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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sweet string 92

This tile started out with string #92 from tanglepatterns.com. The tangles that were used all have names that remind me of dessert. Yum!

kandy ribnz

I started by doing the tangles with my black pen on the white tile. I was about to start the pencil shading when I looked at again and decided that this tile really called for color instead. I had my Inktense pencil close at hand so I used them, added some water with a fine brush, and I got the happy, yummy tile I was envisioning.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dex Bunzo

Basic tile this week, got it done quickly this morning.  Too many other things going on this week!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Do. Or do not.

May the Fourth be with you!

This was the title of the Diva's challenge this week as she posted it on May 4th. I read through it - I really did. But when I got started on it I totally blanked that the challenge asked us to use the tangle pattern 'Brella'. So, since there are no mistakes, I'm posting what I came up with anyway. Obviously I didn't use Brella in here. Maybe I'll have time to do another one.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Day

It's May! And my trees are in bloom. Nothing makes me smile - or makes me more content. than walking out to my yard and standing under the trees and being surrounded by the blossoms and their perfume.

I know that the blossoms will not last long. They are predicting rain so before long I'll have a carpet of white petals instead. I wanted to get out there and take some pictures quickly.

After spending some time with my blossoms I knew I wanted to do a tile inspired by them. A few weeks ago I was playing with my watercolor paints and a stencil and I created this zendala. At that time though, I didn't know where I wanted to go next with it. So I set it aside in my stack of projects waiting for inspiration. 

The trees inspired me to do a pink and white theme. I have a couple of different white gel pens so I used two that have different thicknesses to do my tangling. (I know you can hardly see the finer lines but trust me, they are there inside the bales.) Since my new mantra is 'Simplify', I only used three tangles and then shaded with colored pencils and highlighted with a white chalk pencil.

Thursday, April 30, 2015


This was an interesting challenge from the Diva this week. It certainly describes my past two weeks. My husband had open heart surgery and a triple bypass. He is home now and should recover fully. Like many men though, he is not shy about letting me know about every time something hurts. So I feel I have been walking the path of this labyrinth with all it's turns, its times of back-tracking, and hopefully reaching the middle.

I used one of my hand colored tiles with a white pen, and colored pencil for shading. Tangles were very simplified this time. I guess that that should be a lesson for me to just simplify my life!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Earth day 2015

Earth day (also known as Amanda day) is the challenge this week.  It's been a strange week this week. I almost feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. My husband had triple bypass surgery on Tuesday. I've had my tangling supplies with me but I couldn't focus on doing the challenge until yesterday. Thankfully my husband is recovering.

I used one of my hand colored tiles.  I had several to choose from but I ended up choosing the one that had the biggest flaw. I knew that when I finished the flaw would disappear.

I used my colored Micron pens in the 05 size. Shading was done with colored pencils and highlights with a white chalk pencil.

colored tile with just the string.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


You may have seen my blog last week when I posted about my granddaughter ' s  broken arm. I thought that was enough excitement for the year.

Whoops! Not quite.

This week my husband faces unexpected heart surgery.  I'm not sure if I will post much. I will have my tangling supplies with me though.

This tile uses the new tangle pattern, Narwhal.  This tangle makes me think of a whirlwind or tornado.  That pretty much describes how I'm feeling this week.

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.