Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekly Challenge #326 - Guest Blogger Elisa Murphy!

Weekly Challenge #326: A Pre-Teen, A Metaphor and Mindfulness


Hi, Everyone! I’m super excited to pinch hit for Laura as she takes a much deserved blogging break.  I’m truly honored that she has trusted me with the keys to her Diva Challenge castle!  


The Diva and I became sistah-friends at the CZT 15 seminar.  We have many beautiful and uncommon things in common, not to mention she introduced me to my favorite beer.  Obviously, we’re totally family!


Here’s a little about me.  I’m from Milford, Massachusetts and became a CZT four years ago.  I’m sarcastic, a deep thinker, a bit wordy, and very skilled at the art of the run on sentence.  You will, no doubt, experience all of these as you read this week’s blog and challenge!


Let’s begin with a scary story.  Prepare yourselves.


Chapter One:  


Middle School


The End


It’s true.  No matter if you went to public school, private school, boarding school or home school, those pre-teen years were tough.  All the physical and emotional changes are unpredictable, not to mention the whole social “how do I fit in” thing.  


What does this have to do with Zentangle you ask?  Well, my little one is dealing with these challenges right now, especially the “I don’t fit in” thing.  It’s hard to see her go through this and while I try to support her the best that I can, I know this is her process and her road to navigate.


Here’s where the pensive comes in.  The truth is I often don’t feel like I fit in either.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess all of us have felt this way, whether it’s all the time or just once in a while.  As I get older, though, I realize that not fitting in is kind of awesome.  Case in point: I’m 46 years old and have magenta highlights in my hair.


Welcome to the metaphor portion of our show and this week’s tangle: ‘NZEPPEL.  This tangle is all about not quite fitting in.  The tangle is made up of a grid that can be either predictable or not.  The shapes that are drawn within each little space don’t quite fit.  Molly from from Zentangle describes it as trying to fit a hard boiled egg into a triangle.  Just one of these spaces doesn’t look like much, but when you fill an entire tile with little  sections that don’t fit it’s truly beautiful.  The big picture softens and becomes far more interesting.  


Finally!  This week’s challenge!  Your challenge this week is to draw a monotangle of “Nzeppel, but it doesn’t stop there.  I challenge you to go beyond the pen and tap into that Zentangley Mindfulness.  Think about when you last felt like you didn’t fit in or think about someone you care about who’s feeling that way right now.  As you draw and watch your tangle grow and evolve notice how your thoughts do too.  Maybe it softens.  Maybe it gives you pause to think things through.  Maybe use the back of your tile to jot down random thoughts. Hopefully you get lost in the relaxed focus of the process.  At the end of the day, that’s what Zentangle is all about.  


I offer my sincerest thanks for joining me and celebrating the beauty of not fitting in.





Renaissance 'Nzeppel Spiral 

Random Thoughts while tangling

3Z 'Nzeppel

Little Baby 'Nzeppels


My best to you all,
Elisa

You can find Elisa online at her blog www.elisasnowandzen.com and also on her facebook page

Hashtags for this week: #dc326 #nzeppel #iamthedivacztchallenge

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. ;) 

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30 comments:

  1. I love you E! <3 (and Miss Banana)

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    1. Miss Banana and I love you too!!!!!! So much!

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  2. Lovely challenge with one of my favorite tangles!

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  3. Love your 'nzeppel. The 3Z one had me captivated. I really need to learn how to do that. And, that black one is gorgeous!

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    1. Hi, Jean. Thanks! Honestly, I just colored over the entire middle with white charcoal pencil and used the graphite pencil on the outside edges. I think what freaked me out the most is drawing over a tile that was already tangled. It really felt wrong to do that! Once you go for it, it's easy. I promise!

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  4. One of my favorite tangles! It's so versatile.

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    1. Hi, Suzanne! Right? One of my favorites, too.

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  5. Great challenge to get back to mindfulness with a monotangle of lines and ovals. I'm going to use this as part of my tangles for the rest of the week to remind myself about mindfulness!

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    1. Oh, Britt, thank you. That was my hope.

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  6. Great challenge. Lovely Art. Ditto to what Aleesha said :-)

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    1. Yay! Thanks, Cris! And ditto what I said to what Aleesha said back to ya! (giggle) ;)

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  7. Beautiful examples you show us, especially the one on the 3Z tile. Thank you for a lovely challenge with one of my favorite tangles.

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    1. Thank you, too, Ria. I'm so glad you like this one. Enjoy!

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  8. This tangle has been a consistent favorite for me ever since I first learned it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this tangle and how it mirrors 'fitting in'.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I'm glad you liked it. :)

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  9. Thank´s for a very relaxing challenge! I will have this one in mind further on!

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    1. Hooray! I'm glad you liked it, Anita! It's one of my favorite tangles, for sure.

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  10. Great write up Elisa! Love your story and miss you so much! I love this one and will challenge myself to make the time to sit down and try it! Thanks for posting!!

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  11. Oh, Karen! Your note is very special to me <3. I miss you too.

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  12. Elisa, you gave me major flashbacks in this challenge! I haven't been here in ages, but you inspired me (or smacked me in the face with '80s memories) to try a challenge again. Thanks! I'm now thinking I need to use jelly bracelets as a string next....

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  13. I like 'NZepelle but when I make wavey lines I always confuse myself as to which way I'm going with the sideways ones! LOL. Thanks for the challenge.

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  14. I do like this tangle, but has 'forgotten' it for quite a while. So, I'm very pleased with your challenge. And the mindfullness .... I always try to be in a zen state of mind. Of course that doesn't always happen, but I try. Thank for this great challenge!

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  15. Good challenge and wonderful blog post Elisa!

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  16. You know what, I think there were more of us who didn't fit in than did. So, really, we did, but didn't know it! I always enjoy using Nzeppel so it was a pleasure to just sit and see what happened this time. In the end I went for quiet rather than way out but "woke up" refreshed.

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  17. Nice tangle to address mindfulness. It is not always an easy one to teach though. I like to use it a lot and play with different ways to shade. Have not tried the Tranzending yet.

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  18. Absolutely loved this challenge, the trip down memory lane and the realization that I have come so far and I actually like the person I have turned out to be only because I refused to fit in :) Thanks a lot Elisa!!

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  19. Beautiful examples you show us, especially the one on the 3Z tile. Thank you for a lovely challenge with one of my favorite tangles.

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tangle me some zen, baby!!