I decided I needed a blog space to post my craft projects, knitting, zentangles, things I make for my niece Miss V, etc. The name of the blog - "a pinch, a potch, and a kiss" - is something my grandfather used to lovingly say to us grandkids and it brings back fond memories of childhood. He had a particular cadence to the phrase that I can still hear in my head and it always makes me smile.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Diva Challenge #37: Kiss my Grids

The challenge this week is to use only grid-based tangles within a tile. I LOVE grid-based tangles, so this challenge was right up my alley.iamthedivaczt

Diva Challenge #35: Tile on Tile

This was the challenge from the week of 8/15, but I just got around to scanning it. The challenge was basically to create a tile within a tile. I ended up making 2 of these because I wasn't very happy with my first attempt (it bugged me that the inner tangle wasn't obvious).

Attempt #2 - In addition to the tile within a tile, I also enjoyed playing around with inverted patterns on the "outer" tile.

Attempt #1 - I think the inner tile is the egg-like shape in the middle.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Teacups and Keys

The Zentangle Inspired Art yahoo group hosts regular art swaps (you make a card according to the swap guidelines and swap/trade it for a card from another member of the group). I decided to give it a try and participate in two; the themes were (1) Teacups and (2) Keys.

I kept them black and white and used a single tangle for the background...sort of like wallpaper. I really like how all three of these turned out.

The background tangles are
  • Top left is a variation of Insydout by Mari Masi
  • Top right is a variation of Warped Eggs by Livia Chua
  • Bottom is a variation of Purzue by Laurie Patterson

I wanted to try some color. I'm not very comfortable with incorporating color yet (or even shading for that matter), but I'm glad I tried it. Two of them use watercolor pencils and one was Bic Mark-It permanent markers and colored Microns.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Diva's Weekly Zentangle Challenge #34, "Opposites Attract"

This is my first official submission for the Weekly Zentangle Challenge on I am the diva - CZT blog. The challenge is Opposites Attract and these were the instructions:
Create your string using EITHER straight lines alone, or solely curving shapes and then fill the string with its opposite!
If you used the straight-line string, fill it with curves and orbs and other soft tangles.
If you used the curvy string, try to fill it using only grid-based and angular tangles.

So, I made one of each. Here ya go.

Straight with Curvy
From Zentangle Challenges

Curvy with Straight
From Zentangle Challenges

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


In July 2011 I found the Zentangle Basics book on the clearance table at a Paper Source store in San Francisco. I had seen a reference to Zentangles on a blog a few months earlier so I knew exactly what they were and they looked like fun to try. I've been completely obsessed ever since.

I'm going to try to post them as I finish them, but to get started I'm just going to do an image dump. Enjoy.