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

String from Objects

The diva challenge this week is a string challenge, particularly to find items to trace for your string (at least that is how I understand the challenge). Doing this means that I cannot share my finished tile on Square One: Purely Zentangle because pure Zentangle means you freehand the string and it is abstract. BUT I did like their focus tangle this week and last week, so I incorporated those in my tile even though I cannot share it there.

I looked on my table and found these items.

Traced items for string DC#347 ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy pencil sharpener, a round hand lotion container, and a large penguin paper clip. I thought the sharpener was a cool shape and would make an interesting string by itself but went ahead and included the other two items.

I really like the simplicity of Irradial even though I don’t think I did it justice. Maybe I tried drawing it too large. I won’t let it stop me though. I liked it and will use it again. :) Irradial was the focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle last week. I didn’t have the chance to use it so decided to use it this week. :)

This week’s focus tangle one Square One: Purely Zentangle is Cativa which was designed by a 6-year-old. It’s is a nice one too and the stepout is great. :) I must admit though that I got myself a bit confused when I drew it so small in the background. :D It’s still fun.

The last tangle I used was the daily tangle over on pattern-collections yesterday. They used to have at least a week ahead listed, so I could actually use the tangle for the day I was posting my tile, rather than the day I drew it but alas, they are too on top of things now and I guess I’ll just be posting it a day behind. ;)

So here is my tile before shading.

Preshaded dc#347 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is the position I drew it. But when shading it, I liked it better upside down.

DC#347 #irradial #mesq #cativa ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt kind of looks like a tropical bowl and spoon on a mat. :D

I’m glad you stopped by and really appreciate comments. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

New Tangling Friends and a Duotangle

This week I finally took the time to go in town to a tangling group at one of the local libraries. CZT Pam taught Toodles, had PN pens available for sale, and gave us apprentice tiles to use at the gathering. It was nice to finally meet up with artsy people. I can honestly say I have never done anything like that before, and I have to admit, I had a good time. :)

Pam encouraged us to draw the initial “s” curve backwards too. I did try but was only successful once. :D Like Maria, she encouraged us to use the inner aura shading technique and the tangle variations. I tried my best. :) It was fun. Of course I’m a bit of a slowpoke. I decided mine needed some blackening done, to make it stand out a bit more. I added an extra aura around the drawing and blackened from there out. Then realized I really needed that second aura to be gone/blackened in as well. These decisions slowed me down a bit as my graphic 1 pen was drying out. Thankfully I also had a graphic 3 pen with me and was able to make quick work of the last go around the tangling since I’d finally figured out how to use the crazy thing.

I purchased one of the black PN pens. I think I’m going to have to practice a bit more with it before I’m comfortable with it.

Here’s the tile I did with Pam and the couple other ladies (Jane and Laura).
Big Toodles ~ Lifeofjoy.meI could have done a bit more shading but, as I mentioned, we were out of time. It was fun and I hope to go again next month but we’ll see. I never know what my schedule will be or if I’ll feel up to going out . . . I am a hermit. :D

Today’s diva challenge is a duotangle using Phicops (happy birthday B-Rad) and Huggins. I really like these two tangles and wish I were good enough at Phicops to overlap them but alas. It is what it is. I tried to make them a bit larger but they came out small each time. Oh well, I think it looks okay.

I was not very creative and just drew Huggins as the background. I really like Huggins. It’s easy and has nice results. Here it is before shading.

DC#346 Phicops and Huggins ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had a bit of a blackening issue with not enough light and my glasses not being strong enough in dim light, so there is a bit of a mess on that left Phicops. Of course, my solution to wonky lines and any kind of mess up is to shade the dickens out of it. :D

Here is my shaded finished tile.

DC#346 Phicops Huggins ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, I always see the places where I didn’t blend enough AFTER I get the picture scanned and on the computer. Unfortunately I don’t have time to blend it more and rescan. You see, I took down my Christmas decorations today and that bit into my tangling/blogging time and rather than get this up late, it will just have to be good enough. ;)

Here, look at it this size, it looks more finished. :D

DC#346 Phicops Huggins ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh yes, MUCH nicer. :D

Well, thank you for stopping by. I hope you will leave me a comment, as they are always so encouraging. Have a great day!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Mitten Tile

So this week there is still no new diva challenge, so I’m doing another festive tile. I chose the mitten string from Pattern-Collections, as my string.

The focus tangle on pattern-collections for today is 8 of Diamonds. I’d never drawn this tangle before and liked it even though I don’t do very well with tangles that require I do things evenly spaced.

I also checked out Square One’s Focus Tangle even though I wouldn’t be able to share it on the purely zentangle page because of my mitten string. Organic was their focus tangle and I don’t recall using this tangle before either but when I saw the step-out for it, it looked so really nice and easy to draw so I decided to use it for the cuff of my mitten. :)

I drew the string twice and each time part of the mitten went outside of the border. So I finally decided to just leave it there and I like how it turned out.

Here is the tile before shading.

Another holiday tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI chose to fill in the diamonds. Then I debated on whether or not to fill in the eights. I was afraid there’d be too much black if I did that and I was pleased with how it looked so I left it unblackened.

Mitten Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hope you’ve had happy holidays! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Yet Another Festive Tile

As I promised, but nearly forgot, here is another festive tile for the diva challenge. :) We were doing a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings extended editions marathon when all of a sudden I remembered that I hadn’t done my tile or blog post for today.

I used the third Christmas string over on Pattern-Collections which is basically two rounded stars in two sizes. Once again, staying in zentangle fashion, I freehanded the strings but later erased the lines that didn’t get hidden by my tangling. ;)

I went with Toodles again because I thought it lended itself well to the shape and filled in with Tipple. On the larger star, which I tangled first, I put one toodle in each point. On the smaller one, I used a couple of the string lines for the starting line of toodle and just filled in the string spaces with a couple more toodle and some tipple.

Here it is before shading.

More Festivity ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, I forgot to fill in some of that small star with tipple, so I did before I shaded it.

When I was done shading, which I just did as I felt completely ignoring any light source, I felt like there was too much empty space and considered adding in a background tangle but instead decided to aura the shapes with pencil and then blend the shading outward. I really like this effect.

Christmas Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really like the end result, especially considering I did not spend a whole lot of time on it. I usually spend a couple of hours on it, shading it the way I like it but this time I think I managed to get it done in about an hour.

Well, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are setting yourself up to have a wonderful 2018. I’m going to have a great one!

Thanks to the faithful few who take time to leave a comment. It means a lot!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Another Festive Tile

So, since there is no new diva challenge this week, I thought I’d give last week’s a redo, since it was not festive at all, unless maybe your idea of a festive holiday is to go on a cruise or be on the ocean, then last week’s was right on target. :D

This week I went with the second Christmas string on, which is in the shape of a Christmas tree. I decided to use Toodles, the new official Zentangle tangle and Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle: Onamata.

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#345 again ~ Lifeofjoy.meIf you look closely you can see the Christmas tree string that I drew free hand. The one on Pattern-Collections looks like a cookie cutter was used to create it but since Zentangle is supposed to be freehand, I did it that way.

My Toodles still need some work but it is a pretty cool tangle. I didn’t do much with onamato but I think it went nicely on this tile to make it festive.

Here it is shaded.

DC#345 again shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like the effect of the smudged border, kind of looks like you’re looking through a window. But I still think it is missing something around the border. However it is a busy week and I have lots of things to wrap and some errands to run, so I’ll leave it the way it is.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday! I know I will!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Festive Tile

This week’s diva challenge is the last one for the year. I’ll be sharing a tile each week, even though there will be no challenge, so I hope you’ll stop back by each week.

So anyway, the challenge this week is to draw a festive tile. The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle is Seawave. It looks easy enough but I have to tell you that I could sure benefit from watching someone draw this one. I did NOT do it justice at all. Also, Seawave isn’t exactly what I think of when I think of a festive/holiday tangle.

I thought about a star because of the star that shone and the wise men followed. I checked the tangle of the day over on pattern-collections (yesterday) and found it to be stargem. I have not yet ventured into gems but liked the tangle and it is a star or at least it is supposed to be a star. ;)

I decided to draw stargem right in the middle of my tile, sans the gem. Then I decided to go ahead and add in seawave. It turned out looking more like a life preserver and an ocean. :D Oh well, it is what it is. I’ll probably attempt some more festive tiles in the next several weeks. ;)

So here it is before shading.

DC#345 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is after shading.

DC#345 ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow, you really should go look at the lovely tangle Stargem to see how it is supposed to look. :D And if anyone knows of a tutorial video for Seawave, please share it with me, because I really need it. ;)

I’m going to give the festive/holiday tile another go next week.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that you’ll stop by again next week. Thanks also to those that take the time to leave a comment. It is really appreciated!!!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tangled Ornament

This week’s diva challenge is to use Carole Ohl’s tangle Afterglo. Since there were no other guidelines, I also incorporated the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Hypnotic by Elena Hadzijaneva and the stepout is here.

Finally I checked Pattern-Collections daily tangle and weekly string. The weekly string is a circular ornament shape, which I did draw freehand and it is wobbly but fine. :) The daily tangle is Zipfelmuetz by Marion Manke. I’m a little slow because I only saw this as a design, nothing more. Then I got the bright idea to translate the tangle name. Low and behold! It is is German for stocking cap. My eyes were opened and I could see it. LOL Yes, sometimes I am a bit slow. ;) I even watched the video of the stepout being drawn and when she colored in the triangular sections, I just thought she was adding depth. :D Yep, slow today.

Well, at first I thought I’d put Afterglo right on the ornament but remember doing that with some similar tangle before and it didn’t turn out very well. So then I thought to put Stocking Cap on the ornament and felt that was a good way to go.

I ended up putting Afterglo up in the top corner like a star or a light shining down on it. And I have a very knotty table or floor under the ornament by using hypnotic there. I tried to get some decent shading and hope I blended it well, but I need to get my glasses updated and will probably see unblended areas once I see the scan on here but by that time it will be too late to do anything about it because I need to get this ready to post.

Without further adieu, here is the tile before shading.

Unshaded Tangled Ornament 1 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, I really appreciate shading. Makes my lines look so much better. :)

Here it is after shading.

DC#344 #Ornament1 ~

Once again, it looks a bit better a little smaller.

DC#344 #Ornament1 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes! The imperfections are less obvious. ;)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will leave me a comment and share any tips you have for improving. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment.

Have a great week!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Dewd, Baecube, Bermuda, Zailz

This week’s diva challenge is to use the new tangle Dewd. Thankfully there was a video showing how to use it, so I was able to get it half decent the first time out.

The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle is Zailz by Loretta West. Then there are two from Pattern-Collections including the pattern of the day for both yesterday and today. Today’s is Bermuda by Ina Sonnenmoser, which I did not do justice. Yesterday’s was Baecube by Barbara Steyer.

I really enjoyed drawing most of these new-to-me tangles. Baecube, in the center of my tile, is quite easy and can look quite nice, if shaded properly. It is fun to draw.

I didn’t think I’d like Zailz but I was pleasantly surprised. After reading the tip about imagining drawing a lower case cursive “s”, I really warmed to the tangle. I like the shape of that letter so that made it more fun to draw.

I decided to just draw a couple random lines within my border and ended up with three sections. I wasn’t sure I’d use all four of the tangles when I started. I kept imagining Baecube in the center. I wish I’d have drawn it a bit larger though.

Here is the tile before I started shading it.

DC#343 unshaded~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually drew it with Dewd along the bottom but preferred it this way after drawing it all. But after shading I decided I liked it a little differently oriented.

Here it is shaded.

Shaded DC#343 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I need a new blending stump, as my blending leaves a bit to be desired. The day got away from me, so I’m just calling this done.

I appreciate your comments! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a good week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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