Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 201 – 204 & Zenuari compilation

Sometime in the last weeks of January, I got really tied up with a bunch of new projects and some custom orders. I relish each of these milestones, and looking back at my crafting year always reminds me of how far I have come and fills me with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving. So despite these entries being late, I am glad to be back with them.

For example, I ended up getting so busy that I have still not completed the last 14 days of the Zenuari challenge. I am going to leave it as that and put up the ones which I have done, but I don’t think I will ever get a chance to go back to the missing entries and finish them off.

I might have felt a sense of distress at not having completed the entire month’s challenge, had I held on to my previous self. Alas, I have actively decided not to lose sleep over such things anymore.

I have come to the realization that one can only manage to do so much. It is better to accomplish what I can in my time, with my best effort, than try to accomplish everything and not succeed at anything, in the end.

Zenuari Challenge Compilation

Day 17 – Tangleations

Here’s Sanibelle in a linear and spherical form, paired with Tipple, Huggins and Flux. Also added a little bit of fun with hearts within the negative space 🙂 [as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

"... consider the wildflowers..." Luke 12:25-27 MSG   #ink #zentangle #zentangles #hesedetangdoodles #tangle #tangles Am really far behind with the #zenuari #challenge

Day 19 – Let someone else draw the string

The D.H. drew this string for me and I was quite stumped for a long time. I kept rotating the tile for a long time 😛 In the end Sanibelle (again!!!), Meringue and Hollibaugh flowed out of my pen 🙂 Flux, Knot Rickz, Auraleah, Crescent Moon leaves added a bit of variety to the tangled pile.

"Walk into the fields... " Luke 12:25-27 MSG   #ink #zentangle #zentangles #hesedetangdoodles #tangle #tangles Am really far behind with the #zenuari #challenge

Other remaining tiles from the Zenuari challenge…

Here’s Monotangle (day 18, top), Spirals (day 22, lower left) and Frame (day 20, lower right).

Zenuari

Diva Challenge Wk 201 – Moebius Day

At University in Australia, I once had a friend who suffered from the Moebius syndrome. Unfortunately, he did not like talking about his condition, and we all learnt not to ask questions, even the well-intended ones. Despite his physical appearances, I always thought him brilliant, and I always respected the boundaries he put up when he was with me. This was a decade ago, now, and drawing up this challenge did make me think of him and my other University friends, all of whom I have lost touch with, since returning to Singapore.

For the challenge I used a strip of kraft paper, silver gel pen and my Brown 05 Micron. It was my first time ever making a moebius strip!

Diva Challenge Wk 201 - Moebius Day

Diva Challenge Wk 201 - Moebius Day

If you spot some shiny glittery dots, these were added using lilac glitter nail polish ^^ [the Diva had suggested using purple ^^]

Diva Challenge Wk 201 - Moebius Day

Diva Challenge Wk 202 – Duotangle: Chebucto vs. Copada

For this challenge I feel the need to confess that I really hated my resulting tile 😛 I had never drawn Chebucto before this, and I had only played with Copada twice. I omitted the lines to make Copada less ‘linear’, and I tried it in a sphere as well, to give it a twist.

Oh well.. Here goes 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 202 - Duotangle Chebucto vs. Copada

Diva Challenge Wk 203 – UMT Athizi

I had a sudden thirst for colour one day and decided to lightly shade a tile with red, orange and yellow. I left it alone for a spell, not really knowing how to proceed next 😛 When Athizi by Seven, was issued as a challenge, I decided to use this shaded tile and make it as simple and uncomplicated as I could.

At the time, I was going through a few days of uncertainty and my brain was feeling very cluttered and I really only wanted to ‘switch off’. I didn’t want a string either, so I just decided to let Athizi flow on its own in a monotangle.

Diva Challenge Wk 203 UMT Athizi

I found that I really enjoyed Athizi, and I will probably use it again soon.

Diva Challenge Wk 204 – Valentangle

This week’s challenge is one that I have enjoyed, even though I do not celebrate Valentine’s Day, myself. Here in Singapore (and probably elsewhere in the world), Valentine’s Day is entirely a commercial event. I applaud those who go to great lengths to shower their loved ones with proclamations of love and endearment, but I have actually had no interest in taking part in Valentine’s Day since I first started dating anybody 😛 Love however, ought to be celebrated daily. And it is with this mindset that I began on my tile.

I enjoy Hollibaugh and have used it often in my tangles, yet I had never tried it within an enclosed shape. In January, I learnt this at a class and I thought to give it a spin for my Valentangle.

Here is my tile from that class…

#heart with silver lining ^^ third and last tile at class ^^  #zentangle #zentangles #hesedetangdoodles #monotangle #ゼンタングル

And here is my entry for this week’s challenge 🙂 My theme was lace and flowers, pairing Beadlines and Hollibaugh for the lace and Trentwith roses, lightly shaded.

Diva Challenge 204 - Valentangle

And.. I am off 🙂

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 200 & Zenuari 2nd Week

How are we halfway into January 2015? Well I am still kinda in a post Christmas haze…! There’s much to do and tangle and I certainly hope I get out of my sloth mode really soon xD

Zenuari Challenge Week 2 Compilation

Do join us if a daily challenge is your thing. Here is the link to Anoeska’s Zenuari blog entry 🙂

Here is my compilation of my second week at Zenuari ^^ [clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

Day 8 – Background Wash

I struggled with this one, for quite a long time. I don’t really paint anything except my own nails, so I did play with the idea of using nail polish for my background wash. I actually attempted to do so on a few tiles but I ruined them once my Microns hit the painted surface xD Eventually I used a colour pen, which was supposedly yellow 😛 It came out bright orange, oh well.

Anyway here it is.. I cheated – I tweaked it down a notch using my photo editor xD I tangled up Cockles & Mussels into my ING and embellished with Mooka & Kelp. Pretty ordinary, save for the garish hues.

Zenuari Challenge Day 8 - Background Wash  Zenuari Challenge Day 8 - Background Wash

Day 9 – Winter

The last time I’d experienced a proper Winter with ice and snow was in South Korea, in 2011. As much as I love Winter, the cold, and snowflakes, I live in the tropics and it was kinda difficult to think about Winter for this challenge because the days are bright and blustery here.

I ended up drawing a mini-dala using Fife as the beginning of my snowflake. This was probably not the best choice, because my snowflake looks too much like a flower xD

Zenuari Challenge Day 9 - Winter

Day 10 – Blind String

I love blind string challenges and this one was no exception ^^

Flux and Sand Swirl literally flowed out of my pen as I did this one. However, I spent a LONG time trying to think of how to fill up the oval space, and almost wanted to use Meringue to do so 😛 But I left it in the end because I thought it looked quite cute just like that, with the empty, airy, centre 🙂

Zenuari Challenge Day 10 - Bind String

Zenuari Challenge Day 10 - Bind String

Day 11 –  Zendala Sunday

Whilst catching up with my aunt and cousin sometime last week, we chanced upon a craft shop clearance corner. I found a few pieces of very pretty scrapbooking paper which I thought would make great tangle surfaces.

Although not as tempting as the Shikishi board I played with last week, this piece certainly had its own charm. I tangled a large ‘dala with a Cross in the centre, using a teal coloured pen.

The colours weren’t exactly what I had in my mind, so I again, tweaked the colours with editing software. And voila ^^ I am very pleased!

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala Sunday

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala Sunday

Day 12 – Biggify

Since I usually draw my Sand Swirls tiny, I picked this to use, large.

Zenuari Challenge Day 12 - Biggify

I should have used my Blind String tile from above for a better size comparison photo 😛 It would have been nice to see tiny and large Sand Swirls side by side 😛 Oh well. Zenuari Challenge Day 12 - Biggify

Day 13 – Use tangles that start with your initials

I picked Dust Bunnies & Lily Padz for this one – and my, they make a cute couple! Don’t they?

Zenuari Challenge Day 13 - Initialise

Tangled on old book paper, mounted on a postcard blank.

Zenuari Challenge Day 13 - Initialise

Day 14 – Circles

This is actually tomorrow’s challenge 😛 I figured I’d not be able to get to it in time anyway, so I decided to do the challenge and upload it together with this post ^^

What better than to marry Printemps and Cruffle? I couldn’t leave out Tipple, so I tangled some in as well ^^

Zenuari Challenge Day 14 - Circles

Diva Challenge Wk 200 – Bi-Zen-tennial Celebration

It’s the 200th challenge over at the Diva’s! Wow 🙂 I cannot help but feel a sense of awe at some tanglers who have completed ALL 200 challenges! It is quite an acheivement to celebrate, indeed!

For this challenge we were to pick our “mac-&cheese” tangle, in other words, our ‘go-to’ or most-often-used tangle, and feature it in a monotangle. Somewhere on the tile, the number 200 must be visible.

I picked Trentwith – it was a toss up between Trentwith, Mooka and Sanibelle 😛 I added a few spots of colour, just for fun.

Diva Challenge Wk 200 - Bi-zen-tennial

Diva Challenge Wk 200 - Bi-zen-tennial

And with this, I shall sign off to visit other entries ^^

Till next week!

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Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 199 & Zenuari 1st Week

Greetings, this is my first ZT-related post this year. I hope everyone is well 🙂

Although we’re only just a week into 2015, this year looks set to be a year of busy. My schedule has been penciled into, as far as mid-April already!

I harbour a lot of hopes and anticipation for this year and I believe that it will be a year of restoration and new beginnings in my life. I am sensing the reversal of the tides in my life, and I am very pleased to count my participation in the upcoming CZT Training #18 as one of the few blessings strewn across my path.

I am so pleased that some of you who are attending CZT #18 have reached out to me in friendship – Thank you! – it makes the adventure (I am travelling solo across the globe to be there) less daunting, as I look forward to putting faces behind the names.

This January, I will also be attending my first ZT 101 class.

Sometime around late December, I contacted newly-minted Singapore CZT Mabel Yap and found that we just ‘clicked’. I had, much earlier in the year, contacted the first two Singaporean CZTs (Mabel is the third) about classes and did not receive any response. No matter, really, all is well 🙂 Mabel was completely warm and encouraging and to my delight, she invited me to attend her first ever class, which she was organising for friends-only! I am beyond excited 😛

I should stop my gushing here, but I am deeply encouraged, by what I see as ‘progress’, and equally elated that things are looking up after so long  2015 is looking set to be one exciting year ^^

Zenuari Challenge Week 1 Compilation

Last year through Swapbot, I met two lovely ladies, Anoeska and Aly from the Netherlands, who simply LOVE to tangle. Across the many swaps and miles between us, we have struck up a firm friendship, which I appreciate because I have no immediate friends here in my circle that like tangling, if at all.

Anoeska has issued a challenge she ingeniously calls Zenuari which is a daily challenge for the month of January 2015. I nearly missed this challenge due to my post-Christmas food coma recovery period, and Aly was very sweet to tag me over Instagram and this caught my attention even though I was certainly quite out of it 😛

Do join us if it catches your fancy! Here is the link to Anoeska’s Zenuari blog entry 🙂

Here is a small compilation of my first week at Zenuari ^^ [clicking on the images will take you to Flickr]

Day 1 – 2015

I was so excited that I had been given a shiny new Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet for Christmas, I decided to use it to kick off the Zenuari challenge 😛 I don’t know if I regret the decision xD My digital tangles leave a lot wanting xD But here it is nonetheless xD
Zenuari Challenge Day 1 - 2015

Day 2 – Stars

I’d wanted sparkly, so I used some old nail polish to create the back drop for my star, not realising that the miniscule sparkles would not show up on camera xD So here the background looks kinda dull xD I also cheated for my string – I could not, for the life of me manage to draw a decent looking star! I had to resort to using a cookie cutter instead, but who cares, it works! 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 2 - Stars

Zenuari Challenge Day 2 - Stars
Day 3 – Official tangles only

Feeling ambitious, and a bit overly confident, I decided to try out my largest ever ZIA attempt. For me, it is a major feat because of its sheer size. I was drawn to tangling mainly because of the small tile sizes, and I was happy and content, for the longest time to stick to 3″ and 3.5″ square tiles. Even when I ventured on to create ZIA postcards, I still stuck to the official tile size as a guide 😛 Enter the gorgeous, archival quality Shikishi board! My, I couldn’t wait to start on it, the moment I laid my eyes on it 😛

Traditionally, Chinese and Japanese calligraphers mounted their works on boards such as these for posterity. These boards were sturdy, beautifully hand-crafted and painstakingly gold-leafed. I am sure modern processes have replaced the hand-crafted ones with machines, but there is no doubt about it – the paper is still very heavy weight, and utterly beautiful.

We can still purchase these boards locally in Singapore, through the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya and its stationary arm, A’n’BC. I got mine, measuring 9 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (24.2cm x 27.2cm), approx 2mm thick, with gold leaf bordering, at SGD2.10 a board (which I consider a steal). The Shikishi boards come in different sizes, but they were not available that particular day (nor did it make any difference to me, for I was already infatuated.)

Back at home, I became a little intimidated by the thought of tangling directly onto the beautiful, unblemished surface of the board (people actually do so, just google) and so I started off on Kraft paper where I drew leaves into my string.

Since we were to use only official tangles, I took it to mean official, Zentangle-HQ-issued tangles. I used 17 tangles in all, learning some of them for the very first time.

In all, it took me a couple of days to fill my string, after which I mounted the kraft paper onto the Shikishi ^^

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

I know this isn’t really LARGE and I am sure lots and lots of people have tangled up even larger pieces, but it is a major feat for me 🙂 I am ecstatic to have managed to pull it off!

Below is my shikishi board pictured with official Zentangle and Bijou tiles for a quick size comparison.

Zenuari Challenge Day 3 - Official Tangles Only

Achievement unlocked!

Day 4 –  No strings

After the mental (over)assertion that was Day 3’s challenge, I decided to stick to smaller tiles this time 😛 Groovy is a tangle I haven’t played with for awhile, so here it is without any strings, Flux, and some shading. I also used one of my tortillions for the first time, but I cannot seem to get the hang of it 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 4 - No Strings

Day 5 – Black out

Coming in handy is this heavy weight chipboard ATC blank which arrived to me in three colours, white, kraft and black. I’d found uses for the white and kraft ones, but had not tried out the black, till this piece 🙂

My Sakura Gelly Roll proved a cantankerous companion, even though I was using it the way ZT HQ had suggested, hence some lines were more heavily weighted than others 😛

Zenuari Challenge Day 5 - Blackout
Day 6 – Word

For Day 6, we were to pick a word and feature it in our tangle. I decided to go with “Zenuari” – what is more appropriate than that? It is cute, unique and well, better sounding than say, Zen-bruari? xD

Out came my calligraphy pen for this one ^^
Zenuari Challenge Day 6 - Word
Day 7 – Duotangle

Today’s challenge was done in real time.

I think my brain must have outran my own over-ambition, or quite equally possibly, it is just my brain has run away altogether – I blame the flu bug I caught!! – so I am back to tangling on a Bijou tile 😛

I enjoy Huggins more now, than I ever did before. Not too sure why, but Huggins seems to be the only grid based tangle I can manage to pull off without pulling out my hair 😛 Inapod was another tangle I hadn’t played with in a few months, so I decided to use it here 🙂

Zenuari Challenge Day 7 - Duotangle

More tortillion practice is required of me, I think.

Diva Challenge Wk 199 – UMT Hitch

For the challenge, I tried out Hitch for the first time.

As usual for me and most UMT challenges, I just simply could not get it to ‘look pretty’. It is a shame, I checked out some challenge entries before trying my hand at it, and they were just altogether lovely.

In the end, I decided to abandon the linear versions I was trying to accomplish and did a semi-grid, which turned out prettier than all my previous attempts. By which time, too, I was quite exhausted mentally and I just wanted to put down my Micron 😛 and so I kept it ultra plain and simple, for a change, which unexpectedly left me feeling quite satisfied.

Here’s Hitch with Rain and Beadlines, very simple and airy 🙂 I am charmed by how Hitch looks like a Celtic cross and also a dreamcatcher, at the same time.

I may or may not add to it later, but for now, I am all for it’s delicate, breezy look…..

Diva Challenge Week 199 - UMT Hitch

Other ZIA inspired pieces..

Here are some other pieces I’ve created recently.. whilst I run off to visit challenge entries ^^

Zentangle Inspired Art Postcard

 

ZIA Postcard with Swedish old book paper – for my bestie ^^

Zentangle Inspired Art Postcard

 

ZIA Postcard with old book paper, for sale on Carousell

Zentangle Inspired Art

 Tangling over Christmas in my upcycled journal 🙂

Zentangle Inspired Art

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!