Category Archives: Zentangle

Tangled Ornament

This week’s diva challenge is to use Carole Ohl’s tangle Afterglo. Since there were no other guidelines, I also incorporated the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Hypnotic by Elena Hadzijaneva and the stepout is here.

Finally I checked Pattern-Collections daily tangle and weekly string. The weekly string is a circular ornament shape, which I did draw freehand and it is wobbly but fine. :) The daily tangle is Zipfelmuetz by Marion Manke. I’m a little slow because I only saw this as a design, nothing more. Then I got the bright idea to translate the tangle name. Low and behold! It is is German for stocking cap. My eyes were opened and I could see it. LOL Yes, sometimes I am a bit slow. ;) I even watched the video of the stepout being drawn and when she colored in the triangular sections, I just thought she was adding depth. :D Yep, slow today.

Well, at first I thought I’d put Afterglo right on the ornament but remember doing that with some similar tangle before and it didn’t turn out very well. So then I thought to put Stocking Cap on the ornament and felt that was a good way to go.

I ended up putting Afterglo up in the top corner like a star or a light shining down on it. And I have a very knotty table or floor under the ornament by using hypnotic there. I tried to get some decent shading and hope I blended it well, but I need to get my glasses updated and will probably see unblended areas once I see the scan on here but by that time it will be too late to do anything about it because I need to get this ready to post.

Without further adieu, here is the tile before shading.

Unshaded Tangled Ornament 1 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, I really appreciate shading. Makes my lines look so much better. :)

Here it is after shading.

DC#344 #Ornament1 ~

Once again, it looks a bit better a little smaller.

DC#344 #Ornament1 ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes! The imperfections are less obvious. ;)

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Have a great week!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Dewd, Baecube, Bermuda, Zailz

This week’s diva challenge is to use the new tangle Dewd. Thankfully there was a video showing how to use it, so I was able to get it half decent the first time out.

The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle is Zailz by Loretta West. Then there are two from Pattern-Collections including the pattern of the day for both yesterday and today. Today’s is Bermuda by Ina Sonnenmoser, which I did not do justice. Yesterday’s was Baecube by Barbara Steyer.

I really enjoyed drawing most of these new-to-me tangles. Baecube, in the center of my tile, is quite easy and can look quite nice, if shaded properly. It is fun to draw.

I didn’t think I’d like Zailz but I was pleasantly surprised. After reading the tip about imagining drawing a lower case cursive “s”, I really warmed to the tangle. I like the shape of that letter so that made it more fun to draw.

I decided to just draw a couple random lines within my border and ended up with three sections. I wasn’t sure I’d use all four of the tangles when I started. I kept imagining Baecube in the center. I wish I’d have drawn it a bit larger though.

Here is the tile before I started shading it.

DC#343 unshaded~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually drew it with Dewd along the bottom but preferred it this way after drawing it all. But after shading I decided I liked it a little differently oriented.

Here it is shaded.

Shaded DC#343 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I need a new blending stump, as my blending leaves a bit to be desired. The day got away from me, so I’m just calling this done.

I appreciate your comments! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a good week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bunzo Paradox Duotangle

Since this week’s diva challenge is a duotangle, I cannot combine it with any other focus or daily tangles. I did look at some Bunzo tutorials because I did not recall exactly how to draw it. Oh, I could have guessed but I thought I’d just do a quick refresher and I was glad I did.

It appears that the “official” way to draw Bunzo is with crescent shapes and not loops. Bunzo is not one of my go-to tangles but I enjoyed drawing it today. :)

Paradox is one that I love and have used since I first found Zentangle around seven years ago. I love how it has so much depth to it. Of course, I’ve struggled with how to shade it but am pleased with how it turned out today.

I considered drawing a string but instead went with putting Bunzo a little off-center and then Paradox behind it some how. I wasn’t sure until I actually started penning Paradox just how I was going to accomplish this but it came to me at the right moment. ;)

I considered adding more sections of Paradox but just felt like I was done (and I wasn’t even in a time constraint either :D ).

Here is the tile before shading. Well, I don’t consider the striping on Bunzo to be shading, so that is why I say, “before shading.”

DC#342 pre-shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used my Micron 01 for most of the blackening but ended up using my Pixma graphic 1 to fill in those larger spaces without scratchiness.

Here it is after shading.

DC#342 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI only used my standard #2 pencil for shading. In real life it looks a bit darker. And as always, when I see it larger like this, I can see a little where I didn’t get the pencil marks blended as thoroughly as I would have liked but that’s the difference in my lighting and eyesight and the bright light of the scanner. ;) (Yes, I’m making excuses. LOL)

Here it is a bit smaller. ;)

DC#342 ~ Lifeofjoy.meSee how some of those lines disappear? :)

I really appreciate your kind comments over the last several weeks on my tiles and shading. Shading is an area where I have really grown. I was so afraid to shade in the beginning; afraid I’d mess up the nice work I’d done and now I’m glad for it to cover up my not so nice line art. :D

I got a couple different shading books, which I guess have helped me but they both want you to pay attention to “light source” and that just isn’t always necessary with me. They generally forget that a light source can be pointed directly at an object. :D I always keep in mind how I saw Rick and Maria add some graphite shading on videos; it was always simple and added to the final look so much.

One thing that did really help from Eni Oken’s Shading Fearlessly book was to add more layers of shading and to keep going back over it. That is one thing that I generally apply, even if I’m ignoring “light source.” ;)

Thanks for stopping by. Here in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, so I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tangling Largely

This week’s diva challenge is to go big. :) The only other tiles I have are 4×4 and that didn’t seem much larger than the normal tiles, so I pulled out my 6×6 sketchbook that I hardly ever (not in several years) use. I also pulled out my graphic one sakura pen.

I checked the focus tangle for Square One:purely Zentangle, even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to post my tile there since it will be larger than the normal tiles. Tipple is their focus tangle. The tangle/pattern of the day today is Twisted Corners and yesterday’s was Lupin, over on These both looked promising as well.

Then I checked the string of the day there and then over on tanglepatterns. The one one tangle patterns, #250, appealed to me, so I went with it.

The first tangle I drew was Knightsbridge. The contrast of lots of black resonated with me as I drew and selected my tangles. The next choice was Hollibaugh, for the same reason. Then I went with Tipple. These are all comfort tangles for me, which does not mean that I draw them well, only that I like them and the balance of white and black with them. ;)
Then I decided to add Lupin in. Finally I decided to add Twisted Corners in the middle.

My shading was kind of all over the place with this one. Definitely no “fixed” light source today; I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s tough to do much good shading with so much black–it just doesn’t glide. ;)

Without further adieu, here is my zia before shading.
DC#341 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here it is shaded.

DC#341 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI am sooo thankful for your encouraging comments!!! It really makes my day. I appreciate you stopping by and viewing my artwork today.

Have a great day!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


I’ve got a really busy week this week. Here in the US, Thanksgiving is about two weeks away. We are having a holiday celebration on this Friday, which we are calling a Holiday Bash because we will celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve all on the one night. I’m hostessing the event so I have a pretty busy week. Tiffany and I spent the day yesterday buying food, supplies, and paper products. By the time we got home I was sooo tired, I could hardly see straight.

I looked at the tangles for pattern-collections and Square One: Purely Zentangle but truth be told, I was too tired to work it all out. It’s a shame too because Membranart looks like fun!

I started in one corner of my tile and just began drawing Wibble. I was not very even about it, that is for sure. After I scanned it and started to shade it, I realized it wasn’t going to work. So I flipped the tile over and started again. This time I was a bit more simple and just one curved path across my tile from the bottom corner. Then I decided to add another little swag above, since it looked a bit barren.

I scanned in the first attempt, so I thought I’d share that with you but it is now on the backside of the second attempt. ;)

Wibble ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt actually might have worked out okay if I weren’t so tired. ;)

Here it is the second time around before shading.
DC#340 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdding the auras really makes a big difference! I didn’t do a lot of shading but I did find that even running over the pen line with my pencil added some depth.

DC#340 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, I was quite tired and couldn’t see very clearly, as I didn’t get some of those lines blended very well. It is what it is.

Maybe it will look better a little smaller, so you cannot see the how much more I needed to blend the shading.

DC#340 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHAHA! Yep, I like that better. :)

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it when you leave me a comment, as it is most encouraging!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº


Autumn Tile

This week Laura challenges us to draw an Autumn tile. I really don’t like to draw Gourdgeous, so I decided not to use it and looked for something else that reminded me of autumn.

I looked at the focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle but didn’t feel it was one I wanted to work with this week. I then checked the daily tangles for today and yesterday on and determined that Lealad might work and went through the orb tangles. I found Schnattchen and it reminded me of a cornucopia, which is very autumnal to me.

I decided to draw that rather largely on the tile and then Lealad behind it on the left and center. So here it is before shading.

DC#339 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen I added shading. I considered adding another tangle to the right side but decided to keep it uncluttered instead.

DC#339 ~

Sometimes the tiles look better when they aren’t quite so magnified. ;)

DC#339 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt kind of reminds me of a turkey the way I’ve drawn it, rather than a cornucopia.

I’ve got to get some new stumps so I can blend a bit better. If you know of a good lamp that can sit on my side table and shine over the arm of my chair, when I am tangling, I’d love to know about it. I’m making my Christmas list now and it’d be a great addition, if it weren’t too expensive.

Thanks again for all the kind comments and for stopping by.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Smokey Loops and Frosty Windows

This week’s Diva Challenge is white on black, which means that I cannot combine it with the Purely Zentangle focus tangle because they require black on white tiles. I checked the daily tangle at pattern-collections. Today’s tangle and yesterday’s tangle are both part of their new loop tangles designation.

I hadn’t tried these before and really liked the looks of them. I decided to give them a go. I also opted to skip the string and just used Norwey along the bottom and then DecoLoop Echo up from there.

I love white on black tiles! I love the dramatic effect. Although I do not like the shading. The General’s white pencil is a bit scratchy on the tiles I use. I don’t like that.

I wish I’d have drawn DecoLoop Echo a bit smaller as it seems to have grown out of control. But it was fun to draw. :)

Here it is before shading.

Smokey Loops ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is with shading.

DC#338 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was kind of going for a frosty window on the Norwey at the bottom. I think using one of Sukura’s new smaller nib pens would have allowed me to make this smaller and more delicate. I’ll be looking for one when I run errands this week.

I appreciate you stopping by and any comments you leave. Thanks again.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Artoo, Triloop, and Palrevo

The diva challenge this week, in celebration of Laura’s son’s birthday, is to use the tangle she created in his honor named Artoo. This tangle is easy enough but I underestimated it when I drew it. ;)

Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle is Palrevo. It seems to be a good background tangle. So I added it to this tangle as well.

I also checked the daily pattern over on and found it to be a fun loopy tangle called Triloop. I didn’t do too badly on my first attempt at it but it could take a while to figure the best way to shade it. Like Artoo, I think this tangle is best drawn larger. I thought I’d drawn it large enough but think it would look better drawn even larger.

Here it is before shading.

DC#337 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then I attempted to shade it. Wish I had drawn Artoo larger. I will probably draw Triloop larger later. It is definitely challenging to shade. :D

Here it is shaded.

DC#337 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI rotated it because after I’d shaded it I liked it better this way but I see I could have shaded under Artoo a bit more darkly.

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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


This week’s diva challenge is a monotangle, so I won’t be combining it with any other focus tangles or challenges. I’ve not really used Striping before. But when I saw it as a monotangle, it reminded me of some tiles I’d seen on facebook using a line technique for getting your mojo back when you’ve gotten in a drawing slump. Here’s a link to the video of what I’m talking about.

I guess I should have taken a scan of the lines I drew for the “string” but alas, I didn’t. I did like Ellen said in the video and just drew some random lines. Then I started adding some wider lines than what she demonstrated in the video since I was going to blacken some in for my stripes.

I decided not to give all of them the sparkle but to keep some of the stripes solid. I also decided not to fill the entire square. I liked how some of the shapes were well defined and not muddied by more striping close to them.

Here it is before I added any graphite.

DC#336 ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere it is after shading.

DC#336 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meHmmm, it might look better smaller. ;)

DC#336 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I think I like it better that way.

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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tint, Baton, and Culaz

We have a conference at our church this week and I am volunteering in the kitchen. I don’t have much time to create this post today.

I decided to use a shallow semi-circle string and use the blossom version of TINT for the diva challenge. From there I added the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Baton but I didn’t really do it justice. Then I added the pattern collections pattern for the day, Culaz.

I almost forgot to scan it before I started shading but caught it just in time.

DC#335 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI auraed the whole thing a few times and than added some spheres in the middle aura.  Since I’m in a bit of a hurry, I just added a bit of shading from my dots and border and tried to stretch it inward a bit.

DC#335 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI appreciate you taking the time to stop by and really appreciate any comments you might leave. It is always so encouraging to see what you all have to say about my tiles. Of course, as usual, now that I’ve got this scanned and seeing it a bit larger, I realize I should’ve shaded the center of tint. Oh well! It is what it is because I don’t have time to add the shading and re-scan it.

I hope you have a great week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº