It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Challenge using the new "Assunta" pattern

Tangle using "Assunta" pattern
This week Laura challenged us to use Rick and Maria's " Assunta "Zentangle pattern.  It took a while, but it definitely has a nice rhythm to it once you get started.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

There is good news to report!

I awakened this morning to Harleys shrieks, demanding he be released from his room (aka laundry room). And then I realized, HE HAD SLEPT ALL NIGHT!  Wow!  I may be a new woman today.  I had forgotten this detail about puppies.  And this little puppy probably has a bladder the size of a pea.
Anyway, we are making great progress.  Guess we will keep him.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Old sketch books...

Am I the only one that has many, many sketch books tucked away?  While I was 
doing this weeks challenge I kept thinking, "I have done a frame before.  I wonder where it is."  Well today, while looking for something else, I found it.
[Thus the name "Scattered".]   I will add it to the mix.
And where do you keep old sketch books?????

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Diva's Challenge

This weeks Challenge was for us to create a tangle within a tangle, using the same string.  Well on the first one, I didn't carry the string from the smaller to the larger (or vice versa).  So I tried again, using just one string on both.  It was a challenge!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In my profile I had mentioned that I tutor for the Literacy Council.  This is my current class.  These women work and with the support of their employer they spend four hours a week with me.  They are very basic learners and incredibly motivated.
Many years ago I was a teacher (with a college major in Spanish).  This is the most enjoyable and challenging teaching I have done.  Our language is not easy but together we muddle along.
Our Literacy Council always has a waiting list of people waiting for a tutor.  If you are interested, please contact the Council in your area.  I know they will be glad to hear from you and you won't be sorry.  It is a wonderful experience.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Opposites attract, Challenge #34

Zentangle challenges are ...well, challenging.  This week Christina Vandervlist hosted the challenge with a mental exercise.  Our first string was to be straight lines filled with curved tangles.  The second was a curved string filled with straight lines.  On a steamy grey day, this kept me occupied for sure.  Thanks to Christina.  It was a fun challenge.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Diva's Challenge #33, 'Pendrills'

On the Zentangle website, Maria presented a new pattern, 'pendrills'.  Here you can get instructions on how to draw the pattern.  On the I am the Diva website we have a weekly challenge to encourage us to try new directions with our tangling.  This week's was difficult for me for some reason.  However I had the fun of glazing with watercolor before I started the tangle.  This is the end product.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

And now, back to Zentangle...

Puppies can cause sleep deprivation.  Ours has been pretty good at this but is getting better.  I am still up once at around 3 AM for a 'pee break' with him.
So when I am a bit 'snarly' I get out the notebook and take a zentangle break.  I had found a great website, where Mary Ann Boysen demonstrated watercolor glazing.  It is so much fun, and the results are beautiful.  I just wish I was an artist and could really capitalize on these pretty designs.  But I am not so I just tangle away on them and the colors shine through.  Have a look at her website.  It is fun and easy.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Welcome August!!

I found this on Jane Monk's wonderful site.

There's always a little truth behind every 'just kidding.' 
A little knowledge behind every 'I don't know.' 
A little emotion behind every 'I don't care.' 
A little love behind every 'I hate you!'
A little uneasiness behind every 'I'm okay.' 
A little pain behind every 'forget it.' 
A little fear behind every 'leave me alone.' 
A little hope behind every 'goodbye.' 
And a little 'something' behind every 'nothing.' 
Author Unknown

Just had to post this because, isn't it so true???  Would have loved to have had this when I was raising my three children.