Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekly Challenge #333 Guest post!!

Hey all, this is the last of the guest posts that i had line up for the summer! so i hope you enjoy!  This week's challenge is brought to you by Juliette Fiessinger and Kellie Fellinge - the hosts of the podcast Tanglepod!  Have a great week!

- laura

Diva Challenge #333: "Cozy up for a Change of Season with TanglePod’s Juliette Fiessinger and Kellie Fellinge, CZTs" 

Hi!  This is Juliette and Kellie from TanglePod - We are giddy to be guest hosting the Diva’s weekly challenge this week!  And, because it’s what we do – you can find a discussion of our challenge in a special Diva Challenge edition of TanglePod.  You can listen to our podcast here: www.tanglepod.podbean.com.   

We are both CZT’s in the Seattle area, and since 2014 we have met regularly to talk about what Zentangle® brings to our lives.  Over the course of a couple years, we brainstormed on so many different topics, looking for how to expand the benefits of sharing creativity and Zentangle. About a year ago we came upon the idea to share our conversations in a podcast. And so TanglePod was born. It feels like a natural extension to the journey we are on, and a way to extend the time we can spend outside of the classroom.   
Kellie writes – I became a CZT in class #16 – after a lifetime of trying on so many different creative outlets I can’t count them all. I am never afraid to try a new hobby, past time or dive head first into a creative endeavor.  I have always loved pen and ink and never have enough time to practice it in the various forms. Zentangle fits me perfectly and what I didn’t expect was how much I needed it when it found me, not for the artwork but for the focus, relaxation and breathing and that is what I love about teaching it. 
I have to admit – I love the Zendala tile that I did following recording our episode.  I incorporated the four tangles that we discussed as being our cozy, change of season tangles.  When I created the tile I felt so satisfied because I practiced a lot of focused breathing, went nice and slow and felt a sense of peace and calm each time I had to set aside the tile over a few days to finish it. It always feels strange to me to share these kind of tiles because while it is visually striking, it was the process of creating it that feels most beautiful to me. 
 --Kellie 

Juliette writes – 
I have been a CZT for a couple years now and I must say that every time I put my pen to the paper, the wonder of carving creative, relaxing time for myself to tangle - or enjoy other creative pursuits, never fades. Finding Zentangle has been a wonderful experience both personally and professionally. The joy never ceases to be able to share the creativity but also the relaxation, focus and mindfulness brought by the Zentangle Method™.  
I had so much fun thinking about what a change of season meant for me or for people around the world. I like that my life – and my art, is connected to seasons. Reflecting on the seasonal changes (and the winter coming for us in the Northern Hemisphere) as I tangled, led me to try different tiles and relationships between the tangles we picked. As Kellie mentioned, the resulting tile doesn’t fully convey the relaxation, the calming breathing or the meandering of our minds as we tangle… or does it? 
 --Juliette 
  
We won’t keep you guessing because we know you want to get on with the challenge! But we hope you will take some before, after or while you tangle to listen to our podcast about it! 

For this week’s Diva challenge we challenge you to identify a tangle or two that feel Cozy.  In Seattle, the change of season from Summer to Autumn in brings with it a desire to cuddle up.  If you aren’t sure what those tangles would be – give the ones we have identified (Tripoli, Marasu, Jukes and Ennies) a try.  
Like many of our podcasts, we take a circuitous route as we explore what the change of seasons brings, and what exactly defines a cozy tangle. We hope you enjoy listening, tangling and the crunching of leaves as the season changes.  

Happy Tangling from TanglePod! 

















Hashtags for social media sharing: #dc333 #iamthedivacztchallenge #soundtangle 

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, September 11, 2017

Weekly Challenge #332

Happy Monday everyone?

Did you miss me?

Before i start - i want to say a huge thank you to all of my guest bloggers this summer! thank you for your creative and wonderful challenges that kept things rolling all summer long.

and some of you may have noticed that there was no challenge last week.  Yeah, sorry about that.  I had a couple of guest spots fall through the cracks at the last minute and with last week being back to school for the boys - i just had too many plates spinning in the air and had to let one of them drop... thanks for understanding.

I'm still not back into the swing of things.  As i said the boys started school last week.  As nice as it's been to have them starting to get back into a routine, it's been hard and has left everyone in the house with some big cranky feelings (myself included)

SO

I have lots of things to catch you all up on, and so here's a list of things we did this summer, in bullet form...

  • me and the kids went camping at the beginning of July in my mom's camper
  • I took an introduction to wheel turning pottery class from the Sask Potters' Guild, it was amazing and i loved every second of it. 
  • i got to hang out with the super fun Chris Titus and Margaret Bremner!
  • We got a puppy.  Her name is Luna, she's an Australian Shepherd (her mom was a mini aussie and her dad was a standard size) she's currently 4 months old and super smart.... Chewie is in love with her, as are B-rad and I.  Artoo took longer to warm up to her, but that's mostly because she still hasn't figured out not to jump when she says hi.
  • i went to the most amazing Harry Potter themed lunch with my friend Susan
  • The boys spent the majority of the nights in July sleeping in a tent in the yard, by themselves!!! 
  • We did some camping (in a tent, omg) with B-rad's family, and Artoo swam in the lake (with a lifejacket) in the deep deep lake. 
  • many many meals of hot dogs were cooked over backyard fires and campfires
  • We watched the solar eclipse with the rad pin-hole projector that B-rad made for us
  • We spent almost a whole week at a cabin by the lake with my whole side of the family where Artoo rode the tube with B-rad for the first time, and auntie Pam tossed Chewie and i in the lake while we were riding on the tube.
  • Before my brother flew home we took the kids to Kinsmen park where Artoo tried the zipline for the first time
  • The boys did some fishing (i don't fish)
  • Artoo attended his first ever rock concert!! we went to see Fitz and the Tantrums and according to Artoo it was the best day of his life. 
  • We went to several out door festivals including the Fringe, Folk Fest, and Art in the Park
  • i attended an intro to Soul Collage workshop at Margaret Bremner's home 
  • The boys discovered the public library and the amazingness of ALL THESE BOOKS FOR FREEEEEE
  • Chewie started the 4th grade and Artoo started the 2nd grade
  • B-rad and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary
Now prepare for SO MANY PHOTOS!!

camping and making smores

Luna and the world's biggest Coffee pot

this is my life now
possibly the coolest meal i've ever eaten

artoo is driving the boat with his cousin Eric

swimming in the deep deep lake

we went to this street fair for the sole purpose of obtaining these spring rolls

one of the mugs i made in my pottery class!


Happiest boy in the land after the Fitz and the Tantrums concert

taking in some samosas at Folk Fest

Checking out the solar eclipse

so awesome

my view from the cabin

my niece is super rad

artoo is ready to go tubing!!

Chewie's epic family photo-bomb

a visit to Kinsmen Par means riding the rooster (That's my bro in the background)


Handsome little devil - he's on his way

always a goofball but i wouldn't change a thing

oh my heart

walking to school on the first day

13 years with this sexy beast

i love this photo

fishing for rainbow trout

here fishhyyy fishhyyy fishhyyyyyyyy

So, it's been a pretty excellent summer... :)

Weekly Challenge #332 "String it: 2² (two squared)"
i thought for my first challenge back i'd go with something pretty simple.  So this week's challenge is to create a tile or piece using a string consisting of two squares!

I forgot to take a picture of my before tile, but i put my square off kilter with the corners touching the border, and i think it worked pretty well.  You can do the same type thing i did, or you can do a square inside a square, or two squares next to each other, or one overlapping the other.... or something else that's amazing!

i used a light wash of Daniel Smith Moonglow for the background of this tile,
in case you were wondering. 
That's it! -and for those of you who have asked - YES i DO plan to start live streaming on twitch again, however i'm just trying to find a way to make it work with this fall's family schedule.  B-rad joined league bowling and they play on Sunday nights (when i would be streaming).  So i may try a few different times to see what works the best for us, and i'll be sure to let everyone know.

Oohhh, before i go - another cool thing that happened over the summer is that i got 1000 followers on instagram!  So, i will be having a giveaway soon - be sure to keep your eye on my instagram page if you want to get in on that.  (www.instagram.com/iamthediva)


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 #DC332(Diva Challenge #332) 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, August 28, 2017

Weekly Challenge #331 - Guest Blogger Jane Reiter

Weekly Challenge #331: "Petoskey Stones in Michigan

PETOSKEY STONES IN MICHIGAN
About two million years ago, glacial action scraped the earth and spread Hexagonaria percarinata across the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.


 Hexagonaria percarinata consists of tightly packed, six-sided corallites, which are the skeletons of the once-living coral polyps. The center of each polyp was the mouth and contained tentacles that reached out for food.

The hexagon shape of each cell and thin lines radiating out from the dark “eye” in the center are distinguishing features unique to this fossil.  The prehistoric fossil is called the Petoskey Stone and is Michigan’s official state stone (est. 1965).  



For more information, see http://www.petoskeyarea.com/media-information/petoskey-stone/ or http://www.michigan.org/news/petoskey-stones-search-in-spring.

As a resident of Michigan since 2000, I love Petoskey stones and their patterning which inspires Zentangle® play!  I challenge you to interpret their patterning in your own unique way.  I have included eight tiles that display my version of this special fossil.











I began most of my tiles with a grid structure and then created the “eyes” secondly. I used a Pigma Pen 05 for tangling. No shading or color is included in my examples since there are limitless possibilities for personal preferences in this challenge.  Please contact me anytime with questions or feedback; www.retreadart.com, Jane Reiter, Artist on Facebook or janereiter@sbcglobal.net.  Have fun with your fossils!
This week's hashtags for social media are: #dc331 #iamthedivacztchallenge #petoskyfossils 

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, August 21, 2017

Weekly Challenge #330 - Guest blogger Jeanette Clawson




Weekly Challenge #330 - "Zentangle Plates"
Hi! I’m Jeanette Clawson and I just became a Certified Zentangle® Teacher in seminar #27 in April. It was such a wonderful experience. I had been sharing tiles on the Diva’s blog from time to time for a few years and was so impressed with all the beautiful art. It is such an honor to be a guest blogger for Laura!
I have been drawing mandalas for quite a few years. You can see them, my art journal pages, photography, and coloring pages (I sell them on Etsy) on my “practice blog” https://lunanista.wordpress.com/. The banner on my Lunanista blog is of my first Zentangle Inspired Art that I created over the course of almost a month. I used to have migraines all day every day for years. I also had some vision problems and my eyes still get tired quickly. Part of what I fell in love with about Zentangle® is that “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.” I realized I could lay in a dark room all day being miserable and sad while my head hurt or I could take 10 or 15 minutes to tangle a few times a day while my head hurt and end up with something beautiful. I started with a book about Zentangle® and some paper I cut and asked for a Zentangle® Kit for my birthday. It gave me something new and interesting to think about when I had to lie back down in a dark room. I’ve made lots of progress on my medical issues and I started a professional blog when I planned to go to the CZT seminar https://jeanetteclawsonart.com/ . I think accepting this challenge, to create a challenge, has helped me grow, too.
As I said I love to draw mandalas so when I was in the seminar I was thrilled with the idea of drawing “plates.” Part of my love of mandalas is tied up in my love of china patterns. These plates go beyond just a decorative border and I decorated the whole plate for our challenge today. I drew the strings of all 4 tiles at the same time.

Then I played with different combinations of tangles. Linda Farmer has a wonderful feature on her website where you can look for all the tangle patterns that work as ribbons. There are hundreds of them! I put 4-5 in each plate tile. I included Stattuck in all 4 plates to see how differently it can work with its neighbors.
Tile 1: Paradox, Shattuck, Wibble, Rainbow Bridge, Cadent

Tile 2: Shattuck, Dragonair, onomoto, henna Drum

Tile 3: Mooka, perfs, shattuck, cake, noom, perfs
Tile 4: (I can't remember the name of this pattern but I fell in love with it at CZT Training!), drogon, Shattuck, hitched, perfs
**[it's tripoli - love laura]

Then I put the 4 plate tiles together to make my own mosaic:

Of course, you don’t have to do 4 tiles for this challenge, but I find it so addicting. You may end up with a whole new set of china!

Thanks, Laura for a chance to write a guest post! Have a great summer!
Hashtags for this week: #dc330, #iamthedivacztchallenge, #zendala #tangledplates
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. ;)