Friday, June 21, 2013

Diva Challenge #123 "Is it a Zentangle?"

This week we had a guest challenger over at the DIVA's blog.  CZT, Maria Vennekens came up with quite the challenge.....

The challenge for this week is: can you do a Zentangle without  using existing patterns or tangeleations* of them? And what are your experiences while doing so?

I read, and re-read the challenge on Monday and then went on packing for a camping trip I was going on with my husband.  At that point, I wasn't even sure if I would do the challenge because I thought, what was the point in doing a zentangle tile without using existing patterns.  Isn't that what I love about the zentangle method of art?  No thinking, planning, or sketching involved... just tangle and let the beauty unfold before you. 

We left Tues morning for our trip and of course I took my zentangle supplies in case I had time to get to the challenge and because I like to always have them with me.  This was just a short trip, 2 nights and 3 days, and back home Thursday afternoon. Well, on Weds afternoon my husband was going to go fishing, and although I enjoy that too, I stayed behind to tangle.  As I pondered what to do with this unique challenge, I did a zendala tile with existing patterns and then decided to take a walk with my camera for inspiration.  Here is what I found....


Here is the my tile based on this inspiration.....

I did not sketch, but drew these images as if they were tangle patterns.  Not sure if they exist as patterns, but I may to write up the steps and make them patterns (what do you think?). 
It looks like a zentangle tile to me, but I have to agree with Maria that you lose the zen part of zentangle by all the thinking and planning involved. 

I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done with this challenge.  Laura, you were right...this was a doozy of a challenge!

Here's a few pictures of our camping trip, just for fun!


A moose on our way to the campground

We've been camping in this pop-up for almost 20 years now (since the kids were little

Nothing like brauts over the campfire coals

Lots of hummingbirds to enjoy!

This guy showed up about 20 feet from our campsite.
What a beautiful moose and what a treat!



  1. Your tile looks like a zentangle tile to me. Everything on it appears to be repeatable, which is how I determine if something is a "tangle" or a "sketch" or a "doodle". Also, your tile truly represents what you found in nature. I love it. And I agree, when you don't have a tangle that you "know"; it does kind of take the zen out of it. However, once you step these tangles out, then the zen will come back, n'est pas?

  2. wonderful tile, I just love the tree stump

  3. What a beautiful tile!!! For me it looks like a zentangle and if there was any zen in making it, it is certainly a zentangle :-)

    I think you should make the tangle official, because the are great!

    Thanks for showing some pictures, it's always nice to see where people spend their trips. And .... so very different from the nature here in the Netherlands.

  4. Your tile is so beautiful, I love it. I also like your camping photos and your Camping unit. It looks so remote and so back to nature. We don't have any campsites that seem that remote in the UK. Doesn't this Zentangle community open your eyes to so many parts of the world.

  5. Love your tile Sue, great textures and inspiration. I see new tangle patterns arising... Love the wood texture and those sweet little flower. Great camping photos!

  6. I think that your tile came out beautifully. Looks like you also had a very fun adventure. I agree that the planning part took the zen out of this challenge, it did for me too.

  7. Have to agree with the others - a stunning tile feels very peaceful. Looks like you had a fun time camping - glad that moose didn't get any closer!