Plenty. That‘s how many tangles there are in this image. First of all, there‘s my favorite Inapod. I just love this tangle because it‘s easy to draw, kinda funky, and looks dramatic. Then all the rest of the tangles really shouldn‘t work together here, but they kind of do, and the shading lifts and individualizes each section. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.

This is the second page in the art journal. As it happens, it was almost the same color scheme as the cover. Here‘s what I started with. In addition to the words, I finished the apron with some drawn flowers and leaves and added a sash. Since she works in a restaurant, her hair needed to be tied up, so the head band was a must. Other than that, I mostly added dimension and shadow to her clothing using colored pencil.

A little gold. Sometimes, a little touch of gold can add a lot to a simple design. Here, I used a gold Pentel Slicci pen to add a bit of glitz to these Christmas ornaments. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen Pentel Slicci pen, on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Aah Myrtle Scoodle Strata Twisted Ribbons Xyp

Under the tree. I couldn‘t resist creating a tile that looked like Christmas presents under the tree! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Black Box Checkers Purrlyz Repeat Pattern Stacks Sabi Verdigogh

‘Tis the Season. I think it‘s not a party without a cake! This was from a random draw of tangles, but it worked out nicely! Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Antidots Droplets Flux M‘spire Pendrills Sharalarelli

Paths. In this tile, Twing kind of makes a path for you to follow in and out of the designs. There are probably too many tangle designs here, but I needed a bunch to fill in the string that I created. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: 2-N-5 Bubbles Chard Cootie Dandelion Seeds Pop-Cloud Quabog Stiritup Twing

Triangular. I usually don‘t use straight lines to draw the string on my tile. Here, I decided to use straight lines to make triangular areas on my tile as the basic divisions. I also had a hard time making up my mind, which was the visual “top” of the tile when I was finished, which is why Msst is moving in an uncommon direction. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.

From this, to that! When I stopped working on the art journal, the front looked like this. The doll and hand were already glued down, but the doll wasn‘t finished. The flap, which folds over from the back to keep the journal closed, had nothing done to it after the book was assembled. But that‘s good, because I can show you the process I used. I used coordinated Copic markers to color in the black and white design stripes.

Simplicity. I decided, for this tile, to return to the very roots of tangling. This string and these patterns are often used by CZTs when teaching the first Zentangle class. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol with a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Crescent Moon Florz Static Tipple

Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol with a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Printemps Cheesecloth Hollibaugh Pokeleaf Marasu Betweed

Shades of Grey. Originally, I wanted to do a lot of grey values with pencil on this tile. But when that was done, the King‘s Crown pattern was very lost in the background and the black section on the Cirquitals looked too flat. Then I decided to add the white highlights, which I don‘t normally do on a white tile. Bingo! It just popped the designs right up and made them so much more dimentional.

Quantity. This string had a lot of individual “spaces” in it to fill with tangles. Since I selecting tangle patterns randomly, sometimes a busy tile works, and sometimes it doesn‘t. I think, for the most part, this one works. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Chicken Wire Chillon Gloven Hurry Knight‘s Cross Narwal Nzeppel Quabog Snail

I‘m not sure what was going on with my brain, here. This seems like a dream after watching a weird movie! Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Bunzo Crewelery Daisy Beads Equerre Hypnotic Mi2 Pellet Sugarcane

If you have been a fan of this site for a few years, you may remember that I started an Art Journal a few years ago. I based the book‘s design on Teesha Moore‘s Amazing 16 Page Journal. I really like this type of art journal because the 8-inch by 10-inch format is a good size to work in and 16 pages is an attainable goal. Having a specific, low number of pages also allows me to explore a single theme in each booklet.

Accents. To me, this looks like pieces of fabric on top of each other, with an accent piece made up of a ribbon rosette and cording sitting in the lower right. I like having some kind of focal point in my drawing but this one isn‘t quite right. It‘s not so much the placement, as the lack of contrast between it, and the tangles under it. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol.