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Zentangle Diva Challenge #261 – Faux Stack Edition (and Diamond Head)

by Suzanne Fluhr on March 29, 2016 · 33 comments

[If Zentangle is a new concept for you or if you’re wondering whether it’s addictive, start here.]

This week, we were challenged by guest Zentangle Diva, Jane Reiter, CZT, to do stacked tiles, using a Bijou tile (2 inches by 2 inches) as the centerpiece. After the simplicity of last week’s “use Shattuck in a monotangle” challenge, this week’s seemed almost daunting. I admit my eyes glazed over a tad when I read Jane’s description of the project and how she approached it:

I cut five squares of mat board, in successive sizes to correspond to my Bijou tile:  3”, 4” 5”, 6”, and 7” squares.

Cute, but insistent dog, Dino.

Dino, our cute, but insistent dog.

Jane explained that she frequently tangles on mat board because a friend of hers has a framing business and supplies her with mat board scraps. Back in the day, I might actually have had mat board scraps available as my father was an artist and did a lot of framing for himself and others. However, he went to his art studio in the sky five years ago (at least I like to think that’s where he is because he was at his happiest when doing art). Consequently, I no longer have any mat board scraps lying about. Jane explained the next step:

After tangling, glue the stacked tiles together with a glue stick (not the disappearing purple type) or paper glue such as Scotch Scrapbooker Glue.

Ruh roh. A quick survey revealed that the only glue sticks in my possession are the “disappearing purple type” and I’ve never scrapbooked, so scrapbooker glue is not found on the premises. I might have been more inclined to improvise if I hadn’t been awake for most of the night and then had a cute, but insistent, dog stymie my plan to sleep in. Instead, I decided to go with what I call faux stacked tiles.


I’m not sure what tangle that is on the Bijou size square. The next border tangle is Phirst (a tangle I “invented”). That’s followed by what is some variant of Knightsbridge, then Sand Swirl and finally a fun to do Rick’s Paradox border. The outside square is 6 inches by 6 inches.

If I hadn’t spilled the beans, might you have thought that there are actual stacked tiles in my composition? Actually, I’ve fooled around with faux stacked tiles before, just for fun.

As some of you know, when I’m not tangling, teaching tangling, being a recovering lawyer, or walking the dog, I’m a travel blogger. I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to combine some of my personas. Would any of you be interested in joining  “Zentangle at Sea”  or “Zentangle on a River Cruise”? I’m not envisioning something super formal, just a group of Zentangle types going on a cruise with others who also like to do art “one stroke at a time”. Loved ones would be welcome. Dancing would be optional. We will be in western Europe in very early September because London will be hosting Mr./Dr. Excitement and about 25,000 of his fellow pulmonary peeps for a European Respiratory Society conference. (They invite some well behaved Yanks to attend.) So, I’m thinking about maybe doing a cruise of some sort after the conference.

While you’re thinking about whether you would consider a Zentangle cruise, come along on our recent hike up the extinct Hawaiian volcano, Diamond Head in Honolulu.

Have you ever participated in a cruise that included other passengers who shared one of your interests? Would you consider doing so?

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen March 29, 2016 at 3:16 am

You’ve managed to create lovely depth in your tiles. I’ve also used a border of Paradox on my tile for this challenge. I used double-sided photo tabs to stick my layers together.


joanne Faherty March 29, 2016 at 4:01 am

Nice work . Ooh your going to be in London I don’t live to far away from London, some amazing things to see if you haven’t been here before?


Suzanne Fluhr March 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm

I’ve been to London quite a few times. We have at least 2 weeks to travel after London, so I’m trying to figure out that part of the trip.


ria matheussen March 29, 2016 at 5:14 am

Very nice work, I like all the tiles and your challenge may be a little different but it is beautifull and original.
Dino looks so sweet with his innocent eyes, a dog to love!
It is maybe a little early but I wish you a pleasant visit in England, mostly, september is a nice time to visit Europe. I don’t know if you have the possibility to visit another part than London: the southwest (Devon, Cornwall) is amazing. Love it there.


Suzanne Fluhr March 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

We lived in England for a year when I was 15-16. My father was an exchange teacher in Wiltshire. My husband and I visited Devon and Cornwall. We enjoyed the trip even driving on the “wrong side”. (


Annemarie March 29, 2016 at 8:19 am

I agree with Ria about Devon and Cornwall, but I have been to many more places in UK, all so very beautiful. And in London …… when my daughter lived there I never went into the city because I always preferred to go to Kew Botanic Garden.
Your stacked Bijou is beautiful and hypnotic!


Suzanne Fluhr March 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm

I have never been to the Kew Botanic Garden. I’ll add that to the list of places to visit around London.


Roz Warren March 29, 2016 at 8:44 am

One of my goals in life is to never go on a cruise, so I won’t be joining you. But I look forward to reading all about The Zentangler Cruise.


Lorna March 29, 2016 at 8:52 am

Love the “faux” stacking and the circles too!


Carmela Claessens-Soro March 29, 2016 at 10:14 am

All of your tiles are beautiful. Great job!


Ginny March 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

I did the faux bit too…otherwise we’d be doing this for DAYS!


Suzanne Fluhr March 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one. After I spent an hour rummaging for the supplies to do the real stacked challenge and not finding them, I went with the faux approach.


Anja March 29, 2016 at 11:37 am

Dino is so cute!!! And your work is gorgeous!


Jean Chaney March 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm

You put a lot of tangling on that stack. I only did tiny borders. Lazy, huh? Yours looks lovely. Your doggie is a cutie! Cruise, not for me. I don’t think I am much of a traveler LOL!


Cari Sultanik March 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

I’d never have known it was “faux” until you told on yourself 😉

Beautiful, as always. That your “Rick’s Paradox” ended up laying out perfectly is amazing. Did you plan it out?


Suzanne Fluhr April 3, 2016 at 11:33 am

Thanks, Cari. As long as you always start on the same side, Rick’s Paradox will come out that way.


Yorkshire Tortoise March 29, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Love your faux tiles, I think you have started a trend! I love the idea of a Zentangle cruise, but sadly my pension won’t stretch. It should be great fun though and hope there is a daily blog report if it happens 🙂


Danni O'Brien, CZT March 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Your Faux is FABULOUS, worth the lack of sleep, for me at least 🙂


Maggibee March 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm

I was going to do faux too, but didn’t.I like the addition of the circular tile too. Good thinking there.Suzanne, are we still meeting in May? Message me on FB?


Leslie in Oregon March 29, 2016 at 7:12 pm

Dino looks like a wonderful dog, full of the energy and curiosity that means he’s raring to go every morning!


Suzanne Fluhr April 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

On many mornings Dino is happy to sleep in. Unfortunately, this particular occasion when I had had practically no sleep, was not one of those mornings.


Dorita March 30, 2016 at 3:32 am

Your faux stack is gorgeous. Your cruise should be amazing. I did something similar a few years back with some stitching friends. If you get enough people together you may be able to reserve one of the meeting rooms. We had the use of one for the whole cruise so we could gather together and work and laugh on sea days.


Cheryl March 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Your piece has such dimension to it, Suzanne, just lovely! Silly me, I didn’t even think to fake my way out of this one. Well, it kept me out of trouble and resting, per doctors orders. To answer today’s question, the closest I get to cruising is a houseboat on Lake Powell, just a few friends and a week to do as little as possible. Have a brilliant day! Cheryl


Pat Mathes March 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Nice tiles, and remember there are no rules!


michele wynne March 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm

I love your faux stacks. I did the same thing;-)


Suzanne Fluhr March 30, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Great minds……. 🙂


Jacqueline Gum March 31, 2016 at 6:42 am

I love that Faux! Reminds me just a little of quilting:) And the cruise sounds amazing. Hope you can pull that together with some fellow tanglers


Simone April 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Your tangle stack is just gorgeous!

I love it.


HeidiSue April 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

Mmmm, love it! that Paradox is way cool. “stacking” tiles on top of each other is one of my favorite strings. So much fun, and I love that you included a circle. Great stuff!


Lily April 2, 2016 at 2:54 am



Antonine April 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Suzanne, thanks for breaking the “rules” and making that OK! I love your faux stacks! Wish I could join you for a cruise, but sadly cannot. Hope you can get together a group that will be a wonderful Zen experience.


SistuhMoon April 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Beautiful work Suzanne…from one boomer to another!

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Jennifer Sparrow April 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm

I’ve seen posts about a ZT cruise on the CZT yahoo group, but of course, I can’t remember anything about it since being out in the middle of deep water is not (yet) a relaxing thought for me. I love your faux stacks and how you though outside the box 😉


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