Cross my heart…

…they’re all my own work!

Here’s the fourth cross. I think this one is my favourite, if I’m honest.

You can biggify by clicking on the picture, should you wish to. This one uses the zentangle patterns Celtic (centre of the cross bars), a version of Chainlink (around the outside of the cross, Half Onions (in the circle) and an ad-hoc design in the centre (loosely based on “Holly”)

As I said, I think this one is my favourite. What about you? Which one do you prefer?

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Cross my fingers…

…I hope you like this one!

Here’s the third in the series (click on the picture to biggify):

This one uses the zentangle patterns Hibred (around the outside of the cross), Intwine (inside the cross bars), and Amun (around the circle). There’s a very simple Celtic knot in the centre.

Don’t get cross…

…but I’m being a little lazy with the next few posts.

You see, as you may know, the Convocation of the Episcopal Churches in Europe is in the process of electing a new Bishop. The Search committee has done its job, and has selected four candidates for the post. Should you be interested, you can read their profiles here.

Now the candidates have a rather gruelling time ahead of them, as they travel to Europe (they’re all based in the USA) to take part in a week’s “interview” process – with what we’re calling Walkabouts in Paris, Munich & Rome. At each place they will be subjected to a Q&A session, which will be videoed and made available for all congregations across Europe to watch. I am on the Transition committee, which is in charge of organising the Walkabouts, the Election process (to take place at Convention in October), and the Consecration of the new Bishop. It’s an exciting time, but it involves a lot of hard work. As a voting Parish delegate, I’ll be going to Paris on 27th September to take part in the Q&A session, but I won’t necessarily be voting for the candidate that I like best, but taking into account the views of the rest of the congregation at Clermont.

I thought it would be nice to give each candidate a small gift of a zentangled cross, with a Bible verse. So I’ve spent several hours working on these, and they’re now finished. I’m going to show you all four, but spread over four days-worth of blogging. A bit lazy, I’m afraid! Sorry!

Here’s number 1 (click on picture to biggify):

This one incorporates some Celtic knotwork, and the zentangle patterns Half-onions (inner circle), Chordin (outer circle) and a version of Twistle (cross bars)

Just another zentangle

My mother in law asked me to design a piece of zentangle inspired art for her. She didn’t quite know what of – “something nature-y” “maybe flowers or trees” “no animals” – OK, that’s clear then.

Finally I came up with this:

(click on the picture to biggify)

Since taking the photo, I’ve put a tad more colour onto it, using pastels crayons. Here are some close-ups

I hope she likes it!

I’m now going to work on a stag for our friend Richard, who seems to be collecting stag heads of various sorts (none real, I hasten to add!) for his house.

Another Zentangle

This was done for a small boy who loves cats. Chomeuse’s Chou sent me a delightful picture of his grey cat, Delilah

Chou writes “He loves his cats more than anything in the world” , (E ( some days later) TA: I’m sure Chou is very intelligent & advanced for his age, but he’s not up to writing yet. Of course, I meant “CHOMEUSE writes….”) so I sent a zentangle of a cat for him

I believe he quite liked it.

And another card!

Yesterday and today’s posts are two scheduled posts – I had my chemo yesterday, so won’t be up to much blogging in the next week. I may get round to a couple more scheduled posts too… We’ll see.

Anyway, this is another card that I made (click on the image to biggify):

I made this for Charlotte, who is someone I have met, and become a-bit-more-than-acquaintances-with , at the chemo sessions. Her cancer is Stage 4, and she is having chemo every three weeks “until I die”  – as she said to me cheerfully when we first met! She is indubitably cheery, obviously well-liked by all the nurses at the hospital, and she immediately put me at ease during my first session, when I was confused and a tad upset about what was happening.

We have talked a little about our faith, but more about our travels, our families, our jobs – she is a tutor, in maths, French and English – and usually, midway between sessions we text each other once or twice. This is the last time I’ll see her however, as she has been given permission to postpone her next chemo for a week, so that she can go to the South of France with her family. She is clearly excited, as she was telling everybody about it last time!

Charlotte is not your “typical” chic French lady. She wears the most colourful clothes, with patterns and shades all clashing and vying for attention, but somehow this suits her beautiful, bright personality. So I thought this style of card would be right for her. I used the same technique as I used for Zavia & Isaac’s wedding card:

tearing up, and PVA glueing down, scraps of colourful paper. With Zav and Isa’s card I used all greens, which seemed appropriate for a Spring wedding. For Charlotte, I went all out with the colours of the rainbow, trying to grade them from orange, and pink, through to green, then blue and purple. All of these came from the Gudrun Sjoden catalogue (as they did for Zav & Isa’s card) which has the most gorgeous colours and patterns!

The verse is “my” verse – the one that has kept me going through this time (I was going to say “ordeal”, but, if I’m honest, it has not been that serious. It’s been a pain, it’s been unpleasant, but “ordeal”, or “trial” really is too strong a word for it!) – but in French:

En effet, c’est moi, l’Eternel, ton Dieu, qui empoigne ta main droite et qui te dis : “N’aie pas peur ! Je viens moi-même à ton secours.”

I hope Charlotte finds this verse as inspirational as I have done. And that she likes the card too!!!