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

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


Balo Molygon

iamthedivacztThe diva challenge is to use Molygon. I’ve decided that I just do not like Molygon. Maybe one day I will but today is still not that day. I decided to combine it with the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.metangle of Balo. I did enjoy drawing Balo though, even though it has so many parts; it really flows.

I forgot to scan it before I started shading so, this is going to be really short today.

I started filling molygon one way and then decided I didn’t like it and so I switched to another way.

Balo Molygon ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks in advance for you kind comments. They are all appreciated!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Drogon and Scallamp

iamthedivacztIt is the first of yet another month, which amazes me. It doesn’t seem like it should be May already but yet it is. And since it is the first week of the month, this week’s diva challenge is a “Use My Tangle” challenge. This time around it is Sarah Uram’s Scallamp.

I enjoyed drawing this tangle. It is easy and fun. :)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThis week’s Square One: Purely Zentangle focus is to extend our hearts and thoughts to Lily Moon, who is going through a very tough time right now. We are asked to do this with a heart string and to use Lily’s tangles. I tried cloudfall but I couldn’t get it to turn out right. It took a bit more concentration than I could muster, so I turned the tile over and tried again with Drogon. Now this one is easy and fun!

Here is the tile before shading.
Drogon and Scallamp ~ Lifeofjoy.meThese tangles had some good shading opportunities. like that, it doesn’t look like I blended the bottom left of the heart shape but it’s all good.

Again I want to thank the sweet commenters for leaving such encouraging comments last week. And thank any of you, in advance, that choose to leave comments this week. I am greatly encouraged by this wonderful community.

My heart goes out to you LIly. I pray all goes well for you and your family. Have a great week everyone.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


DC#313, Pointu, and Funbee

iamthedivacztThis week’s Diva Challenge is Earth Day. I decided to use a simple spherical shape for my string. I wanted to incorporate Square One’s focus tangle for the week as well; it is Funbee by Beate Winkler. It seemed like a really nice and easy tangle to use (and it was :) ).

Pattern Collections ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe daily tangle on Pattern-Collections is Pointu by Genevieve Crabe. This one reminded me of a compass so I thought it would be appropriate for my tile too.

I drew my circle and my square freehand, which is not optimal for the best results. ;) My lines didn’t exactly intersect where they should have but that’s okay.

I decided to add Funbee on each point.

I couldn’t use my scanner when I needed to before shading so I had to settle for a picture instead.

Pointu and Funbee ~ Lifeofjoy.meI nearly forgot to take the picture before I started shading. Okay, I started shading the center line and then I remembered. ;)

I don’t feel I did either of these tangles justice but I enjoyed doing it and that is the point. :)

I decided I liked the circle pencil mark there, so I gave it a little rubbing with my stump.

DC#313, Funbee, Pointu ~ Lifeofjoy.meHmm, it doesn’t really show up very well in the scan. Oh well. As you can see, I shaded on the upper side of the middle line in the center in an effort to get it where it was supposed to be. ;) As usual, I think it looks a bit better in person.

My daughter thought it looked like a shield; we’ve been playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so she’s seen a few shields of late. :D My husband thought it looked like a ferris wheel. My son, who happens to have the same personality type as I do, thought it looked like a compass rose. :) Yep, we do that a lot.

I think it looks better a little smaller . . . see?

DC#313, Funbee, Pointu ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou see fewer of the imperfections at this size.

Well, I want to thank you for stopping by and give an extra thanks to those who take the time to leave some comment love! You all are awesome and are such an encouragement. I really, really appreciate each and every one!!!

Have a great day!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


DC#312 and #DistressedShader

iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is to “spill” some coffee or some such liquid, on a tile and then tangle it after it dries. The Shading Zentangle facebook group is focusing on distressed ink tiles for the month of April. I managed to get a package of three different color stains for 40% off the regular price at Michael’s the other week. So rather than spill some coffee, I opted to spray some stain.

This is my first attempt at something like this I had three colors so I did three tiles, combining two on each. My favorite is one with blue and green but it still had a splotch of wet stain and I didn’t want to mess it up. Thus I did not scan that one.

Here is are scans of the three tiles I did.

#distressedshader ~

I chose the first one to tangle on. It is my first ever, attempt at distressed spray ink tiles and the first time to attempt shading or highlighting with colored pencils. I did not do that great of a job of shading but I did attempt to highlight a bit. Then I went overboard on the white gel pen. Oh well! It’s a decent first attempt. ;)

#distressedshader ~ lifeofjoy.meI used Joki, Tipple, Zinger, and Henna Drum. I did add a bit of pink colored pencil around the large zinger but you cannot really see it in this scan. I really wish I hadn’t added so many white dots everywhere! Ugh. ;)

Once again, many thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate any suggestions you have for me in this new endeavor.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Squares and a Circle

iamthedivacztThe Diva Challenge this week is a string challenge, whereby we are to use at least one square and one circle for our string. I found a lid to a vitamin bottle handy, so that became my circle. Then I found a small square sticky note pad in my drawer and added that.  I opted for two squares and one circle.

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThe focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle is Joki. I like Joki but I’m not very good at it. Since I was working with #go-to patterns last week, I got the itch to use Paradox and Cadent some more, so I did. ;)

Here it is first before shading.

DC#311&Joki ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love the magic of Paradox and the style of Cadent and both are so easy. Well, Paradox did have a little learning curve but when I realized that you draw each line from the wide portion to the point, it got easy. The hardest thing about Cadent is the “s” shape.

Here it is shaded. I love shading because it covers up lineart imperfections.

DC311&Joki ~ Lifeofjoy.meI liked the “globe” look around Joki, so I did a little light shading from the circle portion of the string. I’m never really sure how to shade Joki.

Pattern Collections ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere are the rest of the tiles I did for the #go-to project on Pattern Collections.


GoTo Tangles ~ Lifeofjoy.meShaded #goto ~






#goto project ~ Lifeofjoy.meShaded #goto ~








I forgot to take a picture of this last one before I shaded it. I had so much fun with it. The string was simply an anchored loop. I was surprised when this pineapple popped up. :)

#goto Pineapple ~ Lifeofjoy.meI realized afterwards that I could’ve done some shading on Shattuck but am fine with it being just as it is.

I want to thank you in advance for any comments you take the time to leave. It is always encouraging to have someone compliment your work.

I hope you have a good day.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Several Tiles to Share

Several Tiles to Share ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis week Ina of started a project whereby participants can increase the tangles that they go to readily when tangling. The commitment from participants is to use the shared tangle each day in a tile using one of the seven provided strings, accompanied by any of your go-to tangles, which you share on the facebook group.

Well, I tangle approximately once per week, in preparation for this blog post; so participating in this project took some thought-would I be able to follow through with my commitment to tangle daily. Well, I felt like it was something I was supposed to do and thus, committed.

The first assignment was to give her a list of go-to tangles. This presents a problem for me because since I generally create tiles with challenges or focus tangles involved, I don’t really have any go-to tangles. I guess crescent moon, tipple, and shattuck would be the three that I realistically call go-to tangles but when I remember them I enjoy paradox, meer, knightsbridge, cadent, ‘nzepple, macdee, hollibaugh, cubine, henna drum, and I guess pokeroot/leaf. Then three that I like but feel they need just the right circumstances to include are nipa, stricles, and gneiss. Bless Ina’s heart, she included all of them and not just the first three.

To be fair with myself, I have been tangling since 2009! Yep, that’s a long time. Most of those tangles are ones that I binge-grabbed from Zentangle newsletters when I first found Zentangle. I love the way paradox is formed, although it was tricky for me at first. It wasn’t until I saw Rick drawing it in a video that I realized you draw the line from the wide end to the narrow end; that was the key for me. I love cadent, cubine, meer, and hollibaugh. ‘Nzepple taunted me. I loved what I saw but was baffled as to how to make mine look like that. Eventually I saw alternative ways to draw it and realized there was no “right” way and it stuck on me. :) I love the simplicity of knightsbridge, crescent moon, and tipple. All those circles in tipple hurt my hand at first but it has become a favorite of mine and I have learned to loosen my grip. Gneiss and stricles are just so dramatic. Macdee is the only tangle that I keep going back to that isn’t an original Zentangle tangle, I think. I love it’s simplicity and it is such a great background filler.

So, just like choosing my bridesmaids for my wedding thirty years ago, where I had so many close friends that had shared my journey with me, in the end I couldn’t pick just a couple, I think I ended up with eight, including maid and matron of honors, I could not pick just a couple #goto tangles. :D

Bridesmaids and Honor Attendants ~

I just started this project on Saturday and so I only have a few of the tiles done so far. But here they are. Oh, Shattuck is this week’s tangle. Here I’ve incorporated crescent moon, tipple, macdee, paradox, and meer. I really like how meer melded into that third tile.

Several Tiles to Share ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeveral Tiles to Share ~








Several Tiles to Share ~

iamthedivacztFB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meNow on to the Diva Challenge. I still managed to participate in this as well this week. :) Frunky is an interesting pattern. I used pattern-collections string #27. I also incorporated the focus tangle for Shading Zentangle and Square One: Purely Zentangle, which is Y-ful Power. And finally, pattern-collection’s pattern of the day is flowerly.

I’ve always loved the look of Y-ful but never tried it . . . I guess I just thought it’d be too confusing but it wasn’t bad at all. I enjoyed it. I put it at the bottom of my string then added Frunky to the section above it. Then finally filled in with a few flowerly with a little more frunky interwoven.

Here’s the pre-shaded scan.

Several Tiles To Share ~

I think one reason I love shading is because it hides my wiggly line art. :D I really should put on my magnifying glasses when I tangle.

Several Tiles To Share ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, definitely should’ve used those magnifying glasses. :D That one smudge in the upper right corner is not shading, it’s a smudge that I created while removing some erroneous graphite. LOL My eraser left a smudge. :D Oh well!

It looks better smaller. See?

Several Tiles To Share ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh yes, much more forgiving! I think this one would look good with distress markers. Maybe I’ll re-draw it on Bristol Vellum paper and give it a whirl . . . but knowing me and everything I’m doing, probably not! :))

Well, that is way more than enough for today. Thank you to all those who comment; you really make my day! You are so encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº