Thursday, October 29, 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge #241

The first challenge of this weekly challenge is the text itself, because CZT Paula Bramante has given us a long text for her challenge. Maybe I should take her ESL class first to improve my reading, hahaha....

Paula’s subject makes me think about Marnyi piles, which are composed of Marnyi stone. Marnyi stone is a traditional Tibetan folk art, mostly engraved with six words, eyes, Buddhas statues, all kinds of auspicious patterns, in order to eliminate disease and other bad things. Marnyi piles can be found across the mountains, roads, rivers, and lakes in Tibet, because many travelers and pilgrims will put a stone down on the Marnyi pile on their way.

Marnyi with six words in Lhoka Prefecture, Tibet.
Marnyi wall with Buddhas statues in Namtso, Tibet.
Marnyi pile in Namtso, Tibet.
I tracked down some pictures which I took in Tibet 10 years ago-- time really flies, at that time I was a 25-year-old girl on my first big trip overseas-- those sights are so familiar like yesterday. Unfortunately, there’s a new railway from China to Tibet, and the Tibet I experienced has changed totally and forever. I was really lucky that I didn’t see any words kinds like “Welcome to Chinese Tibet” engraved on the mountains.
I drew the Marnyi pile first on a postcard with some patterns for the background, but I didn’t feel right about it. I cut the Marnyi pile and pasted on another Renaissance round tile. Then I saw this picture and decided to draw it. Drawing a person for me is too hard, even one hand. But I tried to depict this lake, Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. 

After finishing, I posted it on my Facebook and let my friends guess where it is. It’s funny, if people hadn’t been in Tibet, they would say Egypt because the mountains kind of look like the pyramids. However, anyone who has been there knows it is Yamdrok Lake. I never learned anything about sketching before, so I am very proud that I captured the manner of the lake.

Last week I bought some unofficial Renaissance tile for practice. Renaissance tiles differ from white or black tiles, and it’s really difficult to find substitutes for the official Renaissance ones. Does anyone prefer any kind of the paper in particular?

Thank you for visiting my blog! I am thinking about build a Facebook page only for my Zentangle works, should I?









Something elas. I found that getting a composition of Zentangle from the picture is a good idea, last week I taken a picture in a metro station in Taipei, where is near my parents’s flat, and then I drew this tile. I really like it! I think this is the best one I have done so far. 




  1. What a lovely challenge tile! Thanks for sharing your photos! It was fun to learn about the stone piles of Tibet. I love your tile from the station! Beautifully done!

    1. Thank you! I really loved this week's challenge, because we got opportunity to see different stones and their culture.

  2. 真的很美又有自己的風味哦!

  3. Very interesting post with lovely pictures. I really like how it inspired your work.

  4. Thanks for sharing the story of stones in your country and Tibet. Your tile is quite original and beautiful.

    1. Thank you for kind admiring......but I have to clarify I am Taiwanese and China is not my country :p