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Gourdgeous Tangle Pattern

Brace yourself, the following post contains prodigious use of the word "gourds"- you may risk being sent into a gourd induced coma..........
Up until now I have not played with the Zentangle pattern Gourdgeous. I generally work with single patterns on a drawing and, yep, I admit it.......I like patterns that I can really transform and I just didn't see how I was going to be able to do this. I thought I would be limited to drawing.....well..... a "group of gourds".
So, what got me started with it? Well, over the past few weeks I have been working on my pattern file curating and updating. It's a constant work in progress and a project that will never be complete, I find it very relaxing (I'll be writing a post about it in the near future). Anyway, I was working on the G section and came across a roughly scratched out 2" swatch of Gourdgeous - I needed a more polished sample of the pattern for my file so I started practicing with it and yep, I was ho…

Tile catchup

Each week on the Square One facebook group, a new focus pattern is posted which is to be the subject of a zentangle tile (3.5" square white tile, fine line marker pen, greylead shading, hand-drawn). 
I enjoy it because it is very challenging for me to work within the size and medium constraints. Plus it introduces me to new patterns that I likely would not have seen. BONUS!
Here are some of my recent tiles: SKYE
 TOFUBE From time to time I get a message letting me know the speed of a particular video is too fast for some people. The following screenshots (see red arrows) show you how you can adjust the playback to the speed that suits you best. I am not sure if these options are available if you are viewing the video in an email - you may need to visit the website. Hope this helps out!
We may finally get some rain over the next few days which is very exciting - you can see how dry the paddocks are in this video. The bull and jersey2 love it when they are in this paddock ne…

Drawings Tangle Pattern

A few weeks ago on my Facebook Page we had a discussion on patterns that people were finding challenging. I wanted to experiment with some "new to me" patterns and have been working my way through the list. This week I tried Zentangle Pattern "Drawings" by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. This was my first time playing with it - I had fun :)
Here's my drawing"Drawings" (a bit of a confusing name, especially when you are trying to Google the original instructions for it!!!) 
I often find that the original pattern instructions don't work best for me - this is not because anything is wrong with them and I'm sure they are very logical for everyone else, but my brain seems to process things a bit differently and I usually need to find another way. 
Anyway, this got me thinking about starting a new video collection called "How I would draw this......" Here is the first video which features "Drawings", maybe you will f…

String Rose Tangle Pattern - VIDEO and time-lapse drawing

One of my goals this year is to get my videos up to date, including creating those for the patterns that don't have them along with redoing some of the old ones that are looking a bit rough around the edges.
I've created an updated video for String Rose to replace the quick instagram one I did initially - it includes the basic technique, a small design and grid examples. I hope you enjoy it!
**Please note if you are viewing this via email, you may need to visit the A Little Lime in order to watch it.
One thing that I love about rediscovering patterns is that I can revisit ideas like experimenting with String Rose on a grid, here it is on a diamond, "s" and square grid. I think it is a great space filler.

I also thought String Roses would work well as a starting point for an organic, swirly design - here you can see I've kinda run with it. hahahaha. Lime green, aqua and blue = my favourite colour mix :) I thought it might be a bit of fun to create a time-lapse vi…

A-Z Journal - G is for Gotcha

Onwards with my very, very slow progress through my A-Z journal. I'm up to G and have used the pattern Gotcha by Karin Godyns for inspiration today.
Yep, I know you're going to take one look at my design and think that it looks nothing like the original pattern, and you're right! But, what I really love about playing with patterns is seeing where they take me. If you've followed along here for a while, you'll know I'm a big fan of "what if?"
When experimenting with Gotcha I really liked how the drawing order made sections of the pattern appear to be in front of the others like a weave. I started to wonder....... What if I curved the strokes in to the centre?What if I worked on a wonky grid?What if the back strokes followed along the lines in order to reinforce them and create more depth?What if I alternated the direction of the starting strokes in each grid square? What I like about my results.........the whirling appearance - no "petal" app…

Spiral Rose - PATTERN & VIDEO

I know I've been promising the step-outs for Spiral Rose for a while, but I've been......ah..........distracted. The pitfalls of a short attention span. hahaha
Today finally, I have it ready to share with you, and in case you are scratching your head and are all like....."huh, spiral what?"......... Here's the step-out: I think these rose patterns have been a bit of a flash back to 90's folk art painting. Pretty sure I'm done now.
Here's the video:

As a rare treat (in which you may read "treat" to actually mean "cruel and unusual punishment"), I am subjecting you to some narration in this video. It's been a few years since I've talked in a video as I really hate my voice - I pretty much "broke" it 10 years ago when I had whooping cough and after months of intense nightly coughing I damaged my voice permanently, practically losing it for a year. It's never been the same since. Though, to be fair, it was pretty…


Firstly, thank you for the amazing response to the release of my new 2017 Pattern Folio and the Valentine's Day giveaway - it was wonderful to hear from so many of you and get your feedback. I have more on this and some questions for you at the bottom of this post, so I hope you will take the time to have a read through and let me know your thoughts as this info helps me with future ideas and the direction that I go with A Little Lime.
Firstly, though, some fun stuff. I often work on little projects that I don't feel warrant a blog post but still end up on my Facebook Page (click that link if you'd like to connect with me there), so I thought I'd share some of what I've been doing of late.
This zentangle tile was created for a challenge using Buckled Up, a pattern by Tomas Padros and also features Spiral Roses which I am in the process of creating a step-out and video for.
I don't do a lot of Zentangle tiles as I struggle with the size, but I had a lot of fun …