Amazing results: THON 2015 and Zentangle Diva Challenge

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”~Francis of Assisi, Italian Saint

This past weekend, 708 Penn State students stood on their feet and did not sleep for 46 hours to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund dancing in THON. The 2015 Total Reveal, they raised…wait for it…wait for it…


Annual tradition: my husband and I watch Total Reveal from Starbucks


Yes, in one year, Penn State students raised over $13 million dollars.

Pretty darn impressive.

This week’s Diva Challenge #206 is a twist on the normal: use tools that you don’t use for Zentangle. Items that you don’t normally associate with the fine art of Zentangle.

By fine I mean small and detailed, so I took a leap into something wide.


I used a set of Pitt brush pens, a gift from my husband a few years ago. The sepia-colored pens have a paintbrush-esque nib, so the ink flow is harder to control. I associate Zentangle with black-n-white or very bright colors, so it was challenging to use the browns and oranges. Honestly, using these pens on small, ink-soaking tiles made me nervous, so I pulled out my small sketchbook of smooth Bristol paper.

I didn’t know what to expect, especially from these unfamiliar colors. I used Hollibaugh as a string and tangled inside. The artwork was just fine when it was done, but I found four random Prismacolor pencils to add some shading: a brown, orange, pale yellow and bright yellow. Everything flowed together even though they weren’t made for each other.

It’s delight-full when things work well together and succeed.

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0 Responses to Amazing results: THON 2015 and Zentangle Diva Challenge

  1. Like the color selection with this set of pitt pens. Nice work using them too.

  2. Annemarie says:

    This challenge was really great, trying something so different from your ‘normal’ work. You did very well, I like this. And 13 million dollar …… awesome!!!

    • dwhirsch says:

      Thanks. I love it when these challenges yank me out if my cimfirt zone, but what made tgis fun was the pull into my creatuve zone.

      Yep, THON students are awesomeness topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

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