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Diva Challenge #143 – “UMT v.XXII – Cruze”

This is definitely a record.  Three weeks of Diva Challenges in a row!

This week the Diva set a User Made Tangle and we were challenged to use “Cruze” by CZT Caren Mlot.  It was definitely a challenging tangle.  I need to practice way more.

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I also kept tangling in my new mini-moleskine sketchbook this week. I got a LOT done.  I’m really happy with how they all turned out.   Zentangle_0033 Zentangle_0035 Zentangle_0036


Diva Challenge #120 Bales

Bales.  Bales is a good tangle pattern. Even though I haven’t been tangling that long, I’ve used it quite a few times.  So it was with relish that I extracted a pair of new zentangle tiles from my precious stash and set to work this week on the Diva’s Weekly Challenge #120.

Here’s my first tile.

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And while I was doing that I started to think about my second tile.  I also love the Zentangle pattern Cubine.  I started wondering whether you could merge Bales into Cubine on a tile. This is what happened when I tried. (Please excuse its upside-down-ness).

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I’ve also been tangling away in my Moleskine over the last week, as I had a couple of days on the couch with a bout of tonsilitis. Boy, tonsillitis as an adult makes you feel really crappy.  Pencillin is a marvellous invention and luckily, as my GP said, it kills tonsillitis dead in about two days.  So having slept straight through all of Tuesday, this is what I was upto while perched on the couch under my quilt and listening to an audiobook all day Wednesday and Thursday. Zentangle is a lovely way to spend time recuperating.

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PS. I was listening to “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. (Our local library has a fantastic service where you can borrow Bolinda Audiobooks for two weeks at a time!!!)  As well as being good stories, Kate Morton really does a great job on the old narcissistic character.  There was a fabulously subtle narcissistic character in this book and an even better one in another of her books that I read (listened to), called the “Forgotten Garden”.

Hope you are all having a nice week.


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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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


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In which I discover Zentangle…

A few weeks ago, I was browsing around Pinterest looking for doodles and stumbled upon some really nice ones by Margaret Bremner.  (Margaret Bremner, coincidently is the name of my year 7 maths teacher – but that was in New Zealand not Saskatoon).   Anyway, Margaret Bremner has a blog called the Enthusiastic Artist, and I had a quick squiz around her website and noticed that she was doing something called Zentangles.

A few click later and I had zoomed through Rick and Maria’s Zentangle site before heading off to my kindle and buying a fantastic book called One Zentangle a Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun. And then I was off.  This is my first Zentangle in my old trusty Moleskine notebook that is already half full of doodles that I’ve been doing over the past six years at least.Zentangle_0003

Tangle patterns: Starting top right corner and going to the centre anti-clockwise: Keeko, Flukes, Florz, Shattuck, -, Crescent Moon, Pokeleaf, Purk, Nipa, Holibaugh x 2, Tipple x2, Fungees.