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


Well, this week’s Diva Challenge is to use Crazy ‘Nzeppel. I like ‘Nzeppel and have used the crazy variation before. So I checked the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle and found it to be Pixioze. Then I wandered over to Pattern-Collections to see what their daily tangles were for yesterday and today: Seppi and Sextant Border.

I decided to mash all of these together in one tile but to do so without any real string. I started with sextant border along the bottom. As usual, my lines were not very straight or uniform, so it didn’t turn out the greatest. Consequently, I decided to blacken in the spokes.

Next I drew Seppi . . . just a little one on the lower left side of my tile, just to see if I had the hang of it. Then I added another and then got brave and made a really large one with some behind as well.

Then I got the brilliant idea to put Crazy ‘Nzeppel  and Pixioze as a filler inside Seppi. Well, that meant that those two tangles were going to be rather small. I put on my magnifying glasses and tangled on.

Here’s my tile before most of the shading. I had to do some shading as I drew because with all the lines, I was losing the overlapped parts. :D

DC#334 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m not sure if it looks like waves or snakes or what. :D I did enjoy drawing it though. I was surprised how well I was able to draw so tiny with the magnifier glasses on.

Here it is finished.

DC#334 shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think it kind of think it resembles waves.

It’s not my favorite tile but I enjoyed making it and that is what matters. ;)

I hope you’ll leave me a comment, as they are most encouraging! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Cozy Season Change

This week Laura had one more guest challenge. This week it is a team challengers Juliette and Kellie. They invite us to use tangles that remind us of season change and/or use cozy tangles. (I had a bit of a hard time listening to their podcast: Tanglepod because I couldn’t seem to get the volume loud enough, even with headphones on. I may have to give them another try sometime.)

I began thinking about what tangles seemed cozy to me. I immediately thought of Crescent Moon. Then I looked through my notebook of tangles and saw Ahhh! That is most definitely a tangle that makes me think of cozy because it reminds me of snow. I like to be all warm and cozy inside watching the snow through the window.

I like it when it is cold enough to lean back on a pillow and cover up with a blanket. Shattuck reminds me of a blanket and Drupe reminds me of a pillow.

I started with the four dots and lines for the frame but decided against drawing a string and just went free styling. First I drew Drupe and then added Shattuck. From there I added Ahhh, as if looking out a window.

Here’s the tile before shading.

DC#333 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is afterwards.

DC#333 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used a little 6B pencil to get some darkness but I didn’t smudge my shading well enough. I really need to get some new blending stumps; the ones I have just aren’t working very well. I need some pointier tortillions.

Looking at the tile now, the whole thing kind of looks like a pillow. :)

Thanks for stopping by. And a huge thanks to any of you kind people that take the time to leave a comment, they are most appreciated!!!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Another New Tile

Laura is back with the Diva Challenge this week after having a fun and busy summer. Although I expected the challenge to be to use the newest tangle released from Zentangle, Spoken, she went a completely different way. This week’s challenge is to have at least two squares.

I immediately imagined two squares that overlap in the middle of the tile and thought to use Paradox in the squares. (I decided I should have a picture of the string and didn’t feel like getting up to scan it, so I took the lazy route and just snapped a quick shot with my phone.)

A New Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo then I decided to start with paradox in the small square in the middle but it’s been so long since I’ve used it, I lost the muscle memory for drawing it and had to remind myself. Unfortunately it wasn’t until after I’d made a few ‘opportunistic’ lines (because I know there are no mistakes with Zentangle, even when it feels like one ;) ).

I attempted to turn the tile over and redraw the string but I couldn’t get it as good as I had the first time, even after erasing 3 times. So I decided to just go with the one I’d already started on the flip side.

Then I realized that I wasn’t liking how it would look if I used the squares I had originally planned and opted to use the squares that don’t overlap for my Paradox. The cool thing about this string is that there are LOTS of squares to choose from even though I only drew two.

I checked Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle and thought I could add it in too. It is a nice flowy tangle–Fleavy. I decided to add it in each of the original squares that were now empty.

I also checked out the tangle for the day over on and found it to be Zavatar Love. This tangle looked like it could fit nicely with Fleavy. Unfortunately I drew it too small and didn’t feel confident enough to add another.

Here is the tile before shading.

A New Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m soooo glad for learning how to shade because I don’t fret over my inability to draw straight lines. :D

Here it is shaded.

A New Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really feel like this could benefit from some blackened areas but am not sure where to do it. I feel as insecure about blackening as I did when I first started to shade (afraid I’d mess up all my hard work).

My instinct is to blacken it in between the left Fleavy and Paradox square and then again in the white space above the other Fleavy. Maybe I’ll try it with a digital program and see how I like it and then I can tell if I really want to do that or not.

My favorite pieces are ones that have the contrast of some areas blackened in  and shaded well. Oh the learning curve is scary but fun when you’ve done it a while.

So what do you think?

Thanks in advance for your kind and encouraging comments. I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


Btl Joos Shellmound

There is no Diva Challenge this week because Laura’s kids are headed back to school and they are running around getting things together for that and no time available for the challenge. Thankfully I had seen that Square One: Purely Zentangle had Blt Joos as its focus tangle for the week and I always like Btl Joos, not that I use it much but I do like it.

Then I checked out the tangle of the day over on Pattern-Collections, as well as their string of the week. I decided I could use both. So here is string 49 and Shellmound. I added some striping and sparkle to shellmound and some sparkle to btl joos as well.

I did lose track of which sections should be blackened on Btl Joos a couple of times and then decided to put dots on the ones that were to be blackened to keep it from happening again. Thankfully, I think I was able to lighten it enough with white pen over the ‘opportunity for creativity’ and then shade over it.

Here is the tile before shading.
No DC ~ Then here it is blackened.

Btl Joos Shellmound ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, I’d started shading when I realized I should probably take another scan.

Here is the final. I used my 6B pencil for the darkest shading, to give it some good depth.

Btl Joos Shellmound ~ Lifeofjoy.eWell that is it for today. I’m supposed to have my grandson Liam for the next week and a half, which I’m looking forward to. Thus, I’ve got to get some things done around here before he comes. ;)

I hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by. And an extra special thanks for any comments you leave, they always encourage me so.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


Diva Challenge #331

Photo by James St John ~Lifeofjoy.meThis week’s guest challenger, Jane Reiter, challenged us to tangle like a Petoskey Stone found in Michigan. Here is one picture I found on wikimedia commons taken by James St. John. If you click on the like you’ll go can see some nice pictures of Petoskey stones on the challenge post.

Anyway, since most of the pictures Jane posted had black centers to each hexagonal shape and white lines, I decided to use a black tile and white pen. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out because I’ve not done a white on black tile in quite some time! And when I had, I wasn’t much of a shader yet but as we have seen here, week after week, shading saves my tiles now. :D So I was a bit concerned about how it would turn out but decided to dive in anyway.

I also decided to just do this challenge all by itself and as a monotangle of sorts.

One thing I noticed was that the shapes were not uniform size and sides, so I tried to just let myself go and draw random lines. I started with a central shape and worked out from there, imagining that the shapes continued around the side of the stone edges.

I drew my dots and border with a regular pencil, not sure if I wanted it to be seen or not in the finished tile.

DC#331 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe lines aren’t as thin and delicate as in the sample pictures but it’s what I had to go with. I guess maybe I should look for a finer nib white pen. Any suggestions?

I started shading with the white pencil that comes with the black tile package from Zentangle and used my dedicated tortillion for smudging white. Then I decided that it needed more depth and got out my black 6B pencil to add some overlap shading. Then smudged it in with one of my usual blenders. I kept fiddling with it until I had added some regular #2 pencil graphite as well.

Then I decided to use this woodless white pencil a bit and also use it for the border.

Zentangle Tool ~
White Pencil Thing

Then I added a bit of ‘glow’ from the upper left corner. I don’t know . . . but I like the end result. :)

DC#331 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt reminds me a bit of the Ice Pebbles in the Zelda game Breath of the Wild, because it has the longer rock on top and then a couple smaller ones underneath.

I appreciate you stopping by and want to thank, in advance, those who take the time to comment, you are most encouraging!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Ur Chen, HaKrall Plate

So this week’s guest challenger for the diva challenge is Jeanette Clawson, who challenges us to tangle a plate shape. No specific tangles were given so I looked to my other Zentangle groups.

Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading & Exploring Zentangle are focusing on Holly Atwater’s tangle haKrall. Then I checked for their pattern of the day, which is Ur Chen.

So I freehanded a “plate” a.k.a. a circle on my tile with a smaller one in the center of it to make it look like this plate had a large rim and smaller recessed area.

I proceeded to draw Ur Chen on the bottom of the plate (where food would be set) and use haKrall for the rim/lip. Although I enjoyed drawing haKrall, it is not easily manipulated into circular form. Thus it is not my best work but I did really enjoy penning the patterns.

I remembered to take a scan of it before shading.

DC#330 Plate ~ Lifeofoy.meYes, once again, I am ever so thankful for the blessedness of shading. If I had to rely on my line art, I would probably just hang it up at this point.

Here it is shaded.

DC#330 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI totally realize that this is far from lovely or gorgeous but it did meet the challenge of tangling a plate shape and I managed to use two focus tangles as well. I also found haKrall to be a fun pattern/tangle and will probably attempt using it again sometime in a grid. ;)

I think this one looks better smaller as less imperfections are visible.

DC#330 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’m going to run. I have my one year old grandson several days this week and he keeps me hoppin’.

Thanks to those kind few that take the time to leave an encouraging comment, you are most appreciated.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Fragment D-1, Jester, Abukas

This week’s diva challenge is brought to us by CZT Marguerite Samama. She challenged us to use fragment D-1. I had one idea of how it would turn out but then I made a new pattern instead (a.k.a. a mistake).

The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle is Abukas by Charlotte Carpentier. I really liked this tangle. I don’t do Arukas very well but I like how this one turned out even though my black pearls didn’t turn out very good and look more like dots.

Over on Pattern-Collections the tangle of the day today is Jester by Dorothy Allison. It reminds me of a twist on Cadent and I *love* cadent. :) Unfortunately when I drew this tangle, I wasn’t quite sure how to overlap them. Then I added a very small one and that just cluttered everything. I wish I had stopped before doing that.

I chose to use the string of the week over on Pattern-collections, which is number 46. In true Zentangle fashion, this didn’t really turn out anything like I thought it might but that is okay. I was in the zone because, once again, I began shading right away, if only to cover up mistakes the new fragment variations I inadvertently created. Then I realized I hadn’t taken my pre-shading scan.  So here it is, almost before shading. :D

Preshaded DC#329 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I’m not too good at the whole fragment thing. ;) But that’s okay. I think it is only the second time I’ve tried it.

Here is the finished tile.

DC#329 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt kind of reminds me of Fireworks. I think I’d like it better if I white out that tiny jester at the top of abukas. Hmmm, maybe it looks better a bit smaller.

DC#329 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah,that covers up some of the wiggly lines a bit better. ;) No, I’m not being hard on myself. :D I enjoyed making the tile and that is what counts, or so I’m told. :D

Thank you for stopping by and a BIG THANK YOU for those that take the time to leave a comment . . . I sure love to read the encouragement. (I don’t reply to them because I figure nobody checks back for a reply, but know I appreciate every one of them.)

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Scute Aloha

This week’s Diva Challenge is brought to us by Suzanne Fluhr who brings us this month’s UMT (use my tangle) challenge. She chose her Aloha tangle since it has been pinned over a thousand times. I guess people like it. :D

It looks simple enough but I had to have a practice run  try this one a second time (a.k.a. it didn’t turn out right the first time and I had to flip the tile over and start over).

I decided to add the Square One Purely Zentangle focus tangle to this tile, which is Scute by Lily Moon. I love Lily’s art! She does such beautiful work. She produced a nice video tutorial for it as well.

Since Lily showed how to shade Scute in her video, I proceeded to begin shading immediately and completely forgot to scan the tile before doing so. I didn’t even realize that I hadn’t stopped to scan it until I was finished and was preparing to scan it. :D

So here it is.

DC#328 ~ Lifeofjoy.meNot my favorite tile but . . .

I hope you’ll leave me a comment; they’re very encouraging.

Have a great day!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

GoTo and Lisbon Diva Dance

Several months ago Tangle It! started a . . . oh, I don’t know what to call it :D . . . a tutorial, a focus, a challenge. The idea is to increase the number of go-to patterns you use and to play with patterns to see where you can take them.

I managed to complete the first week but got derailed after that. I really have to work hard to participate in daily challenges. Well, I felt like working through it on my own pace, even though I’m twelve weeks behind. ;) Ina provides some instructions and seven different strings. It really is a great free “class” and you don’t have to be a part of the facebook group to play along, as she has it all on the website.

Last week I did this tile: The tangles are Ropuz and I played with Strircles using rectangular shapes instead of spheres.

Tiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is shaded . . . not much difference.

Tiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe one I did this week was much more drastic. Tangles this time are Ropuz Fill and I played with Nipa using the shape of the string provided.

More tiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have several pictures of adding the shading. I started by trying to give those odd shapes some 3D look and outline the string to give those shapes definition.

Tiles ~ LIfeofjoy.meNext I added just a bit of shading on Ropuz Fill.

Tiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meFinally I added in the shading in the ‘waves’ of NIpa.

Tiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow on to this week’s diva guest challenge from Henrike Bratz, who created the tangle Lisbon and challenges us to use it with Diva Dance. Now I thought it was specifically Rock-n-Roll we were supposed to use but I later realized it was not.

I decided to try to go for a flower and trellis look. Then I decided it was too much work to try to figure out exactly how to draw Lisbon to make it look the way I wanted and just went with the flow instead.

Here is the tile before shading.

Tiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m not very good at shading Rock and Roll Diva Dance but here it is finished.Tiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meUnfortunately this didn’t lend itself to enough shading to hide my wonky lines. At one point I considered darkening in the background but I used pencil to see what it would look like in one tiny spot and I didn’t care for it at all, so I erased it. I have to admit that the shading does look better in real life, as it is a bit darker all the way around. It is always after I scan it in that I can tell where I should’ve used more shading. Hmmm, maybe I’ll go back and add a bit more, but knowing myself as I do, I probably won’t. :D

Thanks once again to those wonderful few that take the time and effort to leave comments, they are most appreciated.

I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


‘Nzepple Monotangle

Today’s guest challenge by Elisa Murphy is to do a monotangle of ‘Nzepple. ‘Nzepple is one of those tangles that I loved when I first saw it because the piece I saw was in the Zentangle newsletter and had been colorfully watercolored. It was gorgeous. I eventually attempted to draw the tangle but had difficulty doing it justice and thus left it be for a while . . . a long while. Then one day I saw someone post alternative ways to draw it and the original way clicked for me. The original way is still my favorite and ‘Nzepple is a favorite as well.

Because the alternative way of drawing ‘Nzepple (just how many times can I say that word in one post without being totally obnoxious? :D ) I realized it could fill any area easily.

Today I decided to go with string #26 from which has three different sized circles in it. My original thought was to draw each one as a button of sorts with a different variation on the initial lines.

For the first and largest button I went with wacky wavy lines for the base lines. The second  and middle sized button I drew with standard lines and for the third and smallest button I drew random lines. I then did the background with a moderate size standard grid/lines.

I’m not very good at drawing uniform lines, so even my standard ones are a little off and wonky but that’s okay with me. :)

Here is the piece before shading.

DC#326 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI know, it is really hard to make heads or tales out of it in its unshaded condition. When I started adding in the shading for the buttons I realized that I should have made my circles larger if I wanted them to be buttons. Thus they became holes or cutouts. :)

Because my lines are not the best, I used some shading to pretty them up a bit. I think you will agree with me that shading made a HUMONGOUS difference in this tile. :D

DC#326 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhile I was tangling, I did not really like the wonky lined one (largest hole) but when I started shading it I decided to darken everything between the ‘stones’ and I really like how it turned out.

I probably should have shaded this one like I did the large one, but alas, I did not. ;) I decided not to do too much shading in the cutout sections leaving the light bright in those sections. Overall the tile seems darker in real life, as usual and I can see where I should have spent a bit more time blending but it was getting late and I needed to get my blog post done (as I always post my Zentangle tiles on Wednesdays).

Well that’s it. Thanks for stopping by and a huge thank you to the few that take the time to comment.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº