Posts Tagged ‘design’

Heinani’s Weblog has moved

Introducing our new web site and blogs

Now everything we create about Zentangle® and Cat’s Cradle can be found in one place:

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In Betweed

We’re neither here nor there ~ just in betweed

We made a plan to purchase a house and for the last month we have been waiting and waiting to close. Our plan has failed. We will not be moving. The home turned out to be a nightmare of unpermitted and not up to code challenges and errors.

What to do now? Make a new plan. We just don’t know what that is just yet. Therefore we have planned to wait until we are regrouped, recharged and relaxed.

So we find ourselves in Betweed.

Betweed is the latest tangle that Rick and Maria have released in their first YouTube production. They have posted it on their Zentangle site in the September 28th newsletter.

Learn how to make Betweed. You will love it! We did. Zentangle and Huna has helped us keep our contemplative state throughout this home purchasing episode. We are grateful to have useful tools to deal with stress.

Tension ~ Release ~ Relaxation. We are bringing things back into harmony with the practice of HUNArt and Zentangle® and continue to be grateful and trusting that “Everything Is Working Out Perfectly.” (Huna Philosophy)


Art by Steven McGovney and Tammy Cararot

Thank you Samuel Beckett for the inspiration for today’s post. As in Waiting for Godot we have been occupying ourselves with eating, sleeping, tangling, conversing, singing, playing games, exercising etc — anything “to hold the terrible silence at bay”

We are still waiting to move into our new home in Volcano. Our closing date has been delayed due to a signature needed by the title company. The problem is that the person needed to sign is somewhere in Africa.

In the present moment we are gratefully trusting that “Everything is working out perfectly.”

We are finally living a minimal lifestyle! We love the simplicity of a few dishes, some clothes and well…most of our possessions in boxes. We laugh with an understanding that achieving minimalism is a process.

To keep ourselves productive we have been spray painting everything that has rusted. Living on the ocean everything gets kissed by the sea salt. We sprayed our dull wicker couch a beautiful moss green and even dyed the cushions to match. Our only challenge was a stain that would not be removed in the center of the seat.

When life gives you stains, make (Zen)tangles

You cannot leave me alone with a pen in my hand and not expect me to make my mark. I started off with a small spiral and well… Surprise!

It will be interesting to see where this pattern takes me.

Tangles On The Move

“Energy is movement in a wave”

A reflection of my state of active energy

We have been experiencing a wave of change lately. It began with our journey into Rick and Maria’s world of Zentangle® and continues today as we explore minimalism and our new pattern of establishing Zen Habits.

All patterns are interrelated. When you make a change in one pattern, new patterns begin to emerge.

In the Zentangle process we are creating patterns and through the process of change exploring variations in these patterns. I am happy to announce that this has had an effect on our lives. We are moving!

Earl and I are in the process of purchasing a home in Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are looking forward to participating in the artist community there. In the meantime we are sorting and attempting to make simple the many things in our life.

All of the Zentangle lessons that we learned during our Certified Zentangle Teacher Training are being put to use in our everyday life.

I look at all of the stuff that I have to sort and remind myself …one stroke at a time™

I look at the simplicity of a 31/2 inch square and know that I can finish packing one box and move on to the next one

I remind myself to Breathe ~ Relax ~ Smile

My words could go on and on but I am enjoying the Power of Less

Now that my story has been told ~ I want to share with you…

Keep it simple

What to do with your Zentangle supplies when you are planning a move… Keep them together so you can find them amid the chaos of change. I have a wonderful case ~ on wheels ~ that once was the home for some craft supplies and it is now the home of all of my tiles, pens, books etc.

I will certainly be able to pick it out among the crowd of boxes and crates that are piled high in the transition area of our home.  I don’t want to be separated far from my Zentangle art even for a second, so this way I will have access to my supplies when the need to relax comes upon me in the high energy environment of being neither there nor there but here in the present moment.

a hui hou ~ until we meet again

Our Foundation, upon this we build ~ Huna (Serge Kahili King) ~ HUNArt (Lois and Earl Stokes)

Did You Know That Tangles Talk?

Did you know that Tangles Talk?

I created this Zentangle tile using the Icosahedron or twenty-sided polyhedron die with numbers on each face that came with my Zentangle® Kit.

I have a book that is the home of all of my favorite tangle patterns. I’ve numbered them from 1 to 130. On my first roll of the die I get a cast from 1 to 20, on the second roll, I add the number that I get to 20, on the next roll I add the number to 40, then 60, 80, 100 etc.

Or at least that is how I planned it to work. The die and my system had a cast of its own (remember there are no mistakes) and the numbers that were added up and their corresponding tangles turned out to be: 2. FESCU, 46. SCENA, 70. SEZ, 113. y-not variation, 87. GNEISS, 38. BALES, 12. HOLLIBAUGH, 34. YINCUT, 54. SNAIL variation

I then talked to the tangles and asked them for a message. All you have to do is listen. This is what they had to say:

2. FESCU – I am the seed ~ that is blown ~  by the wind ~ and Whispers Aloha ~  to the earth ~ as it grows ~  towards the sun ~ reminding me ~  of change.

46. SCENA – I am the wind ~ that Whispers Aloha ~  against my skin ~  reminding me ~  to be ~  in the present moment.

70. SEZ – I am the water ~  that Whispers Aloha ~  as it ripples ~  in the pond ~  a stone is dropped ~  reminding me ~  of my inner power.

113. y-not variation – I am the stick ~  that Whispers Aloha ~  as it floats ~  in the river ~ brushes against rocks ~ moves with the current ~  reminding me ~  to enjoy the journey.

87. GNEISS – I am the night and the day ~  that Whispers Aloha ~  and dances with the stars ~  reminding me ~  to kiss a wish ~ and manifest my dreams.

38. BALES – I am the thread ~  that Whispers Aloha ~  as I am turned and spun ~ reminding me ~  to fully participate ~  in creation.

12. HOLLIBAUGH – I am the line ~ that Whispers Aloha ~ and connects two sides ~ a bridge ~ reminding me ~ to crossover.

34. YINCUT – I am the space ~ that Whispers Aloha ~ between ~ Yin and Yang ~ reminding me ~  of wholeness.

54. SNAIL Variation – I am the spiral ~ that Whispers Aloha ~ as I turn ~ inward ~ reminding me  ~ to look ~ out.

I know that all divination is really about the present moment. So… If I were to do this again and ask the tangles for a message it is entirely possible that they will have something different to say.

Join in on the fun and Purchase a Zentangle® Kit with your very own Icosahedron die and Zentangle Legend ™

“Hang”ing around my Zen

Patterns are everywhere. Not only the patterns that I see, but the patterns that I hear and feel as well.

My Zentangle® is enjoying the company of my hang. Curious about what a hang is? Explore hangblog and become enchanted by this magical musical instrument.

Oh and my Zentangle wants to get up close and say hello!

Whispering Aloha to Change

The one thing we can count on in life is change. This leaf belongs to Jan Boyd who attended the Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar May 2010 Class #3. After a week it began to change from green to a golden brown. Beauty is in the transformation.

I too have changed after spending a magical time with a group of passionate people who love what they are doing. Zentangle® is Life. Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas walk their talk. Their energy, enthusiasm and generosity was embraced by all and we were transformed by the magic of their art.

Do not miss the opportunity to attend one of their classes. You will be changed in ways that will not only improve your creativity but will inspire that artist hidden inside of you. This seminar was not just an art class but a seminar that will help you live a creative and passionate life. You will see things differently and your world will never be the same.

This is Carole Ohl’s leaf.

As we embrace expressions of art that reflect Sabi or the beauty and serenity that comes with age and the process of change.

This is my leaf

Whispering Aloha to all who attended and if you can send me a picture of your leaf I will post it here for all to see.

The Autograph Tree (Clusia Rosea)

Our journey to the Zentangle Teacher Certification Seminar began a few days before our departure. We walked the red dirt roads of Kapoho, on the Hilo side of Big Island, Hawaii in search of leaves.

In the tradition that we were taught we offered up a prayer/chant to the goddess Laka, thanking her for these gifts of nature. We took a bag of leaves home to wash and dry out on our deck. We then put them in a box ready for inspection and shipping to the mainland. At Agricultural Inspection 5 inspectors went through 100 leaves checking them for insects. And they passed!

We were so happy to share a little bit of Hawaii with our class and were delighted by the warm welcome they received. Every one of our leaves came to life again with the loving tangles that were scratched upon them. The fragrance of each leaf as they were worked upon brought us back to the islands.

We then put all of our leaves on the table to display. Everyone of them was different! The tangles on these leaves were scratched on to the surface with bamboo skewers. I often use bamboo knitting needles to do this. We had to return home before they turned brown. It usually takes about a week. I would love to post pictures of the brown ones so if you were in the class please send me your photos.

For more pictures go to the Zentangle Blog


Healing With The Power Of Nature

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Don Humberto Soncco Master Healer from the Q’ero Nation of Peru visited Big Island. These are the gifts that I made for him as I waited for my healing session.

If you want to learn more about this healing tradition go to:

Have Zen Will Travel

News Flash: Increase in Zentangle sightings at airports near and afar. You will recognize the intense focus of passengers as they sit with tile and pen in hand totally immersed and unaware of the hurried and frantic fellow travelers around them. What brings these tanglers into the Logan and Green airports? Why its the Zentangle Teacher Certification Seminar held in Whitinsville, MA. Invited by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas they anticipate a lovely May week at the Oakhurst Retreat & Conference Center where they will learn about Zentangle, have fun and explore realms of imagination and creativity. My bags are packed. But first I have to stop at agricultural inspection to see if the Autograph leaves that I intend to bring for the class will be certified for travel. It is for certain that I will have stories to tell upon my return.

a hui hou – until we meet again!

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