This week’s Diva challenge (#305) used Molygon and Marasu, two official tangles from Zentangle HQ.
It has been a very, very long time since I blogged — not to mention post photos of the tiles that I do for the Diva’s Weekly Zentangle Challenge. Laura’s (aka The Diva) weekly challenges were key to my beginning Zentangle practice almost 7 years ago.
This week’s challenge, Laura talks about the new official tangle that Zentangle announced this last week called Waybop. It’s a tangle that came out at November’s gathering of Certified Zentangle Teachers, that I was psyched to attend. It was again inspiring and rejuvenating AND restful. Any event that Zentangle headquarters has hosted, I have felt totally nourished inside and out.
I answered the Waybop challenge by turning my Waybops into shamrocks — getting ready for the season of appreciating my Irish heritage!
“Hi beautiful Katie! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your book Mandala Coloring Journey to be listed on Aspire Magazine’s list of top 10 inspiring books for April!”
That’s the summary of the email I received this afternoon, to my glorious surprise!
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I am honored to have Mandala Coloring Journey featured in this month’s Aspire Magazine. Go take a look at her lists of inspirational reading!
The I Am the Diva Zentangle challenge this week was to recreate one of our tiles from the past.
I have had a tendency to fill my tile–really fill it. When I first started doing Zentangle, I also worked really small, overfilling all space with small detail. Recently, I looked at how I do this in life — filling every moment of my day, unknowingly avoiding just BEING.
In Zentangle, I’m working bigger and being more conscious of how much I fill the space.
I love both of these tiles. The tile on the left was for the Diva Challenge #104. I can see how my technique has changed a bit from 3 years ago. Neither is better than the other. Just slightly different. Practice creates change. Practice is inherent in life.
An intro class today
I taught an intro to Zentangle today to 7 women. They all picked it up naturally and their tiles were beautiful. The class was also a reunion of sorts for friends I hadn’t seen in years. It was wonderful!
Here are their incredible tiles.
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When I learned about Zentangle almost six years ago, I didn’t know how much it would change my life.
I began slowly and curiously. I played with tangles, papers and pens. I took a couple classes. I tangled when I felt like it, and didn’t when I didn’t feel like it.
Zentangle is a release of pent-up creative fire inside me. It’s a place where my imagination runs on the page. It’s experimental. It’s expression. It’s unplanned.
Zentangle, most of all, boosted my “creative confidence,” and through it, I feel encouraged to stand up and call myself an artist.
This all comes up for me at this special time. Very soon — perhaps within the next few days! — I’ll be announcing that my self-published mandala coloring book and journal will be available to purchase through Amazon!
This book is the fruit of the many mandalas I have drawn over a few years as well as the substantial work on practicing (individually and with groups) a form of therapeutic writing, where we look at our sensations to learn more about what’s going on deeper within ourselves. This method has been extremely transformational for me! And now, I’m presenting that side-by-side 22 hand-drawn mandalas so you may color your way beyond your worried-mind-space and into the core positive place within you — your BEING!
Years ago when Zentangle came into my life, I worked through each week of Diva Challenges. Through the gathering of people and blogs Laura brings together, I see how much of a community element Zentangle has. You know the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”… well, I think in another way, it takes a village to raise each other up. The Zentangle community will remind everyone that we’re all artists, all capable of creative expression. We ARE creative expression, and we’ve got to let it shine!
Wonderful winter blessings to all!
Dilip Patel, the first Certified Zentangle Teacher from India, was the guest blogger on this week’s Diva Challenge. He and his family are committed to make positive changes in the world we live in, through helping to repopulate the earth with more trees! His blog post here is so inspiring and touches my heart. <3
Here are my tangled trees. I’ve been enjoying tangling in a blank journal these days. There’s something about carrying a book around with me, where I can tangle, take notes and journal on my tangling.
I especially loved doing Mooka for the tree tops in the bottom tile. I used a couple different sizes of pens, including a Micron 005, which is teeny weeny itty bitty! It was lovely. It encourages my hand to be lighter.
Much love to all.
Hello! Four(ish, maybe five) weeks ago, my husband and I traveled to Germany and Spain to visit some Certified Zentangle Teacher friends and be with the European Zentangle teachers in their gathering. I was very fortunate to be a part of their weekend gathering in gorgeous Competa, Spain.
Yup, this is what the town looked like just outside out hotel where the Zentangle gathering was — windy streets of beautiful white buildings.
And beautiful doors….
There were workshops on all sorts of applications of Zentangle, taught by the participating European Zentangle teachers — mandala creation, paper folding, watercolor, book making were just a sample.
I presented a class that blends Zentangle with therapeutic journalling–we use Zentangle to quiet the mind to then listen to the “voices” of the other places within ourselves — our bodies, emotions and our being, which is the positive core within ourselves.
Here are half of the class’s tiles for my class. The idea is to truly focus on the process of tangling — not the outcome.
I loved meeting everyone.
This is Diana and her sweet tangled shoes!
We did some tangling with glue and glitter (which my glitter-phobe hubby is terrified of!!)
(Marieke Sanchez, Maria Tovar, Ellen Gozeling)
Such beautiful results!
More of beautiful Spain:
AND the group shot
I’ve also been doing a wee bit of tangling myself —
More exciting news coming soon. I get a little overwhelmed when there’s SO much to tell. 🙂
Hello my friends in Zentangle! I hope all has been well in all your corners of the world. I have been a busy bee and continue to be!
I took a day and went apple picking! Living in New England, it’s something that I’m surprised I’ve only done twice in my life! This was a special day, on my own, wandering through the apple trees.
I got a little bit of a sunburn. It was beautiful out. I picked macintosh and cortland apples that filled a bag.
I made applesauce, an apple cake and dried apples with the harvest. Totally satisfying!!
I also recently taught a class to a great group of individuals at a lawyer’s office in North Central Mass. They did a great job! They will be working on more tiles separately to create a collage wall hanging for their office. I was so honored to share Zentangle with them!
I also lead a group in an approach to Zentangle blended with a journaling type of self inquiry that I’m working on ….more to come with that!
AND, my big excitement is that my husband and I are going to Europe a week from tomorrow! More joy and news to come there. I will be seeing some wonderful Zentangle friends!
Here are the challenges I’ve been doing:
Guest poster Charlotte Carpentier, CZT, challenged us to use color as strings! I used Dyelusions ink sprays to create these two.
Square One: Purely Zentangle
This is a group on Facebook that is great for true, traditional Zentangle practice. The tangle of last week was Jalouise!
How exciting it was to see that my dear friend and sister Zentangle teacher, Bea Winkler, had her new tangle, Tri-Bee, featured as the Diva’s challenge this week! I love Tri-Bee!