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.

Night-blooming. To me, this looks like it could be the blossom of some kind of night-blooming cactus! It was kind of wild and crazy before I added the shading and the gold accents. The metallic shimmer added a lot of sophistication. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Chainlea Cobbles Festune Pais

Graphic. I love this paper! Using a tan paper allows me to add both high and low lights to the various designs. In addition, this combination produces a very graphic effect. I bought a large sheet of this paper for a few dollars and cut out my own “tiles. This makes using the paper very affordable. Zentangle drawn on BFK Rives tan print making paper using brown, sepia and black Micron pens.

Favorites. While I have many tangles that I really like, Pais and Papyrus are two that I love to draw. Then send me into a meditative state right away and I really enjoy the way they look when they are finished. Instead of selecting tangles at random, I chose all of these specifically to experiment with differences and similarities. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen.

Meandering. Several of the tangles in this tile decided to meander around and about on thier own, creating some interesting interactions! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Berries & Leaves Bumper Crazy Huggins Jay Six Pais

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.