First Zentangle Challenge

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In a previous post I mentioned that I would be taking a Zentangle class from Erin at The Bright Owl. Mission accomplished! At this point I've barely hit the tip of the iceberg and still have a lot to learn, but what I've discovered is that Zentangle really does provide a great avenue for relaxing and expressing creativity. Since the drawings are done in pen and ink, the perfectionist in me has to accept and work with my mistakes (also known as being organic) rather than erasing "bad" lines and starting over umpteen times. Which is both painful and liberating. Sometimes, really painful. Immediately after class I went home and made this tile:




...and have absolutely no idea which patterns I used. I was so focused!

Erin also introduced me to a fabulous blog by The Diva who provides a weekly Zentangle challenge. This week's challenge is to make a tile using diamonds, more specifically, the Four Diamonds logo representative of a fund of the same name, which raises money to fight pediatric cancer. The four diamonds stand for the traits needed to defeat cancer: Courage, Wisdom, Honesty and Strength. You can read more about the story behind the fund here on the Diva's page. This is my first week attempting to participate in the challenge...and, well...go easy. The tangle ended up being a tad -ok, a lot- busier than I intended. But hey, it's organic, right??

tangles: arrowheads, click clack, dutch hourglass, diamonds & squares, tipple

19 comments:

  1. What a great first challenge! Using the words behind is effective and the diamond seems to be floating above the words. I also really love your first tile!

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  2. Can I just echo what ledenzer said--those are my thoughts, too! I'm glad you have found Zentangle and the Diva's Challenges, and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Happy Tangling!

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  3. Jenn, amazing job on your first challenge. I love that you wrote the words in the background, I would never have thought of that. I love the shadowing of the diamond. Awesome!

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  4. Welcome to the challenge, Jenn. Both tiles are great!

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  5. Amazing work for anyone, beginner or not! I found zentangles about 6 months ago and have loved learning and sharing and seeing all the beautiful tiles and ZIA that people create - I'm sure you'll love it too!

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  6. Wow, truly stunning. Love the words in the background, your great shading, and your choice of tangles.

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  7. Welcome Jenn! You are a natural and have made a super start!

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  8. Wonderful work, Jenn! Welcome to the zentangle community.

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  9. Just great! I love the negative space created by your tangles...the letter J. I may have to "steal" your idea!!

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  10. Okay, this settles it. Zentanglers are officially the most supportive people ever! Thank you all for the sweet, encouraging comments! Very much appreciated! :-) jenn

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  11. What lovely work! I love the words in the background of the challenge piece. Both drawings are really beautiful.

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  12. Love the way you did the background on the diva challenge, great idea!... fantastic job on both tiles. :)

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  13. Really nicely done,Jenn. Your shading is superb on both tangles!

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  14. Wow, they look great. Welcome, i'm also a newbie, started the challenges in Jan. and love participating around all this talent.

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  15. OMGoodness! What a beautiful tile! I learned alot from my first class. I'd be tangling for 4 months and learned so much in my 4 lessons! But now you put me to shame!!!!

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