Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Story Booth

this week's challenge can be found HERE

The folks over at Zentangle® HQ have been collecting CZT stories.  When i attended CZT#15 in Providence this Spring i was honoured to be asked to share my story.



Check out the Zentangle® YouTube channel for more CZT Stories.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekly Challenge #195

Another wonderful guest post for you this week!

this week it's brought to you by Sandy Hunter, CZT

Weekly Challenge #195: "Turning Old into New" 

Greetings, fellow tanglers!

My name is Sandy Hunter, and I’ve been a certified Zentangle teacher since February of 2012. Like all the tangle fanatics before me, I’ve tromped a well-worn cyberpath to that cozy little corner of the internet that is the Diva’s Weekly Challenge blog… and now she’s offered me the chance to plop down by the fire in her figurative living room and uncork this week’s challenge! Hold on to your fuzzy socks!

••••••••••

Imagine your favorite go-to tangle pattern. Something you love; something you draw all the time. Is it a grid-based pattern? Or is it a ‘scatter’ pattern, that you can just use randomly to fill up a space? If nothing comes immediately to mind, go poke around on tanglepatterns.com …or pinterest. They’re gold mines for tangle patterns. 

Here’s the challenge: 
If you picked a grid-based pattern, pull it out of the grid and make it a freeform one. 
If it’s a freeform pattern, make it a grid-based pattern. That could mean several rows or a single row, drawn as a border.

The idea is to change the structure of a pattern, while still retaining its basic elements. Don’t worry about getting every part of it exactly “right”. If you’re having a good time and you’re drawing something you like, it’s perfect. 

Some examples (I meant to stop at two, but you know how it goes when you’re having a good time!):









Happy tangling! 

Sandy Hunter
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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekly Challenge #194

Happy Monday and welcome to the third guest post in a series of guest bloggers while my family recoups from Artoo's surgery!

This week's challenge is brought to you by newly minted CZT Elisa Murphy, who i met while i was in Providence this spring!

Weekly Challenge 194: “Embracing the Yuck”

Hey there, Zentangle Nation!!! I’m Elisa Murphy, CZT 15.  I am ridiculously excited and honored to be your guest blogger this week.   I’m practically shaking about it!! Either that or I’ve had way too much coffee.  One quick disclaimer before we get started: I’m a huge fan of sentence fragments.  I apologize  in advance to any grammar police out there.

This week's challenge is inspired by the circumstances surrounding why Laura needs guest bloggers.  Many of you know that Artoo just had eye surgery.  Any parent would feel unsteady and plain scared about their kiddo needing surgery.  It’s an even more profound experience of fear and powerlessness when your kiddo has unique circumstances and is prone to throwing medical “curve balls”.  Learning how to cope with these events becomes it’s own unique art form.  Like The Diva,  I speak from experience.

Here’s my idea.  Let’s show some Zentangle solidarity and support for Laura and other fellow “Zentanglers” fighting the feelings that come with being forced to sit with that unsteadiness and powerlessness.  My clinical term for this is, “Embracing the Yuck” (I’m so fancy).

With all of this in mind, your challenge is to tangle with your non-dominant hand (including shading and blending).  Cue the collective groan.  For those uniquely lucky souls who are ambidextrous, please hold your pen, etc.,  like you’re singing into a microphone.  

Let’s return to the foundation of Zentangle and focus solely on that process, celebrating the imperfection of the product.  Can you find the beauty in the discomfort? What happens when you tap into that shaky feeling as you navigate your tile?  Did you find a way to adapt?

While I was creating my example I decided to write my thoughts and feelings on the back. I welcome you, if it feels comfy, to do the same.  

My "journal entry" of what I was thinking and feeling while completing this challenge.  Yes, this is how my mind works.  This is why I can never find my keys.
Time totally warped for me.  When shading I became a little disoriented of where I should put my pencil next.  I almost let my ego take over and use an eraser.  Horrors, I know.  But I didn’t do it!! Finally I reverted to my go-to coping mechanism, sarcastic humor: “Wow. Cool. I just created the Hollibaugh version of ‘bridge to nowhere’.” and the inevitable, “Ummm, what the heck was I thinking there?”. 
The closer I look at this, the more I see it's imperfections. Hello self doubt and insecurity.

Honestly, the experience became unexpectedly powerful and thought provoking. 
But I have the power to change my perspective.  I can chose to step back and see that in the big picture, I'm doing just fine.  Lines soften and things seem to flow a little more smoothly.  

And THIS is why I love Zentangle.  

One last note.  I told my eight year old kiddo about my idea and showed her my tile.  Her adorably honest response was,  
“Woah. Mom, are you sure you want people to see THAT as your first Zentangle on that Lady’s blog?”.  

Ugh. Thanks, kid.


So.........Are you with me?? Can you throw perfection out the window with pride and let your Zentangle freaky-line flag fly??  Let’s do it for The Diva!


Bio: I’m a mom, a wife, a survivor.

I’m a classic “New Englandah” from Massachusetts.  In other words, I’m a huge fan of sarcastic humor, waves crashing on a Cape Cod beach, and school cancelations during a good (wicked cool) snow storm. 

I found Zentangle® while trying to reconstruct my life after the devastating, sudden loss of my 13 year old daughter.  I completed my first Zentangle tile on October 11, 2013 (exactly one year and one day following her death) and rediscovered a creative, peaceful light within myself that I thought was lost forever.


I felt a crazy pull to share the “Zentangle Effect” with folks around me so I registered, and this past June became a proud member of the remarkable CZT community and the CZT 15 family (hey, guys!!) .
Elisa blogs at: Elisa's Now and Zen

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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Artoo Update

I've been contacted several times in the last day or so, asking how Artoo is recovering. i've been trying to answer everyone, but i thought i'd just do a bit more of an in depth update here so i don't have to keep repeating myself.

The surgery, itself, went well. He had his top and bottom eye muscles moved over to the outside of his eyes to give the inside eye muscles some resistance, as well as Botox injections to release the tight inner eye muscles. As you can imagine, there is quite a lot of swelling and bruising around his eyes, and the white parts of his eyes are very red due to subconjunctival hemorrhage. (A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when blood vessels breaks just underneath the clear surface of your eye - your conjunctiva).

Initially he was in some pain, due to the swelling and bruising, but his actual eyes seem to be without pain. He has not had to wear bandages, as all of his stitches are under his eyelids, they will dissolve on their own.

His vision continues to be good, although he does have some double vision - which is normal, as he's going from using one eye at time to using them both at once. That should resolve itself in time. Other than that, he's back to his happy normal self - and playing and singing songs and dancing around.

Thanks for your thoughts and well wishes! And an extra big thank you to my guest bloggers this month.

Love Laura, B-rad, Chewie and Artoo.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Challenge #193

Another post by a wonderful Guest blogger!! here's the fabulous Holly Atwater, CZT! 
-Laura

Hello all! 

I am so happy to be a guest challenge maker (sounds very official) for THE DIVA this week! My name is Holly Atwater, otherwise known as ha! designs. I was lucky enough to meet our fearless leader at Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar 15 in Providence, Rhode Island this past June. (I was so blessed to be able to attend the seminar with BOTH of my daughters!)

Fun at Seminar
My girls and I take "selfies" with the famous DIVA!"

I'm sure that most of you have had the opportunity to read Laura's account of the first couple of days of that wonderful seminar... however... she didn't finish her story. (I think life got in the way!) Soooo... before I get into what the challenge is this week I want to take this opportunity to share a little bit about Laura's part of the seminar. Laura was a guest speaker for one of the evening events at seminar. My daughters and I were so excited to listen to her speak, we have been fans since we happened upon this awesome blog when we started tangling. 

By the time Laura was ready to speak, the room was buzzing... full to capacity. I don't think a single CZT 15 attendee was absent for this optional event. EVERYONE knows Laura! But... everyone didn't know Laura's story... It was beautiful... Happy... Funny... Sad... Inspiring... Had Broadway moments... Uplifting… Funny... Educational (I learned a lot about Saskatoon & Regina)... Funny... Heartwarming... Tangle Pattern learning (Phicops)... Tear jerking... Funny... and possibly one of the best overall entertaining speeches I've heard. We all know Laura is a fantastic writer... but w.o.w. she can speak too!! If you ever have the opportunity to hear her tell her story and the part Zentangle plays in it... please do... you will be touched. (Laura... you're amazing!)

After Laura's inspirational speech, my daughters and I stood in line to get a chance to speak to Laura AND take selfies! (Of course!!) I told her about how the girls and I were fans, but that we were nothing compared to my dad, (Ross Weaver), who has completed EVERY single challenge and has them all organized in HUGE three ring binders that include stepouts for each pattern. It's pretty incredible! (My dad always tells me that HE should have been the one to go to seminar! He's right!) 

Challenges...
Some of the challenges my dad has done PLUS his binders!

Tangling Away...
Here's my dad... tangling away!

Laura was so thoughtful... She immediately grabbed the tile that she had used during her speech to demonstrate how to draw Phicops, flipped it over, and addressed it to my dad and mom. It was a very special moment for me. Thank you Laura for your generosity and thoughtfulness. 

Diva Awesomeness
Laura poses with the infamous tile...

I guess it's time to get on to this week's challenge...

Weekly Challenge #193 : TriTangle : Trio, Huggins, & Xyp (THX)

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day in the United States, and Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away. In the spirit of gratitude and celebration of both of these events I would like to issue a challenge of THX (thanks). This week's challenge is a TriTangle (I love how it's almost a triangle! Is this a new word, Laura? [holly - as far i know, you just coined it - laura]!) using the patterns of:

Trio (pattern by CZT, Hanny Waldburger)
Huggins (by Zentangle)
Xyp (by Zentangle)

Zentangle® Inspired Art : Huggins, Xyp, & Trio
A tile of THX... I have so much to be grateful for. 

I so enjoyed being your substitute challenge maker this week. I hope you enjoy this challenge and have the opportunity to think of all the things YOU'RE grateful for while you tangle away!

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

THX!

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 always find me at www.hadesigns.blogspot.com to follow my adventures in life & art. Stop by anytime! 
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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekly Challenge #192

Welcome tanglers!
Today is the first post in a series of guest bloggers as our family gets ready for and recovers from Artoo's eye surgery this month.  (i'll be updating Artoo's condition on my facebook page if anyone is interested)

This week's challenge is brought to you by Cris Letourneau

Weekly Challenge #192: "UMT - Seton by Cris Letourneau"

Happy November, tanglers. This is Cris Letourneau (AKA cris@TangledUpInArt) filling in for Madam Diva so she can focus on her family this week.

Last week, I had 2 students come back from a trip excited to share their sketchbook where they had recorded patterns from everywhere on their trip: the carpet in the hotel room, the carvings on buildings, even patterns on clothing of fellow travelers. Almost every tangler I know has found themselves becoming more attuned to the patterns they see all around them.

Sometimes, though, there are patterns that defy all attempts at deconstruction (the process of breaking down a pattern into a simple “one stroke at a time” tangle.) The windows at our church, Seton Parish, intrigued me for years, but my every attempt at producing simple steps failed.


Luckily, my daughter is much better at spatial problems and figured it out. If you have my book Pattern Play, you can find step outs and tangleations on page 62. If not, I have posted instructions on my website here and also on YouTube here. 

As a quilter, I can’t help but see quilt blocks and sashing when I look at this tangle.



I like to draw it with a fairly large grid to leave lots of room for tangleations. Here is a version filled with paradox and onomato.

Your challenge this week is to use Seton or a tangleation of it in your art this week OR deconstruct a pattern you see around you and use that in your art. Enjoy observing the patterns all around you.
Cris


Cris is a graduate of both CZT 5 and CZT 14. She enjoys teaching Zentangle classes in central Ohio and elsewhere. Information about classes and copies of her books:  Made in the Shade, Pattern Play, and Seeing Stars can be found on her website: TangledUpInArt.com and on her Facebook page: Certified Zentangle Teacher Cris
If you have a blog or an image hosting site such as Flickr or Picassa, 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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??


Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Challenge #191

Happy Monday everyone.  First of all i want to say a very big Hello and warm welcome to any of you coming to the blog after hearing about about Zentangle on ABCs The View on Friday.  Welcome to the Diva's Weekly Zentangle Challenge!!

For those of you who don't know, the Zentangle-internet world was all a-BUZZ on friday because Rosie O'Donnell talked about Zentangle on the show, and how she also got Howard Stern into tangling and how he's a Tangler too!  ROSIE!! Call me!! :) Let's be best friends!!

***

So, anyway - Remember last week when i said that the boys were starting to feel sick? Well, this has led to a full on house hold of sickness.  Chewie, Artoo, B-rad and I have all been fighting the same cold, in varying degrees.

For whatever reason, i get sinus-y colds far worse than B-rad.  (He gets really bad GI bugs, though) Chewie has had a wicked cough, B-rad has had the sore throat and congestion, and poor Artoo has it worse than everyone.   No one has slept very well this past week, and everyone is exhausted and we are sooooo over this cold.
Hot Toddys for Mom

Saline Nebulizers for Artoo.
We've been pretty low key all week, due to all the sickness.  But one cool new thing is

So flippin' cute
Chewie's new glasses!! Just when you thought he couldn't get any cuter.

He and i watched the video clip of Rosie talking about ZT on The View, and so he and I started tangling on a (knock off) munny doll we got from the dollar store.

so talented
He's pretty sure that when our "munny" is on The View, we will win.  (What it is, exactly, that he thinks we are going to win i'm not entirely sure.  But he wanted to tangle all weekend with me, so i'll take it!)

BROTHERS!
i just wanted to share this pic because i think it's super cute.

Before we get started on this week's challenge, though - i wanted to let you know about what's coming up in November.  Back at the end of September we took Artoo to see an eye specialist about surgery.  At the end of the appointment he told us he'd like to get Artoo in for surgery before Christmas.  When i spoke with his secretary, she told us we were realistically looking at February.  So, we were surprised when she called us last week to tell us that Artoo had been scheduled for surgery....NEXT FRIDAY (November 7)!!

Everything is happening super fast and we aren't really sure what the recovery will be like for Artoo.  We will be travelling to Calgary, AB to have the surgery done.

That being said - i have lined up some wonderful guest posts for the entire month of November so i can focus on my family while we figure out what's what, post surgery wise.   So, without further ado, here's this week's challenge, and i'll catch y'all back in December!

Weekly Challenge #191: "Monotangle: Betweed"
Recently i was working on a zentangle piece where i was using one of my go-to tangles, betweed, and i remembered there being a youtube video wherein Maria demonstrates how to do the tangle betweed so i watched it for a bit of a refresher:

(here it is:)


and i realized that i always do betweed in the exact same way, so maybe i should try some of the variations Maria shows in her video.

So your mission this week, should you choose to accept it: Create a monotangle using only the tangle Betweed.  (A monotangle is a term that originated here on this blog to describe a tile done using ONLY ONE tangle and it's variations.)  So, Betweed it up everyone!!

i'm in love with the bars of betweed on the bottom

Have a great week! There will be regular challenges posted through november by some wonderfully talented Certified Zentangle Teachers, so come on back each week and see what they've got in store for you!!

See you in December!


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. ;) 
i'm currently trying to decide what to do about the challenge slideshows (read here)... if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you! 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??