First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
- If you're NEW here (and there've been a lot of new additions to the party!) I'm working on creating some tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or: See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials"
- To see all the past weekly challenges - click the tab above, or follow this link
- Please grab the button for the Weekly Challenge (on the right sidebar) to display on your blogs! share the fun!
- The limit of submissions to the slideshow is TWO, but please feel free to post as many as you like to your blogs. I will take the first two presented to each challenge.
- and i want to say a very extra special big heart felt thank you to everyone who donated funds. I continue to be amazed by the generosity of spirit of this wonderful community. HUGS!
What a ride this 100th challenge has been for me. My post for the 100th challenge has been viewed over 13,000 times! and the video has been viewed over 1,800 times!! we had the greatest number of participants for the slideshow, and i received so many emails of congratulations, and emails from people who were finally getting up the courage to submit for the first time (GOOD FOR YOU!!!) and lots of new comers! WELCOME HERE!!!
Also, over the break i took some time and read all (yes all) the blog posts from the 100th challenge, and i was so touched by what some of you wrote. Here's a few highlights:
"But the beautiful thing about Zentangle is that we can all dance to the beat of a different drummer and still be in the same parade." Cris Letourneau
"Wow 100 challenges allready. What a great achievement! So many people who stay around the blog of Laura and make an contribute every week. I think thats great about zentangle. Everyone can do it and becaus of this challenge thing you learn to step out of your little box and try some things you would never do before. It made my tangle world bigger" didisch
"We come to hear about the joy and challenges of raising two young boys, one with a serious health problem. We share her worries and her triumphs, admire her diva-ness, shiver at all the snow, and wonder how she manages to fit it all in.
I love her challenges. They've encouraged me to try new tangles and to think in new ways. They've allowed me to see the beautiful work of dozens of tanglers every week, giving me new ideas and stretching my skills.
Thank you, Laura. You have been a gift in my life!" Karen Lynn
"My tile has a heart at it’s center because it seems to me that Laura’s heart is at the center of everything she does. " Kathy
"What's amazing is to see each week's entries - everyone starts with the same prompt yet each entry is unique, inspiring and exquisite. A Zentangle feast." Suzanne Wilka
"Congratulations and thank you to the Diva, Laura Harms, on reaching her 100th Zentangle® Diva challenge. Her blog is inspirational, humorous, and enlightening--about art, family, and life. Each week she has opened up her life--the joys and troubles--to an eager audience. Her stories and struggles remind me of why Zentangle is so important in my life and in many others' lives.
With Zentangle, "Anything is possible one stroke at a time."®" Emily Classon
"Even though I don't get to the challenges every week, I always visit her site to see what tangly fun she presents. Often, the challenge is the only time I actually sit to do a deliberate bit of tangling in the midst of the business of life. I am always grateful, even if I didn't tangle that week. Just knowing she is there with her tangly torch is a comfort and a joy." Carole Ohl
"Laura Harms, has blessed us over and over again with this forum for drawing on a common theme, and then sharing our work in a safe environment. No winners, no losers, just delighted smiles, as we savor the beauty of every interpretation on the theme. " bethb
"Laura Harms is bit like a reindeer herself, beautiful, gentle and strong" Indira
and my personal favourite, which made me feel all warm and gooey inside:
"As I was completing my tile, I couldn't help but think of Diva Dance as a visual representation of Laura's journey and message--that bumps in the road happen, and there will be dark times...but you just keep going, you work around what life throws at you. You have to! Just keep "aura-ing"--keep growing and giving, adjusting whenever you need to, and having fun when the opportunity arises. But always, always adapting to challenges and difficulties." Amy in TNthank you everyone. :D
I hope everyone had a great holiday season! ours was fully full of fullness.
Christmas gatherings, and Artoo teething,
|Not one gift this year was un-Star Wars related|
|Santa brought this amazing light sabre... |
it comes apart to make two so there have been several duels since Christmas
B-rad made me two beautiful wall hangings - here's one:
|The Flower of Life|
i heart them.
They are going to find a place on the wall of our finally finished art/music studio/den space that we've been working on since we were flooded back in the spring of 2010!!! If i ever get it somewhat organized, i'll show you all. i'm pumped.
and a pretty chilled out New Years Eve with B-rad, my brother and his girlfriend and a box of wine. ;)
I wrote out my goals for this year in my journal... some of them include doing a drawing a day (or some form or arting) and doing a 10k in the fall! (OH MY!) What about you?
Another great thing that happened over our holiday break was the creation of a new tangle in our house! and it wasn't created by me....
Weekly Challenge #101 UMT v.XII: "Phicops"
Before Christmas, B-rad was up late one night listening to Pink Floyd records and doodling, when he came up with an image that he found he could replicate with a few simple steps.
He showed me the next morning, and i was like; "that could TOTALLY be a tangle".
he said: "I know."
One of the perks of being married to the Diva, is that when you come up with a new tangle...she makes it the next UMT challenge!
Phicops (sounds like f-eye-cops)
On the tangle name:
"It reminded me me of an arthropod shell, so i looked up images on google and came up with one that was sort of in a spiral shape, which is called a phacops. The golden spiral (based on the Phi Φ ratio, which is 1.618:1 ) has always been an inspiration to me, so it seemed a perfect fit." - B-rad
It took me a few tries to get the hang of it, but it's pretty awesome and has lots of ways to be tangleated. ;)
|I drew out the boxes for the breakout and did the fonts... b-rad did the rest|
|B-rad's beautiful tile.|
|My first attempt on a tile|
|My Phicops Zendala|
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 post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address). 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.
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??Linkey Machine is BACK!!!