Category Archives: Zentangle

DC#368 Straight Lines

This week’s diva challenge is straight lines. After seeing Laura’s lovely tile, I had a hard time thinking of anything else to do but I persevered.

I knew right away that I’d be including Paradox in my tile but that was about it. I checked my usual places for inspiration and really liked Pattern Collections Template #13. It has hearts though, so I made the hearts into boxes. :)

I remembered that I’d seen Shattuck drawn with straight lines instead of arcs/’c’-shapes and since I love Shattuck, I decided to include it. I used the Patterns by Framework: Line/Wave on Pattern-Collections and found Jota and Star-ING. I really liked Star-ING but couldn’t find anywhere to incorporate it but I did include Jota.

Finally, I included Flukes and Knightsbridge. I had considered Dex but decided the space I had was not conducive to using it. ;)

So here is my tile before shading.

Unshaded DC#368 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat straight line shattuck on the right looks almost like a ribbon of sorts. :D Jota did not turn out at all as I expected. It kind of reminds me of Beeline or Jonqual. I chose to do knightsbridge really small so that there’d be more than two rows of boxes. ;) Oh, I completely forgot to mention that I also used Irradial by Tomas Padros.

I didn’t do a lot of shading; I just added a touch of graphite.

DC#368 Straight Lines ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller, which shows less imperfections. ;)

DC#368 Straight Lines ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd finally, a picture taken outside in natural light, although the sun was close to setting, so it isn’t very bright.

Natural Lighting DC#368 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think it turned out pretty good. Jota kind of looks like hay bales or crates piled on top of each other. So there’s a checkered flag, dual black holes, odd little fans on crates, with blackened windows over a large ribbon. Hmmm . . .

If you are interested in the tiles I did over the summer, click here. Otherwise, thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

DC#367 ‘Nzeppel with Some Loops

Yay, Laura is back with a new Diva Challenge. Okay, I know she was back last week but I’d already done a tile and blog post and had it set to publish, so I opted not to change things. I am glad Laura had a good summer and am glad she’s back to issuing challenges. :)

This week’s challenge is to use ‘Nzeppel. :) I really love this tangle. I thought it was beautiful when I first started tangling YEARS ago but I struggled to make friends with it. ;) I think it was when Crazy ‘Nzeppel was introduced that I was able to make friends and now I love it. :)

I started this tile thinking I’d add a few other focus tangles. I chose string #12 on for my starting point. I thought I might put one of the angles across the background. I started by using ‘Nzeppel. When I finished with it, I decided less was better and merely added a few loopy shapes and called it done.

Here it is before shading.

DC#367 Nzeppel ~Lifeofjoy.meI don’t know what tangle that loopy shape is. It’s kind of a mesh of the shape for Drawing, Showgirl, and probably several others.

Here’s what it looks like after I shaded it.

DC#367 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is smaller, as it looks better.

DC#367 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd finally, here is a picture I took outside in direct light.

DC#367 Nzepple ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tile: Flowers

I had so much fun drawing Cupcake Flower the other week that I wanted to play with it some more. It really reminds of these small purple wildflowers at my parents’ house.

It is really fun to draw; it just flows. :)

I also wanted another stab at In-N-Out-Well. I drew it a bit bigger but it was still a bit small and I still see birds in it. :D These are the only tangles I used and I kept it simple.

Here it is before shading.
#cupcakeflower #innoutwell ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is shaded.

Shaded #cupcakeflower #innoutwell ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used my 6b pencil a bit in the shading. I also added a few white dot highlights that I didn’t like, so I shaded over them and it smudged a bit but oh well, it is what it is. ;)

I probably should have had some darker shading on the bottom too rather than just between the tangles. What do you think?

Here are the pictures a little smaller, so you can’t see the imperfections as well.

#cupcakeflower #innoutwell ~ Lifeofjoy.meShaded #cupcakeflower #innoutwell ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here is a picture I took outside in natural lighting.

Outside picture of Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think about how to improve the shading on this one. I’m still learning. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Tile Named Lattice

This week I decided to use the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle, Hexonu. I really dislike the name of the tangle but understand because it is in the form of a hexagon. It is a decent tangle but I certainly did not do it justice at all. Mine turned out reminding me more of a bee hive than hexagons. ;)

Then I added the Pattern-Collections daily tangle for Tuesday, In-N-Out-Well. I just keep seeing eyes and birds and stuff but I shaded it like a flower instead since I had no idea how else to shade it.

I also added today’s daily tangle, Merryweather, by Sandy Hunter. This one basically takes Bales and adds another couple elements to it. I just don’t think I did justice to any of these tangles. I know you all would say I’m being too hard on myself but . . . maybe I am.

Here is the tile before I shaded it. Well, actually I’d started shading it when I realized that I hadn’t scanned it yet, so this is as close to before shading as possible. ;)

#hexonu #merryweather #innoutwell ~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t really like the lines on Merryweather, so I ended up blackening that part in. I did all of them in the same direction too. The In-N-Out-Well look like clasps here. I can just imagine what Nicole Dreyer from Pattern Collections would do with that one. She draws some of the cutest critters. I believe those circled dots would be changed to Caviar in hers. Makes me smile just thinking about it.

Here is my tile after shading.

Shaded #merryweather #innoutwell #hexonu ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd now because they always look better smaller . . .

#hexonu #merryweather #innoutwell ~ Lifeofjoy.meShaded #merryweather #innoutwell #hexonu ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd since I got this done early enough to still have sunlight, I took a picture of it in natural light.

Better Picture of Lattice ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


This week I wasn’t sure I was going to get a tile done but I was able to without much wrist pain. However, shading was where I was a bit challenged. I guess I press my pencil differently when I shade than I press my pen when I draw.

At any rate, I used the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Fan Club but did not do it justice. I will have to play with it a bit more because I do like the tangle quite a lot but I just did not do it justice here today. I cannot seem to get the right sizing on the “petals” and I cannot squeeze as many on each fan as the step-out. I think I like it best with the outer aura and extra orbs.

Then I used Calantha which was the focus tangle on Pattern-Collections yesterday. I didn’t do this one justice either. It seems that I was not in a pointy/jagged mood of drawing. Now that I think about it I should have adjusted it and added some rounded “petals” instead of the pointed ones. Hmmm, well, maybe I will go back and play with this one again.

The final tangle I included was today’s focus tangle, Cupcake Flower, on Pattern-Collections. At first I thought it resembled Zinger quite a bit and wasn’t sure I would like this one very much but since Chris had written such a good piece when introducing Fan Club as the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle for the week, I decided to give it a go anyway.

I have to tell you, I LOVED IT! It is so easy to get into a flow with this one. You simply must give it a try. If I’d have had more room on my tile, I probably would have drawn a few more. :) It really is good.

Here is my tile before shading.

Fan Club, calantha, Cupcake Flower ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat big cupcake flower on the left was my first attempt and I wasn’t getting it, so I kind of finished it off like Zinger. ;) But with the next one, I caught the flow of the tangle.

And here it is after being shaded. I’m calling it Butterflies because the Fan Club resembles butterflies to me, the way I’ve drawn them (with not enough ‘petals’;).

Shaded Butterfly Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller, showing less imperfections. ;)

Shaded Butterfly Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meUnfortunately, it was late by the time I got this finished and had no more sunlight to take a photo of it. Maybe I’ll get one soon and add it here.

I appreciate you stopping by and comments; it means a lot that you take your time to do so.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Art Inspiration

DC#356 Name Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve been battling some wrist issues lately that makes writing and drawing a bit painful. I am in the process of overcoming this but I also had to fight some horrible sinus mess that had my head aching, with special focus on my ears. NOT GOOD!!! Seriously folks, I was miserable!!! Anyway, it was just too much for me to deal with to attempt to draw too.

So, I decided to share some of my favorite artists with you.

I guess I should start with Rick and Maria, the creators of Zentangle. I learned about this art form from a fellow home educator who was teaching a monthly art class. :) I’m so thankful to Cheryl for introducing me to this easy art form that has been so meaningful in my life. I’m also thankful to Rick and Maria for using the time honored technique of stepouts that makes it so easy to obtain good results. Sometimes it is better to see the tangle drawn but most of the time the stepouts is enough.

One of the first to make an impact on me was Sandy Kelley-Jones. I don’t know her in real life (irl) but she added such contrast with a lot of black inked backgrounds. Just gorgeous. She inspired me. (I loved her work before she even became a CZT. :) ) Turns out she is friends with the lady that does our Tulsa Zentangle Group, Pam. :) What a nice coincidence. Sandy created a closed facebook group where members share their daily tangles; it is aptly named Today’s Tangles.

Eni Oken is another that has left her mark on me. Although she was an artist before finding Zentangle so she keeps her artist ways in shading which has been a real challenge for me. One of the things I love about Zentangle is not having to worry about where the light source is. ;) It seems like Eni finally realized this when she got into Zendalas. But she has helped me become who I am with regards to this form of art.

The next one that really inspired me is known on facebook as Lily Moon. She does some amazing work. For any that don’t know, she has a website where she shares her tiles and tangles she creates. I really like caracole. I don’t do it justice but I like it and her art. :)

The most recent one impacting and inspiring me, is Zen Linea whom I also follow on facebook and do not know irl. Her work is just stunning and adds a bit of color. I will admit that in the very beginning of my Zentangle experience I wasn’t sure about the lack of color. But as I drew it myself, it was so freeing. I got to where I preferred it to those that had used color. But then this artist started adding just hints of color and I could see how it enhanced the art. Now she has some amazing colored work. She has a website and has started doing videos too. :) Very nice to see how she does what she does.

When I went online to get the links for this post, I came across this interesting post on Today’s Tangles for a summer challenge. I wish I’d have seen it at the beginning of the summer but then again, I was so busy I doubt I’d have committed to doing this. But it sounds interesting to me now and may start this or something like it next month. We’ll see. Who knows, maybe I’ll use it as a jumping off point and start filling up the empty spots (which is most of them) in my Tangle-a-Day calendar.

Oh! As I was looking through the summer challenge I saw she had a clarification page. As is typical, I followed the bunny trail and found that Zentangle Project #3 incorporated some color and white chalk. I enjoyed watching the videos of Molly and Maria adding the color to their finished lineart.

Well, I hope that I’ve shared something here today that will inspire you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Icantoo, Smile, and Scada

Today I could not decide what color tile to use. I had found that the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle was Icantoo. I also found the daily tangles for yesterday and today on Pattern Collections was S-cada and Smile.

I decided to do a quick template check and found template #7 would work for me to use all three of these tangles. I first thought I’d just do as I always do  and use a white tile. Then I thought about a black tile. And finally a tan tile. I couldn’t decide which one to go with so I tried it on all three.

Here it is before shading.

White Tile Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meTan tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlack tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhite Tile Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meTan tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlack tile icantoo smile scada ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did the black one first and thought adding in the orbs was a good idea . . . not so much. Then I did the tan tile, which looks pink on my laptop, and as I was drawing S-cada I thought, “I need to make sure I draw the spirals in the right direction,” and totally drew the second ones wrong. :o I got it right the third time around (the white tile).

I had no idea how to shade the black tile. I know you have to “shade” the highlight and not the shadow but, yeah, so I just left it with the few highlights and called it good.

The tan tile was a bit easier and I used both some white ink highlights and the graphite shading. I think it turned out okay.

Shaded Tan Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller.

Shaded Tan Icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t bother erasing the template/string lines.

Then on the white tile, I shaded under Icantoo, making the string visible. I also drew Icantoo in the same direction instead of all 4 pointing towards the middle.

Shaded white icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere this one is a bit smaller.

Shaded white icantoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was raining today so I didn’t get a photograph in natural lighting.

So, which is your favorite? What tips do you have for me when drawing on different colored tiles?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and I’m glad you stopped by!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Clouds and Waves

This week I had some tangles that had been focus tangles in the past several weeks that I wanted to try my hand at but had not yet. I believe three of them were focus tangles on Square One: Purely Zentangle and the other was a featured tangle on day on Pattern Collections one day last week.

The tangles are Aurabed by Karin Frank, Cindyer by Yu Ru Chen, Poa by Marion Kreuzweg, and Ilac by Ria Matheussen. I decided to draw them all together because they all seemed to be drawn (with the exception of maybe Cindyer) in a column or strip. I remembered a challenge I’d done some time ago of a striped tile and thought these would do well in the same kind of layout.

Here it is without shading.

Tangling waves and clouds ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf these, I think Cindyer was my favorite to draw. The hearts just kind of appeared. ;) That is tangling magic. :) Poa kind of looks like big fish with mouths open or rafts floating down waves.

Even though I didn’t draw Aurabed (at the top) exactly as the stepout, I still like it a lot. It was probably the easiest to draw. I enjoyed Ilac, even though I didn’t quite do it justice. I can see myself using it and some of the others again. Cindyer reminded me of Cadent a bit and Cadent is one of my favorites although I haven’t used it in quite some time now. But I digress. ;)

Here it is shaded.

Tangles Aurabed, Ilac, Poa, Cindyer ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt always amazes me how plain and unshaded they look when I scan them in and look at it on screen. It frequently looks better smaller. The reason I don’t just put it up in the smaller size is because I know I like to see the detail in tiles, so I show it with all its imperfections, in case others are like me. Here it is a bit smaller.

Tangles Aurabed, Ilac, Poa, Cindyer ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then on the advice of others that have such lovely tiles shared on facebook, I started taking pictures outside for a more favorable look. ;)

Waves & Clouds ~ Lifeofjoy.meOkay, I’m just going to say it . . . it looks A LOT more shaded in real life. 8)

Clouds and Waves Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI drew the tangles in columns rather than in rows. Of course I did rotate my tile as I drew it. It was fun to do.

Thanks for stopping by! Do come again. I hope I’ve encouraged you to try something new.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


This week I had my Zentangle group.

Tulsa Zentangle Group ~ Lifeofjoy.meSince it wasn’t our usual week because of room availability, I was the only one there other than the CZT, Pam Neumann.

She taught me Raddox and then showed me how some others have drawn it. One of them in particular was spectacular! She drew it in the round and it was stunning. If you have the Mosaic app, you should be able to find it . . . it resembles a star.

Here is the learning tile I did with Raddox.

Scanned Learning Raddox Tile ~

Yeah, it looks better in real life. Here’s a photo of it.

Learning Raddox Photo ~ Lifeofjoy.mePam showed me some tiles she’d done with Raddox and that led to Orlique, Tagh, Indy-rella, and Zinger. We didn’t get around to actually doing a tile with Raddox in it so I thought that’s what I’d do for today’s tile.

I went to and decided to use String 016 by Jill Dobis. It is a rather unusual string and I thought it left some good spaces to enable me to use several of the tangles Pam and I went over the other day.

Here is my tile, which I am calling Honeycomb, because Michael said that’s what it looked like to him. :) This is the unshaded version.

unshaded raddox, tagh, orlique, zinger, indy-rella ~ Lifeofjoy.meI found it difficult to carry raddox around the curve and thus the black stripes happened. ;) Then for tagh, I decided I needed some more black contrast so I attempted to inverse it a bit, making the tag or tongue white and drawing a double line for the outer border to enable me to blacken it in a bit. I’m pleased with how that turned out.

Orlique is the one in the middle. Next time I will probably use one pointed line and one curvy lines, trying for a little more distinction. But it turned out okay. I’d never drawn Indy-rella before and I actually liked it. I can see I may be using this one more in the future.

I really like Zinger, always have. I just need a bit more experience shading it. The largest one got a bit out of hand though. :D

I’m always amazed at how much shading helps. And to think that in the beginning I was afraid I’d mess up my hard lineart with shading. Now I look forward to shading to cover up my wiggly lines. :D

Here is the shaded scan.

Shaded Tile using Raddox, Tagh, Indy-rella, and Zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meLooks better in real life. Here it is a bit smaller . . .

Shaded Tile using Raddox, Tagh, Indy-rella, and Zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to show it larger because I like to see the detail in other’s work, so I do what I’d like to see. ;)

Again, the photo looks so much better, even though it was overcast when I took them.

Tile using Raddox, tagh, indy-rella, and zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is a bit smaller. ;)

Tile using Raddox, tagh, indy-rella, and zinger ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, in real life, it looks more shaded than that. You know, I know how much I shade to get it to look like that; some of those with dark shading must really really shade to almost black. :D

Well, that’s my rambling and art for this week. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


I hope Laura Harms, the CZTDiva challenge gal, is doing better. I miss her challenges though. ;) In her absence I’ve had to come up with my own ideas for what to draw. This week I checked out the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle and was pleased that it was a tangle I had seen before and forgot I wanted to try my hand at.

I first saw Tangleflake by Suzanne Davis at the Tulsa Zentangle Group led by Pam Neumann. One of the other participants showed it to me and I loved it. It adds a lot of contrast to a tile. Here’s a video for it as well.

I didn’t think I’d want to do more than one tangleflake on my tile this go ’round and remembered Lily Moon’s tangle Caracole (video here). It is easy to do and produces good results generally. Although this time around it got really big, really quickly! But it turned out okay.

Tangleflake kind of has the shading built into it, so I completely forgot to take a preshaded scan. So here is my finished tile that I’m calling Splat! because tangleflake looks like something was spilt on it.

Tangleflake and Caracole ~ lfieofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller, which shows fewer imperfections. ;)

Tangleflake and Caracole ~ lfieofjoy.meAnd here is a photo I took of it because tiles just seem to look better photographed. Although I still scan them too for a project I’m working on. :)

Photo of Tangleflake and Caracole ~ I could have done some tangling in the large sections of caracole but really wanted to keep it clean and uncluttered.

I struggled with the white spots on Tangleflake, as it seemed to me that her ‘her light source’ was in the upper right corner but then when she did the drop shadow she did it on the same side, which seemed to me that it should have been on the opposite side. I tried to keep the light in the upper right corner but not sure I was successful. I will attempt tangleflake again in the future and do a bit more defined shadow for the extra orbs next time.

Oh! and watching Lily’s video of Caracole, I see that I should have kept my initial ‘points’ closer to the same height but that’s what I get for not paying attention to the stepout when I tangled. ;) It was fun anyway. I think it could be a good candidate for some watercolor. :)

Well, I’ll run for now. Have a great day!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº