Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Getting EggZZZZellent

In lots of people's experience, Monday mornings can be a drag. But for those participating in the Diva's Weekly Challenge, I would venture to say, not so. I look forward to what little tidbit of 'fun-ness' she will present each week. This week, by way of a computer glitch, the challenge was posted a little later than usual. There I sat at my computer, blank tile and pen ready to go. No challenge posted yet. Oh well, tangling is tangling, so I tangled away. I figured it would be double fun today, as I did a random tile in the morning and then a challenge tile later when the post got up.










I didn't realize until a day later, that my "waiting" tile, had eggs in it! So even though it was created before the challenge post, and not with the challenge consciously in my mind, I figured maybe the challenge vibes didn't need the computer at all. (Twilight Zone music here, maybe?)

The second one was doubly inspired: first by the challenge, and then by Margaret Bremner's new tangle, Diamond Panes. Once I had made an egg-shaped string, the tile said to me, "Please try Margaret Bremner's new tangle on me!" I loved how she used it in her sample: how the shape sort of floats above the new pattern. I could see why my little egg was so insistent.
   I also felt compelled to scan the challenge tile before shading and after, since I thought it would be a good example of how simple shading can make a difference. Even just a bit of shading around the outside of an object can make lots of dimension! One of the things I love about the Zentangle® art form is that simplicity is what makes it accessible to everyone. You can go simple or complex, and it's all fun!


14 comments:

  1. M-egg-nificent! (Yes. I've been using the occasion to get much mileage from that play on words, lol!)

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  2. Haha! What is is about the egg-word that makes us want to do that? I'm sure we'll see a lot of that this week:)

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  3. Thanks for sharing you tile twice. It's alway amazing to see the difference when it's shaded.

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  4. Wonderful tiles. In the first one, I also see an egg shape in the negative space of the border. Love the before and after-shading really adds a lot of dimension on this one!

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  5. I am so happy you posted your challenge with all your thoughts. It makes for a great tutorial and I love seeing the process. Wonderful eggs!

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  6. Beautiful examples of pre-and post-shading, one of the many "magic secrets" of Zentangle!

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  7. Oh yes, I am totally on board with you, here. The simplicity of Zentangle is strongly appealing, yet it invites you further in, dare you go? Heheheee

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  8. We, in the Diva challenge, must be cosmically connected, no? Love all your tiles and especially your before and after shading tiles. I think we all look better with a little shading.

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  9. I love your egg tiles Carole. Always inspiring.

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  10. Diamond Panes makes a lovely backdrop for your egg, which does indeed seem to float forward.
    --Margaret

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  11. Nice eggs! Your shading is so well done!

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  12. Ah, your tiles are inspirational! I Love them.

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