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Ghosts of Tangles Past

Phew, this “weeks challenge # 255 “ was really challenging to me. The Diva invited us to recreate a tile from our past, so we can see how our style has changed, hopefully increased. I think that is a great challenge idea, mostly for those who are tangling quite a long time, but Laura encourage also the ones who are tangling just for a few month, because even than it is interesting to see some growth.

Well, I have to admit that I was a little scared to start. I took my first tile from the 9th of September 2015, which is not such a long time ago. I participated on the challenge #238 “UMT – Tri-bee by Beate Winkler, CZT”. I remembered that I was really excited doing my first tile and since it was the first one I really had no expectations, I just started without having anything in my mind. No that is not completely right, the thing I had in my mind was ,this is my first try tangling a tile, it is okay when something comes out that I am not pleased with. I don‘t have to be perfect I am just starting with something new. So I draw my string with half closed eyes, just like my hands leaded me. Then I started one stroke at a time, I made little “mistakes” on shattuck, but it was okay for me. When finishing my tile I was so amazed and surprised how beautiful it came out. I really liked it.

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the string

Now I am sitting in front of an empty tile, in my mind the expectation to see a growth after recreating, also knowing that tangling is about not having any expectations in the result. Then I was thinking about how to recreate and I decided first to recreate the String – luckily I had taken a picture of it. I wrote the name of the tangles I had used in the spaces of the string copy and turned my original tangle upside down.

 

Okay, still sitting in front of that tile not daring to start. Then I had the idea not to recreate on a white tile but on a renaissance tile (which is a fake tile, meaning noch the original, because I could‘t get it here in germany, the fake-one is darker an the paper quality not that good). Since I haven’t only once or twice tangled on a renaissance tile and never really liked the outcome I thought, that will be a challenge without the direct comparison. I felt much better and started tangling.

Sometimes I cheated a little bit by turning the original tile and looking at it, but my husband saw that and while he stopped by he just took the tile and went away with it – well, than 😉 Since I don‘t have the microns for renaissance tiles I experienced a little with other fineliners and colors and polychromes. I had a lot of fun and I wasn’t caught anymore in my mind, thinking about recreating something greater than before.

I am satisfied with the result, but I am more pleased with my solution how to handle that challenge to feel comfortable but also challenged.

So in the end for me I see the growth more in how I handled the situation, that to see a growth in my tangling style. Which is very good for me, since I started tangling tiles 5 month ago. For me Zentangle® is more a method to relax and to let got my perfectionism and my high expectations towards myself, which always pressures me. Well I also love to have a beautiful result, but with Zentangle® I learned to enjoy and appreciate more the creating without judging than the final outcome.

Now I am curious see the tiles of the other participants.
Such a fantastic challenge! Thanks to Laura Harms.

And thanks to all to that leave so kind comments on my blog, I really appreciate it.

“Valentangle”

This “weeks challenge # 254 “ is about creating a tangle for Valentine.

Yesterday evening on Valentines Day I felt so “yin and yang” , so I tangled on a round tile. I started with the Aura-Leah tangle in heart shape in the middle, used Phicops and Ovy for the dots. The black yin is covered with lilypads und in the white yang are growing some heart shaped pokeroots.

I have to admit, that since here in Germany Valentines Day turned out to be more a day for consumption than for caring I am a little bit annoyed. It seems like everybody expects at least flowers that day or even bigger presents. And a lot people even don‘t know anything about the real meaning of Valentines Day, they just know it from the commercials. Certainly I don’t know if it is the same in other Countrys.

But creating something like that Valentangle is something that comes from the heart, so thank you Laura for letting people know that there is much more than only consumption on this day!

Love to everyone and have a great new week.

New Tangle: Molygon

This week  Zentangle® HQ released the newest tangle Molygon.

So this “weeks challenge # 253 “ is having fun with Molygon. And it really is fun, there are so many possilities to play with. You can tangle Molygon endless and fill the shape with beautiful and simple, or complex and wild other patterns.

I tried to tangle on a “fake” renaissance tile, because the original renaissance tiles from Zentangle® are not so easy to get in Germany. It really makes a difference, the paper isn’t that nice than the original. So I am not that pleased with the outcome, but it is okay I can do a lot more Molygon 🙂

So welcome Molygon!!

String Theory: Tangle within a tangle… it’s like inception… but with tangles

This “weeks challenge # 252 “  any tangle I like is my string. And then tangling inside! I knew pretty fast what tangle my string should be – I used Rain. Now the weird thing about it: when I started to tangle and looked at other tangles for inspiration I always admired those round and soft most floral like tiles, there where so well balanced and beautiful to me and I always thought yes that is the way I want to tangle and create my tiles. But the more I tangled and the more pattern I got to know, I really started to like the patterns that are geometric and edged. I love the contrast between the rounded patterns and the edged patterns. I still love those floral looking tiles but I guess my style tends more so those edged look with mostly some more white space.

It is great to see how things develop while tangling, and who knows what my tiles look like next year, the possibilities are nearly endless! Isn’t that fantastic?!

I used rain for my string, and the inside-tangles are Knightsbridge, Paradox, Strircles and Ornamato and I am very pleased with my tile.

Great idea! Thanks Laura for that challenge.

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“Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day”

Today; Sunday January 24, is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.

Artoo, Laura’s 5.5 year old son, was diagnosted with Moebius Syndrom when he was born.

Moebius syndrome is a rare nonprogressive neurological condition that primarily affects the muscles that control facial expression, which means people cannot smile or frown, and do not have lateral eye movements.  because of the lack of facial expression a lot people with Moebius syndrome have social interaction and adjustment problems. It is so important to sensitize people to disorders like Moebius to make them a little more regardful, the social interaction is different, because there are no emotional facial expressions possible, but there are many in other signals like in body language. “Lachen mit dem Herzen” ( “smile/ laugh with the heart”) that is the claim of the German website Möbius Sydrom Deutschland e.V. I love that claim!

So this weeks challenge #251 is to raise awareness for this disorder. Using the Moebius Syndrome Foundation’s logo as string to create and the color for MSAD is Purple, if someone likes to add color.

I liked to add color, I love color! And I used tangled that starts with A (Arukas, Angle Fish) R (Rixty) T (Tipple) O (OOF)

A peaceful Sunday to everyone and don’t forget to smile with your heart, that is important to everyone.

 

“Bringing it Back to the Old School”

I really love love love this “weeks challenge # 250 “. This is exactly the challenge I appreciate and need an  right now.
It is about creating a original Zentangle® on a white 3.5 ”square tile, drawing a string and using about 4 or 5 tangles, the black Micron and a Pencil for shading. No eraser, unknown outcome and no predetermined solution. Just relaxing and enjoying the process.

The Diva writes: Sometimes, it stresses me out to think of all the things i should be *TRYING*. […] When i begin a tile for a challenge, now i think: “What size should i use? What colour? What pen? What shape?” and i often find myself skipping over that ceremony of zentangle that helped me find my calm space.

YES, I know exactly what you mean. You took the words right out of my mouth.

Well, since I have lots and lots of work right now, I was really glad that this challenge was so relaxing. I was really thinking about skipping this weeks challenge. But when I finally knocked off work at 9:30 PM I decided to take part and create a tangle. It was a great idea, I was so relaxed and all tensions removed and I could go to sleep free minded!

So thank you Diva, this challenge came just in the right time:)

Oh and not to forget to mention, I am very pleased with that outcome.

And I really want to thank everybody for the lovely comments on my blog.
I would really like to thank more individually, but right now I am so glad when I have a little time not being on my computer.

Have a nice weekend!

 

“DuoTangle: Celebrate with Diva Dance and Auraknot”

A wonderful start in this new year for everyone!

The first diva challenge of the year  “weeks challenge # 249 ”  is a 5-years-The Diva’s weekly Challenge-duotangle-celebration-challenge.

CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you so much!

 I love love love to use the tangles Auraknot and Diva Dance, because they are both one of my most favourite tangles. 

So thanks a lot to the Diva for the challenge AND for the Diva Dance!

 

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“UMT: African Artist by Tina-Aukua Hunziker, CTZ”

This weeks challenge # 247  is like every first Monday of the month a Use My Tangle (UMT) challenge, the last one in 2015. This  month it is African Artist by Tina Aukua Hunker, CTZ from Switzerland – the step outs are here on Tina’s blog.

Today we had one of those really rare sunny days und so I spent the whole day gardening. So it was so relaxing and comfy drinking hot tea sitting close to the warm fireplace and tangling after being outside the whole day.

When I got my tiles and started to draw a string there came pictures of those great ornamental make-up of some african tribes and I also had pictures of this beautiful african masks in my mind.The square tile was actually too short for my string. So I decided to tangle 2 tiles, which have both that wonderful African Artist pattern, so they would work each by itself but also belong together.

I think the outcome is somehow a little curious in my eyes and I am not quite sure if I am really pleased with my outcome. But I had a great time doing this tangle, so I am so pleased with that practice and that evening.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice new and inspiring week.

pattern: Ennies by Zentangle®, Rixty by Zentangle®, Cack by Adele Bruno.

“Guest Post: Monotangle Trees”

This weeks challenge # 246  is a guest post from Dilip Patel the first CZT from India. Dilip and his wife Malathi are one of the rare CZT couples in the world.  I really love this challenge, maybe that is the reason why my Monotangle-Trees run a little out of control and have gone wild:)

The challenge is about creating a Monotangle Tree, so having a whole Zentangle® – Forest with all the trees. What a great idea, that will give a lot of power to the environment.

A single collective directed thought is all it takes to change the world.
Lynne McTaggart

I love nature, and there is a reason why we call it Mother earth! So everyone should show respect and care about. I get most of my creative ideas from trees, they have so many different faces and can tell me so much stories. I go for a walk through the forest almost everyday enjoying every breath.

Well, my tangle made a little bit its one way. I actually just started my mono tangle trees one a light colored background, that was my plan. But somehow my trees had another plan, and some hours and layers of paint later it had a complete different look. So it turned out a ZIA, not my planned Monotangle. I hope that is okay for that challenge. Sometimes my emotions overrun my mind, which I really appreciate, so I am pleased with my outcome, even though I have the feeling, it is not finally done, but it is for this moment.

So thank you Dilip Patel for that inspiring Challenge and thanks to the Diva making it possible.