Archive for May, 2015





I played with a few “line only” designs, but found that every time, despite my best efforts, a curve would sneak in so I went for the tried and true. Paradox, if drawn in the right configuration (Thank you, Margaret), makes curves and, although it may be trite, it’s still lovely and mesmerizing to draw.

Now, I admit to having had some previous problems with paradox. It’s not hard to draw, but it does require a certain amount of concentration and when one’s attention is…Was that a squirrel?…apt to wander, it’s easy to get lost and forget what line comes next.  This time, though, I buckled down and, yea, it worked!

The other pic is of a small “Maryhill” kite that I made during the Winter (when Spring seemed so far off). If it was square and not a mandala shape, it would be all straight lines, so I’m sharing it as well. It’s a bit bigger than a zentangle tile and it really does fly!




One of the advantages of living in a rural area is that the people here have a rather laissez-faire, “live and let live”, attitude – which is a good thing since most of us are crazy as bedbugs in our own adorable ways so we tend to overlook each other’s eccentricities. In my previous life in suburban Boston, where one’s neighbors would deliver the “cut direct” if one were so disrespectful of their sensibilities as to have a dandelion disgracing your lawn, they would probably have called the police upon seeing a woman of a certain age racing across the field, goofy dog snapping at her ankles, trying to launch the world’s smallest kite. I did manage to get it aloft – seconds before succumbing to heat exhaustion- and it was a wonder to see…well, briefly wonderful, until it had a sort of Charlie Brown encounter with a lilac tree. Since my beloved had sneered, during it’s creation, that “That little thing is never going to fly”, it’s short flight was doubly sweet. The dog though throughly enjoying the race, kept looking at me as though I had let loose my few remaining marbles – but he delights in eating frozen cat turds, so what does he know?

Anyway, I have a tile with straight lines that make curves and a tiny kite that flies. I am a happy woman.
Have a great week everyone!



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I’m a bit late to the party this week. Creature of habit that I am, starting on Tuesday threw me off and, well, not being a fan of black tiles, I procrastinated but, for what it’s worth, here is this weeks effort. I tried to shade it, which was, in hindsight, perhaps not such a good idea, and the overall piece is, to me, rather uniformly uninteresting, but we learn from our less than stellar efforts as well as from our successes – or so I keep telling my kids 🙂

Needless to say, I have no black tiles so this is on “found” material. It’s from my “What was I thinking?” collection of dubious bargains. (It’s a rather large collection). The local art store had a box of black Strathmore cards on sale at 75% off. Wow – what a deal…so I bought them and toted them home. It didn’t occur to me until later that there really is no occassion to which the sending of a black card is actually appropriate – even as a condolence card it’s a bit somber. I mean, when I sends cards, it’s usually for some joyful occassion like a birthday or anniversary and my thoughts are on fluttering bluebirds, champagne bubbles and sparkly colors, not black on black. Even if I could make such things work on a black card it’s still going to come off something like “Happy Birthday, dearest – and many more, unlike the background of this card which seems to indicate my wish for your
imminent demise”…Anyway, I have now found a use for one of them…only 19 more to go 🙂

Thank you, everyone, for your delightful comments and for sharing your wonderful work. Enjoy what’s left of the week!


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DSCF1742Welcome to Dexville 🙂

Not being a big fan of grid tangles, I’d never used Dex before so I thought I’d try out a few variations on the basic theme and then try to use bunzo in some rather non bunzo like ways. Odd, but interesting.

Happy 35th Laura! I wish I could remember being 35…I’d also like to remember where I put my glasses, though neither wish is likely to be fulfilled any time soon. Perhaps when I sit on the glasses I may yet find them 🙂

Our huge crabapple tree is a sea of white blossoms, the lilacs are filling the air with scent, and I was dive bombed in the barn this morning by a pair of returning swallows so Spring is officially here. Yeah! Have a good week everyone.

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Diva- UMT Brella

DSCF1718I like Brella a lot since it’s so versatile. It can be a dense, woven backdrop or a light sunshade but I wanted to use it’s darker side.

I really tried to do too much here so it didn’t turn out exactly like what I had in mind but there are no mistakes in zentangle, right? I wanted to play with negative and positive shapes and, then tassels seemed like fun and well, then I added color (way too intense) and it got a bit out of hand. Oh well…I had fun with it and that’s the point.

It’s past the fourth, but I will still give the Star Wars salute…May the 4th be with you all. Have a great week!

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