Monday, March 3, 2014

Several dares and a challenge

It's yet another (!) snow day, and we're tucked nice and cozy in our warm home, so I'm taking some time to post some of the tangling that I've been doing.

First is the Diva's Challenge #157, which is to use the tangle "Charlie" in a tile.  For those of you new to this blog, The Diva posts a challenge every week (for 3 years now!), and artists post their responses.  It's so fun and interesting to see how people respond to the prompt in so many different ways.
Next are Zendala Dares from the Bright Owl.  I'm posting them along with the templates, since I'm doing several at once.  Erin at the Bright Owl provides a mandala template every week for followers to fill with tangles (Zentangle patterns).  Again, the myriad of responses is just amazing.

Zendala Dare 93 is called snowflake surprise, and Erin asked us to make it look like a snowflake.  Although I have LOTS of inspiration outside, I'm not sure it really looks like a snowflake, but I do like it anyway.
Zendala Dare 93

Next is Zendala Dare 92, which was a simpler template.  Nevertheless, I managed to make so complicated that I got all mixed up!  Hey, that's half the fun of it, right?
Zendala Dare 92
 Finally is Zendala Dare 91.  I used a lot more tangles than I normally do, which gives it a less refined, more fun and whimsical look. 
Zendala Dare 91
A special thanks to these two wonderful ladies who have built such a special community of people who love doing zentangles!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Challenge 154: Valentangle

Happy Valentines Day!  To celebrate the occasion, the Diva's Challenge this week is to make a "valentangle": a valentine made with tangles.  This week's an extra special time for me because it's also my birthday, and I'm celebrating a big one this year. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Zendala Dare 90: Happy Birthday, Erin!

This month is Erin's (at the Bright Owl) birthday.  Happy birthday, Erin!  And thank you for your wonderful gift  of the beautiful templates you provide us with.  I look forward to it every week.  I can hardly believe you fit it into your incredibly busy life! 

For her dare this week, she asked us to use our favorite tangle in the zendala as a gift to her.  How to pick a favorite?!?  I have so many favorites, and they change from time to time.  A current favorite is Mi2 by Mimi Lempart, but I couldn't find a way to incorporate it in this template.  Betweed has always been a favorite, maybe because it was one of the first tangles I learned.  I also love 'Nzeppel--it seems to fit anywhere and provides a lot of depth and charm. Both are official Zentangle tangles.  Trimond by Jane Monk is a cool tangle also because it really tends to pop off the page.   In this zendala, I also used another tangle I like a lot, but I cannot remember the name of it!
 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Challenge !53: UMT: Jailed Johnny

Wow!  This is the first Diva's Challenge I'm participating in this year.  The year's still in its infancy and it's been crazy already.

Speaking of infancy, I do have BIG NEWS for those of you who missed it in December.  I'm a grandma!!  Here's an adorable picture of him.  Isn't he simply the most precious thing?

Well, on to the dare.  This week's is to use the tangle Jailed Johnny by Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT.  It seemed like a good tangle to use as a fill in another tangle, so I put it in mooka. 
Here are a few other zentangles, because even though I haven't been posting, I have been tangling to keep me sane.  Well, slightly more sane, anyway.
 
 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Zendala Dare 86

It's a new year so full of so many possibilities.  I love the idea that "Deb" shared in the comments to the Bright Owl's new year post.  It was to choose a "word of the year that you strive to embody in all aspects of your life."  I decided that this year I would concentrate on the word "choose".  There are so many aspects of my life for which I need to keep that word in mind--my food, my activities, my friends, my exercise, basically all my life decisions.  I sometimes feel I don't have a choice when I really do, and other times I just don't bother choosing and let things happen. So this year, my concentration is going to be on being aware of the choices I make and making ones that are healthy, smart, and fullfilling. 


This week's dare is very different.  It really is more of a frame, and Erin at the Bright Owl dares us to fill it with something we're grateful for.  I've been thinking a lot about gratitude and writing things I'm grateful for in my journal, so I had lots of ideas at the ready.  I decided not to choose just one, but make it a testament to many of (but certainly not all) the blessings in my life. 


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Zendala Dares 84 and 85

I am welcoming 2014 with open arms!  I'm excited to have a new grandson and so many possibilities for the new year.

This week's dare seemed perfectly suited for trying out some of the new colored pens I got for Christmas.  Not thrilled with the result, but it was fun to do anyway.



 And this is last week's dare.