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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #213 – Mother Ship Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on April 13, 2015 · 23 comments

Zentangle Diva's challenge #213

[If you’re not sure what Zentangle is, start here]

Greetings from Providence, Rhode Island where I and about 99 others from all over the world are attending a 3 day seminar led by the founders of the Zentangle method, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, in order to provide training for those of us who want to be able to teach the method as Certified Zentangle Teachers (CTZ’s).

This evening, my dinner companions were from Australia, New Zealand and Ecuador. I also had a chance to practice my Spanish at lunch with Alicia from Spain and I met my Facebook friend, Debbie from Singapore, IRL (in real life). And last night at dinner, I just randomly happened to sit across the table from Amy from Flagstaff, Arizona who it turns out was on assignment by Diva Challenge friend, Jean Chaney, to find me. Mission accomplished. As you might imagine, the people attending this seminar are kindred spirits and conversation flows effortlessly.

Even though we were in class all day, I managed to find time to attempt this week’s Diva’s challenge which is to do a tile (composition), using traced objects as the string. Rick told us he wouldn’t be at all offended if we were to be tangling while he talked at the podium, given that a study concluded that people retain more if they “tangle” while listening. However, I thought he’d probably think it was rude were I to walk around the room looking for things to trace, so I traced my conference name tag (hand-lettered by Maria) and my blog business card.


Here’s what I came up with:

Zentangle Diva's challenge #213

The tangles I used were Rick’s Paradox, a tangleation of Cadent and Poke Root.

Rick and Maria set up their store chock full of Zentangle supplies and goodies—dangerous territory for anybody here who has a credit card. If you read my post from last week‘s challenge, you’ll be happy to know that one of the things I purchased is a genuine Zentangle bib apron. Now I just have to make sure I’m wearing it every time I pick up a pen to tangle.

Are you hoping/planning to attend a CZT training some day?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth Broadway April 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Nice creative use of the objects around you! Enjoy your amazing three days of all things Zentangle. I plan to make that trip sometime in my future.


Daniel @ The Tangle Corner April 13, 2015 at 10:05 pm

Oh, how envious I am! It’ll be a few more years for me until I have the privilege to enjoy the CZT seminar, so I’ll have to content myself with looking into my computer screen and turning green ^_^ Your tile is wonderful, and I really love your Cadent tangleation!


Lily April 14, 2015 at 2:40 am

Nice tile 🙂


Annemarie April 14, 2015 at 3:38 am

A beautiful tile, from a place full of beauty!! That apron is GREAT for you 🙂


Maggibee April 14, 2015 at 5:19 am

Hi Suzanne, glad you’re having fun and putting faces to names. Your challenge works really well and the paradox is exquisite. On the same page is a picture of your challenge foe DC 208 and it really struck me because I’ve just bought some sandals in that sort of harlequin check. Enjoy the rest of the seminar and tell us all about it soon.


Jean Chaney April 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

How smart you were with your choices for a stencil. You will always have that as a reminder of this magical time. I’m so glad you got to meet my friend. I sure wish I could have been there too. I have such wonderful memories of that trip. Enjoy!


HeidiSue April 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

I was so surprised…and delighted…to see your name on the diva entries! You’re posting from your CZT seminar. Very cool. I love paradox on the round. Nice! Glad you’re having fun, and what a wonderful experience. Ecuadoran and Singaporean friends at your table. Spaniards, Kiwis, and Flagstaffians! ha!

what a rich creative environment. Enjoy!


Suzanne Fluhr April 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

It really was, HeidiSue. I love when people from all over the world can truly connect. No politics. No religion. Just Zentangle!


Suzanne Moshier April 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Nice tile! I’m glad you’re having such a great time at the seminar! Hope to be there someday soon.


Suzanne Fluhr April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Suzanne, I really hope you get to attend one of the seminars too. It is quite an inspiring experience to hear Maria, Rick and Molly and to meet so many like-minded people from all over the world.


1 Art Lady Kate April 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Ha! what you picked to trace was great! Glad to hear that your training is going well! Continue to enjoy!


Doreen Pendgracs April 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

Congrats on adding a new artistic passion to your list of skills, Suzanne. It’s exciting to see how Zentangle has captured you in its web!


Suzanne Fluhr April 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm

“Captured” is probably the right word. LOL. In less than 10 days I’m off to Spain to indulge in my other passion—-travel blogging. For my next act, I am hoping to figure out a way to meld them together. I’ve already noticed some cross over among the travel writers and zentangle folks which is very gratifying. You all actually have quite a lot in common.


Holly Beaster April 15, 2015 at 10:22 am

I love your central paradox. Very nice. Very clean. I hope you enjoy the training!


Annie April 16, 2015 at 7:09 am

Oh I am envious! I’m sure you’re having a really great time and being incredibly inspired…stuff of dreams, doing your Diva Challenge whilst listening to Rick and using a hand written stencil by Maria….


LezliB April 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

I didn’t think you would have time for the challenge, but I love your tile and your items for tracing were sheer genius. Talk about use what you have at hand. Nicely done! I am a bit jealous too, but hopefully one of these days I will be able to go back and train too. Have a great time and tangle on!


Cari Sultanik April 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Hey Suzanne, I enjoyed getting to know you this week and hope to catch up in Philly soon! I have your framed Diva Dance tile with Maria’s message to you. I will keep it safe. Love your tile–and all of your work–Rick’s paradox looks amazing in the round. I have to try that! Travel safely, my friend. And congratulations again on your shiny new CZT certificate!


Lynell April 17, 2015 at 10:48 am

Thanks for your description of your CZT seminar experience. I enjoyed it vicariously and had a laugh about your apron purchase, perhaps I need one of those too…my luck it would be that the goo I work with would soak through, might need a rubber one. Your tile is going to be one with lots of memories attached.


cstocks/1xeritas April 17, 2015 at 10:57 am

Suzanne, Congratulations on making the trip to the Motherland. I worked at the PVD airport for a few years but always went around the city, never went downtown. HUH!? Glad you got an apron. Creative use of what’s-on-hand. Enjoy the adventure. Have a brilliant day! c


Antonine April 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Very nice tangling, especially considering your stimulating surroundings. Have fun and, uh…keep a seat warm for me, as I’ll be there next week!


Sarah Satonin April 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Incredible idea for your string! And the composition is beautiful. Thanks for sharing such great artistry. Sarah.


Laura the diva April 19, 2015 at 10:42 pm

welcome to the family!! Congrats!


Michele ºÜº April 22, 2015 at 8:59 am

I love how your simple items translated into a great string. Your Paradox is a lovely center piece.

As for your question, yes, I’d love to go but doubt I ever will.


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