Tuesday, February 28, 2012

" Duo Challenge - Cirquital & Munchin " - Weekly Challenge #60

Oh, goodie!!  DuoTangle week!!!  I love this. 

The Diva says:  "This week, try to PUSH yourself out of your comfort zones.  Your challenge, should you chose to accept it, is to create a tile or ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) using ONLY TWO TANGLES - Cirquital & Munchin - and nothing else.   It's trickier than it seems. "

Like I said, I really love the DuoTangle theme.  Zen time..... 1-2-3...... dots, border, string.... GO

I wanted to make this a loosy-goosy, free-flowing, non-conforming type of design duo, so I may have given Cirquital and Munchin a bit of variation......, but that is allowed, isn't it?  Lol.  This was fun.

Traditional Zentangle - Sakura Micron Black #'s 01, 03; graphite shading
Thank you, Laura!

And congratulations to the newest group of  CZTs in Class #8!!  Welcome to the family.

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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

" Mardi Gras " - Challenge #59

A week of celebration....... Mardi Gras!  This weekly challenge is the closest I have ever come to celebrating this festival..... and it was, indeed, fun to do the Mardi Gras research!  The Diva's challenge goes like this:  "Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday - which traditionally was a day to eat rich/fatty foods - to INDULGE... one last Hurrah before Lent began the next day on Ash Wednesday.  This week's challenge - create a tile or ZIA using the prompt: Mardi Gras."  

I have always been fascinated by "jester" characters in movies.  Why?  Perhaps because they represented humor and brought a sense of reality to even the darkest of medieval plots.  (... and I really hate movies with a dark, morbid storyline.)  Maybe 'reality' is not the politically correct word here, but for me, humor & reality are a match made in heaven.

Zentangle Tile 3.5" sq. - Sakura Micron Black #01, 005; Sakura Micron Colors #05; PrismaColor Pencils; graphite shading.

Thanks, Laura.

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

Saturday, February 18, 2012

" Diamonds " - Weekly Challenge #58

The theme for drawing this week's Zentangle or ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) challenge has been offered by Diana Hirsch, CZT.  Diana says:  "The Four Diamonds Fund was started by Charles and Irma Millard after their son, Christopher, lost his 3 year battle with cancer in 1972.   Symbolic of the traits Christopher felt were needed to defeat cancer, he wrote a story in which the knight Sir Millard overcomes obstacles to achieve the four diamonds of Courage, Wisdom, Honesty and Strength."

While meditating over this tile, I found my peripheral thoughts very open and allowing apprehension to enter.  Hmmm.  What's going on? 

I was so concerned with "doing justice" to the diamond that I lost track of the Zentangle methodology.  The outcome was a bit of a surprise.

Traditional Zentangle Tile - Sakura Micron Black #'s 005, 01, 08;graphite shading; Prismacolor pencils

Thank you Laura and Diana.

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

Happy Birthday Auntie Doris!  Love you!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

"UMT v. 1"- Sanibelle - Weekly Challenge #57

On the first Monday of each month, the Diva will announce a challenge which features a tangle that has been created by one of us human inhabitant of earth.

"UMT"..... "Use My Tangle" 

Laura says:  "I came up with this feature because so many of you have created fabulous patterns, but I never seem to get around to trying them.  So this week, I used a random number generator do choose the lucky winner!  And this week's challenge is: Tricia Faraone!  Nice!!  I have been eyeing up her tangle Sanibelle for quite some time.  I was happy to dive in and play with it!  To find the directions for this tangle, please follow this link to her site .  It's such a fun and delicate pattern, and i can see this finding it's way into my repertoire! "

Well, was I surprised??  OMG, yes.

This week, I spent most of my computer time surfing and viewing the Challenge entries as tanglers used Sanibelle in their Zentangle or ZIA.  Wow.  I'm overwhelmed at the creative talents of my fellow tanglers.  I've seen so many  gorgeous and lovely and beautiful works of art... and learned so many different tanglations!  

Thank you to everyone who has penned my tangle, Sanibelle - and especially appreciated are the kind words and comments.  Thank you so much.

I started this ZIA a few weeks ago and filed it away because.... I didn't like it.  Today I finished it.

ZIA - 6" sq. Bristol; Sakura Micron Black #'s 01, 08, 005; graphite shading.
Thank you for this challenge, Laura.

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

Thursday, February 2, 2012

" Non Dominatrix " - Weekly Challenge #56

This week, we are challenged to draw our Zentangle (or ZIA) while holding the pen in our non-dominant hand.  This is truly a lesson in concentration.  First of all, just holding the pen between the fingers of my left (non-dominant) hand was a giggle.  (A child in pre-school would probably conquer that challenge much more gracefully than I did.)  Then, as I tried to stabilize the pen between my fingers, it was funny to watch it glide above the surface of the paper, seemingly mocking each stroke, but no ink appeared on the tile!   OMG, the pen is too short!  It doesn't reach the paper!

The pen finally did manage to reach the surface of the paper and leave its mark.  More giggles.  The black ink is twitching and squirming right before my eyes.  No straight/crisp lines here!! 

Well, this process continued until I was finished with my quirky creation.  And the zen-time passed so quickly.  What an accomplishment!  The muscles in my face kinda hurt 'cuz I must have been smiling during the entire 50 minute process! 

Oh, this was, for sure, a challenging challenge! 

Traditional Zentangle - 3.5" sq. tile; Sakura Micron Black #01, Brown #01; graphite shading.  (Brown ink was used for part of this tangle because I picked-up the wrong pen.  Intended for the whole tangle to be done in black ink.)
Thanks, Ms. Diva, for a fun challenge.

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tangle-a-Day - Finishing January

This Tangle-a-Day calendar is one of the best Zentangle-related items in my Zentangle toy box!  It's a fabulous journal, and I (used to) hate journaling!  But Zenatangle-journaling is my new passion.  (Would that be called Zent-ournaling?)   More information here

January tangles are finished.....


.....and tangling on February's pages has begun.

You'll find Carole Ohl's 'Tangle-a-Day' 2012 Calendar here.

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