The Diva is Back in the House! Diva Challenge #365: Back to Basics

After a well-deserved rest over the summer, the Diva Laura Harms CZT is back with her weekly challenges! It’s great to finally hear from her again and see that she looks better again, too. I must say I really missed her challenges, they’re usually a wonderful inspiration to sit down and just tangle a bit – something that all too often is forgotten during a busy week.

These busy weeks have been frequent in my life as of late. Not only work has started again after my two week vacation (which because of my luggage gone missing for more than half of the trip to Italy wasn’t nearly as relaxing as I would have wished it to be), I also recently picked up playing and studying the game of Go again. Since the German Female Go Championship will be held in a few weeks time, I’m happy to say that my motivation to play and study the game again has increased a lot since going to the European Go Congress in Pisa, Italy. I’ve been spending the evenings recently doing more Go-related stuff (when I’m not working on a few ATC drawings for a swap I’m currently participating in) and I even signed up for lessons again with the wonderful In-Seong Hwan – he’s such a great teacher! Studying is a lot of fun at the moment and I hope a can reach my goal of NOT being last in the German Female Go Championship again. Since I’m still pretty weak (only 1 rank above the required minimum) and for now among the weakest players pre-registered, that’s not such a lousy goal as it might sound.

Go and the ATC swap have been mainly responsible for my lack of updates here on the blog, so, as I said above, the return of the Diva was a very welcome kick in the.. uhm.. behind to sit down and get some tangling done again, too. To warm up a bit again, the challenge was to tangle a traditional black and white tile with a few simple tangles. Since “simple” is always a relative term, I picked three tangles that I just wanted to use again and that are among my favourites (and, therefore, much used and easy for me). That’s the result:

Diva Challenge #365 - Back to Basics
Tangles used: Hollibaugh, Paradox, Trelina
(I have a new mobile phone and I’m not so sure I like the pictures it makes of my tiles yet. Might have to fight with the options for a bit longer.. :-/ )

I’ve never been really good in keeping up different hobbies at the same time and/or for a longer period of time, but I hope that this time I can succeed. After lots of tangling during the past year I’m much faster now than I used to be which is an important factor. And since it’s a great way to relief some stress I strongly believe that my play will be positively affected, too. Unfortunately, due to some bad habits in the past, playing Go has become rather stressful for me under certain circumstances. I hope that Zentangle can help me to calm my nerves while I’m going for some attitude adjustment to enjoy this wonderful game more and more in the future.

Hope to see you next time!

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Diva Challenge #359: Finger Stringer (or something like that)

Back in April, the Zentangle Diva Laura Harms issued a challenge called “Finger Stringer”. The task was use our fingers in an “interesting” (thats what she said) way to create a string for us to tangle in.

Well, I tried to tackle that challenge. However, I’m not 100% sure if the two tiles I do qualify since I only tangled AROUND my hand. But almost as soon as she wrote the word “interesting” my mind was set to do something that would incorporate my other big hobby next to tangling/drawing: the game of Go (or 囲碁 (jap. igo), 圍棋 (chin. wéiqi) or 바둑 (kor. baduk).

+++ Little note abot Go, if you know it already or are not interested, please feel free to skip it +++

Probably you’ve heard from it, there has been QUITE a bit of a ruckus the last two years because AlphaGo revolutioned computer Go and the wayartificial intelligence work. Go basically is a 4,000 year old game originally from China. It’s played by two people alternately playing black and white round pieces on the intersections of a grid of 19×19 lines (other sizes are used, too, especially by beginners). To win you have to surround more free intersections than the other player. To check out the basic rules, click here. It’s such a deep, challenging and interesting game! And, just like in Zentangle, it sometimes allows me to zone out completely as I only focus on the board and the moves being played to find the best possible counter to an opponent’s move (within the range of my poor abilities XD). I’ve been playing for.. almost 15 years now, I think, and it is the only game so far that never gets boring.

+++ End of Go-related infos +++

Well, anyway.. this is my response to the Diva’s challenge:

a hand plays a move on a tangled Go board
Tangles used: Diva Dance, Button

two hands playing a move on a tangled Go board
Tangles used: Diva Dance

Especially the second tile is among my all time favourite tiles, I’m really happy how both of them turned out! It’s such a simple and obvious thing to do, but without the Diva I’d never have thought to do it. So, THANKS a lot for the inspiration, Laura!

Please also check out the wonderful artwork the Diva and everyone else did for this challenge by going to the Diva’s blog post!

This challenge inspired me to “go bigger” and tangle a mosaic of a whole board one day. I already laid it out on one of our Go boards: I’d have to tangle 25 or (rather, to have some kind of border going round) 30 tiles fo that. Wow.. that surely feels like a daunting task! But one step at a time… it might work out. I already picked the game, too, it’ll be Honinbo Shusaku’s famous ear-reddening-game from 1846. Hmm… or maybe an interesting game from my most favourite today’s professional player, Iyama Yuta? Hmmm….. You see, I still have to work out a few things until I can get started! Anyways, I’d just LOVE to hang it in our flat (which since we moved in definitely lacks some pictures on the wall). As soon as I start I’ll keep you up to date with my progress. Giving updates and seeing how I progress here will definitely motivate me to keep going.

Have a nice weekend!