24-Z by B e v e r l y




Hard to believe but we have come to the end of the 24th session of ABC Wednesday. This week we end with Z.

Z is for Zentangle

I am sure many of you have doodled with pen and paper, drawing circles or hearts or odd shapes. I encouraged my students to doodle with different lines and shapes.

Drawing zentangles is a much more structured form of doodling. This method of drawing was created by Rick and Maria and is a registered trademark.

zen card 001

Lines are drawn on small cards in pencil and then different designs are created in each space, usually with a Pigma micron pen (although I have used other thin permanent markers).
After filling the spaces with different zentangles, you can then shade to add more depth.
The usual cards are 3.5 “ square tiles, made from Italian paper.

The basic steps are (as detailed in Totally Tangled by Sandy Steen Bartholomew)
1. Dots – make a dot in each corner of the tile with a pencil. Then join the dots, making a border
I am using the pen so you can see the steps easser)

dots 001

  1. String – draw several lines in pencil – called the string – that will give you the needed spaces to draw the tangles

string 001

  1. Tangles – using your pen, fill in each space with different zentangles

zens 001

  1. Shade – you can use your pencil to add depth by shading


Names are given to each design, such as AHH, Betweed, Binial. There are over 150 different zentangles. And many, many ways of combining them in pleasing designs.

Check here for getting started at the Zentangle website.
I have taken a course from a registered zentangle teacher and have since bought several books to improve my skill level. (Check here for my favourite.)
Here are some examples of zentangles I have created:

It is a very relaxing hobby. I have taken pens and cards with me when I travel – an easy way to destress and be creative in small chunks of time. For some, it is even meditative.



Added by Melody:
And as a little ‘goodbye-note’ because per start of round 25 he will stop to be a teammember, Roger sais: “Visualize peace”
Since Beverly will also stop to be a teammember starting round 25…

I say: Thank you so much for having my back the past rounds since I took over!

24-Y by Roger


I don’t think I considered it until I took French in high school, but I realized at that point that standard English was deficient. While French has tu for second person singular and vous for second person plural, English uses the word you for both. I subsequently discovered that most languages followed the French rule, such as German du/ihr and Russian ty/vy.

So some groups have developed their own set of second person plural pronouns, such as y’all and yous. Some Australians, just like some Americans and some Brits, have for many years now been happily using valid second person plural pronouns. It helps in clear communication, allows succinctness of expression, and, sadly, has invariably been associated with a lack of education and low socio-economic status.

But it is not the failure of the speakers, it’s the failure of the language. These words do not reflect ignorance on the part of speakers who use them, but a legitimate linguistic development called leveling by morphological analogy, whereby missing pieces of the grammar are generated by analogy with other parts of grammar. In other words, people instinctively create words when the meaning would otherwise be ambiguous.

Thus English is lacking here, but it was not always so. The King James Bible, e.g. has a perfectly useful pairing, thou for singular, ye for plural. Over the years, however, the terms meshed.

My basic point is that perhaps we ought not to deride those people who have creatively addressed a linguistic need.

Twelve years ago, the TIME person of the year was YOU. Read all about it.

Here are three songs, all very different, called You:
Marvin Gaye
George Harrison

I am hoping YOU will visit YOUR compatriots on the ABC Wednesday platform.

(Yes, I stole this post from myself in January 2011. If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!)