It‘s complicated. Sometimes, I draw complicated strings. Sometimes, the random draw of tangles produces a lot of complicated tangles. Both happened here, which resulted in a rather odd zentangle! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Avreal Cadent Chads Flutter Marasu Pearlz Pop-Cloud Quandu

This page took more time that I thought it would. To begin with, the page started with just the strips glued around the edge. I hadn‘t even decided what I wanted to put on the page. I knew I wanted to do a hippy, flower child type doll somewhere in this journal. Then I remember that I had templates for a B.E.D. (Big Eyed Doll) and I thought that would work, so I cut out the parts for the doll‘s body.

Bridging the gap. Sometimes, having a design that goes from edge to edge helps the eye travel through the image. Here it works and although it is bold, it doesn‘t overwhelm the design. I messed up while drawing Pinwheels so I am calling this a variation of Pinwheels because it’s still interesting. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Emingle Flukes Fracas Meer Pinwheels Warble Y-Knot

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.

Squid inked. The Squid tangle is the central motif in this tile, but some of the other tangles hold their own because of their light/dark balance. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bales Cubine Fescu Indy-Rella Squid Static Stoic Vermal

Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using brown, black and sepia Micron pens. Polychromos colored pencils were used for shading. Tangles: Ambler Intersection Ixorus Knase Lobella Onamato Sand Swirl Snugz Tink

Simple. I wanted just a simple string for this tile so I could concentrate on the tangles. However, two of the patterns were medallions, but they turned out not to be a problem. I just added one to the central area, and repeated the other three time. It works! Zentangle drawn on Strahtmore Vellum Bristol using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Aquafleur Dex Kathy‘s Dilemma Jonqal Rixty Stoic

This page was an ever-changing experiment. You can see where I left off a few years ago. It all started with the bunny paper doll. I wanted to experiment with a doll that faced sideways, and with one that wasn‘t a human figure. So I cut the bunny out of an old wallpaper scrap. Then I thought it would look good with a jacket. But after that, I set it aside a bit because I wasn‘t sure where to go with it.

Sometimes I think of arranging tangles on the tile kind of like flower arranging. I didn‘t really draw a string on the tile for this, instead, I had the concept of mixing the Thanksgiving and B‘Dylan together in a bouquet. But then I had to do something with the other random tangles, so this is the end result. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen.

Odd frequencies. To me, this tile looked like a radio tower sending out programs across the countryside. It wasn‘t intentional, it just ended up like this. Eke is shown with variations in this Zentangle. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bales Dex Eke Hibred Lightning Bolt

I think I‘ll stay away from black tiles. Every so often, I think I can do something cool with a black tile. And every so often, I‘m disappointed. I know that I can do better work than this. It just didn‘t real work on any level. Zentangle drawn on black card stock using Sakura gel pen. Tangles: Bricks Fengle Jetties Knopen Munchin Pepper Ennies

Everything is new. Every tangle on this tile is new for me, the first time I‘ve drawn it. I started out with a vague concept of doing a Steampunk-themed tile, but then just kinda did random new tangles. Parts of it I like, and parts I don‘t. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Berry Tops Cat-Kin Scena Snugz Triangear Tropicana

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