The first week of the month, Laura Harms, our Diva, challenges us to use a tangle by one of us. It is called UMT or “Use my tangle”.  This week she selected Bird on a Wire by Mary Kissel, CZT.  A link to the step outs can be found at the Diva website.  This is a cute, but simple tangle with lots of possibilities for variation.

Here is what I did with it.


Tanglesl: Bird on a Wire, ‘Nzeppel, Bales, Crescent Moon, and This and That, also by Mary Kissel.

I have to admit that this is not my normal type of ZIA.  I don’t usually draw “cute”. I’m still trying to decide if I even like this ZIA, but it got done so it gets posted.  While I was drawing the tangles at the top, the angles reminded me of the top of a birdhouse, so at first I thought I’d draw a birdhouse, but then the idea of a bird sitting on a wire popped into my head and I decided to go with the flow.  Remember the  line from Forest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”?   You could substitute “Zentangle”® for the word “Life” and you wouldn’t be wrong.  That is so much a part of the charm and appeal of making Zentangle tiles or ZIAs.   You may notice that the tangle on the bottom of the bird is also by Mary Kissel.  It is called This and That, and the step outs are in the same blog post as the step outs for Bird on a Wire.  I got a “twofer”, which is always serendipity.

Here’s one more:’


Tanglesl: Hollibaugh, Tipple, Birds on a Wire, and Unnamed (see below)

About the “Unnamed” tangle in the lower right.  I wanted to draw Tadpoles by Suzanne McNeil.  It’s new to me.  After putting in the small circle grid, I started drawing the rest, and immediately saw that I was doing it wrong.  So, in Zentangle fashion I elected to go ahead and turn it into something.  So, I may play with it and step it out and see if I invented a new tangle.  Maria says new tangles are often created when you mess up on an existing tangle.

As always, I thank each of you who stop by and look at my post, and hope you’ll be inclined to leave me a note telling me you were here. Don’t forget to stop by the Diva’s website, here, to see more art, and to learn how to join us each week in the challenges.

Until next time, Happy Tangling.