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

New Tiles

If you follow me on Instagram (buttons are at the bottom of every post) you may have seen this first tile I’m sharing today. I did it in conjunction with Zenuari2019 but I have to admit that I am not managing to draw daily. I’m okay with that though because I am drawing more than before.

The Zenuari prompts for ninth, tenth, and eleventh were new to me tangles, tangles beginning with first initial, and unusual string. I combined them all in this one tile. I used two new tangles that begin with the letter M – Mosi by Katy Kehoe and Membranart by Tomàs Padrós. I used a pink water color pencil for my unusual string but then it disappeared when I water brushed it so I added more and a darker pink.

At first I added a metalic pink colored pencil and after adding it on the one side, I realized that it wasn’t a water color pencil. Oops! Then I found a darker pink water color pencil and added more. It all worked out in the end.

Here’s the tile with just the string.

Watercolor pencil string ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Here it is finished.

Pink Membranart, Mosi, Abeko ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I really loved how Mosi turned out! I think it looks like roots. :)

Here is the scratch-off tile I did at the hospital last week, that I told you about. Since you use a wooden stylus to scrape off the black and expose the gold underneath, I decided to go with tangles that had some straight lines. I started with Florz, although my diamonds look more like circles here. Meer is a favorite of mine and worked out okay. The surprise to me was that double Betweed at the top. The triangular space just screamed for Betweed. I sectioned into two triangles because of how I wanted it to flow and was amazed that it just came together! Betweed and I have never been on friendly terms. For whatever reason, it evaded me before now. I still don’t have the weighted ends down great but I’m pleasantly surprised with this tile. There’s not really any shading that can be on this kind of tile, which is kind of nice. :D Although I guess I could use a white gelly roll.

Florz, Meer, Betweed ~ Lifeofjoy.me

So up next is a combination tile for Zenuari2019 for 12, 13, and 14. The twelfth was grid tangles only. The thirteenth was Bring Your Own Beverage. Well, I had already drank my tea for the day and took the last little bit in my cup, added a bit more water to get it out of my cup and poured it onto a tile but it looked like nothing but water.

For Christmas I these distress stains. :)

Distress Spray Stains ~ Lifeofjoy.me

So I sprayed a few spritzes of the Mustard Seed. Where it was wet already, it was nice and yellow and smooth. Where it landed on dry tile, it was spotted. Since I was using this stain, it qualified for the Diva Challenge this week to use some new medium. :) It had a bit more brown tint in some of it, which surprised me.

Finally 14Zenuary2019 was to tangle your idols, which basically means to look at the tiles of those you admire and figure out what appeals to you. Well, I have loved Lily Moon’s tiles from the very first one I saw. I think it is her boldness with black. I find I really like tiles with a nice black and white contrast. Another artist I love is Anica Gabrovec, Zen Linea. She also has such a great use of contrast and is really inspiring me in color.

The directions of the prompt said to dedicate the drawing to that person. Oh my! I would love to if it had been the pink one up above but this one is not my favorite. I’m even struggling to like it. ;) But here it is.

#DC381 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I just added the ?bales? in the background and then added a contrasting color. Now I’m not sure that I should have done that. Ugh! I seriously don’t know what to do to it. I’m probably just going to hide it in my album with the rest of the tiles. ;)

I decided to pop it into GIMP and see what it’d look like with a few changes. Here I removed the background tangle and brown coloring. Of course it removed some of the shading too though.

Removed bales ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Here I tried to fill the brown areas with black but because it isn’t very solid, it filled in scratchy. I don’t think I’d like it black. What do you think?

blackened in background ~ Lifeofjoy.me

And then I had one more thought, maybe I should blacken it all in. So I opened it back up in GIMP and painted that background black. It’s not perfect, but it definitely gives me an idea of what it would look like.

#DC381 #zenuari2019 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Well, I’d appreciate any tips you have. This is a new realm for me. I did enjoy twisting my grid to flow around the yellow stain. :)

I’ll run for now. Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to know which way you like it best? Have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Circular and Blind String Tiles

My mother had knee replacement surgery this week and thus I have been at the hospital for a couple of days. On day one I drew two tiles. The first was a gold scratch off tile. The second one I did was for the Diva Challenge this week.

Although I don’t have an art spinner, I used my helix to draw a couple of circles. I did find that the helix doesn’t work as well on cut tiles as it does on a sheet of paper larger than the helix itself, as I had to be careful not move the tile instead of just the pencil.

I was just playing around with the helix when I decided to go ahead and just draw some lines. I started with a few light sectional lines and then went for a few curves/arches. From there I auraed the insides of the curves/arches and then I just drew some straight lines after which I drew some diagonal lines.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the inside of the circles and finally settled on hollybaugh blackening behind it. Here is my tile before shading.

#DC380 ~ Lifefjoy.me

Here it is a bit smaller, to see less of its imperfections. ;)

#DC380 ~ Lifefjoy.me

And now shaded.

Shaded #DC380 ~ Lifeofjoy.me
Shaded #DC380 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It turned out differently than I thought it would when shaded but that’s okay. :)

I also found Zenuari2019 daily prompts and did get Sunday’s done. It was to use a blind string. I forgot to take a scan right after drawing the string so I inked it in on this first one of the line drawing before shading.

6Zenuari2019redstring ~ Lifeofjoy.me

The loop just screamed Abeko to me. Abeko is one of those tangles that is relatively new to me and I just love it. It is so simple and flows so well.

I was going for something simple so I added in knightsbridge for some nice black contrast. I knew I wanted to add the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle, Zwieblbee by Beate Winkler. The only thing left to figure out was what to put up in that upper left corner. It just screamed Betweed to me but that scared me because Betweed and I have not been friends. I don’t know why. It just flowed this time around. It flowed so well that I used it again the next day on the gold scratch off tile I did, which I will share next week since I won’t be able to have enough time to add a photo now, since it is dark out and it doesn’t scan well.

6Zenuari'19 unshaded ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Here it is shaded.

shaded 6zenuari19 ~ LIfeofjoy.me
shaded 6zenuari19 ~ LIfeofjoy.me

Did you notice the bit of drop shadow I included? I probably should’ve added a bit of drop shadow on Abeko too . . . drat, just now figured that out . . . oh well. :)

Well, that’s it for me today. If you know of any other month long daily tangle prompts, I’d love to know where to find them. The one’s I’m aware of are Valentangle and Inktober and now Zenuari.

Thanks for stopping by and much thanks to you if you leave a comment, it means a lot.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

P.S. Thankfully, Mom is doing fantastic!!!! God has been so good!

Art Plans for the Year

Picture art ~ Lifeofjoy.me

One of the things I’m trying out this year is to take and share more pictures. I was looking for some kind of monthly list. Okay, truth be told Tiffany was sharing a fantasy instachallenge that she is going to participate in this month on instagram and I thought it looked interesting but since I’m not a fantasy writer, I started looking for something different.

Enter the Little Moments app. Well to be honest, I found a list of prompts by FatMumSlim; yeah, I didn’t know about that name either but finally realized it was what this lady from Australia uses for her website url. There is a list of photo prompts for the whole month. This list of prompts is where I found about the app she has available for free. Well, it is available on iOS but you can still get the prompts from the website if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad.

Any way, the app can be set to remind you of the daily prompt and will add the hashtag automatically when you upload it, or so I’ve read. I haven’t actually used it yet but it does look cool.

Then as I was creating this post I remembered about Doodlewash daily art prompts back during Inktober and decided to see if they happen to have a list of prompts for January. Guess what? :) They do! Check it out here. So I may combine or just use these sometimes. I like having options.

Of course I still have the daily tangle prompts over on Pattern-Collections.com and the weekly focus tangle on Square One: Purely Zentangle facebook group, as well as the almost weekly Diva Challenge by Laure Harms that I will continue to peruse and use as I feel moved. ;)

I’m also already thinking about the Valentangle prompts that may be coming up this February. I hope I can find them early enough to join in on the fun this year.

Well that’s what I’m planning to do. Tiffany and I are doing an art day a week, so I’m looking forward to playing with art this year, more intensely than I have in the past. I hope you have good art plans for the year. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Artsy Christmas

Most of what I wanted and received for Christmas was artsy things. I got a lot of washi tape. (I’ll update with pictures in a bit.) I received a bin to hold some washi tape but I have too much so I dug around in my craft room and found two more similar bins and they are now full too. :)

I also got some gel pens . . . 180 of them . . . with refills. I got this really nice case for them but am a bit concerned. I’m going to have to find a way to mark the pens so that I know which row they came from for when I need to replace the ink barrel. I have not yet written with them to see how I like them.

I also got some gellyroll metalic pens and some gellyroll stardust galaxy pens, as well as some uniball eye pens and even some fine point pens for writing in my bullet journal. Speaking of which, I got a new one for 2019 for Christmas as well. I’m looking forward to getting it all set up over the next several days. :) I have a good enough supply of washi tape that this one will be much prettier from the start. :)

I also got some nice colored distress spray stains. Then there was a nice glass dip pen I got in my stocking with a little sample of some glitter ink that I’m looking forward to playing with too.

Yeah, I was blessed with a good art stash for Christmas and am looking forward to being very creative this coming year.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas full of great memories and relaxation. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

More #DC379 Holidaze

Each year when Laura takes her holiday break, I continue to do tiles. This year it goes with her challenge so I thought I’d go ahead and keep including my new links on the Mr. Linky. :)

I really liked the white Cosmic Flower on  the black tile last week and then it occurred to me that I had a silver metallic pen that might show up as a shadow on the black tile. Here’s what I came up with.

#cosmicflower ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I promise you, some of that is silver metallic ink. :D

Here’s a picture I took of it outside in natural light but it was an overcast day.

Natural light #cosmicflower ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Yeah, it’s hard to see. I did half of that cane shape and even some of the orbs with the silver and the other half with the white gel pen.

Then yesterday I realized I also have a gold and reddish color metallic pens. So I decided to give the gold a try on a new tangle. I’d seen Sampson on the 12 Days of Zentangle this past week and thought it’d make a nice snowflake type shape. I did it from memory and having just looked it up to ensure I was spelling it correctly, I realized that I did even more of a variation than I intended and will probably give it another try with the “v” shapes added later (maybe even next week) ;)

snowflake attempt ~ Lifeofjoy.me

See I thought the goldish/coppery color would look like a shadow but it didn’t work out too good in practice. I’m also very new to adding highlights and tried to add a bit of a white sparkle-ish highlight but it didn’t go well either. I really think this would look a lot better with those “v” shapes on the lines . . . sure wish I hadn’t forgotten them. :(

Here is the same tile outside in natural but overcast light.

sampson variation ~ Lifeofjoy.me
snowflake? ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Then I decided to add the pinkish metallic ink.

Sampson snowflakes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I added some shapes on the ends of the lines (because I completely forgot about those “v” shapes) and it seemed to need something uhhhh, like the rest of the tangle maybe.

Here it is in natural light.

sampson variation ~ Lifeofjoy.me

After all of that I decided to go ahead and give the standard black on white tile a try. Here’s what I ended up with, before shading.

pre-shaded black snowflake ~ Lifeofjoy.me

And here it is after some shading. Once again I tried to add some white sparkle to it but I just don’t have the knack of that yet. But I shall keep trying, that’s how I get better. :)

shaded snowflakes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Smaller is kinder to my line work. ;)

shaded snowflakes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

And here it is in natural light.

snowflake ~ Lifeofjoy.me
sampson variation snowflake ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I’ll probably try this again with the v shapes for next week. But if you have any other hints/tips for me, I’d love to read them.

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving comments, hints, or tips.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

#DC379 Holidaze

This week’s diva challenge is the last for the year. Laura challenges us to do a holiday tile.

Recently I saw a neat tangle on Pattern-collections.com called ChristmasLights. I really liked it and decided to give it a go. When I looked for the step-out on their site, I found that they had a whole page of Christmas tangles. It is a really nice collection of patterns. They probably don’t all meet “Zentangle” standards of a tangle but I like them.

I also chose Anglop. It was a simple and fun little tangle.

So here is the tile before shading.

#DC379 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

And here it is shaded.

#DC379 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I added a bit too many loops and twists in the strand for the ChristmasLights tangle but I think it turned out decently. Here it is a bit smaller. :)

#DC379 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I also did a black tile. I really liked Cosmic Flower and thought it’d be pretty on a black tile but I don’t think I’ve done it justice. ;)


Black Tile Cosmic Flower ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Of course, seeing it here, makes me wish I’d have used the white pencil on that border to give it a bit of a shadowy whispiness but I was afraid of messing it up more. ;)

Here it is a bit smaller as well.

Black Tile Cosmic Flower ~ Lifeofjoy.me

You can find all three of these tangles and several others that are really nice on Pattern-collections.com Christmas patterns page.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas! I’m so excited. I’ve gotten all of my gifts wrapped and under the tree. I’m just waiting on a few stragglers for stockings to arrive yet and then bake a few things as gifts.

Well, I’ve got a very busy weekend coming up . . . rehearsal for church party, church party, trip to my son’s to see Christmas lights, and church Sunday followed by visiting with family. I’ve got lots of errands to run today, so I’ll run for now.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

123 O’Leary and Qua-Sahnt

Well, last week I didn’t get a tile done. I was at the hospital a lot with my parents because my 77 year old father had open heart surgery. Thankfully, he has surprised the staff there with how quickly he has recovered; God sure did answer prayers!

At any rate, I did not do the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Qua-Sahnt by Heidi Kay and I really liked the looks of it. So I decided to add it to my tile this week.

Laura’s diva challenge this week is to use Antonine’s 123 O’Leary, which I think is a really clever name. I just wish I had practiced it a bit before starting my tile. I thought I’d use it as a border and started with it all the way around but after starting it, quickly realized I needed to start over, so I flipped my tile over and tried again with just top and bottom borders. I really didn’t do it justice and guess I did more of a variation on it. :D But as is usual, the shading helps cover a multitude of “opportunities”.

I really liked both tangles and when I went to write up this post realized that Barberpole is the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle this week and I could have included it but alas, I did not think of it until I’d already finished. And once again, I did my tile after dark, so there is no picture taken in natural light this week either.

Here it is before shading. I really love when a tangle includes blackened areas. :)

#DC378 unshaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meHowever, any time there are blackened areas that are part of the tangle, I get caught up into shading right away. You can see where I had started shading the bottom of Qua-Sahnt in that “unshaded” scan above. ;)

Here it is shaded.

#DC378 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs is usually the case, it seems to look better a bit smaller.

#DC378 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m pleased with it and hope to remember to try my hand at these again in the future. I like the looks of them.

I’m so grateful that my father’s open heart surgery went well and that he is now home. One doctor said that the procedures that my father had done together, he has only seen them done about 3 or 4 times in 10 years and they were amazed at how quickly he was recovering. :)

I’ve been continuing to work on the crochet project I shared last week but have not gone back to the gem. I sure hope I find some time to work on it because I really do want to try my hand at it and have seen some great videos making it look so easy. :)

Well, I’ll run for now. Hope you have a great week!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Hospital Art

Yesterday my seventy-seven year old father had open heart surgery to fix his aortic valve, aoratic aneurysm, do a by-pass of a 70% blockage, and such. I didn’t get much sleep the night before as the hospital is 45 minutes away and he had to be there at 5:30 am, which meant, we, his entourage, had to as well. :)

Heart Surgery Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe looked so much better at this point of the day than he did when he’d first arrived at the hospital that morning.

I won’t go into all of that today because today is art day. There was no Diva Challenge at the time I am posting this, which is just fine because I’m quite tired.

I took a big bag of art supplies with me to the hospital, as the surgery was to take 5-7 hours and we were there about 2 and a half hours before he even went into surgery. ;)

I’m crocheting a minion blanket for my two year old grandson for his Christmas stocking. Here’s how far I got on it while in the waiting room.

Starting the minion blanket ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt is still arching and that is frustrating but I’m just pressing on because I’ll never get it finished if I keep pulling it all out. :D

Beginning of crochet blanket ~ Lifeofjoy.me I also took some pens, pencils, markers, papers, tiles and so much more with me. When surgery was over, I attempted to start my first ever gem while in the ICU waiting room.

Drawing my first gem ~ Lifeofoy.meYeah, I didn’t get very far. Daddy was waking up and we were able to go in and see him, two at a time. That was the end of my art for the day.

I’ll write more about my day on Friday, since this is supposed to be about art. Sorry it’s up so late. I got home from staying overnight in ICU with a migraine headache around noon and went right to bed.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Duotangle: Fengle and Poke Root

Today’s diva challenge is to use Fengle and Poke Root, neither of which I use very often. I even had to look at the stepout for fengle. ;)

I don’t like to copy what Laura does and try to do something different. Well, this time it didn’t work out so well. :D

I did a whole lot of baking today, prepping for Thanksgiving. I used to only have desserts and a breakfast cake to bake. Well, now with us on THM, I still make desserts but I also need to put together anything else we want. This year I’m making dressing and rolls. Then I started the Pumpkin Roll and my daughter started the Pecan Pie. :) But I’m getting sidetracked. All that to say, it’s been a busy day.

So here is my tile before any shading.

DC#377 Fengle Pokeroot ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis one was a lot better in theory than carried out. ;)

Here it is shaded.

shaded DC#377 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt usually looks so much better smaller. ;)

shaded DC#377 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I got a little carried away with the big one and went less and less on each one. They either remind me of hot air balloons or some etched lollipops. :D I originally meant to smudge that border line a bit but completely forgot about it while I was shading. Maybe you could just imagine it smudged, huh? :D I’m too tired to work on it any more and then take another scan. AND I’m even too tired to get the camera out and take any pictures. Of course it wouldn’t be in natural light anyway, since the sun went down long ago. :D

Well, I hope you in the USA have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow, full of family, friends, and making wonderful memories.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Semi-Circle String

This week’s Diva Challenge is a string challenge. I like string challenges. :) And since I’d procrastinated getting my tile done this week (in order to post it on Wednesday morning) I could not accept the added challenge of doing a mosaic. I have to admit though, that it looks fun and I may add to it later. ;)

I only tangled once in the last week. I’ve been busy getting Christmas presents bought and have even started wrapping them already. :) Since November started on a Thursday, Thanksgiving in the USA is coming a little early, which is nice for after Thanksgiving but not so nice for me getting it all done before then. ;) My siblings, mother and I like to get our Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving so that we can enjoy the holidays without as much stress. This year I am following my mother’s example and trying to get them all wrapped by then too. Of course with the early Thanksgiving, I’ll just be happy if I have it all done by the first of December.

I’ve also started crocheting a Minion blanket for my grandson. Sad thing is that I had 3 rows done and didn’t like how it was going. So I pulled it all out and started over again on Monday. The problem was that I could not seem to count to 90 correctly and had to pull it all out several more times. Ugh!!! I finally decided to use a larger hook for the first row and then switch back to the suggested hook after that. It seems to be working better now and I have the right number of stitches, so things should go more smoothly. :)

Well, it’s been awhile since I did a straight diva challenge, so I forgot to take a scan before I shaded it. Not good. :(

I decided to tangle the semi-circles instead of the bar in between. I went for something easy and used Crescent Moon and then Athitzi by Seven. I just needed something easy because I have so much stuff to get done. ;)

So without further adieu, here is my tile.

DC#376 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWith the time change, I didn’t have any natural light left to take pictures by the time I’d finished, so here are some other views.

DC#376 ~ Lifeofjoy.me I like it. It is nice and simple and kind of looks like a bridge over some very dangerous areas. Or it also reminds me of looking through a microscope at two different organisms.:D

Well that is enough from me today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº