little lines

The Diva’s Challenge this week was a UMT challenge involving an interesting tangle, Athitzi by Eleanor Holt. The pattern is just a series of short, parallel lines, but Eleanor produced a stunning effect in her tile.

I didn’t know where to go with this tangle, so I just drew a tile and incorporated Athitzi here and there. By my count Athitzi pops up 7 times in this tile. Can you find them all?

Athitzi, Bales, Gneiss, Kathy's Dilemma, Mooka, Rain, Rixty, Sanibelle, Static, Trumpits, Vega

Athitzi, Bales, Gneiss, Kathy’s Dilemma, Mooka, Rain, Rixty, Sanibelle, Static, Trumpits, Vega


looping a path to calm

Suzy Mosh’s challenge this week invited us to use tangles starting with V that were new to us. I wanted a challenge, so I found four tangles that I did not think would work together, and tried to make them work. I tried twice. I had beautiful variations and tangleations in my head, but I just couldn’t transmit them to paper. And although I know that there are no mistakes in Zentangle, I hated the tiles so much that I threw them away. That’s almost sacilegious in Zentangle, but I was frustrated. I took a break and calmed myself down with a quick shower and a prayer. Then I came back to my table, cut down the tangles to just three, used a super simple string, discarded all variations for just the basic tangles, and came up with this tile.

Vega, Viaduct, Vigne

Vega, Viaduct, Vigne

Looking at this makes me feel calm again. Vigne and Vega are great patterns. Viaduct still looks a little out of place, but that’s no fault of the tangle. Shading gives it depth and in the right tile it would look good.