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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Diva Challenge 325

This is another guest post from Jessica Davies.  Last week we SHARED THE LOVE with our hearts.  This week we are PAYING ATTENTION to an oft-overlooked pattern from Molly Hollibaugh - Peaknuckle.  I had the opportunity to see Molly drawing this tangle at Tangle U last year..  Molly is an amazing person to follow in her teachings.  I "understood" the tangle pattern after watching her.  She also has a You Tube video on creating the pattern which you can see here,

I used Peaknuckle with Adele Bruno's pattern "Sand" and "Y-Ful Power" by Shoshi.  I hadn't worked on my gray journal for a while, so it beckoned to me.  You can find the step-outs for the other patterns on
I hope you like it.  Have a great week!

Fun Time

I have had one issue with Zentangle art - my art can be very rigid.  I tend to follow the "rules" too much.  A straight line should look like a straight line - no wobbliness.  So, to say the least, I often become frustrated when creating my art because my hands are nowhere near steady - I have to really lose myself to overcome that feeling.  So I turn to whimsy.  There is no perfection in whimsy - in fact, just the opposite.  Assymetrical lines are the norm, not symmetrical.  And after spending 50 years in the legal world, the straight line is the rule!!  So I need to break that.  I am taking a couple of different on-line lessons.  One I am taking is "Quirky Birds" by Willowing Art.  I am having so much fun with this - I want to share one of my Quirky Birds I turned into a greeting card for a friend who is moving.
So the rule is to throw away the symmetry in these.  I am still not there, but it was a bit easier.  I am having fun with my birds.  (I have always been seen as a bit "cuckoo"!)

Monday, July 17, 2017


Pattern Collections is celebrating its first anniversary of daily focus tangle patterns.

You can check it out here.  This site has a wonderful group of patterns gathered from people all across the world.  Many of them are representational patterns, so not primarily zentangle, but many of them are zentangle patterns.  Nevertheless it is a wonderful site of challenges, patterns and information.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Diva Challenge 324

I haven't posted a Diva Challenge for a while.  I have been doing art every day, but focusing in a different way.  But this one fit in with what I am working on, so here it is.

It is summer and Jessica Davies is the first guest blogger - The Diva takes the summer off to spend with her boys and everyone else fills in for her.  Wonderful!! Jessica started tangling hearts as a meditation/prayer when she started having health issues.  Like Jessica, I am usually not a heart person but this one spoke to me.  And the marbled tile had a shape going that was a heart shape fit right into. Here is the tile I started with and the string-
So I used A-dalpha, some gems, N'zeppel, Nymph, some floral pieces, auras, etc. and here is the finished tile.  I ๐Ÿ’“it.

Have a wonderful day!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Diva Challenge 320

The Diva Challenge this week is a "UMT" (Use My Tangle) - Dansk by Margaret Bremner.  I haven't posted for the Diva Challenge a while - taking a break to refocus. But this week it struck me as one I wanted to participate in and create a tile.  Interestingly, Margaret Bremner posted on Facebook, giving the difference between Dansk, Sand Swirl and Verve.  She noted that all three look similar, but each has a distinct difference.  Sand Swirl (Kerry Heun) has a small circle connected to the line and the auras curve around and end at the original line.  Dansk has a droplet not connected to the line and the auras continue back to the bottom, never touching the original line.   I hadn't caught that difference before so it really interested me and I saw the tangle pattern more clearly.    And then there is a third tangle called Verve (JJ LaBarbera) that begins with a circle and auras out on both sides.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


It's been a while since I posted but thought I'd share this zendala with you.  I created the template, then worked on it in stages.  The blue is Iris blue Inktense.  Then I used four shades of yellow/orange for the gems.  Finishing touches with white gelly roll.  I really get in a zen zone when I work on these and the day goes by really fast.  Here are the stages, and then finally the finished project.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Journal work

This is a piece in my journal from a couple of months ago - not sure what I was following at the time or who's work might have influenced me at the time. I picked it up today and did the shading and color work - and a bit of the line work. This includes Anooka, Nappi, Noom, Drogon, Hypnotic, Dragonair, Printemps, Verdigogh, Garlic, Meer and Caviar.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Diva Challenge 310

Diva Challenge 310 is a UMT challenge (Use My Tangle) for the first of the month.  This week the UMT is Frunky by Katharina Konigsbauer-Kolb.  This is an example of no mistakes - new opportunity.  Katharina said she was planning to use pattern Floo and misunderstood a step.  Thus, Frunky was born. I combined the pattern with some echo lines and ended up with this.

For the first time in two years, I have skipped Diva Challenges.  I decided I was committed to too many weekly chores and not enjoying my art as much as I wanted to.  I have taken a lot of classes and purchased e-books and books that I need to study and play with more.  So I may be posting and blogging a lot less and doing more of what I really want to do.  I will pick and choose what challenges I will participate in but I will always be watching what everyone is doing though!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Diva Challenge 307

Molly Hollibaugh's daughters Indy and Mazzy released the latest Kitchen Table Tangles, introducing the tangle Zingo.  This week, Laura asked us to create Zingo.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Diva Challenge 306

This week is a UMT - Amphora by Lily Moon.  This is a striking pattern, and can be found on Tangle Patterns website. I am a bit late this week in posting, but here is my take on it.  I used some Shard and Printemps to set it off.  I chose to use circles and offset black and white to set off the Amphora.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sending greetings

Traveling Tangles Project for March is to prepare a zendala.  I signed up to swap with four people and these went out in the mail to them.  I am excited to see what the mail brings for me.  I love zendalas.

Square One focus pattern this week is Por Fina.  I am not familiar with this pattern, so had to do some playing with it.  Here I used it as the focal with echoing, Sea Wave and Diva Dance.

Since I already had my Kala Dala stencils out, I decided to work on some more of the zendalas. The first one I took the flower of life stencil and turned it into a Celtic Knot string. Henna Drum made an outstanding outer pattern. I really enjoyed working on this one. The colored one, not so much. But I put it in here to show that even if you are not happy with one, you still keep on and salvage what you can with it. I wasn't crazy about the strings on this one, and then the Inktense colors bled outside the lines. So I had to keep working on it. I ended up using Blue Micron 01 to do the pattern work on it, and added more color and some echoing of lines. Ended up with a zendala that worked, just not a favorite.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Diva Challenge 305

This week, Laura asked us to do a Duotangle using the patterns Marasu and Molygon.  I love Marasu in Renaissance colors, so my entry ended up as a piece in my tan journal.

A busy week

I have done quite a bit of practicing this past week, not atual tiles, just practiing strokes and patterns. I think I needed that grounding.

I did the journal prompt for Our Tangled Lives which featured leaves.  I love leaves - fall is one of my favorite times of the year with the colors of leaves, but the hint of green coming for spring is just as enticing to me.  With the weird weather this winter - it has been so much warmer than usual for winter - I can feel the spring coming.  So I reflected back to an e-lesson I took last summer from Cherryl Moote and spent a lot of time working on leaves.  I went through her lessons, and then researched many of my own pictures of leaves - the colors and the shapes - and decided I would use one of my accordion cards from the class I put together to teach and I actually wrote my first Haiku.

The Square One focus pattern this week is Yew-Dee. I have always enjoyed this pattern.  When I was teaching Illuminated Letter classes, it was one of the patterns I taught to use as a border pattern.  It makes an awesome border.   I mixed it here with Festune Too and some flux.

I saw a pattern this week called Reflections that really caught my eye, so I played with it for a while, and then in my tan journal, I did a ZIA using Reflections with some Laflor additions, Yew-Dee off the grid, with some printemps and tipple in the background using pencil rather than pen.  Oh yes, there was also a little bit of Molygon and some Bunzo! I really had a lot of fun with this piece and liked the drama I got with it.

I did two exercises this week from the Primer - Exercises 12 and 13 which both dealt with shading.  The first one was creating two tiles using Shattuck and Printemps, and shading them differently, and the second one was to use the pattern Crescent Moon and shade it in different ways.

Even though I did a lot of practicing, I still had quite a bit to show for the week.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Diva Challenge 304

Since Waybop was just released by Zentangle to everyone not just CZTs, the Diva challenge this week was to use Waybop.  I really like this pattern.  You can see my other creations in my last blog.  This time I decided to turn it into a zendala.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy day!

President's Day Greetings! What a weird weather pattern. It has been in the 70s every day, and we have had no rain here for many days. Humidity is medium, which is unusual here. I am not complaining - I don't like cold weather. It just makes me wonder what kind of spring and summer we will have. In this part of the country, things will start greening up in another month or so. In fact, looking out my window right now, the grass isn't brown - it has green patches in it.

This past week I caught up with the Traveling Tangles Projects I had received.

First off was Holly Pacier from Pennsylvania. She sent three tiles - what a variety. Fun. The watercolor swatches begged for boldness so I went bold. The others were a fun challenge.
Stephanie Drewa from Wisconsin sent me this beautiful Renaissance piece. It really turned out great.

Jolanda Baan from The Netherlands sent me a wonderful basic Zentangle tile. I really enjoyed doing it. And the purple sprockets were fun -
Square One focus pattern this week was Trio, a pattern from Hanny Waldburger in Sweden. I have loved this pattern since I first saw it last year. Here I mixed it up with a Dragonair leaf and some caviar.

In the Zentangle Mosaic app, Rick and Maria did a Kitchen Table Tangle on Waybop, adding a series of auras, and finishing it up with "graphite is the new black" background. The first tile below is the one I did while watching the video.

Still playing with Waybop, I used a background made with ink sprayed on shaving cream and marbling the paper. I cut this down to a 5" circle and then placed it on a piece of scrapbook paper to frame it. The Waybop is done with Brown Micron 05, Black Micron 05, White Prismacolor, Gold Gelly Roll and White Uniball.

Hope you all have a great week.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Diva Challenge 303

Diva Challenge 303 - Valentine's Day.  Make a Valentine and give it away.  Well, Valentine's Day has not been a favorite holiday of mine for various reasons.  I do occasionally draw hearts and decided today it was because I matter.  I read an email from Tamra LaPorte on Self-Love and it kind of hit home.  Her words:  "...I encourage you to start practicing more self love, more self-compassion, more "sitting with the wholeness and fullness of you", allowing your feelings to be, allowing you to experience all that you experience...."  and it went on.  So, today, I give myself a Valentine because I matter.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Another week gone by.  It has been one of ups and downs for me - but all in all, it was good.

Tangling Tangles Project - Beth Bentz sent me two tiles and they were fun to finish.  This project is really a learning curve.  The art can be way outside our own comfort zone, and it is interesting seeing how it speaks to you.

 Alena Light posted a couple of new videos and I had to play with them - the first was Tri Rose, and the second was Spiral Flower.  I think I need to do a ZIA with both to see what kind of contrast they would pose.

The Square One focus pattern this week is Flowerly.  This is an interesting pattern to play with - I emboldened it here and put it on a spray of Angel Leafe.

I also finished Lesson 5 in Creating Art at the Speed of Life, which completes Chapter 1.  Lesson 5 used complementary colors.  Since my "favorite color" that I used was blue, the complementary color is orange.  Not my favorite color.  So I actually did some research on the color and found that it is the most rejected and underused color.  Orange radiates warmth and happiness, combinging the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.  It also aids in the stimulation of creative ideas.  However, it is stimulating for the appetite - Note to self: Do not paint kitchen orange!!  I finished out the page, adding blue as accent.
Now on to Chapter 2, Lesson 6.  Can't wait!!

I did a little more work on my ZIA, adding some more color to it.  I am so excited about how this is coming along.
Have a great week!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mosaic Project 6 with Annette Plaga

I joinedin with the 6th Mosaic Project with Annette Plaga.  She puts together incredible mosaics.  This time she used the theme of a starry night.  As she put it, "A fantastic starry sky on a clear and cold winter evening was my inspiration".  Having grown up on a farm far away from city lights, I can relate to the beauty of a sky full of stars.  We all used the same initial tile string.
We tangled in black and white, with a few yellow/golden accents.  I did two tiles:

Annette reported that she had 28 tanglers submit 46 different tiles for this project from Belgium, the Netherlands, USA, France, UK, Austria and Germany.  

Here are the completed mosaics sent to me.

You can see all the wonderful mosaics on Annette's site here

Monday, February 6, 2017

Diva Challenge 302

This week's challenge was a fun one for me.  It is a UMT (Use My Tangle) for Hamadox.  Hamadox was created by Diana Schreur from The Netherlands (who now lives in London)  She has taken two patterns - Hamail created by Tina Hunsiker, an arist I had the pleasure of meeting at the beginning of our CZT Seminar 15, and Paradox, the official Zentangle pattern from Rick.  I enjoyed this one - I met Diana at Tangle University last year.  We are in a journal group together and she really inspires me with her art.  And I met Tina Hunsiker in the courtyard outside the Providence Hotel before the start of CZT Seminar 15.  She is an amazing artist and has created some wonderful patterns.  And then Paradox - well, it is just paradox.  I did a couple of samples of Hamadox - the first one using a square, and the second one using a triangle.  This is a fun pattern - I need to practice more, though.


Another week gone by and quickly, too.  I made a couple of trips to Kansas City last week, one of them meeting up with a fellow CZT Susan Mayes.  I am so happy to get to know her and look forward to tangling sessions.

I finally am putting an idea to paper that has been spinning in my head.  I saw a unique antique Sterling Silver pendant advertised for sale on Pinterest. I was intrigued by the design - all the seed-shaped beads.  In my mind, I saw a zendala in the works - but different.  I played around with different ways to do it - and finally settled on using a different spacing on the outer round to offset the outer ring a bit.  Then I added the feathers.  I have been taking pictures as I go and may make a tutorial.  Here is my work so far. A long ways to go.

The Square One focus is Neuron.  I combined it here with Ruutz/Quandu connecting the two areas.

We are working through the Zentangle Primer and here are lessons 8 and 9 - Beyond the Border and Enjoy the Freedom.  In both, we are letting the patterns used speak for themselves and the boundaries are breached

Then I finished two traveling tangle project pieces.  The first is from Aleesha Saatva in Thailand.
This one is started by Deb Prewitt in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Enjoy your week to come!!  Happy tangling!