Saturday, October 3, 2015

Challenge 237 and Published in 500 Tangled Artworks

Challenge # 237

This week's Diva Challenge (here) was to use a stencil with a natural dye to create your string.  I used one of my own stencils and passion tea on watercolor paper.  The tea comes out pink, but it turned to very light purple on the watercolor paper once dry.  I will try it on other kinds of paper later and see if it stays pink on any of them.  I'm not sure you can actually see any of the color in the picture below; you just have to trust me it is there :)

Published in 500 Tangled Artworks

I found out a few weeks ago that some of my work had been published in Beckah Krahula's "500 Tangled Artworks" book (here).

I was thrilled!  I finally got the book and am really enjoying looking through all the amazing artwork.  I'm very flattered that some of my work was selected to be in the book. 

I posted before about all the 6 pieces I have in the book:

Zentangle workshop - Week 13
For a project, I created these mountains with tangles.  What is special about them is that they connect on all 4 sides so you can have a continuous pattern - as you can see in the bottom picture.

Zendalas - top painted with Inktense pencils, bottom with watercolor pencils
Earth Day
Because the challenge [DIVA'S CHALLENGE #164] was for Earth Day, I decided to use recycled paper - used tea bags - and because the Earth is round, I went with the round tea bags.  I used Sakura gel pens, Inktense, and colored pencils.
Tangled Panda
My son's birthday was on the 2nd [MAY] and I wanted to make something for him.  Since he loves pandas (how could you not?!!), I went for a tangled panda :).  I think this was my first non-abstract Zentangle Inspired Art.  I know I have a lot to learn to become good at this, but it didn't turn out terrible, so... that's great!  Of course, I had to go over the really black areas with a black colored pencil because it just did not look black enough.
I have been playing with block carving and decided to try one of the grid tangles: Well.  I then printed the carved block on ATCs, and finished each one differently.


  1. I love your dyed tile. I use hibiscus tea a lot and find it goes different colors on different papers. The experiments are a lot of fun, aren't they? Thanks for participating this week.