Wednesday, February 13, 2013

" Year of the Snake " - Weekly Challenge #106

In this week's challenge, the Diva's theme is in celebration of  Chinese New Year* - the Year of the Snake. 

As I started to draw a spiral-type string, my pencil curved itself into a Mooka-type pattern, so I went with it.  

Traditional Zentangle 3.5"sq - Sakura Micron Black 0.25mm & Brown 0.25mm; graphite shading
* February 10, 2013: As China's biggest traditional holiday, Chinese New Year is an annual celebration marking the start of the new year according to the chinese lunisolar calendar. Chinese New Year always falls in either January or February, and each chinese new year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, and in pre-modern times it would signal to farmers in China that they must begin preparation for the sowing of their fields.

 Happy tangling...
... and thank you for visiting.
PS... Happy Birthday Auntie Dorie!!!  Love you very much!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

" Dansk " UMT - Weekly Challenge #105

Challenge:  use Tangle Pattern Dansk in a Zentangle® or ZIA.

This challenge reminds me of  our most recent weather event - Blizzard: Nemo - which is just winding down in our little part of the world. 

As they forecast the weather, the meteorologists on The Weather Channel point to the numerous calculations and swirling colors on their weather maps; temperature, rain/snow line, wind direction, etc.  Have you noticed how the **isobar graphics on the weather maps resemble the patterning of Dansk

Traditional Zentangle 3.5" sq - Sakura Micron Black 0.25mm & Brown 0.25mm; graphite shading.

Tangle pattern Dansk created by Margaret Bremmer, CZT....(and my classmate). 
Weekly Challenge #105 by Laura Harms, CZT.....(also my classmate!)  Great job, ladies.
 Happy tangling...
...and thank you for visiting.
**isobar : a line drawn on a map to indicate areas having the same atmospheric pressure
                 at a given time or for a given period of time    (Merriam Webster  


Saturday, February 2, 2013

"String Theory #003" - Weekly Challenge #104

The guru, Linda Farmer, regularly posts samples of "strings" that have been created by 'we, the people' and submitted to Linda's website.  For this week's challenge, The Diva has chosen String #003 (from

I wasn't feeling much like staying-in-the-lines this week, so I was expecting to feel very challenged by this week's assignment.  But, instead, I made the string the star of the show, and not the tangles.  And, as usual, the process of creating a Zentangle® was calming, meditative and enjoyable.  It's amazing how the brain adapts to a positive attitude.
Here's what I came up with for this challenge.....

Traditional Zentangle - 3.5" sq tile - Sakura Micron black #01; brown #01; graphite shading

And, on this Ground Hog Day 2013, Punxsutawney Phil, King of the Groundhogs, did not see his shadow.  So, as legend has it, we can expect an early Spring this year! 

But, alas, Phil has made the correct weather prediction only 39% of the time.  Sigh.

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