Sunday, July 21, 2019

Zendala Moments 07

I really loved the template for this months challenge!  Thanks so much, Lonetta!

Zendala Moments 06

I did some catching up on the Zendala Moments challenge yesterday.  Love these monthly challenges and the awesome templates!  Thanks, Lonetta!


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Zentangle Cartouches

Every so often Zentangle Inc. comes out with a Project Pack and it's usually something new to learn and for CZT's to share with their students.  Project Pack 5 was released in March and the videos were released starting April 12th-19th, one each day.

Project Pack 5 has us learning about Cartouches! Per their newsletter:

A cartouche is a decorative frame surrounding an image or an inscription. It also refers to the oblong figure that encloses a sovereign's name on ancient Egyptian monuments. They taught us how to apply the Zentangle Method to the art of adorning photos, letters, memorabilia, and ephemera. 

If you'd like to purchase the project pack and follow along with the videos, see this 
LINK to their newsletter.

This was really a fun project and I'm looking forward to doing more!

The story behind the locket: My Mom died quite young at the age of 46 and her mother also had died in her 40's, before any of us 7 kids were born.  I was 18 when she died and my Dad gave me this locket of hers.  Inside is a picture of my grandma, I never knew.  I don't recall ever seeing another picture of her, although I'm sure there had to be more in Mom's family.  I then put mom's picture in there and it's been in my jewelry box ever since.  I thought this was the perfect time to get it out, decorate it with a cartouche and put it in a beautiful frame on my dresser.

This is the wedding picture of my grandparents on my Dad's side. They were married in May, 1924 and went on to have a family of 12 children, of which my Dad is the oldest.  I've always loved this picture and wanted to decorate it with a cartouche. Look at that beautiful frame with gold perfs and mooka!

This is just a fun picture of 2 of the grand kiddos!

The youngest grandchild from a few months ago.
Doug has dubbed her the "Princess Pea"!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Zendala Moments 03

This is my contribution to this months, Zendala Moments.  To find out about these monthly challenges and get the template, see this link:

Tangles: Onamato, Printemps, Diva Dance, Florz,  Fescue, Zinger

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Zendala Moments 02

This is my contribution to the monthly Zendala Moments from Annette Plaga-Lodde, CZT.
This was a fun template and I just may do another one.....Thanks again, Annette.

Here is the link to Annette's blog:

Friday, February 15, 2019

DIVA Challenge #385 Valentangle

Love and hearts have been abundant in the tangling community the past couple of weeks!  Here is one more heart themed tile for the weekly DIVA challenge........

A heart framed with Auraknot

ValenTangle 2019 Part 3

ValenTangle 2019 Part 3.....

Day 10:  Just do the corners on your tile.  I used the love fragment...........

Day 11:  Borders, and again I used the love fragment.....

Day 12:  Use the tangle, Yuma.....

Day 13:  Grid tangle with Bijou.......

Day 14:  Make a puffy heart pillow.........

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to all of you!

ValenTangle 2019 Part 2

ValenTangle 2019  post continued......

Day 5:  Tangle on an object..........

Day 6:  Wholly-Hollibaugh with hearts.........

Day 7:  Love Fragment Flower............

Day 8:  Reflection Zen Button (mine has a D for my sweetheart, Doug)........

Day 9:  Use the tangle StarING.........

Stay tuned for part 3............

ValenTangle 2019 Part 1

ValenTangle is a 14 day journey to explore heart tangles, create art, connect, and generate love. It was created 4 years ago by Marguerite Samama, CZT.  She wrote a great pdf file for use to follow each day, created a love fragment, and a Facebook group for us to post our work in.

I decided to follow along with ValenTangle 2019, thinking I might do one or two of the 14 days and I ended up all 14 of them.  I am posting my work in 3 parts due to the number of pictures involved.  

This was really a fun challenge and I am so inspired by the art that was posted to the FB group!  Some incredibly beautiful tiles!

Day 1:  Getting to know and play with the new love fragment.....

Day 2:  Tangle Ratoon around a heart.....

Day 3:  Tangle a small space on your tile.....

Day 4:  Create a 3Z mosaic puzzle....

Stay tuned for next post..........

Sunday, February 10, 2019

DIVA Challenge 384 Anthem

This month's Use My Tangle challenge is the tangle Anthem by Jody Genovese.  I had never used this tangle before but love the 3D look it has.  I made it a monotangle with a zen gem in the center.  Since I had my colored pencils out for the gem, I used them to color the rest of the tangle.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

DIVA Challenge #383 Ratoon

For this week's challenge the DIVA is asking us to try the new official tangle, Ratoon.  This tangle was introduced at ZenAgain2018 so I had the pleasure of learning it directly from Molly (the creator). It's a fun tangle with a lot of steps, but once you practice it several times it gets easier.  What I like about it is how you can continue to vary it each time.  

Fun with Ratoon.........

Black Tile with chalk pastel pencils and gold glitter pen

Traditional white tile with black pen. Ratoon, Striping, and  Printemps (weighted)

Random act of Zentangle tangled and left on the plane on the way home from ZenAgain.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

DIVA Challenge/ Stripes O Plenty

This week's DIVA challenge is to make a string of stripes and tangle.  Easy enough........

We finally got 3 inches of much needed snow this week.  Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

TANGLES: Copada, Diva Dance, Onamato, Keeko, Zander,  Emingle, nZeppel

This is my tile inspired by the work of the Austrian artist, Gustov Klimt, which was done at ZenAgain 2018.  More stripes with gold sparkly goodness....

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Zendala Moments 01

Annette at Lonetta's Crea(R)tives is hosting a Zendala inspiration where she will post a zendala string template on the 15th of each month for any and all to join it.  As Annette says, I too loved to join in when Erin used to host the Zendala Dare on her site, so I am happy to see this! Here is the link to the first Zendala Moments on Annette's blog:

My Zendala....

Thursday, January 17, 2019

DIVA Challenge #381

This week's challenge is to use a "Happy (new) Medium".  In other words something you never have tangled with before or something brand new.  I looked around my art table and decided to use 4 different colors of LePen to tangle with and 4 different Prismacolor pencils to shade with. I may have used one or two of these pens before but not all 4 together, a nice combination of blues and greens.

I just stuck with a traditional tile, border, string and easy tangles. Then added a couple of Aura's around the outside border.

TANGLES:  Flux, Crescent Moon, Fracus, Perk, Static, Diva Dance (rock n roll)

I hope you are all having a good week.  My baby turns 27 today....oh my, how time flies!

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.