Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Ahhh, I have found it!  Just what I was looking for and I didn't even know I was looking for it! 

Dilip Patel has a blog called z-inspiration in which he posts, not challenges but motivations to tangle through the muse of words.  Each word is to inspire a tangle.  He also encourages us to think about our experiences that represent the words.  Oh, the inspiration is also tiered so you can participate at various levels -- I am lovin' the differentiation!  I am sure I am over simplifying the description  -- check out the blog yourself; I am willing to bet that you are drawn to it.  I was, it just really seemed to make sense. Thank you, thank you Dilip!!!

Confession:  I actually like this idea better than the weekly Diva Challenge because the challenge seems to be more competitive where as this is reflective.  Actually comparing the two isn't fair -- apples and oranges.  I will continue to do the challenges; they are fun, encouraging, and always a good challenge!  I will also start to do the inspirations... jumping right in at the fifth value word -- FRIENDLINESS.

Note:  My mind is already racing trying to figure out how, on our next trip to India, I can meet this man!

Monday, October 28, 2013

DC 142 Danger-Beware!

Oh, this week's Diva Challenge was fun!  We were to reflect upon our comfort zone: what are our go-to tangles, what is our style, what do we do in a tile that just screams 'that's me'??!  The challenge, hence, was to step out of our comfort zone and into the danger zone.

Side Note:  I find the added video of the song from Top Gun a nice surprise.  I had just watch the movie over the weekend and had the song 'you've lost that lovin feeling...' stuck in my head.  Anyway...

This post chronicles my danger zone... sort of.  Any tangle with a grid is way dangerous; I didn't go there!  I opted to change the medium in which I tangle... a bag, a Scrabble tile, and a famous reprint (yes, it has been a busy tangled morning!).  Rather than a tile, I tangled my first bag.  Not even sure where I got the bag but it was in my sock drawer so this morning fishing for socks, I thought, "yep -- that's it!" I tangled my chop (sort of) but think it needs some color.

12 X 12 canvas bag

Yesterday I was also having a conversation with Jean about tangling on Scrabble tiles.  Luckily we are a Scrabble-playing family so I grabbed a few tiles out of the box.

Flip the tiles over and you would find A L S... my initials.

The last piece is a work in progress.  Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986) is one of my favorite painters.  I have a very large book of her work that has reprints of some of my favorite pieces.  From the book I tore out the page of Sky Above Clouds IV (1965) and decided to tangle within the clouds with blue ink. 

Sky Above Clouds IV, Georgia O'Keefe, 1965

Note: The painting is housed at the Art Institute Chicago.

Also Note:  See previous post about the post card - I like famous art work!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kids Zentangle Class

Yesterday was another fantastic tangle class with Jean!  This one was for the kids; they have been learning to tangle from me but there is nothing like being taught from an expert.  The kids, geared with their official Zentangle bag of goodies, completed two gorgeous tiles each.  I know they were impressed at how well they did -- gotta love Zentangle and a wonderful CZT!  

Genevieve has been tangling for a few weeks now; this is her working in class and admiring her work with Jean.

Working on the second tile.

Jean even provided edible treats while learning to Zentangle!

Alden is new to Zentangle and often complains that I am addicted and doesn't understand while I tangle so much.  Well, I think he can speak for himself now... it's fun!  Here he is focused on a tile and then admiring his work with Jean. 

Such focus!

Look at that grin; he is proud!

The kids are so excited about their Zentangle bags filled with supplies and their newly discovered talent that I think we will be seeing more from them!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Quilted Tangle

Genevieve has been corresponding with her Great Aunt Debbie on a regular basis since we were in WA this summer.  She also have become addicted to tangling like me!  So she tangled a card and send it to her aunt.  Aunt Debbie's reply arrived yesterday.  It was the tangle on the card but only quilted!  This quilted tangle is about 9x9 inches; I can't even imagine how she did this!  It is simply breath-taking, stunning, and Genevieve certainly loves it!

Genevieve's tangle quilted by her Great Aunt Debbie

Friday, October 25, 2013

DC 141

This weeks Diva Challenge was tough, once again, but I guess that is why it's called a challenge!   I had to learn both tangles... Fengle and Quandary.

So, here is the mess I created... There are lots of reasons I don't like it, mostly because I am a perfectionist needing to practice the tangles a hundred more times minimum before I get it right.  I am still working on my shading -- I like this really dark black pastel pencil I have and I like the way it shades; guess it just comes down to more practice.  The other shading is a bit overbearing in this piece.  Hopefully no one looks too closely so they don't see how the various Quandary actually became a tangled mess, but any critique is welcome! 

Fengle and Quandary


Ben Kwok creates amazing templates to be tangled -- find him/them at Ornation Creation on Facebook.  One of the most recent template was that of a kitten.  I was tangling my kitten when Genevieve asked if she could try too.  Then Alden asked if he could tangle one.  So the three of us sat at the kitchen table tangling our kittens. 

Top kitten by me, middle kitten by Alden, bottom kitten by Genevieve.

The Marquise de Pompadour

When we travel, I like to collect postcards of the artwork housed in the world's great museums.  While in Munich Germany this summer we visited the Alte Pinakothek;  I fell in love with the Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour painted by Francois Boucher (1703-1770).  The story of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson is interesting because she was the mistress of King Louis XV.  However, I think what drew me to this painting is the book; it indicates that she was educated, sophisticated, intellectual. 

I found this postcard in the gift store and immediately bought it because it is of just her holding the book!  Now the pages of the book are tangled...

Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour, Francois Boucher, 1756

Sunday, October 20, 2013

DC 140

The challenge this week was to do a monotangle, pointillism style... nothing but little dots!  At first I wasn't at all interest in tangling with dots and only dots and zillions of dots; ugh, how redundant and boring.  Then my daughter, 9, who has gotten hooked on Zentangle says "look mom" and showed me her beautifully tangled piece of art.  Ok, I thought I better give it a try.  Now, I stayed true to the monotangle component, only using Flux.  I also stayed true to the pointillism part, only using dots which wasn't nearly as bad as I expected!  I did shade a little with a white pastel pencil and I did break the rules by using white ink on a pink tile - oh well, I like it!  Hope you do too!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Adding a Splash of COLOR

Ok, so sometimes the traditional black and white tangles just don't do it for me.  I have started adding a bit of color just to mix things up a bit.  I like the contrast and the way color just seems to make a specific spot on the tile or a specific tangle just come alive.

Black and White

Zentangle is done with black ink on white tiles or with white ink on black tiles.  I really like the black tiles with white ink except I can't find a marker that flows like the Microns so my tangles aren't as smooth.  I also like tangling with metallic ink (same issue as white ink though!).  Of these two tiles, I definitely favor the black and white. 

The top tile is with white ink and the bottom tile is with silver ink.

I also tried a new chop -- don't like it though because it is too much like my day to day initials. I have returned to my original chop LAS which changes the order of my initials. I like this because when I tangle I can really be someone else!

Note to self:  figure out how to rotate a picture in blogger!

Tangled Letters

Well, it has been way too long since I have posted anything... I must be too busy tangling! 

My mom, Bonnie, visited last week to take Zentangle classes from Jean.  A very fun day of tangling ended with tangling letters.   Here is a sample of our accomplishments:

Not only is my mom a natural at tangling, she is totally addicted now!!!

The 'g' is for my daughter who has started tangling and like the rest of us... addicted!

Given that my daughter is tangling now, she knows about mistakes and the Bronx Cheer.  She is easily upset by mistakes no matter how often I say "there are no mistakes in tangling" so I find it ironic that I did make a mistake on this tile but I love the added cheer!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DC 139

Oh my.... this was a tough challenge!!!  I had to learn how to do 8s Parte Dos tangle before doing this challenge -- not easy!!!  So not easy that I ended up using the tangle as a string.  This tangle hasn't gotten the best of me yet, but for now, this is what I have for the challenge...

Friday, October 4, 2013


Note to Self:

My favorite tangle is the Mooka!  I found this Diva Challenge of the past of just using MOOKA!  This tile is the one she did for that challenge...

So, this post is to remind me to look at all the other Mookas submitted by tanglers -- all 108 of them!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013


I soooooooooooo want to become a CZT!

When the time is right; I will be a CZT!!!

Until then... Zentangle baby!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DC 138

I am so excited about this weeks challenge -- my fingers are crossed to win a set of tangle cards that the Diva is giving away -- and I WANNA WIN!

     Dear Diva,
           I have only been tangling for about a month yet have found both Tipple and Hollybaugh to                  be my go-to tangles.  This is only my second challenge; they are so much fun it sure won't be              the last.
                                                                                                               Love, Amy

The challenge was to be inspired by a border and create a bordered tangle.  Well, given the number of trips I have made between Flagstaff and Phoenix in the past couple of months, in addition to having a newly acquired acute eye for finding tangles e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, this tangle is interstate inspired.  Yep, those embedded dashed lines along the highway... tangled, with Echo and Zedbra!

I Want to Hold Your Hand

I love holding the hands of my children!  Alden has a strong hand -- that I traced just the other day.  What does one do with a traced hand... yep, tangle it!!!

Una Elephante

There is a FB group I belong to called Ornate Creations.  Ben makes the most amazing templates, posts them, and then they get tangled and re-posted from addicts like me!  Even though I have download, printed, and have intentions of doing every template he posts, I find myself intimidated by the artwork that people produce (simply amazing!) and think there is no way that my work will live up to such standards.  Well, here goes...  this is the elephant I posted today to the group (and within the first few seconds received a "like")!!!

Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time

I have been a fan of Bead for Life for a long time and usually every year I host a bead party -- will have to get on it for this year!  This tangle is Ode to Bead for Life.