This week's challenge was the 2nd duo tangle challenge from the diva - Laura Harms. I missed out on the first duo challenge so I made sure to get this one done while at zentangle group last night. I really like a challenge like this because these are two tangles I have not used that often. This was a fun challenge and look forward to more duo challenges in the future.
Voila!! My first mandala with my mandala maker. It took several attempts to get a good one. On the first one I overdid it. Too many lines with too many tiny spaces. The second was just plain unattractive and weird. There is the old saying "the third time is the charm" and so it was with my adventures in mandala making. I really am enjoying the incorporation of the sepia pen in my tangles and love the little bit of color it adds without turning it into a full blown color piece.
Here is the plain mandala.
Here it is finished!
Another reminder - if you are in Indy, come by the zentangle group today at 6pm @ the Earth House Cafe and you can try out the mandala maker!!
I used my new mandala maker to help out in creating the string for this week's challenge and it was a bit of a challenge for the 3 1/2 inch format of the tile. So part of it was created using the mandala template and then I filled in some of the lines by hand. The circles were created using the template and just moving it around over the tile which is why they are in different locations. I am happy with how it turned out and I am working on my first full zendala I have created with the template and will share that soon.
Okay - this attempt number 4 to get this post completed and instead of completing it on my new ipad 2, I am typing on my computer. In the previous and now missing version of this post I was waxing poetically about how much I love my new ipad - and although I do love it, it can be a little frustrating at times. I do really love the fact that I can pull up my zentangles and zentangle inspired art in an instant to share with anyone.
Now for my second new toy. I came across this beauty while I was out for a walk with a friend on Saturday. We stopped by the Mass Ave Toy Store where they have all kinds of retro and old school toys. So I was just browsing, not really looking for anything specific and there it was - A Mandala Maker!! How cool!. It is totally reminiscent of the spirograph I loved when I was little and I knew I had to have it.
I don't know if anyone else has seen one of these, but I think it is pretty cool. I am just starting to figure out how to work it - but I foresee some pretty cool stuff coming out of this. I plan on bringing it to the next zentangle group on 9/27 for everyone to try out. I plan on using this to design my pinwheel for the challenge this week so look for the post in a couple days!
The challenge this week was to create a tangle inspired by LOVE in remembrance of 9/11. I have dedicated my challenge to one of the greatest loves of my life - my cat Piggy who I lost last week.. His formal name was Ignacious Thistlewhite....Iggy for short...and let's just say Iggy was a big eater so he was most affectionately known as Piggy. He was the world's greatest snuggler as you can see from the picture below. Even though he had been sick we did not expect it to be so sudden. We miss you and love you Piggy!!
Loved trying this challenge with the sepia pen - finished it today at the zentangle group. Paradox or "pair of ducks" really is one of my favorite tangles!!
Just a reminder - if you live in Indy and want to come tangle - join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Earth House Collective in the cafe from 6pm - 7:30pm. They have great fair trade coffee I hear (I don't drink coffee but Ned does and he LOVES their espresso) and they also have great teas. I also love their vegetarian cuisine!! The next group is on September 27th - so mark it on your calendar!!!
We had our second meeting of the Indy Zentangle Group at the Earth House Collective this past Tuesday and we decided to collaborate on the "Kiss My Grids" challenge. It was a lot of fun to get together and work on our various projects and share. We will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Earth House Cafe from 6pm - 7:30pm. Hope you can come join us sometime!!
Artists: Kara Monroe, Diana Sexton, Jayme VanHorn & Lara Williams