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Hump Day Zentangle Challenge #27 – What’s In a Name? Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on January 17, 2020 · 3 comments

Hump day Zentangle challenge mandala, zendala

I think my ongoing back pain issues are playing with my mind. I thought Thursday was Wednesday for well into the night. If it had been, today’s Hump Day Zentangle Challenge would only be one day late, instead of two days.

Since this is already late, I’ll try to keep my rambling brief.

What’s In A Name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

In this famous quote from Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare suggested  names don’t matter, but most of us get rather attached to our names. We spend hours agonizing discussing what we should name our children.

We named our older son, Benjamin. As a lifelong Philadelphia history nerd, I was thinking about Benjamin Franklin. It wasn’t until several years later that I learned my husband, Mr. Excitement, was thinking about Bennie Cunningham, a 6 foot, 5 inch tall tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team. I suspect this was wishful thinking on his part. One look at the vertically challenged Mr. and Mrs. Excitement would quickly dispel the notion that our children were bred for size.

When Ben was born, Mr. Excitement was still a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Once we had a child, I insisted he  convert to Philadelphia Eagles fandom so our children wouldn’t grow up confused—or worse yet, beat up in the schoolyard. Philadelphia is famous for the Liberty Bell, Rocky, cheese steaks, and poorly behaved sports fans.

Ben never complained about his name; however, his younger brother, Jeremy, went through a phase when he hated his name. When he was about 4, he bitterly opined that we should have named him Ben. When I pointed out that we already had a Ben and having another child with the same name might be confusing, he suggested we call him “Ben 2”.

When we named Jeremy, we had never heard of the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream company. It was then a small company that distributed its product in New England. The first I knew of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream was when a Boston friend sent me a Ben and Jerry’s tee shirt after receiving Jeremy’s birth announcement. By then, it was too late. Jeremy was Jeremy. We nipped the being teased about the Ben and Jerry ice cream thing by calling Jeremy by his nickname, JJ.

Hump Day Zentangle Challenge #27 – Tangle Your Name

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

For this week’s Hump Day Zentangle Challenge, do a composition, using tangles that start with the same letters as your name. You can use your the letters of your first name or last name. If like Jeremy, you’re not overly fond of your name, pick a new name.

I chose tangles, starting with the letters of my first name. “Suzanne” has 2 Ns, but I only used one “N” tangle.

I did a mandala (Zendala) on a Strathmore black 6 x 6 inch black tile with Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Pens. (Affiliate Links)

Hump day Zentangle challenge mandala, zendala

I used the following tangles: A=Abukas by Charlotte Carpentier, CZT; S=Sand SwirlSand Swirl by Karry Heun
Z=ZanzeeZanzee by Cathy Cusson, N= l‘NZeppel by Maria Thomas, E=Eternal by Katsuri Das, and U=I forget the name of the tangle I used 😳.

Please Share Your Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge Creations!

Please share your responses to this week’s challenge with us in the Hump Day Zentangle Challenge Facebook Group and/or on your Instagram, Twitter  or Flickr feeds. Use the hashtag #hdchallenge27. If you’re not a member of the FB group, ask to join and I’ll be happy to add you. The more the merrier. Please invite others you think might be interested.

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 below with your Pinterest name.

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!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Roz warren January 18, 2020 at 9:51 pm

My grandson Ben is about to get a little brother. Don’t know what his name will be.


Suzanne Fluhr January 20, 2020 at 11:20 am

Tell them not to name him Jeremy or they may end up with a Ben2 too.


Nan Loyd January 29, 2020 at 5:32 pm

That tangle looks like a colorful version of the lace doilies my mom used all the time! It’s gorgeous! Love your naming story. I named my son Joshua because it meant, “Who’s salvation is of the Lord” – I must have known he was going to need some help (smile)! Of course, every other kid his age is named Joshua, too. Got confusing there for awhile. I’m just lucky my mom didn’t pitch in her ideas – she was a Razorback fan. Yikes.


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