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Black Hills Majesty, Part 3

South_Dakota_Tangle_3Talk about a super-long time to wait for a conclusion of a story! As I talked about in the proceeding post, I was MIA for over six months. I hid myself away from the world and took a very long hiatus from all things digital.

Now that I am back, I thought I shouldn’t leave this story unfinished and finally unveil the last chapter of our South Dakota trip we took this past May. So here it is the final chapter of our trip! At least this story will inspire images of what spring can look like once it gets here…

In Part 2 of our South Dakota trip I spoke about bees, trees and other things. Now we come to the final day of our trip.

We spent our last morning packing up and preparing breakfast when we discovered the bees were not done with us yet! (cue ominous music)

While eating our little farewell breakfast in our cabin, lo-and-behold, a little bugger came buzzing on by. By now, I was completely paranoid about getting stung, so I promptly told my husband, “Good Luck” and dashed into the bathroom to take a shower.

While happily showering away my husband announces through the door that he can’t find the bee. As I peaked my head out the shower, I discover much to my horror, that the bee followed me right inside the bathroom! WTF!@!@!!!

PS. My fear of bees are not completely unfounded since I happen to be allergic to them…

So, as I cowered in the shower with the curtain shut tight,  my husband took care of the the little peeping tom.

So without further ado, I dressed quickly, while my husband rapidly finished packing the car, we took one last look at our little cabin from outside and spirited away before another bee could rear it’s ugly head.

I will say that once we started driving away, I started feeling blue that it was our last day in such a beautiful area.

As the sun began to fully rise, we took one last look and photo moment at Mt. Rushmore. It was simply breath-taking as the sun glinted off the trees just striking our national monument.

We continued on our way through South Dakota on the road home. On our way, we visited Fort Hayes which is the reconstructed movie site from the film “Dances with Wolves”. There we were treated to a old-fashioned pancake breakfast served in tin plates with an old-time piano man playing western style tunes in the background. It was quaint and peaceful. We took plenty of photos before leaving the movie site.

We couldn’t leave South Dakota without one more trip through the Bad Lands. Even in the harsh afternoon light it is one of the most awesome sites to behold. I definitely shed a tear or two before leaving this area.

From that point forward, we jetted down the highway to make up the miles before we stayed overnight at hotel before making the last leg of our trip. It was here that I created the last tangle for the trip. I think by then I was at peace so my tile reflects the mood I was in.

We left the hotel int he morning with only one destination in mind – home. The miles and states seem to blur together before we finally pulled up to our little abode. “No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

BTW – unpacking sucks.

Before I part ways from this story I thought I share some last photos from our trip:

In conclusion, this was by far one of the most magical trips we have taken together. We created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks for sharing in our adventure.

Until next post.

Tangles Used: Flux, Tat, Lazy Eights, Fescu, Mooka, and Tipple.

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Still Here

imageI find it ironic that every couple of months I fall off the face of the planet only come back to apologize and vow never do it again. LOL

Life is never that simple.

I realize this is one of my longest breaks ever since starting this blog and I feel bad that I have not been true to myself. Being true to myself means I realize how much I actually get out of blogging. It’s not about sharing my artwork or my little journeys. It’s about taking the time to write. It’s therapeutic in a way that I can’t get from anything else in my life. Including creating art.

My absence is mostly due to the break-in that happened to us in early November. While I am very grateful we didn’t lose everything, we did lose one thing that was very important to us – our computer. It may not seem like much, but I stored everything on there- photos, memories, writings, my art. The thief took all of it. We had no back up, the only the things we still have is what we shared online.

I hate the fact that we were violated this way and had our lives turned upside down for a period of time. But that is how it goes sometimes. We have to cry, get mad, get over it and move on. I will admit, I pouted over our loss for quite some time. I didn’t want to have anything to do with any computer; including blogging. But I realize now, how much I miss it. I started finally blogging yesterday on my knitting-spinning blog. And you know what? It felt really good to start sharing again. So good in fact that I wanted to start blogging on my art blog too.

So here I am finally, ready to post and share again. Life moves on and I am still here.

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Black Hills Majesty, Part 1

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It’s been over 2 months since my trip to South Dakota in May and it still feels like yesterday when we were exploring those majestic Black Hills.

My husband and I traversed three states and close to 1,000 miles to experience the beauty of South Dakota’s most alluring area. Clean air, fresh pines surrounded our little cabin in Keystone, SD. We explored the hills to our hearts content and relaxed our evenings away enjoying stunning sunsets and beheld the eerie mists that rolled through the pines at night.

Our tour of the area included kayaking on Sylvan Lake, taking the wildlife loop through Custer State Park and driving through the wondrous Badlands. It was a trip I will never forget.

Our trip incorporated plenty of down-time where I could take a moment or two to draw or knit. I ended up knitting two sets of socks and three tangled tiles. Here are some photographic highlights taken during the course of the trip:

Stayed tuned tomorrow as I unveil day two’s tile with more commentary and photos of our adventure through South Dakota!

Tangles Used: Flux, Betweed, Tat, Fescu

 

 

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Day Thirty Nine, Creation Thirty Nine

imageOkay so today has been totally awesome! I discovered that my very first tangle I created, Lazy Eights, was published today on TanglePatterns.com! How great is that!? I have received great feedback so far and became totally pumped up!

Then I became totally guilty. Yikes! I haven’t published anything in a couple of weeks and now I have new followers. Oh the shame!

Blame procrastination. Blame lack of responsibility. Blame life. However, in my defense, I was putting off working on this day’s challenge for a couple of reasons. Day Thirty Nine’s challenge was drawing texture on a unique medium – mica sheets. Mica is an iridescent mineral that can be found in paper-like sheets. However, Mica doesn’t grow on trees around these parts and I was not going to pay for shipping on something I would probably only use once.

That’s where the procrastination part of this challenge set in. No mica, no inspiration. I needed to actually use my brain outside of the office and come up with something creative to work around this challenge. Today was the motivator I needed to get out of my procrastination slump! So fresh off my publishing high, I headed for my little art room upstairs and set to work.

I re-looked at day thirty nine’s challenge and focused on the word “texture”. “Hell, I can create texture with some paints and tools I have lying around up here!”, I thought to myself. So out came my paints, gels and mat-boards. I cut small tile out of mat-board and then set adding acrylic gel medium liberally over the top of it. Since I am still pining for spring, I choose to add bright green and orange paints as my colors of choice. Since I was going for texture, I used “a lot” of paint. Once I was satisfied with the blending of the colors, and while wet, I took out my new embossing tool and scratched tangles right through the paint! I was careful to keep wiping the excess paint off my embossing tool as I went along. I choose very simple tangles like Flux, Mooka, and Shattuck.

The idea to scratch through the paint was inspired by the ceramic art technique of ‘Sgraffito’ I learned in college. The technique uses two contrasting tinted clay slip added in layers on an unfinished ceramic surface. When you scratch through the top layer of the tinted slip the second contrasting color comes through creating a textured design. In the case of my tile, I let the white be the contrasting color that popped through the paint. Here you can see from an angle the texture this technique creates.

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I had great fun in creating this little tile and was glad to find a creative way to work through this day’s challenge. I think I am ready to finish the remaining days I have left in this challenge. Just four more days left!

To all you fellow tanglers out there, thank you for your kind words of encouragement and for inspiring me to create today’s tile. Feel free to try this technique on your next tangle adventure and let me know how it comes out!

Until next post…

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Day Thirty Eight, Creation Thirty Eight

imageCool! Now I get to add bag designer to my art resume! As you can tell, today’s creation involved tangling on fabric. Similar to yesterday’s post, this creation required a little forethought before diving in.

First off, I needed some fabric to tangle on, so I headed over to my local craft store to scope out what my choices were. I landed on a cute basic white canvas bag which I thought would be perfect to tangle on. Second, I needed something that would easily draw onto the fabric and also be washable. After looking around the fabric section, I picked out a black permanent marker that was design to go right onto the fabric. How awesome is that? Now I was ready to roll!

Now here is where the risky part came in. Now that I had my choice of fabric and the means to draw on it, the hardest part is deciding to begin. What if I screw it up? What if my cool new marker leaks all over the place and ruins the project?

The what–if’s definitely can freeze you in your tracks, but I know I wanted to complete this challenge so I foraged ahead despite my worries. So, I literally had a blank canvas before me and decided what the hell did I have to lose. I went for it!

Without any pencil string or anything to guide me, I drew some familiar tangles free-hand right onto the fabric. I let my hand and my heart be my guide as I drew each pattern. Without any real forethought, I began using very organic style tangles and ended up with a very floral like pattern on my bag. I started with “Tat” with other Tat tangleations and added “Flux” “Scoodle” “Sedgling” to the mix.

Overall, I loved how my little bag came out. I am super glad I got over my worries and just went with it. Now it’s time to move onto the next challenge.

I wonder what it will be?…

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Day Twenty Six, Creation Twenty Six

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My heart is heavy today. It is with sadness that I tell you that I just lost my grandmother. I found out late yesterday as I was creating this very tile. Even though I knew she was sick and could leave us anytime now, once the news was given, it is still came as a shock.

My grandmother’s name was Tillie, and I have many fond memories growing up with her in my life. As I adjusted to the news, I picked up my pen to continue creating this tile; seeking solace by drawing. The result are those very memories given life with each line that is drawn.

The pain is still very fresh, but I wanted to share what was created as I remembered my grandmother- not how she left this world, but as the healthy vibrant grandparent that helped raise me.

I dedicate this creation to her.

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Day Twenty Three, Creation Twenty Three

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Ahh! It’s good to be back blogging again. I realized during my short absence, that I missed blogging. Blogging afforded me the ability to talk about what I was working on, what I was feeling and sometimes allowed me to vent. Now that I am trying to get back into the habit, I am coming back with renewed enthusiasm and a plucky spirit.

Today’s post was an easy light-hearted tile that ended up being a good place to restart my challenge. This little tile only features two tangles.The first one is a tangleation (variation) of “Flux” and the second tangle is called “Kathy’s Dilemma”. “Kathy’s Dilemma” is a playful new tangle I learned that contrasts nicely against the flowy look of “Flux”.

All in all, I liked creating this tile and found that I was happy to get back into the swing of things. To all those that have stuck with me during my absence, thank you very much for hanging in there! To everyone, thank you for taking the time to read and view my work! I look forward to sharing my next tile tomorrow.

Until my next post…

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Day Thirteen, Creation Thirteen

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Sorry for my little hiatus everyone. What can I say? A music event of epic proportions took over my life the entire weekend. What is this awesome music festival you ask? Lollapalooza! Lollapalooza is a fantastic musical event where over 70 bands perform for three days in Chicago. Great bands, rock ‘in music and all-around fun equals little time for posting.

However, I did manage to still journal and continue my daily Zentangle tile quest during the time spent listening to Lolla’s inspiring music.

Day 13 entailed a unique challenge of using “deconstructing” and “morphing” techniques within the same tile. Deconstructing simple means that after starting a pattern, you begin to fragment the form; making it appear to fall apart. The deconstruction of a pattern allows for an additional technique of morphing to be used. Morphing is just starting with one pattern and having it subtly change or shift into another similar or complimentary pattern.

Using both of these techniques together helps draw in the viewer and move the eye around the tile. I will say that I am not sure if I was entirely successful in combining both techniques, but I did find that these added a new way for me to combine patterns and think about how patterns can work together.

This piece utilized one new tangle called Onamato which was fun to learn and create. Accompanying Onamato was Hollibaugh, Shattuck, Tipple, Flux and Fescu.

I invite feedback or comments, so please let me know what you are thinking out there.

As always, I hope you “like” this post…

Denielle Noe

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Day Eleven, Creation Eleven

PhotoI finally feel great this evening! After some well deserved rest a from a head-cold I have been battling, I am starting to feel human again and ready to take on my art!

Day eleven brought on a new challenge for me.  The book stated I could use any tangle I learned so far to create a new tile. Oh boy! What do you mean I have to think for myself? Create something with barely any guidance?

Suffice to say I was up to the challenge. After all, I dare call myself an artist for crying out loud!

Okay, so I wasn’t completely left without any guidance. The book did say I need to use two new techniques in this creation. One technique called an “aura” basically means to carefully outline a tangle that gave each outlined section more depth.

The other technique required is called “rounding” where you fill in areas with your pen adding deeper shading and texture to the pattern. On my own, I used a third technique of used graduating pen sizes to give a sideways landscape feel to the tile. Overall, I was very pleased with the results.

What tangles did I use, you ask? Well, I ended up using four different tangles in this tile: Shattuck, Flux, Mooka and Tipple. How exciting is that!

Well, it’s time to turn the page and see what day twelve has in store for me. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this tile and post.

Denielle Noe

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Day Six, Creation Six

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Saturday. The day of sleeping and getting much needed rest from yet another exhausting work week. I will be the first to admit that my workdays were not filled with time-sensitive stressful projects, but I will say that if I look at another spreadsheet or have to type up another long-winded document, my brain might actually shut down while I crawl away whimpering.

Thank god I have life outside of work to escape to! The greatest escape I have is creating art. Art is the one of the few places that I can get lost in the “zone”. The “zone” is where almost everything around me sinks into the background and only me, my pen, and paper exists. Sure sometimes I am forced out of my “zone” and back to reality, but at least for a few moments I am free of all worries.

This brings me to the true point of this post- my Day Six, Creation Six Zentangle tile! Let me say I absolutely loved creating this one! This tile used some of the best tangles I have learned to date. It features the flowing beautiful lines of “Mooka”, the leaf and pearl shapes of “Flux” and the squiggly lines of “Amaze”.

As always I hope you “like” this tile as much as I do!

Thanks for following me!

Denielle Noe