Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Diva Challenge #200 Yeehah! and Napier, NZ

Congratulations to Laura Harms on such an amazing achievement. Two hunded Challenges ago she sent out her first zentangle challenge for aspiring tanglers. With 1.7 million page views and 3000 fans on Facebook she has brought so much pleasure to us all. Thank you Laura. You can find her site on

Our challenge for this week is to make a monotangle (using only one tangle in a variety of ways) using from our favourite tangle, and include the number 200 somewhere on a borderless tile. My fave one is probably "Leaflet" by Helen Williams (thanks Helen). I use it quite a bit as its such a flexible pattern to use in many ways. Below I have used a colour wash background, .005 micron pen, pigma brush tips and  Derwent Watercolour Pencils for shading.
A few others done for Facebook Zentangle sites
Camelia and Betweed

Leaflet, Coaster, Euca and Dl-nebula

Art Deco at Napier, New Zealand.

Typical Art Deco carpet
A national disaster resulted in Napier Becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd, 1931, a massive earthquake -7.9 on the Richter scale, rocked Hawke's Bay for more than 3 minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake or fires which followed. The current styles of the time was Art Deco, Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission, thus rebuilding reflected these styles.

I am not only a lover of pattern, but especially Art Deco patterns. The style is rhythmic, often geometric, uses floral motifs and is most elegant. Colour also plays an important part in the designs.
My friends brother in law drove us around the city in his old vintage model T!! Here are some pics from Napier. As I was being driven around I had to video most buildings, so forgive the less than perfect pics.
Ready to drive me around Napier!
Typical patterning on a building

Hows that for a manhole cover?

Entrance to The Tobacco Company

Inside. Traces of Stripped Classical

So elegant

I think thats probably enough for one post!!
More to follow next week.

btw..laura is offering prizes if you enter her competition this week. Why not have a go?


  1. Super tiles, Anne - I love them all and always enjoy seeing the effects you can get with colour. Very interesting glimpse of Napier too - what a lovely tangle that manhole cover would make! Axxx

  2. Leaflet! that's another favorite of mine...you've done it so well. Love the post, with all the patterns you discovered everywhere! that tobacco door...wow!

  3. I love your challenge piece and it's design and coloring. I also love those photo's, thanks for sharing.

  4. Great tile - the colour is lovely. I love art deco too - your pictures are great.

  5. Wonderful challenge tile with the touch of blue!

  6. I like Leaflet too. One of the few non official tangles that I go back to. Nice tiles. I like your photos too. What a lovely manhole cover!

  7. Beautiful work with leaflet...and your trip around Napier was inspiring. Would love to see those architectural elements in person someday.

  8. Great display of tiles. Helen has some great tangles. Liked the pictures of your trip around Napier.

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