DIVA CHALLENGE


#dc321 Non-Dominant hand
A difficult challenge! It took concentration to stay with
my non-dominant hand. I thought a dark brush pen would
be easier. It wasn’t. Rounding helped soften the awkward corners
and shading brought everything together.  This was fun, after the fact!

  

 

#dc309-Noom 

Here is the new tangle first introduced at the CZT convention, zenAgain, last November was featured in the last Zentangle newsletter.
It was named after the Super Moon,
a rare astrological occurrence,
that occurred that night.

 

 

#dc307 Kitchen Table Tangles with Indy and Mazzy.
A fun new tangle, Zingo, was demonstrated by two of the most eloquent speakers
I’ve ever enjoyed watching.  http://tinyurl.com/TangleZingo
My Toastmasters club would be seriously impressed!

                                #dc306 UMT Amphora

The Diva’s Challenge is to use ZenLilyMoon’s tangle, Amphora,  on the right. I enjoyed the tangle, but felt it need a little more, and a little more. Pretty soon the whole calendar page was full of color. The Spirals were a request of a couple students who wanted to know how to make them. So I figured out an easier way to do them.

 

#dc301 Duotangle of Paradox and DivaDance
Created on a white tile. filled background with deep black to make it all pop!

dc296-moowa

DC#296 UMT MooWa
I love the tangle MooWa (also invented by Cris Letourneau who named it Holliflux.)
I created this on a white 3Z tile using black and brown ink, embellished with gold Pearl-Ex powder and a Sakura Clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen. All of the tipple inside the Moowa is done with the Stardust pen. I’m pleasantly surprised how well is showed up in the photo!

tripolibowl

I LOVE Tripoli!!  This is a bowl I’m working on for the Empty Bowls Benefit that will be held at Cambier Park in Naples FL this January.
See the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/emptybowlsnaples/

The view below shows the scale next to my favorite mug. You can see faint pencil lines showing where the design will come over the top onto the outside. I’m doing it with a product called Designer Liner.  So there you are! My favorite mug, one of my favorite tangles, and my one of my favorite benefits!

tripolibowlmore-mug

Diva Challenge #274 took me to a campfire sing-along. From, "My Country 'tis of Thee to This Land is Your Land", I sang as I tangled. Here is my mash-up tangle of purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain contained between sea to shining sea.

Diva Challenge #272
This week the Diva’s Challenge took me to a campfire sing-along. From, “My Country ’tis of Thee,” to “This Land is Your Land,” I sang as I tangled. Here is my mash-up tangle of purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain contained between sea to shining sea.

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Diva Challenge #267:  DuoTangle
Poke Root vs. Drupe
I haven’t shaded this yet, I’m still mulling over what to do.
Stay tuned for further developments.

Diva challenge #266-UMT-Cruz

Diva Challenge #266    Use My Tangle week
This week brings us one of my favorite tangles, Cruz, by Henrike Bratz, and as usual, I had a party with the shading. I added a faint touch of clear Stardust glitter pen that I smoothed with a water brush and in person it has a nice glow that’s not photogenic.

It was done on a standard 3.5″ tile.
I’m clearly still surfing the WordPress learning curve because the
tile below is a 2″ Bijou, and the one below that is a 4″ Zendala tile.

#265-Stripes

Diva Challenge #265  Stripes  was fun.
This is done on a 2″x2″ Bijou tile, but the scale doesn’t show.  I used Snail, of course, in honor of Bijou, Printemps, and Knightsbridge.

#260-Shattuck-yin-yang

Diva Challenge #260 Shattuck  really inspired me.  I wondered how Shattuck would look on a 4″ Zendala tile. Shading, as usual, took me to unexpected places, and the yin/yang kept needing more depth, more depth.
You know when you’re done when anything more would be too much.

Diva Challenge #260
Diva Challenge #260  Shattuck

Shattuck is another of my favorite tangles. Half the fun is in shading which I did using a Derwent Medium water soluble graphite pencil. It takes a lot longer than drawing the tangle!

Diva Challenge #248 This is a gift I made for a friend who was particularly kind to me the year I discovered Zentangle®. The images and motifs are all from things in her guest house: a wicker dresser, glass blocks in the shower, a woven lamp shade, a wicker chair, fabric on a footstool, tiles on the floor, and motifs on a carved armoire.
Diva Challenge #248

This is a gift I made for a friend who was particularly kind to me the year I discovered Zentangle®.   The images and motifs are all from things in her guest house: a wicker dresser, glass blocks in the shower, a woven lamp shade, a wicker chair, fabric on a footstool, tiles on the floor, and motifs on a carved armoire.

Tripoli! A favorite because while it starts tidy, it usually spills out in unexpected ways. When I relax into letting the pattern emerge instead of trying to "drive" it, the results are fun and the process enjoyable. I could play come more with this, but I think I shall call it complete and just enjoy the oddities in it..
Diva Challenge #244   Tripoli

A favorite because while it starts tidy, it usually spills out in unexpected ways. Yes, Laura, the trick is in the spacing between the triangles. As long as one leg of a triangle is parallel to one other triangle it works even when it goes wonky. When I relax into letting the pattern emerge instead of trying to “drive” it, the results are fun and the process enjoyable. I could play some more with this, but I think I shall call it complete and just enjoy the oddities in it..

Diva Challenge #231: Guest Blogger Sharla Hicks challenged us to create "Undulating Tangles in C and S minor" I wondered, "What if I connected Crescent Moons with curves?" Even the string was a spiral using straight lines. Once I had drawn two aura lines I connected them all into beautiful undulating S curves. These curves are a major win! Thanks, Sharla!
Diva Challenge #231

Guest Blogger Sharla Hicks challenged us to create “Undulating Tangles in C and S minor”
I wondered, “What if I connected Crescent Moons with curves?” Even the string was a spiral using straight lines. Once I had drawn two aura lines I connected them all into beautiful undulating S curves. These curves are a major win! Thanks, Sharla!

The Diva challenged us to use the tangle, Munchin, and to create it on a black tile. Alas! I only had white tiles with me. In the spirit of the challenge I filled the background with dense black, and the lines just begged for rounding. This was a clear instance of being led by the tangle, and stopping in time.

The Diva challenged us to use the tangle, Munchin, and to create it on a black tile. Alas! I only had white tiles with me. In the spirit of the challenge I filled the background with dense black, and the lines just begged for rounding. This was a clear instance of being led by the tangle, and stopping in time.

The first Diva Challenge I ever entered is a tribute to Artoo and the entire Harms family

The second Diva Challenge I ever entered is a tribute to Artoo and the Harms family.

Diva Challenge #224 Monotangle Tipple. Always a favorite for me. I love mindfully making each circle, and playing with shading to make it pop.
Diva Challenge #224 Monotangle Tipple.

Always a favorite for me. I love mindfully making each circle, and playing with shading to make it pop.

66 thoughts on “DIVA CHALLENGE

    1. Thank-you so much! Shading is as much a treat as creating the tangles and I think I spend equal amounts of time on it. I can get lost in shading.

  1. I love how your mind went to new territory with the Crescent Moon tangelation. The shading is phenomenal! I also love, love, love your beads of courage tile. You must frame it or make a card of it or something beyond just filing it away. It really is wonderful. Your tipple is lovely too (how do you make plain old tipple lovely?) I really love how you used the hatching lines for shading. I think that makes the whole design with a delightful straight line contrast to all those orbs. Wonderful!

    1. Hi Lily, It was fun to look around me and see so many patterns that I could use to make this, and great fun to make it. Thank you!

  2. Wow! Love your Shattuck tile – your shading feels like sunlight just touches the upper reaches of Shattuck. Sunlight filtering through shadow. Hope you understand what I mean! 😃

    1. Thank-you! I love the way Shattuck folds back and forth on itself, and that’s just what the shading felt like as I did it.

    1. Thanks, Annemarie. I meant to leave a wide white space border, but the tangle had other ideas that were better than my original intention.

    1. Thank-you Jean. I love how the challenges draw me into deeper corners of my zen-brain. What a gift we’ve been given!

  3. All of your tiles are wonderful. Your shading work is great. I love your thought about stopping when any more is too much.

    1. Thank you! Bijou tiles are great fun! And it took forever to get the shading on the Shattuck Zendala tile dark enough—without going too dark. Oh boy!

    1. Thank you, Annie! I just popped over to your site, and it’s wonderful. Your Globular Grid is quite amazing. I still struggle a bit with WordPress—the learning curve is challenging for me! Shading takes and smooths all that frustration right out.

    1. Hi Danni, Yes, #Zingo can lead you into lots of unexpected corners, and figuring out how to get out of them is part of its charm. I think it will be a fun tangle to use.

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