Monday, January 12, 2015

Zentangle® Paradox and 'Nzeppel with an Inchie

Cheers for the Diva, who has posted 200 challenges for us! We thank her, not only for the fun challenges and learning, but for the friendships we have made along the journey.

For this challenge, #200, we were asked to use our go to or favorite tangle as a monotangle and be sure to add the year somewhere. My absolute favorite tangle is Rick's Paradox. I can add it to just about any shape too LOL! So here it is, on a Renaissance tile, with Paradox inside of Paradoxes.

Square One tangle this week was 'Nzeppel. I added some Cat-Kin and Pokeroot. Notice the 'Nzeppel inside of the Pokeroot? Think I have a problem?









 

And, finally, from Every Inchie Monday, the prompt was giraffe. I didn't want to go to afar with this one as the giraffe is my main totem. A totem, if you do not know, is an animal or thing that is believed to have spiritual significance. The giraffe, who sticks his neck out, reminds us that we all have the ability to rise up to a challenge and be graceful when doing so. I, the giraffe, love all the other giraffes in this group who boldly post something that they have created from their own heart.

Editing to acknowledge that, yes, the Diva asked for the number 200 and I, being a very poor reader of directions, turned that into the year. Oh, well, not perfect I guess :)

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  1. great paradoxes, within paradoxes. Love your giraffes too, especially your explanation of it as your totem.

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    1. Thank you, Kia. I have always loved giraffes, but I didn't know why until I learned about totems. It is a most interesting belief.

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  2. Goooooooorgeous work! Love your Paradox tile. And those giraffes - I know what you mean. Giraffes were put here to lavish us with cuteness.

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    1. Thanks, Zoe. They certainly are cute creatures. They can always make me smile. When we go to the zoo, I will rush past everything but could stay all day and watch those giraffes.

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  3. Beautiful tiles Jean and the inchie so cute :)

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  4. Love love love giraffes! I don't think of them as my totem, but they are my absolute favorite animal on earth. Talk about creativity, in the Creation. Sense of humor abounding. Love the paradox tile, too and N'zeppel is always fun to look at.

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    1. Thanks, HeidiSue. I'm not sure it's necessary to believe in totems to ponder why we are attracted to certain animals, or even people for that matter. I think, since I have reached the age of questioning all kinds of useless things, that I am finding so many different things interesting to research. The Inchie group keeps me busy learning new things each week :)

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  5. Hey Jean, I used Paradox too. Great choice. Love that you used a tan tile.

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    1. Well, Diana, you know what they say LOL! Paradox is quite relaxing to me and I suppose that's what Zentangle is all about!

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  6. Sweet sentiments and lovely tile!

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  7. love the deepness that you got into on the giraffe, love how you think about and see the giraffe

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    1. I appreciate that the Inchie prompts push me to look beyond what I already know. Thanks for the nice comment, Freebird!

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  8. Hi Jean :) What a chic little challenge tile :) Paradox is one of the tangles I could never 'get right' so kudos to you ^^ Have a great week!

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    1. Oh, Hesedetang, do go back and play with Paradox. Some tangles are simply "muscle memory" and once you have them, you begin to love them. I couldn't do Mooka until I spent a full week drawing it repeatedly until it was easy to do. Thanks, and you have a great week too!

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  9. I was hesitating to use Paradox or Hollibaugh and decided for the last one :-)
    Your Paradox is very beautiful this way.

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    1. Thanks, Anne. They are both wonderful tangles to choose. I will pop over and see what you did later today.

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  10. Great work, Jean. Love all three but am really wowed by your Nzeppel tile. Axxx

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    1. Thanks, Annie. 'Nzeppel was one that I didn't "get" at first. Now I love that one too.

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  11. A collection of delightful challenge Tiles. Paradox is one of my favorites patterns and a great choice for your terrific Diva Bi-Zen-Tenial challenge. Love the 'NZeppel caps on your Pokeroot.Your cute giraffes have gorgeous eyes. Wonderful Post, Jean.

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    1. Thank you, David. Eyes are so important to me because I look to them to see what is thought, rather than said. You can read a lot in eyes.

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  12. Great tiles, Jean. I love the way you stacked Paradox (which I used, too, by the way).

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    1. Thank you, Audrie. Loving Paradox too :)

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  13. Al Youri tiles are Lovely paradox is my. Second place favorite. I see the Numbers 2015? I throughout it must be 200?๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ณ

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    1. HAHA, you are so correct, Carmela. I just saw the number and my mind turned it into the year. Oh well, makes mine unique, yes?

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  14. Absolutely fabulous your Paradox in Paradox ... great idea! Such a sweet little inchie ... I like it so much!

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    1. Thanks, Lonetta. I just love giraffes.

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  15. I first tried Paradox two weeks ago and I fall in love with this pattern too ;-)
    So nice tile for the diva-Challenge, look wonderful with paradox in paradox ;-)

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    1. Isn't Paradox just the greatest? Do try it in different shapes. It works in just about anything and has such a wonderful look to it even when it is wonky.

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  16. Gorgeous inchie and fabulous tangles Jean.

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  17. Beautiful work, especially the paradox in paradox one!

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  18. Awesome work on all of your pieces!! I especially love your giraffe totem!!! That is really cool! Any info on where to find more animal totems? Hope your holidays were joyful and that your new year is bright and magical!! :0) Annette

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    1. We had a lovely holiday, especially since I became a great grandma! Just type in whatever animal and totem into your search engine and you will find a lot of information about them. So interesting!

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  19. I love the way you've done Rick's Paradox here Jean. Alternating colours gives this a real earthly feel, almost like timber, very well done :)

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    1. Thank you, Chrissie. Any chance to to Paradox and I'm in :)

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  20. I love your paradox within a paradox. It's wonderful to see tried and true tangles used in fresh new way.

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    1. Yes, Karen, I just love playing with tangles and pushing them in all different directions. Thanks for commenting :)

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  21. Really wonderful paradox...great minds, I did paradox too! I haven't been doing it long enough to have a "go to" tangle, but it's certainly festive to me! Love your whimsical pieces as well!

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    1. Thank you, Lynell. I'm not sure I really have a go to either. I love to open my list and go random. That's always fun.

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  22. Really great tiles! Different and fun :)

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  23. No surprise on your choice of tangles. Do you still wear your shirt that you made? Like the different size Paradoxes.

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    1. Now, that amazes me that you remember that, Donald! I save that shirt for special teaching jobs, like the State Art Teachers' Conference, The Women's Expo, or larger groups. I'm afraid to wash it too often because black tends to fade very easily and I don't think I would do it again LOL!

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  24. Your inchie is too cute. I would like to adopt your giraffes.

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    1. Thanks, Trillian, but you can't have them HAHA! Maybe you could be their aunt and they could visit now and then though.

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  25. Love your paradox for the diva challenge - agree with you in that there are so many opportunities to include it. Definitely one of my go to ones as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Thank you. I sure wish I had time to look at everyone's blog every week, but our numbers have grown so that I can't always do it anymore. I did enjoy looking at what you did though :)

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  26. Love how you used Paradox for this. The colors and paper reminds me of the Organic Gardens I did at your workshop. I was looking for # 200 but you did 2015 instead. ;-) Will send you a private message soon.

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    1. How nice to hear from you again, Kay. I just did an organic gardens class recently, and I think it is one of my favorite classes to teach. Yes, I did leave an amendment on my blog that I, maybe you know this, am terrible at reading through directions, and just added the year instead of the 200. That's probably why I have so much trouble following a sewing pattern LOL!

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  27. What a cool way of doing this, Jean!! Very lovely!! :)
    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/01/diva-bi-zen-tennial-celebration-challenge-entry

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