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This week Erin added an extra challenge.  We were asked to base the challenge on The Robert Louis Stevenson novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”   This is  the story of a prominent doctor who has a split personality.  His alter ego, Mr. Hyde, is a total opposite to Dr. Jekyll and is a murderer with no ethics or morals.   Erin asked us to explore the concept of opposites this week in our zendala.  The challenge this week is to split the template into two distinct sides, each the opposite in some way from the other.  We are free to do that any way our artistic muse suggests.

I will admit that I had a bit of a problem getting going on this one.  I think the reason is that part of the appeal of zendalas and/or mandalas for me is their symmetry.  The symmetry speaks to me of peace, tranquility, order…..all things that are often absent in life.  As a result, I wasn’t comfortable with total opposites in the tangles, so I chose to work with color.  This worked out well since I had just received a new set of Glittery Gelly Role Pens.  I chose green and red, opposites on the color wheel.  The only problem I ran into was that when I copied it after finishing it; the green glitter looks very very blue.  (The reason is that it is blue.  I thought it was green in the light I was working in, but I was mistaken.)   Oh, well.  Here it is:


Tangles: Tipple, Sand Swirl

For any of you who did black on white and white on black (which appeals to me a lot) I have a question.  How do you transfer the template onto black card stock??I know there is a white transfer paper that is used to transfer an image onto dark fabric.  Is that what you use?  I thought you had to use a transfer wheel to do that.  I’m totally stuck, and I’m sure if anyone can enlighten me it will be a “Duh” moment, lol.

Thanks for stopping by.



Here is my entry for this week’s zendala dare from Erin at The Bright Owl.  I had trouble getting away from the actual lines, so I finally decided to just go with the flow.  There are so many design errors on this, that at first I wasn’t going to post it.  Then I decided to try the Zentangle approach.  I tried to look at the whole, and not the parts where I knew the mistakes were.  It works!  It’s drawn on a distressed ink background.  Here it is:


The tangles I used are Baton, Pearlz; Allium variation with auras, and some line work and fill.  Thanks for stopping by and any comment you want to make.

This week Erin gave us a template to use that I think is just gorgeous.  It was drawn by Mariet, a regular contributor to the Zendala Dare.  She used Genevieve Crabe templates which she won in a contest.  Be sure to go look at the original blank template, over at The Bright Owl.  Here is my first interpretation of the template


Tangles: Flux, Poke Leaf, Tipple

It’s a little busy, but it reminds me of a wreath.  It would probably look good with color.  I may just do that and add it to this post later.  I have an idea for another one which I’ll do if I have time.  For now this is it.  Don’t forget to go over to Erin’s site and enter your drawings and/or look at all the beautiful eye-candy.  Thanks to everyone who commented here recently, and I’d love to hear from you again.



P.S. I haven’t had time to do a second one yet, and I”m going on a mini-vacation to Victoria, BC; but I did color the one I already did.  Which do you like better…..color or black and white.  I personally vote for black and white.


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!

Zendala Dare #62

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!

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!

Zendala Dare #19

Today is Friday, so it’s Zendala Dare Day over at The Bright Owl.  Erin gives us a beautiful template which we are “dared” to fill with tangles.  Here is my first one:

Tangles: Paradox, Ixorus, Ennies Leaves, and some linework.

I don’t normally start with the colored one, but today I was in the mood to try out more of my brand new Prismacolor Premier pencils.  They are so cool, and go on so smoothly.  I also wanted to try the Paradox with the “behind” drawing we do in zentangle, because of all the partial squares.  The rest just looked like it would go with what I had done.  I’ll do one or two more, but it may be a day or two before that happens.  It’s so hot here today that we’re going to go to a movie and then out to dinner to get away from the heat.  Believe me, when it’s 95 degrees in the Seattle area, the humidity makes it feel much hotter.

Wow!  What a great time I had with this dare from The Bright Owl!  I’ve picked five of the 12 I did to show you.  The first one I did will be shown last, because while it is done on watercolor paper, and not a zentangle tile, it occurred to me that it doesn’t meet the “spirit” of the challenge, because it is a paper I use all the time for ZIA’s, zendalas, and even 3.5″ zentangle tiles.  Once I figured that out, I went to my 12″ x 12″ patterned paper stash, which is SUBSTANTIAL!, and did several 5 or 6 inch tiles with Erin’s pattern on it.  What a blast!  Here’s the first one:

I love this plaid paper because of the colors.  A really simple zendala with only two tangles:  Nightsbridge (two variations) and Ennies, with and without the tipple; plus a little line work.  I liked the crisp, clean look of this one.

Next I picked a heavily patterned paper, and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

This one has three tangles:  Afterglow (and I messed up on some of the auras) paradox, and one of Sandy Bartholomew’s flower shapes from her book, Totally Tangled.  I drew it in   Purple Ink.  I was a little surprised that I actually liked it, even though the background is pretty busy.

For the next one I used a blue Micron Pen on paper that was light blue, with white flowers. It also had some butterflies in different colors on it.  The photo colors aren’t really true, because the flowers and leaves look yellow; but they are not; they are a creamy white.  Oh, Well.

For this one I drew Hollibaugh, poke leaf, facets, and the outside triangles are either a variation of ennies, or one of Sandy Bartholomew’s flowers with an aura and tipple.  Terrible when I don’t even know what to call what I just drew.  The butterfly I cut out from a scrap of the same paper, mainly to cover up a tiny piece of a butterfly under it, which didn’t add anything positive to the tile.

This is the first one I did.  It is drawn on an inexpensive watercolor paper I use all the time:  Biggie Jr. by Canson.  It comes in 9″ x 12″ 90 lb pads of 30 or 50 sheets, and costs only about $5 or $6, depending on if it’s on sale.  It has some tooth, so will take water, but is so inexpensive and I love it.  It also takes rubber stamps very well.  Color was added with Derwent Inktense pencils, water and a brush.  This one has ixorus in the center with an aura, ennies, and two brand new tangles I just learned – Angel Fish by Marizaan van Beek,  and the border is Girlande by Simone Bischoff.  Both are great new tangles.

Here’s one last one ZIA type zendala.  While I was working on these, Rick and Maria published step- out instructions  for their brand new tangle; called Auraknot.  It only took me a minute to figure out that this zendala, which is essentially an 8 pointed star was perfect; so I drew it.

I drew it on one of the papers I had already used, only used some of the lines in the zendala, and added the flower to the center.  Basically, a monotangle.

I hope you will leave me a comment; since I absolutely love reading them, and don’t forget to grab the link on the right and hop on over to The Bright Owl to see all the great art!

Until next time, Happy Tangling!