Mittwoch, 22. März 2017

DC#308 "Mac`N Cheese" Tangles : Zentangle- Hausmannskost, TMP#7

Last week Zentangle HQ posted a newsletter where they reminded us to the Zentangle "basics" as every day dozens of new tangles are published, many of them very complex and high level. I agree, sometimes it is really stressful to follow all the news and all to try all the new tangles.

When I read it, I felt to be addressed a little bit... In my Zentangle calendar I tried to draw every day a tangle which is new to me, but I realized, that this is not really relaxing sometimes. Furthermore I realized, that blogging, posting on Facebook in several groups, on Instagram, the MosaicApp... takes a lot of additional time which is not part of the Zentangle idea.
I realized, thatis needed to focus in order to keep the mindfulness of the Zentangle method.

Rick and Maria remind us to the slogan "one stroke at a time" without concern for the result. No competition!
Yes, we  forget it sometimes. Thank you for this admonition!!

So, the DIVA has a very good flair this week to pick up this theme and to challenge us to draw a tile which goes back to the basics. To use well known tangles which are perfect for every opportunity.
Use "mac&cheese tangles".
I chose "Tripoli" , one of my favourites, since I have understood how it works..

Another "mac&cheese tangle" is Crescent Moon. In their latest Kitchen Table Video Rick and Maria show a cool tangelation with Crescent Moon. I tried it in my calendar and added another two on that page: It was EASY, RELAXING and FUN!!! (And the result is nice...)

I will do both in the future: Some more "mac&cheese", but when I see a new tangle which I love at once, I will draw it... ;-), without any stress.

The Tangle Mosaic Project #7 by Annette (Lonetta) is ongoing, it lasts until March, 31st.
If you are interested to participate, here is the link to this great project.
And this is my contribution, I am looking forward to see the final results!

Sonntag, 19. März 2017

Some more Zingo for DC307 , St.Patrick`s day and some..

The tangle "Zingo" which was published by Indy and Mazzy in a Kitchen Table Video by Zentangle is so lovely that I have been using it for three days in my Zentangle calendar with several variations. It is such a lovely tangle!
I just watched all conributions to this week`s DIVA Challenges and realized that this tangle has lots of potential to be a favourite pattern...

This is my calendar page of Zingo:

March, 17th,was St. Patrick`s day. Not a holiday in Germany,
but as the Germans love Ireland there were many parties in Irish Pubs
with lots of Guinness beer and live music and also some leprechauns ;-))

I spent three days with tangling green , with some knotwork ,
inspired by Adele Bruno on her stunning blogpost and by the
new tangle "Feeling Knotty" by Cherryl Moote on
The background is "Lucky" by Adele Bruno.

This week a friend of mine, who is an optician, had her 10th anniversary of her Optician Shop. She is a very good specialist and she ensures that I have the right sight anytimes...
I made this card as a gift (even though I never saw  similar glasses in her store):

And last not least my tangle of today was a Crescent Moon, inspired by the latest "Kitchen Table Viedeo" by Rick Roberts. I love that very deep dimensional effect of the shading!

Montag, 13. März 2017

DC#307: "Kitchen Table Tangles with Indy and Mazzy" and some weekly tiles


Last weekend Zentangle has published a very special video of their series "Kitchen Table Tangles".
Indy and Mazzy, the lovely daughters of Molly Hollibaugh present their tangle "ZINGO" in a video tutorial. You need to know, that the young ladies 7 and 5 years old - isn`t that stunning?

They show us how simple AND creative the Zentangle method is and how beautiful the results can be even if there is no absolute perfection in line work.
Thank you so much for this lesson!

The DIVA, also mother of two adorable children, decided that we all should participate from that experience and asked us to draw ZINGO this week.

First I tried it in my calendar and I was surprised about the baeauty of this tangle.

Later I tried another ZINGO on a black Zendala tile:

Last week I explored the new tangle Tessel by Yudy Okawa. I has been published on Tanglepatterns last week.
Tessel has a lot of variation possibilities as it is like a reticula grid and can be filled by lots of tangles.

I have been playing some days with Tessel in my calendar:

The days before I played with APROX , which has been deconstructed by Susan Pundt.
It is also new on

Montag, 6. März 2017

DC#306 , a large ZIA and the latest calendar pages

The first DIVA Challenge of the month is called "UMT Challenge" - Use My Tangle-
Everybody  can post his tangles on DIVAS UMT-page and apply for this challenge.

This week the DIVA chose "Amphora" by ZenLilyMoon.
I have been following the work of Lily already for a long time and I adore their work.  
Amphora is new to me and I like it much. This is my interpretation of this beautiful tangle:

During the last few weeks I drew this picture below. Because of it's size I can not call it a tile anymore. It is a page of the same Fabriano paper like the original Zentangle tiles are. The size of the page is 28x38 cm. 
It was not my first large scale project but my most "intensive" one. I tried to connect the tangles and to blend them, if possible. So I realized that I needed some planning and some creative breakes sometimes. I had a lot of fun with it and collected some experiences, by the way.

And last but not least these are the latest two pages from my calendar.
I love all the tangles I used during these days, I could not say what my favourite is... love them all.

When I found PICO by Staubkorn I realized that many variations are possible, so I tried some of them. My favourite of them is the last one with Betweed inside.

Dienstag, 28. Februar 2017

DC#305: Duotangle Marasu and Molygon

The task of this week's Diva Challenge is to create a duotangle of the tangles Marasu and Molygon. Both are official Zentangle tangles. I love Marasu much because it has so much depth after shading.

For this tile I tried to connect both tangles a little bit as both of them have a spiral shape . 
Some days before I read a post by Maria Thomas about finishing of the surface with some coating. I used a colourless lacquer in two layers. The result is really stunning, it increases the brightness of the colours and the white charcoal is fixed. Attached you see the tile with the coating and without below.

The recent calendar pages... Goodbye February!