Aquafleur

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It’s been a while since I’ve drawn a Zentangle Inspired Art piece for “I Am The Diva.”  I love doing her challenges but of late, I seem to have been very busy with other projects.  However, today I produced a piece using the new tangle Aquafleur, created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  You can see the instructions on how to draw this beautiful tangle by going to:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs119/1101168872594/archive/1116292742131.html

The name they gave this new tangle intrigued me.  Of course, I had to Google the word.  The results were lots of sites related to aquariums and decorating them.  Some of the greens known as “Aquafleur”  look like this:

bp01 bp09This water plants are a far cry from the tangle drawn below.  Despite the fact that the tangle’s name has no bearing on the real life plant, I loved Maria’s creation of this organic and flowing tangle.  My rendition is far from the lovely pieces created by Maria, but I enjoyed drawing my own version of this tangle, shown below:

Diva Challenge #152-AquafleurI used Micron .01 pen to draw this tangle and then added color using Prismacolor pencils.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.  Zinger is the name of the tangle on the outer rim of this ZIA.  This one is drawn on 8″ x 8″ card stock.  Do hope you like it.  I look forward to your comments.

Focus on Health

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Diva Challenge #150 by ronniesz
Diva Challenge #150, a photo by ronniesz on Flickr.

According to Laura at “I Am The Dive” blog: “Around the internet arting/crafting world people are talking about their one little word for the year. My understanding is that you pick one word that you want to be your focus for the year.” So, thanks to Laura, I’ve given this a lot of thought and came up with the word “Health.” The definition, when I looked it up is: “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain; a flourishing condition.” I’m committed this year to bringing my health to the forefront by exercising, eating healthy, and taking good care of myself.

I drew this Zentangle Inspired Art on 6″ x 6″ beige card stock using Micron .01 pen.  I used Bic fine-line pens to color and shade this piece.  I decided to use the letter in my word as a way to choose the tangles:  Heartrope, by Bunny Wright;  Embellish, by Sandra Strait; AAs, by Judy Murphy; ; La Bel, by Sue Jacobs; and Telic, by Chrissie Framton.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to your comment.

Is This Cheating?

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A new tangle from Zentangle.com called “Quib” is featured in this week’s Diva Challenge. In addition, at my group Zentangle Inspired Art, the TOW (Tangle of the Week) happens to be the same tangle. So, I’m posting my rendition at both places. Is that cheating? Should I have drawn a different one for each site? Truthfully, there are not enough hours in a day to make as many ZIAs (Zentangle Inspired Art) as my heart wants to draw. Hope you like this one. It’s on beige card stock and colored with gel pens. Your comments are appreciated and welcome.

Like It Or Not

I’ve missed a couple of the Diva’s Challenges.  Just seems I’ve been busy lately and didn’t have time to get them done.  I did, however, find time to do this week’s Challenge, a monotangle of Dex, a tangle created by Maria Roberts.

I found this tangle a bit daunting. I had a hard time coming up with enough variations to fill the entire page.  I found myself peeking at the other drawings posted on the Diva’s blog (Iamthediva).  I don’t usually do that.  I try to come up with my own interpretation, but this one just threw me and I had to seek inspiration from the already posted drawings.

I drew this monotangle on a 7″ x 7″ beige card stock using Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.

Diva Challenge #131-Monotangle Dex"Overall, I’m okay with how this one turned out.  Don’t think I’ll be doing any other monotangles of this tangle.  I wouldn’t mind using it in a drawing, but trying to come up with lots of variations was not particularly fun for me.

Hoping the rest of your week goes well.  Thanks for your visit.  I always appreciate when you leave a comment.

The Weekly Dare

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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche

It was a welcome break from my special project to do the weekly Zendala Dare #69.  Here is the template before any changes have been made.

Zendala Darea #69 template Looking at the rough draft, I had my doubts about how this Zendala would turn out.

Zendala Dare #69

To my surprise, I am quite pleased with the final image.

Zendala Dare #69 1

This Zendala is drawn on white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens; it’s shaded with graphite pencil.

Thanks so much for viewing.  I appreciate your comments.  Have a great week.

Hanging By A String

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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.

Challenges Can be Fun

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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