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fredag 22 september 2017

Cozy tangling for the Diva´s challenge

The last guestblogger for the season at the Diva´s challenge are Juliette Fiessinger and Kellie Fellinge. Read about the challenge here. I am not sure I have got this right. We are supposed to use cozy tangles for the change of season. I listened to their podcast and decided to use one of my ECO-print tiles.


I am surprised myself how many tangles that appeared in this tile. It was meditative though. As a string I used the print underneath. Another surprise was that there actually came out a heartshape! No it wasn´t planned. Not the tangles either. I just tried to stay in that feeling I got from the podcast. The tangles are: Featherfall (Carole Ohl),Tipple, Ennies, Static, Diva Dance, Evoke and Hollibaugh. Except Featherfall, all are zentangles.

torsdag 21 september 2017

19th-21st of september and a daily tangle


The tangle I choose this time is Static. Yes it is one of my first learned and I bet this is the case for many of us! I had fun trying to use it in other ways than the common ways! 

Nancy Domnauer is the featured artist in the fb-group today´s tangles. Her challenge is a heart-challenge. Use the heart as a string and  her pattern Tour. Here comes my tile:


The other patterns are: Ginili (Randi Wynne-Parry), Ennies and Crescent Moon. I wasn´t pleased at all with my first try. That one has to wait till I know what to do about it. I still have hang-ups when it comes to heartshape. I don´t like when they become to pretty! And that sure happens. But this  tile made me happy. I made the dots in the corners, penciled the line and I made a string, not with one heart but four.

måndag 18 september 2017

Joey´s 6/9 challenge

Happy Monday, Joey´s challenge! The 6th of 9 tiles. The pattern to use this time was Ginili (Randi Wynne-Parry). I haven´t tried Ginili before, but I have seen it. Such a beautifully flowing pattern! Loved it from the start! Here is my 6th:



The other patterns: Cruffle (Sandy Hunter), Cubine, Tripoli, Diva Dance, Evoke and Tipple. Here is all so far:



Whatever will come on next three, I know one thing: It will come with a lot of fun!

13th - 18th of September



13th-15th: Onamato on the go! Onamato is one of the first tangles I learned. But I haven´t played with it much. I have used it but not in this way. On the 13th I use it with Papermint (Sandy Hunter) and tried some small variations. On the 14th I went on with the variations and let Cruffle (Sandy Hunter) join. On the 15th I also used Printemps and Tipple. 

16th-18th: Flux is also a tangle I learned from the start. But I have only used Rick´s variation, not Maria´s. Maria´s Flux is quite different even if it still is a one-stroke pattern! First I felt a little bit Mookish about it, but the more I used it the more Flux was going on! And look what happened when I blow it up! And on the 18th I think this Flux went crazy! Loved this! 

torsdag 14 september 2017

IAST 211 - Ampersand

Never heard of Ampersand National Day! But now I have. Through Adele Bruno and A String Thing!

Here comes my very late Ampersand-tile:


The name Ampersand wasn´t familiar to me either. We call it Et. But now I know.  I used Aa:s (Judy Murphy), Star map (Suzanne McNeill) and Striping (Zt). 

So happy to hear that Adele is safe after Irma! So this is a happy Ampersand!

onsdag 13 september 2017

The Diva is back! Challenge no 332!

Laura Harms is back after what seem like a wonderful and fun vacation. She starts of with a fun challenge: 2 Squares. That´s it. I have tried to make som Eco-printed tiles the last weeks. Som of them were printed on both sides and that wasn´t optimal, since I have to choose which side of the tile I prefer! I had made a mess on one of them and put it aside not knowing what to do about it. So I turned it and let the print guide were to draw the squares. It was fun!


This time I regret I didn´t take a before-pic! But I was too eager to get started so I forgot all about it. Yes, I did try some tranzending too, which worked out this way. I am happy about the process in this tile, since the planning was none and the guidance was the surface with marks from leaves, and some other stuff. The patterns; Mooka, Nipa, Indyrella, O (Adele Bruno) and Fragment D11.

tisdag 12 september 2017

10th, 11th and 12th of September

9 days I have focused on playing with one or two tangles every three days in my calendar. I like this. This is a way for me to learn and explore. It is fun! I should have worked like this earlier, but I am afraid I am not that structured. But now I have told my brain this is new every day anyhow,although it is the same pattern I play with! I am not unfamiliar to think like this. I am used to it when I make new experiences  as I work with my paintings. At last I have found this is fun in tangling too!!! I should have known....


I choose Eke among all for this page. This tangle is so easy to learn. Everyone who has learned handwriting in school knows this is an e or maybe an l! I haven´t used Eke frequently in tangling, at least not that I was aware of. But Linda Farmer told me that my LO´s could be an tangleation of Eke! So I have been thinking a lot about trying Eke invariations. Of course my LO´s appeared on the 12th.

Today´s meditation went in another direction. Fleavy (Hanny Nura) is the focustangle in Square One. I have done it before and I do like it very much, it is flowing very easy.


As I tried Arukas in a spiral (inspired by Lynn Shelton Mead´s work) earlier, I saw the Fleavy in it so it was just waiting to be done! Here it is with Beeline and Tipple. I like it this way. On the surface of the tile, under the tangles I wrote some things that are important to me and fills me with gratitude. Not my idea, but an idea from CZT Mary Bartop. I loved to do this. 

måndag 11 september 2017

Joey´s challenge 5/9

At last Monday and no 5 in the mosaic-challenge from Joey! A new pattern introduced: Muscari by Elaine Benfatto. Haven´t seen this pattern before!


No 5 means this is the middlesection! I felt like my version of Muscari needed some pink (I admit, I was inspired to do so from my travelling tangles adventure yesterday). Don´t know if this was a good decision or not. Well well, I have to be patient, no rush it is only a week till next tile! Here is my mosaic so far:


Not a good pic, but anyhow it will be better when I can use the daylight, which I will when I take the final pic!

söndag 10 september 2017

Happy mail from Australia!

Australia is on the other side of the globe. So far away! But Travelling Tangles brings people together! About a month ago Sue Zanker and I found out it was about a year ago we met on Fb in the Travelling Tangles Project. So we decided to give it one more round! I haven´t been doing this for quite a long time now, being busy with a lot of other things.  In the end of last week I got my happy mail! Whow, it was like Christmas Eve in September!



Three wonderful starters. And a card with beautifully written words on, Calligraphy by Sue!! I have it on my wall. Calligraphy, Lettering is so inspiring, but as I haven´t done much of that myself, I do appreciate what other people are able to do in this special artform. 

Well which one of the candies should I start with! I chose the one with the gem and Spoken. Here is the beforepic:



It isn´t a very sharp pic but that´s the one I got since I was too eager to start on the tile, I didn´t check it out! Here is the result of the collaboration:



Sue´s gem is so beautifully done in purple. You can see a little "straw" glimmering inside it. As I drew my tangles;Shattuck, Eke, Mooka (all Zt) some pearls and LO´s (my own), I could not resist trying to add some pink too. I usually don´t use pink very much but here it had to come. i guess it is because of Sue, I think she once told me she love pink. So much joy and fun in this Sue, thank you for giving me the opportunity! 


7th, 8th and 9th of September goes Shattuck

Shattuck is one of those patterns I have used from the very start of my Zentanglejourney. I love to do it, but actually I haven´t giving it the time to devellop.



So here it comes and I love to do this finding so many more ways to use it. And yes I got my inspiration at the start from the Tangledecks (Lynn Shelton Mead)

fredag 8 september 2017

Friday - Zendaladay!

Today I felt like celebrating something. No birthday around no special events. Just give myself the opportunity to work on a zendalatile celebrating Friday. Here it is:


The patterns appearing are: Mooka, Tipple, Nipa, Quabog (all Zt) and Lenche (mine). I very seldom use gold in my tiles but today I felt like it was the right thing to do. Working on a Zendala is very relazing. But I admit it is also sometimes frustrating. It happens quite often I come to a point working on a Zendala when I have doubts about what I am doing and start to think of the result instead of the process which means loosing my focus. It doesn´t happen very often working on an ordinary tile 8,9x8,9. But a Zendala takes more time for me to do and then unwanted thoughts may pop up during the process. By now I have learned telling myself, when this happens, just go on knowing that my doubts just are reminders that I´m not finished yet! And it works!

So here is my Friday Zendala. Finished. Doubts forgotten.

31st of August, 4th, 4th and 6th of September


Maybe I have got an idea what to do in my calender for September. I havent used a theme but I think I will this time.


I want to explore one - two patterns at a time. Two patterns since it is so interesting to make them go into eachother, emerge from eachother. One pattern since I almost never give one pattern time enough to find out possible ways to go with it and hopefully sometimes out of the box. I am pleased with the last three days starting with Strickle (Zt) and going into Nipa. It was fun and I am happy about the result.

I realized I have forgotten to publish last day of August! Here it is:


Arukas, one of my favouritetangles ever! In new shapes inspired by Lynn Shelton Mead!

tisdag 5 september 2017

Joey´s challenge 4/9

No 4 is done! This time Joey added a pattern new to me. It is called Breach by Yu Ru Chen. A fun pattern that can go lots of ways!



Breach is easy to learn and I think this pattern will stay in my pile of favourites!The others are: Bales, Nipa, Evoke (all Zentangle) and then Beadlines (Margaret Bremner and some Dewdrops. The Nipa variation is something I wanted to try from Lynn Shelton Mead´s Tangledeck. 

This is like going on a Tangle-trip in more than one way. First just let the string guide the whole design, then unexpected adventures along the way and and having a map (Tangle Decks) in my bag! A lot of fun is going on! Here is the entire pic so far:


måndag 4 september 2017

Back to basic and going further

The zentanglemethod, dots, penciled line between them and a string is important to me as I want to have this structure for my daily meditation. The other steps to; appreciate, gratitude, breath, no planning follows.


No worries, I would add. Just DO it. I need some help sometimes. Something that make me stay in the moment and feel the joy when the lines goes their way and I instinctivly knows what to do next. I am so happy with my Tangle Decks from Lynn Shelton Mead. The patterns there are all known, but beautifully and carefully done and the monotangles of each pattern are inspiring and open up new possibilities to approach the patterns. As I first learned Arukas, I loved it. But I didn´t explore it the way I did with the Tangle Decks! I loved to do this and Arukas in a spiral led to Beelight, a pattern I haven´t used much at all. The Beadlines had to go with it. It was so exciting!

Today´s meditation was important to me. I needed to be focused on a task I must do today. The funny thing is I did use the Square One focus tangle, BtlJoos (Sandy Steen Bartholomew). That tangle makes me smile.


It is gliding through the tile, slipping away don´t know where... Then Evoke (Zt) came to give some balance and Cruffle (Sandy Hunter) wanted to take care of the BtlJoos and make me smile even more. Yes, that was what I needed, whitout knowing it! It is amazing! 

1st, 2nd and 3rd of September

I started this month with Carole Ohls suggested fragment T4. I did it without checking Primer 1 and tried Carole´s version. It didn´t go my way so I checked the Primer and then I liked it better. Still this fragment was a challenge.


2nd: I wanted to play with Quabog (Zt), I had seen Sandy Kelley Jones do it and I thought it could work with the Diva´s challenge but I had to try it first. I liked it this way, like a sun spreading the warmth to us.
3rd: Printems and BtlJoos together and something I don´t know what it could be but inspired by the sunfeeling the day before. 

lördag 2 september 2017

Petoskey stones

Jane Reiter is guestblogger for the Diva this week.  Her challenge is different from others. I have never heard of Petoskey Stones before. It is such a beautiful thing she tells us about! Go to the blog and have a look here!  Here are som pics  (closeups) of the Petoskey Stones:



As you can see the patterns are pentagones and hexagones.

Jane asked us to make a tile inspired by the Petoskey Stones. First I made a little Bijou:


I choose to work with the pentagone, since I never use to do that! I havent used ecoprinted tiles before either! The pattern is Quabog (Zt). The next one is on a regular tile 8,9x8,9 cm:


This one is also on ecoprint paper (Fabriano Tiepolo). I went on with Quabog, I did like this easy and flexible pattern, which I have tried once or twice. The other patterns are Zinger, Tripoli and Tipple, all Zt. This challenge was different and so interesting to do! I think I won´t forget about Petoskey Stones. Ever. Thank´s to Jane Reiter!

torsdag 31 augusti 2017

Joey´s challenge 3/9

At last I got the time to do this! Joey choose the third pattern to includ to be Cruffle (Sandy Hunter). I love to play with theese orbs and they can change a lot! Here is my tile no 3:



My patterns here are Diva dance, Cadent, Huggins, Tripoli, Fescu, Pookeroot, Cubine and Cruffle. Here is what the mosaic looks like by now:


Love to do this, it excites me a lot since I like surprises! I don´t know where it is going! One question has grown in my mind: Among these patterns my own choices are official zentanglepatterns except one... how come?

2000 members in Today´s Tangles and a pattern new to me

Today´s Tangles on FB i celebrating again! This time we have reached 2000 members! To celebrate this we published a string made by me and Sandy and asked the members to celebrate with us by tangling in this string. As Jane Eileen is the guestartist we asked for using her tanglesuggestions this time. Here is the string: 


And here comes my two tiles:


I used Jane Eileen´s pattern 4Mom, Ah I love You, Socc (Erin Olson), Beadline (Margaret Bremner) and Crescent moon (Zt) in my first one.


In my second tile I used Jane´s patterns and added Cubine and Printemps.

In Square One Ballenchain (Sandy Steen Bartholomew) is the focuspattern after Hakrall. I have seen it done and I have had the stepouts for some time but not tried it. It is a high-focus tangle as well as Hakrall was. Here is my first tile ever with it:


In the background I used Maria Tovar Perez Barquillos and I kept Ballenchain simple. As I got the hang of this I found it very relaxig to draw and I se a lot of possible ways to work on this.

25th-30th of August

The calendar is a perfect companion when I am on journey! I have been away from home a couple of days visiting an old friend of mine and my grandchild. Tangling-time is hard to find under these circumstanses, but the calendar is the solution! 


It can take a lot of time to do it or about no time at all. Hakrall (Holly Atwater) did travel with me. I tried to do it in different ways. It is a highfocus-tangle and I made a lot of Hick-ups as I started in my sketchbook and on the 25th the Hic-kups were still present. Hick-ups is a word I got from Lynn Shelton Mead and I must say it describes very clearly what is happening drawing this tangle! The easiest way to do it for me was to combine it with other tangles. So from 26th I let it play with Sand Swirl (Karry Heun)(using my Lamy fountainpen) and 27th with Balloya (Anya Lothrop). the Bronx Cherrie was also there.


28th was my last day away from home and I continued with Hakrall together with Dansk (Margaret Bremner), Pokeroot and Knightsbridge. I tried to put Hakrall in a box too. 29th, at home celebrating my birthday I waved goodbye to Hakrall for this time. I have been waiting to get Lynn Shelton Mead´s Tangledeck 1 and 2, and guesswhat was waiting for me at the postoffice this day! I got myself a birthdaygift kind of! Looking through the stepouts she made of patterns well known and her examples was so inspiring so I just started off with Verdigogh and following her example I made auras around it! It got a quite different and pleasant look and I loved to try this!

fredag 25 augusti 2017

More Spoken for IAST 209

I am in a hurry to let my Spoken away for IAST 209. Not to make it but to post it. Here it is:


Adele asked for a monotangle in her challenge. This is almost a monotangle. Printemps jumped in and I couldn´t do much about that!

torsdag 24 augusti 2017

22nd, 23rd and 24th of August


Spoken is not finished with me. I guess we have to make friends first! It is funny, now I see something else in this pattern and I start to really enjoy it! Today as I made 24th, I was having teatime too and I spilled from the teapot on the 23rd! As it is no misstakes in zentangle I had to do something about this! I had watched Rick Roberts demonstrating tranzending on a video and decided to give it a try. I am surprised of what came out! Love it! the other patterns on the page are Tripoli, Moka, Arukas and Tipple, all Zt.

tisdag 22 augusti 2017

Joey´s weekly part 2 and some surprises

The first surprise today. I got a pre-birthday-gift! Something that I really wanted but found too expensive! The zentangle-app! I haven´t discovered everything yet, but I have seen some interesting videos that are soo inspiring! I am so grateful! Today is a beautiful day. Joey has published part two of the 9-tilechallenge and this was a surprise too! She wanted us to add Merryweather (Sandy Hunter), which happens to be another of my favourites! Here is the result:


I went on with  African Artist (Tina Hunziker), Cadent (Zt), Merryweather, Tripoli (Zt) and Diva Dance(ZT). Left an empty space, which I am not sure will be an emty space in the end! But I felt like leaving it like this


It is so fun to put the tiles together! I had to take a second alloverpic.

I found out quickly that the size of all tiles together is the same size as one Opus-tile. I have cut one myself sometime ago, but not dared to go for it yet. But Joey´s challenge gave me the courage and an idea how to manage this and still use the zentanglemethod, no planning, just be in it and see what happens next. It is so fun! I love it. Don´t know where it leads that will be another surprise but here is what happened so far:


I leave the shading till I have done the whole piece, since I also leave the decision about color or not. One stroke at a time. No rush. Exactly the same method I use working on ordinary tiles. I find this so relaxing and satisfying.

måndag 21 augusti 2017

Spoken 19th, 20th and 21st of August

I tried to learn Spoken, newly released from the Zentangle highquarter. I haven´t tried it on a tile yet, I think I have to practise more before I do that.


Spoken is easy to learn. But it is not easy to draw. Not for me anyway. Or more exactly, it is easy to draw, but it is hard to draw it well. It doesn´t come out the way I want to. Not yet.   

söndag 20 augusti 2017

Joey´s challenge and a fresh start!

Made by Joey has moved from the old page to this. It is a fresh start! The new challenge is so exciting! We are supposed to use 9 tiles and get something to include in our tiles each week. Here is my start:


Nine tiles with a penciled border and a string running all over the tiles. Then the first challenge: Include African Artist (Tina Hunziker) in the first tile:


And here is the closeup:


The patterns I used: African Artist (which is an old favourite of mine, now remembered!),Orbs-de-la-Dee (Anneken van Dam), Bee Bug (Sarah Fowler), Beadline (Margaret Bremner) and Cadent. I can´t wait till the next pattern is announced! this is so fun!

lördag 19 augusti 2017

Diva´s challenge- Guest Post Marguerite Samama

As I said in yesterdays´s post, Marguerite Samama made the guestpost for the Diva this week. The focus is on fragment D1 from Zentangle Primer. It is such a fun challenge, it can lead to whatever! I love this because there is a lot of possibilities to get surprised! Here I tried this on a black tile:




Except D1 I used Wud (Joni Feddersen) and Snorr (Sandy Hunter. The string is Margaret Bremners "ropestring". It was such a joy to do this! Thank´s Marguerite for a relaxing challenge!

fredag 18 augusti 2017

Happy Birthday IAST! And triangles in my calendar.

Isn´t this amazing! Adele Bruno has challenged tanglers all over the world for four years now! IAST Happy birthday to you! Every birthday adds one more candle to the string. Here is my happybirthdaytile for IAST 208.



The patterns for the celebration are: Trella (Adele Bruno), Copada (Margaret Bremner), Wud (Joni Feddersen) and Knightsbridge (Zt). I colored this tile with micron and watercolor. It took me some time to figure out where to start and how to make this. Then I decided to skip the planning and started with my favouriteborder, Wud. This is what came out. All patterns Adele wanted us to use are there! I am surprised!

In my calendar I tried to use patterns with triangles only the last three days. I love triangles and very often I come back to triangles as I paint. It also happens that Marguerite Samama is the guestblogger for the Diva´s challenge and she chose a fragment as a challenge. Fragment D1. As I thought about it I immediately saw that it would be perfect for my little triangle-play! So this will be my first entry on that challenge!



16th of August: Impossible triangles, Fragment D1 from Zentangle Primer and Knase.
17th of August: Fragment D1, D11, `NZeppel and Munchin.
18th of August: Tringle (Lara Williams) and `NZeppel. 

Tringle was all new to me, I found it here.

tisdag 15 augusti 2017

13th, 14th and 15th of August

Here is my latest calendarpage:



13th of August: Bysomnus (Milde Weiss) is a fascinating tangle. It is kind of wild and starting to draw it makes things go in other ways than expected. I love that but I intended to try Caps (Sue Bailey) with it too, but Bysomnus can be very dominant and you hardly see Caps in this!
14th of August: Caps in focus because I felt some guilt for what happened on the 13th! Caps is a fun pattern and drawing it make me feel a party is going on! Here with CO2 (Antonine Megger) and Fescu.
15th of August: Today our black beautiful Pumi Bisse celebrates her 2nd birthday! Lenche, is a pattern made for her and the name Lenche is Bisse´s hungarian name. Caps went on and Oddbalz (Francoise Lip) joined!

As Bysomnus has its caracter of a wild and dominant pattern it will be a pattern I come back to, because it teases me and I never know where it will go! I can´t lock it in! I can´t decide what will happen next! So yesterday i decided to try it with a string on a tile:



I tangled in a round again, since I want to explore the possibilities doing so. Starting with Bysomnus, adding Sandswirl (Karry Heun), Diva Dance (Zt) and at last I added Tipple (Zt) as a border. I felt I had to do that too keep Bysomnus where I placed it! :)