Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Punzel Challenge

"Punzel" is a new Zentangle pattern introduced in the latest newsletter (subscribe here) from Rick and Maria, AND its the Diva's choice  for this week's challenge.  This was my first attempt  and  I was not going to use the tile for the challenge because I was not too pleased with it.  Then my son told me he liked it and it looked like it was floating so I decided to add  color using a simple splash background technique from Marie Browning's book Time to Tangle with Color.  

For the next two I tried out Punzel on black tiles with a metallic gelly roll.  I still need practice on this tangle, but as I was going along, I found myself relaxing into a wonderful Zentangle meditation and that is such a benefit in today's stressful world! I am so grateful to have this art form and process.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"String Theory v. VI: Tangled on the Inside"

The Diva Challenge for this week was based on an idea from Jo in NZ to use a tangle as your string and tangle within a tangle, so to speak!  After  pondering about the best tangle to use, I settled on classic Shattuck and tangled a large version on my tile.  I didn't think to take a picture of just the string, but here is the end result in all its tangled glory.  It is kind of busy so I am not sure if you can even tell that Shattuck made up the string!  This was a creative challenge idea, for sure.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sunflower Challenge

I LOVE SUNFLOWERS!  They are tall, cheerful and hardy and they are the theme for this week's Diva Challenge, courtesy of a Penny B, Zentangle enthusiast in South Africa, who tells us that "In Republic of South Africa, on 12 October we have Bandana Day, which is run by the Sunflower Fund.   This is an organization founded in 1999 in support of the SA Bone Marrow Registry for people suffering from leukemia" 
My grandfather died of leukemia and so this is for my Opa.  He has been gone a long time, but he was a great guy and I still remember him riding a bike in the backyard (he was Dutch) and I also still have some of his letters with his incredibly gorgeous swirly handwriting.  I had fun making this Zentangle-inspired sunflower and used a Sakura metallic gelly roll copper star pen for the petals.  I hope the sparkles show online.  Forgive me that this looks like maybe another flower more than a sunflower:)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hope Challenge

The Diva Challenge for this week is about HOPE.  My humble entry combines the duo-tangle with Jonqal and Opus that I created for last week with a wee sign of hope springing up in the corner.  I ran out of time to submit last week, but I love these challenges and am so glad to participate whenever I can.  If one person finds renewed hope from this week's challenge it is all worth it. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of hope peeking through a crack.