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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #231-Undulating Tangles and Brigantine Sunsets (Just Because)

by Suzanne Fluhr on August 17, 2015 · 22 comments

Zentangle Diva Challenge 231

This week the Zentangle Diva’s challenge is by Sharla Hicks, CZT, a summer guest diva. Sharla challenged us to use undulating tangles, explaining that she finds tangles composed of undulating “C” and “S” curves to be calming. I’m actually kind of fond of them myself partly because they’re very “forgiving”, and notwithstanding the rule that “there are no mistakes” creating art using the Zentangle method, more precise patterns often find me distracted by too many “oops” moments.

As long as we were undulating, I decided to use a round zendala tile. I’ve never used all the Renaissance colors before, especially the white. After a less than satisfactory attempt to use a white crayon, I switched to a white gelly roll pen. The paper used in the Mother Ship’s zendala tiles is somewhat absorbent. At first this frustrated me a little, but then I thought of Leonardo’s Renaissance drawings and I realized that the white is not overly stark. So, just pretend I did my tile in the 15th century.

Zentangle Diva Challenge 231


I used Sand Swirl and a tangle I thought I’ve seen somewhere for the leaf like design. If you know what it is, please let us know in a comment. For the border, I used the tangle I introduced last week that I may have “invented”. I called it Phirst and I’m still waiting to hear from Linda Farmer as to whether or not I really was phirst. I then freely scattered perfs around.

As I write this, the heat index in my home town, Philadelphia, is 96 degrees Farhenheit (36 degrees Celsius) and there’s an air quality alert. So, Dino, the dog, and I are staying put “down the shore” in Brigantine, New Jersey where although it’s warm, there are at least sea breezes. The other reason to stay here is the sunsets—and the after the sunsets. Here’s a stunning one from last week:

Brigantine New Jersey sunset photo

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Jean Chaney August 17, 2015 at 7:20 pm

I love the Sand Swirl. I wonder why every pencil mark needs to have a name? I’m sure someone will claim that they “invented” your leaves and that they do, indeed, have a name, but I’m not sure. What do I know anyway LOL! 96 is awful for back East. So sorry. We’ve been running about 112 degrees here, but we knew that before we moved here!


Suzanne Fluhr August 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm

It’s definitely not a dry heat back East, but when it’s over 100 degrees, I’m not sure it makes that big a difference. I’m not sure I could manage Arizona summers.


BeverlyG August 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Your tile is great. I hope you are Phirst. Wow, what a photo, who would want to leave a place like that. You need to enter that photo in a contest. Winner! Hands down.


Lila August 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm

So pretty, love the sheen on your baubles/beads and stripes. I agree with Jean, why does every line have to have a name lol – often we just draw it without thinking 🙂


Annemarie August 18, 2015 at 2:04 am

Your zendala is beautiful and I especially like the outside border. Thanks for sharing that lovely photo. Here,in the Netherlands, we have had rain (and I mean RAIN) for days now. All plants are hanging; sad and dripping.


Dorita August 18, 2015 at 3:12 am

What a dramatic sunset! It’s been hot here too, reaching 99 on Sunday. Thankfully we have air conditioning! I’d like a set of plates with your zendala on them 😉


michele August 18, 2015 at 11:58 am

Beautiful tile Suzanne! very fluid and I love the border of “Phirst”. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such encouraging comments;-)


Maggibee August 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Helluva sunset you have there, Suzanne. Today we are into mist and steady rain. English Summer at its best. I like your renaissance tile – I think I may have to invest. The shading on your Sandswirl is splendid, creates great depth.


Antonine August 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

I love your Renaissance colors, and I really like your border tangle Phirst! Lovely beads and little S wires! As to the heat issue, I’m with Jean. The dry heat here, even if over 100, is way better than the humidity I used to experience back in Chicago and in Michigan. I assume your Philly climate is similar. So much for plugging beautiful Arizona… come and see us! As for your sunset photo, I’m in awe! Beautiful!


Donald W August 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Nice Zendala. Like the use of Sand Swirl. Good luck with getting your pattern accepted. Not sure what she uses to decide. She is not to open to questions about it either.


Suzanne Fluhr August 20, 2015 at 4:13 am

The good news is that no matter what she says, I and my friends can still use it. 🙂


LonettA August 20, 2015 at 3:48 am

Beautiful zendala with your pretty “Phirst” border!


Ulrike B August 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

beautiful zendala


Lily August 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Beautiful zendala 🙂


Carmela August 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Lovely zendal with beautiful colors and much c and S curves


Diane Clancy August 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

This is very cool, Suzanne!! I sure see what you mean about our starting point being similar!! 🙂 It *was* done in the Renaissance Age, wasn’t it? 🙂 Stunning sunset and glad you are closer to cool!! I hope you are Phirst 🙂

~ Diane Clancy


Annette Carlo August 22, 2015 at 1:32 am

Suzanne, I love the combination of tangles you used! They work in great harmony!! I may have asked you before, what is the name of the tangle you used as the border? I just love how dainty it looks!!! Lovely!!
I had to chuckle when I read your comment on my blog. I hope you were able to fall asleep after you were on the computer that early in the morning! All you need was a little undulating motion to get you back to sleep. :0) See you next week, have a great weekend!


Simone August 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Your DIVA tile is beautiful – I like the composition of the patterns you chose.
And the sunset is amazing – reminds me to holidays – next week I will be at the North Sea and hopefully we will have dramatic sunsets as well!


Ilse August 23, 2015 at 9:23 am

Beautiful zendala, I don’t just see 15th but 21st century too! 🙂


Yukari August 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Sand swirl was definitely a pattern I considered using and I did try it, but I wasn’t happy with with the movement. I love how your swirls seem to be connected. I can follow the swirls. So pretty!


Suzanne Fluhr August 24, 2015 at 12:14 am

Thanks, Yukari. Sand swirl is one of my favorite tangles. In fact, I think I’m now at the point of overusing it. I did get better at it with practice and I think shading makes it more interesting.


LezliB August 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm

I love your Diva tile….the Renaissance colors are my favorite and your Sand Swirl seems to fit it perfectly. I love your border tangle too. I would just claim it as your own and leave it at that….it’s wonderful!


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