Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tangle in a tangle

My response to The Diva Challenge #252.
Beadlines and Shattuck in a Puf on Puf
Braze, Static, Beadlines, Striping, Shattuck and Orbs in Pufs on Puf
Up n Down, Hua and Shattuck on Maryhills
Shattuck in Shattuck in Shattuck
Fife, Diva Dance and Quib in Rain
My tangles in tangles mosaic in my CZT journal

Friday, January 29, 2016

Chapter 2 black tiles class

Since we were familiar with working on black tiles, I opted to teach something new, Maryhill (gee, wonder why that's one of my favorites?) After trying it out on one of the new Bijou black, we further explored line width and color blending on a larger tile.
After all those lines, we quickly tried something more organic, Abundies. We didn't have time to finish...
We all finished up our tiles after class. Here are the final results. Nice work!
Art and photo by student, used with permission
Art and photo by student, used with permission
I'm glad students sent me photos of their tiles, that gave me incentive to finish my teaching tiles...I don't always do that.
Check back in a day or two for a look at what else I've been up to this week.

Friday, January 22, 2016


I was playing around with the tangle Phroz and just couldn't resist adding Maryhill to those triangles!
Here is the progression in case you want to give it a try.
I knew after a few of the triangles all "spun" to the center, that I wanted some contrast so I left that outside triangle blank initially....
But when I had finished adding Maryhill I thought it needed just a little something more...
So I added only Phroz to those triangles, but with a larger aura than the Maryhill ones.
Without shading.
I think I need to try something similar with every other Maryhill reversed. What do you think?
Thanks Lynn, for sharing Phroz with us!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

An afternoon of tangling

A class, or just tangling all afternoon with a friend? We explored black tiles (introduction class) including, testing out the tools, giving consideration to highlights with line width, charcoal white and Zenstone. We explored layering techniques using black and gray on top of both the Gelly Roll and Zenstone. What a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon!

Friday, January 15, 2016


“People dread silence because it is transparent; like clear water, which reveals every obstacle—the used, the dead, the drowned, silence reveals the cast-off words and thoughts dropped in to obscure its clear stream. And when people stare too close to silence they sometimes face their own reflections, their magnified shadows in the depths, and that frightens them. I know; I know.” Janet Frame

This week's contribution for The Weekend in Black and White.

What didn't make the cut...

One of the items on my "to do" list is to organize, archive then delete photos from my computer. As I was going through my photos, I realized there were several projects, that for whatever reason, didn't make it to my blog yet. So, for your viewing pleasure, and possibly inspiration...
Tangled tag
And the flip side
Alcohol ink examples of how they started

Gift wrap drawing on a particularly wet day
Drawing (card) for a Spider-Man fan
Playing with Zenith

Dew drops, Meer and Fracas
Spiral is stamp by Dewey, Inkum & Howe (Spiral 4) and I added a Shattuck ribbon
Man-O-Man with a stamped image over it by Magenta. Calligraphy stamp unknown.
Making connections
More tangles preparing for classes

Inked with Cuttlebug embossing folder then tangled
Oooh, sparkle!
More pears for a card (stamp by A Stamp in the Hand

W2 background for a card
Stamps by Inkadinkado (flower head), Penny Black (sentiment) & Stampendous (background)
Another box for tiles (dies by Spellbinders)

An exploding box for inchies
I don't know the maker of this transparent stamp set
Another card background using W2 (leaf stamp by Inkadinkado)
So, yes, I successfully postponed computer cleanup. :-)

Have a great week!

Friday, January 8, 2016

"We've all got light and dark inside us.....

...What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. " J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Preparing for black tile classes this month:
Maryhill, take 1.
Maryhill take 2. (Same tile, color added on top of white)
Maryhill take 3. (Colored pencil direct to black)
Fassett and Phroz on a particularly frosty morning.
And, YEAH, my black Bijou tiles arrived! Tangles: Huggins (freeform), Orlique and Pinch.

So yes, I guess I'm choosing to act on my dark side! But in a good way!