Zentangle is...

The Zentangle® Method, created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 23: Joey's Weekly Challenge

Just a quick post this week, since we are still between 2 houses during the busy days and pretty wiped out in the evenings. I haven't  made it to madebyjoey in weeks, so I thought I would drop in! I've been working on some black tiles lately, and continued the trend when I saw Joey's tile with Sparkle. (You can see those below.)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a luminous week!

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Diva's Weekly Challenge: Duotangle with Auraknot and Meer

I made it back! It's been another crazy week, but we are all well in spite of the lingering heat and humidity we've had here in North Carolina. This morning I wanted to do some gardening, but after 45 minutes, I had to come inside. When I went back out in the late afternoon, it was still like stepping into a sauna. The humidity has been hovering between 70 and 80 percent for the last few weeks with no break. A few days ago, we had a huge rain. I was in a hardware store when it hit, and thought, "Thank God! This will cool everything off!" When I went outside, it was even hotter than before. Ugh.
This week's challenge was to create a duotangle with Auraknot and Meer. Auraknot is always a bit tricky for me, so I practiced a little before starting. I think my choice of gray and white reflects on the kind of sky we're having this summer. That leaden sky that holds in the heat and feels like it could fall on your head at any moment!!

I used a Fabrico marker for the gray and a Signo for the white. I wasn't really sure how to shade the Auraknot. How do you shade white on gray?
Thanks for your visit! Have a great week! My computer was damaged during our recent move. I hope to get it back soon so I can get back to seeing your blogs. I really miss them!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Catching up: The Diva's Weekly Challenge #277

We are finally settled, more or less, in our new home. Tired, but settled! Last night, I sat down and watched the "Knightstar" video. (I was feeling so out of touch, and rusty! I have had 2 classes in the past week, thankfully, but I have missed that "me" time for drawing.) This was what I did while watching the tutorial. I got confused on my direction in that upper right-hand corner. (It felt just like doing tumbling in PE class again!) But I decided to ink it in, and when I saw the black, I thought "Starry (K)night"!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a starry, shiny week!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Favorite Quotes / Diva's Weekly Challenge #277

Shhh! I shouldn't be here right now. I still have the kitchen and bathroom cabinets to clean and the rest of our clothes to pack. (And who knows what else?) Yesterday, I taught on new class,String Theory, and took the day off from packing. But when I had a peak at the Diva's challenge this morning to use circles, I had to participate!
This is number 3 of my favorite quotes, on 8.5 x 11 card stock.  I started tangling this one about a month ago, before the moving frenzy hit. (It's been sitting out on my Zentable®, where I stop in for a few minutes when I have a chance.) I knew I wanted circles in the string, and ribbons, to convey some movement. This morning, I finished the shading, and thanks to Joey's challenge, added a little "Pearly" at the end.
Now I can pack this one up!

Thanks for stopping by! I'll try to be back next week, post move!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #276

The lovely Laura challenged us to create a tile from something moving. I'm moving, in one week! Yikes! I  decided that even though my supplies are in boxes, (somewhere, I hope!) I had to do this! I don't really have time to ride around on a bus, or have Lar chauffeur me around, but I do have my grandfather's rocking chair to sit in! So, while I was tangling, I was rocking, ever so gently. Since my tiles are packed away (somewhere, I hope!), I used some elephant poop paper that I had in my purse. It doesn't like to be shaded with pencil, so I used some hatching instead. All in all, a very relaxing challenge!

Thank you for all your beautiful comments on peace last week. You speak and draw with such power and strength--"The pen is mightier than the sword." And thanks also for your well wishes for our move.  Your kindness gives me peace.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you next week!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Give Peace a Chance

For the past 11 days, my husband and I have been frantically preparing to move to a new home, after 20 years in this one. I have packed away all of my supplies except for a few basics in an attempt to focus every waking moment on the task at hand. (We move in 2 weeks.)
When I saw this week's challenges, I was truly touched. I imagined a Zentangle prayer shawl going up across the planet, with wishes for peace. I couldn't imagine that I would have a minute to sit down and actually draw, but my thoughts were with our community as pens touched paper and outlined our need for peace.
And then there was a lull in our moving frenzy, so I picked up my own pen and paper. I almost immediately lost Organic, but moved to drawing Mooka, which always soothes me. 
After I finished, I went to post my tile, but encountered some tech difficulties. I decided to wait, or maybe even just let it go.
Then I learned about the massacre in Nice. More violence. More hatred. More innocent victims. Children.
This morning, I had to connect with someone. And here I am. Thank you for the peace that you always offer, through Zentangle, through your stories, through your friendship. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #273: Tangle Remix

The Diva's challenge this week included some of the sweetest and funniest kid pictures ever! Ice cream, mustaches, hats, cupcakes...you really must take a peek if you haven't yet! At the end of her post, you'll see that she asked us to take a previous tile and do a remix. I chose one from a black and Renaissance tile class I took last year. I still struggle with the Renaissance tile and black,brown and white ink idea. My tiles never seem to get the glow and depth, that rich feel that others have. I've made a note to create a Renaissance mosaic in the Mosaic app, so that I can study this. (A task made much easier by the new app for iPads!) I wanted to keep the tangles, Renaissance paper, black and white ink from the old. I replaced the brown ink with pink and made a few changes:

Do you have any tips for working with the Renaissance paper? What are your go-to tangles for using it? Do you use more of a certain color ink?
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fun week!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Joey challenged us this week with another circle string and the tangle "Gnarly". I had to practice this one quite a bit, until I finally found a way that worked for me. Of course, the phone rang, and when I came back to start my tile, I had forgotten "my way"!! (I sometimes have the attention span of a gnat.) What was I saying? Oh, yes. I did my tile all the same, thinking that it might come back to me. I don't think it ever did. Molygon kept taking over my hand muscles, as I forgot to make bass clefs instead of bananas. All the same, it helped to Zen me out. As if I needed it, after all that delicious Cuban food I had for lunch with my newly retired colleague, who is Cuban, and his wife, who recommended this new place. Well, it's not new, but it was for me and.....

Thanks for a fun challenge, Joey!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Joey and the Diva and my indecision!

Sometimes, I can't decide. For years, as a middle school teacher, I had to make hundreds of decisions of day, most of them involving whether a student could go somewhere--to the front desk, to the library, to their locker, etc., etc.! Am I now suffering from the occupational hazard of snap judgement? Maybe yes. Maybe no!
Friday found me trying to squeeze in Joey's and the Diva's challenge in one tile. Joey gave us another circle string, Maryhill and a ban from using Maryhill in the center circle. The Diva said, "Don't take yourself too seriously! Use a little red."
And thus it went:

Any preferences? Do you suffer from indecision? How do you cope?!?
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Awesome Simplicity of Zentangle

This week, Adele Bruno's Wednesday Words of Wisdom was a quote by Charles Mingus, American jazz genius, double bassist, composer and band leader. It inspired me to start a series of favorite quotes. (I have a terrible memory for quotes, so I like to have them where I can see them.) I printed the quote on ivory 8/12 in x 11 in cardstock, drew my string and started tangling. When I finished, I thought, "So much for simplicity!" But I truly believe that the Zentangle® method, rather than my drawing, embodies the meaning behind Mingus' words. Through a series of "awesomely simple" strokes--i,c,s,o--our creativity blossoms and blooms. Thank you, Rick and Maria and Charlie.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beads of Courage

In this week's Diva Challenge, Laura Harms explains: Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey. Each bead represents something different. A different procedure or appointment or special circumstance. For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke, instead of getting a sticker when they leave they are given a glass bead for each thing. (Blue for doctor, black for poke. Some other beads are yellow = night in the hospital, pink = respiratory support, magenta = trip to emergent care, teal = tube insertion or removal, rainbow = therapy--physical, speech, occupational, respiratory. Every child's necklace is unique to their story.

Laura, our darling Diva and Beads of Courage mom/supporter,asked us to be inspired by this wonderful organization and / or the Color Run she recently organized for its benefit. Her son, Artoo, is a brave heart, whose favorite color is green. This tile is for him, and all the children who battle illness every day.

My beads are fragmenta from the Zentangle Primer, vol 1.

Thank you, Laura, for all the inspiration you and your family offer us every day.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Joey's Weekly Challenge #117

Ahhhhhhhhh. Joey just treated me to a brain massage!! A circle with three interior circles touching each other. Socc was our tangle. 

Such a wonderful challenge to start the week! Thank you, Joey!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Joey's Weekly Challenge #116

Hope you've had a wondrous week tangling since we last met! This week, I found myself tangling almost daily--which is sometimes difficult of late!--in purposeful and also random ways. My purposeful tangles? This card for my beloved Lar's birthday on Monday:

Then these two, in an effort to zen out after some stressful home improvement involving winged mammals:

Today, I had time to finally sit down and do Joey's Challenge #116. Having just one suggested tangle--Flux-- to use in the string made it really relaxing for me, as I just let it happen. I had no expectations when I started, and really had the notion that tangles are used to fill spaces, like colors do. Thanks, Joey!

Many thanks for your visit! I'm still catching up on my rounds to see your amazing work, which I always enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Diva's Weekly Challenge #270

Skye. Rhymes with "sigh".
I love this tangle. Sigh.
I still have to use a pencil first. Sigh.