Market haul. Yes, it wasn’t that much fun, hauling freight from one planetary market to another. And this time, the products were mostly fruit and woven goods. Nothing dangerous. But this is what pays for the adventures. It keeps the process going smoothly. We do the necessary to experience the extraordinary! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Beadlines Echoism Pokeroot Vink Well

Bioluminescence. She was fascinated by the lamp next to the sofa. She could see the creatures, slowly rotating around some central point. As their bodies moved in they became brighter, while the outer ones dimmed. She wondered what they fed on to create this scintillating glow. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Echoism Huggins Molygon Onamato Shattuck

Jumble. Others always wondered at how so much cargo could come out of such a tiny ship. They just didn’t understand. She’d captured so many universes in her travels. And now she could store infinite amounts in each one. All she had to do is make sure they traveled together! It has always fascinated me how shading opens up, raises, or pushes back sections of tangles on a tile.

Invasion. What were they? These small, twisting larve must portend the hatching of something new, something different. She grabbed her nets and basket and pulled up her skirts as she waded in to grab some for closer examination. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Shading done with graphite pencil. Tangles: Cogwheel Echoism Molygon Squill Striping

Giving thanks. I have so many things to be thankful for this year, it would make a very long post to list them all. So I am going to tell you that I am grateful for my wonderful husband, beautiful daughters, and fabulous grandchildren. I am thankful for my good health and good life. I also am very thankful that I discovered Eni Oken. She is a fabulous artist that shares herself, her talent and her knowledge with others.

Leftie-Louie. This tile was done entirely with my non-dominant hand. That includes the shading and even the date and signature on the back. I was actually surprised at how well it turned out! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Crescent Moon Echoism Fescu Florz Nzeppel Pokeleaf Tipple

Old fashioned. This tile has several tangles that I haven‘t drawn in some time. And the style is more like what I did years ago than what has evolved since then. Every so often, I think it‘s a good idea to reflect on the past. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Echoism Emingle Finery Florz Inapod Quandry Sedgling Static Stiritup

Flutter. To me, the two sections with the Queen‘s Crown in them remind me of butterfly wings. I think of them every time I see it. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bales Chard Echoism Jonqal Pinwheels Queen‘s Crown Vega

Bamboo! This tile includes the first tangle I designed: Bamboo. While it‘s not an “official” tangle, it‘s still one of my favorites. It works as a filler or a border. You could even use it as a tangelation with Hollibaugh! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Bamboo Chartz Chillon Echoism Flutter Pie Hollibaugh Nebel Spinners Vega

Pop! Whenever I see Widgets, the tangle in the center here, I‘m reminded of bubbles popping! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Diva Dance Echoism Quare Screen Swag W-2 Widgets Worms

The process. One of the things about tangling is that it is a meditative process. I focus on each line I draw, and often don‘t have a clear picture of where the over-all design is going. This is particularly true when I select tangles at random, as I did here. Sometimes the over-all design works, and sometimes it doesn‘t. But there are days when the process is what is most important.

Busy. This tile is from a time when I used complicated strings and lots of tangles. But I think there are some interesting things here, that I‘ve further developed. For example, allowing one tangle to flow behind another. I also followed the string from the Cubine into the Striping. Now days, those concepts are used often when Zentangling, and are specifically taught in classes, tutorials and books! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen.

Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle Tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Printemps Nzeppel Chillon Munchin Evoke Echoism