Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Zenbuttons and spundalas, these are the new fun techniques people are trying in the zentangle world. Zenbuttons came from the mind of Marguerite Samama, a CZT from Amsterdam. Her Zenbuttons create the string and add shading. A Spundala is similar but adds color using a kids toy commonly called a paint spinner and markers. 

I've combined the two techniques here. I didn't have a paint spinner but I remembered that we had a kids pottery wheel stored in the basement.  I needed to hit the store for new batteries but found that this worked just fine. - In fact, I think I liked it better because this didn't have the high sides that the paint spinners have so it was easier to control the color from my markers.

This is the toy pottery wheel I had in my basement. I attached my tile to the wheel with a couple of pieces of tape rolled up. That worked fine.

This was the first picture I took of my 'finished' tile. When I looked at it up close on my computer screen I decided it needed more shading. I went back in with colored pencils and added more depth.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Pickpocket tangle

Pickpocket - that's a fun name for a tangle. And this is my first tile using this tangle. I did draw it out on a sketchpad first to get the hang of it It is a little tricky but since I love the tangle W2, this is really just a skewed version of W2.

Zentangle also doesn't usually have things that are representational but since this tangle starts out with a dot grid, The eyes of my 'worm' were already there in my grid!

This tangle comes from the mind of 
Tomàs Padrós

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Curvy Paradox

Paradox is the monotangle here. It's a tangle that I really enjoy doing. I wanted to push myself here so I started with a curvy string. It's trickier to do this tangle when the lines curve but I really enjoy the different effect that I got. Look below for the string I started with.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


The Diva asked us to try out the tangle Siri from Simone Menzel  CZT this week. It's a grid based tangle but I ended up deconstructing it and trying a different way to connect the elements. Fun. You can find the step outs for this tangle by going to

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Inspired by Henna and Coco

There are so many patterns that can be found around the world in different cultures. And many of those patterns have found their way into the world of Zentangle. I love how we can incorporate all these things into our artwork. In these tiles I was influenced first by henna designs. Then I saw the animated movie Coco, and I was blown away by the colors and artwork I saw on the screen. I started doing more research on the Mexican artwork that inspired that movie. These tiles are the result of combining those inspirations.

These tiles began on tiles I had previously colored the background with watercolor paints. The line work is done with the Moonlight gelly roll pens from Sakura with a little metallic gel pen added here and there.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

heart zendala

Zendalas are typically done with a symmetrical type of pattern. I love doing them but sometimes it's fun to do something different. I've done this string before and it's one of my favorites. I use an empty heart in the center (well actually off center) and build tangles flowing out of the heart. - This was my second Valentines Day since my husband has passed. The rawness is fading, but I still miss him. So this empty heart is a bit symbolic of how I feel.

I did this using one of my zendalas that was previously colored with a pink watercolor. The tangles are done with a pink pen and shaded with three shades of colored pencils.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

purple blooms

Playing with a new technique this week. At the last Prairie Tanglers meeting, Tess Carlson Imobersteg taught a class using paper circles punched out of a variety of papers. She then showed us  a folding technique to get the blossom petals.. Add tangles, and fun! I enjoyed this new way to play with tangling.

I used a colored pen for the purple lines and a brush with an iridescent white ink for the white lines. It looks white in this picture but sparkles in person.

These blooms are in progress. I've used a variety of scrapbook papers, colored cardstock, and even junk mail. The purple one is in the middle and I'll be pondering what tangles I want to use on the other blossoms.

Monday, January 29, 2018

rumpus with color

There is a new tangle from Zentangle. It's called Rumpus and it's lots of fun to play with. Rick and Maria have a YouTube video demonstrating it that will get you going.

In my version I used a set of 6 3z tiles. (It's done on a Zendala tile in the video.) I used 3zs so I could do this tangle in a larger scale and play with it by rearranging the 3z tiles. Photos below. I used a sepia colored pen and colored pencils for shading.

I originally did it with just a brown colored pencil for shading. I wanted to play with color though so I added two shades of yellow, two shades of orange and two shades of red colored pencils.

One of the fun things about doing it on 3Z tiles is that you can rearrange them to make different patterns. I had a lot of fun playing with the different results. Check my blog post earlier to see some of the options - click here.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Inspired by Henna

Like everyone, I hit dry spells every now and then. I still tangle and enjoy the process, but don't feel like it's something I want to post. Then ... something comes along, and gets the creative juices flowing.

I saw a post from a bakery that decorates cookies with Henna designs. That got me going right to my colored tiles and my Moonlight Gelly Roll pens. What fun!

The tiles were hand colored in advance with professional grade watercolor paints. I have quite a collection now so it was fun picking through them. I will probably do a few more of these on different colored backgrounds.

The Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll pens are opaque, luminous, gel ink. They work really well on black paper and other dark colors. I wasn't sure how well they would show up on orange paper but just went for it and was happy with what I got.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Phicops and Huggins

This tile is a doutangle with Phicops and Huggins. I decided to try to connect the two tangles by 'growing' the lines for Huggins out of Phicops. Then I had fun embellishing the two patterns.

Before shading. And you'll note that I felt that the lower left corner seemed too empty so I added a little printemps.

Just the linework here. Here you can see how I grew the lines for Huggins out of the points of Phicops. (Sorry it wouldn't rotate like the other pictures.)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Organic and Irradial

Happy  New Year!

It's cold here in Chicago.  I wish I was back in Florida where I spent the holidays with family. Lots of fun activities but I didn't get a chance to post too much. 

I enjoyed seeing seeing two tangles online that were new to me. When I got home I got busy with my pens.

Organic, by Sayantika Ray, flows so nicely.  I played with it with my colored pen first on colored paper.  It can be used as an ornament or, since it is shaped like an egg, I may use it on my Easter Egg tree. I know, I'm thinking very optimisticly about spring.  

I used organic again on a white tile and also used the tangle pattern Irradial from Toms Padros. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

On the tenth day of Christmas - Paradox String

Rick and Maria from Zentangle have been presenting us with wonderful videos throughout this holiday season. If you look for them on YouTube will find them memorizing. I haven't had time to do them all but I hope to get to them later. This one is based on the tenth day. We were presented with using the tangle Paradox as a string. On the video the tangle chosen was striping.

I used my tangle 'coil'. On the black tile I used the new #10 white gelly roll pens. then I used a blue and white chalk pencil for the color. I liked the effect as it reminds me of all the holiday ribbons that get scattered around the presents.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

On the 3rd day of Christmas - Rumpus

There is a new tangle from Zentangle. It's called Rumpus and it's lots of fun to play with. Rick and Maria have a YouTube video demonstrating it that will get you going.

In my version I used a set of 6 3z tiles. (It's done on a Zendala tile in the video.) I used 3zs so I could do this tangle in a larger scale and play with it by rearranging the 3z tiles. Photos below. I used a sepia colored pen and colored pencils for shading.

Happy holidays everyone! 

Friday, December 1, 2017


This tile uses the new tangle 'dewd'. It works especially well on a black tile with white ink.  I liked the organic nature of the dewd tangle so I picked several other organic tangles and off I went. I named this tile "midnight in the garden of good and evil ". The tangle dewd seems so pure and innocent to me with all its orbs, while the tangle punzel makes me think of a devil's horn.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Paradox and Bunzo doutangle

There is a definite comfort to doing tiles with limited tangles. Decisions are limited so you can just start tangling. In this tile the two tangles are Paradox and Bunzo. I'm starting to get inspired by all the holiday things I'm seeing on TV so I started with a star shaped string and the rest of the tile grew from there. I used a sepia colored pen so I added some simple background shading with colored pencils. I liked the way the tangling was so I decided not to do any shading on the inside of the star shape.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!