woensdag 23 augustus 2017

Only one plate

Jeanette Clawson is the guest blogger for Laura this week. She has chosen 'Zentangle Plates' as the subject.

This is a challenge I like, but only made one because I am quite busy this week. In fact I started by dividing a 15 x 15 (cm) tile in four tiles, but have three left now. 
I have just seen some post where tanglers made a mosaic of the one they tangled, but I just can't think of how to do that now. Well, maybe later.


Tangling this one was very pleasant and relaxing. Thank you Jeanette!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 15 augustus 2017

Fragment D-1 and gourds

Quite a surprise this week, to see a Dutch CZT as the guest 'Diva'.
It is Marguerite Samama from Amsterdam; you can get to know her a bit better on the weblog of our 'real' Diva!

Marguerite wants us to use Fragment D-1 for the challenge this week. I think this is a great challenge!
Because blue is a favorite color of Marguerite I took a tile I colored blue a while ago and als used a blue pen. My daughter bought me some Shihan Touch liners (pens) and I used them (well, only the blue one) for the first time and ... like it.

I do like the result of my tile and hope you do so too.


Some time ago I saw a new plant, that I didn't plant there, growing in our front garden. My friend Gerla knew what it was: a gourd! Because I loved the leaves a lot, I just let it grow there and to my surprise there were some gourds on it too. They became bigger and BIGGER. I was afraid they would break from the plant because it was growing on a wall. Last Sunday when I came home from working in the hospice, the plant was hanging down, but the gourds still attached.


I cut them loose and
 they are so beautiful!!!


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 8 augustus 2017

Our guest is ..... (drum roll) Suzanne Fluhr

And, since Laura still has her holiday, again a guest for the Diva challenge.
Suzanne Fluhr is our host this week and because it's the first Monday (in fact Tuesday because there was a holiday in Canada this last Monday) of the month it comes with an UMT.
The tangle is one of Suzanne herself and in fact a very organic one. I don't think I ever used it again, so a nice moment to try it.

I took a tile with a 'summery' look and started. I liked doing this and also the result.


Thanks Suzanne!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 1 augustus 2017

Henrike and Lisbon

Our guest this week is Henrike Bratz from Germany.
She has been in Lisbon recently and developed a new tangles from something she saw there (you can read all about her trip on the Diva's blog). She named the tangle 'Lisbon fragment'.

I tried this tangle several times and thought I knew how to draw it, but on my tile it didn't work out very well. Again .... it's about the process ...............

Henrike asks us to also use Diva Dance and so I did. After finishing I saw that the tile looked a bit like a sun. Not meant to do, but it's OK.


Thanks Henrike, I enjoyed working on this one.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 25 juli 2017

A mindful Nzeppel

Oh, I love this challenge, brought to us by Elisa Murphy who is a guest on the Diva's challenge too.

She asked us to do a monotangle of Nzeppel, a tangle that I love, but had forgotten for a while. She also encourages us to do this tile mindful (as we should do to make a real zentangle tile).

A few weeks ago I read on Michelle Wyne's blog about the Eco dye method (there was a link to Magareth Bremners blog with a description how to do it) and last week I gave it a try. OMG I was so exited to see the result and I LOVE this way of coloring paper. '


For the challenge of this week I 'had' to try tangling on it so I cut out a tile (I used Mandala per of 14 x 14 cm) and started.

This one, and the ons above, are photo's and more the real colors then the tile below

My thoughts about 'not fitting' in were: Being different means, being me!!! And that's fine with me.
I loved working on this tile and I also love my finished tile. Hope you like it too.

This was scanned and, as always, the colors are vague

A huge thank you Elisa and also thank you to Margareth!!!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

woensdag 19 juli 2017

Oh no ...... not that one

For the second time, Jessica is filling in for Laura in challenge 325.

After I read that Peanuckle was the tangle I could only think about my dislike of this tangle, that I only tried once.
Still wanted to join the challenge and practiced a bit on a piece of paper. It kept being almost impossible.

I decided to use a colored 3Z tile and use Peanucke as a border. The tile appeared to be too dark, but as always, I went on so I could post my first try.
Well, it's finished, I DID IT!!!!! But .... my feeling towards this tangle is still the same. Sorry Jess -:(
But also, thank you Jess for making me leave my comfort zone!


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 11 juli 2017

Jessica's hearts

While Laura is enjoining her, well deserved, holiday of the challenge, this week a guest post that Jessica Davies has made for us.

'Tangled heart' is the subject and in her blog post, Jessica explains how she came to drawings hearts after disliking them earlier.

I myself also dislike hearts, in fact I dislike all the 'sweet' (valentine-ish) things about hearts. But after reading Jessica's story I decided to make one for her.

I did not go as far as using a pink tile, I choose purple. Started with a heart (from a template) and then Hollibaugh seemed the right tangle around it. Then I realized that no more tangles were needed because it was finished.


Thanks Jessica for your word and sharing your story.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

woensdag 5 juli 2017

Home is where my heart is!

'HOME' is the subject for challenge 323.
Laura want us to express what home means to us in our tile. This was a bit of a struggle for me, because when I think of home, I don't think of a house, a town or a country. I think of the people that I love; being with them means home to me.

So, after some hard thinking, I decided to try to express that in my tile.
I took a gray 3Z tile and started with a circle and the word 'love' around it. Also some beams that shows how love spreads.


I'm quite happy with this tile.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 27 juni 2017

After a busy weekend: Aquafleur!

We are home again after a quite busy weekend at the Dutch coast. The daughter of my husband and her family, who live in UK, were there on their holiday and we joined them for a long weekend. This was in Duinrell, an amusement and holiday park where the grandchildren really amused themselves! And so did we, running around swings, merry-go-rounds a.s.o.
Now we're home to rest a bit :-)
This is what I did there on Sunday morning:



And then there is challenge 322 and Aquafleur is the tangle to play with this week. I hardly ever use that one, so a good time to start doing this. After drawing Aquafleur I decided to fill the rest of the tile with Baton, also a tangle that I never use.
I think I like the result, even when it turned out to be very 'stripy'!



Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!

Annemarie

woensdag 21 juni 2017

Not my 'piece of cake'

I almost did it: skip this week's challenge!
The only reason I didn't is that I never skipped one before and so I decided to join this anyway. Well, I hoped it would be sort of pleasant to overcome my aversion, but to be honest, it didn't.

Tangling (or doing whatever) with my left, non dominant, hand is a huge struggle and I promised myself that I never ever have to do this again.
Sorry Laura, It's a great idea, but absolutely not my 'piece of cake'.


I wonder what all of you, other tanglers, did and will try to comment, but we are (again) going away for a long weekend. This time near the Dutch coast. Today I have to work, so not much time left.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 13 juni 2017

Dansk, an UMT

After my time in Switzerland and the long weekend in the south of our country, life is a bit more normal now. Well, normal for only 11 days, because then we will go for a long weekend near the Dutch coast.
All so nice to do, but also quite weary.

The moment I saw the challenge of this week, I liked it. It's UMT and the tangle is Dansk by Margaret Bremner. I did use this tangle a lot some years ago, but had almost forgotten it now. Most of the time I use Sand Swirl, by Karry Heun, in stead.

I chose a colored tile (it is more pink and at the bottom yellow), started with Hollibaugh and filled most of the open spaces with Dansk.
It was a real zen time to do this tile.


Thank you for visiting my blog; I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

donderdag 8 juni 2017

Colorrun and beads

I came home from Switzerland Tuesday night, here is a photo of a beautiful waterfall in Giessen,
and have been so very busy since, that I could hardly find time for this challenge. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the main is that we are leaving for a long weekend tomorrow, so it was un packing two days ago and packing again today.

Tonight I just took some time to make my tile and I kept it quite simple. Just a tile with a lot of color and some beads.

Hope to have more time next week, also for commenting all your entries!

Blessed be!
Annemarie

dinsdag 30 mei 2017

Diptych (never heard that word before)

I did like the challenge Laura had for us this week!

It was quite different to do, but so relaxing. I LOVED it!!!
After finishing I folded the bottom part to let it stand, but that did not really work.

I will probably not comment much this coming week, because on Thursday I will travel to Switzerland, to my daughter for almost a week. Of course I'll take my iPad and phone, but I don't think there will be much time for commenting, because I like to spend all my time with her and her husband. Well, maybe in the train, if there is Wi-Fi.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

donderdag 25 mei 2017

Photo (!) string

First a BIG 'Thank you' for all your heartwarming comments last week about the story of my husband Kees. We both appreciate this a lot!

And now the challenge of this week.

I LOVED this challenge, just loved it.
Started with looking for a friendly image of a caterpillar on internet and printed that. Then glued it on my (green was appropriate I thought) tile and started tangling.
Maybe you wonder why I chose a caterpillar; well, I think they probably are the most underappreciated creatures. People hate them when they eat their bushes and most of the time kill them.
Later people LOVE butterflies and don't realize that there would be much more of those beautiful creatures if they didn't kill the caterpillars. That's why I have chosen the caterpillar and .... yes you think right: I don't kill them.


Thanks Laura, for this fun challenge!!!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

maandag 15 mei 2017

My knight in shining armor and the weekly challenge

Last week was a hectic one; I'll explain why.
As some of you know, Kees (my husband), has CP (Cerebral Palsy) what was called 'spastic' earlier.

Sometimes when he is walking outside children or adults call him nasty names or deride him. With help of an organization for disabled people (if you translate this, it is something like 'Netherlands unlimited'), Kees went to a school nearby to tell a class of children (about 11 years old) what it is to live with a handicap like this.

There were also people from two TV stations (one national and the other one regional) that did interviews with him and filmed him in school and at home.

This all happened on Thursday, but also Friday was filled with reactions from lots of people known and unknown. Those reactions were heartwarming and something to be remembered.

This is a photo of Kees in the class


and this is a link to an article on the website of the regional TV station. Of course it is in Dutch, so hard to understand for most of you. If you want, Google Translate will give you some idea.

http://www.rtvutrecht.nl/nieuws/1618778/gepeste-gehandicapte-kees-70-lucht-zijn-hart-op-basisschool.html 

No need to tell you how proud I am that he did this. Not just for himself but for all people 'different'!
As Kees said "We have moved a stone in a river on earth" (translated from a Dutch song).

So, and now to the challenge of this week: String Theory - Stripes!
I like this challenge and worked on it with a real zen feeling. Decided to leave the stripe in the center open and after finishing I think that was the right thing to do.


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 9 mei 2017

Molygon on pink

Laura asks us to make a 'study' of Molygon this week.
Well, I did not really study this tangle because my Mosaic App doesn't work anymore. It tells me that the password is not correct, so I ask for a new one and also with the new one they send me it doesn't work. Of course I'm doing something wrong, but what?????
Does anyone has had the same problem?

Anyway, I just did some Molygon in my scrapbook for trying and then started the tile. The result is not world shocking, but it's also not too bad.


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.


Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

woensdag 3 mei 2017

Scallamps in purple

Wow, I just love this weeks challenge. Scallamps by Sarah Uram is such a pleasant and easy to draw tangle. So elegant and beautiful!
So, I had a great time this evening creating this tile.

Thank you Laura and thank you Sarah!!!!!

The scan does it again: so vague, what a pity that is!



Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 25 april 2017

Amanda!!!

First I like to thank all of you that gave such kind comments about my cat Tedah last week. Those comments were very much appreciated by me.

And for now, Amanda day. I had a bit of a hard time to decide what to do this year. On Monday I started coloring some tiles in earth colors.
The one I used for the challenge is the best one I think. I traced a glass and the circle represents our planet. I filed it with Betweed because that shows the way everything and everyone on earth is interwoven with each other.
I used the Sharpies I got as a present for my birthday last month.


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!

Annemarie

dinsdag 18 april 2017

Something personal and (of course) the challenge

Last week I did not comment much and after Friday I didn’t comment at all.
The reason is a very sad one: Tedah, our very old cat, became very, very ill. For quite a while you could see her getting old and having some problems walking (arthritis). But, she still had fun in life and liked nice food, warmth and being stroked.
Last Thursday she stopped eating all of a sudden and you could see she was not happy anymore. On Friday we went to our vet and he said she had a kidney problem, a urinary infection and was a bit withered (and that while she was drinking all the time) and, most of all, a very, very old lady. We never knew her age because in 2002 I got her from a animal shelter; we guessed she was about three years old then.

So, we went home with her, taking some special food (a kidney diet) and she had got an injection with antibiotic. We had to come back on Sunday for the next injection. Yes, on Sunday, Easter Sunday, this very nice vet was coming to do that on his day off!!!
But then it got worse and worse with her.
It was hard to watch, because there was so little left of our happy Tedah.

Tedah (a name from Wicca that means 'fierce beauty')
On Sunday we spoke to the vet and together we decided that we did not want her to suffer any longer. So we had to make that (almost) impossible decision and let her go.
Later on we brought her to the animal crematorium, that was actually closed but also there was a very nice lady that came for us especially.

Today the house feels terribly empty and we already miss her.
She was certainly not the friendliest cat I ever had, but absolutely the funniest and so very much my cat.

So no you know why I did hardly comment last week.
Normally I don't share much personal stuff here, but now I felt a need to do so.


Then this week's challenge.
Laura has asked us to spill coffee, tea or whatever fluid on a tile and use that as our string. I dropped some coffee on the tile


and when it was dry I started tangling. I liked doing this and the tangling was very relaxing; something I can use in these days.

I did turn the tile after tangling

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 11 april 2017

Circles and squares

Even after a week with all family members being ill, Laura made it to the challenge!

She gives us a Circle Square String Theory this week.
As soon as I read this, I liked it: simple and clean. The thing was to find some round and square objects to use as a template. I found a template with lots of circles (did not even remember having that) and for the squares I took a few tiles in different sizes.
Then I chose a gray tile, a long time ago I used one of them.

So I started tangling and had some zen time. After finishing I liked it; I only should not have added the aura’s in the right bottom corner. A lesson learned: don't overdo it :-)



Ever since I work in a hospice as volunteer (since last August) I tangle there at the kitchen-table when it's quiet. Sometimes just a few lines, sometimes a bit more.
It's a common thing now for people seeing me there at the table with a tile and a pen; I love the fact that two other volunteers started tangling too!

These are the tiles I did in March:

























Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!

Annemarie

dinsdag 4 april 2017

UMT Frunky

As always at the first Monday of the month it's UMT-day. This time the lucky tangle is Frunky by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb. Like Katharina writes on her blog it's a quite relaxing tangle, but to be honest not one I will probably use a lot.

I liked working on this tile however. As background I did Bales in soft pencil, not very visible on the scan.


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 28 maart 2017

New from HQ: Noom :-)

As we could expect, Laura has chosen Noom, the new tangle from HQ, for this week's challenge.

This is a very easy to draw tangle and it has a nice effect. Probably most if used as a frame, but I decided to use it otherwise. In real life the tile is much more purplish, as always the scan doesn't show the colors very well.



Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!

Annemarie

dinsdag 21 maart 2017

MacNCheese

I do like this week's 'MacNCheese' challenge!!! And I do understand what Laura (and Maria) are saying about the complexity of some new tangles. There are so (too) many new tangles going around that's it's hard to know what to choose and that makes tangling full of stress sometimes instead of a relaxing thing to do.

So, I LOVE this challenge!!!

Some of my 'MacNCheese' are used in this tile: Ixorus, Paradox, Cadent, Tipple and Crescent Moon. With the headphone on with (for me) beautiful music, I had a great time creating this tile.


This week I also did this one for Square One Purely Zentangle; not the best I ever did, but I like this:

foto van Annemarie Huijts.


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 14 maart 2017

Children's tangle

This week a new tangle coming from the kitchen table at Rick and Maria's. 
Tangled by the daughters of Molly: Indy and Mazzy.

It's a pretty and easy to draw tangle, but I'm a bit scarred that most entries this 
week will look a bit the same. But .... maybe I will be surprised.
I took a tile with warm pink/purple coloring and used several pens, the 'normal' 
one and then up to 08. I also used a white pen for some light in the tile.

Making this tile was pleasant and my stress was gone in no time. And, as a bonus,
I like it!


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. I try to comment all entries, but I'm not able to do Instagram a.o.
Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 7 maart 2017

Lovely Amphora

The first Monday of March and as always that means an UMT. This time it is a lovely tangle created by Lily Moon, she named it 'Amphora'.

I never used this tangle before and like drawing it, the only problem is, what tangles to use next to it! Working on this tile was fun, but the result is not something I like (no, also not the next morning).



Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. I try to comment all entries, but I'm not able to do Instagram a.o.
Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 28 februari 2017

It's all about the process

This week it's a duo-tangle: Marasu and Molygon. I do like the duo-tangle concept, but found these tangle a bit hard to combine.

I thought the best tile for this challenge was a 3Z and put Marasu in the center, but it turned out too much to the left. But, as Laura said in her post (and we all know): "It's about the process and not the result".
In the end I do like this tile (a bit).

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!

Annemarie

woensdag 22 februari 2017

My personal Waybop

Because on Monday it was 'family day' in Canada (and '-not my- president day' in USA), the challenge is a day later then it normally is.
Still very special and appriciated, because Laura had both children ill this weekend! Hope they will be totally better soon.

As we probably all expected, this week's theme is the new tangle from HQ: Waybop. I had been trying this tangle a few days earlier and found it hard to draw. I'm not very good at the beginning, the distance between the 'rice' shapes. So, the total tangle is a bit out of proportion, but I think that's OK, that's just me.

I took a colored tile (I think it's the third week in a row that I use that color, so next week I'll take something else) and started my personal formed Waybop. Framed it and I think the result is not too bad :-)


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie

dinsdag 14 februari 2017

Februari swap

Voor de eerste keer een swap van Aly; leuk dat ze Magda is gaan helpen!
Aly vraagt ons om terug te gaan naar de eerste tangle die je leerde.
Ik weet dat niet precies meer, maar wel dat ik in 2011 de zentangle kit kocht en begon, gewoon maar begon. Dit is een foto van de allereerste foto uit mijn plakboek:

Ik maakte voor deze swap een tile met een aantal van de tangles die ik in die eerste tiles ook gebruikte en dit werd het:  

Heb de tile gister naar Aly gestuurd en ik hoop dat je hem leuk vindt!

Een warme groet,
Annemarie

Valentine and bookmarks

Valentines Day; that's the theme for Challenge 303.
Yesterday evening I made (a very simple) card for Kees to go with a box of chocolates (bonbons as we call them).
So, this is my entry for this challenge (the difference in color is because the card was in the sunshine when I took the photo):


For all of you, happy Valentine!

Last week I made several bookmarks and I like to show them to you here:



Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you leave me a comment. Work created by fellow tanglers can be seen at 'I am the diva'.

Blessed Be!!!
Annemarie


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