Archive for May, 2012

First of all, to join in the fun, and see all the gorgeous art submitted for this challenge, don’t forget to stop by here!  I’ve tried and tried to figure out how to upload that blinkie thingie into wordpress to show it in a logroll, but it never works.  If anybody has a tip, I’d sure appreciate it.

Here’s my first one, and I will probably do another one. It took me several days to tackle this one because, while Crescent Moon is certainly a simple tangle to draw, I am very challenged by all the auras. Mine never come out the same size; so I took the opportunity to practice that. Lots of shading on this one, because I ran out of tangleations, and left a couple of spots blank, so tried to compensate with shading.It’s a ZIA, BTW, one-quarter sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch acid free smooth card stock.  Oh, yeah; and my last 01 micron pen started running out of ink on this one, so parts of it are done with 03 and 05 pens.  Off to the store to get more pens before I do another one.

Note: One of the tangleations I did on a curved string, the one with the centers filled with tipple. When I got it done it looked a lot like another tangle, but I meant it as a Crescent Moon, lol.

And here’s my second one.  It’s a zendala which I drew using a CD as a template. I call it Crescent Moon Pie.  On this one, I actually ran out of space to tangle before I ran out of tangleations.  Funny how that works.  Mood, setting, everything affects my drawing sessions.  I think on the first one I was so hung up on having to draw all those auras that it stifled my creativity.  It’s important to just relax and go with the flow I guess and not fret over the outcome.

I hope you’ll let me know what you think.  Now I’m off to view and comment on all the submissions.  I better get going, because there are over 60 of them already.  I’m going to try hard to comment on all of them. I know how much we all appreciate feedback on our art work.  However, I need to tell you that if you have a picassa account, the software will not let me comment.  Bummer!  I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

Until next time, Happy Tangling!

Zendala Challenge #7

It’s Friday again, so it’s time for another zendala challenge from The Bright Owl.  Go here to see all the great entries, and play if you like.  You have lots of time.  Here are my two for this week.  Really fun to do.

Tangles: Fife, Purk, Crescent Moon, and Joy with an aura. Sponged edges of background with inks.

And here is the second one.

Tangles: Baton, Betweed, Rick’s Paradox, Ixorus, Ennies.

One of these days I will complete a challenge without using either Betweed or Paradox, but not today, lol!

Hope you will let me know you stopped by; and don’t forget to visit The Bright Owl to see all the wonderful entries in this challenge.

Until next time, Happy Tangling!

First of all, to join in the fun, and see all the gorgeous art submitted for this challenge, don’t forget to stop by here!  This is the first time a tangle almost “did me in”.  I was having so much trouble drawing a pea-nuckle that looked anything like a pea-nuckle for days that I finally put it away for a couple of days, and then came back.  Before I started, I looked at some of the entries that were there.  I haven’t made any comments yet, but I will, soon as I get these up.  But I want to make a special thank you to three people right here.  First, to Cris, from  Tangled Up In for her very helpful hints and video on how to draw Pea-Nuckle.  Only after I had studied those two places several times was I able to do a pea-nuckle that looked like Molly’s pea-nuckle.  I’m glad I decided to persevere, because I hate to admit defeat.  And now, instead of being frustrated, I can relax and enjoy the process.  I still need a lot of practice, and it may not be one that I use really often, but I do like it now!!  Here is the first one done on a tile that I did after reading Cris’s tips and watching her video.

Tangles: Pea-Nuckle, Msst, Pendrills, Ennies, Tipple, and a Striping variation

The next person I want to thank is Lee Anne, also known as ledenzer, for her wonderfully informative tutorial on how she colors.  I’m always in awe of her colored ZIA’s.  And I am trying to learn to use my Prisma pencils like she shows us.  Also need lots of practice on that.  But here’s my second entry, a 4″ x 6″ ZIA.

Tangles: Pea-Nuckle and variations, Organza, Ennies, and line work.

On this one, the regular pea-nuckles are accompanied by three variation attempts.  One of them (the one attached to the purple lines) I tried to do without spaces between the ess shapes.  It didn’t work out so well, so I enclosed each curve and turned it into a circle, so it’s no longer anything that resembles a pea-nuckle.  The rest of it is ok.

And lastly, here is the very first pea-nuckle I did.  After I did this one, for about three days I couldn’t do one even as good as this one.  I probably did about 10 of them before I gave up, rested, and then watched Cris’s video and read her tips.

Tangles: Pea-nuckle and variations, Verdigogh, Tipple

The pea-nuckle in the lower left is pretty pathetic, but the others aren’t too bad, but then I couldn’t do it again after I did this one.  Go figure.

One more very special thanks to the Diva, for challenging us to do things we might not be comfortable with at first.

Until next time, Let’s Tangle!

Zendala Dare #6

Well, it’s Friday and Erin has posted a new zendala tile for the challenge.  Go here to read all about it, enter if you like, and see all the other great entries.  I did two, a full page version, which I printed out at about 6″ square, and a standard tile.  I have to confess that it’s about 4″, not 3.5″; because I have trouble with this much detail in a small square.  Practice! Practice! Practice!

Tangles: Shard, Chard, Chambray, Auras

Tangles: Chard, Beelight, Dust Bunny, Squid, Cat-Kin

As you can see, I was really practicing on my “grid” based tangles in many cases.  First time I have drawn either Chard or Shard.  I need more practice, but I’m not unhappy with the results anyway.  Straight lines in the grid are my biggest challenge right now.

Hope you’ll leave me a comment and tell me what you did or didn’t like.  (Okay, nobody EVER says what they don’t like, LOL!)

Until next time, Let’s Tangle!

Diva Challenge #70

Okay, it’s time for another challenge from “I am the Diva”.  This week, the challenge is to use one other color besides black and white; namely BROWN.  That’s a great challenge.  I have a brown pen, and it’s one of my favorite colors to work with. I think I did about five drawings today with brown, but I’ve picked the two I like the best to show you.  Before I do that, though, I want to remind you to hop over to the Diva’s blog spot, here, check out the rules and enter your own drawing, or at least peek at all the other entries.  They are all worth looking at.

The first entry I’m featuring is an actual zentangle, on a 3.5″ tile, done all in brown and shaded in brown.

Tangles: Cadent, Pokeroot, Brayd, Zander, Keeko and Tipple

That one went together rather quickly and is a really traditional type of tile.  I think it was the second one I did.  But I decided to do something a little more challenging, and for that I went to one of my favorite string types which is interlapping circles.  It is shown below.

Tangles: Purk, Strircles, Striping, Struzzle, Printemps and Rick’s Paradox.

This one is on a 5 x 7 inch tile, drawn in both black and brown and shaded entirely in brown.  Rick’s Paradox was an afterthought, because when I looked at it before I added that bottom piece, I thought it looked top heavy, or bottom heavy, depending on which way you turned it.  I thought that addition balanced the piece.  Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to let me know you were here, and don’t forget to go see all the entries.  You’d be missing out.

Until next time, Let’s Tangle!

Zendala Dare #5

Tangles:: Stripes, Hibred, Rick’s Paradox, Bilt

It’s time for this week’s Zendala Dare hosted by Erin at The Bright Owl.  .  For information on how to play, download the templates, and to see all the gorgeous eye candy submitted go here .

The challenge for me on the one shown at left was to use all tangles that used parallel or straight lines to practice “line work”. I used a Stripes variation, Rick’s Paradox, Baton, Bilt, and Hibred.  I often try to include at least one tangle I’ve never drawn before and that was Bilt.  A simple, easy to draw tangle that has a kind of deceptively complicated look when it’s finished.  It’s a new favorite for me. I used  pigment ink pens in black and green.   Shading was done with graphite and a prismacolor pencil.

The second one, shown below, I actually did first, so it took much longer. Tangles used: Groovy, Ennies, an Opus variation, Sanibelle, and then the big booboo.  The plan was to draw Cadent.  After drawing one of them (at the top) which was correct, I somehow reversed my S-curves and ended up with something else, I think it’s a cross between Cadent and Kuzek.  That was my last tangle, on the piece, so I couldn’t bear to toss it and start over.  For fun, I copied it, shaded one with graphite, and colored the second one with prismacolor pencils.  The tile is is approximately 6″ square.

I love to read comments, so please let me know you were here.  And don’t forget to check out all the rest of the entries over at The Bright Owl.

Until next time, let’s tangle!

Challenge: UMT – “Groovy” by Erin Koetz Olson

Okay, let’s say you never heard of these challenges and don’t know what UMT means.  First of all, if you are at all interested, you can go here to read all about it.  The very short version is that the Diva provides a challenge every week that anybody can enter.  I started last week.  This is my first post about it.  UMT means “Use My Tangle”.  Once a month, the Diva randomly picks a new tangle submitted by her viewers for all of us to play with. The tangle this week is “Groovy”, a brand new tangle by Erin.  So here are my two entries into the challenge.  You can click on any photo to see a larger view.

Tangles: Groovy, Fishnet, Zander, Tipple

First, let me say I had some trouble with this tangle, which surprised me.  Erin’s instructions are very clear, and the tangle doesn’t look that hard.  But I had a hard time getting started.  I did about 6 or 7 false starts before I finally got this one finished and decided it would have to do.  I couldn’t figure out what I didn’t like about my groovy lines.  I only knew I didn’t think they looked as good as others I had seen.  So I gave up and went on to something else.

And thus began my second tangle for this challenge.  The something else was a Zentangle Inspired Art piece on an 8″  x 5″ tile.  I started with two tangles I hadn’t drawn before – Oke and Ragz..  When that was finished, I thought: “Hmmm, what if I used Groovy for a border”.   However, being no dummy (most of the time) and liking what I had done so far, I decided to “cheat” and draw my tangle lines for Groovy in pencil, kind of like you do for Brayd.  If I hated it, I could erase the pencil and do something else.  What I found as I tangled Groovy is that what I hadn’t liked before was that my lines between were too dark, and sometimes didn’t close completely in the middle.  By drawing the outline in pencil I could extend my stripe lines if I needed to, and any unwanted pencil lines would be covered by the shading you do at the end.  This one I really liked.  It’s totally different from the first one.  Here it is.

Tangles: Groovy, Oke, Ennies Leaves, Ragz

I liked it, so before I shaded it for entry in the challenge I made a couple of copies so I could color them without redrawing the whole thing.  Just for fun, here’s what I did with the copies.  The first one uses a very simple sponging technique of dye inks to produce a sort of impressionist watercolor effect.  The second one is colored with Copic Alcohol Markers.

Inked copy after tangling.

Colored Copy using Copic Alcohol Markers

I hope you enjoyed my entries into this challenge, and would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, Let’s Tangle!

It’s that time again.  Monday, and I did two challenges this week.  For more info and to play in this week’s challenge,  go here.  It is hosted by Erin at The Bright Owl blogspot; and it’s a lot of fun.  No judging, no pressure, just play.   Now on to the challenge.  First, here is her drawing that she provided for us to play with.

This week’s challenge added something extra.  We were asked to do something that represented either Mexico or the ocean.  I decided to do both.  The first one is “Mexico”.

ZigZag border var., Striping, Crescent Moon, and some fill patterns I think I made up. If they belong to somebody, please let me know.

For this one I decided to use color to portray the bright, tropical colors found in pinatas, and in some of the brightly colored pottery and blankets found in Mexican art.  I drew the tangles with colored pigment pens from Staedtler, and added light colors with Prisma Pencils.

Tangles: Cockles and Mussels, Squid, Sanibelle, Tearce, Nipa Variation.

This second one , show above,  is my favorite, and I chose tangles that I thought represented the ocean or sea.  I started with Cockles and Mussels, then added Squid to the center, and Sanibelle in the half circles.  They all represent sea life to me.  I then added Tearce, which reminds me of the pattern left in the sand by receding waves on the shore.  Finally I added a variation if Nipa, using dotted lines instead of solid wavy lines.  This represents air bubbles in the ocean under the surface.

I hope you like them, and will leave me a comment to let me know you were here.

Until next time, Let’s Tangle!

This is a brand new blog, started today!!  I’ve discovered tangling, zentangles, (Note: The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at mandalas, and am learning a whole new language as a result.  For my very first blog entry, I want to showcase two pieces of art which I am entering in the I am a Diva Challenge.  This is challenge #68, and the challenge was “Duo-tangle, Hibrid and Strircles”.  I did two of them, and this is my first entries into this challenge.  Here they are:

This was the first one I did.  I finished it, and thought it was a little bit boring!  The tangles are okay, but I didn’t like my strings very much.  However, one of the nice thing about tangling is that’s there’s no such thing as a mistake.  Even if all you do is learn from what you didn’t want, it’s worth doing.  So I continued on, did two or three more with colored backgrounds, and finally hit on one I liked enough to post.

Here it is:

For this one I took a previously colored background, added circles using a wine glass for a template, (second best use for a wine glass)  and using those for strings, I tangled Hibrid and Strircles with variations.  Hope you like it.

If you ended up here, and you don’t know what a “zentangle” or “tangle” or a “string” is; come back in a day or two, and I’ll have written a post explaining the concept as best as I can.  For immediate knowledge go to  That is a web-site owned by Rick and Maria, the inventors and owners of the patent for zentangles.  There is a wealth of information there if you are interested.  For a list of many, many tangles (what a zentangle is made of) go to  This website is owned and maintained by an enthusiastic tangler, named Linda Farmer, and contains detailed instructions on how to draw many, many tangles.

Also, if you do tangle already, and are interested in joining this challenge, go to http:/

Until next time…..Let’s Tangle!