Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Zentangle Challenge #146 Duo-tangle using Pea-nuckle and Well

Pea-nuckle is not one of my favorite tangles. At CZT training, Molly walked us through it and it went much better watching her step by step, so I figured it would be fine when I tried it at home…. no…. Although I'm not too unhappy with the way this one went - I kind of like the look of them "ripping" away from each other - I find the tail ends of the "s" get in the way or hang out too much, and I can't get the luscious curve she gets. I'll have to play around with this one more and get over the "imperfections". Well is a beautiful tangle with loads of tangelations or variations. I like it best without the petal step. This is my contribution to this weeks Zentangle Challenge to do a duo-tangle using Pea-nuckle and Well.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Zendala Dare #81

This is my entry for this week's Zendala Dare from Erin at I just had my first Zentangle Class today and am sort of flying high from it! It was a major success and I'm really happy! One of my students used the phrase when she thanked me: "nurturing my inner artist" WOW! I love that phrase! So, this evening my husband and I sat listening to some good music in front of the fireplace and did "the Dare". (I hope he posts his.) No planning, no hesitating… it just flowed, and I'm quite happy with it.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Zentangle Challenge #145 - Quib

This week's Zentangle Challenge from Laura at is to use the new tangle Quib. Sort of like a ribbony Hollibaugh, except it comes out of and enters a cup or vessel, at least in the step-outs. I'm not sure if it's drawn so the ribbons go off into the unknown like Hollibaugh - does that make it a Hollibaugh variation or a Quib variation? Semantics, maybe… At any rate, quite a neat tangle. I also wanted to try Borbz and the spiral. Like the Borbz, but will have to keep practicing the spiral. It's too small here and though I like the IDEA of Quib coming out of it - I'm not happy with paradox inside the spiral, but I made an error and had to adapt….

Friday, November 15, 2013

Zentangle Challenge #144 - A Bug's Life

Well, here is my entry for this week's Zentangle Challenge from Laura at I wasn't going to do this week's challenge because I'm really busy sewing owls for the CBC Christmas Charity Craft Show, and getting ready to give my first Zentangle class. However, I was going through some tiles that I started during the CZT12 training, and found an incomplete Zendala on which I had started practicing Tripoli and Peanuckle. Both of these tangles drive me nuts because I know I should be able to "get" them, but I find them really difficult. Molly showed us, and of course it looks so simple when she does it, and is much simpler when she is standing right there going over step by step with you…. But on my own - it's not pretty (or very zen since I get all worked up). So anyway - there was this incomplete tile just begging for more attention so I picked up my pen and filled in the spots. Then added some ants…. Don't love or even really like this, but I have to admit, it looks better than the incomplete tile I started with (and almost threw out).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Zendala Dare #80

Another fun Zendala from Erin at! This took more time that I thought it would, mainly because it's about 10" x 10", and I was being very careful with Punzel. I love Punzel but it can really be difficult. I admit that I drew it out in pencil first though was surprised at how little I had to "fix". We reviewed this tangle at the CZT12 session and Rick and Maria made it look so easy and graceful. Other than that, the rest just seemed to come together fairly easily. I think it would have been better if I'd put some colour in the background behind the Punzel - the gaps behind the overlapping twists would show better. Maybe next time….

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Zentangle Challenge #143 - UMT - Cruze

This week's Zentangle Challenge from Laura at is to use the tangle Cruze. I liked this tangle as soon as I saw it, and found it quite easy to follow the instructions…. as long as you are planning to have the tangle at an angle on the page….. I wanted to have it along one edge of my tile and I couldn't (still can't) for the life of me figure out how to manage that. I'm going to have to practice that one a bit more. Then I decided to use unyun - a favourite of mine, but didn't do the oniony parts right… oh well, I like the effect. Well is new to me, and I like it, but again, didn't follow the instructions properly so it's a variation. By now I was feeling a bit frustrated but pushed on, determined "that there are no mistakes". I don't love this finished tile, but I'm determined to use Cruze, Well and Unyun again soon, and prove to myself that I can do better. So, you never know - I may do another tile for this challenge.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Zendala Dare #79

I'm very thankful that Rick and Maria have come up with and continue to share the wonderful of experience of Zentangle. I'm also very thankful for all the wonderful people who support and cheer on others in this community. This is my entry for this week's Zendala Dare (with a few minor changes to the template, because I wanted some hearts!).