Thursday, 20 December 2012

Zentangle, Zendala and ZIA on Pinterest

Pinterest is where I first encountered Zentangle, and I could hardly breathe until I started a Zentangle board of my own. After working on it by myself for a while, it had so many followers that I turned it into a community board. It now has just over 300 people contributing, and almost 5,000 followers. 

Every time I look at it, I just beam... such beautiful art, and some of the friendliest people around. Every entry links back to its source, so you can get lost just by clicking on one, and following where it leads you.

I never dreamt I could actually tangle, and here I am. Discovering Zentangle was definitely one of the most profound life changes for me, in 2012.

I thought you might enjoy having a peek. You can see the pinterest board,  here

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Congratulations Laura! Diva's Challenge #100!!

This week is very special for many reasons. Christmas is coming whether we are ready or not. Children's eyes sparkle, and parents scramble, and it all melts into the kind of family traditions we treasure from year to year.

Those of us in the Zentangle community celebrate together this week, the 100th Diva's Challenge: The Diva Dance. Laura Harms, has blessed us over and over again with this forum for drawing on a common theme, and then sharing our work in a safe environment. No winners, no losers, just delighted smiles, as we savor the beauty of every interpretation on the theme.

Even though I am very new to this wonderful community, I can already see the positive effects of this challenge, for all of us. Friendships begin through comments on blogs, we all learn something from every contribution, and it's all just so warm and welcoming.

From the bottom of my heart, Laura, thank you. 

Maria designed the Diva Dance tangles, and they are so beautiful and versatile. 

For you, Laura.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Nekton: Thank you, Ellen Wolters

Thanks to the wonderful video Ellen made for me, I was able to draw Nekton pretty well, I think, considering I couldn't get it at all, before.

My shading is a little heavy and muddy, a challenge I'm working on.

Nekton is quick and fun to draw!

Ellen, thanks to you, here is my practice tile for Nekton.

I am continutally amazed by the friendliness and generosity of spirit of the people I've met in the repeat pattern drawing (and Zentangle in particular), community. What a great bunch of people!

Ellen Wolters to the Rescue - NEKTON

It never ceases to amaze me how friendly and helpful the "repeat pattern drawing" community really is. Everyone is so welcoming, and it's a joy to continue to get to know new people.

My guilty pleasure is watching drawing videos, and not long ago I came across the beautiful videos from Ellen Wolters, showing how to draw and shade different zentangle patterns. She makes videos on request for people (like me) who need remedial help figuring out some patterns.

I couldn't draw NEKTON, to save my life, and no matter what I tried in the way of grids or anything else, didn't help. Yesterday, I asked Ellen if she would help me out. Lo and behold, I got up this morning to find this wonderful video. 

Thank you so very much, Ellen. You reflect so well the generosity of spirit of this community! That was very kind of you.

I'm having trouble getting the video to embed, so here is the link:

Thursday, 13 December 2012


I'm still laughing at something that happened a couple of nights ago. 

I was trying a variation on some stars I had seen, and was really tickled with this.

I shaded it, and proudly showed my husband, who did a double-take and said, "Honey, I don't think you should send that one." It was going to be tucked into a Christmas card for a friend.

Take a close look at the final shape the shading makes. It took me a minute, but when I saw it, all I could do was be thankful that he spotted it!

The funny things that "just happen" sometimes. All part of learning, and I'm sure enjoying the journey!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Diva's Challenge: Keenees

Hello Everyone!

I hope you had as much fun with the challenge this week as I did. I'm away from home, with no scanner, so the pics aren't great. I do love the tile though (8" x 8"), and had a hoot trying out my new Stardust and Meteor Sakura Jelly Roll pens, for a little added color and sparkle. They are awesome!

I took a bunch of pics, trying to get a decent one, and hopefully between the three, you can get an idea of what the tile really looks like!

For a change, I am happy and content with my entry this week. Progress (in mindset).

Wednesday... Now that I'm home, I have a scan, which I'm adding, below.


Monday, 3 December 2012

Zinger Slideshow: Diva's Challenge #96

This morning, The Diva posted the amazing slideshow from the zinger challenge.

I always love these slideshows... seeing the styles of the different artists and how they interpreted the theme. Hope you will take the time to enjoy it as well.

You can find the slideshow here.

What a wonderful way to start the week. Thank you, Laura.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Diva's Challenge #97 - No Strings

Well, here is my second tile for the challenge. I enjoyed drawing the tile, but I'm not entirely happy with it. It just seems all over the place, with very little to pull it all together. I'm definitely focusing on learning tangles for a while, until I know enough of them to produce the kind of flow I really want.

A "Big Ole" Smile for You

Hello Everyone! I hope you've had a great weekend.

I am still finishing another tile for Diva's Challenge, but I wanted to share this little nugget with you. It's the cutest "Zentangle" video ever (and it's really Zen-doodles).

It made me smile, and see the "everyperson" roots of what we're doing.