“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
Brian Tracy

I’ve been vigorously working on another Swap.  I’m creating Bookmarks to mail out to fifty other tanglers who live all over the world.  It’s a real joy, getting to share my work with others and then to receive their art.   Each one of us has our own unique style and the swaps I’ve received all show the beauty and variation of each artist’s style and talents.

I have already posted some of the Bookmarks for this Swap under the heading “Re-invent the Wheel,” so I hope you will take a moment and check them out.

Shown below is the finished 9″ x 11″ watercolor paper which I splattered with paint.  I also added a thin layer of glitter paint to give it some sparkle.  I then used a Micron .01 pen to draw the various tangle.  I used fine-line pens to color the tangles and shaded with a grey fine-line pen.  I’ve seen other tanglers use this method to create their ATC’s and other shared artwork.  It’s always a thrill to see how the individual cuts turn out and what tangles appear on each bookmark.

Zentangle 290

I cut bookmark size pieces which are mounted on a complimentary colored card stock.

Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 34

Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 32Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 31Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 30Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 24Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 25Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 28Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 33 Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 29

As I’ve said, I’ve been drawing like crazy  to get these fifty bookmarks finished.  I want to share with you some others pieces I’ve finished.  Each of these are unique and drawn on individual heavy card stock cut to size.

Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 19Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 23Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 22Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 21Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 20

Bookmark Swap - Jan. 2014 26

I’m not sure which I like better — the individual bookmarks or the ones from the cutup original.  Love to know what you think.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my artwork.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.


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.

Thanks for stopping by.  I do hope you have time to leave a comment.



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.




“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”
William Jordan
I’ve been participating in a lot of Swaps lately.  Seems I made two ATCs for the group Zentangle Inspired Art, mailed them off, feeling right proud of myself.  A few days later I was informed in an email that I had sent off the wrong size.  The Swap called for 3.5″ x 3.5″ Zentangle size drawings.  I had sent 2.5″ by 3.5″  ATC size. Oops.
So, rather than  beat myself up for not reading the instructions properly, I just told Cheryl, the hostess, I would prepare two more pieces.  Luckily the drawing are not due until the end of November.  Now I know why I like to get things done early.  If I do make a mistake, I still have a chance to correct it.
Here are the first two ATCs I sent:
Zentangle Free Swap-Nov '13 - #2 of 2
Zentangle Free Swap-Nov '13
Here are the two new ones I drew:
!01 Zentangle Free Swap #1 of 2
!01 Zentangle Free Swap #2 of 2
Actually, I like the second set I drew much better than the first.  Sure hope the recipients like them too.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I look forward to your comments.

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 TanglePatterns.com 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.


I Dare You


Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage

of those who dare to makes dreams into reality. — Jonas Salk

Hard to believe it is Saturday again.  The days seem to roll by so quickly.  Of course, one of the joys of Saturday is to find a new Zendala Dare on Erin’s blog, The Bright Owl.  In addition to the Zendalas, Erin shares her life experiences and her family life.  This week’s message is about organ donation.  Check out her site and give some consideration to what she has to say.   You can also check out the beautiful art posted by the other participants.  It’s a real treat.

I changed my routine today.  I usually draw the Zendala on card stock approximately 8.5″ x 8.5.”  Today, I printed out the smaller version of the Dare and drew two of them on one sheet of pink card stock.  Here’s my first creation:

Zendala Dare #67-I

This Zendala is 3.5″ x 3.5″ drawn with Micron .005 pen and shaded with graphite.

Zendala Dare #67-II

This Zendala is 4″ x 4″ and also drawn using Micron .01 and .005 pens.

It’s a day later and I’ve added a full size Zendala Dare.  This piece is drawn on 8″ x 8″ white card stock with Micron .01 & .005 pens.

Zendala Dare #68-III

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I look forward to your comments.  Have a great weekend.