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:






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!