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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

CZT New Year Swap 2017

I am joining in on a swap with other CZTs for the New Year.  These are 4"x6" watercolor tiles.  The only requirement is that they have 2017 somewhere on them.  I gracefully hid it on each one.  These are all watercolor backgrounds, enhanced with pastel chalk pencils and highlighted with white gelly roll.  There is a bit of gold and a bit of sparkle included as well.  The end of January, I should get an envelope back with 3 ZIAs from other CZTs.  This is always a lot of fun.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Square One: Drawings

At Zen Again this year, Zentangle HQ introduced four new patterns.  This week's focus pattern on Square One is one of them - Drawings.  Here I have created a tile with Drawings and another new one, Icanthis.  I like them both.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Seasons Greeting ZIA

I really had a great time with this piece.  I posted a week ago the linework and had to wait to return home from traveling to finish.  So I sat down last night and started the color work  Here is the next WIP.
So the last step was the embellishments aand more shading.  I am pleased with the final result.  You will notice that I have used Verdigogh, Cruffle and Laflor in my tangling.  Happy Holidays to all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Seasons ZIA

I have had an idea in mind since I saw a piece of cardstock scrapbook paper at a store I found in Shawnee Mission, Kansas called VintageinKc.  This store is amazing.  If you are ever in the area you should check it out.  Anyway, here is the paper that called to me..

So I had in mind poinsettias and a garland with a lantern and candle.  Vague, huh?  I went to World Market and looked at lanterns to get an idea what I wanted.  Then I started experimenting with the Zentangle pattern Laflor to make the Poinsettias.  I worked with that on tan to get the toning down - not a lot of color, just enough to pop it.  Here is my test page (well, the one I am showing.  I think I did about 6 sketches before getting to this point.)

So I really liked the way the poinsettia-like flowers worked, and decided to start on the page.  Now, this paper is grey, but I love the splotchy look of the gray.  I used one of my sketches to lay down the linework on this.  Here is the first result of the linework.  

Now I will start color and shading and highlights when I return to my home tomorrow.  I have been at my son's house in Colorado where the weather didn't allow for much other than sitting around the fireplace with a sketchbook!!

Once I finish, I will post the resulting page.  I am so excited to get this one done since it has been in my mind for a month!!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Square One: Stella

Stella is a pattern from Jana Roberts Pharmer.  Love it - as it is zendala-like in its simplicity.  I added some Quandu, Uncorked, Rain Dotty and Pearly

Diva Challenge 297

This is the last challenge of 2016.  To honor this, the Diva invited us to revisit one of the past year's final challenges.  I chose the 2014 Challenge #198 - K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Silly!).  I did a simple Stella by Jana Roberts Pharmer, and added some simple line work to the pattern.

Square One: Aura Leah

Aura-Leah is a pattern created by Carmen du Perez.  It is very organic in nature, which makes it a favorite of mine.  I mixed it here with Moowa, Barrel Roll, Discolea and Printemps.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Calendar fun

I have faithfully worked through every day of my Tangle-A-Day calendar this year.  But I had some fun on the 12th of December.  The pattern for that day was GuGus.  As I worked through the pattern, I added some Fescu as fillers and the GuGus turned into geese!!
I have my 2017 calendar and plan to continue this journey.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Square One: Reel

This focus pattern comes from Lily Moon and is a fun pattern.  It was a bit confusing at first, but when it comes together, it is great.  I filled it with a mixture of Nzeppel and Nymph and rounded out the tile with Crazy Huggins (or Random Huggins).  It got kind of busy but it worked.

Diva Challenge 296

Laura's UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge this week is Anna Ipsen..  Mooka is a mac'n'cheese pattern for me, but Moowa started flowing in a stilted manner for me.  So I went ahead and finished it with Laflor as a softening balance.  And ended up with contrasting by darkening open areas.

I decided to try another tile and soften it.  I created a circular pattern with it, and then interwove it.  I finished it off by framing it with Noom and a linework frame set off by Keeko and Msst.
Which one do you like best?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Diva Challenge 295

This week in the Diva Challenge, we are doing reticula and fragments again.  This time, Laura wants us to draw in grid in pen and then do an alternating asymmetrical fragment.  I used K5 on the fragment grid in the Primer, and added Joki and tumbleweed. I did K5, alternating direction on every other piece of the grid.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

My December calendar pages

I have been working through the Tangle-A-Day Calendar ( this year - I am proud to say that I have actually completed all of the pages in this calendar to date.  This has been a commitment I made to myself and I have enjoyed it so much and learned so much that I ordered the 2017 Tangle-A-Day Calendar. (  This year, Jane Eileen, another CZT who administers a Facebook group, has actually supplied a list of patterns for each day.  These are patterns that I might not have been inclined to look at or practice, and I have added some favorites to my list.  Next year, I plan to work through the official Zentangle patterns - 1 every 3 days - along with some favorites I want to work with more.

In this Calendar, at the start of each month is a monthly calendar and then an extra page where Carol Ohl started the design.  The past few months I have worked on these pages and completed her art with my own.  I am sharing these pages for December - I hope you enjoy them.  The first picture is the partial page for page 2, then my finished two pages (the page with the monthly calendar had no predrawn design on it).

Friday, November 25, 2016

Our Tangled Lives

I don't often blog about the journal work I do in this group - I think maybe it reveals more than I want in a lot of ways.  But this one page I did some practicing on shading techniques.  It was a lot of fun to create and work on the shading.  I did it over a couple of days over the Thanksgiving holiday.  I used the new Zentangle patterns Icanthis and Waybop, along with Joki, Flux, Vertigogh, Tipple, Laflor and some line work, with a background of florz.  The first one is the line work, and then the shading.  I wish the photograph did it more justice - it really is quite dramatic.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Seeing Stars

I am seeing stars today. I spent yesterday creating ornament stars from Cris Letourneau's star ornament book for my own use and to enclose in my December swaps as an extra surprise in the traveling tangles project. Here are some pictures of some of the stars I made. You can findCris' book at  These are so much fun to make. I recommend Cris' book.
I even included the new offiial Zentangle pattern Icanthis on one of them.  And there are no gold stars - these are actually silver but for some reason photographed gold.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Diva Challenge 294

This week the Diva delved into the world of reticula and fragments.  This is a subject covered in Rick and Maria's second Primer and a subject I have played with some.  The other day I came across a pattern by YuRu Chen called Bridge that immediately came to mind with this challenge.  I did some playing with the pattern - different variations (the first picture shown).  Then I applied it to a regular sized tile.  It got kind of busy and I had to really think about placing the pattern.  As you can see I used a mirror pattern effect in my final tile (the second picture).

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Creating Art at the Speed of Life

I have started a new learning experience.  The book Creating Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker is a 30-day mixed media learning experience.  It starts out by creating a canvas-covered journal from two sheets of 22x30" watercolor paper.  It consists of 5 signatures grouped together into a journal.  That was fun to make and I will share a picture of it when I complete the artwork on it.  I started out with the first two lessons  which deal with the color wheel and understanding the terms of color.  So the first two pages of my journal are complete.  So far it is a great experience and I am enjoying it.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Diva Challenge 293

I decided I needed to switch up this week for the Diva Challenge.  The pattern to use is Keeko.  This is one of the first patterns I learned to use.  I actually use it quite a bit as a frame, especially on illuminated letter opus tiles.  Here is the tile I have prepared for this week's challenge - keeko with joki, flux and torn screen.  I like using torn screen as a background, and keeko works well in that way also.

This is one of the illuminated letter opus tiles showing Keeko used in the border around the letter.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Square One: Rainking

This week's focus pattern is Rainking.  You can find the stepouts on  I have mixed it with a variation of Hamadox (without the "dox") and Raindotty.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Diva Challenge 292

The UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge this month is Eaxy.  Wow this took focus.  You can find the stepouts on  I kept it confined to small space and really had to concentrate on the pattern.  I mixed it with printemps, Ovy, Inapod/Abumdies variation, Barberpole, and Edgar,

Mosaic No, 5 complete!!

All I could say was wow when I saw the result.
Annette had 25 prople join in - from Belgium, the Netherlands, USA, Italy, France,, UK, Finland and Germany.  She had 36 tiles to work with.  You can check it out at her blog.  Everyone had information on their interpretation of wind and how they applied it.

Mosaic #5 with Lonetta as a Mosaic

I opened an email today from Annette, the master of the Mosaics that I enjoy.  (See the blog post of October 31 where I posted my addition for this month's Mosaic.) Annette sent me a mosaic of my tile.  Awesome!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Diva Challenge 291

Halloween/spooky  theme - I went with a gemmy spider on a web.  Colored with prismacolor and white gelly roll.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mosaic #5 with Lonetta

Lonetta at CreA(R)Tives invited us to work on another Mosaic project with her.  This is my fourth one -I missed out on the very first one.  This tile's theme is wind.  

Here is what Lonetta said:  

The wind has many facets! What do you think about wind?

Do you think of storm, whirlwind, gust of wind, breath of wind, calm?
Headwind or tail wind?
Onshore wind or offshore wind?
Wind chimes, windsurfing, windmill?
Which kind of wind let you feel good?
Wind - we have so much wind in the midwest.  You either love it or hate it.  I actually enjoy it most of the time.  My tile reflects the movement of wind in lines.

This is the tile string we started with.  The black was to stay black and the gray tangled with black only.

Wind - we have so much wind in the midwest.  You either love it or hate it.  I actually enjoy it most of the time.  My tile reflects the movements of wind in lines.  Unfortunately I just realized it saved in a rotated manner.

The bottom right point is Ela Reigel's Rundel, signifying a tornado, as does the fingerbob trio in the center of the arch.  Wud is the wavy lines of wind.  A form of Nioroda also has the circular motion as well as the printemps used to finish it out.  On the black portion, I used Y-Chain.  I can't wait to see the finished product.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Diva Challenge 290 - Take Two!!

I wasn't that pleased with my black tile duotangle, so I did another one - here is my redo and I like it a lot better.  Duotangle with N'zeppel and Flux.

Diva Challenge 290

This week is a Duotangle - N'zeppel and Flux.  I decided to do some experimenting on a black tile with pastel chalk pencils.  Boy did I ever venture into the unknown.  First of all, soooo much white.  Then trying to tone it down with chalk but still keep the patterns. I used a wonky N'zeppel grid on one side to give the larger orbs, and a more balanced grid on the other, resulting in smaller orbs. I ended up overworking the chalk to come up with this version.  Maybe I should have used a yellow instead of the pale orange - this has a ghoulish look!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Diva Challenge 289

I am still not set up in my art room, but was able to come up with enough supplies to do this leaf.  I actually picked leaves and pressed them to use them as templates.  The background is watercolor and I have used Tombow markers, colored pencil and gelly roll pens for the leaves.  I struggled a bit, but kept at it and finally got it where I wanted it.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Diva Challenge 288

This week's Diva Challenge is the pattern Gordgeous, an official pattern launched last year.  I recently did a tile in my black journal using Gordgeous, and in sake of saving time, am reposting it here.  I hqve just finished a major household move and not settled yet.  I have a whole room for a new studio and will love getting it put together.  In the meantime, I haven't done much tangling.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Journal work

I was taken with the dreamcatcher pattern from Daniel Lamothe that we used in the Diva Challenge last week.  I took the tile I created on my journal page and just expanded it, using the dreamcatcher as the focal point.  With my love of zendalas, I think this pattern will be used more frequently in the future.  Here is the journal page with the expansion.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Square One: Oshun

This week's Square One pattern is Oshun - a pattern from Sandy Steen Bartholomew.  This is an interesting pattern.  I wasn't sure what to do with it. Here is my attempt with sand swirl, inapod, fescu, ruutz, organic.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Diva Challenge 287 and Square One Florez

This is a two pronged post.  First of all, the Square One Challenge is Florez. I didn't wrap my mind around this one till the end, but made it work anyway.  Mixed with Fassett, Adante and Printemps.
And the Diva Challenge is a UMT (Use My Tangle) - Dreamcatcher by Daniel Lamothe, CZT.  Love this pattern - of course, I like anything zendala-like.  This is the first one I have ever done without a comopass, though, so it was really fun for me.  Oh my, I see more of this pattern in the future.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Diva Challenge 286

Lines - straight lines.  Really fits my mood right now.  Don't really have to think about it.  Just draw straight lines.

Square One: Garlic Cloves

Love it - line work!!!  Garlic cloves can be so much fun.  I did the entire tile rather than adding another pattern (other than tipple) because it just felt good drawing lines.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Diva Challenge 285 - Let It Go!!!

I know we all have heard the song Let it Go - that's what I thought when I read the Diva's challenge.  She wanted us to just let it go and draw.  Don't overthink it, don't think about what others will say when they see it - just start drawing.  So I started with my mac 'n cheese Mooka, with Tumbleweed and printemps.  I did give some thought when shading, but otherwise, just let my pen go.

Autumn splendor

I was visiting with my friend, Dusty Darrah, CZT, and we were playing with our black journals.  Each time we get together, we have a "project" in mind and really enjoy getting into our work.  Here, I was working with white gelly roll for the outlines, prismacolor and gelly roll and glaze highlights.  Patterns are Akua Art's Alabastro, Verdigogh and Gordgeous.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Square One: Fife

Fife is not a pattern I use a lot - I have been doing some practicing though.  One of the hardest things for me to do when I work with a tangle pattern is to change it up.  I almost always tend to draw it exactly as the stepouts show.  So this time I used Fife as a center focus, changing how it is embellished, with meer behind it, almost looking like a bracelet with a medallion.  then I added smaller Fife filled in, printemps and poke leaf.

Diva Challenge 284

This week we are using the monotangle Tripoli.  I like Tripoli - I like to make it wander.  There are so many fills you can do with Tripoli.  You can find the stepouts for Tripoli at
I wish my picture showed my shading a bit better, but here it is.