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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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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 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