Monday, August 24, 2015

Zendala Dare #107

Hi there!  Hope you all had a wonderful week full of new experiences and exciting adventures.  Mine was not filled with anything close to that but instead of wasting your time telling you about boring stuff that doesn't matter I'm just going to jump into the Zendala Dare.  

Zendala Dare #107

Tangles:  Splinters, Equerre. Laced, Copada

I am really pleased with how this Zendala turned out.  I didn't realize until I had finished but the Equerre in the middle creates a faux celtic knot.  I love the tangle Splinters but it doesn't usually look this good.  I think the pen hashing on the edge makes a big difference.  

I hope you enjoy the template as much as I did.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Zendala Dare #106

Well hello there faithful readers!  I trust that you all had a wonderful week.  I saw that many of you visited The Diva's blog and participated in my guest post.  I loved what everyone did with the ZenDivaDala!  If you didn't have a chance to check it out you can hop on over there by clicking here.

My week consisted of lots of work and celebrating my nieces birthday.  She is such a cutie!

I also spent some time working on a new planner system I am developing.  I'm not sure if you guys know but I am in LOVE with paper planners and have tried just about every one there is to try but with my newest system, I feel like I am more organized than ever!  I draw out my week each Sunday night and I love how this week turned out.  I just have to share.

Come on, who doesn't love some hedgehogs?  I didn't realize until I was finished that these look creepily similar to possums on the road.  If I had some little car stickers I would throw those in there too!

Zendala Dare #106

This weeks Zendala is a bit of a departure.  It's actually just one shape that I have layered over and over again.  Transfer the template to a tile and try it for yourself!

Tangles:  Diva Dance, Confettus, Echoism

I love how this turned out.  I think that Diva Dance makes a great border and the shading turned out better than usual.  

I can't wait to see what you do with the template.  Don't forget to link up below.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Tangle - Batter

People often tell me that they enjoy hearing the story behind the tangle but today they may regret that statement because this one is a little weird. 

Most nights my brain has a usual routine at bedtime.  No matter how much I try to turn my brain "off" it insists on thinking about everything under the sun.  Usually I'm thinking about the next Zendala Dare, a new layout I want to try in my planner, or I am dreaming up crazy trips I want to go on with my nieces and nephews.   When I finally fall asleep there are lots of crazy dreams to contend with.  My dreams are colorful, realistic, and sometimes scary.  Often there is a bit of sleepwalking thrown in, but thats ok, I just count it as exercise.  My trainer is not so generous.  

In between falling asleep and dreaming I have another state that I'm sure some sleep specialist would have a name for but I just think of it as my "nonsense" state.  As I am falling asleep I go through a state where I start thinking of things that have no rhyme or reason.  Last night I was picturing myself wrapping a statue in cotton candy.    A couple days ago I had a vision where I saw a bunch of dogs and cats swimming in a pool filled with purple water.  Some people have suggested that these are actually dreams that I am remembering but I beg to differ.  When I dream I can ALWAYS trace it back to something that has happened in the last few days.  If there is pizza in a dream, I guarantee I ate pizza in the last few days.  If the dream includes an ocean, I can guarantee I have been to the ocean in the recent past.  A dream about and ambulance with a zebra in back, I guarantee I have had a recent ambulance shift.  (For the record, it would be so awesome if I found a zebra in the back of my ambulance!)  These "nonsense" visions however, are just that, nonsense with absolutely no correlation to my life.  I can't tell you if I have them every night because I think I just pass through them and go to sleep.  Other nights however, I become very aware that they are occurring and I find it very comforting when this happens because I know it means I am on my way to sleep.  Is this weird?  Does this happen to anyone else?

So what does this have to do with my new tangle Batter?  One night I was having one of these visions and it was like a line drawing of a housewife in fifties clothing.  She had a big bowl which appeared to be filled with a batter of some sort. 

My vision looked almost identical to this except it
was all pink and it was a line drawing, not a photo.

She was stirring it with a wooden spoon and it was leaving traces in the batter that sort of looked like a flower.  After seeing this I immediately got up and made a sketch.  The next day I started playing with it and the tangle Batter was born.  

And remember, you guys are the ones that ask where I get the idea for these tangles!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What happened to my Zendala Dare?

Hello everyone!  I guess your wondering where your Zendala Dare is this week.  Well, I'll tell ya.  It's over at the Diva's blog.  I am guest posting for Laura this week and I have posted a Zendala for your tangling pleasure.   Hop on over and check it out and make sure to visit me next week for a brand new Zendala Dare!

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Tangle - Mushnik

I wish I had a great story for how this tangle came about but, I don't.  I have been drawing this tangle for about 2 years but never got around to posting the step out.  I think I was just messing around one day and it started to take shape.  What I do remember thinking is that it reminded me of the giant carnivorous flower in the 1986 movie Little Shop of Horrors.

Little Shop of Horrors stars Rick Moranis as a timid man who works at a failing floral shop called Mushnik's.  He discovers a new plant and names it Audrey II in honor of his co-worker Audrey whom he is in love with.  Audrey II however has a dark side and if you want to know more, you'll just have to watch it!

So maybe Mushnik doesn't look exactly like Audrey II
but everything in Zentangle is  a little abstract, right?

So the obvious question is why name it Mushnik and not Audrey?  Because I think Mushnik sounds cooler.  The End.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Zendala Dare #105

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a great week.  I am busy as usual trying to fit everything in.  I'm sure lots of you can relate.  There is something I am SUPER excited about but I don't want to ruin the surprise.  Don't worry, you will know all the details next Monday.  I've got ya thinkin now, don't I?  It's still a ways off so I have a Zendala Dare to take your mind off of it.

Zendala Dare #105

Since you all loved the simplicity and ease of last weeks template (insert sarcasm here) I decided to go with something similar this week! 

Tangles: Printemps, Jalousie, Nekton,Jitterz

This template has many small spaces which can seem daunting but I found that because the shapes where simple they were easy to fill. I normally would use some tangles with a bit more contrast but to me, this template called for simplicity so I stuck to lots of linework.

Link your Zendala below so we can all take a look.  While your at it, make sure to follow my Instagram feed.  I have some giveaways coming up that will only be on Instagram and you don't want to miss them!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Zendala Dare #104

Zendala Dare #104

I'm not gonna lie, I LOVE this template.  This template is only about 2 weeks old and it's already sleeping through the night and I have been thinking about it every day and how I wanted to use it.

Link to Zendala #104 template  

(Please note that I have changed my hosting site for the templates from Google Drive to Dropbox.  This should not be a significant change for my readers but if you do have trouble accessing it please leave me a comment below)

Tangles:  Apeel, Croon, Wartz
For my rendition I used the tangle Wartz (a favorite of mine) in the center and then a tangleation of Warts on the edge.  I used a tangleation of Croon for the cones and then Apeel to top them off.

This Zendala has a lot of tangleations and that brings up a point I want to make.  People often write to me and ask why I just list the tangle name under my tile and not when I use tangleations of those tangles and the reason is this.  When you are completing a Zendala is is sometimes difficult to fit a repetitive pattern into the space you are trying to fill so you must just use one section of that pattern or some of it's components.  For example, I say that I am using Croon for the cones but really only the base of the cone is Croon and the top is just linework.  I call it Croon because that is what inspired me as I was looking through my pattern book.  Next week I may use a similar feature but call it something else because I saw a different tangle that used it.  I feel that in order for something to be a true tangleation it should be modified in a repetitive way and Zendala's usually don't provide enough space to meet that standard for me.  So when I am deciding what to call a tangle I go by two rules 1)What inspired me? 2) Give credit where credit it due.  My ultimate goal is to list the tangles so that you can be inspired and check out directions for the complete tangle yourself and then you can decide what to do with it.  The possibilities are endless!

My parting gift to you this week is this picture.  I took
it yesterday when I took my niece and nephew to lunch.
Check out how adorable she is and his keen 
fashion sense.  

Have a fantastic week!


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