Monday, November 24, 2014

Zentangle® Mooka in a Box, a Zendala and an Inchie

Well, it's Monday morning, and the first thing I do is head over to I am the Diva to see what this week's challenge is (#195). Visiting CZT, Sandy Hunter, came up with a doosy. At least I think so. She asked us to take something that is usually in a grid and take it out of the grid, or take something without a grid and put it in one. I'm not really fond of grid based tangles most of the time. I find them better for borders and backgrounds. I often take grid based tangles and yank them out of their confinement any way. My favorite tangle is Paradox, but I think that taking it out of the box still looks like it is in a box, so that wouldn't do. My second favorite is Mooka. Put Mooka in a box? Horrors!!!! But that's what I did. I went for a tan tile this time and I also added some perfs and rounding for a bit of interest. Thanks for the push, Sandy!
For Square one, the tangle this week was Assunta, to which I added some Arukas. (Don't know this one? Find a CZT and take a class to learn how to do it!)
I have an In the Round class coming up, so I was playing with Zendalas this week too.
XYP, Betweed, Paradox
To get started, I used the little plastic toy, Ravensburger Mini Mandala Make, that I ordered through Sue Jacob's site. Read about it here. If you do decide to order one, do it through her site so she gets a few pennies on the sale. I'm fairly proficient with a compass, so I probably won't use it much, but it was something different and fun. I got one for my granddaughter for Christmas also.

And, finally, this week over at Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was X-Axis. So, I made the blue and red cross and guess what jumped in? Paradox, of course!
Thanks for stopping by. I wish all of you, who celebrate it, a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all my friends, including all my readers, who make getting up each morning a joy.


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  1. Great work this week Jean. Mooka looks really interesting in a different way in a grid. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    1. Isn't it odd to see it this way, Kate? I just got back from the store where I bought all the fun turkey day stuff, especially lots of cream to whip for those pies! YUM!

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  2. All fantastic. Great idea for inchie

    Love Chrissie x

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  3. What an excellent idea for x-axis! Do you know, I had the same idea of putting Mooka in a grid. I love that colour on the Mooka grid.

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    1. Thanks, Zoe. Next week, I promise some quilling!

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  4. I love that tan tile with mooka in a grid. Very nice play on white and shade. And the zendala is quite awesome! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you, Nat. I find the tan tiles so delicate that you must be careful working on them, but they are so pretty when completed.

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  5. Just beautiful! I fell down the rabbit hole looking at your sites! Wow! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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    1. Yeah! I'm glad you took the time to look at everything, Julia. I'm always available to answer questions too :)

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  6. Creative tiles and all are very nice :)

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  7. What a fun collection of tiles. :) I came here from I am the diva's challenge and was treated to so much more.

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    1. HAHA, Lori. I sometimes go overboard. I don't even post everything that I do, lucky readers LOL! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. Very nice round piece & I love the inchie

    Sally

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  9. using paradox in your x axis is brilliant. I like your inside the box tangle - I'm looking forward to playing this week.

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    1. Well, Kia, as a tangler, it's hard to look at a thing like that and NOT jump into doing a Zentangle piece! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

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  10. It's a tough challenge this week. Terrific response. And I love the Zendala and the inchie. Paradox is a great tangle, lots of dimension.

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    1. Thanks, Megan. I guess I do just love Paradox and am always seeing someplace to add it, even in circles LOL!

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  11. Four wonderful Tiles, Jean. Love your mooka in a Grid. The four-square rotation makes for a very nice Mooka magic within your grid pattern. Terrific idea to make different sizes within the Grid. Love your Zendalla, and your Inchie is priceless. Beautiful work.

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    1. Thanks, David. Once I had done an odd number of squares for the grid, something just didn't look right so I decided to square out a couple more squares. A tile's just not done until it says so, I guess!

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  12. Your Mooka tile is so cute! I think all your work is lovely and everything looks so fun. Your zendala is amazing!

    [Not sure why Blogger does not allow me to post using my Wordpress ID today, so I am pasting my challenge url here for your convenience: _http://goo.gl/DF1RMe ]

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    1. Hesedetang, I hope blogger starts behaving for you. Thanks so much for the kind words!

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  13. so much beautiful work! I love them all great job!

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  14. I like your Mooka variation a lot! I also prefer non-grid patterns (is this correct english??? sorry, if not ;-)), but it was fascinating to see, how you can change the patterns and how they look in a grid, I think.
    Your mandala is also wonderful - I really want to try a Mandala-Maker soon ! :-)
    Many greetings from germany, Sandra :-)

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    1. Your English is wonderful, Sandra. I appreciate you coming all the way here to Arizona just to leave me some nice words :)

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  15. Wonderful pieces again! I like your Mooka in a Box ... so great idea! Lovely zendala and inchie, too!

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  16. I found the Diva's challenge this week to be quite challenging---I guess that's the point. It looks like you figured it out and produced an interesting tile by boxing Mooka.

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    1. Yes, Suzanne, it was a challenge. I couldn't imagine putting Mooka in a box, but it opened up my thinking about grid work.

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  17. Hi Jean, great tiles, I love your mooka in a box on a tan tile. it looks to me like a sewing pattern for an apron. Your square one is great. And the Zendala is awesome. My daughter has some mini mandalamakers too, and I tried them. It is funny to make your own template, but I didn't post it yet.

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    1. Thanks, Diana. If I turned it on its side, it would be like an apron :)

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  18. This Mooka is great in the box! The Zendala is gorgeous. I'll see if I can buy this Mandala maker her in the Netherlands.

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  19. They're all great Jean, love that boxed mooka!

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  20. Hi Jean - they are all lovely - and cool to see the boxed in mooka!!

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2014/11/diva-turning-old-into-new-challenge-entry/

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  21. Nice work on all your tiles. I have not gotten around to doing Assunta. Not sure I will get to it this week.

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    1. Thank you, Donald. It sure is a busy week with Thanksgiving, but it will even get more busy as Christmas approaches :)

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  22. "horrors!" hahaha...I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the challenge, gave me a smile and giggle for the day. I'm not an experienced artist or tangle aficionado but it's been a lot of fun seeing how people assess and create for these challenges. Love the color of the tile and mooka turned out quite stately in it's grid boxes. YAY!

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    1. I'm always happy when I've put a smile on someone's face. I really think it's one of my goals in life :) Part of the joy of Zentangle is that one need NOT be an artist to find out that they actually are an artist.

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  23. Your tiles look lovely! Good work tackling the Mooka - it's a hard one to box up :)

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    1. Thanks, Helen. And, thanks for stopping by :)

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  24. Really extra super work this week Jean! I love your Mooka in a grid - wow, that was some challenge! I particularly love your Zendala - very beautiful. Axxx

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    1. Thank you, Annie. I thought this was a fun challenge.

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  25. Mooka is marvelous. I like the zendala and inchie also.

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