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.

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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

Providence, Rhode Island …

I’ve just returned from four days in Providence, Rhode Island where I received my Certified Zentangle Certificate! What a great time with all the other newbie CZT’s. I met people from all over the US and Canada who share the same passion for this art method.  Now it’s time to begin “sharing” the passion ….

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Weekly Challenge #170 … “Bugles”

Challenge #170 features the pattern created by Joyce Evans called “Bugles”.  I decided to make myself a quick bookmark instead of using the regular tile.  This pattern took some practice … as do all of them, at least for me.  There are a lot of really cool submissions by others for this pattern.  Head over to the Diva’s website and take a peek.

Getting excited about my trip to Providence in two weeks for the CZT Seminar!  Can’t believe it’s been almost eight months since I registered and now the time is just around the corner.

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Weekly Challenge #169 …. Circles

The Diva Challenge began today, which is Memorial Day here in the USA.

A little tidbit about me …. I was born in Trail, BC, Canada, but moved to the US when I was about five years old.  My father was a professional hockey player so we went from Vancouver to Seattle to Portland to San Diego during his playing career.  Even though I’ve lived in the States since I was five, I only became a naturalized US Citizen seven years ago!  That was about forty-some years of being a Canadian living in the USA (legally of course!).  I have my red, white and blue to fly on special days like today so thought it an appropriate backdrop for my “Circle” tile this week.

As always, check out the Diva’s website to see all the creative pieces made by others this week for Challenge #169.

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Weekly Challenge #168 …. Rain

The Diva assigned us the pattern of “Rain” for this week’s challenge.  Never used it before, so looked it up and practiced a bit.  Kind of like it – sometimes these types of patterns are too “rigid” for me.  I like the more organic, curvier shapes.  I decided to try another pattern that I’ve never used before and add to this tile.  Here is my entry for this week using Rain, Phicops, Msst and Sand Swirl.

To see lots of creative pieces from others, head over to the Diva’s website for the other entries to Challenge #168.

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