Friday, January 11, 2019

DIVA Challenge #380 Zenbuttonz, and more

First of all a big Congratulations to the DIVA, Laura Harms/CZT for 8 years of doing her weekly challenge on her blog!  What a amaZing accomplishment!  

As some of you know I was one of the people with her from the beginning and did every challenge up to #325 when I severely dislocated and broke my right wrist of my dominant hand.  I missed 20 challenges then and came back for another 12 or so.  Then I was out of the weekly habit and now have missed a few off and on.  I am going to try and do better this year and get back into doing them again.  I really enjoy the challenges, watching Laura's kids grow and change, and seeing all the art from everyone involved in the weekly challenge.....I've missed you guys!

This week's challenge in Laura's's a circle.

I've love seeing and doing a few of these Zenbuttonz since they first appeared on FB.  I never got a spinner,  just one more rabbit hole to go down, and believe me I'm in enough right now.  Since you don't really need one to do these Zenbuttonz, I've been doing them by just drawing circles and dividing the circles in sections, like a Zendala. Then I add color with colored pencils, markers, or whatever strikes me that day.  The only thing different I've been doing is using Reticula and Fragments to fill in the sections.  I'm sure most all of you have heard about Reticula and Fragments from Rick and Maria.  If not, you need to get their book, "The Zentangle Primer 1", which explains it in detail.

I also went back go ZenAgain (a reunion of CZT's) last Nov. (still need to blog about that) and they released a new book called,  "A Zentangle Collection of Reticula and Fragments".  They started collecting art work for this book from all the CZT's that were at ZenAgain2016.  I am honored to have my art work in this book!  It's a pretty neat book that's fun to use and the proceeds all go to the Zentangle foundation, which helps provide scholarships for people to attend CZT training.

Book Cover

My Work

More of my work on bottom row

If you are still with me, here is my Zenbuttonz for the challenge.  I used a tan tile, traced some circles , and used Tombow markers (water based) to make the background color. Once it was dry, I tangled using a black and brown Micron and Reticula and Fragments.   
I do love making these Zenbuttonz!

 I haven't been blogging very much at all.  Maybe, I'll get better in 2019, but no promises.  It's just been easier for me to put my work on IG and FB.  If you are on either, you can follow me at Tangled Ink Art on both.  Thanks for your visit!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Alcohol Ink Painting

I have really been absent from blogging since I now post most of my work on Instagram and/or Facebook.  Thank goodness the DIVA challenges are back or I probably wouldn't blog at all.  So, since I had Blogger open to post this week's DIVA challenge, I thought I should post some of my alcohol ink painting too.  

These are from a class I took this summer with Alexis called Florals in Bloom.....

DIVA Challenge #369 Orb-tastic

As the DIVA says, you either love drawing orbs or you hate it.  I happen to love drawing orbs and find it very relaxing and Zen like, as you get lost in making varied sizes of orbs and filling in all the little crevices.  I made a pretty traditional tile with orbs highlighting Marasu.  Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!  

Friday, September 21, 2018

DIVA Challenge #368 Straight Lines

This week's challenge is to use only straight lines.  I'll be honest, I didn't give this challenge or tile much thought.  The 1st two tangles to come to mind were Hollibaugh and Munchin, so that's what I went with.  To me it's a boring tile.  I guess I find the curvy lines more appealing.  

I also had another art form to try this week.  My sister is throwing a girl weekend (lots of out of town wedding party) for dress shopping in Oct for her future daughter-in-law, and asked me if I could do some chalkboard sign art.  The wedding theme will be a rustic Colorado mountain wedding and their Save The Date announcement has an aspen tree with their initials and date carved in it.  She told me the wording and I came up with the design and did the art.  Having never tried something like this, I did quite a bit of research.  So glad I found out that there are chalkboard markers (who knew) to use instead of actual chalk!  This made things so much easier. This was a lot harder then it looks and I have a new respect for all of those really cool chalkboards I see! I got it done yesterday, and I'm very happy with how it turned out.  Hopefully, they will like it too!

Friday, September 14, 2018

DIVA Challenge 367 'Nzeppel

I love that Laura, the DIVA, has decided to ease back into tangling with some of the early (but always loved) tangles.  I have been more into playing with my alcohol inks, so this suits me fine.  I decided to look at some of the strings on and picked #012 by Barbara Finwall. Once I filled in the string with 'Nzeppel it sure reminded my of my tangle pattern Tri-Po, so I added that to the 'Nzeppel.  

Friday, September 7, 2018

DIVA Challenge #365 Back to Basics

Yay! The Diva's challenge is back after a much needed summer break. That makes me and a lot of other people in Zentangle land very happy, as we love Laura and her family!

But wait, I haven't  blogged anything since June! OMG it looks like I took a break from blogging too.  It wasn't intentional, I've been busy the whole summer creating art (either Zentangle or Alcohol Inks, my latest muse). So where is it....on my Facebook and Instagram page (both under TangledInkArt).  I've had the Facebook page for years now and after I created a website last year I was told I needed to do an Instagram page to promote my website.  I started a Tangled Ink Art Instagram page in Nov 2017 and try to post there at least twice a week, if possible.  So if you are on either Facebook or Instragram, I love for you to follow me!  Also, if you are on either, leave me your page name and I will follow you too! After all who's knows when I'll blog again.....just kidding, now that the DIVA is back I hope to blog the weekly challenges again.  After all,  90% of blog seems to be the DIVA challenges anyway, LOL!  Maybe I'll try soon to get some of my other artwork posted here soon too.

So much for my rambling thoughts today.....on to the challenge tile!

I kept it simple with tangles; Hollibaugh, Crescent Moon, and Static

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Commissioned Piece for Law Student Graduation Gift

In April, I was commissioned by a very nice lady, JoAnne, to create to a piece for her nephew who was graduating from law school in May.  She wanted the scales of justice to be prominent, his initials, the college, and year of graduation to be "hidden" in the tangling. 

I used an Opus tile to do the piece with the traditional black Micron pen to tangle with.  I used embedded letters for his initials and hid the school and year in the end of the gavel. I also did a tangled border to frame the piece.

The client framed it by putting in on a piece of 12x12 card stock and in a 12x12 frame.  Her and her husband loved the piece and said that her nephew did also.  He kept looking at all the different things in the tangling and looked up my website right away. 

I really enjoyed doing this piece and was so grateful to hear that they all loved it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DIVA Challenge #363 Laura's Auras

This week the challenge is all about using auras on your tile.  The first tangle I thought of was my own, Cheers.  I haven't done it in awhile, but it's basically a tangle of just auras.  Then I added some others that have auras in them and some that I just added auras to.  Making auras is probably one of my favorite tangle enhancers so this was a fun challenge.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DIVA challenge #360 Shattuck vs. Tripoli

Another fun duotangle challenge over at the Diva's this week. We are to use the tangles Shattuck and Tripoli.  I put Tripoli in a circle string and then Shattuck just grew from there.  Have to keep this short today and go make some lunch for my hubby who has been working hard the last the last couple of weeks making 8 waist high raised bed garden boxes.  Have a good day, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Diva Challenge #358 Pickpocket

This week the DIVA is challenging us to try the tangle, Pickpocket by Tomas Padros.  I love trying new tangles and this one was definitely a challenge!  I had to practice it several times before I got it and even then I wasn't sure it looked right.  After concentrating so hard to get all the straight lines in place for this tangle it felt good just to let go with some Tipple, Rixty, and Fescu.

I took at look at Tomas's Instagram page and decided to follow him.  Wow, does he have a lot of cool tangles and art to gaze at!  If you are on Instagram, make sure to check it out with the link on the DIVA's post.  
Also, I would be thrilled to have you follow my Instagram page at tangledinkart. If you'd like to leave a comment with your Instagram page, I'd be happy to follow you too if I'm not already.  

Have a good week, everyone.  Tangle On!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Paradox (DC357)

I'm a little late this week getting to the DIVA challenge, but I had some time to sit down and tangle today.  This week's challenge was to make a monotangle of Paradox.  I have always loved Paradox, so it was fun to try it in a different way.  

I started out by drawing random sizes of triangles....

Then I started filling random ones in for some variety.....

Was going to stop here and start shading, but I wondered how it would look all filled in....

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Alcohol Ink Cacti Series

I had fun painting a series of desert cacti, so I thought I would share them here on my blog.  Still having fun with the inks and have some new ideas I will be trying out soon.
DESERT MOON on a 6x6 ceramic tile
DESERT GLOW on a 4x4 ceramic tile

DESERT BLOOM on Yupo paper
DESERT BEAUTY on translucent Yupo paper
DESERT FUN on Yupo paper

Heart String Zendala

The DIVA challenge #353 this week is to create a zendala using a heart string. I love doing zendala's and its been a long time since I created my own string for one.  I used a regular size tile and started with 4 hearts in the middle, then just kept adding hearts around and around in pencil.

Then I traced my template in ink and filled in some of the areas in black ink. Feel free to copy and use this hand drawn template if you wish.

Then I tangled.  I like to only use 2-3 tangle patterns on a zendala to give them more of a symmetrical look. In this case I stuck to some oldies...Printemps, Crescent Moon, and Florz.  Here is my tile pre-shading and highlighting.

The finished tile with shading and highlights. I enjoyed this challenge!

Friday, February 2, 2018

DIVA’s challenge #349 Rumpus

The challenge this week is to use the new official tangle, Rumpus.  I love this tangle and have tried it several times, but this week I only had time for a small one.  Enjoy the weekend, everyone!  

Thursday, January 25, 2018

DIVA Challenge 348 Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

Every Jan 24th is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day and the Diva, Laura Harms always does a challenge to raise awareness of this syndrome.  Her son Artoo (internet name) was born with this syndrome.  Rather then me explaining it, hop on over to Laura's blog to read all about it at this link: I AM THE DIVA.  I have done this challenge since the beginning, and have enjoying watching Artoo, and Chewie (big brother) grow through the years! Laura has had her hands full with two young growing boys and especially when Artoo gets sick, but still manages to run this challenge every week.  Cheers to you Laura, you are a wonderful Mom to your little guys!

Here is my challenge tile for this week.  Enjoy your weekend everyone and keep on tangling or creating any kind of art.  It's good for our souls!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DIVA Challenge #347 Traced Objects

This week the Diva is having us do a string theory challenge. For the string we just use some objects in the house to trace on the tile to use as your string. I didn't go far to find some objects to use either.  I have a desk full of stuff that would work, so I'll need to remember this next time I'm in a string rut.

Here is a picture of my string with the objects I used:

 Here's my finished challenge!

Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone!

Friday, January 12, 2018

DIVA Challenge #346/I’m finally back!

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a DIVA challenge!  My last one was #325 in July.   I went from not missing a single challenge to missing 21of them due to my wrist and hand injury that I wrote about in an earlier post.  I’m happy to be back again, done with my OT, and just rebuilding strength in my hand and fingers now.

I’ve done a few tiles here and there (that’s my strength limit right now), but when I saw this week’s challenge was a duo tangle challenge, I knew I had to give it a try since they are usually my favorite challenges. This week it’s Phicops vs. Huggins....interesting pair to put together! I cheated a little and used Crazy Huggins.

Here’s my happy to be back at the challenges!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

RUMPUS a new official tangle!

The wonderful folks at Zentangle Inc. are doing another 12 Days of Zentangle and you can follow along on their blog or newsletter everyday for the awesome video’s and projects!  

I missed the first two days, but I couldn’t resist a new official tangle!  Day three of their 12 days, they introduce us to Rumpus.  This is an awesome tangle that’s very organic, beautiful, and I think it will be addicting (for me anyway)!  

Also, today is an exciting day for me in my wrist/hand injury recovery.  I graduated from therapy today, one week early! YAY!  From here on out it’s just regaining strength back for the next 6 -7 months. The last 5 months were quite a challenge so I am glad to have them behind me! 
This is the first tangling I have done since my injury and I am so happy to have this part of my life back, even if I need to take it slow with frequent rests, I can do it again.  What better therapy could there be!  šŸ˜‰

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Expressive Landscapes

In the alcohol ink class I took this summer we learned how to do expressive landscapes.  Expressive landscapes are abstract landscapes that aren't planned.  It was a lesson in learning how to let the inks flow, mixing different colors, and seeing if something emerges on the paper.  I'll be honest with you, it doesn't happen every time, and sometimes I go through a lot of ink without getting anything but mud. I have also started out making a bloom or something else that's not working and it turns into an expressive landscape. It's fun to turn your paper each way and look at the different views.  It's a great technique to learn a lot about the inks themselves and how they flow with a mind of their own.  Here are three of my favorites from this summer, all done on yupo paper. 




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MIA....where I've been and where I am now

MIA-missing in action for over 3 1/2 months!

 Well, my last blog post and last DIVA challenge was on 7/20 and 2 days later I had an unfortunate freak accident.  Without boring you with the crazy details, I severely dislocated and broke my right wrist which required surgery where they had to put in 2 screws to hold one of the main bones together.
I also ended up with some nerve damage that controls some of the fingers in my hand.  Yes, this is my dominant hand, and the last thing you want to have happen when you are an artist. So, anyway I was in a soft cast for 10 days (combination of before and after surgery) and then a hard cast for 8 weeks.  I did get to change colors at the half way point, started with pink and ended with purple.

During that time I had to learn how to use my left (non-dominant) hand for everything.  I also have a wonderful husband who helped me with so much, I can't even tell you how great he's been!  I couldn't drive, so he took me everywhere, even if it was just for a ride in the mountains when the walls at home got too small.  I did a lot of guided meditation (Headspace app) and that helped me so much!  Also, I kept hearing Maria Thomas say 'Is this a good thing, or a bad thing...who's to say"....hmmmm such food for thought!  My Mom's voice in my head (yes, I still hear it after all this time) also reminded me that things can always be worse! So true, I have my hand and it's going to get better! 

I have missed tangling during this time so much! I know I could have done it with my non dominant hand, but I just couldn't for some reason.  I guess I like the detail and comfort of my right hand when tangling.  I also had to stop the DIVA challenges, which was extremely hard since up till then I hadn't missed a one!

I had just started a 6 week online class in using alcohol inks with Alexis Bonavitacola, an artist whose work I really admire.  In the class she was teaching us to blow the inks with a straw and canned air.  Well, after seeing everyone post in our private facebook group, I was determined to try it with my left hand.  I am so glad I did because not only was I able to do it, I created some beautiful art pieces, and I continued to create throughout the rest of the class and after.  Her website is if you want to check out her beautiful art and classes.  I can not say enough about how wonderful her class, "Energy, Motion, and Flow" was!  Here is one of my favorite flowers! 


So,  if you are still with me, that's where's I've been.  I am in a much better place now!  The nerve in my hand is coming back, slowly (I've been told it can take up to a year). I have been in physical therapy now for 4 1/2 weeks and have made incredible progress.  I do exercises at home 3x a day for 40 minutes each time.  It's a lot of time, but I am committed to it.  I want my hand back and functioning!  My surgeon tells me it will be a full year before it's all the way back, so I have a lot more therapy to go, but I'll get there. 

 As far as my art goes, I still haven't been able to tangle, but I am hoping that will be soon.  My surgeon tells me it will be very good therapy for my hand, like I didn't know that!  LOL!  I am still painting with my alcohol inks. I discovered so many techniques for working with the inks, received so much inspiration, and encouragement to take my art to the next level, as a result of the class I took. I created a website (on my own), updated my business plan, and I am starting to market my work. I kept my business name of Tangled Ink Art, since it fits both the pen & ink of Zentangle, and the Ink of Alcohol Inks.  If you'd like to take a look at my website and my artwork, I'd be very grateful!  WWW.TANGLEDINKART.COM

Also if you are on Instagram, I just created a page under TangledInkArt where I will be posting all of my work, so I love for you to follow me! 
If you go to my RedBubble store (link on my website) please follow me there too!

P.S.  I have missed all of you in the Zentangle blogging world and I am sorry I haven't been able to keep up with your blogs!  I can't wait until I can join all of you in a DIVA challenge again! 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

DIVA Challenge 325 PEANUCKLE

CZT, Jessica Davies is the guest host once again this week, and she is challenging us to use the official tangle,  Peanuckle. I never used to use this tangle either until I had the opportunity to learn it directly from Molly Hollibaugh who created it. If you struggle with it, make sure to watch the video link on this challenge post.  Molly does a wonderful job of breaking down this tangle.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Traveling Tangles Project

It's been awhile since I swapped any tiles for the Traveling Tangles Project, so I sent these 3 tiles out in June.  They went to Susan Rink Olsen, Michele Wynne, and Marty Greiner, along with paper folders I made to hold Bijou tiles and some blank tiles.   

So far I have these two have been completed and I will add the third when it gets posted to the FB group.  Beautiful work, ladies!
Completed by Susan Rink Olsen

Completed by Michele Wynne

Here are the tiles I received and completed..............
             Susan Rink Olsen's tissue paper dyed tiles that I completed

Michele Wynne's beautiful tiles that I completed