Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Zentangle Challenge #232 - Guest Blogger Holly Atwater with audio instructions

Wow, this was a very different sort of challenge from guest blogger Holly Atwater who is sitting in for Laura at this week. I was fortunate to be at CanTangle earlier this summer and experienced an audio meditative instruction done by Molly Hollibaugh, and it was an awesome experience. These audios are somewhat similar but it's a bit different listening on my computer and being able to pause and replay. I did all three audio's. The first one is for Tripoli, and I have to say that I find this one of the most challenging tangles, but with the audio, I think I did a pretty good job! Thanks Holly! The next one is a tangle that Holly called Meatballs, but I think it's on the Zentangle website and as Nipa? The third I had more trouble following the instructions, but maybe I'd lost some concentration by that point. Oh well, I improvised. Fun challenge, and I'm quite happy!

Zendala Dare #107

I had fun with this week's Zendala Dare from Erin at I had a tile that was coloured with inks I'm experimenting with; and I wanted to try unbalance a Zendala yet keep to the template. PorFin didn't turn out quite the way it's supposed to, or the way I wanted it to… but the strokes are all there :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Zendala Dare #106

I love Copada and this is what happened when I saw this week's Zendala from Erin at I used black, blue and sepia microns, a pencil, and blue and sepia chalk pencils for shading.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Zentangle Challenge #231 - Guest Sharla Hicks; Undulating tangles in C and S minor

Guest blogger Sharla Hicks has asked us to use undulating tangles that use the strokes "C" and/or "S" in this week's challenge (see I chose two tangles I really like: Roscoe and Meringue. My hand got a bit quivery when I was adding the second line to Meringue, sigh. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with this one. I love Roscoe!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Zentangle Challenge #230 - Guest Blogger Erin Olson

This week's guest blogger for the challenge ( Erin Olson of The Bright Owl ( Erin has posted a Zendala, and I LOVE her Zendala's. This one, once I started working on it, morphed into a ZIA! That's one of the many things I love about Zentangle - you are often surprised at where your tangling leads you. I may very well do another and try to keep it as a Zendala… Thanks Erin! (and good to see you here, and back with new Zendala's on your blog!)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Zendala Dare #105

I admit that I didn't like this template for the Zendala Dare (
this week when I first saw it, sorry Erin. However, as with a lot of Zentangle, once I got going and things started looking so very different as I let the pen and, in this case the pencil shading, take over, well, I started to enjoy it! Thanks Erin, again, for making me step outside my comfort zone!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Zentangle Challenge #229 - Guest, Sandy Hunter "+/-"

This week's Zentangle challenge at, by guest blogger Sandy Hunter is to leave some white space. I used to be good at this, but as I find more and more tangles I love, I find I'm filling everything in, so this is a good exercise for me. I used a flame template, but didn't think it showed well, so I echo'd it…. Does that count as white space? And I had to shade it, so maybe not so white anymore. Anyway, great challenge!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Zendala Dare #104

I'm so glad Erin is back with her Zendala Dares (see more at I've missed a couple before this one, but have them set aside for when I have a spare moment. I recently went to CanTangle in Regina, Saskatchewan - AMAZING time - and am working on several projects started there (see my previous blog entry for two examples)! Ok, so this Zendala isn't one of my favourites, so I'll be particularly interested in seeing what others have done with it. I messed up one of the outer bands… but there are no mistakes, so I adapted. Again, so glad to see Erin back with these Zendalas!

CanTangle 2015

In mid-July I journeyed to Regina, Saskatchewan to CanTangle 2015. It was an AWESOME experience and I learned so much and met many wonderful people. These two ZIA's are the finished pieces from 1. a workshop by Brenda Shaver-Shahin on tangling with "differently abled", and 2. Margaret Bremner's whimsical houses. They are both way out of my comfort zone and I had to keep telling myself to just go with my impulses and not try to plan too much, not be concerned about things like perspective, not worry about which tangles go with…. It's funny - just like tangling a small tile, it seems to come alive and look all right when its done - even though sometimes I'm ready to start over because I'm not liking it. I'm happy with both of these, learned a lot and have a lot more to learn… because of course I'm going to do several more of the Margaret Bremner inspired whimsical houses!