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Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge #19 – Philly Fall Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on November 7, 2019 · 5 comments

Hump Day Zentangle Challenge

Philadelphia Fall Foliage

The fall foliage hasn’t been a total bust in Philly, but it hasn’t exactly been jaw dropping either.

Two weeks ago we were reveling in spring flowers in Australia. Fast forward 9,864 miles (15,875 kilometers) and we’re ensconced back in a Philly fall (autumn) on the east coast of the United States.

We live in Center City Philadelphia. I haven’t been all that impressed by the fall foliage colors this year — a few yellows and oranges, but the leaves mostly seem to be turning brown and falling off. Based on friends’ Facebook and Instagram posts, I think the foliage in the suburbs, exurbs and the Pennsylvania countryside has been more vibrant.

Since last week’s challenge was inspired by spring flowers in Australia, I thought it only fair to give fall foliage in the northern hemisphere equal time.

I started work on my Hump Day Zentangle challenge examples while watching an American football game (match) on television — our hometown Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Chicago Bears. We recorded the game so we could watch it after a  Sunday afternoon visit to my 94 year old mother who has less than zero percent interest in football — American or any other type. Like many Americans, we like to record the game so we can fast forward through the commercials. When it comes to American football, it means we can also fast forward through the many minutes of time when:

  • players are huddling to discuss the next play,
  • the game is delayed so referees can review film of challenged plays,
  • there are injury time outs,
  • there are regular time outs; and,
  • players are milling around on the field for no apparent reason.

Boomeresque Tip #1:  If you are using the Zentangle method to obtain a calm, meditative state, don’t do it while watching large men crash into each other seeking control of a football, especially if you actually care which team has the ball.
Boomeresque Tip #2: Having to frequently remind oneself and one’s spouse that “It’s only a game”, is also not a very Zen activity. 

Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge #19 – Shout Out to Fall Foliage

(If Zentangle is a new concept for you, you can read more about it here.)

This week’s Hump Day Zentangle Challenge is to use (northern hemisphere) fall foliage as inspiration for your tile/composition.

My plan was to use the outlines of leaves as my string. I started to use Google to refresh my memory of the actual leaf shapes only to have my husband, Mr. Excitement, become very excited.

STOP! Don’t look at your phone. You’ll see the final score of the Eagles game. (Note clever use of a green font. We bleed Eagles green in Philadelphia during the football season). 

Here’s what I came up with for my string having to try to remember actual leaf shapes:

The two on either side were meant to represent half  leaves.

This is what the leaves in question actually look like:

There are no mistakes in Zentangle—right?

For my first tile, I decided to adhere strictly to the Zentangle method:

Hump day Zentangle Challenge

Tangles used: left to right: Irradial by Tomas Padros, CZT; Fassett by Lynn Mead; CZT;  Printemps by Maria Thomas; Sand Swirl by Karry Heun; Tipple an original Zentangle Mother Ship tangle; Paradox by Rick Roberts, Huggins another from the Mother Ship; and Cubine by co-founder, Maria Thomas.

Apparently, I’m still in a black tile phase, so I decided to use what I consider to be fall colors (Prismacolor Premier pencils) on a 6″ x 6″ black tile.

Hump Day Zentangle Challenge

I’m really not sue what any of the tangles are other than Flux , an “official” tangle; and my own, Aloha.

I hope you enjoy this one. But, maybe don’t do it while watching a football game. (BTW, the Eagles won. #FlyEaglesFly)

Please Share Your Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge Creations!

Please share your responses to this week’s challenge with us in the Hump Day Challenge Facebook Group and/or on your Instagram, Twitter  or Flickr feeds. Use the hashtag #hdchallenge19. If you’re not a member of the FB group, ask to join and I’ll be happy to add you.

There are other ways to share your work: We also have a Pinterest group board to share our Hump Day Challenge responses. Email me at if you’d like me to add you as a contributor to the Pinterest board or you can mention that in a comment with your Pinterest name below.

If you have your own blog and are posting your challenge responses there, leave the URL to your blog in a comment below so people can paste it into their browser and find your post. (PS: The first 2 times you comment, I will have to moderate the comment. After your first two comments on Boomeresque, your comments will appear without moderation.)

Feel free to share your work for this or any challenge at any time—even next week, next month, next year, ad infinitum. Participation in the challenges need not be linear!

Supplies I used (affiliate links*):

These black tiles are also available in a 4 x 4 inch size.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

MatheussenRia November 7, 2019 at 6:42 am

Me too had a little vacation on the Canarian Islands where nature is extraordinary, the ocean everywhere and the weather always splendid. So when we came back it was not a nice surprise “to dive” immediately into the Belgian Fall with much colder, windy and rainy weather… but still I like the autumn: the beautiful colours, the cloudy skies, the walks in the forests, the pumpkins, the muschrooms, a glass of red wine on a long cosy evening…and of course a lot of time to tangle!
I like your tile with Flux and Aloha (a wonderful tangle) very much and I think Philly is a wonderfull town!
Greetings from Belgium


Suzanne Fluhr November 7, 2019 at 9:50 am

Thank you, Ria. If you want to post your own work in response to this challenge on your website, you can share the url to your response in a comment, so people will be able to find it.


Leslie in Oregon November 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

Although I am not generally much of a Zentangle fan, I find your fall-colors-on-black-tile tangle (shown above) simply beautiful.


Suzanne Fluhr November 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Thank you, especially because you’re not a Zentangle fan. If I hadn’t found Zentangle, I never would have even attempted it. It’s what we would call “Zentangle Inspired Art”, not much related to the Zentangle method, but if the Zentangle method hadn’t given me the “courage” to think I could create “art”, this never would have happened.


Nan Loyd December 8, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Alpha Hubby solved my “oh my gosh I can’t believe they lost” issues. He is for whoever is winning (with the exception of a very few teams we just must support). One team recently lost by a play in the last 6 seconds. That’s when I quit watching football. I am much too violent about it (snicker, snicker). It is a good excuse to eat junk food but we had to stop that, too. Way too much junk food,

I noticed things weren’t as vibrant this year either. Since we moved I miss the line of maple trees down our former driveway – sigh.


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