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” 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 . 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. ;) 

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  1. Thank you Jeannette for a wonderful challenge, me too like to draw mandala's and here is one of mine, drawn recently. I wish you succes with your health and tanglingwork!!! Greetings from Belgium

    1. Thanks for participating! I love your mandala, especially the variation of Copada!

  2. Such a fun idea, Jeanette! It may take a while, but I do intend to finish and have a completed mosaic (someday, LOL!).

  3. Thank you for a great reminder of how much fun this was to do at TangleU this year! I only did one corner, but I love it anyway!

  4. Jeanette, that tangle you can't remember is Quandry, it's one of the "Official Tangles" and is in the Zenthology, page 37.
    Happy tangling.

  5. Thank you Jeanette for such a fun idea. I was surprised it didn't take all that long to complete all four tangles. I might add colour later but for now I'm pleased with it in black and white.

  6. I did like this challenge, Jeanette! I'm gonna do this more often :-)

  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed my challenge! Thanks for the feedback and happy tangling!

  8. A little late but I got it done. Thanks so much

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