In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day…

The Diva, Laura Harms, loves the St. Patty’s holiday so naturally the challenge is about honoring the day by using green in any way the artist wishes.ย  Green paper, green pen, pencil, marker or crayon.ย  Or incorporate St. Patrick’s day with a shamrock, a rainbow with a pot of gold, or a leprechaun.

I get to use color…How does it get any better than that?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I chose to stick with the non-representational aspect of Zentangle and just used some of my favorite tangles.ย  I then chose to color them with only green colored pencils.ย  I often use the lime/olive family of colored pencils so this time I decided to use some of the other green pencils.

I wasn’t all that thrilled with my first tile.ย  It felt like I needed more white areas to balance all that green.ย  Because I always want to show my first tile in answer to the challenge here it is:

Tangles: Trivet, Tripoli, and Antidots Colored with green Prismacolor pencils

Tangles: Trivet, Tripoli, and Antidots
Colored with green Prismacolor pencils

I decided to do another tile with more white space.ย  Here is my second tile.ย  I used the same green pencils for the second tile.


Tangles: MI2,  Golven, Flux and Tipple Colored with green Prismacolor Pencils

Tangles: MI2, Golven, Flux and Tipple
Colored with green Prismacolor Pencils


I encourage you to view the other tiles submitted to Laura’s blog and see how others chose to complete this challenge.ย  It is always interesting and educational for me.

Thank you for visiting my blog.ย  I appreciate all the comments that are left on my blog.ย  And to those who left comments last week –ย  Thank you!!!!!!!

Until next time,
Sending smiles,

26 Responses to In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day…

  • Wow, beautiful pieces. My favorite is #2, I love how you used Mi2, looks great with 2 colors of green.

    • Thank you Diana. The shading for MI2 follows this wonderful pattern. I am really happy that it looks like I used two greens there. Where the pattern looks like it is going under, I just put a darker green and then right next to the curve I put yet a darker green and then used a white pencil to blend them together. Great fun! I appreciate your comment and glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Well both tiles look pretty good to me but the second one is especially pretty. I think the fade through from one colour to the next is very effective.

    • Thank you Maggibee. The MI2 pattern lends itself to the shading and once I got how to do this pattern it became one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I like both tiles but have to agree that the second is my favorite!

    • Thank you Dorita. If I didn’t make a promise to myself to show the first tile that I do, I would have only published the second. To hide the tiles that I don’t find pleasing would defeat my reason for doing the challenge in the first place, right? That said, I really appreciate your comment and affirming that the first one was a good exercise, and a learning experience, while the second is visually more pleasing to my eye too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I like both your tiles and cant’ say which one more. You have used two patterns I always am failing: Tripoli and MI2. You wangled them very nice.

    • Thank you Beewatch. Both of these patterns were a struggle for me in the beginning, but once I got them they became favorites. I might do a tutorial on Tripoli and if I do I’ll post it in my newsletter (There is a link at the end of the blog to my website and you will see the sign in on the right). It won’t be until the end of April at the earliest because my schedule is jam packed with other commitments and obligations (the biggie is getting my taxes done on time). Thank you for the inspiration to do the tutorial. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I think I prefer the second one, but they’re both lovely tiles!

  • I’m not sure you actually had much more white space in your second tile, but it looks different. Number 2 is also my favorite, but I appreciate you posting #1 so we could follow along as it evolved. I’m always interested in process too. Your use of the different greens for shading is really skillful.

    • Thank you Suzanne. You are right…there isn’t a lot of white in the second tile. In the first tile the only white is between the triangles of Tripoli. Looking at the scanned image, the light green shows up as white. That said, the second has a bit more white. Thank you for commenting on the shading. I appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Both are wonderful, but the 2nd is my favorite!

  • Glad you posted both tiles and, like all others, the second is my favorite. I myself always post my first and most of the time the second is never done ๐Ÿ™

    • Thank you Annemarie. I know what you mean about well intentioned second tiles. I fall into that category too. I think that I’ll get back to doing it and don’t. But I love the challenges and when I started posting my tiles I promised myself that I would post the first one I did because it isn’t about having the “best” tile, it is about answering the challenge. Right? But this time, I just had to do a second tile. The first one was just too much green – and is more so in person than in the scan. Not because I thought I needed to – it was just to satisfy my own desire to do it again. Thanks for your vote and for your encouragement. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Both are wonderful and I canยดt decide for a favorite! Like your way of colouring!

    • Thank you LonettA. I really enjoy the relaxation that comes with coloring the tiles. Glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Both tiles are really nice. I like the second one better – I think it has a better composition, but I appreciate your courage and willingness to show something you feel is not “best”. It’s an encouragement to us all of us to persevere when a tile doesn’t come out just right. . Great work – Thanks!

    • Thank you Suzanne. Your comment made my day! I agree with you about the composition of the second tile. And, I am happy that it serves to encourage others. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your work definitely has inspired me to do that “second tile”. The second one is my favorite, but as said above…it definitely encourages to keep with the process and try another one. It may be totally different, but I think part of it is just the momentum of continuing on makes a person more relaxed. This week I did paradox as a border and the more I work with that tangle the more confident I become with the process.

    • Thank you Lynell. I Agee with you about working with a pattern and getting more comfortable with it. For me, one of the things I love about the Diva Challenge is how it encourages me to keep trying. There have been tangles that initially did not appeal to me, but after working with them and then creating a tile I got to really like them. And, I find that I learn so much just looking at other’s work. It is so interesting. In the beginning I did not submit my tiles (mainly because I didn’t have a blog and didn’t know how) but I did the challenge and put my tiles in a separate picture album. Thank you for your comments. They encourage me to post all of my tiles, even those that leave me with the desire to do another one.

  • I did two this week also…green was a challenge! I love your shading!

    • Thank you Cari. Isn’t it wonderful that we embrace the challenge and it brings us to awarenesses that we would not otherwise have known? It pushes me to expand, which I love. Thanks for the encouragement and acknowledgements. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nice job on both tiles. Not sure that I have a favorite.

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