Monthly Archives: October 2014

Diva Challenge #190 – Breast Cancer Awareness

190 - Breast CancerBreast cancer awareness and beautiful memories spent with those that have now left us are the themes of this week’s challenge.  Laura wrote of spending special times with her grandmother Ardath, who shared with her the joys of using watercolour crayons to create enchanting images.  You can see her beautiful tiles here…

Creativity is such a powerful gift to share.  I too have spent and continue to be fortunate enough to spend many hours of my most favourite times sharing art with my grand daughters.  And like Laura’s grandmother – I also share my ‘special’ and expensive art supplies with my girls who treasure being able to explore and play with beautiful materials.  I can think of no worthier recipients than these precious fresh curious minds.  Creating art and memories together – heavenly!

I learnt many creative skills from my grandmother too – sewing, cooking and other crafts.  This tradition of passing on our skills is such a valuable time honoured practice and I love the threads that link us in time – particularly between women – very powerful.

In honour of Ardath, I too used watercolour crayons (one of my favourite materials) and a gold gel pen to create my tile.  A garden of gold roses over a pink ribbon that is held in place by a woven Auraknot. A celebration of love, hope and courage.

And a tribute to all those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer… blessings to you!


Yuma Tangle for Challenge #189 4


Yuma BW Yuma on Black TileThis week’s Diva challenge is to use the pattern YUMA created by the wonderful Tina from Switzerland.  I had such fun meeting Tina at the CZT #15 in Providence this year and only wish it had been earlier in the session rather than the last days.  Such a kind-hearted spirit.  Her art is very individual, expressive and bold.  You can see more of her artwork at AKUA-ART.  Congratulations Tina on your beautiful pattern and for featuring in a Diva Challenge – I know how excited you are – so happy for you.

I’m not sure that I’ve done it justice and feel I still need more practice.  And couldn’t stop at one – wanted to see how it looked on a black tile with the charcoal and sandstone for highlights.  A fun exercise and I look forward to using this pattern more in my work.


Zentangle Classes at Abbotsford Convent – Melbourne 1

Abbotsford Convent Abbotsford Convent CorridorI am delighted to announce that I will be teaching Zentangle classes at the beautiful Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.

Such a stunning venue and Spring is a joyous time to visit so why not join me in a class.

Saturday, November 15th, 10am – 12 noon.

Introduction to Zentangle – details here.

And if you can’t make it to this one then please register your interest in classes here so that I can schedule more classes.  I’ve heard from a few people recently who would like to do more… I just need your preferences for times, locations and classes.

Future classes will include:

Advanced Zentangle

Renaissance Zentangle

The Drama of Black Backgrounds


Zendala on rocks and other surfaces.

Looking forward to sharing with you…

Diva Challenge #188 National Coming Out Day 12

National Coming Out Day Support TileThe Diva Challenge this week is in response to a request that Laura received from 12 year old Daniel.  She writes:

Daniel told me that October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  Daniel’s friend is gay, and so he wanted me to help him support his friend and to issue a challenge with a LGBT theme.
Daniel says:

I think it would be a good way to further inspire tanglers and raise awareness if you considered a challenge to somehow put some aspect of LGBT in a tile. Perhaps using the colors of the rainbow, or using tangles that start with L, G, B, and T, or using those letters as a string?

So here’s my tangled tile of support in honour of this day.  And ‘hello to Daniel’ if you happen to be looking at the results of your ‘call to arms’.  Well done you!

I began by creating Gneiss as a symbolic cocoon which is also spelt similar to Genesis which I thought very fitting.  And then created a radiating rainbow with watercolour crayons to create texture and then lightness with a wash from a wet brush.  When dry I tangled over the top using patterns beginning with the letters LGB or T.

Locar turned out to be the only pattern beginning with L.  It felt rather harsh and severe to use in this tile until I placed it below Gneiss where I feel it represents prejudice and constraint – hence the radiating rainbow of freedom.

I tried to use as many patterns as I could to symbolise ‘unity with uniqueness’.

Pattern names: Gneiss, Locar, Gust, Tidings, Glace, Tipple, Twing, Betweed, Beelight, Bales, Tortuca, Tripoli.