Nov 282016
 

3 kl. Süßkartoffeln
2 mittelgr. Möhren
2 kleine Petersilienwurzeln
1 Metzgerzwiebel (oder 2-3 normale Zwiebeln)
1 Tetrapack Kokosmilch (200 ml)
2 cm Ingwerwurzel
2-4 Zehen Knoblauch
1,5 – 2 TL Gefro Indisch Curry Gewürzmischung
1 EL Gemüsebrühe (Glas)
schw. Pfeffer aus der Mühle
Petersilie oder andere Kräuter zur Garnitur
Saft von 1 Limette
4-5 EL Öl
1 l Wasser

Süßkartoffeln abbürsten, quer in Scheiben schneiden. Möhre und Petersilienwurzel schälen, quer in Scheiben schneiden. Zwiebel schälen und grob würfeln, Ingwerwurzel und Knoblauch schälen. Zwiebel im Öl glasig anschwitzen, Möhre, Petersilienwurzeln, Ingwer und Knoblauch zugeben, ca. 5 min anbraten, dabei ab und zu umrühren. Wasser und Gemüsebrühe zugeben, mit Curry und Pfeffer würzen. Die Süßkartoffeln zugeben. Aufkochen, und bei niedriger Temperatur ca. 25 min. köcheln lassen (alle Zutaten sollen gut weich sein). Mit einem Mixstab pürieren, die Kokosmilch und den Limettensaft unterrühren, evtl. noch abschmecken. In Teller füllen, mit der Petersilie garnieren.

Okt 192016
 

This week Joey had a nice string for us, plus three tangles. One of them was Drogon, which I tried in my notebook a few weeks ago. I always thought it would make a good border for a tile. In the following photo you see the border before I blackened the orbs. You can see the string inside the border.

Joey135

I needed to practice the corner in my notebook to get it right before starting the tile. The square was a line to help me to get the border in the right place. Drawing all those orbs and lines was very relaxing.

After finishing the border I started with Phicops, which I put in the first circle. Dicso came next to it, but it would grow over the string. Dicso is a very clever use of dot, i, c, s, o, the basic strokes of Zentangle. Third was Mssst, which I haven’t used very often, but like it, because it is a good background tangle, or when I need something simple and/or fast. So I just filled the rest of the space with Mssst. (Never know how many sses to type in the name :) Here is the tile before shading (sorry for not having the same orientation on the photo):

Joey135

And after shading:

Joey135

As you see I used the string, but it is no longer very visible.

This was so much fun! Thanks Joey for a wonderful challenge.

Sep 282016
 

The Diva had us draw only straight lines. Ok, this is not something I’m good at. I love curved patterns, and my curves look so much better than my straight lines. So it was a real challenge to just use patterns with straight lines. I started with a string which was also straight lines. Well, as straight as I can get them… I also „knew“ or thought I knew which pattern would go where, that’s the words in there. I’m forgetful sometimes, and I didn’t want to forget them, so I just put the names in with pencil.

Diva 286 String

For the first three tangles I followed my plans as laid out. I first used Ovy (straightened), which I found via the top spread of patterns on tanglepatterns.com, and thought it would be fun to straighten this. Then came Hibred (which I tried for the first time in one of my notebooks yesterday), but when I was finished with Flukes in the center bottom it wanted to grow further behind the other two. So I ditched my well laid plans for the other spaces, and just went for it. The rest of the space wanted some playfulness, and I used Aaah! It needed a bit of an adaption to make it conform to straightness. It was my first use of Ovy, but I practiced in my sketchbook first. Which was good, because I first wanted to use black squares, and then tried black triangles, which I liked much more. This was so much fun, and very relaxing, so thank you, Diva, for this challenge!

Diva 286

Aug 292016
 

So this is last week’s Joey’s 127. I tangled it last week, just didn’t upload the photo. Joey gave us a tangle, and tangled it on a tile for us, and we were to copy that and then finish the tile whatever way we wanted. Sooo much fun! The tangles are Sparkle (the one Joey gave us), Ing, Goldilocks, Taxi, and Sandur (my own tangle, have yet to do the stepouts).

Joey 127

And this week we have the Diva asking us to make splotches on our paper, and then tangle over them. I used herbal tea to make mine, but the color was so faint, I added some inktense ink with a brush to the blotches of watery tea. I used a mug for the circle, and dabbed on some more tea with my finger. Then I sprinkled some color with the brush, and let everything dry. This is the „string“:

Diva 282

I used Akoya, Betweed and Onomato, tipple, some bands, and a few fishies for this. I used my Inktense pencils and a brush to add more color. So much fun! Here comes Diva 282:

Diva 282 tangled

Aug 232016
 

This is my take on The Diva’s challenge no. 281. She asked us to use Ing in a tangle. Yesterday I had an idea. It was not the usual relaxed tangling, but I wanted to make a loop with Ing, and that needed some planning. I did two tiles that didn’t look like I wanted to, and then I tangled the end version into a notebook. The notebook has good paper, especially for shading with graphite. I wanted to do another study and then do a final version on a tile. But this one worked very well, so this is the finished version. I added a band of Meer, and doing all the lines of it was the most relaxing part. The shading of Ing was also relaxing, I just went triangle by triangle, and really took my time.

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Here is the linework to show the difference some graphite makes:

Diva 281

The dot on the top of the page helped me to keep the direction of light consistent. I drew lots of help lines and some dots to draw this, but I erased most of them. I needed them to get Ing curl the way I wanted and to get the over/under structure to work correctly. The construction part was more work than fun, but all the rest was lots of fun!

Süßkartoffel-Süppchen

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Aug 012016
 

Zutaten
1 Zwiebel(n)
1 Knoblauchzehe(n)
2-3 El Olivenöl
2-3 Süßkartoffel(n)
etwa 1 Liter Gemüsebrühe
75 g Erdnüsse gesalzen aus der Dose
1 Dose Kokosmilch (besser) oder Vegane Sahne
2 EL Limettensaft – Zitrone tuts auch
Kräutersalz und Pfeffer, evtl. etwas Chili

Knoblauch und Zwiebel im Öl anschwitzen, Süßkartoffel-Würfel zugeben und mit der Gemüsebrühe aufgießen. Ca. 20 min kochen lassen, pürieren, die Erdnüsse und die Kokosmilch/Sahne zugeben. Mit Zitronensaft, Kräutersalz und Pfeffer abschmecken.

Ich habe noch Tabasco und gerebeltes Korianderkraut dazugegeben, als ich vegane Sahne benutzt habe (hatte keine Kokosmilch).

Mozarella ohne Milch, geht das?

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Jul 202016
 

Folgendes Rezept habe ich heute ausprobiert:

400 ml Wasser
2 gestr. EL Flohsamenschalen
100 g Cashewkerne
2 EL Zitronensaft (von ca. 1/2 Zitrone)
Salz
Pfeffer
1/2 TL Kräutersalz
1 EL Hefeflocken (Reformhaus)
1/2 – 1 TL granulierter Knoblauch (nach Geschmack)

In einer Schüssel Flohsamenschalen mit dem Wasser übergießen, evtl. noch etwas umrühren. Die Cashewkerne in Wasser einweichen (so dass sie gut bedeckt sind). Beides 2 Std. stehen lassen.

Das Flohsamen-Gelee in ein Gefäß geben, die abgegossenen Cashewkerne zu den Flosamen geben, alle übrigen Zutaten zugeben und mit einem Mixstab gründlich pürieren. Das war’s auch schon!

Die entstandene Masse gibt man je nach Formwunsch des Käses in ein passendes Gefäß, das man verschlossen in den Kühlschrank stellt. 1-2 Stunden kühlen, besser über Nacht.

So, meine Käsemasse steht im Kühlschrank, und ich bin gespannt, wie sie schmeckt und wie fest sie wird. Heute abend sind Tomaten mit Mozarella geplant. Ich werde berichten.

Nachtrag – Es geht sehr gut – die in der Familie, die Milchprodukte vertragen, meinen, dass das wie gewürzter Mozarella schmeckt, die Konsistenz stimmt also. Auch wenn nicht alles Wasser von den Flohsamenschalen aufgenommen wird – die Menge stimmt so, nicht das Wasser der Flohsamenschalen weggießen.

Jul 182016
 

Today I did Joeys challenge. Again the string is a circle, this time with a cross. And she gave us a pattern, B-twixt by Pegi Schargel. This one is new to me, so I started out practicing it first. This is the second try, done in my journal using a 0.5 pen. The designer told us to start big, so I did. This is much easier – especially on the eyes – than using a 0.1 pen.

B-Twined-no

This is without shading, and you see that I tried several variations; two fillings are done with a 0.1 pen. This was really fun, and I’m going to show you the shading in another post, whenever this page will be finished.

Then I used my Pilot Frixion pen for this tile – done on simple printer paper. I love those pens, because they glide over the paper very smoothly. They don’t have fully opaque ink I love to write with them, and I love to draw with them. As you see, I did different variations than in my exercise. One was in the artwork accompanying the stepout, the one with the dark background. The other is in the exercise in baby stage, now I made bigger spirals to fill the space.

All in all this is a beautiful and versatile pattern. It is also a woven pattern, a category that I really love. So it wasn’t difficult to find two more patterns to combine. The first is Huggins, which is from Zentangle HQ, and the other is Y-Ful Power by Shoshi. The former is an old cherished pattern, the latter is one I have wanted to try for quite some time, but never dared. But it was easier than I thought it would be. I used shading by lines, because I don’t like the look if you use pencil and this blue color of pen together.

Joey122

Duotangle

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Jul 172016
 

The next discipline I tried was a duotangle. I’m not sure I did one before. Yesterday I saw Zavatar 2, and fell in love. Easier than I thought, and doable with the stepout. There is also a video showing how to do this. This tangle makes a typical central focus for a tile, and I felt this wouldn’t work as a monotangle. So I decided on one of my go-to tangles, Florz. I didn’t use a frame, but a string to help me draw Zavatar.

FlorzZavatarDuo

Loved this one, so much fun to draw this tile. I’m sure I’m going to practice Zavatar 2 some more, and I’m already thinking about which other patterns to combine with it.

Monotangles or learning

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Jul 172016
 

I’m working my way through the Beginners Guide from pattern-collections.com. They started with tipple, and you can see my first try here. I used a background I made some time ago. It was made with chalk pastels, and I loved the colors. Besides the classical micron pen and pencil I used white gel pen for drawing. This was also the Beginners Challenge at the Monotangle Adventures on facebook. So here is it:

TippleMono

Although I’m not really a beginner I learned a lot from each of the tiles. So much fun, so I decided to use string no. 1 from Pattern-collections to fill with tipple. Again I used a background I had in my stash, but this time it was painted with watercolor. I used pen and pencil, plus a bit of colored pencil.

TippleMono1

Then there was the challenge #26 at the Monotangle group, and they chose the pattern Aim plus string 111 from tanglepatterns.com.. This time I only used a bit of glaze pen to add some color. So this is my third monotangle.

AimMono

I find that Monotangles are great for practicing deliberate strokes, for thinking about the tangles, and varying them. Besides this is just plain relaxing :)

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