Sunday, May 14, 2017

Not quite a Zentangle . . .

This is my latest creation -- not quite a Zentangle, but nonetheless a work of art.  I used ink pens, gel pens, and Sharpie markers again and again and again . . . .

As always, comments and criticisms are appreciated.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Diva Challenge #293 - "Keeko, you know!"

This week's Diva Challenge was to find some zen in your keeko.

I created a monotangle tile drawing Keeko using a white Gelly Roll 08 pen on a black tile.  I used negative space to indicate an aum symbol in the center of the tile.

I am still having difficulties with the white Gelly Roll pens. For some reason, they keep skipping and missing, then blob out all at once.  I started getting frustrated with this pattern, hence the look that a 5 year-old drew it.

Comments and criticisms always appreciated.   

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Retreat in the Woods

I spent 4 days last week with 3 of my girlfriends in a cabin in the woods on the coast of the Blue River in southeastern Oklahoma.  We left home with summer weather and returned with autumn weather which is way overdue.

It was a wonderful trip.  We rested, ate, drank, talked, read, and took it easy.  We sat outside for long periods of time by a campfire that continuously burned.

The sky at night was gorgeous.  It looked like a black blanket with sparkling diamonds accenting it.  Even though I live rural, I did not realize how much light pollution I had at home. The night sky was outstanding!!

When I took a break from reading, I drew the above Zentangle inspired art composed of Paradox, Squid, Tipple, and Isochor.  I used black Sharpie pens with medium and fine points and a black Micron 01 pen.  As you can see, I still have a way to go on proper shading.  It is always a work in progress. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Diva Challenge #286: "Straight to It"

This week's Diva Challenge is to create a tile using any Zentangle patterns that are made of straight lines.  I created two tiles to share.

The tile above is Paradox created using a medium point black Sharpie pen and a pencil and tortillion (for shading).  It is astonishing how this is created entirely out of straight lines and the finished product looks curved.  Amazing!!

The tile above is a combination of Cubine, Hollibaugh, and Emingle created using a medium point black Sharpie pen, a black Micron 01 pen, and a pencil and tortillion (for shading).

As always, comments and criticisms are welcome.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Diva Challenge #277 - "Running 'round in Circles"

The Diva Challenge this week is to draw a thread with circles and then fill it with tangles.  Well, I decided to use one of my circular tiles as the thread and fill it with Hypnotic and Tipple using a medium point black Sharpie and a black Micron 01.

As always, comments and criticisms are appreciated.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


This is my first attempt at drawing the "B'dylan" pattern.  I drew it on a white tile using a black fine point Sharpie, gold Pentel Slicci .8mm, and miscellaneous Gelly Roll pens.  It was a fun pattern.  

My next attempt drawing it will probably be on a black tile using a white Gelly Roll pen.

As always, comments and criticisms are appreciated!!

Stay tuned . . .

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Diva Challenge #275 - "Guest Post: Give Peace a Chance - Suzanne Fluhr, CZT

Suzanne Fluhr is standing in for the Diva this week and has set this week's challenge as follows:  "I'd like you to dedicate yourselves to expressing "Give Peace a Chance" through art, using Zentangle and Zentangle Inspired Art techniques."

Immediately when I read this on Monday, I started out and created a tile using peace as a theme.  Here is what it looks like:

I was not real pleased with it and held off posting it hoping I would create a new one.  Well, I do not think it will happen before the end of the challenge so I decided to go ahead and post this one.

I used a black Sharpie medium point pen and a black Micron 01 pen to draw Crescent Moon and Bambooz patterns.  

I messed up on the peace sign and intended to draw it larger but tried to salvage it with the Bambooz accents.  Here is a close-up photo:

I kept telling myself that there are no mistakes in Zentangle and it was meant to be . . . I still believe the process is "one stroke at a time."  Sometimes my strokes just do not go as planned.

Oh well, there is always next week . . . .

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Diva Challenge #274 - "My Country 'Tis of Thee"

The Diva Challenge for this week is to show your country's colors by creating a tile inspired by the country where you live.  Well, I live in the good ole' USA, so I used red, white, and blue.  I drew Squid and Tipple.  Here is what it looks like:

I used Gelly roll pens for the red Tipple in the background, the blue Isochor on the Squid, and the white in the middle of the Squid.  I used a black fine point Sharpie to outline the middle of the Squid.  The tile is a 3 inch coaster I ordered from Amazon.

As always, comments and criticisms are appreciated.