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

Bunzo Paradox Duotangle

Since this week’s diva challenge is a duotangle, I cannot combine it with any other focus or daily tangles. I did look at some Bunzo tutorials because I did not recall exactly how to draw it. Oh, I could have guessed but I thought I’d just do a quick refresher and I was glad I did.

It appears that the “official” way to draw Bunzo is with crescent shapes and not loops. Bunzo is not one of my go-to tangles but I enjoyed drawing it today. :)

Paradox is one that I love and have used since I first found Zentangle around seven years ago. I love how it has so much depth to it. Of course, I’ve struggled with how to shade it but am pleased with how it turned out today.

I considered drawing a string but instead went with putting Bunzo a little off-center and then Paradox behind it some how. I wasn’t sure until I actually started penning Paradox just how I was going to accomplish this but it came to me at the right moment. ;)

I considered adding more sections of Paradox but just felt like I was done (and I wasn’t even in a time constraint either :D ).

Here is the tile before shading. Well, I don’t consider the striping on Bunzo to be shading, so that is why I say, “before shading.”

DC#342 pre-shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used my Micron 01 for most of the blackening but ended up using my Pixma graphic 1 to fill in those larger spaces without scratchiness.

Here it is after shading.

DC#342 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI only used my standard #2 pencil for shading. In real life it looks a bit darker. And as always, when I see it larger like this, I can see a little where I didn’t get the pencil marks blended as thoroughly as I would have liked but that’s the difference in my lighting and eyesight and the bright light of the scanner. ;) (Yes, I’m making excuses. LOL)

Here it is a bit smaller. ;)

DC#342 ~ Lifeofjoy.meSee how some of those lines disappear? :)

I really appreciate your kind comments over the last several weeks on my tiles and shading. Shading is an area where I have really grown. I was so afraid to shade in the beginning; afraid I’d mess up the nice work I’d done and now I’m glad for it to cover up my not so nice line art. :D

I got a couple different shading books, which I guess have helped me but they both want you to pay attention to “light source” and that just isn’t always necessary with me. They generally forget that a light source can be pointed directly at an object. :D I always keep in mind how I saw Rick and Maria add some graphite shading on videos; it was always simple and added to the final look so much.

One thing that did really help from Eni Oken’s Shading Fearlessly book was to add more layers of shading and to keep going back over it. That is one thing that I generally apply, even if I’m ignoring “light source.” ;)

Thanks for stopping by. Here in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, so I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


I’ve got a really busy week this week. Here in the US, Thanksgiving is about two weeks away. We are having a holiday celebration on this Friday, which we are calling a Holiday Bash because we will celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve all on the one night. I’m hostessing the event so I have a pretty busy week. Tiffany and I spent the day yesterday buying food, supplies, and paper products. By the time we got home I was sooo tired, I could hardly see straight.

I looked at the tangles for pattern-collections and Square One: Purely Zentangle but truth be told, I was too tired to work it all out. It’s a shame too because Membranart looks like fun!

I started in one corner of my tile and just began drawing Wibble. I was not very even about it, that is for sure. After I scanned it and started to shade it, I realized it wasn’t going to work. So I flipped the tile over and started again. This time I was a bit more simple and just one curved path across my tile from the bottom corner. Then I decided to add another little swag above, since it looked a bit barren.

I scanned in the first attempt, so I thought I’d share that with you but it is now on the backside of the second attempt. ;)

Wibble ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt actually might have worked out okay if I weren’t so tired. ;)

Here it is the second time around before shading.
DC#340 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdding the auras really makes a big difference! I didn’t do a lot of shading but I did find that even running over the pen line with my pencil added some depth.

DC#340 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, I was quite tired and couldn’t see very clearly, as I didn’t get some of those lines blended very well. It is what it is.

Maybe it will look better a little smaller, so you cannot see the how much more I needed to blend the shading.

DC#340 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHAHA! Yep, I like that better. :)

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it when you leave me a comment, as it is most encouraging!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


Autumn Tile

This week Laura challenges us to draw an Autumn tile. I really don’t like to draw Gourdgeous, so I decided not to use it and looked for something else that reminded me of autumn.

I looked at the focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle but didn’t feel it was one I wanted to work with this week. I then checked the daily tangles for today and yesterday on and determined that Lealad might work and went through the orb tangles. I found Schnattchen and it reminded me of a cornucopia, which is very autumnal to me.

I decided to draw that rather largely on the tile and then Lealad behind it on the left and center. So here it is before shading.

DC#339 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I added shading. I considered adding another tangle to the right side but decided to keep it uncluttered instead.

DC#339 ~

Sometimes the tiles look better when they aren’t quite so magnified. ;)

DC#339 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt kind of reminds me of a turkey the way I’ve drawn it, rather than a cornucopia.

I’ve got to get some new stumps so I can blend a bit better. If you know of a good lamp that can sit on my side table and shine over the arm of my chair, when I am tangling, I’d love to know about it. I’m making my Christmas list now and it’d be a great addition, if it weren’t too expensive.

Thanks again for all the kind comments and for stopping by.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Smokey Loops and Frosty Windows

This week’s Diva Challenge is white on black, which means that I cannot combine it with the Purely Zentangle focus tangle because they require black on white tiles. I checked the daily tangle at pattern-collections. Today’s tangle and yesterday’s tangle are both part of their new loop tangles designation.

I hadn’t tried these before and really liked the looks of them. I decided to give them a go. I also opted to skip the string and just used Norwey along the bottom and then DecoLoop Echo up from there.

I love white on black tiles! I love the dramatic effect. Although I do not like the shading. The General’s white pencil is a bit scratchy on the tiles I use. I don’t like that.

I wish I’d have drawn DecoLoop Echo a bit smaller as it seems to have grown out of control. But it was fun to draw. :)

Here it is before shading.

Smokey Loops ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is with shading.

DC#338 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was kind of going for a frosty window on the Norwey at the bottom. I think using one of Sukura’s new smaller nib pens would have allowed me to make this smaller and more delicate. I’ll be looking for one when I run errands this week.

I appreciate you stopping by and any comments you leave. Thanks again.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Artoo, Triloop, and Palrevo

The diva challenge this week, in celebration of Laura’s son’s birthday, is to use the tangle she created in his honor named Artoo. This tangle is easy enough but I underestimated it when I drew it. ;)

Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle is Palrevo. It seems to be a good background tangle. So I added it to this tangle as well.

I also checked the daily pattern over on and found it to be a fun loopy tangle called Triloop. I didn’t do too badly on my first attempt at it but it could take a while to figure the best way to shade it. Like Artoo, I think this tangle is best drawn larger. I thought I’d drawn it large enough but think it would look better drawn even larger.

Here it is before shading.

DC#337 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then I attempted to shade it. Wish I had drawn Artoo larger. I will probably draw Triloop larger later. It is definitely challenging to shade. :D

Here it is shaded.

DC#337 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI rotated it because after I’d shaded it I liked it better this way but I see I could have shaded under Artoo a bit more darkly.

I hope you will leave a comment, they are so encouraging. I appreciate you stopping by!!! Have a great day!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


This week’s diva challenge is a monotangle, so I won’t be combining it with any other focus tangles or challenges. I’ve not really used Striping before. But when I saw it as a monotangle, it reminded me of some tiles I’d seen on facebook using a line technique for getting your mojo back when you’ve gotten in a drawing slump. Here’s a link to the video of what I’m talking about.

I guess I should have taken a scan of the lines I drew for the “string” but alas, I didn’t. I did like Ellen said in the video and just drew some random lines. Then I started adding some wider lines than what she demonstrated in the video since I was going to blacken some in for my stripes.

I decided not to give all of them the sparkle but to keep some of the stripes solid. I also decided not to fill the entire square. I liked how some of the shapes were well defined and not muddied by more striping close to them.

Here it is before I added any graphite.

DC#336 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is after shading.

DC#336 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meHmmm, it might look better smaller. ;)

DC#336 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I think I like it better that way.

Thanks for stopping by and a huge thank you if you leave a comment! :) It means a lot.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tint, Baton, and Culaz

We have a conference at our church this week and I am volunteering in the kitchen. I don’t have much time to create this post today.

I decided to use a shallow semi-circle string and use the blossom version of TINT for the diva challenge. From there I added the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Baton but I didn’t really do it justice. Then I added the pattern collections pattern for the day, Culaz.

I almost forgot to scan it before I started shading but caught it just in time.

DC#335 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI auraed the whole thing a few times and than added some spheres in the middle aura.  Since I’m in a bit of a hurry, I just added a bit of shading from my dots and border and tried to stretch it inward a bit.

DC#335 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI appreciate you taking the time to stop by and really appreciate any comments you might leave. It is always so encouraging to see what you all have to say about my tiles. Of course, as usual, now that I’ve got this scanned and seeing it a bit larger, I realize I should’ve shaded the center of tint. Oh well! It is what it is because I don’t have time to add the shading and re-scan it.

I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Well, this week’s Diva Challenge is to use Crazy ‘Nzeppel. I like ‘Nzeppel and have used the crazy variation before. So I checked the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle and found it to be Pixioze. Then I wandered over to Pattern-Collections to see what their daily tangles were for yesterday and today: Seppi and Sextant Border.

I decided to mash all of these together in one tile but to do so without any real string. I started with sextant border along the bottom. As usual, my lines were not very straight or uniform, so it didn’t turn out the greatest. Consequently, I decided to blacken in the spokes.

Next I drew Seppi . . . just a little one on the lower left side of my tile, just to see if I had the hang of it. Then I added another and then got brave and made a really large one with some behind as well.

Then I got the brilliant idea to put Crazy ‘Nzeppel  and Pixioze as a filler inside Seppi. Well, that meant that those two tangles were going to be rather small. I put on my magnifying glasses and tangled on.

Here’s my tile before most of the shading. I had to do some shading as I drew because with all the lines, I was losing the overlapped parts. :D

DC#334 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m not sure if it looks like waves or snakes or what. :D I did enjoy drawing it though. I was surprised how well I was able to draw so tiny with the magnifier glasses on.

Here it is finished.

DC#334 shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think it kind of think it resembles waves.

It’s not my favorite tile but I enjoyed making it and that is what matters. ;)

I hope you’ll leave me a comment, as they are most encouraging! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Cozy Season Change

This week Laura had one more guest challenge. This week it is a team challengers Juliette and Kellie. They invite us to use tangles that remind us of season change and/or use cozy tangles. (I had a bit of a hard time listening to their podcast: Tanglepod because I couldn’t seem to get the volume loud enough, even with headphones on. I may have to give them another try sometime.)

I began thinking about what tangles seemed cozy to me. I immediately thought of Crescent Moon. Then I looked through my notebook of tangles and saw Ahhh! That is most definitely a tangle that makes me think of cozy because it reminds me of snow. I like to be all warm and cozy inside watching the snow through the window.

I like it when it is cold enough to lean back on a pillow and cover up with a blanket. Shattuck reminds me of a blanket and Drupe reminds me of a pillow.

I started with the four dots and lines for the frame but decided against drawing a string and just went free styling. First I drew Drupe and then added Shattuck. From there I added Ahhh, as if looking out a window.

Here’s the tile before shading.

DC#333 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is afterwards.

DC#333 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used a little 6B pencil to get some darkness but I didn’t smudge my shading well enough. I really need to get some new blending stumps; the ones I have just aren’t working very well. I need some pointier tortillions.

Looking at the tile now, the whole thing kind of looks like a pillow. :)

Thanks for stopping by. And a huge thanks to any of you kind people that take the time to leave a comment, they are most appreciated!!!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Another New Tile

Laura is back with the Diva Challenge this week after having a fun and busy summer. Although I expected the challenge to be to use the newest tangle released from Zentangle, Spoken, she went a completely different way. This week’s challenge is to have at least two squares.

I immediately imagined two squares that overlap in the middle of the tile and thought to use Paradox in the squares. (I decided I should have a picture of the string and didn’t feel like getting up to scan it, so I took the lazy route and just snapped a quick shot with my phone.)

A New Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo then I decided to start with paradox in the small square in the middle but it’s been so long since I’ve used it, I lost the muscle memory for drawing it and had to remind myself. Unfortunately it wasn’t until after I’d made a few ‘opportunistic’ lines (because I know there are no mistakes with Zentangle, even when it feels like one ;) ).

I attempted to turn the tile over and redraw the string but I couldn’t get it as good as I had the first time, even after erasing 3 times. So I decided to just go with the one I’d already started on the flip side.

Then I realized that I wasn’t liking how it would look if I used the squares I had originally planned and opted to use the squares that don’t overlap for my Paradox. The cool thing about this string is that there are LOTS of squares to choose from even though I only drew two.

I checked Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle and thought I could add it in too. It is a nice flowy tangle–Fleavy. I decided to add it in each of the original squares that were now empty.

I also checked out the tangle for the day over on and found it to be Zavatar Love. This tangle looked like it could fit nicely with Fleavy. Unfortunately I drew it too small and didn’t feel confident enough to add another.

Here is the tile before shading.

A New Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m soooo glad for learning how to shade because I don’t fret over my inability to draw straight lines. :D

Here it is shaded.

A New Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really feel like this could benefit from some blackened areas but am not sure where to do it. I feel as insecure about blackening as I did when I first started to shade (afraid I’d mess up all my hard work).

My instinct is to blacken it in between the left Fleavy and Paradox square and then again in the white space above the other Fleavy. Maybe I’ll try it with a digital program and see how I like it and then I can tell if I really want to do that or not.

My favorite pieces are ones that have the contrast of some areas blackened in  and shaded well. Oh the learning curve is scary but fun when you’ve done it a while.

So what do you think?

Thanks in advance for your kind and encouraging comments. I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº