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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

Valentine’s Day Card

iamthedivacztToday’s Diva Challenge is to make a Valentine’s Day card and to give it to someone. Well, this fits in my lifestyle very well because I have been making Michael’s cards for the last many years. He prefers handmade cards, so that is what I give him.

Since this is to be a gift to Michael, I didn’t want to combine it with any other challenge or focus, although I could have. Last week, pattern-collections put together a page of heart patterns. I tried too but the tangles by type for hearts wasn’t working at the time.

I also saw a video by silmeboth on how to make a Valentine card. She used Valenty, which I really liked, so decided to give it a whirl.

I decided to make Valenty the focal point of the front of my card and would write on the inside. Thus I only needed a little flourish inside. (I really wanted that word to be spelled fleurish but apparently it is not, but I think it should be because little scrolls, lines, and swirls look much more elegant than flour but I digress. ;) )

For the little flourish inside, I decided on Knot, to which I added the little black line hearts that were in silmeboth’s video about halfway into it. I liked it’s simplicity and cuteness.

I added a bit of shading and a message to my love on the upper inside portion of the card. Then I thought I’d get all creative and add just a touch of red with my distress inks and spread it with my waterbrush. I put two coats on before I decided to scan the card for this post. And that’s when I saw it! the water had caused the splash of red to bleed through to the outside/front of my card!!!! Now, I’m able to clean it up to show it to you the way it was but I’m going to have to come up with another solution for the real thing. Unfortunately, I think that a white gel pen or white-out is going to be brighter than the card white. Ugh! Oh well, it’s really appropriate for our lives together anyway . . . we have imperfections but our love is strong. :)

Here is the outside before fixing it. Oh, I scan in grayscale, so it isn’t showing its full horror either. ;)

Valentine Card ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s how it was before bleeding.

Valentine Card ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd the inside.

Valentine Card ~ Lifeofjoy.meHmmm, looking at the word roots right now, I’m wondering if I should put a smile or lips under the oo’s. :D

If I manage to get tile done for the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus or Shading Zentangle focus this week, I’ll add it here. I was in a bit of a hurry to get this done, so I even forgot to take scans of the work in progress.

I appreciate all the kind comments submitted last week! You all are so wonderful! Thanks, you boost my confidence.

UPDATE: I just thought I’d let you know that I used white out and covered up the red on the front. It had to do. ;)

Fixed Valentine ~

I hope you have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Another Watercolor Tile

I was not feeling good yesterday! Some nasty bug going around, but I’ll talk more about that on Friday. I mention it today because it is why I have not yet done a tile for the Diva Challenge or any of my focuses but that does not mean that I have nothing to share today. ;)

I had fun with the Shading Zentangle challenge last week and did a second tile and took a few pictures in progress. I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I did enjoy drawing Nia Kay by Erika Kehlet which can be found over on It’s a rather high focus pattern though but fun. I like the outcome, especially if the center is blackened in rather than how I did it here coloring half blue and the other half green but it’s okay here.

I added some of Eni called Arc Flower and some Joki without the printemps spiral at the base. I just really played around with different strokes rather than any real patterns other than Nia Kay.

OH! I got some Bristol vellum paper for Christmas. I cut a sheet into 3.5″x3.5″squares and used one for this. It was really easy to spread the ink color around on this paper! So if any of you struggled last week, I really recommend that paper.

So, here is the line art. I just took the first two with my phone’s camera, as I didn’t feel like getting up and down taking scans. ;)

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI kept turning the tile as I drew it.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI forgot to take any more pictures until I was done coloring it.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meOdd how the purple looks redder in real life. Oh well! I had this on the scanner, thinking I was finished and remembered that I needed to add the white bits.

Watercolor Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m hoping that I will be up to doing a tile for the Diva Challenge and Square One: Purely Zentangle focus later today.

Yay, I managed to do the Diva Challenge and the Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle focus! :) However I forgot to take a scan before shading it.

I wanted Hammadox overlapping Neuron. Hammadox reminds me of Showgirl but it was easier to draw right off than when I first attempted Showgirl. However, it is possible that it was easier because I had done Showgirl. :)

Neuron seems like it should be easy but I have difficulty with random, so I struggled a bit with it. I was going for a net-like structure under and below Hammadox but it grew into something else. At first I had minimal shading on it and thought I was done and then I saw a couple of lines that could be shaded, so I shaded those. And one line led to another and I had added some shading to most of them. :)

Hammadox Neuron ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did this tile on the Bristol Vellum but I have to admit that I did not like shading on it. I’ve learned to shade on other mixed media tiles and I prefer it. I guess every paper has its purpose. ;)

Thanks for all the sweet comments last week! Y’all are sooo encouraging!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



DC#301 & First Watercolor Tile

Wow! You all were so kind in your comments last week. It is always so encouraging to read what you have to say about what you liked and if you have any suggestions for my improvement. I’m still so new to this, in my opinion. So thank you! Thank you so much!

iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is a duotangle which means I cannot really combine it with any other challenges this week. Although Shading Zentangle has a watercolor challenge this week and I might could attempt combining the two but I think the results would not be as desirable as hand-picking tangles to attempt Jo Flaherty’s style, which is more inclined to large open tangles than ones with a lot of little lines.

So first up is my Diva Challenge tile. I put Paradox in a triangular shape on the bottom half of my tile and then Diva Dance: Rock’n’roll above it. I should’ve put it so diva dance overlapped paradox instead of the other way around but I dealt with it. ;)

Diva Dance Rock-n-Roll is not my best tangle so I googled it to get inspired. I found this simplified version: and did something similar.

I took several work-in-progress pictures this time, since people seem to like them a lot. So here we go.

I made the first line too wide and had to go with it for the rest of the tangle.


Here’s the finished tile before shading.

DC#301 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI struggled with the shading of paradox. I erased it twice and ended up doing it the same way again. :D

DC#301~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t sign it because I wasn’t sure if I was done yet. I considered putting paradox on both bottom corners as well but in the end decided to just leave it. I was afraid of messing it up AND I wanted time to play with the small set of Tim Holtz distress markers I got for the Shading Zentangle challenge.

So the first step was to pick some tangles that were large and curvaceous. I collected a few. Here’s a lazy picture of my notes, I’d already uploaded my work-in-progress photos from my camera (an iphone and computer is not, so it likes to be finicky), had my dried tile on the scanner bed and had gotten comfortable in my chair to get down to work. So I used the laptop camera to get a quick snapshot, so it isn’t the best but at least you can see what I had noted.

"Jo" Style Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI ended up going with the elongated version of Joki by Kim Aarts, Flips-C by YuRu Chen, and ‘Nzeppel an official Zentangle tangle. I didn’t want to make Joki so big that there wasn’t any room for any other tangles; so I ended up making it a little bit on the small side.

Learning from that opportunity, I drew Flips-C a bit larger. Then I added ‘Nzeppel behind it all, making sure that I made the grid large. Unfortunately, I think it ended up being a bit too large. Oh well, lesson #2 learned. ;)

Jo Style ~ Lifefojoy.meIt’s a little blurry because I was too lazy to get up and put it in the scanner, so I just took the picture with my phone and it must’ve shook a little or something. Oh well, at least it’s here. :)

Then I started adding color. This is the first time using these Tim Holtz Distress Markers, so I didn’t know how dark or bright they’d be or even how to use them really.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI almost think I should have left it like this. ;)

I added more color.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see I started adding some purple to the outer sections of ‘nzeppel to give it some contrast.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meBy this time my paper is getting a bit ripply. Then I notice that Jo said not to use very much water, but I was struggleing to get the color to blend out.

Then I added a bit of dark green to the flips-c and that stupid edge line in purple. Sure wish I hadn’t added that last one. Oh well, another lesson learned.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I looked back at the directions and saw the white highlights, so I added a some of those too.

3DTSC#077~ Lifeofjoy.meI may work on this some more later but I have to run for now.

I’d really appreciate any tips you have for working with these markers. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


iamthedivacztYesterday was Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. I mention this because this week’s Diva Challenge is to use the logo for the the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. The diva’s son has this rare disorder, so she does this challenge each year. And a challenge it is for me because I struggle to draw it, as you will soon see. ;)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThe Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle focus is Mak-Rah-Mee. I’ve wanted to try this one since I first saw it, although it hasn’t been all that long ago now; I just don’t take time to play with tangles often enough.

Anyway, I was thinking about how to go about incorporating the Moebius logo with Mak-Rah-Mee. Here’s what I came up with, unshaded first.

DC#300 + Mak-Rah-Mee ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, the Moebius Syndrome Foundation logo is those interwoven triangles at the bottom. It’s not perfect but there are no mistakes with Zentangle, right? Also that large strand on the right was also . . . uhhhh, an opportunity for some creativity? I guess I could have put a Bronx Cheer over it. ;)

I was inspired by to show at least one more work-in-progress scan.

DC#300 + Mak-Rah-Mee ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s the final version.

DC#300 + Mak-Rah-Mee ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy eyes started to blur a bit as I was about 3/4 finished, so it appears that I didn’t quite complete blending all of the shading. Oh well!

The comments on last week’s tile were so sweet! Thank you all! As always, you all are very encouraging!!! Thanks also to any of you that take the time to comment this week as well. The Zentangle community is great.

I hope you all have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Lollywimple and DraWing

iamthedivacztThe Diva Challenge was on hiatus when the DraWing tangle with its step-out was released last month. Thus it hadn’t been used as a Diva Challenge yet, so this week, here it is. I am less than enthusiastic about this because I have not yet quite made friends with this tangle. When I follow the official step out, I get something that looks scribbly and prickly almost; definitely not something that would be thought of as wings. As I mentioned last month when it was the focus of most of the other groups I participate in, there was one video tutorial available to help me out. I watched it again before attempting today’s tile. :)

I haven’t played with it any more, probably because I don’t really care for how it turns out for me. But thankfully, the focuses and challenges I participate in push me to do so. Thus, today I get another go at it. ;)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meSquare One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle’s focus for the week is Lollywimple by Sandy Hunter. Once again, I didn’t follow the directions very well so it was a bit like crescent moon to me but I like all she shows you can do with it. I may give it another whirl sometime soon. (The part of the directions I did not follow was to aura some sections a couple times before doing others, thus creating some great overlap. Sure wish I’d have done that but there’s always next time.)

Once again, I tried to incorporate a bit of overlap between my tangles but then didn’t do anything with it. Also, they didn’t overlap very much. Just an honest assessment, not being hard on myself. I like to find areas for improvement so that I can continue to grow and develop my skills. :)

So, here is my tile before any shading occurred.

#DC299 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI do like how I varied the sizes of the orbs for Lollywimple.

Here’s the finished tile.

#DC299 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhere should I have added overlap shading? I considered some cast shadows but erased them because it was clear that I was not doing it right. :D I’d also appreciate any suggestions on DraWing.

I want to thank you all for so many kind comments last week! Sure does pay to get the link in early. ;) You all are great and very encouraging!!! Thanks so much!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº




Orbs-la-Dee and Paushalöv

iamthedivacztThe Diva is back with a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge this week, even though it isn’t technically the first week of the month. ;) This month’s chose tangle is Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam. It is pretty simple and yet with a bit of difficulty. Okay, the only difficulty I really had was getting my initial waves to line up . . . well, and then there was the drawing of the orbs, which I don’t seem to be able to really make very oval . . . and then there is the shading of the orbs . . . but yeah, it’s a simple tangle and I enjoyed drawing it. :D

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThis week’s Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle focus is Paushalöv by Amy Broady. This too is new to me. But I have to admit that I LOVE this one a lot!!! Shading it is . . . yeah, it’s my challenge. ;) Have you guessed that my current area of learning is shading? I love Zentangle because it is done in black and white which means that I don’t have to figure out color. :D

For Christmas I got Eni Oken’s gem book. I really prefer them in printed format so that I can tangle without being on my computer or any other electronic device. I do so much on this wonderful thing that my eyes need a break from it. At any rate, I look forward to playing around with some color but am thankful for the boundaries of Square One: Purely Zentangle.

At first I thought I’d do some waves of Orbs-la-Dee on the bottom and then on the top of the tile and some Paushalöv in the middle. But I also got Eni’s ebook on Overlap, and so, even though I haven’t finished reading it yet, I decided to try a bit of overlap, somehow. Thus the 3 large partial orbs at the top. They too are overlapped rather than side-by-side as in the tangle below/over them but I don’t think it matters.

Then I decided to give Paushalöv a go as a border, at least along the bottom. Then added a bit at the upper part of the sides. I look forward to drawing this tangle a bit larger in the future. I really like it though because it is super simple and flows so well!

Without further adieu, here is the unshaded picture of this week’s tile.

DC#298 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is shaded.

DC#298 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat was a lot of orb shading and I haven’t quite perfected that yet, although this certainly did give me some practice. Seeing it this large though, I see where I overlooked some of those smaller orbs with my blending stump. :D Oh well, you can’t see it that well in person. ;) Overall, I’m pleased with it. And it was fun to do. Paushalöv really is fun. If you haven’t done that one before, do give it a try; it’s super simple.

I did manage to make some Zentangle posts the last several weeks, during the diva challenge break. If you’d like to see them, you can click here or on Wonder Wednesday on the menu bar and scroll past this post. However, if you’d like to see some pictures of the fun we had over the holidays click on home or “Life of Joyhere or in the banner to scroll back through all the posts for the last several weeks.

Well, I guess that’s it for this week. Thanks in advance to any that take the time to leave comments. You, your kind words, and any tips you have whereby I might improve are greatly appreciated.

Happy New Year to you all!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Icanthis, Joki, Printemps

The Diva is still on holiday, so tFB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.mehere is no Diva Challenge this week. Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle both have the new official tangle, Icanthis as their focus this week. WZTV has not yet posted its new tangle for the week but Icanthis was its tangle last week. So I guess I’ll try my hand at Icanthis, even though I don’t really care for it very much.

At first I thought it was rather easy but then around the sixth and seventh steps and the shading and I didn’t like it again. ;) I do not see me using this tangle much at all. It will probably only get used when I need a tangle to resemble a leaf. Who knows though, I may like it better if I practice it in my drawing book later.

Last week I purchased Eni’s ebook on overlapping and I tried to add some of it here. Albeit I was a bit time crunched as I got to go pick up my grandson and spend the afternoon with him. :) Grandson love ~ Lifeofjoy.meAll those toys and he’s chewing on his fingers. :D

I tried my hand at Joki but since it was the first time I’d attempted it, I put too many swirls in the middle but there are no mistakes with Zentangle, just opportunities for creativity. ;)

Then I decided to add some printemps. When I shaded it I drew some printemps with my stump for some light ones in the background.

Here it is before shading.

Icanthis, Joki, Printemps ~ LIfeofjoy.meAfter I scanned it in, I realized that I hadn’t finished Icanthis, it was these last steps that made the tangle more difficult for me.

Here is the finished tile.

Finished Icanthis, Joki, Printemps ~ Lifeofjoy.meIf you have some suggestions for shading, I’d appreciate it.

I appreciate all those that take the time to comment, you are most encouraging!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThis week’s focus tangle seems to be unanimous amongst my various facebook groups. Drawings is the focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle, Shading Zentangle, and Weekly Zentangle Tangle Video.

I tried Drawings a few times and had a mess. This tangle has a learning curve, if you ask me. I do okay through the first two steps but when you go adding in the lines after the scallops it turns into a mess.

I was very glad when I was told about a tutorial video for this one by Melinda Barlow. It helped some. But it took me three tries and I was still unsure of it.

Here are my first two attempts.

Dra-wings ~

Yep, that first one was a mess. I tried to do one behind the other and it clearly didn’t work out very well. With all the lines added, it just looks like a mess.

Dra-wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis second time I tried one smaller in the front and one larger on the left. Again, when the ‘ribs’ were added, it got all messy. So I decided to try one more time.

Dra-wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really like the one on the left better. It just gets all messy on me when I add those ‘ribs’. So when I did the shading on the left one, I added shaded ‘ribs’ and I think it looked better. I decided to leave well enough alone and just leave it a monotangle.

Here it is after shading.

Dra-wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt is okay but I’m going to be looking at how others handle the ‘ribs’ on these wings; that’s for sure!

I appreciate you stopping by and the comments that some take the time to leave. They are so encouraging!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


There is no diva challenge this week, as Laura has taken a break from posting until after the new year. But that doesn’t leave me without challenges or focuses. :) Thankfully the facebook community is going strong. :)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meShading Zentangle and Square One: Purely Zentangle are focusing on the fun tangle, Stella by Jana Pharmer. I really enjoyed this tangle. I looked at the step-out when I first came across the focus tangle for the week and thought it might take a bit of focus. But then I saw someone else that drew an alternate step-out, which seemed to simplify it a bit. And then I watched the video that Nicole Dreyer did over on Tangle It! Pattern Club fb page. Watching her draw it and give pointers/tips as she went, really helped. It helped so much that I didn’t even have to reference the step-out as I drew mine. I did make a couple of tiny little uniquenesses (because there are no mistakes with Zentangle) but they are minor.

I attempted a little overlapping on this one but it was just that, a little. ;) This is something I need to work on. I don’t like other tangles to interfere with my drawing and thus don’t put them in positions to look the best. Mine are kind of clumsily overlapped but I’m learning. ;)

I did not start out intending to do a monotangle; it just kind of went that way. After I drew stella, I thought that some bold black would really make it pop. Naturally I considered doing some Hollibaugh because I have done that before with blackening. But I wasn’t sure, so I decided to just blacken in the very center part that would be empty space. Then I decided that there was nowhere for Hollibaugh to go and kept blackening. I knew that I didn’t want it all blackened in but wasn’t sure where to stop. In the end, I drew I kind of wiggly outline and took it to there.

I’m not really pleased with the inking of the blackened areas. I used a graphic 1 sakura and am pleased with how quickly I was able to fill it in and that I still had ink left when I was done. :D

Well, here is the unshaded scan. Oh! I cannot take credit for thinking of including the unshaded scan. Shading Zentangle requests that you share an unshaded picture along with the finished version, especially when asking for caring critique. I figured that as long as I was scanning it in anyway, I may as well share it here too. :) Then visitors here commented on liking to see the differences, so I’ve continued to share it here. I have to admit, I love seeing the difference shading makes as well but sometimes I get too rushed or stuck in the moment and forget or am too lazy choose not to stop and take the scan.

Well, without further adieu, here’s the unshaded version.

Stella ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used a standard number 2 pencil but then wanted some darker bits so I added in some 6B. It doesn’t seem to smooth out as well. I was trying to give the top layer some rolled effect but I don’t think I was very successful. Oh well, I’m still learning and growing. :)

Stella ~ Lifeofjoy.meI appreciate your comments and the time it takes to make them. You are most encouraging! Thank you!!!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!! I’ll post something next week. By then I will have gotten a new book on creating drawings that look like gems and an ebook on making tangles “glow” on black tiles, as Christmas presents, so we’ll see if I have time to play with what I learn before next week’s tile. :)

OH! If you’d like to add some gold to your art, check out Eni Oken’s new ebook. Looks like I have something else for my birthday list come May. Well, that and the supplies needed to play with it. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

PS. I’m not an affiliate, just love Eni’s books.

Christmas Themed Tangle

iamthedivacztAs most of you know, the Diva Challenge this week is to pick one of the challenges from this week in previous years. I thought I might do the “Keep It Simple Silly” but really wanted to do the “Merry Happy” Christmas themed challenge from #148.

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThe tangle focus for Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle is Aura-Leah. I’ve never done this tangle before but thought it might lend itself to stand in for the different characters in the nativity scene.

The tangle of the day at is H and I, which I have never done either, but I hoped I could make it work for either stars or the stable roof.

The WZTV focus tangle is the newly released official tangle Drawings. I thought I might be able to make it stand in for the “Star” but it is going to take a LOT of practice to figure this one out. So I searched for a star-like pattern and found Starawn. This one looked pretty simple, so in it went. I do wish I had seen the variation starting with a center triangle and used that for the main star in the middle but I think it worked out okay.

Here is the tile before shading.

DC#297 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere is the finished tile. I thought I’d smudge the border line I drew but think it might have been better if I had just erased it. I do like the smudged effect on a lot of tiles, just maybe not on this one. ;)

DC#297 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt always amazes me how much darker the shading is in person as opposed to once it’s scanned and on my computer.

I appreciate your kind comments and the time it takes for you to leave them. They are most encouraging.

I’ll have something else up next week; I hope you’ll stop by.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº