My very dear Zentangle Friends, sorry for not being around lately. I've been busy with work, family, painting the house and some other projects. Just a few weeks ago my dad fell with his bike and broke his hip. So he got a new hip and was hospitalized for a week. Now he's rehabilitating at home.
Our house was in desperate need of some paint and as you all know probably, this takes more time than you estimate.
I also initiated a sort of campaign for the women's shelter in Dordrecht. Together with ten girls of my daughter's Child Care facility we painted 5 large canvases/canvasses (don't know the right word in plural for canvas..) to brighten up the rooms for the kids who are staying there.
Just wanted to let you know that I did not forget all of my dear Zentangle Friends, but there have been some other things in my life which had more priority.
Morther Earth seems to be warning us... Are we exploiting the world's natural resources too much? Or is it "just" the way our planet earth works?
Nevertheless, what's happening to Japan, Chili, New Zealand, Australia, America etc etc is affecting "real" people. Families have lost their dear ones, their houses completely washed away, their belongings gone forever etc etc. How much more can they take?
Let's make some heartwarming Zentangles just to show we care!!!!
The weekly challenge on the I am the Diva blog is called "The Space Between" and it's about creating a tile or Zentangle inspired piece being aware of the space between the tangles, leaving some white space.
Sometimes people do tend to forget that there are no patterns, figures, objects, words etc without space between them. This space defines the object... It's like the saying: ""There's no music without the pause between the music notes" (or something like this...;-) )
I created a very simple Zentangle with some coloring to emphasize the effect of space between the patterns. Yes, I know it's not my most wonderful Zentangle, but it clearly states what "The Space Between" can mean for your drawing. Or even for your life.... We all need a pause, break, rest every now and then to become more aware of our surroundings and really learn to appreciate what's surrounding us. Don't you think so?
Wow, did I really learn something these past 45 years? LOL ;-)
Okay, here it comes:
A part of me is saying: "Do you really have to share this ZT with other people? It's not such a special or beautiful Zentangle..." But on the other hand, what's wrong with simplicity? Life is already as complicated as it is...
I made this Zentangle (with the pink ribbon) for a dear colleague/friend, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January last year. She's had breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy: a lumpectomy is a partial mastectomy, because part of the breast tissue is removed) and radiation therapy during 6 or 7 weeks in 2010. So far she's doing quite well.
Coming Monday her ovaries and oviducts will be surgical removed on her own request. Just as a precaution measurement. My thoughts are with her!
Sandra Kay Strait (Molossus) had a challenge on her blog Life Imitates Doodles, since I am a huge fan of her Zentangle artwork I decided to participate.
Sandra asked us to do the following for this challenge:
"Well, I ask you to look at a ZT you've just finished (no fair planning ahead of time). Take note of the movement, the flow, the texture. Spin it around. Look at how the dark and light work together. How do the tangles work together> How do they resist each other? What objects seem to appear? What's the mood? Do this immediately after you finish, and look, and do not second guess yourself.
Come up with a title based on your immediate impressions. Then invite your viewers to tell you what they see or feel. In other words, invite them to invest part of their world experience into yours."
Well, this is what I came up with...
It's titled: "Shattered, but keeping the pieces together"
Shattered: "burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow".
This is what I see in the pattern "Scraper"...shattered, as with a violent blow...of life itself. You burst into pieces, but you know you have to keep the pieces together... using all kinds of strings and finally you succeed. Although it feels like surviving and not living, this is what you are capable of at this moment.
So the strings in this ZT are keeping the patterns (pieces) together.
The L in the righthand corner stands for Linda, a dear old friend of mine from highschool.
It's my father's birthday tomorrow, he'll turn 69! (But he looks much younger!! ;-) ) The 3rd of February, so he's an Aquarius.
I'm really "in love" with the Zodiac series I saw onMariet's Flickr photostream. Totally inspired by her Zodiac Zentangles I also gave it a try and I think it turned out rather well....
Today it was my day off, so me and my daughter went out to visit him and give him his present (and some "birthday-cash"). I think he was somehow pleasantly surprised with this "unusual" present, which he liked very much.
I'd like to share those wonderful, amazing and beautiful Zentangles made by my dear Zentangle friends on our Flickr group Dutch Zentangles, based on the theme Spring.
The first one is made by Rooike1 (Jeanet), a very talented woman who's become a very dear Zentangle friend of mine. It's called "A bit of spring".
The second ZT is made by Kraai65, a woman with many talents as you can see on her Flickr Photostream. This one is called "Lente (Spring)".
This third one is from Sandra van der Geest, a "newbie" amongst the Zentanglers. She just wanted to give it a try once and participated with the following ZT, which I think is gorgeous. More ZTs by Sandra's hand to follow...
Fourth in line... Mariet Dronten, please do have a look at her Flickr Photostream. Besides her ZTs she makes extraordinary and beautiful drawings. I think she's a very talented and creative artist. Enjoy her art!
The fifth, spring inspired ZT made by Dinie54, also a "newbie" amongst the Zentanglers. Famous for her gorgeous ATCs, which I really admire.
And last, but surely not the least, a ZT from Yvonne's ATC . A newbie as well on Zentangles. I "met" Yvonne on the SA (Scrappersanonimous)-forum and since then I'm a real fan of her art! She makes gorgeous and extraordinary ATCs, I think she's a stamp-goddess! :-)
Thank you all my dear Zentangle friends for sharing your amazing ZTs with all of us all over the world.
To transfer the images on your paper you can print them out, "colour" the back of the copy with a grey/black pencil and then turn the copy put it on your paper and go around the lines with a sharp pencil to transfer the image.
Have fun and show us your "Lovely Valentine" Zentangles!
The other day I created a new group "Dutch Zentangles" on Flickr. Since there was no group for Dutch Zentangle artists on Flickr I thought it was a good idea to start one. Holland is "blessed" with so many creative artists. That's something we really can be proud of. Applaus for our Dutch creative souls!
Once in every two weeks there will be a theme, which is not meant to be a challenge. It's just an extra or when you're facing an "inspiration-block".
This week (untill Saturday) we have Spring as a theme. My dear Flickr friends made really beautiful Spring themed Zentangles.
As administrator of this group I participated also. So I had a try and the following Zentangles are the result:
For those among you who don't recognize them...
These are Easter eggs, which I associate with Spring.
Duckling swimming for the first time with it's mom.
Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Claudia, I'm 50 years old. Mother of Jitske (age 13). In October 2009 I started scrapbooking and since then I'm hooked on being creative again. Scrapbooking, making cards, stamping, making and trading ATCs and finally since September 2010 making Zentangles.
Welkom op mijn blog. Ik ben Claudia, 50 jaar en moeder van Jitske (13 jaar). In oktober 2009 ben ik begonnen met een workshop Scrapboektechnieken en sindsdien is het creatief bezig zijn met mij aan de haal gegaan. Via het scrappen kwam ik terecht in kaarten maken, stempelen, ATCs maken en ruilen en uiteindelijk sinds september 2010 in Zentangles maken.