Diva Challenge #124 – Calgary Floods

I didn’t know this as it hadn’t made the news in the UK – but apparently there have been some devastating floods in the Calgary region of Canada.
For Laura, the Diva, this is a part of the world which is close to her heart as it is where she spent the first years of her married life. Which prompted this week’s challenge.

The brief was to draw something, anything, that would reflect something, anything, of the difficulties and challenges people in disaster-struck areas might be going through. The struggles, the heartbreak, the loss, but also the increased sense of solidarity knitting communities together when such tragedies and events occur.

I can only imagine what it must be like to face something like the loss of one’s home, and worse, loved ones, when floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters hit. The thought of their plight makes my heart weep. This was what I wanted to reflect in my drawing, hence the teardrops.

However there is also a deep undercurrent of hope going on in the picture, reflected in the hearts and curly plants rising up from the floodwaters. This happened almost in spite of me – I guess my personal experience of knowing deep hope and joy even in the midst of incredible suffering and grief wanted to make its way out here! i have a real conviction that good can and DOES always end up coming out of difficult, tragic situations, and I wanted to express that – I hope it comes through.



Dandy, Step-by-Step

I’ve been drawing it quite a bit lately, so here it is deconstructed.
Not that anyone would have trouble drawing it without the step-out but, well, you can never be too sure 🙂


You’re welcome.

Oh and if you want to see it in action, have a look here and here.

Diva Challenge #123 – Look – No Tangles!

At first I was totally daunted by this week’s challenge.

But then I thought about it a little.
Then thought a little more.
And started to feel excited.

Let me explain: the brief was to draw a tile without using any existing tangles or any variations of any known patterns (AKA tanglelations…if I got that right…??! I am still learning Zentangle jargon – bear with me).

Impossible!” was my initial reaction… “I can never do that, I’ve got no tangles of my own”…. *panic*

But after I had drawn my string, it gradually dawned on me that being ‘banned’ from using anything ‘known’ might actually open up a whole new realm of possibilities, but ones that could only be explored once the door to anything familiar was firmly closed.

There’s a quote that goes something like this:
“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

I do believe leaving the shore did me good today.

The ocean looked scary at first – but once I was on it, it turned out to be a rather pleasant, fun day out!

At least a couple of new tangles were born in the process too. And my pesky little Dandy seeds are back. I’d call that a win-win situation, wouldn’t you?


Diva challenge #122 – Grid (Un) Locked

Grid seeds!!!
So much fun!
Such a fabulous idea!!
So many exclamation marks!!!

Seriously though.
The possibilities for growth are endless when you start with one seed.
One seed.
That’s all it takes.
From one seed, something stunning can grow and the beauty of it is that it allows growth to be either organic or totally controlled and regimented, depending on one’s individual style, preferences, and mood at the time.


I look forward to making up more seeds and playing with them. This has opened up the world of grids to me like never before and I love it!!


Diva challenge #121 – Birds on a Wire

I think I’m guilty of overworking my string!!
Still, here is my take on this new tangle which I LOVE!! I adore curls of any sort, so imagine my glee at the thought of being able to arrange a load of them prettily onto a border. Genius idea!
I added a little ‘crest’ on each ‘bird’ and swapped the dot for a triangle.
Cos, y’know, this is Zentangle 🙂

Oh and the dandelion seeds….??
Yeah, you better get used to them.