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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #223 – We All Scream for Ice Cream Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on June 22, 2015 · 29 comments

This week, the Zentangle Diva challenged us to use the tangle Umble by Maria Thomas of the Zentangle Mother Ship in a composition. I was a little over ambitious in terms of how much time mine would take and Mr. Excitement is chomping at the bit to go for a walk on the beach here in Brigantine, New Jersey. It suddenly became brutally hot here—just in time for our air conditioner to go on strike. It’s a fairly ancient unit (in air conditioner years) that we’ve been nursing along, but it looks like it’s time to humanely put it out of its misery (and ours). Ka-ching!

So, here’s my humble Umble:


This is actually on white paper, but I was too hot lazy to fire up the scanner, so this is a photo. The size of the composition itself is 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Each square is 2.5 by 2.5 inches. Tangles used: Humble, Sand Swirl (I’m at the beach after all), Crescent Moon, Betweed, some perfs and whatever those lines with the “sparkles” are.

But, what does this have to do with ice cream—you may ask? First of all, it’s definitely ice cream weather; and secondly, my travel blog post this week is about a visit to an artisanal ice cream maker in the beach town of Salou on the Costa Daurada in the Catalunya (Catalonia) region of Spain. (Apparently, they now have artisanal just about everything now.) So, if you want to cool off vicariously, you can read that here. If you don’t want to go that far for your ice cream, you can read about the ice cream we eat here, “down the shore” in southern New Jersey.

What do you do to stay cool in your neck of the woods—or city, or mountains, or seashore?

(I realize this might sound like a strange question this time of year for my friends Down Under in Australia and New Zealand.)

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurel Regan June 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Really gorgeous design this week – I love how you combined the different patterns. Nicely done!


Dorita June 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Really beautifully done! I actually thought you had done one square and digitally rotated it until I read your post 😉


Deb Myers, CZT 18 :-) June 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Love your umble mosaic! That touch of brown really pops! Great piece!


Ulrike B June 23, 2015 at 1:35 am

oh wow, this is awesome


Annemarie June 23, 2015 at 1:52 am

Wow, Suzanne, this is gorgeous! You have chosen some beautiful other tangles next to Umble and they are going so very well together.


Debbie June 23, 2015 at 6:07 am

Hey Suzanne..

It is ice cream weather here as well.. I am always too warm these days.

I understand about the scanner too! Which is why most of my entries feature photos instead of scans… Maybe it doesn’t happen to a pro-blogger like you but I feel like, somedays, just adding one more step to blogging up my post will break the mood altogether for me.

Like Dorita above, I thought I was seeing one tile being rotated 😛 It is beautiful, intricate work and very tribal. I love how the Sand Swirl gives the sense of movement and fluidity to the entire piece.



Suzanne Fluhr June 24, 2015 at 2:33 am

Thanks for stopping by Debbie. Stay cool. Eat ice cream.


Beth Broadway June 23, 2015 at 8:59 am

Superb, love the composition and the separation of each square


Jacqueline Gum June 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

This one is particularly lovely Suzanne! And having just read your blog on artisanal ice cream, I can see where you make the comparison! Hope you got that AC fixed!


Suzanne Fluhr June 24, 2015 at 2:34 am

The air conditioner is being held together with duct tape for now, but at least it’s working again. I’d hate to be too hot to tangle. 🙂


Yukari June 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Wow, I did something similar with four squares but not nearly this ambitious! This is gorgeous!!


Margaret BLANK June 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Hi Suzanne, I haven’t been in a position to do the Challenge this week but I have been looking at how other people have got on. I honestly think this is one of the best things you have ever put online. It is breathtaking.


Suzanne Fluhr June 24, 2015 at 2:39 am

Margaret, you are too kind. Thanks for chiming in even though you aren’t sharing anything of your own. I’ll keep an eye out just in case you find the time to squeeze in an Umble tile.


Wendy June 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm



Maureen June 24, 2015 at 12:34 am

Impressive! You were busy creating this beautiful mosaic of tiles. It is morivational and inspiring. Love your ice cream stories – I also love ice cream-especially if it has almonds in the mix. I really enjoy your writing style. I find myself laughing out loud! 🙂


Suzanne Fluhr June 24, 2015 at 2:36 am

Thank you, Maureen. I think there are probably quite a few ice cream aficionados among those who also enjoy Zentangle.


Ilse June 24, 2015 at 4:56 am

Such a beuatiful composition and choice of tangles! Really love this.


Sandra June 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

Oh wow – these tiles are fantastic! I love the way you used Umble with different “fillings”. Great combination of Sand swirl and Crescent moon etc.
Wonderful work 🙂


Jean Chaney June 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Well, I can see why this took you so long. It’s just gorgeous. I envy you being at the beach, and Mr. Excitement is absolutely right. Get down to the beach! I am soooo envious. Here in AZ, we are running about 112 degrees. Fortunately, I married a man with a pool. (Coincidence? Hummmmm)


HeidiSue June 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm

I am impressed! The way you’ve made four to fit together, the patterns you’ve selected, your care and precision with the lines. Those little sparkly black pearls inside the sand swirls ha! It is fun to look at


ChristineC June 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm

J’aime beaucoup cette disposition en mosaîque. Quel travail !

I like very much this arrangement in mosaic. What a beautiful work!


Donald W June 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Like the composition. Kind of like your own ensemble. Nice choice of tangles, particularly like the Sand Swirl to add some movement.


Lee Darter June 25, 2015 at 1:39 am

Very nice!!!


Diane Clancy June 25, 2015 at 6:19 am

These are very elegant!! Sorry about the air conditioner and yay about the ice cream!!

~ Diane Clancy


Antonine June 25, 2015 at 11:02 am

What a fantastic ensemble! I love how it all fits together like a set of Spanish tiles – you must have been inspired! Boy, do I know what you mean by hot. Here in Arizona we have been having temperatures the same as those that killed all those poor souls in Afghanistan. Air conditioning is literally a lifesaver, and they must survive without it. We are truly blessed, and I hope you get your unit back in action soon.


David Hunter June 25, 2015 at 11:21 am

A beautiful Post and Challenge Tiles, Suzanne. A very well done and ambitious work. You have lots of patience and you are on top of your Zen this week. I love it.


Betsy Wilson June 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Nice! And ambitious! (I wouldn’t say lazy…., I might have done the 1 tile and used mirrors!)


LonettA June 27, 2015 at 10:03 am

Absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea!


Lisa Riseman" June 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

I just followed your link to your Ice Cream post from 2012. I am originally a Philly Girl raised in Jersey and my parents have a house in Margate. When I saw the ice cream post I had to know where you went for your favorite ice cream down the “shore”! I cannot visit my parents without a nightly trip to 2 Cents Plain up down in Margate. If you ever find yourself out that way you need to stop in.
My parents also lost their home in hurricane Sandy. It took them about 9 months to rebuild once everything was settled with the insurance. I hope you too had a easy time of restoring the damage.


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