Tangled Ink Art

Tangled Ink Art

Friday, July 24, 2015

DIVA Challenge #227 Circus Life

We have another guest blogger at the DIVA challenge this week, CZT, Lee Darter.  Lee has asked us to create a tile using the tangles Tropicana, Cack, and one other of the 3 she picked.  I choose to add LinQ to the mix, since I rarely use it and it looks so lively and fun!  I started the same way I always do, with a string and just start tangling to see where it takes me.  I think my tile conveys the excitement of a circus.


Thursday, July 23, 2015


This is the last in my 4 week series of new tangles, and is another easy organic tangle named Tropicapod. I hope you have fun with it! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Tangle: SEKIPS

Another tangle for all of you organic tangle lovers.  This one was so simple that I had doubts about even publishing it.  When I showed it to a couple of my CZT friends, they absolutely loved it and have kept asking when I would publish it so they could use it. They also reminded me that what makes a good tangle is 1-3 steps. They are the best! 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DIVA Challenge #226 Simplicity

This week we have another guest blogger, CZT Katie Crommett over at the DIVA challenge.  Katie has asked us to practice the art of simplicity.  In her words: 

Keep your tangling space manageable. If you don't have an official Zentangle tile, you can cut a piece of paper into 3.5" x 3.5." 
Pick two or three tangles, at the maxium.
After you draw each tangle, be conscious of when you've reached your point of "enoughness."
White space is your friend. Or, even, it's more than a friend. 

I made a very simple looped string and used the tangles, Purk, Paradox, and Fescu.  I really enjoyed this challenge!  Thanks, Katie!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

DIVA Challenge #225

This week's DIVA challenge is brought to us by guest blogger, CZT Jen Crutchfield.  Jen asked us to challenge ourselves with color.  I have use all kinds of color now, markers, gel pens, colored pencils, watercolor washes, but I have never tried just painting with my watercolors.  So that's what I did to challenge myself.  I learned that it takes very little on your brush to get a lot of color.  I also learned that it is not as easy to blend as markers or color pencils.  I am sure that it probably is once you learn the technique and practice with it, but please remember it's my 1st attempt.  Also, in the photo the Betweed looks Blue and it's actually PurpleWho knows, a watercolor class may be in my future!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Tangle: TUBERIZ

I love organic tangles and I am always looking for more flowers to add to my organic ZIA (zentangle inspired art) pieces, so I created this new tangle.  I hope to see it added to some of your beautiful tangled gardens too

click on pic to enlarge

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Square One on FB

I just realized I haven't posted my Square One entries for quite awhile now.  This group on FB has now gone over 5000 members, WOW!  I don't enter every week, but try to get them done as often as I can.  It is so much fun to see everyone's tiles and all the different interpretations of a tangle








Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Tangle: JAYBARZ

I have created a new tangle pattern named Jaybarz.  Actually, I have created 4 new tangle patterns that I will be releasing once a week, starting today with Jaybarz.  I hope you have fun with it!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIVA Challenge #224 Tipple

Our challenge from the DIVA this week is a Monotangle (use one tangle only).  The tangle we are using is Tipple and is one of my favorites because it can be used in so many ways and area of a tile!  I have never used it as a Monotangle though, so this was fun!  I drew a spiral string and used Tipple to create the tangle Marasu. It looks to plain, so I added some larger Tipple around it.  Thanks Laura, have a fun summer with your family!  I am looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks at the CanTangle Retreat!

Friday, June 26, 2015

DIVA Challenge #223 UMBLE

This week's challenge from the DIVA is to use the official tangle Umble.  I used to find this tangle pattern frustrating because I tried to keep it very uniform, but the more I do it and just let the ribbons go free flow where they may, the more I like it. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DIVA Challenge #222 Colors of the Rainbow

The challenge this week is to use color, any kind of color you choose!  I had not made a mandala from scratch lately, so I made that my challenge along with the color.  Instead of doing a lot of tangling on it, I concentrated on the color.  I used a piece of tan paper (I can't tell you what kind, because someone gave me a few sheets awhile back) and then used my Prismacolor pencils to practice blending and shading.  When I was done I used some Sakura gelly roll pens to tangle and highlight on top of the pencil

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hocus Pocus on Opus

I couldn't wait to do another Opus tile (10.5x10.5) in traditional black on white.  I drew (well traced actually) a bunch of circles overlapping each other for my string.  Then you know the rest, just tangled away.  I was really happy with how this turned out! 


Thursday, June 11, 2015

DIVA Challenge #221 Beads of Courage

This week at the DIVA challenge is to use the Beads of Courage organization as our inspiration.  Laura does this challenge every year and raises funds for this wonderful organization.
Here is part of what Laura says on her blog explaining what the organization does....

Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine that supports kids with chronic or life threatening illnesses and their families.  These kids are amazing.  And they more often than not have to deal with a lot on a daily basis.  They see a lot of doctors, and on this program instead of getting a sticker or a lollipop for getting a needle or an X-Ray, or a test of some kind, they'd get a glass bead to represent that part of their medical journey.
I would encourage you to use the above link to read the rest of Laura's inspiring blog post.

Here is my tile this year in honor of Artoo, Laura's little superman!   

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Illuminated Letter Workshop Part 2: Completed Letters

You may recall seeing Part 1 of this post, but if not you can link to it here.  This is Part 2 of the illuminated letter workshop with everyone's completed letters. 

I can't thank all of these ladies enough for finishing their letters and giving me permission to share their beautiful pieces of art on my blog! 

As you gaze through these photos, keep in mind that 4 of these people have never done anything larger than a tile before creating these Opus tiles!  It blows me away how wonderful their first ZIA pieces turned out!  It just goes to show how "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time" ™, whether creating a tile or a larger ZIA! 

...and yours truly

Saturday, June 6, 2015

DIVA Challenge 220

Our challenge this week from the DIVA is to use the tangle "All Boxed In" by CZT, Alice Hendon. I like this tangle and all the variations Alice shows on her blog.  I decided to have another go at the white on black tile.  The shading really makes this tangle pop! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DIVA Challenge 219 Straight Lines

This week Laura Harms, the DIVA has challenged us to use straight lines ONLY!   I know that I like curvy lines and use them everywhere, even in Auraknot.  So here is my straight line Auraknot with Hollibaugh.    Have a good week, everyone!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


If you follow my blog, you have seen the recent posts about Tangle U, a CZT event to further our education and learn new techniques.  One of the classes I took at Tangle U was making dreamcatchers and was taught by CZT, Kate Lamontagne.  This class wasn't so much about Zentangle, Featherfall is the only tangle pattern used, but about learning to draw the dreamcatcher and the technique of using our Prismacolor pencils.  How to blend those pencils and then applying gelly roll pens on top of the colored pencil.  I was in love with this class even before it began, just by seeing Kate's beautiful examples!  Afterward, I am more in love with dreamcathers and using my colored pencils.! Here are 3 of my dreamcatchers......I am hooked, so you may be seeing more.

My 1st dreamcatcher made in class

 My 2nd dreamcatcher

My 3rd dreamcatcher

P.S.  I will be adding this to my class schedule this fall, or maybe sooner. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DIVA Challenge #218 White on Black

This week the DIVA challenge is to use white ink on a black tile or anything you find that is black.  Working with white on black takes a special (very gentle) touch.  For me, white on black is still very tricky, so I don't work with it often.  For this tile I used a Uniball Signo white pen and a Zenstone with a white charcoal pencil to shade.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tangle U 2015 - Santa Fe Part Two

In yesterday's post (link here) I wrote about attending this year's Tangle U event in Santa Fe.  Santa Fe is such a neat artist's town with so much history.  This post is just sharing pictures of some our touring in and around town.......so much fun!

This was our Hotel: The Loretto
Absolutely beautiful and within walking distance of the plaza
and lots of good shopping and restaurants

The view outside of our window (which opened)
of the back of the chapel at Loretto

The Loretto Chapel with the famous
miraculous stairway

The center of the plaza

Native Americans selling their handmade wares

A QuinceaƱera:
  This constitutes a ceremony on a
 girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her  passage to womanhood,
to give thanks to God for his blessings,
 and to present a young woman to the community.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

A close up of the beautiful doors

Irena and I walking the labyrinth
Irena Lesner is a former student of mine,
 who is now a  friend and fellow Colorado CZT.
She is originally from the Czech Republic and
goes back to Prague to teach Zentangle classes
approx. every 3 months and visit family.

The oldest church structure in the USA
built in 1610

The oldest house in the USA, right around the corner

Art is everywhere!

Pat Mathes, me, and Irena Lesner
Colorado CZT's and friends!