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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A New Challenge, A New Tangle

As it is the beginning of the month, it is time for a Use My Tangle challenge over at the Diva's page.  This week the tangle is Dansk from Margaret Bremner.  I cannot belive that I have not seen this one before.  Or if I have, I confess that I don't remember it.  Dansk is a fun and wonderfully easy pattern.  Mine look more like tree rings but there's nothing wrong with that.  I'll have to remember this one when I am looking for nature inspired patterns.

I managed to keep this tile really quite simple.  Somthing that I have been trying to keep in mind.  White space is ok and can even be your friend.  I borrowed the string from  Nothing was coming to me as I stared at the blank tile and then I remembered that Linda is collecting string ideas so I clicked over and found one.  I also used Diva Dance for the first time.  Well, for the first time in a completed drawing anyway.  I wasn't sure about this at first but I have come to like it.  All the patterns I ended up picking out all remind me of tree rings, at least they do here.  Maybe Spring is trying to work its way into my brain.  I know it's ready for some sunshine.

I also wanted to share with you the photo mat that I complete for the swap over on Facebook.  It was quite a challenge to do but once I got going at it, I was able to get some bits that I am really proud of.  I still need to spray it against smudging (not that there is a lot of pencil on it) and pop it into the mail.  Luck for me the deadline is in March.  I am HORRIBLE about getting stuff into the mail.  Well, I should say horrible when I need to go to the post office.  If I can print postage and mail it from home then I am not so bad.  I tried on a few new tangles on this as well and that was a lot of fun.

I hope you have a great day!


  1. Very nice and beautiful composition and shape! Chapeau!

  2. Your work is elegant...I've posted you as a favorite on my blog.
    Your drawing is so even and confident. The tangles are artful.
    I have come to like Canson Montval 140# WC paper better than Fabriano Tiepolo.
    Have you tried it? I think it is smoother and forgiving and beautiful AND half the price.

    1. Thank you so much Ginny. You are so kind. I prefer watercolor paper as well. The Fabriano is a lovely paper but I really don't like how it shades with a pencil or how it demands a newer pen. I also use canson paper. I usually get the XL series at the local craft store. I did venture into a Dick Blick and checked out paper there. Sadly it is in downtown Philly and therefore hard to get to (for me anyway. I found some lovely watercolor blocks there made my Fluid. The blocks come in 6X6" and 8X8" sizes so they are great for larger Zentangles. It is 140# and is a cold press finish. I love that they don't need to be cut. I also ordered some Strathmore Ready Cut Watercolor paper ub 8X10 and 5X7. These are cut to the sizes you want. I ordered the hot press (and do where I can) as I like the smoother finish of the hot press. It is also 140#. Again, thanks for your wonderful words. I don't always feel confident when I am working. :) Sometimes the blank page mocks me a bit, and I take loger than I should but for me working slow and steady is the best. Have a great day!

  3. Your Dansk/Paradox combo reminds me of a big pillow. Also like what you did on the photo mat.

  4. The diva dance and the dansk and then the added paradox....such a fabulous combination!

  5. What a great combination of tangles did you use. A beautiful tile! I also like the photo mat very much.

  6. Great combination of tangles with dansk! Nicely drawn lines!

  7. Oh I like how you used String #3 it looks as if the tangles are hiding beneath .Love the frame too.