Showing posts with label River. Show all posts
Showing posts with label River. Show all posts

Friday, November 8, 2013

Zendala Dare #80

Well hello there!  I hope you are all enjoying these fabulous autumn days.  Fall is by far my most favorite season and I am so excited to have a little time off this week to enjoy it.  This past week has been pretty boring.  School, work, school, work.  There is a brand new HUMONGOUS casino that just opened about 20 miles south of where I live so my company has been providing medical standby there and will continue to for the next few weeks. I already worked a shift there and it was surprisingly uneventful so I picked a few more up for next week.  I hope to have lots of time to post some exciting new things for you.  We'll see how that goes.  

I loved what you guys did with last weeks template.  I was happy to see that there were so many thank you's for Rick and Maria.  I know we all feel lucky for Zentangle and I'm sure that Rick and Maria will appreciate all your efforts.  I will write them an email this week with a link to the post so that they can enjoy all your entries.

Zendala Dare #80

Lately I have been creating templates that have more spaces than usual.  I thought this one might be a little busy but it actually worked out well.

For my first tile I went traditional:

Tangles:  Echoism, Senju

I love the depth I was able to create with Senju.  Maybe I'll get around to posting the step out this week for that one.  Probably not, but I can dream can't I?

Tangles: River, Laced, DL Sunray, Printemps
For my second attempt I used a gold pen on a black Zendala tile.  This one came out better than I expected even though I was a sissy and didn't attempt to shade it!

I have a little mini challenge for you this week.  Try
to do some tangling outdoors.  This weather is too beautiful
not to take advantage of it.  I hope you all have
a great week!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Zendala Dare #61

I'M BAAAAACCCCKKKKK!   Did ya miss me?  I sure missed you guys.  Last week when I decided I just could not pull it together to get the Zendala Dare done I was secretly thinking "Ah, a week off.  A little break for Erin."  By Sunday morning I was over it.  No beautiful Zendala's to check out, no comments about my fabulous template (although I truly did appreciate all the well wishes for a speedy recovery.  Those did warm my heart.), no friendly banter back and forth about "which tangle", or "I love your work" between my faithful readers.

So I'm back in the saddle.  To be honest the saddle is a little crooked because I haven't finished my submission for this week but you will have it before the day is over.  But for now, how about a Zendala Dare?

Zendala Dare #61

Link to Zendala Dare #61 Template

Tangles:  Crescent Moon, River

I love the effect I was able to achieve using just two tangles.   I went back and forth with whether or not to fill in the middle but decided to leave it alone because I like that the arrow motif really jumps out at you.  I'm a big fan of this Zendala.

I want to thank you all again for your kindness, positive thoughts,
and encouraging comments over the last 2 weeks.  
I appreciate each and every one of you!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Zendala Dare #24

It's our first official Saturday Zendala Dare, and by "official" I mean that it was actually supposed to come out on Saturday.  Not Friday with a late Saturday arrival!  I hope you all had a fantastic week.  Mine was only mildly exciting but did contain some high points.  I arranged an impromptu birthday lunch for a friend that went very well.  I had dinner with the family and planned a fun game for the kids that turned into an ultra hilarious game for the super competitive adults and included an embarrassing traffic stop on the way home.  (That's a story I will save for another time.)  But the most inspiring event of my week was a movie that I had not heard of and I am guessing you haven't either so I would like to share it with you.

A few weeks ago my friend Sue invited me to movie premiere that was being sponsored by her company.  My friend Andrea and I drove down to the Mission district in San Francisco to meet Sue and a few of her co-workers.  Sue had mentioned that we "would grab something to eat" and me being a foodie and a control freak, I took it upon myself to make some reservations.  I picked a place called Mozzeria because it looked good on Yelp and I made reservations.  It wasn't until later that I learned the owners and most of the staff are hearing impaired.  The food turned out to be amazing and the dining experience was very interesting because many of the patrons were hearing impaired as well so there is almost none of the ambient noise you would normally encounter in a restaurant because almost no one is speaking.  If you happen to be in the San Francisco area I strongly recommend this little gem!

After dinner we headed down the block to see Freedom House: Street Saviors, a film about a group of "unemployable" African-American men in Pittsburgh, PA.  Two men, Philip Hallen and Dr. Peter Safar believed that many of these men could be trained in emergency medicine and then provide service to the under served community that they came from.  The experiment was a huge success and soon these men were providing life saving care that was unheard of in 1967.  In 1975 a new, less forward thinking mayor was elected and many of the existing paramedics were pushed out using unjust testing procedures and other bureaucratic loop holes so that could be replaced with new paramedics that happened to be primarily Caucasian.  

This movie really made me take a step back and think about why I became a paramedic.  I love my job and the company I work for has been good to me but let's face it, I work for one of the largest EMS corporations in the United States and sometimes "helping people" feels like it gets lost in politics, statistics and the bottom line.  This movie inspired me to get hold of my paramedic roots and remember why I go to work everyday.  It sounds cliche to say that "I just want to help people" but that is what I really want to do.  Some of the paramedics from the movie were at the screening and it was nice to be able to thank them for paving the road for me to be able to have the career that I do.  

Zendala Dare #24

This week I went for something pretty straight forward.  Sometimes straight lines bother me but something about this templates screamed "POSSIBILITIES" (yes, it's in caps because it screamed).  

Tangles:  River, Mosaic, Paradox, Betweed,
Tipple, N'Zeppel

I felt like this template cried out for simplicity.  Now that I have finished however, I'm not so sure.  I may have to make another, just for comparison, of course!

Please remember to link up below so we can share
and inspire.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Purple Haze

This week the Diva decided to challenge us with a little bit of the color purple.   It has been a while since I mixed it up with some color so I was up for the challenge.  I considered using pens but didn't think I had enough options in my arsenal, so I thought about using my watercolor pencils but then realized they were in the car.  And the car was outside (where else would it be?).  And outside it was cold.  And inside it was warm.  OK, no watercolor pencils for this one!  A few weeks back I purchased a set of Angora watercolors and thought this might be a good time to break them in.  Now, I know only a little about color theory, and even less about watercolors so I was kind of flying by the seat of my pants.  I started by creating some overlapping circles.  I then used my water reservoir paint brush (I love that thing) to paint one of the circles using a true purple from the palette.  From there I just put a whole lot more purple on the palette and began adding one color, then painting the next circle.  I then added another color to the previous mixture and painted another circle so that all the circles were just variations of that first purple.  I waited a few moments for it to dry and then tangled and shaded it. 

Tangles:  Snookums, River, Tortuca, Flux,
Twilight Zone, Skeins, Limpitz, Printemps,
Ramy, Worms, Rain, Onamato, Black Pearlz

I loved all the variation I was able to get from the watercolors.  Because of my inexperience the color was a little uneven and it ended up working like unintentional shading.  I think it gives the tile a lot more character.  Now that I have gotten over my fear of working with "real" watercolors I think I might go a little bigger and try a ZIA.

What is your favorite color medium to work in?

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