Canal paper I have a pad of this paper that I purchased while visiting Santa Fe a couple of years ago. I liked the neutral tones and thought it would be fun to draw on. It turns out that the texture is a bit rough for tangling, although I made it work. I‘m not sure I like it for shading, or pencil drawing, though. I had a lot of trouble with that part.

I have mixed feelings about this page. This is where I left off with it when I quit working on this art journal. I knew I wanted it to be a goddess figure. The shape is very much like primitive statues found in various archaeological sites. I also wanted to add wings to it. I couldn‘t decide if I wanted to mask off the doll, or just put them right over it.

Elevation. It‘s interesting how much shadow and light influences us. Here, I chose to move the shadows of the disks and D.-D. away from the tangles enough to create the illusion that they were “floeating over the rest. I think it was very effective on this tile. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Ambler Cool 'Sista Dessus-Dessous Florez Flux Gryst Snare Stoic

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.

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.

No Mojo. This is the first time I‘ve drawn Marbaix. I was thinking it would work as a central medallion, but I think it lacks the “oompf” of some of the other medallion-like tangles. I may experiment with mixing it with some other tangle to see how that works out. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bales Dribbetz Jetties Marbaix Pinch Pop-Cloud

Plenty. That‘s how many tangles there are in this image. First of all, there‘s my favorite Inapod. I just love this tangle because it‘s easy to draw, kinda funky, and looks dramatic. Then all the rest of the tangles really shouldn‘t work together here, but they kind of do, and the shading lifts and individualizes each section. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.

This is the second page in the art journal. As it happens, it was almost the same color scheme as the cover. Here‘s what I started with. In addition to the words, I finished the apron with some drawn flowers and leaves and added a sash. Since she works in a restaurant, her hair needed to be tied up, so the head band was a must. Other than that, I mostly added dimension and shadow to her clothing using colored pencil.

A little gold. Sometimes, a little touch of gold can add a lot to a simple design. Here, I used a gold Pentel Slicci pen to add a bit of glitz to these Christmas ornaments. Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen Pentel Slicci pen, on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Aah Myrtle Scoodle Strata Twisted Ribbons Xyp

Under the tree. I couldn‘t resist creating a tile that looked like Christmas presents under the tree! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Black Box Checkers Purrlyz Repeat Pattern Stacks Sabi Verdigogh

‘Tis the Season. I think it‘s not a party without a cake! This was from a random draw of tangles, but it worked out nicely! Zentangle drawing done with Micron pen on Strathmore Vellum Bristol. Tangles: Antidots Droplets Flux M‘spire Pendrills Sharalarelli

Paths. In this tile, Twing kind of makes a path for you to follow in and out of the designs. There are probably too many tangle designs here, but I needed a bunch to fill in the string that I created. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: 2-N-5 Bubbles Chard Cootie Dandelion Seeds Pop-Cloud Quabog Stiritup Twing

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.

From this, to that! When I stopped working on the art journal, the front looked like this. The doll and hand were already glued down, but the doll wasn‘t finished. The flap, which folds over from the back to keep the journal closed, had nothing done to it after the book was assembled. But that‘s good, because I can show you the process I used. I used coordinated Copic markers to color in the black and white design stripes.

Simplicity. I decided, for this tile, to return to the very roots of tangling. This string and these patterns are often used by CZTs when teaching the first Zentangle class. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol with a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Crescent Moon Florz Static Tipple