Fractalized stars. Recently, Eni Oken added a lesson about fractalizing tangles to her Art Club members. It was a fantastic lesson and everyone had a lot of fun creating beautiful tiles. I decided to try Betweed for my tangle because it looks like a star to me, and I love anything having to do with stars! The “rule” I used was to draw a new, smaller Betweed in each space created by the original rendition.

Elemental. This is the first Zendala I have ever drawn. A Zendala is a mandala created using tangles. I have never done one before because I was so worried about it being perfect. However, after watching Eni’s Radial Zendala video, I understand that it was OK to create something that was “perfectly imperfect”. I was still very nervous about tackling this, but I had a concept in mind of creating a Zendala that would represent the basic elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water.

Ships. As she looked back at the gate, she saw the others had followed her into this new dimension. She wasn’t sure if they were friends or enemies, but it didn’t matter at this point. They were all here, now, and there was no going back. I decided to try a couple more radial blossoms and continue the story from the first one, here. I also used reticula patterns in-between the arms of the lower, Ix blossom.

We looked up at the ceiling and saw the fan, its blades moving slowly across the light. Blinking, bright, dim, bright, dim, it left us hypnotized on a lazy summer afternoon. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Antidots Betweed Crescent Moon C-Wing Footlites Nzeppel Orlique Printemps Tropicana

Twisted Ropes. This is my first attempt at trying the twisted rope techniques introduced by Eni Oken. I had a small problem with my pink pen… it started puddling and making inconsistent lines shortly after I stared. I decided to carry on with it anyway because I didn‘t want to start my tile over again. It turns out that, IMHO, the blooping pen actually added to the designs.

Land of two suns. Whenever I look at this tile, I see plants growing on an alien earth; a planet with two suns. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Bales Betweed Eke Evoke Pepper Warble XYP

Conservatory. For some reason, this tile reminds me of an old-fashioned, Victorian conservatory. I see the tile floor, the elaborate swirls of the wicker furniture and the plants. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Betweed Bronx Cheer Bucky Floo Flutter Tile Strircles Stiritup Swarm Verdigogh

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.

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