Tuesday, July 2, 2019

tangling on shells with color

Tis the season - to tangle on shells again. I started with just my black pens but then I was asked, "can we add color?" So I experimented with my Inktense pencils and this is what I came up with.

The one on the right is my first attempt. I used my IDentipen. I used the thicker side of the pen as the thinner side didn't show up well on the outer side of the shell. I then colored in with my Inktense pencils. I wet them with water and the color filled in nicely. Occasionally the water bled along the lines of the shell. So I added the lines in the background and - well, most of the lines that bled are hidden now.

The shell on the left was the next one. This time I used my Microperm pen and drew on the inside of the shell. As this side was much smoother, it took the ink better. When I did the color with the inktense pencils I applied the pencil only in small areas. When I wet it with my brush I carried the color into the other areas, thus giving me more of a shaded effect.

These are some of the shells I've done before. They have been on my blog before but I didn't want you to have to hunt to find them.These were done with a Microperm pen. (I think).

Happy summer!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

seaglass tangling

I love tangling on different surfaces. And with summer finally starting I was excited to find a way to do something new to me!

Seaglass is one of those things that is fun to look for on the beach. For those of you who aren't familiar with seaglass, it's bits of broken glass that have been worn smooth and frosted by the action of waves and sand.

Now I actually didn't find these large pieces on the beach. I was in a glass designers shop and they had a bin of glass pieces they had put into a rock tumbler. I was able to get a cup full of tumbled glass pieces for $4.00.  In the picture you will see three pieces - one that I didn't do any tangling on so you could see how it starts. I put a small circle of white paper beneath them so you could see through the glass.

I tangled on these with a Sakura Microperm pen. I find that this pen works on all sorts of odd surfaces so it's my go to pen for plastic too. I didn't add shading with a pencil - just a few small lines or stippling with the pen.

Have fun - and have a great summer!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Easter Eggs!

Easter will be here before you know it and there's not much time left for Easter crafts. So I'd like to show you my fast, easy, and cheap Easter craft. They are great for both Zentangle fans and kids alike.

Make a trip to your big box, hobby store and look for a Giga, oval, paper punch. (Bring a coupon for that store or find a coupon online) Then go over to the rack of poster boards and pull out the pastel colored sheets. Cardstock paper will work too but I really prefer the thickness of poster board, especially if you are planning to hang these up. Grab a white gel pen (I like the Sakura Gelly roll pens). You will also need colored pencils that will shade whatever color posterboard you have chosen. 

Punch out the oval shape from the poster board.
Draw one tangle per egg - and draw it BIG! I promise it will be easier and faster if you draw it big.
When the ink is dry add shading with a colored pencil.
Punch a hole at the top for hanging.

You can also do these with colored pens. Then you can shade with the colored pencils and highlight with the white pen and/or a white chalk pencil. The two eggs above use the tangle pattern Raphael by Sandy Hsiao.

Monday, March 18, 2019


HaWy - a tangle pattern from Holly Atwater CZT, is the challenge here. It's definitely a high focus tangle. It took me a few times before I got the hang of it - and it's still pretty uneven. The floral pattern was added to disguise the edges that were looking pretty wonky. But I'm glad I tried it!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Turning tangles with butterflies

The tangle keeps turning!

I thought I had done enough of my turning tangles but then I was shopping and found a butterfly punch. And it was on sale! So of course, I had to have it. My mom had a number of framed butterflies in her bathroom- and now they are in mine, so butterflies have always been very special to me.

I had fun playing with different color schemes. See the picture below to see what I did. Note that the picture below also shows the upper tile before I added shading.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

As the tangle keeps turning.

As the tangle turns - I've done more of these! And the meeting we had at my home produced an exciting assortment from everyone that attended. 

As I explained in my last post, these are done using two tiles, a paper punch, and a tiny bead in the center. I've added tabs to make them easier to turn.

This and the picture below are the same tile. Note that when the tabs are rotated you see another view of the tile below.

This one and the picture below are also the same tile, just rotated.

This close up shows how there are no mistakes in Zentangle. I punched a flower shape but the paper punch wasn't strong enough for the Fabriano paper. - It only punched through the outer sections of the shape. I was ready to throw it away but then I started to play with the tile and curled them up instead. Happy accident!

Monday, February 11, 2019

As the tangle turns

I had a fun class with Yvonne Westover a little while ago. She introduced us to a new way to play with our tiles with Brads.

I took her technique and came up with this little chameleon.  I used two zendala tiles. On the top one I cut out the animal's shape with tiny scissors. I added a branch for the little guy to perch on. On the second zendala I used my glitter gel pens in a variety of colors and an overall printemps pattern.

Attach the two with a tiny brad- and turn!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Valentangle puzzle

Valentangle puzzle. This uses 6 3Z tiles. It can be put together in a variety of ways. I really enjoyed doing this even though it kept me busy for a long time.

This is the string I started with - you can see the heart shapes at each corner

All the tangles in place. Yes, it took a while.

I decided to add some color using my inktense pencils. I stopped here and thought I was done but the next morning I looked at it again and decided to add shading in the black and white sections.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Valentangle 19 1

Valentangle is a Facebook group that has a series of prompts from now till Feb 14. All the prompts are valentine related. I'm going to try and play along.

This first prompt uses a fragment. We could put it together anyway we wished. When I play with fragments I like to make multiple, small fragments out of scrap paper and play with the possibilities. Keep scrolling to see how I played with it.

before shading

at first I thought I might be done here

basic fragments inked in place

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Zendala Moments 1

Zendala moments #1

If you have been reading my blog you probably know that I love using color and I love Zendalas. I used to participate regularly in the Zendala challenge that Erin at the Bright Owl used to put up but she has had to curtail those now. So when I saw a new Zendala challenge - well, WHEEEE!!

The Zendala Moments come from Annette. Her blog is in German but my computer automatically translates her page - although the zendala line work doesn't really need any translation.

Here you can see that I used the line work as a jumping off point. I did my own thing and didn't worry about 'staying in the lines'. I used a pink Micron pen on one of my handcolored tiles. I shaded with colored pencil and highlighted with chalk pencil.

More good news - I've been asked to teach at the Rocky Mountain Zentangle Retreat. And I will be going into detail about my color on color technique. It's going to be a lot of fun. Details can be found here. http://www.rockymountainzentangleretreat.com/ I hope I see you there!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Purple crazy huggins

This Zendala tile uses a Crazy Huggins idea that I first saw on Facebook posted by 
Susan Arnsten-RussellHuggins is one of the first tangles that I learned and I need to go back and use it more. When I saw how Susan Arnsten-Russell  had worked the Huggins toward the edge of the zendala and doubled the lines, I needed to try it myself.  She has the stepouts posted on her Facebook page.

Here you can see the colored tile I started out with. If you look closely you can see this tile has some goofs on it. I let water get on the back of the paper as I was painting it and it grabbed color off the front. But since there are no mistakes in Zentangle I used it anyway - and honestly, I can hardly find the problem in the finished tile.

Along with the purple background, I used a purple pen, colored pencils for shading, and a white chalk pencil for highlights.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

purple spundala

The Diva got a paint spinner for Christmas so she has joined those of us who have been having fun with these toys for a while now. I found this spundala that I did a couple of months ago but for whatever reason didn't post it. 

I actually started with one of my colored tiles that was a light purple already and used the paint spinner to add an extra oomph of color. The tangles came next. Then extra shading with colored pencils and highlights with a white chalk pencil.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

last minute ornament

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! We celebrated with the family last night so it's quiet here now. I imagine some of you have finished with the presents and soon you'll finish your feast. At that point someone may ask you about Zentangle and ask you to teach them something! Yes, this works up quickly! I actually did this this morning as I couldn't find the tile I had originally done. It took me more time to do the pictures and the post than the actual drawing!

If you have a few tiles and a couple of pens you can do this!

Start by dividing this up with a pencil and ruler. Divide it in half both ways. (See picture)

Start in the center with a simple petal design. Add elements of your choosing. They can be curves, triangles, - whatever you like. I prefer to keep the same elements on each side as I go but with younger kids just let them go for it.

Continue adding shapes, I added auras to my shapes.

I added a gold border with a gelly roll pen. You could use colored pencils or watercolor paint too.

Fill the areas between the lines with patterns as desired. These spaces aren't very big so simple patterns like Prin temps, Tipple, Striping, etc. work well.

Using a stylus, or just a ball point pen, score the back of the tile along the dividing lines. Then fold. The lines from point to point go one direction - the lines from midpoint are folded in the other direction. (See pictures). I like to use a burnishing tool to make sure my folds are nice and crisp.

Poke a hole in the middle using a needle, scissors, or even a thumbtack. Start to attach sides together using double stick tape, rubber cement, or another glue  Put in an ornament hanger, ribbon or string.  Attach the other sides together.

This was done on a zendala tile. Sorry I don't have a finished picture as I sent the tile like this so it could travel flat. I also sent it with a metallic string as a hanger and a bead that hangs at the base.

Here's another example done on a square tile. I think this illustrates the folds best.

Have fun! Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

String theory and a mosaic

These are 4 tiles done with the same simple string - simply two curved lines. Once I had the lines on the first tile done I lined them up so all 4 tiles were the same. There are several different patterns you can make when you line these tiles up together.

The tangles were done fairly quickly. There are a few challenges I've missed over the last few weeks so I used several of those tangles in these tiles. There are only two tangles on each tile. in the upper left - Ratoon and A-Frame, upper right - Burtz and Onion Drops, lower right - Wigwag and Bran, lower left - Ditto and Floorz

Friday, November 2, 2018

tea splotch

Tea splotch - that's what this is. I was at a meeting where we were doing a variety of backgrounds using a variety of mediums. I had just made myself a cup of tea and when I was about to dispose of my tea bag, I thought, well, why not. So I set the wet bag on a tile and forgot about it. When I got to it later I wasn't sure I liked it but after looking at it for a while I started to see a leaf shape. After that it was easy to do. I forgot to take a before picture until I already had the leaf string in place.

Tangles were done with a brown Micron and then shading with colored pencils. A few highlights with a white chalk pencil and ready to sign it.