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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Diva Challenge 332

The Diva is back from her summer vacation time with her family and the challenge this week is to use two squares.  I am using a page from my new journal - a wonderful sketch pad 8 1/2" x 11" that is a wonderful 90 lb. paper.  I like this size - in my daily workings, I often draw squares and use whatever pattern or grouping I have in mind and just wander.  I sometimes fill in the spaces around with notes, or with other patterns, or just leave it open.  This will make a great journal in the end - a wandering of techniques and patterns.

In this page, I was using the basic Zentangle patterns in the top one - Marasu often escapes me and I wanted to pair it with Mooka.  The shading was a challenge and I was trying to obtain dimensional aspects of the square.  I was pleased with how it turned out in the end.

 The bottom square was one that was inspired by Lynn Meade's recent blog (you can find the article here).  She was doing one of her wonderful morphing exercises using Stoic, HaKrall and B'twined.  I followed her directions so that I could see how her mind was working.  This is not my design - this is Lynn's design drawn by following her instructions.  You can see how I have made notations alongside this drawing so that I can look at it again and see how it came about.  I am amazed at how this came together and encourage others to try and to follow her method of seeing patterns in similarity.  This is a method that escapes me and I work at.  Lynn's drawings are always an inspiration to me.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Diva Challenge 330

This week's guest blogger on The Diva Challenge is CZT Jeanette Clawson.  She challenged with the creation of a Zentangle plate.  You take four tiles of the same size, draw an identical plate string (like a zendala), and tangle them separately.  When finished, join them back up.

I'm a little late to the party, but it took me some time to finish as I was working on other projects, too. I actually started with a 7"x7" square, colored with Tombow marker (colored the mat, spritzed it and laid the tile down).  After drawing the string, I cut the paper into 4 separate tiles.

Here are my four tiles, and the finished plate.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Diva Challenge 329

The guest blogger this week is Marguerite Samama from the Amsterdam Area.  I have followed Marguerite's work for some time and love it.  She is a true inspiration.  Her challenge is to use the fragment D-1.  I was working on a challnege for another group I am in where we had a one-word prompt "Square"  So I did a framework of squares and inserted fragment D-1 in various ways.
Then I did another one

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Splotchy Tangles 2

I spent time with CZTs Deb Thingvold and Susan Mayes today and we worked on some more splotchy tangles.  Deb had some tiles that were prepped with shaving cream and inks.  Here is my progression and finished tile.  I really love the freedom of these tiles.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Splotchy Tangles

I have been participating in a challenge "Splotchy Tangles".  To start, I applied Tombow markers to watercolor paper and created the color.  Then I spritzed with water, let it sit a minute, and then used a paper toweel to lift off the water to give a splotchy effect  The next step was to use a black pen and outline the "splotches".  After they were all outlined, I started filling in the areas.  As a Zentangle Artist, this was really a stretch for me.  It is just line drawing and it really led me outside my comfort zone.  In effect, though, the black outlines were the strings - they were just restrictive, unlike a pencil string that is used as a guideline.  I did manage a few Zentangle patterns in this, but it is mainly line work.  I did use colored pencil to shadow and enhance, and a Uniball signa to highlight.  So below are my progress pictures.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A letter to you!!

I just took part in a challenge on one of the Facebook groups that was fun and I wanted to share the results.  This challenge invovled letters, and there were three entires to be made  So I used the three initials of my name.  The first challenge was to use the letter as a string.  Second, create the letter and tangle inside it.  Last but not least, do the leter with negative space.  Funny story, I used my middle initial as the negative space initial.  I do not use my middle initial because if I do, my initials are PAM and people tend to call me Pam instead of Pat.  So I dropped it a long time ago.  Therefore, it is a negative letter for me.  Here are the results of my three tiles.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Quirky Birds

Oh what fun I have had.  I have been taking a course from Willowing Arts on how to create Quirky Birds!  Here is my first set.  I  based the accordion book on the Tim McGraw song "Last Dollar" because the words to that song, which I have always liked, really fit these birds - "One, Two, Three, like a bird I'll sing".

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Today's Zendala

I love to create zendalas and mandalas.  I have had this one in mind and decided it was time to see if it worked.  I am relatively happy with it - it ended up quite dense with pattern but I like the way it all came together. I like the play of Diva Dance in this - it ebbs and flows.  The piece is 5" square.  The color is Inktense pencils.  Other than that Black Micron 01 and graphite for shading.  I did a series of progress pictures and share them below the zendala. I apologize for how they are showing on the page - I really had issues with Blogger today.

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!