Tuesday, April 26, 2016


There are quite a few tangles that work really well in borders - or in stripes. I was looking through the tangles on my page of tangles and saw several of these linear tangles. So I decided to put them all together in this 'stacked' tile.

Tangles are;


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Grid on a Globe

Grids are a common way to start a Zentangle pattern. The grid can be done in many ways; big, small, perfect or wonky. This grid was done in a way that enhances the globular effect. I added a simple tangle because I knew the spaces in the outer areas were tiny so a simple tangle would be better for those areas. But I wanted to try something else so I worked in the Yin Yang symbol and tangled in the negative spaces for the darker side.

Tangles were done with a brown Micron pen. Shading was done with a terra cotta colored pencil and highlights were done with a white chalk pencil.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Beyond the Basics McHenry class

"Beyond the Basics"  is the class that I teach after the Introductory class. One of the things we do is explore Paradox on a black tile. The students are also given a white chalk pencil to add highlights as desired. I really enjoy seeing what students do with the same instructions for the same tangle pattern!

Monday, April 4, 2016


Fassett by Lynn Mead is the featured tangle this week. It's a tangle that appears to be tricky but is really easy when you get to the step outs. There are several ways you can add variations to this tangle. I used it as my border tangle here. I did it on a Renaissance tile so I could play with two colors of pens and use both shading and highlights. 

The weather here in Illinois has been bizarre. My daffodils have started to come up and I think it will be glorious once they are all in bloom. But then, on April 2, we had snow again. NOOOOO! I'm done with winter! Yesterday we had a high of 65 - today it's in the 30's again. I can't wait for the weather to make up its mind!