Hanging By A String


Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.

Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

This week’s Diva Dare hinges on a String.  String 004 to be exact, submitted to Linda Farmer’s TanglePatterns.com by Sue Agnew.

TanglePatterns-String-004I’m sure somewhere along my tangle journey, I’ve tangled this string before.  But, the interesting thing about strings, you can tangle them over and over and come up with totally different ZIAs.  Here’s my entry for this week:

Diva Challenge #129-String Theory v. XXV-String#004

Be sure to surf over to I Am The Diva‘s blog to see the other entries and read what the Diva is up to this past week with her beautiful children.

A day or two has passed and I found time to add some color to this ZIA.

Diva Challenge #129-String Theory v. XXV-String#004-colored

Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always a pleasure to receive.  Enjoy the rest of this week.


I Dare You


Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage

of those who dare to makes dreams into reality. — Jonas Salk

Hard to believe it is Saturday again.  The days seem to roll by so quickly.  Of course, one of the joys of Saturday is to find a new Zendala Dare on Erin’s blog, The Bright Owl.  In addition to the Zendalas, Erin shares her life experiences and her family life.  This week’s message is about organ donation.  Check out her site and give some consideration to what she has to say.   You can also check out the beautiful art posted by the other participants.  It’s a real treat.

I changed my routine today.  I usually draw the Zendala on card stock approximately 8.5″ x 8.5.”  Today, I printed out the smaller version of the Dare and drew two of them on one sheet of pink card stock.  Here’s my first creation:

Zendala Dare #67-I

This Zendala is 3.5″ x 3.5″ drawn with Micron .005 pen and shaded with graphite.

Zendala Dare #67-II

This Zendala is 4″ x 4″ and also drawn using Micron .01 and .005 pens.

It’s a day later and I’ve added a full size Zendala Dare.  This piece is drawn on 8″ x 8″ white card stock with Micron .01 & .005 pens.

Zendala Dare #68-III

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I look forward to your comments.  Have a great weekend.

Challenges Can be Fun


I like the challenge of trying different things

and wondering whether it’s going to work

or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.

Johnny Depp


This week’s Diva Challenge was to put two pencils together with a rubber band and draw a string for the ZIA or Zentangle.  This was “trying something different” for me.  Not so very difficult and fun to do.  Here is my Zentangle Inspired Art entry.



I drew this on 8.5″ x 11″ white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is colored with fine-line pens and Prismacolor Pencils.

The “Two-Pencil Strings” are filled with these tangles:  Coaster, by Carole Ohl (top left- next to the circles); Arckles, by Suzanna Wilka (right side strip); Chard, by Linda Farmer (middle strip); Gloven, by Mariët Lustenhouwer’s (bottom center loop); and the circle shaped string is filled with and un-named tangle.

The tangles in the spaces are:  Loopy, my tangle (top left); Paushalov, by Amy Broady (next to Loopy); PANE (var.), by Sandy Bartholomew, CZT (top center); Echoism* (top next to Pane); ‘NZeppel*, (right center); Paradox*, (below ‘NZeppel); Printemps*, (top right); ); Hako, by Lara Williams, CZT (bottom left); Zenella, by Molossus (bottom center); and Hepmee, by Carole Ohl (bottom right).  There may be a few tangles that are un-named.

Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing my work.  I really appreciate it.  Leaving a comment will be greatly appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

*original Zentangles by Maria Thomas

In The Mix


Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.
—Wayne Dyer

I wanted to add two more Zendalas to the mix in this week’s Zendala Dare.

(See the first Zendala listed under the post “Things Change” – on right side of screen.)

I really liked this week’s template.  The Zendala below is drawn with colored gel pens on 8.5″ x 8.5″ white card stock.  The gel pen points are a great deal thicker than Micro pens, so it was difficult to be as detailed in drawing the tangles as I usually am.  That said, I still like what I came up with.

Zendala Dare #66 1The Zendala below is on the same size card stock but I used Micron .01 and .005 pens to draw the tangles.  Prismacolor pencils and fine-line pens were used to color this one.  The tangles were  drawn from memory, so I won’t try to name them, and in fact, some of them are not even known tangles, just line doodles.

Zendala Dare #66 2I want to thank you for stopping by.  I hope you like my two additions to this week’s Zendala Dare.  I’m sure you know by now, I really love to get comments.  Have a great week.

Things Change


(See two more Zendalas I’ve drawn listed under the post “In The MIx” – on right side of screen.)

This week’s Zendala Dare #66 from Erin’s blog, The Bright Owl, is a template created by Mariet.  Here’s the template:

Zendala Dare #66-template

I really liked this template.  It has a beautiful flow to it.  In fact, I plan to do another ZIA if I have time later this week.  However, as I was working on this template I changed it.  Here’s what I came up with:

Zendala Dare #66

I thought about filling in the lines to keep it looking more like the template, but I just loved the free-form flow of surrounding the center tangle, Leaflet, (var.) by Helen Williams, with the tangle Allium, by J.J. LaBarbara.  I hope you agree.  This ZIA is drawn on cream-colored card stock with Micron .01 pen and shaded with graphite pencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by to view my ZIA.  I’d love to know what you think.  Hope your weekend is going great!

Stop and Breathe


What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. —John Updike

Zentangle 271

This ZIA is drawn on 8.5″ x 8.5″ white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  I used fine-line pens to color.  The tangles are:  Spoolz (left top) by Cindy Straight; Wigwam (curved arrow-like tangle) by Annet Spitteler; Hako (diamond boxes in center) by Laura Williams, CZT; Graancirkel (bottom right) by Magda Wellen; Good Joss (right side, middle) by Patty Mercer; and the other tangles are grid patterns unnamed.

Your comments are appreciated.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.

What A Rush!

I feel like I’ve been in a rush this week.  I was called for Jury Duty, so this week I spent most of my time in a courtroom.  This is the fourth time I’ve been summoned for jury duty since I moved to San Diego.  I served on one jury about five years ago in which a verdict was reached.  That trial took about a two weeks.  This time, the trial would have lasted eight to ten weeks.  It is a high profile trial in my area and the process to pick a jury was grueling.  I requested to be dismissed from serving on this jury.  The thought of condemning anyone to a life in prison or perhaps the death penalty was more than I could handle.  Call me a sissy, or a coward, but I just couldn’t see myself making that kind of judgement on my fellow man.  For one thing the prison system is atrocious and I don’t believe in the death penalty.  So this was definitely the wrong trial for me to participate in.  I’m so relieved the judge let me off the hook and dismissed me from this trial.  So now I’m happy to be back to my regular routines.

This week’s Diva Challenge called for using two different tangles in the same Zentangle Inspired Art Drawing.  The tangles are Cirquital and Opus.  Here is what I managed to draw today.

ImageThis is drawn on 8.5″ x 8.5″ white card stock with Micron .01 pen and colored with fine-line pens.

I’m relieved that I got this one finished, but I neglected to write down the various tangles I used inside the Cirquital tangle.  I did them mostly from memory.

I hope you like what I’ve come up with.  I’d love to know what you think of it.  Feel free to leave a comment.  Have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.