Sunday, 31 March 2013

Easter Delight

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend.

I am back home now, but spent from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning between my brother's farm, and my Mom and Dad's for Easter dinner.

Yesterday was a very special day. It included an experience I will always treasure, with two of the most wonderful girls in the world. Yes, I'm biased. They are my (almost) 9 and 11 year old nieces.

For two hours, yesterday afternoon, I had the joy of introducing them to Zentangle. They both love art, so I was really hoping they would enjoy Zentangle. It was the first time I had ever introduced anybody to our beloved "tangling", and the first time I had ever taught anyone.

They burst into the house with smiles and laughter and hugs, and we headed straight to the kitchen table, where I had prepared 8 inch tiles, set out pigma micron .08s and pigma graphic 1s for each of them, a real Zentangle(C) pencil, and  a blending stump.

They were enchanted with the supplies, and that was fun, for me. I was a little nervous about how the patterns would go.

I needn't have been. They were both so enthusiastic and eager, and we sat for over two hours. We all became calm and relaxed, and it was just so much fun. I offered breaks, and they wouldn't hear of it. When time before dinner was getting short, I asked if they would like to continue later, and to my delight, they were determined to have a finished piece before they left.

We used Pods, Crescent Moon, Bales and Hollibaugh (the last 3, Copyright Zentangle). They decided they wanted to fill Hollibaugh(C) with graphite, because it was shiny when blended.

We were all thrilled, and I was completely amazed at the results. They "got" and loved the "drawing behind" with absolutely no problem, and they jumped right in to shading and did such a great job of it, too. The best part, though, was happy time together, doing something fun!

After dinner, the eldest (We have a family policy of never using their names on the 'net) happily settled in with Sandy Steen Bartholomew's enchanting "Zentangle for Kids," and was doing a great job of teaching herself some (fairly tricky, I might add) new patterns, on 4 inch Zentangle Apprentice(c) tiles. 

Here they are, with beautiful tiles, and happy smiles.

Tiles and smiles
 Thank you, girls for your gift of the happiest hours I have spent in a very long time! 

A blessed Easter to everyone.

Thank you for visiting. I always love your comments and suggestions.

'Til next time, tangle happy!


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Diva's Challenge 111: Mooka Monotile... Tile One

Hello everyone,

I love monotangles, don't you? I don't have to think about where I'm going next, and I find that very, very relaxing. The flowing, repetitive nature of Mooka really relaxes me. I have to admit, I have practiced and practiced with Mooka, but I'm still not where I want to be with it.

I mentioned with my last post on Diva's Challenge, that I was going to follow Laura (The Diva's) lead, and post my first tile for each challenge, regardless of how I feel about it... and then follow it with another tile that hopefully shows some improvement, or a different take on the theme.

So.. drum roll...

Diva's 111, Tile One

I colored in those little shapes we make, to fill larger gaps, with graphite, and tried some shading. I think I overdid it, but I'm not unhappy with this tile. Looking forward to trying something different with my next tile.

As always, I'm grateful for your visits and comments, and I always try to return the favor. I love visiting everyone's blogs!

Until next time, Tangle Happy!

Beth (Elizabeth Cline Beveridge on FB)

Swaps are Fun... and Thanks for some new ATC's

Happy Wednesday, Everyone,

Well, it's the middle of the week already, and I don't know where it has gone. It's been a very busy one, here. I work full time, but luckily, I'm a telecommuter, and don't have to battle traffic every day to get to work. I can even work in my jammies!

I am really enjoying my first swap, this monster 25 card deal. My mailbox is a whole lot of fun, these days, and the cards I'm receiving are just beautiful. I just love having a little piece of everyone's work. It touches me, somehow, to think of the hands that made them.

I have two more ATC's to show you, that I received this week.

This first card, so lovely and original, was sent to me by Chari-Lynn:

ATC by Chari-Lynn

Chari-Lynn, thank you so very much for this lovely, delicate ATC. I love your tangellation... poke root and pendrils, I think... and the tiny little zingers at the top of (hmmm... memory fails) Zander? I will treasure it!

ATC by Vickie Lampron

Vickie, this is such a cute and cheery little card. I love it. Apologies for the shadow in the shot.. it really doesn't do justice to this pretty, whimsical little card. Thank you so much, Vickie!

I'm well on my way, with my own ATC's and will post some later on. I wasn't going to send until I had then all done, but as they come in, I'm thinking I may send to the people I've received a card from... We'll see how that works out!

I'll be posting my first tile for Diva's Challenge 111 next, so til then..

Tangle Happy!

Beth (Elizabeth Cline Beveridge on FB)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

My First ATC Swap Thank You's

Hello everyone. Thank you for stopping by!

I have this habit of jumping in with both feet, rather than testing first, with a toe. I am involved in my first ATC swap, with a group on Facebook, with 25 participants... Yes, you read correctly. Having never drawn an ATC in my life,..

The deadline for mailing is June 1. I will easily make it, as I have a dozen ATC's completed.

Some of the participants are very active in these swaps, and I guess they are much faster than I am. The first 5 ATC's have already arrived.

The are each so unique and beautifully drawn, that I wanted to share them with you, here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

So, a big thank you to Cathy Wilson, who has organized this swap. I'm sure it's a big job handling 25 of us at a time... and another big thank you for the ATC you sent, Cathy. I love the way you drew Beetljoos, one of my favorite tangle patterns:
ATC by Cathy Wilson

Thank you, Adele Ward. I love the design and your beautiful linework.  I'm sorry about it being on its side. I fixed that in my photo editor, but for some reason, it is still coming up this way. What a nice gift to find!

ATC by Adele Ward

 Lori Bradford, what a treat this card is. I love the design, and you drew it so beautifully. I also love the two backgrounds, that frame your piece in such a special way. Thank you so much!

ATC by Lori Bradford

Thank you Margaret Bremner, for this very special piece of Zentangle artistry. Your drawing is absolutely gorgeous. I love the tangles and the composition you chose. I shall treasure this! Again, sorry about the angle. I tried to fix it!

ATC by Margaret Bremner
 Alice Hendon, I can't tell you how tickled I was to see my little sea turtle. They are one of my very favourite critters, and I could hardly believe my eyes... I couldn't resist shooting the envelope as well, as it is adorable. It even has a "Nemo" stamp. Thank you so very much for this special gift!

ATC and envelope, Alice Hendon

You know, I questioned my sanity and almost backed out of the swap. I'm so glad I didn't. Getting the mail is so much fun, these days. I've signed up for the next one, as well!

Once again, a big thank you to Cathy Wilson for organizing all of this. 

Thank you Cathy, Alice, Lori, Margaret and Adele for these precious treasures.

I'm anxious now to get mine done and out as well.

'Til next time, happy tangling!

Beth (Elizabeth Cline Beveridge on FB)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Diva's Challenge 110: Out of the Box

Hello everyone,

I hope you're enjoying this week's Diva's challenge, encouraging each one of us to try something we've not done before... to leave our comfy place and venture further.

Well, since I really haven't ventured very far at all as yet, this was an easy one for me.

My first piece was kind of a double challenge... it was big, somewhere around 8x10 which I have seldom tackled. I also got brave and added some pretty bold color. I think I know why I haven't much played with color. I have always loved the combination of black and red, but here.. I'm not so sure. I also used grey as a fourth color, which I enjoyed because I could burnish the graphite to a shine. It was really fun to do, but it's going to take me a while to decide whether or not I like it. Right now, I don't. What do you think?

My Eyes are Red

Then I tried something I have never tried before... White on black on an ATC (the only black paper I have). This one, I am very pleased with.

I love this challenge, and this may not be the last piece... I'm looking around wondering what else I can do. It's only Monday (well, very early Tuesday). I wonder what surface will next fall victim to my ministrations... nyah ah ahhh... lol.

Having fun stretching a bit. I am. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Thanks Laura, for another great challenge!

Until next time, happy tangling!


Friday, 15 March 2013

Diva's Challenge #109 + Who am I?

Hello, Fellow Tanglers,

I hope you are well and happy. I wonder if you are as tired of winter as I am. I'm sure looking forward to Spring.

You know, it's come home to me lately, more profoundly than ever, the centering and calming effect tangling has on me. There is a lot of turmoil in life for me, now, and I find myself not just wanting, but actually needing to tangle. I need that time to just be with myself, to stay in the present moment, and to let all the "noise" in my life just go away for a while. I am so thankful to Rick and Maria for gifting me with this respite called Zentangle(C).

This week's Diva's Challenge #109 can be found here . The Zentangle(C) blog introduces this technique/tangle with some helpful and lovely examples, here.

When I looked at Laura's Diva's Challenge this week, I just about croaked. It looked really difficult, and for a time, I almost decided I wouldn't take it on. My curiosity got the best of me, however, and I did try. There is very little that's original in my design. I used almost the exact string that Maria drew as a demonstration, to make sure I got the concept. Although I'm very unhappy with my line work in it, I've decided I will follow Laura's lead, and post my "first try" for each challenge, and then hopefully, if there's time, a second, more daring, design. Thankfully, there was. So, here is my first go:

Diva's Challenge 109: First Try
And this is a really lousy picture, but I am more excited about my second tile. Not that I think it's great, but I had an idea, and I got pretty close.

Diva's Challenge 109, Tile 2

Just one more note, but an important one.

There has been some confusion, particularly on FB, and on the blogs, because people don't recognize my name. That's no big surprise. To clear it up, my name shows as follows:

BethB: When I comment on the blogs. (My friends call me Beth)

ArtZ by BethB on Flickr, here.

Elizabeth Cline Beveridge (my full moniker) on Facebook, here

BethB's ArtZ Inspirations (Wow, same as my blog! lol) on Pinterest,  here.

The variations are mostly due to what is allowed/available on the different sites.

I've been signing everywhere as BethB (Elizabeth Cline Beveridge on FB) to try to clear up the confusion, so hopefully this will help, as well.

Thank you for visiting. I always love to hear from you.

Until next time, happy tangling!


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Botanical Bliss and my CZT

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

Thank you for stopping by. I love having visitors, and very much enjoy the comments you leave.

Soon after I discovered Zentangle, on Pinterest, I went looking for more information about it. I found, Rick and Maria's (the originators and developers of Zentangle(c)) lovely site, and their very interesting and informative blog. Next, I found, Linda's wonderful listing of patterns, both official and unofficial. Next came Laura Harms', The Diva's site.

Many patterns appealed to me, but the organic tangles, most of all... and the botanicals in particular.

Although I find my drawing skills are slowly improving, I had absolutely no idea how to compose a completely botanical piece. So, the botanicals, for the most part, were absent from my art.

Then, I had the good fortune to meet, on Facebook, Brenda Shaver-Shahin, CZT, who had just relocated to within about an hour's drive of me. I was so excited, and booked a lesson with her. She is warm and welcoming, and an excellent teacher. We made the decision to start from the beginning, and we did. We didn't stay there long, however, as it seems I had managed to come quite a long way with Zentangle, on my own. After that first lesson, I was totally inspired and created the first big ZIA that made me say "Wow, I did that?" For those of you who know me on Facebook (Elizabeth Cline Beveridge, there), a part of that piece is the header on my timeline page. The entire piece can be seen, here. 

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I asked Brenda if she would help me learn to use those lovely botanicals I had looked at with longing, from the start. What an amazing time we had. I was scared to death, which is silly, but I tend to react that way to anything new. Brenda had recognized that I was drawing really tightly and holding my breath... so, she presented me with a blank that was 8"x10", and told me we were going to "draw big" this time. 

I am very slow and methodical, and Brenda was so patient with me. I'm sure she could have just screamed at times. lol. Drawing big was hard, and I needed the constant reassurance Brenda gave me... That looks great!... or Don't worry, you won't even see that, when it's done...

One of the most important changes for me, after only two lessons, is that I'm becoming ok with my own art. I  can be very hard on myself, and we have so many incredibly talented artists in the Zentangle community. I was actually getting discouraged, and feeling like I should be able to make my art look like theirs. I'm finally learning to be patient with myself. I am only 7 months in, and I don't have much art background (more a crafter). I am beginning to just enjoy the process, which is the root of Zentangle (c), and not to worry so much about the outcome. It's funny how the result improves, when it stops mattering so much!

I know that not everyone has access to a CZT, and I know all CZT's are not the same. No two human beings are. I would truly encourage you, however, if you do have a CZT in your area, to take some lessons. I find I have learned so much, in only two lessons, but it's more than that. It's the fun of talking about something about which you are both passionate... sharing sources of supplies and equipment... such as paper and framing... ooo'ing and ahh'ing over each other's work. It's about learning, and it's about laughing. I come away so inspired and encouraged. I can hardly wait 'til Friday... my next lesson!

I found this botanical very, very challenging, and it's something I would never have tried on my own. I see all its faults, and yet, I see its beauty too. It's really exciting for me to finally complete this piece, and to be able to stand back and utter that infamous thought most of us have too often. "Did I really do that?" (grins).

Here is the piece I will always love, because it represents a real milestone for me. My first botanical ZIA... YAY! It won't be the last.

Thank you, Brenda Shaver-Shahin, CZT. You're awesome!

Til next time, tangle happy!

Beth (Elizabeth Cline Beveridge on Facebook)

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Diva's Challenge #108: Whyz

Happy (almost) Spring, everyone!

It felt particularly important to have an entry for Laura's challenge this week. Even though I am posting a day late, I wanted to be sure to get a tile done.

This is a "Use My Tangle" Challenge, using the tangle "Whyz" by Jane MacKugler, CZT. The challenge can be found, here .

Instructions for Jane McKugler, CZT pattern "Whyz" can be found here.

Although I didn't find the tangle difficult to draw, deciding where to go with it confounded me. In the end I decided on a monotangle, which is a form I love to play with. This is drawn on a 4" Zentangle(C) Apprentice tile.

Since I was already too late to make the deadline (and the slideshow) I decided to challenge myself a little further, and use a watercolor method with my tombows. Over all, I'm pretty pleased with the results.

Diva's Challenge 108 "Whyz" by BethB
The center block shows the basic shape of the tangle. The colours throughout are variations. I had a lot of fun with this.

Well, the clocks sprang forward, here in Ontario, Canada last night, and that makes me very happy. I think I'm part plant. I need my daylight.

It's been a beautiful sunny day, and I'm happy to settle in for the evening, to work on ATC's for a swap I'm involved in. Trust me to pick a 25 card swap for a first try. I never do anything half-way, it seems. I had never drawn an ATC in my life before. I will share some of those in the days to come.

In the meantime, live, love and be joyful. I can always find something to be grateful for, even in the darkest of times, and it keeps me going.

Til next time...

Beth (Elizabeth Beveridge on Facebook)