Thursday, October 30, 2014

Zendala Class

I had the pleasure of sharing a Zendala (a Mandala made with Zentangle patterns) class with 3 lovely women last Saturday.  There are so many ways to make a Mandala/Zendala, so we used 3 of them for this class.  We started out using a stencil on a regular 3.5" x 3.5" tile and filling it with tangles to create our zendala's.  Next, we used a pre-strung zendala tile that we filled with extra lines and tangles to create our zendala's.  The last method we tried was creating a snowflake zendala (cutting shapes into a folded piece of paper) and then tracing the openings on a 6" x 6" piece of Bristol Vellum.  After the snowflake was traced, we added lines (without planning) to create our zendala template.  We didn't have time to complete the tangles on these, but I got mine done, and one of the students emailed me her completed zendalaTake a look at the beautiful work!

Zendala's made with stencils

Zendala's made with pre-strung tiles

Completed work in progress

Completed work in progress

Snowflake zendala templates

The above template turned into this beauty
by Pat Mathes/CZT!

My completed snowflake template

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DIVA Challenge #191 BETWEED

Yes! The DIVA's challenge this week is to do a monotangle of Betweed.  Betweed has always been one of my favorite tangle patterns!  I recently had a "Renaissance" tan tile class and it reminded me of how much fun it is to play with the highlighting and shading on those tiles

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIVA Challenge #190 Pink for Ardath

The weekly challenge from the DIVA is to use the color Pink in honor of her grandma, Ardath, or anyone else you know touched by breast cancer.  Unfortunately, I know quite a few that have fought this disease and didn't make it, and others that have survived.  I honor all of you brave women!


Note: The tangle HOPE, is one I made several years ago while my good friend, Jody was going thru chemo treatments to fight ovarian cancer.  You can see my post with the step-outs to this tangle here. Jody lost the battle the following May, 2011, and I still miss her dearly!  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Square One: Purely Zentangle

I did a post recently about a new group on Facebook called Square One: Purely Zentangle, that you can read about HERE.  This group continues to grow rapidly and it's so much fun to see everyone's work!  Here are my 2nd five entries for the weekly focus:

FOCUS: FESCU (with Marasu)

FOCUS: DEX (with Printemps)

FOCUS: BETWEED (with Tipple)
FOCUS: PENDRILLS (with Fracas)

FOCUS: FENGLE (with Flux, Betweed, and Fescu)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DIVA Challenge #189 YUMA

Where did this week's Saturday night and I am just getting to the DIVA's challenge! This week we are using a new tangle from CZT, Tina-Akua Hunziker called YUMA.  I tried both varations on my tile and added a little Striping and Pepper. A fun little tangle that I will need to try again!  Thanks, Laura and Tina!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DIVA Challenge #188 National Coming Out Day

This week's challenge from the DIVA is in support of National Coming Out Day, Oct 11th.  You can read all about the challenge here.  I recently saw a new tangle named, Trio by CZT Hanny Waldburger and thought it looked a heart embracing itself in a hug.  So I used that and my Tombow markers to color it in rainbow colors.  Then I added the Poke Leaf, Flux, and Tipple, and couldn't resist coloring them too

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To Every Season.....Turn, Turn, Turn

There is something so wonderful about being able to grab a pre-strung zendala tile without having to think about the planning that goes into a mandala.  Before we went to Idaho last month for a couple of weeks, I put two of the tan zendala tiles in my Zentangle bag in hopes I would get a chance to get them done.

As I wrote earlier, we were there to move my father-in-law out of his home of 54 years. I got the chance to do the first one on a beautiful afternoon, when Kermit and my husband, Doug decided to take a time out.  I am not a nap person, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to tangle.  I got a lawn chair and set it up in the drive way in front of the garage, which has always been the place to relax, gather with others, read a book, etc. over the years.  I wanted to keep this trip full of positive energy, so as I tangled, I thought of all the good times I have had in this spot.........when we were dating, first married, bringing the kids here for years when they were little, and later as they grew, all the family reunions and watching everyone's family grow, and of course those no longer with us....Dora (my mother-in-law), and Darla (my sister-in-law).  I have been so blessed to have so many great times here, sharing moments of laughter, food, and just the joy of being together with those I love! 

I did the second zendala yesterday at home, when I was in the mood to just do lines.  No patterns to think about, just filling the spaces with line work.   Yes, these pre-strung tiles are great to just pick up when the mood strikes and fill in with whatever you are feeling in the moment!

Friday, October 3, 2014

DIVA Challenge 187 Blind String

This week,  the DIVA has asked us to draw a string with our eyes closed.  I love to do this because I always get something out of the ordinary to work with, and not like my usual strings.  I must remember to do this more often!  Thank, Laura!

TANGLES: Braze, Shattuck, Isochor, Hollibaugh,
and variations of Cadent, Paradox, & Yincut

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pastels on 5th - Sidewalk Art

I participated in a wonderful  all -day event on Sept 13th, in my home town of Loveland CO.  The event is called Pastels on 5th because it's located on 5th Street.  This event started in 2011 and it raises money for the local Alternatives To Violence organization.  (Alternatives to Violence educates and empowers victims, survivors and the community to break the cycle of violence).  Business owners sponsor the event by donating money for a sidewalk square, and artists donate their time and talent.  The community comes out and pays $1.00 a vote for their favorite sidewalk square.  The event was so well organized and included breakfast and lunch for the artists and volunteers.  There was a wide variety of music from local musicians too. 

Holly Williams (friend and soon to be CZT) and I decided to do a Zendala (Mandala with Zentangle patterns) together. This was the first time participating for both of us.  We had one of the biggest squares at 6x6 foot.  We practiced for a couple of weeks ahead of time, and we still learned a lot about working with sidewalk chalk the day of the event. Many thanks to our family and friends (including 2 CZT's, Pat Mathes, and CJ Petersen), who came off and on through the day to support us.  It was a long day, and we discovered muscles we hadn't used in awhile, but all in all we had a blast!  Now we are looking forward to next year!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

DIVA Challenge #186 Leaves

This past week's challenge from the DIVA was to use leaves as your string and tangle.

We took a trip to Idaho 12 days ago to help move my father-in-law from his home since 1960 to a independent living apartment in a senior complex.  He is 92 and still able to care for himself, but the family home was just too big to keep up with.  Our days were very busy, sorting, selling, packing, and making many trips across town in our pick-up truck. We hired movers for the big things.  At the end of it all, we unpacked every box, found a place for everything, hung pictures, and made his new apt. comfortable and cozy.  It was a labor of love for us, and we feel so blessed that we were able to be with him and help with this transition.  It was also nice to be able to get all of this done in the fall before the first snow starts to fly

I think fall is one of my favorite seasons too!  I love the changing colors and the cooler, crisper feel to the air.  On our way to Idaho we stopped to take pictures of the gorgeous colors in the Snake River Canyon, so I am sharing with you below.  So glad we did, because on our way back yesterday, we drove through pouring rain for half of the 10 hour drive.  We made back to Colorado safe, sound, sore, and tired, but thankful we are home!

I did this weeks challenge in our hotel one night, but never got around to posting it.  So, better late then never!  I have always loved the work of  Helen Williams from A Little Lime Blog, so I used her pattern Gumleaves as my string and tangled in them.  I would have liked to use a brown colored pencil to shade with, but I didn't have one with me, so I used what I had. 

My husband Doug, and Dad Kermit

Kermit and Me (The best father-in-law anyone could have)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DIVA Challenge #185 Phicops & Diva Dance

This weeks challenge from the DIVA is a Duo Tangle challenge, which is to use only the two tangles she has picked out. In this one we are using Phicops and Diva Dance.

I am out of town, so I am attempting to try something new! Doing a blog post from my iPad. I have the Blogger app on my iPad, but don't know how how to add a picture. The only option I could find was adding it from my phone, but I don't want to download every picture from my phone on to Blogger. So, I am trying a new app (for me anyway) called Blogsy. I took the picture on my iPad and hope I will be able to add it from my Camera Roll. If there are any of you techies out there, and you know an easier way, please let me know! Here goes........

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Square One: Purely Zentangle

There is a new group on Facebook called Square One: Purely Zentangle.  This group was created by CZT's, Jenny Perruzzi and Chris Titus, but you don't have to be a CZT to join and participate.  This group takes Zentangle enthusiasts back to the basic's of Zentangle.  No color, no ZIA's, no frills, purely Zentangle, black ink on white 3.5" size. 

In addition to posting your purely Zentangle tiles, they have started a weekly focus on ONE tangle pattern each week.  The ONE tangle pattern must be included in the tile, but can be combined with others. 

This group is growing fast and already has over 1000 members.  It's a great place to get inspiration, learn, and appreciate getting back to basics of Zentangle!  Come join us! 

Here are my entries for the first 5 weeks:







Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DIVA Challenge 184: ING

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to try the newest official tangle, ING from Zentangle HQ.  I had started a black tile with ING on Saturday, so just finished it last night. I added another ING, along with Mooka, Tipple, and Printemps.  It was fun working on a black tile again! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIVA Challenge #183 UMT: X-DID

As another month rolls around, it's time again for UMT (use my tangle) over at the DIVA's blog.  This month we are trying out the tangle, X-Did, by Annette Carlo.  It's a fun little tangle that has lots of room for variation. Thanks for sharing your tangle, Annette! 


Friday, August 29, 2014

DIVA Challenge #182 Stripes

This week's DIVA Challenge is to use stripes as your string.  I just drew some curved stripes on a tan tile and tangled away.  Fun challenge!

TANGLES:  Tortuca, Crescent Moon, Zander, Mi2, Betweed, Tipple, Avreal

Monday, August 25, 2014

Zentangle Basic's at the Chilson Senior Center

Last Thursday, Aug 21st, I was invited to teach a Zentangle Basic's class at the Chilson Senior Center in Loveland.  This class was arranged by Kim F. of the Aspen Club, after she took the class at my home.  We had 29 delightful ladies  (most of them new to Zentangle) in attendance.  The class was 90 minutes, so we were only able to complete 1 full tile.  Everyone had a wonderful time learning the Zentangle method of art!  Thanks to Kim, for making this class happen, and thanks to Holly W. for assisting me with the class.  Holly has attended several of my classes and is going to the CZT seminar in Oct. to become a CZT!  Holly took a picture of the class for me, but I got so busy I forgot to get one of her and Kim.  It was so nice to meet all of you, and I hope to see you in future classes!