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Diva Weekly Challenge #117 – Schway/Aroz

I have to admit when I first saw this new tangle I was really not keen.  It just seems so stark and geometric and I do like a curve (as you can see from most of my tangles).  Nevertheless I also now have new official Zentangle Tiles thanks to Shelly Beauch CZT (who thank the goddess, stocks these things for those of us downunder) and so I thought I would just get on with this week’s challenge and see what came out.

I used a slightly wonky version of Maria’s dovetail arrows rather than the standard version and as I was going, three pine trees emerged, followed by three houses in front, followed by three schwaying women in front of that.  In the end – I am quite happy with my challenge effort this week.

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Zendala Dare #50

It’s Monday night and I just finished my Zendala for Zendala Dare #50.  Thanks BRight Owl for the continuing weekly challenge.  I have been totally flat to the boards for the past month or so at work and had no time for art so I’ve missed a few challenges and I’ve missed tangling.

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Zendala Dare #52 – Holy Hollibaugh

My first Zendala Dare.  I found some 5.5″ square art paper at a local shop.  Decided to use it for this Zendala dare, rather than trying to transfer the larger template to my moleskine across the “fold”.

Thanks for the challenge Bright Owl.

I really enjoyed this and it was nice and quick.  I am not quite sure that I entirely followed the brief to include the Hollibaugh as a string.  I took a minimalist approach.  There’s really not much tangling happening here apart from the Holibaugh and Shattuck.

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Fleur in space

As usual I was zooming around Pinterest when I came across a lovely tangle by 3CatNite posted from Flickr.  I was immediately inspired to do this tangle. My other half thought it was a bit too sci-fi.

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Tangle Patterns: Shattuck, Printemps and modified Tink.

Diva Challenge #113: Hip to be Square

This is my second go at a Diva Challenge, but the first time that I will be on time for the deadline.  I am hoping I can manage to get the linkey thing to work ok.

This week’s challenge is a square inside a square.  As per usual I used my Moleskine notebook.  Although this morning I did finally manage to find a CZT (Michelle Beauchamp) based in Tasmania, Australia, who actually sells Zentangle tiles downunder.  I can’t wait for them to arrive in the post!

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Tangle patterns: Peaks Border, River, Hollibaugh, Shattuck, Tipple, Pokeleaf.

This was the first time I tried River as a pattern, and I was only marginally happy with the way it came out.  I think if I did another version of this I would also try to have more elements coming across the borders to add more interest.

I also scanned this before before shading…

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…and after shading to show what a difference a bit of shading can make to a zentangle.

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Diva Challenge #112: UMT v. XV “Tuxedo”

This is my first go at a Diva Challenge, but I was too slow to realise that there was a deadline – so it won’t appear on the linkey thing this time.

This challenge was to use one of the tangles created by the Diva challengers – this time it was one created by LeeAnn. I used my Moleskine notebook and a 01 and 08 Micron to draw, followed by a 2b pencil to shade.

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Tangle patterns:  Girdy, Beelight (I think?), Scallops, Floatfest, Rouche, Weben, Tuxedo, Lantern, Footlites, Jalousie, Sand Swirls, Lotus, Inapod, Printemps, Tipple, and a string of what I refer to as a snakey thing which could be a variant of Marasu or Barberpole. Can anyone help me out?

Paradox

So I was teaching myself Paradox and got carried away.  Almost a whole page later this is where I stopped.

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Tangle pattern: Paradox

Something old and something new

One of the recurring features of many of my “before” doodles are spirals.  A spiral floating over the top of this pattern, sort of Hollibaugh style, was the inspiration for this tangle. My six year old loved this pattern and decided it should be called “Rose of Love”

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Tangle Patterns: All About V, Archer, Cadent, Beelight, Candleglow, Footlights, Florz, Huggins, Ixorus, Mi2, Planateen, Sand Swirl, Sparkool, Tagh, Festune, Shattuck, Quiltz

With a little help from my…

The thing about sitting down at the table with coloured pencils and a six year old is they inevitably start saying “Mum, can I help you?” in increasingly more plaintive tones.  Heaven help you, if you leave the table to go do something else like make dinner, and leave your six year old alone with your moleskine notebook.

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Zentangle with colour using Mi2

This particular zentangle was inspired by a Margaret Bremner Tangle I found on Pinterest.

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