From the Zentangle Primer: Lesson 3, page 55, Exercise #8. For this string exercise we were to go “beyond the string,” and push past boundaries. I think Amanda did a fantastic job, compared to her original string, which you can see below! I love the way her Pokeleaf meandered around part of the string and then went up and joined into the Verdigogh at the upper right! Amanda’s talent and distinctive style is slowly emerging with each exercise that she does!

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.

New. This Zentangle incorporates two new tangles that I haven’t done before: Pixioze and Kwazeela. The first one is on the far left, Pixioze, and was created by Margaret Bremner. You can find out all about it here. The second one, Kwazeela, is from Eni Oken. You can read about it here. In addition, Eni has created a Zentangle incorporating both of these that you can see here.

Growth. At the center of it all, there has been a seed planted. And now the growth begins. The living towers still stood, although the lace dress and pearls were sold long ago. But the new growth was hope, renewed. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Avreal Courant Florz Jay Six Muchin Pokeleaf Y-ful Power

Island vacation. She looked down, out of the window of the raised hut to the cobblestone path and imagined the adventures that were possible here. This Zentangle had a life of it’s own and ended up nothing like it’s original conception! Once of the tangles that came out of the jar was Tuffit. I never know what to do with it, since it kind of looks like a cross between an alien space ship and sofa pillow.

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

Leftie-Louie. This tile was done entirely with my non-dominant hand. That includes the shading and even the date and signature on the back. I was actually surprised at how well it turned out! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Crescent Moon Echoism Fescu Florz Nzeppel Pokeleaf Tipple

Earth Day. Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day. I drew this Zentangle years ago, but every time I see it, it reminds me of the earth and nature. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Nzeppel Pokeleaf

Ca-Ray-Zee! Ok, this is old, and I don‘t remember what I was trying here, other than to try tangling on a colored background with a different colored pen. This tile has no shading, and frankly, I don‘t think adding it would help at all. It looks like the string had lots of curves, but who knows how it all began! Zentangle drawn on colored card stock using a sepia Micron pen.

Even though I made a weird mistake in the Eyewa, and “fixed” it by making it a “eye”, this is still one of my favorite Zentangles. I love the blank area in the middle, and so many people have told me various things it reminds them of! What do YOU see? The tangle below Munchin is a variation of Chevron. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.

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