This week’s I Am The Diva Challenge is “Orbs”. These simple spherical shapes are a fundamental of the Zentangle Method. For this tile, I chose tangles that are created completely from orbs, with some minor ornamentation. It was really good practice, and got me back into the swing of drawing these shapes with total concentration. The sepia color was a bit of a happy accident… I picked up what I thought was a black pen and started drawing… So I just kept on going!

Take two. This Zentangle uses the same tangles that were used on Friday’s tile. They are done, however, in a different string and on a black tile. I was curious to see how they would look. I think Quandry looks good either way, and so does Shattuck. I definitly don’t like Toodles on the black tile. If I’m going to use it on black, I need to go about it a different way than I did here.

Decora. The most interesting accessory in her small room in this section was the basket of Toodles. They grew everywhere on this station. The habitants used them for beauty, oxygen production, food, and their fibers produced by the fruits could be spun into textiles. At the end, the entire thing could be composted to start the cycle over again! She would collect some seeds from the biozone tomorrow. Perhaps they would be useful as she visited other habitats.

Hints of spring. The patio by the pond was clear of snow. The air was brisk, but the sun shone brightly. She donned the fur-lined cape and boots and headed out to see the frozen lily pads as they thawed. The new buds among the fallen pods added their bright green hue to the rusty brown landscape. This is my first “standard” Zentangle of the year. I set up with a border and string, then I select the tangles at random.

Christmas market. She loved this time of year. Even the cold weather didn’t bother her. There were so many things to choose from: exotic fabrics and trims, fancy jewelry and decorations, beautiful baskets and ceramics. Even the colorful awnings and tents brought her joy! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Bales Criss & Cross Dyon Huggins Mooka Quipple Sez Shard Striping Tidings

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.

Blue. I decided to experiment with a blue pen for this tile. I also shaded part of it with a blue colored pencil… after I did the Cirquital with a regular pencil and realized it looked a bit odd. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a blue, Micron pen. Tangles: Barbd Cadent Cirquital Criss & Cross Dex Printemps Sedgling Sez Worms

Textiles. This tile makes me feel like I‘m peeking into my sewing room and seeing fabrics and trims ready and waiting on my cutting table. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Beeline Courant Flooka Flux Patena Ruflz Sez

Avocado. I don‘t remember what I was thinking when I tangled this tile. I know that what is on here is a result of randomly selecting tangles, so I‘m going to call the upper center Lava Juice, and I‘m guessing it started with that, and then just did it‘s own thing. Sometimes, a drawing takes on a bizarre life of it‘s own. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.

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.