...& it is a reminder that every day holds good news despite the difficulties we face - if it isn't anticipating a hurricane (as we are here in Florida), or recovering from one in Texas and Louisiana, or a dire drought (as Felicity mentioned) in South Africa, then it just might be something else even more troubling. God forbid.
That is precisely why I focus on the positives of life here and on creating beautiful artwork together through the wonder of the Zentangle® method.
It gives us time and space and direction to focus on the simple and the elegant.
Let us continue in that same spirit with our latest challenge...
Friday just happens to be National Ampersand Day here in the United States. I am not quite sure how National Days are appointed but there are well over one thousand such celebrations in the U.S.
Why question, anyway?! Let's just make the most of it.
We begin with this string inspired by this fun and functional character ~
|IAST #211 by Adele Bruno, CZT|
Once I drew this string, it reminded me of a tangle we used long ago in IAST # 38 based on the upper case letter 'A' - Judy Murphy's AA's (link)
My Tips for Tangling AA's can be found in this post from May of 2014 (link)
Judy took the basic letter and flipped it, layered it, stacked it, darkened it in, etc. and created a tangle with it.
Why don't we try something new together?
Let's take the ampersand and develop tangles using the character. Draw it as is, or in various styles, directions, combinations, orientations, & so on. (See what I did there?!)
The ampersand that I patterned the string after is only one of many varieties of the symbol.
A quick Google search (enter "ampersand" and then click images on the top bar) brings up a plethora of possibilities.
If that task seems too daunting (but I urge you to give it a try!), you can do something as simple as darkening in the string and adding enhancers to the white spaces (aura, tipple, shading, etc.).
I get goosebumps thinking of what the results will look like!
The deadline will be extended until Thursday, September 14, just in case we loose our power here in central Florida early next week.
HAVE FUN with this. Trust your creativity & send in your tiles for the rest of us to admire.
Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Feel free to place the string any way you'd like on your tile.
Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines:
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to - firstname.lastname@example.org
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
This week's entries are extended until Thursday, September 14.
*Photos, notes, and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays.
Watch for these after September 14.
Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world. WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.
FOR EXAMPLE: ADELE BRUNO (FLORIDA)
PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate.
If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request.
Please include the site specific URL.
I look forward to your emails.