Archive for the ‘Diva Challenges’ Category

DSCF1878Sometimes when you find yourself in a ditch on the side of life’s road, it sure is nice to have a friend come along and give you a push…Thanks Antonine, you’re the best!

Moving on…Unlike, it seems, a lot of people, I really like the “Zen” part of zentangle. OK, not fondling the paper, breathing deeply with my eyes closed, and gasping in awe at the gorgeous archival black ink…not that zen part, but the idea of paying attention to each stroke and being immersed in the act of laying down lines, curves, and dots that eventually form something that’s never been before. Yeah, I like that part…which may be why it takes me forever to draw a tile, but I come away refreshed…like I’d just done a meditation, so that’s the zen part for me.

Anyway, I did all three Diva meditations, tho I’m not posting the results since, well, they look just like they ought to (and if you’re seeing this on Bright Owl, check out the Diva challenge for these audio meditations). I enjoyed doing them, but I would have loved an “Advanced” meditation that used some obscure tangle so that I was still wondering what the heck the final tangle was going to look like up until I finished drawing it. Since I’ve done a few tiles before, after the first few instructions, I was thinking “Oh, this is …”. I would love to have been able to do one of these meditations with a “Beginner’s Mind” and be amazed at the end…just a thought, Holly. You do these so well…and what a lovely voice!

What I AM posting, since this is a Diva duo tangle week anyway, is a “twofer”…Betweed for the Diva inside the Bright Owl Zendala. I did do a solo Betweed tile with gentle rolling curves and falling rain and what was meant to be a Betweed leaf peeking in from the side. Since, in reality, it looked like someone had put their thumb over the lens while taking a moderately dull photo, it will remain in my “perfect by ugly” file (Don’t tell me you don’t have one…).

Have a wonderful week, everyone – and Happy Tangling!


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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 Labyrinth

DSCF1704I love labyrinths! In a town nearby, an army of volunteers armed with black tape put a copy of the labyrinth at Chartres on the floor of the town hall every January 1st. It’s there for only one day and it’s wonderful! We walk it every year as a way to start the New Year in meditation – thoughts of the year past and the year to come.

Unlike a maze, the goal of a labyrinth isn’t to get to the center…it’s the journey. I found an old, overgrown labyrinth that someone had built behind a church and decided to walk it. There was one huge tree branch blocking a part of the path and, the first time around I pushed through it, grumbling about why no one took care of this space and how hard it was to be contemplative while shoving my way through branches and twigs. On my second pass, I was still grumbling but by the thrid time around I just laughed and pushed the branches away…that’s a labyrinth – like life -sometimes the journey has obstacles and it’s up to us to decide how we deal with those obstacles – to grumble or to laugh. Laughter is always more productive:-)

Anyway, I really enjoyed doing this week’s challenge. I admit, much erasing occurred, but the lines are freehand and the labyrinth is of my own design. (I really do like labyrinths 🙂

I wish everyone a great week – and Happy Tangling!

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Diva 211 Flux

Nothing real special with this one…just sort of a Mooka, Fluxy thing. I enjoyed the flowing movement involved in drawing it. It’s hard to go wrong with Flux 🙂 The photo is a bit yellow since it’s a rather dark, dreary day outside. Diva 211 flux The light from a lamp is so much different from the light from the sun – but sunlight is just around the corner, so I’ll just have to be content to have a “yellow” day today.

My thoughts and best wishes to Artoo and his family…and to all who need them. Have a good week, everyone!

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Diva 210 - Sprial String I’ve been madly scribbling away in my sketchbook trying to come up with some new tangles and, although it’s not quite right yet, I used one here in honor of my mom. I also used David Hunter’s first tangle on Tanglepatterns, Pinbawl, coz he’s still in my thoughts and prayers…and it’s a great tangle :-). The rest is filled it in with Printemps…which is “Spring” in French…something which those of us in the colder parts of the world are desperately hoping for, so it all just seemed to fit together.

My mom was 95 and in an assisted living facility, so most of her “things” were either sold or given away rather than shipping them across the country. My “inheritance” consisted of a silver bookmark, a few photos, and a box of costume jewelry. She had A LOT of clip back earrings and I love looking at the different patterns on them. The tangle on this weeks tile (lower left) is sort of like one of those earrings…I’m still working on it, but I decided to use it this week anyway since it fit with my theme of love, friendship, and hope. (OK, my tangles are never “themed”, but this one sort of worked out that way).

So, that is my wish for everyone this week…Love, friendship, hope, and blessings. Happy Tangling!

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