Last Monday, I wrote a post about my New Zentangle Voyagers class. This is a set of 3 classes that I am teaching at cARTel Studio. The same students are in each class. This week, the students learned about drawing on black tiles. They did a monotangle on a black Bijou tile. The second project was this Crazy Huggins, with tangles in each hug-shape. The third project was a 3-dimensional stand they can use to display a tile on their desk at work or home.

Sometimes, we look at a tangle and think “that’s too simple” or “what a boring tangle”. But you shouldn’t take a tangle for granted, just because of it’s simplicity! Munchin is one of those tangles. I specifically chose it for this monotangle to highlight it’s amazing depth and beauty when done large. Just a little subtle shading and highlighting make it pop right off the tile. Your challenge, today, is to use Munchin with other tangles on your tile in a way that highlights this simple tangle!

The tangle Waybop lends itself well to the the triangular shape of this tile. It can be tucked into the points quite nicely while still maintaining it’s nature. Here, pink, grey and white are combined in gel pen to accent the main tangle and then in colored pencil and pale grey Stablo fineliner to create the decorative elements. Even the pencil shading, added inside the circles and inward pointing elements adds yet another shade of grey.

I did a grey and pink tile using Indy-Rella a while back, where I used them as fish-like shapes. Here, I wanted to create the feeling of flames, using metallic markers and going from bright silver to red. It reminds me of a camp fire, so I think it is a success! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore, black, ArtRage paper various, metallic, gel pens. Shading done with colored pencil and Copic marker.

I don’t draw this tangle often enough! I picked it for this 3Z because I woke up thinking about it in the morning. So, I took that as a sign to create this tile. So, have you been wondering why I’ve created so many 3Z tiles? Stay tuned! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Highlights created with white colored pencil.

I had such a fun class on Saturday at the cARTel Studio, introducing these ladies to the wonderful world of Zentangle! They all did such a great job on their first tiles, which you can see below. This is the first of a series of three Zentangle classes on consecutive Saturdays. Next week: working on black tiles!

Crazy Huggins is a tangle that I often turn to when I’m not sure what to do. It’s fun to draw, has a wonderful, meditative rhythm and allows for all different kinds of variation. I recently did a version of regular Huggins on a black tile, with no extra embellishment that you can compare to this one by clicking on the link. If you want to see even more examples, going all the way back to 2017, click here.

I call this my “Ode to Frida” monotangle. That’s becauseit reminds me of those large flowers that she often wore in her hair, like a crown. This version of Diva Dance produces strong, graphic, circular elements. So I chose to draw them in three different colors. I like the contrast between the brown, black and white inks. I also chose not to add any graphite or other shading. I feel that this is one of the few cases where it could detract from the over-all design.

“In typography, a dingbat is an ornament, character, or spacer used in typesetting, often employed for the creation of box frames.” - Wikipedia We’ve all seen them decorating title pages, the ends of paragraphs or other areas of printed books. Zentangle, and CZT Brian Crimmins in particular, has created a tangled version of this classic concept. It is called Dingbatz, in honor of it’s typographical cousin. Here, we use the stylistic shapes and concepts of the original, but employ tangles as graphical elements.

Melting Mooka, introduced to us by Zentangle’s Project Pack #6, is a wonderful version of Mooka that can be used to as a string to divide a tile into smaller spaces. These internal sections, when filled with other tangles, result in a tile that gives the impression of stained glass windows. This was a fun, playful exercise! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil.

There is something very soothing about drawing this particular tangle. I’ve been playing with it all weekend. For this tile, I thought it would be fun to create schools of tangled, fish-like shapes in different sizes to simulate depth and visual variety. I wanted to do a tile in pinks, greys, white and black for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! Zentangle drawn on stone, Neena Naturals, using black, Pigma Micron, cool grey Copic Multiliner and pink Stablo finliner pens.

This the tangle on this 3Z monotangle is "Wheelz”, by Joyce Block. If you click on the link, you can see her step-out for it. Just as any tangler, the way I draw it reflects my style, but you will see that mine is close to the original. It is similar to the tangle “Rixty”, by Zentangle. I love the way this tangle kind of grows, as you draw it.

I wanted to participate in Project Pack #6 from Zentangle, but I couldn’t purchase anything extra right now. However, after seeing what was in the kit, I decided to make my own small book! The pages are made from Canson Multimedia paper. And the cover is made from Stonehenge Kraft paper. I thought it would be fun to tangle on the cover and the brown color should work nicely.

Found Art

  found art multi media

It’s interesting how things appear in our lives! On Monday, I went to a Barnes and Noble Bookstore. As I got out of the car and made my way to the store, I looked down and saw a card on the ground. It was about 4 inches square, yellow around the edges, with writing on it. It also had a couple of stickers. I didn’t think a lot about it, only slightly curious.

I love tangling on tan! It opens the door to so many different and interesting possiblities. And I never know how it will actually turn out. This was inspired by another Zentangle that I did last year. But I wanted to change it up some, and recreate it on a triangular tile. Although it didn’t show up well on the scan, I used gold ink on top of the black band on the border to create a Marasu pattern.