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Zentangle Diva Challenge #334 – Enough with the Disasters Already Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on September 26, 2017 · 12 comments

The Scream by Edvard Munch: Public Domain

If Zentangle is a new concept for you, start here

This week, the Zentangle Diva challenged us to do a composition using the tangle “Crazy N’Zeppel”, a Mother Ship endorsed tangleation of presumably sane N’Zeppel. The difference is that the crazy version uses randomly spaced and slanted lines; whereas, the “normal” version is done using a grid.

I decided to combine my Crazy N’Zeppel with an Extremely Crazy Huggins tangle. There already is a “Crazy Huggins” tangle by Melinda Barlow, CZT, so instead of calling mine “Extremely Crazy Huggins”, I’m calling it “Huggins Philly Style”. (Some might argue that “Philly Style” is a synonym for Extremely Crazy, but I imagine those people are Dallas Cowboy fans, so I’m going to let that go). (Note: For non-United Statesers, the Dallas Cowgirlsboys and Philadelphia Eagles are arch American football rivals).

Here’s my Crazy N’Zeppel Meets Huggins Philly Style tile:

Zentangle Diva Challenge, Crazy N'Zeppel Meets Huggins Philly Style

Before I go ahead and publish step-outs for Huggins Philly Style. Have you seen it deconstructed before?

As usual, my shading is not as effective as it should be. Something to continue to work on.

The title of my post references the series of natural disasters experienced in the western hemisphere in the last 30 days, starting with Hurricane Harvey that flooded a good bit of Houston, Texas after slamming southeast coastal Texas as a category 4 storm.

Harvey was followed by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane that wiped out the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Saint Martin, Saint Tomas and Saint John before turning her wrath on Florida. Most recently, Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Puerto Rico.

During the same time period, Mexico was hit by two major earthquakes affecting the Mexican state of Oaxaca and Mexico City. There have been some strong aftershocks.

The Scream by Edvard Munch: Public Domain

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch epitomizes pretty much how I feel when I watch TV news these days. (Photo from the Public Domain).

This was personal for us because our younger son, the digital nomad, lives in Mexico City. His condo building in the Roma Norte neighborhood suffered only minor damage, but an office building a block away collapsed. He described the experience as frightening, but even at age 30, he is very fatalistic, having internalized a que será, será attitude.

We have previously made plans to visit both Oaxaca and Mexico City in November. As a Baby Boomer, I have enough of a travel history to be able to notice that my travel plans seem to correlate with war, revolution, Biblical weather and other troubling Acts of G-d.  If you are also planning to visit Mexico in November, you have been forewarned—-we’ll be there.

Have you encountered any disturbing Acts of G-d or humankind during your travels?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jean Chaney September 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm

I’m not fond of grid based tangles, Suzanne, so I always teach my students how to break out of that as soon as possible. I just don’t like to be boxed in, in life either. So, your Huggins style is my style as well. I was looking at your shading and thinking that you might want to ignore the way someone else shades and try your own. For instance, what if you shaded outside of the Huggins so that the ‘Nzeppel looks like it is under it? I know you didn’t ask for suggestions, but I feel like we are friends….so…..


Suzanne Fluhr September 26, 2017 at 5:33 pm

Thanks Jean. I think your shading suggestion is a good one. I was trying to shade so the N’Zeppel looked on top, but I certainly didn’t convey that. I have absolutely no problem with constructive criticism. How else can we learn?


Rainbows and raindrops September 26, 2017 at 9:02 pm

I love your tile! Lovely way to combine tangles – it’s inspiring! I do hope your son is alright :/


Trudi September 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm

I know what you mean about shading, it’s something I’m always trying to work on. I always love when ppl show their work before and after shading it can real make a Tangle.


Annemarie September 27, 2017 at 2:02 am

A lovely tile Suzanne, with the blue accents. I think The Scream really shows what a lot of us are feeling nowadays, for me all the things you said and maybe even more all the violence from people (from presidents to lower men).


Suzanne Fluhr September 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

You’re right, Annemarie. There are plenty of human made disasters too.


Carmela September 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

Lovely crazy tile. You did a great job whit it.


Michele Wynne September 27, 2017 at 8:52 pm

I love your version of crazy Huggins! The tile has great contrast and that little bit of blue is quite elegant


Margarete Gilge September 28, 2017 at 1:54 am

A very nice interpretation of the two tangles!


ria matheussen September 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Very pretty interpretation of ‘N Zeppel.
I think we have to deal with more disasters in the future, all of us. Also in Europe we have earthquakes, especially in Italy.
I visited Peru years ago and the people told me about El Nino (the child) who brings only disasters. Years ago El nino came every 5-6 years. Now every 3-4 years that is very sad for the whole region.
As a mother I know what it means when one of your children lives far away and I’m glad your son is safe.


Nan September 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

No offense but my first thought was that some of those pieces look shaped like the dog bones my son buys for his dog! Obviously I am not a Zentangle person other than to love what you do and I swear I would buy tiles if you made them!!! And I love you but those are not “acts of God”!!


JENNIFER SPARROW September 30, 2017 at 6:18 pm

So glad to read that your son is safe. I just booked a room on the Outer Banks for our 20th wedding anniversary, and then thought, “That is the day after hurricane season ends, isn’t it?” Such calamity in these times. On a brighter note, that tile is crazy cool!


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