## Thursday, December 5, 2013

### Boo-kee

Weekly challenge #147 and Laura invites us to try her own tangle Boo-kee. It's quite a simple tangle, but deceptively so. Like most simple tangles it lends itself to myriad variations.
 Tangles: Black Pearlz, Boo-kee, Caviar, Knightspeak, Pearlz

Then I went off on many tangents! What fun!

## Tuesday, December 3, 2013

### Around a corner with Meer

There's been a recent discussion among some of the CZTs about using the tangle Meer in a border design and what to do at the corner. I like a challenge so I gave it some thought and came up with the idea of twisting it.

Then I realized that it could also be 'folded' at the corner. Use straight rather than curved lines and simply eliminate the triangular corner bit from your tangle. If you want the pointy corner effect you can always add a little something extra there.

A number of suggestions were proposed by other CZTs and I thought I'd give them a whirl too.

Bonnie Browning suggested "leaving the corner blank and put Paradox or something like that in the corner that is still lines, but different" (example: top left below).

Jean Theurkauf offered a few ideas:
• "use a different tangle in the corners, like  a medallion" (example: top right below)
• "have the borders overlap each other like pieces of wood might" (example: lower left below)
• "try putting a diagonal line in the corner, and bring meer straight right up to that line" (mitering) (example: lower right below)

Jean Smerglio shared a couple of diagrams showing "a way to do tangles that do not go around corners well. I have to give credit to Carole Ohl on the second one, she used it in her calendar..." I've added two more here:

And on a side note, if you're wondering what Carole Ohl's calendar is, check out this link.

## Monday, December 2, 2013

### 53 more ATCs

I'm involved in another big ATC swap, this one amongst CZTs world-wide. Here is a photo of all 53 of my cards. Later I'll show some of the cards up close.

## Wednesday, November 27, 2013

### Cyrano - a new tangle

 Tangles: Cyrano, and variations, the basic version on the right.
Why Cyrano? Good question. Allow me to explain.

This tangle begins with a grid of X's interspersed with a grid of O's. X's and O's, X's and O's. The more I said X's 'n' O's to myself the more it started to sound like 'excess nose, excess nose, excess nose' and that made me think of Cyrano de Bergerac!

Aaand... I'm using a brand new step-out template recently given to the CZTs by Rick and Maria. Lots of space for step-outs, examples, and even extra notes. Thanks a bunch of flowers to you, R&M!

## Sunday, November 24, 2013

### CZTs get together

A visit with Barb Round
Recently I took a little vacation to Vancouver where my eldest daughter and her husband live. I had e-mailed ahead to see if it might be possible to visit any of the B.C. C.Z.T..s while I was in the area, but most were not in the area I was going to be in. :P
One worked out, however, and I was able to have tea and a great chat with Barb Round while she was showing at an art and craft show in Victoria. I came close to meeting Marie Browning, but our last day on Vancouver Island filled up. Another time.
 Barb's husband's hands and knees, Barb, me

A visit with Carol Graham and Laura Harms
Carol Graham of Winnipeg, newly minted CZT, contacted me recently wondering if it would be possible to get together with me and Laura Harms (everyone's favorite diva) when she was passing through Saskatoon. Well, yes! Here we are (thanks Laura for the photo).
 Me, Laura, Carol
We met at Laura's and Carol brought us our choice of drinks from Starbucks. Laura thought we should all tangle. Well, yes! We each did four dots and passed it to the next person, drew a border line and passed it, did a string and passed it. Then we tangled one section and passed it along, and so on and so on and so on.  We each shaded one tile and initialed all the tiles. Here's what we did:
Then we turned them over, mixed them around and chose one. What a great morning! Here is the tile I got to keep:

## Wednesday, November 20, 2013

### 500 posts!

 No, no! Not that kind!
This is my 500th blog post!

Hard to believe that three years ago I barely knew what a blog was. 'Way back then I understood a blog to be some sort of online diary and I wondered why anyone would want a diary that everybody could read. Well... life-long learning. I now know a whole lot more about blogs!

When I started I expected the blog to be about art generally, frequently featuring zentangle but having a lot of other art-related posts as well. That quickly changed. I think now it's about 99% zentangle. Not that I mind, no sirree!

Just out of curiosity I did a little tally of topics.

53 posts feature tangles that I've deconstructed/designed, some pretty terrific, others not so much. You can find them all (with thumbnails) here.

46 posts feature my artwork: some older, some new, some zentangle-inspired, some not. Generally I haven't included any classic, square Zentangle tiles. You can see a lot of it here, although I know I've forgotten to label some posts. And you can check out my website, although I don't update it as often as this blog. :P

127 posts (I think) mention other CZTs, and again, I'm sure I've forgotten to label some.

82 posts mention mandalas. Before I fell into Zentangle I focused on mandala artwork, mainly in acrylic paint, but also drawing, collage, and mixed media.

72 posts show artwork on zendala tiles (the round ones).

8 posts reference my idea to use an 'apple corer thingy' as a mandala template.

10 posts reference my 'two pencil string' idea.

127 posts show zentangle-inspired art (ZIA for short).

11 posts mention ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).

57 posts are for Art Every Day Month (November) when I generally attempt to try a new tangle each day and show you what I've done. This year I just got totally too busy!

1 post mentions an eraser.
 All my tangles:Black Pearlz, Boss, Chebucto, Gingham, Jemz, Many Moons, Ninja Stars, Prestwood, Screen, Shing, Wildwood, Zedbra

And a lot more, of course.
THANK YOU for stopping by, regularly or occasionally!
I must say, I really enjoy sharing all this with you and always appreciate your comments, corrections and inquiries. Keep visiting!

## Sunday, November 17, 2013

### Kaleidoscope

I love the colors in this zendala, but now that it's finished I don't think I like all the black lines dividing the sections. On the other hand, it makes it look a little like a stained glass window. What do you think?
 Tangles: Cubine, Shattuck, elements of Drupe