Giving thanks. I have so many things to be thankful for this year, it would make a very long post to list them all. So I am going to tell you that I am grateful for my wonderful husband, beautiful daughters, and fabulous grandchildren. I am thankful for my good health and good life. I also am very thankful that I discovered Eni Oken. She is a fabulous artist that shares herself, her talent and her knowledge with others.

Tiny details. This tile is a result of Eni Oken’s Tiny Details Lesson. This excellent video shows you exactly how to create and shade areas of a tile which include little, tiny detail drawings which can be a major challenge to shade! I love tiny drawing and repetitive patterns that are very close to each other. There is just something really soothing and satisfying about filling predefined areas with tangles like these, making this tile lots of fun to create.

Easy. Some times, when you are tangling, you just want to do something simple, easy and relaxing. While I really love yesterday’s Zentangle, it was fairly time-consuming. As a result, I wanted the next one to just be something I could do to completely relax. I also didn’t feel like spending as much time on a single tile. And that’s perfectly OK! So, even though it is simple, there is still a lot of depth and dimension.

Under the suns. All three suns were out in the day. Somehow the river floated in the sky, crossing the mountains in the distance. It was as if it was a bridge across the earth, separating the sky from the fields below. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: 2-N-5 Flux Fracas Meer Pinwheels Scena Shing Spoken Well

Cream. I like this simple Zentangle drawn on cream colored paper. However, it turned out that the pens bled a lot because of the high fiber content. So I guess I will have to keep on looking for a different brand of this color paper. Zentangle drawn on BK Rives cream colored printmaking paper using red and black Pigma Micron pens. Tangles: Bumpety Bump Fracas Kule Nzeppel Tipple

Struggle. Sometimes the random tangles that pop up on a given day struggle with each other for attention. And then, sometimes I struggle drawing them. Waybop landed on this tile, but it‘s struggling to fit in. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Cadent Dansk Fracas Sharalarelli Unyun Waybop

Pockets. This tangle reminds me of a pocket with a spiral lolipop in it. I wanted to experiment with the various brown pens in my collection, to see how much contrast there was between the various tones. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a brown Micron and brown and sepia Copic pens. Shading done with Polychromos colored pencils blended with Copic blending marker. Tangles: Buttercup Cootie Flukes Fracas Marasu Nipa Puf Quipple Rain Xircus

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