(Sorry if you’re seeing this twice. I couldn’t resist linking to the Bijou Challenge. Will do another later.)
Birdie and I had a fabulous time in London and on our UK cruise. I took a vacation from cell phone, computer games, email, and Facebook. I even took a break from tangling. After attending Tangle U, CZT Hideaway, and CZT Seminar 14 plus getting Pattern Play published, I was a bit burned out with Zentangle. <gasp>
This week, I shared Zentangle the Ohio State Fair and since I didn’t have any projects started, I thought I should try using one of the new Bijou tiles that we were introduced to at the Zentangle 14 seminar back in June.
Bijou is named after a snail Rick and Maria met in France who hitchhiked home with them. I wonder if this little guy we met near Rouen, France is any relation?
When I first met Bijou, I will admit that it was not love at first sight. Why another tile choice? But, I had them, so I gave them a try. I am so glad I did! When the original tiles came out, there was a rumor that you could finish one in 15 minutes. I’ve never found that to be true. But, the tiny Bijou is only about 1/4 the size of a standard tile and really can be done in 15 minutes. What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment! It is so fun to sit for a few minutes and create something to tiny and cute.
Anti-clockwise from Bijou:
- Initials duo tangle: this week’s Diva Challenge: CL – Cubine and Lochar.
- (center) A good example of my philosophy that you should keep going until you like the result. It started out with a frame, but I tangled right over it. Can you spot Bijou?
- Tripoli/mooka duo tangle from seminar 14
- Demo: bales and paradox
- C-R-I-S tangle: Crescent moon, Rain, Isochar, and Seton, (from Pattern Play) because Lochar is the only official tangle that starts with L and it will never be one of my favorites.
Give Bijou a try! You’ll be glad you did.