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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.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Diva's Challenge #297 and 3Z days of Christmas

This week, the Diva gave us some choices for our challenge. I chose "Give the Gift of Zentangle" and "Keep It Simple, Silly".

 I think I kept it pretty simple  ;) As for the "gift", that's on the flip side.

I did quite a few of these last year and left them around, in the library, at the supermarket, in restaurants. Felt quite elfish, actually! I'll definitely do some more, now that the 12 Days of 3zs are over :(
Here are days 8-12. Talk about a busy elf! But what fun we had! 

Day 8: Pokeleaf

Day 9: Aura-knot

Day 10: Drawings

Day 11: Icanthis

Day 12: Crazy Huggins, aka Huggins Hugging Huggins and a reprise of all 12 days!

The past 2 weeks have made me so appreciative of our Zentangle community, or family. As Maria and Rick "drew" us around this  beautiful virtual table, we shared in the creative madness and fun, and then admired each other's work, either online or via the Mosaic app. Thank you for everything that you bring to this table. I am deeply grateful.
I wish you all a happy Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati and Solstice (and anything else we may celebrate that I've omitted!) and a blessed new year!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Diva's Weekly Challenge #296: Moowa and More!

Zentangle HQ is keeping me as busy as a Christmas elf with The 12 Days of 3Zs challenge! Each day, Maria, Rick and Molly give us a different tangle to use. White tile and black ink are de rigueur. You can post your work on the Mosaic app, or simply post a comment on the blog and enter to win fabulous prizes!
 1st Day of 3Zs: Tripoli

 2nd Day of 3Zs: Tripoli and Diva Dance

 3rd Day of 3Zs: Tripoli, Diva Dance and Shattuck

 4th Day of 3Zs: Tripoli, Diva Dance, Shattuck and Marasu

 5th Day of 3Zs: Tripoli, Diva Dance, Shattuck, Marasu and Tipple

 6th Day of 3Zs: Tripoli, Diva Dance, Shattuck, Marasu, Tipple and Molygon

7th Day of 3Zs: Tripoli, Diva Dance, Shattuck, Marasu, Tipple, Molygon and Knightsbridge on an official 3Z pre-strung tile!

Whew! You get the idea!?! Like the song "The 12 Days of Christmas", we try to include all the tangles from the previous days, although this isn't required, thankfully!

And now for the Moowa! My first attempt was in my sketchbook. I really liked the "hanging and dangling" Moowa, but was unable to reproduce it later :\   My second attempt was on a Bijou tile, which I crammed full and then--eek!--had to shade! 

I've also been playing around with  card stock as I think about gift tags and holiday cards.

Last, but not least, a little visit from Bijou this morning. Rick Roberts inspired this. I recently watched the DVD for the black Apprentice tiles, where he tangles an amazing section of Printemps that was so relaxing to watch.  His lines are so close together that you have the impression that he is creating with black as well as white, as each white line drawn creates a black line of the same thickness.

Thanks for strolling through, or should I say "scrolling through"! Have a joyful week!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Diva's Weekly Challenge #295: Reticula and fragments, take 2!

For this week's Diva challenge, I used a tile I had stained with turmeric several months ago. The circles seemed to call out for more circles--a circular reticula and a circular fragment! I don't know if you can really see the reticula, under the stains, but it has an orb in the center, surrounded by more orbs. For my fragment, an orb with crescent moons. I filled in the spaces around and between the orbs with Tipple. I wasn't really pleased with this until I started to shade. I'm glad I always shade :)

Do you see the line and crescent on the turmeric, in the middle? That is not a mistake, but a lesson!!! I quickly learned that turmeric is happy, and just the right size, to clog up the micron tube tip!!! Do you know if there's a fixative you can apply that seals in those little grains and still lets you ink over?
For relaxation, I always pick up my blue Micron.
Joki, Shattuck, Featherfall, Arukas, Sandswirl, Indy-rella et al

Joki, Hamail, Printemps


And finally, if you get the Zentangle newsletter or have the Mosaic app, you've heard about this year's "12 Days of 3Zs" festivities.  There are prizes for commenting and sharing your work! And I never win anything, so your chances are even better!!!
My 1st Day of 3Z entry:

and my 2nd Day of 3Z entry:

Looking forward to seeing your entries!
Have a festive week!