Saturday, December 10, 2011

Challenge #51- Fife

This week's Diva zentangle challenge is to play with the new tangle pattern....Fife. It was fun to play with the different variations. You can tell that Christmas is in the air.

Now that my Schneeglobbin is finished I'm hoping that I can start next week's challenge much earlier in the week.

Until next week...

Friday, December 9, 2011


Well, he's finally finished.

And here he is in the art gallery holding a few 3D zentangles stars:

Close up of stars

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Challenge #50! "Biggify"

Laura Harms, aka Diva, has challenged us to create a zentangle using an enlarged version of tangles but using the same size paper/tiles that we usually use. I had fun with this, especially since I have been playing with a bigger surface to tangle in my "spare" time. I chose to tangle with Sandra Straights' Crossroads & Caterpillar, and Sandy Bartholomew's Unagi &Gyro. Oh yeah.

Today I played a little with my iPad and the photogene app. Check this out

To this: Pretty wild, eh?

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Red Thread Runs Through It

A marathon zentangle day for me. I'm trying to design a ZIA snowman for our local art gallery and am getting close to what I want. For a nice break I created two tiles....last week's challenge and this week's challenge. Here is the newest......

I used Fans, Beadlines, Mooka, Raindotty, Tearce, Tortuca, Hatchpatch, and Japonica for this Red Thread Challenge.

Here's a preview of my snowmen.........

Square, circle, triangle challenge

This is just a quick entry to put in my challenge piece from last week. Yes, of course I have been busy.....but that's no excuse. Here is my tile consisting of a square, triangle and circle, using Arrowhead, Spinners, Cornerbox (aka Flukes), Beelight, and Furr Balls!

That was fun!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

#47 plus 11.11.11 plus playing with wool

What a week! I taught a Zentangle class on Wed eve and finally got down to business tangling tiles on Friday, 11.11.11, one at 11:11 am and the other 11:11 pm. It was also my Mother-law's birthday so I gave her the first tile:

After we got back from going out to her birthday dinner, I created a tile which I thought of those who have fought for our freedom, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas (the lovely folks who have created Zentangle who have just lost a dear family member, Rick's mom), and Laura Harms who created the site of weekly zentangle challenges:

Today I taught a needle felting class at Fletcher Farm School and here are some of the results:

A fun time was had by all.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Challenge #46 Halloween redux

I thought that I was done with Halloween. It's not one of my favorite holidays and I was happy it was over. But noooooooo, it came back with Laura Harms' challenge this week. Thanks Laura. Reliving Halloween, I decided to go with our snowy weekend before the dreaded day. Lots of snow in the northeast, although we only got about 6" here. I even got dressed up a little for a Halloween ski at Viking Touring Center on Sunday. That's me in the front.

The weather, skiing, and company was great. Good to get out on skis!

Now, on to the ZIA of Hallow's Eve.


Location:Challenge #46 All Hallow's Eve

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Challenge #45 Introducing Punzel!

I like Punzel. It's so easy to throw in some variations. I did have fun with this, yet placing it in just the right spot proved to be a bit more challenging for me. Here's my practice page:

As you can see, I just didn't know how to showcase it. Here's the tile I ended up with:

I think it works best as a border. Fun, fun, fun.

I also gave scanning right on to the SD card then transferring it onto my iPad. I like it that I can now crop within the Photo. Yay!

FYI, it's snowing and they're calling for 6-12 inches!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tangles within a Tangle Challenge

Hmmmmm, which tangle to use as the base tangle? I don't know about you guys, but it takes me a few days of mulling the challenge in my head before I get a pen to paper. I guess it's because I have a lot going on in my life. There's not enough time to really sit and ponder. Or perhaps its because if I get it over on Monday or Tuesday, then what will I do the rest of the week? (Uh-oh, I think I'm on to something.) Later in the week I tell myself to think hard and get going. Finally I get to pick up the pen and start. I chose Ogel, then added some fillers: Polka Dots, Yin Yang-type circles. Spirals, and lines of sorts.

Have fun. Tangle away.
Thanks to Laura Harms and Jo in NZ for this challenge. Also, a very Happy Birthday to Artoo!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Challenge #43 Sunflower Fund

Laura Harms' challenge this week was brought to us by Pennyb from South Africa. Very cool. As she states: In Republic of South Africa, on 12 October we have Bandana Day, which is run by the Sunflower Fund. This is an organization founded in 1999 in support of the SA Bone Marrow Registry for people suffering from leukemia.

The Sunflower is the logo and we were challenged to tangle a sunflower.
Here's mine:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hope. Challenge #42

Hope. This week's challenge from Laura Harms was making me think. I wasn't sure how to go about this one, but settled for simplicity. While making it I was thinking of those people with cancer in their lives (themselves or loved ones). Good healing thoughts went with every stroke of the pen.

The tile was one that I added watercolor to a while back which was close by. I needed something easy to get to since my back went out today while working on cutting my garden down. I guess I was also hoping that my back would get back together soon. Yup, lots of hope.

This tile is dedicated to friend and co-worker, Karen who is battling cancer now.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Oops & Duo Tangle challenge

Somehow I missed a week. I'll just blame it on the flu that attacked me a week ago. I'm all better now, trying to catch up with life.

This past week I taught two Zentangle classes at Kim Ray's Art Gallery/Studio in Londonderry. They were a lot of fun and can't wait for the next classes on 10/9 and 10/12. Check out my classes page for more information. Here are some of the final tiles:

After missing a challenge entry, I got this week's Diva challenge, a duo tangle using Jonqal and Opus tangle patterns. It felt great to get back to tangling on a tile (MUCH different than on a presentation board). So here's my tile of the week:


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Feeling the love

Love is in the air and in our Zentangle challenge this week. As you know, Vermont got hit pretty hard by Irene. A few of my friends have lost their houses completely, or partially and I've seen much destruction while driving around. My heart goes out to those who have lost so much. What amazes me is the outpouring of love from all Vermonters and our neighboring states (and farther) to help those in need.
This is our main street the evening of the storm:

Looking to the right (and the two rivers met):

Here are some fields with a road under water. I'm standing on the bridge where the water usually goes under:

And here's my tile feeling the love from all the helping hands:

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Friday, September 9, 2011

"Pair of Ducks" challenge

Yay, we made it through our first week of school! I was so exhausted when I got home from school every day that after all the chores, I'd crash pretty hard and not get any tangling done. Tonight I forced myself to sit down and see what I could do with this week's Diva challenge, brought to us via Maria at Zentangle, using only Rick's Paradox tangle pattern. I knew that I would enjoy it. The first one I made was using a string that I had thrown on a tile a while back and had never done anything with it.

I like it more than I thought I would. The next one I had fun using the title of the challenge. (tee hee) It was a little more challenging but I like it a lot. So here is my pair of ducks.....

Thank you Laura and Maria. You gave me a nice ending to my week. Now I'm ready for the weekend!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Kiss my Grids"

I was out of power until Thursday due to Irene (and a huge tree falling on the power lines ripping the lines right off of our house) so I made 2 area rugs out of old t-shirts and started in on a baby present for a little one who will be joining our world next Wednesday, in less he decides to come out sooner.

This is the baby present so far, I incorporated this week's challenge, Kiss My Grids, by using only grid patterns for the background.

The lighting wasn't great, and I'm too tired to fix it. Bedtime for Bonzo. I hope little Parker Anthony will like it.

OK, back to the area rug. I have an explanation below and here's a picture of it on the loom:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Assunta & friends

I enjoyed, as always, Diva's challenge this week. A new tangle has come out recently, Assunta, and we were challenged to create a zentangle using it. I also threw in the other new tangle, Prestwood. Assunta is so much fun because there are so many different ways to "dress" it up. This was my first attempt with both and I'm pretty happy with it. I needed a dark filler so I just made a lot of cross hatch marks. Yay!
Here it is:

On a side note, this summer I decided to try out those potato grow bags. Here is the first crop that I dug up for dinner the other day. How about that heart! They were quite yummy.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I'm on a roll

Actually, I have to get this done before I head back home tomorrow. I found it real hard to blog while on "vacation" because there was so much to get done. That didn't stop me from checking out patterns though. Look what we found in Helsinki: Ynot?

Awesome! Then I found a little VT in the city

In response to this week's challenge, A Tile Within a Tile, I have played around with a couple of ideas. The first was from the Finnish pine tree I found on our walk.

Here's a simple one:

And then I decided to be more serious...

Okay, time to go,
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Ah, a week in Nummela. Certainly not enough time to enjoy it all, but enough to gather up what we must and head back home. The weather has been quite good, the walks at 9:30 at night in sunlight have been wonderful, and watching for patterns has been keeping us on our toes.

Look what I found on our walks:

Tire tracks

Finnish Pine

And the beautiful birch forest walk:

Here's last week's Diva challenge. Yikes, I guess the traveling has set me back some. Oh yes, I do remember...this one used a curvy string with straight edged tangles.

And the straight lined string using curvy tangles:

Fun, fun, fun.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Just playing around

I'm trying to make time in my days to just play around. There are so many ideas floating around in my head and it's so easy to get lost in the shuffle of ideas. If I take time out to indulge in some of those ideas then I'm a happier camper. Here's a tile I drew the other day:

I still want to do this week's Diva Challenge, but in the mean time I've been thinking of new ideas. Next week my sister and I are heading to Finland for a week and hopefully you will be seeing some of the patterns along the way. My zentangle supplies are definitely getting packed in the carry-on bag.

One of my thoughts was, "what would the tile look like if I tinted it with coffee?"

Interesting. Now that I look back at the top photo, I see a coffee color shadow in the upper right hand corner....that's not it. It's hard to tell with these photos but perhaps this will help:

Oh oh, time to go to work.

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