This week I will be brief! I have a party coming up, and if you want to know what kind, witness the fruits of our quick wine run! :-)
Also, I spent the morning cooking up the custard for Gabrielle Hamilton's amazing brown sugar ice cream. Last time I made it, people were practically licking out the container. So good! I have shopping, patio and lawn furniture washing and cooking left to do before Saturday afternoon, so not a lot of time for tangling.
The latest buzz on the Zentangle boards is Margaret Bremner's new tangle SKYE. It is not the easiest to draw - requires focus! But every Bremner tangle involves strong blacks, so perfect for this week. Also, I was getting it ready for Eni Oken's Shading Zentangle FB page when I saw the Diva Challenge.
DIVA CHALLENGE #268 - BIT-O-BLACK, AND SQ1 FUGU AND SKYE
OK, here is the STORY/CONFESSION time for this tile... I was working on adding Fugu to the SKYE pattern I had drawn. Fugu is the feature tangle for the SQ1 FB page. I had practiced SKYE enough that I could put it on a "real" tile, and then was adding Fugu around and underneath it. Oddly, it has quite a bit in common - shapewise - with Margaret Bremner's other recent tangle, Pixioze, so I thought it would work well. Ah, relaxing Zentangle...until I fall asleep and the pen shoots across the tile leaving a very big "opportunity". CONFESSION: I decided, fie on the rules, it is my tile and I will just fix that little slip with a white gel pen just like Whiteout back in the old typewriter days! So I did, and was reasonably satisfied with that. I continued to work on the tile, and then realized, "hey, it's Monday! Diva Challenge!" I had just been thinking that my tile needed some bold black and maybe the structure of a border treatment.
Serendipity! I decided the side of my tile would look great with a black fill. I also decided my penance for disregarding the "no mistakes" rule was to add the black side-shot line back in and proceed from that point. I didn't even finish filling in the Fugu shape as I had started. This is my Amish Quilt mistake moment.
So, here is my Bit-O-Black "opportunity"!
Last week the Shading Zentangle focus was Yew-Dee. I gazed admiringly at what others were posting on Facebook, but just couldn't get my groove, as it were. Finally, I was fooling around in the sketchbook and hit on something I liked. I had fun shading both the individual elements and the bigger form.
So, Dear Readers, that is it for this week. Thank you for stopping by and know that I cherish all your thoughts and comments. If I am not completely undone by the festivities this weekend ;-), I will report back next week...