Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's in your garden?

Flowers are a big part of my garden. 
I have 26 plumeria plants and nothing spells more like Hawaii than a plumeria flower.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hump Day

Some people if given lemons make lemonaide, I make tangles.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Funday

I saw this jewelry holder in a catalog.  Good idea to make a Zentangle tile...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Happy Hour

TGIF Hearts to you !!!


I found this poem on the web... thought it was cute.
There was an old woman who tangled
with Microns and tiles she wrangled.
She blogged and she swapped,
'til one night she dropped.
With her fine strings, she had been strangled.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

You never know what will inspire you next !!!

Always nice to go back to basic's - a string and pattern tile.
The patterns used were anglefish, borbz, meex, flux, bales and hollibaugh
This is a tan tile from  I used my Tropical Garden ebook for patterns. 
 The tiki profile is from my six foot tiki in our front yard. 
 Thank you Rho for the profile idea !!

I like my hollibaugh coming out of my bamboo vase. 
Try some of these patterns... bamboo, puffle, ogel (Tangle Library - app),
hollibaugh, stone necklace and scallops

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More Zen than Tangle Sometimes

Past the art form of Zentangle... the Zen part is the most interesting to me.

Did you know that someone battling with Parkinson disease,  Zentangle can help rewire their head to accept hand-to-brain signals.  Someone with this disease said they were on medication and after tangling, they were able to come off the meds.

Zentangle can be a helpful tool  to deal with:  anxiety, depression, bipolar, addiction therapy, ADD, ADHD, strokes, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, therapy for cancer, anger management and stress to get relief in helping them focus on a topic and get thru difficult episodes.

Meditation and journaling are two recovery techniques that are offered through tangling.  The repetitive patterns let your mind focus and as you draw, you find yourself thinking on certain issues and resolving some of them or seeing them in a different light. 

One might note a thought on the back of each tile (with the date) of what you were thinking during the tangling.  Tangling centers yourself, let go of stress, increase self esteem.  Drawing something beautiful helps with confidence.  After drawing their first tile, folks are surprised how beautiful it is and are impressed with themselves.  Some use tangling for aid in sleep, for inspiration, help focus and concentrate, to relax.

When first looking at a tile, you might think it looks elaborate and complicated.  The best part for me, when teaching the art form, is that folks think they could never do something like that and when they do thru simple designs and patterns "one stroke at a time" what you thought impossible was actually quite simple.

The theory of Zentangle teaches ways of thinking, through drawing, that can be applied to any life experience.  As in tangling, just break it down one stroke at a time - one step at a time,

There are no erasers in tangling.  Just like life, you can't go back, so turn it into something else, take a different direction. No matter what line you draw, it will effect your pattern.  As in life, everything you do will affect your life's pattern, foot print or someone else's.

Bottom line:  Zentangle makes a difference one way or another.  It will change your life too. It did mine.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tropical Tuesday

My friend Susan, displays her tiles so nicely.
Thought I'd give her the simple form of a compliment. 
 check out her blog
San Diego, California isn't Hawaii, but it sure comes close !!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoppy Easter

Could it be???

One of my clients game me a reusuable shopping bag today and low and behold...
It looks just like a Zentangle tile.  Do you think the world is catching on????

Good Friday

I put a splash of water pencils on this before making a "string". 
Draw on your color then use wet brush to smooth out color and brighten
 OR my favorite is using a blending pen.  No waiting for water to dry.   

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fishing today

I went down under today. 
 This weeks pattern "Rixty" on diva challenge is quite fun to make. 

Spring Flowers

I'm becoming a big fan of Joanne Fink books.. 
 Her flair with the pen is such a simple touch. 
Her embellishments are little but changing to the design. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zentangle Easter Whopper Eggs

I bought this at Albertson's for Easter. 
 Zentangle pens that are edible on whopper eggs... 
Bought my friend a box and her's came out very cute. 
 My never made it to production table.  My husband and I love whopper's.
 Have to wait till next year to try again.  hee hee

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Between Haircuts today

Writing out a check today for our tax man ( Steve)... I decided he needed a Zen day.
Hope he likes it.

This ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) idea came from one of my books "THE ART OF ZENTANGLE".
Guess what?  I didn't trace this time, I hand drew it !!!

This is fun to draw from Joanne Fink style  --- her book
"Zenspirations Letters & Patterning"

Monday Club Tangle

For our Monday Zentangle Club,
Susan designed a string and we all selected a pattern then applied to our tile. 
My pattern was Zander followed by the others of Skein, Rixty (diva challenge this week),
 Squid, and Printemps.  So fun to combine patterns. 
Great fun - thanks Susan, Rho, Suzanne and newby Linda.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good Bye

We had to put a family member down last week. 
You were a good cat Boo Boo.
 Thank you for giving us your baby boys - Simba & Kilo  
We will miss you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thursday Post

In our Sunday newspaper there was a painting of a woman and her umbrella. 
My interpretation.  This is becoming my favorite thing to do. 
Take a picture, photo, drawing and tangle
 I would have posted the picture except I had to trace the face,
because I can't draw a lick - stick people is what I draw. 
That's why I love the Zentangle art form.
My tile was drawn first with a white Sailor pen and added black Micron pen after.
The patterns are chainlea, cadent, pia, cables, and flux.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Diva challenge - My Initials In String !!!

This weeks "Diva Challenge" we used our initials for the string (JM)
I will totally do this again.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Club Fun

Our Sunday Zentangle Club was fun today. 
 The Artista, Patty made us clay vases that we tangled with glaze.
In the kiln now for 48 - 72 hrs. 
Thanks Patty !!! 

Hand It To You

Just Fun

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Night Flair

Now that winter is heading out, all the flowers are coming alive. 
This tile has patterns of:  String 'em, Borbz, Bellinno and Quandary.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


                          Peek a boo !!! The flowers are "dandi" pattern and the cat is just "cute".