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

More Tangling

This week’s diva challenge is to use Pea-Nuckle. (The diva challenge button is no longer working, so I guess I’ll have to link instead of using her button.) Jessica Davies, our guest challenger, admits that it wasn’t her favorite tangle in the beginning, so I’m in good company, I guess. She said it was like lima beans to her. Well, even after using it again here today, I must say that it is still lima beans to me. I watched Molly draw it and thought I understood how to draw the lines but . . . yeah, lima beans. ;)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThe Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle this week is Fluxecho. I think it looks like a Pansy in some of the sample pictures.

I chose to use string #41 from Pattern Collections. I also used Flips-C and OO-Africa from their daily tangles. To be honest, I didn’t do any of them justice. They all look like such nice tangles. I enjoyed doing my tile but I’m not sure I liked the end result. I know that doesn’t really matter but I’m just saying.

Here is my tile before shading, with all its imperfections.

Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, Pea-nuckle gave me some trouble. I’m going to have to practice with it a lot more before I can know better how to draw all those lines and blacken in areas. And poor Flips-C really looks nice when others draw it but clearly I need more practice with it as well. I even started off wrong and had to white out the wrong lines and draw it again.

I had visions of this looking like a nice basket with Fluxecho flowers hanging over it and then some OO-Africa clouds. Unfortunately when I drew Pea-Nuckle I drew right to the string line. I should have stopped short of the string line and drawn Fluxecho so that it would give the envisioned effect but alas, I did not.

I was concerned that even shading wasn’t going to do much for this mess because of all the wonky lines in Pea-Nuckle. I was also having a difficult time deciding how to shade the rest of it. In the end I decided to blacken it in around Fluxecho because I always like the drama created by lots of black. Then I just started putting down some graphite.

Here’s what I ended up with.

Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I need to get a new small blending stump because I’m struggling getting it to smooth out the graphite without filling it all in.

Oh well! It is what it is. At least it is improved over the lineart. :)

Thanks stopping by and a special thank you to any that take the time to leave a comment, it’s greatly appreciated and oh so encouraging.

Until next week, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


More Hearts

This week begins Laura’s summer break and thus a guest challenger. It’s always fun to see what the new challenge will be. This week’s challenge is by Jessica Davies, who shared some absolutely gorgeous tangled hearts. It’s hard to say which one I liked the most because they were all so lovely.

I really loved the creativity of the ribbon on the first one but the one with just the tangle with the pearls (tripoli?) is elegant. But I think my favorite was the last one. I’m not sure what made it my favorite . . . I love the flux bursts, and I love the hollibaugh background . . . I’m usually a purist when it comes to Zentangle but I really liked the colored heart and how shapely it was . . . clearly it was my favorite. :)

I’ve been in a heart mode here lately! I started with an anniversary card for my husband to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.

Unshaded heart ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen last week’s home tile was all hearts.

Home Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had a hard time deciding how to tangle the heart for today. I thought about Hurry but my next thought was ‘Nzepple and I never quite moved away from it. It really seemed to fit with my thoughts last week too. I like how each little piece is an individual piece and yet is part of several different ‘flower’ shapes too, depending on your focus.

Here’s the unshaded tile.

Pre-shading ~ Lifeofjoy.meI thought about adding LOLO as a border to it but every time I went to start, I just felt the tile was done. So I shaded it. I love shading because it hides my imperfect line work. Some people have absolutely gorgeous line art but not me.

DC#324 ~ lifeofjoy.meI considered blackening in the border but in the end just went with blending it inward.

Thank you for stopping by and a huge thank you if you leave some comment love. :) Your kind comments about my shading abilities has really helped my confidence.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Home Tile

iamthedivacztThis week’s Diva Challenge is to draw a tile that means home.

For me, home is all about love. It starts with the love of God for me. Next is the love of my life, Michael, and then our children, and now daughter-in-love and grandson. It goes to my extended family and then out to other friends and people God puts in my path. So the natural thing to draw was hearts that overlapped one another.

I tried to add other tangles but all I could see was a bunch of hearts. I just couldn’t put anything inside them. So I didn’t fight it and I just shaded it.

I forgot to take a preshaded picture. I just started shading and didn’t stop. This one really flowed for me. Some of the hearts are a little wonky but that is the way we people are; we’re not perfect. I’m a work in progress.

Home Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy shading has come a long way from my beginning. :) I’m pretty happy with this.

Thanks to those that take the time to comment. It is greatly appreciated. I’ll be posting something every Wednesday, even if there isn’t  Diva Challenge, so please stop back by each week and leave a little love if you don’t mind. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Aquafleur Flez

iamthedivacztI was glad to see there was a Diva Challenge this week, as she said she’s getting ready to go on her summer hiatus. I will continue to post tiles every week, even when there is no diva challenge, so I hope you’ll drop back by throughout the summer.

I was glad Laura picked Aquafleur because I don’t think I’ve ever really looked at the stepout for it and done it as intended. Okay, I know I’ve never done it as intended. It gets a bit messy and chaotic for my liking. But I tried, I really did try to draw it spiraling in on itself but stop short every time. :D I think the way I like it most is all drawn from one point be it in the center or near the base of the original shape/outline. I enjoyed working with it.

My husband, Michael, and I celebrated our 30th anniversary yesterday. It is hard to believe we have been married that long but then I remember that my oldest son is 26 this year and I even have a grandchild and I’m knocked back into reality. :) I used aquafleur on the heart on the card I made him. I didn’t shade it though. I just completely forgot to. :D

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThe Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle this week is Flez. This one reminds me of Meer a bit. It has orbs down the middle instead of a wavy line and then Flux-ish parts where Meer’s lines would be.

I decided to do one large shape and place Flez between the black strips of Aquafleur.

Here it is before shading.

DC#322 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is with the shading.

DC#322 Shaded ~

I’m surprised by the difference!

You all have been so kind with your comments about my shading! Thank you soooo much. I was afraid to shade my tiles in the beginning, afraid I’d mess them up.  I really cannot say any one thing helped me. I first got Cris Letourneau’s book Made in the Shade, a Zentangle Workbook several years ago and thumbed/scanned through it but didn’t take the time to sit down and work through it.

Then I saw how some were making great strides in their shading by joining Eni Oken’s Shading Zentangle group, so I went ahead and joined. I eventually bought her Shading Fearlessly book and once again thumbed/scanned through it but did not sit down and work through it either. But I started sharing my tiles in her Facebook group and would get the occasional suggestion. I also saw what others did and seemed to start picking it up, little by little. And that is how I got to where I am today. I’m very pleased with this one, even though I didn’t quite do the tangles justice. And I still struggle with sparkle. Well, I think practice will help that too.

Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your encouraging comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº




iamthedivacztFor this week’s diva challenge of drawing aura tangles with our non-dominant hand, I chose crescent moon and nipa. I really like these two tangles, so I hoped I would be happy with the outcome.

I drew my dots, border and string with my dominant hand (my right hand). I just kind of threw any old lines on there for my string, so it came out really odd. I decided to put Nipa in the middle and let Crescent Moon scallop around it.

Here it is before shading. You can see I have VERY wiggly lines. ;)

Nipa and Crescent Moon ~ Lifeofjoy.meTo better camouflage those wiggly lines, I decided to shade with my dominant hand. It needed lots of help. :D

Once again, I think this looks better a bit smaller. In real life, it seems shaded quite a bit darker. I wonder what is up with that. I may have to work on the settings a bit.

Shaded Nipa and Crescent Moon ~

My daughter said she liked it and that it looked very 3D. She also said that my wiggly lines added to its wonkiness. :)

Well, I’ll just keep it short this week. My days have gotten away from me of late and I don’t have a lot of time. I sincerely thank those that take the time to stop by and to leave a comment; they really do mean a great deal.

Please stop back by next Wednesday, as I’ll post a tile even if there is no Diva Challenge.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Dansk Showgirl

iamthedivacztThis week’s Diva Challenge is to use Margret Bremner’s tangle Dansk. Unfortunately I did not quite get it as I would’ve liked. So much about tangling is the order in which you do things and unfortunately I added lines to each Dansk seed one at a time instead of completing one pod and moving to the next.

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meI added Vicki Bassett’s Showgirl, which is the focus tangle of Square One: Purely Zentangle this week. Thankfully I have spent some time with this tangle in the past, so it wasn’t hard to get back in the swing of things with it. I did flip the tile over and start again after I realized where I’d gone wrong. ;)

I decided to forego the dots and string this time around and just plop them down on the tile. :D

Here it is before shading.

DC#320 and Showgirl ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy shading did not do much to salvage my ill attempt at Dansk. :( I enjoyed the process though and that is what is important. ;)

Here it is after shading. Mega difference!

DC#320 and Showgirl ~ Lifeofjoy.meOnce again, I think I prefer this one smaller.

DC#320 and Showgirl ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh yeah! Tons better.

Thanks to the few who took the time to comment last week and thanks also to any who take the time to do so on this one as well.

I will be posting some art each week even though Laura is taking a break for the summer. I hope you’ll stop by.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A New Tile

iamthedivacztSince it is the first Monday in June, I expected the Diva Challenge to be a Use My Tangle challenge but I guess that will be next week since this past weekend was Laura’s Beads of Courage colour run. Thus this week’s challenge is to BEad Inspired; I went with putting beads in my tile by using Beadlines. Hmmm, I think I might do this more times than not for this particular challenge. Oh well, it is what it is. ;)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meWith that part figured out, I needed to know what else I would add to the tile, so I checked Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle, which is Puffin by Jean Chaney. I’m so sorry Jean, I did not do your tangle justice but again, it is what it is. :D I think I would have been more successful had I drawn it bigger or practiced it a time or two but I’m in it for speedy art today and the stepout looked easy enough, so straight to the tile I went. :D

I decided to look for a string as a base. Sometimes I love the structure of the basic zentangle steps . . . dots, border, string . . . it makes it easier to get going sometimes. I checked string for the week and randomly looked at ‘s string #99. I decided that the arches of the first string would not be as conducive to Puffin as the structure of #99, so it won. ;)

While on patterncollections, I checked out their pattern of the day–Deco by Cat Cole–which I liked and thought it was both simple to do and would go well with Puffin. And with that I was ready to tangle!

Here it is before shading.

Another Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy lineart sure does have room for improvement!!! :D

Here it is with the shading! So thankful I have learned some things about shading because it sure does make my work look tons better!

Shaded Beads Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI got some doodlestix for my birthday because I’d seen some recommend using them for shading but there seems to be a bit of a learning curve to using them with graphite. Now that I’ve read the packaging, it appears they are more suited to other media. Oh well, no worries. I think the top center puffin is the one I tried using it on but went back and used a micro eraser to dab out a little of the shading, as it looked a bit muddy and had no highlight to it.

I also tried for a bit of drop shadow on the beadline. Eh, not horrible, I guess. Overall, it’s an okay tile, I guess.

Now, I want to thank previous commenters for their kind and encouraging comments last week and thank any of you that take the time to comment this week. You all are a great community!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Mirrored Tile

iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is to fold the tile in half and tangle one side mirroring the other. I didn’t think this would be all that difficult, after all Laura did two and they were both very nice.

I have to say that I liked the process on this one, kind of, but really dislike the final look, at least turned the way I drew it.

I decided to fold my tile in half, top to bottom. I had this image of a reflected lake in my head for this tile and I must say that the final tile is absolutely nothing like that mental image I had to begin with but that is okay. What really made me dislike this finished tile is that it looks an awful lot like a spider, if it is viewed the way I drew it.

I just started with putting a border and a corner-to-corner X string. From there I drew an arc on the center point of the top section and then mimicked that on the bottom section. I continued with arcs and blackened in areas. From there I drew some lines, kind of along the lines of footlites.

Then it went funky! As I started drawing the lines in the other two sections, I knew it was going to make something that looked like a spider, but I continued on any way. :D

So here is my tile before shading.

DC#318 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI decided I better scan it before I finish blackening. Here is another scan before shading.

DC#318 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s really difficult to shade with such thick black sections, but I persevered. ;)

DC#318 ~ lifeofjoy.meI have to say, it looks a whole lot less spidery turned this way. :)

DC#318 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs it turns out, now that I’ve revisited Laura’s post, I didn’t exactly know what a diptych was and should have probably clicked the link because now I see that I probably should have emphasized the fold/connection.

I don’t have time right now, but I’ll try to get a photograph of the tile folded and standing up and add it here. Maybe it will look more like it is supposed to.

Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my grandson tile last week and thanks in advance for taking time to comment here as well! You all are really encouraging. I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Liam Tangled

iamthedivacztI’m so glad I didn’t just skip the challenge this week. It didn’t seem to be something I would really enjoy but I have to admit, this one was soooo fun!!!  When I saw the Diva Challenge was to use a cut-out and Laura had used a model, the first thing I thought of using was a picture of my grandson. I entertained the idea of choosing food from an advertisement or something from a magazine, from which I have plenty to choose. But the idea of using a picture of Liam was the strongest idea, so I went with it.

First I had to pick a picture of him. This smirk of his just cracks me up. Oh and when he opens his mouth in an ‘O’, it just gets me! :DSmirk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I had to cut out his image in gimp (a free program for photos and such). Tangled Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I had to save it and finally print it. After that I cut it out with scissors and affixed it to my tile.

Next came the tangle selection. I thought footlites by Carol Ohl would be good. Since Liam’s hand was on a busy box in the original photo, I decided on Cadent in that section. I wasn’t sure what to use in the final section. I toyed with some grid tangles but didn’t want anything that might look flowery or too dramatic. In the end, I settled on Tipple.

I forgot to take a scan of it before I shaded it, although it wasn’t really very dramatic, at least to me. Here it is in grayscale-finished.

Gray Tangled Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is, as I see it in real life. :)

Color Tangled Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m pleased with it. I could’ve blended the shading on Cadent a bit more but I like it. I will probably end up framing this one and hanging it up. Oh! I have just the thing! I got some glass frames for Christmas; this will be perfect! :)

A quick note about last week, I couldn’t figure out why none of the faithful commenters had commented on my tile last week. So, on Monday, I went to the Linky to check the link. Turns out that I never pushed publish on the post!!! :p Ugh!!! That’s the first time in nearly three years, that I have done that. Oh well, live and learn!

I appreciate this community so much! You’re comments are most appreciated!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Tangled Stripes

iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is to use stripes. I like this challenge because it is relatively easy. I decided to do about 3 horizontal stripes.

I checked the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle and found it to be Paizel, which can be found on I like the basics of this tangle but not the Nekton background to it but I used it anyway. ;)

The pattern for the day over on is 8’n wing. I wasn’t sure if I’d add this one to the tile or not but in the end, decided to go ahead and put one bit of it above the stripes.

The one pattern I just chose at random was Drogon by Lily Moon. I really liked this tangle and its simplicity when I used it last time, so I decided to play with it a bit more. It will take me quite some time before I do it justice in my shading though. :) It is fun to learn.

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#316, Drogon, Paizel, and 8'n Wing ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve really learned how to shade so as to cover up my jiggly, wiggly, line art. :D

Here it is shaded.

Finished DC#316 ~

It is always at this point, when I see the tile enlarged on-screen, that I notice the areas where I should’ve blended the shading a bit more but by that time, I’m usually rushed and in a hurry to get it posted. So, as always, I see the imperfections once again. :D But it doesn’t matter because I enjoyed doing this one, even if I did rush it a little bit. ;)

Thanks once again for your kind comments. They encourage me to continue sharing. Sometimes I share it here and on facebook groups but then other times, I only share it here with you. Thanks for your encouragement.

Oh, Maggibee! This one was definitely more my taste; I hope it was for you as well. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº