Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Diva Weekly Zentangle Challenge #248 - "Give the Gift of Zentangle"

The final Diva Weekly Zentangle Challenge of 2015 is to "give the gift of Zentangle."  Below are two Zentangle inspired pieces of art ("ZIA") I am giving to my hair stylist, Jesha, along with a holiday card, a Starbucks gift card, and a treat bag with chocolate truffles, fudge, tea bags, and candy inside.  She always takes such good care of my hair all year long . . . and puts up with me.  I hope she likes it.  If not, she can give it all back, because I like it!!

The ZIA above is composed of Squid, Florz, and Fescu drawn on 4" x 4" watercolor paper  (140 lbs.) with a black Sharpie fine point pen.

The ZIA above is composed of Starawn drawn on 2" x 4" watercolor paper (140 lbs.) with a blue Sharpie fine point pen.  This size is to be used as a bookmark.

I originally purchased the pad of watercolor paper that was 4" x 6" and 140 lbs.  I wanted to use a square for practicing Zentangle patterns.  I decided to cut off 2 inches and use a 4-inch square.  I saved the 2-inch pieces I cut off and decorated them to give as bookmarks. So all in all, I was able to use all of the paper with no waste!!  Yeah!!

As always, comments and criticisms are appreciated!!  Thank you.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Zentangle Holiday Stocking

All of us, at the public library where I work, decorated a paper stocking to hang on the bulletin board for a holiday display.  Of course, I had to be different and use Zentangle patterns on my stocking rather than cutouts of paper and stick-on letters, trees, and snowflakes.  I stapled it to the bulletin board yesterday morning.

Above is a photograph of what it looks like.  I used Cadent, Crescent Moon, and 'Nzeppel for the major portions of the stocking.  For the top I used Quibble for my name and Florz for the background behind my name.

As always, comments and criticisms are appreciated.

Happy holidays!!

Diva Weekly Zentangle Challenge #247 - UMT - African Artist

This week's challenge was the "Use My Tangle."  The pattern chosen was "African Artist.  This is the second time I have drawn this pattern.  The first time I drew it was back in October of this year.

In my entry, I also included Cadent, Tipple, Fedr, and Fescu.  Unfortunately, this time the African Artist looks more like Isochor.  Hmmmm.  It also looks like a jumbled mess.  If it was not so late in the week, I would draw another tile.  But I have to work tomorrow and I doubt I would get anything completed by tomorrow night.

As always comments and criticisms are appreciated!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Diva's Weekly Zentangle Challenge #246 - Monotangle Trees

This week's challenge is a guest post from Dilip Patel, the first Certified Zentangle Teacher from India.  He asks everyone "to choose any tangle pattern of your liking and create a tree using only the chosen tangle over strings representing a tree."  In his post, he states he wants us to "create Zentangle Forests" and "there could be no better thanks giving process towards Nature."

I decided to use the Onamato pattern for my tree.  I used one of the new black Strathmore 400 Series Artist Tiles I purchased a few weeks ago.  The tiles are actually 6 inch x 6 inch (15.3 cm x 15.3 cm) 60 lb paper.  I cut them into 3 inch x 3 inch (7.62 cm x 7.62 cm) squares, a little smaller than the traditional 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch (8.9 cm x 8.9 cm) Zentangle tiles, but they work well for me.  I used a Sakura Gelly Roll 08 pen.

Yeah!!  This is my second challenge in a row.  I hope this is the start of a new habit.

As always, comments are appreciated.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

This is my entry into "The Diva's Weekly Zentangle Challenge No. 245" featuring the Zentangle pattern "Hollibaugh."  I did add Crescent Moon, Cubine, and Isochor patterns.  These just happen to be a few of my favorite patterns and some of the ones I started working with when I began tangling back in March of this year.

Comments are always appreciated.

I hope to try to participate in the challenge every week.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mission accomplished!!

 06-28-2015 - Gneiss

 06-29-2015 - Afterglo

06-30-2015 - Spyz

These final three Zentangles complete the 30-day learning challenge I began on June 1, 2015.  Overall, it was an enjoyable experience.  I am very proud of myself for continuing through the whole month and not missing a day.  It was a great way to broaden my knowledge of Zentangle patterns and try a lot of new ones.  I actually missed not drawing one last night.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hello, me again!!  Hopefully with this post I will catch up with posting all of the daily patterns I have created.  With the month coming to a close, I have quite the selection of patterns to review.  Once again, I will include the name of the Zentangle pattern along with the date I practiced it.  Here goes:

06-21-2015 - Fengle

 06-22-2015 - Frost Flower

 06-23-2015 - Phroz

 06-24-2015 - Twilight Zone

 06-25-2015 - Dyon

 06-26-2015 - Ta-da

06-27-2015  Five-Oh

Yikes, it looks like the last one is a little blurry -- sorry 'bout that.

Okay, there you have it!!  All up-to-date now.  Phew!!  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dang, another week goes by and, once again, I am trying to catch up on posting my daily Zentangles -- there are just not enough hours in the day!!  I have been faithful in drawing/practicing a pattern every day.  Most days, the pattern has been one I have never drawn before which has been an adventure.  Some of the patterns I will draw again, some I will not.

For this posting, I decided to show the name of the Zentangle along with the date I drew it.  Some of these are original Zentangles and some are created by individuals.

Following is another installment of the daily drawings:

 06-15-2015 - Onomato and Florz

 06-16-2015 - Taymur

06-17-2015 - Twing and Static 

 06-18-2015 - Chand

06-19-2015 - Viaduct 

06-20-2015 - Angel Fish with Aum

Sunday, June 21, 2015







Above are a few more of the daily Zentangles I have created as part of the 30-day Learning Challenge I started on June 1, 2015.  So far, I have practiced a pattern every day this month.  Most of the patterns have been new for me.

I realize I am a few days behind in posting and will catch up over the next couple of days.  I have also started reading a couple of new books.  There just does not seem to be enough hours in the day . . . or night!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015




Above are the latest additions to the 30-day learning challenge.  So far, I have completed a Zentangle every day this month -- YEAH!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

30-Day Learning Challenge

I am participating in Leo Babauta's 30-day learning challenge.  Each day in June I plan to practice a different Zentangle pattern.  By the end of the month, I will have practiced over 30 patterns.  So far, I have practiced 9 patterns over the last 5 days.  Two of the patterns were brand new ones for me.  I am keeping the Zentangles in my journal so all of the patterns will be kept in one place.  I plan to post photographs of the daily patterns I practice on the blog. 

Following are the first five I have completed:

June 1, 2015 

June 2, 2015 

June 3, 2015 

June 4, 2015 

June 5, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Time flies!!

I cannot believe it has been over a month since my last post. 

It seems as though all it did in in central Oklahoma during May was RAIN!!

Following are some of the latest Zentangle-inspired art that I have created:

Monday, April 27, 2015

On April 25, 2015, I took an Introduction to Zentangle class with Marietta Downen.  The tile above is what I created in the class.  I have done three of the four patterns previously, but have not done any shading -- it really makes a difference!!

This is a photograph of all of the tiles prepared at the class.  The tile I prepared is in the lower right corner.  Even though we all used the same four patterns, all of the tiles look different.

It was a fun class.  I look forward to future classes.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I have been tangling a little more.  Above is a small product of a tangling event.  I am starting to get familiar with some of the Zentangle patterns and have incorporated several into the above finished piece.

I learned today about an Introduction to Zentangle class and registered immediately.  I am excited and can hardly wait until the day of the class arrives!!

The above piece was one of my more imaginative pieces.  I incorporated one new piece in the upper left corner which worked out quite well while the one in the lower part was a bust.  I have learned that each piece I work on can go wrong in a moment.  There is no erasing or correcting so if there is a wrong move made, I have tried to incorporate it into the art.

This was a quickie piece.  I like doing the mattress-looking pattern and the fan pattern.  The fan pattern reminds me of the mandalas I used to make many years ago.

I felt like making circles in this piece.  Three new patterns were tried and completed quite successfully except for the center part of the upper left pattern.  I rather botched the center and just made it a solid center instead of a design.

This final piece for this post was started with a string pattern that went awry.  I tried to reel it back in with the stones and lined pattern along the bottom.  I like drawing the stones -- for some reason they are comforting.

Okay, that is enough for now -- probably too much if you are still with me.  Remember, this is a work in progress!!

More later . . . .