Monday, May 28, 2012

Diva Challenge #72: Crescent Moon

I am very excited because this week the Diva has challenged us to a monotangle using one of Zentangle's most famous patterns, Crescent Moon. I love Crescent Moon because it looks so cool but is so easy to do. I tried to mix mine up a bit doing a standard Crescent Moon and then a sort of inside out tangleation, finished off by a crescent within a crescent.  I hope you enjoy!

Tangle:  Crescent Moon

Friday, May 25, 2012

Zendala Dare #7

Zendala Dare #7

Well this week I created a template that I really liked.  Filled it with tangles that I really like.  Thought of lots of things to say about why I really liked it.  Then proceeded to leave it in my ambulance so I could not post about it.  This part I don't really like.  I created a new Zendala but I loved that other one so much that I'm just not feeling this new imposter, but I think it has some merit so I am posting it anyway.  I will just have to hunt down my original and post it in a day or two so you can all see how fabulous it it!  I decided to make this alternate tile do double duty as both a Zendala Dare and the Diva challenge which was to use the new tangle Pea - Knuckle.

Tangles: Pea - Knuckle, Striping, Onamato,
Rick's Paradox

This is the template that I used to create the tile above.

Go ahead and get to tangling because I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this week. Make sure to link up below  and don't forget to check in next week too when I add a special little challenge to the Dare!

Hope you have a fantastic week!



I have managed to to collect my original round Zendala tile from the evil clutches of the ambulance that absconded with it, which is a fancy way of saying that I finally remembered to bring it home from work.  I try to be impartial but upon re-examination I really do like this variation more than the one I posted above.  It may be because this was my vision from the start and I never believed the one above would live up to that so I probably didn't give my second try the effort it deserved.  Oh well.

Tangles:  Flux, Caviar, Bales, BB

Friday, May 18, 2012

Zendala Dare #6

Zendala Dare #6

Hi everyone and welcome.  I have another great Zendala template for you this week.  This template has been shuffling around on my desk for a few weeks now looking for a home.  I really like this template but each time I got ready to use it for the dare I would back out at the last minute.  I'm not sure why I am so conflicted about using this template but this week I decided to bite the bullet and post it.

Tangles: Betweed, Cirquital, Printemps, Crobe
This week I decided to do a round Zendala tile.  There is something about a star on a square tile that just doesn't look quite right to me but that may have to do with it be and odd number point star.  I started with Betweed and then added Cirquital.  Crobe is a new tangle for me but I can tell it has a lot of potential for interesting uses.  I finished off with Printemps because everything looks better with Printemps.  It's one of my favorites and an old standby.

Please remember to post a link below so that we can all share out entries for the Dare.

I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Zendala Dare #5

Creating these templates for the Zendala Dare is so much fun.  Sometimes I have a vision in mind, and sometimes something just evolves as I am creating them.  I like them each for different reasons and would never present something that I didn't think was "worthy".  Every once in a while however, I make one and when I am finished I just think "Wow!  Where did that come from?"  Well, that's what happened this week.  I don't know why I love this template so much but it just speaks to me.  I think it has a very art deco feel, which is ironic because I'm not a big fan of art deco.  I don't know what it is but I just love how it turned out.

This week I decided to do a standard tile and a Zendala tile.  For the standard tile I went with the classic black and white.  I think it ended up having a nice contrast and the the choice of tangles seemed to work well.  I also decided to use my new tangle Charlie in both tiles.

Tangles:  Flux, Hollibaugh, Charlie, Amaze, Kwiet

For my Zendala tile I decided to go out on a limb and use some sepia pens, my standard black microns, and some tinted charcoal.  I think it was a nice diversion from the usual.  

Tangles:  Charlie, Flux, Echoism, Equerre, Tidings

I look forward to seeing your Zendala creations this week.  Please remember to enter your link below.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

A new tangle from the land of Peanuts

Yes, you read that correctly.  I am from the land of Peanuts, not the nut, but the comic strip.  Trust me, if I was from the the land of peanuts the nut, I would have moved to the city of cashews a long time ago.  But no, I'm talking about Peanuts, the super popular comic strip.  I live and work about 40 miles north of San Francisco in the city of Santa Rosa. Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, moved to the Santa Rosa area in 1958 and with the growing popularity of the Peanuts characters, Santa Rosa soon became known for it's famous comic artist.  Santa Rosa seems to have named everything after Charles Schulz:

Yes, he has his own airport!

It says Redwood Empire Ice Arena but everyone
around here knows that it's Snoopy's Ice Arena

The Charles M. Schulz Museum

One of the most popular attractions in Santa Rosa are the statues of the various Peanuts comic strip characters that are placed around the city.  Each year or so a character is released and organizations or businesses can purchase one of the 4 foot statues and decorate it however they like for display.  So far they have released 32 each of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Woodstock.  People come from all over the world and follow maps provided by the city to locate each statue. (No, I am not kidding.) My favorite by far is the Charlie Brown that is displayed in front of Sonoma Outfitters, a local supplier of outdoor equipment.

Who wouldn't love a reggae Charlie Brown
complete with dreadlocks?

I guess it is no surprise then that when I was thinking of a new name for my latest tangle that some Charlie Brown inspiration would creep in.  Even though I think Charlie Brown looks pretty cool in his reggae get up he is normally seen in his trademark sweater.

So handsome

I know that the tangle below is not a direct representation of Charlie's sweater design but it was close enough for me to give Charlie Brown a namesake tangle.

Thank you Charles Schulz for the inspiration!

If you haven't already, don't forget to participate in the Zendala Dare.  A new Zendala template is presented each week for your tangling pleasure.  So much fun!

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Groovy Diva Challenge

It's the first Monday of the month so the Diva has once again picked someones tangle to be the focus of this weeks challenge.  This month's lucky winner is Eden of Cut'n It Up... And Sewing It Back Together!
This week we needed to use Eden's tangle Groovy.  I had discovered Groovy about a month ago and really liked it so I was excited to see that it was this weeks challenge. I also chose three other tangles that I had not used before: Hekzee and Daggerly by Carole Ohl, and Jelly Roll by Suzanne McNeill.  Considering these were all basically new to me I really like the outcome.

Tangles:  Hekzee, Daggerly, Groovy, Jelly Roll

Friday, May 4, 2012

Zendala Dare #4

Dear Readers,
If you are reading this it means that I have.........been on a Mexican cruise for the last 4 days with 15 of my best girlfriends!  Even though I am floating off the coast of Baja as you are reading this it doesn't mean we shouldn't have a Zendala Dare, does it?  Of course not!  This is the first time I have set a post to have a scheduled release so I am hoping everything has gone off without a hitch.  If something did go wrong and you are still able to read this it means my amazing husband has successfully followed my directions and fixed the issue.  Thanks honey, if you did anything, that is.  If you didn't, well, good job anyhow, see you in about 8 hours.  Now for a little Dare:

Zendala Dare #4

As I explained in week 2, every four weeks or so I will present a template with an added little challenge.  Can you believe it's already been four weeks?  I can't, but I am excited that this week we are going to mix it up a little.

For this week's Zendala Dare I would like you to use the ocean and Mexico as your inspiration.  You can use one or both, it's up to you.  Here is your template:

There is a lot of room for variation on this one so I am looking forward to the entries.  I had so much fun with this one I decided to do two standard tiles.

Tangles:  Onamato, Rain, Snafoozle, Tink

When I think of Mexico I think of bright colors.  The photograph does not do this tile justice.  It actually has a lot of bright pink and orange in it, it just didn't photograph that way.

Tangle:  Floo, Dragonair, Mysteria

For this tile I went more traditional.  Floo and Dragonair remind me of waves and Mysteria is reminiscent of bubbles and seaweed.  I really like the outcome of both of these.  

Remember to post a link to your finished Zendala below.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!



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