Category Archives: Zentangle

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

Inaura Buckle up!

I keep checking to see if Laura has a new Diva Challenge looking forward to the day one appears. :) Until one appears, I continue to check Square One: Purely Zentangle Facebook group for their weekly focus tangle and the daily tangle on Pattern-Collections.

This week’s Square One focus tangle is Inaura by Bunny Wright. I’ve only used this tangle a few times even though it is a rather simple one to draw. The daily tangle on Pattern-Collections yesterday was Buckle up! by Tomás Padrós. Unfortunately I don’t feel I did either one of them justice but enjoyed the process.

Here it is before shading. Oh, I loosely used string 007 from TanglePatterns.

Inaura Buckle Up ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is in natural (overcast) light.

unshaded inaura buckle up ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen I started shading I shaded outside the sections I tangled. It looked okay but when I shaded the tangles it was way to muddy and not enough contrast. So, I made the bold move and covered up all that shading with black ink.

Here is my final shaded tile.

Finished scan inaura buckle up ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is in natural light.

shaded pic inaura buckle up ~ Lifeofjoy.meI made the dot grid too close together for Buckle up! which made it too small for me to shade properly. In the end, I added shading to the section and called it good. ;)

Thanks for stopping by,

Michele ºÜº

Seta and Swaddle Flowering

Well, Festina Lente 2019 is over and there is still no Diva Challenge so I went off to Square One: Purely Zentangle to find the focus tangle of the week. I was pleased to find it was an easy (ish) one and by one of our Diva Challenge Participants: LonettA named Seta.

I then checked Pattern-Collections tangle for today and found it to be Swaddle Flowering by Lila Holter. I wasn’t too sure about this one and I didn’t get it exactly right because one of my lines was not quite bulbous enough, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

It was nice to do a smaller piece than I had been doing, going back to the standard 3.5″ square tile and just simply getting back to basics. It was also much quicker to complete. ;) Here is my tile before shading.

Swaddle Flowering on Seta ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is in natural lighting, albeit overcast but at least it stopped raining long enough for me to get it taken. ;)

nat seta swaddle flowering ~ Lifeofjoy.meOnce again, I am very thankful for shading! I followed one of LonettA’s variations and blackened in some of the arrowheads.

shaded seta swaddle flowering ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is in the natural evening cloudy lighting. ;)

seta swaddle flowering ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m really pleased with how it turned out. I’m also very surprised with how the swaddle flowering turned out. The sample on pattern collections was in color and I think it really took away from the pretty flower aspect of the tangle.

Overall both these tangles were enjoyable and I would enjoy using them again. I hope this sparks your creativity and you give it a go as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele ºÜº

Festina Lente 2019 Last Week

This is the last week of Festina Lente 2019. Actually it ended Sunday, Easter but I can’t share it on a Wednesday before it is finished so, I’m sharing today. :)

The theme this week is rainbow. The tangles are barberpole, 3-loops-6, fandance, mountain, and eez. The string is 13 from Tangle Patterns and the fragment is T5.

I ended up using the string for a string this week, unlike other weeks where I used it as a fragment/tangle. I have to admit I’m not a fan of the fragments. I guess fragments aren’t my thing. ;)

All the tangles were new to me, well all but barberpole. Although now that I think about it I might have done 3-loop-6 before for a challenge.

I didn’t think I’d like eez but it looks really cool when it is finished and it is really easy to draw. Mountain looks pretty cool too when it is finished. I didn’t care for it at first but liked it when it was complete.

Here is my piece before any shading.

#festinalente2019 unshaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s the picture in natural light before color or shading. Of course the it was a bit overcast.

#festinalente wk 7 bare ~ Lifeofjoy.meI added some shading with graphite and then added some watercolor pencils. I’m not very good with them yet, so I’m not really pleased with the final outcome. But here it is. My green went into the yellow a bit too much. :(

#festinalente week 7 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is in natural (but overcast) light.

Rainbow wk 7 #festinalente ~ Lifeofjoy.meFor whatever reason my white jelly roll pen doesn’t seem to work very well. I had a hard time blending the colors too. Oh well.

I’ve enjoyed doing these larger pieces the last several weeks and I’ve enjoyed learning the new tangles. I’ll have to look back over the new-to-me tangles and incorporate some of them in future tiles.

I wish I had used the music links each week but the truth is that I usually tangle while the family is watching television–well, whatever DVD we’ve chosen for the evening. Throughout most of the last month we’ve been watching the TV series White Collar. I like the first seasons but not the last ones because I believe in redemption and that people can change.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a great Easter. I’ve been reading through the Gospels this month and have enjoyed refreshing the life of Jesus, His sacrifice for us, His resurrection, and His appearances after the resurrection in my mind. It was a good Easter, even though my family wasn’t feeling well and we were unable to go to church.

I hope you have a good week. Mine’s been busy and will be busy for the rest of it as well but good.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº