My latest obsession.
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I’ve recently realised it’s a whole year since I “discovered” Zentangle. I still feel like a beginner when I look at what other people do but, for what it’s worth, these are some of the things I’ve done. I was going to put them with the oldest ones at the top and the newer ones lower down but I’ve decided on doing it the other way so, as you scroll down the page, you are going back in time to August 2013.
January 2016 – Recently updated and now showing just over two years.
July 2019 – another up date and a lot of additions.
I got so involved with these that I did a bigger one, which you can see at the top of the page.
Some of my “geometric” swaps.
I forgot to mention Fentz, which I used as a string in the middle bit.
Inktober 1… Mooka, Ginilli, Yah, Fleavy, Pais and Facets
Inktober 2. The same patterns but somehwo I like it better.
And, following the Fairy Houses Swap, i did a little picture for my grandaughter as a little Christmas present. It makes a change from crochet toys.
And a finished card.
A minimal amount of Dewd for the border to brighten things up a bit.
A later stage. Mounted on silver and then on very dark green.
Jem miller sent me this as a start, with just the central motif, the brown patch on the right and the Finery completed. You can barely see the grey I used to aura but I didn’t want to lose the central area’s emphasis. Not sure i succeeded with this one.
So I did. Trying to use co-ordinating colours as I didn’t have an exact match.
From Diana Schreur, for the Alphabet swap. I love the patterns but just look at the gorgeous little envelope she made to protect it in transit.
My first attempt at Zentangle after quite a long break.
Using brown Micron and Uniball white pens.
I stuck with favourite patterns, Flux, Betweed and Luv A.
So I took my courage in both hands and did the first page. I used the Bijou tile and wrote the word ONE to remind myself that this is the first, hopefully, of many.
I painted the inside cover with acrylic paint and stuck in the card she sent as a keepsake.
The latest page. I was quite pleased with the lettering, which is not a strong point but the patterning is a bit, as my daughters say “Meh.”
Playing with Koi brushes.
Filled the middle of this one with a slightly clumsy Mooka.
Coasting along on Amanda Day. Dragonair, Curved Rain, Frickle and a couple of others whose names escape me.
The final bookmark.
Using Abundies, Mooka, Flux and Hollibaugh.
Bijou on a Tile also from Pam Purk
Icanthis, Sheleaf and Fiore getting ready for some shade and colour.
Pam again – she’s been doing some catching up and this is her vintage Winter Ornament.
A bit busy but I was going for a paisley design.
I think I may have invented/deconstructed a pattern, what do you think?
Mounted on hand made paper that, fortuitously, matched the ink pad used for the edges.
The prompt here was Red.
My first attempt at Striping, after seeing Margaret Bremner’s blog and trying it out for myself.
Striping for the monotangle swap – not my best but it’s a reasonable attempt.
And for the zendala swap, using Striping again. Not yet finished and not all the Striping will be black. In fact, I wish I’d used blue on this. However, you never know how it will be until you put the pen down, do you?
Another one I can’t remember the name of but it’s from the mother ship.
Mak rah mee. Not entirely happy with this, so I may send a substitute instead.
I wish I could remember the name of this pattern.
Using Ell-ish as a motif monotangle for the swap.
This is the one they used for the page header. Eeeek!
Plain and simple on a background daubed in muted pink and grey, using Reticula R42 .
Not on card like the others but directly onto the book cover.
This book cover was done by a friend of mine at a session we did at my house.
Did this one for a swap a little while ago.
there is metallic gold in places but I can’t get it to show on the photo…
The envelopes so far.
DC 323 Abundies around the heart and HeartsOffset in the background.
From Jolanda Baan
I might have to try again.
Two ready to send to the swap. The challenge is to use grid based patterns.
Using the new pattern from the mother ship and one new to me called Crease.
Based on something I saw on Pinterest
DC 312 b The shading is less than perfect because I used a Promarker pen on water colour paper and it soaks in too much. Lesson learned.
I may add a little shade to this to tone it down a bit.
Not happy with this yet but…
Waiting for shading and colour.
The pages inside are the same colour as the cover and I will stick the bijou tiles in, one or two to a page.
A thank you card I left with the tip for the maid who did our room each day.
If you close your eyes and listen very carefully, you can hear Sgt Pepper playing. You can, honest…
Different stamp and colour for a change.
Stamp for the lettering and the rest is freehand.
the patterns are Jasmin and Slonkel, both new to me and i like them. Slonkel was a bit of a mindbender but it’s part of the fun.
DC 318 Patterns used, Joki, Balldox, a bit of Abundies, Flux, Paradox and Drift.
Can’t remember the name of this one
Pattern is Huabo
So I’m not unhappy with where it’s started, just hoping I can keep it up for three whole months…
I’ve joined these with a brad so the bijou will swing round
Days 4 and 5 of the Summer project
Days 6 and 7. You will note that I went for a simpler background this time
The penultimate swap with a bijou on top of an ordinary tile.
And with the bijou out of the way to show the inside.
Just re-read the guidelines and it’s supposed to be just black and white. Do you think anyone will notice the red? Ooops!
DC 323 Abundies around the heart and HeartsOffset in the background.
Days 9 and 11 of the journal
Almost the final Autumn swap tile ready to send.
And the very last Autumn swap tile waiting to go in its envelope and off to America.
DC 295 The Diva Challenge tile for this week – almost forget in my burst of rage.
This was fun.
I had a go at the Square One FB focus pattern, Neuron.
DC 301b Made my own triangular tile and had aother go at last week’s Challenge. Better but there will be more mileage in this.
This has got a lot of improving to do before Igive it the go ahead but you never know.
This mine, just painted. It should be more defined after firing.
A star I did as an example
Just made with scraps so far but I’m happy with the idea.
DC 303 Needs work on the shading but…
Not quite there but I still like the idea.
Maybe a little more shade needed?
Busy and overcomplicated.
A scratch card bauble ready to start the first Christmas cards.
Dc 287I really love this pattern, so I filled it with Groovy and added a little Finery. Fun, fun, fun.
Quote from Robert Heinlein, can’t remember which book.
Quote from The Light Gstherer by Carol Ann Duffy.
Quote from Without You by Adrian Henri
With a quote from The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, a book I can re-read again and again.
Quote from Love is by Adrian Henri
DC 291 First attempt at a sugar skull
DC 286 straight lines
DC 289 autumnal theme/leaves
One for a FB swap I’m doing at the moment, Wish Upon a Star.
Well, part of a star, anyway.
Andrew and Karen
I turned my peace lilles into a pattern and then just did a grid behind them, filling it with three different patterns.
Dc 276Another one drawn on a plane but this one feels incomplete to me, so I may be adding to it – when I have given it a bit of thought.
I’m sending this to Michele Wynne as a little mini swap. I tried hard to echo her style with muted colours but I haven’t got it right yet.
DC 276One of several drawn in transit, in this case, on a plane.
To be used as one of my Green and Pleasant Land Swap ATC’s
Done before the op for the Green and Pleasant Land Swap
For the next swap – monotangle Dragonair, which I really enjoyed. It was done before the op so the wobbles are just the norm for me!
The first one I did for the swap.
DC 261Some of the worst colour combinations I have ever been guilty of and yet I almost like it.
Dc 262 Nzeppel, Sandswirl, Jessicup and, of course, Fassett.
Deliberately pale and delicate at this stage.
Dc 264 Something planet oriented going on here, maybe?
I just printed off the boxes and filled them in.
DC 264 aFirst attempt.
DC 264 bIn my opinion, the improved version.
Dc 265I added bits of colour but it didn’t improve. Ah well, it is what it is.
Dc 266I finished this on the train so it’s a bit untidy, I’m afraid.
For my newest swap – your initial as a string and only patterns beginning with that letter.
Three monogram tiles.
Before any patterns were added.
More work needed but I like the pattern, even if I haven’t fully got it yet.
Playing with colour.
Based on something I saw on Helen Williams’ blog some time ago.
One of my pieces for the Summer Fayre.
Palm trees DC 253
DC 253 in blue
String 39. The gold doesn’t shine on this pic.
Four tiles ready to go – I think
Drawn while we were away in Cyprus.
Inktense pencils and Gelly Rolls
Inktense pencils plus Gelly roll pens.
DC 259 A Celtic Cross with inexpertly drawn emeralds.
Is this enough or not?
An Edwardian bracelet?
The Christmas card I made for the loved one this year. I think I may keep it to put up as a dec next year.
Not the best picture Im afraid.
I’m not entirely sure this is finished yet. It’s a joanne Fink download, patterned and coloured using Promarkers and Gelly Rolls.
Rachel’s birthday card. Her latest tattoo (grrrrrr!) is a Russian doll so it seemed appropriate.
This is a faux leather (plastic) coaster that I’ve stencilled then tangled in white and metallic pen.
Freehand drawing, ready to go on a card.
I intend to use a bit of pearl white pen and some Stickles here and there.
Again, waiting for glitter.
This one needs glitter and some metallic detail beforeit goes on the front of a card.
I accidentally scanned this greyscale and I think I like it better than the colour version.
But this is it in the original format.
Scanned in colour.
Rather a big one, this, about 8 inches square.
The glitter doesn’t look right on the scan.
Nipa, Arukas, two that I can’t remember the names and Nell, if it doesn’t already have a name.
Aquarelle pencils and Gelly Roll Stardust pens.
This is the final version of the one for my friend in Scotland.
It’s a bit gaudy but it’ll settle when I add patterns and metallic pens etc.
Apparently, Koi make you feel calm so I tried this out for size.
It hasn’t scanned well. It’s brighter than this and has sparkle and liquid pearl dots.
Can you see the words hammered into the bowl of the spoon?
The colours are much brighter but scanning just doesn’t do them justice.
She’s a teacaholic, so it seemed the right thing for her.
DC 229b My second attempt at using white space.
The colours are brighter than they show up here but it’s too big to scan.
This before I filled in the black areas or did any shading, so you can still clearly see the original printed template.
Of course, the white pens make for a slightly more laborious job but that’s the price for doing something a bit different.
Looks to me as if she’s already been celebrating.
I saw this idea on Youtube by Miraculous Mosquito and decided it had to be tried.
This one, however, I started and finished over two evenings. and it’s huge, well, bigger than A4 anyway.
I’m going to try another one of these and see if I can do better.
another possible for Diva Challenge 225, with squares piled up and coloured, ready for more patterns and some shade.
Had a sudden desire to go all Mondrian, can’t say why. It didn’t lend itself to curved patterns, so I stepped out of my comfort zone in two ways. firstly Using all patterns new to me and, secondly, by leaving empty areas.
Well I used a couple of “new” patterns and I’ve just realised I forgot to put some white on the Cubine. Doh!
It’s hard to get the light right on this photo and the scanner has real problems with it. It’s using a scratchcard from Poundland.
I have to own up to this being a direct steal from one I saw on Pinterest. It’s signed by Evelyn, 27th April 2013 but I’ve lost the original web address. Thank you, whoever you are.
In contrast to the previous one, this just happened, all in one evening, so easy.
Patterns used: Quenn’s Crown, Beadlines, Shattuck, Fescu, Barberpole, Luv-A, Paushalov, Dragonair, Cadent, Diva Dance, Riki Tiki, Fengle, Hollibaugh and some whose names I’ve forgotten, sorry.
Children’s windmills for the beach?
Why does this one look a bit threatening?
And this one makes me think of fairies.
I’m going to add a bit more bling to this, I think.
This is based on a Youtube video I saw, which was black pen on white. I like it on the grey/green card but am in two minds about the added colour.
Tried for delicate colour but it looks a bit washed out.
My take on Clarice Cliff. Almost happy with it, except for the sky. May take it out of the frame and give it a bit more attention.
I did this one for Square One on Facebook. The focus tile was Rixty, which I really like but I couldn’t think of a nice way of integrating it. In the end I used String 140 from Tanglepatterns.com and went for patterns I’ve hardly ever used.
This was just a scribble that turned out better than expected. I’m putting some Glossy Accents on the berries and maybe washing the leaves with a little water to intensify the colour a bit.
This was a YouTube video tutorial either from Shoo Rayner or Miraculous Mosquito – both worth a look.
Based on a YouTube tutorial by Shoobeedoodling – much, much easier than I expected.
And a second try using Trio, Xyp and Huggins Again, better, I think.
Second attempt at a left hander, better but I still don’t like doing it. It’s like taking medicine. It may be good for me but…
And this is the finished version, framed and done. Not a patch on the original, I admit, but it’s probably one of the best things I’ve done so it deserves its place on the dining room wall.
I’ve bought a frame for this too, although it still needs a little work on the black smudgy
Three new patterns tried here but I’ve forgotten their names already. Durr!
And a new pattern here but can’t remember what it’s called.
Really loved doing this one.
Each page is about 8cm by 6.5cm
Each little panel has a word or phrase within it.
Quite a big piece, bigger than A4, so quite a challenge after the little tiles and Christmas cards.
This pattern looks simple but needs a steadier hand than mine to get it just right. however, I was amazed how much better it looked with shading.
Their bodies are painted with mica powder so they have a sheen which doesn’t show too well on the photo.
Green and blue 1 reverse sides
Green and blue 1 fronts
Aqua and multi fronts
Aqua and multi reverse sides
Yellow and terracotta reverse sides
Yellow and Terracotta fronts
Pink and orange reverse sides
Pink and orange fronts
Snowman and holly fronts or reverse? Who can say?
Snowman and holly or peace and poinsettia. Depends on your preference
Original version. Birdcage stamp and Microns for the dangles, filled with a right old mix of pens for colour.
Second version of this idea.on white water colour paper this time.
White on black with Gelly roll pens to add a little colour and sparkle.
Version 3 and another colour way.
This is upside down from the way I drew it bit it really doesn’t matter.
Using my sketching set from WHSmith.
Yuma, Pystyl and Lichen.
Aquafleur, Pendrils and Pystyl
Fescu, Aquafleur (again) Crescent Moon and Sandswirl.
this was a protest. I often work through lunch because I get bored. (I’m frequently in a room on my own so boredom comes easily.) So I decided to doodle instead. coloured it at home with Promarkers and quite liked the finished product.
A Fengle to get it started with the stalks coming off the ends of the “petals. filled it with Barberpole and my most successful attempt at getting “light” on it so far. But…
This is going to be a Christmas gift for a friend and she doesn’t read my blog so it will be a surprise.
I just like this one. simple and it worked – they sometimes do.
Did this as a demo fro a friend and it’s my daughter’s initial with her husband’s and then their son’s between them.
Started with a rainbow string, for obvious reasons. Sunrays shining through, equally obvious.
I called this Finkelled because it’s a straight “borrow from something I saw Joanne fink do.
Square One challenge to use Quib, which I’m not very good at but I did have fun with my accidental octopus.
Now this one, also for Square One, brought Betweed more into focus.
Square One Challenge to use Pendrills. There’s something vaguely sci-fi about this. I can hear John Wyndham and Robert Heinlein giggling in the background…
We were using Dex on Square One and I wanted to try a curve. It ended up looking like a very 1960’s eye make up pic, especially with the Summer of Love heart in the middle.
the Challenge on Square One was to use Betweed and I was going for something a bit different. I quite like it, but poor old Betweed got a bit lost in the mix.
My first attempt at Diva Challenge 185 – Diva Dance and Phicops, not an easy combination.
This works so much better for me than the first one but I couldn’t tell you why.
A bouquet of Fescu with Zinger wrapped in Barberpole.
working on the cover of my new sketchbook.
The shape is ok but the shading isn’t working. Or I chose the wrong background pattern, not sure which.
Patterns used – Ing, Mile Straight and Swizzlestik
Fescu, Scrawlz, Queen’s Crown, Mak Rah Mee, Alium and Wave.
Fescu, Queen’s Crown, Scrawlz, Pais and an aura or two.
Using X-did as the border, Frickle, Strircle, Dragonair, Aahs and one I can’t remember the name of.
Verdigh, Zenbudz, Dragonair.
A couple of old favourites and a couple of new ones. Patterns used? from left to right – Ambler, can’t remember the next one, cadent, and Bilt going across.
Made a little book to keep all the Diva Challenge tiles in and this is the cover.
Coloured with Promarkers first and then tangled.
Diva Challenge 181 to relate to water in some way.
Tree as a work in progress.
Using Twing for the first time.
Time to tangle. Coloured with a mix of Promarkers and water colour pencils and then will be patterned but I haven’t decided how yet.
Although there are aspects of this with which I am not satisfied, the overall finish is OK.
Using a digi stamp from the Flights of Fantasy CD from Katy Sue designs. Coloured with Promarkers and Gelly Rolls.
Diva Challenge 180. All one pattern but differing sizes. Patter name – MacDee
Christmas card with mini tangled topper. Bijou again.
Close up of Bijou.
Close up of one of the Bijou tiles.
Diva Challenge to use tiny tiles. Didn’t enjoy this at all.
Is it big headed to like your own work?
I used coloured pencils plus a couple of Gelly Roll pens but the glaze doesn’t show up as well as I’d like on the scan.
The second one. this was my original choice of colours.
The last one. Sort of ran out of colour ideas because the craft card limits the choice. Where you see white, it’s actually silver gilt but doesn’t show too well on the scan.
I intended this to be more tropical but it ended up emerald instead.
Diva Challenge 177 to use a new tangle called Truffle.
First attempt – and smudged. Grrrr!
Second try – hardly any shading and not right.
I know the colouring is rough but I’m going to pattern over it with Micron pens.
By the time I’d finished colouring, I could hardly see the lines to follow for the patterns but I’m not sure how much it matters.
A bit disappointed with the colour.
Diva Challenge to use your initials as a string.
Diva Challenge but I can’t remember which one.
Diva Challenge 49.
A Ben Kwok template. The colour is more vibrant on the original.
another Diva Challenge to use a Tangle called Crux. I like the idea of this one better than the finished product. It looks a bit scrappy to me and the colour isn’t as definite as I would have liked but hey ho.
Don’t ask why the paper is such an odd shape. Just accept that I had a MAM. (Middle Aged Moment) and leave it at that.
I was quite pleased with this until I saw the others. Mooka and Auraknot.
Too many patterns? another Ben Kwok template.
Diva Challenge. To be done in 15 minutes. Certainly focuses the mind. I cheated and I still didn’t like the nd result.
I tried to avoid filling space on this one. The Challenge was to use curvy patterns.
Well I’ve seen eggier shaped eggs but I am fond of this one but don’t ask me why.
My first ever Paradox that actually resembles, if only briefly, the original.
Should have used a smoother card to stop the colours bleeding.
This is just in pencil because I used artist’s water colour paper and pen tends to look a bit wobbly. I like how the simple heart shape lends itself so well to this Tangle.
Does it matter if the bugles aren’t verticle? i just wondered what they would look like on their side.
This really was absorbing. I just did circle with a compass and filled them with whatever came to mind.
Using a template downloaded from the Facebook group Ornations and Creations.
In the end, this turned out better than I expected but I do wish I could actually draw.
I tried to keep within a limited palette because so much detail and tons of colour may be too much.
Not yet finished – awaiting some shading, maybe some colour too but I quite like Tangle pattern landscapes.
Experimenting with Tangles from the website.
The finished album cover.
A birthday card for a friend. Trying out shading with ProMarker pens.
An as yet unfinished piece that will eventually be a topper for a card.
Betweed – I use it time and time again, very satisfying.
Another easy but effective pattern.
This one is called Dentri but it looks a lot like Cadent to me.
Practising Extracto, which resembles Dragonair but isn’t.
Vectowec, one of those that grows on you.
First attempt at Angel Fish. Not good but I’m learning.
Called Pavement, apparently but resembles Whyze.
Purk – I really enjoy doing this one.
Using a cardboard stencil from a child’s drawing set for the outline, then letting my imagination go.
Drawn freehand and even now I’m quite proud of it.
Used a digital stamp for the outline and, although it’s simple, I feel it works quite well.
My first attempt at a cover for my pattern album.
An early one, for my granddaughter
For my older grandson.
That’s it, then, as good as it gets. Our new grandbaby’s card. I’m actually quite pleased with the finished piece.
My first ever attempt at Zentangle and it shows but who could have guessed where this little owl would lead me?