Saturday, October 6, 2012

Zendala Dare #26 - It's here, it's finally here!

Yes, I am EXCITED!  So excited.  For what you ask?  Well, October of course.  October is by far my favorite month.  October 1st is my anniversary so that always brings back good memories.  October is usually when we really start to see the signs of fall here in wine country.  Here in Sonoma County, the Harvest Fair and all it's delicious wine and food is the first week in October.  But best of all, October contains what I think is by far the best holiday, Halloween!  I love, love, love Halloween.  I decorate the front yard with giant blow ups of ghosts and spiders and mummy's, Oh my!  I have everybody over on Halloween night and make a big batch of chili and cornbread before we take the kiddos out trick or treating.  As much as my husband hates it, every Halloween I go to my local grocery store where they have marked down giant Halloween decorations by 50%, of course I need a new one each year.  My best one so far is the giant inflatable that looks kind of like a snow globe but has a merry go round inside with two ghosts chasing a witch.  Have I mentioned that I really like Halloween?  

One of my best costumes ever!  I made it myself.

But wait!  There's more!  This week I noticed that I now have 200 followers!  Yes, 200!  Can you believe it?  I remember how thrilled I was when I hit 20, but 200?  That number boggles me.  I couldn't just let such a momentous occasion pass without some kind of celebration so of course I decided on a giveaway!

To celebrate all my amazing followers I will be giving away two sets of official Zentangle Zendala Tiles. So two of you, my faithful readers, will walk away with an awesome set of Zendala tiles!  For this giveaway I am using Rafflecopter since it seems to be the easiest way to manage these things now.  Enter below, it's easy!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Now onto the main attraction

Zendala Dare #26 - It's here, it's finally here!

It's the first Saturday of the month so time to mix it up a little.  To celebrate my favorite season, Fall, and my favorite holiday, Halloween, I thought we would use those two things as prompts for this weeks Dare.  Your Dare for the week is to use the template below and make a Zendala that represents Fall or Halloween or a combination of both if you are so inclined.  You can use tangles, colors, papers, or anything that you can dream up to create an amazing Zendala inspired by the season and/or holiday.  Here's your template:


Zendala Dare #26 Templates


UPDATE:  So when I said I would post my Zendala's the next day, apparently I meant within the next 6 days!  Sorry for the wait, here they are:

I don't usually use the white gelly pen but I thought it might look good on the orange paper I wanted to use to get a fall look.


Tangles:  Pearlz, Spokes, Candle Glow,
Striping, Allium

I really like the way this turned out but need to remember to use white charcoal to transfer my image next time.  I ended up with some visible graphite that was not to attractive.  I used Striping to make the triangles look like candy corn and Blooming Lace reminded me of spider webs.  I finished it off with Candle Glow because they looked like little ghosts to me.

Then I decided that I had so much free time (yah, right!) that I should make one that was the opposite of the first.


Tangles:  Beadlines, Pearlz, Crescent Moon,
Zanella

There are a lot of amazing artists out there who do single colored pieces and I am always in awe so I decided it was time for me to step up to the plate.  

This piece has its good and not so good.  A)  I need to use something other than graphite for the transfer.  B) I could have probably chosen a better tangle for the grid in the middle.  I tried to make it less plain by adding Beadlines and I think that was a really bad move.  C)  I learned that I really like using colored microns.  D)  I learned a lot about shading with color.  So overall, I think it was a successful Zendala.



I hope you all have a fabulous week! 

Make sure to link up below and don't forget to enter the raffle!

Erin



41 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to this zendala (well, I look forward to all of them...), but I like the combination potential of grid, triangles, and curves in this one!

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  2. Oh yeah, your costume is awesome! I love Halloween too - but my husband is not so keen so that sort of dampens the fun :(

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  3. I love your inspiration every week, Erin. Thank you for this as well as a window into your life. You are the definition of a Good Person and uber- giver!

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  4. I went to click on make a comment for the contest and it jumped to something else and I couldn't figure out how to go back so I'll comment here. My favorite tangle...I am new to tangling and haven't tried very many yet. So far, my favorite one was organza.

    Congrats on 200 followers! :)

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  5. I love October too! My birthday month and the leaves changing....and of course Halloween!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win. I love getting your emails and trying the challenges. Congrats on the 200 followers! Here's to hundreds more!
    Thanks again,
    Sue Brailey

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  6. Well I should have clicked the button before adding my comment! I don't have one favorite tangle! I tend to lean towards the ones with curved lines rather than straight though, as straight lines are NOT my best thing!
    Thanks again
    Sue Brailey

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  7. My favorite tangle is Yincut! :o)

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  8. my favorite tangle.. that changes regularly.. right now my favorite is Brayd :)

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  9. I'm with the above comment. My fav changes every time I learn a new one that I LOVE. And Autumn colors are super to work with, so the challenge will be great fun. Congrats on the 200 mark. and I'm sure we will be congratulating you again soon on 300...

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  10. the give-away sounds fun! congrats on hitting 200! i can not even imagine! (if your rafflecopter should land on me - thanks, but please pass me and go to some one else) i LOVEEEEE your costume! how creative!!! i need to trick or treat at your place!

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  11. WoW! Grats on 200! Awesome. I just started following, and I can see why there are so many others. Can anyone EVER have just ONE favorite tangle? I like Florez; and Dragonair...but whenever I get really good drawing one, that becomes my favorite for a while!

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  12. Can't find my comment - maybe I forgot to submit! Love your costume and this template. My favorite tangle seems to change frequently. Right now I am enjoying nzeppel - which is odd, because I used to avoid it. I would love to win those tiles - how cool would that be!?

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  13. Your website is a really fun one to follow.
    there are sooooo- many tangles that I like,its hard to pick a favorite.

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  14. thanks Erin for another fun Dare - Halloween is not real big here in Australia, but I have come to like it as it's my partner's favourite holiday!! (yep, he's an American :))

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    1. I guess I should have gone to the entry first haha.... hard to pick a fave but I am impartial to Mi2 :)

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  15. I enjoyed this one very much. Thanks Erin. I concentrated on Halloween (not my favourite day of the year, but good for symbols!) and of course my attempt had to be on black!

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  16. I like this one, I hope I have time this week to try to fill it in! Great costume btw!

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  17. Great template this week Erin and I love your Halloween costume. Halloween isn't too big in the UK and not many children going door to door.

    PS - happy anniversary to you and your hubby.

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  18. I think it's a good costume. I have been folowing your dares but I am not organised enough to post in time.

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  19. happy anniversary to you and your hubby ;)
    in october is my b-day ;) , too

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  20. I am so new to this but I really had a great afternoon stretching my newbie creativity. Thanks so much for this challenge I loved it. Happy Anniversary!!

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  21. Congrats! This looks like a fun challenge.

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  22. I really liked this one! The previous one was enervating for me, this one relaxed me :) Thanks Erin!

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  23. Really enjoyed this one, Erin! Love your gnome costume!!

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  24. This will be a fun one! I love October too! The fall colors are amazing!

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  25. Thank you so much for these templates. I really enjoy every one of them. This one looks like fun.

    My favorite tangle changes frequently and I can never remember the names. Here are a few of my favorites: dex, fife, herzee, puff, and my very favorite- paradox.
    Barbara

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  26. Im quite late this time but done it...:)

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  27. Fun challenge with the beautiful autumn colors. Thanks

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  28. My favorite is Hurry. I love it with sparkle.

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  29. This one looks really fun. Can't wait to get started on it.

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  30. Love this dare, Erin. And now I know what I'm going to be for Halloween!

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  31. Well this was fun to do. Breaking out of my busy days working on mandalacolorbooks. I realy enjoyd this afternoon!

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  32. Thanks for making me finally comment and stop being so shy :D I love your Zendala Dares! Thank you for all your hard work!

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  33. This was fun. Love your costume Erin!

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  34. This was a lot of fun! I decided that we need more creepy tangle patterns. :)

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  35. My favorite tangle is the wartz.

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  36. I'm new to tangling. Saw this zendala and decided to jump right in! I added my blog post to the linky party above. Cannot wait to start my next zentangle!! Think I'll go browse through some of the prior zendala dares and see what catches my eye next =).

    Glenda

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  37. Really like the one done on orange paper with the white pen.

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  38. I'm late again, but I had sooooooo much fun with this one ! Thanks for such a great challenge, Erin!

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  39. Late too! But this one was loads of fun! =)

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