bugles

This week’s diva challenge is to use a tangle by Joyce Evans, who hails from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. It’s a tangle that allows for some creative interpretation. I like the basic shapes that comprise it, and lead quite effortlessly into other tangles. It was easy to add quandary, with the same leaf shapes, and quib flowed quite nicely out of the tops of the “stalks” created by the bugles.

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Tangles used: bugles, quandary, quib, lotus pods, and striping, plus some leafy shapes that started from a verdigogh type of plant form.

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not a doodle!

I love the quote that the diva shared this week on diva challenge 166. Margaret Bremner, a CZT and artist who, like the diva, hails from Saskatoon, compares tangling with doodling:

Tangling can look deceptively like doodling, but doodling it is not. Doodling is something you do with your hands while your thoughts are elsewhere, and can be very useful in some circumstances. In contrast, this art form is very focused. Your attention is on the pen, the paper, the flow of the ink, the patterns, the drawing; each stroke is drawn consciously and deliberately.

I am not a chronic doodler; preferring the focused mindset of tangling or drawing. Maybe that comes from a lifetime of drawing and painting practice, or maybe we all have an area that we gravitate toward on the doodle-to-drawing continuum.

I sure do know when my mind wanders a bit while tangling, though! Lines wander, or cross where they weren’t intended to. Tangles take on odd shapes. Like a breathing meditation, where you gently bring your mind back to the air flowing in and out of your body, with Zentangle, you gently swing back into focusing on your hand, the pen, and the stroke you are making right now.

I did two tiles for the challenge, using what started as a doodle for Laura Harms, but grew into a tangle. She hasn’t named it yet, so in my head I am calling it divadoodle.

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With Adele Bruno’s lanie.

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With some color, and tripoli, and Daved Levitan’s bridgen, which is like a mini version of the diva’s new tangle.

well, well, well

Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, of Zentangle®, just released a new official tangle called well. I like all the possibilities with this tangle! I got to explore some of them because the assignment for the diva challenge this week is to use it. You can read more and see how to create the tangle by reading the September 3 Zentangle newsletter.

Well is really conducive to being mindful and focused on making each pen stroke. The steps are easy to remember, and I found myself getting into the rhythm of the curved lines that connect grid corners to the central orb.

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The above tile includes these tangles: well, flux, striping, hibred, and bunzo, plus an African symbol I found.

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Tangles used above: well, knase, deelish, hibred, striping, mi2, flux, shattuck, and finery.

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The last tile includes well, tripoli, knightsbridge, voga, and opus.

two for the diva’s 102: bunzo and auraknot

I am reminded, every time I work on a Zentangle, what fun it is to draw. It’s a quiet kind of fun, but joyful nonetheless.

There is the sensory aspect of feeling the pen slide across the surface, and seeing the ink form a wet line that dries as it melds with the paper. When I use the pencil to shade, I can feel the slight texture of the tile grabbing the graphite, and the pencil responds to how hard I press.

There is something almost spiritual– or magical– about the play of pondering how something might look, and making it happen with a pen in hand. It’s about making something out of nothing. And about concentration, and wonder.

There is a hush about drawing. There is only the noise of implement on surface… the energy is focused entirely on what is being created at .25 millimeters wide.

And then there is the exuberance of sharing what I have done. In the case of Laura Harms’ weekly challenge, I also get to see other interpretations. They’re always an inspiration, a way of seeing that there are infinite possibilities in whatever challenge we take on.

This week, Laura challenged us with a duotangle, using only two tangles: bunzo and auraknot. I was having so much fun with them, I did two tiles. For the first, I decided not to fill in the usual bunzo stripes, leaving an all-over linear field.

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In the second, I wanted to weave the two tangles together, so they were intertwined.

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I hope you’ll consider joining the challenge, if you haven’t already.

the stripes challenge

Every week, Laura Harms, aka the Diva CZT, issues a new Zentangle challenge. It is a great way to explore new tangles and strings. This week it’s challenge #92: stripes. That is, the foundation, or string, for drawing structured patterns, is a set of parallel lines, or stripes. My interpretation is pretty straightforward, with horizontal stripes. Check out the links on her blog for other people’s ideas.

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