Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Second Ensemble Completed for Exchange

A good friend and fellow CZT is hosting an exchange of the ensemble tiles.  I posted the straight one earlier that I am submitting.  I stayed up until 3 am this morning to complete five of the curvy tiles so I could get them in the mail today.  I hope you like them.  It's odd how Zentangle works. I would look at all my reference tangles and start out to draw one and end up doing tanglations (that's a variation of a tangle).  Even at 3 am it's just too much fun.  After the new year starts, I am going to activily market my craft.  Can't wait to share this with everyone.  Enjoy the slide show.

This is number 1.

This is the top middle.

Top right corner.

Then you have the left middle tile.  The first four tiles took me about an hour each during the day.

This is the middle tile.  The first of my insomnia tiles.

This is the middle right tile.  I'm getting original here.  Tired of looking through patterns.

Bottom left tile.  OK, trying to get it all done quickly.  But I think it's still a neat tile.

Tile number 8.  I'm almost done.  One of the patterns didn't turn out as I had set out to do.  But that happens a lot in Zentangle.  At least, I didn't have to use Bronx Cheer to cover up a mistake.

Woo Hoo! I am finished!  I started doing paradox and couldn't quit.  Now for the whole emsemble.

Wait for it!

Wait for it!

Ok, you wait is over.  Here it is!

Now Jennifer is going to mix these all up with other participating CZT's and send me back one of their tiles so I will have a new ensemble.  It's going to be a long couple of weeks.  Thank you Jennifer for your willingness to do this.  I don't think the other CZT's will mind if I post the ensemble I'll receive.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Merry Christmas with Tangles

I have been working very hard on a challenge a fellow CZT put out there.  We were to take one of the mosaic tile groupings and tangling them.  We'll send them in and she will shuffle them up and return to us a totally new picture with a tile from 9 different people.  How exciting is that!  I would like to share my tiles with you.  See if you can put them in order.

So what do you think?  I promise to have them right side up.

Very interesting, isn't it?

I'll not comment.  Just enjoy!

This is one of my favorites.

And finally.

So if I can figure out to get the big picture in here, I'll let you see how it all goes together.

Yea!  I figured it out.  If you're in the exchange, I hope you enjoy my contribution.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Gifts are Made

I feel safe in posting the Christmas presents that I've made for friends and family, because most of them don't read my blog anyway.  I've been so busy with making the presents that I haven't had haven't taken the time to tangle.  Hopefully, by the end of the week I'll have some tiles to post.  Now for the gifts.  The first picture is of fabric lily flowers that serve as voltive candle holders.  I'll be using them at a dinner I'm having this week.  I think the guests will be thrilled to take one home.

The second picture shows potato baking bags.  These bags need special batting so they can go in your microwave.  I haven't tried mine yet, but I understand the potatoes are very tasty when cooked this way.  I had two different colored potatoes fabric.  Lots of friends will be getting these.

Don't let the hussle and bussle of the Christmas preparations rob you of the joy that will be ours on Christmas day.  Try and take a small moment each day to take a deep breath and remember that Christ was born to save us from our sins,  the very sins we commit this busy season.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Diva Challenge #48

I'm back with the challenge again.  It felt so good to put pen to the paper again.  With the upcoming holiday season looking to be quite hectic, I am trying to discipline myself to read my Bible and draw a tile before I even go to the computer.  This is my contribution for the Diva Challenge.  We were to use a circle, square, and triangle as our string.  Then we were to use patterns we've not drawn yet.  I couldn't resist doing Rick's Paradox.  I just love that one!  The patterns I used were: Nipa, Scrumble, Paradox, Up and Across, and Netting (gone bad but still ok).  On netting I didn't realize that the circles needed to be off set.  So it's a different design.  It's all good.  I'm going to a workshop tomorrow presented by Carole Ohl in Ohio with a couple of friends.  A day of Zentangle, friends, and out of town.  Life doesn't get much better.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Birthdays Come and Birthdays Go

November is a busy birthday month for us.  My youngest son was born on November 4th.  Got busy online and ordered presents and gift card.  My oldest son was born November 13th, yes it was even a Friday (and my third trip to the hospital).  We had him over for dinner with presents galore. (Thanks to his loving wife)  My birthday was on the 6th.  It seemed like I celebrated all week.  People just kept giving me presents and sending good wishes.  It was great.  My husband took my oldest son, his wife, and me out to dinner in Indianapolis.  It was a great time.

Now it's on to the business of Thanksgiving.  But before that, I've had to deal with a damaged car.  At the beginning of the week, I was inside a church attending a prayer shawl meeting.  Someone in the congregation that was there on business backed into my car.  It was not drivable.  Believe it or not I kept my cool.  I was just thankful that they came back inside and found me.  Their insurance will cover everything, even a rental car for me.  No one was hurt.  For that I thank God.

Maybe in a day or two I will find the time and inspiration to create a Zentangle.  I really want to do the Diva's Challenge this week.  Sounds promising.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'm Back and Making Up Time

At our training, we were given luggage tags to tangle.  This is one I did in my spare time.  Way too much fun!


I know I'm a little late posting this, but I've been busy.  I received my certificate on October 14, 2011.  All 100 of my classmates were thrilled to be certified.  This means we have gone through very intensive training, but it was wonderful.  When I got home, I just had to veg for a day or two to soak it all in.  All of us can now officially teach our craft to others.  It's an amazing journey I'm embarking on.  It will probably take me where I thought I'd never go.  But I'm sure I'll have fun along the way.  If you're in Central Indiana and would like a class or more information, please comment below.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Diva Challenge 44

This week's Dive Challenge was to use a tangle as your string.  I chose oof.  The tangles inside include hurry and shattuck.  In keeping with the Halloween spirit, shattuck kind of looks like brains.  Or maybe it's just me.

A Meditation for the Husband

I was praying for my husband while he gave a talk during the Kairos Prison Ministry.  I found it hard to just pray.  So I decided to tangle.  The tile below is what came out of it.    Can you see the symbolism that came from this experience.  When I was done, I was amazed at the design and what it could all mean.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Business Card

After much agonizing and time, I have developed my new business card.  It's two sided just to get you excited about the art you can create "one stroke at a time."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm Official!

This is my official graduation certificate.  I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  Watch this blog for more excitement and news about classes and ways you can share in this wonderful experience.  Providence, RI, was fantastic!  Our instructors and founders, Rick and Marie, are two of the most beautiful people.  I met people from all over the world.  And they all love this art as much as I do.  Hopefully, my blog will look differently soon, as I learn more about blogging and share what I have learned through beautiful pieces of Zentangle.  CZT 7 was the greatest!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Diva Challenge 42 ~~ HOPE

I wasn't going to do this week's challenge because I have many other projects I want to finish before I go to the conference next week.  However, I was reading a post from an internet friend of mine, and I was moved to make this tile.  It is dedicated to Lauren.  She has fought breast cancer and WON!  She has been sharing her journal on line, and her courage is amazing.  In this tile, cancer may try and hold us back or "cage" us in.  But Lauren hung on to the rope God gave her, and she perservered.  She is my true hero.  Lauren, you are always in my prayers.

My Challenge to CZT 7

I issued a challenge to my fellow attendees to the 7th Certified Zentangle Teacher's training.   We are to create on an official 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" tile an interpretation of our time together.  It was to contain either the number seven and/or seven original tangles by Rick and Marie.   We will put them together for a collage when we gather in Providence, RI, next week.  Below is my contribution.  I used the Roman Numerals for seven and used the tangles:  Keeko, Xyp, Hibred, Meer, Cadent, Assunta, Tendrills, and Shattuck.  Aww, gee.  I just realized I used eight tangles.  Well, I was always one to break the rules.  At least I used the right number.  <Wry smile;-)>

Challenge for CZT 7 Gathering

I issued a challenge to my fellow attendees to the 7th Certified Zentangle Teacher's training.  We are to create on an official 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" tile an interpretation of our time together.  It was to contain either the number seven and/or seven original tangles.  We will put them together for a collage when we gather in Providence, RI, next week

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Diva Challenge Number 41

The Diva Challenge for this week was to use the patterns Jonqal and Opus.  The first picture was my first attempt.  I wasn't real happy about it, so I tried to do it on 6" x 6" paper.  The result was much more pleasing, at least to me.

I'm still new to this "blogging" business.  But in time I shall catch on.  Thanks for visiting.

First Zentangle Class for me

On September 24th, I attended my first official Zentangle class.  There were only four students, but we had a great time.  These are the two masterpieces that I created during class.
I will be attending a conference in October to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher.  I'm so looking forward to it!  I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Monday, September 26, 2011

New Things to Cherish

As I start this new blog, I am reflecting on the title.  I've always "cherished life", even when our life gets all "tangled" up.  I'm new to this process, and it may take me a while to learn the different features.  I hope to be posting some of my Zentangles and Zentangle Inspired Art.  Stay tuned for more fun and adventure as we "Cherish Life in the Tangles" together.