Category Archives: Wonder Wednesday

Because wonder means to be filled with adoration, amazement, or awe and I’m always amazed at the things I create

Fun Font

I started a tile a few days ago and got caught up doing other things and did not get back around to it. I went to pull it out today and it had gotten a big oil stain on it. :( Won’t be finishing that tile.

My wrist has been bothering me a bit, so I don’t exactly feel like drawing much right now.

I found this font on pinterest and love it! I’ve used it a lot. I used it on a Father’s Day card to my hubby last week. (I did it on white card stock but it didn’t show up very good, so I colored the background so you could see it here better.)

I used a glitter pen and it looks really nice in real life. :)

I went outside and took a picture of it in the sun this morning. :)

Glittery Father's Day Card ~ Lifeofjoy.meGlittery Card ~ lifeofjoy.meYeah, it doesn’t show up very good but Michael liked it. ;)

I love the curls and the fat lines.

I found the font on pinterest. I only wish the lower case letters were shown too.

Journaling Addict FontHere’s the link to journaling addict, who is the source of this photo. I really appreciate that this picture is online because I’ve enjoyed creating things with this lettering style.

Well, that’s it for today. I hope you have a good one.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Bit of Color on Soul Star with Meer and Hollibaugh

Over the weekend I tangled a tile but did not shade it right away. When I checked the Diva Challenge this week, I saw that there was no challenge again; I guess Laura has gone on her summer break without any guest post challengers this year–I hope she is okay (I may ask on her facebook page when I’m done here).

I really like the tangle Soul Star by Sonya Yencer. I used it this week with two other favorites of mine, Meer and Hollibaugh. I like Hollibaugh because it has such good contrast in it.

So here’s my lineart.

Preshaded June10 Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI decided I wanted to add some color. Now I didn’t really have the right things to do this with so I just used my prismacolor pencils with a blender. It came out rather rough. I’m going to be looking for the watercolor pencils next. :)

I only colored one Soul Star because I wasn’t liking how it flowed . . . new supplies coming soon, I hope.

Soul Star, Meer, Hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meSoul Star, Meer, Hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere is a picture I took outside on an overcast day.

Meer Soul Star Hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used a bit of a 6b pencil to add some extra depth to some of the shading.

Since I want to share this in a Purely Zentangle group, I also scanned it grayscale because color is not allowed there. :)

grayscale meer soul star hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really appreciate you stopping by. Let me know which picture you like the most. I’m trying to figure out which way is best to post my tiles. I don’t like small pictures because I have a hard time seeing details but I don’t really want you to see all the imperfections either. ;)

Well, I’m off. Have a great day.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Tangled Notepad

I recently gave a small little notepad to Sean, my middle son. He promptly asked me if I’d tangle on it in white. Of course, not wanting to let him down I consented. ;) The other day I tangled it while I was listening to an audio.

Since there is no Diva Challenge this week AND we had a visitor on Tuesday, I decided that I would just share the notebook cover as my art for the week.

I’m not sure that I’m finished with it. I still want to do a little shading but when you are drawing with white, it is a bit different to shade than with black. I’m considering using color pencils to add some shading because I don’t think marker would work . . . I think it would just bead up and then smear off.

Here it is before any attempt at shading. ;)Tangled notepad ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe dashed border was printed on the cover already. Tangles used are Tipple, Meer, Shattuck, Avreal, and Msst. You can see where I was struggling with my pen some, with Msst.

I appreciate you stopping by. I hope you’ll leave a comment so I know you did.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Puf Tile

The diva challenge this week is to do a monotangle of Puf. Although I like the tangle, I did not like the resulting tile I produced but that’s okay. ;)

I drew a simple string that kind of resembled a diagonal letter T. I filled the entire thing.

DC#364 Puf ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt first I shaded along the string line but I didn’t like it so, shhhh–don’t tell, I erased it. ;) Here it is with the revised shading.

DC#364 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt actually looks a little better on the screen than in person. :D

DC#364 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere is a picture with natural lighting instead of a scan, like the others.

Puf ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Nik with Facade

Well, this week I did not like the Diva Challenge of remaking a previous tile that you loved. Well, I have a very hard time remaking a tile that I like but it is one I don’t care for I could probably remake it. I did look through my tiles to see if there was one I wanted to attempt again but there was not.

So instead I decided to just do a tile. The focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle is Nik by Bunny Wright. It is an interesting tangle because there is a square portion to the tangle. I really enjoyed Facade last week and decided to incorporate that into one of the square portions of Nik.

Then I found yesterday’s daily tangle on Pattern-Collections was Lifi Loop by Smita Toke, which looked easy and seemed to have nice end results. Then the daily tangle for today is Lilly by Karin Frank, which looks pretty cool in the stepout, unfortunately I did not do it justice. ;)

So here is my tile before blackening and shading.

Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI struggled with the sections of Nik that overlapped each other. I’ll look at others’ tiles to see how they handle this for future tangling because I did like this tangle.

Lifi Loop was really nice but I need to learn how to draw the leafy points better. And poor Lilly did not turn out great. This one needs shading magic. ;) But I absolutely love Facade on Nik.

Here it is after shading.

Shaded Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’d thought about taking another scan after blackening but before shading and completely forgot about it.

Here it is again a bit smaller.

Shaded Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Since so many people said that tiles look better in photographs than scanned, I decided that I’d run outside and see if I could catch some light. Thankfully it is May and in the USA that means we have more sunlight now. It isn’t a bright light but I think it looks decent.

Sunlight shot of Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, which way do you think it looks best?

Well, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll leave me a comment so I know you were here. ;) Plus comments are so encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Aura Soul Star and Zlinky

For the last two months I have forgotten about the Zentangle group that meets in Tulsa, so I set a reminder and do not intend to miss it again unless I have scheduling conflicts. They meet once a month on the weekend and once a month on a weekday. I cannot make the weekend gatherings but I can make the weekday ones, usually. ;)

We met this week and Pam, our CZT, led us in tangling Façade. I really liked the tangle and intend to include it in a tile in the near future.

Facade ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did struggle a bit with the shading but I really like the tangle.

This week’s Diva Challenge is to aura your tangles. The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle this week is Zlinky which has auras built in, so that is kind of a cheat but it seemed to go well. I really enjoyed Soul Star from last week and decided to make it more prominent this week and aura it a bit.

I auraed both the beginning orbs and the outer “scoops.” However, I have inconsistent lines when I aura most of the time, so I decided to blacken in one of the auraed bands. Then I decided that I would like it better with another black aura.

Here it is before shading.

DC#363 and Soul Star with Zlinky ~ Lifeofjoy.meShading really made a difference on this one.

DC#363 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI opted not to include a border or string of any kind this time and just carried the aura to the edge in some places. I like the effect.

Here it is a bit smaller so that it looks a bit more polished. ;)

DC#363 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI still don’t have much really dark shading and I really tried too. :D Oh well, I enjoyed drawing it.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll leave a comment, as they are so very encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Somnee, Soul Star, and Dark Drops

This week’s Diva Challenge is to use Laura’s tangle Somnee. I combined it with the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Soul Star by Sonya Yencer and the daily tangle on Pattern-Collections by Niklas Zeugner named Dark Drops.

I’m not great at straight lines, so Somnee was a bit of a challenge for me but fun all the same. Although shading it was also a challenge. ;)

I really enjoyed Soul Star and I think it paired well with Somnee. I wish I had drawn a larger one, so I may play with it a bit more this week. :)

Dark Drops also needed more space; it got a bit squished and thus a bit undistiquishable and, dare I say . . . dark. ;) LOL

Well, here it is before shading.

DC#362 Unshaded ~ Lifeofjoye.meI love how shading makes such a huge difference! Here it is shaded.

Shaded DC#362 ~ lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller, so you can see it how I see it. :)

Shaded DC#362 ~ lifeofjoy.meI think it kind of looks like a roller coaster or ferris wheel to me. Kind of fun. I did enjoy drawing it (although that is probably the wrong term to use :D) and I will probably revisit these tangles at some point in the future.

I’m considering using photos of my tiles like Maggibee said she does but it is such a hassle to do photos because I have to get the right lighting, take the photo, and upload the photo . . . and it seems to take forever for my photos to get found on my camera and uploaded. I already have to load pictures twice a week and really don’t desire to do it again. :D So until I get really really tired of my imperfections showing sooooo badly, I guess I’ll just make do with scans. ;)

Well, thank you for stopping by!!! I really appreciate it when you leave a comment! I get so much spam that I have to delete, it is nice when there is a real comment. Do you have trouble with spam comments?

Well, I’m going to run. I hope you have a wonderful day and for all of those moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day (Sunday)!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Caracole and OO-Africa Earth Day Tile

The Diva’s challenge this week is to do a tile with a theme for Earth Day, which her oldest son called Amanda because he didn’t feel Earth was a good enough name. ;) Luckily Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle is Lily Moon Luna’s new tangle Caracole, which looked really fun/easy to draw as well as resembles either a flower or the sun. :)

The tangle of the day yesterday was OO-Africa by Ina Sonnenmoser and I think it resembles clouds. It too is relatively easy to draw. The only problem I had was that I wanted to draw both tangles larger than the space I had available. I could have drawn them a bit smaller but opted against it.

So here is my tile before shading.

DC#361 #OO-Africa ~ Lifeofjoy.meI do feel I could have made OO-Africa a bit smaller. It is an alternating grid pattern but I realized that by putting the dots down diagonally, it was easier to keep track of them because then they can just be laid down in rows. :)

Here it is after shading.

DC#361 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs usual, now that I see it this large I realize I probably should have given it another round of shading but I didn’t. ;)

Here it is a bit smaller, so you don’t see the imperfections as well. ;)

DC#361 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI guess I was afraid of muddying it with too much graphite but now it looks more like a coloring book drawing. Maybe I’ll go back and add some more shading later today. Right now, I do not have the time to do that, so I’ll post a new picture if I managed to do it.

I appreciate you stopping by and really appreciate it if you’d leave me a comment, it’s always so encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Water Tile

Well, there was no diva challenge by the time I needed to get the tile done for this post. So I checked my usual places and found that the tangles and string meshed pretty well. So I used string #74 from Pattern-Collections. Then today’s focus tangle there is Fish in Sea by Smita Toke, yesterday’s was Feather Triangle Ribbon  by Ina Sonnermosen. The focus tangle on Square One: Purely Zentangle was Boucle by Cherryl Moote.

I did use string #74 but needed to connect the lines to give better boundaries for the tangles, so it doesn’t resemble the original string much. I may have to use that one again some time.

I call it the Water Tile because Boucle is like waves and of course, Fish in Sea is like fish in the sea. I imagined Feather Triangle Ribbon as the sandy floor of the water.

So here is my tile before shading.

Water Tile Unshaded ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Yeah, it’s a hot mess! Especially poor Feather Triangle Ribbon. I really enjoyed drawing all these tangles. I really hoped shading would help but didn’t see how the small irregularly shaped triangles were going to look good.

Here it is after a lot of shading.

Water Tile Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meOnce again, I think it probably looks better smaller. ;)

Water Tile Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meThank you for stopping by. I hope you will leave me a comment so I know you were here, besides, it’s always encouraging to see what others think.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

DC#360 Shattuck and Tripoli

Since this week’s diva challenge is a duotangle with specified tangles, there was no need for me to check focus tangles from my usual sources. ;) However Tripoli and I are not very good friends, so I decided to look for a video tutorial to give me some help with it. I found this one by Melinda Barlow.

Melinda pointed out in the video that when Tripoli was released it was noted as a grid tangle. Well, I can do grid tangles. Mine are usually pretty wonky, so I don’t expect it to turn out perfect like others’ do.

I focused on her suggestion to work it n rows and imaginary grid. I did a lot better keeping my lines evenly spaced this time, so it will probably serve me well in the future. I didn’t end up with those pretty circular sections that I usually see in other people’s use of Tripoli but it worked here.

I decided to draw large Shattuck sections/strips diagonally across my tile. Then started in the middle and tangled in some Tripoli. I did two sections alike, and behind one separating bar in Hollibaugh fashion. I did do a section with just Shattuck only I used arches instead of straight lines. I generally forget that Shattuck is supposed to have straight lines instead of arcs. I also did some small Tripoli.

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#360 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter I scanned this I decided to tangle some Shattuck arches over some of the Tripoli.

Overall, I like how this tangle turned out.

DC#360 Finished ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller.

DC#360 Finished ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I’m really glad I tangled the arches over the medium size Tripoli, I like how it looks.

I really appreciate you stopping by. I also really enjoy and am encouraged by all your comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº