Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Challenge #177

Hey Tanglers!!

My family and i are still in Washington, DC! We'll be home this week, but until then - i hope you'll enjoy this Guest post, by the youngest CZT to ever have hosted the weekly challenge! :D

When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!

Weekly Challenge 177: "Truffle by Caroline Broady, CZT"

Happy July, fellow tanglers! Caroline here, from CZT 11. I am really excited for the opportunity to guest-write on the Diva’s blog. I figure this is a golden opportunity to finally publish my tangle, truffle. I actually developed this pattern at my CZT training seminar in June 2013, inspired by some wallpaper at the Hotel Providence.


My challenge to you is (quite simply) to try out truffle. There is a lot of room for tangleations, so I hope you will have fun.


I start with a sinusoidal curve in pencil as a string for a guideline, but feel free to plot points freehandedly. A straight row even would probably work.


When I use truffle, I like to leave an open space in the dots (like an “O”) and fill in every other section with another tangle. Border tangles like onomato and shattuck work well.


I used Golden High-Flow fluid Acrylics and a white uni Posca pen on watercolor paper to make this ZIA.

Happy tangling! :)





Caroline Broady is a rising junior at Webb School of Knoxville in East Tennessee. She is one of the world’s youngest Certified Zentangle Teachers and a graduate of the 11th seminar. Her blog is zenticed.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 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??

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 2 of CZT 15

Good Morning everyone! i hope you've been having a wonderful week and have been enjoying the guest post

So, here the right up of Day 2... (Day one can be found here

I set my alarm for "bright and early" but i also managed to sleep right through it, some how turning it off instead of 'snoozing' - so when i woke up the next day, the first day of the training, i was already late.  my clock said 7:45 and they stopped serving breakfast at 8:15 and training began at 8:30! Holy snap.  so i leapt out of bed and got dressed and made my way downstairs in time to eat a banana and a weirdly toasted bagel, it took me a few tries to understand the toaster thinger - it had like a moving track... anyway, the most important part was:
COFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
When you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies.  ;)

After cramming a few bottles of water into my bag, i tried ever so quietly to sneak in.... and saw this: 


 The room was packed!!
And also? they had already started.  Classy, Laura... REAAAAAL Classy.
I managed to find an open seat a few tables from the back and tip toed in.  I ended up sitting next to Hannah, one of the ladies from the night before.

Here's the first tile we made:


My memory is a little fuzzy, so - i may have some of the time lines and conversations will not be verbatim.... but anyway, at coffee break the woman to my left said:

"You're Laura Harms!"
i said: "Yes I am!"
she said: "I'm Katie C from your blog!"
i said: "Hello, Katie C! i'm Laura Harms from my blog!"

It was really quite amazing to meet people who have been reading my blog for the past 4 years and doing the challenges. 

After the morning session we all put our tiles together in a mosaic.
It's so fascinating to see how everyone does something different
I met another veteran CZT, named Joy, who was so sweet!  She had with her a book of all the challenge tiles she's done and she showed me, and it's so awesome!!  HELLOY JOY!!
Joy sent me this photo!
My experience the first day was interesting because i was not to make a big deal of who i was.  Rick and Maria encouraged us to ask each other about our "Zentangle Stories" so meal times were always interesting.  So many people had great stories about how they found Zentangle, and in some cases how Zentangle found them.  When people would ask me, i would say: "Oh, i heard about it from a friend at work" i didn't want to say too much because my speech was essentially - my Zentangle story.

One of my favourite moments from this day was a woman standing next to me in the line up for food gave me a once over and said; "You look familiar... are you on the internet?"
to which i replied with a smile: "yeah, sometimes."

i still get a little chuckle outta that one.

after lunch Katie C, Hannah and Sheena and i went for a bit of a walk around the shops - checking out the area.  I was mostly impressed with the architecture - they just don't make building like that anymore.

This is a Diva and KatieC selfie!
 In the afternoon session, i snuck this photo of Katie focusing.

i'm a rebel!
 After dinner i took a bit of a walk by myself and i took a few photos of some interesting parts of the buildings i walked past.

moulding around a door frame
 This building was kitty-korner to the courtyard of the Hotel Providence...


Here's a closer look at some of the decorative work...


The evening session was great, it was an interesting guided Zentangle meditation led by Molly.  


Okay, so - i had THE BEST TIME with these ladies right here.  Clockwise: Sheena, Beate, Hannah, Katie and Me.  They were hilarious.  I won't, and can't, give you all the details because some of those details are NSFW.  But the conversation did circle around cursing in different languages - and how things i've been saying in my daily life don't actually mean what i thought they mean.... They mean something completely different....

When you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies.
...So different.
Hilarious. 
Thanks for reading! Day 3 will be coming soon.... Have a great week!
Love
Laura


When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Challenge #176

Hey all!!

hope you had a great week!

my family and i are flying away to Washington, DC tomorrow morning for the Moebius Syndrome Conference, so i have some guest posts lined up for you while we are away!

Oh, and Day 2 write up will be coming out this week.... stay tuned!! Oh, and When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!

This week's challenge looks so fun, can't wait to see what you all come up with! Thank you Amy!


Weekly Challenge #176: "B.Y.O.B"
(Hello, tanglers! I’m CZT Amy, thrilled to be “guest-posting” from Tennessee this week, so Laura can focus on her family and their busy summer schedule.)

We all know that it’s important to stay hydrated, and beverages are definitely a matter of personal preference. What we drink can refresh, soothe, invigorate, or help us relax. Sometimes we crave a certain drink as part of our routine(morning coffee, anyone?); sometimes it helps to mark a special occasion; sometimes we want to sip on something new and interesting.

This week’s challenge to you is to B.Y.O.B.—Bring Your Own Beverage—to your tangling session and utilize it in your art. From coffee to Kool Aid, cola to cabernet, the choice is yours! Cocoa, tea, Gatorade, chocolate shake, kale smoothie, cranberry juice—surely something will quench your creativity! You can dip, drip, drizzle, drop, dab, sponge, spray, splatter, splash, spill, stamp, stain, pour, wipe, blot, brush, blow, and more.

You might choose to tangle at a pleasant beverage-centered business, be that a coffee house, tearoom, poolside tiki bar, or lemonade stand. Or you could choose the kitchen counter, the dining room table, an art studio—wherever suits your fancy. You might prepare a tile or ATC and tangle it after it dries, or tangle WITH the beverage, or add it as a finishing touch. Whatever you do, I’m sure that others would appreciate some of the details of your experience and technique.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

My example for this challenge was begun at Foster’s Market (http://www.fostersmarket.com) in Chapel Hill North Carolina. (Because I am hoping to foster your creativity—get it?!) My daughter Caroline and I enjoyed a delicious brunch there, complete with a latte and a coffee. We chose to utilize the black coffee to prep some tiles and ATCs, so we wouldn’t have any milk from the latte turning sour when we left our tiles & ATCs in our hot car that day.


Coffee Stained Tile, pre-tangling

The actual tangling of this tile was started over a week later, back in Knoxville. I settled in with my tile and sepia Microns at our local Panera,where I enjoyed a large cuppa half-hazelnut/half light roast. I thought long and hard about which tangles to use and settled on

·      c-scape (as in “coffee-scape”) by Sue Olsen, CZT;
·      steem  and ripple by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, CZT;
·      tipple and nipa, by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas

C-scape, steem, ripple, tipple, and nipa.
Sepia and brown microns; various colored pencils
and watercolor pencils.

My tile ended up with a lot going on—almost like I was over-caffeinated when I tangled it, don’t you think?

I plan on continuing my experiments, and bringing a few more beverages to this party; I’ll be posting links as “Amy in TN” in the Mr. Linky machine below.

Cheers!

Art educator Amy Broady has been a CZT since October 2010. 

Her daughter Caroline, a high school student, became a CZT in June, 2013. 

You can read from Amy on her blog, http://tanglefish.blogspot.com; she also contributes to http://www.ztforkids.com.







Have a great day!
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 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, July 7, 2014

Day 1 of CZT15 and Weekly Challenge #175

Okay, so - i'm back from my trip to Providence.  And in 2 weeks i'll be heading back to the East Coast - for the Moebius Syndrome Conference in Bethsheda, Maryland.  So i do have a couple of guest posts lined up - but today WILL be a UMT.... but bear with me cuz i have a lot to say first.  (if you want to skip this and straight to the challenge at the bottom, you can... it's okay)

I got up Bright and early on Sunday morning for my flight.  For an International flight you need to arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight - so i got up at 3 am to be at the airport for 4 am for my flight at 6 am.


It was at this exact moment as i was taking an airport selfie, that i realized that my first leg of the journey was only to Toronto, so i didn't need to get up so early, i could have gotten up at 4 to be at the airport at 5.... d'oh.  

I went to check my bag, and the lady at the counter tells me that my bag is small enough and light enough that i can probably take it as a carry on, so i decided that's a good idea - but i had to open it up to take all of my liquids out for security.   After security, as i was putting everything back into my suitcase, i was chatting with a couple from Minneapolis about how early it was and how badly i needed a cup of coffee... then i cheerfully got up to walk away - and spilled the contents of my luggage all over the floor of airport security.  nice.  the gentleman said: "i'd offer to help you, but i don't think that's very appropriate" ....uh... no.  So, everyone saw my underpants.  it was good times.  

i'm not awesome at flying, so i created this tile as the plane took off.  i'm okay once we're in the air, but take off and landing are not my favourite.
It did the trick

so long, Canada!
 I had a few hours layover in Toronto, and when i landed in Boston - Maria had told me that they'd send me a car to bring me to Providence.  However, the number that the car people gave Maria was wrong, so the number she gave me to call my ride did not work... and i only panicked a little... i thought, i'll just look up the number for the limo service online... except i was in the depths of the Boston Airport and had no wifi... so, eventually i thought - i'll just walk to where the limos are, and hang out there and see if anyone shows up from my limo service.

Luckily, my ride showed up!

I was so stupidly excited that they had a sign with my name on it, i asked my driver (Sandi) if i could take a picture of it... i warned her that i was a blogger first... She didn't even bat an eye.  She was cool. 

when you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies
 Sandi was very delightful!  you don't see a lot of ladies in the limo game, so she informed me.  She was super fun, and she got me to the Hotel Providence in 57 minutes!

OH MY GOSH. The Hotel Providence is beautiful.   I only had my phone with me, not my big camera, and i kept forgetting to take pictures of things!!  Luckily, there's the internet.

source
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When i checked in, the concierge said: "you're in suite 726! That's my favourite room in the hotel!" and then gave me my room key... y'know those plastic room keys?
Isn't this the coolest thing ever??
In the lobby some Zentangle folk were handing out name tags and goody bags... so i walked up and they asked for my name... "Laura Harms" to which they replied: "It's YOU!"  and i replied back: "It's ME!"  then - before i had a chance to go upstairs, though, i found Maria and gave her a big hug!! it was so nice to see her in person again - after four years.   It was just barely 6pm and they were starting dinner, BBQ Burgers, so i thought i would run upstairs to my room to get settled and maybe have a quick shower before coming down for dinner.  So up i went...  

The Edgar Allen Poe Suite?? SWEET!

OH my GAWD.  this room was beautiful.  
Some Bedside Poe, for light bedtime reading.
 everything was wonderful! I sat on the couch and looked through my bag and saw the agenda, which had me speaking on Tuesday night.... Maria told me that they had not announced that i was coming.  I had on my blog and on my Facebook page, but they didn't on the off chance something happened and i couldn't make it.  She said that people were just arriving and discovering i would be there!  Crazy.


Shower time - so, i got undressed and was about to step into the shower when i saw this door to a closet and i thought - i'll just put my suitcase in here so it's out of the way.... and i opened the door... and suddenly an alarm went off, scaring the sh*t out of me!  i panicked, the alarm was so loud.... and it seemed to be going off all over the hotel... WHAT DID I DO!!!!

Finally, i small voice of reason whispered to me: "Laura, if there's an alarm coming from your room, someone will eventually come TO your room.... so put some damn clothes on!!" so, imagine this beautiful room, with me in it... buck nekkid, hopping around trying to put some clothes back on so i'd be halfways decent should someone come bust down my door because i had somehow tripped this alarm by opening a closet door....

and the alarm kept ringing... so i called the front desk, and someone picked up right away and said: "Yes, Ms. Harms, is there a problem with your room?"

and i frantically replied back: "I'm so sorry, i don't know what i did, but i opened a door or something and suddenly this alarm went off, and i don't know how to shut it off and i'm sooo sooo sorry"

Y'know that thing when you can tell that the person on the other side of the phone is trying hard not to laugh.... that.

she said: "No, Ms. Harms, you didn't do anything wrong, the BBQ outside set off the fire alarm and so we have to wait for the Fire Department to come check it out before we can turn it off."

me: "Really?? So i didn't do it?"
her: "No, Ms. Harms, enjoy your night."

i felt so dumb.  but totally hilarious, right?

in the end i decided to skip the shower and go down for supper before they stopped BBQing.

By this time, most of the people were out on the patio enjoying their meals... so i went to the food table to gather my burger fixins and chatted with a nice lady.... who recognized me right away, and grabbed my arm and said: "You're the Diva!" to which i replied "Yes?"

Her name is Connie and she said she was a fan.  It's so weird to have fans! :)  She was the first person to ask for, and receive, my autograph.   A sweet lady! HI CONNIE!!
Me and Connie!
 At dinner i sat with Connie, and another woman named Candyce (Hi!) who is an art teacher, and a woman named Hannah who came all the way from the U.K. (Hiya Hannah!)

After dinner, Rick and Maria were going to be signing their books - but before that began, Maria wanted to take me upstairs and show me the Zentangle Store and the Student Gallery.  So much has changed since i went to be Certified at CZT #3, but one of the biggest things is the store.  When i was certified they only had white square tiles.... now there white zendalas, black tiles, black zendalas, white and black Artist Trading Cards, and Renaissance tiles and zendalas... and........ ;)

One of the most humbling things, for me, was how many people brought and displayed their Weekly Challenges pieces!!  It was just so touching, especially since most of them didn't even know i was coming.

Here's Tina, from Switzerland, showing her Challenge pieces

It was also very humbling to hear people tell me that they were there at the CZT training because of my blog.  I am so very grateful to have such amazing readers.

I couldn't stay up any longer, and as i already have a signed copy of Rick and Maria's book, i decided to turn in early - and went upstairs to my room to call my boys and say good night.

I thought this pillow on the bed was very fitting,
 considering i was soon to be a Public Speaker...
 After my long and crazy day, i had a long hot bath, and then relaxed in style.

It would have been the perfect end to the night.  But it was the end of PRIDE week... and across the street somewhere there was some kind of crazy Drag Queen contest happening, with some pretty horrible karaoke renditions of Celine Dion, and some other song i'd never heard of which sounded a lot like a tonedeaf cat, playing a broken violin. And it was Sooooo LOUD!!   I'm not sure when i fell asleep, but i'm sure they were still going by 1am.

Anyway, that's Day one, but i'll leave you there for now and we'll get on to this week's challenge!

Weekly Challenge #175: "UMT - Crux by Henrike Bratz"
Today's UMT Challenge is brought to us by Henrike Bratz!  The challenge is to try out her tangle, in whatever way you like, it does not have to be a monotangle.

I was pretty excited to try this tangle.  It's definitely built off of Bales, which i love, and there is just so much room for variation and tangleation!!  It does take a bit more focus, which i also love, because challenging tangles are fun too.

For those of you who don't know, the first Monday of the month, is a UMT Challenge (Use My Tangle), where the challenge is to learn and use a tangle created by one of you! It's awesome for me, because i don't have time to try all the new tangles i see on the web on a regular basis. This challenge makes sure i'm at least learning ONE new tangle a month... 
if you have a tangle you'd like to submit, please follow this link for the guidelines for submissions. Each month's tangle is chosen at random bywww.random.org 

here's mine:
mine's a monotangle - but yours doesn't have to be. 

You can see the step outs for Crux here on Henrike's blog, along with some great tangleations to enjoy!

Have a great day!
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 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, June 30, 2014

Weekly Challenge #174

Happy Monday!
i hope you all had a great week, and had some time to try the Remix challenge! Thank you, again, Sharla!

I am recovering from Providence and Chewie's 6th Birthday party! I'm thinking i will do a series of posts to recap the whole trip....  There's a lot of photos and stories to share - and to be honest, i am still sort of processing the whole experience.  A big warm Divalicious welcome to all my new friends from CZT15!!

Also, while i was gone the kids had a few days at daycare, so - now Artoo is sick.  We have our hands full at the moment!  So, while i'm itchin' to tell you all everything, i hope you'll hang on for just a little bit longer!

Thankfully, today's challenge comes to you via Aimee Belair, CZT!

Weekly Challenge #174: Superimposing Strings

Hi, everyone! It’s Aimee from CZT Seminar 12 and I’m here to help the Diva today on her blog with the Challenge. Your mission this time is to place a string on top of another string for your Zentangle practice.

I’ve grouped a few examples here:


And the results in that same order:



This is great for timid tanglers who want to move away from their pre-strung tiles but don’t know where to start. Thanks for playing!

Aimee P. Belair is a CZT from Sutton, MA. 
She loves cats, guinea pigs and rubber stamping. 
Visit her blog, at inkerbelle.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 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, June 23, 2014

Weekly Challenge #173

Hey Hey Hey!!

Welcome to this week's Challenge.

Before we begin, you may notice that my obligatory preamble is missing!  Well, that's cuz i've moved it over there --> see it?

I have a few things to share with you today...

ONE - that i've been asked to teach at CanTangle, a learning even for Certified Zentangle Teachers being held in Regina, SK in July 2015!


Also in Regina, the week before CanTangle event, Sandy Steen Bartholomew will be teaching a Right-Brain Business Plan® workshop.  You can see the website here.


Currently i am in Providence, Rhode Island, attending the 15th CZT Seminar.  So today you will all be treated to a guest post from Sharla R. Hicks, CZT!  Enjoy!!

Weekly Challenge #173: Redux, Remix, Revisit Your Comfort Tangle

Hummmm redux is one of THOSE words! Wikepidea states: "Redux is an adjective, meaning "brought back" or "resurgent"." Another way to look at Redux is as a Revisit-Remix of old and new.  How does this apply to Zentangle and today's Diva Challenge?

Over the last couple of months I began a Revisit / Redux / Remix of the official tangle Mooka, designed by a Marie Thomas, Zentangle co-founder.  Turns out Mooka is one of my go-to tangles that opens me up to mindful focus and inspiration.  This day was no exception because when the time came to shade, I couldn't find my favorite graphite pencil so I turned to the one shading tool I had on hand, a General's Indigo MultiPastel Chalk Pencil.  I was surprised and in awe of the strength and power of this shading choice. I am hooked and I think you may be too.  20+ tiles later I think  I have come to a conclusion or again maybe not as my mind keeps thinking up new solutions.  You can view many more of these Mooka Redux/Remix/Revisit tiles on my Tangled Expressions blog at SharlaHicks.com


My challenge to you this week is:

  • Redux, Remix, Revisit a familiar favorite tangle, one you may call a comfort or go-to tangle.
  • I challenge you to pick one you have not visited in a while as this revisit opens new channels of mindful creative thinking.
  • Optional: Choose a secondary comfort tangle(s) to highlight, blend and intertwine with your first choice.
  • Go about your exploration using a mindful, one stroke at time approach.
  • Do not rush the process—slow down—breath—take deliberate strokes—appreciate and find joy in the process—know you are enriched by your participation in the challenge.
Think about the following:
  • Change up your Revisit / Redux / Remix by selecting a new to you tile color or shape, different color paper and/or shading choices.

    • Exaggerate with bigify or miniaturization.
    • Change up with thin to thick variations.
    • Change up straight to curvy or visa versa.
    • Draw with &/or without string.

Here are some ideas:

  • If using white tile and black pen, alter the color choice of your shading tool and background fill.
  1. For example in the Mooka Redux shown above, I used General's Indigo MultiPastel Chalk Pencil for shading and experimented with what I call black out.
  2. You could change up your shading with Color Pencil, Pastel Chalk Pencil, Watercolor Pencil, Watersoluble Pen, or any other shading tool of choice like watercolors.  (see note below for some help if needed)
  3. NOTE: If you need some help, I am offering 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.
    • I also use many other shading techniques, but I think these two are less known, so I hope you enjoy.

Here I used Zentangle Tile, Black Micron Pen 
& Graphitint Watercolor Pencils for shading 
Unfamiliar with how to do watercolor shading? See note above.


 More challenge thoughts:
  • Maybe try a new color of paper as your base tile or paper with black pen. 
  1. One of my favorite papers for rich color variations is Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel paper, they make 10 or more colors.
    NOTE: I prefer drawing on the smoother side of Mi-Teintes paper for more control over my line.
  2. Shade and highlight with matching shading choice.
Here I used a Green-Toned Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel paper, 
black Micron Pen, shaded with GraphiTint Watercolor Pencil 
& highlighted with Clear Stardust Sakura Pen.
 Here is my last thought for the challenge:
  • If using the new Zentangle Renaissance tiles, select an alternate pen color and shading choice not used before.
  1. I personally find deep rich pen colors are extra special on the tan tiles.
  2. Shade and highlight with  matching shading tools.

Here is the real joy of the challenge:

A
fter completing your tile(s), go back and compare your tangle choices to earlier works, you will be greeted with new variations and ideas that a Redux, Remix, Revisit of an old familiar tangle and friend brings.
My wish for each of you this week is the joy found in the mindful creative process of Redux, Remix, Revisit Your Comfort Tangle and I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Till then,
Sharla
Tangled Expressions blog at SharlaHicks.com

Sharla R. Hicks, a Certified Zentangle Teacher, certified under the tutelage of Zentangle founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas in February 2011, Class 5, and returned in June 2013, Class 11. She has made Zentangle an almost daily practice for the last 3.5 years which has had a profound effect on her discipline as an artist, her creative abilities, given back her love of teaching, and most significantly—Zentangle has helped her find her Artistic Voice. Sharla crosses the boundaries of expressive quilter, fiber artist, mixed media, collage, writer, printmaker and more. Her current focus is offering the gift of Zentangle to others through workshops, classes and lectures.  Her Tangled Expressions blog and personal website is SharlaHicks.com. Sharla started the online store SoftExpressions.com in 1996 where she supports and teaches aspiring Zentangle artists and Expressive Quilters with innovative products, tutorials, and Zentangle Classes in the prettiest warehouse on the block in Anaheim, CA, USA. Sharla grew her business from the ground up and it has been quite an adventure. Now she find extra joy each day in the mindful exploration of Zentangle.


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 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, June 16, 2014

Weekly Challenge #172

Happy Monday Morning everyone!
First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
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Hello my Tangly friends!

Summer is just about in full swing, up here at Casa Diva!
Sometimes Birthday moustaches happen.
 My girlfriend Tara and i got a chance to celebrate a friend's birthday - it was a wine tasting party, which i thought was just the bees knees, cuz i'm all about the wine... and all the cheese.  so much brie. mmmm.

Always some sweet Lego Creations happenin' here....
Chewie is pretty excited that school is almost done for the summer.  He keeps asking how many school days left - and i'm pretty certain that the thinks that this means he gets to play nothing but Nintendo all summer long... he's in for a surprise. lol.  I'm excited for school to be done too.  My mom is a teacher so she has the summer off as well - and we like to go to the beach and to the parks and swimming and fun activities.  Can't wait.

Artoo is the most beeee-yoooo-teeful Butterfly!!
 Artoo is just adorable - but he's been having some nuclear melt downs lately - i'm chalking this up to his being three.  Still, who could stay mad at that face?? no one.

Chewie caught all the Pokemon!
One of Chewie's summer time chores is to pick up all the pine cones from the front yard... he gets $0.01 for each pine cone he collects - this haul was 255!  he's up to $6.35 from pine cones alone!

B-rad is a great model. 
 This week was Chewie's Kindergarten Play - The Kingdom of Kindness - and we were to dress them up as some kind of medieval character.  SO i made this pretty rad breast plate out of cardboard, aluminum tape and duct tape.  Nerds out there will recognize the hyrulian design, and the triforce. :)
B-rad, Artoo and I outside Chewie's school for the play
 B-rad took this quick selfie as we waited for Chewie's play to begin.
Chewie's Kindergarten class year end play: "Kingdom of Kindness"
he's in the back row on the left.  I could have died from the cute.
B-rad had his annual boys only family fishing trip this weekend, so i had the kids to myself for the past 4 days.  We mostly had a good time, lol - we went to see the Lego Movie together and we had picnics in the family room and we played on the deck.  Then on Saturday the boys went to Grandma's for a sleepover, and i went STAG to a friend's wedding.

STAG!!
Weddings alone are not much fun, luckily i have pretty great friends!

we were the cutest couple there
Father's day was pretty low-key, we played Mario Kart together and then put the boys to bed and watched Game of Thrones!!  B-rad is a pretty awesome dad, and i'm so lucky to have him.

i love my boys
Weekly Challenge #172: Duotangle - Auraknot vs Mooka
It's been a while since our last duotangle challenge, so this week we are going to create a tile using ONLY the two tangles Auraknot and Mooka.

For those of you who are regulars here, you may know my love/hate affair with Mooka.  I just love the look of it, yet i still don't feel that i've mastered it.  For that reason, i try to throw it into tiles once in a while so that i can some day master it... Keeping in mind that i have a Maria Thomas original mooka tattooed on my left wrist, i want to get to that level of mastering.  ;)

You can see the steps for these tangles in these youtube videos







Here's my contribution, using Marie Browning's colour embossing technique.... (another thing i'm attempting to master)


Have a great week!!
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 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??