Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Here are two Zendala's from a recent class.  This was a first time class for both ladies.  The upper tile was created by Dee Lynch.  Dee has been drawing Zentangle for a year now.  She has a steady hand and likes to draw her tangle patterns precisely.  She wanted to experiment with color, so we began with color pencils.  Next time I would like to have Dee use watercolor pencils.  You can click on Dee's tile to enlarge the tile and see how perfectly she draws with her pen.  A beautiful tile Dee, excellent drawing.

The lower tile was created by; Patti Manich.  Patti has been an artist for many years.  Patti has not done too much Zentangle, but look at her tile, you can see she has an eye for color and art.  All her art experience comes together with her Zentangle drawing and being an artist certainly helps to enhance her Zentangles.  I hope to see more of Dee and Patti in the future, we all seemed to be on the same page with Zentangle.

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Zendala

Yesterday I had a delightful class with two ladies, Dee and Patti.  Dee has been drawing Zentangle for the past year and is creating beautiful Zentangles.  Patti is an artist that has a history with painting including murals and faux painting and also enjoys Zentangle.  Since they both were familiar with Zentangle, they were looking for a bit more of a challenge versus a beginner class and wanted color included.  The Zendala above was made from a Zentangle prestrung white tile and I adjusted some of the lines on the tile to fit my design.  I colored the tile with Tombow Irojiten color pencils.  It was the first time the ladies heard of these color pencils and they loved the beautiful soft colors of the pencils.
This was the first time I gave someone a beginning class starting with a Zendala and I hesitated a bit when agreeing to jump right in with this project first.  However, these ladies proved to be no amatuers when it came to drawing Zentangle and were on a fast learning curve from the start of the class.  Unfortunately, I have no pictures of their tiles, but I will be asking them to send me their tile for me to post.  The patterns used are Betweed, Swarm, Zander and the three points in the star with yellow was a design I used to add to the design, no name.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bijou Tiles

Here are the new Bijou tiles.  They are 2 x 2 inch square, in an attractive square tin with 55 tiles inside and a small brochure from Bijou (the snail) describing all the wonderful words about Zentangle.  The tin with tiles is $18 plus tax.  Please contact me for your tin of Bijou tiles at

Above are a few of the tiles I have made.

Be Like Bijou #179

In 2006 Rick and Maria were visiting Paris.  While in their hotel, Maria discovered a small snail in her suitcase.  After
returning home Rick and Maria discovered the little snail traveled home with them.  His name is Bijou and he wanted to  be part of Zentangle, however, the standard 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 tiles were too large for the small snail.  Bijou asked Rick and Maria if they could make a small tile for him and they did.  The Bijou tiles are 2 x 2, they are small enough to draw a  monotangle.  The Diva, Laura Harms was introduced to Bijou at the CZT seminar in Providence this past June and she has presented the challenge to "Be Like Bijou".  The pattern I selected is fairly new, designed by Betsy Wilson, CZT and it is called Maryhill.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tangled Floral

Here is the second tropical drawing, called Tangled Floral.  I added and enhanced some of the elements from my rough draft.  Next I will be painting with Derwent Inktense pencils and have the piece framed.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Zentangle Tropic Scape

Here is my final draft before painting.  I am calling this "Tropic Scape".
I used Strathmore Watercolor 400 Series, 9 x 12, 140 Lb.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tangled Garden

I am working up some pieces for two of my Granddaughters.  The one above I was experimenting with my Derwent Inktense Color Pencils.  This piece is 7 x 10 and I plan on drawing it on watercolor paper sized 9 x 12.
I also drew up the one above and will paint it with the inktense pencils too.  Any comments to the above pieces.