I thought I would have a go at a Zendala this week as I haven’t done one before and I’ve admired them on other tangler’s blogs. The Zendala Dare is a weekly challenge over on the Bright Owl’s blog. Every week a template is provided and this week’s dare is a Snowflake Surprise.
As I said, this was my first Zendala, but I must admit that I found it less relaxing to do than a regular tangle, because I found the repetition a bit tedious. My gut reaction was to do each of the 10 points the same but next time I’m thinking that I’ll alternate around the template instead to get some more variety in.
I do like to add a bit of colour to my tangles and as we were on snowflakes it had to be a little blue.
This week’s Diva’s challenge is a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge. The challenge is to try Erin Olson’s tangle: Charlie. You can find the step-out instructions HERE on her blog.
Last week I tried my hand at getting some perspective into my tangle and I decided to carry on in that vein until I feel like I’ve cracked it. Still have some way to go I think. Feathers was my last tangle and I started at the top in an attempt to get the sizing right, but was half way down the page when I realised that I hadn’t lined the curves up correctly! So it became a feathers variant!
As I still had my blue ProMarkers out from doing the snowflake, I thought I’d highlight Charlie a little too.
The sun is out now so I’m off to do some gardening while I can.
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Today we visited Hodsock Priory, near Blythe in Nottinghamshire, to see the snowdrops there. As well as the snowdrops which have now been blooming for a few weeks there are lots of other signs of spring on the horizon. The visit gave me a chance to really try out my new camera and I enjoyed playing with the macro button.
The ground was damp so not good for getting down and crawling around to get close up shots of snowdrops with the macro setting, but nevertheless I did capture them.
The country house isn’t open to the public, but the grounds open for a month at snowdrop time. Today was the last day for this year.
The sky was pretty grey and after a couple of hours it started to rain but I was happy that I’d captured lots of different flowers and blossoms, signs that spring is well on its way.
The challenge this week over on the Diva’s blog is to try grid-based patterns on curvy or uneven grids. Now I do like grid based patterns because by their very nature there is some symmetry and my mind seems to work best in that way. So to take a grid pattern and do it so that it isn’t even, was always going to be a challenge for me. I do love to see other people’s tangles where the patterns seem to be almost undulating, like rolling hills, but I’ve never got past the starting blocks in actually creating one.
A few days ago I did a tangle with a crocus at the centre and so I thought I would do one with a snowdrop at the centre and do some curvy grids as background.
OK so I’ve curved my grids but there is no undulating to be seen. Short of inspiration I wandered around the house and there we had it, curtains with a grid pattern. The folds of the hanging curtains caused the grid pattern on them to become wavy. I needed to try to emulate this in a tangle. After some pencil practice I had to settle for tangles that didn’t contain curvy elements because I couldn’t work out how they would curve around a wave! Perhaps that is for another day.
Thanks for looking.
Today’s card is for a 5 year old great nephew. I used a Lili of the Valley image from a black and white sketch pad called Action Time and I coloured it with ProMarkers.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Little Fairies – One for the boys
Wednesday’s Creative Inspiration – It’s a boy thing
Crafty Ribbons – Anything Goes
On Thursday the weather was pretty mild and no wind and rain so I decided to spend some time tidying in the garden. Got plenty done and have aching legs to prove it.
I have some snowdrops flowering and also lots of clumps of purple crocus which have freely seeded all over, including in the gravel on the drive. They looked so cheerful that I took a few pictures, although with my aching back and legs it was hard to bend far enough down!
When I got in I decided to do some tangling to relax. For inspiration I used the crocus and then last night I added the colour with some watercolour pencils. (The pot began life as Stackem from Helen’s patterns on her blog a little lime, but one mistake after another left me playing about with it to make it look something like!)
I enjoyed doing this and may well do something similar with other flowers as inspiration as the garden comes to life again.
Last week I had very little time for crafting so this week I intend to make the most of my time. Yesterday I finished a card which I started some time ago but then lost my mojo when the main central part didn’t come out as planned. I used a stepper card base called Baby Elegant from Which Craft?. They have lots of great shaped blank cards to choose from.
I embossed the frame with black embossing powder. The butterfly is from a Woodware stamp which I also got from Which Craft? I coloured it with ProMarkers and added some glitter.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Rubber Stamps only – Divas by Design
Shaped Cards – Passion for ProMarkers
Thanks for looking.
The weekly challenge over on the Diva’s blog is to create a tangle but to leave ‘a little white space’. I decided to try a tangle which I haven’t done before and chose to use Awrop. I followed a video tutorial by Ellen Wolters. A really good tutorial, thanks Ellen.
I shaded in grey first but then decided to follow Ellen’s lead and use a purple crayon. It really brought it to life and I do love colouring, I could do it all day.
Hope you like it and thanks for dropping by to look.