Monday, September 15, 2014

Zentangle® a Challenge, an Inchie, and an Announcement


Gift to Me From Sakura - YUMMY!
Finally I can tell you that I have been chosen by Sakura to represent their products and Zentangle® this year at the AZ Teachers' Conference in November. I had to go through an extensive application process, first through Sakura and then through the AZ committee. It took many months, but I was finally selected. I am so excited. Sakura sent me all the materials (complete Apprentice kit for 26 and much more) I need to teach AZ teachers how to use Zentangle as a classroom tool. I'll let you know how it turns out.

The Challenge this week from the Diva was to use Phicops and Diva Dance as a duotangle. Read all about it here.
 I don't know if I already shared this photo with you, but I teach at Hobby Lobby and this was in the corner:
Diva Dance Broom in the Wilds

 For the Facebook Group, Square One: Purely Zentangle, the tangle to use was Fescu. I added some Rain, Misst, and Jetties. Looks like I prefer my tangles to grow from the bottom up HAHA!

Over at Every Inchie Monday, they called for "Schedule". As you can see I eat while I "Internet" which is most of my day LOL!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Zentangle® Creatively and an Inchie

I would request that you get your imagination in gear and try to see where I was going with this week's challenges. My faithful followers know I just love to step outside the box just to see what a tangle can do. This week, Challenge 184, the Diva asked us to use the new official tangle Ing. Well, I was show a tangler friend of mine how to do it. She is not a friend of grids or geometric tangles, so I had to show her how to turn this into an organic tangle. I added a bit of Fescu, Tipple, and half a Verve. I know many of you will see things in this one.

I finally decided to post the first one I did where I took Ing down the center and then just kind of let it keep exploding. I kind of got a bit lost along the way :) I added a bit of 'Nzeppel to the triangles of the wandering pieces.

 The Facebook group, Square One, Purely Zentangle®,  had Quib as this week's tangle. I added Courant, Mysteria and Verve
And, again with a request for you to use your imagination, the prompt for this week's Every Inchie Monday was RED. We buy big boxes of Tootsie Roll Pops, but I only eat the red (well, sometimes the brown, but that would ruin my entry!) I am still playing with quilling and my quilling friends should click on the top and go to my Copics and Paper Fun page and see the Christmas tree I quilled. No great at it yet, but having fun learning something new.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Zentangle® the Diva Challenge, Auraknot and an Inchie

I didn't know they celebrated Labor Day in Canada, but I guess they do except it is Labour Day. I am getting so used to seeing colour and words with those extra "u's" that I hardly notice them anymore :) I hope everyone who celebrates this holiday had a great one! Anyway, the Diva took the day off so here we are on a Tuesday with the Challenge. This week's challenge was a UMT (Use my Tangle) and she selected our good friend, Annette Carlo's tangle, X-DID. Do pop over to her site and let her know what a great job she did on this tangle.

X-DID is a grid based tangle. Since I am a Zentangle purest, that means NO ruler. So, my finished tile, a monotangle, is just a bit wonky. Well, maybe a LOT a bit wonky LOL:
White Gelly Roll pen with charcoal shading
Monday's Inchie, a bit late, was the word Renaissance. Lots of ways to go with this one, but I know that one of the most important inventions of the day was the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg. Books=Knowledge. I couldn't live without books!

Drawing of a page from an old book with an attempt at an illuminated letter.

And, finally, from Square One: Purely Zentangle, Auraknot with some Ahh added.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Zentangle® Stripes, Bronx Cheer, and an Inchie

I never look at others' tangles before I post mine. Why? Well, if I see how wonderful they are I might be too intimidated to post my own, or I might feel like I have to go back and redo mine. I know, silly, but it is a flaw of my nature that I just have to work with, and not peeking is how I do it. Those of you who use blogger will know that when you open it up, the first thing it shows you is recent posts from those on your blogroll list. So, I open mine up to post and there is, where I can't miss seeing it,  LeeAnn's entry for this week's Dive Challenge and it, as always, is so gorgeous that my mouth dropped. Sigh.... I will post mine anyway LOL!

I used Beeline, Ambler, Hibred, Tortuca and Chartz. What's the difference between Ambler and Emingle? In Ambler, the pattern moves clockwise whereas with Emingle the pattern repeats.

For Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was "Quartz Crystal".  I started thinking about quartz. Did you know it is said to have powers? Like a crystal ball? Gel pens on black and I used some Glossy Accent over the ball to give it depth. I looked into my crystal ball and saw more time on the Internet, my studio getting more and more stuffed with things I need, and a lot of happiness.
What do you see in your future?

 And, I have joined another group on Facebook for people who really want to do traditional Zentangle tiles. It is called Square One: Purely Zentangle®. So, I will now post my weekly entry for that group as well. This week, we were to use Bronx Cheer as a tangle, not as a mistake cover.
Bronx Cheer, Striping, Tipple, and Quib

Monday, August 18, 2014

Diva Challenge #181, an Inchie, and a Bonus Zentangle®

The Diva had a relaxing time splashing in the water, so she challenged us to do something related to water. I always think of the ocean and rain = two of my favorite things. I thought I should pull out some tangles I have never used so I went with Agua for the waves and Leau for the big water drops. I added some Msst for interest. Then I used some markers and finished with colored pencils. Not very "Zentangle" but an interesting ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art).

 Our Inchie this week, from Every Inchie Monday (Bijou sized tiles, or twinchies, are sooo easy now that I've started working on these inchies!) had a prompt of "quick"! Well, how did we cook before microwaves? Sloooowly :)

And, just for fun, and bit of Verdigogh, Aquafleur, Ahh, and some pearls.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zentangle® and an Inchie (Edited to add the Dive Challenge too)

Well, that was scary. I was going to post my Inchie for Every Inchie Monday and my computer told me that my folder, with this whole year's pictures was "unavailable." I searched all over for it and finally went online to see what that message meant and it said that I will experience a hard drive crash very soon. AAKKK!!!! So, I restarted my computer. Still no folder. Then, I don't know why, I decided to look in my trash and THERE IT WAS!!! I don't know how it got there and, usually, I am quite tidy and empty my trash regularly. Phew!

Inchie for today is "Plum" and to be sure, after the past hour I AM plum tuckered out :)
And, if you are missing seeing a Zentangle tile (the Diva hasn't had a chance to post for this week yet), here's one with Twing, Hibred and Printemps.

Edited to add the Diva Challenge that showed up after I had posted. I couldn't get past the new skirt that I always got for the start of each school year. It was always plaid. I had to do a ZIA (this kind of looks like boxer shorts though HAHA!) this time.
UMT of MacDee by Anneke VAn Dam

Monday, August 4, 2014

Zentangle® with Bijou, Link to Alpha Tangle Tangled Cards, and an Inchie

The Diva's weekly challenge #179 was "Be like Bijou" the new twinchie sized tile (2 inches) from Zentangle®. I couldn't get the spiral shape of Bijou, the snail, out of my mind, so I just went with it:
 Sandy Steen Bartholomew has a new set of tangle cards called Alpha Tangle Tangled Cards that you will just love. Do hop over with the link on her name to find out all about them. She is even having a contest. Just do a tile using official Zentangle tangles and use your name as a string. Here's mine:

Rain, Verve, Meer, Msst

And, for Every Inchie Monday, the word was "privacy"! Wouldn't that be nice? HAHA
Enjoy some quiet time :)