Message. She was sure there was something important hidden there. Perhaps a clue to the treasure. She searched the bowl of flowers, the cobwebs in the corners, the lattice- and the lace… Somehow she totally missed it. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Afterglow Chartz Cubine Eke Gourdgeous Muchin Quandry Vermal

This is a small, white, real pumpkin that I tangled on during October 2010. It wasn’t easy to do because the squash was heavily coated in some kind of wax. I used Pigma Micron pens, but they tended to stay wet a long time. Also, the ink tended to bead up in spots so that when it dried, there were darker circles.

Color. This was the first Zentangle that I ever used color on. I even used my markers to create the shading. I didn’t do another full color Zentangle until this year, because I really didn’t like the way this came out, at the time. It just seemed too alien for a Zentangle. Now, I don’t mind color and actually enjoy it once in a while! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen.

I heart. The string for this tile started out as a heart. I then modified it a bit to fit in all of the random tangles for the day. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Afterglow Bamboo Bubbles Cadent Drupe Flux Poke-Root Quabog

Template. If you look closely at the string I used for this tile, you‘ll see two vases. I traced around a vase-shaped template, reversing and overlapping it for the second shape. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Afterglow Flutter Juke Kandy Snakes Knase Knightsbridge Opus Pokeleaf Quipple Sproing Stiritup Umble

Dingbatz. I‘m still trying to wrap my brain around the Dingbatz-style Mookas. I decided to try making them over-sized to see if that made any difference. I kind of like the way tese wrap around to the back of the tile. But After I did them, I realized I should apply the same techniques used for twisted ropes to them. I‘ll have to give that a try here in the future!

Field mice. Even though the tangle is called Birds on a Wire, every time I draw it, I think of mice, not birds! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Afterglow Birds on a Wire Fassett Floo Garlic Cloves Lettuce Farm Msst Quare Waves Wiking

Many. There are a lot of tangles on this tile. That‘s because I used a string that had many “sections”. But I think it still works because I repeated a couple of the designs and also used a central, bold tangle. Those framed and anchored the whole thing. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Afterglow Coil coral Seeds Floating disks Gingham Hurry Mooka Papyrus Sand Swirl

Spiders. Everytime I see this, I think there is a spider lurking about, waiting for her eggs to hatch. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Aah Afterglow Black Box Black-eyed Peas Centipede Hibred Huggins Munchin Poke-Root

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.