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Samantha Taylor, CZT, has been working with Sakura on a really adorable video that has just been released.  A link to the video can be found at Laura Harms Diva site.  This week’s challenge is to take inspiration from the video and do something from nature.  In Laura’s words:  Use colour to bring a  Zentangle tile to life!  Camouflage a bug somewhere in the tile. (i.e. a drawing of a bug, a bug-shaped tangle pattern, etc.) Create a tile inspired by nature!  Shade your tile using some colour!

My Zia is 8 x 10 inches, drawn with micron 01 pen on a previously inked and sponged background piece of watercolor paper.  Tangles used are Mumsy, Stoic, W2, Pokeroot, Flux, and Sindoo. I have done several ZIAs in the past using butterflies and Mumsy.   I hope you like this one.

Blue-butterflyHave a great week, and don’t forget to go to Laura’s site to see all the art.  Sakura is even having a give away on Laura’s site.


Wow!  I can certainly say that this was a very interesting challenge.  I learned a new word and a new style.  When I started out, the word I would use to describe the process is “tedious”.  Then I had a talk with myself, and I said:  “Self!  Slow down, breathe deeply, and don’t try to “draw” the dots, just place them on the paper in order.”  The second one I did was much more zen-like.  This still won’t be a style I’ll embrace, but I’m glad I persevered and made two tiles.  It’s a good thing I was able to finally enjoy the process, because I can’t say too much for the product, lol!



The first one uses a number of tangles plus a butterfly and flower.  The second one is a dotty Samson.  As you can see, I’m also playing around with my chop.  Up til now haven’t come up with one I really like.  Maybe this one is it.  We’ll see.

I’ve missed working on the challenges.  It feels good  to be back.  Hope you all enjoy your week.


I’ve missed the Diva Challenges for several weeks now but I was determined to make time for this week.  When I saw the challenge my first thought was “oh boy, a hard one”.  Then I grabbed my camera and went around the house looking for border patterns.  In just two rooms I found about a dozen.  Here is the tile I did.


Here’s a collage of the borders I found, which includes the two that I used for this tile.


I used the upper left plate and part of the table leg.  Now I’m off to look at the eye candy.  I’ve missed the Diva and her challenges and hopefully I’ll be able to participate for a while.

This week’s challenge is Tipple , and according to Laura you either love it or hate it.  In that case, I’m on the “love it” side of the equation.  It is one of my favorite go-to tangles to fill odd spaces.  This, however, is the first time I’ve ever started with tipple and built around it.  Here’s what I came up with:


Tanglesl: Tipple, Printemps, Mooka, Pokeroot, Strircles, and Nipa

I was surprised when I finished to find that tipple ended up being a small part of the overall composition.  Oh, well!  tipple is wonderful, but it is a fill after all.  Be sure to go to the Diva’s website and check out all the other submissions.

Happy tangling!

This week’s challenge from the Diva was a monotangle of Dex, a lovely pattern developed by Maria Thomas, co-founder of Zentangle®.  I found this week’s challenge quite daunting.  It wasn’t because the pattern is hard to draw.  It’s actually fairly simple; especially if you start with a grid as the first step.  My problem was in making an interesting tile using ONLY this tangle.  My muse totally left me when I was trying to come up with tangleations.  Plus, I cheated and looked at many of the entries and was totally blown away by the beauty and ingenuity displayed in some of the tiles.  My favorites are the ones that are three-dimensional.  If you go take a look, you’ll recognize them right away.  However, I persevered to come up with something, and here it is:

challenge-131Thanks for stopping by.

On the first challenge of each month, Laura randomly picks a tangle submitted by one of us for our enjoyment.  This month’s tangle is brought to us by Jane MacKugler, CZT, and is called Henna Drum.  This is an easy to draw organic tangle, and here is my first one.


The only tangles I added to Henna Drum, which I auraed,  are Flux and Zinger plus a few orbs “strategically” placed.  I did use a string, but it disappears into the lines of Henna Drum which I drew over them.  I think I’ll try another one, maybe with more contrast and drama, but for now this is it.

I love to read comments and hope you’ll leave me one.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

This week the Diva (Laura Harms) asked us all to use the same string.  The string is #004; and was submitted by Sue Agnew.  The string can be found here.   I love string theory challenges, because it’s exciting to see how very different each of the drawings are; but all using the same string.  Here’s my drawing on a 3.5″ official tile.


The tangles I used are Baton, Buttercup, Tipple, Hollibaugh, Bronx Cheer, ‘Nzeppel, Tipple, and Purk.

Don’t forget to visit the Diva’s website (link on the right) and thank you for stopping by and any comment you want to make.

Laura Harms, our Diva, recently took a short trip with her family to the Calgary area, which as you may know has recently been severely damaged by heavy floods.  She suggested an “Open” Challenge, where there are no guidelines except that we think of  Calgary as we do it.

I watched the video in Laura’s post, plus some pictures and articles on the web.  I wanted to do something positive, focusing on healing and restoration.  The idea I came up with was “rainbows”.  I found a photo online of a starburst of all the rainbow colors and used it as a background for a monotangle of Quiltz, designed by Kym Barlow.   This is a tangle I’ve been wanting to try.  .  The rainbow colors remind me of the dove, olive leaves, and rainbow in the Bible.  Also new beginnings, restoration, and good luck.  The “Quiltz” tangle reminded me of the support and succor given by generous people to disaster victims by donating money, blankets and quilts, clothes, food and other things.

Here is my interpretation, and I hope you enjoy it. It is post card size, 4″ x 6″, and  I added colored pencil in places to emphasize some parts of the tangle.


I hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.  Don’t forget to go to the Diva Challenge site (grab the link on the right) to see all the eye candy this wonderful group of talented artists have left there for your viewing pleasure.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

This week, Laura Harms, our Diva; asked us to do a tile using a blind string.  That means while we can draw the dots and rectangle with our eyes open, then we are to draw the interior string with our eyes wide shut!  I did two of them, and they are below.  Note that the “string” image on the top is not exactly like the actual tile.  That’s because my lines were so light they wouldn’t copy, so I had to produce a facsimile.


For this one, I used only two tangles, a hybrid of Fife, because I drew it on a grid; and Shattuck.


For this one, I thought the kindest thing to do with the string was to cover it up, lol.  Fortunately that wasn’t too hard, since I had used a very light touch when drawing it.  The main tangles are Mumsy, Zinger, and Flux.  Not sure what to call the other little lines.  The border was an afterthought to cover up my rectangle, and I guess it’s a hybrid of beadlines.

I’ve been kind of hit and miss about doing the challenges lately.  I hope that now things will settle down and I can participate every week.

I love to see your comments if you have the time; and I want to say thank you for those of you who have graced me with your comments on previous posts.  Now I’ll head over to the Diva’s sight and look at what my compatriates have submitted.