Earth Day Homage

Challenge: Earth Day 2015

This week’s I am the Diva Challenge isย “Amanda Day/Earth Day (Round 4!)”ย With so many inspiring previous iterations of this challenge, I thought I’d try to take a “Seasons by Moonlight” approach, using a black Zendala tile, white gel pen and a couple of green/silver accents. Conceptually, representing the four seasons and highlighting the evening hours of Earth Day (and honoring the “turn out your lights for one hour” movement) was a good idea. It got away from me, though, and this hot mess resulted:

Seasons by Moonlight

Earth Day Challenge: Seasons by Moonlight










But ALAS! I am a CZT now! I don’t see mistakes, I see opportunities! To…start over. With a lighter tile and a lighter hand, I approached this as an homage to sun and rain and the gifts they bring. Tangles included Diva Dance (Rock n’ Roll), Msst, Grass Border, Henna Drum and my own wreath of leaves. I am much happier with this outcome. I toyed with adding color but decided I’d already been too heavy-handed on the last one…and my best bet? KISS.

Earth Day Homage

Earth Day Homage










Can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with on this one!

I encourage and appreciate sharing!:

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24 Responses to Challenge: Earth Day 2015

  1. Suzanne Fluhr April 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Cari, I see we were both attracted to the Diva Dance—Rock n’ Roll version. Somehow, I made it all the way to the CZT #18 training without being aware of that one although I had already added the “regular” Diva Dance to my tangle repertoire. I like both your Earth Day tiles. Working on black is not easy and I still need lots of practice.

    • Cari Sultanik April 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Thank you! I think the CZT seminar left us with Diva Dance Rock n’ Roll version. Appreciate the encouragement. The black tiles are a challenge but I am determined to win.

  2. Diane Clancy April 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Congrats on being a CZT!! I actually love the first tile – I think it rocks!! And the 2nd is also lovely!! Great concepts!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Diane Clancy

  3. Annemarie April 22, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    I like the first, but love the second tile!!!

  4. Lily April 22, 2015 at 2:24 am #

    Very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Maggibee April 22, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    Well I like BOTH of these. I can see why you feel the black one is messy but I don’t agree. It’s freeform and whimsical and it represents what it was meant to. The lighter one is more to my taste because I love Henna Drum and your circle of it is just perfect. Congratulations on becoming a CZT, by the way.

  6. Lynell April 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    Both tiles are gorgeous! Love the work in a round rendering…and the black is challenging, but the contrast always makes a person sit up and take notice.

    • Cari Sultanik April 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

      Thanks so much, Lynell. I’m hard on myself on those black tiles, but it’s nice to hear that someone appreciates them a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ilse April 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    Congratulations! I like both tiles, but if I had to choose, I would go for the second one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Cari Sultanik April 22, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      Thanks, Ilse! I’m right there with you!

  8. hungrycorgistudio Sarah April 22, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    Both of your pieces are incredible! You have a great eye for composition when using your tangles! Beautiful drawings! Sarah

    • Cari Sultanik April 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much Sarah!!

  9. Jeanie April 23, 2015 at 1:04 am #

    First grats on becoming a CZT! I’ve read thats actually quite a bit of work, so great job. ๐Ÿ™‚

    great tiles. I have to admit I like the lighter one a little better. Very pretty designs.

    • Cari Sultanik April 23, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      Thanks! It’s a lot of work but I loved every moment. And I’m partial to that one too ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. JL Johnson April 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Two wonderful tiles. Congratulations on CZT.

    • Cari Sultanik April 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you muchly ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. debi_jacy April 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    I love your black tile. It reminds me of the night sky. You do such beautiful tiles – it’s like the tangles just flow from your pen. Inspirational!

    • Cari Sultanik April 24, 2015 at 7:47 am #

      Debi, thank you. I am humbled by your compliment and inspired to keep going!

  12. Becky Robertson April 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I am in love with your Earth Day Homage, it’s so delicate and just amazingly beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing it!

    • Cari Sultanik April 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      Becky, thank you, thank you, thank YOU for looking and for your kind words!!