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. 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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Dingsplatz! What's that? It's something new from Zentangle headquarters. Maria created a video about the technique and shared it with Certified Zentangle Teachers first (one of the perks!). If you've heard about Dingbatz, it's got certain similarities but in a circular fashion. If you want more info, find a local CZT or wait until the video is eventually released to everyone.

My Dingsplatz was done on one of my handcolored tiles. I used a blue Sakura Micron Pigma pen. The shading was done with colored pencils and highlights were added with a white chalk pencil. 

Dingsplatz are fun! I can see doing lots more in my future!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Orbs vs Straight lines

Orbs vs straight lines. Last week the Diva challenged us to do a tile with straight lines only. I didn't get around to completing it last week but when the Diva challenge this week was to use Orbs, I knew I needed to do both. So here are the two tiles I did as a result.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pink and blue zendala

This is what's been on my work space for the past few days. It started out a simple zendala that I created using my Ravensberger Mini Mandala-Designer. This tool is aimed more at kids but I found it was great fun for creating zendala strings too! After I created the string I added color using my Tombow markers with a watercolor technique, Then I tangled away. Finally I added additional shading with coordinating colored pencils and a few highlights with a white chalk pencil.

Here's the start with the base washes of color.

Monday, September 10, 2018


This zendala is a monotangle of the tangle pattern 'Nzeppel. I've done two versions, the basic pattern is done in the center and the Crazy version is around the edge. Also you can see it shaded differently too. It's a fun tangle whichever way you do it.

Monday, August 20, 2018

8 of Diamonds revisited

On one of the Facebook groups there is a challenge to try out a tangle called 'Fan club' and also 'Fluxecho'. As I played around with those two similar tangles I remembered that my tangle '8 of Diamonds' also starts in the same way. (I came up with that tangle back in February 2011.)  8 of diamonds goes on very differently from the same start so it's not related to these two but it was fun to go back and see what I could do with that tangle today.

I looked at my first stepouts and knew that I could redo them and simplify the process. I hope you like these better.

Then I fooled around with variations. There were so many different ways I could go with it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CRA CRA tangle pattern

CRA CRA in the background

CRA CRA on a zendala

CRA CRA is a new tangle pattern that I spotted in the background of an ad on TV. I found myself freezing the TV and getting my sketchpad out so I could deconstruct it. It looks pretty complicated but it wasn't too hard to break down. 

In the step outs above I started with a simple stylized V shape. It's important to keep the V shapes close together and I put two pencil dots in the first step to indicate that. Once you've done it a few times you don't need those dots at all. Repeat the V shapes twice below the first. Next start the V shapes but bring them down to meet the V shape below. Repeat so you have 4 lines. Then shade as desired. Look at the bottom of this post for an alternate way to draw this. 

This tangle pattern has some similarities to other tangle patterns - I would say that Y-not is more or less a cousin to this tangle. You may see other tangles that belong to the same family. Please let me know so I can add them.

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This is an alternate way to draw the tangle that was drawn by Lynn Shelton Mead. THANKS Lynn! Try it out to see what works best for you. Just be sure to eave yourself enough room for the lines in between.