Saturday, March 30, 2013

My first original tangle pattern (I think)... Squee-Fly

I have looked all over the inter-webs for every pattern I could lay eyeballs on, and still want more.  Some time ago I started just letting myself doodle again, trying to find patterns in everyday things, and just letting it flow.  This is what came out of my marker on the first go-round.  (I submitted it to today.)

Just as it says above, if anyone has seen this under another name, please tell me.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Challenge #111 from the Diva

This week's challenge at is to do a "monotangle" with only Mooka.  I have had a love-hate relationship with Mooka.  I usually love what everyone else does with it, and I generally hate what I do with this pattern.  Even in this piece, most of my Mooka's seem jerky, like awkward geeks at the Zentangle party.  But I will say that I came out of this challenge with a bit more confidence and actually came up with one variant I really like (the littler one toward the bottom).


For some reason this looks like a pregnant Mooka to me.

This challenge can be found at . 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekly Challenge#110 from the Diva

This week's challenge was "Get Rid of the Box"--and boy, did I get rid of it.  One of my asset-flaws (those things we all have that can be our biggest strengths and also our biggest pain-causers) is that I never, ever do something half-way, at least not as I see it.  I have been known to drop a project halfway through, but what the casual observer doesn't know is that I was doing it for fun, and when it stops being fun, I stop wasting my time.  But I digress.  Here's the tangle:

This tangle has these out-of-the-box features:
  1. I used a new type of paper:  Canson "Marker" paper in brilliant white
  2. I did not remove the paper from the pad.
  3. Instead of a string drawn within the boundaries of a squarish box, I drew the box, and then some strings coming from that.
  4. I used no tangle patterns with straight lines.
  5. I used no tangle patterns I had ever put into a completed project.
  6. That pattern in the bottom left?  I have no idea if that has a name or has been tangled before.
  7. And finally, I did not shade this one at all, and can't bring myself to want to.
I couldn't resist the urge to make it a themed pattern, though.  There is love in the box (the heart), and from that flows Joy (the pattern), which is of course accompanied by some beautiful, flowing tangles.

I really had fun with this one, Ms. Diva!
This weekly challenge can be found here:

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Diva's Weekly Challenge #108

This is my first tangle on gray paper.  It doesn't look gray in this crappy apartment lighting, but it's from a Strathmore "Toned Gray" sketchbook.  Just like the "Toned Tan", it's such interesting-looking paper.

Thanks to the Diva ( for this weekly challenge.

Weekly Challenge #108 - A "Use My Tangle" Challenge
using "Whyz" by Jane MacKugler, CZT.
Instructions for her pattern are here:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


On one of my first forays into shopping for markers and such, I saw some Strathmore "Toned Tan" Sketchbooks.  The paper just begged to be tangled on.  Here's my collection of Tan Tangles to date.

And finally there is is this one.  This tangle was originally done for Weekly Challenge #107 at I am the diva - Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT®) . The Diva has been of great inspiration to me.  I was visiting family and friends in Florida when I did this, and I didn't submit it in time for the challenge.  But I liked it so much, I finished it anyway and even named it (which I don't usually do).  I call this one "Things Fall Apart".

You might remember the Yeats poem "The Second Coming"--I honestly remember it more because it was quoted in Stephen King's The Stand.

But, as usual, I digress.

More tan-tangles later,

Tangles and Doodles and Rediscovering My Creative Side

I was shopping online for Christmas presents for my artistically gifted teenage daughter, and I saw One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula.  "Zentangle"?  I'd never heard of it.  I ordered it for her, but it has been my book since the day we opened the package.  I've scoured the web for new patterns, literally hooked since the day I picked up a Pigma Micron pen.

This is the very first tangle I attempted.

Not bad, huh?And that pattern in the right bottom corner...I made that up, and I have no idea if someone might already have thought it up.  If you've seen it before, please tell me.  And if not, maybe I should name it.  Any ideas?

Here are a few more that I did in the first few weeks:

This last one is just from an experiment in my sketchbook, and not really a tangle, but it turned out so well, I had to post it.  I was playing with AuraKnot and wondered how it would look with other shapes, and this is what I ended up with.