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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!!