Category Archives: Zentangle

Pepper Betweed

I can’t believe I’m already thinking about October! In a lot of ways! We have a conference at our church at the beginning of the month, for which I volunteer to help. Of course I started thinking about that a lot a few weeks ago but I hadn’t really contemplated Inktober and yet I have started seeing Inktober prompts. :) I’m looking forward to it now too.

Well, for this week’s tile I am once again following the prompt from Today’s Tangle: Keeping it Classic #TTKICPrompt090919. My string didn’t look exactly like the one Sandy drew but it is close. Here is my string.

I looked over the pool of tangles to choose from and wasn’t real thrilled with them. I noticed that several sections were triangular and would thus lend themselves to Betweed. So that’s where I started. In the scan above I marked the sections as I filled them. I started with the red ones. That four-sided section didn’t end up getting filled in completely, so after I did the cyan sections, I filled in that bit that was left over and the other green section. Then I added Pepper into the sections marked with yellow.

Here is what my tile looked like before shading.

I’ve always liked Pepper but I’ve just never used it much. Prior to this year Betweed and I were not very good friends but now, I enjoy tangling it. I generally only use it if I find a triangular section already available. I think that was my problem with Betweed before–creating triangular shapes to fill.

Here’s the tile in natural lighting before shading.

Here is the scanned finished tile.

And here it is in natural, but dim light.

So what do you think? Do you use Betweed or Pepper? (Pepper is the peppermint looking one.) Do you plan to participate in Inktober?

Thanks for stopping by,

Michele ºÜº

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Crazy Huggins with Knightsbridge

This week I did the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic (#TTKICPrompt090219) which was to use Crazy Huggins as the string.

I started to think about how I would fill Huggins. I considered just some lines and then maybe making it Striping. Then I considered Shattuck and maybe some Tipple. Then I thought maybe I’d use some Nipa or Stricles because I like both of those tangles and haven’t used them much.

I have never tangled Crazy Huggins before so I watched the video from Zentangle Project Pack #1. Molly did an excellent job explaining how to tangle Crazy Huggins. I really enjoyed it and had no trouble tangling it. :) I even drew the orbs in varying sizes like she did in the video but tried to get a little different outcome. Of course she was using white on black and I used black on white, so it looks majorly different. ;)

I ended up using Knightsbridge in all the horizontal Huggins. I had one wonky Huggins and it kind of messed up the flow but it is what it is. After filling in the horizontal pieces I wasn’t sure what to do with the others but felt that the drama of all those black squares needed something light and ended up just doing some shading on the vertical Huggins.

I grabbed my camera and attempted to get a decent shot of the tile before I did too much blackening of those squares. Because of the angles, I couldn’t see in the viewfinder while taking the shot, so this is the best of about eight that I took. This is the best I have as a before shading shot, as I think the blackened squares of Knightsbridge is like shading.

I use dots to help me get the checkerboard right (and still I managed to mess up in one place ;) ).

Here is the scan of the tile after filling the Knightsbridge squares. OH! I didn’t have an 005 micron pen, so I went back over all the Crazy Huggins lines to make them thicker/bolder so that the filler lines would have a variation in size. I guess I could have used a thicker nibbed pen for Crazy Huggins but I didn’t . ;)

Here’s the picture taken in natural light.

It kind of looks like mushrooms. :D I should probably also mention that I decided to add an aura around the outer lines. Then I decided to thicken that line considerably.

For shading I opted to use my standard pencil under all the “c” shapes. Here is the scan of the finished tile.

Here is the picture in natural light.

I may try it again and use other filler tangles but not today. :D

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Wonky Orb: Knightsbridge, Cadent, Florz, and Striping

This week I decided to do the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic #TTKICPrompt082619 which was to round out the square created by the corner dots and then draw a ‘z’ to section it off.

Of the couple dozen tangles given to select from, I chose Knightsbridge, Cadent, Florz, and Striping (top to bottom on the tile). Unfortunately I made a few lines that were opportunities for creativity. ;) And I was so focused on covering up those bits that I jumped right in with some shading and forgot to take a pre-shaded picture. :( Oh well.

So here is the scanned finished piece.

My light that I use for my tangling was not charged and I was doing a lot of this with limited light. :( Also my microns were nearly all dried up . . . I guess I’m going to need to get another set.

Here is a picture I took of the tile in natural light. It’s been overcast most of the day, so that there is any sun at all is a plus.

Which is your favorite tangle?

Thanks for stopping by,

Michele ºÜº

Cubine, Flukes, and Tortuca

This week I am once again following the prompt from Today’s Tangle: Keeping it Classic. The string was simply five diagonal lines. I chose flukes and cubine because they are very similar and might be able to flow easily together. I then chose Tortuca which really just looks like Printemp to me, with a filled loopy center.

Here is my tile before blackening in any the squares of flukes and cubine.

Here it is in natural light.

Next I blackened in the smallest squares of flukes and cubine and added shading.

Here it is in natural light.

I’m not really happy with the shading on the lower tortuca but overall I’m quite pleased with it. It was nice that the sun cooperated but boy was it hot!

I was glad it was an easy prompt this week. It was nice to do some tangling but just as nice that it didn’t take a whole lot of time. :) I’ve been reading Undetected by Dee Henderson and wanted to finish it up before I did any tangling. (I enjoyed the book, by the way.)

That’s all I have for today. I hope you have a good week. I know mine will be better when the temperatures drop again. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Corner Tile using Striping, Meer, and Ratoon

This week I returned to Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic prompt, #TTKICPrompt080519, which was to draw arcs from one corner, skipping the corner dots this week.

I chose Striping, Meer, and Ratoon from the list Sandy provided. Here is my tile before shading. (I forgot to take a picture before any tangling.)

Here is a picture taken outside while the sun was hiding behind a cloud. :D

Here is the scan after shading. (I think I need to clean my scanner; it appears that there is some specks of dirt on the scanning bed.)

Here it is in the natural (overcast) light.

I shaded several layers and am pleased with how it turned out.

Which row is your favorite? From the inside arc it is Striping, then Meer, and then the final arc is Ratoon (it’s the loopy one). As you can see, the first two tangles are quite simple can truly be drawn by anyone–and actually, most people probably have. Ratoon is a bit more difficult but if you are interested in trying your hand at it, you can see the directions here.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this encourages you to put pen to paper sometime soon.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Pre-Strung Zendala

Today I decided to use one of the pre-strung zendalas that I got for Christmas several years ago. I needed something that was simple this time around.

So here is the tile I went with.

As you can see, I went with a black tile. I lightened the scan so that you could see the string.

I spent some time looking over the CPT journey pages over on pattern-collections. I got through about five of the pages and although I’m interested in it, I really only wanted some simple tangling today.

The reason I mention it though is because I think it is what gave me the ‘courage’ (for lack of a better word) to just start putting pen to paper.

I started by simply auraing the line on one section.

I didn’t want to commit to doing the same thing in all six of the similar sections, so I opted to make these same lines in every other section. Then I decided to do some Betweed in the ovalish top of the alternate sections.

After I finished that, I decided to draw more lines, but thicker coming down from the Betweed sections to the points. I’d used the 05 jelly roll for the thinner lines and went with the 10 for the thicker lines.

As you can see, I then drew some orbs in the remaining sections. I decided to fill in the background with white, so it looks more like holes than orbs.

Here’s the picture in natural light after I attempted to do a little shading.

I put a little graphite along the line where the thin lines connected. I then added a bit of white charcoal pencil on a couple lines but other than that, I didn’t know what to do. So I just left it.

Here is the scan of the finished tile. It doesn’t look much different from the other.

So, what would you suggest I do to add more dimension to this? I like it enough, but it just seems like it’s missing something. Actually I think it kind of looks like salmon and honeycomb in those ovalish sections. :D

Well, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate any advice you have for me on how to shade on black tiles.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Bridge String with Shattuck, Knightsbridge, Cadent, and Echoism

Once again I participated with Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Basic prompt #TTKICPrompt072219. She suggested we “slow down” when tangling this week, which I did and I think my lines were a bit smoother.

Sandy said that the string this week was inspired by 59th Street Bridge song by Simon and Garfunkel. So it is a simple resemblance to a bridge; nothing too difficult this week. :)

I chose Shattuck and Knightsbridge because they are easy and I remember them without looking them up. ;) Then chose Echoism because I thought it would play nice in the c space at the top. Then comes my oops. ;) I frequently confuse Cubine and Cadent. I think I do that because I learned them about the same time but that is the only reason. I love Cadent and used it so much when I first learned to tangle about 10 years ago. So that is why I’ve included Cadent in my tile, which was not in the tangle pool to choose from. ;)

Here is a scan of my tile before shading.

I really enjoyed tangling this tile. Echoism is one I haven’t used much and enjoyed it. Here’s a picture I took in natural light.

I’d started to lay down some graphite and remembered that I needed to scan and take a picture first. That is why the lines on some of Shattuck on the right are so dark.

I enjoyed shading this one too. Here’s the scan.

Here is the picture I took in natural light, albeit a bit overcast.

I really love how ‘puffy’ the top center part with Echoism looks. :)

Well, that’s it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have been encouraged to put pen to paper. If I can do it, anyone can. :)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

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