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Zentangle Diva Challenge #258 – Travel Fatigue Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on March 8, 2016 · 19 comments

The Zentangle Diva, Laura Harms, posted a brief note Monday morning, explaining that the Monday challenge would be delayed until Tuesday as she was exhausted from her trip returning to Saskatoon from Ottawa. Like the United States, Canada is a big country, stretching “from sea to shining sea” and Saskatoon is 2367 kilometers (1471 miles) northwest of Ottawa. Having recently flown 5,087 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via Dallas, Texas, I understand her travel fatigue.

I foolishly took a look at the Diva’s website when I should have been on my way to bed and there it was, this week’s challenge. One thing led to another and here it is 2:44 a.m. and I have just finished my challenge tile and I’m posting it. (Maybe I’m subconsciously challenging a very long night I had on this very day 32 years ago when our older son was born during a snowstorm.)

So, let me make this uncharacteristically brief. Yesterday being the first Monday of the month, it was “Use My Tangle” day when Laura shares a new tangle by another CZT for us to try. This week, the tangle is  Rautyflex by a German CZT, Katherin Bender. Laura mentioned that this is a tangle requiring a good deal of focus—yet another reason not to be trying it for the first time after 2:00 a.m., but here’s what I came up with:


I like this tangle and it has the potential for many tangleations, but since I’m tired, I played it straight. I still had some problems getting lost around the edges. I decided to use a Z shaped string like the ones I use in introductory Zentangle classes. On one side of Rautyflex, I used the tangle Arukas and on the other, I indulged myself by using a new tangle I deconstructed this morning, Aloha.

Bedtime. Actually, beyond bedtime and beyond tired. If you have time, please check out the step outs for Aloha, here. As always, comments are welcome.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie March 8, 2016 at 5:53 am

Wow! I’m really impressed you ‘got’ this tangle in the early hours of the morning. I spent the evening trying to get something that looked passable but in the end, didn’t manage to work it into a tile. I’ll keep trying though.
Looks lovely with your new tangle! Happy Birthday to your son. The memories never really fade, do they?


Jacqueline Gum March 8, 2016 at 5:59 am

Impressive! Given the circumstance I think this is a great effort… pretty:)


Thomas Tutt March 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Very good job with this. You got the kind of 3-d pop I was hoping to get with mine … that I don’t think I really achieved. I’ll be posting mine later today; we’ll see how it goes.


Sue Sharp March 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Good for you for trying this so late at night! You did a great job and I ‘specially like it beside Aloha!


Shelly Beauch March 8, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Really like the block design. You have stick ability!


Debbie New March 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

I have got to try Aloha soon!!!
You did a way better job than I did at Rautyflex. Yes I do like the tangle, but I can’t get the steps to stick in my head 😛



Kathrin March 9, 2016 at 1:46 am

yeeeees… you’ve got it 🙂 <3
love your tile and also your new tangle aloha!
sometimes Rautyflex reminds me at a Keyboard 😉


Suzanne Fluhr March 9, 2016 at 2:09 am

Thank you, Katherin. You’re the one person I believe if you think I got Rautyflex right. 🙂 I need to practice it some more, but I like it a lot and want to have it in my tangle repertoire.


Ilse Lukken March 9, 2016 at 4:30 am

Looks like an Arukas sun is shining down on a beautiful road. Great tile!


Jean Chaney March 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

Amazing piece that you completed even being sleep deprived. You certainly nailed Rautyflex and selected perfect complimentary tangles to go with it. Happy birthday to your son 🙂


ria matheussen March 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I like your tile but I find Rautyflex difficult and I think I ‘m gonna prefer Aloha.
Congratulations that you still can find such a nice new tangle. It will always be a memory of your vacationtime in Hawai!!!


Pat Mathes March 9, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Nice tile!


Dorita March 10, 2016 at 12:11 am

Beautiful tile and impressive for so late at night!


Annemarie March 10, 2016 at 1:40 am

A lovely tile, Suzanne and great contrast.


Maggibee March 11, 2016 at 10:24 am

I haven’t tried Aloha yet but it’s on my list. As for Rautyflex, it’s never going to be my favourite but that’s me, not the pattern. Your version is amazingly neat and organised but it’s time to get some sleep. Go on, bed time.


Annette P. (aka LonettA) March 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Wonderful tile! I like your tangle “Aloha”, too! I´ll try it soon!


HeidiSue March 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

oh my, look at that luscious Aloha! ha! although the whole tile is terrific, especially for a wee hours piece, I just love the Aloha. Going to play with it for sure.


Danni O'Brien, CZT March 13, 2016 at 7:35 am

I really enjoy the contrast of the structured Rautyflex with Aloha. Can hardly wait to try your new tangle deconstruction!


roz warren March 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

You’ve added a new word to my vocabulary: tangleations.


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