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 ]


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!

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 ^^

Updates & Zentangle Diva Challenge Wk 186 – Leaves

New-Old Digs

I am very behind my usual routines as I have just moved my old desk out of the utility room, which used to be my personal craft studio until my cats came along. I am trying to carve out a little workspace in the spare room.

We shut the meows in the utility room at night, and they have grown a little too fond of this room – they see it as theirs! I have tried to sit there, only to be sat on in turn. So because I can no longer work in there, lest I get cat hair on everything, I considered myself properly ousted.

I tried to put up with this ‘arrangement’ for the past half a year – sitting and working on the floor in the spare room, mostly. It is a very uncomfortable arrangement and I’d get neck and backaches from long crafting sessions, especially if I had to prep items for my flea markets. I simply did not have enough storage or desk space to work elsewhere in the apartment and I do not have the budget to purchase additional furniture (because everything is funneled into booth rental and material costs, until things stabilise).

I finally gave up decided that a more comfortable working space will result in a more efficient working pace and fewer bodily aches will be a lot less distraction too, so I can really focus on my craft. Not to mention, I just felt really guilty for the mess that had accumulated in the spare room 😛 My poor spare room also houses the Hamstery, food and bedding supplies for the Hamstery, food and cat litter supplies for the meows. So to include my shop inventory and stash of beads, charms, spare parts, etc etc etc…. it just became really cluttered and stifling, despite being the largest room in our apartment.

This month seemed like an ideal month to make the shift because I have nothing on the shop schedule until 10 October 🙂 I had also greatly reduced the number of swaps I am participating in, as I know I would be more tied up this month than usual.

Most of my stuff has been moved – yay! I have tons of film (I am old skool, and used a film camera right up until 2003) and photographs (I still enjoy printing photos too.. there’s something special about holding a photo in one’s hand xD) that I still need to go through, but the overall mess is nowhere as epic as it once was.

I hope to get everything back on track as soon as I can 🙂

Potato Pearls

I am not sure but it sure seems that pearls are the latest trend around these parts 🙂 It is just that I seem to be continuously crafting up more and more items featuring freshwater pearls! No complains from me 😛 I just never knew so many people liked pearls, especially chunky ‘potato’ pearls, until I started receiving many custom requests for pearl bracelets and earrings.

Here are some of my more recent creations featuring pearls. (Clicking the images will take you to Flickr.)

Custom Order - Freshwater Potato Pearls Custom Order - Tibetan Silver, Pearl and Glass Hair-tie
Custom Order - Freshwater Potato Pearls Custom Order - Rose Quartz and freshwater seed pearls

I also finally photographed my friend’s heirloom pearls. They are still waiting to be cleaned and upcycled into something wearable and loveable, but I must admit I like them in their original state, as much as I am excited about how they will look after upcycling 😀

Vintage pearls Vintage pearls


Diva Challenge Week 186 – String Theory – Leaves Leaves Leaves!

For the challenge this week, we were to use leaves in our string and use leaf inspired tangles 🙂

I knew instantly that this challenge would be one of my favourite ones 🙂 One of the reasons I enjoy Zentangles is because I deeply appreciate how organic and nature-inspired the art method is. I never thought I would be able to create my own piece of art-mimics-nature until I started tangling in July this year.

For my string, I decided I wanted a ‘leafy pile’ 🙂 [Leafy piles are nearly non-existent here, our nation employs very efficient cleaning services. Fallen leaves get swept up even before they are allowed to form a pile, even in our parks.]

I penciled in about 8 leafy shapes for my string, which I then filled and lined with more leaves, leafy tangles, and tangles shaped to look like leaves 😀

Diva Challenge Wk 186 - Leaves
Diva Challenge Wk 186 - Leaves

I truly, truly enjoyed this challenge 🙂 I enjoyed it so much, I nearly forgot to include my hammy insignia xD

Cabbit – a tangle by hesedetang *

Before I go back to working on my messy spare room/craft space/etc, I thought I might just share my own tangle here.

Cabbit is a tangle featuring a mystery animal, a hybrid between a cat and a rabbit 😛

Depending on the length of those ‘ears’, the tangle may resemble either animal 😛

I will probably post step-outs soon, but here is a monotangled Cabbit just for fun 🙂

Cabbit - a tangle by hesedetang * Cabbit - a tangle by hesedetang *

Seeya later!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge #184 & #15

It has been quite a productive week since I last posted ^^

Over the weekend, I was contacted by the BFF to do an impromptu meet-up. She doesn’t normally do this in recent years, as she has a toddler to tote around, so when she called on Saturday asking to meet up on Sunday, I was quite surprised.

Basically the company she works at (which shall stay unnamed) is holding a fundraising event to benefit their adopted charity. Whilst this event is not open to external sellers, employees are encouraged to donate cash or items for an in-house auction (happening later this week).

BFF thought it would be fun to participate by purchasing earrings from me and donating them for the organising committee to either sell off or auction. So she contacted me (so thoughtful of her) and I agreed to give her 20 pairs of earrings at cost 🙂 It was a deal and we met for tea on Sunday (truly a rarity!) to make the transaction.

So sweet of her to think of me 🙂 I was so pleased to be able to do this with her and for a good cause too!

Here are some of the stuff that went to her:

summer cacti by hesedetang * the Silver Garden Earrings in Cyan

BFF and I have been BFFs for 25 years, this year 🙂 How time does fly!

I had a bit of spare time on Sunday evening so I had been tangling my take on Week 15’s Mooka. It was also my first opportunity to play with ING so I included that, just for fun.

It did occur to me that this week’s challenge most likely would be “ING” too, but I decided you can’t have too much of a good thing 😛 So in all, I ended up with three ZIAs featuring this new tangle – two were done before the announcement was posted and a third one after 😛

In the end I just decided to put them all up XD

Week 15 – Mooka

This is Week 15’s Mooka featuring a bit of ING. (Clicking the ZIA images below will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Wk 15 - Mooka

Week 184 “ING”

This ZIA is a test piece on Muji Kraft Postcard paper, which I bought on Saturday.

I like making ZIA postcards, for swaps and for keepers, so I was excited to find a kraft paper version. Previously I was already using Daiso-store-bought postcard blanks.

There were no samples in the Muji store, so I just decided to give it a go being a long time fan of  Muji. Big mistake!

I found the paper really thin despite being labelled ‘postcard’. It is just a tad thicker than normal copier paper so I was very disappointed. Waste not want not.. I decided to tangle on it anyway and found that it was quite smooth and it was quite nice to draw on despite my own misgivings.

Eventually, I might mount each one on a Daiso postcard blank in the end, just to placate myself 😛 😛 Or it could go into a new journal I am building… ^^

Diva Challenge Wk 184 - ING #1

And here is my ‘official’ entry for this week’s challenge, which was drawn on another old book page. I did this one last night before bed 🙂

By now it is probably pretty obvious that I am fairly hooked on drawing Mooka, Lily Padz and Knot Rickz 😛 I was itching to “do something more” with Lily Padz 😛 They are so cute!

Diva Challenge Wk 184 - ING #2

It is kinda rare for me to have just three tangles on a tile 😛 Also, I really like how the lines in ING contrast with the rest of the “plant life” ^^

A closer view…

Diva Challenge Wk 184 - ING #2

Signing off for now..

[In case anyone is bored interested, my other Diva Challenge Responses have been collated here ^^]


Zentangles – Diva Challenge #181 Water

This Saturday, I have an upcoming flea booth to host, so I have been quite busy. It is funny though, that when I am busy, I find myself tangling on the fly, whenever I find a spare moment or two. Thus, I managed to get through quite a few past challenges this week including this week’s “Water”.

I might be slow on the uptake, but I realise that I have been merging all my interests lately 😛

I upcycle not just old jewelry items, but book pages and old papers now too. I use these regularly as swap items, as is, or I make notecards, ATCs and bookmarks out of them, also for the occasional swap (it is tough to swap when you’d love to keep them all especially the tangled ones :P).

It feels very different when I tangle on an old book page, the paper is a wonderful, aged texture and I always love the outcome. The thing about old book pages is that it encourages the use of bold, constrasting lines. Thin and weak lines get swallowed up in the sea of words. This makes some mistakes less visible whilst other mistakes more obvious. In all, a very different feeling compared to a blank medium.

This week’s attempt is my largest ZIA on an old book page to date, though the actual tangled portion is similar in size to an official tile.

For my piece I chose a page that had a few mentions about water, though these became somewhat hidden after my tangling 😛 so I thought I might just share them here (because I have a thing for words):

“down the bank”
“the milky stream”
“foamed over the rocks”

Here goes: (clicking on each image will to take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Wk 181 - Water

Diva Challenge Wk 181 - Water

Oh and have I said so already? My official tiles finally made it here last Friday!

Bye for now, I am rushing off to do a post run ^^