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.

I like to have a tile that has a complex string with a lot of different spaces. I can sit down and fill an area with a random tangle when I have a few moments. But I don’t have to work on it until it’s done. I just return to it when I have a short bit of time. That means it may be sitting on my desk for a while before it’s finished!

I’ve posted Zentangles with a design similar to this tile before, here and here. In addition, the other two examples have no shading or highlights. So I needed and example that included these additions. I’m doing it again because I’m using it on a class project and I wanted it on a 3Z for my students to observe and discuss. Zentangle drawn on black, Strathmore, Artagain paper using a white, Sakura, gel pen.

For me, this is the traditional way of drawing Shattuck. As an alternative, it could be done with straight lines, instead of curved. I do it both ways, depending on what I am working on. Zentangle drawn on black, Strathmore, Artagain paper using a white, Sakura, gel pen. Shading done with Copic Markers and black colored pencil. Highlighting done with General’s Charcoal White. Tangles: Shattuck

One of the things that I love about the “Crazy” versions of various tangles is how forgiving they are for those who struggle with perfection. Crazy ‘Nzeppel is a perfect example. Because each section ends up being a different, and some times surprising shape, each squished bubble doesn’t have to match any other! Zentangle drawn on black, Strathmore, Artagain paper using a white, Sakura, gel pen. Shading done with Copic Markers and black colored pencil.

Huggins is a favorite tangle for many, many people. Here, I’ve chosen to create it in a traditional manner, with added auras inside each shape. When this was first drawn, it really didn’t look like much. But the addition of shading and highlighting brings it to life! Zentangle drawn on black, Strathmore, Artagain paper using a white, Sakura, gel pen. Shading done with Copic Markers and black colored pencil.

How do you practice drawing orbs? By drawing orbs! I actually found it very relaxing to draw lots and lots of circles. I tried various methods, both drawing all the way around in one fluid motion and drawing a “C” shape for one side and then the other. I learned that some sizes I can do very nicely, and some are harder to do. It’s important to turn the tile so that you can see what your doing.

This deceptively simple tile was so meditative because I took my time with the linework. A great trick to use, to get the spacing even is to “divide and conquer.” What I mean by that is to begin by dividing the space in half, vertically. Then divide each half in half again. Repeat until you are happy with the divisions. Then divide the horizontal spaces. In the case of this tangle, they are equal to the width of the vertical divisions, making a square.