Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Diva Challenge #329

I had some time to participate in the latest Diva Challenge, you can find all the details on her blog HERE.  Marguarite Samama is the guest blogger there and wanted us to use the Fragment D1 from the Zentangle Primer book.  I sat down over a cup of coffee and enjoyed my tangling.
Fragment D1; Printemps

And on a side note, I also had time to create some other tiles that I will just share here.
 Molygon; Scute; Tipple; Somnus; Flux
Diva Dance; Hollibough; Hypnotic; Lisbon Fragment

It's raining, I am happy!  Have a blessed day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Rose

I was admiring pictures of some Botanical Tangles and decided to get Sharla Hicks' book called Tangled Inspired Botanicals.  I only managed to get to page 20 where I spent a lot of time studying "the rose" and how Sharla had drawn it.

So today I sat down and drew it on a Zentangle Renaissance tile, adding some light pink Pan Pastel to the background as well as white charcoal highlights and graphite for shading.  Now I'll continue working through her book that has such lovely drawings.

Wishing you a lovely day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Sun Always Comes Up....

Despite the recent fires that devastated our town, the blackness that surrounds us both physically and emotionally, the sadness, the anger, the shock.....the sun still rises each day and on a recent morning run I decided to take my cellphone with in the hope of catching some photos that would give me a boost of positiveness, and this is what I saw.....

Brenton On Lake - the promise of a spectacular sunrise!

It was around 6h45am, cold, dark, but it did not disappoint.

I could have focused on the blackness of the trees, the death of them, the coldness of the ashen ground....but instead I chose to see through the trees and take note of the beautiful picture they helped to create.

I am so very grateful for what we have!

Just sharing.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

IAST #203

A lovely cold and rainy day to relax and tangle for Adele Bruno's challenge after the Knysna Forest Marathon I ran yesterday with my running friends! At least this part of the forest was saved from the fire so it was still a beautiful run.  It's my second one.  It's tough!  I may not be doing it again!

My friend Jo (super fast runner) and I (a slower runner)

Our group who ran the marathon, we are called the Trailblazers.  With some personal fans!

And here is the tile I made for Adele's latest challenge to use the following two tangles:
Sez and Trilad

I was a bit at a loss as to how to use the two tangles, but I persevered, although I am not overly thrilled with the outcome.  I am looking foward to see how others have used these tangles, I definitely needs some help!

Have a blessed Sunday.  Ours is coming to an end.  Watched the Wimbledon Men's Finals and todays Tour De France!  Love it!

Monday, July 10, 2017


This is a Zentangle take on Dingbat, as per the Wikipedia definition "In typography, a dingbat is an ornament, character, or spacer used in typesetting, often employed for the creation of box frames."

Anything is possible with really is an art that allows so much freedom to allow you to make marks and just see where your pen takes you.  Here is my attempt at a Dingbatz~

I drew this on a standard Zentangle tile and used Aquafleur, Barberpole, Mooka , Tipple and Poke Root as my tangles.  I also added some Echo Lines from Eni Oken to round off some edges.

Let's pray for a great start to the week!  Wishing you a blessed day!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

IAST #202

You can find all the details of Adele's It's a String Thing challenge on her BLOG. We had three tangles that we could use with a set string, although in Zentangle nothing is set in stone. I opted for a Renaissance tile this time as I typically stay away from them as they make me feel uncomfortable.  Here is my entry:
Tangles: Pop-Cloud; Xplode; CO 2

I just admire how firstly, people actually come up with tangles and are able to draw the step by step instructions so effortlessly, and secondly how they come up with the names for the tangles!  I lack total creativity when it comes to that.

This was fun.  I enjoyed exploring more with the black and the brown micron and also decided to apply the white charcoal a bit more heavily.  I think in the past I have been too "gentle" with adding shading.  It's time to get bold!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

IAST # 200 & 201

My friend Adele Bruno just recently celebrated her 200th "It's A String Thing" challenge and I wasn't going to miss it despite the communication challenges we were facing post-fire where our internet service provider lost 26 telecommunications towers!

Here is my Bijou tile for IAST #200
Tangle: C-Perfs

And here is what I submitted for IAST #201 (poor photo, sorry):
Tangles: Beebug; Hekzee; Leaflet

I'm still loving this Zentangle art and can't wait to get back into teaching.