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Challenge #100 - Diva Dance

So, no Monday Moleskine this week - it was my mum's birthday - we drove up to see her.....and, I kinda forgot.....oops. As we're all full of Christmas love and cheer and frantic preparation around here (I have 24 coming to lunch Christmas Day), I don't see any MM's happening until after New Years.

Onto this weeks Diva Challenge - what a fabulous milestone for Laura to reach 100 challenges, and how cool to have the introduction of the tangle pattern, Diva Dance to celebrate it. Fantastic. I started in on the challenges about half way through this year, and they have been such a wonderful way for me to stretch myself creatively as well as discovering so many talented tanglers. Love it.

Diva Dance. Love, love, love. Can you tell - I loved playing with this pattern. "Anything goes/rock n'roll" is definitely the version I lean towards.

Here's what I came up with:

Wreath: this was the first thing that came to mind as soon as I saw the potential to tangle up the streams of "threads".

Mookaliciousness: It was a little hard for me to stop with this one, I just kept adding and adding until, basically, it was time to head to bed so I had to finish up. Lots of sticky corners to round out spaces in between curls and threads - loved that they just blended in and became part of the pattern.

Feather: I haven't drawn a feather for a while - Diva Dance worked well for this.

A page from my pattern focus journal, which I mentioned ages ago when I was thinking about organisational options - in this journal I have a bit of a play with patterns I like and include name, how-to's (if needed, this one's pretty self-explanatory). I am really hoping to make some serious inroads with this journal over the christmas/summer break.

Today is my last school session for the year - then 6 weeks off for the summer break - I am so excited, I can barely contain myself! Here's hoping it's a beautiful, hot summer, though, thus far the weather report is saying clearing showers and 22C for Christmas Day (we do our lunch out on our verandah), it's not perfect, but a lot better than the rain and near freezing temperatures we had a couple of years ago and had to stuff many, many people inside our little house.

I hope you and your family have the most wonderful, fun, happy Christmas and New Year.



  1. Wow! Love the diversity of your tangles and they all look so great. The upper one could almost become a nest with eggs. Mooka and feather look great and like the free form from your journal. Hope your holiday plans go well and are enjoyable for all.

  2. Lovely tiles Helen. I like the nest of eggs, or celebratory berry wreath!! I hope you have a lovely sunny Christmas day with your family and no rain.

  3. I love what you've done with these tangles. I really love organic tangles, and you've done a wonderful job with making these organic. Beautiful!

  4. You make the most beautiful tangles! Thank you for taking the time to share them with all of us. I hope you have a beautiful, sunny, warm Christmas. Here it looks like we will have a white Christmas...a few inches of snow fell today and more is forecast. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  5. I knew you would come with something original.
    But these are Fabulous!!!

  6. So happy to see you make the Diva Dance yours! These tiles are a wonderful reflection of your style. Thanks for the "organizational" suggestion!

  7. i am absolutely in awe of your work and mentioned it (and my shameless attempt at emulating it) on my blog today! hope you don't mind!

    sounds like you are going to have a full house for the holidays enjoy!

  8. As always, Helen, you've taken Zentangle® to a whole new level! LOVE these!

  9. Holy Moly, you're one talented tangler! I'm visiting for the first time from Molly at Sasifricious and have to say I just love your work. I'm your newest subscriber so I don't miss a single one..... :)

  10. What a great Idea to combine the diva dance tangles with existing tangles. They all make beautiful pairs.
    You are a tangle magician how you transform them in such a beautiful combinations. Great.

  11. You've got rhythm Helen, I am so glad you found our group, you add sparkle and panache! Mery Christmas, hope your day is superb!

  12. I love to come to page and soak in the beauty of each piece that you find a way to make your own no matter what the pattern they are always yours! Thank you for being here each week so I can enjoy to my heart's content! Happy Holidays!

  13. Your tangles are always so beautiful and inspiring!

  14. helen, i'm saving your last picture with the line drawings of the 3 steps - perfect for my tangle book. and i love your tile - so pretty - as always :)

  15. I love the Mookaliciousness, it just works so well. Fantastic job as always.

  16. Your artwork is always so stunning and beautiful! Great job using the Diva Dance tangles.

  17. Your work is fabulous! Always a joy to come to your blog.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  18. Ah Helen, I cannot choose which one I love the most, your art is amazing. Enjoy your vacation.

  19. As always, you make me so happy just looking at what a tangle can do. I'm like so many, in that I look forward to seeing what you will do with each challenge and get inspired to try something brave myself. Love the berry wreath best!


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