Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Diva Challenge 236 The Unexpected, TNTM #38 "Z", SQ1 Meringue, New Tangle OYBAY and Wanna do a Throwback?

Welcome Gentle Readers,

The hubby and I have been enjoying our staycation with some nice restaurant visits and no cooking for me in between as we have high-end left overs!  Plus, my "consolation prize" for not going on vacation (really, I'm not being petulant - this was HIS idea - he is the beneficiary...) is a new red VITAMIX BLENDER!!!!   It came with a cookbook of over 300 pages, has all kinds of auto modes including hot soup and frozen desserts (yumyumyum...) and lots of potential good eating!  Not this week, though - I'm not cooking until next week!
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THROWBACK POSSIBILITIES
Should we start a "Throwback" feature?  I pulled out an old tile (way below), that I did a couple years ago.  I hope my work has improved since then, so I amped it up with some extra shading.  Sorry I didn't take a shot of it before.  It got me to thinking I could host a "Throwback" for my friends out there, where I'd have links to post your images of something you did maybe a year ago or whatever, and that you wanted to either compare with your newer "better" work or whatever.   It could be "improve" an old tile, show your old work and re-do the same tangles now that you are armed with a new skill, take an old tile and add color, enhance an old tile with rounding, adding black to the background,  something like that?   Would you go for that?  I'll try really hard to pick a consistent day to post my blog, and the natural inclination would be Thursday. What do you think ?

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So, on to this week in tangling:
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DIVA Challenge #236
The Diva has asked us to tangle on something unexpected.  I chose a champagne cork, which I thought would be so easy!  I used brown and black Identipens with white Gelly Roll accents.  The regular Microns didn't work well at all because of the texture of the cork.  Even with the Identipen, it was not as easy as I thought, but I had fun doing this and I like the result!  It now resides in the basket with all the other reminders of our wine enhanced (induced?) good times.



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That's New To Me #38 - "Z"
This week I chose the tangles Z-Trik by Yamit Fridman and Zeta by Wayne Harlow.  When I got the design drawn, I just kept seeing jewels (wishful thinking!), so I pulled out the Inktense pencils I used last week and did some more color exploration.  The color works very well now that I know how to use the little water brush - no more flooding the paper!  In looking at it on the screen now, I wonder if I should do something to shade or tangle some facets on the gem stone parts.  Maybe I'll have an update here next week.


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Square One: Purely Zentangle - Focus Meringue
I piled up the Meringue and folded in some Pearlz


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New Tangle - OYBAY
Back in late 2013 when I was still fairly new to Zentangle, but already loving it, my husband asked me to do a ZIA to put in our wine bar area in the kitchen.  I took a piece of parchment look paper, printed a quote from Benjamin Franklin on it and tangled a wine bottle and glass. I burned the edges and mounted it on a really cool square plate charger from Pier One.   It is a favorite piece in our home.

I created a border using a "roller coaster" line and used a shell type motif on one side and filled in a variety of tangles on the opposite side of the line. I never had a name for it, but I loved it!
 
 
 
 
Now I have named it and done a stepout to share with my Zentangle friends.  It occurred to me that the shells are like oysters in a shallow pool, so it became Oybay.  Hope you enjoy it!





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Just for fun...
Some shading work including a Throwback

I pulled out an old tile from 2013 and in a fit of "throwback" enthusiasm, I decided to add more shading to improve the sort of 3D element.  This may not be the best tile to try this out on, but I think it did make a difference. Sorry I didn't post a photo of it before the changes.  I added the "chop", as I must not have considered the work finished when I did it originally.  I have been thinking of doing a throwback feature in my blog with links for others to share "before and after" on their old work.  Would that work?


Then I finished the shading on Narwal, which is my current obsession.  After I finished this, I saw a tutorial on drawing Narwal by the incomparable Helen Williams.  She is so good!  Now I will need to do even more Narwal, because the method she uses is so much easier than the old one, and the result is really good.  I know, Dear Readers, you may tire of this pattern, but indulge me.  I love it!




So, dear friends, another week,  so many more tangles! 

Thank you for stopping by and know that I cherish all your thoughts and comments. 

Namaste,
Antonine

27 comments:

  1. Wow - what a juicy post! Great idea to tangle a cork - especially since it will never see the inside of a bottle again. I really like the throwback idea - why should those old tiles sit around and be forgotten? Why not revisit and play with them. Finally, going to go try OyBay now. Clever name and pretty tangle.

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  2. Using a cork is such a great idea. I like that you use tangles in displays in your home. I love Narwal too but haven't given it much of a chance. I really should start to play with it. Oybay is a beautiful tangle. I'm going to save your stepouts and hope that I don't just leave it in the pile with Narwal. Too many wonderful things to do and so little time :)

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  3. Ooo... How posh - champagne cork, glad you are living the high life for your hols. A staycation, what a great idea. I shall keep it up my sleeve for future purposes. What great artwork you have done this week. I adore Narwal too, I can't get enough of them and also found Helen's directions much easier. Yours are superb, they look like meringues. Great idea about throwback challenges, but I don't know that I would manage to find enough to do more than one or two.

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  4. Holy Cow! I am, as always, so very inspired by this post. First off, your tiles (and your cork) are wonderful, but I'm absolutely crazy about your wine ZIA. It's gorgeous. I've heard that quote before and love it. I'm inspired to try something similar. This would make such a lovely gift. "Oybey" is lovely and I'm gonna practice it right away~thank you so much for sharing it with us. I'm on a bit of a Helen Williams kick this week (again) after getting her eBook in my mailbox last week. I'm all about Meringue this week. Her video of "Narwal" inspired my recent obsession with the pattern. Yours is wonderful. I like the idea of a throwback challenge. I do that from time to time, resurrect old tiles and see if I can finish or improve them. Thanks again for a great post!

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  5. So glad I popped by to see your lovely entry to the Diva Challenge - and delighted to see your other gorgeous tiles. But the best of all - for me - is your wonderful tangle, Oybay. Just the sort of thing I love. Your picture really is stunning and very elegant.
    Axxx

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  6. Such talent Antonine I really do love your work. Plus you have inspired me to.....have a glass of wine or three hehehe ;-)

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  7. Way cool with the cork. Always fun to try a new surface, yes.

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  8. Great post with lots of beautiful work. Love the idea of the cork, and I will definitely give Oybay a try. Nice!

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  9. Wow. I can't wait to come back and read all of this over again and spend time studying what you've done. And I LOVE the new tangle. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Oh! Your oybay! I am TOTALLY learning that one. Amazing work. Love the Z piece the best of all. The Zeta is amazing. I played with it a little bit, and it is so pretty in a line. Those colors too! wow...all of them are just stunning.

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  11. Wow, Antonine, this is one beautiful post!!! My such glorious artwork here!!! Looks like you have inspired a lot of us.I want to do something big,....but right now the weekly challenges are all I seem to find time for. But maybe I need to push myself little more!! Really, all of your work is beautiful! And I love your new tangle Oybay, it looks very organic!! My favorite!!! keep on inspiring! :0) Annette

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  12. Oh Boy! Can't wait to try out oybay. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tangle. Love your Zia using oybay & of course the cork.

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  13. How could we possible get bored with Narwal?! You did a great job on all but I especially love the TNTM tile of course! Thanks for being part of the TNTM challenge this week!

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  14. Oh Antonine - these tiles are all sooo lovely! I can`t describe how impressed I am. The unexpected tangling on a champagne cork makes me smile.. the Z - tile is fantastic because of the power of the colors together with black. And the new pattern OYBAY is so elegant - I must try it immediately, just now! I´m afraid that I don`t find the right words....
    Wish you a nice weekend!

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  15. All so beautiful, but I'll stay at the cork. Great idea and well done.

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  16. What a wonderful idea to tangle on the champagne cork!
    Love your tile for TNTM with these wonderful colours :-)
    And your tile for Square one is so beautiful - I love little "bubbles" in zentangle patterns and Meringue and Pearlz work fantastic together.
    Thank you for your new pattern - I must try it out!!!

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  17. I really like what you did with Zeta

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  18. Antonine, what a wonderful stayvation!! Sounds much better than packing!! Your cork is very cool!! Your Z is amazing!! The color really pops! Your Meringue and Pearlz are lovely!! Your Oybay is fantastic - now we need a New to Me O!!! :) :) If I can wait that long! Your Narwal looks like fantasy - I love it!!

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/09/my-diva-tangle-unexpected-challenge-entry
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/09/my-new-to-me-z-entry-for-suzymosh-challenges

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  19. What an inspiring post! So many to see here!
    I really like your new tangle and I´ll try it. Oybay is just beautiful!

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  21. Antonine, I am so delighted to discover your blog ... and it's all because you submitted Oybay to tanglepatterns.com! I LOVE that pattern and will use it in my upcoming "Borders & Bands" class - with credit to you of course. :) Your art is stunning! I will now pour another cup of coffee and return to peruse your blog. What a fabulous find!! Thank you for sharing your art with the world.
    Jan Brandt, CZT XII, Reno, Nevada, USA

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  22. Oybay has become one of my favorite tangles to do!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  23. The way you drew Narwal here reminds me of a hot pastry crescent roll when one just starts to pull off a piece for that first luscious bite. Your "Throwback" Idea sounds unique and remind people of something cool they did once. Now they can utilize it again. Your Oybay Tangle is beau-ti-full!

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  24. Love your blog and will try OYBAY! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creativity.

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  25. I was directed here from Linda Farmers site. Your wine project is soooo awesome!! Absolutely beautiful artwork. I love the border and the lettering. The layout itself is really well balanced. Very inspiring!! Thanks for putting it out there.
    Lauri

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