Tag Archive: pen and ink drawings

Samantha Taylor, CZT, has been working with Sakura on a really adorable video that has just been released.  A link to the video can be found at Laura Harms Diva site.  This week’s challenge is to take inspiration from the video and do something from nature.  In Laura’s words:  Use colour to bring a  Zentangle tile to life!  Camouflage a bug somewhere in the tile. (i.e. a drawing of a bug, a bug-shaped tangle pattern, etc.) Create a tile inspired by nature!  Shade your tile using some colour!

My Zia is 8 x 10 inches, drawn with micron 01 pen on a previously inked and sponged background piece of watercolor paper.  Tangles used are Mumsy, Stoic, W2, Pokeroot, Flux, and Sindoo. I have done several ZIAs in the past using butterflies and Mumsy.   I hope you like this one.

Blue-butterflyHave a great week, and don’t forget to go to Laura’s site to see all the art.  Sakura is even having a give away on Laura’s site.


Wow!  I can certainly say that this was a very interesting challenge.  I learned a new word and a new style.  When I started out, the word I would use to describe the process is “tedious”.  Then I had a talk with myself, and I said:  “Self!  Slow down, breathe deeply, and don’t try to “draw” the dots, just place them on the paper in order.”  The second one I did was much more zen-like.  This still won’t be a style I’ll embrace, but I’m glad I persevered and made two tiles.  It’s a good thing I was able to finally enjoy the process, because I can’t say too much for the product, lol!



The first one uses a number of tangles plus a butterfly and flower.  The second one is a dotty Samson.  As you can see, I’m also playing around with my chop.  Up til now haven’t come up with one I really like.  Maybe this one is it.  We’ll see.

I’ve missed working on the challenges.  It feels good  to be back.  Hope you all enjoy your week.


I’ve missed the Diva Challenges for several weeks now but I was determined to make time for this week.  When I saw the challenge my first thought was “oh boy, a hard one”.  Then I grabbed my camera and went around the house looking for border patterns.  In just two rooms I found about a dozen.  Here is the tile I did.


Here’s a collage of the borders I found, which includes the two that I used for this tile.


I used the upper left plate and part of the table leg.  Now I’m off to look at the eye candy.  I’ve missed the Diva and her challenges and hopefully I’ll be able to participate for a while.

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.

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! 

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!