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

DC#360 Shattuck and Tripoli

Since this week’s diva challenge is a duotangle with specified tangles, there was no need for me to check focus tangles from my usual sources. ;) However Tripoli and I are not very good friends, so I decided to look for a video tutorial to give me some help with it. I found this one by Melinda Barlow.

Melinda pointed out in the video that when Tripoli was released it was noted as a grid tangle. Well, I can do grid tangles. Mine are usually pretty wonky, so I don’t expect it to turn out perfect like others’ do.

I focused on her suggestion to work it n rows and imaginary grid. I did a lot better keeping my lines evenly spaced this time, so it will probably serve me well in the future. I didn’t end up with those pretty circular sections that I usually see in other people’s use of Tripoli but it worked here.

I decided to draw large Shattuck sections/strips diagonally across my tile. Then started in the middle and tangled in some Tripoli. I did two sections alike, and behind one separating bar in Hollibaugh fashion. I did do a section with just Shattuck only I used arches instead of straight lines. I generally forget that Shattuck is supposed to have straight lines instead of arcs. I also did some small Tripoli.

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#360 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter I scanned this I decided to tangle some Shattuck arches over some of the Tripoli.

Overall, I like how this tangle turned out.

DC#360 Finished ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller.

DC#360 Finished ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I’m really glad I tangled the arches over the medium size Tripoli, I like how it looks.

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Michele ºÜº

Tangled Fingers and Thumb

This week’s diva challenge is to use fingers for a string. I decided to include my thumb. Here is a picture of how I held my hand.

Finger String with thumb ~ Lifeofjoy.eI started with the pinky and then the ring finger and so on, with the thumb last.

Next I checked the focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle, which is Shard by Carole Ohl. Then I checked Pattern Collections daily patterns for yesterday, which is the day I drew this, and today. They are Necklace by Elena Lebedeva and Raille by Sandi Buchspics respectively.

All three of these tangles seemed to mesh well, so I decided to use them all. I kept Necklace across the thumb and then put the other two alternating on the other fingers.

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#359 Finger and Thumb String ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is shaded.

DC#359 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meOnce again, I think it looks better smaller today. ;)

DC#359 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt looks shaded a lot better and kind of resembles a textured glove. :D

I bought a new Micron 01 pen and loved how nicely the ink flowed as I drew the tile. But I hadn’t added the blackened in portions of Raille until I’d done some shading. Afterwards the ink didn’t seem to flow as well. Please tell me it will be okay again!

Well, that’s all for today. As always I appreciate you stopping by and really love it when you leave a comment, as it brightens my day. Thanks so much

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Gourdgeous Pickpocket

The challenge this week is to use the tangle by Tomas Pedros named Pickpocket. I decided to check the focus tangle for Square One Purely Zentangle and I discovered that it is Gourdeous. This is not my favorite tangle but when I looked at Helen’s recent video for how she use it, I decided to give it a try. I have to admit that it still isn’t my favorite but I think I have a better handle on it now.

I started with the four dots in the corners and added three straight lines and one with a loop in it to help a bit with Gourdgeous. I found pickpocket required close attention but I think it turned out okay in the end.

Here it is before shading.

DC#358 + Gourdgeous ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I don’t quite have the hang of the curly top of gourdgeous. ;) I’ll probably have to review the video a few more times before I get it completely. But it is good enough for this time around.

Here it is after I shaded it.

DC#358 + Gourdgeous ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks for stopping. I love it when you leave a comment, as it is so encouraging.

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Michele ºÜº

Troubling Paradox

This week the Diva Challenged us to use only Paradox. I usually like and enjoy this tangle but this time I got myself all confused and messed up, which is why I named this post Troubling Paradox. ;)

I used string #71 from Pattern Collections which is just three arches across the tile. I then sectioned off the areas between each section and tangled away. Sometimes I did it clockwise and other times I did it counter-clockwise (or some would say anti-clockwise ;) ).

DC#357 unshaded ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Here’s the tile with the string marked in red.DC#357 String ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I know there are no mistakes with Zentangle but I had a big opportunity for some huge shading or dramatic darkening of a section; the one up in the right corner above. :D

So I blackened it in. :) Here’s the final version.

Paradox DC#357 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I sure  wish I had used pencil first as it wouldn’t have been so drastic. Then I felt it needed something else so I added a few lines anchoring it to the corner.

Here it is smaller and thus a bit nicer. ;)

Paradox DC#357 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell that’s all for this week. Thank you for taking time to stop by. Please leave me a comment, it’s really encouraging. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tangling My Name

Using Tofube last week set me up nicely for the “What’s in a Name” diva challenge this week. I did as Laura instructed and started with the dots and border, then penciled my name diagonally across the tile because seven letters is a bit long to go straight across. Then I did as Laura did and auraed my name.

Then I checked the focus tangles for Square One: Purely Zentangle and Pattern-collections. All the tangles were grid tangles and I wasn’t sure I wanted to use them but I did anyway. The Square One tangle is Tufton. I liked this tangle; I used it on the bottom of the tile. Pattern Collections focus tangle on Tuesday was Two Eyed, which I used above Tufton.

I only did one square of Ryse Orb, today’s focus tangle on Pattern Collections but I really like it and wish I had done more with it. It is much easier than Two Eyed. Ryse Orb is the one in the upper left corner.

Here is the tile before shading.

DC#356 Before Shading ~ Lifeofjoy.meI shaded the letters like I shaded Tofube last week.

DC#356 Name Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meI wasn’t feeling very good yesterday and so this isn’t shaded as well as I normally would. And it appears I didn’t shade all of Two Eyed in places. Two Eyed is one of those tangles that the steps take a lot of focus for me. Drawing it was easier than shading it. My eyes kept crossing. :D I even forgot to put the finished tile in this post until after it was posted. :D I guess I was a bit out of it.

It looks a bit better smaller as you cannot see my lack of blending as much. :D

DC#356 Name Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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Michele ºÜº

DC#355 Verve + Tofube

DC#353 Verve shaded heart ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, this week’s Diva Challenge is to use Verve. Oddly enough, I used Verve for the first time for the challenge two weeks ago.

For today’s tile I decided to incorporate Tofube by Damy Teng, which is the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle for the week.

For the string, since this is challenge number 355, I decided to go with the 55th string on tanglepatterns.com. I chose the 55th because there isn’t a 355th. :)

So here is what my tile looked like after adding in verve and the first part of tofube.

DC#355 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI put Verve in the loops created by the string.

Here it is with the “creases” of Tofube.

DC#355 verve and tofube ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is after shading.

DC#355 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did minimal shading, although I did shade a couple of layers. I wanted it to look a bit puffy. The verve remind me of fish. :D

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Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Siri Magical 8

This week’s Diva Challenge is to use Simone Menzel’s tangle Siri. I checked out the focus tangle on Pattern-Collections.com and decided to use yesterday’s pattern focus of Magical 8 by Smita Toke. I also looked at the weekly string on Pattern-Collections and decided to go ahead and use string 68, well something similar. ;)

I went ahead and did my border and string. Then worked a little backwards on Magical 8, since I drew the string before the 8’s. Next I decided to fill Siri in as the background but on a medium scale. I only had four repetitions of the set. Since I drew it into the background, some of the details are lost but it still looks decent. :)

Here is my tile before shading.

DC#354 ~ LIfeofjoy.meAs always, I’m happy for shading to cover up my wonky lines. :) I really had to concentrate when I was drawing Siri and I’m certain I didn’t do it justice but I like the effect.

Here it is after shading.

DC#354 shaded ~ LIfeofjoy.meI opted to make the loops of my string into solid shapes instead of empty ones.

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 Michele ºÜº

Hearty Zendala

This week’s diva challenge is to do a zendala and heart string. I think my approach is not very creative but it is what I imagined right away. :)

I’ve seen some lovely pieces on facebook lately using Verve by JJ LaBarbera. I have not used this tangle before but saw a lovely heart with Verve aligned sideways. It had lovely gold/bronze/brown tones and was just beautiful! Since seeing that, I’ve wanted to try my hand at Verve. So I didn’t even look at anything else this week; I just jumped in with hearts and Verve.

I stayed with just four hearts on my zendala tile. (For any visitors that are not familiar with the term zendala, it is what happens when Zentangle connects with a mandala. A mandala is a drawing that is round and is usually pretty symmetrical although not necessarily so.) This Zendala was done on an official Zentangle Zendala tile, which I believe is a circle with a four and a half inch diameter.

Here is what I had before shading.

DC#353 Verve ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was not fearless in my shading though. ;) I was afraid I’d get too much shading and it’d be too muddy looking. I haven’t done much tangling on official tiles lately, so I was surprised with how rough the paper was. Okay, it wasn’t actually rough, but just not smooth. I struggled to get enough contrast, so I used a #6B pencil in a few spots.

Also, when I was shading it, I focused on each heart shape individually, rotating my tile. So all of the circles had the shadow towards the center of the overall piece. After I was done and was looking it over, I–shhhh, don’t tell anybody–erased the crescent shading on three of the orbs and adjusted them so they were all in the lower portion of the orbs from one position.

And here it is after shading.

DC#353 Verve shaded heart ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt always amazes me how much I shading I do and it still looks like hardly any at all. At least there is a noticeable difference between the shaded and unshaded versions. ;)

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Michele ºÜº

Nested Heart Khloma

I’m going to have to do more tangling throughout the week because I find I’m rushing a bit to get a tile up on Wednesday. This week is no different. :( But my process was the same as it has been for quite some time: I look at the Diva Challenge, check the focus tangle at Square One: Purely Zentangle, then check the daily tangles on Pattern Collections for the day I am tangling as well as the day the tile will go live on my blog.

This week the challenge is a string challenge, specifically to use nested hearts. I was interested in the Pattern-collection focus tangle for today which is Khloma by Irina Sedova. I really liked some of the variations shown and kept imagining it in a heart shape. So that’s what I chose to do.

I didn’t do a lot of shading, although it looks more shaded than some I’ve spent a long time shading. I forgot to take a pre-shaded scan though. So without further adieu, here’s my tile for the week.

DC#352 Khloma ~ Lifeofjoy.meOn my first try with the string, I drew the nested hearts in ink and quickly decided that was not what I wanted. So I started over with the string in pencil and I like the outcome much better.

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Michele ºÜº

Zentangle Group and an Olympic Tile (cheat)

This week’s diva challenge is to be inspired by the Olympics but I kind of cheated . . . okay, I really cheated but I think it works. ;)

Here’s how it happened:

Last month I mentioned the Zentangle group I attended. Well, I went again this month and enjoyed myself once again. Pam is a CZT and agreed to spotlight some of the unpublished tangles in our Monday group.

This week she showed us how to draw the tangle Evoke. It looks surprisingly like Fescue but the way it is constructed and how you used the aura’s is it’s distinguishing characteristics.

Here is the piece we constructed as she taught us this tangle.

DC#351 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI added a tiny bit of shading down the shared aura. Pam showed us how using a pencil for the blackening part can really add some depth because you can vary the darkness of the shading then. But I really do love the contrast of the inked areas. I can also see how this would look good inside a string section instead of as a free-flowing piece.

But that is exactly what I did with it. I couldn’t help but see it in a heart shape, since it is February.

DC#351 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen I look at these and think of the Olympics, I see the Alpine Skiing with the flags they have to go around. :) See it is a bit of a cheat. ;)

I’m not sure if I like the heart shaped one with the extra bit in the middle. I considered stopping and blackening all of that in but figured I could always go back and blacken it in if I didn’t like it. Now, I’m not sure I like it but I am also uncertain if I’d like it blackened. :D

DC#351 Blackened ~ Lifeofjoy.meI blackened the center with GIMP and I think I like it better. What do you think? Should I blacken the center on the tile?

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I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day today.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº