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

Zen-Untangled Week 2: Centipede and Snail

This week the new-to-me tangles in the second week of the Zen-Untangled 2020 project were Snail and Centipede. Since I’ve been around the Zentangle community online since October 2009, I was already familiar with Hurry, Dex, Ahh (with Therefore) and Tipple. Although I have to say that Dex worked better for me this time around than ever before.

I had a major hiccup with snail. It looks like such a simple tangle and really it is simple but when I started to tangle it I drew it from inside and spiral out but it ended up looking more like Printemps. Thus I figured it was supposed to be drawn from outside and spiraled in, which was later confirmed on the group. :)

That little spiral down in the bottom right corner is the one where I started in and spiraled out.

The string for this week is a simple one with a pair of lines diagonally from corner to corner. I forgot to get a picture before I started tangling it though.

Here is the scan of my tile.

I made a couple tangle variations ;). I didn’t et the auras around Snail right. I initially thought I’d use the straight line variation but . . . didn’t end up doing that. :o The other mistake “variation” I did was with Hurry. I should have known better but I forgot that I was supposed to do 3 lines on each side of my initial 3 lines, whereas I only did one line on each side. :(

The seven tangles used in this tile are Ahh, Therefore, Centepede, Snail, Tipple, Hurry, and Dex. Here is a picture the tile before shading. (It was already dark so there was no way to take a picture out in natural light. :( )

And here it is after shading (first the scan and then the picture).

And this is the picture.

Yes, I had to add some eyes on my centipede. :)

One more view of the finished tile.

I love shading. It makes a world of difference. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Florz, Eye-Wa, IX, and Avreal Tile

I’m participating in the Zen-Untangled project and thought I’d share the tile I did for week one which was a partial week. I haven’t started on week two yet but I’m looking forward to it.

Week one’s tangles are Florz, Eye-Wa, IX, and Avreal. We were to use a “z” string for our tile this week.

I tried to do something different from what I would normally do and not what I’d seen others do. I started with Avreal down the long diagonal. Then I went with IX along the bottom and filled Florz in behind all that I’d already drawn. I finished it off with a very small Eye-Wa in the last section.

Here’s my tile before shading.

I didn’t remember to take a picture after I finished tangling but before shading though. So here is my tile after I shaded it.

Once again, I think it looks better a bit smaller. ;)

Here’s the picture I took. Of course, it was after dark when I decided to take the picture, so I took it inside.

I appreciate you stopping by. I hope I’ve inspired you.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Basic Tipple, Crescent Moon, and Static Tile

Wow! 2020! That just amazes me. At any rate, on to the tangling. :)

Between Christmas and New Year I decided to do a simple tile with hopes of trying out my new Lindy’s Magicals on it. But I loved the lineart so much that I didn’t want to risk messing it up and decided to just shade it as usual. (I played with my magicals on a different, quickly drawn tile of flux and cupcake, I think it was.) I’m so glad I didn’t do it on this tile because there is definitely a learning curve with these things.

I got out my One Zentangle A Day book and just  opened to day one and used the tangles suggested there: Static, Tipple, and Crescent Moon.

Here is a scan of my tile before shading.

I seriously do not know which way I prefer this one.












I did some of the lines of Static further apart so that I could try and add some nice color on them but as I said, I changed my mind.

Here is the finished scanned tile.

I took one in natural light too but I’m in a bit of a hurry and so I need to run. I’ll try to remember to add it on here later.

I hope you have a wonderful new year full of great creativity.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Striped and Orbed Cadent

Well, I’m late getting this post up because I was very tired after getting back home from my nephew’s wedding and just didn’t get my tile drawn until this morning.

I also have to admit that I almost ditched this prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic, #TTKICPROMPT121619, because it started out really badly. I actually started it twice because I was using the Micron PN pen and it just wasn’t working for me. It was all scratchy and not a pleasant experience at the time.

This one was actually the second try, where I’d flipped the tile over and started again. Ugh!

The lines were so scratchy, so I got out my graphic liner and tried to make the lines better and hated it. So I put it up and got out the standard 01 Micron and started over again. I did not hold much hope for this prompt, which was based on the Project Pack 07 Day 8, because I was off to such a rough start all three times.

I decided that my filler was going to be simple orbs and striping. Again, not holding much hope for this tile because my orbs were not smooth, at all!

Here is my tile after I finished tangling.

Here is a picture I took of it before I actually had any sunlight. ;)

Oh yeah, it looks so much better at an angle but still very choppy.

But the miracle of shading . . . here is the scanned tile after shading.

But look at the photos of it shaded!

And then I noticed that the sun was shining nicely, so I took it outside and got a shot or two. ;)

So this just proves that you shouldn’t give up on a tile, even when it isn’t looking like it is going to be any good at all. ;) I think it turned out quite nicely. I also liked that I shaded it as sections rather than individual orbs and boxes. :)

I also think that adding a bit of shading on the outside added some nice depth.

Well, I hope you have a great week before Christmas and take some time to de-stress with some tangling. :)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Tagh Monotangle

This week I followed the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic (TTKICPROMPT120919) but since it’s Christmas time, I decided to keep it very simple. I went with one tangle, Tagh and tangled in the center instead of the four sections made by the suggested string.

Here is my tile before shading.

Here is a picture in natural light.

At first I just shaded it but then I realized I needed to add a bit of drama so I blackened in the other part of the tile. Here is the scan of the finished tile.

And here is the natural light picture, albeit waning light. ;)

Well I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, I am. :)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Bullet Journal Pages

Well, the art I did so far this week was to pretty up my bullet journal pages. I’m not much on weekly or monthly spreads. But I do like my pages to have some pizazz. I utilize the power of washi tape and stickers. :)

Being a stay-at-home wife, and having Tiffany here learning to be one too, we have a monthly meeting to give ourselves some goals and to give each other some support and encouragement for the coming weeks. Before our meetings I like to make some washi tape sections on a page to put my notes and things. Here’s my page for this month.

I had several pages that didn’t have anything pretty on them. Time to pretty them up.

I really like that wider tape I used on that one.

Sometimes I journal on a page and leave space to put some washi tape on it later; that was the case with the left page below.I combine different widths of washi tape sometimes. I did that on both pages above. I like the effect of different tapes combined.

Sometimes I make notes or work things out on another piece of paper and want to keep it, so I affix it onto a page in my bullet journal, like this below.

I am better about using my bujo when the pages are a little bit pretty. So periodically I’ll run a piece of tape down the middle of the page and it is enough to encourage me to use it more.

I’m guessing that by the time I get to the page on the right it’ll be Christmas week and it’ll be nice to use.

Here’s the last two pages I’ve prepped. I’ll add some stickers as I go, if I feel like it at the time.

This is my no pressure approach to bullet journaling. I like to have a place to put all the notes I take and not lose them. I don’t really utilize the index as intended; I just thumb through to find what I’m looking for. I try to set off special things with stickers, sticky flags, or . . . wait for it . . . washi tape. :D

Remarkably, I got so much washi tape last year that I didn’t even put any on my Christmas wish list this year. :) But I do have to admit that I like to look for more washi tape as often as possible; you never know when you’ll find some you just have to have. ;)

Well, that’s all I had time for today because I spent a big part of it trying out a new recipe to see if it would work for our church dinner next week. Verdict is in and it was a success–we all deemed it delicious. :)

I hope you have a great week.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Lazy S Tile

I’m participating in the prompt (# TTKICPROMPT112519 )from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic facebook group again this week. The instructions were to do the four corner dots and border lines then to draw lazy s shapes from the center.

From the list of tangles to choose from I first selected Nipa. I really like Nipa and don’t use it often enough, so I was happy to play with this one. Next I picked Rain for it’s big contrast; this is another tangle I don’t use very often but because I am not that great at auras, it is not a favorite but I do like it.

After that I Ahh was my choice and I had my eye on Zinger too; so I incorporated them both. Then Eke and Echoism caught my eye. I find them to be very similar yet completely different. ;) At first I thought I’d only add one of them but opted to add them both. I think this time around I like Eke better as it reminds me of a strand of Christmas lights. :)

So here is my tile, scanned, before shading.

And here is a picture taken outside in natural light, although it looks a bit overcast but it really wasn’t. Odd. =))

And here is the scan after I shaded it.

And now pictures taken inside because it got dark before I got around to photographing it. ;)

I hope you like the tile. It was a fun one to do. I’m hoping to do some painting this holiday weekend. I don’t know if I’ll do the next episode of Bob Ross or redo the black one. I really want to have a good black one but I’m not sure I can accomplish it using the acrylics. I may try to do a smaller one; I just don’t know.

Any way, if you are in the USA, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and if not, I hope you have a great weekend. We’ll be celebrating with family, which is always a good time.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Purk, Cyme, Diva Dance, Opus, Yin Cut and Another Painting

I almost just took the easy way out and posted about my Bob Ross painting this week. I did the Ebony Sunset from season 1 episode 3.

I had so much trouble with it though! You’re supposed paint it black and let it dry. Then you are supposed to put some red and brown on as the wet base. I really struggled a lot with this one. I need to try it again. I may try it on a smaller paper; the large paper leaves me a bit unbalanced with the overall picture. Oh well, here it is . . .

Well on to this week’s tangling. I decided to to the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic. I forgot to snap a picture of the string but here it is after I did some tangling.

Here it is after shading.

I used a some of Cyme in one section, then Yin Cut in a big section, Diva Dance, Purk, and Opus.  I followed Rick’s lead and did some sproings in the Diva Dance. Well, that’s it for me today. I hope you enjoyed my art. Have you tried painting with Bob Ross? All his PBS shows are on youtube. Have you tried the sproings in diva dance? Rick did them on the rock and roll version but I don’t see why they couldn’t be done in any version.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Following Bob Ross’ Painting Tutorials

Years ago I watched Bob Ross paint on PBS. He made it look so easy that I felt that I could actually do it. Unfortunately the supplies were not in my price range, especially since you needed a standing easel and those were really expensive.

Years later I saw Donna Dewberry and her One Stroke Painting technique. I was able to obtain her recommended supplies because they were much more frugal. Although I didn’t do a lot with it because she mostly showed painting on things instead of paper. I wasn’t very creative back then and didn’t think to just do the painting on paper, except for some practicing. :p

Recently Tiffany and I have seen several people that have done paintings following Bob Ross Tutorials. I thought I might attempt it too. I found an incredible deal on ebay for one of his sets and it looked like I was going to win the bid and at the last second I was outbid from out of nowhere. (I learned a lot about ebay and bids from that one I can assure you.) So I decided that maybe I could find another way to try it.

Apple Barrel paints are MUCH cheaper than oil paints but they are acrylic paints. Donna used Folk Art paints but I used some Apple Barrel ones when I did One Stroke Painting. So I decided to see if I could find the right colors to match Bob’s. I found this  webpage that has the hex color codes, I figured it would be the best way to try to match the colors without actually having a sample of them.

Here is what I decided on . . .

I actually forgot Phthalo green, so I used my Folk Art Thicket in its place. It’s darker than the sap green for which I picked Arbor Green so it added some contrast but phthalo green seems to have a bit more blue in it. I’ll try to pick one up this week when we go into town.

I think most of the colors are a bit off but it’s good enough for learning. The bottle on the end is the floating medium that I learned to use with One Stroke Painting. It helps thin out the paint a bit and get it to glide on the project a bit easier.

I bought some mixed media paper to practice on but it is very dry and my paint did not go on very smoothly. I’ll talk more about that in a moment. I think the paper I got was 11×17 whereas the canvases that he uses are like 18×24 or more. He uses a big 2.5″ natural bristle brush but since my “canvas” is so much smaller, I decided that I would try using just a 1″ brush. Unfortunately my brush is not a natural hair brush. I may end up getting some other brushes later. I do have quite a few One Stroke brushes, so I’m trying to use what I have–I just didn’t have a one inch brush or bigger.

I found Bob’s painting tutorials on youtube for free. I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through them. I’ll post more as I get my supplies figured out better. This time I made do with some cheap little palette knives that really were not up to the task. I’ll be picking up a real one this week, as I know he uses it a lot and I do not like how mine handled. ;)

I found that my One Stroke scruffy brush worked better for adding in some of the foliage than the one inch brush, which had a bit too much flexibility to it. When I went to take this picture I found that I have a smaller sized scruffy brush too, which will come in handy I think. I also liked using my fan brush for adding some of the highlighted “leaves”. I used the smaller, red handled one, but realized that I have a larger one as well.

Well, I guess it is time to show you my first attempt with make-shift equipment. ;)

The third tree was the first done and thus the highlight messiness as I was just learning to use the brush. The rocks/dirt up front was another mess because of the improper palette knife. At the end I went back in and smoothed out some of the paint making it more like large rocks or dirt piles. :D

The tree in the front had its issues as well. That same palette knife was used and I ended up making a much larger tree with way too muddy for the initial leaves and thus the highlight is not seen as easily. To cover up more of the palette knife struggles, I added some greenery in the front with the fan brush.

Now, I will have to admit that I loved the “sticks” that were scraped in throughout the painting. It truly does add a lot of depth. If you look closely, you can just barely see them.

So, overall, not horrible and cringe worthy. :) But definitely a learning experience.  Here it is from a slight angle, which I think makes it look a bit better. ;)

To begin the painting, I mixed a bit of the floating medium with the white and brushed it all around, like Bob did. But mine, since it was acrylic, seemed to dry a lot faster than his oils did, which is how I think it is supposed to work. But I’m wondering if I should just spritz my paper with water or put more floating medium on or what. If you have any ideas, please share them in the comments below.

I just laid this paper down flat on the table and since it is just paper, it kept moving around on me as I was coating it and getting the initial background painted in. I’ve put an adjustable (and easily transportable) easel on my Christmas wish list this year. I’ll just have to figure out how to put my paper on it–maybe with a board and clips?

One other reason I’m trying to use acrylics instead of oils is because they clean with water instead of thinner, so it’s much cheaper and smells a lot better. ;)

Well, that’s it for me today. Until next time,