Thursday 24 December 2015

Joey's Christmas Surprise

A present, what better surprise could Joey give us for Christmas. Here is my tangled present presented to you alongside my Christmas Candle. I will be here on Monday to see what Joey has lined up, it is just taking me a little longer to put it on the blog with all the festivities and prep that is going on at the moment.

I wish Joey and all my Zentangle friends a very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a wonderful time :-)

Monday 21 December 2015

Z = Zander and Zinger

This series of alphabet strings, which we have been doing over at Cheryl's place, convieniently end at Christmas with Z. The New Year will bring some different challenges and I look forward to seeing what is planned.

Tuesday 15 December 2015

The Diva's Zentangle Gifts

Hello everyone. First of all I want to thank everyone for their good wishes last week when my partner ended up in hospital. I found tangling on my knee in hospital much more comforting after I had got over the initial shock and things settled down into a routine around visiting. Thankfully all is well now and at the weekend everything returned to normal. Sorry I didn't get round everyone's blog but the hospital didn't run to public wi-fi!

Last week I posted about my half wall tree which I had temporarily decorated with Zentangle Christmas Deco's. This is my tree now it is decorated properly. We have decided not to bother with the floor standing one this year.
The Diva has challenged us to give a gift of Zentangle. This is a bookmark I made for my friend Finola. I used Chillon and Quipple.

The Diva will return in January, so I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas  and I hope you all have a great holiday season. See you in the New Year.

Monday 14 December 2015

Joey's Second Christmas String

Today we have a little forest of Christmas Trees to tangle for Joey's Challenge. We also have several tangles to choose from. It seems I have got used to doing Monotangles for Joey because I chose to do the whole thing in Tipple. Of course I had to use colour, black and white Christmas Trees just didn't seem right in a monotangle. I drew a tile in my sketch book to use this week.

Also I am just scrapping in with my Y entry for Tackle It Tuesday, the link for which you can find at the side. Sorry it is stuck on the end of a previous post like this, but I didn't want to miss the entry as I have managed to do every other letter of the alphabet.

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Joey's Christmas Strings

Woohoo, Joey's Challenge is up, I have been excited to see what it would be and could hardly wait. I woke at 6am Irish time and it wasn't up, but then it appeared at breakfast time (again Irish time).

Christmas Strings, what a good idea and just what I need for Christmas Cards. I have also got my wall half tree up, but it still has to be decorated with baubles so at the moment it has become my Zentangle Tree. More about that later today in my Diva Challenge Blog (sorry Joey if I had known what you had planned I could have posted it here, but it is already written. I will link it later) P.S. [linked here]
How clever it is that Joey can make up several challenges at once and then automate it so it publishes them on the appropriate date. I would think that it probably means Joey has a bit of a challenge too,  because over time I expect she forgets quite which challenge it is this week and when she sees it she can join in with the tile she has drawn.
Here is a close up of my challenge tile:-

A Tangled Tree

Have you seen the lovely Bijouisms and little holiday ornaments coming from the Zentangle® Mothership? Bijou is sending out the instructions each day to accompany the twelve days of Christmas. You can find them on the Zentangle Blog.

The first day was a lovely little sparkly box ornament made out of Bijou tiles and Duck Tape. Day 2 was a trinket for the tree made from tiny framed Bijou tiles hung on ribbons. It was at this point that I realised perhaps something was going to appear each day.

Day 3 brought another way to hang a Zentangle/Bijou tile. This was when I started to catch on and started to have a go myself. This was my take on Day 3 :-
Day 4 was a lovely little What-Knot making use of both Zendala and Bijou tiles. At last I have found a use for the Vermal tangle pattern and used it with the letters that make up Merry and Xmas. Here is the result:-
Which I used on this:-
Adele Bruno has done a post with a step out for a Christmas Ornament and this is my attempt at it:-
Also on the Christmas ornament theme I drew some petals to put around the neck of baubles on the tree like this:-
This is before it was attached:-
Here is a picture of my Tangled Tree so far:-
So on to the Diva's Challenge to use African Artist tangle pattern. I can't seem to make friends with this tangle. I never seem to quite work out the proper place to draw the connecting lines in step 2. My entry this week is a little basic, but I have my excuses ready - I tangled it on my knee!

Fortunately I prepared the Christmassy portion of this post yesterday because all of a sudden I was thrust into the whirlwind of my partner's emergency admission to hospital. I am not going to bore you with the story of long worrying hours in A & E, but I thought "well this is the time to try tangling in hospital waiting rooms like I have heard of in other people's blogs". I have to take my hat off to you all because I don't know how you do it! I had my mini tangling kit in my bag, (pen, pencil, tiles and a little board to rest the tile on). I tangled away on my knee, but I couldn't produce anything as satisfactory as I do at home. It looks like I will be hanging around the hospital quite a lot for a couple of days, so perhaps more practice at tangling on my knee will make perfect.

Anyway I must go so I will leave you with my Diva's tile. See you all soon.

Friday 4 December 2015

Xmas red is a-coming :-)

Well it is December, and the string is X, so of course I had to do a Xmas Rec Monotangle for the Tackle It Tuesday Challenge. I think Xmas Red is the only tangle I can say I used to doodle before I heard about Zentangle®. I suppose I have tried drawing this tangle every Christmas since I was a little girl (and that is quite a few years now!)