Cat zentangles are like buses…

None for ages and then two come along together!

This one is also for the cat charity, although I think it looks slightly more vulpine than feline. (I had to look up the word “vulpine” – it means fox-like) I like this one as it gives a bit of a sense of fluffiness. In case you’re interested, it took me about 4 hours to do this one – an ideal way to spend a warm Sunday afternoon. Although I probably need to have a bit of a stretch now!

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And here’s another one!

Drawn for a cat charity to raffle or whatever:

I used the same outline as I used for Chou’s cat, a few months ago, as I liked it.

There’s no way I can tell you which zentangle patterns I used – there’s so many of them! Also, a few of the patterns aren’t “official” named ones…more like doodling than zentangling!

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?

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)

Zent-eagle

I’m sorry that, at the moment, my posts seem to chiefly revolve around book review and zentangles with the odd update on my treatment. But, if I’m honest, that’s mostly what life consists of at present!

With my radiotherapy scheduled at 13h30 every day (except yesterday, for some strange reason) it does rather get in the way of things! I can do stuff in the morning – usually computer- or desk-based, like zentangling ore blogging – until I have an early lunch. My taxi-ambulance picks me up at 12.45, and I get home at about 14h30, often feeling quite tired. I have cup of coffee, and then a lie-down for an hour or two, sometimes catching up on a TV programme on my computer, sometimes reading. I don’t really want to have a nap then as that means I don’t sleep well the following night.  I perk up a bit in the evening, so we watch some TV – of course, Mr FD has been watching the World Cup (as this is a scheduled post I’m writing, I don’t know if England won their semi final match) and also the Tour de France, so on those evenings I retire upstairs to watch more catch-up TV. Tonight (Thursday) we’re going up to Friend Cathy’s for apèros with Monique & Michel from across the road: I’m going to make some little puff pastry pinwheels to take up, with cheese, or tapenade filling.

So, here’s the most recent zentangle finished:

Sorry the photo is a bit blurry, but if you click on it to biggify you may get a better view. Here’s a detail

I’m gifting this (if they want it!) to Phone Credit for Refugeesto do with as they wish – a raffle prize, perhaps? – as I can’t really donate as much as I’d like to this worthy charity, but I can do zentangles! I chose an eagle as a subject, as I feel that giving the gift of communication to these people so far from home and desperate to contact their loved ones,  is almost like giving them wings. It’s also a strong, brave bird, and to have left everything they love for such an uncertain future is a courageous thing to have done.

My next zentangle is going to be a cat, to support a small charity here in France that captures, neuters and releases feral cats. One of the women on a support group on FB that I belong to is a volunteer with this charity so the zentangle is for their Christmas raffle. So I’ll be cracking on with that shortly.

Don’t forget: if you’d like a zentangle for yourself, or as a gift, then let me know. Always happy to oblige! (Especially if you’re willing to give a donation to PC4R!)