Monday, December 30, 2013

Zendala Dare #85

Here is my response to Zendala Dare #85. To participate in the Dare, or to download the template, go to The Bright Owl. Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year Celebration, and a year filled with tangling.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Zendala Dare #83: Owls and Moscow

In this week's Zendala Dare, Erin added to the challenge by asking that each zendala have something that is reminiscent of winter. I really struggled with the template and winter. Finally, the thought of Snowy Owls for The Bright Owl Dare seemed to work with the template.  Here is my version:

Then I started to see in the template the domes of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.  It seems that every picture of I have ever seen of the cathedral was taken during the winter. So I did this version:

Here is a picture of St Basil's.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Zendala Dare #82

Here is my attempt at Dare #82. To see the template, go to The Bright Owl.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Zendala Dare #80

Here are my two attempts for Zendala Dare #80. In the first one I used Jean Chaney's Chaz, Paisley Passion by S. Bartholomew, and Cruffle by S. Hunter. In the second zendala I used Purk and Zenplosion Folds.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Diva Challenge with Cruze

This week the Diva's challenge was to use Caren Mlot's great tangle "Cruze." This is one of the new Renaissance tiles; it is tan and I used a brown Micron. I shaded with a white charcoal pencil and the soapstone. This is my first attempt at a tan tile.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zendala Dare for Rick and Maria

 Erin's Bright Owl Zendala Dare to start off November, the month of the Thanksgiving holiday, is to draw a Zendala in thankful appreciation of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, the creators of Zentangle. My heart is full of gratitude to Rick and Maria for the gift of Zentangle. I have put the initials "R" and "M" into some of the petal-like shapes on the outside ring in appreciation of these two generous people. Can you see them?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Zendala Dare # 78

Here is my attempt at Zendala Dare #78.  To participate in the dare, go to The Bright Owl blogspot.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Diva Challenge #139

Here is my attempt at Diva Challenge #139. I did a monotangle of "8's Parte Dos" by Jane Eileen.  You can see her instructions HERE. This is a great pattern, but it is challenging. I thought if I did a monotangle I would get a better handle on it.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Zendala Dare #76

Here are my two attempts at the Zendala Dare #76. To participate in the Dare go to
The Bright Owl.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Zendala Dare #75

This is my attempt for Zendala Dare #75. I used the official tangles Auraknot, Betweed, and Mooka. I also used Flora by S. Bartholomew and Paushalov by A. Broady.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Diva Challenge #137

This week the Diva's Challenge was to use Knightsbridge and Tipple. This was a tough one for me.
Here are my attempts:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Zendala Dare # 74

Here is my attempt at Zendala Dare #74. To participate in the weekly Dares, go to The Bright Owl blogspot. Many thanks to Erin for the templates and for the inspiration.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Diva Challenge #136

This week the Diva's challenge was to use color. I think my attempt might be a bit too subdued in the color department.
So I uncapped my markers and added more color:

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My First Zendala Dare (#73)

Zendala Dare #73

This is my first attempt at a Zendala. The templates for the Weekly Dare are on Erin Koetz Olson's great blog The Bright Owl. Since this was my first try, I used the largest template.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Diva Challenge #135--Well

The Diva's most recent challenge was to use the newest pattern from Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas called "Well." For step outs (the "how-to") for this pattern go to the Zentangle Blog.
Here is my first attempt:

Here is my second attempt. On this version I left out the final step because I really like these shapes.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Diva Challenge #134: Beamz

I tried this tile without a border or a string. I started with drawing Beamz diagonally down the center of the tile. Then I attempted to have each pattern work more organically with the pattern next to it. So I put Paradox in the triangular shapes made by Beamz and then put Munchin next to it. Then I used parts of Crescent Moon on the other side of Beamz and the grid lines for Bales coming out of the squares of Beamz.

Diva Challenge #133 Tipple

I did this for the Diva's challenge on Tipple, but never got around to posting it in time for the challenge.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Diva Challenge #130 : Henna Drum

This week the challenge was to use Jane MacKugler's pattern "Henna Drum."This made me think of the sections in Sandy Bartholomew's books where she presents patterns that are inspired by Indian culture. I used her Jacki, Laydee, and Paisley Pattern.  I also used the Zentangle patterns Betweed, Purk, and Mooka. For this challenge, I tried my hand at some Zentangle Inspired Art instead of a traditional tile.

Friday, August 2, 2013

I am the Diva Challenge #129

This week the challenge from the Diva was to use String #004 which is posted on This was the first time that I used any of the strings that are posted on TanglePatterns, but it won't be the last since it was so much fun.The challenge also made me realize that I stress out a bit about drawing the string, which seems a bit silly because it is a simple step in the process. Does anyone else do this?

Thanks to Laura Harms,the Diva, and Linda Farmer(TanglePatterns).
Also thanks to: 
L. Williams for Phansy
A. Broady for Paushalov
J. LaBarbera for Verve
Zentagle, Inc. for Bales, Huggins, and Flux

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I am the Diva: Challenge #128

The challenge this week was to use two pencils to make the string for a tile.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

z-inspiration #2 on Mindfulness

Dilip Patel's blog, Z-inspiration, explores the meditative experiences connected to practicing zentangle. The second post on this blog  asked readers to focus on the value word "Mindful." This Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) is my response. I used the outline of a lotus to hold the following tangles, in order from left to right: the first four are the Zentangle patterns Munchin, Ixorus, 'Nzeppel, Dex, and Fife. Then I used Up and Across (McNeill), and Lacy (Strait).  For many people, the lotus symbolizes purity. Even though the lotus's roots are in the muddy bottoms of lakes or ponds, the lotus's flower rises beautifully above the surface of the water. I suppose that "mental purity" would be the ability to be mindful of the present moment.