover is made from upcycled plastic from a Canadian factory and is lined on the inside with felt made from recycled plastic bottles. The pages are 98lb acid free, mixed media, recycled paper and each section is lined with a sheet of black cardstock.

I love upcycling and giving fresh life to the mundane. So this journal really ‘spoke’ to me and I am a fan of Marmalime’s stuff.

New-old/Old-new Upcycled Art Journal

I loved it so much that after writing just a page of thoughts in it, I hoarded.. ahem HID it away for some time and gradually, I forgot about all about it.

Just last month, I re-discovered it whilst moving my craft desk into another part of my home and I was super ecstatic to find it again. It was EXACTLY what I had been looking for –  I had been scouring around many craft, scrapping and stationery shops since July for an appropriate art journal to contain my growing tangling addiction, and I was getting to the point where I was thinking of compiling loose leaves into a binder with see through sleeves. I might do that at some point, but I kind of wanted something with more character of its own, and something I could tuck into my bag without adding too much more weight (does anyone else get teased about carrying a “ton of bricks”??). Measuring approximately A6 (15cm x 10.5cm) in size and about 3.5cm thick, this journal is perfect to tote around!

I am really SO thrilled about my rediscovery (oh indeed, the small things!) and whilst watching (Lee Haru and Choo Sarang on Superman Returns) reruns, I allowed my tangles to flow freely 🙂

New-old/Old-new Upcycled Art Journal
New-old/Old-new Upcycled Art Journal

It appears I STILL have NOT gotten all the leafy piles out of my system xD xD This is probably my _th pile!

Oh well ^^ Happy problem 🙂

Diva Challenge 191 – Betweed

This week the challenge requires us to draw Betweed in a monotangle.

Believe it or not, I had never tried Betweed prior to this challenge, so the video was really helpful 😛

Each time I watch the official tangle videos, I am struck once again, by how easy and uncomplicated Maria makes every stroke look 🙂 Also – another realisation : What Maria can do in a few minutes always takes me much longer, sometimes forever 😛 😛

Without further ado, here’s my tangle for the week..

Diva Challenge Wk 191 - Betweed

If you look closer, you’ll spot some issues I had with my white Sakura Gelly Roll pen 😛 😛

I guess I am not doing this clever tangle any justice in this week’s challenge but I certainly have made mental notes to incorporate it more often from now on 🙂

Signing off here to visit your blogs ^^

The MAADness continues… at MAAD Pyjamas!

Yikes…. The month of October is ending!? Unbelievable. Where does all the time go? Sigh. I do realise that I have not been posting regular shop updates here 😛 Facebook is just more convenient to update, especially when one has to juggle so many things at once!

Well anyway.. to keep this update short and sweet, here goes xD

MAAD Pyjamas 7 November 2014

My little shop will be participating at the next artisanal market that is organised by the good people at MAAD Pyjamas, hosted by the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore.

This will be happening on:

Date: Friday 7 November 2014

Time: 5pm – midnight

Venue: Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, 28 Maxwell Road (my little shop will be located within the museum itself)

Seya there! 🙂

Recent Custom Orders

These ones were just so much fun to do..

Matching earrings and bracelet/anklet in nautical hues ^^

Matching nautical bracelet with removable bling for the customer’s child ^^

And oh, the last of the Owls has flown ^^

More updates on the Facebook page!

Bye for now 😀