Tag Archive: ZIA

This week Erin added an extra challenge.  We were asked to base the challenge on The Robert Louis Stevenson novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”   This is  the story of a prominent doctor who has a split personality.  His alter ego, Mr. Hyde, is a total opposite to Dr. Jekyll and is a murderer with no ethics or morals.   Erin asked us to explore the concept of opposites this week in our zendala.  The challenge this week is to split the template into two distinct sides, each the opposite in some way from the other.  We are free to do that any way our artistic muse suggests.

I will admit that I had a bit of a problem getting going on this one.  I think the reason is that part of the appeal of zendalas and/or mandalas for me is their symmetry.  The symmetry speaks to me of peace, tranquility, order…..all things that are often absent in life.  As a result, I wasn’t comfortable with total opposites in the tangles, so I chose to work with color.  This worked out well since I had just received a new set of Glittery Gelly Role Pens.  I chose green and red, opposites on the color wheel.  The only problem I ran into was that when I copied it after finishing it; the green glitter looks very very blue.  (The reason is that it is blue.  I thought it was green in the light I was working in, but I was mistaken.)   Oh, well.  Here it is:


Tangles: Tipple, Sand Swirl

For any of you who did black on white and white on black (which appeals to me a lot) I have a question.  How do you transfer the template onto black card stock??I know there is a white transfer paper that is used to transfer an image onto dark fabric.  Is that what you use?  I thought you had to use a transfer wheel to do that.  I’m totally stuck, and I’m sure if anyone can enlighten me it will be a “Duh” moment, lol.

Thanks for stopping by.



Diva Challenge #76 – HOME

This week’s challenge from the Diva was to create a tile or ZIA using my “home” as inspiration.  It could be my country, my state, my home town, or even my  own backyard; I got to choose.  I chose Washington State where I live.  I live in Maple Valley, a fairly smallish town in the same county as Seattle, but to the east, in the foothills of the Cascade mountains.  My state has almost every kind of environment you could look for.  We have mountains, coast line on the Pacific Ocean, desert, islands, farm lands. orchards….except for arctic weather, we have most everything.  In my first ZIA, I tried to show most of that.  Here it is.

This ZIA was built on four tiles, traced in an overlapping fashion, and it has 15 different tangles on it, in an attempt to describe the beautiful state in which I live.  The only thing I think I left out is the mountains, because I couldn’t find a tangle to represent them.  Starting on the left, there is Verdigogh and Oke, representing all the gorgeous greenery in this state.  We are known as the “Evergreen State”, for very good reason: We have hundreds of thousands of acres of evergreen trees, both virgin forest and second and third generation replanting.  Also, Seattle, our largest city is known as the Emerald City.  Below  these two tangles is Msst morphing into Raindotty.  No description of Washington would be complete without tangles representing rain.  It rains a lot here; especially in Western Washington where I live; but as my Dad used to tell me: “most of the time it’s dry rain…you don’t get wet!”.  In the middle two tiles there is Squid, Cockles “n’ Mussels, River, Riverstones, and Nzeppel (the unstructured one).  These represent the water, fresh and ocean and sea life we have in our state, and the rocky terrain of the desert.  Also, there’s Shiraz, which signifies the wine country in eastern Washington, but also resembles clams, and Poke leaf and Inapod, beginning description of the agricultural center this state is.  On the right, it’s all about wine and flowers,  More Nzeppel, now structured, Rose (more wine, but also flowery, and they are both surrounded by Buttercup, a lovely tangle that represents gorgeous flowers.  Our state flower is Rhododendron, but since I don’t know how to “tangle” that, I used Buttercup.  This ZIA took some time to do, but I enjoyed every Zen moment of it.

Not only that, but while I was doing it, ideas started to flow….I had to jot them down so I didn’t forget.  I finally settled on a “map” of Washington for my second tile.  Here it is:

First I traced the map, then I used a 2.5″ square template to add some “strings”.  I decided not to try to tangle the whole state, because the challenge would have been long over before I finished it!  The finished size of this ZIA is approximately 7″ x 9″.  The tangles that appear in this are (in no apparent order) Blooming Butter, Chugh, Tipples, Auras, Pokeleaf, Pokeroot, Verdigogh, Geers #one and #3, Chard, Zin, Gewurtz, Rose’, Cockles ‘n’ Mussels, River, Riverstones, Msst, Raindotty, Rain, Crescent Moon, and Cat-Kin.  Oh, yeah, there’s also a variation of Night Bridge, which is in here for no other reason than I oopsed on part of Chard, and had to “fix” it.  Actually, there are several oopses, not to be confused with  “mistakes”, lol.

A few more facts about Washington.  We have industry, and are famous for Boeing Airplanes, Starbucks Coffee, Microsoft, and Weyerhouser Lumber Company.  We also have a large tourist industry, including hunting, fishing, skiing, and water sports. Industry is represented on the map by use of some of Sandra Strait’s “geers”.  The heavy white line running east and west through the state represents Interstate 90, the longest interstate in the United States, which begins in Seattle on the west coast and runs straight through to Boston, Massachusetts, going through about 13 states.  We have two beautiful mountain ranges, the Olympics on the western peninsula, and the Cascade Mountain range which runs west to east and then north.  Our three most famous mountains are Mt. Rainier, Mount Baker (both of which have lots of skiing in the winter, and Mt. St. Helen, which you may have heard “blew her top” some years ago.  We have hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams, and a large number of fishermen.  There is no place on earth I would rather live than right where I am.  I count it a blessing that my parents moved us here when I was an adolescent from southern California, a nice place to visit.

One last fact:  Washington is bordered to the north by British Columbia, Canada, to the east by Idaho, and to the south by Oregon, separated in part by the Columbia River.

I hope you are enjoying this challenge as much as I did.  It’s so nice to find out where some of my cyber friends call home.  I surely welcome your comments, and until next time, Happy Tangling!

It’s that time of the week again.  This week the Diva has challenged us to use a tangle created by “Carole Ohl’s partner in crime, Daved”.  It is called Bridgen, and is a versatile tangle.  To see other entries and find out more about how to join in the fun of these challenges go to the Diva’s web site, located here.  While you are there, leave some love for the talented artists.

Before I start, I want to give a big thank you to each of you who have commented on my previous challenges.  I normally don’t make a comment on the post to say thanks, because I figure once you’ve been there, you won’t go back, lol.  But I truly do love and appreciate the comments.  I’ve only been tangling since April 2 of this year, and the amount of encouragement I have received from the community is truly wonderful.  I’ve signed up for the CZT class in September, and I can hardly wait!  I believe that tangling will be a part of my life for whatever is left of it.

On to this week’s challenge.  When I first started to draw this tangle, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.  I think I was having a fog moment, where I couldn’t think of what to do with it.  So I just drew the dots and connected them and started drawing.  By the time I finished it, I had so many ideas, I knew I couldn’t do them all.  I ended up with five of them, and I’m going to show them in the order they were drawn.

Here is the first one.

Tangles: Bridgen, Lily Pads, Inapod, Nipa, Dew Drops, and Ahh

On the first four, Bridgen is primarily the string.  On this one I chose to tangle my name, which determined which tangles I used.  I liked it better than I thought I was going to.

Then, I decided to do a ZIA on a larger piece of paper, and I thought I’d increase the size of the Bridgen lines so I could tangle inside the tangle as well as the blank spaces it created.  Here it is:

As you can see, I used a bunch of tangles on this one, and got to practice shading.  I don’t even remember all the small tangles I put into the string and I forgot to write them down, but the bigger ones are cadent, florz, hollibaugh, and puf.

So, next I thought; hmm, what would happen if you drew Bridgen in a grid shape (kind of like you draw cadent) and then tangled inside each of the grid shapes.  That resulted in this:

Tangles: Bridgen, Laced, Intersection, Nipa, Dew Drops, Ahh

That’s my name again, but it would also be a cute way to make your own sample tile, with 16 different tangles in it.  However, I gotta tell you, it’s not as easy to tangle in that small a space as a bigger one.

Since I was focused on using Bridgen as a string and also tangling my name, I thought what if I drew block letters and tangled Bridgen around the letters and filled them with something else.  So I drew my initials and filled them with a variation of Striping.  Striping was so bold, that I didn’t like the way the Bridgen looked, so I just filled it in, including the circles, and then added white paint pen to the circles to highlight them.

Oops, looks like I need to clean the glass on my scanner.  Oh, well.

And finally, a total departure from what I had been doing (in a way).  This is a 5″ x 8″ ZIA, with some hand drawn maple leaves, deconstructed OKE, where I drew just a portion of the tangles, and outlining some of the bigger leaves in Bridgen, and a couple of smaller ones with Beadlines.  The whole thing is then colored with Prisma Pencils and Distress Inks.

I think I’m finally done with this Challenge and can go give love to all the artists and then move on to something else.  Thanks for stopping by, and until next time,  Let’s Tangle!