Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekly Challenge #233

Good Monday Morning everyone!!

I'm BACK!!! Didja miss me? A big amazing and wonderful thank you to all my guest bloggers this summer: Holly, Sharla, Erin, Sandy, Cari, Lee, Katie and Jen.  It was really great to take the time off and to know that the challenge was in good hands.  You guys were great!!

Now i have the task of catching you all up on how my summer went... and there's so much to share - and SOO many photos... so.  Be prepared to be slammed with pictures.  And if a picture's worth a thousand words there's probably a novel here...

 If you're in a hurry, feel free to scroll down to the end for the challenge. i won't mind.

One of the BEST things about this summer was definitely speaking at CanTangle in July (A conference for CZTs in Regina, SK).  but... I'll get to that in a minute...

When CanTangle was announced last year i emailed my amazing friend Elisa Murphy who i met when i was at CZT in Providence last June, and i did the old: "Y'know.... CanTangle is in Regina and Regina's only 2 hours away from Saskatoon... where i live... nudge nudge wink wink...come and visit!!!"

Wouldn't ya know - she took me up on the offer and she brought her amazing family with her to spend a few days in Saskatoon before heading to CanTangle!  Honestly there's so much awesomeness that happened while she visited.

Here's a few highlights:

  • Hannah loves pickles.  Apparently Canada is sadly lacking in pickles. 

B-rad brought Hannah her very own bag of Dill Pickle chips to try...
sadly they don't compare to the real dill
(see what i did there?)
Photo credit: Elisa Murphy


  • Lego is the ultimate ice breaker - between children and grown men alike.



  • Putting children in water equals instant friendship.  Artoo, Chewie, and Hannah are all friends now, and in fact my kids often talk about they stuff they want to do when Elisa, Frank and Hannah come back.   

  • Friends
    Photo credit: Elisa Murphy

    my adorable water baby
    poutine.  you're welcome. 
    • Poutine is delicious.
    • Selfies are always awesome. 




    My favourite.
    Elisa we should have and Frank and B-rad take a selfie together, haha
    Photo credit: Elisa Murphy

    • exploring cultural differences can be very fun, especially if those cultural differences involve testing Canadian Candy bars.   

    om nom nom.
    We did a totally scientific experiment, devised by Miss Hannah herself,
    to decide which Canadian Candy bar is the best.  (Hint: it's Aero)
    Photo credit: Elisa Murphy
    Murphy Family, you are Da Bomb.  Please feel free to visit us, anytime.  We love you.  And should we ever find ourselves down Boston-way, we will be knockin' on your door. 

    So, CanTangle was the most fun i have ever had with the most hilarious ladies i've ever had the pleasure to meet.   

    I taught a workshop the first morning called Diva Dance, and let me just say that it was a blast.  I've made a photo album on my Facebook page you can visit here if you're interested, but here's a few pics from CanTangle that i love. 

    Cheers from Laura and THE Molly Hollibough!

    Adorable Lisa Lehman

    Hey Hey!! From me and Lisa Heron - the mastermind behind CanTangle.
    So Great. And so funny. 

    always Dancin, always smiling - the lovely Cindy Hagen
    Tangling is SERIOUS BUSINESS with Aleesha Sattva
    photo credit: Aleesha Sattva

    trouble makers in the back row... y'know the ones. 

    the whole crew
    photo credit: Hannah Murphy

    Sue Clark has completed EVERY SINGLE WEEKLY CHALLENGE....EVER!!!
    that's amazing to me.  even *I* haven't done them all.
    You go girl.
    Photo credit: Sue Clark
    these two lovely laughing ladies!! Brenda Shaver (she had an amazing class!)
    and Marty McCarter
    Photo Credit: Chris Titus

    Chris Titus and Me - she made me laugh
    photo credit: Chris Titus

    Contrary to popular belief, i did NOT drink all of these.
    Debra Castaldi in the back there, she's not innocent either.
    Photo Credit: Chris Titus
    Aw, Hannah.  Kiss kiss.
    Photo Credit: Elisa Murphy 
    It was one of the best weekends of my whole year. And that's no lie.  Classes were taught by myself, Molly Hollibough, Brenda Shaver, Bette Abdu, Cris Letourneau (Cris did we get any pics together??) Margaret Bremner, and Lisa Heron.  It was so fun.  

    Okay, so this post is already a million miles long - and the rest of the summer seemed to go by in a blur of weddings and bike riding and sidewalk chalk, lakes and beaches and endless fence building.

    Tomorrow marks a HUGE day in our home as the boys begin school.  Yes. Both Boys.  My little baby Artoo begins his academic career tomorrow when he starts Kindergarten.  Be still my heart.  There will be tears.  I would be lying if i said that with all his medical and physical needs i wasn't completely terrified.  But i'm also excited for this new chapter.  I know that we are entering a world of germs, so that makes me a little worried.  But, i think he's going to do well.  I really do.  And i may, or may not, be that mom who reads a book in the park just outside the school with her cellphone in her lap... just in case.

    So, if you're still with me - thanks for hangin in there.  

    AND NOW!!
    Weekly Challenge #233: "New Official Tangle - Zenith"

    One of the many cool things about Molly Hollibough teaching at CanTangle was when she showed us the new official tangle "Zenith" that was released to the newest CZTs at the last certification seminars.  

    The step outs for Zenith can be found HERE in the latest Zentangle newsletter. 

     Here's my CanTangle tile with a little splash of spirulina. i thought it looked a bit like a giant bird. 


    Zenith is quite fun and there's lots of room for variation.  

    I did this one on a Bijou tile this week:
    This is a classic scenario of it looking a lot cooler in theory than in actual practice. 
    So, i did this to it. 
    Which was okay, i guess.  but then i added this.

    much better.
    Sometimes instead of throwing the whole thing out, it's better to just keep on going and seeing where it takes you.  I actually love this little tile now.  I'm so glad i kept pushing through.

    And here's the one i did Sunday morning.

    It's a duotangle using Zenith and Arukuas... and i unintentionally created an eyeball in the centre there.  So, for giggles i coloured it blue and really went with it.  because why not? Always remember to have fun.  

    This week try your hand at the new tangle Zenith and see what you come up with! 
    Thanks for coming back here every Monday morning.  And again, let's have a big round of applause for our amazing guest bloggers.  

    Have a great week everyone! 

    If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
    If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)



    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Weekly Challenge #232 Guest Blogger Holly Atwater, CZT

    Hello all!

    My name is Holly Atwater, otherwise known as ha! designs, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a guest challenge maker once again for the famous DIVA! Laura... I hope you've had a wonderful summer vacation with your beautiful family. I along with everyone else am looking forward to your triumphant return next week!

    Before jumping into my extra special duo challenge today, I'd like to share a little about my summer.

    This is a transition summer for me. My baby is heading off to college (when this posts she will be starting her first day of school). I know that many of you have already gone through this... it sure isn't easy. I have spent the last couple of months really focusing on spending time with her and have put everything else on the back burner (as witnessed by my absence from my blog/art/teaching). Time just flies by way too fast. I remember how sad, yet excited, I felt when our oldest daughter made this journey ten years ago... somehow it is more difficult sending off the last child. I am at a crossroads, a transition...

    How did my baby grow up so fast?!
    Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled for Cami to move on, to be independent, and begin her own journey. She is going to achieve all she sets her mind to! She is smart and driven.  What I will miss is our daily interactions (she used to come home from school to have lunch with me almost everyday!), the working together to team teach our Zentangle® classes, and mainly the daily hugs. I find besides feeling a little saddened by the end of this part of my life, I am also excited and a little scared about what lies ahead. What direction will my life take as I suddenly become more "independent" myself once again, and Norm and I find it's just the two of us (plus our puppy son) at home? 

    The direction I choose to take is to enjoy having more time to create art, continue teaching Zentangle, and working on producing more Audio Zentangle Meditations... PLUS I look forward to Norm and I going off by ourselves from time to time. :) I know that in order to accomplish what I would like to do and avoid getting lost, I must stay focused...

    This leads me to the challenge I place before you this week: It is a Duo Challenge! You can choose which one or ALL that you would like to do! My original plan was to keep this challenge as an Audio challenge... but then I remembered that MANY participants are from countries all over the world and an English version audio wouldn't work for everyone. So... I decided to offer this Duo version!

    Weekly Challenge #232 : Duo Challenge: Audio vs. Betweed

    Challenge 1 : The Audio Zentangle Meditation
    Earlier this year I began producing Audio Zentangle Meditations that were inspired by the Meditation that Molly Hollibaugh led us through at the Certified Zentangle Teacher training seminar my daughters and I attended. It is a wonderful way to really get into the Zen of the Zentangle method. No preconceived notion of what you will create, you just listen... draw... there are no mistakes. You can choose which one you would like to do (or all... overachievers... you know who you are!).  These do not need to be done in number order, just choose which one you would like. NOTE: In order to keep the secret of the tangle PLEASE notate on the Mr. Linkey whether you completed an Audio Challenge by putting an A (plus the number of the one you did... 1, 2, or 3) after your name. As an example, if I am submitting art for completing Audio #3, I would have my "name" in Mr. Linkey read, "ha! designs A3." I would definitely suggest not looking at submissions until you complete the audio. You want to keep your mind free of what the pattern is "supposed" to look like. NO CHEATING!!

    (Links will take you to the post on my blog that includes the audio and supply list.)

    Challenge 2 : Betweed
    I am choosing this lovely tangle by Zentangle cofounders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas because of how I feel so "betweed" things in my life right now. You can find the step out for this pattern here.

    "Betweed Transitions"
    I really enjoyed creating this piece... I have bold sections and crossroads leading to areas that are just beginning to materialize. It perfectly expresses how I'm feeling.

    I so enjoyed being your substitute challenge maker this week. I hope you enjoy your challenge(s) and that they bring some mindfulness and focus into your day.

    Please visit me at my blog sometime... http://hadesigns.blogspot.com or at my Facebook artist page https://www.facebook.com/hadesigns.czt. It would be lovely to see you again!



    Hi! I’m Holly… and I have an addiction… to all things ZENTANGLE® (art-and-crafts-and-cooking-and-baking-and-Bikram yoga…). I really think this is a very healthy (overall) addiction(s) to have. Anyway, that’s what I tell my ever-so-patient, awesome husband.


    I live in Southern California, and am blessed to be a mom to the two most amazing daughters (also CZTs)! They are a constant inspiration… I also have the most adorable furry puppy-son. (Look at that photo! Isn’t he just super cute?!) 

    I am absolutely thrilled to be a Certified Zentangle Teacher! I feel so lucky to share this amazingly inspirational and meditative art method with my students. I encourage all to take a class! You’ll love the experience! You can find me at www.hadesigns.blogspot.com. I hope you'll visit! 

    If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
    If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)



    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Weekly Challenge #231 Guest Post by Sharla Hicks, CZT

    Weekly Challenge #231: "The Undulating Tangles in C and S minor"

    What senses are activated when you read the word undulating. What do you hear, see and feel when using the word undulating? Does it evoke images of soft swaying movement dancing to music, does it evoke a sense of rolling hills, or gentle waves on your favorite lake? For me undulating evokes positive warm emotions that help me feel relaxed and peaceful and I actually feel myself begin to sway.

    Definition found at Dictionary.com
    • verb: undulated, undulating.
      •  to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement
      •  to have a wavy form or surface; bend with successive curves in alternate directions.
    • adjective
      • Also, undulated. having a wavelike or rippled form, surface, edge, etc.; wavy.
    My Zentangle Journey began in 2010 and includes tangling almost daily. I love repetitive undulating tangles that use S and C curves. They are my go-to comfort patterns that evoke positive emotions, mindful relaxation and peace. As I watch Zentangle fill Social Media’s space on forums, blogs, Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest I find that more often than not each tangler brings their own unique variation to the repetitive S and C form. Many have posted their discovery and insights on the Internet. I have gathered together a Pinterest board for some of the inspiring S and C curve tangles. Each links back to the artist / designer of the pattern, some have step outs and each is well worth the visit.

    My undulating favorite discovery came when I learned the tangle Indyrella at CZT training in 2011. I named my new undulating tangle SharlaRella after it’s mother Indyrella because it is an off spring that evolved immediately as I drew my first Indyrella tile. I found I liked my repetitive undulating curves to touch and not stand alone. Another related Tangle is Isochor; I find it is quite rewarding to fill a string with repetitive C and S curves.

    When I begin an undulating S and C tangle my response is:
    • Confident.
    • My hand glides effortlessly across the tile.
    • I have no worries about doing it correctly.
    • I move quickly into mindful focus, which quite frankly, is a favorite place of mine, thus my fascination with the C and S curves.

    My challenge to you this week is to use an old favorite undulating C or S curve tangle and work in a series OR find a new one and begin a new series.
    • I encourage you to work in a series by returning to an undulating Tangle you have not visited in a while as a revisit often opens new channels of mindful creative thinking.
    • My question is did your tangle take on a life of its own beyond that of the original tangle as an expression of your style?
    Additional Inspiration
    • Below find my steps to Indyrella, SharlaRella and Isochor and examples of how I have used them in my SharlaRella Series. Take note how working in a series has influenced my personal style and growth.
      • If you do not have a favorite undulating tangle, try SharlaRella, Isochor and Indyrella. Put them in one piece as they are sister tangles that work well together
      • Add some shading, checks, perfs, dots, striping or whatever comes up for added spice.
    • Looking for the back story of my journey that started in 2010, checkout exploring The Undulating C and S Curve on my blog Tangled Expressions at SharlaHicks.com.

    • Use my Pinterest Board, Undulating C & S Curves where I have pinned multiple examples, many that include step-outs. Here you can observe the similarities and the difference that are unique to each person. I am hoping to add your tangle to my board after I get back from Europe next month.



    Below find several examples of my SharlaRella Series 2011 to 2015. Each one took on a life of its own. With each piece in the series, my style grows and evolves. SharlaRella has been very instrumental in my journey and is included in the class series I teach The Basics of Zentangle to The Dance of the Petals and Leaves and The Dance of Petals and Leaves and Mixed Media inOctober 2015 Big Bear Lake Zentangle Retreat in Southern California.

    My SharlaRella and Indyrella Series began in early 2011 and continues on today.Take note that with each exploration below my tangling techniques, design and shading skills grew.The daily practise of Zentangle and exploring the same Tangle in a Series produces a creative explosion of new and exciting variations.

    My SharlaRella Series began in early 2011

    A year later, 2012, I was still exploring SharlaRella and shading


    Early 2012, I Added Shading with Color to the SharlaRella Series.


    Want to know more about shading, I have 2 shading tutorials over on my Tangled Expressions Blog.  
    One is using Gelly Roll Pens in a watercolor shading technique. The other outlines using Watercolor Pencils for shading as shown in the below example.

    As 2012 Progressed my SharlaRella Series moved to Toned Papers 

    How far did I push SharlaRella in 2012? See below.


    In 2013, one form often presented itself in my personal Zentangle Botanicals. The S and C organic forms emerged from the SharlaRella Series.
    My journal pages below were published in:
    The Beauty of Zentangle
    Inspirational Examples from 137 Artist Worldwide
    by Suzanne McNeill, CZT and Cindy Shepard, CZT

    Swirls and Waves by Sharla R. Hicks, CZT

    In 2015, my Zentangle Inspired Botanical Style continues to be Influenced by SharlaRella



    Have fun exploring your favorite undulating C and S curve tangle and look carefully for your own unique style that is developing with each Zentangle tile or Zentangle Inspired Art piece. Working in an ongoing series benefits creative thinking and exploration.

    I am looking forward to seeing your works and exploring your blogs. I am off on vacation in 2 days so I will not be able to reply to your comments and posts in a timely manner, but I l look forward to exploring them when I get back and adding them to my Pinterest Board for the challenge.

    In October, 2015, I am offering a Zentangle Retreat for those interested in finding their own style of botanicals. The retreat will be in Southern California near Big Bear Lake and will feature the Zentangle Dance of Petal and Leaves and Mixed Media. Check out the details for an inspiring weekend. There are a few spaces left if you want to join us.
    Enjoy,

    Sharla

    Introducing Sharla Hicks, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 5 & 11)

    Sharla trained under Zentangle® Founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher aka CZT in 2011 & 2013. CZT training and the daily practice of Zentangle has had a profound effect on her discipline as an artist, her creative abilities, given back her love of teaching and most profoundly has guided her toward her own Artistic Voice. Sharla crosses the boundaries of expressive artist, writer, painter, quilter, fiber, textile, mixed media, watercolor, collage, printmaking and more. Her current focus is offering the gift of Zentangle to others through lectures, workshops, and retreats.
    Sharla brings 40 years of expertise in using the sewing machine, pen, pencil, brush, paints, pastels, and watercolor, acrylics, alcohol inks bundled into a mixed media package to teach design, color, and Zentangle. From 1980 to present Sharla has taught Zentangle, free motion embroidery, exotic threads embellishment by machine, traditional and innovative quilting from the basics of piecing, applique, free motion machine quilting to innovative quilt design and how to use color as a design element to produce innovative works.
    Today as a Certified Zentangle Teacher, Sharla infuses art background and training with her expertise in design fundamentals and color with the Zentangle basics and beyond as she facilitates the journey her students are on in their search for their personal Zentangle voice to create exciting new mixed media Zentangle Inspired Art pieces. Sharla's Zentangle speciality is Zenspirational Botanical Art
    If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
    If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    Weekly Challenge #230 - Guest Blogger Erin Olson, CZT

    Weekly Challenge #230: "Let’s all be ZenDivaDala"

    Hello Everyone!  I am so excited to have this opportunity to guest blog for the Diva!  Over at my blog, The Bright Owl I host a weekly Zendala challenge called the Zendala Dare.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, a Zendala is a mandala that is filled with tangles.  The word mandala is Sanskrit for “circle”.  A mandala is a form that is completed in the round and is usually but not always symmetrical.  Mandalas can be found in art, religious imagery, architecture, and numerous other places.  

    When completing a Zendala there are a few things to keep in mind.  First, and most importantly, do what you feel is right.  You can choose to fill each group of shapes with the same tangle, you can alternate between two, or choose a different one for each shape!  The choice is yours.  Second, remember that the template provided is just a guideline.  If you find that your lines vary slightly from the template, just go with it.  Sometimes this creates the best Zendalas!  Third, as a veteran Zendala artist I know that it can sometimes be difficult to fill the smaller shapes of the template with a grid or border.  Don’t be afraid to break down a tangle and fill your shapes with just one element of that tangle that you find appealing.  


    Below you will find template for the Zendala.  Below the picture you will find a link that  will take you to a PDF where you can print the template.  The template is available in 3 sizes.  A square that will fit on a Zentangle tile, a circle that fits on a Zendala tile, and a third size that is appropriate for larger pieces (approx. 6.5 x 6.5 inches).  You can tangle directly on the paper or transfer the template to a tile or art paper using this technique.  

    For my Zendala I chose the tangles Bales, Batter, Bridgen and  Mushnik.  
    If you would like to see more Zendala templates or join in my weekly Zendala Dare, stop by my blog at www.thebrightowl.com and take a look!


    Erin Koetz Olson is a 911 paramedic and registered nurse living and working in the beautiful wine country of Northern California.  She discovered Zentangle in 2000 while searching the internet for quilling supplies and stumbled upon a CZT’s blog.  Since there were no teachers in her area she decided to travel to Rhode Island and become certified at CZT #7 and has never looked back.  She is author of The Bright Owl blog and host of the Zendala Dare. 



    Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/thebrightowl/ 






    If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
    If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Weekly Challenge #229 Guest Blogger Sandy Hunter, CZT

    Weekly Challenge #229: "+/-"

    I tend to make my tangles really busy. Sometimes I have to stop myself from tangling until my tile is more black than white, because all those little nooks and crannies are just so FUN to fill in! Every now and then, though, it’s refreshing to change it up (“Put the pen down and back away slowly!”) and leave some negative (white) space for the eye to rest. 

    Shift your focus to the negative space, so the white part of your tile is the focus of your tangle. 


    Ponder the possibilities… what will your string be?





    Some random facts about me: 
    - I’ve lived in north Texas for most of my life, 
    - worked for years as a cookie decorator (which has influenced my tangling here and there),
    - went to the Art Institute of Dallas for graphic design,
    - attended CZT8 with my best friend less than a month after I first discovered Zentangle,
    - I’m a zendala junkie (which may be related to my love of snowflakes… I love winter and everything that goes along with it!),
    - recently became a Jamberry consultant. It happened pretty fast once I found out I could have the tiny details of my tangle art printed successfully on nail wraps AND get paid for it. :oD
    - I’m a quilter... along with my mom, two of my closest friends, my sister-in-law and several of my nieces. Haven’t combined Zentangle and quilting yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s gonna happen eventually!



    If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
    If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)


    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Weekly Challenge #228: GUEST BLOGGER Cari Sultanik, CZT

    I am deliriously excited about guest blogging for the diva herself while she takes a much-deserved vacation from stimulating our creativity and pushing our Zentangle boundaries! Thank you, Laura, for the opportunity and to all of your for your participation! 

    The dog days of summer are long and hot here on the east coast of the U.S., but there is so much to celebrate this time of year. Beautiful big shade trees, swimming pools and beachside fun, summer flowers, and (for the kids in most areas), no drudgery to take away from blissful hours of outside carefree fun. My kids are lucky enough to go to summer camp--one as a lifeguard, the other in his last year as a camper--and I am delighted that they can have an experience they can carry with them for a lifetime. 

    Of course, in other parts of the world (looking at you, Australia) it's winter, some of us work in air-conditioned (thank goodness!) offices with little access to nature's bounty, and some of us flat out hate the heat and humidity. 

    Whether you're outdoors-obsessed or indoors-indignant, you can enjoy THIS challenge which celebrates all things natural and organic. I've always been drawn to tangles that imitate nature, even though Zentangle is, of course, meant to be non-representational. I simply like the curved lines, the impression that tangles that "grow" make that bring tiles or ZIA pieces to life, and the colors that can be brought into the artwork that evoke feelings of joy and wonder. 

    My tiles are all black and white, of course, but I may post color-enhanced versions on my own blog (ZenHenna.com) by the time this posts on Laura's blog. 

    I did one that focuses on the sea using Mooka, Aquafleur, and Angelfish (truth be told, this was on sketchbook paper). 


    The second is on a standard Zentangle tile and features Verdigogh, Pokeleaf, Msst, and Ripple. 


    Then I decided to tackle a black tile using Hennadrum (which I especially love because I also do henna) and Squidoo.



    So, choose tangles that feel organic or natural to you and let's see what beauty you can grow! I can't wait to see what you all post! 

    Cari Sultanik is a digital marketing director for a large software company by day, and a mother, wife, dog and cat-lover, reader, artist and Certified Zentangle Teacher by night. Her website, ZenHenna (http://zenhenna.com) is the fusion of Zentangle-inspired artwork and designs along with ancient and modern interpretations of henna designs and symbols. In formats ranging from paper to skin, ZenHenna art seeks to adorn the world with elegant, simple, and sometimes sacred designs.



    If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
    If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    Weekly Challenge #227 GUEST BLOGGER Lee Darter, CZT

    Challenge: Circus Life

    Hello to all the Diva challenge followers! I am Lee Darter CZT #15. The Diva was at my training seminar as the key note speaker and I was so inspired by her story. I have been tangling for 8 years. I took my first workshop with Suzanne McNeill in Texas 2008. I was hooked, it was like the mother ship calling me home. I felt the same way when I got certified. It is an amazing experience to be around so much talent. I did not want to leave. 

    My challenge is based on our annual family beach trip to Florida where we have a house. We will be on Anna Maria Island near the summer home of the Ringling Brothers winter home and museum in Sarasota. 

    What do you think of when you think of the circus?

    I think of fun, striped tents and lots of action and movement.  

    For my guest challenge, create a tile using the tangles Cack by  Adele Bruno and Tropicana by Kate Ahrens. 

    Then just just like a 3 ring circus - chose from either Florz, Linq by Lara Williams or Fescu to add a third element to your design. 






    Lee and her son
    I am an elementary school art teacher and have been teaching for 20 years. I have a BFA in advertising art an a MEd in art education. I was voted Northern Virginia Art Educator of the year in 2014. In addition to being a public school teacher, I teach Zentangle at the Candy Factory (Center for the Arts) in Manassas, Virginia and the Workhouse in Lorton, Virginia. I also have a morning Zentangle club for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at my school Cedar Point Elementary. The teachers and the parents of the club kids have seen a real change in their attitudes and behavior. 

    Aside from Zentangle I am also a mixed media, bookbinding, printmaking and paper mache artist. 
    I am also the president of the Ron Abney Educational Fund. We provide full college scholarships for Takeo, Cambodian
    orphans who graduate from high school. This is a charity I inherited from my father-Ron Abney who lived and worked in Cambodia. 

    my blog is:     artroomblog.blogspot.com

    If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
    If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)