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Friday, February 27, 2015

DIVA Challenge #206 Tools/Trade

This week the DIVA challenge is to try some new tools that you have never used before.  In preparation for a illuminated letter workshop I have coming up in April, I have been trying all kinds of gold pens.  After seeing CZT, Sharon Lynn Payne's beautiful work with gold, I had to inquire what she was using.  It's a Pearl Watercolor Metallic paint set that is made by Finetec. I ordered some last week and it came in yesterday!  The paint is all mica pigment and comes in a variety of iridescent colors, from several shades of gold, to silver, and many other colors.  You just mix it with a little water and paint it on.  I thought the results were beautiful, very shiny, even though the picture doesn't do it justice. I played with all the gold varieties and decided that this is going to work perfect for my workshop! While it is on the slightly expensive side, I found a good deal at merriartist.com. Another great tip from Sharon.  A little goes a long way, and it would last you a long time.  Thanks so much for sharing this info, Sharon! 

So, not to much in the way of tangling on my tile, but my new tool was really fun to play with!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pen Organization

If you know me, then you know that organization is my super power.  So, when my pen collection was taking over 4 drawers and I was having to constantly dig through them to find what I was looking for, I knew I needed a new plan.  After searching online at Office Depot, Amazon, etc. and not finding what I needed, I turned to Pinterest.   Why didn't I go there first!  Everything you could ever want or need is on Pinterest......right!  I found these cool looking pen organization units made with PVC pipe and asked my hubby if he could make it for me.  Off to Lowe's to buy the pipe, he sawed them to the length I needed (5 inches - so that the pens would stick out for easy access) and then glued them together with PVC glue.  The ones I saw on Pinterest just stood on their own or were placed in a bin on its side.  Doug wanted to make one better looking then that, so he stained a piece of wood and hot glued the PVC tubes to it.  He then put legs on the back so it would stand up with the weight.  It is now located to the left of my drawing table and I just have to reach over and grab the pen I need.  I love it!  Thanks, honey!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIVA Challenge #205 Year of the Goat

In the Chinese Zodiac 2015 is the Year of the Goat, so the DIVA challenge this week is to use something related to the Chinese New Year in your tile.  I did a Google search and found this interesting goat, that my husband said was an Ibex, when he saw my tile.  So then I had to do a Google search on that, and he knows his stuff, as always, he's so smart.  Anyway, back to the tile, I drew a rough sketch of the goat and then decided to just use the tangle Printemps around it.  I wanted to use a darker red pen, but as you can see, I ran out of ink and had to switch to a lighter red. I was too lazy to do it over with the same color. Then I used a red colored pencil to shadeSo it is what it is, a funky looking Ibex.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2 New Zentangle Books!

I am honored and thrilled to be a part of two new Zentangle books!

The first is a by CZT, Beate Winkler from Germany, titled 101 Zentangle Patterns.  To date, the book is only published in German, but since it is a pattern book with pictures for all the step-outs, words aren't really necessary to appreciate and use this book.  While it has a lot of the original tangle patterns for Zentangle HQ, it has plenty of new and/or favorite patterns from others as well.  The individual pages are laid out very nice and it has a wonderful A-Z index in the back.  I think beginners and seasoned tanglers will find this book a very nice addition to your Zentangle library!

Two of my tangles are in the book; Tri-Po and Ceebee!  Such fun! 


The next book is by CZT, Beckah Krahula, titled 500 Tangled Artworks.  Beckah lives in Texas and you may recognize her as the author of One Zentangle A Day, another very popular Zentangle book.
As the tiles says, this book is a showcase of inspired illustrated designs!  If you love looking at, and being inspired by zentangle works of other tangle artists, then this is the book for you.  It is full of beautiful tiles, zendala's, ZIA's and more.  I find something new each time I look at it!

I am honored to have 3 of my pieces in this book (#014, 208, and 318)! 



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DIVA Challenge #204 Valentangle

With Valentine's Day coming up this week, the DIVA has asked us to do something Valentine related.  I used a heart mandala template from the Facebook group Ornation Creation and my Tombow markers to create this valentangle. If you know me, you would know that I love hearts, and Valentine's Day is a really big deal here in Loveland, CO.  I was going to wait until Valentine's Day to post it, but it was too perfect for the Diva's challenge, so I couldn't wait. 

On another exciting note, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first grandchild (it's a girl) due this week!  Will she be a valentine baby...we'll see???

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you from me in Loveland, CO! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

DIVA Challenge #203 Athitzi

This week at the DIVA's we are trying out at new tangle named Athitzi by Seven.  It is a very simple tangle, a row of lines on top of each other.  I tried it 3 different ways in my tile, and I like the spiral version the best. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Square One for Jan 2015

These are the tiles I created in Jan. for the Square One: Purely Zentangle group on Facebook.  Each week this group concentrates on a different tangle pattern.  It's a lot of fun to see the variety created each week!




Monday, February 2, 2015

Art Chain on Facebook

Normally I don't go for any kind of chain mail type things, but a lot of the Zentangle art community is doing a fun little art chain.  You post a piece of art (old, new, anything) for 5 days in a row and nominate a different person each day to do the same.  So I thought what harm can some beauty and uplifting art be to make people aware of what different artists are creating.  Who knows, it may be just the thing to inspire someone else to do something creative and fun, or at the very least, make someone smile.  Here were my posts, along with the roses that I posted here.


Friday, January 30, 2015

65 Roses

Every year I try to donate one or more pieces of art to a fundraiser here in town.  Billie Colson, a local artist and owner of Independence Gallery has a fundraiser every year for Cystic Fibrosis.  It started when her grandchild was diagnosed with the disease.  When kids try to say Cystic Fibrosis it comes out as "65 Roses".  So she requests artists to donate painted roses by the end of January and has a gala event with a silent auction to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  This years event is on Feb. 12th at the Rialto Theater Center from 6-9pm and cost $35.00 per ticket.  Every item that doesn't sell that night is displayed in her gallery for purchase through the month of February.  100% of sales benefits the Cystic Fibrosis foundation

For my donation, I tangled 3 different roses and mounted them on painted 5x5 canvas


Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIVA Challenge 202 Duo Tangle: Chebucto vs. Copada

I love the duo tangle challenges, and this time it is two of Margaret Bremner's tangle patterns! I have used Copada several times before, but Chebucto was new to me.  I started this tile without a string and drew Chebucto first and Copada just kind of jumped on for the ride.  Fun challenge!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIVA Challenge #201 Moebius Syndrome Awareness

Every year at this time, Laura at I Am The Diva blog raises awareness of Moebius Syndrome, which her little guy has.  If you are new to these challenges, please take a moment to go to Laura's blog and read about it.  This will be my fourth year doing a tile for this challenge, and as always, I have added a little heart and Artoo's name.  It has a pleasure watching him grow over the years.  Hugs to Artoo

Bijou tile added to the center of a regular Zentangle tile

Monday, January 19, 2015

Zentangle Basic's Class Sat, Jan 17th

Teaching a Zentangle Basic's class never gets old for me.  I love seeing people get excited about starting on their Zentangle journey.  Thanks for attending the class Marlene, Alice, Doug, Cate, Kristi, and the refresher Terri & Bill!  Thanks also to Terri & Bill for bringing snacks to share. You all did lovely work, and I look forward to seeing you again in future classes! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DIVA Challenge #200!!!

Laura Harms at I Am The Diva blog is celebrating her 200th Bi-Zen-Tennial challenge!  Yay Laura, congratulations on this milestone event!  For the challenge she asked us to use one of our favorite tangles as a monotangle and fill the whole tile with it.  Also, put 200 somewhere on the tile.  I still love Betweed as one of my all time favorites (it's in the top 5 anyway), so no problem with this challenge

As a side note, I am proud to say that I have completed each and every Diva challenge to date!  I wrote about it at this blog post back in 2013 and I am still adding to my book every week.  Thanks again, Laura for all that do for these challenges!  I have had a lot of fun with them. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

DIVA Challenge #199 UMT: Hitched

The DIVA's weekly challenge is back after the holidays, and starting into her 4th year!  Since it is the first Monday of the month we have a UMT (use my tangle) challenge.  This tangle is Hitched by HeidiSue.  I found it to be a really easy tangle with lots of possibilities for variation.  It would make a good border too

TANGLES: Hitched, Marasu, Knightsbridge, Isochor, Paradox

Friday, January 2, 2015

I'm on ETSY!

Happy New Year!

I wanted to try something new this year, so I decided to try selling on ETSY.  I am starting with 6 of my note card designs and as the year goes on I hope to add more items, so keep checking back through the year. 

Why buy note cards?  I love to send and receive hand written notes, thank you, thinking about you, encouragement, and so on, don't you.  I don't save birthday, Christmas, or other cards, but I do save all of my hand written note cards.  It makes me feel good that I have done something nice for someone and that they took the time to tell me in writing

One of the many benefits of Zentangle is leaving the technology driven world for awhile and creating something beautiful with your hands.  That's how I feel about hand written notes....something beautiful that hopefully will not become a lost art.

Here is the link to my ETSY shop. You can also find it by typing tangledinkart (no spaces) in the search box on the ETSY site, or hit the ETSY button on my blog.

If you live here locally and want to save on shipping costs, just call me or send an email to place an order, and you can stop by and pick it up.  My contact information is also here on my blog. 

Note:  If you are not familiar with ETSY, it is a online shop for artists and crafters.  Most of the items are handmade.  Check it out and support small business people by shopping on ETSY! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

More Square One on Facebook

Still catching up with my weekly postings on the Square One, Purely Zentangle group. Enjoy! 




INDYRELLA (with ISOCHOR in the center)


AHH (with variations)


Square One on Facebook

As I have mentioned previously, there is a group on Facebook called Square One, Purely Zentangle.  Each week they have a focus tangle to try.  I  had been trying to post my entries every 5 weeks or so, but I guess I am behind in doing so.....enjoy!








Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Happy

I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of my blog readers for all of the wonderful comments you have left me this past year.  Your kindness is so very encouraging to me and it is so greatly appreciated! 

I am wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! 
Looking forward to sharing more tangled art in 2015!  Take care all, and tangle on!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIVA Challenge #198: KISS (Keep It Simple, Silly)

Wow, the last DIVA Challenge  of the year!  Also, when the DIVA comes back from the holiday break, she will be starting into her 4th year of challenges, which is unbelievable for me.  I have been there from the beginning and have a binder full of art work to prove it.  What fun it has been doing these challenges each and every week, and to look back on how my tangling has improved over the years.  So, this challenge is to keep it simple, silly!  In this busy time of the holiday rush, I am sure we can all appreciate something simple!  I made a very simple Verdigogh , some color dots, and very little shading.  Thanks, Laura for something simple, and congrats on starting your 4th year of challenges!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIVA Challenge #197 ARUKAS

The DIVA is back!  This week's challenge is to try the new official tangle, ARUKAS, created by Molly Hollibaugh, CZT and Product Manager at Zentangle, Inc.  This tangle looks so different every time I try it, so I will be playing with this one more.  Love the "Hollibaugh" effect it creates too!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIVA Challenge #196 All Dolled Up

This weeks challenge is brought to us by CZT, Emily Classon.  Emily has the cutest little 4 year old girl that I see on her Facebook posts and she says her life is surrounded by dolls.  As the mother of two adult daughters, I remember those days fondly when we were surrounded by dolls of all kinds too!  As a little girl, I loved to play with paper dolls at my grandmas house....good memories!  My oldest daughter is expecting her first child, and our first grandchild in Feb, 2015, so I am looking forward to be surrounded by dolls again

I have always loved the Russian stacking dolls with their bright colors and patterns.  I used that for my inspiration.................

Friday, November 28, 2014

DIVA Challenge #195 Turning Old Into New (Take 2)

If you saw my 1st entry for the DIVA challenge, posted here, I had mentioned how I really liked putting Betweed in a grid.  The only thing I didn't like was that I made it so small.  So here is a monotangle of Betweed in a grid.  It makes such a beautiful pattern and creates a flower shape where the grid lines meet.  Here it is a lot larger..........

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DIVA Challenge 195 Turning Old into New

This week's DIVA challenge is brought to us by CZT, Sandy Hunter, and it's great!  Change the structure of the tangle....ex. if it's grid based, make it free flowing, and if it's free flowing, put it in a grid.  She gave us lots of wonderful examples to demonstrate the challenge.  I picked 3 of my favorite free flowing patterns and put them in a grid.....Betweed, Printemps, and Mooka.  My favorite turned out to be Betweed.  When I was done you couldn't see the grid and it looked like a whole new tangle pattern with a flower shape where they connected.  I shaded on the grid lines so you could see the individual Betweed.  I only wish I would have used a larger string. If I have time this week I am going to do a monotangle of Betweed in a large grid as it creates a pretty cool looking patternThanks for the interesting and fun challenge, Sandy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

DIVA Challenge #194 Embracing the Yuck

Well, I am really late for last week's DIVA Challenge!  Having done this challenge of the non-dominant hand a couple times before, I will admit that it is always my least favorite challenge.  That's why I am late and why I put off doing it until last night.  Actually, I probably would have skipped it altogether, except for the fact that I have done every Diva challenge to date and didn't want to miss one (I know I am a tangle geek, but I am proud of it). 

Okay, okay, I will admit that doing this challenge made me slow way down, concentrate on every line, and think about the process of Zentangle instead of the end result.  I still couldn't wait to finish and get that pen back in my right hand!

I really enjoyed the post by CZT, Elisa Murphy!  She has a way with words and I found myself laughing all the way through the post.  So, if you read this Elisa, my grumbling was not directed at you, just at my left hand!