Weekly Challenge #256: “DuoTangle: Boo*Kee/Artoo”

Diese Woche hat die Diva uns eingeladen ein DuoTangle zu kreieren, in dem wir ausschließlich die beiden Tangle Boo*Kee und Artoo benutzen, zwei tangles die Laura nach ihren Söhnen benannt hat. Beide Tangles waren neu für mich und so habe ich sie zum ersten Mal benutzt. Ich finde sie passen fantastisch zusammen genau der richtige Mix aus Gegensatz und Harmony, was ich ja sehr mag. Da gestern seit Wochen die Sonne mal wieder schien und ich diese kurz beim gärtnern geniessen konnte, hatte ich das Bedürfnis dem Tile ein ein bisschen Farbe einzuhauchen – Frühlingsgefühle:)

This “weeks diva challenge # 256 “ , the diva asked us to create a DuoTangle using only the two tangles Boo*Kee and Artoo which are named after Lauras’s two boys. Both tangles where new to me. I think they fit perfectly together, its is just the right mix between contrast and harmony. Yesterday we had the first time after weeks a mostly sunny day and I was gardening a little bit and it felt like the spring is coming, so I used some light colors for my tangle to give a little bit of that springtime-feeling to it.

“Narwal” for Square One: Purely Zentangle on Facebook


pattern: narval, dyon

Und dann habe ich noch die Facebook-Gruppe “Square One: Purely Zentangle” auf Facebook für mich entdeckt. Hier geht es darum ganz Basic ein weisses Original -Tile 3.5″ x 3.5″ zu benutzen, einen schwarzen Micron und zum Schattieren einen Bleistift – nichts anderes. Grossartig! Diese Woche das Tangle “Narwal”, auch neu für mich und auch gleich zu meinen Favoriten gewandert!

While looking to the other entries from the diva challenge attendees I found the Facebookgroup Square One: Purely Zentangle. Here is is all about the basics using nothing more than a 3.5″ x 3.5″ paper tile, pen and pencil. Awesome! This weeks tangle is “Narwal”, also a new tangle for me which just got to my favorites.

Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks for all that nice an kind comments!

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.

the string

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.


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.

“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!



Pattern: Fengle, Dragonair. Snail, Coral-Seeds

In this weeks Zendala Dare Challenge #116  the template was pretty different from the last ones I did, it offert a lot more space. But since I wrote a long article about “space and emptiness” this week, it fits very well in this week for me. The last Zendalas I tangled, where pretty detailed and also still a little topsy-turvy. So this time I tried to leave more space and using not too much different patterns. Well, I am really pleased with that outcome, I like that it is different to the other ones I did before. For this Zendala I used very nice hand-made paper in creme and for colouring I used Polychromos. I still have to get used to them and pracetise shading. But I like the polochromos on that beautiful paper. They fit very well together and I like experimenting with all those different materials. And most of all I really love tangling Zendalas!

This is Erin’s lovely template she chose this week, and I really love the Zendala she created and the way it turned out! You can see it here – and also all the other fantastic Zendalas that have been created this week!


template created by Erin Koetz Olson, CZT®

So looking forward to Tuesday!

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This week – three in one challenge for me.
My Mom asked me to write in English and German and my husband gave me the advice to handwrite the articles first before tipping in the computer – it is more mindful. So I wrote in English – which is not that easy for me – in German (its beneath the English written article) and I wrote both article first with my hands. And of course I tangled my tiles!

“Just a tiny taste”

The challenge is about giving the tile a tiny taste of tangle and trying to leave over half of the tile blank… like 60-70%

The Diva admits: “it’s harder than it looks, at least – it was for me.” Well, I confirm this statement.

So that makes me think about why this is so challenging for me. Might it be a feeling of imperfection? Or being afraid of having a gap? Sometimes I have the feeling that society today is used to fill every little gap immediatly, not only the gap of time but of materialism, so no emptiness can occur. I guess one reason might be the exessive supply of attraction and glut. But why is emptiness and space so hard to bear? And I cannot exempt myself from that.

If absolutly nothing comes in my mind and I have no ideas I tend to say: There is an absolute emptiness in my mind. Then I sigh, because this situation is irritating. It makes me feel insecure and a little bit of panic raises. Emptiness in my mind, no ideas, no creativity anymore? Phew!

 Do not be frightened by that word “empty”; when there is emptiness then things can happen.

J. Krishnamurti

So, should I accept that space of emptiness, looking what comes up to me – instead of getting my input from the outside world, like getting my inspiration from google and co? Ispiration? Sorry,I mean manipulation. Searching for creativity in the space around me? Does that work? Space and time depends on the observer they are not the reality. I experience the world, like every other does too, with my fife senses. I see forms and colours, nothing else, I smell the smell. I hear the sounds and I feel emotions. Only with the contemplation of thoughts I can smell the flowers, see the trees and hear the birds singing. Moreover there are things happening I cannot describe,  they just happen and touch me, I cannot understand them even though they are so intensive – that is emptiness- that ‘s beyond imagination. It is complete stillness of the brain, an extraordanery thing – highly sensitive and completly open without any hindrance.

This moment is a gift, when there is ” nothing” , everything is possible. Emptiness is energy. Everything needs space to develope. Space is energy.  Space is empty without any shape or time. It is free of judgement and interpretions, either right or wrong, good or bad exists. It is endless without a beginning. I cannot owe it, so I can not loose is. I can move in it, but it is unfathomable.

As soon the inside chaos of thoughts, which push in this space, fade away, you can see the emptiness and the beauty.

So this time I look and the tiles with the beauty of the patterns  in its context of the space around, the existence in its wholeness.


“Nur eine winzige Kostprobe”

In dieser challenge geht es darum auf der Kachel nur ein kleines Tangle zu kreieren und zu versuchen mehr als die Hälfte der Kachel leer zu lassen. Die Diva gibt zu, dass es schwerer ist als es aussieht – zumindest war es so für sie. Und das kann ich nur bestätigen.

Das lässt mich darüber nachdenken warum es so eine Herausforderung darstellt. Ist es das Gefühl der Unvollkommenheit der Lückenlosigkeit? Oft habe ich das Gefühl in der heutigen Gesellschaft muss alles bis in die kleinste Ecke gefüllt sein, lückenlos – materiell wie auch zeitlich. Sollte sich zufällig ein kleines Fenster Zeit auftun, so wird es umgehend gestopft, bloß keine Leere entstehen lassen. Problemlos möglich in der heutigen Zeit der Überreizung und des Überangbotes. Aber warum scheint es so schwer Leere und Raum zu ertragen? Und ich kann mich da nicht ausnehmen.

Wenn mir absolut nichts mehr einfällt, ich keine Idee habe dann mache ich gerne die Aussage: Es herrscht absolute Leere in meinem Kopf! Dann seufze ich, denn ich empfinde diesen Zustand als lästig, es verunsichert mich, leichte Panik steigt auf. Leere im Kopf, keine Ideen mehr…puh!

Nur wo Leere ist, kann etwas Neues entstehen

J. Krishnamurti

Doch was ist wenn ich diesen leeren Raum einfach zulasse und mich darin ein wenig umherbewegen, schaue was auf mich zukommt, anstatt mir Input aus der Aussenwelt zu holen, mich von google und co inspirieren zu lassen. Inspirieren? Ich meine natürlich manipulieren. Kreativität in dem Raum um mich herum suchen? Geht das? Raum und auch Zeit hängt vom Beobachter ab, sie sind nicht Wirklichkeit und nicht Realität. Ich erlebe, wie jeder andere auch, die Welt mit meinen fünf Sinnen. Ich sehe Form und Farben, mehr nicht, ich rieche Gerüche, schmecke Geschmack, höre Geräusche und spüre Emotionen. Erst mit dem Einkehren der Gedanken kann ich die Blumen riechen, die Bäume sehen oder die Vögel zwitschern hören. Und dann gibt es noch die Dinge die ich nicht begreife oder beschreiben kann, die einfach so passieren und berühren, die ich aber nicht fassen kann obwohl sie so intensiv sind – das ist die Leere – das was jenseits meiner Vorstellung liegt. Das ist komplette Stille des Geistes, eine außergewöhnliche Sache, hochsensibel und völlig geöffnet ohne Vewehrung.

Diese Momente sind ein Geschenk, denn wo “nichts” ist, ist alles möglich . Leere ist Energie! Loslassen! Alles braucht Raum, um sich entwickeln zu können! Raum ist Energie. Er ist leer, grenzen-, form- und zeitlos. Er ist frei von Wertung und Interpretation, weder richtig noch falsch, böse oder gut, klein oder gross, er ist unendlich und ohne Anfang, ich kann nicht verlieren, weil ich ihn nicht besitze. Ich kann ihn beschreiten aber nicht beschreiben, er ist unfassbar und unbegreifbar.

Erst wenn das  innere Chaos der Gedanken die sich in den Raum drängen abklingt, dann kann man in die Leere schauen und sehen welche Schönheit sie mit sich bringt.

So betrachte ich auch die Sachen dieser Challenge, das Tangle ist nicht autonom sondern existiert wie alle Dinge in Abhängigkeit seiner Ganzheit. Die Schönheit des Tangles ergibt sich durch den Raum.


Ready. Steady. Go! This week was the start of challenges for me. It’s a String Thing challenge by Adele Bruno, CZT™ really challenged me. I had to struggle with the String!  Adele selected TanglePatterns String 095 by Sandra Hart and the tangles to use beginning  with the letter “C”.

Chartz and
Cadent both by Maria Thomas, Zentangle® co-founder
Cracked by Lori Howe
Confettus by Angie Shade

But not giving up, I finished my tile one stroke at the time and in the end it looked pretty different from the tiles I tangled so far. I stared at it for a long time not quite sure if I am really pleased with it. But it showed me a different side of my options and abilities and for that reason I am definitly pleased with my outcome.

So thanks a lot for that challenge!


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