A Time of Lasts (For Now)

Well, after some really frustrating circumstances in the past several weeks which resulted in some not so pretty breakdowns a date for my departure was finally set. By this time next week we (Drew, Brandon and I) should be over half way to Alexandria, VA. The goodbyes and “lasts” have now begun. 

A Sky Writing Journal spread tangled while thinking about the changes that will result from my fast approaching move from Northern Colorado to Northern Virginia. i used falls, msst, bunzo and popcloud.
After 16 years years in Colorado I’ll be leaving the mountains behind. I think it is going to feel odd. That was what was going through my brain while I tangled this spread in the Sky Writing Journal that Cate gave me for my birthday. I think Popcloud could use some shading with colored pencil yet. I tried to highlight it and Falls with white colored pencil and it didn’t work. My experience on my previous spread was that pastel pencil also didn’t want to lay done really and definitely wouldn’t blend sufficiently.

Last night I had the pleasure to attend a last Zentangle class. As usual, Cate brought me to Sue’s house for the evening, but this time Holly Williams of Tangle Your Bliss was teaching. We learned the Tints on Tan technique that Marty Deckel and Jenny Perruzi have shared. It was really fun to add more vibrant colors to the tan tiles. Best of all though was another evening with a few of the great women I’ve connected with (or reconnected with in the case of Cate) over Zentangle! I’m going to miss you guys and only hope to find a few tanglers in NoVa as great as you!

Here are all of our tiles (two are Holly’s):

Holly’s first Tints on Tan class tile mosaic with two of her samples, and tiles by Cate, Sue Clark and myself.

And here is a closer look at my tile. I need some practice, but I’m really excited to explore this more!

My tints on tan tile with printemps, bunzo, tipple, flux, finery and shattuck.
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Diva Challenge #204 – The Valentangle

IMG_2788 Early last week Cate challenged me to try Paradox in a heart. I’m not much of a heart sort of person so I brushed it off for a day or two. But, my brain pretty much never shuts down so it was hanging out in there and taking shape. I eventually explored the idea in my sketchbook, trying about a dozen different combos of cutting (or not) the heart into different sections and switching up the directions of Paradox in neighboring sections to get different looks.

It’s probably because it appeals to all my science training and love of organizing things, but I found the exercise addicting and energizing. I have several more ideas to try, but work has been a bit busier than normal. I did, however choose to turn two of my experiments into tiles for my first ever Diva Challenge (#204) participation.

The first tile, above, I used a pattern I deconstructed from a fence I walk past daily when I go to or from the bus stop. I call it Zirkels. It seemed fitting and kind of lace like, so together it makes me think of the heart doilies.

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For the second tile I planned on using Akoya for the border, but ended up stopping one step early and embraced the ribbon-wrapped bead string look instead. I like that it gave me a place to pop a bit of contrasting color.

I’m looking forward to participating in future challenges. Though I resumed my daily work through One Zentangle A Day on Monday so it could be three weeks or so before I get a chance. It gets difficult to work other challenges into the daily exercises.