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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, June 17, 2017

Diva's Challenge #320: Dansk

This week's challenge involved using Margaret Bremner's tangle, Dansk. Margaret's distinctive style, with its swirls, bold graphics and "simple" lines, always leaves me drooling! I've tried to use some of her tangles before, but sans magic. They just kind of sit on the paper, staring back at me! I was anxious to try Dansk again. In my first attempt, I combined it with wonky Tripoli, a long lost fav that I recently reunited with. And guess what? Dansk just sat there. So I tried to spice it up with some graphite ghost tangles. Nothin' doin'. Sigh.

I thought I'd give it another go. It finally made sense to me in this tile! (I haven't tried it again since. Don't want to test my luck!!!)  S   L   O   W   I   N   G down for the auras worked wonders in getting a feel for the texture of Dansk.

In other news, I made a 3.5 x 3.5 inch Zentangle journal this week. (Our muggy heat wave has me staying inside.) I used some water color paper for the cover, which I "washed" with bubble wrap. Inside I used  10 sheets of multimedia paper. This was my first handmade journal, inspired, once again, by Michele Wynne's June 7 post.  I really love the size. It tucks perfectly into my "Go-Tangle" wallet from zentangle.com.

Have you read the latest Zentangle blog by Julie Willand? She reminded us of our "humble beginnings". Rick, Maria and Molly followed up on the Mosaic app by posting their first tiles and inviting us to do the same. A wonderful exercise!

2/8/14, my humble beginning

And lastly, this morning I picked up my blue pen, after admiring Marguerite Samama's Delft Delights on Mosaic. As I tangled, I thought about my family. (I often do when I'm tangling.) I finished the tile, and then remembered a picture of my brother in 1948, when my family lived in Holland for two years. That picture was the finishing touch on the tile.

Thanks for stopping by, and staying until the end of my lengthy post! Have a lovely week!


  1. Wow, I love that second one!!!! Funny, I am Dutch and never have been to places where they take your photo in such an old fashioned costume. Isn't that always the way it goes?

  2. Great Dansk. I like the right hand corner Dansk where it has a lot of auras on just one side. The other side butting up agains wonky tripoli.

  3. I love our first tile. OK, so Dansk just sits there, but it sits beautifully with its ghostly aura. On tile 2 I can see perfect lines. I love 2 of our expressions I can totally relate to: Sans Magic - only too often with me too; and dont push it. Once you succeeded better let it sit...and dont breathe.

  4. I think that first tile is quite magical. Those soft grey tones are lovely. You really hit the magic of Dansk in the the second attempt though. It's the layering of the auras that bring it to life. Beautiful work and thanks for the shout-out;-) Have fun with your little journal.

  5. I am Dutch and never have been to places where they take your photo.



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