Archive for September, 2012

I just got back last night from CZT ® Training from ®, and I’m so hyped, I almost can’t stand myself.  I got home about 1:30 a.m. to Seattle (Rhode Island time), and still couldn’t go to sleep.  It was only 10:30 in Seattle, and both my sister and my husband wanted to know all about my trip.  My poor DH mostly wanted to know what about this experience was worth (his words) “all that money” it cost for me to go.  I tried to tell them, and all I got was blank stares.  What I finally had to say was…..”you just had to be there to understand it”.  I CAN’T put it into words.  Those of you who are already CZTs KNOW what I’m talking about.  Anyway, on to this week’s Diva Challenge.  I know I’m late, and I missed last week, and didn’t want to miss another one.

This week’s Diva Challenge was to use the tangle IX, a brand new tangle from Rick and Maria.  I had never drawn this tangle before, so the first one below is a monotangle I did just to learn the tangle.  The second one I did to “multi-task”, since I’m taking Marie Browning’s MCC class on zentangles, and it’s all about shading this week, plus a few tangles she demonstrated.

Here’s the first one.

Here is the second one.

Tangles: IX, Cubine, Tipple, Nzepple, and Star Snail and a tangleation of it by Marie Browning.

That’s all I’ve been able to do so far.  It is already Thursday, and I wanted to get something posted.  Now I’ve got to try to make as many comments as I have time for on the 50 or so that are already posted.  Yikes!  Have a great rest of the week, and if you are inclined to leave me a comment it will be most sincerely appreciated.  I absolutely love the world of Zentangle!!!

Until next time, Happy Tangling.



According to Laura, our Diva: “A traditional Zentangle begins with dots, border, string – and often times, the string stays inside the border we drew, containing our work to the inside of our tiles.  This week, the challenge is to break free of your border! To create a tile or ZIA where SOME element of your work goes beyond the border and stretches or expands out, free from constraints!! ”   

That being the challenge, it was right up my alley; because at least half the time I don’t even use a border.  But I decided for this challenge I would use borders, and “break free” of them.  It was a blast doing this challenge, and I’m not even sure I’m finished yet, but here’s what I did so far.  I’ll put my two favorites on top, since those will be the ones that eventually end up in the slide show.  Here is the first one.

Tangles: Brayd and some kind of “daisy”.

I think this may be my favorite, but there are two more I sort of like too.  This is on a 3.5″ square tile, colored with a mixture of copics alcohol markers and prismacolor pencils.  I really love Brayd!

Here’s the second one:

This one was the last one I did, and I had trouble deciding between this one and the last one.  It is a small ZIA, approximately 3.5″ x 5.5″.  I used a bunch of tangles on this one.  First I drew the outside string, then sketched the fishes, then started tangling.  In the big fish, I used Tagh, Onamato (variation) Hibred, Hollibaugh with a tiny bit of striping, and tipple.  The ocean has Oke, Tearce, Sanibelle, Fescue, Tipple, and Ribbon.  I think I got them all, lol.  It’s colored in a mixture of Copics alcohol markers, sponged inks, and prismacolor pencils.  It’s drawn in micron pens, but a couple of places were over traced with green glitter pen.

The first one I did was much simpler and is shown below:

Tangles: Drupe, Fescue, an angelfish variation, and those leaves I never know what to call.

And here’s the last one.  This one and the first one were also hard to choose between.

Tangles: Verdigough, Angelfish, Antidots and more of those pesky leaves.

BTW, I love those “pesky leaves”, but I don’t know if they are a variation of another tangle or one of their own.  Everybody uses them, and most artists don’t name the tangles they use!  The technique of the folded corners and the pin and staples on this one and the first one, I “borrowed” from Helen Williams, who is on flickr as “Papernstuff”.  I think it’s a great technique.  Hope you like these and will let me know you stopped by.

Until next time, Happy Tangling!

Zendala Dare #22 – Monodala

Monodala is a brand new word coined by Erin over at the Bright Owl for this week’s zendala dare.  Mono-dala is a combination of monotangle and zendala to describe a zendala that uses only one tangle.  We were free to choose any tangle we wanted, but were to use only ONE, with as many tangleations as we liked.  I did two.  Before I show them, I gotta tell you about the “bee I got in my bonnet” this week.

We have several tangles that are optical illusions.  Among them are Cubine, Beeline and Rick’s Paradox.  I was thinking about trying to come up with a new tangle that was also an optical illusion, so I went “google-diving” on optical illusions to see what was out there.  Well, let me tell you there’s a lot.  To make a long story a little shorter, I will say I never did invent a new tangle; but I found out a lot about optical illusions, which led me to Op Art (representation of optical illusions in art) and several well-known op artists.  One of them is Bridget Riley.  In one of her galleries I saw a number of works that actually use tangleations of Nightsbridge and Striping.  Who knew!  So I decided to see what I could do with them in this dare.  If you are interested, you can find the inspiration pieces I used here.  Right up on the top row is the one that is like Nightsbridge, only she changes the vertical widths of the line to create the optical illusion.  There are several that use stripes to do the same sort of thing. Here’s the first one I did:

 I wasn’t able to create a credible optical illusion.  I think I would have to use a ruler at least.  However, I think I did capture another feature of “op art”, especially op art that was popular in the 60’s, and that’s the riotous use of complementary or near complementary colors to create a certain look.  The tangle I used on this one is Nightsbridge.

For the next one I used Striping.  Sandy Bartholomew, who demonstrates Striping, says that “stripes can be any width and go in any direction”.  I took full advantage of that to create this one:

Again,  I didn’t really master Optical Illusion, but it was really fun to do.  And….I’m not through practicing and trying to make an optical illusion.  Once I get an idea in my head it’s hard to get rid of it, lol.  Just for fun, here are some of the other pieces I’m practicing on….most are not finished, but there’s always tomorrow.

Well, that’s it for me on this one, and I hope you’ll let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  But, by all means, grab the link on the right and visit Erin over at The Bright Owl and peek at what other artists have done with this dare.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

This week the Diva challenged us to use a tangle designed by the very talented CZT, Margaret Bremner.  I had never seen this tangle before, and so I went to Margaret’s website to look at it.  It’s not a particularly hard tangle to draw, but I had trouble with it at first.  The main reason was that Margaret had drawn a beautiful ZIA, showing this tangle in a border, and also single tangles as roofs of buildings.  I had trouble getting the “roof” image out of my mind.  But I never give up, so I struggled a bit and came up with this tile, drawn in blue micron 005 pen.  I’m pretty much using colored pens right now, since all my 005 and 01 black pens have dried up.  I have ordered new ones and check my porch and mailbox every day waiting for them to get here.  Here’s my first tile:

I thought it looked ok, but I didn’t just LOVE it, lol!  I thought it was lacking in punch.  I really wanted to do another one, but was having trouble coming up with inspiration, so I went google-diving.  I came up with a gorgeous zendala that Margaret did on a pre-strung zendala tile, which used Copada as the outside border.  I looked in my zendala tile box to see if I had that blank tile, and I did; so I figured I’d do one too.  Then I thought; hmm, now that’s copying, you need to come up with your own design.  (If you want to see Margaret’s gorgeous zendala that inspired me, you can find it here:  It’s the fuchsia colored one.)  I did, however, decide I would do a zendala, and I wanted it to be more organic, so I just started with a CD and drew a zendala shape circle, and went from there.  This is what I came up with:

I liked this one much better, so much, in fact, that I took a picture of it before I was half through, because I thought somebody might like to know how I managed this on a blank zendala.  After I drew the circle in pencil, I used little dots around the outside edge to try to divide the circle into eight more or less equal parts.  Then I took a stemmed wine glass, and tried to center it on the larger circle to make a smaller circle.  I also drew little dots to divide that into eighths, between the eighths on the larger circle.  Then I drew in Copada within the two circles, and connected the copadas opposite each other with light pencil.  That resulted in this:

After that, things got a lot easier.  From here, I just added the floral piece made out of leaves in the center, added the leaf shapes in each of the eight divisions, and finished off with some auras, tipple fill where shown and added shading and color.  Color is a mixture of copics alcohol markers, prismacolor pencil, and sponged ink.  Hope you like it, and I’d love it if you let me know you were here by leaving me a comment.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

Zendala Dare #21

We have a beautiful new template from Erin at The Bright Owl, for week 21 of the Zendala Dare.  For a photo of the template, and to view all the gorgeous entries, click on the link on the right of this page and it will take you there.  So far, I have done two, one in color and one in black and white.  Both are done in my brand new Revolves Sketch book, which is two journals in 1.  It was a gift from my new friend Nancy, at a play date on Saturday.  Here’s the first one:

Okay, this one uses only four tangles, and two of them are tangleations (I guess)!  On the outside border that’s supposed to be a tangleation of Ragz.  Next is a tangleation of Baton, I think.  I wanted longer lines, and curves.  So if it’s something else, somebody will have to set me straight.  Next is Striping, and in the middle is Cirquital.  It’s drawn in Sakura Micron 03, because all my 01s went dry, and I won’t get my new ones until Tuesday or Wednesday.

The second one is shown below:

This one is drawn in a Sakura Micron 01 Brown pen.  The tangles used are Tipples on the outside, then Meer and a variation, some line work with sparks, Ennies, and in the center is Drupe.  It is then colored with Prismacolor Premier pencils in shades of brown, orange and yellow.  The bottom wonky lettering is one of my first practices from Joanne Fink’s book, Zenspirations Letters & Patterning.  Hope you like it, and if you choose to leave me a comment, it will be greatly appreciated!  Now I’m off to comment on all the other gorgeous submissions.

Until next time, Happy Tangling!