Diva Challenge #173 – Redux


It has been a busy week. Since coming back from Providence, I have been cleaning and purging the studio, and OCD’ing on some YouTube Videos for Faux Leather Journals I have so man ideas and things swimming around in my head, its been difficult to wrap my brain around any one thing for very long, making it *VERY* difficult to sit down and tangle.

This week’s challenge from the Diva came from guest poster, Sharla Hicks. This initially struck fear in me, as Sharla is my mentor, my idol, and such a wonderful artist. Her tasking was to take your “go-to” tangle and rethink it. Re-imagine it. Use it some way you have not.

I have a couple favorites that do intimate themselves in a few things. When I am pressed and just want to color, I squiggle a line and Stripe away at it. I’ve only used Stripes as a focal, usually a monotangle. So here, I used it as a border. It came out…interesting. For the inside, I did a bit of a study in ING, Hollibaugh Style. While working that out, I found that if you start both sides from the same end, it makes a completely different pattern than starting from opposite ends.

For a different angle on tan, I worked on the Strathmore Toned Tan, but instead of brown, I used blue, and the Indigo chalk pastel. The N’zepple pearls that kind of glow? pencil shaded then colored in with Zenstone. Neat shading technique…makes it shiny.

Oh…and lastly, I always work pretty small…even on bigger paper (this is 9 x 6 isn) so I went big here…Bigified it!

Here is the Stripes I did while I was recently in the San Antonio Airport for 8 hours (gotta love flying standby.)

Still working on re-doing my blog page. I guess I’m going to have to go in and edit it by hand to get what I really want.

Stay Crazy my Friends!

15 thoughts on “Diva Challenge #173 – Redux

  1. Love the blue stripe. I'm new – what is Zenstone shading – is it an actual stone that you use to burnish your work or am I way off? (Google tells me it's some kind of MP3 player – lol)


  2. The tile is beautiful. Your coloring and shading – masterful. I found myself staring at it, without having a clue how you achieved this beautiful effect.


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