Zentangles – Diva Challenge #183 “X-Did”

After flea-ing the past two Saturdays, and rushing out custom orders on Monday, I am happy to say that even though I am exhausted in body and mind,ย I never imagined that all of this crafting and selling could be such a huge part of my life. (I am a former civil servant and have worked in several public service institutions during my career days.)

When I first started crafting in 2005-2006, I’d never thought any of my creations would sell so I usually gave them away for birthdays and Christmas. Iย am very thankful for those years as they allowed me to hone and practice my craft and wire work. Developing designs is something that is not second nature to me, so those experiences of crafting specific styles and designs to suit the receiver were indeed very vital, now that I am looking backย ๐Ÿ™‚

My little shop last Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of the visitors at the flea commented that my piecesย were very well-thought out and there was a good variety. In fact, I think there were so many differing styles, some thought they were made by more than one person, or that they might have been mass produced. I guess I can see why they thought so – crafters often have a trademark or signature style that they incorporate into everything they design. It is rather unlikely to see many differing styles by one artist.

Whilst I can see how this practice lends brand identity, it can be a bit too much of the same thing.ย My take on this is to maintain as impartial as possible whilst designing, in terms of materials, colours, textures, etc. Each piece should ‘speak’ and have its own charm. I mean, Nature itself has such a great abundance of designs and patterns, and everything has its place and its own beauty.

Likewise, when I tangle, I like my pieces as organic and ‘flowy’ as possible. I am not very fond of tangles that look too rigid or encourage right angles ๐Ÿ˜› I love the curvy and the more the tangle mimics nature, the better.

That said, I did have a great time with Week 13’s “I walk the Line” where I turned my often used tangles straight ๐Ÿ˜› It was really fun, but it made me appreciate curls and curves all the more ๐Ÿ˜›

I am adding it here for fun ๐Ÿ˜› (Clicking the image will take you to Flickr.)

Diva Challenge Wk 13 I walk the line

This week, the Diva challenged us to try outย X-Did, a tangle by Annette Carlo.

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed (from the busies and also because one of our cats is sick) soย I just had to tangle away before bedtime.ย Upon first glimse, I honestly thought I’d dislike it as it appeared a little too grid-like for my preference ๐Ÿ˜› However, after a few attempts on scrap paper, I decided it actually looked pretty and loved those faceted shapes ๐Ÿ˜› We were watching Running Man (which was hilarious as always) at the same time, and this eventually led to a few blunders on my ZIA ๐Ÿ˜›

Diva Challenge Wk 183 UMT X-Did


For my string, I layered 3 Bijou tiles over each other randomly ๐Ÿ˜› I often get stuck when coming up with string ideas so I might do this again as it really helps get me unstuck ๐Ÿ˜›

In the middle of my Ixorusย isย blunder #1 (blame it on Running Man!!) and I had to add in a line of Cockles and Mussels. And in order to complement that line, I decided my Ixorus’ “blades” would also incorporate the same tangle instead of my usual shading ๐Ÿ˜› And actually, I can’t seem to locate blunder #2, hooray ๐Ÿ˜›


Diva Challenge Wk 183 UMT X-Did

I truly enjoy looking at the outcome and I’d never have used it if not for this wonderful challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like the X-Did is a tangle I’d certainly feature again ^^


P.S. I’ve spell-checked a few times and this fog in my head isn’t helping.. Do forgive any typoes or grammatically criminal acts your keen eyes may find within my text ๐Ÿ˜›


  1. How awesome!! Your use of ‘X-DID’ is simply awesome!! I’m enjoying how different everybody’s use of this tangle is!! That is what is so exciting about Zentangle and the freedom it gives all of us tanglers! Each of us express in such different ways!! Your outcome is remarkable!! I’m inspired!! Thank you for trying it out!!! Have a great week! :0) Annette Share Humanity


    • Hi Annette! I am so glad I tried X-Did out ๐Ÿ˜€ I agree about how fantastic it is to look at everyone’s interpretation of things, even when we use the same tangle, it ends up different always ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing your tangle and congrats for it having been picked for UMT! โค


  2. All of your work is so nice. I’m glad you found making things to be something you could do as a career. It’s always nice to spend the day doing what we love. A little Zentangle is a good way to relax each day too and making “mistakes” gives us the opportunity to use those creative skills!


    • Thank you Jean, for all your encouraging words ๐Ÿ™‚ I try to tangle a little each day as it really helps me take a step back and pause from things that are going on ๐Ÿ™‚ I sleep better for it ๐Ÿ™‚

      P.S. I left comments on your tile too, but I am not sure if it got through. I apologise, I suspect it could be my browser.


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