Challenge #182 … “Stripes”

The Diva has challenged us with “Stripes” this week … use stripes in any way, shape or form. I created a string consisting of four stripes and then filled in each one with Jetties, Hollibaugh, Tipple and Zander.  I do like how the four patterns work together.  

Thanks to everyone who commented on my tile last week. Sometimes it takes a little effort to leave a comment … needing passwords, entering codes, etc … so I do appreciate the time you take to do this.  I also enjoy looking at all the other submissions, and leaving comments.  Remember to go to the Diva’s website and view all the other nice entries in this week’s challenge.


Challenge #181 …. “Water” …

This week’s Diva Challenge is made for me.  We are challenged to use “water” in any way we like.  I chose a sea life ZIA with my tile “brushed” with Derwent “water” colors.

I was disappointed with myself last week as I didn’t finish the Challenge with McDee.  I know there are “no mistakes” in Zentangle, but all my efforts looked like major MISTAKES!  I just couldn’t get the patterns to flow so they never made any sense.  But, this is a new week and I’m back at it.  Maybe others have these brief moments of “?”?

“Squid Party”

DSC_0109Patterns used Squid, Fescu, Zinger, Shiraz, Printemps

I love everything about the ocean and tend to keep my ZIA’s “ocean themed” …. hence the name of this Blog!  I live right near the water so I’m lucky enough to see it every single day.  


Sharing …. Beautiful beach in San Diego, California

View all the other awesome Challenge entries at the Diva’s website.

Weekly Challenge #179 … Bijou

Zentangle introduced their new “mascot” in June …. a little snail named “Bijou”.  Like Bijou, drawing patterns is very slow and deliberate, all the while enjoying the process and getting lost in your own thoughts.  (At least that’s my interpretation!)  Because of the small size, new tiles were introduced in the way of 2″x2″ …. that is small.  This week’s challenge is to use the new Bijou tiles and create whatever your heart desires.  I felt a garden coming on …..


Patterns used: Dragonair, Zinger, Poke Leaf, Fescu, Angelfish, Raindotty

and in all seriousness … Tripoli


 View them all at the Diva’s website!

Challenge #178 … Duotangle by the Letter

Before I get into my submission for this week’s Diva Challenge, I just want to say how much I love Zentangle and the new path it is taking me.   I’ve met some wonderful people who share in this passion, as well as new internet “connections” to keep it growing.  Thanks to Janet, Rho, Suzanne, Sherry, Patty & Elaine.  It’s always fun to get together with you guys!

This week’s Challenge gave me a perfect opportunity to “explore” new patterns.  With my initials being “SB”, I figured I could always use the usual patterns such as Shattuck or Bales, but I opted to try something different.  And, in being different, I decided “no swirls or circles”!  I love the organic patterns but I need to expand and try others.  Here is my attempt done on an ATC tile ….

DSC_0110Patterns used … Swarm & Braze

Challenge #177 … “Truffle”

This week’s pattern challenge was brought to us by the one of the youngest CZT’s, Caroline Broady of Knoxville, Tennessee.  She created this pattern while attending her CZT seminar in Providence in June 2013.  Here’s my attempt …. and it took a few!

DSC_0102Patterns used … Truffle, Zinger, Msst, Fescue

View other submissions at the Diva’s website.



Calling All Canadians …. and my aging friends!

I’m taking a detour from my Zentangle posts today to help out a good friend with her skin care business.  Starting August 1st, the product line will be expanding into Canada. She asked if I would reach out to my family and friends in Canada (FYI – I was born in Trail, BC) and give them some information about her products.  I hope you will read the little “note” down below and if you’re interested, give Vicki a quick email.  AND, if you live in the US and are interested in this awesome line of anti-aging products, contact her as well.  

I’m posting this “note” on behalf of one of my long-time sailing friends, Vicki Martin.  She has partnered with the two doctors who created PROACTIVE (the acne treatment with 83% of the worldwide acne market). Their new line of skin care products for aging skin is called Rodan+Fields. Vicki is expanding her business into Canada when Rodan+Fields opens that market on August 1st.

There are four products in the Rodan+Fields line:

  • REDEFINE for the treatment and prevention of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores
  • REVERSE for the treatment of dark marks, dullness and sun damage
  • SOOTHE for the treatment of redness and inflammation of sensitive skin, i.e., eczema, psoriasis and flush blush
  • UNBLEMISH for the treatment of acne and acne scars for adults and teens who need a more sensitive approach to skin care

If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a new skin care regimen to prevent or treat any of the major skin care issues, you will love these products.  I have used them myself and can tell you they work (Reverse!).

There is also an amazing business opportunity available.  When Rodan+Fields launches the Canadian market, Vicki will be expanding her team there.  She is looking for dynamic, energetic people to open the market.  If you or anyone you know is looking for a business opportunity, maybe a Plan B, or another income stream, this could be a great fit.  There are a lot of success stories already from others who are now in the business – just like Vicki!

Here’s how you can help me help my good friend … please pass Vicki’s email on to your network of friends and family.  She can be contacted at She will talk to anyone interested in either the products or business opportunity in a very professional manner, and will be respectful of your relationships.

Thanks for reading this “note” and for forwarding this information to anyone you know.

Now ….. back to my tangles!

Weekly Challenge #176 … “BYOB”

(FIRST OF ALL – Apologies on bad link on Diva’s site.  Don’t know what I did wrong!)

Our challenge this week was a little different … with the summer season in full swing, guest Diva, Amy Broady, asked us to use our favorite beverage in any way, shape or form!  You could spill it, paint it, drink it while you tangled, sit in your favorite drinking spot and tangle – the ideas were endless.  The main thing was just to “bring your own beverage”!

With the hot weather, I love a Starbucks iced chai tea latte.  Love them so much that I actually buy the Tazo Chai Tea concentrate at my grocery store.  For the price of one chai latte at Starbucks, I get the whole carton and about eight drinks!  And they taste just as good.  SO … for my challenge I took some iced chai tea and splattered it on my tile.  I really like the creamy caramel color on the tile.  In looking through patterns to learn, I came across YAF which to me looked kind of “India-ish” – like my spicy chai tea.  Then I added a few Flux for the paisley look.  Like it!  Nice and simple, but colorful using a bit of colored pencil.

See the other entries at the Diva’s website.  So many creative ideas from everyone BYOB’ing!


Patterns used – YAF, Flux & Jetties (with splatters of chai tea!)

Challenge #175 – “UMT – Crux” …

As usual, the first Monday of each month has the Diva featuring a tangle made by another Zentangle enthusiast! This week we use “Crux”, created by Henrike Bratz. I recently purchased ATC cards so decided to do mine on one of these. Once I got started, I realized my design was looking pretty rough/rustic so I just let it go, filling in beyond the lines, shading in different places and added a “funky” border around the whole thing. Looks different than what I usually do … I like it. Go to the Diva’s website to view all the other creative entries.



Challenge #174 .. Superimposing Strings

This week’s Diva Challenge was given to us by Aimee Belair, CZT.  She asked us to superimpose a string on a string!  For my non-Zentangle friends, when you start a tile, you draw four dots in each corner, then connect the dots with four lines.  Then …. you break up the space by drawing a “string” – any way you want.  So this challenge called for making the initial string, then adding another string over top.  I took before & after photos.  The “befores” don’t look too good, but that’s what I got on my phone!  View other submissions at the Diva Challenge.

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Patterns used: Hollibaugh, Mooka, Meer, Flux & Paradox

Challenge #173…Redux, Remix, Revisit

The Challenge this week took a little time for me to figure out what we’re supposed to do!  In fact, I thought I would pass on this one, BUT, my personal challenge is to get an entry in every week.  AND after just completing my CZT course, I have no excuses from now on.

My four days in Providence were so awesome.  Along with my high school friend, Janet Masey, I’d been waiting since last September to go to seminar.  We had a great time and met so many interesting people from all over.  The opportunity to be in the same room with Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas , the creators of Zentangle, was wonderful.  What a great vibe they put off – I loved every minute in that classroom.  I’m more inspired than before to tangle everyday and see what magic I can make …. one stroke at a time.

My tile this week is on black – something I don’t use.  I opted to use Aquafleur – one of my favorites.  It reminds me of something I would find “under the sea”.  While at seminar, we learned Mooka from Maria.  I was always afraid to try this one, getting all tangled up whenever I attempted to put it down.  I like how it flows – when you get the pen going in the right direction!  I realized that working with white on black it tends to look a little messy.  I need to keep at it and sharpen my lines.  Molly Hollibaugh showed us the technique of using the white Jelly pen – to let it tickle the paper as you draw – and that seems to work really well.

Here’s my entry for the Challenge put out by Sharla Hicks while Laura is in Providence this week.

ImageTangles used – Aquafleur & Mooka

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