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.



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.


On to the challenge

Weekly Challenge #380:'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. ;)



  1. I do hope 2019 will be good for you and your family!!!!

  2. Happy New year to you and the family. I really appreciate your challenges as I am one of those not on Facebook. Your challenge is the one that I am most consistent with and one of the reasons that I now have a blog. Please know that you and your challenge is loved!

  3. Happy New Year, dear Diva! And happy 8th anniversary! I agree with Lady Kate: your blog is the one that does it for me, and served as the inspiration for my blog! I'm not on FB (or hardly) or IG, but know that things change. You've given me at least 4 years of joyful exploration, and I have nothing but gratitude!

  4. Congratulations for the boy's lovely zendala's and the 8 th birthday of your Site. I wish you and your family a wonderful start into the New Year!!!

  5. I have just started doing your weekly challenges. I’m on #23 and love them.

  6. Thanks for giving all of us an excuse to play with zenbuttons. It's a new one for me and I enjoyed the challenge.

  7. I totally forgot about you mentioning zenbuttons but enjoyed making one all the same. :) I also really enjoy your challenges and appreciate that you host them on your website.

    Happy 8th Blogiversary!

  8. Thank you for all the inspiration, both as an artist and as a person!

  9. Congrats on 8 years and here's to many more years of challenges and fun!!!

  10. Happy New Year and Congratulations on 8 years! Haven´t been with you from the start but I love what you are doing here!

  11. Happy New Year to you and family, and happy 8th Blogiversary! I agree with Lady Kate: I'm also not a big FB user. You were the first one I discovered and I enjoy the challenges and your wonderful blog. Thank you for providing so much artistic inspiration and motivation!

  12. Happy 8th Blog-birthday! Your Blog was the first I discovered and I like it as it is! I enjoyed every challenge I saw and I learned very much. I wish you and your family a wonderful happy healthy new year full of creativity, good ideas and much joy and fun! Best wishes from Germany, Margarete

  13. Congratulations, Laura! 8 years!!! What a great accomplishment for you! I hope to join you more this year and get back into the weekly groove. Who know, maybe I work on making up the ones I've missed, but don't hold me to it, haha! Wishing you and your family and Happy New Year! Hugs to you and the boys!

  14. So, what brand spinner did you get? There are a bunch out there, but I can't find an orange one.

  15. Best wishes for you and your family! Also congratulations on your 8th years of challenges. Keep them going! Will try to participate more this year. Thank you for all your great ideas!


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