Category Archives: Zentangle

HeART String Hollibaugh Tile

This week’s Today’s Tangle: Keeping it Classic prompt (#TTKICPrompt071519) was to use the word heart with the first two letters in cursive and the last three capital manuscript letters. Then Sandy offered twelve tangles to choose from for the tile, three for each letter of heart.

There were so many sections created by this string that I felt it would get way too busy way too quickly. I toyed with not even doing this tangle and going with tangle prompt from either of two different groups. Then I thought about using Hollibaugh, one of the three ‘h’ suggested tangles. I love Hollibaugh because it has such great contrasts built in (at least when I draw it ;) ).

Here is my string.

Yeah, it looks splotchy because I forgot to take a picture of the string this week and had to digitally erase down to the string in order to share it.

Here is my tile before shading.

Here is the tile in natural light before shading.And here is the scan after shading.

Well, drat. Looks like there is a hair on my scanner. :( I hope I remember to wipe it off before I scan next week’s tile. ;)

Here is the finished tile in natural light.

I think it turned out rather interesting. Doing it this way was relaxing, so I’m glad I kept it simple. ;)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I can encourage you to take some time for yourself.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Striping Monotangle

I followed the Today’s Tangle: Keeping it Basic prompt (#TTKICPrompt070819) again this week which was to do a monotangle using one of about nine tangles. I haven’t used striping much so thought that it would be fun. I also went with a string instead of no string. I just randomly drew a line on my tile until I was done. ;)

Here’s what I ended up with.

It’s a bit light and hard to see because it is my pencil string. But I got a picture of it with the camera.

Then I started striping. I wasn’t sure if I was going to fill all the sections or not. I just kept on until I was done. ;) I tried to do one with a zigzag but it ended up being just a V.

I tried to vary the directions, widths, and styles of stripes. It appears that I forgot to take a picture of it in natural lighting. :(

Here it is after I added some shading. I struggled with this a bit, knowing which parts to shade darker and which to leave.

Here it is in natural light.

Well, that’s it for today. Oh, I did use my uni-ball eye black pen rather than a micron. I wanted to add some white highlights but that group does not allow it, so I didn’t use it.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope it inspired you. :)

Michele ºÜº

Betweed, ‘Nzeppel, and Diva Dance Foxtrot

Well, it looks like Laura of the Diva Challenge is getting better; she’s posted a few tiles on facebook lately, so hopefully she’ll be able to continue her challenges this fall. Until then, I’m continuing to find challenges elsewhere.

This week I am, once again, following the Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Basic prompt #TTKICPrompt070119. The string has 6 lines drawn from a central mid-point on the upper border, with two lines connecting to each side.

At first I considered using Hollibaugh like a background behind some of the lines but ultimate decided on keeping it a bit more simple. I chose ‘Nzeppel because it is a favorite of mine. Oddly enough, I had a hard time making friends with this tangle but once I embraced “no mistakes” and the advent of Crazy ‘Nzeppel, I struggled much less and enjoy using it.

Betweed is another that was difficult for me to friend and actively avoided it most of the time. But earlier this year it just clicked for me and I’ve enjoyed using it several times since.

Diva Dance is another tangle that I’ve just not been very friendly with. I don’t know that I’d every really done Foxtrot variation before but one section of my tile screamed for it, so it showed up. I never know where to place the bumps and frequently feel that I put them in the wrong place but after a quite a bit of shading, I think it turned out pretty good.

Here is my tile before shading and blackening.

:D Like that it almost looks like a windmill with the meddle one being a tower.

Here is a picture in natural light. It’s been a bit overcast today, so it’s a bit grayed out. ;)

I originally thought I’d put hollibaugh in the remaining sections of the tile but I was tired and didn’t quite feel up to all that. So I decided it just needed the contrast of some black. So I blackened all that in instead. :)

Here it is outside. I love mimosa trees, so I included a blossom in this shot.

Finally I added some shading. You know the drill: first pic is the scan and second is the one taken outside. ;)

I’m quite pleased with the lines on diva dance this time. I don’t usually aura very good and that one seemed to come out better than most. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I know the lines are still shaky but I’m okay with that. At least they are pretty evenly spaced this time. :D

I really thought there was more shading on that middle section but it never shows up as shaded on the computer as it appears to be in my hand. It makes me wonder how much shading Lily, Eni, and Anica really do for it to show up soooo shaded online. I’ve put several layers on these and it still looks like very little on some parts.

Well, that’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Would love to know how you get things shaded nicely without spending hours on it. ;)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

W2, Marasu, Fescu, Finery, and Betweed

Since Laura Harms generally takes the summer off from posting challenges, I didn’t even check the Diva Challenge this week. Instead I’m continuing on with Sandy’s Today’s Tangles weekly prompt. (#TTKICPrompt062419)

This week’s prompt had an intricate string, which I copied somewhat. ;) There was so much to it and it created so many sections that I knew I would not be putting something different in each section. I really like W2, so I decided to use it. I liked Marasu the times I’ve used it, and thought that one of the circular sections would lend itself to Marasu. After I did the section with it, I realized I could have just made the whole string a Marasu snake. ;) But I’d didn’t think it would look as good at that point, so I moved on.

I found a place to use Betweed. I made friends with Betweed several months ago. Prior to that, I just couldn’t make it look right, nor could I seem to wrap my head around it. It is actually very simple; I don’t know why I struggled so.

Then there was Finery. Yep, we are not friends yet. It’s just kind of there. I didn’t quite get the right curves and angles on the lines for it but that is okay. The last tangle I used was Fescu, which is super simple and easy to draw. :)

Here is the tile before shading.

That was the scan. Here is the picture in natural lighting. Thankfully the sun cooperated when I needed it to.

Then I shaded it! Hooray for shading! I remember when I was afraid of shading. Now I look forward to it. I still don’t get quite enough shading on my pieces yet, but I’m working on it. ;)

Here is a picture I did midway of the shading.

Here is the scan of the finished tile.

And here is the finished tile in natural light. Once again, the sun cooperated. :)

I really enjoy W2! I also enjoy shading it. It doesn’t look very shaded here but I put three layers on it.

Well, that’s my tile for the week. Thanks for stopping by. Which tangle of these is your favorite? (Top to bottom: W2, Finery (on the left), Marasu, Betweed, and Fescu)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

A Really Basic Zentangle Tile

This week I followed the prompt over on Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Basic facebook group (#TTKICPrompt061719) to use the ‘z’ string and one or more of these four tangles: Hollibaugh, Crescent Moon, Printemps, and Florz.

I generally love hollibaugh and crescent moon but didn’t feel a place for crescent moon this time. Printemps and I are not very good friends yet but I gave it a whirl anyway. I made my z string into my hollibaugh, even though I don’t think it would “technically” be called hollibaugh the way I’ve used it today but it doesn’t matter; I like it. ;) Then I put Florz behind everything and called it good.

Here is the scanned tile before shading.

Here is a picture taken in natural light before shading.

I don’t do “sparkle” very well yet either. I could use any tips you have for me on both how to draw printemps and adding sparkle.

Here is the scan image after shading.

Here is the picture taken in natural light after shading.

I was going for a flipped ribbon effect with my hollibaugh printemps ribbon. The first printemps I drew on this tile was the one in the middle on the upper left corner and I felt like I drew it too small/lines too close together. So I adjusted on the rest of them. I sure could use some advice. In the meanwhile, I guess I’ll have to do a practice page of Printemps. ;)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week!

Michele ºÜº

Crescent Moon, Cubine, Diva Dance, and Meer

One day this past weekend I needed to do something. I couldn’t focus on what I was reading, didn’t want to be on the computer or internet, and didn’t want to color. So I picked up a tile and the pen I’d used that day to write in my bullet journal, which happened to be a metallic blue, and proceeded to just tangle away.

I my used comfort tangles of crescent moon, cadent, and meer. And surprisingly I added Diva Dance too. Diva Dance is not one of my usual tangles but I’d seen it recently and it just seemed to fit. Then I drew a few orbs along the top edge. Oh! I did switch pens halfway through, to a purple pen; I love purple ink.

So here is my unusual tile for the week before I did any shading.

The green corner tips are because I put a green piece of paper behind my tile when I scan it and the artist tiles I use have the corners snipped off.

Here it is in natural lighting before shading.

The metallic ink doesn’t want to show up very well. ;)

I scanned it in grayscale as well.

I toyed with using my watercolor pencils to shade but pulled out my Prismacolors first and just decided to stay with them. Ultimately I think I should have used a few more shades of pencils, but I’ll be honest, I just needed to get this tile finished so I could post it. ;)

So here it is after I shaded with my Prismacolor colored pencils.

I did use a tortillon but it didn’t blend very well. Here is the scan of the shaded tile in grayscale.

Here is the tile in natural light.

So, how do you blend Prismacolor pencils?

Thanks for stopping by,

Michele ºÜº

Crescent Moon Knightsbridge

)I’m so glad I found the weekly prompts on the facebook group Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic. They have been fun to do and filling the gap that was left by the lack of the Diva Challenge.

It’s a bit busy around here right now (helping my parents pack, paint, and move) so I’m not taking much time to tangle or write blog posts. So this is going to be very short today. :D

I failed to take any in process pictures this week, so all I have is the scan and a picture I took outside during overcast skies.

As the title of this page suggests, I chose crescent moon and knightsbridge for tangling on my borderless tile. (#TTKICPrompt060319)

It looks better smaller…see.

Here’s the picture taken outside. It’s been raining so much here, I’m just glad it was only overcast and not raining. ;)

Tiffany likes it better rotated to look like a curtain valance. ;)

I added a couple of auras and two rows of perfs. Part of me wanted to do more but I decided it was done enough. Oh, I also used a bit of shading, which is another of the tangle enhancers; one which I use all the time.

Well, I’m going to run. Hope you have a great week.

Michele ºÜº

DooDah, Purk, and Hollibaugh

This week’s prompt for Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic (#TTKICPrompt052719) suggested we make a string with two lines. We were also to add some tangle enhancers. I wanted to add perfs but just felt like it would have been pushed and not a natural progression.

Here’s a picture of my string.

From the list of suggested tangles, I chose DooDah first because it is new to me and it looked very simple. I hadn’t used Purk in a long time, so it felt like a good one to use. I chose to use hollibaugh for the last tangle, as it is a favorite. The first two I chose to draw rather large.

Here’s a scan of my tile before shading.

Here’s a picture I took outside but it was a bit overcast, at least it wasn’t raining.

I think that the space I tangled DooDah could resemble a zipper opening. :)

As you may be able to see, I used rounding (at least I hope that is what it is ;) ) on the left end of DooDah. The only other enhancer I used was shading. Maybe I’ll feel more like adding some next time.

Here is the scan after shading.

Here is the picture in natural light.

Well, that’s it for me today. Tiffany’s birthday is this week and so between that and helping my parents pack to move, it’s a bit busy. ;)

I hope you have a good week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Fife Indy-Rella

For this week’s tile I decided to participate in Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic facebook group’s prompt. Sandy has a very thorough prompt each Monday, although I do not know how she handles holidays yet. There are about a dozen suggested tangles, a suggested string, as well as a tangling term of the week.

I attempted to draw a string similar to hers and proceeded to try and select tangles that I was ‘drawn’ to. ;) Here is my tile with the string; please forgive the quality of the picture, I was too lazy to get up and take a scan or go outside and take a picture. I thought the lighting I had would be sufficient. I never did get the entire tile in the picture. :D

I thought the loops of the string lended themselves to Indy-Rella rather nicely and had hoped that I could do an auraknot in one of the triangular sections. My Auraknot was not pleasing to me but I moved on. I then decided to use Fife ‘behind’ the Indy-Rella. Once again, I placed my dots too closely together and wished I’d made my ‘grid’ larger. But I pressed on and I’m okay with it. ;)

So here is my tile (scanned) before shading. Oh, I opted for the blackening of the ‘triangular’ sections in Fife.

My eyesight got blurry as I was tangling Fife and blackening in those little triangles. I’ve given up hoping for much in the way of precision. ;)

Here is the pre-shaded tile in natural lighting.

I didn’t spend a whole lot of time shading . . . Fife was too small for much shading and highlighting, as I already mentioned, I should have done my dots further apart and fewer of them.

Here is the scan after some shading.

I used a white General’s pencil on part of Fife and afterwards even used a white pen on it but my cheapo tile is too white to even notice it. :D

Here is a picture of the tile taken in natural lighting.

You may have noticed that I rotated the tile. It happened when I drew Fife. I know there is no ‘up’ or ‘down’ with Zentangle, but this is how I like it best I think. ;)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll let me know you did so in the comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tangled U’s Tile

This week’s tile uses Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle of Tangled U’s by Chris Titus. It is easy and difficult all at the same time. ;)

I did a simple curvy string across the middle of my tile and then some large T’s. I did not make my U’s deep enough so that led to some fat, misshapen U’s but it turned out okay in the end.

I then did a row of small T’s across the bottom of the tile but as you might guess, it was a bit too small for my liking but again, turned out okay in the end.

Here is my tile scanned before shading.

Here is a picture I took of it but not in natural light as it was raining. :D

A few days later I finally shaded it. Here is the scan after shading.

And now the shaded one take in the sunlight. :)

Tiffany said she thought the larger one looked like a snake. :o

Well, that’s all I got today. Hope you have a creative day.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº