Tag Archive: zentangle inspired art

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.


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.


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.


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!

Wow!  Talk about a CHALLENGE…..in 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 Zentangle.com 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.


And the Winner is…


This is my personal favorite…my vote didn’t count in the poll.

Sorry this is one day late.  Had some challenges yesterday and couldn’t write a post.  This will be a short post, but there’s a couple of comments I want to make.

First, let’s announce the winner:  Cheryl Rotnem!  I left her a message on Facebook on how to contact me so I can mail the prize to her.

Second:  As a way of increasing readership, this didn’t work very well.  However, I’m really glad I did it anyway.  I learned a lot, which is explained below.

Third:   Favorite art to hang is in the eye of the beholder.  I should have already known that.  There was no resounding preference at all.  No single version got more than a 20% vote.    Here’s how it came out.

Version 1 – 20%

Version 1A – 20%

Version 2 – 20%

Version 3 – 10%

Version4 – 0%

Version 5 – 10%

Version 4A – 0%

Version 6 – 20%

Now, guess which one I’m going to hang?  ALL OF THEM, LOL.  I’m going to do an ensemble wall in an alcove which shows them all.

Thanks for playing along with me in this fun little project.

Until next time, happy tangling!


New ZIA and Give Away

This is the first post I’ve made that wasn’t a response to either a challenge or a dare.  I’m working on my blog to make it compatible with advertising classes and events now that I’m a CZT.  For this first post, I’m going to shamelessly try to increase readership of my blog by offering a bribe – uh, I mean, “giveaway”.  More later in the post for how that will work.  This is the first time I’ve tried something like this.  What I’m trying to get out of it is increased readership and opinions about a series of ZIA’s based on a single original.  I’m going to frame one of them, and I can’t decide which one.  I have solicited opinions from my family already, and no two of them agree, lol.  So let’s get to it.  I’ve numbered each version to make it easier to tell me which one you would pick.

Version 1


Tangles: Ragz, Veezley, Shattuck and a var., Hollibaugh, Zander, Meer, Nzeppel, Betweed, Ixorus, Umble, Buttercup

This is the original I drew and shaded.  All other versions will start with a copy of this ZIA, which measures 8.5″ x 11″ and is drawn on 140# watercolor paper.  Tangles used are shown just below the original.  If I add tangles to other versions, I’ll mention in there.

Version 1A


Just for fun, I turned the drawing into a negative in Photoshop.

Version 2


On this version I printed the original shaded ZIA (version 1) onto a sponged and watercolored background I had previously done and saved but made no other changes.

Version 3


I converted the shaded black and white version to a .png, and copied it on top of a scrapbook paper.  Then I added a bit of blue and green color inside the drawing with prismacolor pencils.

Version 4


For this one, I again used the shaded original, and copied it onto a mottled grey card stock.  I added some pearlz  in one of the sections, and white highlights with a chalk pencil.

Version 5


I finally started adding more color.  I took an unshaded copy of the original and colored it with prismacolor pencils on 140# watercolor paper.

Version 5A


Again just for fun, I added a black background in photoshop.

Version 6


And finally, I went back to the colored copy and tangled the rest of the page.  Tangles on the outside are: Z-trek, Cornerz, Zoya, Twile (also named Stoic by ZT), Neuron, Lucky, Hollibaugh, Knightsbridge, and River rock.  In the “Lucky” section I also added a few little drawings I’m working on.

I hope I haven’t left any of the tangles out of my descriptions, and you enjoyed seeing them.  This project provided me with a number of hours of fun and relaxation.

Now on to the give-away.  I have an extra set of Zakura 01 colored pens, shown below.  To get in the random drawing (once I figure out how to do that), all you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me which one of the examples you like best.  One of them is going to end up being framed and hung on my wall, but I need some help in deciding which one that will be.


Comments are always welcome and appreciated, but to be included in the drawing, please comment on or before Saturday, April 6.  The winner will be announced on April 7.  Please be sure to let me know how to get in touch with you so I can get your mailing address.  Or you can stop back by on the 7th when I announce the winner, and if it’s you, send me an email at sqlinda@comcast.net.

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Easter to each and every one of you, and keep tangling!



I have missed so many challenges I was determined not to miss this one.  The Diva challenged us this week to “Get Rid of the Box”.   The intent was to do something we have never, or seldom done.  I tried several things on paper first; but I had to admit that I wasn’t really even out of the box with those, since I’ve tried so many different papers, colors, sizes, etc.  I did start one that I didn’t finish, that had a bunch of kind of eerie creatures on it, but wasn’t exactly thrilled with the way it was coming out.  I put it aside and then came up with an “aha” moment.

I had asked for a pair of canvas sneakers for Christmas that I wanted to tangle.  My sister couldn’t find canvas, so she got me Keds, and while I’m sure they aren’t leather, they have a smooth leather-like surface.  That qualified for getting rid of the box for me.  I only have one shoe done so far, and here it is with it’s mate.


I used a .4mm Sakura Pigma Sensei pen to do the tangles, and then  green and pink Copics alcohol markers to color everything.  My little attempt doesn’t even begin to rival the gorgeous ones I’ve seen online at etsy shops, but it will have to do for my first one.  I’m not sure the pen I used is the best for this project but it was what I had.

The wrinkled white fabric the shoes are sitting on will be my next “get rid of the box” project, although it won’t get done in time for this challenge.  It is a huge white apron I bought at Joann’s some time ago with the plan of  painting it.

I just love the Diva challenges, and the different things that artists come up with is always amazing.  Be sure to stop by the Diva’s website (grab the link on the right) and look at all the great submissions.  That’s where I’m headed.  Thanks for stopping by, and if you leave a comment, I would love it.  Happy tangling, everybody.

This may be the funnest (is that a word? probably not) most fun challenge I’ve done so far.  I’ve seen this tangle in so many, many zentangles and ZIA’s, and always wondered where it came from.  It is a super easy to draw tangle with so much impact, especially as a “go-with” tangle.  I usually don’t post until I have several done, but this being Thanksgiving week here in the United States, and getting ready for a whole family feast of about 20 on Thursday, I thought I better get this one up while I still have a little spare time.  I did a Zentangle Inspired Art piece for this one; making liberal use of Maria’s example in the Zentangle newsletter.  I’ve actually done this kind of ZIA before, with several ZT size tiles partially drawn, and I’ve used the staples and pins before, but today I added Maria’s slash way to incorporate a couple of the tiles.  Way, way fun.  Here it is:

It’s pretty big, 11″ x 5″, and I’m considering having it custom framed, or, more likely doing a second one, where I’m more careful about my shading, or maybe a size that’s more easily framed.  Anyhow, from top to bottom and left to right, these are the tangles besides Zinger I’ve drawn:  1st tile – Oke; 2nd tile – Quipple, Poke Root, Poke Leaf and Fescu; 3rd tile left – Nightsbridge and Florz, 4th tile right – Just Zinger and Orbs, 5th tile – I think I did a “Tango (new term) that is Bunzo morphing into Striping combined with Zander in my cornucopia; then also Fronds, Verdigogh, Tipple, and then there’s the rim of the Cornucopia.  I know I’ve seen it before and it’s not original, but I couldn’t find it today, so if you know what it is, I’d love to hear it.  Also, this fifth tile is a ZIA within a ZIA, because I tangled something that looks like something and it has an up and down .    I hope you like it and any comment you make will be very much appreciated.

Well, it’s Sunday now and I did one more, so I thought I’d throw it in just for the fun of it.  It’s drawn in sepia micron pen and colored with sponged inks in shades of brown.  I guess I was going for “shabby chic” look.  Thanks for looking.

Until next time, Happy Tangling – and for those of you in the United States – very happy Thanksgiving!!

Laura gave us a guest poster this week, a fellow CZT who had a great idea for a challenge.  Her name is  Courtney Frantz.  Courtney tells us: “On November 18, 1928 the Walt Disney Studio released the animated short film, “Steamboat Willie”. This was the official debut of Mickey Mouse as well as his girlfriend, Minnie.  Since Mickey has been touted as one of the world’s most popular cartoon characters and noting that his debut was in a black and white film, I feel it is only fitting that we use our black and white Zentangle art to pay tribute to Mickey, Minnie and/or Walt Disney.”

That really sounded like a lot of fun; and I have done two ZIA’s, both black and white as a tribute to Mickey Mouse’s ‘birthday’.  Here is the first one:

The tangles I used are on the tile, which is about 8″ x 4″.  As you can see they spell M.I.C.K.E.Y M.(ouse).  It was really fun and relaxing to do, and Moving Day was one I’ve never drawn before.  I really like it; it has a sort of psychedelic look to it, and I know I’ll be using it again.

For the second one I decided to do a Mickey Mouse hat, and all the tangles start with the letter “M”.  In addition, I had never drawn any of them before.  Yikes!  A couple of them show that too; since they didn’t come out exactly like drawn by the original artist.  They are:  Mi2 by Mimi Lambert, Maylea by Simone Bischoff, Meo by Jonathan Baetens, Muffit by Sandy Bartholomew, and a variation of the tangle Mickey, which Courtney designed just for this challenge.

I hope you’ll let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  Comments make my day.  Be sure to grab the link on the right to Laura’s blog, and look at all the art that is gathered there.  Until next time, happy tangling!