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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIVA Challenge #233 ZENITH

Our DIVA is back from her summer break!  We missed Laura, but had some wonderful challenges from the guest CZT's.  This week, Laura has asked us to give the new official tangle, ZENITH a try. I haven't played with this one too much, and I quite like it. I kept it simple and added some Florz with a wonky grid, and a Zinger. 

As I have posted previously, I was fortunate to attend CanTangle (a CZT retreat) this year and to meet Laura in person.  She was kind enough to post our picture, along with many others, in her challenge blog post.  Yes, it is true that I have done all of the DIVA challenges, as I have written about  HERE,  AND HERE.  Even though I am retired, I really do have quite a busy life, and I guess this is just one of the things that I enjoy and got hooked on!  Besides that, it's given me things to blog about over all these years too, LOL.  Thanks again, Laura!  Hugs! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

DIVA Challenge 232 Duo Challenge: Audio vs. Betweed

This week over at the DIVA's weekly challenge, Holly Atwater, CZT of Ha! Designs is the guest blogger.  I had the pleasure of meeting Holly this year at TangleU in Santa Fe!  Holly has been producing some audio Zentangle meditation tapes and posting them to her blog.  She was inspired to do these from Molly Hollibaugh who leads a voice only meditation at the CZT seminars.  I was one of the earlier CZT's and didn't get to experience this (although all my students who became CZT's raved about it) until this year at the CanTangle retreat.  Molly was there and she lead us through a voice only meditation tile.  It was a wonderful experience!  When I saw that Holly had this as a challenge versus doing a tile of Betweed, there was no question about what I would do, even though I love Betweed too.  Holly, your tapes are wonderful!  I really enjoyed doing the first Bijou tile so much that I ended up doing all three.  I guess I am one of those overachievers that Holly talked about in the challenge....who would have guessed, LOL!  Thanks for the fun challenge

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I have added some new items to my ETSY shop.  If you'd like to take a look, just click on the button here on my blog. The three new pieces were also added to My Gallery tab.   While you are there if you'd like to click on the heart to mark my shop as a favorite you will then see when I add new items.  Thanks so much for shopping ETSY! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DIVA Challenge 231: Undulating Tangles

This week at the DIVA's  challenge we have CZT Sharla Hicks as the guest blogger.  I was fortunate to meet and take a class from Sharla this year at Tangle U.  Her beautiful work has a very organic style, as you can see from her examples on the challenge post.  Her challenge to us is to use an old favorite undulating C or S curve tangle or find a new one.  I have played with Isochor and Verve before, but have not used Abundies, so I put them all together on this tile.   Thanks for the fun challenge, Sharla

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DIVA Challenge #230 "Let's all be ZenDivaDala"

The guest blogger this week at the DIVA challenge is Erin Olson, CZT. Erin is the host of the Zendala Dare on her blog, The Bright Owl.  I love her Zendala Dare, but don't often get the time to do one, so was really happy to see her as a guest blogger!  Thanks Erin, for another great template!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More CanTangle

Yesterday I did a post on the CanTangle Retreat I attended in July in Regina, Canada.  It was a long post already, so I decided to write about it in a couple of posts. 

First off, I want to emphasize that I loved every class at this event and I thought all of the CZT's who taught were wonderful!  It was also wonderful meeting so many CZT's that I only knew online or through blogs.  The atmosphere was so positive, friendly, and kind!

I do have to admit that two of the reasons I wanted to attend were to meet CZT's, Margaret Bremner and Laura Harms, both from Canada.  I have been inspired by both of these ladies for a long time now, and wanted to meet them in person. 

I will start with Margaret Bremner of www.enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com.  A lot of us CZT's think of her as one of the "rock stars" of the zentangle world because her art is incredibly gorgeous and she shares so many wonderful tutorials on her blog.  I have followed her blog for years now and have always been so inspired by her work.  One of the things I have always loved are her house landscape pieces!  They are so whimsical, fun, charming, and full of details that Margaret is known for.   When I heard she was teaching her techniques for them, my decision to attend was set, I had to go.  The class was great and it reminded me of drawing classes I had taken many years ago, no planning, letting the paper speak to you about what it should be.  It definitely took me out of my comfort zone and I really didn't think I would like my piece, but I am happy with it, from where I started anyway.  I am anxious to try another one soon.  Here is my wonky little house landscape piece from class.  If you would like to see more of the pieces from our class take a look at this link. Thanks again, Margaret!


Then there is Laura Harms of www.iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com fame.  If you have been part of the Zentangle world for awhile chances are you have heard of the DIVA weekly challenges.  If not, click on the link and check it out.  I have been following the DIVA challenges since the beginning and according to Laura, I am one of the few people who has done them all.  She celebrated her 200th challenge in 1/2015 which I wrote about at this link., and she is on #230 this week!  I told her that I have told myself that I would quit at 100, 150, 200, well you get the picture, and she said if she can't quit, then I can't quit either, LOL!  We'll just see how long I last at this!  Kidding aside, it has been fun and inspiring to follow her blog for the challenges, her beautiful art, and to see the amazing Mom she is to her two little boys!  Great job, Laura...you have inspired a lot of people with your blog! 
She kicked off the retreat and her class was great She had all of us dancing in our chairs while we tangled and laughed.  We did 3 fun tiles and I am posting the one with a montangle of Diva Dance, the tangle named for her.  Not many people can say that! Thanks again, Laura!  

Monday, August 10, 2015

CanTangle Retreat

I am home again for awhile and will tell you all about the CanTangle Retreat in the next couple of blog posts. 

The CanTangle Retreat was in Regina, Canada from 7/16-7/19 and was a continued learning experience for CZT's.  I am so happy I was able to attend!  I was fortunate enough to be able to travel with Nancy Smith, a CZT from Denver.  Nancy and I went back to the CZT certification training together in 2010 after meeting in the airport for the 1st time.  It was so great to reconnect with her! 

I can't think of enough good things to say about the retreat, it was that wonderful!  1st off Lisa Heron a CZT from Regina was our host.  She was great at welcoming everyone and making sure we were all having fun throughout the event.  She also taught a class in using color which was great!  Laura Harms, a.k.a. The Diva taught the first class and had everyone dancing in their seats!  What a fun class and good way to set the mood for a fun retreat (more on Laura & her class in another post).  Molly Hollibaugh, CZT and Product Manager at Zentangle Inc. did a wonderful meditation class in which we drew tiles based on her voice instruction alone.  She also taught us some other techniques and a new tangle from Zentangle Inc.  (Zenith, which has now been released).  Bette Abdu, CZT taught us about bookbinding and we made a beautiful 6x6 book to keep our tiles and mementos from the retreat in.  I never did anything like this before, and it was great!  (I hope to show pictures of it another post too).  Cris Letourneau, CZT of "Made in the Shade" and "Pattern Play" fame did a great class using Bijou tiles and one tangle.  As in the Pattern Play book, she has us take that one tangle and vary it in all different ways.  Brenda Shaver, CZT told us wonderful stories of her experiences teaching "differently challenged" people.  She also had us start making a large story landscape piece, which I will also post when I get it done.  Margaret Bremner, CZT who we all think of as a "rock star" in the Zentangle world, taught us how she does her famous wonky house landscapes.  (more on Margaret & her class in another post). 

I have followed Laura Harms, the DIVA, and Margaret Bremner for a long time now and was so happy to meet both of them, that I will be doing another post on each of them. 

I loved every single class and learned so much from each of the CZT's that taught!  It was so great to meet all of them, most for the 1st time!  It was also wonderful to meet so many of the CZT's that attended who I only knew through Facebook.  What a wonderful community CZT's are!!!

All the wonderful goodies we received

More goodies and giveaways (Lots of giveaways)

Purchased and traded (more on these later too)

Friday, August 7, 2015

DIVA Challenge #229 Negative Space

The guest blogger at the DIVA Challenge this week is CZT, Sandy Hunter. The challenge is to leave some white negative space and make that a focal point of the tile.  Fun challenge!  Thanks, Sandy!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

DIVA Challenge #228 Guest Blogger, Cari Sultanik, CZT

While the DIVA, Laura Harms (I met her in person at CanTangle...more to come on that later) enjoys some much needed time off with her family this summer, we have another guest blogger, CZT Cari Sultanik.  Cari has challenged us to do something natural and organic.  I love all of the organic tangles and love to do organic ZIA. For the challenge, and for the sake of time (in between two camping trips) I decided to stick to a tile.  I started with Henna Drum, added some Cat-Kin, Mooka, Sekips, and Tipple. I didn't want to crowd out the other side so I made auras around the middle flower of Henna Drum, which I think turned out really cool! A few Zingers and here's my organic tile. Fun challenge, thanks Cari!

Friday, July 24, 2015

DIVA Challenge #227 Circus Life

We have another guest blogger at the DIVA challenge this week, CZT, Lee Darter.  Lee has asked us to create a tile using the tangles Tropicana, Cack, and one other of the 3 she picked.  I choose to add LinQ to the mix, since I rarely use it and it looks so lively and fun!  I started the same way I always do, with a string and just start tangling to see where it takes me.  I think my tile conveys the excitement of a circus.


Thursday, July 23, 2015


This is the last in my 4 week series of new tangles, and is another easy organic tangle named Tropicapod. I hope you have fun with it! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Tangle: SEKIPS

Another tangle for all of you organic tangle lovers.  This one was so simple that I had doubts about even publishing it.  When I showed it to a couple of my CZT friends, they absolutely loved it and have kept asking when I would publish it so they could use it. They also reminded me that what makes a good tangle is 1-3 steps. They are the best! 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DIVA Challenge #226 Simplicity

This week we have another guest blogger, CZT Katie Crommett over at the DIVA challenge.  Katie has asked us to practice the art of simplicity.  In her words: 

Keep your tangling space manageable. If you don't have an official Zentangle tile, you can cut a piece of paper into 3.5" x 3.5." 
Pick two or three tangles, at the maxium.
After you draw each tangle, be conscious of when you've reached your point of "enoughness."
White space is your friend. Or, even, it's more than a friend. 

I made a very simple looped string and used the tangles, Purk, Paradox, and Fescu.  I really enjoyed this challenge!  Thanks, Katie!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

DIVA Challenge #225

This week's DIVA challenge is brought to us by guest blogger, CZT Jen Crutchfield.  Jen asked us to challenge ourselves with color.  I have use all kinds of color now, markers, gel pens, colored pencils, watercolor washes, but I have never tried just painting with my watercolors.  So that's what I did to challenge myself.  I learned that it takes very little on your brush to get a lot of color.  I also learned that it is not as easy to blend as markers or color pencils.  I am sure that it probably is once you learn the technique and practice with it, but please remember it's my 1st attempt.  Also, in the photo the Betweed looks Blue and it's actually PurpleWho knows, a watercolor class may be in my future!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Tangle: TUBERIZ

I love organic tangles and I am always looking for more flowers to add to my organic ZIA (zentangle inspired art) pieces, so I created this new tangle.  I hope to see it added to some of your beautiful tangled gardens too

click on pic to enlarge

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Square One on FB

I just realized I haven't posted my Square One entries for quite awhile now.  This group on FB has now gone over 5000 members, WOW!  I don't enter every week, but try to get them done as often as I can.  It is so much fun to see everyone's tiles and all the different interpretations of a tangle








Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Tangle: JAYBARZ

I have created a new tangle pattern named Jaybarz.  Actually, I have created 4 new tangle patterns that I will be releasing once a week, starting today with Jaybarz.  I hope you have fun with it!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIVA Challenge #224 Tipple

Our challenge from the DIVA this week is a Monotangle (use one tangle only).  The tangle we are using is Tipple and is one of my favorites because it can be used in so many ways and area of a tile!  I have never used it as a Monotangle though, so this was fun!  I drew a spiral string and used Tipple to create the tangle Marasu. It looks to plain, so I added some larger Tipple around it.  Thanks Laura, have a fun summer with your family!  I am looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks at the CanTangle Retreat!

Friday, June 26, 2015

DIVA Challenge #223 UMBLE

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to use the official tangle Umble.  I used to find this tangle pattern frustrating because I tried to keep it very uniform, but the more I do it and just let the ribbons go free flow where they may, the more I like it. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DIVA Challenge #222 Colors of the Rainbow

The challenge this week is to use color, any kind of color you choose!  I had not made a mandala from scratch lately, so I made that my challenge along with the color.  Instead of doing a lot of tangling on it, I concentrated on the color.  I used a piece of tan paper (I can't tell you what kind, because someone gave me a few sheets awhile back) and then used my Prismacolor pencils to practice blending and shading.  When I was done I used some Sakura gelly roll pens to tangle and highlight on top of the pencil

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hocus Pocus on Opus

I couldn't wait to do another Opus tile (10.5x10.5) in traditional black on white.  I drew (well traced actually) a bunch of circles overlapping each other for my string.  Then you know the rest, just tangled away.  I was really happy with how this turned out! 


Thursday, June 11, 2015

DIVA Challenge #221 Beads of Courage

This week at the DIVA challenge is to use the Beads of Courage organization as our inspiration.  Laura does this challenge every year and raises funds for this wonderful organization.
Here is part of what Laura says on her blog explaining what the organization does....

Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine that supports kids with chronic or life threatening illnesses and their families.  These kids are amazing.  And they more often than not have to deal with a lot on a daily basis.  They see a lot of doctors, and on this program instead of getting a sticker or a lollipop for getting a needle or an X-Ray, or a test of some kind, they'd get a glass bead to represent that part of their medical journey.
I would encourage you to use the above link to read the rest of Laura's inspiring blog post.

Here is my tile this year in honor of Artoo, Laura's little superman!   

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Illuminated Letter Workshop Part 2: Completed Letters

You may recall seeing Part 1 of this post, but if not you can link to it here.  This is Part 2 of the illuminated letter workshop with everyone's completed letters. 

I can't thank all of these ladies enough for finishing their letters and giving me permission to share their beautiful pieces of art on my blog! 

As you gaze through these photos, keep in mind that 4 of these people have never done anything larger than a tile before creating these Opus tiles!  It blows me away how wonderful their first ZIA pieces turned out!  It just goes to show how "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time" ™, whether creating a tile or a larger ZIA! 

...and yours truly

Saturday, June 6, 2015

DIVA Challenge 220

Our challenge this week from the DIVA is to use the tangle "All Boxed In" by CZT, Alice Hendon. I like this tangle and all the variations Alice shows on her blog.  I decided to have another go at the white on black tile.  The shading really makes this tangle pop! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DIVA Challenge 219 Straight Lines

This week Laura Harms, the DIVA has challenged us to use straight lines ONLY!   I know that I like curvy lines and use them everywhere, even in Auraknot.  So here is my straight line Auraknot with Hollibaugh.    Have a good week, everyone!