Something different. I decided to try the current challenge in Eni Oken’s Shading Zentangle Facebook group. This challenge was to imitate the stunning artwork style used by Jo Flaherty. Her work is amazingly beautiful! I tried to keep the tangling simple, with larger shapes and no details. Then I began by drawing a simple line of color with the marker and applying water. I had some issues controlling the color, but I did get the base tones in place.

Imagination. Part of this reminds me of a bird in flight. It sticks in my mind, even though it‘s only a hint. But every time I see it, I can‘t unthink the bird! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Beadlines Brax Circfleur Flutter Bi Flying Geese Pearlz Phicops Springkle

Hungry? To me, it looks like the Bumper area is a mouth, getting ready to eat the Bronx Cheer. It makes me hungry! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Bronx Cheer Bumper Cubine Dex Dribbetz Kule Vega Xircus

Hanging around. This is an interesting tile because it‘s pretty weird, in some ways, even for a Zentangle. The string I drew had lots of loops. My thinking was that it would be fun to experiment with. It actually turned out to be kind of difficult to use with the random tangles I had for this day. But, I just went for it and I think it turned out OK in the end!

Joy. This Zentangle makes me happy every time I see it. I like the balance, and many of the tangles are on my list of favorites. Zentangle drawn on official Zentangle tile using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Beedz Bumper Cadent Emingle Fescu Flora Huggins Marasu Nzeppel Pinwheels Sh-Rock

Lesson 2. This is the tile I drew from the instructions in the second chapter in the Zentangle Primer. I‘m not sure that I like Bales, but I tried a different way of shading it on this tile. I‘m also trying to draw my tangles larger, so it felt different to draw the grid this large. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bales Jetties Shattuck

Back to the future. Last Friday, a book I ordered recently arrived. It is the Zentangle Primer. Vol 1, by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. This book represents the beginning instructions for the Zentangle method. I have never taken a class from a CZT, (Certified Zentangle Teacher,) so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I‘ve wanted it for some time, but the price is pretty steep.

No boundaries. I decided to do this tile without my usual border or string. Instead, I simply started drawing the Ynix in one corner and progressed from there. Sometimes, you just have to go for it, without imposing limitations on yourself! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bucky OOF Quandry Shattuck Ynix

Know when to stop. I actually had more random tangles that I could have added to this tile. But I decided to stop, and leave a lot of white space. I think it balanced the Mumsy well. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Birds on a Wire Fescu Floom Footprints Mumsy Snare Stoic

Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle Tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Printemps Nzeppel Chillon Munchin Evoke Echoism

We are all made of star stuff. We are often psychologically influenced by our environment. But our interpretation of those influences varies from person to person. When I was tangling this, I was listening to “Hidden in Snow” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. I didn‘t know the name of the song at the time, and to me, it sounded more like traveling through the stars. This tile is also unusual for me because it contains only three tangles, one of which was used as the string for the design.

Woosh! That‘s what comes to mind when I look at this Zentangle. It‘s a simple string and a reasonable amount of tangles, but the movement is strong because of the pointed area and strong Strircles tangle. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Huggins Nekton Neuron Schway Strircles Twisted Ribbons Warmth

It‘s complicated. Sometimes, I draw complicated strings. Sometimes, the random draw of tangles produces a lot of complicated tangles. Both happened here, which resulted in a rather odd zentangle! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Avreal Cadent Chads Flutter Marasu Pearlz Pop-Cloud Quandu

Bridging the gap. Sometimes, having a design that goes from edge to edge helps the eye travel through the image. Here it works and although it is bold, it doesn‘t overwhelm the design. I messed up while drawing Pinwheels so I am calling this a variation of Pinwheels because it’s still interesting. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Emingle Flukes Fracas Meer Pinwheels Warble Y-Knot

Avocado. I don‘t remember what I was thinking when I tangled this tile. I know that what is on here is a result of randomly selecting tangles, so I‘m going to call the upper center Lava Juice, and I‘m guessing it started with that, and then just did it‘s own thing. Sometimes, a drawing takes on a bizarre life of it‘s own. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.