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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 21 - 1 Peter


This week I'm up to 1 Peter in my Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge, here's the patterns I used this week;

P - Podz by Nancy Newlin, CZT
E - Embellish by Sandra Strait
T - Trumpits by Theresa Glover
E - Eddypur by Damy
R - Rixty by Zentangle

Until next week, stay beautiful
Chrissie

1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
[6] So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. [7] These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 20 - James


This week I'm up to James in my Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  Here's the patterns I used this week;

J - Jetties by Zentangle
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
M - Meringue by Kelley Kelly, CZT
E  - Embellish by Sandra Strait
S - Sprigs by Michele Beauchamp, CZT

Until next week, happy tangling
Stay beautiful
Chrissie


James 2:1 NLT
[1] My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?




Sunday, 6 September 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 19 - Hebrews


Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there.  I'm hoping that wherever you may be you're thoroughly enjoying the day and you're making some memories. 

This week I'm up to Hebrews in my Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge, here's the patterns I've used this week.

H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
E - Embellish by Sandra Strait
B - Borbz by Rita Nikolajeva, CZT
R - Rixty by Xentangle
E - Embellish
W - Wist by Michele Beauchamp, CZT
S - Shattuck by Zentangle

Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie


Hebrews 1:3-4 NLT
[3] The Son radiates God's own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. [4] This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 18 - Philemon


What a journey this weeks tile was, I'm up to Philemon in my Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  After laying down ink I was really unhappy with the tile, it seemed clunky and wasn't flowing well at all.  I then added colour and all that seemed to do was create even more chaos.  It amazes me that I ended up creating something that became quite beautiful, just proves that persistence can be worthwhile.  Here's the patterns I've used this week;

P - Pokeroot by Zentangle
H - Holly by Linda Dawson
I - Ing by Zentangle
L - Lazy Eights by Denielle Nor
E - Eyelet and Ribbon by Lori Howe
M - Mooka by Zentangle
O - wow!! Just realised I forgot an O pattern!!
N - Ninja

Until next week 
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Philemon 1:6 NLT
[6] And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 17 - Titus


This week I'm up to Titus in the Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  Here's the patterns I have used this week;

T - Tipple
I - Intwine
T - Triadz
U - Up and Across
S - Sprigs

Until next week
Stáy beautiful
Chrissie


Titus 3:4-6 NLT
[4] But- When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, [5] he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. [6] He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 16 - 2 Timothy


Here is the second of the Timothy books and the patterns I've used this week;

T - Twile by Leslie Scott-Gilliland
I - Inaura by Bunny Wright, CZT
M - Mooka by Zentangle 
O - Onamato by Zentangle
T - TIcking by J J LaBarbera 
H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
Y - Yincut by Zentangle

Until next week, stay beautiful
Chrissie

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
[7] For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 15 - 1 Timothy


It feels really basal to go back and work on a string for this weeks tile.  I'm up to 1 Timothy and am hitting the half way mark of the New Testament.  I know that so far, it's been a test of my Copic shading abilities.  I definitely need to look at getting some more Copics so my colour range is greater as I feel like I'm starting to repeat myself.  I really want to keep each tile fresh as I believe that honours the books I'm tangling.  Here's what patterns I've used this week;

T - Tipple by Zentangle
I - Isochor by Zentangke
M - Mooka by Zentangle 
O - Onamato by Zentangle
T - Twisted Rope Trish Walters
H - Hepmee by Carole Ohl, CZT
Y - Yah by Emily Classon CZT

Until next week, stay beautiful
Chrissie

1 Timothy 1:17
All honour and glory to God forever and ever!  He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God.  Amen

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 14 - 2 Thessalonians



The second of the Thessalonians books. I'm rushed for time today so will just leave it at this short post. 
Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 13 - 1 Thessalonians


When I started this challenge, I thought there would be no way I could tangle the books of Thessalonians. There are 13 letters to tangle, this is a challenge indeed!  I have spent many weeks thinking about how I could create a tile that was pleasing to the eye, yet use 13 patterns.  Here's what I've come up with and the patterns I have used;

T - Twisted Rope by Trish Walters
H - Heartline by Helen Williams
E - Eyelet and Ribbon by Lori Howe
S - Shing by Margaret Bremner, CZT
S - Stone Necklace by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
A - Archer by Chris Gerstner
L - Linked by Vicki Murray, CZT
O - Onamato by Zentangle
N - Navaho by Caren Mlot, CZT
I - Ilana by Mariet Lustenhouwer
A - Arckles by Suzanne Wilka, CZT
N - Nine Patch by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
S - Sand Swirl by Karry Huen

Until next week, stay beautiful
Chrissie

1 Thessalonians 3:12 NLT
[12] And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 12 - Colossians



I'm starting to near the half way mark of the New Testament in my Zentangling Through a The Bible Challenge, this week it's Colossians.  Here's the patterns I have used this week;

C - Cruffle by Sandy Hunter, CZT
O - Ocean Spray by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
L - Lazy Eights by Denielle Noe
O - Opus by Zentangle
S - Spawn by Shoshi
S - Sprigs by Michele Beauchamp, CZT
I - Ipso by Jennifer Hohensteiner
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
N - Woops! I forgot an N tangle...
S - Swirls by Suzanne MCNeill, CZT

Until next week, God bless
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Colossians 2:3
In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 11 - Philippians


This week I'm up to Philippians, a challenge using three patterns that begin with the letter P.  Here's the patterns I used this week;

P - Pokeroot by Zentangle
H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
I - Ipso by Jennifer Hohensteiner
L - Laced by Mary Elizabeth Martin, CZT
I - Inapod by Carol Ohl, CZT
P - Pokeleaf by Zentangle
P - Pendrills by Zentangle
I - Ipso by Jennifer Hohensteiner
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
N - Navaho by Caren Mlot, CZT
S - Sh'rock by Diane Lachance, CZT

Until next week, God bless and
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Philippians 4:13 NLT
[13] For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 10 - Ephesians


I have been finding it personally challenging to leave intentional white space in these larger named books of the Bible.  This weeks tile, Ephesians is one I'm really pleased with.  Here's the patterns I have used this week;

E - Eylet & Ribbon by Lori Howe
P - Podz by Nancy Newlin, CZT
H - Heartstrings by Helen Williams
E - Eddy bySuzanne McNeill, CZT
S - Sampson by Zentangle
I - Ipso by Jennifer Hofensteiner
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
N - Nvelope by Zentangle
S - Sprigs by Michele Beauchamp, CZT

until next week
stay beautiful
Chrissie

Ephesians 3:19 NLT
[19] May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 9 - Galatians


This week we are up to Book 9 in the Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge, Galatians. Here's the patterns I have used for this week's tile. 

G - Golven by Mariet Lustenhouwer
A - Archer by Chris Gerstner
L - Lazy Eights by Denielle Noe
A - Arckles by Suzanne Wilka, CZT
T - Twisted Rope by Trish Walters
I - Ing by Zentangle
A - Agua by Christine Vandervlist, CZT
N - NIpa by Zentangle
S - Snugz by Terri Brown

Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie


Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
[22] But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!


Sunday, 31 May 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 8 - 2 Corinthians


This week I'm up to 2 Corinthians in the Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge.  I love it when I get the chance to do the same tile twice due to there being 2 books with the same name in the Bible.  It showcases just how different and unique Zentangling can be.  Here's the patterns I've used this week;

C - Coral Seeds by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
O - Onamato by Zentangle
R - Reticulated by Livia Chua
I - Ilana by Mariet Lustenhouwer
N - Nvelope by Alyss Amster, CZT
T - Tipz by Faith Cohen
H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
I - Ilana by Mariet Lustenhouwer
A - Archer by Chris Gerstner
N - Nipa by Zentangle
S - Sandswirl by Karry Huen

Until next week
stay beautiful
Chrissie


2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT
[7] We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.




Sunday, 24 May 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 7 - 1 Corinthians


It's great to be back drawing as I haven't been able to work on the Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge for the last couple of Sundays.  This week I'm working on 1 Corinthians, here's the patterns I've used this week;

C - Chainlea by Norma Burnell, CZT
O - Onamato by Zentangle
R - Rixty by Zentangle
I - Isochor by Zentangle
N - Nipa by Zentangle
T - Tipple by Zentangle
H - HepMee by Carole Ohl, CZT
I - Isochor by Zentangle
A - Antz by Sara Brandli
N - Nipa by Zentangle
S - Sandswirl by Karry Huen

Until next Sunday
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT
[9] That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."





Sunday, 3 May 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book6 - Romans


This week we're up to Book 6, Romans in my Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge.  Here's the patterns I've used this week;

R - Rixty by Zentangle
O - (O) by Mei Hua Teng
M - Mooka by Zentangle
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
N - Navaho by Caren Mlot, CZT
S - Sindoo by Sharon Robinson

I'm pushed for time this week, so I will leave it here, until next week,
Stay beautiful
Chrissie


Romans 12:6-8 NLT
[6] In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. [7] If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. [8] If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 5 - Acts



We're up to the book of Acts.  There are so many things in this book I love, my favourite would have to be the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  What an awesome day that was!  This week's tile feels pretty busy, there's a lot going on and a lot to look at for such a small space.  


I really love the effect I'm getting from my white uni-ball pen. This pen has been the find of my year!!!!  A little mark in just the right place can make the tile pop, I've done some heavy duty highlighting for this tile so let me know what you think.

Here's what patterns I've used this week. 

A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
C - Chainlea by Norma Burnell, CZT
T - Tipple by Zentangle
S - Sh'rock by Diane Lachance, CZT

If you're joining in on the challenge, please post a link to your tile using Mr Linky's Magical Widget below. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Acts 2:1-4
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[b] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.



Sunday, 19 April 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 4 - John


Hello everyone and welcome to Book 4 of the Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge, John.  I've had fun playing with colour this week.  Here's what patterns I've used;

J - Jetties by Zentangle
O - Oke by Michele Beauchamp, CZT ( check out more of Michele's work here)
H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT (Jane's work can be viewed here)
N - Nvelope by Alyss Amster, CZT 

If you're joining in on the challenge, please post a link to your tile using Mr Linky's Magical Widget below. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Until next week, stay beautiful
Chrissie

John 1:1
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God, and the Word was God


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Equilibre



Just a quick blog post, here's a recent drawing I've finished called "Equilibre", drawn on on Canson 110 GSM Dessin drawing paper using Unipin Fine Liners and shaded with Staedtler pencils.  

Stay beautiful
Chrissie 


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 3 - Luke



Hi everyone, and welcome to Book 3 of the New Testament, Luke.  I love how this week's tile has turned out, it's really satisfying to look at something you've created and be happy about it, it's very fulfilling.  So often I work on things and think there's always something that needs altering or I wish I had of done some small component differently.  Today's tile though is refreshingly pleasing to my artistic mind's eyes  :)

I'd like to extend a really warm welcome to Suzy Mosh who's joined the challenge.  You can have a look at Suzy's tiles on her blog, (click here to be taken to her webpage).  I particularly love Suzy's colour work, it's really zesty and crisp and I am looking forward to seeing more of her work throughout the challenge.

It's not too late to join us, if you would like to participate, just put a link to where you've posted your tile in Mr Linky's Magical Widget below.  You can be posting to Picassa, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, your blog or wherever, we just want to see your tile!  This week we're up to Luke so try to create a tile using Zentangle Patterns that begin with the letters of Luke.  Here's what I've used this week:

L - Lazy Eights by Denielle Noe (see Denielle's art blog here)
U - Unyun by Carole Ohl, CZT (see more of Carole's work here)
K - Krli-Q by Margaret Bremner, CZT (Margaret's blog is here)
E - Eddy by Suzanne McNeill, CZT (and Suzanne's is here)

What a talented bunch of artists we are!  I hope some more of you can come on board and join us in this challenge, enjoy the week ahead.  May God bless.

Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Luke 12:22-24 (The Message)
22-24 He continued this subject with his disciples. “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.



Sunday, 5 April 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 2 - Mark


Happy Easter everyone!  We're at Book 2 of the New Testament this week, Mark, as we celebrate Easter Sunday.  I have had an awesome day today, I spent the morning at Church worshipping Jesus, celebrating His resurrection and later my family and I caught up with some friends to enjoy some great food and even better company.  I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying Easter and a choccie or two.  

Onto this week's tile, and to be honest, I am not entirely happy with it.  I am still trying to get the hang of using colour, I'm a novice really, just playing around and trying new things.  I wanted to play with purple for this week's tile, and in doing so, I haven't been able to convey "Kuke" as I had originally planned.  Generally, when I use "Kuke" I am able to create a spherical look through shading, and by using colour the way I have in today's tile, I haven't achieved this.  It was also the first time I've used a white Uniball pen to give highlight and between the two, I definately think there is room for improvement.  

Here's the patterns I have used this week;

M - Mooka by Zentangle
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
R - Rixty by Zentangle
K - Kuke by Katy Abott, CZT

As always, I would love for you to join in the Challenge.  If you have created a tile, over the coming week, please copy and paste the link to your blog, webpage, flickr or picassa account etc into Mr Linky's Magical Widget below so we can all enjoy your tile.  

Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie


Mark 16:5-6
When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,[b] who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!




Sunday, 29 March 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - New Testament - Book 1 - Matthew


Welcome to Zentangling Through the Bible, the New Testament.  This week  we begin at Book 1, Matthew, the first of the four gospels that talk about the life and death of Jesus.  Jesus is described as "The Light" and to honour this, I have decided to introduced colour into my tiles for the New Testament Challenge.  

Here's what I've used this week. 
M - Mooka by Zentangle
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
T - Tropicana by Kate Ahrens, CZT
T - Tipz by Faith Cohen
E - Eyelet and Ribbon by Lori Howe
W - Wavy Border by Suzanne McNeill, CZT

If you are joining us for the New Testament Challenge, please use Mr Linky's Magical Widget below to post a link to your blog, instagram, flickr or picassa account etc of where you've posted your tile. I look forward to seeing your tile.

Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Matthew 1:23
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,[j]
which means ‘God is with us.’”


Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Alphabet Collection - Letter C



This Letter C was drawn using Unipin Fine Line Markers, Copic Ciao Markers and shaded using Derwent Graphic 12 pencils. The original was drawn on 180GSM Acid Free premium drawing paper. This is part of a collection of mongram letters (the alphabet) that fuse graffiti and zentangle inspired art together. The colour work in graffiti is sublime and the elegance of zentangle is beautiful. Creating a collection where they work together, side by side, is unique, different and something I've wanted to do for a while. Prints, t-shirts, phone cases and other goodies are available through my stores with Society6 and Redbubble.  

Until I drop the D
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 39 - Malachi


Well, we've made it!  This week is Book 39, Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament.  On the 15th of June 2014, I started this challenge as I wanted to give thanks to God and give him the glory for the gift he has given me, the gift to draw.  Now, just over 9 months later, the Old Testament is finished.  The picture below is the entire Old Testament zentangled and what an honour and joy it has been.  I would like to make particular mention of my friend Anne Marks who has joined me on this journey.  Together she and I have posted just about every week, faithfully zentangling our way through the Bible.  I thank her and honour her for her devotion and companionship during the challenge.

May God continue to bless the works of your hands Anne, your flair for colour is amazing, and I am really looking forward to working through the New Testament with you.  


We start the New Testament next week.  I will also begin hosting the challenge officially from my blog using Mr Linky.  Each Sunday I will post the book we are working on, and over the following week, you can use Mr Linky to post a link to your blog, instagram, flickr or picassa account etc of where you've posted your tile.  I really hope you can join us.  

Until next week 
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Malachi 1:11
11 But my name is honored[a] by people of other nations from morning till night. All around the world they offer[b] sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name is great among the nations,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 38 - Zechariah


This week, we're up to Book 38, Zechariah.  The books that have longer names are always a challenge to tangle as I try to avoid the tile looking squished.  Looking squished is very possible to do when trying to use nine tangle patterns on a tile, and squish has no place in The Sanctuary.  My art and zentangling all revolves around my imaginary garden called "The Sanctuary", any drawing I do has this feeling at it's core.  The Sanctuary is about space and harmony.  Every pattern has its space to be.  If its next to another pattern, they need to harmonise and blend with each other, they need to compliment each other.  In some of the heavier inked work I do (like Hospital Doodle for example), each pattern or flower compliments it's space and surroundings, it's thick and dense, but the feeling of harmony exists amid the tightness of the work.  This is something I'm very mindful of as I draw and imagining different states of nature helps me, thus the birth of The Sanctuary.

Here's the patterns I've used to make up this week's tile.
Z - Zinger by Zentangle
E - Euca by Anne Marks
C - Cruffle by Sandy Hunter, CZT
H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
R - Rixty by Zentangle
I - Inapod by Carole Ohl, CZT
A - Ansu by Lori Manoogian, CZT
H - Hepmee by Carole Ohl, CZT  

Don't forget that on Sunday 29 March 2015, we begin the New Testament, there has never been a better time to join in the challenge.  Mr Linky is below, all set up and ready to go, so spread the word.

Until next week, the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Zechariah 7:8-10New Living Translation (NLT)
8 Then this message came to Zechariah from the Lord: 9 “This is what the Lordof Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.







Friday, 13 March 2015

A Challenge with an Aussie Flavour


This month the Aussie Zentangle Inspired Art Group on Facebook challenged us to create a tile using only Michele Beauchamp's patterns.  Michele is a fellow aussie tangler and I have to confess I'm a bit infatuated with her.  Michele's work is absolutely divine and I am in love with the flow she achieves in her designs.  She achieves intricate excellence in her work and I drool over her art often, it's full of sparkle, life, peace and harmony.  Check out her blog and her amazing work at http://shellybeauch.blogspot.com.au.  

I have to be honest and say that this is the first time I've used these particular patterns of Michele's, "Blooming Butter" and "Brayd", but now I'm hooked.  I will be using these a lot more from now on.  Michele, I hope I've done your patterns justice and you like what you see.  I've been really blessed by this challenge, focussing on your work is one of my great pleasures. 

Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 37 - Haggai


We are starting to near the finish of the Old Testament books in our Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  There are only two more books left for us to zentangle before we begin on the New Testament.  If you have liked what you've seen each week, why not consider joining us for the New Testament, it will be commencing on Sunday 29 March 2015.

If you are interested in participating, I will post to my blog each week, showcasing the book from the Bible we're zentangling.  Those that participate in the Diva's Weekly Challenge will be familiar with Mr Linky's Magical Widget.  If you have a blog or host your images on line with Flickr, Instagram, Picassa or Pinterest etc, add the site-specific URL where your zentangle is posted to the Mr Linky's Magical Widget, (which I've set up below).  Hosting the challenge this way will enable us all to enjoy each others work, we can encourage each other and marvel at our artistic diversity throughout the challenge.  This will be my first attempt at hosting a challenge, so I apologise in advance for any hiccups and teething problems that may occur, I'm sure there will be one or two.

For anyone who is participating in the challenge at the moment, feel free to use Mr Linky now, he's up and ready to link :)

Onto to this week's book, Haggai - Here's what I've used

H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
G - Grass Border by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
G - Girlande by Simone Bischoff
A - Antz by Sara Brandli
I - Inapod by Carol Ohl, CZT

I really look forward to seeing where we can head to with this challenge.  I'm really excited about starting the New Testament and hopefully having some more zentanglers join in.
Until next week,
Stay beautiful
Chrissie


Haggai 2:19New Living Translation (NLT)
19 I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn.[a] You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day onward I will bless you.”





Friday, 6 March 2015

The difference a year of tangling makes....



About a week ago I bought the new Tangle Guide 2015 Edition from TanglePatterns.com.  As I've said before, without a doubt, I believe this is the best resource out there for zentangle artists.  Clear, concise and alphabetical, the official zentangle patterns are catalogued, making searching for a pattern really easy.

Below is my tattered 2014 Edition, used every single week, especially on Sundays for the Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.   I can't bear to part with it.  It's amazing how many memories are in its pages, how many tiles it's helped me create.  It's helped me create drawings that have made people smile, so it's with real tenderness that I retire it.


I'm looking forward to seeing what I end up creating using the 2015 Edition.  There's more patterns, the creative artists of the world develop new patterns all the time, I'm so grateful for their zest for the craft.  Pattern development is on my bucket list, it's something I'm yet to do, but the list is getting longer every day...

Until next time
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #207


The first Monday of the month with the Diva is a "Use My Tangle" Challenge and this week, we were asked to give "Unbatz" a go.  Sandy Hunter, CZT, is the clever creator of this great pattern, if you have a moment, stop by her blog and have a browse at www.tanglebucket.blogspot.ca.  As always though, "Unbatz" has to fit in my imaginary zentangle garden, it has to go with the flow, I feel it's settled in quite nicely as this is the first time I've used the pattern.  

Full colour drawing has been on my bucket list for a while, so I thought I would try it for this week's challenge.  I am wanting to move into using more colour this year as I try to master my Copic markers.  I adore these pens, but I have a lot to learn about blending and shading, there is room for improvement.  Please let me know your thoughts, I appreciate all of your comments. 

Until the next challenge
Stay beautiful
Chrissie 




Sunday, 1 March 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 36 - Zephaniah


After a week's hiatus, Zentangling Through the Bible is back and we're up to Zephaniah.  This week I purchased the Tanglepatterns.com Tangle Guide 2015 Edition so I have been able to try out some new patterns.  Without a doubt, this guide is the best resource there is for tangles.  My hat's off to Linda Farmer and the great work she does at Tanglepatterns.com.  Here's what I've used this week.

Z - Zinger by Zentangle
E - Eyelet & Ribbon by Lori Howe
P - Pokeroot by Zentangle
H - Hibred by Zentangle
A - Arckles by Suzanne Wilka, CZT
N - Nipa by Zentangle
I - Inaura by Bunny Wright, CZT
A - Antz by Sara Brandli
H - Hollibaugh by Zentangle

Enjoy your Sunday and may God bless you all
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Zephaniah 3:20 NLT
[20] On that day I will gather you together and bring you home again. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction, among all the nations of the earth, as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes. I, the LORD, have spoken!"


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Hospital Doodle


There's no Zentangling Through the Bible today as I am away from home (where my pattern library is) with my daughter in hospital.  She's doing well and will be released later today so Zentangling Through the Bible will return next week.  

While she's been in hospital we have both collaborated on a drawing to cheer her up.  The drawing had to feature an owl, she loves them and I thought we needed heaps of smiling faces.  This is what I've come up with, aptly named "Hospital Doodle".   For any kid doing it tough in hospital, we hope you get well soon and we give thanks to God for the nurses.  Enjoy the day friends xx

Until next Sunday when Zentangling Through the Bible returns
Stay beautiful
Chrissie 


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 35 - Habakkuk


This week we're up to Book 35 of the Bible, Habakkuk and I have to say, I love this book and it's practicality.  I've found it to be very grounding and that has helped when anxieties have set in.  I believe  there's nothing better than something grounding you when you are in a fight with your emotions and Habakkuk has done that for me more than once.  It was a challenge to use three different K patterns this week, here's what I've used;

H - Heartstrings by Helen Williams
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
B - Bunzo by Zentangle
A - Arckles by Suzanne Wilka, CZT
K - Keeko by Zentangle
K - Keenees by Donna Hornsby, CZT
U - Up n Down by Kathy Barringer, CZT
K - Kuke by Katy Abbott, CZT

Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Habakkuk 2:1 NLT
[1] I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint.



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge #204


It's that time of year again and The Diva has let us tangle our hearts away.   This weeks challenge is to "Valentangle", in other words, tangle something for Valentine's Day.  I've created a heart full of hearts.  I love the thought of an infinite heart (God's heart), a heart that's full of hearts, that's full of hearts, that's full of hearts and so on, a never ending heart that gives never ending love.  I couldn't create the depth I wanted in this tile, to showcase the infinity I've described, and I don't think I will ever be able to.  You will need to close your eyes and imagine it, it's mind blowing when you really think about it.

Happy Valentine's Day and much love to you all.

Stay beautiful
Chrissie


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 34 - Nahum



This week we're up to the book of Nahum for the Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge.  I've used the pattern Nzeppel in this weeks tile and you can tell it's my first time using the pattern.  It's a little scratchy in places, but I like the effect of the pattern.

Here's all of the patterns I've used this week;

N - Nzeppel by Zentangle
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
H - Hepmee by Catole Ohl, CZT
U - Up n Down by Kathy Barringer, CZT
M - Mak-Rah-Mee by the ever amazing, Michele Beauchamp, CZT

Until next week
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Nahum 1:7 NLT
[7] The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.



Friday, 6 February 2015

The "Alphabet Collection" continues


The Letter B took me so much longer than I had anticipated.  It wasn't due to time, I had plenty of it, it was because of the weather.  I live in the "tropics" of Australia and it has been tropical (to say the least)!  Believe me when I say, it has been so hot and humid that you can easily work up a sweat doing NOTHING!!  This is definately not the best weather for working with paper, so I have had to hold off on things until the weather improved.  About a week ago the weather changed and I was able to get back into it full on.  Better late than never hey?

This Letter B was drawn using Unipin Fine Line Markers, Copic Ciao Markers and shaded using Derwent Graphic 12 pencils. The original was drawn on 180GSM Acid Free premium drawing paper.   This is part of a collection of mongram letters (the alphabet) that fuse graffiti and zentangle inspired art together.  The colour work in graffiti is sublime and the elegance of zentangle is beautiful. Creating a collection where they work together, side by side, is unique, different and something I've wanted to do for a while.  Prints, t-shirts, phone cases and other goodies are available through my stores with Society6 and Redbubble.

Until I C ya
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 33 - Micah


We are halfway through this challenge!  Micah is book 33 of the Bible, so we are at the halfway point.  It's taken a while to get here.  We started this challenge on Sunday, 15 June 2014 so it's taken over six months to get to this far and I've loved every bit of it.  To God be the glory.

Here's what patterns I've used this week;

M - Mooka by Zentangle
I - Ionic by Margaret Bremner, CZT
C - Crusade by Wayne Harlow, CZT
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
H - Hako by Lara Williams, CZT

Until next Sunday 
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Micah 6:8 NLT
No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge #202


This week the Diva threw out a Duotangle Challenge - Use Chebucto and Copada and see what you can come up with.  I have varied Copada as I wanted to achieve a wrap effect, I've extended the lines to create an encasement of my blue tree.  I think the tree's are beautifully highlighted by the vividness of the yellow in my interpretation of Chebucto.

I had two things in mind this week as I drew; I wanted to play around with blending colours and I wanted to dig deeper with the intensity of my drawing.  I am looking to do this period - it's my goal for 2015, so I am quite pleased with the results.  This tile took about 3 hours to complete, with the background requiring the bulk of the work. 

As I say every week, if you like my work, please follow my blog, I have lots I plan to share this year.  Drawing's my passion, I hope you enjoy it.

Until the Diva decides what we're up to next
Stay beautiful
Chrissie 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 32 - Jonah


We are up to the book of Jonah in the Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  Jonah is book 32 in the bible, which means that next week we are half way, there is 66 books in total.  Wow, what an achievement!

I really wanted to create a tile that was special this week.  In July of 2014 the tomb of Jonah was destroyed in Mosul, Iraq.  CNN advised in a news article (here) that, "this holy site is said to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale or great fish in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions.  The tomb was inside a Sunni mosque called the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, which is arabic for Jonah."  I was so saddened to learn of this destruction, thousands of years of history gone in an instant, we can never get it back.

Knowing this, I really wanted to honor the prophet Jonah with my tile.  Here's what patterns I've used this week:

J - Jeewels by Livia Chua
O - Ona by Jose Meeusen, CZT
N - Nipa by Zentangle
A - Angel Fish by Marizaan van Beek, CZT
H - Hurry by Zentangle 

Until next week when we reach half way :)
Stay beautiful
Chrissie

Jonah 1:17
Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.



Saturday, 24 January 2015

My Zentangled Guitar

You've probably guessed that drawing is the great love of my life, but did you know that music is the other? I've been playing the guitar since I was 14 and when I'm not letting off some creative steam by drawing, I'm playing the guitar. I wouldn't say I'm a great guitarist, but I'm ok, I can belt out a tune and play with others quite confidently, but I'm definately no John Butler.  Never heard of John Butler I hear you say? Check out this video of him playing his signature song "Ocean", it's intense, incredible, breathtaking and exhilirating all at once, I hope you enjoy it.






My guitar has been begging me to draw on it. Every now and then I hear it call, "Chrissie, zentangle me!" I've been thinking about it for quite a while, but I always seemed to have a reason why I couldn't do it.

1. You can't do a pencil sketch first to work out where things are going to go.

Sure, you can trace the guitar on some newpaper and work on that as a template, but I like to do things "Cowboy Style", just get in there and get it done. (Cowboy Style - When faced with a hard chore, it's a shift in attitude from "can't" to a positive "can-do" with confidence and a non-complaining spirit that becomes contageous.)  I just picked up the pen and went for it, no template needed after all!

2. If you make a mistake, you're screwed!

Man did I beat myself up about this. This is the one reason that stopped me from doing this sooner. Yes, if I make a mistake, I make one, but zentangling is about incorporating your mistakes, making them part of the overall design.  I decided to throw caution to the wind and just do it!  As it turned out I made very minimal errors, and it's only me who knows where they are and what I did.

3. You will ruin your guitar, it will be worthless.

Once upon a time I believed this, but not anymore. I guess it really comes down to the eye of the beholder, you either feel the art enhances the guitar or you don't.  In the end I decided that the guitar is mine, I love drawing, I love my guitar, why not blend my two loves together.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you're contemplating doing something out of the box, just do it. Life is short, and while you go one on one with your reasons not to, time is skipping away.  Who knows, in your mind there might be a masterpiece, and if you don't create it, the world may never get to see it and that would be a tragedy.

Are you up for some piccies?? Overall I used 10 Sharpie Permanent Markers to do the work. I found that the glossy coating on the guitar affected the Sharpie's. I noticed that after a while I would no longer get clean lines with the pen, to overcome this I had to use new markers.


The spot that's clear has been left that way deliberately.  My work is not sealed and through strumming, this area would wear away.  I'm hoping to find someone who can permanently seal my work, and when I do, I will come back and zentangle this area.




I hope you like my work.  As always, if you're new to my blog and you like what you see, why not follow me.  I have lots planned this year, you won't be disappointed.

Until next time
Stay beautiful
Chrissie