Archive for May, 2013

This week our Diva, Laura Harms, challenged us to use only one tangle; an official Zentangle® called Bales.  We can change it any way we want to, but the idea is to start with, and stick with, Bales.  Here are the two tiles I did.



The first one is pretty straightforward.  There are five variations of the basic Bales tangle.  Doesn’t that middle tangle in brown look a lot like Fife?  Well, I assure you it’s not.  It’s drawn on a grid, and there are center lines down each petal or rice shape.

For the second one, I decided to try to combine Bales with other existing tangles to make  tangleations.  I combined Bales with Yincut, Knightsbridge and Florz.  I hope you enjoy these.

As always, I’d love to hear from you.  And maybe this is a good time to say something I probably should have said before.  You know I love your comments, but unless you ask me a question I probably won’t comment back.  The main reason I don’t do that is that when I comment on yours, I don’t go back and look again unless I’ve asked something for which I want an answer.  It’s a time constraint issue; and I figure if you take the time to come once and let me know your thoughts, you won’t have time to visit more than once.    I read somewhere on wordpress that you should answer EVERY response.  Is that really a good idea?  That is a lot to wade through if you are like me and want to see what other artists said about the art you are looking at.  If not responding is poor etiquette in your opinion, please let me know and I’ll consider changing my ways, lol.  Whatever, I’m glad you are here!

  Until next time, happy tangling.


Zendala Dare #59

I finished one zendala early this week.  I may do more, but I’m posting this one now so I can start commenting.  The earlier I start commenting, the more I get to see before the week is out. I really like Erin’s template this week.  It has so many possibilities, I’m sure I’ll have to do at least one more.


Tangles Used: Gneiss, Crescent Moon variation, miniature Flux variation, and Betweed.

I’m ok with this one, but I have a couple of ideas I think I would like better, with more contrast.  I really like bold, and contrast, or really organic and swirly.  This is kind of in between.  I hope you’ll let me know you were here.  Comments make my day.


Okey, here is the second one I did.  I started it on Sunday and finished it on Tuesday.  This one was done in several sittings.


While I was working on the first one, I thought it would be fun to see how this template would look using Paradox.  I kind of like it.  I did have to add a couple of lines to each section to make Paradox work the way I wanted it to.  Here is a scan when it was partially done where you can see the added lines if you compare it to the original.


It was actually pretty easy, even though it was time consuming.  Hope you like it.

The Diva challenge this week is very special because it was suggested to Laura by Rick and Maria.  It was directly inspired by this post on the Zentangle Blog where Rick and Maria showcase some gorgeous pieces where the black and white are evenly distributed throughout the tiles.  Hence, the title, “Ebony and Ivory”.  When I first read about this challenge, I thought “this is a piece of cake.  I love bold and I love contrast.  What fun!!!”  Well, let me tell you something – easy it WAS NOT!  I tried several different things, and wasn’t really satisfied with any of them.  I can’t tell you why, except that none of them had the ethereal, lovely look of the tiles Maria did.  What does that tell you? I was comparing my work to another artist’s work and I came up really, really short.  I didn’t figure this out until I was totally done, and was ready to write this post.  It’s a common mistake, but I especially need to get over it.  Also, need to get over the fear of criticism, or that nobody will like what I did.  You know how I determine if anybody liked it?  If they made comments, I figure they probably liked it; if they didn’t, I figure they were too polite to tell me what they really thought, so they just said nothing.  I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but in the interest of growth, (and getting rid of the lump in my throat and the knot in my stomach, I figured I needed to be honest.

Okay, enough of that stuff!  Now I’ll show what I did.

This is actually the very first one I attempted.  I thought it was pretty good at the light and dark contrast, and I’m not really sure why I didn’t like it much.  I think it’s the string I didn’t like and maybe the size.  Plus I thought it looked a little like a deformed monster with a big wide open mouth, chomping on my variation of Quandary!!  (Actually, having written that down, I now see how hilarious that is.  I made a monster, LOL


Tangles: Archer var., Slante, Knightsbridge, Flux, Strircles, Bunzo, Quandary,Keenies

Finished size of the first one is approximately 9″ by 3.75″ drawn on good quality vellum scrap.

This next one is drawn on an official Zentangle® tile, and I enjoyed drawing  this one more, and also liked it more.


Tangles: Knightsbridge, Striping, Black Perlz, Beeds, Bronx Cheer and Stipple.

So that’s my two entries for the slide show. Here is one more scan of a ZIA I did just for fun.  It is 5″ x 7″.  I found a very simple clip art kitty, used it as a model to sketch a kitty, and then tangled it.  I’ve seen some really cool abstract paintings in colors of cats and dogs and I thought it would be fun to do one tangled in black and white.  What do you think?


That’s it for this week’s challenge.  If you leave me a comment I will read it and appreciate it.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!


Note:  I had to come back and make one more comment after reading Chris’s (Tangled Up in Art) comments on her blog entry about dealing with criticism.  I have her book and I think it’s wonderful.  I’ve learned a lot about shading from it.   I wonder at people who make cruel remarks that have no redeeming value.  I actually love to get constructive criticism; words that would explain how I could improve or make something better. You have to wonder what kind of demons or rage control the folks who just seek to destroy another person’s confidence.  Having said that, I need to remember that NOBODY can hurt my feelings without my PERMISSION!  Right?  Right!

More hugs to all you wonderful folks! 

Zendala Dare #58

Well, it’s Monday already and I haven’t posted my Zendala Dare for this week yet!  Erin provided us with another beautiful template to play with.  Here ‘s the first one:


This one is full size.  They take longer to do, lol.  I also had a lot of down time trying to decide what tangles to put into this.  Here’s what I came up with from the outside in:  N’zeppel, Beeds and some line work, tipple, Fescu, and the inside I guess is a variation of Fricle.


For the second one, I did a zendala size tile and added color with prismacolor pencils.  Inside out the tangles are: Drupe (a variation , Antidots, Flora (I think), a variation of Flux, and the very outside is another variation of Fescu.  Both were fun to do once I got over the frustration of what tangles to use.

I can hardly wait to see what everyone else did.  I hope you’ll let me know you stopped by.  All comments are greatly appreciated.

Until next time, Happy Tangling!  Linda

The Diva’s challenge this week  is to learn and use a tangle called Kuke, designed by Katy Abbot, CZT.  It is a tangle I had never seen before.  Katy’s inspiration for the tangle was a cut cucumber.  I had trouble seeing that at first, so I went to the fridge, got out an English cucumber, sliced into it and guess what?  Katy’s tangle DOES look a lot like the middle of a cucumber slice.  I was just checking because, of course, it’s also true that a tangle doesn’t need to look like anything, right?  And Katy said the cucumber “inspired” her tangle named “Kuke”.   Cute tangle, Katy.  (Note:  If I had looked at Katy’s third picture before I started my drawing, I would have seen her shriveled up cuke slice that totally captures her inspiration.)


Okay, having gotten that out of the way, I did a 5″ x 7″ ZIA featuring Kuke.


Tangles: Kuke, Perlz, Onamato, Flux, and Krli-Q.

This was fun, and I should mention I found it easier to draw the orb first, then put the Y in the orb.  I think that was because I was trying to keep the orb really round.  I’m thinking of doing another one in color; and if I do, I’ll post it later this week.  Thanks for stopping by, and I’d love to read a comment from you.  Don’t forget to stop by the Diva’s web site and check out all the lovely art provided.

And here is a real quick tile done on a 3.5″ scrap of hand colored card stock.  I call it my Kuke Garden.



Hope you all have a great week!  Happy Tangling!

Zendala Dare #57

This week on Erin’s Zendala Dare, we were fortunate to have Genevieve Crabe as a guest poster.  She makes gorgeous zendala templates, and teaches mandala classes online.  Here is what I did with Genevieve’s zendala.


Tangles: Baton and Meer

This template was all straight lines so that’s the type of tangles I chose.   It went together fairly quickly.

Until next time, Happy Tangling.




Wow!  This has been a kind of tough week for me when it comes to the challenges and dares I love to do.  First Erin’s Zendala Dare, which asked me to draw the whole zendala in pencil (what?)!  I finished that one, and then looked at the Diva’s challenge this week which is for a brand new official Zentangle® tangle called by Schway, designed by Rick Thomas.  I had a lot of trouble with this tangle.  Not because I didn’t like it, or didn’t think it looked good the way Rick and Molly and some of you guys did it.  I just found it difficult to do.  I ruined several tiles trying to do it, and then finally got one I thought at least resembled the official tangle and was presentable enough to scan.  I’ll explain a little more after I show you my tile.


Tangles: Schway, Strircles, Footlights

After I finally got this one done, I tried to figure out why I didn’t like working on this particular tangle.  So many people had done so many tiles that were gorgeous, why was mine so ugly.  I broke a “rule” this time, and looked at a lot of entries while I was trying to do mine.  I think I figured out what bothered me when trying to create this tangle.

This particular tangle looks best when it’s very uniform; straight lines, identical margins, and it’s very geometric.   I think it brought out the anal side of my personality, and I didn’t like what I drew because it looked so wonky, or whatever.  There’s a reason why I’m drawn to the organic tangles, and why my grids are always started with a slightly bent line.  Zentangle has helped me to ignore my anal side, and go with the flow.  I don’t pretend to be there yet, but I’m much better than I used to be, when I was so fragmented.  A very anal personality and habits (born of necessity by my former career choices)  with a very undisciplined nature,  and a creative mind. Believe me, that is not a good place to be.  Once I figured this out, I went from “I will never use this tangle again” to “I will work on this tangle for “fun” in my sketchbook, but not on a tile”; to see if I can find the creativity within myself to turn this into a tangle I WOULD be happy to use again.

Thanks Diva for challenging me to go outside my comfort zone, and thanks Rick for designing Schway.  Your tangle is lovely when you do it, and once again Zentangle has caused me to take another look at myself, and find more enlightenment.  I’m almost 70 and you are never too old to grow!

If you are reading this, I thank you for stopping by, and I would love it if you would leave me a comment.


Zendala Dare #56

Well, this week’s Zendala Dare was also a real challenge for me, and apparently others as well.  Being the first of the month, Erin added an extra challenge.  She asked us to use only pencil, no ink on our zendala.  What an amazing learning experience that turned out to be.  I ended up doing three because I was so disillusioned with my first two.  The third one’s no great shakes either, but I’m going to post them all.  I know it’s supposed to be about the journey and the process, not the outcome.  Intellectually, I can agree with that.  But, let’s be honest, ok?  Nobody really likes to produce a piece of art they don’t like, do they?    I did all three of these yesterday (Saturday). but didn’t post them.  This morning when I looked at them again, I didn’t dislike them as much as I did yesterday.  That was interesting; I wonder if there’s a lesson in that about self judgment.  Also, I looked at some of the other entries and read how many of you had some problems producing something you really loved.  By the way, , the fact that I don’t absolutely love my results this week doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the challenge.  I did enjoy it immensely, and I thank Erin for once again asking us to leave our comfort zone and try something new.  However, don’t hold your breath for me to do another one in just pencil, OK?

The first one below is the last one I completed.  It was traced with an F  pencil, and the tangles and shading were done with a 3B art pencil.  One thing I did on this one, I didn’t on the other ones, is that as I completed a section, but before shading, I sprayed a fixative on the piece.  This helped reduce the amount of smudging I got.  That’s probably cheating in the zentangle style, but it’s done all the time with graphite sketching.  Besides, I still got some smudges anyway.


This one looks quite a bit different than the template, because although I drew it like the template, I covered up the irregular rectangles with tangles.

This next one is the second one I did.  I decided to go minimalist on this one and emphasize the shading.    For this one I added another pencil, a Kimberly 9XXB.  It’s a thick pencil, with a thick lead, and very soft.  I had never used it before and it won’t be one of my favorites in the future.  It produced lots of unwanted smudging.


Tangles, Ixorus, Printemps, Hibred, and two variations of betweed.

This is the first one I drew.  It’s the only one that is full size.  I drew this one with a #2 pencil, and then used F, 3B, and 9XXB for the tangles and shading.  This one had the most smudging, partly because it was so big and I had a really hard time keeping my hand off of it.  I’ve read that you can eliminate that by placing a piece of paper over what you’ve already drawn, but I didn’t think of that.  I think I would really like this one if it were in ink with shading.  The hibred sections really seemed to get washed out in pencil.


Well, that’s it for me on this week’s Zendala Dare.  I’d love to see your comments if you have the time.  Now I’m off to the Diva site to leave comments on all of the art there.

Until next time, Happy Tangling.