Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Weekly Challenge #385

You guys,.....

is mercury in retrograde? I am seriously having issues with all things electronic lately.  I spent the better part of today fighting with my computer trying to make today's challenge happen - and my computer decided to do things like reboot 700 times and download updates and configure, and restart, and everything was driving me crazy.  but we're here.  We made it, people.

it's all happening.


Let's cut to the chase

Weekly Challenge #385: Valentangle

Some of you may or may not have been participating in the valentangle prompts on instagram and floating around in facebook groups but this week's challenge prompt is in light of the day of love.

Be inspired by Valentine's Day, the colours, the lace, the chocolate, the wine - whatever floats your boat.

I even managed to make a process video for this week's challenge, which made all my computer troubles that much more frustrating.  here's the video!!



Anyway, i hope you have fun this week and maybe give your tangle to someone you love!

have a great week.

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC385 (Diva Challenge #385) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, February 4, 2019

Weekly Challenge #384

First of all, to all of us who are trying to make it through this Polar Vortex, i hope you're all well stocked in hot cocoa, or mulled wines, warm fuzzy socks, scarves, slippers, cozy sweaters, and hand made afghans!!

i mean, WINTER, CAN YOU NOT??



Sigh.

But the good news is that january is behind us.
am i right?
 And it's now February and according to all the groundhogs in their various places, it looks like early spring??? YEah, i'll believe that when i see it.  I spent half an hour shovelling over a foot of snow off my sidewalks and walkway on Saturday morning, only to come home from my my errands to find B-rad was shovelling again... because snow!  i mean.... ugh.


And so the first week of the month means:


Weekly Challenge #384: "UMT - Anthem by Jody Genovese, CZT"

This month's Use My Tangle challenge features the tangle Anthem by Jody Genovese.    

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...

This month's tangle is brought to you via Jody's instagram feed!  i was scrolling through my feed and up popped her tangle  - and i fell in love with it because i love crystals - and i just couldn't wait to get playing with it, and i thought you might too!



 So fun!

I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

here's my tile this week!



this week's challenge is to try out Jody's new tangle.  You don't have to do a monotangle, i just happened to.

have a great week.

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC384 (Diva Challenge #384) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Weekly Challenge #383

Good Morning friends!

I hope you've had a lovely week.

The weather has been insane here, one day the weather is freezing sub zero temps, the next day it's raining and the snow is melting only to have it plunge back into the deep freeze again.

It was a busy week with the boys again - with Karate and piano lessons, on top of that B-rad and i have started our weekly yoga class (WHICH I LOOOVE) and Chewie has had extra bowling practice because he qualified for the zone bowling tournament in the beginning of february....  in addition to that Artoo had his class presentation for Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day on Thursday morning and afterwards i went to visit a good friend who just started Chemo treatments for ovarian cancer, and i've also been watching my neighbour's daughter after school while she was out of town on business. 

but today the boys have the day off school, so here's hoping for a little bit of a less jam packed week.

Happy Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day!! 

Weekly Challenge #383: "New Official tangle: Ratoon"
So this week Zentangle HQ released their new official tangle called Ratoon.   I have been meaning to play with the tangle since they introduced it to the CZTs - but i hadn't had the chance to.  SO, thankfully i have this blog. lol.  

Diva's first Ratoon - this photo makes this zendala look blue, but i actually used a dark purple watercolour for the background in honour of Artoo and Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.  

You can find the step outs for this tangle in the latest newsletter HERE - it's definitely one that requires a touch more thinking, and i will have to practice it MANY Times before it's one i can just do without too much thinking.  But that's part of the fun, isn't it?

OH HEY - if you're on instagram, i've been having fun the last couple of weeks posting people's challenge tiles in my stories, so be sure to use the hashtag below if you want me to post yours too!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC383 (Diva Challenge #383) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, January 21, 2019

Weekly Challenge #382

Hey hey!

Sorry today's challenge is late - last night got away from us because B-rad and i had a date night to celebrate his birthday.  We went to an Evening with Kevin Smith, and it was amazing and hilarious and oddly inspiring.  I had intended to set up the blog post when we got home, but it was almost 12:30 by the time we got home.  so

without further ado

this week's challenge is

Weekly Challenge #382: Stripes o plenty

This week's challenge is to use a string of stripes.  Stripes are a fun and easy string to get you started. Often times, for me, the string is where i get hiccuped - so it's nice to have this one in your back pocket.

Here's my before (I forgot to take a FULL ON Before picture, so you get a bit of tangling in this pic)



 Striped strings are also a great way to catalogue or practice 'border' tangles too.


have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC382 (Diva Challenge #382) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, January 14, 2019

Weekly Challenge #381

Hello hello!

Happy Monday to y'all.

Weekly Challenge #381: "A Happy (new) Medium"
This week's challenge is to try tangling with a medium you haven't tangled with before! i figured that since the holiday season is over it's time to try something a little different, and maybe you received some new art supplies for Christmas or you got a fancy new pen, or some fountain pen ink.

Typically i tend to do all my tangling with the micron pens we all know and love, and in October i tend to tangle with a dip pen and ink for Inktober.

No string, or specific tangle to use, just try a new pen, pencil, crayon, ink, marker, woodburning, carving, or a stick in the sand.....

For my tile, i used my Staedtler Triplus fineliners that i mostly use in my planner/bullet journal.


My finished tile

So i stuck to two different coloured pens, and used tangles i love.  Phicops, printemps, and baton.

When you're using your 'different pen' notice how it feels on the tile.  I always tend to notice when things don't have the same 'feel' as the microns, nothing i've found yet seems to have the same type of 'drag' on the tile that i am familiar with, but it's still fun to try new things!!

So, go forth and be creative and have a great week!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC381 (Diva Challenge #381) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, January 7, 2019

Weekly Challenge #380

Happy 2019 everyone!

you know what happened quietly over the holiday break?

This blog turned eight years old.

8 years.

8.



years.


If you've been with me since the start, it's been a long haul! Thank you for showing up each week and participating in the challenge, and sharing your work here or on your blog or on other social media sites.  If you're new here - welcome! pull up a chair and get a nice cozy blanket. ;)

i'm still pondering what i will do with this blog and this challenge, as there have been many other challenge blogs pop up and there's about seven million different zentangle themed challenges on facebook currently -  that i wonder if i'm just part of the background noise now.

i have toyed with the idea of doing some kind of a patreon site, but truth it - i mostly think about that at 3 am when i can't sleep and once my day has started i'm not sure if i have the know how to go about something like that, or if the work would be worth it.  y'know?

So.  for now we continue on - if you're an old faithful or a newbie, thank you so much for joining me here.  pop me a comment, share my challenge with your friends and classes (if you teach).  I do think that i will try out posting a little it less of the daily stuff on my blog, though.  i won't stop completely, i don't imagine, but i do think there will be less - if only to free up some of my time.  If you're interested in more of the "Day in the Life" of the diva, feel free to follow my instagram page @iamthediva - i post more of my every day stuff there and the kids and the dog, and other various artsy things i happen to be doing.

OKAY!

On to the challenge

Weekly Challenge #380: Spundala...Zendala....Zenbuttonz....it's a circle.

Back when i was visiting with my now-very-good-friend Yvonne Westover in Ontario in october, she introduced me to zenbuttons.  i was like: "Zen what now?"

so then she pulled out these two paint spinners, like, y'know... the kids toys? and she set them up and then showed me how to make these spundalas with watercolours.... and i was hooked.  like, i sat there for probably an hour just making tile after tile.  I found moving the paint around with my brush to be very relaxing and making the colour combinations was so fun.

all the pretties i made in Ontario
i tangled a few and gave them away to friends....


and then on Christmas morning i found a paint spinner under my tree from Santa! (Thanks, Santa!)
my kids were both like: WHAAAAT? What are you gonna do with that??

and i said: Just you wait....

and i did one tile, and they were hooked and promptly took over my new toy and busily made their own amazing spundalas.

Chewie had a lot of fun
Artoo did too!
Check it out!

So with all these circle shaped strings about the house, it was kind of a no-brainer for me what this week's challenge should be!! 

If you have access to a spinner, great, if not - you can draw a freehand circle or trace a cup or a bowl... and use the circle as your string.
that's it! simple and sweet as we launch into a new year.

This is my favourite one from our Post-New Years play.

i hope you have some fun with this one, i know i have been...


thanks for spending time with me! Here's to 2019!!
have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC380 (Diva Challenge #380) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)








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Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekly Challenge #379

Happy Monday!!

This will be the last challenge of 2018 because i'm taking the rest of the month off with the craziness of the December.  As is tradition.

Don't worry, i'll be back in January!! 

Weekly Challenge #379: "HOLIDAZE" 
This week's challenge is to be inspired by the Holidays!  In whatever that means to you!  In our house we are having so much fun with our Elf on the Shelf, and on the weekend the boys and i sang Christmas carols at the piano...

The boys wanted to make some latkes, so we got a recipe from our friend Elisa and made them together...
The most delicious latkes
The Verdict? We all loved them and the boys want me to make them every day.... lol 

I made Santa's favourite cookies, - they're Ricotta cookies, in case you were wondering. 

Rainbow Sprinkles are a must
 This week Artoo had three school choir performances!  They are such a cute little group - from grades 3-8.  It's pretty impressive how they have so many pieces memorized, and i was a little weepy by the end.

A performance at a care home last week - my little dude is in the front on the far left... red scarf
Artoo has been working on a little cold, but he really really wanted to perform in his choir, so on Friday morning i took him home after his performance, and we watched The Greatest Showman (again)

So this week create a Holiday tile! I made mine on a renaissance zendala - and the picture really doesn't do it justice, but it's soooo sparkly - from the the sakura stardust glitter pen. 

so sparkly
So that's it for this year everyone! Have a very merry and festive holiday season, and i'll catch y'all on the flip side in 2019!!

have a great week everyone!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC379 (Diva Challenge #379) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar). I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option. A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)