Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekly Challenge #228: GUEST BLOGGER Cari Sultanik, CZT

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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



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

35 comments:

  1. Well, Cari, this one is right up my street. Loved it. Mine just grew out from the central Trio and at each stage it seemed obvious what to do next. Doesn't always happen like that so thank yoou for the opportunity.

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    1. My pleasure! So glad you liked the challenge :)

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  2. Cari, great minds think alike. I've been inspired by all sorts of natural things of beauty this summer. Congratulations on a great challenge.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I loved your entries! Hope to see you soon.

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  3. Cari, I was so excited to see what your challenge presented!! I just love organic tangles and feel that I will probably do another, sometime this week!!
    My family is still keeping lil' Hayden in our prayers and thoughts. Please give an update when you can!
    Great challenge and thank you for spreading the love!!! :0) Annette

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    1. Thanks so much Annette! I'm glad you got something out of the challenge. And THANK YOU for keeping Hayden in your prayers! :)

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  4. Thanks for this challenge - I love organic/natural tangles, and had fun with my file!

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    1. My pleasure! So fun to see everyone enjoying it!

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  5. Love, love, love organic tangles! Great challenge.
    Lee Darter

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  6. I was hesitating to do this. Organic and natural. It is so close. How to work that out? I found a string (no 103) and I went out in the rain where the Ladie´s Mantle were filled with raindrops and then it came out all of a sudden. I enjoyed it!

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    1. I love to hear that it posed a challenge for you, Anita! I always like the challenges that stretch my creativity, too :)

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  7. I love these type of tangles the most, now to get time to do this challenge! :) before looking at everyone else's :)

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! So happy you like this one!

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  8. This was a fun challenge! Thank you!

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  9. Cari, great challenge. For some reason I wasn't able to really do your challenge justice. What's that old saying, Try, try again. LOL

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    1. Isn't that the best part of these challenges, though? Pushing into what's less comfortable? And, personally, I really like what you did. The colors are so subtle and comforting, too.

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  10. This is my first EVER Diva Challenge.

    http://tanglemethis.blogspot.ca/2015/07/diva-challenge.html

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    1. I'm honored, Aleesha, and you did a great job!

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  11. Had super fun with this challenge. Thank You !

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    1. So glad to hear that, Jay, and you're welcome!

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  12. Thank you for this delightful challenge!

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  13. Cari - thank you for the great challenge this week. I too love organic patterns that are free to grow in any direction and can morph into or out of themselves or other patterns.

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    1. Right? To me it puts the "zen" in Zentangle :)

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  14. Loved this one and it got me to finish a UFO which is always a good thing ;)

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  16. Love this and can't wait to try!

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  17. This challenge is following me! I couldn´t help doing it again! :)

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  18. I love organic patterns, so this one was perfect for me. Thanks.

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  19. Was not sure I would be able to get anything done for this challenge. Was fun and relaxing.

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  20. This was soooooo soothing. Thank you, Cari!

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tangle me some zen, baby!!