Tag Archives: Zentangle

#DC345 Christmas Star

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My offering for the Diva Challenge. Patterns are printemps, cadent, paradox, ahh, and variations of luv-a, cool ‘sista, Dutch hourglass, and nipa.

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#DC344: Afterglow

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My offering for the Diva Challenge. Looks like Christmas stars.

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Creative Juice #70

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Creative Juice #70

Artistic ideas to inspire your weekend:

  1. Need some gift ideas for artistic peeps?
  2. Should you buy a watercolor book? Some considerations, as well as an interesting technique.
  3. Fabulous variations on the Zentangle pattern W2.
  4. Love to travel? Here, a blogger recalls some of her favorite trips.
  5. The opening credits of the movie Muse, which I have not seen. A little creepier than what I usually include in the Juice, but certainly creative.
  6. Intricate papercutting.
  7. Award-winning photographs.
  8. Beautiful glass.
  9. The Miracle Mural Project.
  10. Photographs of kids growing up in the Bronx.
  11. What is ammonite?
  12. Sketching surfers in Portugal.

Another LitBee Variation

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I tangled a “holly” variation of this design on Friday; this one suggests snowflakes to me, if you can overlook that they have four points instead of six. For my Christmas series.

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Friday Tangles: LitBee Variation

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I participated in the Friday Tangles challenge on Zentangle All Around, and came up with a variation of LitBee. See my holly? I’ve got Christmas on the brain.

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#DC341: Go Big (or Go Home)

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Last week’s Diva Challenge was to tangle in a larger format than you usually use. Since I usually make my tangles on a 3-inch tile, I worked in my 5×7-inch sketchbook instead. Having a larger area to cover took a lot more time–three sittings instead of my usual one, which is why I’m posting this so late.

I’m getting into the holiday spirit:IMG_0212

Patterns used: crux, cuidad, heartline, fiore, golvin, moving day, leaflet, static.

Creativie Juice #68

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Creativie Juice #68

A dozen inspiring articles to spark your creativity:

  1. Beautiful Jersey City and Paterson, New Jersey.
  2. Two of my favorite things: quilts and limericks.
  3. Art dolls.
  4. Can creativity be taught?
  5. These new books sound great. Hollywood thought so, too.
  6. This article about Picasso summarizes: “Not only has massive chunks of our culture been created by specific men who abuse women but also that so-called ‘Western culture’ in its entirety has been marked and in many ways defined by systemic and institutionalized misogyny that has chewed up women for art and discarded them en masse.” Some things never change. Or can they?
  7. Do you like potato chips that look like faces, and clouds that look like other objects? Then this quick video will make you smile.
  8. How to draw a fox.
  9. Some beautiful tangles.
  10. What the blank spaces in a painting convey.
  11. Inexpensive copies of art masterpieces you’ll use every day.
  12. Bonsai!

Review of The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler (CZT) and Friends

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Review of The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler (CZT) and Friends

This is my favorite Zentangle® book right now. Subtitled Learn to Tangle with 101 Engaging Patterns, the book breaks down each pattern into clear steps. This step by step design is key, because many of the completed patterns look way more complicated than they actually are.

Also, each pattern has several examples of the design being combined with other patterns, and showing possible ways to shade for depth and dimension.

The book also explains the history, benefits, and philosophy behind Zentangle, besides listing recommended materials.

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What makes this book different from other Zentangle books I’ve reviewed is the way each pattern gets its own page. There’s plenty of room for as many as nine step-outs and for Beate’s (and other Certified Zentangle Teachers’) comments about each pattern. There’s even a glossary of terms in the back.

I know that step-by-step directions are available on the web (I have a whole board of Zentangle designs on Pinterest), but looking them up can be tedious. It’s nice to have a good book of patterns that you can just flip through.

Today’s Tangle

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Using patterns brayd, purrlyz, munchin, and luv-a.IMG_0205

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#DC339: In the Holiday Spirit

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This week’s prompt for the Diva Challenge is officially “Hallow/autumn,” but I’m taking the suggestion to “get into the holiday spirit.” It’s not too early to put up a Christmas wreath, is it? I’ve used Zentangle patterns keeko, crescent moon, cubine, cadent, cool ‘sista, Hollibaugh, and logjam.IMG_0204