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This week Laura (The Diva) challenged us to a duo tangled piece, using ONLY Cirquital and Opus in our tile or zentangle inspired art.  I struggled with this for a while and tried a couple of square tiles I didn’t like at all; and then decided to put Opus INSIDE Cirquital, and I think it came out at least ok.  Here it is:


Opus is a tangle I’ve never put into a zentangle tile before, although I did draw out the steps for my pattern notebook.  I’m not very good at this tangle, and I can’t figure out why.  I like the way it looks when other people do it, like Maria; I just am not that fond of my own drawing of the tangle.  Oh, well; I absolutely adore Cirquital, so 50% ain’t that bad, eh?

I’d love to hear from you, and I want to thank everybody who has been commenting each and every week.  It means a great deal to me to see comments come in.  Until next time, Let’s Tangle!

Postscript:  I just went to look at other entries; there are 15 so far and I’ve made comments on all of them.  I just have to mention that I am always amazed at the results to the Diva’s Challenges.  First, I’m amazed at how very different some of the compositions are, second, I’m amazed at how often several artists have similar ideas; third, I’m always amazed at the beauty displayed.  You really need to see them all to get the full effect.  I’ll be visiting every day to try to get to all of them during the week.



This week our Diva, Laura Harms, challenged us to something totally new.  In her own words she issued this challenge: If you have some stencils in your stash, time to pull them out and try tangling using the stencils as your string!  Don’t fret if you don’t have any stencils in your art supply, you can use anything from around the house. ”  Well, I knew I had stencils, so I pulled them out.  Whoops!  They are tiny little images of animals designed to be colored with chalks and used for card making.   Hmmmm, what to do, what to do.  I thought about going out and buying some, but wasn’t in the mood to go out.  I thoought about using cookie cutters until I remembered I don’t have any!  I thought about using a glass and doing circles, but I’ve already done that many times, and I wanted to try something new.  Then I started looking at my hole punches.  Most of them didn’t turn me on either, until I came upon this one:


In this scan, the white is the negative space created by punching the tag out of black cardstock.  I used the negative space as a stencil and created this ZIA on tan paper.


After the strings were drawn and darkened with ink, I added the tangles.  In the “real world” each tag will have a labeled tangle on it and will be kept on a key ring (see picture below).  As you can see, I need a much larger keyring.  My ZIA is 4″ x 6″ and I used White Prismacolor pencil for the highlights, and graphite for the shadow.  It was fun to do this challenge, and I think I got outside the box on this one.  I’d love your take on what I did.  Until next time, happy tangling.


Dare #64

This is the first week of a new month, so Erin gave us an extra “dare”.  This week’s zendala should use only tangles that start with letters that spell out H-O-T or H-E-A-T.  We are to use each letter in the word at least one time, and use no other tangles.  This was a very fun challenge this week, plus I really like this template a lot.  I chose to spell out HEAT, so here is my zendala.


The tangles I used are Huggins, Ennies (variation), Angel Fish, and Tipple.  Be sure to stop by The Bright Owl website to see other zendalas.  I’d love it if you would leave me a comment.

Until next time, Let’s tangle!

The first week of the month is always UMT (Use My Tangle); where the Diva randomly selects a tangle made by one of us.  This month the tangle is called Birdie Feet and is by Owl Loving April.  It’s basically a small fill pattern, but I wanted to highlight it if I could.  I started out by auraing it like Laura did, and made it part of the string in some places.  Then I remembered Kuke, and thought how the Birdie Feet resembled the “Y” in Kuke, so added that.  I added some shading and a few orbs and called it good.  Here it is:


Don’t forget to drop by the Diva’s website to see all the versions of this new (to me) tangle.

Zendala Dare #63

Saturday is Zendala  Dare day, and I’ve got one done already.  Yay!  So, here it is.  I have to say the zendala I did doesn’t exactly ring my bell; but I may work on another one if I have the time.  Hope you enjoy.


I’m excited to show you a few Zentangle® tiles done by Will Hughes, who just happens to be my nephew.  Will is a third year PhD student and associate instructor in Literature at UC Davis in northern California.  He was in Washington for Thanksgiving last year and attended a class I held the day after Thanksgiving.  In two hours I taught him six tangles and here is the tile he completed.


As you can see, he has a real knack for tangling.

He seemed to really enjoy the Zentangle® process, so for Christmas I gave him some Zentangle supplies and a book and he just took off with it.  While he doesn’t have a lot of time in his busy study and teaching schedule, he says he tangles whenever he gets a chance.   He’s back in Washington for a summer visit and we tangled yesterday.  Here are a few of his tiles.


Actually this tile was done  in California.  I showed him how to draw a zendala using a wine glass as a template, both for the circle and to get six equidistant sections.  He did such a great job on the tangles.

These next two he did yesterday sitting at my kitchen table.


For this one he drew Phicops as a string and then filled each section with a diffeent tangle.  Clever idea.

And here’s my favorite.  I grabbed it before he even had time to sign it.


It’s so symmetrical and he certainly has some artistic genes he didn’t know he had.

I guess I just wanted to give him a venue for showing off his talents, and I wanted another opportunity to mention to my readers that if you don’t try it, you won’t know if you like it!

Until next time, Let’s Tangle!

Laura Harms, our Diva, recently took a short trip with her family to the Calgary area, which as you may know has recently been severely damaged by heavy floods.  She suggested an “Open” Challenge, where there are no guidelines except that we think of  Calgary as we do it.

I watched the video in Laura’s post, plus some pictures and articles on the web.  I wanted to do something positive, focusing on healing and restoration.  The idea I came up with was “rainbows”.  I found a photo online of a starburst of all the rainbow colors and used it as a background for a monotangle of Quiltz, designed by Kym Barlow.   This is a tangle I’ve been wanting to try.  .  The rainbow colors remind me of the dove, olive leaves, and rainbow in the Bible.  Also new beginnings, restoration, and good luck.  The “Quiltz” tangle reminded me of the support and succor given by generous people to disaster victims by donating money, blankets and quilts, clothes, food and other things.

Here is my interpretation, and I hope you enjoy it. It is post card size, 4″ x 6″, and  I added colored pencil in places to emphasize some parts of the tangle.


I hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.  Don’t forget to go to the Diva Challenge site (grab the link on the right) to see all the eye candy this wonderful group of talented artists have left there for your viewing pleasure.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

This week’s Dare from Erin at The Bright Owl was a lot of fun.  So far, I’ve done two, one in black and white and one in color.

Dare #62

Tanglesl: Phicops, Purk, Mooka

dare 62.2

Tangles: Ixorus variation, Flux, Tipple, Heart vine variation

Hope you’ll leave me some love.  I’m off to leave some love to those of you who also participated.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

New Tangle Patterns?

I shared these two new (I hope) tangle patterns in a post about the Diva Challenge on grid seeds.  I developed these in response to that challenge.

The first one is based on a parquet floor pattern, and I named it Tequarp, which is an anagram of Parquet.  I have to admit that pattern names are hard for me to remember, because they are so abstract, but in keeping with the zentangle® practice of not having patterns represent anything in particular, I didn’t name it parquet.  If you have seen this pattern before somewhere else, or if it’s a close tangleation of another pattern, please do me the kindness of letting me know.  It WILL NOT hurt my feelings, and I don’t want to steal anybody else’s work.  Thanks in advance.


The next pattern was developed at the same time as Tequarp.  Maria’s post on “Grid Seeds” was very inspiring.  I don’t normally try to come up with original patterns.


I had a lot of trouble naming this one, but finally settled on “Yevaw-X” which spells Wavey backwards.  Again, it anybody knows of a pattern that already exists, please let me know.  I admit it looks a little familiar, but I didn’t see one on Linda Farmer’s web site.  No way could I research all the other places patterns are displayed.

I had fun doing these two, and I hope they will be used by some people.  I’d love to see what you do with them, and if you leave a comment and a link, I’ll definitely go look!.



Wow!  Talk about a CHALLENGE… all capital letters.  This one qualifies.  This week we are honored to have a guest blogger so Laura can take a little vacation. CZT Maria Vennekens, who  attended CZT training with Laura back in 2010 joins us with this challenge: “The challenge for this week is: can you do a Zentangle® without  using existing patterns or tangeleations* of them? And what are your experiences while doing so? ”  And here is what Laura had to say about the challenge: ” This post – it’s a doozy, I’m not going to lie.  I’ll be very interested to see your contributions and your thoughts on the process.  I have my own thoughts that I’ll share later after sitting with this one for a bit.”

As I start this post I haven’t even put pen to paper on an actual zentangle tile yet.  I’m still in the research phase.  Here’s what I’ve done so far.

  1. I’ve looked at dozens and dozens of photos looking for patterns to do.
  2. I’ve done some research on fractals, which oversimplified, is a geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry. Fractals are used especially in computer modeling of irregular patterns and structures in nature.  A tangle can be a fractal, if it is simple and can be done in just a few steps.
  3. I then went to the web site and refreshed my memory once more on what a Zentangle is and what a Zentangle isn’t.  When Rick and Maria first developed this method they determined that the word “Zentangle” was an adjective, not a noun, and definitely not a verb.  For instance, the zentangle method, a zentangle tile, etc.  A zentangle tile is made of repeating patterns known as “tangles”.   They have recently allowed as how, over time, many people use the word “Zentangle” to describe their finished work, morphing it over into a noun.
  4. Then I started making some sketches of things I saw in nature to see if I could come up with some new tangles without them being a tangleation of a tangle that already existed and has been published.  Not an easy task, let me tell you.

I haven’t even mentioned the “zen” part of zentangle yet or tried to define zentangle.  Rather than try, I’ll direct you to the zentangle website, here to read what Rick and Maria say about it.

So now I’ll sign off and go see if I can meet this week’s challenge.  I already know it won’t be easy, and I’m already two days late in starting, since it’s Wednesday already and I just got home last night from a week’s vacation.  I’m also going to “break one of my rules” and start looking at all the entries already posted.  If I don’t, I’ll never have time to look at them after I’m finished.  Besides, maybe it will spark some creativity, LOL!  See ya later!

Okay, I’m baaaaack!  I have one tile to show you that I believe to be simple, repeatable, and contains no published tangles that I’ve ever seen.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of these “tangles” {and I use the word advisedly{ before.The tangle on the lower left and the leafy type images are actually based on photos I saw when I googled “Photos of patterns in nature”.  They could be stepped out and made into tangles.  The rest is just line work I made up as I went along.  I didn’t find this exercise zen-like.  Too much thinking, not enough flow.

I thought I would also introduce two new tangles this week.  I didn’t use them in my tile, because I invented them (I think) last week when we were doing grid seeds.  BTW, if anybody knows that these have already been published and named, please let me know.  I’d sure appreciate it.  Here they are:


The name of this one (Yevaw X) stands for Wavey X spelled backwards.

Here’s the second one:


This one reminded me of parquet floor tiles so the name is an anagram of “parquet”.In summary, a very challenging challenge, but I’m glad I tackled it.  Now I’m off to finish looking at all the eye candy at the Diva Website.  Thanks Diva Laura and Maria for this week’s challenge.  Until next time, happy tangling.