Thursday, July 30, 2015

Something New and Something Old

I took a 6 week Photoshop class this summer at a local community college. For the final project I drew a tangle using a Wacom tablet. By keeping the areas, tangles, colors, etc. on separate layers I can display the result in several different ways. Here are 4 of them:

I learned a ton about Photoshop and using a Wacom tablet although I didn't find it very Zen!

For the Diva Challenge this week guest blogger Cari Sultanik challenged us to use organic tangles. Since those are my favorite kind I decided to add an extra challenge to it and finish the box I started tangling in February. I had thought to buy some Sharpie furniture touch-up pens to supplement my extremely old and nearly dried out collection of Pro Mark II markers. The Sharpies seem to be discontinued so I decided to supplement with the brown markers that I already have from Sharpie, PrismaColor, and LumoColor. All of these spread more than the Pro Mark II but I'm pretty happy with the result. A google search shows that Marvy makes some wood stain markers and most of them are on sale right now so I bought a set because I think this is a project I would do again.

Tangles Used: Snugz, Beadlines, and Lazy Eights
Tangles Used: Snugz, Catkin, Quabog, and Abundies
Left Side
Tangles Used: Snugz, Flux, Flukes, and Snaylz Trayl
Right Side
Tangles Used: Antidots and Tipple
Well, now I'm off to try and catch up on all of the things that didn't get done while I was working on the Photoshop class!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Christmas in July

Last week I taught my Snowman Ornament twice. Both groups were excellent and it was fun to see the aha moments but I sure didn't have much voice left by the end of it!

A while ago I picked up some scrapbooking papers on the "freecycle" table at a group I go to. I used one of them on Saturday to tangle on while a group of us sat on the patio and enjoyed the weather.

Tangles Used: Kandysnake, Quipple, Nzeppel, and Screen

Over at the Diva Challenge this week's guest blogger is Lee Darter. The challenge is to create a tile with lots of action and movement using Tropicana, Cack, and either Florz, Linq, or Fescu.

Tangles Used: Tropicana, Cack, and Fescu

I have been taking a Photoshop class this summer and will post my final project next week. Hint: It's a tangle ;)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

And Breathe....

This week's Diva challenge by guest blogger Katie Crommett couldn't have been more timely. She challenged us to keep it simple. Fewer tangles, more white space, and remember to breathe! I have found myself stressed because of my many commitments and this was just the nudge I needed to really set aside some time for me and get into the moment.

Tangles Used: Pop Cloud and Sails

Well, that is about all the time I have for breathing for now! I still have kits to finish putting together for the class I'm teaching tomorrow, and one the the components hasn't arrived in the mail, and....

Monday, July 6, 2015

Just Add a Little Love

We had a great weekend with a lovely visit from my daughter which included sipping cosmos on our patio while watching the fireworks show in the park below our house. Does it get any better?

I was missing my son though (he lives in Taipei) and was putting together a box to ship to him.  I decided to buy him a new go cup and tangle it. A little tangley love with his morning cuppa :)

I also finished the ATCs for the swap for the Stacked and Tangled group. Here are the last four:

The remainder of the summer the Diva has lined up guest bloggers to set the challenges. First up is Jen Crutchfield who set a color challenge. I chose to limit my color palette to 3 as Jen suggested by using pink and purple pens on a moss green tile. Since most of the pens I used were metallic it didn't scan very well but you get the idea.

Tangles Used: Quipple, Lazy Eights, 
Sand Swirl, Organza, and Logjam

Go share some art love with someone and brighten their day!