Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Paradox with Bunzo

The Diva's
 Weekly Challenge #342: "Duotangle: Paradox vs Bunzo"

Just the ticket for this week with an ATC.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Going Big

The Diva's
Weekly Challenge #341 "Go Big (Or Go Home)"

Opus tile with 05 Pigma pen with gold and green jellyroll pens - I started with a spoken/mooka combo and went big with Zentangle's new tangle dewd.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Back in September I finished a 4 piece Opus tile mosaic for Joshua and Nan's new home. You can see it here close up.  Rod from Scottsdale Art Gallery CafĂ© framed it for us and Paul hung it in their living room.

While tangling it I was thinking of a winding path but after it was framed and I stood back, a large M stood out, Nan is from Myanmar so I was happily surprised. I had the idea of their life path of ups, downs, filled with lots of little gems, I wanted smooth flowing, many tangles to make life interesting but be able to stand back and see the big picture with a smile.

As I like to say 'Life is full of surprises just like a Zentangle'!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


The Diva's

 Weekly Challenge #340: UMT Wibble by Shawna Martin

Wibble in a spin. My wibble went a bit crazy going up, down and sideways. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Quiet afternoon, new watercolour pencils and a Renaissance Opus tile.......happy!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

White on Black

The Diva's

Weekly Challenge #338: White on Black!

Well, well, well, I'm back after an adventure with Paul to Nepal and India. We started our trip in Kathmandu and joined the tour group organisd by Intrepid Travel. In 15 days we made special friendships and incredible memories of places I feel so fortunate to experience like the Taj Mahal, flying over The Himalayas and camping on The Ganges. Sometimes it was quite overwhelming especially walking through the cremation area in Varanasi, seeing the chaos of traffic, rubbish and poverty in Delhi. Amongst it all I have admired the Indian women who walk serenely and calmly wearing gorgeous colourful saris. 'Incredible India'.

My small Zentangle kit actually stayed in my bag the whole trip which is unusual for me and it's taken me a week to settle back into tangling and catching up with Mosaic and The Diva's challenges. I enjoyed watching Rick and Maria's tangleation on Mosaic with the tangle well (which they named well well well) so I've used it in the challenge for this week.

Now for the holiday snaps!!

Rickshaw ride in Kathmandu. Paul always finds a good hat.

That's Mt Everest poking out above the clouds.

Rhino spotting in Chitwan National Park

Lumbini - Birthplace of Buddha.

Boat trip down The Ganges

Sunrise and camping


 Morning prayer and yoga by The Ganges - Varanasi

Sunset - Orchha

The incredible Taj Mahal.......in my Zentangle hat!

Loving the ladies in their beautiful sarees.


 Downtown Delhi

Busy Delhi - the horn honking was amazing!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Crazy 'Nzeppel

The Diva's  Weekly Challenge #334: "Crazy 'nzeppel with Molly"

Crazy 'nzeppel with diva dance on a tan pre-strung zendala tile.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Three, Four Outside The Box

Earlier in the month I posted the 1st two Opus tiles which are part of a four tile mosaic for Joshua and Nan inspired by the colours of a mat in their new home..........now to get them framed!

Here are tiles three and four!

Ta - da.....1 2 3 4  together

Recently Rick and Maria posted on blog Zentangle about thinking 'out side the box', my 4 tiles might just fit the criteria.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cozy up for a Change of Season

The Diva's
Diva Challenge #333: "Cozy up for a Change of Season with TanglePod’s Juliette Fiessinger and Kellie Fellinge, CZTs" 

In our upside down world at the bottom of the Earth our blossoms are blooming, the grass is growing, the sun is gradually getting warmer.........hurray! It is a bit windy today so I'm finding comfort in marasu which is uncurling into a flourish of drawings with printemps drifting on the breeze.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

String it: 2² (two squared)

The Diva's

Weekly Challenge #332 "String it: 2² (two squared)"

Phew! It's been a busy week, our  35 year old carpet has been replaced with fresh grey wool new carpet. What a job! Great now that it's down and I'm happy! Our old carpet has survived children growing up, parties and dogs, it was a super quality and still looked ok but it was 'red'. I have procrastinated over replacing it because it wore so well and everyone who visited admired our lovely red carpet and when I mentioned that I was planning to change it, there were always comments "No, not the red carpet!"

Friday, September 8, 2017

One, Two.......

Our son and daughter-in-law have moved into their new home. Lucky me.... they have asked if I could tangle a long piece of Zentangle Inspired Art. What a lovely excuse to design a four square long mosaic using Opus tiles. I love the colours of their living room mat so that was my starting point.

I'm going to try a wave effect.....hope it works!
Here are the first two tiles.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Petoskey Stones

The Diva's

Weekly Challenge #331 - Guest Blogger Jane Reiter
Weekly Challenge #331: "Petoskey Stones in Michigan

A fun, different challenge for us this week! Jane suggested we tangle our own interpretation of the fascinating Petoskey stones. Thanks Jane.

Pre-strung Renaissance Zendala tile

If you, like me hadn't heard of Petoskey stones, check them out on The Diva's blog here.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Zentangle Plate

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #330 - Guest blogger Jeanette Clawson - Zentangle Plates

A four tile mosaic representing a plate has been on my list of things to do for awhile. Thank you Jeanette for giving me a nudge to play round and bring out the blue pen.
Happy happy!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Four Tile Mosaic


1 - Sunshiny day
2 - Happy hours
3 - Curvy string lines
4 - Tile Mosaic

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017


The Diva's  Weekly Challenge #328 - Guest Blogger Suzanne Fluhr

Suzanne's tangle aloha brings thoughts of a welcoming spirit, peace, sunshine, soft breezes and floating leaves.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Diva dancing in Lisbon

The Diva's
Weekly Challenge #327: "The Diva dancing in Li sbonGuest Blogger Henrike Bratz

For this week's challenge I decided to use a pre-strung tan tile and try to fit Henrike's fragment Lisbon into triangles.
I missed the last challenge so added some 'Nzeppel circles to fill in the spaces.

Some photos of our travels in Thailand, enjoying the sights, sounds and colours of Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Celebrating Paul's 65th birthday on the 81st floor of the Baiyoke Hotel Bangkok

Amazing tiles at the Grand Palace Bangkok
Fun whizzing around Bangkok in a Tuk Tuk.

Sunday night market Chiang Mai

Sensational melon carvings in Chiang Mai

We hired a scooter, worked our way through the traffic and ventured up over the mountains.

Scooter got a puncture, had to get a local mechanic to repair it!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ellish with Mooka Spiral

This week I have been delighted with the questions about how I created the Tangled Heart for The Diva's Challenge. Well, it just happened! With that in mind I decided to tangle a spiral shape on a renaissance Opus tile with the same process and show you how it grew!

Hope the pictures tell the story.

Started with a spiral string and ellish in the centre

Continue around the shape and finish ellish with a mooka tail.

Keep going, ellish is a very forgiving shape.

Occasionally fill in the empty spaces with an aura and fill with brown pen. 

Tangle the ends, have fun!

Shade with pencil and highlight with white charcoal.