Each week, many blogs host a Zentangle-inspired challenge. I am now hooked on trying to take part in as many as I can. Here’s a guide to challenges I’ve found, but please let me know which ones you take part in that I’m missing.
Tangle Challenges I’ve Participated In
As of February 3, 2015, the Zendala Dare is back! Erin graduated from nursing school and is an RN. Zendala Dare #95) is Erin’s first tangle challenge after her hiatus. You can download each week’s template (on Tuesdays) from her site and upload the link to your finished mandala using her Mister Linky’s Magical Widget. (Be sure to check our Erin’s Zentangled-inspired art—it’s amazing!)
Each week The Diva (Laura Harms, a Certified Zentangle Teacher) posts a challenge that’s usually related to a story. For instance, for Beads of Courage (Challenge 171), Laura tells the story of the Arts in Medicine program that supports children and their families who are dealing with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. The sick child collects glass beads to represent his/her medical journey–each doctor’s appointment, each needle he/she receives, each infusion or overnight stay in the hospital—the list goes on and on. The collection represents the courage and bravery of the child as he/she goes through a difficult illness. For some children, they create an impressive and beautiful string of glass beads (read the full story and see photos here). She then challenged Zentanglers to create something that depicted courage, using beads for inspiration, or not. When your tangle is complete, use Mister Linky to insert the exact URL to your blog page showcasing your finished design. If you don’t have a blog, you can email The Diva a photo of your finished tangle, and she’ll place it in a slideshow.
Joey’s Weekly Tangle Challenge
Joey posts her weekly challenge on Mondays and encourages anyone who enjoys adding tangles to his/her art to join the fun. Joey comes up with fun themes (e.g. summer night sky, EZ as pie) and offers suggestions for tangles to incorporate. You link up your finished challenge using Mister Linky. There are no end dates, you can enter each challenge when you want.
It’s a String Thing Challenge
Site owner Adele Bruno posts a suggested string and four tangles every Tuesday. She leaves it up to the tangler to decide whether to change the string and whether to use all four tangles. When finished, you email a photo of your tangle to Adele (by Saturday evening). On Monday, you’re treated to all the design submissions. Adele posts each one and adds her insight on something unique she sees in every design. It continues to amaze me how creative the tangled designs turn out. I find myself anxiously waiting for the post to go up on Monday.
Tangle Challenges I’ve Heard About but Haven’t Tried (Yet)
Tackle It Tuesday
This Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) posts challenges using a letter from the alphabet as the week’s theme. You link up your finished design through Mister Linky.
Zentangle — Pattern Mixer
Two tangle patterns are posted on the first day of each month. It’s up to you whether you tangle a duo-tangle tile or add more patterns. The site is in German, but you’ll find an English version if you scroll down the page (or use your browser’s translation feature). You upload your completed tiles using Mr. Linky.
That’s New to Me! Weekly Challenge
Starting in 2015, each Sunday, Suzy will post a random letter of the alphabet. Your challenge is to use a new tangle starting with that letter. You can use more than one tangle, it’s up to you. She has a linking tool on her site, which she encourages you to add to by Saturday before she releases the next week’s challenge.
This bi-weekly-ish challenge is a collaborative affair. If you take part in the challenge, you may be asked to contribute the theme for another week’s challenge. Participants upload their completed Zentangle designs using Mister Linky.
That’s all I know about! Don’t forget to leave a comment with Zentangle challenges you’ve participated in!