Thursday, 3 October 2013

New Tangle - Darvaza

Here's my new tangle pattern, Darvaza:

And here's the link to another recent one of mine, Moog.

All of my patterns can be seen on My Tangles page

If you've seen any of them anywhere before under another name, please do let me know!

Happy tangling...

Fun with Borders

This week Laura challenged us to use borders. I'd also seen Sandy Hunter's Merryweather, so I put the two together...

Happy tangling...

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Weekly Creative Roundup

I'm a little late with the Roundup this week, so let's get cracking with Zentangle...

Check out my new page to display all my tangles.

This week Laura's "I am the Diva" Zentangle Challenge asked us to use the new official tangle from Rick and Maria, Well.
I drew a free-form version and this is how it turned out:

 I added some Pais, Voga and Tipple too.

30 Days of Lists has hit the halfway mark and I'm still going strong...

Seven Days - a creativity challenge from Koosje Koene had caught my eye this week (see @koosjekoene on Instagram or for more). Although I found it after it had already begun, I'm still having fun with it. 

Sketchnoting, Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Recording are my current fascination... I'm still investigating, but a few sites that have caught my eye are those of Mike Rohde, Jeannel King, and Eva Lotta Lamm. I'm practicing my doodle pics everyday!

Chilla - a savoury pancake made from yellow moong dal and besan (chickpea flour) with some spices and seasoning - has become my fave weekend snack. And this time I remembered to take a pic! 

This is great with ketchup or green chutney :)
So that's all the creating for this week!

Happy creating...

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Weekly Creative Roundup

Laura's Zentangle challenge this week was a Use My Tangle challenge. The chosen tangle this month was Beamz by Traci Frogley.
As Beamz is very angular I softened it with some Opus, Tipple and Pais.

Last week I painted three backgrounds and this week I turned one into a freehand mandala. I think it needs some white... But still looks great!

Here's my new tangle... Moog. 

It is quite similar to one of my faves - Bales. However it is based on the pattern seen in this picture I saw on Instagram, belonging to @joyephoto.

Here's moog in use:

This week I've been playing along with 30 Days of Lists {check out #30lists on Instagram} and added a doodle theme throughout.

With the monsoon drawing to an end the days are brighter and the plants are starting to flower. All in all, sunny days make for a happier Claire!

This week in the kitchen I've been successfully experimenting with overnight oats, green moong pancakes and schezwan fried rice.
Yet again there are no photos... Once food is in front of me, all thoughts of photos disappear straight out of my head!

Happy creating... 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Weekly Creative Roundup

Laura's Zentangle challenge this week was to use the official Zentangle pattern Tipple in your offering. Tipple is just lots of small circles or squished circles and a great space filler. So here's my Tipple offering, along with Paushalov and Pippin.

This week I've been noticing patterns everywhere. Here's a few I've spotted on a cushion in the back of a car, a drain cover and the interior of my rickshaw one morning on the way to work {Henna Drum, Bales-ish, and one that reminds me of W2}.

I had a revelation! I realised that I now had some white paint, so even though I never got my white Gelly Roll to work I could finally finish the Ebony and Ivory challenge! So here it is...

And I'm super happy with it. There's some Crescent Moon, Nzeppel, Kuke and Tripoli.

I've also finished a couple of backgrounds for some freehand mandalas I'm planning to do over the next week.

30 Days of Lists is back. This challenge rolls out every March and September. Super easy to do; just answer the daily prompt with a list! A great way to begin Journaling or for those who don't have much time. Then if you want to you share a pic of your journal page on one of the social networking platforms. Mine go on Instagram.

So after I made coconut milk last week I decided to use it in a Thai Green Curry. I used a bunch of not very Thai veggies... button mushrooms, baby corn, potato, pak choy, carrots, and peas. Then I cheated and bought a jar of green curry paste, as it's really hard to get some of the stuff you need for it.
It was yummy! But I forgot to take any photos. Next time... And there will definitely be a next time!

Happy creating... 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Weekly Creative Roundup

I've put pen to paper recently and got back into tangling... First was my tribute to India on August 15th - Independence Day. Here I tried out a freehand Mandala, which I then coloured.

Next I drew this piece. I used two of my tangles, Dilmore and Panzi, and added a few of my faves Dugwud, Voga and Miasma. I like how it came out!

Laura's last challenge was to use your non-dominant hand - for me this means my left hand - to draw a monotangle of Bales. I enjoyed the process on this one. I took the opportunity to be mindful and focus on my breathing. I concentrated on one stroke at a time and I love the result. I think the wobbly lines add to it's charm!

Also over the last week I've been working on my first bigger piece. It took me a few days - but I got there in the end. 

Besides tangling, I've enjoyed taking photos when out on my walks with Coco recently. Here's a few snaps - you can see more on my Instagram account.

Look carefully at the bottom two pics - eye spy...

Stray pup

I've also been inspired to walk more - I've downloaded a pedometer app for my Android phone, called Accupedo. It's great. I can track my walking on a daily basis, and best of all - it's free from the Play Store. 

I've also been creative in the kitchen recently. I've made Chilla. 

It's like a pancake, except the batter is made from Besan (Chickpea flour), soaked and ground Yellow Moong Dal, water and a splash of oil. Throw in a few spices and some fresh coriander and you're done! I also added onion and tomato to mine, coz that's the way I like them. 

I also made my own coconut milk from a fresh coconut. It was really simple to do! Next I'll try making coconut chutney.

I look forward to more creative times in the near future.
Happy creating...

Thursday, 15 August 2013


As I live in India, it's evening by the time Laura posts her weekly challenge. As usual, I checked it out when I was on my way home from a long day at work.

A little later in the evening I sat down to tangle. And it was only once I'd finished and was about to start shading, that I remembered it was a monotangle challenge - oops!

After my first attempt I decided to do a second one... A monotangle this time.

So here are my two Zentangles. I'm really happy with both of them as Dex is not a tangle that I find easy to use.

Not a monotangle! 
Dex monotangle 

Happy tangling...