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 First Day of Hope


Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

T. S. Eliot

Wow!  The first day of 2014.  I’m looking forward to the new year and hoping it holds good things for me.  I guess everyone feels that way.  One never knows what the future holds but it’s always good to be optimistic and hope for the best.

I’ve been working on lots and lots of bookmarks for an upcoming Swap with the Yahoo group “Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swap.”  They are posted on my Flicker page ( ) and also on the group page.  I would like to add them to my blog but I just seem to run out of time.  So, stop by and check them out and leave a comment.

I started this Zendala Dare last night and worked on it most of today.  It’s drawn on 8.5 x 8.5 beige card stock with Micron .01 and .005 pens.  I used metallic gel pens and Prismacolor pencils to color it.

Zendala Dare #85Do hope you like my efforts and will take a moment to leave a comment.


Is This Cheating?


A new tangle from called “Quib” is featured in this week’s Diva Challenge. In addition, at my group Zentangle Inspired Art, the TOW (Tangle of the Week) happens to be the same tangle. So, I’m posting my rendition at both places. Is that cheating? Should I have drawn a different one for each site? Truthfully, there are not enough hours in a day to make as many ZIAs (Zentangle Inspired Art) as my heart wants to draw. Hope you like this one. It’s on beige card stock and colored with gel pens. Your comments are appreciated and welcome.

A Bird In Hand


Maya Angelou
“A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Ornation Creation-Bluebird -Ben Kwok by ronniesz
Ornation Creation-Bluebird -Ben Kwok, a photo by ronniesz on Flickr.

This little bird was tangled onto a template which I tranferred to (8.5″ x 11″) white card stock. The template was drawn by Ben Kwok, a member from Ornation Creation group. Do hope you like this little Bluebird of Happiness and leave me a comment. Thanks for viewing.

Black & White w_Accent – #44 of 45


This is the last ATC drawn for the Swap at Zentangle Artist Trading Cards group.  At some point, I’ll download the others.  If you can’t wait, feel free to check out my Flickr page.

Use My Tangle


Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent

if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke, An American author, educator, and clergyman (1852-1933)

Diva Weekly Challenge #125: Use My Tangle Birdie Feet

The first Monday of the month, the Diva chooses a tangle and challenges everyone to use it in a Zentangle or ZIA.  This month it’s Birdie Feet, created by Owl Loving April.   The step-outs can be found on Flickr. (

I used String 59 as a base for this week’s Challenge.  The chosen pattern ended up not being the most prominent focus of my ZIA, but I’m pleased with the overall results.  Here it is before color and shading.

Diva Challenge #125-Birdie Feet -String 59

I drew this ZIA on off-white card stock, with a Micron .01 pen.

Diva Challenge #125-Birdie Feet-coloredThis ZIA is colored with fine-line pens, Primacolor pencils, gel pens and a white pen for high lights.  The tangles chosen are: Birdie Feet (criss-crossing the center of the page), by Owl Loving April; Tortuca (top left), an official Zentangle® by Maria Thomas; Retro (top right), by Elena Hadzijaneva; Zedbra (center), by Margaret Bremner, CZT; Sand Swirl (bottom left); Trimonds (center bottom) by Jane Monk, CZT; Sundo (bottom right) by Jane MacKugler, CZT; Rouche (var.) (middle right) by Rose Brown; and XYZ (var.) (across lower part of the page), an official Zentangle by Maria Thomas.

Thanks for stopping by.  Would love for you to leave a comment and become a follower.  Have a great Fourth of July!

Original or not?


Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week, Laura Harms from I am the Diva, has invited Maria Vennekens, CZT, to create the challenge.  To quote Laura, “This post – it’s a doozy, I’m not going to lie.  I’ll be very interested to see your contributions and your thoughts on the process.”

In Maria’s instructions, she says: “The challenge for this week is: can you do a Zentangle® without using existing patterns or tangleations of them? And, what are your experiences while doing so?”  She goes on to say:  “My first thought was: of course I can. But when I sat down and tried, I found this is quite a challenge.”  She also explains some interesting points about Zentangle®  (which you might like to read at; and, she has posted her Zentangle.

My usual routine is to search out tangles or patterns on the internet from various blogs.  At times, tangles I’ve used in the past will pop into my mind and seem perfect, so I use them.  I must admit, it was a challenge to come up with a pattern, a tangle, a design – just anything – that hasn’t already been done.  I racked my brain to create a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) that was original.  I really don’t know if I succeeded.

For me, life is not about feeling frustrated.  So, I began to draw what came to mind.  I tangle to relax and the last thing I want to do is feel like I’m failing or not following directions.  I don’t want this to be hard!  Hey, isn’t this suppose to be fun?  So my “creation,” be it original or not, is offered for your pleasure, as it gave me pleasure when I drew it.

Diva Challenge #123- "Guest Post- Is it a Zentangle?"This ZIA is drawn on 8.5″ x 8.5″ white card stock with a Micron .01 Pen.  I colored it with fine-line pens and Prismacolor pencils.  I used graphite pencil to shade.  I normally list the names of the tangles, but since I made them up, they have no names.  I started with the border and then drew the string.  I will say that the pink chain-links in the lower right corner are a pattern I haven’t seen on the internet (although there are other chain-like and Celtic patterns to draw).  This particular design was taught to me by my late husband when we were teenagers, and I have been drawing it for years (too many to state.)  At some point, I may do a step-out (step by step instructions) for it and name it, but for today, it came to mind so I used it.  The pink design (center left) is a series of embellished letter “p‘s.” (you may have to flip it around to discern the letter p.) The other designs (or tangles) are just ideas that came to mind, so I drew them.  I did practice a couple of them on scrap paper before committing to the card stock, mostly to discern the space I would need.

Truthfully, I enjoy using other people’s designs.  To me, it’s so much easier.  I have created a couple of designs, one of which was published on  I called it Loopy.  You can find my patterns on Flicker in “Sets” called “Zentangle Patterns”.  (  I have been addicted to Zentangle for almost a year now.  My art over the last year has been posted on Flickr.  There are way too many pictures to transfer to my blog.  If you are interested, feel free to check out my art at:

Thanks for visiting me.  Would love to read your comments if you care to leave me one.  Have a great day.