Re-invent the wheel!


“What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?”

– Anthony Trollope

I been seeing on-line in some of my groups that instead of making each bookmark individually, some artists are drawing an entire page and then cutting it into book mark size.  So, the copycat that I am, I decided to give it a try.  Why not re-invent the wheel.

I used watercolor paper that I splattered with watercolor paint, then added a few erratically placed lines.  I then sat down and tangled the entire page.  Here it is:

Zentangle 286I used fine-line pens to add addition color and then shaded with a graphite pencil.  The page is approximately 9″ x 12″ and made ten bookmarks.  I was concerned that each bookmark might not contain enough of the pattern or the cuts would land in the wrong spaces.  Here’s how they look glued to a complimentary color that has a metallic sheen:

Zentangle 286-II Zentangle 286-II didn’t try to arrange them in their original order.  I’m pleased that each bookmark seems to have its own character.

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Zendala Dare #86 by ronniesz
Zendala Dare #86, a photo by ronniesz on Flickr.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

— Melody Beattie


This week’s Zendala Dare is the template which inspired these hearts. The challenge was to show what we are grateful for. I’ve featured my daughter-in-law (left), my daughter (right), my dog and my kitten. All of them bring me joy and love and I’m very grateful to have them in my life. Stop by Erin’s blog, The Bright Owl, to see the original template; and check out some of the other great renditions of this template. Thanks for viewing. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

The Weekly Dare


The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche

It was a welcome break from my special project to do the weekly Zendala Dare #69.  Here is the template before any changes have been made.

Zendala Darea #69 template Looking at the rough draft, I had my doubts about how this Zendala would turn out.

Zendala Dare #69

To my surprise, I am quite pleased with the final image.

Zendala Dare #69 1

This Zendala is drawn on white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens; it’s shaded with graphite pencil.

Thanks so much for viewing.  I appreciate your comments.  Have a great week.

Hanging By A String


Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.

Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

This week’s Diva Dare hinges on a String.  String 004 to be exact, submitted to Linda Farmer’s by Sue Agnew.

TanglePatterns-String-004I’m sure somewhere along my tangle journey, I’ve tangled this string before.  But, the interesting thing about strings, you can tangle them over and over and come up with totally different ZIAs.  Here’s my entry for this week:

Diva Challenge #129-String Theory v. XXV-String#004

Be sure to surf over to I Am The Diva‘s blog to see the other entries and read what the Diva is up to this past week with her beautiful children.

A day or two has passed and I found time to add some color to this ZIA.

Diva Challenge #129-String Theory v. XXV-String#004-colored

Thanks for stopping by.  Your comments are always a pleasure to receive.  Enjoy the rest of this week.

Challenges Can be Fun


I like the challenge of trying different things

and wondering whether it’s going to work

or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.

Johnny Depp


This week’s Diva Challenge was to put two pencils together with a rubber band and draw a string for the ZIA or Zentangle.  This was “trying something different” for me.  Not so very difficult and fun to do.  Here is my Zentangle Inspired Art entry.



I drew this on 8.5″ x 11″ white card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is colored with fine-line pens and Prismacolor Pencils.

The “Two-Pencil Strings” are filled with these tangles:  Coaster, by Carole Ohl (top left- next to the circles); Arckles, by Suzanna Wilka (right side strip); Chard, by Linda Farmer (middle strip); Gloven, by Mariët Lustenhouwer’s (bottom center loop); and the circle shaped string is filled with and un-named tangle.

The tangles in the spaces are:  Loopy, my tangle (top left); Paushalov, by Amy Broady (next to Loopy); PANE (var.), by Sandy Bartholomew, CZT (top center); Echoism* (top next to Pane); ‘NZeppel*, (right center); Paradox*, (below ‘NZeppel); Printemps*, (top right); ); Hako, by Lara Williams, CZT (bottom left); Zenella, by Molossus (bottom center); and Hepmee, by Carole Ohl (bottom right).  There may be a few tangles that are un-named.

Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing my work.  I really appreciate it.  Leaving a comment will be greatly appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

*original Zentangles by Maria Thomas

What a Zinger!


“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis

(1898–1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis, a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist born in Belfast, Ireland. He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

Erin’s post and challenge this week are very inspiring.  Check out her blog “The Bright Owl” to read what she has to say.  My first thoughts were that I have given up on reading, or at least, I don’t read as much as I did.  Her suggestion to back off the computer, pick up a book and read, is a fabulous suggestion.  The television is a gigantic waster of time!  In my home, the television is blaring in the background, but my mind is usually focused on the small computer screen or on my current art piece.  How is it that I now have to sort through hundreds of emails and never get to the end of them.  I’ve started lining them up alphabetically and deleting blocks of them all at once without even opening them.  My name must be on every list in the world – lol – to receive so many advertisements, coupons, and other non-essential messages from the universe.  A change of pace seems in order.  This coming week, I want to disconnect the TV and create my artwork to the backdrop of music not the din of TV.

My  past week, was just wonderful.  I travelled about seventy-five miles from my home to visit The Bower’s Museum  ( in Santa Ana, California to see two exhibitions:

The Tsars` Cabinet: Two Hundred Years

of Decorative Arts under the Romanovs



“The Tsars’ Cabinet, which highlights two hundred years of decorative arts under the Romanovs, from the time of Peter the Great in the early eighteenth century to that of Nicholas II in the early twentieth century.  Many of the more than 200 objects in the exhibition were designed for public or private use of the tsars or other Romanovs, others illustrate the styles that were prominent during their reigns. The exhibition includes many pieces from significant porcelain services made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, from the reign of Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great to Nicholas and Alexandra.  Visitors will see items featured at state banquets at the Kremlin and other Imperial Palaces, as well as items designed for the tsars’ private use aboard the Imperial yachts. The objects exhibited provide a rare, intimate glimpse into the everyday lives of the tsars. The collection brings together a political and social timeline tied to an understanding of Russian culture. In viewing The Tsars’ Cabinet, one is transported to a majestic era of progressive politics and dynamic social change.”*


“Gems of the Medici, a world premier exhibition, highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections including antiquities dating from the 1st Century BCE as well as a cornelian which was part of the Seal of Nero.”*

exhibitions_thumb_1351161637“In the mid-1400s, many celebrated artists, goldsmiths, silversmiths and engravers were attracted by the abundance of wealth in the city of Florence, but the most important factor in this gathering of talent was the presence of the Medici family. For almost three hundred years, generation after generation of Medici dominated city affairs and steered the course of art history. It was the Medici family who funded the workshops of these artists and artisans, who commissioned and collected the masterpieces of art and antiquity. From founding father to the last Grand Duke, the immense power and wealth of this great dynasty was invested in its legendary collections, of which the collection renowned as the Gems of the Medici is perhaps the finest in the world.”*

*taken from Bowers brochure

The Mengei Museum ( in Balboa Park is always a treat to visit.  It’s five minutes from my home and I often stop in to see what’s new.  Along with forty other people in groups of ten, a lovely docent pointed out amazing and delightful works of art.  The link above will take you to the exhibitions we got to see.

Here a few of the items that caught my eye:

Bed headboard intricatly painted.

Bed headboard.

This hand painted headboard is detailed with tiny designs.  I thought one day I could break down some of the design to create some new tangles.

Would love to de-construct this knot.

Would love to de-construct this knot.

Another potential tangle pattern is  hidden in this beautiful hand painted piece.

An organic palace filled with tiny figurines.  Made from fibers, organic material, and nature.

An organic palace filled with tiny figurines. Made from fibers, organic material, and nature.

This amazing creation must have taken years to make.  My daughter has always been interested in minauture figurines and hand made items so I snapped this photo and sent it to her via text.  I also found a book and video in the gift shop.  I hope I remember I bought it when Christmas rolls around again.  I think my daughter will love it.

Butterfly and Roach

Butterfly and Roach

One of many oragami items on display.  The detail is hard to capture.  In fact, all the photos just don’t show the real beauty of these items.  I hope, someday, you will get to visit these wonderful Museums.


Now on to this weeks Zendala Dare.  I posted the original template below:

Zendala Dare #65 TemplateHere is what I came up with:

Zendala Dare #65

I thought about putting color on it, but decided against it.  I think this Zendala stands on its own in black and white.  It is drawn with Micron .01 pen and shaded with graphite pencil on 8.5″ x 8.5″ white card stock. The tangles include Echoism (curvy lines), Tipple (small shaded circles), and Zinger (jutting from border) all Zentangle tangles; and Sparkle (oval loops) by Sharon Caforioo, CZT.  The fans in the center  and the leaves on the Zinger don’t have names or are they credited to anyone.


I want to thank you so much for stopping by.  I love to read your comments.  I do hope this post wasn’t too long and that it kept your attention.  Have a great week.  And — don’t forget to leave me a comment.

The Heat Is On


I think it’s really great when you stand up for something

that you really believe, even if you get heat for it.
—Christina Aguilera

Erin, from the Bright Owl has come up with an extra challenge.  The instructions are “to create a Zendala using tangles that start with letters in either the word “HOT” or “HEAT”.  For example, if you choose the word “HEAT” you will use at least 4 tangles starting with the letters H, E, A, and T.  You must use each letter once.  If you do need to use more tangles go ahead, but they must begin with one of the letters in your chosen word.”

First, here is the original Zendala: 

Here is what I came up with using the word “HEAT.”
Zendala Dare #64 -  Heat
The tangles are:  Hibred (square boxes),Eddy (swirls between boxes), Agua (border), and Trimonds (center).  I used fine-line pens and Prismacolor pencils to color.
Thanks so much for stopping by to view my work.  Your comments are welcome and appreciated.