Sunday, July 6, 2014

Diva Challenge #174

The Diva Challenge #174 was to use superimposing strings. Here's my tile with strings only.

And after about 28 minutes (I decided to time myself to see how long it really takes me to make a completed tile), here is the tile without shading.

After about 5 minutes of shading, below. I'm really trying to be more aggressive with my shading because I just haven't yet felt that it was "right" when it was finished. Since there is no right/wrong that's not quite the right word but you get the point.

I decided it needed something more at the top so added some Hollibaugh, below.

For a completely totally finished tile in approximately 40 minutes. So there you have it.

Today is also the day I began the Zentangle tile gallery in the dining room, with tiles by everyone in my family and one by Maria Thomas for good measure.


  1. Like your tile a lot. It is nicely balanced. I agree about shading - it's hard to know how far to go. I enjoyed seeing the process you go through.

  2. Hi Jen! Thank you very much for leaving a comment on my blog! Congrats on your becoming a CZT also!! Wow! Wasn't that just the best experience?! It's too bad you didn't have a little time to explore before heading home... We were lucky that we had at least a few days to explore before heading home to Southern California. I really love how you showed the process of making your art. It is so lovely! Nice gallery coming together in your living room as well! :)

  3. Your tile looks great. I think shading is one of the things that here people comment on the most frequently. When I first started someone suggested that I make copies of the tiles and experiment with different things before doing it on the tile. It takes longer, but then you can be aggressive without wondering what to do if it seems like too much. I found that I tended to be too light and could really add more. Good luck.

  4. really like your tile, and don't be afraid of the shading! :) Your gallery is coming along nicely too!

  5. Thanks for sharing your steps, the tile is beautiful!

  6. Very nice tile quite busy but not too