Saturday, February 7, 2015

Diva Challene #203: "UMT - Athitzi by Seven

Have been busy most of the week with family things. Have not had a lot of time to do much tangling. Was not sure if I would get anything done for this challenge. I finally decided that I needed the time to unwind because of all the things going on. It was my way to take care of myself. This week's challenge is a Use my Tangle challenge. This is an unusual tangle and like Margaret Bremner, think of it more as a technique, but it can have dramatic results. The results on Seven's blog are a good example of this. You can click HERE to see her stepout and examples. I did not have a lot of time to play with this tangle so I kept it simple. Not totally thrilled with the results but also not totally disappointed either. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Athitzi, Hollibaugh, Gneiss, Betweed, Tipple, &  Stripes.  Not sure the others are tangles. One is stippling and the other is auraing the shape. 
Shading was done with #2 pencil.

Hope this shows up well, I usually take a picture but do not have access to my camera so I had to scan it and then try to enlarge it. Did not use a template. Was not too difficult. Normally when I do a free-hand Zendala, I start in the middle and work my way out. This time I started on the edge of the tile with the UMT and moved inward. The next thing I did is to do Gneiss and then did the curvy Hollibaugh. Finished by choosing different tangles to fill in the spaces. Decided to leave a few blank and just shade as it seemed like it was getting a little busy. It has been a while since I have done a Zendala and I started this before I realized that Erin at The Bright Owl had posted another Zendala Dare. Not sure I will have time to get to that one this time, but hope to do those again. I still have to learn to use the Zendala template makers I won also. Well that is enough rambling,

Not sure how much time I will have to look at the other things posted. Would encourage you to do this as most people who post appreciate the views and the comments.  You can access the Diva's blog here. Try it yourself too, if you "dare". 

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged and appreciated.

Go Tangle !!


  1. Wow! If that's your view of simple, I wonder what complex is for you! In any case it's a beautiful tile. You created nice movement in a close shape and I like that contrast. I also like how it's both symetrical and yet not. Bravo!

  2. This is a lovely, beautiful Tile, Donald. You should be very proud of this piece. I love it. It has such a casual elegance. Beautiful pattern work. Super well done.

  3. Beautiful zendala! I really like how you used Athitzi as a border, especially the inside layer, as it has a great 3D effect.

  4. I agree with Nat, Wow! Not simple at all. Great use of Athitzi as a border with alternating directions. Yes, we should remember to soothe ourselves with Zentangle more often with the hectic lives most of us lead.

    1. I guess simple is open to interpretation. To me it was simple because I was not looking at ways to make different sections. After I did the border and the Gneiss, the Hollibaugh sectioned it off. The most thinking was about what to do in side the sections of the Hollibaugh.

  5. Wow, if this doesn't 'totally thrill' you, what can? This is (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful things you ever made.
    Hope this could make you unwind a bit.


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