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:

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.


Like It Or Not

I’ve missed a couple of the Diva’s Challenges.  Just seems I’ve been busy lately and didn’t have time to get them done.  I did, however, find time to do this week’s Challenge, a monotangle of Dex, a tangle created by Maria Roberts.

I found this tangle a bit daunting. I had a hard time coming up with enough variations to fill the entire page.  I found myself peeking at the other drawings posted on the Diva’s blog (Iamthediva).  I don’t usually do that.  I try to come up with my own interpretation, but this one just threw me and I had to seek inspiration from the already posted drawings.

I drew this monotangle on a 7″ x 7″ beige card stock using Micron .01 and .005 pens.  It is shaded with graphite pencil.

Diva Challenge #131-Monotangle Dex"Overall, I’m okay with how this one turned out.  Don’t think I’ll be doing any other monotangles of this tangle.  I wouldn’t mind using it in a drawing, but trying to come up with lots of variations was not particularly fun for me.

Hoping the rest of your week goes well.  Thanks for your visit.  I always appreciate when you leave a comment.

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

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.

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Swap Meet Swap


“For pleasure has no relish unless we share it.”
Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader

I love finding internet sites that provide a challenge.  My group,  Zentangle Inspired Art, offers opportunities to participate in Swaps.  It’s been fun to draw ATCs (Artisit Trading Cards) and send them to the moderator of the Swap to be exchanged for the art of  another group member.  New Swaps pop up about every month.  I don’t do all of them, just those that appeal to me.

For July, “Freestyle Celtic Knot” captured my interest . The instructions for drawing the knot, much like a Celtic Knot, but without the frustration, are found  at Judy West’s blog, Creative Doodling.  (

Swap - Celtic Knot - July 2013

Both Celtic Knot ATCs are drawn on 3.5″x3.5″ watercolor paper.  This one is colored with fine-line pens and Prismacolor pencils. When finished, I gave it a coat of Mod Podge and glued it to a heavyweight backing. The tangles are:  Ixorus, (center top),  Pokeleaf (sprouting from the center), Knightsbridge (center left), Paradox (lower left triangle) –  all these tangles are original Zentangle® patterns designed by Maria Thomas;  Scallops (center left) is a pattern that first appeared in CZT® Suzanne McNeill’s Book, Zentangle  3; Leaflet (lower right) is a lovely tangle from Aussie Helen Williams, who shares her botanical illustrations and Zentangle Inspired Art on her blog, A Little Lime.

As this is a “two for two” (meaning, two ATCs are drawn to be exchanged), here’s my second effort:


Swap - Celtic Knot II - July 2013

I used the tangles:  Hi C’s (center top) created by CZT® Anita Roby-Lavery; Tipple (next to Hi C’s), Bales (var.) (center), Florz (below Bales), Meer (var.) (below Bales); and Purk (below Meer), all original Zentangle® patterns; the five daisy-like tangles and the two circular tangles are inspired by Sandy Bartholomew from her book, Totally Tangled.   I used Micron .01 pen and Primsmacolor pencils.  This ATC was also given a coat of Mod Podge and glued to a heavyweight backing.  I hope whoever receives these ATCs enjoys them as much as I enjoyed drawing them.


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Butterflies Are Free


Linda, from, issued a new String, #58.  I was eager to grab my pencil and draw the String on 8.5″ x 8.5″ white card stock.  If you look closely at the picture below you will see the fine pencil line of this String.

Zentangle #266-String 58 I was inspired to use the tangle Lightbulbs by Suzanne McNeill because it was a featured video by The Rainbow Elephant’s, Paint Lady.  She shared the step outs and tips on how to draw this interesting tangle.  You can check it out for yourself at:

I then proceed to surf the web looking for other interesting patterns.  I stumbled across Carolyn Boettner’s Facebook page “” and found some beautiful artwork.  The designs to the right of Lightbulb are inspired by Carolyn’s artwork.

Zentangle #266-String 58 1 I also added Purk, by Maria Thomas, from and a free-hand butterfly.  My title was inspired by the butterfly.  Actually, Butterflies Are Free is a 1972 movie with Goldie Hawn.  Most of you may be too young to remember it.  You can see it on Amazon.  It’s a cute movie about a boy trying to break away from his overprotective mother.

Zentangle #266-String 58-shadedThe tangle on the bottom left is called Maelstrom, by Linda Dawson, and was a recent addition to the site.  The other tangles I drew are not official patterns, they just seemed to flow from my pen. I shaded this ZIA using graphite pencil.

I felt the piece was not finished until I put some color to it.  I just seem to like my artwork in color, even though “official” Zentangles are suppose to be black and white.  I used my Prismacolor Pencils and fine-line pens to add the color I thought it needed.

Zentangle #266-String 58-colored & shadedI hope you like this one.  It was a challenge to draw and kept me busy for hours.  Do take time to leave me a comment.  Thanks for stopping by.