Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2016 Advent Journey

For the last two years some of you followed me on my "Advent Journey".  You can check it out in my December 2013 and December 2014 posts. My reason for doing this is to dedicate some time out of the hectic days of the Christmas season for devotions and reflection on the meaning of the season. This year, Advent, the period on the Christian calendar that is used for reflection and preparation for the coming of Christ, begins on Sunday, November 29. This year's "journey" will use the drawing below as our string.  It came out of my thinking about some of the things that are going on in the world today. The song, One Little Candle came to mind. You can see the lyrics and listen to the song here: One Little Candle .
This is your invitation to join me.
Here is how this will work. I have chosen the book, Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope 2015-2016 by Genevieve Glen and Jerome Kodell for my daily devotional reading. As I reflect on the day's reading, I will tangle one section of the drawing. It has enough sections to tangle a bit each day from November 29 through December 25 (with a couple of tweaks to make it work). I'm leaving the candle flame for Christmas Day. This has much symbolism for me, one of which is the lighting of one little candle as indicated in the song. The missing lines at the bottom in the one ball and candle holder are for penciling in the shape of pinecones. (You'll see how that works in my next post.) On Saturday, November 29, I will post suggested tangles for the upcoming week and  show where I am placing them.

Although just filling the spaces with tangles might be a fun and relaxing activity, I would encourage you to use it as a tool to enrich your time in reflection and meditation.

My first posting will be Saturday, November 28. In the meantime, prepare your drawing so you are ready to go on Sunday, November 29.* I'm looking forward to hearing from you as we take this Advent Journey together again in 2015.

(*You have my permission to copy this image to use for your own personal use in this Advent Journey. Please do not use this image for sales or for creating multiple images for distribution in any way.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What If Wednesday takes on Eke

I have been going through my resources for tangles that I have forgotten. While hunting for one to use in response to a journal prompt, I ran across Eke. It seemed a good tangle with which to play "What If". It begins with lower case cursive e's all strung together. So...I thought, "What if I use other letters?" Feeling quite pleased with myself, I found the step out for Eke over at Sandy Bartholomew's,  Beez in the Belfry. If you go to her site, you will find she had the same idea several years ago. It was before I had even heard of Zentangle!

Below are the results of trying Eke using other cursive letters. I used the small Bijou tiles and mounted them on cardstock in preparation for putting them in my art journal. Eke is in the middle. Going clockwise from the top, I used cursive h, r, s, and c.


Now, what else could we do with Eke?
1. Create a cursive like string of shapes that are not letters?
2. Use a combination of 2 or 3 letters?
3. Connect geometric shapes in a string?
4. What are some ways we can shade the variations?
5. ?????

Monday, February 23, 2015

What If Wednesday Meets Diva's Challenge

This week's Diva Challenge is to try using tools or materials you've never used before for tangling. Now, doesn't that just fit in the "what if" category? So...I had these pages in my inkblot journal.

It turned into one of those happy coincidences when I left it closed before it was totally dry. The head portion is where the pages stuck together. When I opened it, the surface of that part of the paper was torn away. It left a rough shape that I thought might cause feathering if I tried to do anything with it. So...I painted Gesso over it.
To me, it looked like a bird in flight and that is where I began. I did the beak, eyes and wing outline before I thought to take a before photo.

The Diva Challenge gave me the inspiration. "What if I tried tangling with paint and brush?" I used acrylic paint and a 00 size brush. It feels a bit unfinished but it makes me smile.

Tangles used: Flux, Leaflet, Finery, Meer

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Diva Challenge 201

This week  Laura Harmes at I Am the Diva has challenged  the Zentangle® community to create a tile using the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as the string. You can read more about this syndrome and see what others have done with this challenge (#201) here. Below is my entry.

Tangles used: flux, silkpod, nautica, netting tangleation, echoism

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Diva's Challenge #200

This week Laura Harms, at I Am the Diva has reached a milestone in posting her 200th challenge. She has asked that we create a tile using our favorite tangle as a monotangle. My favorite go to tangle changes often. My current favorite is Nautica. Here is my tile.
Laura's goal is to have 200 people post their tile by midnight tonight. Check out everyone's tiles here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What If Wednesday

When I see the possibility of a new tangle, I play "What If". The idea is to find multiple ways to vary that new tangle. This happened to me recently during a hotel stay. There was a picture on the wall in my room that was a view looking down on the deck of a boat. Below is a similar photo that I am posting with permission. You can find it here.
I am calling this tangle Nautica. The step out is very simple. Playing with it has been lots of fun.

So, I am declaring today "What If Wednesday". The idea is to play with this tangle and discover what possibilities it has to offer. I came up with over 30 possibilities. Here are some examples:

What If...
 1. I string Nautica to make a border?
2. I use Nautica in a different polygon: square, hexagon, octagon...?
3. I use it with Rick's Paradox? What other tangles could I use with Nautica?

What If...
4. I put the "boards" on all 3 sides of the triangle, overlapping them?
5. I vary the weight of the lines?
6. I.....?

If you want to play more with "What If" I suggest you get your hands on a copy of Pattern Play: a Zentangle Creativity Boost (Volume 1) by Chris Letourneau CZT and Sonya J Yencer.
Not only does this book give lots of ideas for playing with tangles, there are also beautiful examples for creative inspiration.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

This year's Advent Journey has brought us to Christmas.

I was so close to not sending out Christmas cards this year. I had been waiting for inspiration…for that perfect idea and those perfect thoughts to go with it.
I gave up on inspiration and decided to print out my “Advent Journey” blog posting for the front of my card. 

I have been reading The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. The readings are based on the Jesse Tree with beautiful paper cut illustrations. There are two quotes that particularly struck me from the reading about the angel’s visit to Mary and how she surrendered herself to God’s grace and will. First: “When you are a space to receive whatever the will of God is in this moment as grace, you take hold of God. You most take hold of God when you simply receive Him in this moment taking hold of you.” And, second: “There is no need to produce or perform or be perfect --- simply become a place for God. That is all.”

My card went out late and it was not perfect, but as the lyrics of “Let It Go” run through my head, I choose to believe this process has been one of those “holy coincidences” that result in simply becoming a place for God. I hope this all makes sense or at least gives you fodder for reflection.

( You can find the tangles I used and links to their step outs in my previous December posts.)

So, what's next? I am ready to continue my Zentangle practice into 2015. There are many choices and I like variety. But I'm ready with my Tangle-A-Day Calendar 2015, mixed media journal, official Zentangle tiles and my wooden chest for storing my Zentangle tools.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.