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.

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

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.

Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Zentangle Tile. Tangles: Cadent Drupe Emingle Evoke Fescu Gneiss Inapod Tortuca Worms

What do you see? I love this tile. I‘ve had a blast asking people what they see when they look at it. I‘ve gotten a lot of different answers. What makes this tile work so well is all the contrasting areas that are well balanced across the tile. The patterns are all fairly bold, and have areas of dark and light. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol.

Maui. This is the second day of the Moana movie‘s influence on my daily tile. This time, I used a few of the symbols from the movie directly, namely Maui‘s fish hook and the shell from Moana‘s necklace, represented by a mother of pearl Zen Gem. Unfortunately, the stone just didn‘t scan well. It is actually stunning. I used Pearl-X on top of the colored pencil and it came out fabulous!

Island influence. I saw the movie Moana recently. I think it is one of my favorite Disney Princess movies of all time. For this tile, I went through my step-outs and chose lots of tangles that I thought represented Pacific Islander styles. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Archer Borbz Chard Fassett Five Oh Papyrus Plum Leaf Roxi2 Yin-Yang Leaf

Ground-eye view. What do you see when you lay down in the garden on your stomach and look around? To me, this is what I would see if my garden was full of plants that grew from tangle seeds. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Ammon Birds on a Wire D‘Rua Floatfest Rain Scrolled Feather

Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Btl Joos Ennies Fescu Keeko Msst Poke-Root Queen‘s Crown

Yes, I‘m weird. And proud of it. Sometimes I just stick things into corners or odd places to add a touch of whimsy and surprise. It‘s fun and makes for eye-catching, interesting drawings. This drawing kind of messes with your mind because of the variety of depth of the shading and sizes of the tangles. In addition, since I was tired of drawing with black, I decided to switch to a sepia pen and use a couple of brown colored pencils to do the shading.

In the groove. Sometimes when you‘re drawing, things just kind of flow, without you really thinking or planning it. That, to me, is the Zen of Zentangle. This drawing just came together like magic, and I really like it. There‘s just something about the way the tangles complement and contrast and the way the space is divided that really appealed to me when it was finished. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol.