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 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.