Monday, February 28, 2011
A couple of weekends ago, Mr. Thisorthat and I went on a road trip to pick up something he had purchased. Gotta love the Internet for all kinds of things! Since Laura (I am the Diva) had just posted her Artoo pattern, I wanted to work on it a little. After I got the Artoo down on the paper, I wanted to add some leaves to my tangle. Well if you have ever tried to draw (or write) when riding in the car (especially if Mr. Thisorthat is driving - dont be mad you know its true), it doesn't work too well. I found that if I held the pencil on the paper, the movement of the car made the pattern on the leaves for me. It became a lot of fun to see what the leaves would actually look like. I guess its the same way with everything we do, if you "wing it" you might be surprised what the outcome is. Enjoy the last day of February!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
For some reasons on Sunday's I have the hardest time getting to my blog. It's not that I'm doing anything in particular, but it just slips my mind. Probably a different routine but still I should have done it HOURS ago!! I'm trying to do more simple tangles these days and this one, even though Mr. Thisorthat thinks it needs more tangles all over, I'm going to call this one done as it is. I even half way agree with him, but I'm trying to get away from feeling like I need to fill the entire page up and losing the central idea. Even before Laura's challenge from this week I felt the need to simplify some of my drawings. I hope this has been a great weekend for you (for those that had these two days off as their weekend) and I'll do better tomorrow about getting my new tangle on early.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I have been very inspired this week by Laura's challenge. It has made me think about leaving some open spaces instead of filling every blank spot on the page. Sometimes less is more - right? We've all hear that and probably know it, but that doesn't stop us from being in the moment and going tangle wild!! I've also been looking at some of my older drawings and am thinking about adding color to them. Even though the color scares me a little, I've seen so much that I love, and I realize I won't get better at it until I actually do it (practice makes perfect - darn!). So you might be seeing some color soon but remember it's all a work in process.
Happy Weekend to you all!!!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Happy Friday to you all!! This tangle turned out to be such a shock to me. I started out with this as the letter E (can you see it??) but when I was doing my string, I got a little carried away. Before I knew it (and turned it a couple of times) it started to look like a little animal with a cute little head, dainty little feet and somewhat of a large tail so I dubbed him a squirrel. I think I like that better than the letter E but there's always time to do letters when I run out of other things. I hope that you take the time to look at my pictures on flickr. The flickr community is such a warm and welcoming group and they have been very encouraging as I work on my tangles. If you have something that you're doing and you want a place to show it off, flickr is the place to go. Have a fabulous weekend and stay safe!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
You know how when you see something that someone else does and you think to yourself, I can do that. Well it's never that easy!!! I have been so inspired by my fellow tanglers on flickr with all of the color they are adding to their tangles. It is so inspiring that I thought I would give it a try. I went to the store and bought some prisma pens and was so excited to get home and get started. I decided to color a drawing that I had worked on off and on all day so I have to admit adding the color scared me a little. I know you're officially only supposed to work on your tangle for 15 minutes or so to get the true zen from it, but I usually work on my for about and hour or so (admittedly much longer sometimes) but I enjoy it so much and I want my tangle to feel what I'm feeling so it takes longer than 15 minutes for me to get there. I have to say that sometimes I don't even realize how much time I spend on them because I get totally lost when I'm working on them. Maybe the longer I do it the faster I'll get, but either way it's fun. Mr Thisorthat really liked the color but I'm still unsure. I'm not sure the colors flow to reflect the drawing accurately and I also WAY overdid the ribbon!! So I let me know what you think about the added color, I'm anxious to get your feedback.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A couple of nights ago I was sitting with Mr. Thisorthat while he watched tv (I"m sure there was a race something going on). I was trying to come up with something new to draw and then I saw it - the background of my computer. It made me wonder if I could duplicate the outline and still tangle the inside of it. Well since I'm not sure if you have the same backgrounds on your computer I won't make you guess which one it is. It's a picture of a canyon with the close up looking through the rocks. If you have it on your computer you will have to tell me what you think. After I finished with it, I don't really see the canyon anymore, but a bottle - sort of. Anyway it was fun to try something different. I think for now, I'll go back to the string and the "wing it" method that I've been used to.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Every week there is a challenge over at http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/. This was the Challenge from last week. The Divas' son had been in the hospital and she created a new pattern named after his online blog name, Artoo. Sometimes when I sit down to draw I struggle with what to do and where to start. The nice thing about the challenges is that it gives you some direction in a medium that has no structure (and we all know that I am a structure driven person). I finished the week 10 Challenge yesterday (they come out every Monday) and I was going to make you wait until next week to see it, but I wanted to post it on the Divas' page so you get to see it right away too. I still seem to have an inventory of unseen tangles that I made during Daytona weekend. It's always nice to have a reason to sit down for a couple of hours and focus on not focusing. wink wink! Have a fabulous Tuesday and stay warm!!
Monday, February 21, 2011
I actually had this one posted before I had a chance to shade it. This is the shaded version. Let me know if you can tell a difference.
Last week we were having such great weather and this week - cold again! I guess at least it's only cold and no snow covered streets like we've been used to. I'm so glad the ground hog didn't see his shadow and Spring is right around the corner. I spent most of the day yesterday on flickr looking at tangles and ideas of tangles. I have been super busy making new drawings and I'm so excited to share with you. I think because of that, I'll show you two of them today (mainly because I can't wait to post them for you to see). I can't believe I never heard of Zentangles before Christmas and now I think about it everyday. You would be amazed at the ideas you can get by just looking around your house. There are textures everywhere that could be in a drawing someday. You just never know. I hope you enjoy!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Friday, February 18, 2011
If you have never gone to Jessica's blog (http://www.howsweeteats.com/) then you are missing out on so much!! Yesterday she posted a recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins. Mr. Thisorthat doesn't care for muffins so I wasn't too sure about trying them. Since Little Miss Thisorthat was here I thought it would give us something fun to do. We made them up and sure enough they were fabulous!!! You'll have to check the recipe out. They were simple and tasted almost like cookies. Even Mr. Thisorthat was surprised. After they cooled off a bit Little Miss Thisorthat tried one she said, "Grandma these muffins are magic!!!" Of course I had to ask why and she said, "because the chocolate chips turned into chocolate"! Don't you just love the way children look at life???? Anyway if you get the chance to check out Jessica's blog I think you'll really enjoy it. It's the only cooking blog I follow and she's great!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Today is supposed to be the best weather day of the week. Almost 70 degrees in FEBRUARY!!!! The snow is almost gone (still ice on the ground because it's still freezing at night) but the sky's are blue, the sun is shining, and it's so great to open the windows and feel the outside air freshen up the stagnant air that's been cooped up all winter long. Time to open things up and breathe again!! I painted the trim part of the newly remodeled bathroom yesterday. I was so excited to see the new color on the wall, but all I had time to do was the trim. MAN there's a lot of trim in a bathroom!!!! Hoping to work on it today but not sure since our little miss thisorthat is coming over. She has a way of stealing the show. Maybe a good day for the park!!! I hope today you enjoy the sunshine, and take a step outside to take in a deep breath of fresh air and think of three things you're thankful for! You are one of the things on MY list!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ok side note: It took me 40 minutes to upload this picture because it kept turning it!! Geez!!!!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Even though Valentines Day is just around the corner, all I can think about is drawing hearts!!! I've driven Mr. Thisorthat nuts looking at all my heart tangles. He's always a good sport so I'm trying to post the last of my non-heart drawings and I think today is the last day. Tomorrow you, along with everyone else who walks in my front door, will get to see the heart tangles I've been making. Some I really like and others, well, not so much. I'm still trying to find my style so I appreciate you bearing with me. Your feedback would help me alot so if you have a few minutes let me know what you think. Please be brutally honest, I can take it. Some drawings, like this one, start to look like someone threw up tangles all over it with no style or direction. Maybe that's how they're suppose to look.....
Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Sunday, February 6, 2011
It's going to be a great Superbowl this year! Whether you're a Steelers fan or a Packers fan, the whole excitement of the game is wonderful! It's a day for friends and families to be together, to enjoy good food and lots of treats all the while as we wait anxiously for those fabulous Superbowl COMMERCIALS!!!!!! I hope where ever you are, whoever you're enjoying the game with, and whatever tasty treats you're devouring that this is the best Superbowl day for you!!