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Friday, April 24, 2015

DIVA Challenge #214 Amanda/Earth Day

Wow, it's that time of year again and round 4 of the DIVA's Amanda/Earth Day challenge!  In the back of my mind somewhere I must have known this challenge was coming around again.  A couple of weeks ago I had used my watercolors on a zendala tile with blue and green.  Then I set it aside to do something with someday.  Well, isn't that just perfect for an Earth Day tile!  Last night I added some organic tangles to the green area and used a glue resist for the stars in the sky.  Then I just used my Tombow markers for some darker blue and green highlights.  Happy Day, Mother Earth

DIVA Challenge #213: Traced Object Strings

Still catching up on my missed DIVA challenges.  The week this challenge came out I was busy packing and leaving for Tangle U in Santa Fe (more to come on that later).  This DIVA Challenge was to use any kind of object you could find around the house and trace it for your string.  In March the Colorado CZT's meet for a day of sharing ideas and tangling and CZT Nancy Smith gave us all a piece of metal that comes off of a furnace filter.  She thought it would make a cool template.  Well, it came in handy for this challenges!  I traced it and filled the triangle parts with Paradox, then ended up using Paradox inside the circles too.  Simple and fun!

DIVA Challenge #212 UMT: FANZ

Oh my, oh my, I am really late on the last 3 Diva Challenges!  During the week of this challenge I was really sick with the over all crud that turned into a sinus infection.  No fun, and I am still trying to get totally over it.  I am so rarely sick, but this one is taking awhile to recover from.  I'll get there eventually.  I didn't tangle this whole week and that is a rare event for me.  I haven't missed a challenge yet, so I just had to make up these 3 challenges all at once.  This week's challenge was to use the tangle FANZ by Susan Goetter.  This is a fun little tangle that I will have to try again.  I was holding my tile sideways for awhile and my rows got kind of wonky, but it worked better if I did the tangle straight up and down.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DIVA Challenge #211 Flux

This week at the DIVA's challenge we are taking another look at Flux, an official zentangle pattern.  Rick and Maria just released the step-outs in their most recent newsletter., even through Flux has been around a long time.  They each have their own version of how they draw this tangle.  I had not even realized that I changed how I did this tangle.  The year I tangled prior to becoming a CZT, I always used Maria's version (looking back on my older work confirmed this).  Then when I went to training, Rick taught Flux and from that point on (without even thinking about it) I have used his version.  Flux has always been one of my favorite tangles (mac and cheese tangle, as Maria would say).  I really like both versions and from now on will try to use both of them.  In this tile, I did both versions, with a whole lot of Tipple (another tangle I have been into lately). 

Friday, March 27, 2015

DIVA Challenge #210 Spiral String

This week the DIVA has us using a spiral string for our challenge.  I always love a spiral string, but I decided to do something a little different.  Instead of drawing one big spiral string I started (without planning) with  Chainging going around in a spiral, until I didn't have any more room.  Then I did the same with Beadline, and last with XYP.  Turned out kind of plain, but I decided to leave it like it is

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Gift for Mike

This was a gift for my brother Mike.  I used a template from the Facebook group, Ornation Creation for the deer, and added the rest. If you haven't been there yet, it is a pretty cool group with a lot of animal and other templates posted for everyone's use.  Lots of amazing and inspiring work posted there

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Square One for March

Wow, as another month has flown by.....here are my contributions for March for the Facebook group: Square One: Purely Zentangle.  (I missed a week this time)




Friday, March 20, 2015

Tangled Coffee Filters

Last Sunday we had a wonderful meeting with 9 CZT's from Colorado.  It was really fun to just get together, talk, share ideas, and we had a great pot luck lunch.  Some of us took some time to experiment applying watercolor on coffee filters for tangling on when dry.   I took my home and got it done the other night.  If I did it again, I would use a lot lighter color for a softer background.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DIVA Challenge #209 Saint Patty's

At the DIVA's challenge this week in honor of St. Patrick's Day we are to challenged to "green up our tiles".  I didn't do a St. Patrick's Day theme, but I put a green wash on my tile with watercolor, and then I tangled with a green Micron pen.  For some reason, I as in the mood for triangles, so I did Fassett, Phroz, Tri-po, and Munchin.  Then I shaded with a colored pencil. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Tangle: BUDZIC

I think I may have come up with a new tangle that I named BUDZIC.  In this crazy tangle world of ours, I hope that it is not out there already, but I certainly can't keep track any longer.  If someone has seen this before, please let me know. 

BUDZIC is a very easy and organic tangle.  It starts by drawing the center of the flower first, using the drawing behind concept when crossing over the tendrils.  Then you add the pedals and an aura.  I've used 4 pedals, but you could do more. 

If you didn't want to add stems for the flower, you could do a bunch together and it could look like an "under the sea plant" too. 

I will be looking forward to seeing what you do with BUDZIC!


    Here is another image from my sketch book:

BUDZIC with Gumleaves (by Helen Williams)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DIVA Challenge 208 Duotangle: Cubine and Poke Root

My favorite kind of challenge from the DIVA, this week is a Duotangle.  That is when you use only two tangles and they are usually ones that I don't put together, so it turns out to be a good challenge.  This week it's Cubine (one of my favorites grid patterns) and Poke Root (nice and round to offset the grid). I used a couple of variations of Cubine, one with a major error (can you find it) that I made work....no mistakes!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Celtic Knot Zendala

I was inspired to create a zendala using circular celtic knots by recent pieces I have seen from CZT's, Pat Mathes and Genevieve Crabe.
I followed this video that Pat recommended:
For the grid I used Genevieve's mandala stencils:

 Thanks Ladies, it was fun to do!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Zendala Dare #98

It has been a long time since I have done a zendala dare from Erin at The Bright Owl blog, partly because she has not done the dare in awhile due to her busy schedule.  She is back now and when I saw this week's template, it just looked like one I had to do.  If you haven't checked out her blog, hop on over and take a look at her great templates, then join in on the weekly dare.  Thanks, Erin, glad to have you back! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DIVA Challenge #207 UNBATZ

This week we are challenged by the DIVA to use a tangle by CZT, Sandy Hunter, named Unbatz.  This was a fun little tangle pattern with lots of possibilities for variation.  I did mine as a  monotangle with some Tipple around the outside.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Square One for February

Here are my contributions for February for the Facebook group Square One: Purely Zentangle.




Friday, February 27, 2015

DIVA Challenge #206 Tools/Trade

This week the DIVA challenge is to try some new tools that you have never used before.  In preparation for a illuminated letter workshop I have coming up in April, I have been trying all kinds of gold pens.  After seeing CZT, Sharon Lynn Payne's beautiful work with gold, I had to inquire what she was using.  It's a Pearl Watercolor Metallic paint set that is made by Finetec. I ordered some last week and it came in yesterday!  The paint is all mica pigment and comes in a variety of iridescent colors, from several shades of gold, to silver, and many other colors.  You just mix it with a little water and paint it on.  I thought the results were beautiful, very shiny, even though the picture doesn't do it justice. I played with all the gold varieties and decided that this is going to work perfect for my workshop! While it is on the slightly expensive side, I found a good deal at merriartist.com. Another great tip from Sharon.  A little goes a long way, and it would last you a long time.  Thanks so much for sharing this info, Sharon! 

So, not to much in the way of tangling on my tile, but my new tool was really fun to play with!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pen Organization

If you know me, then you know that organization is my super power.  So, when my pen collection was taking over 4 drawers and I was having to constantly dig through them to find what I was looking for, I knew I needed a new plan.  After searching online at Office Depot, Amazon, etc. and not finding what I needed, I turned to Pinterest.   Why didn't I go there first!  Everything you could ever want or need is on Pinterest......right!  I found these cool looking pen organization units made with PVC pipe and asked my hubby if he could make it for me.  Off to Lowe's to buy the pipe, he sawed them to the length I needed (5 inches - so that the pens would stick out for easy access) and then glued them together with PVC glue.  The ones I saw on Pinterest just stood on their own or were placed in a bin on its side.  Doug wanted to make one better looking then that, so he stained a piece of wood and hot glued the PVC tubes to it.  He then put legs on the back so it would stand up with the weight.  It is now located to the left of my drawing table and I just have to reach over and grab the pen I need.  I love it!  Thanks, honey!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIVA Challenge #205 Year of the Goat

In the Chinese Zodiac 2015 is the Year of the Goat, so the DIVA challenge this week is to use something related to the Chinese New Year in your tile.  I did a Google search and found this interesting goat, that my husband said was an Ibex, when he saw my tile.  So then I had to do a Google search on that, and he knows his stuff, as always, he's so smart.  Anyway, back to the tile, I drew a rough sketch of the goat and then decided to just use the tangle Printemps around it.  I wanted to use a darker red pen, but as you can see, I ran out of ink and had to switch to a lighter red. I was too lazy to do it over with the same color. Then I used a red colored pencil to shadeSo it is what it is, a funky looking Ibex.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2 New Zentangle Books!

I am honored and thrilled to be a part of two new Zentangle books!

The first is a by CZT, Beate Winkler from Germany, titled 101 Zentangle Patterns.  To date, the book is only published in German, but since it is a pattern book with pictures for all the step-outs, words aren't really necessary to appreciate and use this book.  While it has a lot of the original tangle patterns for Zentangle HQ, it has plenty of new and/or favorite patterns from others as well.  The individual pages are laid out very nice and it has a wonderful A-Z index in the back.  I think beginners and seasoned tanglers will find this book a very nice addition to your Zentangle library!

Two of my tangles are in the book; Tri-Po and Ceebee!  Such fun! 


The next book is by CZT, Beckah Krahula, titled 500 Tangled Artworks.  Beckah lives in Texas and you may recognize her as the author of One Zentangle A Day, another very popular Zentangle book.
As the tiles says, this book is a showcase of inspired illustrated designs!  If you love looking at, and being inspired by zentangle works of other tangle artists, then this is the book for you.  It is full of beautiful tiles, zendala's, ZIA's and more.  I find something new each time I look at it!

I am honored to have 3 of my pieces in this book (#014, 208, and 318)! 



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DIVA Challenge #204 Valentangle

With Valentine's Day coming up this week, the DIVA has asked us to do something Valentine related.  I used a heart mandala template from the Facebook group Ornation Creation and my Tombow markers to create this valentangle. If you know me, you would know that I love hearts, and Valentine's Day is a really big deal here in Loveland, CO.  I was going to wait until Valentine's Day to post it, but it was too perfect for the Diva's challenge, so I couldn't wait. 

On another exciting note, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first grandchild (it's a girl) due this week!  Will she be a valentine baby...we'll see???

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you from me in Loveland, CO! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

DIVA Challenge #203 Athitzi

This week at the DIVA's we are trying out at new tangle named Athitzi by Seven.  It is a very simple tangle, a row of lines on top of each other.  I tried it 3 different ways in my tile, and I like the spiral version the best. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Square One for Jan 2015

These are the tiles I created in Jan. for the Square One: Purely Zentangle group on Facebook.  Each week this group concentrates on a different tangle pattern.  It's a lot of fun to see the variety created each week!




Monday, February 2, 2015

Art Chain on Facebook

Normally I don't go for any kind of chain mail type things, but a lot of the Zentangle art community is doing a fun little art chain.  You post a piece of art (old, new, anything) for 5 days in a row and nominate a different person each day to do the same.  So I thought what harm can some beauty and uplifting art be to make people aware of what different artists are creating.  Who knows, it may be just the thing to inspire someone else to do something creative and fun, or at the very least, make someone smile.  Here were my posts, along with the roses that I posted here.


Friday, January 30, 2015

65 Roses

Every year I try to donate one or more pieces of art to a fundraiser here in town.  Billie Colson, a local artist and owner of Independence Gallery has a fundraiser every year for Cystic Fibrosis.  It started when her grandchild was diagnosed with the disease.  When kids try to say Cystic Fibrosis it comes out as "65 Roses".  So she requests artists to donate painted roses by the end of January and has a gala event with a silent auction to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  This years event is on Feb. 12th at the Rialto Theater Center from 6-9pm and cost $35.00 per ticket.  Every item that doesn't sell that night is displayed in her gallery for purchase through the month of February.  100% of sales benefits the Cystic Fibrosis foundation

For my donation, I tangled 3 different roses and mounted them on painted 5x5 canvas


Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIVA Challenge 202 Duo Tangle: Chebucto vs. Copada

I love the duo tangle challenges, and this time it is two of Margaret Bremner's tangle patterns! I have used Copada several times before, but Chebucto was new to me.  I started this tile without a string and drew Chebucto first and Copada just kind of jumped on for the ride.  Fun challenge!