Zentangle Swap


Inspirational Quote

Starting out with an Inspirational Quote.  I hope it inspires you.

This Zentangle Swap called for tangles drawn on tiles  (3.5″ x 3.5″) using only black Micron pens.  It has filled my evenings and some days with a relaxed engrossing project.  My group consists of fifteen people across the United States and overseas (United Kingdom, Australia and Canada)    What I love about Zentangle is that it requires total concentration and lots of creativity.

Most of the tangles just popped into my mind, but towards the end, I used the Random Tangle Selector offered on TanglePatterns.com in conjunction with the list of Tangles Patterns 2014 Guide.  (See TanglePatterns.com for the download.)  What made using the random selector fun was how to creatively arrange the random tangles that appeared.

I have all my tiles in stamped envelopes ready to go.  I hope the recipients like what I’ve created.

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Below are the completed tiles:

Keeping Busy


I found a packet of store bought blank cards, so I’ve been working on making Zentangles to put on the front of the cards.  I think they will come in handy for birthdays, and other celebrations, as well as Thank You notes, when needed.

Zentangle 297-cardDrawn on pink card stock using a Micron .005 pen.  The tangle is called Bales.

Zentangle 296-card

Pale blue card stock; Micron .01 and .005 pens.  Tangles:   Jax (variation), Aqua, Waves, Vigne (on right),

Zentangle 295-cardAgain, drawn on pale blue card stock using Micron .01 & .005 pens.  The flower is based on a picture I saw in my seed catalogue; variation of Meer; and then filled in with curvy lines. Zentangle 294-card White card stock mounted on red card stock.  Drawn with Micron .01, 005 and filled with .05 black pen.  Tangles:  Flutter Tile (background); Hybrid (variation); Flowervine; Eddy (border.)

Zentangle 293-card I tried something a little different on this card.  On blue card stock, I mounted a white paper doily , added three other layers — another shade of blue card stock; I cut out butterflies and a flower from an old card.  The tangles are drwan on beige card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  Tangles:  Purk (egg shaped tangle); Facets (on left); Fiore (background); Blink (chain-like tangle); as well as a few swirly and curvy lines which have no tangle names.Zendala Dare #91 - greenA Zendala Dare #91 the 4″ size.  I mounted on card stock cut to fit to make a card. Zendala Dare #91 - blueAnother rendition of Zendala Dare #91.

Zentangle 306 - cardI mounted this photocopy of a Zentangle I found in my card box onto a dark blue card stock.  I glued sprinkled glitter all over the yellow photocopy.  The glitter doesn’t show up on the scan.  It’s an iridescent  clear glitter.  Zentangle 298-card This and the following cards are still part of the ready made embossed cards that I purchased long ago.  I’ve decided not to list the names of all the tangles used. I just hope you enjoy viewing them.Zentangle 299-card Zentangle 305 - card Zentangle 300-card Zentangle 301-card Zentangle 302-card Zentangle 303-card Zentangle 304-card Zentangle 304 - cardI will mention that this one has been sprinkled with the iridescent glitter.  It’s quite pretty.  Unfortunately the glitter doesn’t show up on the scan.

Thanks so much for taking time to view my art.  I always appreciate a comment.


This Week’s Offering


The weeks just pass so quickly!  Another wonderful template from Erin, at The Bright Owl  was posted.  Here’s my rendition:

Zendala Dare #92I’ve drawn this one on blue card stock and used Micron .01 & .005 pens to draw the tangles.

Hope you like my offering.  Would love to receive a comment.  Thanks for stopping by.

On a Roll


Just joking….  I’m not literally “on a roll,”  I’m just been keeping very busy Zentangling.  Below is this week’s Zendala Dare from The Bright Owl.  I did not alter the original template, so I’m not posting it.  You might enjoy checking out the other entries. It’s amazing how each entry is unique despite using the same template.  That is what makes doing the Zendala Dare each week so much fun.

Zendala Dare #91

I used a Micron .005 pen to outline the template and draw the tangles.  Fine-line pens and colored pencils added the color.  I shaded with a graphite pencil.  I do hope you’ll take a minute and leave a comment.  Thanks so much for viewing.

Happy Valentine’s Day


I did three Valentine Day cards this year:

Valentine - rls 2014 Drawn on white card stock using Micron .005 pen and colored with fine line pens.



Valentine - dr 2014


Drawn on white card stock using Micron .005 pen and colored with fine line pens.


Valentine - hg 2014Drawn on pink card stock using Micron .005 pen and colored with fine line pens.


All three cards have sentiments on the inside which I didn’t scan. 

Thanks so much for viewing.  Do hope you will leave a comment.



It’s been a while since I’ve drawn a Zentangle Inspired Art piece for “I Am The Diva.”  I love doing her challenges but of late, I seem to have been very busy with other projects.  However, today I produced a piece using the new tangle Aquafleur, created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  You can see the instructions on how to draw this beautiful tangle by going to:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs119/1101168872594/archive/1116292742131.html

The name they gave this new tangle intrigued me.  Of course, I had to Google the word.  The results were lots of sites related to aquariums and decorating them.  Some of the greens known as “Aquafleur”  look like this:

bp01 bp09This water plants are a far cry from the tangle drawn below.  Despite the fact that the tangle’s name has no bearing on the real life plant, I loved Maria’s creation of this organic and flowing tangle.  My rendition is far from the lovely pieces created by Maria, but I enjoyed drawing my own version of this tangle, shown below:

Diva Challenge #152-AquafleurI used Micron .01 pen to draw this tangle and then added color using Prismacolor pencils.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.  Zinger is the name of the tangle on the outer rim of this ZIA.  This one is drawn on 8″ x 8″ card stock.  Do hope you like it.  I look forward to your comments.

Zendala Dare #90

The weeks whiz by so quickly.  Here’s the new Zendala Dare from Erin at The Bright Owl.  It’s her birthday and she’s requested that we tell her our favorite tangle and then use it in the template.  It’s a hard choice.  There are so many tangles and most all of them are so much fun and sometimes a challenge to draw.  I finally chose Paradox, an official Zentangle pattern.  Whenever I see a triangle shape, this tangle immediately springs to mind.  I like to draw it using a .005 pen to achieve the fine lines that make the pattern so interesting. 



In fact, this entire Zendala was drawn with Prismacolor .005 fine line colored pens.  (I got them for Christmas).  The other tangles used are Sand Swirl, Merryweather (on outer rim) and N’Zeppel (in the middle).  The shading was done with a #2 pencil.  I hope you enjoy viewing this Zendala.  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.



“I remember being spellbound when I saw my first seahorse as a child. It seemed as exotic and remote as the seahorses of myth and legend and equally enthralling. Ever since, these extraordinary fish, and their relatives, have fascinated me. Seahorses have captured the imagination of humans for thousands of years and have a powerful presence in myth and legend.”

Seahorses in Myth, Legend & Art – Written by Dr. Nigella Hillgarth,

Birch Aquarium at Scripps executive director.


Seahorse mosaic in the famous Roman baths.

Zentangle 291 - Seahorses

Thanks to Ben Kwok at Ornation Creation on Facebook, who provided the template for the two seahorses, I had the pleasure to create my own fantasy of these creatures.

I used MIcron .01 and .005 pens to fill the template and add the additional tangles.  It is colored with fine line pens, Prismacolor pencils and shaded with graphite.

Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them

Thanks for viewing.  A comment is always appreciated.


More Twinchies


Finished more Twinchies.  This Swap will have 50 participants so I have a long way to go to complete enough 2″x2″ Twinchies to send to everyone.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 2(Left to right) – “Oof” and “Quib,” official Zentangle patterns; “4 Corners” by Barbara Finwell; “Bask-It” by Anna Houston,CZT; “Poser” by Beth Snoderly; “Dex” official Zentangle pattern; “Cruze” by Caren Mlot; and “Mr. E” by Shawn Hayden, CZT.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 3(Left to right, top row) – “Fassett” by Lynn Mead; “Eke” official Zentangle pattern with step outs by Sandi Bartholemew; “Drip-Drop” by Debbie Perdue, CZT; “N’Zeppel” and “Cadent” official Zentangle patterns; “AA’s” by Judy Murphy; “Cayke” by Rose Brown; and “Linked” by Bicki Murray, CZT.

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 1(Left to Right) – “Cyra” by Beth Snorderly; “Archer” by Chris Gerstner; “Kuke“, by Katy Abbott, CZT8; “Fiore” by Jane Rodgers; “Betweed” official Zentangle pattern; and “Navaho” by Caren Mlot.

And here is the last group of the Twinchies.  Hurray!!  I finished them all!

Twinchie Swap - Apr. 2014 4(Left to Right) “Pina” by Carol Ohl, CZT; “Efilys” by Sandra Strait; “Bumpkene” by Beth Snordly; “Sindoo” by Sahron Robinson; “Japan Diamond” by Laura Linlet; and last but not least, “Ixorus” an official Zentangle pattern.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed looking at these Twinchies as much I enjoyed making them.  Would love it if you left a comment.