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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tangling up a storm: Diva 93 part 2

I posted my response to the Diva challenge early but just couldn't stop myself from making more.  I'm in love with this new pattern.  I decided to try doing the original filled-in version.

I was creatively inspired during Hurricane Sandy, and fortunately I had electricity and could still tangle.

I created two stormy tiles using just Bunzo in a monotangle (using a single pattern).

The first is white gelly roll pen on a black tile.  Then I used my black pen for a second layer of unfilled Bunzo over the top.  I love the look of black on white on black!

The second tile was metallic dark colored gelly roll pens on a black tile.  It's shimmery in person.

I love these!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Find me on Facebook too!

I've decided to create a Facebook page for my tangled journey since not everyone can comment via the blog.

Diva challenge 93: Bunzo

Well, I have to love the Diva this week because she's challenged us to use my favorite new tangle, Bunzo.  Ok, maybe this isn't such a challenge for me.

I prefer to use the unfilled tangellation (variation of a tangle), but maybe I'll challenge myself to do the regular black and white version too.

I love how this tangle pattern evolves in such fun ways.  Sometimes it looks nautical like coral or a shell, and sometimes it looks like something straight out of Dr. Seuss.

Here are two of my Bunzo tiles:

Is it ironic that Bunzo looks like the hurricane heading our way today?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Student Tiles from October class

I'm finally getting around to posting photos from my October class at the newly renovated Chelmsford Community Center at North Town Hall.  I had a great time teaching six wonderful participants.  It was fun to have some mother/daughter teams in class too.  We had great energy and excitement along with periods of focus and silence.  I love hearing the change as people switch gears from learning to practicing the Zentangle® method.

Here is a mosaic of the first tiles they created with my M-shaped string and instruction of five tangle patterns:

It's impressive to see how even with the same instruction everyone had a different approach to her tile.  From holding the pen to accepting the freedom to explore beyond the instruction, each artist found her own style.  I think this is a pretty impressive group!

The second tile involved a free form string of each person's choosing.  I showed several different patterns--four, I think--by request.  Here is the mosaic of the works in progress:

It was a great night.  Thanks to everyone for participating.  I hope we'll tangle again soon.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Diva challenge 92: stripes

This week, the Diva encouraged us to tangle in a new way using straight lines as the string.  I drew my lines at a diagonal across my tile then went back and added some smaller lines to see how I'd fill them in.  I ended up using eleven tangles.

I tend to use my strings as guides and often find my tangles pouring out over the boundaries.  For this one, I kept finding my pen staying within the lines.  Maybe I wanted to challenge myself to keep the lines straight.  It was fun to think about which tangles I could fit into the smaller sections.

I love how with the Zentangle® method, we can stay within the lines, exceed the lines, or ignore the lines completely!  We all have permission to create and to explore.  If you don't like the end result, start a new tile!  Since Zentangle is so quick to do, you haven't invested a ton of time or materials in an experiment.  I like to hold my piece out and turn it around to get a different perspective.  I still keep all of my tiles even if they aren't favorites.  Each one tells a tale along my creative journey.  I love writing notes on the back about which tangle patterns I used, what, if anything, inspired the design, and any challenges I faced in the creation of my work.

Here's my straight-lined string challenge:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Diva challenge 91: beads of courage

This week's Diva challenge was to create a beads in honor of the Beads of Courage organization.  In children's hospitals, children with serious and chronic illness participate in this program by stringing a bead for each milestone reached and for bravery through medical experiences.  I've known several children with chronic illnesses, and I think this is a wonderful project to help inspire hop, creativity, and distraction.  Every bead tells a story, just like every line in a tangle pattern.  Thank you to the Diva for such a special challenge this week!

I've been facing my own challenge this week recovering from my gall bladder surgery.  It went well, but the recovery is taking longer than I would like.  Yes, I am better each day, but I'm still in a lot of pain and unable to do the things that I want, or think I should be able, to do.  I guess there's never a good time for a health issue to pop up, and I should be thankful that this is a temporary inconvenience that will result in longer term health improvement.

I haven't been able to tangle much this week due to pain, fatigue, and pain medicine.  Today was the first time I felt like I could actually create something.  It's not my favorite piece, but I enjoyed the process, being able to complete it, and picking up a pen again.  I chose to create my beads along a string.  I started with the bead shapes and then filled them in with different tangle patterns.  It was a fun challenge to think of so many patterns to use in small spaces.  I knew I wanted to have a lot of beads, so this piece is done on 5x7" watercolor paper.  I didn't enjoy using this paper as much as the official Zentangle® tiles, but I like the larger feel for this piece.

Sitting here at my computer to scan and to post this entry is the most active thing I've done in days.  I'm exhausted but happy that I was able to play along with this week's tangle challenge.  There's hope that I'll be feeling better.  I'm going to frame this string of beads as a reminder of my minor challenge this week and my ability to overcome it.  I hope the tangled beads will help inspire some children to feel better during their trials and personal challenges.

I used to have a jewelry business, and I still have a lot of leftover beads.  When I'm up to it, I'm going to sort through my stash and the Beads of Courage requirements to see if I have items to donate.  I'm so thrilled to have learned about this organization so I can pass on my beads to a worthy cause.

I feel fortunate to have Zentangle® to help me through difficult times in life.  This practice has been a meaningful diversion and relaxation tool in a variety of ways.  Maybe each tile is like my own personal bead along my tangled cord of life.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Diva challenge 90: string theory

For this week's Diva challenge, we worked with a string design by Linda Farmer.  I still love using strings regularly in my tangles.  It helps me get unstuck and gives me a framework within which to work.  I love looking at the individual shapes and thinking of which tangle would fit best.  As I tangle, I use the string as a guide, but I am free to stay within or go outside of the lines as much as I want.  It's great to color outside of the lines!

I used the original string in my design, but I really went outside the lines on this one.  I love how my tangles oozed into each other.  Flux was in the circle but just burst right through the string edges.

My tangle selection had an interesting origin.  I created this tangle while in the waiting room at my surgeon's office.  I'm having my gallbladder out on Thursday so this tangle is in honor of my gallbladder.  :-)  All of the tangle patterns reminded me of organs or gallstones.

I'm not worried about the surgery, and I'm looking forward to feeling better!  I'm thankful to have Zentangle to help me through the stresses and annoyances in life.  I always have a tile and pen with me, and I'll be bringing some for the pre-op!  I may have to see if I can tangle while I'm medicated to see those results.  I bet they'd be hilarious.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Zentangle class tonight!

I'm teaching my first class tonight at the beautifully renovated Chelmsford Community Center at North Town Hall.  We're going to have a great group!  There's still time to sign up for a creative, fun, and relaxing evening!

Here's a sample of what we'll be doing....

More details at my workshops and classes page.

Celebrating 2!!!

My darling daughter just turned two, and we had a birthday bash Very Hungry Caterpillar style.  We made a cupcake cake to look like the caterpillar.  All of the decorations were red, green, and yellow.  Party favors included Eric Carle coloring sheets, Very Hungry Caterpillar crayons, a make your own caterpillar kit, and, of course, snacks!  The kids all had a great time, and it was a blast to watch.

Very Hungry Caterpillar cake
I wanted to create a tangled tile for my daughter in honor of her second birthday.  I used a number 2 as my string and tangled around it.  I am tempted to go back and fill in the Crescent Moon with some black pen for more dimension.  Here's the result so far:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Tangled monogram

One of my coworkers is retiring today, and I wanted to make something special for her.  I decided to try to do a monogrammed tangle.  I used my Cricut die-cutting machine to make the silhouette "L" and tangled the background.  I put the design in a frame that even looks tangled.  I hope she'll like the gift!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Diva challenge 89: Sankegg

It's Monday which means it's time for a new Diva challenge!  This week's challenge is to use the tangle Sankegg by Maria Vennekens.

This is my first time working with this pattern.  I love the look of it and the many options for filling in the spaces.  I went to grab a tile to start tangling, when I decided to try a monotangle (a single pattern throughout the design) on a Zendala tile.  To date, I've only done pre-strung Zendala tiles.  I love filling in all of the smaller shapes and watching the symmetrical design take shape.  I grabbed a blank Zendala tile and started my Sankegg shapes.  I like how they curved a bit at times with the variation in size.  Next I filled in more Sankegg strands either behind another one (Hollibaugh style) or branching off of an existing strand.

I sat there trying to decide how to fill in the triangles.  At first I was very tempted to put a tiny Paradox in each one--I'm addicted to that tangle and use it in almost every triangle that I create.  I figured they'd be too small for the look.  I went to my second favorite triangle shape--Munchin.

Can you find where I started drawing my Sankegg strands?