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27
Jul
13

Diva’s Weekly Challenge 128: Two Pencil String

This was fun and a great way to use those patterns that work in long, narrow spaces. I had two mechanical pencils and adjusted the leads so that they would be of similar length. Then I held them together, put them perpendicular to the surface so that both leads touched the paper, and drew! I too had to make minor adjustments, but it was easy to do. I then went to my handy-dandy self-customized pattern guide and searched through my page of border-like patterns. I ended up changing a lot of patterns around, mostly to cover up errors ( :- /  ,  but in the end, I enjoyed the creation, and I am happy with the result!

I have included a couple of Zentangles that I did but never uploaded as my poor kitty Sam died suddenly and unexpectedly, and I was too sad to do much. I think Coaster by Carole Ohl is one of my favorites. Others that I can remember are Facets by Nancy Pinke, and Boomerangs by  Teresa Clerc. Mumsy by Sandy Bartholomew is at the bottom right, Aura-Leah version by Carla du Preez at the top right, Japonica by Sandra Strait, and official Zentangle® patterns, Mooka, Eke,  and Pane.

(clicking on photos will enlarge them.)

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Here is my Cirquital / Opus. Working on this helped me deal with all the anxiety and worry I was going through at the time.

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Here is my template Zentangle featuring Footlites by Carole Ohl. I colored it with fine point markers.

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For more information about weekly challenges see IAmtheDivaCZT.Blogspot.com  and for Zentangle® information see my link , Zentangle® News.

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02
Jul
13

Stars and Stripes and Beaches and Birthdays

Summer in the USA involves 4th of July celebrations, trips to the beach and pool, picnics, family reunions, and fun!

I did  Zentangles® reflecting some of these summer fun activities.

For more information on the Zentangle process, see my page “Zentangle News”

Tangle patterns that are not identified by designer are official Zentangle® patterns.

The first Zentangle I call “Starz and Stripz.”

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

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Zentangle tangles featured are Bunzo, Fracas and Auraknot. I love Fracas for this event as it looks like fireworks! I played around with lines at the bottom left in a way similar to Auraknot , Hurry and IX.

The next is “Beaches”

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The upper left corner was an improvisational design I did . The upper right is a variation of Leaflet by Helen Williams. The Conch shell form on the left was  also improvised as I went along. The Conch shell design on the right features a favorite tangle pattern Fish Net by Mariët Lustenhouwer. Squid is in the center of the two Conch forms. In the very center is a version of Fengle. The left center form is tangled with Purk, and the right form is filled with BalesZinger is between Purk and Bales. Bottom left is Fünf (which means “five” in German) by Denise Rudd, and bottom right is Snaylz Trayl by Andrea “Cookie” Shuman.

This design I did for a friend celebrating his 60th birthday. This is the first time I have tangled a number or letter (still have not done a letter!)

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This I call “60”. On the “6” you will see “LX“, which is “60” in Roman numerals, done in the same manner as the official Zentangle pattern IX.  Featured are Purk, a variation of Eke, Knase and a variation of Knase, Twing and a variation of Rain. The “0” features a variation of Chainging, Cadent, Betweed, XYP, and Coaster by Carole Ohl.  Around the edges are Verdigogh, Squid, Poke Root, Poke Leaf, Mooka,Pendrills, and Dooleedoo by Ksenija Volisavljevic. I had a lot of fun doing this!

19
Jun
13

Zentangle Weekly Challenge #123

This week’s challenge is thought-provoking.  It has to do with defining “Zentangle”, and working a Zentangle out of the parameters of what defines  “Zentangle.”

From I am the Diva, CZT (http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.ca/)  :

The challenge for this week is: can you do a Zentangle without  using existing patterns or tangeleations* of them? And what are your experiences while doing so?

*patterns and tangeleations as far as you know”

These are my thoughts:

People design patterns all the time. So, is this challenge to make a Zentangle with one’s own patterns, created just for this challenge?

The Zentangle method was crafted specifically to help anyone have a creative experience that is meditative, aka “the zone.”  As an artist, I am familiar with this state of mind, and I did not need Zentangle to achieve it.

Zentangle patterns need to be non-representative, and achieved “one stroke at a time,”  3-1/2 inch square, and in black & white with shading. Anything else is “Zentangle Inspired Art”, which is what most of us end up doing after we get the hang of it.

You CAN certainly experience the creative/meditative state of mind without the Zentangle method. You can also create a Zentangle with original patterns, although it may take a while to come up with them, or it may be similar to what a lot of us did on our own before we ever heard of “Zentangle.”

So, for this challenge, I resorted to the way I would doodle and draw before I ever heard of Zentangle. I had the same experience, the “Zen”, but I did not have my catalog of patterns that gives me endless possibilities. I felt somewhat limited.Litter.1.laura.sanders.2013

This is the first attempt. I call it “Litter.”  I wanted to try again…

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This one I call “Wurmz.”  Nah…..

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This is the last one I did. “Fish Out of Water.” The “fish” was not supposed to be a fish, but when I finished, I thought, “That looks like a fish!” So, I worked a few details into it.  What I really noticed about working this way, the way I do my fine art, actually, is that I draw on the natural world for my lines and forms.  I realized that when I drew the first one, which is why I added the “litter” to it: pull tabs, bottle caps, cigarettes…

Is it a Zentangle?  No, but it could be called a “ZIA.” Did I experience the “Zen”? Yes, I did get “in the zone!” It was not as much fun, though.  I kept thinking how other patterns that I know and love would fit in this.

Good challenge! Thanks, Diva!

10
Jun
13

New Pages…

Hey all!

I have added two new pages to my blog that will specifically address my interests in Zentangle. The main page is titled “Zentangle News”, and it has a sub-page devoted to Zentangle Weekly Challenges by IAmTheDivaCZT.blogspot.com.  I also have a separate page devoted to my fine art, which has a gallery of my art work, and it is titled, cleverly, I might add, “Some of My Drawings”.

Keep Creating!




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