Friday, August 31, 2012

Typhlotic Foundation

Another week, another weekly Zentangle challenge (which Laura Harms hosts on her blog here. I'd recommend hopping around to all the other blogs that participate and seeing the diversity that abounds!). This time she challenged us to draw a string with our eyes closed. Here are the results of the eyes-shut strings:

That's my little brother modeling the Zentangles! He was
 coloring with an orange marker...either that or eating Cheetos!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WOYWW #168

Whew! What a week it's been already! It's already Wednesday?!? Crazy! 

In case you hadn't guessed, I started my Sophomore year of college this week. I'm already enjoying my classes - lots of delicious design courses! Web page design (this blog might look a whole lot better after that class!), digital publishing, computer illustration, and art history make up my class roster this semester. That means I'll be bringing you a lot more design-y things, which is appropriate considering this is the Designed to Create blog.

Since this is a What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday post (which is brought to you by the Stamping Ground blog) and not a "How's Your Life Right Now?" post, I'll get to the pictures. I was in class most of the day today using a computer lab desk, so here's what that looks like:

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Quartet, Jiving

Woot woot! I finished my Zentangle ensemble (see the other posts about the ensemble here and here)!

Here's the final corner:
My favorite part is the curvy Cubine. Oh, and Xyp!
 That used to be my favorite, most-used tangle.
 I don't use borders as much anymore, but I still love
 to use Xyp every once in a while!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Beanie: Before and After

Last week I set out on an adventure. It was an armchair adventure, but an adventure nonetheless. I set out to learn the ancient art of crochet. I began with a Youtube video aptly titled Learn How to Crochet, which demonstrated the basic structure of the stitches. "Okay, I think I could do that", I said. My sister loaned me some yarn and a crochet hook, and I commenced with a simple square washcloth. A couple of failed attempts preempted my first completed square. After that I was, as they say, "hooked"!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekly Challenge #83, WOYWW #167

Okay, I'm doing something a little different and slightly odd. At first I was hesitant to try this, but then I realized it's my blog, and I can do whatever I want! So without further ado I want to welcome folks from the I Am the Diva blog for the Weekly Zentangle Challenge #83, folks from the Stamping Ground blog for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #167, and those who just want to check out what this blog is all about from wherever you are right now. Welcome y'all (as we say here in Texas)! That's right: I'm combining the Weekly Challenge and WOYWW into one super-awesome post! Boo-yah!

The Diva's Zentangle challenge this week is to use the tangles:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sabbatical Doubles

Well, bloggers, I just got back from vacation - it was so nice to refresh before the impending start of school! Just two more weeks of summer for me...very bittersweet. I'm ready to be back in school, but I also don't want the summer to end. I'm going to play things by ear blog-wise as I get into the fall semester. My continued regularity of blogging will depend largely on how my class load is, and whether I make anything blog-worthy in those classes!

Over the trip I took lots of pictures. They aren't your average vacation snapshots, though (but don't worry, I got some of those too!). They are double or triple exposures. To break up those long car rides en route to our destinations each day, I took my camera out and, right through the glass in the backseat of the car, photographed the scenes zipping by. I concentrated on finding interesting shapes, figures, and wording. I'm currently Photoshop-less, so I had to do the multiple exposures in-camera, shooting some interesting things and hoping for the best to turn up on the screen. I definitely went for a dreamy, lo-fi look as opposed to technically perfect technique. After all, how are you supposed to get a non-blurry image in the back of a moving car? The vintage feel was further enhanced by some creative filters. I really like the results, as it chronicles moments of the trip. Take a look:
My favorite! I have no idea what that swirly white
 thing is, but I love it!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hurried Paradoxical Braid

Bloggers, I present for your consideration, education, and enjoyment a new Zentangle tile. This one is for the weekly Diva challenge (over at the I Am the Diva blog), which required the use of Michelle Beauchamp's tangle Brayd. I really enjoyed tangling this tangle - it quickly transitioned me into that automatic drawing mode. Plus it simply looks beautiful! Thanks, Michelle, for the tangle, and Diva for the challenge!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Weekday Whatsit #3

Hello, Whatsiteers! I have a new Weekday Whatsit image for y'all to guess, to see if you can hit the nail on the head...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Guerilla Art - Experiment #002

It's time for another experiment in Guerilla Art! If you missed the first one, see Guerilla Art - Experiment #001.

This time I thought out of the bottle and enclosed my experiment in a diminutive folder. A set of colored pencils hangs, stapled, to the front.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

WOYWW - 165

Another Wednesday, another look at my workdesk. This week I'm at a different desk than last What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. I'm transferring some pictures to free up some space on my SD cards and putting some Geocaches into my GPS for some Geocaching fun! Not much creativity going on, but you can see my pencil box (with all types of writing/drawing instruments and other tools) and a flyer that came with my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project (which I have yet to start - but I will post pictures when I do!).

This picture shows more of my desk - and all the paper sculptures on it (plus some Zentangle and Polaroid glimpses too).

I decided to continue with the artsy desk photographs, so here is one with all the colors inverted.

Thanks for visiting my desk!