Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Challenge #233 "Zenith"

It is so nice to have the Diva back from vacation. Did you see I met her! It was very exciting. She is a hoot and she was successful at even getting me to dance, well, chair dance. It's a thing! Ask the Diva.

The newest tangle from Zentangle Headquarters is Zenith. You can find step outs HERE. It is a fairly easy tangle to draw but I believe the tangelations may be far reaching. I never look at the entries at before I finish my tile, but I bet there will be at least 100 different styles.

Here is my entry for this week:

Because I booked myself up for so many things this year I have started to combine my challenges. This weeks Square One tangle is yincut. So here Zenith is the border to yincut the center.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Challenge #231 Undulating Tangles!

I had the opportunity and pleasure to take a class from Sharla Hicks at the last Tangle U. Although her main subject was using a pastel blue pencil she also reiterated the use of "enhancers" which I am not doing frequently enough. So I pulled out her class notes and looked them over.

I am a lover of any tangle that is circles or circle related. I didn't think I had a C or an S shape tangle that I loved. It did not take me long to think of Verve and realized I could make it curvy if i really tried.

As I am trying to catch up on many projects I started playing in my Tangle-A-Day-Calender. It has become my sketch book in a sense, as it is a great place to try things out and no one sees it unless you offer it up. I will offer it up today.

Things got curvier as I went along and I also tried out a couple of enhancers. I really liked the last one so decided to try a tile with weighted line enhancer. I might have gone overboard with the shading, but it was screaming out for it. I hate conflicts, so shading it got.

Thank you Sharla for a great challenge!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Challenge #230 Guest Star Erin Olsen!

The Diva (Laura Harms has been away for a while on a well deserved vacation from her blog with her adorable family). We have missed her in the past weeks, although I did meet up with her at CanTangle in Regina Saskatchewan, Canada. She blew my socks off with her danc'n and pranc'n and having a good ole time with the Zentangle. She is a lovely soul with a different take on how things could be done. I respect that and even had a few dance moves myself, even if they were from the chair. They count!

So Erin Olson was a guest blogger this week.  She has her own site that mainly has to do with Zendalas. You can find her at, where she will challenge you to stretch and find some fun with her templates.  This weeks template is here:

And this is what I did with it.

I have been a little obsessed with Margaret Bemners new tangle Pixioze , and of course I could not leave out Diva Dance Rock and Roll and a bit of Screen.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sum Sum Summer time!

So, I have been absent from this blog for almost two months now, but I have not been idle. In early July I traveled to Calgary Alberta and attended two days of Stampede. Cowboys and girls dancing in the streets, free pancake breakfasts all over the city, mini donuts, saw the inside of Native American Teepees and all their gorgeous hand crafts and clothing, had my picture taken with some very handsome Mounties, and throughly enjoyed being hosted by a Sandra and her husband Barry.

I was traveling with another friend, Chris, so after our fill of fairway food and fun we hit the road to see the sights of Banff.

Lake Louise

Lake Moraine

Takakkaw Falls

We also took a gondola ride up to the top of Sulfur Mountain and saw just so many mountain peaks, and the little town below.

Fear not, we even made time for a soak in the hot springs, which we did only after a complete salt body scrub and an hour massage (my first one!).

One draw back to the time spent in Banff, which this is the ONLY one, was a not so nice hotel that's only redeeming feature was a liquor store located in the lobby. Already looking back and laughing.

Our whole purpose of being in Canada in the first place was to attend CanTangle, which was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, which is about a 7 hour drive east

It being mostly prairie there was not a ton to see. Although we were all fascinated by the fields of canola growing beside the highway.

We were to early in the season to see the flax growing, but we were told it is a beautiful blue.

CANTANGLE! This post is already quite long and we all know what a joy it is to be in a room with like minded people for a full weekend. The time spent was fabulous and I won't be able to say enough here. I will show you just some of the wonderful people I met and saw again!
 Laura Harms

 Margaret Bremner

Hostess with the mostess, Lisa Heron and umbrella wearing sidekick, Helen

 Linda, Sandra and Cris

 Brenda and Marty

The Bette's

Monday, June 15, 2015

Challenge #222 All the colors in the rainbow

To represent Pride week we are using all the colors! Not sure I should have used them all in one tile but here you have it:

Abundies, Zedbra, Cruffle, Wud, (not sure if the atlternate lines have a name) Black Pearlz.
Colored with irojiten pencils and white gelly roll

Now that I am looking at it on the screen, I may go in and blacken the top.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekly Challenge #221 Beads of Courage

The challenge from the Diva this week is inspired by the many children that need routine medical care and their strength and courage that is measured in beads. See the Diva's post HERE for an explanation. I my opinion the whole family deserves to be recognized for their strength in the everyday things they do. Beads for Artoo and family:

Various tangles on beads, colored pencils, white gelly roll pen.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Challenge #220 All Boxed Up

The tangle this week is by Alice Hendon which you can find HERE. This is a great tangle to show the power of shading. I like-mono tangles so that is what I did, Before and after shading.

I have not tangled in a bit and you can tell by the shaky lines. I will get back on board soon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Challenge #128 White on Black

Hmmm.......not my favorite, but I am willing to spend time with it. I have many new supplies I would like to try out so now is as good a time as any.

First tile I find to busy although I realize some of you may like it.

Signo Angelic pen (I thought I had ordered White but got Angleic, not sure if it is the same) White gelly roll for dots (I think it does a better job at dots) blue and peach chalk pastel pencil in Zinger and a light gray pastel pencil for shading in Printemps and Punzel

               After scanning it I added black lines over the Angelic signo pen to add a little depth.

This second tile I like better for it's simplicity and and it's foggy ocean feel.

Verve in White Signo, Pearls are white gelly roll and shading is in dk gray chalk pastel pencil.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Travel and many firsts!

In April I traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend Tangle University where CZT's from all over the US and many different countries, come to learn from other CZT's about our craft. It is in it's third year and it is something I look forward to every year. The CZT crowd is a bunch of like minded, fun people that are always a blast to meet up with, if only for a long weekend. There never seems to be an end to good food, good friends and a mind blowing amount of things to learn. I have come back with many unfinished projects and some cool new tools that I have yet to play with. The one project I did get done was taught by Kate Lamontagne. We used a new tool called a Helix Angle and Circle Maker . This is an inexpensive and very simple tool to make Mandalas, or in our case, we made dream catchers, and learned to use colored pencils. It was just fascinating.

I was home less than a week and repacked my bags for an adventure by car. Oh what fun! I drove to a fellow CZT, Chris Titus's home in upper New York  state and spent a few days in her wonderful studio where we actually took a class in renaissance tiles via Skype from fellow CZT Meredith Yuhas. (A first for all of us!) The following is her tile as I left mine behind in Boston.

We used black and brown micron pens, white charcoal pencil, white gelly roll pen, graphite and we were all amazed at the results. Meredith's work is just yummy.

After a few days of "playing" in the studio, we were on the road again along with Deborah Bartlett on the next leg of our adventure. We drove to the American side of Niagara Falls and walked about, having lunch at a casino just so we could see inside and spend a small amount on playing the games (another first for me!) We all left with 2Cents! 

We then crossed the boarder (another first!) and saw the falls from the Canadian side. Just amazing. We took a ride on Maid of the Mist:

We walked in tunnels behind the falls, which were amazingly loud, if not a bit scary and then just spent time at the bottom of the falls watching the water and listening to the power of them. It was a beautiful morning and I believe we spent 4 to 5 hours just taking it all in.

From here we traveled to the tiny, beautiful town of Elora, Ontario where we attended a weekend workshop called "Tropical Tangled Garden" taught by Cherryl Moote and hosted by Brenda Shaver and her sister in law Mary Hudson-Shaver. What another great group of people! We had the most wonderful weekend of shopping, eating and creating that could be had. Cherryl is a fabulous teacher with many talents and such a down to earth wonderful soul, it was a pleasure to spend the weekend learning from her.  Work In Progress:

After this fabulous weekend we headed back to New York where Chris and a friend were to fly out the next morning to Southwest Harbor Maine and spend a few weeks soaking up the Maine coast and I was to drive back to Boston. Well, things do not always go as planned and Chris and I were in the car again, this time heading for Southwest Harbor Maine! Ten hours later we arrived in a beautiful spot her sister rents every year and I was asked to spend some time. Well, why not! More good company, in a State I love, I couldn't say no. I found myself celebrating Cinco De Mayo at a restaurant in Maine with half price margaritas (original and blueberry basil) while my youngest celebrated his 26th birthday in Brooklyn NY. I stayed for several days then made the journey back to Boston.

It happened to be the fourth anniversary of my eldest sons passing, so I made a stop in Andover and walked up to Holt Hill to spend some quiet time and leave a little something. It is a beautiful spot where you can see the thirty miles to Boston Skyline.

He will always be loved and never forgotten. Shine on!

I stayed in Boston for the weekend and packed up for my summer in Mid-Coast Maine where I am now. A new trip is planned for July! Again to Canada but a whole different part! Woohoo! 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Challenge #217 Dex and Bunzo

I have been traveling a bit lately and have not joined in with the Challenges. When I read Laura's POST this week, I was humbled by what she gets done with all that is going on in her life.

My tile for tis week is simple. It was hard to try and marry these tow tangles.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Challenge #210 Spirals

I have been doing some catch up in my Tangle-a-Day calendar and I had chosen to draw a Michele Beauchamp inspired Marasu to fill up the days.

Then came Monday and a new challenge from the Diva to use a spiral! I am not sure I love it but it did help me try out Margaret Bremners,  Cubine and then some, in one tile. 

How is that for name dropping? I do hope to someday meet all these lovely ladies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Challenge #209 Happy St. Patrick's Day

My husband and I have just come off a fabulous weekend in Manhattan! We walked about 10 miles each day and had a fabulous time, the best of which was seeing our son who now lives in Brooklyn.

We drove to NYC on Friday arriving around 11:30. We visited The New Museum (Contemporary art) which had an interactive tour in which we blindly followed an artist onto the Metro and around Brooklyn only to be left standing at a grocery store while she completely vanished inside. Not a word was spoken between her or her followers. We could not figure out if we were the art, she was the art or the city was the art. Anyway it was a experience. That evening we saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on Broadway (Fabulous!).

On Saturday we were off to Brooklyn to see my son's apartment, which is very cool, had lunch at a taco place that actually serves food as a sideline while making, baking and packaging tacos for distribution. The oven, conveyor belt, and boxes are part of the informal BYOB dining room. We then set out for an off off Broadway show called Comfort Dogs that had real dogs as part of the cast, and the stage was up close and personal. It actually brought me to tears at one point. Needing a laugh we headed back to Manhattan, grabbed some awesome NY Pizza and then to a comedy club! We were headed to bed around 2:00am the next morning. Really a fabulous time! Can't wait to go back.

On to the challenge for this week which is Saint Patrick's Day.  I colored my tile with Tombow makers and used the texture of a stencil. The tangle here is Coroline by Poppie. When I was finished it kind of reminded me of all that fizzy goodness of a really cold (green) beer!

Enjoy your celebration!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Challenge #208 Poke Root and Cubine

I don't think I would have put these two together on my own. Here is a quick tile for the challenge as I have a busy (fun) week ahead and may not find time in the future to post.

My birthday is this coming Thursday and I have two Mah Jongg games and two theater trips planned for the beginning of the week. Then I will be leaving Friday morning for NYC to see my son in Brooklyn along with another couple of plays, a comedy club visit, a museum visit and of course lots of eating and walking.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy YOUR week ahead!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Challenge #207 Unbatz

The Challenge this week is to use the very talented Sandy Hunters tangle "Unbatz," You can find her step outs at her blog HERE.

I love mono-tangles. That is using just one tangle per tile. This is a great tangle for this purpose.  I think there may be endless variations or tangleations for Unbatz and I will be sure to visit this tangle again.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Challenge #206 Tangling with new tools

I must admit, I think I have to much on my plate as I am not getting to all the things I had planned for this long hard winter. I did not take into account that the simple task of walking the dog would become harder and take much longer in the winter muck. Driving to the store or even taking the train for errands takes up so much time in the winter snow and ice. I find I am starting to remove some things off my list but also have added "going to the gym" daily as a must do, so some good things are happening.

Our challenge this week is to use other tools then what we are used to for tangling. I believe it was at the Last Tangle U in Portland Maine that Marie Browning from Tombow had taught us to use black tiles with a stylus and colored pencils. I have not revisited that since so I thought it might be a good time to try it again. Color is always and issue for me, so I am not very pleased with the final result and the scan of this tile does not represent it's true colors, but I do believe the more I do the better I will get. Experiment and "grow my color muscle" so to speak.

The celtic knot was one borrowed from Jean Chamberlin Theurkauf's blog post on Celtic knots
And the background is printemps. Design was "drawn" on with a stylus then color with Irojiten pencils was added over it. You can see Marie's work HERE

Friday, February 20, 2015

Challenge #205 Lunar New Year

This years Lunar New Year is a bit confusing. Some say it is the year of the goat, others say the sheep. I don't like conflict so I just went with a sparkly lantern which did not scan very sparkly. You will have to trust me.

Black and red micron, gold and red Gelly Roll star pens.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekly Challenge #204 "Valentangle"

Well it is February and we are snowed under. Here in Boston we have had record amounts of snow for the year with more to come. Valentines day should be a bright spot in all this cold and confusion, but I have never bought into this holiday. My husband, thinking he is being cute says, "every day is valentines day!" We also know this is not true. I do like the idea of brightening things up with a touch of red. My red pen hardly gets much use so it was juicy with ink and a pleasure to draw with.

I did find it intriguing that the Diva used a tan Zendala tile and with the use of red made it look very pretty so I got stuck on that idea. My first tile I did on a 3.5" square tan tile and the only thing I really liked about it was how the red hearts with the highlights looked so striking.

Flux, Bumper, Rain, Dragonair, Bleeding hearts, Scribble hearts

Since I have many tan Zendala tiles and almost never use them (because I really don't know how to start), I visited my favorite artists blog and got some inspiration from her on a post about spirals. This tile took me what seemed to be forever to finish with all its detail and Zendala space, but it was fun to do and I really like the results, hearts and all.

Mooka (sort of),  Marasu, Diva Dance Scrible hearts, red pearlz

Thank you, Margaret for letting me take your "style" out for a spin. It was a wonderful ride!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Weekly Challenge #203: Athitzi by Seven

One thing, of many, that I love about Zentangle, is that our community is so large that I have met many people from around the world just because we share the love of tangling. The tangle chosen for this week comes from Germany created by Seven and it's name is Athitzi. It is a tangle that is very simple and mesmerizing to draw. I was unsure where to go with this, but I had a tracing of a stencil I purchased from Jenny Perruzzi (Acadia Laser Creations) that was just sitting on my desk waiting to be finished. You can buy Stencils (or rather Zencils!) from Jenny here.

I had fun with this tangle and will defiantly keep it in my "go to" tangles.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekly Challenge #202: "DuoTangle: Chebucto vs Copada"

The challenge for this week is to use two "border" tangles from the very talented Margaret Bremner. You will find Copada and Chebucto at her site the Enthusiastic Artist where you should take some time to browse because she has a wealth of information and beautiful art.

I am not sure I did her tangles justice but this was my result:

After posting this I felt it was a little unbalanced. I added black to the inner Copada brackets and it feels better to me now.

What do you think? Should I blacken in the outer ones too? I may just do that to see what a difference it makes. Back soon.

I think I like the last one best!