Monday, October 17, 2011

I've been here for a year!

"Montgolfier" © 2010 Margaret Bremner
6" square on archival mat board; ink & colored pencil
(Montgolfier is French for 'hot air balloon'; having been
developed by the Montgolfier brothers.)
Tangles: Caviar, Chartz, Crescent Moon, Flux,
'Nzeppel, Opus, Paradox, Purslane, Tipple

October 17 is the first anniversary of my blogdom! 

Bloggitude? Bloggeration? Blogiciousness? ... well, not boredom. I follow. I have followers. I post and comment and reply. I scan, upload, label, proofread and italicize. It's a whole world I barely knew existed 13 months ago. I launched this adventure following a day-long Zentangle workshop planned by myself and Laura Harms, known to many of us as the Diva. In the past year this blog has had more than 117,000 visits!!!

"High Winds" ©
--> 2010 Margaret Bremner5" x 7" on archival mat board; ink and acrylic wash
Tangles: Flux, Krli-q, Msst, Skaylz

It's been quite a delight! I so enjoy and appreciate everyone's comments and compliments. It's inspiring and fun to see what other people are up to via their blogs. It's gratifying to have been inspiring and helpful in return. What a wonderful, supportive bunch you are!

"Behind the Eight Ball" © 2010 Margaret Bremner
6" square on archival mat board; ink and colored pencil
(There's an '8' on the ball, if you look closely.)
Tangles: Bales, Barnacle, Caviar, Coaster, Crescent Moon, D'Uni,
Florz, Gingham, Keeko, Lotus Pods, 'Nzeppel, Paradox, Rain, Shattuck, Unyun

I like the Hobbit custom of giving presents on your own birthday. But I also like getting things. :-) So, I'm going to have a DRAW (pun intended) and give away some of my art. Nothing will be framed - too tricky to mail glass. I will give away 12 pieces, one for each month in blogland, everything you see on today's post.

"Tumble" © 2009 Margaret Bremner
6" square on archival mat board; ink and acrylic wash
Tangles: Cadent, Flux, Msst, Munchin, Paradox, Tri-dots
"Dragon" © 2009 Margaret Bremner
6" square on archival mat board; ink and acrylic washes
Tangles: Cadent, Chartz, Flux, Hibred, Sez, Shattuck (of sorts), Tipple

What's the catch you ask? Here's what I want in return: I would love to have a collection of zentangle tiles by other people - real, actual, original art, zentangle tiles. If you want to participate, here's what you can do:
  • Send me one Zentangle tile.  A classic zentangle: black ink only on a 9 cm (3.5 inch) square, white or off-white paper tile with pencil shading. No letters or words or objects. Just tangles.
  • On the back write your name, mailing address and e-mail address. If you have a preference for any of the artwork, write that on the back too. If I DRAW your name I'll do my best to send you what you like, first DRAWn, first gifted.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The deadline for receipt of your tile is November 18, 2011. 

"Oasis" © 2010 Margaret Bremner
6" x 8" on archival mat board; ink, acrylic, colored pencil
Tangles: Cadent, D'Uni, Flukes, Flux, Hibred, Munchin (of sorts),
, Wud variation, scales, circles, etc.
"Interconnection" © 2009 Margaret Bremner
6" square on archival mat board; ink and acrylic wash
Tangles: Caviar, Chartz, Florz, Flux, Hollibaugh,
Msst, Munchin, Opus, Paradox, Shattuck, Tipple
"Passing Through" © 2010 Margaret Bremner
6" square on cream archival mat board; ink and colored pencil
Tangles: Flux, Ladybugs on a Vine, Pepper (of sorts), Rain, Snookums, Striping

On November 19, I'll put everyone's names (but not your tiles) in my salad bowl, 
close my eyes and start DRAWing.

Send your tile to:
318 Avenue V, North
Saskatoon SK  S7L 3E8
"Paradoxical" © 2010 Margaret Bremner
8" square on archival paper; ink and pencil
Tangles: Betweed, Coaster, Flux, Hibred, Munchin, Paradox,
Wud variation, stripes and circles
untitled © 2010 Margaret Bremner
6" square on archival paper, ink and colored pencil
Tangles: Beadlines, Caviar, Coaster, Drupe,
Finery, Florz, Parabola, Rain
"Nessie" © 2009 Margaret Bremner
5" x 12" on archival mat board (doesn't look it, but it is white); ink and acrylic wash
Tangles: Chartz, Beelight variation, Flux, Hibred, Munchin, Paradox, Shattuck, Skaylz, Tipple
"A Box of Sunlight" © 2010 Margaret Bremner
6" square on archival mat board, ink and colored pencil
Tangles: Bales, Beadlines, Caviar, Coaster, Lotus Pods,
Perfs, Puf, Shattuck, Tipple, Unyun, Wud variation


  1. Congrats on your blogaversary. I have just discovered this art form. Your blog has been so inspirational for me. Keep up the good work.

  2. Jennifer Van Pelt CZTOctober 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    I recently (last week at the CZT7 training) gave away one of my Zentangle was the 1st one I gave away since I started tangling a year ago...the recipient was so excited to receive it I wondered why I hadn't done this before! You will be getting the 2nd one! I feel a trend!

  3. What a great idea for your bog anniversary. I too gave away stuff on my own birthday on my blog (not my blog birthday, that will still be coming up soon so maybe another giveaway). Your work is stunning and I would love to have any one of these pieces. I will try to get one made and sent off to you to participate in the drawing.

  4. Congratulations! I particularly like your dragon drawing.

  5. Wow, what an incredible give away. I will be entering this contest and keeping my fingers crossed. Congrats on your are always and inspiration to me!

  6. Awesome blog for your anniversary, I am just starting my 17th Tile (not counting the dire practice ones) and you have inspired me so much.

    Thank you

  7. I don't have any official tiles; can I participate with another paper cut to the right size? I'd love to play, just don't have the tiles.

  8. Love what I see here! I would love to win...

  9. Happy blogaversary!! Your dragon is awesome!!!

  10. Happy Blogaversary!! I love your drawing style and enjoy coming to your site, your work is so inspiring. :)

  11. Happy Anniversary of your most wonderful blog. What a great way to celebrate, I'm working on getting a tile to you right away. I love your work, if drawn I will have a hard time deciding which I love the most! We are all winners in that you have given us so much insight and inspiration on our Zentangle Journey!

  12. What a great idea..I may have to "borrow" this idea from you when I have a significant anniversary! Love your blog....what wonderful art...I do plan to get a tile off to you...

  13. fabulous idea and your art is wonderful !

  14. Whispering Aloha to you on this very special anniversary. It has been fun to be on this journey with you.

  15. Happy Anniversary, Margaret. I will send a tile and would be honored to receive ANY of your wonderful pieces. Most of all, thanks for sharing fantastic work with us. It is so inspiring.

  16. Congratulations. That's quite an accomplishment, showing dedication and commitment. Your work is lovely, and true art.

  17. OK - I'm in the process of picking which baby to send to you. I hope the mail gets it to you in time - I adore your work!

  18. Thanks so much for such a wonderful year! You have accomplished soo much! I love your site, and like so many others, come here often for inspiration! (I love that you list the tangles that you used on each of your tiles!) My work is not up to sharing so I won't be sending anything, but I will be envious of the winner of the Dragon, and the windswept house! Thanks for all the inspiration!
    Aloha, Andrea

  19. Hey Andrea! Any and all submissions are WELCOME. Please feel free to send something!

  20. Congratulations on your anniversary! Your work has been an inspiration to me. I especially appreciated your tutorial on paradox, which just happens to be one of my favorite tangles. Your blog on improving some of your older tiles was also eye-opening. And I loved seeing the development of your ten tangled houses.

    Thanks so much for your generosity of spirit in sharing your passion and talent.

    I will definitely be sending a tile!

  21. wow wow wow. love this! Just found the zentangle website which sent me here (I was referred to the original by a card artist who is starting to incorporate zentangle). Your "paradoxical" is wonderful!!

  22. Awww, maaan. Of all times to have been semi out of touch in ZT. I would love to participate in this, but I don't think I have enough time to finish my existing obligations, do a tile, and have it get there by the date. :(

  23. Congratulations on a year of blogging and a year of wonderful Zentangle art.
    I will send my tile tomorrow and hopefully it will make it to you on time.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. I love your grafic way zentangle.
    My english ivery pover but i put you by my favourit in my wordpress website, greetings from holland

  25. Thank you Joke! I'm looking into putting a translator on the blog.