Donnerstag, 25. Mai 2017

DIVA Challenge #317:Photo Tangles and Tangle Mosaic #8

This week`s task of the DIVA Challenge is to combine a photo with tangles.

I spend my holidays in South France and we visited Pont du Gard yesterday. It is the world greatest Aquäduct which has been built by the Romans about 2000 years ago. It was used as a water pipe to the city of Nimes.
This bridge is a stunning building! It goes over the river Gordon, where you can rent a  canoe and explore the bridge from the waterside. As the temperatures are rather high this week (30°C) this 8km canoe tour was fun, indeed!
I think it is a good occasion to show you the beauty of Pont du Gard in the Diva Challenge:
I created two tiles, one tangled in black and one coloured

And here you see a photo of our canoe tour:

During the last days I drew the tiles for Annettes beautiful Mosaic Project, where anybody can take part until May, 31st. This time Annette has created a lovely string which should bee coloured in Green as a symbol of Springtime in May.

These are my contributions to Mosaic Project #8. I am looking forward to seeing the final Mosaic, which Annette will publish in June..

Donnerstag, 18. Mai 2017

DC#316 String Theory: Stripes

This week the DIVA challenged us to use stripes as string for a tile.
I combined this with an idea which I had some weeks ago and started to realize this week:
I use tapes as "strings" on my tiles.

For this tile I used white tapes and striped a black tile black/ white. Finally, I drew on the pale tape and on the black area. I need to exercise this some more...

I used the tangles Printemps (ZT), Drogon (Lily Moon), Shattuck (ZT), MySwing (my own) and Munchin (ZT)

I tried the tape technique on a black 3Z tile, and I will continue this series next time:

I am a little delayed with my calendar, I will show you the last days within my next post.
I wish you all a lovely weekend!!

Samstag, 13. Mai 2017

Spoken- the New Original Tangle and Preparation for Holidays....

Some days ago the Zentangle Headquarter published a beautiful new tangle with lots of possible variations . I like that tangle very much and tried a tile in my favourite colours:

Some days before our holidays are beginning I went to a shopping center to buy some things.
Some of the clothes were wrapped in tissue paper with wonderful patterns on it.

Last night I tangeled them in my calendar. I do not know yer if I ever go to deconstruct them in Zentangle way and if I am going to draw stepouts, but it was very funny to do that.

Here is the complete calendar page of the last three days:

Montag, 8. Mai 2017

DC#315 Tangle Study: Molygon

Last weekend the Rick and Maria published another "Kitchen Table Tangle" - Video on the Mosaic App. Molygon is a versatile tangle which opens lots of variations. 
The DIVA challenged us this week to draw a monotangle with Molygon.

I decided to draw a simple, symmetrical tile. This is my result:

In my calendar I tried another very simple Molygon study.
And today Linda Farmer published Trefoil by Judy Okawa on her website.

Last week I drew some Reticula and Fragments in my calendar and gave the new tangle by Zentangle HQ, which has been published in the last newsletter a try.  SPOKEN is lovely ... but it needs some more training ... I am going to draw it again next time.

Last but not least I show you a tile which I drew as a birthday card for my Mom.
I used my own tangles MySwing and Praa in combination with the Roses in C.R. Macintosh style which I love so much. 

Donnerstag, 4. Mai 2017

IAST#193 For Lily

Two weeks ago our adored Zentangle friend Lily Moon told us in a moving blogpost about her daughter who is sick with cancer and about the difficult timesshe has to cope with her family.
It makes me so sad and angry to read that a mother has to accept such a hard reality and has no chance to help..
The Zentangle community tries to give her the feeling not to be alone and to give her the strength to cope this situation.
Adele Bruno decided to  dedicate the IAST challenge to Lily this week. She created a lovely string with the first letters of Lilys name and proposed to use some of Lilys tangles.
Thank you, Adele, for this beautiful challenge!

I have never written such thoughts in English and I can only hope that I can express my mind sufficiently.

I drew the tile yesterday and during the whole time my thoughts were with Lily. I drew some black as a symbol for the hard times, but more bright rose colour with hearts as a symbol of  Love ❤️

I used Reel,  Drogon and Lily`s Valentine

In my calendar, I started the new month with Reticula and Fragments...
When I think of the first part of this blogpost it is absolutely unimportant ;-(

Dienstag, 2. Mai 2017

DC#314 - UMT "Scallamps" and Some Delayed Calendar Tangles

Gestern war der erste Montag im Mai, das heißt in der DIVA Challenge ist wieder ein "UMT" dran.
"Use my tangle" bedeutet, dass die DIVA ein Muster aussucht, welches von den Challenge Teilnehmern stammt.
Diesmal fiel die Wahl auf "Scallamps" von Sarah Uram.
Dieses Muster ist absolut neu für mich, aber ich liebe ja solche Herausforderungen. Es hat großen Spaß gemacht!!

Last Monday was the first one in May, so we have another "UMT" Challenge.
This time the DIVA chose "Scallamps" by Sarah Uram.
This tangle was absolutely new to me and I love such challenges... I had a lot of fun tonight with Scallamps. Look:

Außerdem bin ich mit meinen Kalenderbildern arg im Rückstand gewesen, den ich während der letzten Tage aufgeholt habe..
Es sind wieder viele Muster dabei, die neu für mich waren und viel Spaß gemacht haben.
Allerdings merke ich, dass das Kalenderprojekt sehr zeitaufwändig ist. Keine Ahnung, ob ich das über den Sommer durchhalten werde....
Furthermore I have tangeled during the last week some delayed tiles in my calendar. Now I am up to date again...
I tangeled lots of patterns which were new to me and enjoyed it much.
But I realize more and more that the calendar project takes a lot of time.
I am not sure if I can continue it during the summer time...

Montag, 24. April 2017

DC#313- Amanda Day, and a first try of "Dingbatz"

Letzten Samstag war der Tag der Erde "Earth Day". Lauras Sohn war schon vor Jahren der Meinung, dass die Erde einen Namen braucht, und so ist es nun schon meine dritte Teilnahme zum Amanda Day der DIVA Challenge. Ich bin sicher, es werden weitere folgen ...

Dieses Jahr habe ich mich wieder für ein Renaissance- Zendala entschieden (das passt irgendwie perfekt...) und habe versucht, Bäume im Zentangle Stil zu zeichnen.
Vor dem Schattieren, auf halbem Weg hat es mir nicht wirklich gefallen, aber nun finde ich es doch ganz schön. Auf jeden Fall hat es Spaß gemacht, mal wieder zu tangeln, nach mehrtägiger Pause.

Last Saturday was Earth Day. The DIVA`s sun gave our Earth the lovely name Amanda and this is already my third Amanda Day to take part in the DIVA Challenge! And I am sure there will follow some...

This year I decided to use a Renaissance Zendala tile and tried to draw some trees in Zentangle style.
I did not like it much before shadowing but finally I like it, anyway... And I enjoyed it very much to tangle, after a some days break.

In ihrem letzten "Kitchen Table Tangle" Video stellten Rick&Maria kleine dekorative Ornamente im Zentangle Stil vor, die sie "Dingbatz" nennen.
Heute habe ich die ersten kleinen Versuche gemacht. Die Dinger sind einfach süß. Und die haben das Potenzial, süchtig zu machen ;-)

In their last "Kitchen Table Tangle" - video Rick&Maria introduced the technique to draw small decorative ornaments in Zentangle style and named them "Dingbatz".
Today I tried the first ones. They are so cute.... probably they are addictive ;-)

Mit meinem Kalender bin ich arg im Rückstand. Da ich mich nicht unter Druck setzen möchte, werde ich wohl ein paar Tage auslassen und diese ggf. später nachholen.
With my calendar I am much behind the scenes. Probably I will leave off some days and add them later. No stress!!

Donnerstag, 20. April 2017

DC#312 - Tea String - and new Tangle PRAA

For the DIVA Challenge I used English Breakfast Tea to create a string - I dripped it on the paper and used the spots as the background for my new tangle "PRAA".

I got the inspiration for PRAA during a walk on the Cornwall Coast Path, on the cliffs along the sea, and there were loads of beautiful blossoms. The shape of one of them reminded me of tangles , the new , fresh lplant, but the dry residues of the last year as well. 
Later in the evening I played with this flowers and found an easy way to deconstruct it as a tangle.I named it PRAA, as our holiday home is situated in the village Praa Sands, directly at the Southwest Coast Path.

Here is a page from my calendar, where I did the first steps with PRAA:

And, just in case that anyone will give it a try... here is a stepout for PRAA:

Last, but not least I show you the plant, which inspired me for PRAA:
The German name is "Bärenklau" , in English "hogweed".

Sonntag, 16. April 2017

DC#311"Circle Sqare String Theory" and Happy Easter Greetings from Cornwall

I am writing this post in my beautiful holiday home in Cornwall, near Penzance where we have stunning seaviews from our home and phantastic weather.

We started last Wednesday, evening and had a lovely journey through South England, which has breathtaking nature and phantastic sights on the way to the West.
The nature shows that we have spring with lots of blossoms and flowers everywhere.

After very interesting breaks in Bournemouth, Winchester and Exeter we arrived here in our cottage yesterday.
Winchester and Exeter have gorgeous catherdrals, where I got lots of tangling inspirations. Sometime I will make an extra post  for this issue. Winchester Cathedral has a great area with phantastic medieval floor tiles which are tangles, everywhere:

Caused by the journey I did not have lots of time for tangling.
So I completed my calendar tiles in combination with the DIVA challenge today after a lovely walk on the coastal path.

The DIVA challenged to use squares and circles as strings, and this is what I did with it:

 I combined Flip-Flap and Ambler (or Emingle) in a square with Zenith and Maryhill in a circle.
Completed with some Hypnotic and String Rose.

This is my latest calendar page before, which I completed this morning with the Easter Eggs ;-)
I wish you all Very Happy Easter and thank you for visiting my blog!

Freitag, 7. April 2017

DC#310: UMT "Frunky" and new calendar pages

My last week was rather busy without much time for tangling. I had a huge backlog on my calendar pages and so I drew the DIVA challenge on my calendar pages this week. Last night I tangeled five days ;-)
First Monday of a month is "UMT-Challenge" (Use My Tangle). The DIVA chose the tangle "FRUNKY" by German CZT Katharina Königsbauer- Kolb. I drew it on April, 3rd , and a tiny piece on April, 4th.

Furthermore I discovered "HORTI" by Ria Mattheussen, which was published on last week. HORTI is inspired by Art Deco. I like it very much , there are many tangelations possible.
You can see it on April, 1st and 2nd:

"Land Girlz" was also new to me, I found it by accident and I do love the very straight and graphic tangles, which create a huge 3D effect.

Also new on tanglepatterns was "Strutz" . It appears very powerful and technical, so I combined it with some pieces of the lovely Printemps. It`s a bit funny, isn`t it?

The last day of March I filled with "Cubz". It was my first try and my grid became not as I intended. I like it more when it is turned:

Yesterday I had a Zentangle Basic Class with some of my colleagues. They were curious to see and to try what Zentangle is and we  had two very inspiring hours.
Finally, I was glad to see them happy about their own results. I love the moment when all tanglers are watching the mosaic of all tiles and appreciate each other`s works. 
I am so proud of them - most of them did not try it before:

After the first tile the ladies asked me to show them how to draw my own tangle "MySwing"
So I changed the lesson plan spontaneosly and drew MySwing. 
I was surprised about the results - and happy to see my tangle living ;-))

Dienstag, 28. März 2017

DC#309 "NOOM"

In their latest Newsletter Zentangle HQ published one of their new tangles which they introduced last autumn during the "ZenAgain" event.

Now it has been released for all tanglers and the DIVA  took this opportunity for the challenge of this week.

As I am very busy thisy week I drew this DIVA Challenge into my Zentangle calendar.

In German we  say: "Two flies with one flapper" ... Can anybody tell me the appropriate phrase in English??

Sonntag, 26. März 2017

IAST#189 and beautiful new tangles in my calendar

Last week I tried some beautiful new tangles which have been published on

Patience from Judy Genovese is a beautiful tangle , which is very floral and which can be highlighted in several ways. I drew it first in my calendar and was excited about its beauty. It reminds me to 'Nzeppel which is one of my "Mac&Cheese"- tangles ... (about the meaning of "Mac&Cheese" see  DIVA Challenge #308).

The second one is "Nouvart" by Ria Mattheusen. This tangle is very graphic and is inspired by
Art Nouveau (Art Deco). I admire Rias work very much and love this new tangle as well. Congratulations to this little beauty, dear Ria! I drew it immediately after I saw it in my calendar.

The third tangle on this calendar page is "Lanie" by Adele Bruno, which has been published in 2012, but I did not draw it yet. This one is very organic again and so this page has a very good balance for me. I like it much. Thank you , ladies, for the beautiful tangles!

For the "It`s A String Thing" challenge Adele Bruno presented a very loopy string and when I saw the tangles I first could not imagine how to carry out this challenge. But I like the tangles of this challenge and so I started to draw. Like so often, after the first strokes I thought that I am not so satisfied but I kept going and was very happy, finally.
I had this beautiful experience of the Zentangle Method, once more.
The tangles are "Patience" by Jody Genovese, "Aura-Leah" by Carla du Preez and "CO2" by Antonine Megger.

IAST #189

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!