Category Archives: Zentangle

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

Honeycomb

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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 Tanglepatterns.com 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

Splat!

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me 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

Watercolor Soul Star

I seem to really love Soul Star even though I don’t really do it justice. :D I like it almost as much as I did Cadent and Paradox when I first started tangling back in 2009. It seems that it is what comes to mind quickly and I am enjoying drawing.

This week I got some new art supplies but I’ll share about that next week. One of my new purchases was some watercolor pencils and I’ve been wanting to try them out.

So all I did was tangle Soul Star largely on my tile. Here is the lineart.

Soul Star ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I know, the lineart is not that great. ;) I’m always so thankful for shading. This time I tried my hand at some color. If you remember last week I added just a bit of color. I added a bit more this time around because I had watercolor pencils. :)

So here it is colored.

Soul Star Colored ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s what’s up. I like blues and purples right now. Then I remembered that you should use a color opposite on the color wheel for contrasting. Orange is opposite blue, so I attempted to put orange in the middle but my orange was more yellow than orange. So then I got out some pearly watercolors and added a dab on each orb (I’m thinking I’ll make some large orbs next time I use this tangle–if I remember) and add some in the middle.

Then I went back and used graphite to shade the sections I left white and the one side of the “spokes.” All in all, I like how it turned out, especially for my first use of these supplies.

Here are some pictures I took; I didn’t get natural lighting because it was dark out by the time I finally got this done and that’s saying something considering it’s summer and it stays light so late now.

Watercolored Soul Star ~ Lifeofjoy.meSoul Star ~ lifeofjoy.meSoul Star Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, what tips do you have for me? Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Bit of Color on Soul Star with Meer and Hollibaugh

Over the weekend I tangled a tile but did not shade it right away. When I checked the Diva Challenge this week, I saw that there was no challenge again; I guess Laura has gone on her summer break without any guest post challengers this year–I hope she is okay (I may ask on her facebook page when I’m done here).

I really like the tangle Soul Star by Sonya Yencer. I used it this week with two other favorites of mine, Meer and Hollibaugh. I like Hollibaugh because it has such good contrast in it.

So here’s my lineart.

Preshaded June10 Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI decided I wanted to add some color. Now I didn’t really have the right things to do this with so I just used my prismacolor pencils with a blender. It came out rather rough. I’m going to be looking for the watercolor pencils next. :)

I only colored one Soul Star because I wasn’t liking how it flowed . . . new supplies coming soon, I hope.

Soul Star, Meer, Hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meSoul Star, Meer, Hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere is a picture I took outside on an overcast day.

Meer Soul Star Hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used a bit of a 6b pencil to add some extra depth to some of the shading.

Since I want to share this in a Purely Zentangle group, I also scanned it grayscale because color is not allowed there. :)

grayscale meer soul star hollibaugh ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really appreciate you stopping by. Let me know which picture you like the most. I’m trying to figure out which way is best to post my tiles. I don’t like small pictures because I have a hard time seeing details but I don’t really want you to see all the imperfections either. ;)

Well, I’m off. Have a great day.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Tangled Notepad

I recently gave a small little notepad to Sean, my middle son. He promptly asked me if I’d tangle on it in white. Of course, not wanting to let him down I consented. ;) The other day I tangled it while I was listening to an audio.

Since there is no Diva Challenge this week AND we had a visitor on Tuesday, I decided that I would just share the notebook cover as my art for the week.

I’m not sure that I’m finished with it. I still want to do a little shading but when you are drawing with white, it is a bit different to shade than with black. I’m considering using color pencils to add some shading because I don’t think marker would work . . . I think it would just bead up and then smear off.

Here it is before any attempt at shading. ;)Tangled notepad ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe dashed border was printed on the cover already. Tangles used are Tipple, Meer, Shattuck, Avreal, and Msst. You can see where I was struggling with my pen some, with Msst.

I appreciate you stopping by. I hope you’ll leave a comment so I know you did.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Puf Tile

The diva challenge this week is to do a monotangle of Puf. Although I like the tangle, I did not like the resulting tile I produced but that’s okay. ;)

I drew a simple string that kind of resembled a diagonal letter T. I filled the entire thing.

DC#364 Puf ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt first I shaded along the string line but I didn’t like it so, shhhh–don’t tell, I erased it. ;) Here it is with the revised shading.

DC#364 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt actually looks a little better on the screen than in person. :D

DC#364 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere is a picture with natural lighting instead of a scan, like the others.

Puf ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks for stopping by!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Nik with Facade

Well, this week I did not like the Diva Challenge of remaking a previous tile that you loved. Well, I have a very hard time remaking a tile that I like but it is one I don’t care for I could probably remake it. I did look through my tiles to see if there was one I wanted to attempt again but there was not.

So instead I decided to just do a tile. The focus tangle for Square One: Purely Zentangle is Nik by Bunny Wright. It is an interesting tangle because there is a square portion to the tangle. I really enjoyed Facade last week and decided to incorporate that into one of the square portions of Nik.

Then I found yesterday’s daily tangle on Pattern-Collections was Lifi Loop by Smita Toke, which looked easy and seemed to have nice end results. Then the daily tangle for today is Lilly by Karin Frank, which looks pretty cool in the stepout, unfortunately I did not do it justice. ;)

So here is my tile before blackening and shading.

Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI struggled with the sections of Nik that overlapped each other. I’ll look at others’ tiles to see how they handle this for future tangling because I did like this tangle.

Lifi Loop was really nice but I need to learn how to draw the leafy points better. And poor Lilly did not turn out great. This one needs shading magic. ;) But I absolutely love Facade on Nik.

Here it is after shading.

Shaded Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’d thought about taking another scan after blackening but before shading and completely forgot about it.

Here it is again a bit smaller.

Shaded Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Since so many people said that tiles look better in photographs than scanned, I decided that I’d run outside and see if I could catch some light. Thankfully it is May and in the USA that means we have more sunlight now. It isn’t a bright light but I think it looks decent.

Sunlight shot of Facade in Nik Tile ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, which way do you think it looks best?

Well, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’ll leave me a comment so I know you were here. ;) Plus comments are so encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Aura Soul Star and Zlinky

For the last two months I have forgotten about the Zentangle group that meets in Tulsa, so I set a reminder and do not intend to miss it again unless I have scheduling conflicts. They meet once a month on the weekend and once a month on a weekday. I cannot make the weekend gatherings but I can make the weekday ones, usually. ;)

We met this week and Pam, our CZT, led us in tangling Façade. I really liked the tangle and intend to include it in a tile in the near future.

Facade ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did struggle a bit with the shading but I really like the tangle.

This week’s Diva Challenge is to aura your tangles. The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle this week is Zlinky which has auras built in, so that is kind of a cheat but it seemed to go well. I really enjoyed Soul Star from last week and decided to make it more prominent this week and aura it a bit.

I auraed both the beginning orbs and the outer “scoops.” However, I have inconsistent lines when I aura most of the time, so I decided to blacken in one of the auraed bands. Then I decided that I would like it better with another black aura.

Here it is before shading.

DC#363 and Soul Star with Zlinky ~ Lifeofjoy.meShading really made a difference on this one.

DC#363 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI opted not to include a border or string of any kind this time and just carried the aura to the edge in some places. I like the effect.

Here it is a bit smaller so that it looks a bit more polished. ;)

DC#363 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI still don’t have much really dark shading and I really tried too. :D Oh well, I enjoyed drawing it.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll leave a comment, as they are so very encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Somnee, Soul Star, and Dark Drops

This week’s Diva Challenge is to use Laura’s tangle Somnee. I combined it with the Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle of Soul Star by Sonya Yencer and the daily tangle on Pattern-Collections by Niklas Zeugner named Dark Drops.

I’m not great at straight lines, so Somnee was a bit of a challenge for me but fun all the same. Although shading it was also a challenge. ;)

I really enjoyed Soul Star and I think it paired well with Somnee. I wish I had drawn a larger one, so I may play with it a bit more this week. :)

Dark Drops also needed more space; it got a bit squished and thus a bit undistiquishable and, dare I say . . . dark. ;) LOL

Well, here it is before shading.

DC#362 Unshaded ~ Lifeofjoye.meI love how shading makes such a huge difference! Here it is shaded.

Shaded DC#362 ~ lifeofjoy.meHere it is a bit smaller, so you can see it how I see it. :)

Shaded DC#362 ~ lifeofjoy.meI think it kind of looks like a roller coaster or ferris wheel to me. Kind of fun. I did enjoy drawing it (although that is probably the wrong term to use :D) and I will probably revisit these tangles at some point in the future.

I’m considering using photos of my tiles like Maggibee said she does but it is such a hassle to do photos because I have to get the right lighting, take the photo, and upload the photo . . . and it seems to take forever for my photos to get found on my camera and uploaded. I already have to load pictures twice a week and really don’t desire to do it again. :D So until I get really really tired of my imperfections showing sooooo badly, I guess I’ll just make do with scans. ;)

Well, thank you for stopping by!!! I really appreciate it when you leave a comment! I get so much spam that I have to delete, it is nice when there is a real comment. Do you have trouble with spam comments?

Well, I’m going to run. I hope you have a wonderful day and for all of those moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day (Sunday)!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº