Life signs near the full moon

Yes, I’m still alive! I’ve been busy with tons of other things that were quite important but I’ve always been watching what’s happening in the zentangle world. Since the stress around the start of the year is slowly going back to a more normal level, I thought it was high time to join in again!
This is my first ever take on the monthly challenge you can find as #fullmoonmosaic on Instagram. It was started by Hanny Nura CZT, the originator of Zenjoy. I really liked both the original idea behind this challenge as well as the beautiful results that came from it so far. I’m glad I’m finally part of it, too!


The finished Zendala

The challenge for February 2019 was to take a Zendala tile, divide it into eighths and then place Buster by Irina Wins in the center. For the rest of the tile, you should use the fragment Tatu and – if you like – other tangles, too.


Ready to go! This was the first time that I was able to use my new selfmade zendala stencil. It really helped A LOT to quickly set the string up without folding the poor tile, too. 😅 Am looking forward to playing some more with it! I actually had 3 goes at this challenge with 3 different strings each and I see so much potential for this stencil to create many more fun strings both on a Zendala tile and on a regular Zentangle tile.

While Bluster by Irina Wins was a lot of fun to tangle, Tatu and I decided to leave it at this short collaboration… Especially the “step” around the center circle drove me mad until I found a good workaround for me: I placed four dots around it marking the edge of the each step. Still, no real love sparked between us. Well, at least we tried!


Snaking Pokeleaf round and round – and putting Tatu off until the very end ^^;


All linework done so far, save for the lower level of Pokeleafs

I added colour because after shading (no picture here, sorry) everything lacked contrast, even though I already rounded and added thick outlines around Pokeleaf. So I glazed very lightly with some #watercolour over the organic parts of the tile, Pokeleaf and Buster. It has a little spring feeling to it, don’t you think?

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! 🙂

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!

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..