Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 201 – 204 & Zenuari compilation

Sometime in the last weeks of January, I got really tied up with a bunch of new projects and some custom orders. I relish each of these milestones, and looking back at my crafting year always reminds me of how far I have come and fills me with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving. So despite these entries being late, I am glad to be back with them.

For example, I ended up getting so busy that I have still not completed the last 14 days of the Zenuari challenge. I am going to leave it as that and put up the ones which I have done, but I don’t think I will ever get a chance to go back to the missing entries and finish them off.

I might have felt a sense of distress at not having completed the entire month’s challenge, had I held on to my previous self. Alas, I have actively decided not to lose sleep over such things anymore.

I have come to the realization that one can only manage to do so much. It is better to accomplish what I can in my time, with my best effort, than try to accomplish everything and not succeed at anything, in the end.

Zenuari Challenge Compilation

Day 17 – Tangleations

Here’s Sanibelle in a linear and spherical form, paired with Tipple, Huggins and Flux. Also added a little bit of fun with hearts within the negative space 🙂 [as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

"... consider the wildflowers..." Luke 12:25-27 MSG   #ink #zentangle #zentangles #hesedetangdoodles #tangle #tangles Am really far behind with the #zenuari #challenge

Day 19 – Let someone else draw the string

The D.H. drew this string for me and I was quite stumped for a long time. I kept rotating the tile for a long time 😛 In the end Sanibelle (again!!!), Meringue and Hollibaugh flowed out of my pen 🙂 Flux, Knot Rickz, Auraleah, Crescent Moon leaves added a bit of variety to the tangled pile.

"Walk into the fields... " Luke 12:25-27 MSG   #ink #zentangle #zentangles #hesedetangdoodles #tangle #tangles Am really far behind with the #zenuari #challenge

Other remaining tiles from the Zenuari challenge…

Here’s Monotangle (day 18, top), Spirals (day 22, lower left) and Frame (day 20, lower right).

Zenuari

Diva Challenge Wk 201 – Moebius Day

At University in Australia, I once had a friend who suffered from the Moebius syndrome. Unfortunately, he did not like talking about his condition, and we all learnt not to ask questions, even the well-intended ones. Despite his physical appearances, I always thought him brilliant, and I always respected the boundaries he put up when he was with me. This was a decade ago, now, and drawing up this challenge did make me think of him and my other University friends, all of whom I have lost touch with, since returning to Singapore.

For the challenge I used a strip of kraft paper, silver gel pen and my Brown 05 Micron. It was my first time ever making a moebius strip!

Diva Challenge Wk 201 - Moebius Day

Diva Challenge Wk 201 - Moebius Day

If you spot some shiny glittery dots, these were added using lilac glitter nail polish ^^ [the Diva had suggested using purple ^^]

Diva Challenge Wk 201 - Moebius Day

Diva Challenge Wk 202 – Duotangle: Chebucto vs. Copada

For this challenge I feel the need to confess that I really hated my resulting tile 😛 I had never drawn Chebucto before this, and I had only played with Copada twice. I omitted the lines to make Copada less ‘linear’, and I tried it in a sphere as well, to give it a twist.

Oh well.. Here goes 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 202 - Duotangle Chebucto vs. Copada

Diva Challenge Wk 203 – UMT Athizi

I had a sudden thirst for colour one day and decided to lightly shade a tile with red, orange and yellow. I left it alone for a spell, not really knowing how to proceed next 😛 When Athizi by Seven, was issued as a challenge, I decided to use this shaded tile and make it as simple and uncomplicated as I could.

At the time, I was going through a few days of uncertainty and my brain was feeling very cluttered and I really only wanted to ‘switch off’. I didn’t want a string either, so I just decided to let Athizi flow on its own in a monotangle.

Diva Challenge Wk 203 UMT Athizi

I found that I really enjoyed Athizi, and I will probably use it again soon.

Diva Challenge Wk 204 – Valentangle

This week’s challenge is one that I have enjoyed, even though I do not celebrate Valentine’s Day, myself. Here in Singapore (and probably elsewhere in the world), Valentine’s Day is entirely a commercial event. I applaud those who go to great lengths to shower their loved ones with proclamations of love and endearment, but I have actually had no interest in taking part in Valentine’s Day since I first started dating anybody 😛 Love however, ought to be celebrated daily. And it is with this mindset that I began on my tile.

I enjoy Hollibaugh and have used it often in my tangles, yet I had never tried it within an enclosed shape. In January, I learnt this at a class and I thought to give it a spin for my Valentangle.

Here is my tile from that class…

#heart with silver lining ^^ third and last tile at class ^^  #zentangle #zentangles #hesedetangdoodles #monotangle #ゼンタングル

And here is my entry for this week’s challenge 🙂 My theme was lace and flowers, pairing Beadlines and Hollibaugh for the lace and Trentwith roses, lightly shaded.

Diva Challenge 204 - Valentangle

And.. I am off 🙂

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 200 & Zenuari 2nd Week

How are we halfway into January 2015? Well I am still kinda in a post Christmas haze…! There’s much to do and tangle and I certainly hope I get out of my sloth mode really soon xD

Zenuari Challenge Week 2 Compilation

Do join us if a daily challenge is your thing. Here is the link to Anoeska’s Zenuari blog entry 🙂

Here is my compilation of my second week at Zenuari ^^ [clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

Day 8 – Background Wash

I struggled with this one, for quite a long time. I don’t really paint anything except my own nails, so I did play with the idea of using nail polish for my background wash. I actually attempted to do so on a few tiles but I ruined them once my Microns hit the painted surface xD Eventually I used a colour pen, which was supposedly yellow 😛 It came out bright orange, oh well.

Anyway here it is.. I cheated – I tweaked it down a notch using my photo editor xD I tangled up Cockles & Mussels into my ING and embellished with Mooka & Kelp. Pretty ordinary, save for the garish hues.

Zenuari Challenge Day 8 - Background Wash  Zenuari Challenge Day 8 - Background Wash

Day 9 – Winter

The last time I’d experienced a proper Winter with ice and snow was in South Korea, in 2011. As much as I love Winter, the cold, and snowflakes, I live in the tropics and it was kinda difficult to think about Winter for this challenge because the days are bright and blustery here.

I ended up drawing a mini-dala using Fife as the beginning of my snowflake. This was probably not the best choice, because my snowflake looks too much like a flower xD

Zenuari Challenge Day 9 - Winter

Day 10 – Blind String

I love blind string challenges and this one was no exception ^^

Flux and Sand Swirl literally flowed out of my pen as I did this one. However, I spent a LONG time trying to think of how to fill up the oval space, and almost wanted to use Meringue to do so 😛 But I left it in the end because I thought it looked quite cute just like that, with the empty, airy, centre 🙂

Zenuari Challenge Day 10 - Bind String

Zenuari Challenge Day 10 - Bind String

Day 11 –  Zendala Sunday

Whilst catching up with my aunt and cousin sometime last week, we chanced upon a craft shop clearance corner. I found a few pieces of very pretty scrapbooking paper which I thought would make great tangle surfaces.

Although not as tempting as the Shikishi board I played with last week, this piece certainly had its own charm. I tangled a large ‘dala with a Cross in the centre, using a teal coloured pen.

The colours weren’t exactly what I had in my mind, so I again, tweaked the colours with editing software. And voila ^^ I am very pleased!

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala Sunday

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala Sunday

Day 12 – Biggify

Since I usually draw my Sand Swirls tiny, I picked this to use, large.

Zenuari Challenge Day 12 - Biggify

I should have used my Blind String tile from above for a better size comparison photo 😛 It would have been nice to see tiny and large Sand Swirls side by side 😛 Oh well. Zenuari Challenge Day 12 - Biggify

Day 13 – Use tangles that start with your initials

I picked Dust Bunnies & Lily Padz for this one – and my, they make a cute couple! Don’t they?

Zenuari Challenge Day 13 - Initialise

Tangled on old book paper, mounted on a postcard blank.

Zenuari Challenge Day 13 - Initialise

Day 14 – Circles

This is actually tomorrow’s challenge 😛 I figured I’d not be able to get to it in time anyway, so I decided to do the challenge and upload it together with this post ^^

What better than to marry Printemps and Cruffle? I couldn’t leave out Tipple, so I tangled some in as well ^^

Zenuari Challenge Day 14 - Circles

Diva Challenge Wk 200 – Bi-Zen-tennial Celebration

It’s the 200th challenge over at the Diva’s! Wow 🙂 I cannot help but feel a sense of awe at some tanglers who have completed ALL 200 challenges! It is quite an acheivement to celebrate, indeed!

For this challenge we were to pick our “mac-&cheese” tangle, in other words, our ‘go-to’ or most-often-used tangle, and feature it in a monotangle. Somewhere on the tile, the number 200 must be visible.

I picked Trentwith – it was a toss up between Trentwith, Mooka and Sanibelle 😛 I added a few spots of colour, just for fun.

Diva Challenge Wk 200 - Bi-zen-tennial

Diva Challenge Wk 200 - Bi-zen-tennial

And with this, I shall sign off to visit other entries ^^

Till next week!

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 199 & Zenuari 1st Week

Greetings, this is my first ZT-related post this year. I hope everyone is well 🙂

Although we’re only just a week into 2015, this year looks set to be a year of busy. My schedule has been penciled into, as far as mid-April already!

I harbour a lot of hopes and anticipation for this year and I believe that it will be a year of restoration and new beginnings in my life. I am sensing the reversal of the tides in my life, and I am very pleased to count my participation in the upcoming CZT Training #18 as one of the few blessings strewn across my path.

I am so pleased that some of you who are attending CZT #18 have reached out to me in friendship – Thank you! – it makes the adventure (I am travelling solo across the globe to be there) less daunting, as I look forward to putting faces behind the names.

This January, I will also be attending my first ZT 101 class.

Sometime around late December, I contacted newly-minted Singapore CZT Mabel Yap and found that we just ‘clicked’. I had, much earlier in the year, contacted the first two Singaporean CZTs (Mabel is the third) about classes and did not receive any response. No matter, really, all is well 🙂 Mabel was completely warm and encouraging and to my delight, she invited me to attend her first ever class, which she was organising for friends-only! I am beyond excited 😛

I should stop my gushing here, but I am deeply encouraged, by what I see as ‘progress’, and equally elated that things are looking up after so long  2015 is looking set to be one exciting year ^^

Zenuari Challenge Week 1 Compilation

Last year through Swapbot, I met two lovely ladies, Anoeska and Aly from the Netherlands, who simply LOVE to tangle. Across the many swaps and miles between us, we have struck up a firm friendship, which I appreciate because I have no immediate friends here in my circle that like tangling, if at all.

Anoeska has issued a challenge she ingeniously calls Zenuari which is a daily challenge for the month of January 2015. I nearly missed this challenge due to my post-Christmas food coma recovery period, and Aly was very sweet to tag me over Instagram and this caught my attention even though I was certainly quite out of it 😛

Do join us if it catches your fancy! Here is the link to Anoeska’s Zenuari blog entry 🙂

Here is a small compilation of my first week at Zenuari ^^ [clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

Day 1 – 2015

I was so excited that I had been given a shiny new Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet for Christmas, I decided to use it to kick off the Zenuari challenge 😛 I don’t know if I regret the decision xD My digital tangles leave a lot wanting xD But here it is nonetheless xD
Zenuari Challenge Day 1 - 2015

Day 2 – Stars

I’d wanted sparkly, so I used some old nail polish to create the back drop for my star, not realising that the miniscule sparkles would not show up on camera xD So here the background looks kinda dull xD I also cheated for my string – I could not, for the life of me manage to draw a decent looking star! I had to resort to using a cookie cutter instead, but who cares, it works! 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 2 - Stars

Zenuari Challenge Day 2 - Stars
Day 3 – Official tangles only

Feeling ambitious, and a bit overly confident, I decided to try out my largest ever ZIA attempt. For me, it is a major feat because of its sheer size. I was drawn to tangling mainly because of the small tile sizes, and I was happy and content, for the longest time to stick to 3″ and 3.5″ square tiles. Even when I ventured on to create ZIA postcards, I still stuck to the official tile size as a guide 😛 Enter the gorgeous, archival quality Shikishi board! My, I couldn’t wait to start on it, the moment I laid my eyes on it 😛

Traditionally, Chinese and Japanese calligraphers mounted their works on boards such as these for posterity. These boards were sturdy, beautifully hand-crafted and painstakingly gold-leafed. I am sure modern processes have replaced the hand-crafted ones with machines, but there is no doubt about it – the paper is still very heavy weight, and utterly beautiful.

We can still purchase these boards locally in Singapore, through the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya and its stationary arm, A’n’BC. I got mine, measuring 9 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (24.2cm x 27.2cm), approx 2mm thick, with gold leaf bordering, at SGD2.10 a board (which I consider a steal). The Shikishi boards come in different sizes, but they were not available that particular day (nor did it make any difference to me, for I was already infatuated.)

Back at home, I became a little intimidated by the thought of tangling directly onto the beautiful, unblemished surface of the board (people actually do so, just google) and so I started off on Kraft paper where I drew leaves into my string.

Since we were to use only official tangles, I took it to mean official, Zentangle-HQ-issued tangles. I used 17 tangles in all, learning some of them for the very first time.

In all, it took me a couple of days to fill my string, after which I mounted the kraft paper onto the Shikishi ^^

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

I know this isn’t really LARGE and I am sure lots and lots of people have tangled up even larger pieces, but it is a major feat for me 🙂 I am ecstatic to have managed to pull it off!

Below is my shikishi board pictured with official Zentangle and Bijou tiles for a quick size comparison.

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

Achievement unlocked!

Day 4 –  No strings

After the mental (over)assertion that was Day 3’s challenge, I decided to stick to smaller tiles this time 😛 Groovy is a tangle I haven’t played with for awhile, so here it is without any strings, Flux, and some shading. I also used one of my tortillions for the first time, but I cannot seem to get the hang of it 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 4 - No Strings

Day 5 – Black out

Coming in handy is this heavy weight chipboard ATC blank which arrived to me in three colours, white, kraft and black. I’d found uses for the white and kraft ones, but had not tried out the black, till this piece 🙂

My Sakura Gelly Roll proved a cantankerous companion, even though I was using it the way ZT HQ had suggested, hence some lines were more heavily weighted than others 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 5 - Blackout
Day 6 – Word

For Day 6, we were to pick a word and feature it in our tangle. I decided to go with “Zenuari” – what is more appropriate than that? It is cute, unique and well, better sounding than say, Zen-bruari? xD

Out came my calligraphy pen for this one ^^
Zenuari Challenge Day 6 - Word
Day 7 – Duotangle

Today’s challenge was done in real time.

I think my brain must have outran my own over-ambition, or quite equally possibly, it is just my brain has run away altogether – I blame the flu bug I caught!! – so I am back to tangling on a Bijou tile 😛

I enjoy Huggins more now, than I ever did before. Not too sure why, but Huggins seems to be the only grid based tangle I can manage to pull off without pulling out my hair 😛 Inapod was another tangle I hadn’t played with in a few months, so I decided to use it here 🙂

Zenuari Challenge Day 7 - Duotangle

More tortillion practice is required of me, I think.

Diva Challenge Wk 199 – UMT Hitch

For the challenge, I tried out Hitch for the first time.

As usual for me and most UMT challenges, I just simply could not get it to ‘look pretty’. It is a shame, I checked out some challenge entries before trying my hand at it, and they were just altogether lovely.

In the end, I decided to abandon the linear versions I was trying to accomplish and did a semi-grid, which turned out prettier than all my previous attempts. By which time, too, I was quite exhausted mentally and I just wanted to put down my Micron 😛 and so I kept it ultra plain and simple, for a change, which unexpectedly left me feeling quite satisfied.

Here’s Hitch with Rain and Beadlines, very simple and airy 🙂 I am charmed by how Hitch looks like a Celtic cross and also a dreamcatcher, at the same time.

I may or may not add to it later, but for now, I am all for it’s delicate, breezy look…..

Diva Challenge Week 199 - UMT Hitch

Other ZIA inspired pieces..

Here are some other pieces I’ve created recently.. whilst I run off to visit challenge entries ^^

Zentangle Inspired Art Postcard

 

ZIA Postcard with Swedish old book paper – for my bestie ^^

Zentangle Inspired Art Postcard

 

ZIA Postcard with old book paper, for sale on Carousell

Zentangle Inspired Art

 Tangling over Christmas in my upcycled journal 🙂

Zentangle Inspired Art

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

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 196, 197 & 198

After a couple of weeks of rushing custom jewelry orders and prepping for my final craft market booth for 2014 last Friday, I found that my right hand was severely strained from using craft pliers for long hours on a daily basis. From occasional numbness to a carpal tunnel like syndrome, I had to give up my nightly, pre-bedtime tangling in order to ‘conserve’ my right hand. Hence my temporary hiatus from the challenges.

On a whole, I’ve crafted more this year alone than in all my 32 years of life combined, and I never thought I’d be happy to announce that custom orders are now closed for the year, to enable me to finish up all existing orders and restock on supplies.

I am SO pleased to get to the challenges I’ve missed these couple of weeks. Well.. here we go.. (as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Week 196 – All Dolled Up

To be honest I had a really difficult time trying to come up with something for this particular challenge. It is not that I am not fond of dolls. I am a hobby collector myself, and I own several basic and limited edition Latidoll Yellow ball-jointed dolls (16cm) including a Lati Green Ronnie (30cm).

I’d thought very long and hard for this challenge before finally deciding to put together a little, miniature book of tangles for the Lati Green size.

It was very apt because I was planning to introduce a good friend of mine to Zentangles and I am in the midst of putting together a little starter kit cum care package for her and she too, has a Lati Green! Like me, she’s just gone through a really rough 18 months and I think that tangling will definitely help her attain some form of inner peace for herself.

This little book is still a work in progress and will contain some of my favourite tangle patterns when completed. It is slightly smaller than an official regular sized Zentangle tile, and about twice the size of a Bijou. It is made of mixed media paper, upcycled from various envelopes, packaging, old maps and scrap paper 🙂

I have about 8 more pages to go before it is ready to pose for photos with Alexis, my own Lati Green Ronnie 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 196 - All Dolled Up Diva Challenge Wk 196 - All Dolled Up

Diva Challenge Wk 196 - All Dolled Up

If anyone is curious, here are some of the other goodies that I have managed to put together for my friend’s starter kit. I am intending to add more personalisation to it, over the next few days. (For a detailed list please click the image below.)

ZT Starter kit

She does know, and I did tell her.. that I am definitely not going to be in time for Christmas, as it is way too late to send via International post, but it will eventually go out in January when the holiday postal traffic has died down.

Diva Challenge Wk 197 – Arukas

I went through some of the early ‘Arukas’ entries before coming to a decision to not post mine last Tuesday 😛 I must say that it made me cancel my already late blog posting 😛 This delay in posting did not make my attempts look any better, so I guess I should probably just admit defeat and put it up already 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 197 - Arukas

1st attempt on right, on old book paper..

Diva Challenge Wk 197 - Arukas

2nd attempt, on old book paper

I need more practice 😛 Not even old book paper could save it this time 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 198 – K.I.S.S.

For a gift exchange, we were supposed to include a Scripture verse with our gifts. I decided to make my own gifts and gift tags this year, and since it was a blind exchange, we were meant to have the gifts gender-neutral. I decided on an Angel-theme for the gifts, as there were non-Christians participating as well.

custom key ring  Custom Bookmark

custom bookmark

For the gift-tags, I made them as simple as possible, with duo-tangles in the borders 🙂 I also picked Angel-themed verses to match the gifts.

I chose this particular gift tag for my K.I.S.S. entry because it is the most simple of the designs ^^

Diva Challenge Wk 198 - K.I.S.S.

Featuring Sanibelle and Beadlines in a duo-tangle border

Diva Challenge Wk 198 - K.I.S.S.

Featuring the tangles: Flux + Mooka, Beadlines + Sanibelle, Lilypads + Trentwith

Diva Challenge Wk 198 - K.I.S.S.

Featuring the tangles: Flux + Mooka, Beadlines + Sanibelle, Lilypads + Trentwith

Incoming ZIA Swaps

I just thought that I’d feature some of the wonderful tangles that I have been privileged to receive through the swaps that I participate in and/or host over Swapbot (affectionately known as SB to us swappers).

For example, how gorgeous is this stash of goodies from Haley, also known as Niwaliu, a talented tangler in Taiwan?? ^^ This veritable loot was sent to me over two swaps and includes postcards, twinchies and an ATC.

Incoming ZIA Swaps ^^

In another example, this ingenious hexagonal tile is from Anoeska, also known as Akseona, an equally talented tangler from Netherlands ^^ It is so cute, I have stashed it in a box for safekeeping!

Incoming ZIA Swaps ^^

Come and join my ZIA swaps if you like – you only need to sign up for a free account on Swap-bot and you are all set 🙂 We are having loads of fun! And since ZIA swaps are usually are really light and flat, they are cheap to send, internationally. If you have questions or issues, do let me know and I will see if I can help in any way.

To end off my post, once again, here are some other recent pieces before I visit other entries 🙂 If you are participating in my swaps on SB, I must again tell you that there are a number of spoilers ahead 😛

ZIA Postcard ft. FIFE

ZIA Postcard featuring FIFE

Diva Challenge Wk 30 - String Theory: Initialise

Diva Challenge Week 30 – String Theory : Initialise [right] and ZZG/ZIA Int’l Swap ‘A tangled garden’ journal page [left]

Brown Sakura Pigma Micron

First attempt using a brown Sakura Pigma Micron ^^

Spoiler Alert ^^

ZZG/ZIA International Swap – ‘Genesis’ ATC featuring Antidots

And… I am off ^^

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

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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!

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 🙂

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 ^^

Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wks 188 – 190

I am finally getting caught up with the Challenges I’ve missed.

(Things seem to be perpetually up in the air and I cannot seem to be able to find a routine to stick to, before it gets up-ended and I have to re-wire my brain again. It does not help that I have been waking up at first light, sometimes way before first light, and having nightmares and panic attacks, these past few weeks. I have also been having a neck and head ache which is into its 8th day. And then(!), we are having our “annual” period of hazy air here in Singapore, and having to deal with that on top of everything is making me irritable and restless.)

Diva Challenge 188 – LGBT

Whilst I do have a number of good friends who have come out or are in various stages of coming out, I personally do not possess any specific feelings or opinions on the matter of anyone being LGBT.

I simply think everyone LGBT or not, has enough on their plates to cope with, facing their own issues without the need for anyone to add any extra drama or stigma, so my stance has always been one of acceptance and friendship.

For my challenge, I used an old book page, cut to the size of an official tile. After that, I didn’t know where to begin and just decided to start at random, so I did not have a string, and I went with tangles from the letters L, G, B, and T. Finally, I then stuck the old book page to an A6 postcard blank as a backing.

Diva Challenge Wk 188 - LGBT

Call me boring but I am not really liking the use of this much colour 😛 I prefer tangling in grey-scale by far 😛

Diva Challenge 189 – UMT Yuma

Yuma is a tangle that I have a lot of difficulties with, especially the ‘stemmed’ version of Yuma 😛 I did both kinds for this A7 journal page, and I like the non-stemmed Yuma better 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 189 - UMT Yuma

I am still (quite obviously) stuck in my “Leaves” mode and decided to just flow with it 🙂 So here’s another leafy pile, on an A7, lightweight chipboard card. I love the texture of the chipboard, as well as how sturdy it is, without being too weighty.

This piece will probably be swapped at some point (I have simply accumulated too many leafy piles already, haha), but we’ll see how it goes.. tangles are often difficult to part with!

Diva Challenge 190 – Pink for Ardath

This week, we are asked to honour someone who has had a brush with breast cancer.

For this challenge, I decided to focus on my mother, who was once a breast cancer victim. In all, she fought cancer for about 7 years, which by then had spread to her other organs. When I was 16, she finally succumbed, losing her fight just days before she was to begin a more invasive treatment, that had already been scheduled.

It was a year like no other for my family. We had lost my mother and paternal grandmother within 3 months of each other, and I could never speak of either of them without crying, for such a long time. I am much older now, and grief has finally lost its sharp fangs, but this week’s challenge has reminded me how being 16 felt like. Not something I want to revisit in too much detail right now, with my throbbing neck and head.

Diva Challenge Wk 190 - Pink for Ardath

This is a 3″x3″ strathmore cold press card, much smaller than a usual tile. My lack of mental focus today made me pick this over something larger like an official tile or A6 postcard blank (which happens to be my favourite – so practical to swap and give away). I do admit that it is a little small to be worthy of a tribute, but for now it is all I can manage (better something smaller, with some meaning, than bigger without finishing, haha…).

I also decided to make the string simple and what better than to use the iconic pink ribbon itself as a string. I then tangled up some tangles that I know my mother would love.

Signing off now, hoping next week will be haze-free, at least!

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!