Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekly Challenge #295

Happy Monday all
Can you believe that there's only a few weeks until Christmas - the boys are slowly getting excited.  Chewie's school choir had their first performance at the Western Development Museum's Festival of Trees.  (The Western Development Museum is like a BoomTown museum - with memorabilia of the Saskatchewan Prairie from the past hundred years and more - complete with a working smithy)

Day Date with this sexy man
B-rad managed to get the morning off from work so he could come to the performance and Chewie was so excited to have his dad there.  There are 150 kids in the school choir, from grades 3-8, and they were pretty great, as far as kids school choirs go.

Second row, right in the middle, my little song bird
They had some pretty swell christmas tunes, and this face made my heart happy.  He had a great time.

handsome devil
And this weekend Artoo was invited to a friend from school's birthday party at the bowling alley, and even though he was a little nervous about all the people (The bowling alley was very busy) he did really well and had such a fun time.

Cutie pie
And Sunday afternoon we took the boys to the Arcade for a bit of earned fun!  The boys worked on doing chores and remembering to make their beds, and helping each other, and being kind - for each item done they received a check on a checklist.  Once they collectively raised 100 checkmarks we got to do something fun as a family.  and this time was the arcade.


About 15 minutes in, chewie hit the jackpot and won over 700 tickets!  The kids loved it, and the next family outing goal is to Glow-mini-golf.  ;)

Weekly Challenge #295: "Reticula/Fragment part 2"
Well, last week's challenge seemed to be a bit of a struggle for some.  

So let's have another go, shall we?  

This week, draw yourself a grid, in pen.  it's part of the tangle.  then fill in each of the little squares with a design. ( There are a few samples in this newsletter if you need some inspiration) 

BUT as another step to this week's challenge - choose a design that is asymmetrical.  Then alternate your design inside your grid - creating another more complex pattern!  

alternating fragments
 what do you think?

So give it a try - hope you all have a wonderful week!  REMEMBER to just begin with a grid.  The first step is just to begin.

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC295(Diva Challenge #295) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekly Challenge #294

Happy Monday all!

I don't have much to share this week - Artoo ended up with croup and that warranted a trip to the Emergency Room for some respiratory meds.  I kept him home from school all week and monitored his breathing and kept on top of his asthma, so i didn't do much all week long.  

Thursday night i did get some me-time when i went out with some friends for a few drinks and some surprise Karaoke
Here we go!




I was sad that i didn't make it down to the States this week for ZenAgain - an amazing CZT Reunion, but my sistah-from-another-mistah, Elisa Murphy, face timed me into the bar one night, and someone took a snap shot of Rick holding Elisa's phone, with my face on it! If you have pics of me on Elisa's phone, i'd love to post it here. It was really great to "see" everyone's face as i got toured around.  It made me feel pretty cool.  like i was there for a few minutes. ;)

Artoo is feeling much better now, and was able to attend a friend's birthday party this Saturday.  Chewie got himself 2 strikes in bowling and was very proud of himself, rightly so.  I'm looking forward to a little bit more of an energetic week, going forward.

Weekly Challenge #294: Reticula/Fragment Beginning
If you've been following the zentangle blog, or have the Mosaic app, you may have heard about Reticula and Fragments.   Rick and Maria introduced these two terms into the zentangle vernacular in their book Zentangle Primer vol. I.  Let me break it down simply for you.

Reticula is the term for a grid, but not just the square grid like the checkerboard, but an encompassing term for all the zentangle grids.  Or from their book:
In our quest for the most descriptive word, we found "reticulum" (pl. reticula).  We liked the sound of it, and its definition was a perfect fit: "a fine network or netlike structure. Zentangle Primer, Vol. I, page 112 
So with Reticula being the term for grids, fragments, then, are the pattern drawn inside each square or facet of the grid.

There really is endless possibilities when working with this concept.  But for this week - we will start small.

This week's challenge is to draw a reticulum.  I drew a basic grid pattern.  Choose one fragment or fill for your grid, and fill in the blanks.  That's it.  Simple. Easy.  But beautiful.


**EDIT:  Thanks to Deanne Biron, who provided a bit more information for those of you who'd like some more information you can check out this zetangle.com newsletter

Basically: Draw a grid (reticula) and fill each space with a design (fragment) and then repeat that design throughout the grid.  The link above also has some great examples of different design ideas.
i drew my fragment on the back of my tile in the red zentangle square - for reference
 So here is my reticula and my fragment.

I worked onto a tile that was coloured using the Hefty Hack technique
There are ANY number of different fragments.  If you have a copy of their book and want some inspiration - you can find a variety of fragment options on pages 114-115.  If you don't have their book, just draw something in the first square and repeat throughout all squares and see what happens!

Oh, and a very happy Thanksgiving weekend to my American Friends.  I'm thankful for you!
 
Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC294(Diva Challenge #294) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 


Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekly Challenge #293

Well, it's Monday!

Things have been a bit of a struggle for me this week.  I have not been in my right head, mentally, and that's okay.  My anxiety has been rearing it's ugly head - and so i have been giving my body and soul what it needs.... lots of quiet reading, some healing art, mind numbing television - and a much needed beer feuled Earth Wind and Fire dance party with my hubs late thursday night.

Artoo has been sick this weekend, and so that always adds an edge to things as well.  We're on high alert and no one is sleeping well, and people are cranky.

and so sometimes it's quite challenging, for me, to sit down and open up my computer, and write the weekly post.  But, sometimes - just like going to the gym, the hardest part is showing up.  so. here i am.
A beautiful November sunrise
 Artoo and I got to go to the zoo this week with his class field trip - and how neat is this? We got to pet Georgia, the Porcupine.  She was found, as a baby, on the side of a Saskatchewan highway, and taken home where she lived with a family as a pet for about a year before she was turned over to the zoo by the Conservation Officers in the province.

brave kiddo
So Georgia is a very social animal and is used to humans and being touched by humans.  her protective quills are actually quite far down, past her guard hairs and soft fur.  She basically was happy as a clam as long as she could nom on some lettuce.

Elisa, i thought of you. 
Thursday night my dear hubs asked if he could bring me anything on his way home from work on Thursday and i jokingly said "Yes, beer please" - a few minutes later he came home with Newcastle Brown Ale, which made me remember fondly my drinking pals from CanTangle last summer.

Sometimes all you need is Earth Wind and Fire
 We put the kids to bed and hung out together.  I told B-rad to put some FUN music on the record player, and the result was the best drinking/dance party ever.  It was amazing, one of my funnest nights in a while, and exactly what i needed in my Self-Care regimen this week.

Friday was a holiday in Canada, as we celebrated Remembrance Day.  Chewie has been really interested in Remembrance Day this year - and so we spent a good deal of the morning talking about the 2nd World War and what it was about and how it ended on Nov 11,
My Great Grandfather Joseph Horne fought at Vimy Ridge in WWI 
 and then we talked about trenches, and the first world war, and the American Civil War, and the war for independence.  We upheld our yearly tradition of listening to the Soldier side of Corb Lund's Horse Soldier album.  I'm not a country music fan - but i enjoy this album.  And on the LP the Soldier side ends in Taps, so B-rad did the math of each song and calculated it backwards so that we started the album in time for Taps to play at 11:11 - where we had a minute of silence.  It was a good parenting moment, to teach our boys about respect for those who fought for us.

In the afternoon we took advantage of the weather and went for a walk around the block - and marveled that it was November and still +15C/60F  - a rare treat for Saskatchewan.
wait for me, dad!
 Artoo started to get sick on Friday and so Saturday and Sunday were spent pretty relaxed and chilled.  He's still sick, and the boys don't have school today, so we'll see how the rest of the week goes.

Weekly Challenge #293: "Keeko, you know!"
Y'know, i'm kind of surprised that i haven't had a dedicated challenge for this tangle, as it's one of my very favourites. (Step outs can be found HERE)  Keeko is one of the tangles i teach in every 101 class, and it was the tangle that gave me my first 'zen' moment while tangling.  It's a go-to for me, and i find it very relaxing.


Back when i was in University, (I was a Voice Major - hence The Diva) my voice teacher had me swim laps to increase my lung strength.  And while i was swimming i would count my strokes: 1,2,3, BREATHE, 1,2,3, BREATHE and before i knew it, i was all zoned out in a swimming meditation.  Well, when i tangle keeko - i do the same thing as i draw my lines.

1,2,3, BREATHE

This week, see if you can find some zen in your keeko!  It's not a monotangle challenge, but you're welcome to make yours a monotangle, as i have.

Have a great week

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC293(Diva Challenge #293) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Weekly Challenge #292

Good Morning, i hope you're all adjusted to the Time Change that happened this weekend.  Here in Saskatchewan we don't actually observe the time change, so no changing of clocks happen around here.  Just to remind you - the challenge posts at 6AM Saskatchewan time, which i believe is currently in step with Central Time, not Mountain time.  please someone correct me if i'm wrong. There should be a little clock icon on the right side of your screen that shows the time where I am, if you're not sure.

Well, here we are - the first Monday of November, and the second last UMT of 2016!  

We had a pretty great week here - the boys have been on a sugar high since Monday.

Chewie was the Grim Reaper


Artoo was our friendly neighbourhood Spiderman
 The boys both had Halloween parties at school before we took them out Trick or Treating after supper. 
Best Photo bomb ever.
 The boys were super cute - Artoo was very excited to go get candy - and Chewie was very protective of him and helped him climb steps and ring doorbells, and was generally a really great big brother. 


TRICK OR TREAT

This is my most favourite photo of the whole night, Chewie with his arm around his brother,
So protective.

The weather this weekend was gorgeous - unseasonably warm for Saskatchewan in November, Saskatoon reached a high of 19C! (66.2F) and Artoo and i played outside drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, probably for the last time this year. 

This little man sat down next to me on Saturday and started practicing his lettering
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...
 Artoo also helped me bake some cookies this weekend as well.  What a great little helper.


Mmmmmm.

Artoo and I had so much time together this weekend because Chewie spent most of the weekend bowling. 

Bowler of the Week!
Chewie got Bowler of the Week during his regular League play on Saturday - his prize was a free Pepsi and Fries from the cafeteria - he was pretty excited.  And then on Sunday he and his bowling team drove out of town for his FIRST EVER league Tournament.... and they came in Second! Out of 12 teams!

Sliver Medalists
 He was so excited to show me his medal when he got home, and i am pretty proud of him.
Here's hoping he continues to love bowling, he seems to really enjoy it. 


Weekly Challenge #292: "UMT - EAXY by Nadine Roller, CZT

For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.

This week's Tangle is courtesy of Nadine Roller, a CZT from Germany- I first saw this tangle in a CZT group on Facebook.  I was delighted to find she had submitted it for a UMT.  In my opinion, this tangle embodies the 'magic' of zentangle - how a few small pen strokes creates a gorgeous complex looking pattern. 
You can find the step outs for EAXY here

I used a Renaissance tile for my piece this week,
 and a gold stardust gelly roll from Sakura, as well as a new to me navy blue coloured
Micron, and also my standard black micron and white gelly roll 

I would suggest trying it a little larger than i did, things got a little cramped for me by the end.  


Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC292(Diva Challenge #292) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekly Challenge #291

Spooky Morning one and all!!

This week at Casa Diva - i had the extreme pleasure of 'doing a zentangle' with my very handsome 6yo.   He was very studious about the whole process and wrote down all the steps in his notebook so he wouldn't forget.

Learning the ropes
"Zentangle practice
dots
border
string
Tangle
Chop"
 I seriously had all the prouds after that one, and the look of pride of his face makes my heart happy.
STRIKES!!
This weekend Chewie's bowling league had dress up bowling, for Halloween, and both Chewie and his friend E won prizes for their costumes.  They both even got strikes this week!  It was a happy time, indeed!

Today, being Halloween, the boys will dress up for school and have Halloween parties in their classroom - Artoo told me he wanted to be Spiderman, except he doesn't want to wear any costume, he just wants to wear regular Artoo clothes and have his face painted like Spiderman - okay.  i can do that.  And Chewie is going as a Skeleton.  So, i should have some fun pictures to share next week.  Stay Tuned!!

But here are the boys' jack o' lanterns! We carved the yesterday morning.  Each boy drew a face on their pumpkin and i helped them carve out the bits.  I think they did great jobs.

Two thumbs up
 Weekly Challenge #291: "Happy Halloween!"
For whatever reason, this year by boys have been going around shouting "Happy Hallowed Weenie" and then giggling hysterically.  Fortunately, for me, they were giggling about Hot Dogs.  So.  That's good. lol

This week's challenge is to create a Halloween themed tile.  (If that's not something you take part in or you're into, you can also do a white on black tile - and use a white gelly roll pen on a black tile, or other dark paper.)

Hello, Little Spider  
It's wasn't until i started writing my blog post that i realized that i also sort of did spiderwebs last week.  oops.  Oh well, it's a different tangle this time.  :)
For my tile, i used a black prestrung zendala tile, and i painted a bit of white fountain pen ink onto the middle sections and let it dry before tangling on it with my back micron, for the rest of the tile, i just used my gelly roll.

**remember** when using the white gelly roll, it helps to go slowly, and i find almost dabbing the ink onto the paper helps to keep it's opaque look.

I hope you all have a great halloween!

See you next week!

And if you're on Instagram or the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC291 (Diva Challenge #291) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekly Challenge #290

Happy Monday Everyone!
Thanks for all the work out Kudos.  It's been really hard, physically and mentally, but i'm seeing awesome things like stronger muscles, and perhaps a few waistbands are a bit looser than before.  But at this stage, i'm trying to focus on getting stronger and healthier - in fact, i'm not even getting on a scale at all, and leaving all my success to my measuring tape (which, by the way, tells me i've lost 7.5 inches in 4 weeks... so that's awesome) *i originally had months, not weeks. lol, that's not very impressive at all.

And thank you for all the Birthday wishes for little Artoo.  He actually had his birthday party this weekend, so i have some fun photos to share.

BUT FIRST - i actually taught a beginner's class this weekend with some lovely ladies.
diligent little tanglers
 It was nice to actually teach, again, and i'm always intrigued by how nervous i am of a public speaker.  But, as per usual, as soon as i begin the act of tangling - i calm right down.  amazing how that works.

their beautiful creations
 Thanks Jenn - for having me in you home! It was awesome, you guys were great students. :)

I also got to speak in Artoo's class this week - about what my job is, as they're having Education Week at school and so lots of the kid's parents were coming in to say a few words about what they do for work.  So, i came in and talked about being a Mom, and as Artoo says: "My job is doing the laundry" - cheeky.  But the kids were adorable, and they asked me questions like: "do you make healthy food for your family?" and "do you look after Artoo and Chewie when they're sick?" So - yes, my job is more than just laundry.

my three boys, working hard outside
The weather has been really blah for the past few weeks - and we're all really feeling the effects of the lack of sunshine here lately.  Between the snow and the seemingly continuous rain we've had lately we haven't been able to clean up the leaves, but B-rad took the boys out for a solid 2.5 hours this weekend and they got it done, just before it started to rain, again.

So this year Artoo wanted to have a Monsters University birthday party - and he's been talking about it ever since we went to Disneyland this summer.  He had an agenda all planned out and he's been very excited for weeks and weeks.

Mike Wazowski cupcakes
 I made up these cupcakes and these treat bags filled with halloween candy for his friends from school
Mike Wazowski treat bags!
 it was a full house - there were 12 children, in total, and 3 grown ups - it was pretty hectic
blowing out the "6" candle
 But the kids had fun.
I found these little canvas boards at the dollar store, and hot glued the googly eyes on before everyone arrived
then all they had to do was draw their monster and nae them.
I was seriously impressed. Great little artists in his class!!
 And they each made their own Monster, and then we did "Scare School" where they practiced their roars, and they learned to sneak.... and they played with all the dress up clothes..


All in all, Artoo told me it was the Best Day Ever as i put him to bed Sunday night.  So.  that's pretty awesome.

Weekly Challenge #290 "Duotangle: 'NZeppel vs Flux"
A Duotangle is a term coined here at Casa Diva for a tile or piece using ONLY TWO tangles (and/or their variations).  Sometimes it's tricky to limit yourself to only two, and then you must think of new and interesting ways those two tangles could "Go" together!!

So - this week's challenge uses 'NZeppel - which i love, and FLUX - which i also love.  AND these two tangles also have two different official variations.

'NZeppel first appeared in the Zentangle newsletter back on August 31, 2009.  You can see the step outs HERE - it's a grid based pattern, or a "grid on a grid" pattern, because you start with drawing a grid, then intersecting a grid on top.

However, in June 30, 2010 - they released another set of step outs for 'Nzeppel using a formal or 'wonky' grid, as i call them.  You can see that HERE

both versions have filled in grid sections, and i find when filling in the grid sections of this tangle - it's best to imagine a water balloon filling up the space, as much as it can - but not quite ever filling it all the way.  At least, this is what i say to myself when i do this tangle, and i find it helpful.


The second tangle in this week's Duotangle is Flux - which has a Maria version and a Rick Version.  Both of which, you can find HERE  - myself, i am partial to Rick's verison. ;)

So.... here's my tile for this week:

Spooky
 Because Halloween in right around the corner, i thought i'd make my tile a little bit festive.  My idea for the ghosts was simple, to use the flux shape as the body, and then smaller flux shapes for the eyes and mouth.  It turned out really great, actually.


I thought that the wonky grid 'Nzeppel would make an awesome spider web - and i think i was right.
I wish you could see this tile in real life, it looks so neat.  Instead of using a gel pen, i used a Clear Sakura Glaze pen, and on the black tile it looks so awesome - shiny black on matte black.

ta dah
So, i took three different pictures to show you how the tangled web looks different as i move it in the light.

I hope you have fun this week!! i sure did. 

And if you're on Instagram or the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC290 (Diva Challenge #290) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Travelling Tangles - Carol Graham Part 2

Scroll down for this week's challenge!  

I hope you're enjoying this Wednesday Series as i share my collaborations with tanglers from all over the world!  (you can find the rest of this series here)

The Travelling Tangles Project is a group on facebook created and organized by Stephanie Jennifer, in Singapore.  It's so much fun - you pair up with another tangler - you send them a tile or two to complete and then they do the same!  It's like the best kind of mail ever.  Artsy Pen Pals!! 

This week, i'm sharing with you the collaborative project with Carol Graham from the Winnipeg, MB in Canada!  

Here are the tiles i sent to Carol and what she did with them!  

Before: by me
Again, i used the heft hack technique on these tiles.  

Beautiful After - by Carol 
 I love that she attached little black gems onto the tile.  I love this spirally pattern, i don't think i've ever tried it before.
Before - by me

Stunning After by Carol
 I love those organic fronds!! and the colour!  So pretty.

Thanks so much for swapping with me Carol!

You can read Carol's thoughts about this swap here on her blog

Have a great week
 -L-