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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!"