Tag Archive: zentangles

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.


On the first challenge of each month, Laura randomly picks a tangle submitted by one of us for our enjoyment.  This month’s tangle is brought to us by Jane MacKugler, CZT, and is called Henna Drum.  This is an easy to draw organic tangle, and here is my first one.


The only tangles I added to Henna Drum, which I auraed,  are Flux and Zinger plus a few orbs “strategically” placed.  I did use a string, but it disappears into the lines of Henna Drum which I drew over them.  I think I’ll try another one, maybe with more contrast and drama, but for now this is it.

I love to read comments and hope you’ll leave me one.  Until next time, Happy Tangling!

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 the Diva (Laura Harms) asked us all to use the same string.  The string is #004; and was submitted by Sue Agnew.  The string can be found here.   I love string theory challenges, because it’s exciting to see how very different each of the drawings are; but all using the same string.  Here’s my drawing on a 3.5″ official tile.


The tangles I used are Baton, Buttercup, Tipple, Hollibaugh, Bronx Cheer, ‘Nzeppel, Tipple, and Purk.

Don’t forget to visit the Diva’s website (link on the right) and thank you for stopping by and any comment you want to make.

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.

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!

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.


Zendala Dare #59

I finished one zendala early this week.  I may do more, but I’m posting this one now so I can start commenting.  The earlier I start commenting, the more I get to see before the week is out. I really like Erin’s template this week.  It has so many possibilities, I’m sure I’ll have to do at least one more.


Tangles Used: Gneiss, Crescent Moon variation, miniature Flux variation, and Betweed.

I’m ok with this one, but I have a couple of ideas I think I would like better, with more contrast.  I really like bold, and contrast, or really organic and swirly.  This is kind of in between.  I hope you’ll let me know you were here.  Comments make my day.


Okey, here is the second one I did.  I started it on Sunday and finished it on Tuesday.  This one was done in several sittings.


While I was working on the first one, I thought it would be fun to see how this template would look using Paradox.  I kind of like it.  I did have to add a couple of lines to each section to make Paradox work the way I wanted it to.  Here is a scan when it was partially done where you can see the added lines if you compare it to the original.


It was actually pretty easy, even though it was time consuming.  Hope you like it.

This week, Laura Harms, our Diva; asked us to do a tile using a blind string.  That means while we can draw the dots and rectangle with our eyes open, then we are to draw the interior string with our eyes wide shut!  I did two of them, and they are below.  Note that the “string” image on the top is not exactly like the actual tile.  That’s because my lines were so light they wouldn’t copy, so I had to produce a facsimile.


For this one, I used only two tangles, a hybrid of Fife, because I drew it on a grid; and Shattuck.


For this one, I thought the kindest thing to do with the string was to cover it up, lol.  Fortunately that wasn’t too hard, since I had used a very light touch when drawing it.  The main tangles are Mumsy, Zinger, and Flux.  Not sure what to call the other little lines.  The border was an afterthought to cover up my rectangle, and I guess it’s a hybrid of beadlines.

I’ve been kind of hit and miss about doing the challenges lately.  I hope that now things will settle down and I can participate every week.

I love to see your comments if you have the time; and I want to say thank you for those of you who have graced me with your comments on previous posts.  Now I’ll head over to the Diva’s sight and look at what my compatriates have submitted.

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!