Thursday, September 27, 2012

Diva Challenge #88: IX

The Diva's challenge this week was to include the new tangle pattern IX (that's Roman numeral nine--not ix, like fish ich(s) but I digress...) I had already started this little triptich and had no intention of throwing IX in there--okay, I actually had no intention of doing this challenge at all since I am not, er, was not, a big fan of the pattern...until I looked at some of the other challenge responses...There are two amazing benefits of participating in the Diva's weekly challenges (and Erin's zendala dares):
1.) They push you to try things you ordinarily wouldn't even think about and get you out of your comfort zone, so you actually learn and grow rather than stay stagnant, and...
2.) Looking at all the other artists' renditions is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, not to mention super fun seeing all the beautiful eye candy rendered up week after week!
So here is my IX (middle long skinny part up the middle of the top left 'tile') Michael thought it was cool and that's pretty much all the gratification I need, to impress my Bug =0) For a pattern I thought I'd never draw, I now will definitely play more with it and see where it takes me! You can check out more challenge responses here-I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
Ix, 'Nzeppel, Tipple, Fife, Pearls, Crescent Moon (sort of-more looks like Kunstler...), Printemps, Bumps, Verve
As for the rest of my week...I'm putting off packing my art supplies as long as I can (though the paint brushes did get tucked away the other day...*sob!*) The Great Move loometh ever closer--Squeeeee!!! I'll be squeeing all the way from Butler to New Bedford when we finally get our butts going!! (Channel the piggy from the Geico commercial...yeah, that'll be me!!) But I'll play and post as much as I can between now and then, and hopefully will be up and running online as quick as possible once settled.
Oh, oh, oh and OH!!! My dearest friend, Missy, just gifted me with my very own copy of Sherwood Forlee's Walls Notebook (major MAJOR SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) (AND a set of Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils!! AND the 2013 Song of Ice and Fire calendar!!!!!) So I sat in awe last night just flipping through the pages and pages of blank walls to color and play on, brain a-swimming in utter happiness---definitely looking forward to playing and sharing from that gorgeous piece of funtasticness!! Aaahhhhh!! Joy squeeing from my pores.....Yay!!
Have a great rest of the week--which is almost over, really. September is almost over!! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll come back again soon!


  1. Very neat! in the corner where you've used IX, I see the side of a dragons face - maybe the whole is a nest of dragons peeking out of the treasure in their cave (my imagination is stimulated by your ZIA). I thoroughly enjoyed looking at this!

  2. I agree with you Dawn. It is necessary to come out of your own comfort zone. And if you do, than you can get a wow experience to the tangle you have to use. It happened to me with the IX. I love how you did a combination of 3 ZTs into one art piece. It looks very beautiful. Great job :)

  3. Looks terrific, Dawn :) Took me a bit to find where you snuck it in there! Isn't it amazing to see where the challenges take you? I often just blank when I first read them, takes me a while for the creativity to kick in, then I'm off. I don't love every one, but I definitely learn from them :) Have fun playing with your new toys!

  4. I think you made a beautiful zia! Glad you tried IX; reading a lot of weblogs I see that most of us have the same 'problem' with this tangle. A problem until ......

  5. Three squares of beauty, I love the use of IX

    I love the way you have use IX in the midst of so many gorgeous patterns!

  6. I totally agree with you. Very great zia you made. Lovely friend that gave you such lovely toys. Have fun.

  7. Hi Dawn,
    I love the way you've interlocked three tiles, and whilst they are separate they all tie together so well.

  8. this is really cool!!! =)

  9. I love how you used IX. Subtle and very clean. My problem with IX is that I always draw too many auras and they end up really bulky.