Inktober 2018

Hi everybody,

this is just a quick post to tell you all that I’m not dead – only really busy with other things at the moment… But the time will come again for lots of tangling. Unfortunately, it will very likely not be in October, the month of the famous Inktober challenge (I wrote about that here). There are so many things going to keep me busy that I doubt very much that I could take the time to tackle this challenge. But maybe I can squeeze in

However, I wanted to point you to Stephanie Jennifer’s blog where she released this year’s Zentangle Inktober prompts, a list of tangles (one for each day) to use as an inspiration. I guess there are many more Zentangle-related Inktober challenges out there, especially in all those Facebook groups, but maybe you want to give this one a try – or even mix it with somebody else’s list of prompts? Whatever you chose to do I hope you have lots of fun and share your creativity für everyone to enjoy! Feel free to share a link to your Inktober art in the comments. 🙂

Hope to be back soon with some new art myself. See you and have fun tangling!

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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!

The Endless Zentangle Project – Part 2

The weekend before last I went to a big Zentangle meetup here in Germany and – like last year – it was a lot of fun! As I mentioned before, Christina from W wie Windspiel made a leporello for me so I could participate in the endless Zentangle challenge by Natalie Plechkova (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, please >>click here<<). She gave it to me just before the meeting and it turned out magnificiently! ❤ Here it is (it's the dark one):

leporellos- outside
The picture was taken by Christina from W wie Windspiel and is used with her kind permission. You can find this picture and more beautiful art on her Instagram account

The paper inside is Fabriano Tiepolo, the same paper as the official Zentangle tiles are made of, and has 10 pages total (so I have a chance of finishing it in a not too distant future).

Here are two little updates for the endless Zentangle project. The first picture is from about ten days ago when I first started:
starting the project
Tangles used so far: Stella

And this is how it looked about one week later:
after one week
Tangles used so far: Stella, Mooka (It stealthyly sneaks in everywhere, it’s like weed! Very pretty weed indeed! :-D), Diva Dance, Huggins, MySwing, Crescent Moon

I haven’t shaded yet and probably wont shade it until it is finished – don’t want to smudge anything here… As you can see, I’m not following any of the suggestions by Natalie. I can’t read them and although everybody’s art looks beautiful, it simply feels really good to just tangle as I want. And I’m more than happy with the result so far! So the motivation to continue is definitely there and I’ll keep you up to date in (more or less) regular intervals how the project grows. Many thanks again to Christina who made it possible! 🙂

It’s a String Thing #249 – One for the Diva

First time to enter Adele Bruno’s It’s a String Thing challenge! I’ve never managed to squeeze the tile in, but this time it worked. When I read that this challenge is (kinda) one for the Diva, Laura Harms, I immediately sat down and finished the tile in one go. Laura and Adele both are a huge inspiration by giving out (almost) weekly challenges which are a lot of fun. It’s a great commitment that takes a lot of time so it’s a real blessing to have them both!

Abeko was new to me (I had seen it many times but never used it), but Diva Dance, of course, is one of my go-to tangles.

tile
Tangles used: Abeko, Diva Dance

Challenge #249 runs until Saturday evening, so if you want to enter, you still can! >>Here’s the link<< to Adele’s blog post with the challenge.

If you’re going to enter: Have fun!

Oh, and while we’re at it: This weekend will be LOTS of fun since I’ll be going to a big Zentangle meetup here in Germany! And I’m really looking forward to meeting Christina from Windspiel.art again. 🙂 So I guess there’ll be a lot to post about next week and lots of new artwork – quite likely including the beginning of my endless Zentangle project.

Hope to see you next week then!

The Endless Zentangle Project

A few weeks ago, one of my favourite Tanglers, Anica Grabovec, started a project called “The Endless Zentangle” and posted about it on Facebook. Its basically a little book with Zentangle tile size pages made of one veeeeeery long strip of paper folded like an accordion. Each week, you are to complete one “page” of it, always overlapping a little onto the next page. It looked like a lot of fun! But since I always start on projects but somehow almost never get to finish them, I discarded the idea of participating and forgot about it.

However, yesterday on Instagram I came across the project again and WOW… there was such amazing artwork there! I immediately got hooked and started to dig out information about the project. I soon found out that the challenge for this project seems to have come from a super-talented Russian tangler I had never heard of before, Natalie Plechkova. Unfortunately that means that pretty much all information on this project are in Russian. Google translate does help – but only when you’ve found an entry or a post about it… Let me help you here. 🙂

The best starting point if you want to participate would be Natalie Plechkova’s blog post about the challenge. There she also links to the weekly posts about the challenge.

• For some inspiration you can go to her Instagram account or search for #the_endless_zentangle or the Russian counterpart.

It feels like this project opens up a whole new part of the Zentangle community that I haven’t been aware of yet. So much new, gorgeous artwork to find, that’s really cool! However it’s a little sad that there’s this language barrier.. So.. If you’re participating or have found a cool post about it: Please leave a comment here! I’d love to check out what you found.

Maybe one day I’ll start such an accordion folded book, too! The project is definitely intriguing! But until then there’s still so much to finish first, hehe. Ooooops… XD

P.S.: The lovely Christina from W wie Windspiel was so sweet to craft me a ten page leporello from Fabriano tiepolo today! She made one for herself, too, and next week when we FINALLY meet again she’ll bring it along. She posted both hers and mine (the dark one) on Instagram – haven’t they turned out BEAUTIFULLY?! I’m really motivated to try to match the content of the book with its beautiful outside. THANK YOU so much, Christina! ❤

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.

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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!

Diva Challenge #361: Amanda Day / Earth Day Year 7

Oh what a week that was.. Lot’s of work and other things on my mind – but the tile for this week’s Diva Challenge still fit in. I’m getting fast and faster and recently I think I took another step forward, I really like almost all of my results! For someone as self-critical as me that’s a HUGE step forward. 🙂 Since I cannot post everything at the moment (see P.S. for the reason), I hope you will believe my word only that this is the 5th week in a row that I can finish the tile in time! This is a new record for me and I hope to keep going and going this year!! Let’s hope that this roll continues and that by the end of the year I can look back on the Diva Challenges of 2018 with an (almost) complete collection! That’s been my goal for several years now but I never came even close to that. Maybe 2018 will be the year!

This week the Diva Laura Harms issued a recurring challenge, it’s Earth Day time again! That means that we’re challenged to recycle something for the challenge. For her tile she used brown paper cut from a pizza cardboard box and the usual pens. I decided to do something similar and as if my mind had unconsciously grabbed the idea, I had on that day – after a long time again – bought a pack of my favourite cookies that I coud use. I wanted to cut as many tiles as possible from that:

gaps in the cardboard box
After the most economic cutting possible…

all the tiles, ATCs and Bijous cut from the box
… I got two tiles, two ATCs and three Bijous – not bad!

The Diva also used a special string that resembled a sun (or, a quarter sun 😉 ). Again, I decided to mimic her:
my string
My string

Finally, here’s the result:

my tile for Diva Challenge #361
Tangles used: Agua, Mooka, Opus, Pokeroot, Tripoli, Verdigogh, Zinger

Zen got me there, I honestly wasn’t striving to get such a botanical result but.. it’s so fitting and I really like it! The paper.. I didn’t like nearly as much but in the end – and in true Earth Day spirit – I’ll try to tangle on all tiles/ATCs/Bijous that I got out of the cardboard box. Results will of course be posted here on the blog when I’m finished.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to take a look at the Diva’s own tile and at what everybody else came up with >>here<<!

P.S.: I still have many more things to post, among them a few Diva Challenges and I hope to finally post them soon. It looks like our internet problems will FINALLY get fixed in less than two weeks and after that I’ll be catching up with a lot of stuff from the last 6 (!!) months including project packs and other stuff, too. Keeping your fingers crossed, too, will help a lot, though! You never know of the Telekom tech will actually show up or not..

Diva Challenge #358: Pickpocket again!

The challenge was just so much fun, so I sat down with another tile featuring Pickpocket (for the first one click >>here<<) and the result after many hours of tangling, colouring and fun is this:


Tangles used: Diva Dance, Pickpocket, Printemps, Verdigogh

I baptised this tangle Pickpocketii PriVerDiDa and it was such fun to tangle, colour (must be the lack of spring) and finally name this tree, too! I hope I’ll get to do more plants of all kinds in the future and have the joy to name them, too.

Be sure to check out the Diva’s tiles and the other wonderful contributions from tanglers all over the world >>here<<.

Have a wonderful sunny Sunday!

Diva Challenge #358: UMT Pickpocket by Tomàs Padrós

Thank you for all the sympathetic and encouraging comments for last week’s post! Each of them really brightened my day. 🙂 This is going to be a short post since the situation hasn’t changed one bit since last week… Let’s hope there’ll be a more positive development soon. However, since Pickpocket by Tomàs Padrós is such a great tangle, I simply couldn’t keep from tangling and posting this week’s response to the Diva’s challenge! Tomàs really has contributed quite a few wonderful patterns already, so I decided to mix Pickpocket with another tangle of Tomàs’s that I really like a lot, Irradial:

Tangles used: Irradial, Pickpocket

I recently saw this “‘nzeppeled/jewel-ised version of Irradial and wanted to use it before I forget about it. Pickpocket did take a little time to practice but it’s really worth it, I love the weaving effect a lot! And yes, I confess: I did use a ruler to place the dots this time. O:-) I like it tidy as it is here – although the Diva’s wavy interpretation is really cool, too. Do check it out if yiou haven’t already seen it and of course all the other great contributions to this week’s challenge! Click here to go to the Diva’s post to see it all.

Have a great week and lots of fun with Pickpocket!

Diva Challenge #357 (and the internet) Paradox

Long time no see! I haven’t been able to post for a few months now due to internet issues. If the story is not of interest for you, feel free to skip the seperated text and scroll down to the pictures for this week’s challenge.

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Since we moved flat at the beginning of December, the telephone companies involved (yes, it’s more than one by now which makes everything even more complicated) haven’t been able to re-connect us to the internet. It’ss a long story by now and one which usually brings my temper up so I won’t say no more about itnow. The whole situation will continue for at least another 4 weeks now so we’ll be left with no internet at home for half a year.Incredible in times like these in a country like Germany – but I’m sure that anybody from Germany can confirm the horror stories from companies like Telekom. They are true indeed. 😦

Since we fully depend on very limitted data budgets from our mobile phones, I haven’t posted at all here since the blogging does take a lot of data from my budget. However, we’re now sitting in a train heading home and I intend to fully use up my 200MB you can get for free here. And since I’ve been busy tangling I can show you at least what I tangled for thhis week’s challenge – which is very little of all the tangling I’ve been doing in the laast few months. As soon as we’re back online, you can expect tons of updates here.

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But without further ado: Here are the two monotangle tiles I did for the Diva Challenge #357:


Unshaded (I finally remembered to take apicture before shading!:-))


After shading

Tangles used on all tiles: Paradox
(All pictures were taken on board of the train so they’re not as good as usual.. sorry!)

Hope to be posting again soon and to have you back here then again, too!
Happy tangling and hapy Easter for you all!

Diva Challenge #334

Very busy and very tired at the moment, that’s why this’ll be a very short post. Inspired by this week’s Diva Challenge I modestly present:


Tangles used: N’Zeppel (“crazy” shading variation), Printemps, Paradox, Tipple

I like this shading variation of N’Zeppel and will definitely use it again! I’d also like to try another piece with several different shading variations mixed together. I’m sure that this would look very cool!
I didn’t shade the whole because of various reasons. The most important one is that I’m extremely tired right now but have to post now if I want to have a post for September. The other reason ist that I thought that in this way crazy N’Zeppel would “pop” more from the tile. It didn’t really happen but it’s still good looking.

The next two months will be a bit harder to post because we are going to move. ❤ I'm still planning to post at least once per month. However, moving is also the "death" of Inktober this year for me. If you're participating I wish you lots of fun and a lot of stamina so you'll be able to complete the challenge. I'll definitely be folloing Inktober activities an Twitter and I'm looking forward to enjoying all this great rt that'll be posted then.

"See" you soon!

Diva Challenge #329: Fragment D-1

Wow, that was close! A last minute post before August is over.. At the beginning of the year I wanted to post at least once a month and this time I barely made it. The culprit is the game of Go, which I’ve been playing for more than 10 years now. Since the European Go Congress 2017 started at the end of July, my love of the game came back and I spent much more time studying and playing in a short time than I had since the start of the year! I did tangle a bit in between but it’s nothing that I can share with you for now. It might take a little bit longer, but you’ll see. 🙂

Anyway – how time flies! A few weeks ago already I started this tile for the Diva Challenge #329 about fragment D1. This is really a fascinating fragment and I can imagine myself sitting down at my desk for another few hours exploring the possibilities of shading and combinations with other tangles. Such fun!


Tangles used: Fragment D1, Fassett, Paradox

I especially like the combination with Paradox and I think I’ll experiment with those two a little bit more. This is also one of the first tiles ever that I did and where I like the sepia Micron in. It always looks streaky (when filling in areas) or much darker than in everybody else’s artwork.

Please also visit the Diva’s blog and check out all the other great artwork that was posted for this challenge!

This is a short post but I hope that next month won’t be as short – and especially not as late. Although that might be hard, there are two Go tournaments and our league team’s yearly meeting coming up. But tournaments usually means travelling, too. And on the train tangling is not a problem. So I guess you’ll be seeing “travelling tangles” of one kind or another next time. 🙂

See you!

P.S.: As time flies by, you might also already want to think about what to do for Inktober this year!

Diva Challenge #262: UMT: Fassett by Lynn Mead and upcoming Zentangle weekend

In the last few months I haven’t really posted anything about my plans for completing 1 year of Diva challenges – so it’s more than about time I post this tile! Which is already 5 months old (you can tell from the straight edges of the tile ;-D) and which I never got around to post here… But I still love it very, very much, especially the contrast between the curvy and rather straight lines.

DC-262
Tangles used: Fassett, Printemps

Challenge #262 was to use Lynn Mead’s beautiful tangle Fassett. I thought it would be nice to keep the number of tangles small this time and to leave some space empty for a change – and the frame really works well in my opinion.

This challenge REALLY got me hooked on Fassett and I’ve been using it a lot ever since I completed this challenge. Just like Paradox, Trelina, Ginili and – the most revent addition to the team – Pepper it has become one of my favourite tangles and is probably my foremost “go-to-tangle” at the moment. All thanks to you, Lynn and Laura! 🙂

If everything goes as planned, there’ll be a HUGE change on the blog in the months to come. I don’t think I can reveal anything yet but it’s something that I’ve been looking forward to do very much for a very long time. Although you won’t be seeing anything new in the next months to come rest assured that there’s an east wind coming… (yes, I do love BBC Sherlock a lot ;-D )

Next weekend will be a very special one: Via Facebook a Zentangle weekend has been organized for a few lucky souls who were at the right place at the right time to register – places filled very quickly and I myself only got in by the skin of my teeth. Since I’m having a very busy time at work, I’m really looking forward to tangling a whole weekend and meeting new, kind people! I’m especially looking forward to meeting Arva from W wie Windspiel who is also an active member of the German ATC website kakao-karten.de. As far as I know, no CZTs are coming, so it’ll just be tangling, talking, eating and of course more tangling. Maybe I can catch up on more Diva challenges that weekend. Or have the time to work on another project… who knows. I don’t really want to make any plans – although I do guess that our host will keep us very busy (I hope not too busy! 😉 ). Since I’ll be arriving the day before, I hope to get in some urban sketching as well. On Friday I bought a very nice book abouth sketching architecture by Liz Steel called “5-Minute Sketching Architecture” and I’m looking forward very much to trying out some of her useful tipps. I’ll try to post a few pictures next weekend as we’re tangling along and of course I’ll be writing a blogpost with lots of pictures and the artwork we created afterwards.

Have a great week!

Yvonne

Diva Challenge #283: UMT Centre Square

Another post I wrote back in January 2017 which I didn’t get around to post.

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Another year has come but the Diva is still taking her well-deserved break. Time to catch up on some of the challenges of 2016 that I didn’t have time for, the big goal (for this year) is to finish them all so I have a complete mosaic for 1 whole year of Diva challenges. Yeah, another challenge for myself since I already failed like… 1.000. But it doesn’t matter, I’ll get there some day eventually!

The tile for challenge #283 below actually has a long history. Some would say it’s full of misunderstandings, others would say it’s.. giving up too early on a promising opportunity. I was really motivated when the challenge was up and I wanted to incorporate tangleations and all kinds of fancy stuff into this tile. The challenge was to use the tangle Centre Square by Aleesha Sattva and was really eager to try something new since I had just recently gotten myself the wonderful ebook Overlapping Zentangle by Eni Oken and experimented with going over and under. Centre Square looked like a great opportunity to play with this concept. However, after the centre grid was finished, I was absolutely not satisfied with the outcome, it looked not at all like how I imagined it to be. And I put it away. In the months to come I looked at it again and again but it didn’t speak to me until late December 2016 when I finally finished it. I’m quite satisfied with it now (although it is too full AGAIN.. will I ever learn? X’D) but it was a real struggle. Here’s the result of the fight:

Diva Challenge #283
Tangles used: Centre Square, Demi, Marasu (not coiled up – or maybe only very loosely coiled up?), Printemps, Tipple (in a looooong string)

One thing I really like is the combination of Centre Square and Demi in this tile. And how Printemps is such a good contrast to all the straight lines in this tile. Ok, I have to admit it: The tile is not that bad, ok… 🙂 Centre Square is a really nice tangle and I think I’ll use it now and then in the future. Thanks for sharing, Aleesha!

If you want to see all the other tiles everybody did for this challenge, click >>here<< to go to the Diva’s blog entry.

Diva Challenge #276: Space truckin’ – Moving tangles

The Diva took a well-deserved Christmas break, so I felt I had a chance to catch up a little on the 2016 challenges. I’d really love to finish a complete year but I still have a long way to go there: There were 48 challenges in 2016 and I only managed to finish 15 so far (including this one and not counting the tiles for the first year of Diva Challenges), that’s almost one third of the challenges.. I’m happy that I was able to do so many in my first year, but… way to go if I ever want to have a complete mosaic! So let’s take this next step.

That’s what I wrote in JANUARY and never got to actually publish here on the blog. Until today. Better late than never! PLease enjoy!

Challenge #276 was issued by the Diva in July 2016 in the middle of summer and summer vacations. Click >>here<< to check out everybody’s contributions.

When the challenge was up, I was not happy because I like my steady, quiet drawing underground and there’s hardly another thing more annoying for me than an underground that’s moving and shaking in an uncontrollable and not foreseeable way while I’m drawing or tangling. Oh, those wonky lines! I don’t care if it’s ok with Zentangle to draw wonky lines, I’m a perfectionist and I dislike wonkyness in my work. ;-P Oh, and yes, I had no vacations during summer, either, because of the wedding preparations. Since I had no opportunity to tangle travelling, it was hard to do this challenge, too (no, I won’t start tangling on my way to work, this is even MORE bumby that express trains to the other side of the country and too little time at a time, too). However, on January 1st, when we rode the train back to our home from celebrating Christmas and the new year with the family, I remembered the challenge and decided to pick up my Micron and try it anyway. It was bumpy and a bit annoying to tangle in the train, but in the end I have to admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be and I like the result far more than I expected. I'm glad I took up the challenge and pulled through! Here’s my tile:

Diva Challenge #276
Tangles used: Ahh, Fassett, Jawz, Knightsbridge (shattered by a meddlesome Printemps-coil into black and white squares), Paradox, Printemps, Tipple, Trelina

Most conveniently, the tile took the whole train ride to complete, about 4 hours (including some leisure breaks), so I was pleasantly busy the whole time without being pressed for time (kind of magical, huh? 🙂 ). The tangles came easily, too, and if I only had a feeling what I needed, like some “drama” in the end, I quickly found what I needed on the internet (provided for free on all ICE trains in Germany since January 1st, which was extremely convenient). And there was the surprise element in the end, too, so all in all I’d say that everything was just as perfect a Zentangle experience as one could hope for. Thank you very much, Laura, for helping me to leave my comfort zone and for letting me have such an enjoyable time! 🙂