challenges #173 and #174

I have two weeks of challenges to share today,
first #173 Michele's very fun Rope String challenge . . .


I decided to try this one as a rainbow monotangle but I totally ruined it in the end so I am only showing the first version of the tile.
In short the shading went bad, the highlights ruined it even more so now it's going in the garbage. :o(
Enjoy it's before version, I have used the tangle Ragz.

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And next I have challenge #174 Susie's VERY challenging start.


This one is a monotangle as well continuing with the Asian Fans tangle.
The tile is painted with watercolour and I used a bit of white pen to sharpen up the highlights.

Thank you both so much for creating these wonderful challenges!
You have given me a chance to cross so many things off my to do list as well as have time to read and tangle.  It's such a treat!
My husband joked that there won't be anything in the house
that I have not organized!
But it feels so good to downsize and know that everything is going to be easier to find when we go back to school/work!

I hope everyone (in the N hemisphere) is enjoying their summer!
~ joey ~

joey's weekly tangle challenge #174


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Welcome guest blogger
Susie Ng . . .

Hello Joey tangler followers,
My name is Susie Ng and this week
I am the lucky one to be
Joey's Guest "Finish My Tile" challenger.



Joey has given me personally tons of fun (headaches too!)

during this year's alphabet letter challenge
and when she asked me to be a guest challenger
to give her some time off
I was happy to have been given an opportunity
to thank her for all she has been – and still does – for us.

I am well aware you all will miss her
and her personal touch she gives to her FMT challenges,
but I hope you will visit her page
and participate at her challenges every week
during the month of July to let her know
you are all still here
when she is back at the helm again. 



For this week's FMT challenge I chose the tangle 


a tangle by Suzanne McNeill, and a simple string.
Enjoy!
 
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joey's weekly tangle challenge #173


Monday Morning Tangle Challenges:  
I hope that you find my tangle challenges fresh, stimulating and fun! Use the Link Up at the bottom of the post to share your work.

Note:  the link up never closes, so you can come back and link up to any challenge, at any time.
Click here to see all of my past challenges.



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Welcome guest blogger:
Michele Wynne 

Greetings Tangle Peeps,
Michele here from
Coffee & Creativity 
bringing you today's challenge.
Many thanks to Joey for inviting me. 

Today's challenge is two-fold:
First, I'd like to introduce, or for some this may be a re-visit of,
Margaret Bremner's Rope String.
This is mine on a tile, but use whatever you want,
ATC, Bijou or in your sketchbook.


​The link shows Margaret's steps for
creating variations so you can have as many
or few sections as desired.
She also shows a range of ways to use it.

Part Deux: Keep It Simple:
Patterns? Your choice, but tap into the wonderful resource that is you,

disconnect from all distraction (i.e. internet...)
and use what you know.
 One art school tip: Contrast Equals Interest.

Go to your favorite place to draw,
maybe listen to some music or a book on tape
and enjoy "The Elegance of Limitation".
I encourage you to stick to white or toned paper
with one pen and a pencil,
but do whatever pleases you.

I'm really looking forward to seeing your results.
I'll post mine soon;-)

Happy Tangling!
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photobucket may close down my blog

Good day loyal readers!

I am facing a serious dilemma
due to the online photo storage site
that I have been using since 2012 - Photobucket.

I refuse to think this act is out of pure monetary greed,
 considering how this will negatively affect
millions of bloggers and their readers.

In the time that I have used Photobucket
I have noticed a huge increase in pop up ads.
(which companies are no doubt paying them well for)

However,
a few days ago Photobucket hijacked my blog photos
replacing them with a message
demanding that I sign up for a plan
in order to continue to use them.
  
I blog for fun and like most of us, I don't earn a penny doing it. 
My only expense is the Mr Linky service that we use
for the weekly challenges which costs me $20US/yr.
(it would be less if we didn't have thumbnails, but I like them!)

Photobucket is now demanding that I pay them
$100-$400US/yr to use my photos.
That's unacceptable when, in my opinion,
I signed an agreement with Photobucket several years ago
that included the ability to link my photos to my blog.
If that service wasn't included I would not have signed up in the first place.

Although it makes me sad, I may be forced to
close my blog down completely.

Have any of you experienced costs like this
to keep your blog up and running, and if so how do you cover the fees?

Without the photos many of my past posts of craft tutorials,
garden tours and other posts are completely useless.

My tangle challenge "logo" will also disappear and
will have to be completely redesigned.
(not really how I wanted to spend my summer holiday :o(

My hope is that Photobucket will "grandfather" my linked photos up until now, and not leave gaping holes throughout my blog.
Years of creative inspiration, now lost. :o(

I will keep you posted,
~ joey ~

challenge #172

Well I have to say that it's pretty fun
on the other side of these challenges!
Maybe I will have to call on more
guest challengers in the future?!

Thank you Ilse for a very fun challenge.
Like some of the others, I am not a big fan of
Auraknot but it felt good to challenge myself after
taking such a long break from tangling.
I really enjoy tangles like this that involve
rotating the tile for each stroke, it's very relaxing.

  
I wanted to jump right in rather than think it through first, so I rummaged through my drawer and found some extra swap tiles that were painted with sky blue watercolour paint.


And this is my completed tile!

I added a Tipple and Cheesecloth border and
 Printemps behind the Auraknot.

Supplies:
~ blue Staedtler triplus fineliner 0.3mm
~ white Uniball Signo pen
~ Prismacolor pencils
 ~ Prismacolor colourless blender

Thank you again Ilse, 
my summer is off to a fantastic start!
~ joey ~

joey's weekly tangle challenge #172

 
Monday Morning Tangle Challenges:  
I hope that you find my tangle challenges fresh, stimulating and fun! Use the Link Up at the bottom of the post to share your work.

Note:  the link up never closes, so you can come back and link up to any challenge, at any time.
Click here to see all of my past challenges.



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 Welcome guest blogger:
Ilse

That was a surprise to me:
Joey asking if I would like to be one of her guest bloggers this week.
Of course I like to do that!
I always love to participate in her challenges,
Joey is a star in making us create beautiful pieces of zentangle art.

A star… that’s right.
So, wouldn’t it be nice to make starry tiles this week?

The string I drew is actually the very first beginning of Auraknot,
a tangle that always pleasantly surprises me once finished.

So, you can either finish this start and create a lovely Auraknot
OR you can use the string to create a tile
with your own idea of stars in mind.

Here you can see how to draw Auraknot.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Greetings from Ilse – Zentangle Zoo


 
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