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

Art Inspiration

DC#356 Name Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve been battling some wrist issues lately that makes writing and drawing a bit painful. I am in the process of overcoming this but I also had to fight some horrible sinus mess that had my head aching, with special focus on my ears. NOT GOOD!!! Seriously folks, I was miserable!!! Anyway, it was just too much for me to deal with to attempt to draw too.

So, I decided to share some of my favorite artists with you.

I guess I should start with Rick and Maria, the creators of Zentangle. I learned about this art form from a fellow home educator who was teaching a monthly art class. :) I’m so thankful to Cheryl for introducing me to this easy art form that has been so meaningful in my life. I’m also thankful to Rick and Maria for using the time honored technique of stepouts that makes it so easy to obtain good results. Sometimes it is better to see the tangle drawn but most of the time the stepouts is enough.

One of the first to make an impact on me was Sandy Kelley-Jones. I don’t know her in real life (irl) but she added such contrast with a lot of black inked backgrounds. Just gorgeous. She inspired me. (I loved her work before she even became a CZT. :) ) Turns out she is friends with the lady that does our Tulsa Zentangle Group, Pam. :) What a nice coincidence. Sandy created a closed facebook group where members share their daily tangles; it is aptly named Today’s Tangles.

Eni Oken is another that has left her mark on me. Although she was an artist before finding Zentangle so she keeps her artist ways in shading which has been a real challenge for me. One of the things I love about Zentangle is not having to worry about where the light source is. ;) It seems like Eni finally realized this when she got into Zendalas. But she has helped me become who I am with regards to this form of art.

The next one that really inspired me is known on facebook as Lily Moon. She does some amazing work. For any that don’t know, she has a website where she shares her tiles and tangles she creates. I really like caracole. I don’t do it justice but I like it and her art. :)

The most recent one impacting and inspiring me, is Zen Linea whom I also follow on facebook and do not know irl. Her work is just stunning and adds a bit of color. I will admit that in the very beginning of my Zentangle experience I wasn’t sure about the lack of color. But as I drew it myself, it was so freeing. I got to where I preferred it to those that had used color. But then this artist started adding just hints of color and I could see how it enhanced the art. Now she has some amazing colored work. She has a website and has started doing videos too. :) Very nice to see how she does what she does.

When I went online to get the links for this post, I came across this interesting post on Today’s Tangles for a summer challenge. I wish I’d have seen it at the beginning of the summer but then again, I was so busy I doubt I’d have committed to doing this. But it sounds interesting to me now and may start this or something like it next month. We’ll see. Who knows, maybe I’ll use it as a jumping off point and start filling up the empty spots (which is most of them) in my Tangle-a-Day calendar.

Oh! As I was looking through the summer challenge I saw she had a clarification page. As is typical, I followed the bunny trail and found that Zentangle Project #3 incorporated some color and white chalk. I enjoyed watching the videos of Molly and Maria adding the color to their finished lineart.

Well, I hope that I’ve shared something here today that will inspire you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Icantoo, Smile, and Scada

Today I could not decide what color tile to use. I had found that the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle was Icantoo. I also found the daily tangles for yesterday and today on Pattern Collections was S-cada and Smile.

I decided to do a quick template check and found template #7 would work for me to use all three of these tangles. I first thought I’d just do as I always do  and use a white tile. Then I thought about a black tile. And finally a tan tile. I couldn’t decide which one to go with so I tried it on all three.

Here it is before shading.

White Tile Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meTan tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlack tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhite Tile Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meTan tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlack tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did the black one first and thought adding in the orbs was a good idea . . . not so much. Then I did the tan tile, which looks pink on my laptop, and as I was drawing S-cada I thought, “I need to make sure I draw the spirals in the right direction,” and totally drew the second ones wrong. :o I got it right the third time around (the white tile).

I had no idea how to shade the black tile. I know you have to “shade” the highlight and not the shadow but, yeah, so I just left it with the few highlights and called it good.

The tan tile was a bit easier and I used both some white ink highlights and the graphite shading. I think it turned out okay.

Shaded Tan Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller.

Shaded Tan Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t bother erasing the template/string lines.

Then on the white tile, I shaded under Icantoo, making the string visible. I also drew Icantoo in the same direction instead of all 4 pointing towards the middle.

Shaded white icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere this one is a bit smaller.

Shaded white icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was raining today so I didn’t get a photograph in natural lighting.

So, which is your favorite? What tips do you have for me when drawing on different colored tiles?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and I’m glad you stopped by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Clouds and Waves

This week I had some tangles that had been focus tangles in the past several weeks that I wanted to try my hand at but had not yet. I believe three of them were focus tangles on Square One: Purely Zentangle and the other was a featured tangle on day on Pattern Collections one day last week.

The tangles are Aurabed by Karin Frank, Cindyer by Yu Ru Chen, Poa by Marion Kreuzweg, and Ilac by Ria Matheussen. I decided to draw them all together because they all seemed to be drawn (with the exception of maybe Cindyer) in a column or strip. I remembered a challenge I’d done some time ago of a striped tile and thought these would do well in the same kind of layout.

Here it is without shading.

Tangling waves and clouds ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf these, I think Cindyer was my favorite to draw. The hearts just kind of appeared. ;) That is tangling magic. :) Poa kind of looks like big fish with mouths open or rafts floating down waves.

Even though I didn’t draw Aurabed (at the top) exactly as the stepout, I still like it a lot. It was probably the easiest to draw. I enjoyed Ilac, even though I didn’t quite do it justice. I can see myself using it and some of the others again. Cindyer reminded me of Cadent a bit and Cadent is one of my favorites although I haven’t used it in quite some time now. But I digress. ;)

Here it is shaded.

Tangles Aurabed, Ilac, Poa, Cindyer ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt always amazes me how plain and unshaded they look when I scan them in and look at it on screen. It frequently looks better smaller. The reason I don’t just put it up in the smaller size is because I know I like to see the detail in tiles, so I show it with all its imperfections, in case others are like me. Here it is a bit smaller.

Tangles Aurabed, Ilac, Poa, Cindyer ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then on the advice of others that have such lovely tiles shared on facebook, I started taking pictures outside for a more favorable look. ;)

Waves & Clouds ~ Lifeofjoy.meOkay, I’m just going to say it . . . it looks A LOT more shaded in real life. 8)

Clouds and Waves Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI drew the tangles in columns rather than in rows. Of course I did rotate my tile as I drew it. It was fun to do.

Thanks for stopping by! Do come again. I hope I’ve encouraged you to try something new.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Crocheting and Knitting Again

I mentioned Monday that I’d started crocheting again. Tiffany has started using a bar soap in the shower because she has found she needs to stay away from parabens and sulfates, as they have started making her skin itchy. The bar we found that is clean of these is Yardley. Her new shower puff (loofah) came apart with the first use. I have some nice crochet cotton for dishcloths in my yarn stash, so I decided I should make her this soap saver.

I’ve made this twice before, once with scrap yarn I had about, which was too rough, and again using the cotton yarn recommended. I still use the second one I made.

I made three this time, one for Tiffany, one for Sean, and another one for me, so that I can occasionally make sure it is clean.

Soap Saver in Use ~ Lifeofjoy.meNew Soap Saver ~ Lifeofjoy.meSolid color Soap Saver ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s a nice quick little project. If you are new to crochet, this is an easy project.

I’m new to knitting and have made one scarf for my hubby years ago and dishcloths. :) I saw this cool dishcloth online and started it over a year ago, well maybe even 18 months or more now. I got about halfway done with it before I put it down. Well, after making those three soap savers I decided I wanted to finish off the dishcloth.

When I started it, I didn’t have a solid color of the cotton yarn. So I used a variegated red to white yarn hoping it would still work okay.

Heart dishcloth ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou can almost make out the hearts but the variegation makes it really difficult to see them and all the work I did to make them happen. ;)

Here is another picture that you can see it a bit better.

hearts dishcloth ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s not perfect but it is nice. I will make it again with a solid color. She has some other designs on her website that I’m wanting to try. There is a pumpkin one somewhere that I hope I have enough yarn to make next. :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little diversion from lineart into practical yarn art. I like doing things with my hands and keeping busy.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº



This week I had my Zentangle group.

Tulsa Zentangle Group ~ Lifeofjoy.meSince it wasn’t our usual week because of room availability, I was the only one there other than the CZT, Pam Neumann.

She taught me Raddox and then showed me how some others have drawn it. One of them in particular was spectacular! She drew it in the round and it was stunning. If you have the Mosaic app, you should be able to find it . . . it resembles a star.

Here is the learning tile I did with Raddox.

Scanned Learning Raddox Tile ~

Yeah, it looks better in real life. Here’s a photo of it.

Learning Raddox Photo ~ Lifeofjoy.mePam showed me some tiles she’d done with Raddox and that led to Orlique, Tagh, Indy-rella, and Zinger. We didn’t get around to actually doing a tile with Raddox in it so I thought that’s what I’d do for today’s tile.

I went to and decided to use String 016 by Jill Dobis. It is a rather unusual string and I thought it left some good spaces to enable me to use several of the tangles Pam and I went over the other day.

Here is my tile, which I am calling Honeycomb, because Michael said that’s what it looked like to him. :) This is the unshaded version.

unshaded raddox, tagh, orlique, zinger, indy-rella ~ Lifeofjoy.meI found it difficult to carry raddox around the curve and thus the black stripes happened. ;) Then for tagh, I decided I needed some more black contrast so I attempted to inverse it a bit, making the tag or tongue white and drawing a double line for the outer border to enable me to blacken it in a bit. I’m pleased with how that turned out.

Orlique is the one in the middle. Next time I will probably use one pointed line and one curvy lines, trying for a little more distinction. But it turned out okay. I’d never drawn Indy-rella before and I actually liked it. I can see I may be using this one more in the future.

I really like Zinger, always have. I just need a bit more experience shading it. The largest one got a bit out of hand though. :D

I’m always amazed at how much shading helps. And to think that in the beginning I was afraid I’d mess up my hard lineart with shading. Now I look forward to shading to cover up my wiggly lines. :D

Here is the shaded scan.

Shaded Tile using Raddox, Tagh, Indy-rella, and Zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meLooks better in real life. Here it is a bit smaller . . .

Shaded Tile using Raddox, Tagh, Indy-rella, and Zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to show it larger because I like to see the detail in other’s work, so I do what I’d like to see. ;)

Again, the photo looks so much better, even though it was overcast when I took them.

Tile using Raddox, tagh, indy-rella, and zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is a bit smaller. ;)

Tile using Raddox, tagh, indy-rella, and zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, in real life, it looks more shaded than that. You know, I know how much I shade to get it to look like that; some of those with dark shading must really really shade to almost black. :D

Well, that’s my rambling and art for this week. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


I hope Laura Harms, the CZTDiva challenge gal, is doing better. I miss her challenges though. ;) In her absence I’ve had to come up with my own ideas for what to draw. This week I checked out the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle and was pleased that it was a tangle I had seen before and forgot I wanted to try my hand at.

I first saw Tangleflake by Suzanne Davis at the Tulsa Zentangle Group led by Pam Neumann. One of the other participants showed it to me and I loved it. It adds a lot of contrast to a tile. Here’s a video for it as well.

I didn’t think I’d want to do more than one tangleflake on my tile this go ’round and remembered Lily Moon’s tangle Caracole (video here). It is easy to do and produces good results generally. Although this time around it got really big, really quickly! But it turned out okay.

Tangleflake kind of has the shading built into it, so I completely forgot to take a preshaded scan. So here is my finished tile that I’m calling Splat! because tangleflake looks like something was spilt on it.

Tangleflake and Caracole ~ lfieofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller, which shows fewer imperfections. ;)

Tangleflake and Caracole ~ lfieofjoy.meAnd here is a photo I took of it because tiles just seem to look better photographed. Although I still scan them too for a project I’m working on. :)

Photo of Tangleflake and Caracole ~ I could have done some tangling in the large sections of caracole but really wanted to keep it clean and uncluttered.

I struggled with the white spots on Tangleflake, as it seemed to me that her ‘her light source’ was in the upper right corner but then when she did the drop shadow she did it on the same side, which seemed to me that it should have been on the opposite side. I tried to keep the light in the upper right corner but not sure I was successful. I will attempt tangleflake again in the future and do a bit more defined shadow for the extra orbs next time.

Oh! and watching Lily’s video of Caracole, I see that I should have kept my initial ‘points’ closer to the same height but that’s what I get for not paying attention to the stepout when I tangled. ;) It was fun anyway. I think it could be a good candidate for some watercolor. :)

Well, I’ll run for now. Have a great day!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

New Art Supplies

I’ve seen some really beautiful Zentangle tiles done in the last year that had some color added by Zen Linea on facebook. She uses some watercolor pencils to add the color. Thus I got the itch to try my hand at it too. The problem was that I didn’t have any. ;)

I decided to go looking at either Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. Both have a weekly coupon, which is nice. :) Well I hit the jackpot. :)

Art Loot ~

I got some Faber Castell watercolor pencils for just $3.24 on clearance at Hobby Lobby! The regular price on them was $14.99. Awesome!!!

Soul Star Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used them on my tile last week and really liked them. But there’s a learning curve to using them in Zentangles (well, I guess it would technically be called a ZIA), at least there is for me. ;)

I also got some metallic colored pencils. They were just $1.74 down from $6.99. The pearlescent watercolors were marked down from $4.99 to just $1.24. I used them to add a touch of sparkle to my tile last week. :)

Also in the Hobby Lobby loot was a package of planning stickers. These are like a nice heavy weight cardstock and were on clearance from $5.99 to $1.49. (I really don’t like ending sentences with a price because then you have a period and a decimal way too close together. :D ) The stickers are really pretty florals. Tiffany and I each got a set. It’s hard to turn down such good prices.

My big purchase was the watercolor set of 24 colors. It was regular price at $9.99 but I had a coupon and got it for like six or seven dollars. Awesome!

Then we went into Mardel, because it is right next door and we like to peruse their bargain books, where we frequently pick up books for a dollar each. Here’s the few things I picked up there.

Stickers, helix and fox ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne of the reasons I’d gone into Hobby Lobby was to get this Helix, circle maker. I’d seen a video by Dawn that showed how she used this neat little tool. I think it was $5 but . . . you guessed it, I had a coupon on their app and got 30% off.

I’d also been wanting to get some Bible stickers for my bullet journal. I wanted to add it when I write about things in the Bible but I only had a few, very old, ones and hadn’t been able to locate any yet. Well, Tiffany helped me find these in the education section of Mardel. I liked these because they have lots of different colors, so it won’t be boring to see the same sticker all the time. :D They were about two dollars and change.

The last thing on my spree was the fox squeeze toy. My wrist has been hurting me a bit and Michael said I should get a squeeze ball of some kind. Since this one is adorable and on clearance, I got it. :)

I had fun getting deals. :) I hope you enjoyed a look at my new supplies.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Watercolor Soul Star

I seem to really love Soul Star even though I don’t really do it justice. :D I like it almost as much as I did Cadent and Paradox when I first started tangling back in 2009. It seems that it is what comes to mind quickly and I am enjoying drawing.

This week I got some new art supplies but I’ll share about that next week. One of my new purchases was some watercolor pencils and I’ve been wanting to try them out.

So all I did was tangle Soul Star largely on my tile. Here is the lineart.

Soul Star ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I know, the lineart is not that great. ;) I’m always so thankful for shading. This time I tried my hand at some color. If you remember last week I added just a bit of color. I added a bit more this time around because I had watercolor pencils. :)

So here it is colored.

Soul Star Colored ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s what’s up. I like blues and purples right now. Then I remembered that you should use a color opposite on the color wheel for contrasting. Orange is opposite blue, so I attempted to put orange in the middle but my orange was more yellow than orange. So then I got out some pearly watercolors and added a dab on each orb (I’m thinking I’ll make some large orbs next time I use this tangle–if I remember) and add some in the middle.

Then I went back and used graphite to shade the sections I left white and the one side of the “spokes.” All in all, I like how it turned out, especially for my first use of these supplies.

Here are some pictures I took; I didn’t get natural lighting because it was dark out by the time I finally got this done and that’s saying something considering it’s summer and it stays light so late now.

Watercolored Soul Star ~ Lifeofjoy.meSoul Star ~ lifeofjoy.meSoul Star Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, what tips do you have for me? Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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