Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekly Challenge #232 Guest Blogger Holly Atwater, CZT

Hello all!

My name is Holly Atwater, otherwise known as ha! designs, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a guest challenge maker once again for the famous DIVA! Laura... I hope you've had a wonderful summer vacation with your beautiful family. I along with everyone else am looking forward to your triumphant return next week!

Before jumping into my extra special duo challenge today, I'd like to share a little about my summer.

This is a transition summer for me. My baby is heading off to college (when this posts she will be starting her first day of school). I know that many of you have already gone through this... it sure isn't easy. I have spent the last couple of months really focusing on spending time with her and have put everything else on the back burner (as witnessed by my absence from my blog/art/teaching). Time just flies by way too fast. I remember how sad, yet excited, I felt when our oldest daughter made this journey ten years ago... somehow it is more difficult sending off the last child. I am at a crossroads, a transition...

How did my baby grow up so fast?!
Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled for Cami to move on, to be independent, and begin her own journey. She is going to achieve all she sets her mind to! She is smart and driven.  What I will miss is our daily interactions (she used to come home from school to have lunch with me almost everyday!), the working together to team teach our Zentangle® classes, and mainly the daily hugs. I find besides feeling a little saddened by the end of this part of my life, I am also excited and a little scared about what lies ahead. What direction will my life take as I suddenly become more "independent" myself once again, and Norm and I find it's just the two of us (plus our puppy son) at home? 

The direction I choose to take is to enjoy having more time to create art, continue teaching Zentangle, and working on producing more Audio Zentangle Meditations... PLUS I look forward to Norm and I going off by ourselves from time to time. :) I know that in order to accomplish what I would like to do and avoid getting lost, I must stay focused...

This leads me to the challenge I place before you this week: It is a Duo Challenge! You can choose which one or ALL that you would like to do! My original plan was to keep this challenge as an Audio challenge... but then I remembered that MANY participants are from countries all over the world and an English version audio wouldn't work for everyone. So... I decided to offer this Duo version!

Weekly Challenge #232 : Duo Challenge: Audio vs. Betweed

Challenge 1 : The Audio Zentangle Meditation
Earlier this year I began producing Audio Zentangle Meditations that were inspired by the Meditation that Molly Hollibaugh led us through at the Certified Zentangle Teacher training seminar my daughters and I attended. It is a wonderful way to really get into the Zen of the Zentangle method. No preconceived notion of what you will create, you just listen... draw... there are no mistakes. You can choose which one you would like to do (or all... overachievers... you know who you are!).  These do not need to be done in number order, just choose which one you would like. NOTE: In order to keep the secret of the tangle PLEASE notate on the Mr. Linkey whether you completed an Audio Challenge by putting an A (plus the number of the one you did... 1, 2, or 3) after your name. As an example, if I am submitting art for completing Audio #3, I would have my "name" in Mr. Linkey read, "ha! designs A3." I would definitely suggest not looking at submissions until you complete the audio. You want to keep your mind free of what the pattern is "supposed" to look like. NO CHEATING!!

(Links will take you to the post on my blog that includes the audio and supply list.)

Challenge 2 : Betweed
I am choosing this lovely tangle by Zentangle cofounders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas because of how I feel so "betweed" things in my life right now. You can find the step out for this pattern here.

"Betweed Transitions"
I really enjoyed creating this piece... I have bold sections and crossroads leading to areas that are just beginning to materialize. It perfectly expresses how I'm feeling.

I so enjoyed being your substitute challenge maker this week. I hope you enjoy your challenge(s) and that they bring some mindfulness and focus into your day.

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



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 find me at www.hadesigns.blogspot.com. I hope you'll visit! 

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. ;)



50 comments:

  1. Hi Holly! Fantastic to see you here as guest blogger this week. I've just done Audio 1 and loved every second of it and I've created a beauty! I'll be sharing on my blog and linking here later on today, but despite the slow, mindful and meditative process that I just went through, I rushed at the audio tape like a mad thing and had to draw on the first piece of paper that I could reach - not a Bijou tile, or any other sort of tile either! But I enjoyed it very much.
    Thanks for a lovely challenge. (Might have to post on Facebook, just so you know I've done it!)
    Axxx

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    1. Annie!!! I just peeked at the GORGEOUS art you created on Facebook! I can't wait to see your post about it! I am THRILLED to hear that you enjoyed the process! It makes me happy to hear that you just got to creating with whatever was in front of you! Thanks for starting my day out so wonderfully!

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  2. I was quite surprised at how I liked the meditation since if you ask anyone I can be a bit of a stick in the mud at times. It took me on a different tangent, which prompted me to do something I might not normally have done. Thanks! Great challenge! Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah! I am so glad that you enjoyed the meditation! It's good to step out of your comfort zone from time to time... you never know what you might find! Have a wonderful day!

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  3. For me this really was a challenge. I'm really not very good at the meditation side of things. So I did all three just to see if I could. Well, I managed the patterns but I'm pretty sure I would have failed the Zen bit. Fun but frustrating!

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    1. Hi Margaret! I am glad you gave the challenge a try! Thanks so much for participating!

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  4. Hi Holly! Happy to see you over here as a guest blogger. Your daughter is a beauty and I know you are so proud of her. Great post :)

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    1. Hi Jean! Thanks so much... I am thrilled to be here! It is so perfect that this post went live today as it is distracting me from the very empty room in my house. Just returned home last night and the house seems very quiet. Yes... I am VERY proud of her (actually BOTH of my daughters!)! Looking forward to seeing your post!

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  5. Heck, I forgot to put P2 on mine and there is no way to edit it. So sorry everyone, I am so embarrassed.

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    1. Oops! Well... I'm pretty sure it won't be the end of the world and nothing to be embarrassed about! I am hopeful that most people will just do the challenge first before looking at results anyway! Thanks so much for participating! I so appreciate it! :)

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  6. Hi Holly- I had to title my blog post: <> Nevertheless, I had a good time because Betweed is one of my favorite tangles. I do hope to try one of the audio challenges when I'm not facing so many deadlines. (Of course, if I were Zen enough, I would have tried it to day when I'm feeling deadline pressure. Is this what they call a conundrum?) In recognition of the life passage you are experiencing (beginning of the empty nest phase of your life), I also shared an essay I wrote when we delivered our youngest son for the beginning of his university career.It might resonate for you. We even have a dog too.

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    1. Oops, somehow the title of my post disappeared (or failed to appear). It is: .

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    2. Hi Suzanne!

      It was such a pleasure to read your post and see the lovely Betweed tile you created! Thank you for posting a link to your essay... It definitely resonated with me!

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  7. Can someone more technologically advanced than me tell me how to remove my link? I inadvertently l put the wrong link to my post. I am ReneeW #21. I tried the Mr. Linky removal tool but nothing happened.....thanks for these great challenges. I really look forward to them. Renee W.

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  8. Thanks Holly, for this challenge. I tried the first option you gave us, but somewhere lost it (I'm Dutch and I thought my English was good enough :-( ). But, I continued because, like some others, I always put the first tile I make on my blog. So, I think it's not really what you instructed, but ..... that's what happened. I love your Betweed tile BTW!!!

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    1. Anne.... I just viewed your lovely tile! I think you did an AWESOME job listening and creating your tile. The point is not necessarily to create the same thing as everyone else... it is to listen and create your interpretation of the words! This same pattern will and can look different whether you know the step outs in advance or whether you're listening to audio prompts. I think you demonstrated this beautifully! Wonderfully done!

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  9. I made A2 yesterday evening. The first time I tried meditation in this way. Thank you Holly for that experience. I will try the two left as well.

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    1. Hi Anita!

      I just viewed this tile... Wonderfully done! It's gorgeous! I was so pleased to read that you achieved that wonderful state of relaxed focus we call zen! No matter the outcome (even though yours was GREAT), you achieved the point of the challenge!

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  11. Now I have tried all three meditations. The 3 was the tricky one! Because I didn´t know exactly what 1 inch meant! I had to make a break and look that up. After that I started it all over again, because I had got it all wrong. I know there are no misstakes in zentangels but I had to do it once again. Afterwards I turned my "misstake" into another zentangle and I was really pleased with that!

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    1. YAY!! Another over achiever located!!! I just viewed this tile... It was lovely!

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  12. And at last I made A!. I haven´t tried Bijou-size before and I was a little bit scary of the very small tile. I don´t think that such small pieces of paper is really meant for me to work on. But I did it and I feel great about it! And I really liked to work through listening to the Audios!

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    1. I'm so glad that you stepped out of your comfort zone to try working on a bijou sized tile! It was another fabulous piece! I am so pleased that you enjoyed the audios! Thanks so much!

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  13. Holly, I remembered just how much I enjoyed this process of Zentangle during CZT Seminar. Molly was wonderful! And I have to say you did just as wonderful a job as her!! Thank you for filling in for the Diva! I guess this makes me one of the overachiever types,........:0) I enjoyed myself, thank you again! Have a wonderful day! :0) Annette

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    1. Oh my, Annette... You are ever-so-kind to give me that kind of compliment! I could only wish-upon-a-star to achieve Molly's amazing standard!

      I was thrilled to see that there is another over achiever in the group! Your tiles all turned out beautifully! Thank you again for the lovely words and I am thrilled that you enjoyed yourself!

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  14. Hi Holly! This was an interesting challenge for me because I'm a strong visual learner. I really enjoyed listening to your voice and the music, though as I explained on my blog, I get distracted listening to Bach.. I'm really curious to see if I can do this with a pattern I hadn't done before.. Thank you for a fun challenge!

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    1. I forgot to note that I did all four challenges!!

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    2. YAYYYYY!!! Another over achiever located!!! This is really making my day!

      You mentioned that you wonder what would happen if you didn't have experience with the tangle... Well, one of my Zentangle® students played my audio for her book club, which included a number of people who have NO prior experience with Zentangle.... They were ALL able to complete the tangle! They looked great too! My student proudly showed me the photo of the tiles at the next class I taught! Maybe you'll have the experience yourself if one of my future audios is a tangle you're not familiar with!

      I am so happy that you enjoyed the challenge! Your tiles turned out beautifully!

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  15. Interesting challenges. Did not get all done but did do 3 out of 4. Now looking forward to looking at what others have done.

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    1. Thanks, Donald! I so enjoyed seeing each of your tiles and reading about your process. They were all wonderful pieces of art!

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  16. I d'ont know english well, i'm french. So i chose the second challenge with Betweed and i enjoyed it. thank you

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    1. Christine... Your Betweed as a string tile was gorgeous!! Thanks so much for participating!

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  17. Lovely Betweed, Holly!! Great presentation. Maybe another time I will try your audio :) :) Wonderful story about you and your daughter!!

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/08/my-diva-holly-atwater-betweed-challenge

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    1. Thanks so much, Diane! I really appreciate that. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful Betweed submission!

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  18. Wow! This was so interesting. Did all 4 and would definitely be interested in doing some more audio challenges.

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    1. I knew that there were LOTS of over achievers out there in the Zentangle world!! Thank you so much for being one of them! I am so glad you enjoyed the audios AND I loved seeing your gorgeous results!

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  19. Sorry about the two links couldn't figure out how to delete the first one, but followed instructions on the second one(I think)

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    1. No need to be sorry! I threw a monkey wrench into how people normally post their submission!

      You followed instructions perfectly on the second one! Thank you!

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  20. I love your audio challenges, Holly.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! I so enjoyed seeing your lovely submission!

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  21. Hi Holly, thanks for a fun Duo challenge! Like you, I've been busy getting my youngest off to college. I decided to do the Betweed challenge, but at some point I'd love to try an audio challenge.

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    1. Sidney!!! I hope all has gone well as you send your youngest off into the big world of college too!

      Your Betweed submission was lovely... so fresh with elegant lines. I'll look forward to hearing how you enjoy the audios, should you decide to try them one day!

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  22. Hi, Holly. I really enjoyed doing the meditations, even though I had a little trouble hearing the audio in #s 2 and 3. It's definitely something I would do again. And since I really like Betweed, I would have done the Betweed challenge, too. But it's kind of late in the day and I'm not sure I can fit it in. But thanks for a great challenge.

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    1. Hi Audrie!

      Thank you for trying all three audio meditations! I was sorry to read that you had trouble with a couple of them. It's the first I've heard of this issue... I'll definitely look into it and be extra aware on future ones I produce. Thanks for the feedback and participating!

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  23. Hi Holly,
    I had fun trying out the audio meditation. As I am new to zentangle, I had no idea what pattern I was supposed to draw and it funny to see how what I drew created variations of those patterns, eventhough I tried to stick to your instructions.
    For audio one, I first tought we had to draw the other triangles inside the first one ... And I had no idea the parallel lines had to be the same length ...
    For audio two, I wasn't too sure what "skip" the orb meant, and I thought the aura had to go around the orbs...
    In both cases I love the results and I now need to find time to try audio 3 !

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    1. Hi Elisa!

      Welcome to the wonderful world of Zentangle! It was perfect that you didn't have an idea of the pattern... The exercise was to be in the moment, not think ahead, or anticipate what you should do next. Your outcomes were FANTASTIC! There are no rules in this exercise... People will hear instructions differently... and then the art happens! I am so pleased that you enjoyed the audios AND your results! Thanks for participating!

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  24. Better late than never! Bijou tiles are a little too fun. While I completely misunderstood the instructions for A2 it was a great exercise.

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    1. I just viewed your submissions! They are ALL wonderful! I'm so glad that you were able to participate in the challenge!

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  25. I had to add this last tile to this challenge, even if it is for challenge 233. Because I wanted to tell, I had to go to the Bijou-size again. It is something strange happening with this small size! When I do my paintings the use to be huge! And now I am doing this!

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    1. Anita...

      Another lovely submission! Isn't it amazing what happens when you change things up a little?! :)

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tangle me some zen, baby!!