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Black Hills Majesty, Part 2

 

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As promised, I am continuing from my last blog post which regale’s the time we spent in South Dakota this past May.

Harney's Peak
Harney’s Peak

Our trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota was extremely memorable. On my husband’s birthday, we climbed to the top of the highest peaks in the hills known has Harney Peak.

Harney’s Peak entails 7 miles round-trip of gorgeous trails with stunning vistas and furry creatures of all sorts. The peak stands at 7,242 in elevation with a structure built at the top of the summit where you can witness the glory of the hills for miles on end.

During the first half of our trip the weather was quite cool and rainy. There was even point in time during our hike we experienced raw nature as it hailed on us! There is nothing like bolting down a trail through rain and hail – let me tell you!

Another part of our trip included winding roads through the hills and forests where you can see many unique rock formations and man-made ones like Mount Rushmore. One of our most treasured National monuments is certainly something to behold as the sun rises over the hills in the morning; simply breath-taking!

Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore

Unfortunately,our trip wasn’t all fun and games though.

As the days began to heat up, a most un-welcomed surprise waited for us back at the cabin – bees! We swatted and ran around our cabin like crazy people. The bees apparently just loved us city-folk, they just wouldn’t leave us alone. Our cabin neighbors must have laughed at our silliness as we ran in and out of our cabin waving our hands above our heads. What a sight we must have made!

We eventually managed to get things under control where we could somewhat relax through the evening. To calm down from the bee invasion, I managed to create another Zentangle tile. Upon reflection, I think the bees had an influence on what tangles I chose for my drawing that day. There definitely seems to be a buzz-like theme to my tile – what do you think?

Well, this concludes part 2 of my South Dakota Trip. Stay tuned once again tomorrow as I unveil the last leg of our trip.

Until next post…

Tangles Used: Crescent Moon Variation, Yincut, Knightsbridge, Beeline, Florz, and Rain.

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My niece’s first Zentangle tile! I’m so proud!

Well, you might be wondering were I have been all weekend. To put it simply- having fun! Saturday was a rainy wet day in the Chicagoland area, but my husband and I made the best of the day by working out the details for our upcoming Star Wars themed party and hitting a couple of coffee shops along the way.

Sunday we picked up our nieces for a fun filled day of swimming, movies, s’mores and more! We all had a blast just doing simple things and having good quality time together. Our nieces spent the night only to wake up the next morning to blueberry pancakes courtesy of my husband (go ahead and say it- we are so spoiled!). Before we left our abode to Grandma’s Labor Day get together, I had a impromptu Zentangle lesson with our second oldest niece Sam.

Sam had been watching her aunt do Zentangle for a long while and really wanted to learn. So off to the art room we went to pull out my original Zentangle kit. I thought it would be fun to watch the first lesson on the DVD that came with my kit. Who better to teach my niece the fine art of Zentangle but none other than one of the founders of Zentangle, Maria Thomas!

We took our time and went through each step of creating a tile, pausing the DVD along the way so we can keep up. I am so proud of what my niece accomplished in a short period of time. She drew her string and went through each step, filling in each area with each newly learned tangle. The tangles we learned together was “Crescent Moon”, “Tipple”, “Static”, and “Florz”. To finish her tile, she carefully shaded each section using a blending stump with some tips from her aunt. Together we worked out how her artist initials would look in order to “sign” her work. Of coarse, we took the time to reflect upon what she did and was really happy with the results.

I love that my niece not only took interest in Zentangle, but wanted to learn more about this art form. It proves that this art form is accessible to anyone at any age. I hope you take a moment to comment on my nieces first Zentangle tile to let her know how wonderful her first tile came out.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post!

Denielle Noe, the aunt to Samantha Neely, today’s guest artist!

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Day Nine, Creation Nine

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I was so excited when I turned to day nine in my “One Zentangle A Day” book. Day nine brought something I haven’t done before; working with a white pen on a black tile!

This day’s challenge required me to do a little shopping. First , the black tile. Acquiring black tiles that were readily available was out of the question, so I headed down to our local Paper Source (a store totally dedicated to all things paper and then some) to purchase precut black card stock. While I was there, I was able to play around with an assortment of open stock white pens. I settled on Sanford’s Uni-Ball Gel Pen in a white silver color. This pen totally popped off the page!

Armed with my new supplies, I got down to the task of creating my new tile. With a little inspiration supplied directly from the book, I decided to re-create “Day One, Creation One” tile. Choosing to re-create the tile allowed me the chance to directly compare the original to the new white-on-black tile.
The recreated tiled used the same tangles from day one: Tipple, Static, and Crescent Moon.

This tile ended up being a lot of fun to make since I had to think about creating this one a little differently. For shading I used a white pastel pencil with a hint of dark blue for contrast. I posted both tiles so you can see the difference between the two. Let me know what you think? And as always, I hope you “like” this post.

Denielle Noe

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Day Seven, Creation Seven

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I had a great time with today’s theme: Tangleations! What is a Tangleation you ask? It’s where you take already learned tangles and combine them to make a new tangle variation. It’s like a music mash-up without a melody.

At first, I thought this challenge would be hard- deciding which tangles to combine, how I would combine them, etc. However, once I started creating one, more followed quickly. Before I knew it, I had 6 new Tangleations under my belt!

Here is the list of tangles I used to create each new Tangleation: Fescu, Knightsbridge, Nekton, Crescent Moon, Static, Hollibaugh, Pokeroot, Festune, Scoodle, and Isochor. Can you guess which ones I combined together in the tile above?

As always I hope you “like” this post!

Have an awesome evening!

Denielle Noe

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Day One, Creation One

photo 4Here it is folks! Day one, creation one for my self imposed daily Zentangle challenge! In case you didn’t read my earlier post, I am following “One Zentangle A Day” 6 week course. This first project was nice and easy which was made using some basic tangles. The tangle patterns that are featured is: “Static”, “Crescent Moon”, and “Tipple”. Hope you like!

Denielle Noe