Diva Challenge #203 Athitzi

I was going to opt out of this week’s Diva Challenge due to all of the other challenges in my life this week. However, I was looking to doodle while on a webinar conference call and picked up a Bijou tile and started playing with this week’s tangle, Athitzi. I ended up mono-tangling the complete tile as I tried filling different shapes.



Diva #201 Moebius

In honor of Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, this Friday, January 24th, 2015.

Learn more about Moebius Syndrome at http://www.moebiussyndrome.com/ .


K.I.S.S. – Diva Challenge #198

This week’s Diva Challenge was to Keep It Simple, Silly. For me, keeping simple has more to do with not over-thinking, than with the line work.


Hope Mac Dee – Diva Challenge #180 and String Thing #53

I was able to “Catch two birds with one stone” again this week, combining Diva’s challenge to use Mac Dee on the same tile for the String Thing challenge.

This is the first time I have been moved to use color. The Scottish blood in me just had to see a “wee bit-o-plaid”.


Diva Challenge #179 – Bijou

This week’s challenge is to use the new “Bijou” 2″x2″ format recently introduced by the Zentangle company. You can learn about Bijou here. I thought the snail mascot was a little too cutesy, and it seemed to be more of a marketing ploy (it is) than a meaningful addition to the art form. But, hey, I’m an open-minded guy and I’m always game for a Diva challenge.

I make my own tiles from vellum bristol cut into 4″x4″ squares. It was simple to cut one down into 4 Bijou sized tiles. I started with the same string and Meer, like the demo. A total copy would be too cheesy, so I opted for Paradox triangles instead of Zinger. I found the process to be fun and quick.This was the first time I actually finished a tile within 15 minutes!  I think I am going to enjoy these little things. Heck, I may even make friends with the snail.


Diva Challenge #178 – By the Letter

This weeks challenge was a duotangle using patterns that start with your initials, in my case, K and Z.

I chose  Zuan Shi, and substituted half the diamonds in Zuan Shi with Knot Rickz

Technically it is a ZIA, as I used a straight edge. Using tools in a repetitive fashion like that still evokes the zen mindfulness for me.



Diva Challenge #172 – Mooka and Auraknot

Diva’s challenge 172 was supposed to be a duotangle, and I took some liberties. Mooka has been a challenge for me, so I was interested in making it prominent (and making it look somewhat what it is supposed to look like). As I have been using Auraknot quite a bit lately, I had little interest in playing it up. I am currently hooked on the circular format, finding it much more ‘zen’ than the tradition square box. Since I didn’t stick to just two tangles, I was able to incorporate many tangles I have not tried yet.

Diva 172 Mooka Auraknot

Diva 172 Mooka Auraknot



Diva Challenge #169 – ZIA Flowers

I have been wanting to play with ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) flowers, and this week’s Diva challenge to use circle strings was just the chance.

ZIA Flowers

ZIA Flowers

Diva Challenge #168 – Rain

Looks like white space is becoming a theme of mine. Less is more!



Diva Challenge #167 – Well Flowers with Punzel

I have been itching to try Helen Williams‘ random grid Well flowers. I was glad when I found a way to incorporate Punzel without it being overbearing.

Well Flowers with Punzel

Well Flowers with Punzel