Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July. I usually don't post things that are food related but I had fun this morning and thought I'd share. Is it perfect and ready for the cover of a magazine? Probably not, but it was fun.

These are easy and quick to do. The main ingredient is marshmallows. Just stick a toothpick into it, wet it with water, dunk it into the colored sugar, and set it to dry. I got fancy and did three stripes but you could do them in separate colors and then put three marshmallows on a skewer.

To do the three stripes I dipped my (slightly) wet marshmallow into one color of sugar. Then I flipped it and went into the other color. Sometimes I used a spoon to help the sugar go up the sides. Then I held the marshmallow sideways and sprinkled the sparkly clear sugar around the middle.

The first batch I did I used jello mix - just the dry powder - for the red and blue. The middle stripe is sparkly sugar sprinkles.

Then I did some with just colored sugar. These might be better for the kids - as they won't get food coloring from the jello on their fingers.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Zentangle Expo coming soon!

Heads up! If you are anywhere near the Midwest, you will want to be attending the Zentangle Expo in Madison, WI on July 11th. If you have been postponing your registration - don't delay. Some of the classes are close to being full and walk-ins may be turned away from what they want.

I'll be teaching two classes on Saturday and doing a lecture. The picture here is the Tangled Luminary class. Yup, I'll be busy! And my hubby is coming with so you can buy official Zentangle supplies along with my hand-colored paper in the market.

Here is the link to sign up -

Monday, June 29, 2015

Merely Meer

Meer is one of those tangles that I love but don't always think to use, There is a Facebook page called Square One: Purely Zentangle. This page asks us to post tiles following the traditions of pure Zentangle - black and white - on a 3 1/2" tile - non-representational. This week they asked us to use Meer in our tiles. I ended up doing 3 tiles as I got more and more into it. 

I'm thinking that I want to do more to this third tile but I haven't decided what yet so I'll post it now anyway.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Frame for displaying tiles

Everybody always asks me how I display my finished tiles. Usually I put them into page protectors in three ring binders. But sometimes I really want to display them. Problem is, whenever I do another tile I want to display that one too. So I was very excited when I saw this. I was teaching a small group at a home in Chicago and the hostess had this on her wall. It's a simple design. Wire is strung across and horizontally and small clothespins hold the tiles or pictures. She was using it for her tiles and it looked great. So I was off to Pier One to find one for myself.

You can find it online at the Pier One site - Look for 'Window clip frame' - there are a few varieties to choose from. If you have a Pier One store near you, it may be better to get it there. It was a little cheaper at the store - plus, I had to replace one of the clips so I got another discount.

When I got home I put my tiles and Zendalas in right away. As you can see, I made backers out of black card stock for the tiles - they just needed a little more oomph.

I'm excited about this. It's up on the wall already and it's going to be so easy to switch out my new favorites!

By the way - I have no financial interest in Pier One - If any of you find something similar somewhere else, please let us know!

If you are handy and want to try making your own, here's a close up of the way the clip is attached to the wire.

And here is the way I did my backers for the tiles - I just cut slits and tucked the corners of the tile in.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Umble Color Wheel

The tangle pattern Umble was recently featured in the Zentangle newsletter. It was time to really feature it in a tile. The basic instructions show it done around the four corners of a tile but the examples show that there are many tangleations that can be done with it.

Last week the Diva had us doing the challenge with colors of the rainbow. I was still thinking about color themes when I started working on this. When I realized I could do Umble in multiples of three I realized that the color wheel would be a perfect fit. I did the basic tangle with my Micron and added the color from my Tombow markers. A little shading and some shine with my white charcoal pencil completed it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Color - Pink-purple-blue

Color!!! How I love adding color to my Zentangle work. Yes, now it's a ZIA - Zentangle Inspired Art. Thank you Diva, for suggesting that we use color this week for the challenge.

I used a design that I had used before for this piece but wanted to try a different color scheme and different materials. This time I pulled out my Inktense pencils. I used them with watercolor techniques. The tangles were added with pens. For this piece I used both colored Microns and Staetler pens.

As you can see in the picture I took when I was 'in progress', I'm still working on perfecting my techniques. (Picture taken late at night.) I put my finger in the wet paint in the purple area at the upper left edge. And then I got a backwash in the purple petal at the bottom left. And several areas are nowhere as smooth or have the gradation I would like. But since I am following the 'no mistakes' philosophy, I forged ahead. Once I got done I looked for those areas that bothered me at first. I have trouble finding them so I'm betting you won't find them either!!! LOL!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

McHenry 6-10

Great class at McHenry County College last night.I wanted to share the class mosiacs we did of our two tiles. Some wonderfully creative tangleations! Thanks ladies - and my gentleman!

Don't forget there are two more classes coming up in McHenry. On June 24th there will be a 'Tangled Tins' project. Then on July 15th join me for a 'Zendala' class.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage is a program that supports children with severe illness. These children go through so much and this program recognizes that by giving them a glass bead that represents each step on their medical journey. The Diva has a child that has medical issues and I think of them as they face every day with each new challenge. Her challenge to us was to create a tile that reflected some aspect of the Beads of Courage.

To create my tile I picked out a variety of tangles that reminded me of beads. Then I arranged them on the tile in the same way I would do the Hollibaugh tangle. Look at the tile at the bottom of this post to see the first stage with simple line work. I added detail and shaded it for the tile at the top of this post.

After I had the tile done in black and white I took my picture and set it aside. I kept looking at it though and finally decided it needed color. I pulled out my glitter pens and had some fun coloring it in. Let me know in the comments if you like it better in color or black and white.

The tangles used here are;
Diamond Drop

Friday, June 5, 2015

All Boxed Up

All Boxed Up is the tangle chosen for this weeks challenge. It's a simple tangle to do that takes on such a different look once it's shaded, I did two tile this week. The first is done using a Greek key (boxed spiral) as a string. It came out looking very symmetrical. Okay, but kind of boring. So I tried again, starting without thinking out a plan before hand. I did one All Boxed Up and then added a single Paradox on top. I then kept going doing one and then the other. It is freeing to just do it without a plan.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Brandywine Revisited

Brandywine is an intricate tangle that was inspired by a wood carving I saw. It was so lovely I had to deconstruct it so I could use it in my tangles. The steps are posted  below. You can copy and paste the big picture if you want a reference photo to print out. Take your time and have fun.

Brandywine steps

This is the trickiest part. These 's' shaped lines go down from one line and then run alongside the next line. Do all the lines in one direction and then do the ones on the other side. Flip your paper if you are more comfortable.

Connect the remaining lines. These start at the end of the lines and go down parallel to the lines you already have and stop when they meet the next line.

Add small petal shapes.

Add as many details as you wish.

Shade and sign.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Adeline Revisited

I've been asked to revisit my tangle 'Adeline'. It's based on a carving I saw in a picture so I didn't invent it - I've just figured out the steps and gave it a name. (In honor of my mom.) It's a bit more intricate than some of my other tangles so take your time and practice it on scrap paper a couple of times.

These are all the steps together if you want to do a 'copy and paste' and print out a copy for yourself. Read on for more detailed instructions.

Begin with evenly spaced slash marks. Don't make your slash marks too close together (You will see why later in step 5).

Draw double 's' curves. Use your slash marks as a bridge to go over and then as a bridge to 'go under'. Pay attention to which line goes on the top of the s curves and which lines go under the s curves.

Complete the s curves that intertwine with the first set. 

Add little balls (ornamentation) where the lines cross.

Add linework to show where the s curves curl when they cross each other. (This is a little fussy and you can skip this step if you wish)

Add shading to complete.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


Visiting family in Texas, there has been an amazing amount of rain. It's been raining almost every day since I have been here. My heart goes out to those who the flooding has affected.
This tile uses the tangle Rain as a border with Msst inside.  A ray of hope shines through.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blurred lines

This challenge is to do a tile using only straight lines in the tangles. I had a hard time picking these as I really missed the curved ones. But I loved adding the shading. 
Doing this late at night I had to take the picture with my phone camera and the room lights, so that's why I called it Blurred Lines.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

White on Black on Found

The Diva challenge this past week was to do something with a white pen on a black surface. We could use the official black tiles - or .......? This has been a tough week for me as I haven't been feeling  well - and even ended up in the hospital for testing. Thankfully it wasn't as bad as we were afraid and I'm on the mend now.

I finally got around to thinking about the Diva challenge last night. I had a burst of inspiration - I would do tangles on the bluestone walkway with kid's chalk. Great idea right? Well, today ended up to be raining so I sat in my studio looking for other ideas. I looked down at my feet - and well, you can see what I did. I used a white Signo gel pen. I'm not sure how long this will last - It may wear off the first time I walk in the rain or wet grass. So that's why I took pictures! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

class zendalas

I wanted to share the Zendalas that my class did at the Society of Decorative Painters convention last week. Such a talented group! I was lucky that the convention was held in St Charles, IL which is about a half hour from my home.