The temperatures are soaring and they say we’re at the beginning of a heat wave, a condition that I personally have no problem with… as long as there’s air conditioning to take a break when needed. Like most of the day.
On the positive side, this thick, blanket-like heat reinforces my summer attitude, and helped to inspire the Zentangle® tile I’m sharing today, which was created in response to a Zentangle community challenge. This is actually the first time I’ve played along with one of these challenges, and I’d say it was a fitting one for my first.
The challenge was issued on a blog dedicated to Zentangle called I Am the Diva. Each week CZT Laura, the official diva, issues a challenge to the Zentangle community and participants share the tiles created in response to that challenge. Some weeks the challenge is to use specific tangle patterns, other times it can be tied into a holiday, and some weeks it’s a theme. This week’s challenge, issued by a guest blogger since Laura is on vacation this month, was to use tangle patterns that reminded you of nature and the outdoors, to celebrate the season. While I’ve played along privately, this is the first Zentangle weekly challenge where I’m publicly sharing the results. The fun thing about these community challenges is looking at all of the tiles created by other Zentangle enthusiasts, and seeing how many different interpretations there can be.
My tile uses 8 different tangles, including Pokeroot, Pokeleaf, Fescu, Tipple, Verdigogh, Rain, Mssst, and Sprinkle, which are some of my favorites. I’m a huge fan of the organic category of tangles (tangles that have been inspired by natural elements, as opposed to more abstract designs) and looking at this tile I can think of many more I could have used. But, nobody says I can’t create another one tomorrow!