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Thursday, September 22, 2016

DIVA Challenge #285 Relax, bro!

This week's challenge from the Diva is to do a tile for the sole purpose of relaxation.  I am usually pretty relaxed when I do my tiles, but a lot of times I find myself doing them in front of the TV, while talking with other people, while I am waiting for someone or something, etc.  Not always very zen-like.  So, I took Laura's challenge, and waited this week until I was home alone, when down into my studio, lit a candle, and played Rick's flute CD.  I didn't have wine since it was only 1:00 in the afternoon (maybe I should have waited until the evening, LOL). Besides the candlelight, I had the sunlight coming in the window, which made it possible to actually see what I was doing, and it did make it a relaxing setting.  I liked slowing down, listening to the flute music, and just emptying my mind by just concentrating on my pen strokes.  No hurry, no planning, just the present moment.  Just the way I teach Zentangle.  I took a break from teaching this summer, and this made me realize that I do miss sharing that zen time with studentsHopefully, I get back in the swing of things soon!  Good challenge, Laura!


Yes, I tangle all over my blotter too!

TANGLES:  Fengle with aura's, Snail

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Crazy H

Once in awhile you see a variation of a tangle pattern that just jumps out at you and you know you have to give it a try.  This happened to me for the variation of the tangle, Huggins.  You can find the steps to Huggins on Tangle Patterns, at this link...HUGGINS.  This is one of what we tanglers call an "original tangle pattern", meaning it was developed by someone at Zentangle HQ, in this case Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts (co-founders of Zentangle).  Also, I may be wrong, but I believe it was Maria Thomas who came up with the variation too.  At least, I first saw it in her work.  As always, her work is an inspiration to me to try new things.  I have seen it referred to as random Huggins, Crazy Huggins, and Crazy H (which is my favorite). 

I have always loved the tangle Huggins, so I tried this variation on a tile, and then in a couple of different sketchbooks. I really love playing with this Crazy H!  This tangle became addictive for me, it's so much fun!  It also looks so different depending on the wonky grid you make and what you fill it with.  So you can see, I love Crazy H, and will be playing it with it even more!  Don't say I didn't warn you.....you may fall in love with Crazy H too







Friday, September 16, 2016

DIVA Challenge 284 Tripoli Monotangle

This week the challenge from the DIVA is to do the tangle Tripoli as a monotangle.  In other words, as the only tangle on your tile.  I've always had a little bit of trouble with Tripoli, but Laura's tip about trying to keep the spacing between your triangles as uniform as possible, is a lot of help.  In my first tile I filled in my triangles with different patterns, and on the second tile I used the same one.  The more I practice Tripoli the better it gets, but it does take a lot of concentration for meEnjoy your weekend! 




Thursday, September 8, 2016

DIVA Challenge #283 Centre Square

Another 1st Monday of the month and UMT (use my tangle) feature at the DIVA's blog.  This week we are trying the tangle, Centre Square, by CZT Aleesha Sattva.  This is a very bold pattern, so I tried to keep it on the smaller size and then I ended up with a very busy tile that has lots of movement.  I still love that about Zentangle, no planning and just let it unfold before you.  I am happy with how this one unfolded before my eyes.  Thanks for another fun challenge, Aleesha & Laura! 

Tangles:  Centre Square, Striping, Isochor, Diva Dance, Purk, Printemps, Static

Friday, September 2, 2016

DIVA Challenge #282 Spill It

The DIVA's challenge this week is to spill something on your tile, let it dry, then tangle.  It can be anything, coffee, tea, watercolor, etc., anything that will leave a splotch.  I spilled some cranberry juice on my tile, but it was so light I could hardly see it, so while it was still wet, I added a drop of yellow food color, then a drop of blue and swirled it around on the splotch.  After it was dry I looked at it and turned it every which way, and hey...I see a tree!  My splotch became a tree!  I added some Printemps for a swirly sky with a gray marker and then added a little bit of sparkly blue with a Metallic Gelly Roll pen.  Fun challenge!  Enjoy the nice long Labor Day weekend everyone

TANGLES:  Diva Dance, Flux, Tipple, and Printemps

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DIVA Challenge 281 ING

This week's challenge from the DIVA, is to use the official tangle, ING. This tangle has been out for awhile, but like Laura it is one I rarely use. That's what I love about these challenges, they make you try tangles you never or rarely use. I used a pre-strung tile and did ING around the border with some Printemps, and Tipple. When I added it to the center with a white gel pen, it begged for color, so I used Metllic gel pens to fill in the triangle shapes. I think it gives it a stained glass look. I am liking ING a little more now....lots more possibilities! Have a good week. I am camping with my hubby and I hope to tangle all week, while he fishes! Retired RV life is good!

 

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

DIVA Challenge #280 RIO Olympics

The challenge from the DIVA this week is to let the Olympics inspire your tile.  I have always loved watching the Olympics, both the summer and the winter games.  Not because I am athletic myself (far from it), but I do find the games and the athletes very inspiring.  I love to listen to the stories of their families, their training, and their previous and present victories (both personal and athletic).  My favorite events to watch this year have been swimming, gymnastics, and track.  I used the Olympic rings for my tile.  I used watercolor for the rings and let it bleed a little around each one.  When it was dry I tangled.  Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DIVA Challenge 279 Auraknot and Meer

One of my favorite challenges this week at the DIVA's blog, a duotangle challenge.  This is where she picks two tangles and they are the only ones you can use on your tile.  I love these challenges because they are usually tangles you normally wouldn't put together-Auraknot and Meer.
I used a rounded Auraknot and put Meer around the outside.  Hope you are all having a wonderful week

Friday, August 5, 2016

DIVA Challenge #278 Knightstar

It's another 1st Monday of the month challenge at the DIVA's blog, which means we are challenged to try a new tangle.  This one is by CZT Daniel Lamothe and it's named Knightstar.  I have never tried this tangle before, so it was a little bit of a struggle at first knowing which way to turn my tile to get the lines right.  Once I had it down it wasn't bad.  I did it as a monotangle, with a border around it. I can see how you could do a lot of variations with this tangle, but it may be difficult to do in anything but a square large grid (for me anyway).  Thanks for the challenge! 


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DIVA Challenge 277 Running 'round in Circles

This week's challenge is circles.  Make a string of circles, fill it with circles, or anything you want with circles.  Since my latest tangle obsession is random Huggins, I decided to do that and fill it with Tipple (lots and lots of little circles).  I used a tan tile and after I shaded the tile with a gray marker, I used the white charcoal pencil to add more circles around the outside.  Thanks for the fun and easy challenge this week! 

DIVA Challenge #276 Moving Tangles

I am finally catching up on posting last week's DIVA's challenge!  I had it done, but didn't get around to posting it.  I feel as if I have been in "catch-up" mode with everything since returning from our month long trip to the Pacific Northwest.  (catching up on laundry, cleaning, mail, email, and the big boring list goes on).  No worries though, and I don't put unnecessary pressure on myself any longer, so I will get there when I get there.  Retired life is good that way, and I am still making time to tangle every day....need that Zen time! 

Back to the challenge, which is to tangle from something moving.  (car, train, subway, bus, etc.)
On our RV travel trip we went 5120 miles, and believe it or not, I never tangled.  I thought it may make me car sick, and I didn't want to miss all the new scenery.  So I went out on my patio and tangled in my glider, while keeping it in constant motion.  I found it was very hard to put any pressure on the pen and the lines are wobbly and scratchy looking.  I wanted to try and fix it when I stopped, but I embraced the suck, and now I am sharing it.  I liked this challenge about as much as I like the non-dominant hand challenge-NOT!  LOL!



Monday, July 18, 2016

FB Square Weekly Challenge-B'Dylan

I haven't participated in the FB Square One Weekly Challenge in awhile.  The focus this week is the tangle B'Dylan, which I really love.  I added it to some crazy Huggins (my latest obsession) and threw in a Bijou. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

DIVA Challenge #275 Give Peace A Chance

While the DIVA is on a much needed vacation, our guest challenger is Suzanne Fluhr, CZT.  Suzanne is a world traveler and has a great website about her and her husband's travels, all things related to baby boomers,  etc., and she has now incorporated her Zentangle  journey. I love her style of writing and her wit!  Anyway, back to the challenge.....Suzanne, like all of us, has been saddened about the hatred and violence here in the US, and the world.  It has been just gut wrenching lately, so much so, it's hard for me to turn on the national news at night.  Being of the baby boomer age, I also remember all the things that Suzanne talks about....hmmm, will we ever learn.  In the meantime, let's keep on promoting peace whenever and however we can.  Thanks for the challenge, Suzanne!


 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

DIVA Challenge 274 My Country Tis of Thee

I am so late on this challenge due to traveling across this great country of ours. We have been on our 1st really long RV trip, and hope to be home tomorrow after 30 days on the road. I will have to do a blog post soon with the highlights of our trip.....it's been a blast!

So, for the challenge, since I am very tired, I decided to do the tangle Splinters as a firework, with Printemps around the outside. I also used a clear glitter pen to put Printemps all over Splinters, after the watercolor dried. The picture doesn't do it justice, as it's a very sparkly tile. The 4th of July fireworks are a tradition here in the USA, celebrating our independence. This is the first year I have missed them in awhile.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DIVA Challenge 273 Tangle Remix

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to take one of your old tiles and make it better. At first when I read the challenge I thought I wouldn't be able to join in. I am not at home this week, but traveling in our RV, so I couldn't find an old tile to remix. But wait, I brought lots of art and Zentangle supplies with me, so I started digging. I have a bag I carry around with me for tangling, and that bag has a lot of pockets. So, low and behold not only did I find one tile, but 4. 2 that were completed, and 2 that were started and never completed. The one I picked is almost a year old, and was never finished. I know it's not the same as redoing one, but I did revise and redo the patterns that were started on the tile, and in a pinch it will have to do.
Completed and remixed tile
 
Tile started and never finished

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DIVA Challenge 272 Red, White, & Black all over

This week's challenge from the DIVA can be found at this link here. Instead of just the usual white tile with black ink we added red this week. I used some red watercolor in the middle and some red ink. It was a rainy day today, so I got to tangle the challenge and a tan zendala tile, which I will add later.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DIVA Challenge 271 Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage

This weeks' challenge is one I have done in the past, but always enjoy because it brings awareness to a very important arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey. You can read all about in on the Divas blog at www.iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com. Laura helps raise money for this program each year with a really fun looking 5K race, and also has us do a beads of courage challenge.

I decided to use the ZenGems as my beads (because I wanted to practice them some more) and added a very simple headline as the necklace string. (Oh yes, and a little "A" for Artoo). Love that little guy!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

 

 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

DIVA Challenge 270 SKYE



Our challenge this week from the DIVA is to try out the tangle, Skye, by Margaret Bremner.  I knew I wanted to try this tangle when I saw Margaret's tiles and step-outs on her blog, so I was happy it was the challenge this week.  It has a bit of a learning curve, but I thought it got easier each time I tried it.  I will be playing with this tangle more in the future! 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DIVA Challenge 269 Ellish

Whenever a new official tangle comes out, the DIVA always challenges us to give it a try.  I have been playing with this new tangle, Ellish, for a little while now, but never posted it anywhere.  I couldn't help do another one last night!  Not too often I have 3 tiles for the challenge



 
 
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

DIVA Challenge 268 A bit-o-black

Yes, I am very late with my entry into last week's challenge!  I was out of town on a whirlwind trip with 2 of my sisters from Wisconsin.  We went to NYC for 5 nights (4 days) and saw all the attractions we could see.  We also took in 3 Broadway plays, and did some shopping!  We put a lot of miles on our feet, rode the subway everywhere we could, and we had so much fun doing all of it! 
The DIVA has asked us to add some black in places we normally wouldn't.  I added stripes in Paradox, Beelight, and Avreal, and some rounding around Poke Root, and Flux. 
Better late then never with my tile! 

Paradox, Beelight, Munchin, Flux, Poke Root, Tipple, and Avreal









Some of the highlights of our NYC trip too!

 


 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DIVA Challenge #267 Drupe & Poke Root

In celebration of Laura's birthday, she decided to have us do a Duo-tangle, since they are her favorite challenges.  I love the duo tangle challenges too, since they are usually two tangles we normally wouldn't pair together.  The challenge is to use only Drupe and Poke Root.  Happy Birthday, Laura! Have a good week, everyone! 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DIVA challenge 266: Crux

As another 1st Monday of the month rolls around, so does the Diva's UMT (use my tangle) challenge.  This week we are using Crux by Henrike Bratz.  It's a fun tangle, with a lot of detail and variations.  I did mine on a pre-strung tile and put in a little Printemps with my two variations of Crux

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Workshop on ZenGems and Zenspirations Monogram Letters

This past Sunday I had 6 lovely ladies join me for an all day workshop.  In the morning we made the Zen Gems that have been all the rage in the Zentangle community for awhile now.  We made them on Bijou tiles (2x2") and tangled around them.  I gave everyone a cute little 2.5x2.5 photo cube to put their gems in and gave them a few other ideas on adding gems to note cards.  They did amazing work for their first time trying this technique


All the beautiful gems!
 
Bijou Gem tile mounted on a note card
Note card with Bijou Gem tile & a regular size tile with border
What a fun group of ladies that I have had the pleasure to get to know through several classes and workshops!  (I jumped in the picture too)
 
Bijou Gem tile mounted on regular tile with border
Mounted with mounting square to give it a 3D look





After lunch we worked on creating Zenspirations Monogram Letters.  These are letters that were created by Joanne Fink (who gave me permission to teach her technique).  I used Joanne's wonderful book Zenspirations Letters and Patterning as a reference. 
Again, I thought everyone did wonderful work for their first time trying this technique!
 
 


All the beautiful letters!
(sorry for the slightly out of focus shot with too much light)


Before everyone came, I made their first initial for each of them as an example to refer to and gift, along with a mini easel to display it on. 
 
 
Fun to add the bling too!


I also went high-tech!  I have taught classes from the easel for 5 years now and was more then ready for a change.  I used my iPad as a document camera and attached it to a flat screen TV with a HDMI cable. Thanks to Sue Sharp/CZT for helping me figure out how to set this up after I saw the idea on her blog!  It worked like a charm and the students thought it was great!  So happy to have this new (to me) way of teaching! 
 


I loved giving out new tools for everyone to try and take home; tiles, pens, markers, cubes, mini-easels, art, etc. I did a gel pen drawing give away too.  We had good food, laughter, and a very enjoyable time together.  All in all, the all day workshop was a success and everyone had fun!  Thanks again, ladies!  You make my job fun too!