Saturday, April 18, 2015


Jetties is a fun tangle pattern - and it's fun to find other tangles that you can tuck Jetties into!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A tile with a story!

This tile has quite the story behind it. It was done with stencils to answer the Diva's challenge to use found objects for the string. But how I got to the finished tile is quite the story!

I spent a long weekend with my granddaughters, ages 3 and 6. My son and daughter-in-law had to go back to Ohio to take care of some family business so I volunteered to watch the girls while they were gone. I flew down to Texas and brought them their Easter baskets. They posed for this picture with the silly glasses from their baskets

We had a grand old time with the different craft projects that grandma had brought along. (I can't go without bringing along some type of craft project now!)

Mom and dad left on their flight and I was in charge. We went to the girls dance class and the girls proudly showed me their moves. I took them to get sandwiches at the place that has Rice Crispie treats in the kids meals. In the afternoon we went to a local fair and pet the animals in the petting zoo. And that night we all slept well. 

The next day they were invited to a birthday party at a place that had a fun bouncy house. The girls were having a great time until the little one fell in a freak way - and came over to me crying and clutching her arm. At first we didn't think it was too bad but within a short time I noticed swelling and a bit of discoloration so we knew a trip to the ER was in order. Thankfully there is a pediatric ER fairly close and they did a great job taking care of us. Unfortunately the news was not good and the little one fractured her arm and needed surgery.

She was very brave in dealing with the whole ordeal. Her mom caught a flight home as soon as possible and the little one was VERY happy to see her mommy later that night. I was there the whole time but grandma knows she earned several new gray hairs in the process. I can't imagine how scary it was for her to go through the pain, the IV, all the doctors and nurses, the surgery and recovery, all without her mom and dad. 

My son and daughter-in-law have made many, good friends in their new home. One of the friends, Jenn, was extra helpful in taking care of the older one while I stayed at the hospital. The next day she brought over a wonderful assortment of goodies for the little one. Among the goodies was a sticker frame package. After the frames were punched out I noticed these pieces sitting on the table waiting to be thrown out. I knew what the Diva challenge was, but with everything going on, I hadn't had a chance to do anything. So I grabbed the trash and put it into my bag. When I got back home to Illinois I first rested, but then I started on my tile using the trash pieces as stencils. 

Update: The little one is feeling much better now. She is enjoying all the extra attention from friends and family. Yesterday she asked her mom, "I'm feeling better now, Can I still keep the presents?"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Keys to happiness

I used everyday objects as my string here as I'm sure you can see. I actually did this a while ago as a submission for the new Zentangle 11 book from Suzanne McNeill. This book is all about lettering, quotes  & inspirational  sayings . This tile didn't make it into the book so I can share it with you here. (Another tile is in the book). The tangle patterns are also from the book.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Airline tangling

One of the things I love about Zentangle is that it is so portable.  I have a mini kit that I keep in my purse at all times. It doesn't hold much - but the beauty of Zentangle is that I don't need much.
I did this tile on the tray table of my airline seat. Quick and simple, using whatever tangles came to mind as I didn't have any books with me. It helped to pass the time and helped me ignore the occasional bumps of the plane. It was a lot more fun to do than what my seat mate was busy with. She had all sorts of boring looking work files on her computer.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Fanz is the tangle pattern for the challenge this week. As I looked at it I kept thinking of shingles on a rooftop so that's the direction I went. I drew my houses loosely so I wouldn't be too literal. 

I used one of my hand colored tiles and then choose 3 colored pens and colored pencils.

This pattern reminded me of the way I draw 'Bumps' but in a much neater and more orderly way.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Illinois SDP convention

Tangled Luminary

I'm excited to have been chosen to teach two Zentangle classes at the Society of Decorative Painters National Convention in St Charles, Illinois this May. Registration is going on right now. The two classes I will be teaching include the Tangle Luminary - pictured above - and the Zendala Trio - pictured below. 

You can go to the convention web site following this link. There you can look at all the class offerings online and register. Don't delay! Online registration goes on through this month only. If you can't come to classes don't forget about the expo with a great selection of painting supplies that you can't find a local stores

Zendala Trio

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter string

Adele Bruno over at 'Tickled to Tangle' came up with this fun string just for Easter. Then I saw the tangle she had suggested and I saw one that was new to me. I couldn't wait to try it out!

Tangles used 

Well-Mooka-Z - Sharyn Penna
Coaster by Carole Ohl, CZT
CO2 by Antonine Megger

Click on the tangle names to see the step outs.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Flux- Ditto

Flux is a tangle I have loved ever since I learned about Zentangle.  It's a classic shape that reminds me of the comma strokes that I learned in decorative painting years ago.

The latest newsletter from  gives the step outs for both Rick's and Maria's version of Flux. I put it into the center of this Zendala.  I surrounded it with my tangle, Ditto.  Ditto uses a similiar shape to Flux. The directions for Ditto can be found on my blog here and also in a YouTube video shown below that I made a while back.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tangles Y & Z

Finishing up the alphabet challenge, this tile has tangles beginning with the letters Y and Z

Yagi - Lizzie Mayne
Y-ful - Shoshi
Zander - Official Zentangle
Zhostovo Border - Sue Jacobs (me)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Well

I had the pleasure of introducing Zentangle to a group at The Well Spirituality Center in LaGrange Park today. It was a chilly start to the day but the room was lovely and full of sun. Most of the group were brand new to Zentangle but every one did a fantastic job. Check out their first and second tiles and see how everyone tried out the same tangles in their own way!

Click on the pictures to enlarge them!

The second tile had everyone trying out new strings.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring spiral

The challenge this week is to use a spiral as the string. I used the spiral and a monotangle with my tangle pattern Vigne.
I went crazy with colors and also my glitter pens. Oh, and there is colored pencil shading in the background. So much fun! It doesn't photograph real well so I took a close up to try to show how fun the glitter is in person.

Monday, March 23, 2015

V - W - X

V - W - X are the letters that start the tangle names in this tile.
V - Vano - Hanneke Sieben
W - Warts - Genevieve Crabbe
X - Xenso - Sue Clarke

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cherryl Moote workshop

Someone told me this weekend, that to become a better teacher, you should go back to being a beginning student. Yesterday and today, I had that opportunity. I took a two day class with Cherryl Moote. She taught us a variety of techniques for paper folding. We folded cards, we made boxes, we made cards with intricate cuts, and we even made our own decorative paper. Even though Cherryl gave us the same instructions, the creativity in the room produced many stunning and unique pieces. I tried to get a picture of them all. I'm sorry some of them aren't in good focus.

Thanks to the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for sponsoring this workshop! I look forward to joining them again.

These are my pieces - but you can probably guess that by the Zentangle pieces shown.

Friday, March 20, 2015


This Zendala uses just one tangle - Rose' - as in the wine. It's a fun tangle that works well in a grid. Here the grid is one from Margaret Bremner. 
I used one of my hand colored tiles and then tangled with a colored pen. Shading was done with a couple of shades of colored pencil.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Seeing green

Spring is finally getting here.  It's been a looong winter. So this green zendala is helping me get in the spingtime mood.
It was done on one of my hand colored tiles ( available for sale under the store tab). I used a green Micron pen and added additional color with Inktense pencils.