Monday, May 23, 2011

Week 23: String Theory

I love that each person will use the same string for this week's Diva Challenge. When I teach a beginner Zentangle class, we all start with the same string, and it's always tons of fun to see what happens as each person brings their own beauty and sensibility to each tangle and each tile.
   Taking a cue from Laura's (the diva) process, I didn't have my kit handy, so I opened my tangle library with eyes closed, and picked whatever tangle was in front of me. As I was mid-tile, I heard my email chime and saw that a new tangle had been posted on tanglepatterns.com. It's J.J. LaBarbera's pattern: Arc Flower. I used it in the lower left corner of tile #2. Lots of fun!! I also had a lovely time with Donna Hornsby's Keenees. I love the way those little 'kini bottoms dance around on tile #1. Very cute, Donna! Mine don't have the polka dots; I'm more of a little black keenee kind of girl (mmm hmm...it's been a long time and never again). 
   I went for lots of black on these, and I have to note: using the Sakura graphic 3 pen... be careful not to smudge. I smudged. (A little shading does wonders: tile #3.) 
   Now that I'm looking at these three tiles, I can't really remember where the string actually is, but it's always quietly underneath, pulling everything together. It has its own little way of being there, but not being there all at the same time. That's the magic of the String:)
  Thanks, Laura, J.J., Donna, Zentangle, tanglepatterns.com, and the lovely string itself!




14 comments:

  1. Love them! I love how you used the Arc flower. I always trap it in a circle. I'll have to follow your lead and set it free. :) These are all just lovely!

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  2. Whispering Aloha to you Carole ~ I always enjoy your Zentangle tiles ~ so much movement ~ so much life

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  3. The depth and contrasts in your pieces always inspire my love of art!

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  4. You were really inspired - three beautiful tiles. They all look so different it's hard to realize they are all the same string. I love the flow and the contrast you achieve in your tiles. I always look forward to your posts.

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  5. These are wonderful, as usual. I particularly like the floating freedom in the first tile and the BOLDness of the third tile with its braid-y thing-y going on in the top left of it.
    --Margaret

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  6. I think all 3 tiles are bursting with pizzazz, drama and so much fun imagination!

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  7. I'm in awe of your ability to create such amazing art - and in such a short time! Really wonderful. Would have taken me all week, even if I had yours to copy. Keep up the great inspiring work.

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  8. Three beautiful tiles and they all look so different! I love the 3rd one with the big bold braze (say that 3 times fast-LOL), it really has a lot of depth. Beautiful work, Carole!

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  9. Very 3D these are! I love how you use different pen thicknesses.
    Pia

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  10. Great work Carole! I especially love the blocky graphic look in #3.

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  12. Wow n wow n wow
    Can't believe it's from the same string. Very inspiring.

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