Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Diva Challenge and Zentangle Scrapbook

The Diva challenge this week (#147) is to use one of her Tangles, Boo*Kee.  This one is completely new to me but it seems easy enough. I am playing with the tan tiles and thought I would try this Tangle with larger circles.  When I went back to look at Laura's example I realized that I drew it just like she did. Then I decided to add the second version coloured in with the brown pen and highlighted with white gel pen.

I also want to showcase the Zentangle mini-scrapbook that I made.  I took it to the CZT training in November for show and tell.  There are lots of pictures for this part of the post.

The min-scrapbook is all black and white and only decorated with Tangles.

Each page has eith belly bands or page flaps to hold pictures.

The page flaps are held in place by hidden magnets.

The center section is extra wide due to two flap pages.

I hope you didn't mind this diversion from the challenge.  I had lots of fun working on this album!  I wanted to prove to myself that I can use Zentangle in my other forms of crafting and I think it turned out pretty well.  My next challenge is to start encorporating Tangles into my card making.

Back to the Diva Challenge.  I think this tile turned out ok.  I am liking the brown and black pens working together with the white highlights.  The pencil shading is starting to look "old school" to me now.

Happy Tangling!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I Like Zentangle Bugs!

This week The Diva's Challenge is inspired by a new video from Sakura about a Zentangled bug.  It's real cute, you should check it out!

I actually started my tile a week ago for the previous challenge to use Cruze but I was so busy preparing to attend the CZT XIII training that I didn't have time to finish it.  As I was traveling back on one of my many flights to return home, I found my unfinished tile in my little tile case.  I decided to finish it off with Crescent Moon, Tipple and a Ladybug.  So now, the tile is good for the current challenge - #144 A Bug's Life.

The Crescent Moon shaded the way it is makes me think of a little canyon. I can imagine my lady bug riding on a log, on the river at the bottom of the canyon.

While I was checking out everyone's work I noticed Rick entered a link with some of Maria's bugs - check it out here.

Hope you are all having a great day.  My mind is spinning with Tangles I want to work on and classes to plan.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

I am now a Certified Zentangle Teacher!!!

What a wonderful experience to travel to Providence Road Island and take personalized training from Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas in the Zentangle philosophy and method.  Along with about 100 other students I learned how to transfer the experience of Zentangle drawing to eager learners of all ages.  We practiced Tangles, shading and strings.  We were also introduced to a new Tangle never seen before as well as new tiles that will be available for sale soon.

For me, the most important learning's were how to delivery a class and how to deconstruct an image into a new Tangle. I created my first new Tangle that I will share as soon as I get home.  I hope to create many new Tangles as I gain more experience and become more aware of patterns and objects around me.

I am really looking forward to teaching my first set of students and will plan a beginner class very soon.  In the meantime, I am reveling in becoming a CZT!

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

What's my danger zone?

The Diva has asked us all to explore our comfort and danger zones this week and then make a tangle in our danger zone.

I am still relatively new to Zentangle. I understand the philosophy behind the techniques but following them is a little different than understanding them. Right?  I tend to plan too much!  I like control and planning comes naturally to me, it is just part of who I am.  So my comfort zone is to think ahead to what tangles I will use and practice them first before trying a Zentangle tile.

To get into my danger zone I decided that I would create a few tangles without thinking - just do it.  Since I don't know many tangles yet, I used the little tangle card from the official Zentangle kit and randomly selected tangles to put on my tile - no thinking - just pointed to the tile with my eyes closed and started drawing the tangle where my finger landed.  I also added a couple of random ones that I like.

Oh, before I started tangling I made a string.  I started with string #76 from Tanglepatterns.com before I realized that it was planning to use a pre-formatted string.  The next two tiles I drew a random string to help stay in my danger zone.

String 76, Knightsbridge, Crescent Moon, Bales, Pokeroot, Flukes

Zander, Shattuck, Hollibaugh, Florz, Tipple

Flux, Mooka, Kieko, Hallibaugh, Flower

I have to say that this was a very rewarding exercise!  It has made me feel a little more free to just tangle instead of planning my every step.

Thanks to the Diva for helping us get more creative and thank you for checking in on my work.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Tangle - Diva Challenge #141

You've heard that phrase, "the best laid schemes of mice and men" from the Robert Burns poem To a Mouse.  Well it applies to women too.  I have had the best of intentions to enter the last two Diva challenges but I just could not make it happen. 

Last night I managed to make a tile with the required Quandary and Fengle tangles.  It took several practice sheet to get the hang of these tangles as they are both new to me.  I managed to find a good video of Quandary and that made all the difference.

I have been playing around with black, grey and brown paper for my ZIA so I did another one a little more random using grey paper and accenting with a white pencil crayon.

It looks better in person as the white highlights stand out more.  Hope you like them!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

New Tangles - Well, Tipple, Ennes

I have been trying to keep up with the Diva challenge but the last two have been a bit much for me.  I thought I would share a couple others that I have been working on instead.

Tipple and the new Well

Ennes and Tear drop

That's all for today.  I looking forward to getting into a routine with the Diva challenge and hope to be back next week with more Tangles to share.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Diva Weekly Challenge #137

This is my first attempt at entering the Diva's challenge and it is Knightsbridge and Tipple combined in one tile. Both of these tangles are pretty simple, but I do have issue with my circles.  I know I just need to practice.

I made one on a white Zentangle card and the other on a black one.  The black one is using a gel pen and highlighted with a white pencil crayon.

Well those are my entries for this weeks challenge.  See you next time.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

ZIA Creations

Thought I would post a couple of ZIA pieces I did recently. ZIA stands for Zentangle Inspired Art.  Can you count how many Tangles I used in this piece?

When I was making this one - Comet - I wanted to try out the border tangles and thought that the tail of a comet would work.  Can you see the sun and Saturn?

For this next piece I wanted to make a big flower and then fill-in the background with other little flowers.

So what do you think? 


New to Zentangle

I was searching the web for learning how to draw and came across Zentangle.  I remembered the name from a fellow crafter who had bought a book and was incorporating Tangles in her journal.  Intrigued, I watched a few videos and ended up on the official Zentagle web site - Zentangle.com.  I saw that there was a teacher certification and signed up only to discover that I was on the waiting list.

I searched the web for teachers in my area and found Barb Round in Campbell River. So I took her set of three classes and was on my way.

I made these during the classes.....

Keep Tangling!