Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Challenge pieces

Oh man, these have been finished since Monday afternoon - but have been floating through my room, from room to room as i keep getting distracted by my children and life.  But here are my tiles for this week's challenge.

I used a circle stencil to draw some random circles for my string.
 I filled each of the circles with tangles using straight lines, and then i coloured the whole background grey and tangled tipple overtop.  :)

i loved this one
for my second tile, i used my circle stencil again, and it ended up looking like an old ornate button.  i love this one.

Thanks for checking back!!!  The challenge can be found here!

and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game use the hashtag #DC277 (Diva Challenge #277) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekly Challenge #277

Get ready: This is an IMAGE HEAVY POST!!

We are back from our trip.  There are literally thousands of photos - and i haven't even stolen the ones my mom and dad took on their cameras yet...

Here's a quick recap our the past 3 weeks for the Harms Crew

July 2 - left Saskatoon at 6:40 am, and drove for many many hours and ended up in Livingston, Montana.

July 3 - drove into Yellowstone Park

From the North Gate

Mammoth Hot Springs

Old Faithful

Captive Audience
Yellowstone was gorgeous.  Both boys were thrilled to be walking on REAL mountains.  It started to rain just as we got to Old Faithful, and the boys wanted to leave - until she blew into the sky.  Then they both cheered and clap, and both of them declared that it was totally worth waiting in the rain for an hour.

Drove out of Yellowstone Park and stayed in Great Falls, Idaho

July 4 - We spent the day driving down through Utah and stayed overnight in Beaver, UT. 
The Hotel had a pool.
July 5 - We drove from Beaver, UT to Las Vegas, NV

On our way to Vegas we took about an hour detour off the interstate to visit Vally of Fire state park.  It was amazing.  but it was crazy hot.  We piled the kids out of the van to take a few pictures then jumped back in and kept going.  i feel like this park would be an amazing place to visit in the winter months, but not maybe in the beginning of July. 

Family pic

Red Rock Selfie

Chewie and Grandma and the cave writings on Atlatl rock

B-rad and I and the big red rock
When we finally made it to Vegas (we were staying at the Hard Rock Hotel) it took forever for the hotel room to be ready.  But we busied ourselves by checking out all the stuff
Artoo loved the "big guitar"

Artoo's favourite band in the whole wide world is Fitz and the Tantrums -
he just about lost his mind when he saw this display 
B-rad and i got out to walk the strip while Grandma hung out with the boys in the hotel

July 6 - from Vegas to California

The week we stayed in California was a blur of theme parks.  We did one day at Disney, then a day at the beach, then drove down to San Diego and did Sea World, then Legoland, then a day at Disney California Adventure, and then Disneyland again.  ....here's some pics....
B-rad and Chewie enjoyed the waves

Artoo loved the waves splashing on his toes! He was pumped to be in the OCEAN 
Dolphins!

We got SOAKED in the splash zone

unbelievable

DISNEY

Keep Trying!

B-rad, Micky, Walt, and I

Sea World Shark tunnel!

ERMAGERD!!! LEGOLAND

California Adventure

Disney Jungle Cruise

Riding Dumbo's ride with Artoo

MUST HAVE: Dole Whips at the Tiki Room

B-rad, Darth Vader, and I at Legoland

Legoland: B-rad and Chewie - and our one and
only celebrity citing: Terry Crews in the background

A popular finding at Legoland: Lego Guy has a Lego Poop

Before the Cars Ride at California Adventure

Can you Believe it? IT's CHEWBACCA!!!

Kylo Ren tried to seduce my children to the Dark Side.  Jerk. 

B-rad, Artoo, Chewie, myself, my sweet mama, and my awesome dad.
Okay, so - that's about half the trip.... i'll fill you in on the second half next week. ;) otherwise i'll be here all night!!

Weekly Challenge #277: Running 'round in Circles

I had a good little chuckle when i saw that last week's participants were only about 30.  Yeah, it was kind of a hard one to do - but kudos to all of you who found a way to move while tangling!! 

This week's challenge is much simpler.  

Create a string out of circles and tangle!! that's it.  You can do overlapping circles, or concentric, or you can fill all your circles with smaller circles.... or something else just as awesome!! 

Circles have always been a very relaxing shape for me.  And doing the tangles like ennies or caviar or tipple always soothe me, cuz i love drawing circles.  I am planning to add my tile as soon as i finish, but i didn't want to keep anyone waiting!

So have a great week!!  

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game use the hashtag #DC277 (Diva Challenge #277) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

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 18, 2016

Weekly Challenge #276

Hey everyone, sometime around breakfast this morning i realized that it was Monday morning.  This road trip has me all discombobulated and i generally have no idea what day it is. I'm writing today's LATE post from my auntie's kitchen table in Hollister, CA

We had the Moebius Conference this past weekend, it was amazing
What a great lookin' family.

my and my good friend Kelsey

Tim and I enjoying a Spicy Margarita

 - and now we are on the long trek back home.  To date we have put over 3900 KM on our vehicle. (That's more than 2400 miles and we still have a few days to go)

We're all tired and ready for our own beds, i tell ya.

Weekly Challenge #276: "SpaceTruckin' - Moving tangles!"

This week's challenge is brought to you by motion.
As i have spent a lot of time hanging out in my van.

Luckily there's time for tangling when you're driving a long distance!

Me and my tanglin' tools in the passenger seat of my van on the I-5 to San Diego

Tangling on the go is totally doable, but there's a certain level of perfection you have to release in order to get 'er done.  

And that's okay.  Sometimes it's a good thing to let go of that perfection and let yourself relax.  "Embrace the Suck" as my good friend Elisa says.  


and it's not even that there was a lot of 'suck' but i had to change some of my strategies - like making my tangles larger, so that when the van shook it wasn't a sudden tragedy.  

So.  My lines are wobbly.  My tangles aren't perfect.  and that's totally okay. 

This week's challenge is to create your tile from something moving!  Maybe in the car (preferably not when you're driving) or the train, the subway, the bus, maybe a swingset, or a slide, or an airplane, or a rocketship!! Let's see how many cool moving things we can tangle on!  

When you comment - put where you tangled in all caps to make it easy to see.  


Have a great week!!


And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game use the hashtag #DC276 (Diva Challenge #276) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

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 11, 2016

Weekly Challenge #275

Hey all,

Here's this week's challenge - it's a guest post from the lovely Suzanne Fluhr, CZT.  Being on the road for the past week has also meant that i've been cut off from what's been going on in the world - and when Suzanne sent me her guest post in the early hours of Saturday morning, i have to admit that i was shocked because i had no idea what was happening.  (No data and no TV!)

I will bombard you all with pictures when i get home - so for now please welcome Suzanne to the Weeekly Challenge.


Weekly Challenge #275: "Guest Post: Give Peace a Chance - Suzanne Fluhr, CZT"

During her boys' summer holidays, Laura Harms, needs a break from her Zentangle Diva schedule. (After all, even Diva's need a break from Divadom sometimes.) I volunteered to supply a guest Diva post. 

I'm writing this on the day after the  nightmare in Dallas, Texas, when at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in response to two more seemingly unwarranted police killings of black men, a murderous gunman armed with an assault rifle, targeted the police, killing five officers and wounding 7 other police and civilians. If you don't live in the United States, you're probably wondering, "What the [bleep] is going on there?"

I'm an American of a certain age. I have an opinion about what is going on here, but I'll write about that elsewhere. Meanwhile, I'm just so sad about the violence and the polarizing hatreds in American society and, indeed, throughout the world.

I'm old enough to remember 1968, the year that saw the assassinations of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy and the race riots in American cities, including my hometown, Philadelphia. The war in Vietnam was raging. In 1969, John Lennon recorded "Give Peace a Chance". In 1980, he joined the list of those assassinated in the United States.

For this week's challenge, I'd like you to dedicate yourselves to expressing "Give Peace a Chance" through art, using Zentangle and Zentangle Inspired Art techniques.
Despite a dominant hand tendon sprain which I'm supposed to be resting, I couldn't rest tonight. (I'm writing this at 4:30 a.m. and haven't been to bed yet.) I've done three compositions, trying to express my yearning for peace.

The first is a Zendala, incorporating the "peace sign".
Tangles used starting with outside border: My own, Phirst, Paradox, Tripoli and Patena.
The second incorporates 3 peace birds. (I'd like to tell you I drew the bird outlines myself, but, alas, that would not be true.)

And lastly, I tangled a traditional Zentangle tile, using tangles whose names spell:

P-E-A-C-E

Tangles used: Purk an official tangle by Maria Thomas, Euca by Anna Marks, Akoya by Sandy Hunter, Cadent (another official tangle from the Mother Ship), and Eddyper by Damy from Taiwan. I admit I slipped another "A" tangle in there, my own Linda Farmer sanctioned, Aloha.
I look forward to seeing your responses to this challenge.
Peace. Out.

(thank you Suzanne! Peace Out everyone!!)

Have a great week!!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game use the hashtag #DC275 (Diva Challenge #275) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

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 4, 2016

Weekly Challenge #274



 Hey hey everyone - Happy Independence Day to my Americano Friends!! We're lucky to be in your fair country for the 4th of July - and we're on our way down through Utah today!!


We drove through Yellowstone park yesterday and i took a million pictures.  but - as everyone is loading up the van and i'm typing this furiously from the hotel room on the free, yet sketchy wifi - i'll be quick!!


Old Faithful

Mammoth Hot Springs


Sleeping beauties



Everyone's waiting for me!
So - here's today's challenge

Weekly Challenge #274: "My Country 'Tis of Thee"
Because we were busy packing on Canada Day (July 1) we missed all the festivities - so This week's challenge is to show your countries colours! Create a tile inpsired by the country where you live!

As i mentioned, we've been traveling in the States for the 4th of July weekend, and i'm pretty sure that my kids think that Americans shoot fireworks every night - as there have been fireworks each night when we put them to bed.

Show your country pride this week!  Here's my tiles - i used 3 Zentangle Artist Trading cards together to make my Canada Flag!!
Oh Canada

Have a great week!! you know what to do!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Challenge #273

Happy Last Monday of June all!

Artoo celebrated Canada Day early in his Kindergarten Class - I was lucky enough to be invited to his classroom celebration where we looked throughout the school for items on a Canada Day scavengar hunt, enjoyed some tasty ice cream and made a Canada Day craft.  My heart just swells when i see him interacting with the kids in his class - and i think about how far he's come, socially.

Mmmm Ice cream
 Only three days left of Kindergarten for my little man.  Then off to the first grade.
He won this cool pinwheel for completing the scavenger hunt

Walking home from school one day this past week we decided to climb up on the rocks by the pond, and artoo posed for this picture - and i realized i had a very similar one from when Chewie was finihsing kindergarten as well.    Time is literally flying by for me.    WHERE DID MY BABIES GO??

Two cutie patooties
As we're getting nearer and nearer to July - when Chewie was born, we like to make sure he has his birthday party at the end of June to make sure that his friends from school can make it.  And this year, Chewie chose Pokemon as his theme - which was fun, but tricky for me because i basically know NOTHING about Pokemon... i know it's a show? and also trading cards? perhaps even a card game??  Seriously, how did people throw birthday parties before pinterest.

Wait - i know, we didn't have themed birthday parites.  At least, i never did as a kid.  i think the closest i ever had to a theme was my mom making my cake into a princess by sticking a barbie into my cake and then icing it.  you'd have your friends come over and play pin the tail on the donkey or musical chairs and then eat your hot dog and then cake and presents and everyone goes home.

Not anymore. Thank god for pinterest.... you beautiful monster, you.

waiting for the friends to come
Generally speaking the birthday party situation round here isn't so bad because we have a huge backyard, so it's not so crazy.  However, it was all rain all weekend - we we adapted and brought the party inside.  My home had 9 crazy eight year olds and one little 5 year old screaming and generally out of control.  But they were really very good, considering they were in such closed quarters.

First they all made their very own pokemon monsters out of sculpy clay - a modelling clay that you bake in the oven to make hard.  Once they got into it, some of the creations were really amazing.  I'm kicking myself that i didn't take pictures of all the finished pieces before they took them home.  

They then filled out a pokemon card for their creations, naming their pokemon and drawing what they look like and giving them health points and special moves.  Again, the creativity was pretty awesome. 

Then we trained our pokemon by playing games like a ball toss, and then hot potato, and freeze dance.  The winner of the 'tournament' won a special pack of Pokemon cards - and everyone else got a smaller pack of cards - so they were all winners!
Pokemon Cupcakes - gotta catch 'em all
After lunch, the sun came out just long enough for us to kick everyone outside and they all ran around playing and having fun until it was time for cupcakes and presents.  

The birthday party crew - 2016!
The kids seemed to have fun running around and playing and burning off energy before their parents came, and they all went home with a one of a kind hand drawn Pikachu party bag, made by yours truly.

pika pika
It was a crazy three hours, but chewie really had a great time.   One of his gifts from his cousin were these amazing moustaches.   I just have to share these, because honestly they are so freaking cute. 





oh man.  my two adorable middle aged men.

So - we leave for our big road trip this weekend - and it's my intention to do the challenges from the road - i really hope that pans out!  Generally i take the summer off from challenges, but i never did get around to finding some hosts for you all - so we'll just see how the summer goes shall we?

Weekly Challenge #273: "Tangle Remix"

Okay, so i was going through some of my old tiles for a project i've been working one.  I have most of them in a binder that i take to different events and classes and things.  And every time i time i flip through the binder there's one tile that sticks out to me and i think: "i should really do something to that"
This tile was completed in February 2011 - for Challenge #10

This week i decided why not remix it?

Full Definition of remix. : a variant of an original recording (as of a song) made by rearranging or adding to the original.
obviously, in this context we won't be remixing recordings. lol.

the remix
i think this looks much better - i think maybe it's a little bit busy - but i think what was lacking in the first go'round was contrast.  I like the added black in the remix.

So this week, go back into your stash and find a tile that you could spruce up or remix and give it a shiny fresh coat of Pigma Micron!

Have a great week!!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App, - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game use the hashtag #DC273 (Diva Challenge #273) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

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. ;)