Diva Challenge #345 – Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays Zendala
Happy Holidays Zendala

The Diva’s challenge this week is to create a holiday themed zendala or tile. I had a pre-strung zendala that I hadn’t used yet and thought that this was the perfect time to do so! The interior string sections of the zendala are outlined in green Sakura micron pen, and the outer perimeter lines are in red. The tangles included are Flux, Printemps, and Paradox. It came out quite festive!

Over at Square One on Facebook the current focus tangle is Sea Wave by Ginny Lu. Step outs are available here. My tile appears below:

Sea Wave
Sea Wave

I had fun learning to draw Sea Wave. For whatever reason I decided to draw the waves diagonally on my tile, and then added Mooka, Msst, and a little Tipple. The Msst seemed to go well with the water theme, and I like how the Mooka resembles  curling or cresting waves next to the Sea Wave.

Prior to Sea Wave, the tangle of the week at Square One was Hypnotic by Elena Hadzijaneva. Step outs can be found here. My tile turned out to be monotangle zendala:

Hypnotic Zendala
Hypnotic Zendala

Since it is not done on a regular square tile I didn’t post it on Square One. It’s pretty cool looking though, so I thought I’d share it here.

Thank you for stopping by, and I want to wish everyone a joyous and safe Holiday Season!



Diva Challenge #344 – Afterglo

Diva Challenge #244 Entry

This week we have another Use My Tangle (UMT) challenge from the Diva. The selected tangle is Afterglo by Carole Ohl CZT. Step outs are available on Carole’s blog here.

As Laura points out, Afterglo looks like snowflakes and other seasonal images and is an apt choice for a December challenge! I had fun with it, although I did feel a little stuck with what to do with the remaining space after completing the trio of Afterglo tangles. Eventually I decided to add the smaller ones plus a smattering of AHH. Lastly I added Tipple to give the tile a more unified and finished look.

Diva Challenge #343 – Dewd

After a couple of months of little to no posting, I’m back hoping to renew a routine of sharing my tiles and other projects. During my absence I was busy working on rebranding the blog (there’s some more to do). In addition I was laying the groundwork to start a home business.

This week’s Diva challenge is to explore the latest official tangle, Dewd. This brand new tangle was introduced in a recent Zentangle.com newsletter, which also featured a video of Maria demonstrating how to draw this new pattern.

Diva Challenge #243 Entry
Dewd and Paradox

For my tile I chose to combine Dewd with Paradox, and I also added a touch of Tipple. Dewd reminds me a lot of Fescu and adds a cool variation on the aura.  I had a little trouble with the spacing between the fescu-like elements, but overall I enjoyed working with the new pattern.

Square One on Facebook recently also had Dewd as a focus tangle. I posted a different tile to that group which I think has a real botanical look to it:

Square One: Dewd
Square One: Dewd

As long as you are here, I’d like to bring your attention to a previous post I made concerning a possible new tangleation. Would you mind taking a look and letting me know what you think?

As always, thank you for visiting!

Black and White Photos – Day One

Well, I couldn’t help but notice that various friends, colleagues, and family members of mine were posting black and white photos on Facebook for a seven day challenge.

I found many of their posts to be very beautiful and inspiring! As a result I became quite intrigued by the task at hand, and decided to jump into the fray.

I happen to believe that black and white photography can be truly amazing (for example, think of a photographic artist such as Ansel Adams, and others). Breathtaking work! Never underestimate the aesthetic impact of a purely tonal image! Nobody tagged me on Facebook to participate, but I decided to enter the challenge of my own accord.

Rules: No people, no explanation… and one photo per day (from my life).

Starting today, I will post one black and white photo for the next seven days. All of these are photos which were personally taken by me.  None contain any people. Further, they are all recent photos. Most were taken within the past two to six months or so; but I will include a couple of photos (which I really like) that I took in 2016.

I argue that if I take a photo then it IS a part of my actual life, yes? At the very least these are images that have some sort of personal resonance.

Day One

Nandina Plant with Berries
Nandina Plant with Berries




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