Friday, January 27, 2012

" Moebius Trip " - Weekly Challenge #55

For this challenge, the Diva has once again delved into her 'string theory' bag-o-tricks. 

Her youngest son was born with a disorder called Moebius Syndrome, a congenital nerve disorder affecting cranial nerves VI and VII, which control lateral movement of the face.  Laura says:  "To raise awareness of this disorder, use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as your string, or create a moebius strip out of paper and tangle that... or some other awesome creative thing that i haven't thought of."

The logo is a very lovely, flowing design that can confuse the heck out of you if you try to "follow" the surface lines and create a 'flowing-in-the-right-direction' tangle!  (You will understand what I mean if you have participated in this challenge......)

ZIA - 6" sq. Bristol - Sakura Micron Black #01, #005; graphite for shading; Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Really did like this challenge.  Fun to do.

Happy tangling....
... and thanks for stopping by.

PS:  Happy Birthday, Mia.  Love you!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

" Purple Haze " - Weekly Challenge #54

It's time to open your box of colored pencils or paints.... because this week's challenge involves.... a color!  

And as the Diva says:  "Traditionally, Zentangles are done in Black and White and Grey - sometimes with a splash of Sepia for good measure.  I know that, for myself, one of the reasons i love to Zentangle is because i don't have to think too much.  So the challenge is to use the colour purple in your piece.  You can use purple pens, a purple marker, a splash of purple paint, maybe you want to work on purple paper? So play with violet, mauve, amethyst, lavender, periwinkle, plum or just plain old purple.  Have fun! " 

I loved this challenge.  (I'm free to be me ..... just added some purple!!)

Zentangle - 3.5" sq. tile; Sakura Micron Black #01; graphite shading; Prismacolor pencils

Happy tangling...
...and thank you for stopping by. 

Tangle-a-Day Calendar 2012

I love, love, love this new "Tangle-a-Day" calendar created by Carole Ohl, CZT.  Everything about it just makes me happy:  the ink glides on like butter; no smudging and no shadow; each page has space for three daily tangles;  the overall size of the 'book' is perfect and comfortable to handle; the fine printed lines (strings) are a muted grayish color which allows the strokes made by the Micron pen to stand out nicely.  The calendar is a great 'journal' for tangling.  Wish I had ordered one last year!

 Tangles drawn with Sakura Micron Black #01

Tangles drawn with Sakura Micron Black #01
These are photos taken in pure unadulterated daylight with a Canon Power Shot SX20 IS, without a flash.  Everything has a lovely blue tint in the photo... but that's not how it looks in real life!

Sandra Straight (Life Imitates Doodles) has written a very nice review of the "Tangle-a-Day" calendar.

And if you'd like to have fun tangling in your very own calendar, you can find them here .

Happy tangling...
... and thank you for visiting.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

" Diva Tangle - 'Undine' " - Weekly Challenge #53

For this first challenge of 2012, the Diva says:  "A few weeks before Christmas, i came up with this tangle, and i named it "Undine".  My Undine love for my husband. :)  heart."

Zentangle - 3.5" sq tile - Sakura Micron Black #01; graphite shading.

Now that I look at it again, reminds me of some sort of.... creature.  This is one of those tangles that needs a bit of practice before I can do it justice.

Thank you for visiting.....
... and happy tangling.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

" Give " - #52 - & Happy New Year!

 This is the holiday season of giving... and, thus, the Diva's Weekly Challenge is "Give".  Our mission is to create a Zentangle tile or a ZIA..... then give it away. 

I met the challenge.  Created a simple little traditional Zentangle tile, tucked it into my purse and drove off to do errands.  As I emptied my shopping cart and placed the food items onto the conveyor belt, I remembered the little 'gift' in my purse.  The cashier handed me the receipt.  I handed her the 'gift' tile and said, "This is for you.  Merry Christmas."

And since I forgot to scan the 'gift' before giving it away, I'm posting a "stand-in" ZIA.
ZIA 4"x6" Bristol; Sakura Micron Black #01 & #005; graphite shading.
And Happy New Year to you! 

ZIA - 4"x6" Bristol; Sakura Micron Black #01 & 005; graphite shading
~ "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better person."   Benjamin Franklin

~ "Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you.  But your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others Author Unknown

~ "In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want."  
An Irish Toast

~ "People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas."   Author Unknown

Thank you for visiting....
...and happy tangling.