Boy did I have a busy day yesterday. Started out with a visit to the vet. Zipper, my cat, needed her rabbies shot. Next I have an appointment with the retina specialist. In a previous post I talked about how my right I had some vision problems due to the vitriol gel in my eye pulling away from the Retina. Well a few weeks ago it happened to my left eye also. I needed to go and make sure that it wasn’t a retina detachment or tear. Fortunately the retina of my eyes are excellent even though there are large floaters in both eyes now. I feel like I’m living in a fishbowl looking through seaweed. However there is a great chance that the floaters will eventually settle down below my vision and I will be able to see just fine again. With my glasses on my vision is 2020. So that’s good it’s just hard looking through all the floaters.
My next stop was a visit to a coworkers house. She lives out in the country and rents a room in a farmhouse. She has two great Dane dogs and she loves where she lives because the dogs have the farm to run around in. She’s also a firefighter and EMT for the town she lives in, Princeton Massachusetts. So I got a tour of the fire station. I got to actually get in a firetruck as well as an ambulance. I’m about the same height as her so she let me try on her firefighter gear.
From there we went to a horse farm to clean out stables and feed the horses and I got to ride one. When I was a kid my aunt and uncle owned a large farm. They didn’t have horses they had chickens and cows. But I enjoyed being in the country. So I had a lot of fun yesterday. Cleaning out the horse stalls was kind of like standing in a giant litter box scooping out poop. Not something I’d like to do on a daily basis but it was fun to help my friend out.
While I was at the eye doctors yesterday it was a long wait so I started drawing on my iPad. I have the new 10.5 inch iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. I use a program called Procreate to draw and last week there was a major update to both the iPad operating system as well as Procreate. The smudge tool, or what I refer to as a blending tool has been greatly improved. So for this week’s Diva a challenge I actually drew on the iPad and not with real pencil and paper. Normally I would never do Zentangle digitally but that’s what I started while waiting at the eye doctor so I figured I’d finish there. Procreate with the Apple Pencil is absolutely awesome to draw with. The range of brushes available is pretty awesome too and there are hundreds of brushes available on the Internet that you can purchase and download too.
I’d be curious if anybody else out there is using Procreate to draw with. Not necessarily just Zentangle things but drawing in general. Let me know and happy tangling.
Floors are finally done and they look great. Here’s the after photo before they put down the runner.
With runner, going up and down.
It all looks so much better and even better than I could have imagined.
Now for this weeks diva challenge. With the change of seasons she wanted to inspire us to create a Tile that felt cozy to us. My go to and favorite Tangle is Bales. I find it easy to draw and it has so many ways for variations.
Here it is in its basic form.
Here it is with variations. And then I got carried away with the shadowing. This truly was a comfort tile for me to do.
Hope you guys have a fabulous rest of the week and Tangle on.
I loved this challenge. This weeks challenge is to use the Petoskey stone as inspiration for your tile. The Petoskey stone is a It’s a fossilized stone that’s only found in Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. And I’m originally from Michigan. The Petoskey stone is the state stone and you can read all about them here.
As I was drawing the tile for this challenge I could see a little tiny solar eclipses in each of the sections. Which prompted me to blacken the center of each section. If you’ve read my earlier blog posts my husband and I had the opportunity to see a total solar eclipse of the sun a couple of weeks ago. And I’ve got eclipse fever and that’s about all I can think of at the moment. We are hoping and planning to see one of the next eclipses. The next one being in southern Chile in 2019 and then again in 2020. The next one to be in the United States is in seven years.
I hope you can find inspiration in this weeks diva challenge.
I hope you can find inspiration in this weeks diva challenge.
Last Monday there was a total eclipse of the sun that extended, in a 70 mile corridor, across the entire US from Oregon to South Carolina. My husband and I had the privilege and fortune to be able to travel to South Carolina to be in the path of totality. It was the most awesome thing I have ever seen. Please read all about it in my previous blog post. For this week’s diva challenge we’ve been asked to create tiles that represent the eclipse. She suggested using 4 tiles put together in a square and circles, for the string, that radiate out from the center of the four squares. I have not finished all four squares but I did get one done. And that’s what you see below. If you had the opportunity to see the eclipse please leave a message here and let me know how you experienced it. Happy tangling.
Yesterday’s Diva Challenge was to use ‘nzeppel. ‘Nzeppel is a great tangle when you have a space where things just “don’t quite fit in.” First you draw a grid, but the grid doesn’t even have to be straight. Next, you’ll draw an X in each grid square which results in 4 triangle in each grid square. Then finally, imagine that you have a water balloon and you want to stuff the water balloon in each triangle. So you’ll draw a squished up circle in each triangle. The result is ‘Nzeppel. Here’s my take on ‘Nzeppel.
This week’s diva challenge is to draw Aquafleur. I love this tangle to look at, but it’s hard for me to draw. So just as the Diva said, it’s one that really needs a lot of practice, at least for me. So what better way to practice then to put two of them on a tile. I added a little Icanthis, which is one of the new tangles from Zentangle headquarters. Probably should’ve added a little more to the tile but I’ve got to get ready to go to work and I wanted to get this posted. Happy tangling to everyone.
This weeks challenge is to use your nondominant hand, and tangles that are created by using auras. On her website she says people either really love this or hate this. I understand because I’m both. I love it because it’s so good for your brain to use your nondominant hand on occasion. And I hate it because it is so very hard for me. If you look closely my lines aren’t smooth, they are jagged-y. While I was doing the diva dance I wanted so badly to switch hands to fill in the dark patches. But I did not. I can’t even color inside the lines with my left hand. I found it frustrating while I was doing it but so rewarding once I finished. I started making my auras further and further apart so I could get done quicker. It’s amazing to me how little control I have, when drawing, over my left hand.
Boy was I surprised and happy when I saw that Linda Farmer from tanglepatterns.com highlighted a tangle that I created in her newsletter. Welcome to all the new visitors to my website.
The first Monday of every month is a “Use My Tangle Challenge,” where the Diva’s challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by someone who has submitted their tangle to I Am the Diva. So this month it is Dansk by Margaret Bremner. It’s a pretty easy tangle but with lots of possibilities.
Here’s my Tile.
The Diva was late in her challenge this week and because she’s always so prompt I began to get worried there was a problem. I’m happy to report that she is just busy and tired. So relieved there is an anything wrong. One thing that’s kept her busy is Beads of Courage and here’s a quote from her website telling what that’s all about.
“Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey. Each bead represents something different. A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance. For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing. (blue for doctor, black for poke… some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child’s string is different and unique to their story.
So!! This week’s challenge is to BEad INSPIRED by Beads of Courage! By our Colour Run, or by whatever gives you Courage.”
When designing my tile I decided to look at all the Tangle patterns and I found one with the name beads.
It’s cold here in Massachusetts this week right now it’s June 6 at 12:30 PM and only 47° outside. This just stinks for summertime. However this weekend it’s supposed to be in the 80s and I have Sunday off. So I’m looking forward to a real summer day. Hope you have a good week and happy tangling.
I’ve been away for a couple of weeks celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday. She is a party girl. The first party was at her church where over 100 of her friends and family attended. It was marvelous.
Here’s my mom and sisters. Mom’s in the pink and I’m on the left side of the photo. She certainly doesn’t look 90. Then there was a party on her actual birthday with her children and grandchildren at my sister’s house.
That’s her birthday pie with candles that say 90. Then finally she had another party that her street put on for her. That would be everyone who lives on her street, not the whole neighborhood. There were somewhere between 30-50 people at that party.
Notice her crown. Someone from the street who couldn’t attend the party gave her the crown. My husband is sitting next to her. She said that was the best party because she could have her Manhattan drink. Did I mention she’s a party girl.
But now for today’s challenge. We were to make a Diptych. That means fold the tile and have two sides. I folded a corner of my tile back before I folded it in half so that it could stand up.
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