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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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy New Year! Diva Challenge #298

Happy 2017! Please accept my best wishes for health and happiness in this new year, along with many thanks for all the joy you brought me last year.
It seems like months have gone by since my last post. I have been busy with so many different things. Over the past almost 4 weeks--gasp!--I had the joy of reuniting with family and friends for the holidays. There were three particularly special reunions during the week after Christmas: one with my best friend from middle and high school, one with my brother and sister and one with a former 6th grade student who is now 32! Words really can't describe the happiness and wonder I felt with each reunion.  New Year's Eve found me struggling to stay awake by tangling.
These first 13 days of 2017 I have been following in the book "The Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts". I've been trying to integrate some of the themes into daily Zentangle meditations. (I may do a post on these later.) Oddly enough, the first one was "Senza Paura", without fear, which I saw reflected in our friend Michele's blog.
As you can see, I've been playing with water colors.  When we were hit with 1/2 inch of ice and 6 inches of snow last Saturday, I asked my dear Lar to do an art project with me. He kindly accepted, and we, using Michele's amazing tutorial, did several sheets of water color washes. Then, we cut one of them to 10 inches square, divided it into 9 squares and made a string before cutting the squares apart. So far, we have tangled 4 of the 9. I'll post the ensemble when we finish.
Delighted to be snowbound for 5 days, I bought the new 2017 Tangle Guide and started cataloguing ribbon tangles that work well for the "romanancy" technique. What a rabbit hole! While working on the ribbon collection, I saw that I needed a better way to access my tangles. (I had previously been keeping everything in a sketchbook.) Since space is at a premium, I decided to use Bristol strips cut to roughly 3 x 11 inches.  Pretty straightforward and cheap!
I've also numbered all the patterns in the Tangle Guide so I can use a Random Number Generator to choose tangles.
Yesterday, I was honored to give a Zentangle lesson at the local Memory Café, where folks diagnosed with Alzheimers, as well as their family members, meet up to socialize and relax. Here is their amazing work! Such fun!

Lest I forget, today's Diva tile with "Orbs-La-Dee" and yet another attempt at "romanancy".

Will Jennifer ever learn perspective? Will she be forever prisoner to lines that refuse to be parallel? Stay tuned for next week's episode in the ongoing saga of Romanancy!
Thanks for hanging in there with this long post! I'd love to hear where the past 4 weeks have taken you in your tangling adventure! 


  1. Thank for sharing! Love all your Tiles! Unique Orbs-La-Dee!

  2. Lovely work Jennifer! I especially love the composition of your Diva piece and many thanks for the shout-out;-)

  3. All beautiful and the Diva tile is great.

  4. Dear Jennifer, I am glad to see a new post on your blog...I have already missed you😊 ! I wish you a very happy new year as well and lots of beautiful tangle work where perspective doesn't matter...
    I admire your work, the Diva tile is so elegant and unique.
    Thank you for sharing the report about your tangling with your husband and with the people in the cafe... I need a little time to read the texts, but it is so intresting and each post helps to improve my English a little bit😊

  5. Beautiful starts of the new year, I wish you lots of tanglepleasure, succes and a good health.
    This Orbs-la-Dee tile is very original and special, I do like it very much!

  6. Love all of your work, but I think that the Orbs-la-Dee is probably my favorite. The Memory Cafe tiles picture is beautiful and reminds me of the times that I went to visit my Mom when she was suffering from Alzheimer's. I wish I had known about Zentangle at the time that she was suffering, I think she would have loved it. What a beautiful thing to share with these folks!

  7. How clever of you, to combine Orbs-la-Dee with Romanancy (with which I'm in a love-hate relationship, too!). This is very well done :-)

  8. Delightful post, Jennifer, to read and to see! Your watercolor piece reminds me of a print that I have done by Maria, so that's a real compliment :)


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