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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Twelve Days of 3Zs - Gratitude!


Thank you all for the outpouring of creativity, sharing and appreciation!

We randomly chose one commenter from each of the twelve days' blog posts AND we randomly chose one person from each days' Zentangle Mosaic #hashtags. Each of those 24 names (23 actually, there was one double!) will receive:
The blog posting winners:

  1.  KrisMis 
  2.  Kat Van Rooyen 
  3.  Peter Fruehwirt 
  4.  PamS 
  5.  JackieSaundersCZT19 
  6.  Anonymous - Jackie CZT XIII - was written in the actual posting. 
  7.  Maureen Stott 
  8.  Jadene Ridinger 
  9.  Ria Matheussen 
  10.  Quwatha Valentine 
  11.  Donna Pilato 
  12.  Doveina Bolen

And, the Zentangle Mosaic posting winners:

  1.  JuttaGladnigg 
  2.  AnnetteCZT20 
  3.  JenniferSparrowCZT21 
  4.  GaleShermanCZT 
  5.  MicheleBeauchampczt7 
  6.  WanyiCZT18 
  7.  MariekeSCZT 
  8.  Eveningstarlight 
  9.  Danita 
  10.  PamS 
  11.  IngSR 
  12.  Banksia
Please email "zentangle [at] gmail [dot] com" with your shipping info so we can send you your gifts!

Last week the Zentangle staff visited the Providence Biltmore where we will hold next years CZT training seminars.

While there we shot this video (one take, no edits!) to celebrate this fun series.


Words and links:
On the last day of 3Zs,
    Bijou showed to me,
    huggins hugging huggins,
Wandering icanthis,
Not so boring drawings,
Tangled auraknot-ings,
Perky pokeleafs peeking,
Dark and naughty knightsbridge,
Swirling molygon-ings,
Gold, glowing tipples,
Some marasu encircling,
Winsome bits of shattuck,
Fetching diva dancing,
And a tile full of tripoli!

If you thought we were a big company, well, here we are . . . family, friends and neighbors who love to work with each other and for all of you in this worldwide creative and appreciative Zentangle community. We never take it for granted. Thank you!

And thank you again for all who commented, shared and enjoyed this year's Twelve Days series. We are in awe to watch this renaissance in Zentangle Art. We love that this creativity seems to build on itself, inspiring others (and us) to explore new possibilities . . . and then share it back with everyone.

You can see so many of these sparkling creative gems on the Zentangle Mosaic app (free to view on iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone). We are so proud of and grateful for all the artists who have allowed us (and everyone) into their "portphonio" of Zentangle art.

Here's a mosaic of all twelve day's 78 tiles. Each row represents one day!


'Til next year,   Our Best Good Wishes for a wonderful life.

Enjoy!

Rick, Maria, Bijou, Alfie and all of us at Zentangle HQ!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

On the last day of 3Zs . . .



On the last day of 3Zs,
Bijou showed to me,
huggins hugging huggins . . .


Wandering icanthis,
Not so boring drawings,
Tangled auraknot-ings,
Perky pokeleafs peeking,
Dark and naughty knightsbridge,
Swirling molygon-ings,
Gold, glowing tipples,
Some marasu encircling,
Winsome bits of shattuck,
Fetching diva dancing,
And a tile full of tripoli!


Alfie worked with Maria and Rick to arrange the book just where he wanted it. Then he told us to come back in an hour . . . well, maybe two hours. But it was worth the wait!


After those pictures were taken, Alfie asked us to remove the book from the table. He said that Bijou and he had some more work to do and once again, they sent us away.

When we returned, we saw that they had arranged all the tiles in order of each day!


As we said in our first day post, we will be sending out gifts. We will choose one person at random from each of the twelve day's blog commenters and we will choose one person at random who posted tile(s) the Zentangle Mosaic app for each day's hashtag. Each of those chosen people will receive:




We will do the choosing on this coming Saturday at noon eastern time (GMT -5) and we'll announce the 24 recipients in another blog on Saturday or Sunday.


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Thank you all for playing with us for these twelve days!

The hashtag for today's tile is: #12thdayof3zs

For this last day we used a version of huggins that we call crazy huggins.

The elemental shapes of crazy huggins are:

  •  an orb and 
  • simple curve.


You may find these guidelines helpful as you explore crazy huggins:

  • Use an even number of orbs
  • Add curves using the principle of "take off and land"
  • Never cross one curve over another
  • If a curve is already connected to an orb, the next curve must connect in the same direction as the previous curve connected to that orb
  • You can add additional orbs anywhere and anytime
  • When adding auras, add it to the outer curve of the telephone shape (of two orbs and one curve)


Here's the step-out:




As our 12 Days come to an end, while we are sad to see it finish, the most wonderful thing has happened!

We experienced a true renaissance in Zentangle Art. It seems that all of a sudden we were witnessing tiles from around the world that seemed to explode with creativity.  They were 
so alive, interesting, personal, and spectacular. Everyone here noticed it. What happened to cause this? 

Well, it could be the season.  A time of joy, gratitude, giving, reflection . . . perhaps it was just time. It has been what . . . 13 years since we started what we call Zentangle? Word has spread around the world! People are enjoying the benefits of this simple method of putting pen to paper and sharing it with each other.

If you have not already,  please, see for yourself this "renaissance" on our "Zentangle Mosaic" app. (It costs nothing to just browse through the hundreds of thousands of tiles from around the world.)  We are so proud of all the artists who have allowed us (and you all) into their "portphonio" of Zentangle art.    The stories and descriptions from the artists and the comments from friends and other tanglers come together to create a world of love, support, teaching, learning and understanding. It is magic in the best way.

Congratulations and thank you to all who have participated both in word and/or art, to make this year's 12 Days series a gift for all.   Especially, to all of us at Zentangle Central.

'Til next year,   Our Best Good Wishes for a wonderful life.

Rick and Maria, et al


P.S.

See you later this weekend!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On the eleventh day of 3Zs . . .



On the eleventh day of 3Zs,
Bijou gave to me,
Wandering icanthis . . .


Not so boring drawings,
Tangled auraknot-ings,
Perky pokeleafs peeking,
Dark and naughty knightsbridge,
Swirling molygon-ings,
Gold, glowing tipples,
Some marasu encircling,
Winsome bits of shattuck,
Fetching diva dancing,
And a tile full of tripoli!


Alfie is so pleased with himself that he got all of the tiles on one side of the book!


Once again Alfie had fun making this mosaic . . . eventually. First he asked us to add a leaf to the table to accommodate the additional icanthis tiles (what an appropriate coincidence!).


So today our table reminds us also to "Create, Praise, Savor and Embrace"!

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Thank you all for continuing to play with these twelve days!

The hashtag for today's tile is: #11thdayof3zs

To see the guidelines for these 12 days, go here.

We will give out a prize for one randomly chosen poster of each day's tiles on the app and also for one randomly chosen commenter on each day's blog post. (We'll announce the winners shortly after the twelfth day.)

And here's icanthis:




We published this newsletter yesterday introducing yesterday's and today's tangles. Both are new and we think you will enjoy them as you get to know them.


See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

On the tenth day of 3Zs . . .



On the tenth day of 3Zs,
Bijou sketched for me,
Not so boring drawings . . .


Tangled auraknot-ings,
Perky pokeleafs peeking,
Dark and naughty knightsbridge,
Swirling molygon-ings,
Gold, glowing tipples,
Some marasu encircling,
Winsome bits of shattuck,
Fetching diva dancing,
And a tile full of tripoli!


Alfie is loving his up-in-the-air view. He says it feels like he is flying. He and Bijou insisted we move this marble carving and make it part of today's mosaic. We're glad they asked and didn't try to move it themselves!


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Thank you all for continuing to play with these twelve days!

The hashtag for today's tile is: #10thdayof3zs

To see the guidelines for these 12 days, go here.

We will give out a prize for one randomly chosen poster of each day's tiles on the app and also for one randomly chosen commenter on each day's blog post. (We'll announce the winners shortly after the twelfth day.)

And here's drawings*:




We put out a newsletter today introducing today's and tomorrow's tangles. Both are new and we think you will enjoy them as you get to know them.

* Insider tip: We pronounce the tangle name "drawings" as "draw-Wings" fully pronouncing the "W". We smile every time we say it.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, December 12, 2016

On the ninth day of 3Zs . . .



On the ninth day of 3Zs,
Bijou tied for me
Tangled auraknot-ings . . .


Perky pokeleafs peeking,
Dark and naughty knightsbridge,
Swirling molygon-ings,
Gold, glowing tipples,
Some marasu encircling,
Winsome bits of shattuck,
Fetching diva dancing,
And a tile full of tripoli!


This morning we woke to find Alfie gently singing to Bijou as he worked at Maria's desk.


Bijou had found a typo on the page. (Maria had forgotten the second "A" in auraknot!) So Bijou woke Alfie to fix it.

We laughed as we listened to what Alfie was singing (to the tune of "Jingle Bells"):

Wabi-sabi, wabi-sabi,
Wabi-sabi all the way . . .

Bijou listened with tilted eye-stalks and (we can only presume) . . . a smile.


The snow storm last night must have inspired Alfie's mosaic:


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Thank you all for continuing to play with these twelve days!

The hashtag for today's tile is: #9thdayof3zs

To see the guidelines for these 12 days, go here.

We will give out a prize for one randomly chosen poster of each day's tiles on the app and also for one randomly chosen commenter on each day's blog post. (We'll announce the winners shortly after the twelfth day.)

And here's auraknot:



See you tommorow!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

On the eighth day of 3Zs . . .



On the eighth day of 3Zs,
Bijou sketched for me,
Perky pokeleafs peeking . . .


Dark and naughty knightsbridge,
Swirling molygon-ings,
Gold, glowing tipples,
Some marasu encircling,
Winsome bits of shattuck,
Fetching diva dancing,
And a tile full of tripoli!


It's taking Alfie longer each day to arrange this growing mosaic. The effort is worth it because the result makes you want to just sit there and marvel in wonder and appreciation . . .


. . . appreciating every exquisite tile, how each one interacts with its neighbors and the organic beauty of the completed mosaic.


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Thank you all for continuing to play with these twelve days!

The hashtag for today's tile is: #8thdayof3zs

To see the guidelines for these 12 days, go here.

We will give out a prize for one randomly chosen poster of each day's tiles on the app and also for one randomly chosen commenter on each day's blog post. (We'll announce the winners shortly after the twelfth day.)

And here's pokeleaf:



See you all on Monday . . . (we're taking tomorrow as a day of rest).


Friday, December 9, 2016

On the 7th day of 3Zs . . .



On the seventh day of 3Zs
Bijou offered me
Dark and naughty knightsbridge . . .


Swirling molygon-ings,
Gold, glowing tipples,
Some marasu encircling,
Winsome bits of shattuck,
Fetching diva dancing,
And a tile full of tripoli!


Alfie wants to show you this shell (no, it's not Bijou!) because it reminds him of knightsbridge mixed with marasu.


When it came time to arrange this mosaic of 28 3Zs, Alfie at first felt overwhelmed.


But then in true Zentangle fashion of one tile at a time, pretty soon he had assembled this exquisite mosaic.


He was quite happy to discover that when he trusted himself, he easily created something he wanted to share with others.

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Thank you all for continuing to play with these twelve days!

The hashtag for today's tile is: #7thdayof3zs

To see the guidelines for these 12 days, go here.

We will give out a prize for one randomly chosen poster of each day's tiles on the app and also for one randomly chosen commenter on each day's blog post. (We'll announce the winners shortly after the twelfth day.)

And here's knightsbridge:



See you tomorrow!