Tangled Ink Art

Tangled Ink Art

Monday, October 12, 2015

INKtober Day 12

I really loved seeing all the white on black tiles done by Maria Thomas, Co-Founder of Zentangle!  If you missed them, take a look at this link to their blog.  I haven't done one for awhile, so I used a blank black zendala tile, put on some zenstone shavings, tangled with a Micron 08 black pen, then added the white with a Sakura gel penThe black kind of disappeared so I traced over it with a #1 graphic pen.  Then added some aura's and tipple.  At the end I added one line around the outer aura with a blue Sakura moonlight gel pen.  It's really hard to photograph black tiles, and see all the details, especially late in the day.  It has more depth in person.

Prior to tangling

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

INKtober Day 10

I wanted to try this tangle, so I did it as a monotangle (one tangle on the tile).  It is called On Target, by CZT Barbara Finwall.  I didn't realize until now, when I posted it here, that I didn't shade it!  It had so much optical illusion going on that I forgot that part.  I am not sure if it even needs it, or if it would enhance or take away from it.  I need to ponder that awhile.  Let me know what you think! 

INKtober Day 9

I completed this tile last night, but it was too late to take a good photo. 

TANGLES:  Flux, Tipple, Holligaugh, Isochor, Tripoli
Tangle enhancer-Pers

Thursday, October 8, 2015

INKtober Day 8

Zentangle tile with patterns: Zonked, Isochor, Tripoli, Hollibaugh, and Printemps. #inktober



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DIVA challenge #238 Tri-bee & INKtober Day 7

I am combining my two challenges today. The DIVA challenge this week is a UMT (use my tangle) challenge, and the tangle is Tri-bee by Beate Winkler/CZT. I really like this tangle because you can make it grow in any and all kinds of directions. Plus, it is super easy to keep repeating the same curvy triangle. Thanks, Beate, it's a good one!


TANGLES: Tri-bee, Static, Crescent Moon, Tipple, Pixioze, Zenith



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

INKtober Day 5

I didn't have a lot of time today, so I traced some circles, added lines, and made a quick mandala using Metallic gelly roll pens. The whole thing took 15 minutes....one tangle pattern (Printemps), lines and dots. #inktober


Sunday, October 4, 2015

INKtober Day 4

INKtober Day 4: tangle pattern-NIURODA by Tina-Akua Hunziker/CZT



Saturday, October 3, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

INKtober Day 2

Sketchbook: Tangle Pattern - Weave by Helen Williams



DIVA Challenge #237 Stencil String

This week the DIVA has a guest blogger, CZT Charlotte Carpentier.  Charlotte has asked us to use a stencil as our sting, use any type of color, then tangle inside or outside the string.  I don't have a lot of stencils, and didn't have time to make one, so I used the one I had.  I then colored it with watercolor and tangled both inside and outside the string.  I have used this stencil a lot and I am always amazed at how different it can look!  Thanks, Charlotte

Thursday, October 1, 2015

INKtober 2015

INKtober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 and you can link to his blog HERE.

I decided I needed to do a challenge, even though I have a busy month ahead, and I am going to try to do a Zentangle related piece of ink art for the next 31 days.  It may be a bookmark, a zentangle tile, a Bijou tile, a zendala, or whatever strikes my mood and the time I have available each day. 

Here are the rules taken from Jake's blog:

31 Days 31 Drawings

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

InkTober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat
Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.
That's it! Now go make something beautiful.
Day 1/Bookmark

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DIVA Challenge 236/Tangle Unexpected

This week the DIVA challenged us to tangle on something unexpected or something you wouldn't ordinarily tangle on. If I was home this week, I probably could find lots of things. But, we are away for awhile in our new RV, having lots of fun I might add! So, my husband is off fly fishing and I am looking around the RV wondering what I can tangle on. Hmmm, the outside is white with some beautiful designs, but too new to tangle (even for me, LOL). I think I will work up to that, and maybe someday add at least a little Bijou to the back! I tangle on the walls and doors at home, but just can't do it inside either. Aha, I spot it it now.....the Kleenex box! Although a lot more boring then the inside of outside of the RV, it will have to do...for now!

It will have tangles.....some day!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

DIVA Challenge 235/String Theory-Stripes

This week the DIVA has challenged us to put stripes on our tile for the string and tangle using any tangle patterns we want. I did a zig-zag with my stripes across the tile. I started with Beelight (4th from top), and ended up doing the tile with tangles that began with the letter "B".......Bales, Beeline, Betweed, and Bunzo.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tangle Deck by CZT, Lynn Mead (A review)

Lynn Mead/CZT  has announced that her Tangle Deck is now available to the public.  I was fortunate to purchase one at the CanTangle CZT retreat I attended this summer in Canada. 

I really love this Tangle Deck of 52 cards!

As Lynn states on the back of her card deck, she created these cards as a durable and portable reference to copy-right free tangles introduced by Zentangle® Inc.  It is a resource that includes step by step instructions, provides ideas and inspiration, and is as portable as the rest of your Zentangle supplies.

I can attest that they are very durable coated cards that appear to be as strong as a deck of playing cards. Although they are bigger then playing cards they are very portable.  I have taken them on a couple of camping trips with my other Zentangle supplies.  I also like the fact that they are bigger than playing cards!  On one side they clearly show the steps to completing the tangle pattern with a finished example.  They also show which of the 5 elemental strokes are needed to create the tangle.  Some of the cards have tips included.  On the other side of each card, is a large beautiful variation of the tangle, which is bound to inspire you.  Well, all of the art work in the deck is inspiring! 

If the cards weren't enough reason for you to purchase the deck, Lynn also added a 35 page booklet titled Tangle Deck Techniques.  It's a wonderful little book that has a host of information.  The Zentangle terminology, the materials, the steps in the processs, all about the tangle deck itself, tanglenhancers, shading, and her famous way to draw a dew drop!  All of these have pictures included!  The last section is all about tangleations and tangos.  Again, with written instructions and pictures.  Then at the very end she gives you 12 exploration exercises, which I look forward to exploring! 

All in all, I think it's a must for your Zentangle collection! 

Where can you purchase this deck....here is the link:  Tangle Deck
Note: Lynn is offering 20% off thru Sept. 30th

Wonky Houses (Inspired by Margaret Bremner)

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, then you know that I am a big fan of Margaret Bremner and her wonky houses.  If you have never been to her blog (which I can't imagine) you need to get on over there and check it out at this link. I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret and taking her class, in which she shared the technique she uses to complete her houses, this past July at a CZT retreat in Regina, Canada. She graciously gave permission to teach her method to other CZT's, and believe me the CZT's in my area were begging to learnWe had a great get-together, pot luck lunch, and class. There is nothing better then hanging out with fellow CZT's!  Everyone gave me their permission to post their art pieces...thanks ladies!  You all rocked these houses! 

These were our works in progress
and now for the completed pieces......
Artist: Pat Mathes/CZT Broomfield CO
Artist:  Dusty Darrah/CZT Highlands Ranch CO
Artist:  Irena Lesner/CZT Westminster CO &
teaches in the Czech Republic
Artist:  Holly Williams/CZT Loveland CO (summer)
& Sarasota FL (winter)
 Holly Williams couldn't resist doing a 2nd piece!
Artist: Sue Clark/CZT Loveland CO
instead of shading....I added decided to add color...
I used my Tombow markers and Sakura gel pens
 and brought summer to my piece

Thursday, September 10, 2015

DIVA Challenge #234 CanT

My, how Laura's boys are growing so fast, and such cute back-to-school pics on her blog!This week's challenge is to use the tangle, CanT, which was created by Chris Titus at the CanTangle retreat in Regina, Canada this past summer. I was at the retreat when she shared it with all of us, and knew right then it would be a hit. Chris shares a lot of variations for this tangle and once I tried it I find you really can take it in so many directions.  I did all of mine as monotangles so I could really get the feel for it.  Love it, Chris!  Glad to have you back, Laura!

Black Micron/Black Pearls/Shading

Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
Left: Stardust Right: Metallic

Monday, September 7, 2015

Zenspirations Inspired Piece

Zenspirations dangles and designs were created by Joanne Fink.  It you just do a Google search you will come up with all of her wonderful designs and books.  I love her work

I was commissioned to do a wedding piece with the Zenspirations dangle letters.  The bride and groom both like lots of bright vivid colors...lucky me!  Congratulations to Janette & Brad!  This was a fun piece to do

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIVA Challenge #233 ZENITH

Our DIVA is back from her summer break!  We missed Laura, but had some wonderful challenges from the guest CZT's.  This week, Laura has asked us to give the new official tangle, ZENITH a try. I haven't played with this one too much, and I quite like it. I kept it simple and added some Florz with a wonky grid, and a Zinger. 

As I have posted previously, I was fortunate to attend CanTangle (a CZT retreat) this year and to meet Laura in person.  She was kind enough to post our picture, along with many others, in her challenge blog post.  Yes, it is true that I have done all of the DIVA challenges, as I have written about  HERE,  AND HERE.  Even though I am retired, I really do have quite a busy life, and I guess this is just one of the things that I enjoy and got hooked on!  Besides that, it's given me things to blog about over all these years too, LOL.  Thanks again, Laura!  Hugs! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

DIVA Challenge 232 Duo Challenge: Audio vs. Betweed

This week over at the DIVA's weekly challenge, Holly Atwater, CZT of Ha! Designs is the guest blogger.  I had the pleasure of meeting Holly this year at TangleU in Santa Fe!  Holly has been producing some audio Zentangle meditation tapes and posting them to her blog.  She was inspired to do these from Molly Hollibaugh who leads a voice only meditation at the CZT seminars.  I was one of the earlier CZT's and didn't get to experience this (although all my students who became CZT's raved about it) until this year at the CanTangle retreat.  Molly was there and she lead us through a voice only meditation tile.  It was a wonderful experience!  When I saw that Holly had this as a challenge versus doing a tile of Betweed, there was no question about what I would do, even though I love Betweed too.  Holly, your tapes are wonderful!  I really enjoyed doing the first Bijou tile so much that I ended up doing all three.  I guess I am one of those overachievers that Holly talked about in the challenge....who would have guessed, LOL!  Thanks for the fun challenge

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I have added some new items to my ETSY shop.  If you'd like to take a look, just click on the button here on my blog. The three new pieces were also added to My Gallery tab.   While you are there if you'd like to click on the heart to mark my shop as a favorite you will then see when I add new items.  Thanks so much for shopping ETSY! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DIVA Challenge 231: Undulating Tangles

This week at the DIVA's  challenge we have CZT Sharla Hicks as the guest blogger.  I was fortunate to meet and take a class from Sharla this year at Tangle U.  Her beautiful work has a very organic style, as you can see from her examples on the challenge post.  Her challenge to us is to use an old favorite undulating C or S curve tangle or find a new one.  I have played with Isochor and Verve before, but have not used Abundies, so I put them all together on this tile.   Thanks for the fun challenge, Sharla

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DIVA Challenge #230 "Let's all be ZenDivaDala"

The guest blogger this week at the DIVA challenge is Erin Olson, CZT. Erin is the host of the Zendala Dare on her blog, The Bright Owl.  I love her Zendala Dare, but don't often get the time to do one, so was really happy to see her as a guest blogger!  Thanks Erin, for another great template!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More CanTangle

Yesterday I did a post on the CanTangle Retreat I attended in July in Regina, Canada.  It was a long post already, so I decided to write about it in a couple of posts. 

First off, I want to emphasize that I loved every class at this event and I thought all of the CZT's who taught were wonderful!  It was also wonderful meeting so many CZT's that I only knew online or through blogs.  The atmosphere was so positive, friendly, and kind!

I do have to admit that two of the reasons I wanted to attend were to meet CZT's, Margaret Bremner and Laura Harms, both from Canada.  I have been inspired by both of these ladies for a long time now, and wanted to meet them in person. 

I will start with Margaret Bremner of www.enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com.  A lot of us CZT's think of her as one of the "rock stars" of the zentangle world because her art is incredibly gorgeous and she shares so many wonderful tutorials on her blog.  I have followed her blog for years now and have always been so inspired by her work.  One of the things I have always loved are her house landscape pieces!  They are so whimsical, fun, charming, and full of details that Margaret is known for.   When I heard she was teaching her techniques for them, my decision to attend was set, I had to go.  The class was great and it reminded me of drawing classes I had taken many years ago, no planning, letting the paper speak to you about what it should be.  It definitely took me out of my comfort zone and I really didn't think I would like my piece, but I am happy with it, from where I started anyway.  I am anxious to try another one soon.  Here is my wonky little house landscape piece from class.  If you would like to see more of the pieces from our class take a look at this link. Thanks again, Margaret!


Then there is Laura Harms of www.iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com fame.  If you have been part of the Zentangle world for awhile chances are you have heard of the DIVA weekly challenges.  If not, click on the link and check it out.  I have been following the DIVA challenges since the beginning and according to Laura, I am one of the few people who has done them all.  She celebrated her 200th challenge in 1/2015 which I wrote about at this link., and she is on #230 this week!  I told her that I have told myself that I would quit at 100, 150, 200, well you get the picture, and she said if she can't quit, then I can't quit either, LOL!  We'll just see how long I last at this!  Kidding aside, it has been fun and inspiring to follow her blog for the challenges, her beautiful art, and to see the amazing Mom she is to her two little boys!  Great job, Laura...you have inspired a lot of people with your blog! 
She kicked off the retreat and her class was great She had all of us dancing in our chairs while we tangled and laughed.  We did 3 fun tiles and I am posting the one with a montangle of Diva Dance, the tangle named for her.  Not many people can say that! Thanks again, Laura!