Saturday, November 23, 2013

Zendala Dare #81

Well hello there faithful readers!  I am so happy to be back after a hectic 2 weeks.  There has been so much going on and it's not over yet, but I am happy to have found the time to post a Zendala Dare today!

My personal life has been hectic but unexciting so I don't have a lot to report but there is one special event that happened up in my neck of the woods that I would like to talk about.

Batkid getting ready to spring into action!

Some of you may have heard about Batkid, aka Miles Scott.  This adorable 5 year old is finally in remission from leukemia and when asked by the Make - a - Wish foundation what he would like to do, he responded that he wanted to be Batkid (a pint sized version of Batman) for the day.  A plan was hatched for him to perform a few superhero tasks in San Francisco with what was expected to be about 500 volunteers cheering him on.  Well, with the help of social media that number soon swelled to over 20,000 people and Batkid became an overnight media sensation.  To see a glimpse into Batkid's day, watch the video.

Personally, I am not ashamed to admit that I can't watch the video and read the news stories without getting a tear in my eye.  I find this to be an uplifting story about a community coming together to support a child.  It was inevitable though for the nay sayers to emerge and now talk is brewing about the $100,000 price tag attached to Miles' day.  So here's what I have to say about that.

First, those costs were mostly incurred due to last minute costs for video and sound equipment needed at the last minute to accommodate the ever growing crowd.  The Make-a-Wish foundation could not anticipate those costs and is already in the process of covering them through private donation so there is no cost now, nor will there be to the taxpayers.  Second, if you look at it from a business standpoint, you can't buy this kind of publicity.  San Francisco could have spent 10 times that much on a tourism campaign and not garnered the same effects.  Third, just be happy people!!!!  Live in the moment and excitement and positivity of this event just like everyone else who was there.  The positive response, camaraderie and general feeling of goodwill that this event produced can only have positive, pay it forward rewards that will inevitably benefit other people of every walk of life.  I can say that I am proud to live in a place where 20,000 of my fellow Northern Californians took even an hour out of there day to make a childs dream come true regardless of the expense that was incurred.  Ok, where's my stepladder so I can climb off this soapbox?

Zendala Dare #81

Here's the template for the week:


Link to Zendala Dare #81 templates

I have been on a crescent kick (the shape, not the dinner roll) for the last few weeks so I was immediately drawn to this template when deciding this weeks Dare.  The issue is that when confronted with a crescent shape I have been migrating to Margaret Bremner's tangle Many Moons because to me, it's a logical fit.  So even though I love Many Moons I vowed not to use it on this challenge.

Tangles:  Crescent Moon, Sez, Caviar

Whether subconsciously or not, I decided to still go in the moon direction with Crescent Moon.  I also used Sez which with a little more forethought would have been more fluid, but oh well.  I finished it off with Caviar and call it good.  

I won't lie, I hate shading.  I love the look it gives but just don't enjoy the act of doing it.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that I am not very proficient at it but I will let 5 or 6 tiles at a time remain unfinished just so I don't have to shade them.  So while I was digging through my bag looking for a pencil I came across my Fabrico gray pen and decided to use that instead.  I feel like I cheated a little but I love the end result and enjoyed it much more than the pencil.  Do you ever shade using marker instead of pen?


Have a fabulous week and make sure to link up!

15 comments:

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  2. Glad you are back and the template looks great, I am very curious what I will do with it.
    Stories like the one you told us about are sooooo very important in today's world with almost all the news about fear and pain. We have te remember that good things happen too!!!! Thank you Erin!

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  3. Thanks for the great template, Erin. I hope everything turns out well for the batkid. Yes, shading is sometimes a nuisance. I've used a grey copic parker, but I think pencil is more flexible. However, I always use a 3B pencil. Harder and the lines don't blend, softer and they are often too dark. A 3B pencil has just the right amount of graphite. But I go a step further. I have a pen-shaped eraser and with that I reinstate any highlights I have covered (sometimes it's easier to shade everything then pull the highlights back in afterwards). It's a technique from charcoal and "normal" drawing and works beautifully.

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  4. PS I removed the first comment because I had forgotten something!!!

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  5. you don't need to come down off any stepladder. stay up there and preach it, girl!

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  6. Oh it's great to see someone else who struggles with shading - I just don't like graphite at all. Now a marker is definitely an idea I've been wanting to play with. I like your soapbox speech - it makes an awful lot of sense to me.
    Paula (PEP)

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  7. Does it count as a Zendala if you draw it on your iPad?

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  8. Erin, I loved this template! Yes, I do use a gray marker to shade but only one tiles that I have used markers on to start with. Otherwise, I use pencil. Shading is my favorite part and I always look forward to doing it. So many choices :) (Faith, I must get a 3B because I find 2 too hard and 4 too soft also.)

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  9. Loved it, it was fun! Thanks for posting!

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  10. This one was a challenge! Thank you!

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  11. Erin--#27 on the list is a mistake and can be deleted...I wasn't sure about the address and had to re-do on #28 which worked. (Still learning :) I really enjoyed this after staring at it all last night and getting no where...went back to it today and it flowed along by itself. Thank you!

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  12. Hey great, this has been an awesome help to me, I have had some really strange annoyances in my personal life recently and it is funny how certain things can really pick you back up or make you look differently on the horrible things and get working on the other things in life. Anyway thank you a lot.

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  13. Thanks for another fun template. As for shading, you can see that it's still not my forte. Sometimes it comes out great, and sometimes not, as evidenced by this week's effort.

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