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

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






Noom, Pico, and Rigardu

iamthedivacztToday’s tile is a combination of the focus tangles from the different groups I participate in. Up first is the diva challenge to use the newly released tangle, Noom.

At first this one looked a bit difficult or that it would be a high-focus tangle. So I decided I better practice a bit first. When I first practiced it, I tried to draw it backwards because I already had an idea of how I was going to lay out my tile and thought I’d need to draw it backwards but that was faulty thinking. When I followed the step out, I found it was actually pretty simple. And then when I actually put it on my tile, I found that it was very nice to do each step all around and became very fluid. I enjoyed drawing it.

Noom, Pico, Rigardu ~

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThe focus for Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle is Pico by Staub Korn. The step out for this one is extremely short and seems pretty simple. It truly is simple but I got over confident and got some lines messed up, which is okay because this tangle is very forgiving and it turned out fine.

Then over on the ever growing awesome site, Pattern-Collections, there is a daily pattern and a weekly string, among other wonderful things. I like the string for this week but it is more suited to gem work, which is their focus this week. Thus I chose to use their string for last week. Strings can disappear in the finished tile and part of this one did. I really like this triangular string. Today’s pattern is Rigardu. I really like this pattern. It looks harder than it is.

I started by drawing the string. And then went right to work on Noom. As I said, it was rather relaxing because I was able to repeat the same stroke so many times. If I had made Noom shorter or smaller, it would not have been as relaxing.

Then I started adding in PIco and decided to make it go behind Noom and not be confined to it’s triangle. Then I started with Rigardu in the upper  triangle. I didn’t get them overlapped the way I liked and it looked awkward, so I tried to figure out what to do about it. I decided to blacken it in and then tangle in white.

I started blackening it in and realized I hadn’t taken a picture  or scan yet. So I quickly grabbed the camera.

Noom, Pico, Rigardu ~

And then I started shading and forgot to scan it beforehand, but here it is before too much shading was done.

Noom, Pico, Rigardu ~ Lifeofjoy.meEven the shading was relaxing. Some might say I “got my zen on.” :)

Here is my finished tile.

Noom, Pico, Rigardu ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I’m please with the outcome. :) My shading has really improved. It covers the mistakes in my line work. Oh great, I just saw some lines in Pico that I missed shading! Ugh!

Alright, here it is . . . really finished. :D

Noom, Pico, Rigardu ~ Lifeofjoy.meMaybe I should’ve just left it alone. Maybe it didn’t make a difference. At any rate I’m done with it now. :)

Update: One commenter mentioned that since you couldn’t see the last two side by side that you really couldn’t tell the difference, exactly. So I thought I’d see if I could do it.

Noom, Pico, Rigardu ~ Lifeofjoy.meNoom, Pico, Rigardu ~







As always, thanks so much to those that take the time to leave some comment love!!! They are greatly appreciated.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



DC#308 Go-To Tangles

iamthedivacztThe Diva Challenge this week is to use your go-to tangles or as Laura said, your Mac-and-Cheese tangles. This is more of a challenge for me than for many because I don’t tangle very often. Yep, about once a week and then generally I’m combining focus tangles from different challenges, so I don’t really have much of a go-to tangle.

I decided to start with the same string as last week, hoping I’d do it the way I really wanted to but once again, I wandered from where I thought the string would take me into something else.

‘Nzeppel has turned into a favorite tangle of mine so I decided to use it on the largest area. Tipple is another tangle I tend to use a lot but decided to use another favorite, Crescent Moon, instead.

My hand appeared to be a bit unsteady today as I drew ‘Nzeppel, so I attempted to fix that with my shading.

Here is my tile before shading. I didn’t do anything with overlap since I decided to go for a hole in a wall kind of look.

DC#308 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, very unsteady lines. :D

Here it is shaded.

DC#308 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI want to thank those who commented last week! You are very encouraging to me! I hope you have a wonderful week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zingo and Mi2

iamthedivacztThis week’s Diva Challenge was inspired by the Kitchen Table Tangles recent video of Molly’s girls sharing their tangle Zingo, making Zingo the challenge for the week. I don’t think I did as good a job as those younsters did though. :D

Shading Zentagle facebook group and Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle for the week is Mi2 (me too). This is a tangle I’ve wanted to try my hand at but never got around to doing, so today was a good opportunity to do it.

I checked the pattern-collections daily tangle and none of them seemed right for my tile today but I chose string #16 as my starting string but flipped vertically so the “folded” part was in the upper left corner rather than the upper right corner. As I worked through the tile I gave up any idea of working with that string after all. :D

The first Zingo I drew was a bit too small, as was the second one. Consequently, I decided to fill that upper left corner with a large Zingo. Then came Mi2. I didn’t focus too much on making seed shapes and just drew the diagonal lines. My real struggle with Mi2 came with shading.

Here’s the lineart.

DC#307 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI chose to blacken different sections of Zingo on each one. I love blackening because it adds such drama and contrast. In the picture above you can still see the string under the lineart.

Here it is once I did some shading. I thought I might be finished but wasn’t quite happy with it yet. Mi2 was tripping me up. I didn’t want it to just look like columns of shading.

DC#307 ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo I added a bit more. It really looks like I could’ve/should’ve used a blender a bit more but I really did do a lot of blending.

Final version:

Final DC#307 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI am drawing a bit too small, so I needed my magnifying glasses to do this and it appears that I didn’t get some lines as close or as blended as I’d like but it’s getting late and I don’t have time to work on it any more. Oh well. It turned out okay I think. ;)

Thanks again to all those wonderful people that leave comments! It is so encouraging to know that you all see progress in my work, and especially shading. The Zentangle community is awesome! Thanks for sharing the love here!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Amphora, Por Fin, Yew-Dee

iamthedivacztThis week’s Diva Challenge is to use Amphora by Lily Moon. I love Lily’s art. So I hope I can do her tangle justice. ;)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meThe focus for Square One: Purely Zentangle and Shading Zentangle was Yew-Dee last week and is Por Fin this week.

Every one of these tangles were new to me. I didn’t really do them justice. Peg Farmer, the creator of Yew-Dee, said that it is like a combination of Bales and W2. Well, I drew it way too much like Bales and didn’t have enough focus in the centers of the sections. I tried to shade it in a way that emphasized it a bit but the Bales sections were so big they usurped the attention. ;)

The there was Por Fin. I was a little off with this one too. I drew it first, so that it could cast a shadow on the other two tangles. I tried to draw it a moderate size and ended up with each section a little on the small side. Oh well. :)

Then there was Amphora. I didn’t want to do it exactly like Lily’s sample and ended up using it as a kind of wallpaper. I tried to shade the right side more heavily to give it some depth.

Well, here is the tile before shading.

Amphora, Por Fin, Yew-Dee ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really do wish I had drawn the Bale lines skinnier, so the center swirls would have been a bit bigger and thus allowed for more shading.

Amphora, Por Fin, and Yew-Dee ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt turned out okay. I think I may have rushed this tile a bit but I like it enough.

You all are so kind with your encouraging comments. Thank you so much! They are greatly appreciated.

I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Marasu and Molygon

iamthedivacztThis week’s diva challenge is to use only Marasu and Molygon. I’d never done Marasu before. Thankfully, it’s an easy one, especially since Molygon and I are not very good friends. ;)

So, I started with the easy one, Marasu. I decided to try some overlapping and added more pieces of Marasu. Then on to Molygon. I chose to add it to the upper right corner. I started with a small bit and just grew it outward. I don’t know how you’d add layers to it, so I just settled with widening Molygon. I’ll have to check out other participants tiles for this challenge, to see what they did with Molygon.

Here’s my tile before shading.

Marasu and Molygon ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had not idea what I was going to do with Molygon. So I started shading Marasu. Then dealt with Molygon. I looked at the stepout article from Zentangle where they showed some ideas of what to do with it and picked on. I wish I had made my molygon segments larger to allow better shading.

Marasu and Molygon ~ Lifeofjoy.meI thought Molygon needed something else, so I added an aura around the outer pieces and then shaded it a bit.

I really appreciate all the comments. I’ve really been working on my shading; it’s encouraging to know that I’m improving. :) Now for the overlapping practice. OH! Now I know! I should’ve gotten out my softer pencil and shaded between the Marasu layers.Marasu and Molygon ~ Lifeofjoy.meHmmm, looks a bit better smaller. ;)

Marasu and Molygon ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’m done. :)

Have a great week!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Waybop, Trio, Floral Waves Tile

iamthedivacztI should have guessed that the diva challenge for the week was going to be Waybop, since it was released in the latest Zentangle newsletter, but I didn’t and waited patiently for the challenge to be revealed on Tuesday this week, since it was a holiday Monday. ;)

FB□1 ~ LifeofJoy.meI hadn’t tried my hand at this new tangle yet, but it looked simple enough. So I got my tile out, put the dots in the corners, drew my border lines. I knew I wanted to incorporate the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle, Trio, into the tile. I also wanted to include the daily tangle over on, Floral Waves. Consequently, I made a string with three sections.

As I said, I hadn’t tried my hand at Waybop yet. I chose the lower section and began drawing it in that section. The problem is that I started way too small. My space had way too much white space left, so I added a couple more, trying to overlap them somewhat. I did not like what I’d accomplished, so I flipped the tile over (I can do that because mine are not official zentangle tiles and thus do NOT have any print on the backside.) and started again. But this time I decided to start with the upper section where I wanted Floral Waves, so that it could ‘hang over’ the string boundary a bit. This too, was the first I’d drawn this tangle and didn’t do it exactly as intended but I think it turned out okay.

Then I went to the lower right section, where I wanted to put Trio and began tangling. I hadn’t drawn this one before either. Things went well with this but I also had leftover space so I tangled in a few more partials.

Then on to Waybop. I attempted to make it a bit bigger than I had previously. I also wanted some overlap from other sections, so that added a bit to the difficulty level as well. I’m pleased with how it turned out, overall.

Here it is before shading.

Waybop, Trio, Floral Waves ~Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is shaded. :)

Waybop, Trio, Floral Waves ~ Lifeofjoy.meI added in some shading with a 6B pencil to help give it some depth in some places. As always, after loading it on here, I see where I should’ve blended a bit more and smoothed out the original border and string lines. Oh well! :)

I appreciate all of your comments! It is truly encouraging! Thank you so much.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



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