Saturday, March 30, 2013

Adventures In Monotangles #3 - Slideshow

Well another week is coming to an end, which means that is time for another Adventures in Monotangles Slide Show. I was pleased with the number of people who attempted this week’s Adventure. I know the Template I posted is rather complex, and I thought it might scare people away. As you can see here a number of people joined the Adventure, and all of the entries are stunning.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

More of the Diva’s Challenges 6-15 & Slideshow of 1-15

Well I have been busy trying to do all of the previous Diva’s challenges, whish is amazingly fun. I do not think I can say enough about this. If you have not, go back and do the early ones, it is an amazing amount of fun!

OK 1st off I have created a slideshow of the 1st 15 Challenges, and I am thinking every 10 slides on the 5 I’ll do a new slideshow. (Efie, I’ll add music to this one!)

Here are the Tiles For Challenges 6-15:

Challenge #6 "Ixorus" – I decided to make this a Monotangle, and am very happy with that decision.

Challenge #7 "Breathe" – I choose 2 tangles that I am terrible about breathing when I draw, concentrating on breathing really made me slowdown and relax when doing both of them.
Tangles: Mooka & Paradox

Challenge #8 "Hearts for Artoo" – I ended up choosing more than 2 of the previous challenges!
Tangles: Ixorus, Mooka, `Nzepple

Challenge #9 "New Tangle: Artoo" – Glad I am doing the old challenges, I discovered this tangle and I love it.
Tangles: Msst, Artoo, Riverstones, & `Nzepple

Challenge #10 "The Space Between; Exploring white space" – When you mention White space in Zentangle® I think of Mooka, so it shows up here again.
Tangle: Mooka

Challenge #11 "Monotangle" – What tangle to do, I love doing Auraknot as a monotangles.
Tangle: Auraknot

Challenge #12 "Something Blue" – decided to do everything in blue aside from a little shading. Also decided to do a tile similar to one that would be done in a 101 class.
Tangles: Hollibaugh, Crescent Moon, Static

Challenge #13 "Non-Dominatrix" – This is a great exercise… Can you tell the last tangle I did (hint my hand was shacking pretty bad by the end.) - Again as per a 101 class.
Tangles: Cubine, Static, Paradox, & Crescent Moon

Challenge #14 "I Walk the Line" – As I am sure you can tell I like lines, so this more difficult than I thought it would be.
Tangles: Cubine, Paradox, W2, Man-o-Man, Semaphore, & Hibred

Challenge #15 "Love Your Curves, Baby" – Many of my favorite Curvy Tangles!
Tangles: Mooka, Poke-Root, Poke-leaf, Tipple, Artoo, & Indy-Rella

Hope you enjoy them!

Adventures in Monotangles #4 - Indy-Rella

Wow so this is week four. 

So the 1st month is almost done.

It has been a crazy month, and I am happy that I have been able to keep up with the Adventures. I am happy that this month has been crazy, as it shows me that even when life is crazy, I'll be able to keep this up.

The great news is I am feeling great! Starting Friday I'll start working out again. I have let that slip when I was sick. My 1st goal is to be able to run 2.2 Miles in under 20 Minutes, which is more than doable. Once I can I'll stop driving into work, and I'll run to the YMCA, maybe do some weights then shower and go to work.Then run home. I used to walk both ways, then I bought a car and got lazy. My goal is to be able to do this in the next month, so we shall see.

This weeks adventure is my favorite Tangle, it is also the 1st tangle I ever did a Monotangle with. It is one of the two tangles Molly taught during the monotangle section of the CZT training class. It also happens to be one of the Tangles Molly created. The Tangle is Indy-Rella

How to draw Indy-Rella can be found here.
(Please note: This is not a step-out as this is an official pattern, but 1/2 down the page sandy shows a great example of this tangle)

Here is the Tile I created for this weeks Adventure!

OK go forth and make Monotangles of Indy-Rella, and have fun!


Here are some Monotangles of Indy-Rella I had previously done:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Zendala Dare - The Big 50!

It is time for another Zendala Dare, this one is Number 50!

Well it’s only Tuesday and already it’s been a week of ups and downs. On the up side My cold is completely gone, and my eye is at about 80% and getting better, this makes me very happy. Down side, I have now been wheat free for a few weeks, I decided that I could risk it and have a little wheat last night, and man ….Never again. Now that I have been free of it, eating it is 10 time worse than before.
Another down, it that my original Zentangle kit that I carry everywhere, is pretty much dead. It did go everywhere with me and took quite a beating, but it finally gave up the ghost. The up side of this is that I needed a new kit and found a wonderful plastic case that I can keep many of my pens/pencils in. Photo below.
There have been other ups and down, but I will not bore you with all of them.

I really liked this weeks dare, I decided to leave off a set of lines, and it looked kind of like a pinwheel. I am happy with everything aside from the paradox, but I did that last night, and was feeling pretty bad after eating wheat, and I just did what came to mind. Here is the Dare, hope you like it, as much as I do,

The Dare:

My New Zentangle kit, that goes everywhere with me.

Sections are:
01 Pens
Bigger pens
005 Pens

I have a second one that has my gel pends Black tiles, and markers... =D

Diva's Weekly Challenge #111

Well I guess they say great minds think alike. This weeks Diva's Challenge was Mooka, I have been thinking about Mooka a lot this week. In fact I was thinking of using it in my adventure, but I will postpone that. I know the Diva is not going to look at other weekly challenges when deciding what her challenge will be, and I fully understand that, but as she is the original weekly Zentangle® challenge, I will do my best to avoid making mine to similar to hers. The other reason Mooka is on my mind is that I am working my way through her early weekly challenges, and for Week 10 (White Space) I choose to use Mooka. Now I had not posted it yet, so I could have used that tile for this challenge, but I think that would be cheating, so I came up with this tile which is anti-white space. Hope you enjoy it!

In the upper left corner is a Tangelation of Mooka I call Fntn that I developed at CZT training, I'll post instructions and a step-out on it this week.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Adventures in Monotangles Week 2 Slideshow

Well this weekend was a little busy, after being sick for over ten days I had a lot to get caught up on. I was not sure I was going to get this posted this weekend, but it look like I have. I am trying a new slideshow creator, to see if all the slides show up. Crossing my fingers!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Diva’s Challenges #1 to #5

Well folks I have decided that I want to go back and catch-up on all of the early Diva’s challenges.

Challenge #1 Simplicity  (Dec 20, 2010)
Tangles FESCU, & MSST
When I think Simplicity in Zentangle® these are the two patterns that come to mind. I love both of them, and doing them together looks wonderful.
For the 2 pencil string, I looked for a tangle that fit a rope like structure then added in tangle that sounded fun.

This was lots of fun. As you can see my border and string both went off the edge, but so be it. This was a wonderful challenge!

I had a bit of an advantage here. When this challenge was issued Auraknot was nota pattern, and for a “Star” challenge you can not beat Auraknot. I love the Tile.

Challenge #5 "Orbs" (Jan 17, 2011)
Sooo…Orbs! I decided to add am central circle, than added 2 circle attached to it, and wanted to use mainly tangles with orbs. I did not play on it, but I think it looks like an eyeball. Even so, I like this tile.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Zendala Dare #49

Well the good news is when I woke up this morning I felt a bit better. (I write the post for the Adventure the night before.) I still have a little congestion, and a bit of a headache, and my eye is still swollen, but I feel better, which is wonderful.  Hopefully things are turning around!

Well I forced myself to finish the Zendala Dare #49 last night. I made a terrible mistake, and entered into this with a preconceived notions of what I wanted it to look like. Sadly it is way to busy. I wanted to use tangles I do not use/or seldom use. I am happy with each tangle, but I think there are to many dark spaces. I also did not have enough energy to shade it properly. But it is done and here it is, I really hope it’ll grow on me.

Also here is a chart showing what tangles I used.

Also on a side note and warning (Mainly for those men out there that do Zentangle®) be careful keeping a tile in your shirt pocket, this can happen…

Adventures In Monotangles #3

OK this is going to be short, and I am sorry for that. Last Friday I got sick, and as I was getting better I developed an eye infection. Between the cold, and the infection, I am dragging. I am not only running behind here, but I still have not finished the Zendala Dare for the week.

This week the  Adventure is a template challenge. If you want to print the template go Here, the template is available in 3.5 inches, and 7.5 inches. Good sizes for either a Tile or a ZIA.

Here is the Template…. It is designed to be pretty easy to draw by hand also.

Here is what I did. I used another of my favorite Tangles ‘Nzepple, I really wanted to do Paradox, but as that was last weeks adventure, I decided to do something else.

Your mission should you choose to accept it is to decide on a single tangle, and make this template beautiful.

Another Link to Adventure in Monotangles #3 Template


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weekly Challenge #110: "Get rid of the box"

Here is my entry into the Weekly Challenge #110: "Get rid of the box"

I had to think about this challenge. I figured in order for me to get rid of the box, that I should step into it. The ways I stepped out are as follows.

I decided to use a “Tile,” more often than not I do ZIA, so I selected the size I tend to avoid, and pulled out an official Tile.

For the Border, when I do Tiles, I tend to use curvy lines, so I made the border a straight sided square.

For the String, I thought about one I had not used before, and just added a large circle in the center of the tile.

Then, I did the tangling in color. I still have troubles adding color, I “See” Zentangle® as black and white, so I have o force myself to use color.

Lastly, I decided to make the circle a tangle I have not done before, I looked at my card in my kit, and found one I had not done.

I am pleased with the results.

Thank you Diva for another wonderful challenge.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Slideshow - Adventures In Monotangles#1

Well I decided to push myself and get the slideshow done for The Adventures in Monotangles #1. 
I hope you enjoy it. I would like to say great work everyone.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Adventures in Monotangle #2

First of all I want to thank everyone who took part in “The adventures in Monotangles #1,” I was hoping that I would get 10 people to take part in my 1st challenge and you all smashed that. I have 20 people as of today, twice what I wanted.

OK on to the adventure: There is a tangle’s  name out there that when spoken, tends to be spoken with great love, or great fear. This is one of the few tangle’s that it seems everyone loves but many people have trouble with. It also happens to be one of my favorite. It is currently #2, right behind Indy-Rella, and was my favorite until I learned Indy.

The pattern is Rick’s paradox. Instructions are here.

The challenge is to use Padarox outside the box. Come up with a new way to use it. It is normally in square or triangle area, so figure it out in a circle. Push the number of side. I myself pushed it up into 3D. I printed out an Icosahedron pattern, tangled it, then folded it. I am very happy at how it turned out.

So go out and bring a new twist to paradox. Tangle away!

Before cutting and folding:
After cutting and folding:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Zendala Dare #48

Edit: Enlarged Image, and added guide to tangles used as requested.

Well for the Zendala Dare this week I decided to really push myself. I have been trying to make my recent tangles like onions, no not stinky. I am trying to add layers. I think I did a decent job on this one, I am calling it “The thin in the basement,” I was planning on doing extra shading and making each layer of rings also look more like it was floating on the one under it, but I forgot. It happens. I also pushed myself to tangle outside the bounds of the pattern, and that is where the “Floor” comes from. I added just a touch of color, as I still prefer black & white. I also added the new technique for the Diva’s Challenge #109 in here also. Lastly I tried to use almost all tangles with curving shapes for the "thing," only adding cubine behind it for a 3rd layer. All in all  am happy with the way it turned out.
OK Here is a chart of the tangles I have used:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Diva’s Challenge #109

Here is my entry into The Diva’s Challenge #109

Today work was a bit of a stress, we were working at about ½ strength, and working on a new way of processing files. This caused just a little bit of stress, so I was happy it was Monday so there was a new Diva’s challenge. One of the Tiles I did at work on my lunch hour, the other once I got home. I am not 100% happy with them, but I guess it is true that we are our own worst critics. Please enjoy them!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weekly Challenge #108: UMT v. XIV "Whyz"

Well I was a little slow getting my tile for Weekly Challenge #108: UMT v. XIV "Whyz"   done, but here it is. I have noticed that I tend to often use linear patterns so I made sure to use a couple of the more organic ones in this tile. I forgot how much I like doing Mooka, even when I make my lines a little thick. I think I may have to eventually do a Mooka Adventures in Monotangles.

Adventures in Monotangles #1

Visit The Adventures in Monotangles page for more information on the Weekly Adventures.

So it begins. I would like to thank each of you for joining me on what I hope will be an amazing journey. I had been planning on starting this challenge for months but needless to say life has been interesting. Though life is busy, I am happier now than I can ever remember being. I have an amazing wife, who is following the path of the shaman, and helping me explore shamanism. I am finding some interesting correlations between Zentangle®, and shamanism (I hope to do a Blog entry someday on my discoveries.) I have a Job that I love (great people, and I get to use both my organizational skills and my creativity.) I have discovered Zentangle, and have become a CZT. I have also began working out again, though it take time, I still love the way I feel when I am able to work out. So even with a busy schedule I have decided it was time to begin Adventures in Monotangles.

For the 1st challenge I have decided to keep it simple. Go back to your 1st Zentangle class, and on a single tile draw your border, then add a simple string (a “Z” string works well.)

Here I choose a “Z” String.

 Choose one of your favorite tangles and fill each section of the tile with the tangle you decided to use. Be adventures and change up the tangle in each section, vary the size, line thickness, and shading. Try a Tangleation or two. Most importantly, have fun.

I decided to use Cubine for my 1st adventure, as it was one of the 1st tangles I learned and the 1st one a fell in love with. As I have learned more and more tangles, Cubine remains one of my go to tangles. 

Zendala Dare #47

Today is an exciting day! Not only have I finished Zendala Dare #47, I am also launching Adventures in Monotangles today. I very much enjoyed this Dare, I liked the theme of loosing it. God knows I have some to lose. I choose to drop out four of the center spokes, and fill what I saw and the background with Huggin. As the theme is loosing it, I figured I would mention that not only have I decided to also attempt to drop weight, I have decided that by my 45th Birthday (1.5 Years away) I will attempt a triathlon. I was thinking of just doing a Marathon, but decided to set my sights higher. I have, years n the past,  in the past run a number of 5 and 10k  and a couple ½ marathons, and decided I wanted to start running again. So now I have put it on the Web, I guess I will have to be serious about it. I think I’ll start another blog to track my progress, I’ll add a link here when I get it set up.

Here is this weeks Dare!