Black, White, Red (Pink) Diva Challenge 272

Black, White, Red (Pink) Diva Challenge 272


Diva Challenge 272:

  • Black and white Zentangle tile and add red
  • Extra challenge have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously! (I needed the extra challenge as you will see below:)

Part of first tile that I liked…


And then PINK happened…

“Arghh, breathe, let it go”


The white Gelly Roll and red micron did their own “dance” and the “pink” runneth over! 

  • Tangle life lesson 1:) Pink happens… (note-to-self stay away from red ink and white Gelly Roll pens unless you want pink)
  • Tangle life lesson 2:) Rixty (variations) and Waltz (Diva Dance variation) are very fun to draw, pink or not.
  • Tangle life lesson 3:) There is always another tile to try…

Second tile:


  • Munchin and (a rounded fan design, which  may not be an official tangle pattern – I gave a look on, but still not sure …)
  • When I tangled the rounded fan shape, I was thinking “rounded Munchin/topped with a touch of Crescent Moon.” Since I am a writer, I love to name things. If this one doesn’t have a name, and I were to name it as a tangle, I would call it “Fair Us Wheel” in a nod to Ferris Wheels from amusement parks. Again, not sure, so I am going to defer to part 2 of the Diva’s Challenge and not worry t00 much about its origin at the moment.  

Hope you were seeing red (and not pink) if you took the challenge:)




Zendala FUN




Zendala FUN:  Keeping it Zen on a sunny afternoon

Four tangle patterns

Unconstrained by symmetry

N No worries, let it flow one stroke at a time!

As you may know the “Zen,” in Zentangle is the idea that there are no mistakes, just artistic experimentation, fun and flow. So, on a beautiful summer afternoon in New England I had the bonus of a little creative time on my hands (love when this happens:) and I enjoyed creating an asymmetrical Zendala using four patterns Abundes, Poke Root, Sanibelle and Squid, with a Sakura micron 01 and a graphite pencil. B.t.w., Zendala tiles come blank and pre-strung with grayscale strings. I chose a pre-strung floral style pattern for this design.

If you find yourself with a little creative time, why not give a free-flowing Zendala a try:)

Have FUN!






















Of Cephalopods and Dragons

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Fighting with dragons while writing a middle grade fantasy novel…

One of the things writers try to avoid are the old played out tropes – unless you can make them fresh- for me I wanted to avoid a classic of many fantasy novels- dragons. Why, because I didn’t think I could make a dragon anew, or if I tried, I would need a huge dose of “dragon Febreze,”(choose your favorite air-freshener here:)  Of course, so many writers had done dragons well in fantasy books for ages. But dragons simply weren’t for me.

In fact, to some degree, I was purposefully avoiding dragons – not wanting to get “tropey,” with my work, yes, but imaginatively speaking, I felt a bit trailed by them, LOL. I was born in the year of the dragon, work in a school that has a dragon mascot and my father worked for a company that used a dragon as its figure head.

Then as often happens when you try to avoid something it comes to you.

My dragon came to me, in the form of Science Friday Cephalopod Week. My writer’s brain billowed in the fascinating  watery world of octopus eyes, jeweled suckers and beautiful brains and whoosh, my water dragon was born. A different dragon that felt fresh to me with a dose of octopus and science air-freshener.

I recently saw the author Elizabeth Gilbert, in an art forum, discuss her book Big Magic Creative Life Beyond Fear. I am a believer in the type of creative magic she describes. Simple connections that creative thinking morphs together when one regularly puts butt in chair.  Who knew the dragon I did not want to include in my middle grade novel would be born on National Cephalopod Week?



Beads of Courage ZIA


Diva challenge #271 

This is my first official tangle challenge from the Iamthedivaczt  blog. It’s a fun one to try and has the bonus of being inspired by a great cause.

The ZIA challenge: Paint splotch the 3.5 tile and tangle beads:) I used:

  • Water color pencils for paint splotches
  • 01 Sakura black micron
  • Gelly Roll gold pen

About Beads of Courage…

I am just learning about Beads of Courage. The Diva, Laura, shares her poignant family stories on her website (, along with her creative and inspiring weekly tangle challenges. It feels like participating in this tangle challenge is a supportive cheer for this good cause that helps children cope with treatments for their health conditions. Beads of Courage: What a beautiful thing to acknowledge courage, give hope, and support to kids (and their families) as they tackle the personal challenges of illness.

Also, what a generous and beautiful thing, Laura, the Diva does every week to inspire art and creativity! Since I am “newer” to the Zentangle method, weekly challenges at once inspire and scare me, but I know I will be back to try some more.




Summer Reading A-Z

Summer reading A-D

As a librarian, I am good friends with alphabetical order. I am having fun creating my summer reading list of 26 books – in alphabetical order by title or author – LOL.  Excited to start summer reading – today:)

Here is the top of the reading pile, A-D: 

All middle grade titles (ages 9-12)

Audacity Jones by Kirby Larson  Hoping indeed that “everything will turn out splendid in the end” as the book blurb entices…

The BFG  by Roald Dahl (again- yes, because of the movie)

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass (on audio so I can tangle  – see other part of this blog if you are interested in finding out what tangling is… I started this novel some time ago, but so many kids wanted it from the library – I had to let it go… excited for the audio version.

DiCamillo, Kate  Raymie Nightingale  Because it is by Kate DiCamillo:) 

Hope your summer reading is off to a good start too:)