Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weekly Challenge #215 - Labyrinth

This week's Diva Challenge was to use a labyrinth as a string... not a maze... a labyrinth. Hmmmm... the samples looked liked brains. I looked on the web, they looked like brains... or intestines... or I don't know what. Surely there was a labyrinth out there that would resonate. All I needed was one long boring meeting and the mystery was solved. What would we do without boring meetings?!!!

Pattern used: Copada

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Challenge #214 - Earth Day

This week's Diva Challenge is to represent Earth Day. All my attempts to do something "globular" were epic fails, so I figured I needed to dial in the focus a bit closer. Being in a rainy climate, this represents the earth I'm familiar with.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekly Challenge #213 - Templates

This week's Diva Challenge was to use templates or household items to make your string. Not feeling particularly motivated, I just grabbed the first thing that smelled like a template and used my circles.
Patterns used: Auraknot and CO2

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Weekly Challenge #212 - Fanz

The Diva Challenge this week was to use the tangle Fanz. I don't tend to like repetitive grid patterns, but it does some wonderful things when you put it in a circle!
Don't look at where I messed up. I'm trying to pretend it was intentional. Sigh.

~ Duchess

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Weekly Challenge #211 - Flux, and Zendala Dare #100

I combined the Diva challenge with The Bright Owl Zendala Challenge this week. Two birds with one stone, right? It came out looking a might Christmas-ish-y, but I like it. Beats doing homework. ;-)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Challenge 210 - Spiral

It's a busy week here with kids home for Spring Break, so I'm lucky to be able to pull from an old archive a spiral "opus" that I did a couple of years ago. Cheating, maybe, but it fits the Diva Challenge so perfectly, I couldn't resist... and leaves more time to make pie with the kids. ;)
Patterns used: Too many to list...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Challenge #209 - Touch of Green and Zendala Dare #99

This week's Diva Challenge was to use a touch of green. I had been working on some rocks to scatter about the workplace on Tuesday... I just used the same pattern and tangled it. The gold is really so beautiful in person, but like others have mentioned, it just doesn't scan. Oh well.

I just love the celtic knots, but they're not easy to replicate freehand!

And Antonine convinced me to try the Zendala Dare at Brightowl, She's right. That's a big time commitment, but it's a different way to tangle!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekly Challenge #207 - Unbatz

Well the lesson learned in this week's Diva Challenge is to know when to say when.

Sketched it out, and really liked it... then I added the weave. Hmmm... Needs a background, so I added the bubbles. Hmmm... Maybe if I color in the flowers. Ugh.... That's the busiest thing I've ever seen!

That's one really great thing about computers... the Undo. I know there's no Undo (or mistakes) in Zentangle, but sheesh, I'm feeling a lot of CTRL+Z on this tile.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weekly Challenge #206 - Tools of the Trade

The Diva Challenge this week was to tangle with different tools. Since I've been quilling lately, I thought "Why not!"

Well, what I discovered is that it's a lot easier to draw bisecting lines than it is to quill them. That's probably why not. I thought I'd drafted out something pretty simple, but it still took me two evenings to finish.

I'm very pleased with the results though. I think it might need a lovely black matt and a shiny red wood frame.

Patterns used: C-bun, Phicops, Fescu and, um... wiggly stuff. 

Closer detail...

Here's another project I finished last weekend. I just love it when a project turns out EXACTLY like you see it in your head when you start. That happens so rarely. This is for a friend at work that just had his first baby - a girl. He named her Vennela which means "moonlight". The "moon" is a gold paper with some white mesh stuff over it, so I thought it looked a bit like golden moonlight. It's very pretty in real life.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weekly Challenge #205 - Year of the Goat (or the Rabbit)

Huh?This week's Diva Challenge was to represent the Chinese Zodiac for 2015 - Year of the Goat.

I don't know diddly about goats... or sheep. I was just finishing up my tile trying to convince myself it was worth posting and the boyfriend walks by and says "Looks like the Trix Rabbit ears."

Well, my heck! Once you see it, you can't UNSEE it, so here's my Year of the Rabbit tile (and a really crooked scan!).

I'm either 4 years too late, or 9 years early. Your choice.

Patterns used: Jujubeedze and Gnarly

Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekly Challenge #204 - Valentangle

This week's Diva Challenge was wide open for the season. Happy Valentine's Day (or as my kids would say "Happy Singles Awareness Day".)
Patterns used: Mi2, Featherfall and Aquafleur

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Challenge #203 - Athitzi

This week's Diva Challenge was Athitzi. I decided to supersize the strokes and put them in a "Verve" kind of string. It was all good until I started shading. Something went wonky there, but I'm not sure how to fix it. Well, some weeks are better than others...
Patterns used: Athitzi, Verve

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekly Challenge #202 - Duotangle Chebucto vs Copada

This was the perfect weekly Diva Challenge. I've been trying to think of ways to use "stripe" or "border" tangles in different ways. Once I figured out how to turn a corner in chebucto, it finally came together.

Patterns used: Chebucto and Copada

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekly Challenge #201 - Moebius Syndrome

I've been playing with paper all month. (and um... Go Hawks!)


So, it seemed that for this week's Diva challenge, I just needed to do the paper strip. It was a bit harder than I thought it would be, but it's pretty fun now that it's done.

Patterns used: Antique and Onion Drops

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekly Challenge #200 - Bi-zen-tennial

Second post to try to plump up the number of entries to 200.
Second favorite Mac n' Cheese tangle: Cadent.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Weekly Challenge #200 - TADA!

OK, I'm coming clean. I read the Diva Challenge this week, and actually went looking for that new "Mac 'n cheese" tangle because I don't remember hearing about it before. (red face) Well, after figuring out where I went wrong, I started looking through old tangles to see what my "Mac 'n cheese" tangle was. Mooka? Nah. Pokeleaf... several cameo appearances, but no. Looking through my sketchbook, I discovered it was Sanibelle.

I used to think monotangles were dull... like taking the exact same route to work every day... but found doing this one was VERY ZEN. That's the point, right? I wasn't worried about making sure I had different values, or tangles that worked together, just the joy of a favorite tangle building around and around. Then my zen snapped when I realized I'd forgotten the 200. My guy said the roman numeral for 200 is CC, so I snuck that in. He's clever like that. I'm so lucky.

I look forward to seeing what everyone else's "Mac 'n Cheese" tangle might be!
Patterns used: Sanibelle

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Weekly Challenge - #199 Hitched

Happy New Year. Wasn't it lovely to enjoy the holidays and play? I hadn't done any quilling in forever, and it was great getting back to it. The Duchess "D" is complete!

For this week's Diva Challenge, we were given Hitched. I'd missed my challenge challenge over the holidays!

Patterns used: Hitched, Yincut, Aquafleur (sorta), and Scrolled Feather