From the Zentangle Primer: Lesson 3, page 55, Exercise #9. We are instructed to let our tangles extend beyond the border. In my tile, above, I decided to extend Braze all the way to the very edge of the tile. It looks as if it was dropped onto the drawing. I made the border very definite by turning it into a tangled frame all around the center of the tile.

Halloween. All the goodies were ready, filling the bowl, nestled into the spider’s web. She waited on a bench by the door with the bowl in her lap. Would they come, dressed in outlandish garb? Or would they dance in the light of the fire and simply ignore her? This is a very simple tile, with only three tangles. But by overlapping and allowing various parts to grow outside of boundaries, the tangles take on a life of their own.

Spiral. I tried to create a string that would give the feeling of spiraling around. It ended up looking like those Purks are on a wild ride. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle Tile using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Arrowheads Dex Feathers Paradox Poke-Root Purk Queen's Crown

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

Silliness. Every once in a while, I think my brain falls into some kind of alternate reality of silliness. I wasn‘t sure how I was going to tie all the different random tangles into the string I chose. So I just started drawing with the Btl-Joos… and things kind of evolved from there. The end result was weird but fun! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen.

A party on a tile. Beads, flowers, bold costumes and wild music. To me, this tile feels like a party! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Chillon Cyme Ixorus Poke-Root Raddox Rain Scoodle Warble

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

Speed. Every so often, I like to challenge myself when I tangle. For this tile, I challenged myself to speed up from my regular slow-and-deliberate style. This mostly worked well, except for coloring the Knightsbridge. That was just slow so I wouldn‘t go outside the lines. I also experimented with adding a bit of white highlights. I‘m not sure how I feel about them yet. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Zig Millennium pen.

Hide-n-seek. So, I drew the Marbaix tangle from the random jar two days in a row! I also got another “new” tangle: B‘Dylan, which I like a lot. This time, I hid part of the Marbaix medallion under another section, and I think it works better here. It adds contrast, but doesn‘t entirely take over the tile. Zentangle drawn on official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen.

Triangular. I usually don‘t use straight lines to draw the string on my tile. Here, I decided to use straight lines to make triangular areas on my tile as the basic divisions. I also had a hard time making up my mind, which was the visual “top” of the tile when I was finished, which is why Msst is moving in an uncommon direction. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.

Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Btl Joos Ennies Fescu Keeko Msst Poke-Root Queen‘s Crown

Supermoon

  drawing moon tile zentangle

Supermoon. Tonight‘s full moon will be the closest to earth since 1948. Take some time and go out an actually look at it in person. Think about how vast and amazing the universe is. I decided to draw this to experiment with some new tools for drawing on black backgrounds. I‘ve had this card stock for years. I bought a ream of it over 20 years ago, and at this point, I have no idea which company it came from.

Sometimes, I want to tangle with only “official” tangle patterns. It was almost midnight. I had been asleep for a couple of hours, but then I woke up and realized I wasn‘t going to go back to sleep any time soon. So I got up and went in the studio to draw for a while. I used my handy, dandy list of official tangles and a random number generator to pick all of the patterns to fill my tile.