27 January 2011

It's a mug's game!

A very quick blog entry tonight (for the origin of this post's title, read here).  For Laura's Weekly Challenge, both Mel (Lone Creature) and I drew (tangled) coffee mugs. (Travel coffee mugs: a sheet of paper - shown unrolled below - is inserted inside the outer, clear plastic mug cover.)  So, for a change, I did ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) for this Challenge, instead of a traditional Zentangle.

My new coffee mug - every side (finished, shaded pics tomorrow).
I started mine Tuesday (yesterday)... and have only – so far – taken photographs of it *prior* to shading.  But I wanted to share it with you all straight away. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out!  Today I finished all the shading, and I'll post that tomorrow, if I can find some spare blogging time.  

Section of my tangled mug showing Ixorus and an Ixorus tangleation.
Thanks, Laura, for yet another fun challenge.  
The entire tangled insert unrolled.
And I love Ixorus. Betweed may be finally going to take a back seat to this new love affair. You will see that I've used both basic Ixorus and also one of the tangleations* based on the structure of Ixorus - also seen on the Zentangle newsletter.

* "tan-gle-a-tion  (tan-gəl-shən)  noun 1. A noticeable variation of an existing tangle" ← from Zentangle newsletter

Some close-ups of each section of the mug (you can click on any of the photographs below to see larger versions):


Very much looking forward to using my mug out and about.  I suspect it will become a great conversation starter!
Kit's new favourite mug.
Happy Tangling!

27 comments:

  1. Great way to spark conversation and invite people to take a class!

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  2. These look great! Wonderful idea!

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  3. Whispering ~ traveling tangles ~ cool

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  4. This is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cool! I love it.

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  5. Wow!!! Fantastic tangles and I LOVE the mugs! We are going to want to order some...I would take one for my car, and a few for gifts! And another few for my cupboard!

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  6. Thanks Kit for showing us the process and the new tangleation using "rain". Do you have a source for the mugs that is state-side? You are probably drinking cool drinks in your mug this time of year, but in the frozen north, we want tea or coffee!

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  7. Holy smokes . . . what a great project! So wonderful that you can take it with you and folks will be drooling when they see it. Love all the photos!

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  8. Fabulous!! What a great project and so neat to see how it is done!!

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  9. Lovely mug, thanks for showing us the whole image. Wonderful piece, how fun to have something this beautiful that you can admire daily as you sip your cup of cafe or whatever!

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  10. Glorious! What a great idea!

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  11. Hi Joni (et al). Thanks for all the great feedback. Wow! I'll put up a final photograph today of the shaded version that I finished last night. There are plenty of USA sources for photo insert mugs. If you do a Google search on 'coffee mug photo insert' - you'll find heaps of them! Here is one on Amazon, and another, and -if you're buying multiples- there are plenty to choose from here (including with handles, stainless steel, children's mugs etc.). This one, is very similar to mine (minimum buy 18, but I bought 10 of my style and I was lucky to hold onto 2 for myself, the others sold to my students within two days!). Happy Tangling!

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  12. What a great idea and fantastic job! I picked up one of these mugs at Starbucks and now I know what I am going to do with it! Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  13. PS...love the tangleation on Ixorus!

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  14. Thanks for the links to the mugs, I'm busy shopping, this would be a great project for Zentangle club!

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  15. Great fun we will recognise fellow tanglers anywhere now!
    Mugalicious, thanks for the whole spread, you are a star, I love your tangling!

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  16. Thanks to you, Shelly for showing me your mug first! Hey, everyone - it's Shelly Beauch - the source of my muggish tendencies! [grin]

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  17. Great mug! I like your W2 variation.

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  18. @i am the diva: ♥ing your mug, Laura!!
    @Annet: I've seen that W2 variation called 'Huggins' (but yes, it's pretty much a tangleation of W2!). And thank you. :-)

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  19. Thanks, Kit. I found Huggings somewhere online and used it in my zentangle for week 7.

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  20. Those are such a great mug collection. I like your W2 variation. This would be a great project for Zentangle club!

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  21. What a great idea and exquisite job you done. I picked up one of these mugs at Starbucks and have 't any idea. But now I know what I am going to do with it. Your post is best for inspiration.

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  22. Great fun we will recognize fellow tangles anywhere now!
    Thanks for the whole spread, you are a star, your tangling work is totally unique and new to start on this weekend.

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