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.

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.