Thursday, January 27, 2011

January's Zentangle Club

We had a wonderful group at our Zentangle Club at the Elephant Ear Gallery here in Sumter South Carolina. This club meets at noon on the third Tuesday of the month. It's always lots of fun. Newbies are welcome!

Our project this month was a Valentine zentangle, participants has a choice of mediums:

Here are the results, some are finishing this up at home. We have 5 beginners in our group and they were fantastic!
1: Standard zentangle tile

2: pink notecard

3: fancy note card

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Weekly Challenge #6 - Ixorus

This week Zentangle came out with a new tangle on their website, it’s name is Ixorus and you can see it at

Our Diva challenged us to use this new tangle in our weekly challenge and has had tremendous response. The tangle seems to lend itself to blending into other tangles. It was a joy to work with this tangle and to play with adding others to it. I hope you like the results.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Yin Yang - Weekly challenge 5

The theme for the 5th weekly challenge was “orbs”. The yin yang symbol came to mind. Feeling that drawing circles or orbs was calming and giving great satisfaction, this ancient Chinese symbol representing balance and harmony of opposite forces seemed appropriate for this challenge. Thank you Laura for this wonderful challenge, it was good to bring some balance and harmony into my life, and I hope that all these wonderful challenge entries have brought some of the same feelings to you.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Zentangled Pinewood Derby Car

Zentangled Pinewood Derby Car,

Two of my Grandchildren spent the weekend with us, making pinewood derby cars. Chris built one like an 18 wheeler and Carol made her first pinewood derby car with a feminine touch. She will be allowed to race with the rest of the cub scout siblings. Carol likes shiny and pretty things and she wanted a feather on her car. We painted it a metallic Bronze, added the feather and some bling. Fortunately for me she allowed me to add Zentangle patterns to dress it up. Way fun! Here is how it turned out.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Starry Eyed Surprise - Weekly Challenge #4

The Diva has a beautiful star tattoo, that she and her husband got to commemorate their 5th wedding anniversary, thus the inspiration for this weeks challenge, “Starry eyed surprise”. Laura gave two wonderful examples on her blog

My interpretation led me to draw a typical star string and use paradox in each of the star sections… it needed more. I added strips of “coaster” and “meer” to the background. See small picture…. It needed more.

I got out my Bic fine tipped markers and added a little color and finally was satisfied with my tile.

Think I’ll go make another.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mandala Mania,

Mandalas have always intrigued me, and now they are creeping into my Zentangles. This one was taken from a free coloring page, and I added the tangles, the color and the shading. I’m trying to figure out an accurate way to draw them from scratch.

I think they are going to be a little like the “potato chip” thing, you can’t do just one.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Weekly Challenge #3

Our Task this week was to draw a string with our eyes wide Shut! Yikes! Inspired by the excellent result our challenge host, Laura had from her string… where she found that if you persevere success can be achieved, I blindly forged ahead (literally). This tile is the result. It’s not my favorite Zentangle ever, but I was impressed with the way I could make something out of a really crummy string (I draw much better with my eyes open). Wish I had taken a picture of the string... it was rather lame. It was a fun experience, give it a try.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Galloping into 2011

Had a lot of fun new years eve putting the finishing tangles on this horse (8x10). I started with a simple drawing and added the tangles to it.
The horse "midnight" asked for a moon to go behind it, he thought some color would be appropriate. I used a fair amount of pencil shading and an 01 pen to do the tangles. This was really a fun process.