Saturday, March 7, 2015

Diva Challenge #207 ~ UMT (Umbatz)

Another full week and another challenge from the Diva. Since it is the first week of the month, she has chosen a tangle from those submitted to her. This month our UMT is Umbatz by Sandy Hunter. This is a fun tangle that I could probably draw forever since it has so many possibilities. I have pages and pages of variations that I played with and even came up with a tile that I For now though, I will just jump in and post my efforts. Hope you enjoy!

These are just a few of the samples that I came up with. There was just so much that you can do with this fun little tangle! I think it will become one of my favorites very quickly. My only problem was finding what to go along side of it.

As you can see, I was playing with various tangles to go with it, but it was evading me with a vengeance! I couldn't decide if I needed to do straight lines or what, but I finally came up with one....

Diva Challenge #207
Media: 3.5" x 3.5" tile, Micron Pen 01, Pencil and Stomp
Tangles: Umbatz, Hollibaugh, Flux,  Tipple, and a few
floating pearls
This is the one I chose to complete and submit for the challenge this week. I found that I absolutely zenned out doing this one, and it surprised me because it really wasn't that was just a simple little design. Goes to show you, that you never know what will really relax you in the end, so you just gotta keep trying!

I've also started to make a few smaller sized tiles to start leaving around for RAZ (Random Acts of Zentangle) and here are my first two:

This one is done on watercolor paper 2.5" x 3.5" using black Micron 01, pencil to shade with, white colored pencil over shading and white Gelly Roll for highlights. Tangles are Narwal, Bunzo, Mssst, Hibred (sp?) I think, and some stippled shadowing. I still haven't decided what I will put on the back, but at least I have it done and ready to place.

This is another RAZ on 2.5" x 3.5" cold press board using black Micron 01 and pencil and stomp only. Not sure about these tangles either, since I just let my pen do it's thing, but I see a bit of Diva Dance, Hollibaugh, Betweed, Tipple, and I'm afraid I can't remember what the circle ones are called.  I really DON'T like getting

But anyway, I realize it's late in the week to get these in, but at least I have them and I do enjoy participating in these challenges. They force me out of my box and get me going!  If you want to see all the other posts to this challenge, please stop by at the DIVA's CHALLENGE here  and join in the fun!  Thank you for stopping my to take a look at my efforts this week and if you can, please leave a comment ... I love to read all your comments!  Thank you for all your wonderful comments last week and hope to see yours on the challenge too!


  1. WOW, I LOVE your tile and keep looking at it. It's fun and beautiful and the shading is so very well done. I always find it hard to decide what to write on the back of a RAZ.

  2. I really like your variation of UNBATZ! My favorite part of your tile, though, is the little black dots, each with a shine and a shadow. Thank you for sharing your practice sketches as well.

  3. Very elegant challenge tile! Your tiles for RAZ are beautiful, too!

  4. these are all so delightful. I love unbatz too. It is such a fun shape to play with, and I love what you did. Especially along the right section of that second pic, where it looks like brax. Very cool little flowers there.

    The circle thing in your last sample looks like inapod to me. You sure had fun with all of these, I can tell. I like to create smaller pieces and leave them around, too. I do bijou's or sometimes inchies. Fun!

  5. I love your tile and lots of fun variations too! Someone is going to be lucky when they find your RAZs!

  6. Really wonderful work here. I love the shadows on your "Unbatz" tile and your RAZ's are great. I especially love the one with "Narwal". I just discovered that pattern this week and I've been practicing it a lot.