Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today's Class

Today I had the pleasure of teaching Jackie of "Creations by J. Sheri" in a Zentangle class.  Jackie has been caught up in the Zentangle fever.  Her Zentangle art is beautiful and precise.  The tile above is just the tile she finished in class today, but her practice sheet of the patterns taught are near perfect, touch with the pen and paper shows her confidence and assertiveness.  Jackie has a successful store on Etsy, she designs beautiful hand made mini bonsai trees from beads.  Visit her store on Etsy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Zentangle Class

Today's class was about color and paper.  We experienced the use of Derwent Inktense Color Pencil, Dylusions Ink Sprays and water color on various papers.  We experimented the application of water and color on various types of watercolor paper, including cold press, hot press, 90 Lb and 140 Lb. papers.  I also taught three new tangle patterns, including the new pattern by Molly Hollibaugh, CZT, called ARUKAS, pictured above.  The other two patterns taught were Rick's Paradox and Tripoli.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Arukas and Swarm

Making some time for drawing.  My new workroom should be up and running in another week or so.
Need to set up a computer station, still have bins sitting on floor, don't know where I will put things.
Next week I will have the room painted and that will help.  Anxious to get moving on my classes.
Will be taking my sketch book to Hawii, hoping to get lots of botanical ideas for Zentangle.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Tan Tile

Click on the photo to get a clear image.  This is a tan tile penned with brown, black and white ink.  Just trying to get rid of some of the stress from our house move.  Wow, we had about 300 boxes, maybe a third of them have been opened and unpacked.  It is a tedious task and I am frustrated trying to get my workroom in order.  My workspace is filled with loose piles of stuff.  I just couldn't wait any longer, so the decision was made to just go ahead and draw.  Can't wait to finish my space.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Here is my first posting since September.  Still under construction in my work room, but I am making progress.  This is a tile created for Square One group.  It is a get back to basic Zentangle group, drawing a given Zentangle pattern in black and white with shading, no color.  This particular pattern
is called Beeline, I put it with Hollabaugh pattern.

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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Diva Challenge 169

This is a tile for the Diva Challenge.  This weeks challenge was to make a string of circles, then tangle.  I used a tan Renaissance tile, brown, black micron pen and white charcoal pencil.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kiev Bouquet

My latest decorative art painting.  It is a Maureen McNaughton design, Kiev Bouquet.  I attended a Sandy Scales paint class where this piece was taught.  It is painted on a 14" x 14" squate tin plate.  I like Maureen McNaughton's style and paint many of her designs.  Currently I am painting a poppy on a round tin tray, to be posted when complete.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tangle U Meditation Class

Tangle U 2014 Molly continued

This is the second tile Molly directed us to create.  She told us to draw a triangle on the tile not small, well we all went wild and big.  The results were unexpected.  This is a zia of the tangle Tripoli.  I will have to upload the pictures of the other tiles so you can see the spectaculiar results from all the different tiles creating with the same tangle.

Tangle U 2014 with Molly Hollibaugh

Molly Hollibaugh is the daughter of Maria Thomas, one of the founders of Zentangle.  Molly presented us with a Zentangle Meditation class that had an amazing ending.  She never gave us a specific name of a tangle pattern to draw, instead she gave us a description of a tangle and we proceeded to draw it in a section of the tile.  We all drew a "V" on the tile as our string, to divide the tile.  We proceeded drawing crescent moon, bales, pearls and purk.  They all turned out different, just amazing how we all drew the same patterns and the tiles turned out so different.

Tangle U 2014

Tangle U was a Zentangle event in Portland, Maine by Elaine Huffman.  The event was April 25 thru April 27th.  We had several teachers, some with national recognition like Suzanne McNeill, Beckah Krahula and Molly Hollibaugh.  The picture above is a note card.  Look closely and you will see a square opening.  The idea is to tangle a drawing inside the card and extend your design on the outside. 
Here is a picture of the inside of the peek a boo card.  You can make the card with different cut outs.  I have seen a round and a heart.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tahitian Garden Tray

I went to a painting seminar on Sunday taught by Sandy Scales and designed by Maureen McNaughton.  I am not finished with the piece we worked on, however, I wanted to share this piece that I painted in 2011, taught by Sandy Scales and designed by Maureen McNaughton.  The name of this design is Tahitian Garden Tray, I painted it on a wood oval plague.  This is one of my favorite pieces and I have it hanging in my little studio.  Hope you like it, I will post the piece I am working on when it is complete.  Please feel free to leave your comments.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Twinchie Swap

Here are my Twinchies, for the Twinchie Swap.  You can click on the photo to enlarge.  This was a great swap and so much fun to draw all these tangles.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My First Twinchie

The tile on the top is a Reniassance Tan Tiles.  A brown, red and black pen is used and hilites are done with a Sakura White Gel Pen.
The second tile is called a Twinchie.  A twinchie is 2" x 2" in size.  I am presently in an Artist Trading Swap of Twinchies.  The one above is my first one.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tangle U Ensemble

This is my ensemble for Tangle U 2014.  An ensemble is nine tiles with a printed string already on the tiles.  You number each tile on the back 1 - 9 and when you complete your tangle patterns in all the sections on all the tiles you exchange all but the middle tile.  You keep the middle tile and receive a tile from eight other artists.  Because everyone participating has the same string printed on their tiles you are able to line them up in order and put them in a frame, if you desire.  I will post the tiles after Tangle U.  Tangle U is a seminar get together to learn and explore Zentangle for Certified Zentangle Teachers.  We will be meeting in Portland, Maine at the Westin Spa Hotel for three days.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

There are 53 ATC's for this Deck Swap.  I will receive 52 cards from other artists and the extra card will go to Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  There are many people in this swap creating two and three decks.  I stopped after one because of other commitments.  Hope you enjoy these cards.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

My Valentine

Here is my entry for the Voght Visual Art Center February Show.  It will be in a white frame.  I painted the background and designed the painting using Shelly Beauch's design called Mak-Rah-Mee (the tangle that looks like a love knot).  I wanted to do a piece with Shelly's tangle and get a heart into because February is Valentine month.
I drew over twelve designs before I was satisfied with this one.  I used faber-castell color pencils for shading and hi-liting.  The shading color is Rose Carmine and White for the hi-liting.

Monday, January 27, 2014

World of Color Expo 2014

World of Color Expo 2014 will be held November 12 - 15.  The good news is that I will be teaching the two classes above.
I am excited to be a part of the first World of Color Expo by David Vernon.
The first class is an introduction to Zentangle® using the official Zentangle tiles
and Sakura .01 micron pen. 
The second class is learning to create a Zentangle landscape using Zentangle patterns to create your scene.  The pen and ink is then painted using Derwent Watercolor Inktense Pencils.

Friday, January 17, 2014


Currently, I am involved in an ATC Deck Swap.   ATC means Artist Trading Card.  This is a popular art activity shared all over the world by artists.  Many Zentangle groups belong or create ATC swaps.
I have been in 5 swaps in the past year, this is my 6th swap.  So the ATC Deck Swap is a swap making 52 trading cards, same number as a deck of cards.  You can design them any way you want, meaning you can draw them in ink, marker, watercolor or other paint medium.  Some people will create 4 suits.  After starting, I had an idea for 4 suits but did not want to change course after starting.  Maybe if I join another deck swap I will use my idea.  Some of the people involved are creating two and three decks!  I am only doing one deck and I am half done. The large sheet is 11 x 14, if you click on it you will get a better look.  This is my pink and yellow sheet, it is ready to cut to ATC size.
The blue ATC's are from a large sheet.  I will post the other blue cards below and add other in another post.