Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pink ribbons

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Pearlz, Wud (with ribbons variation)
The Diva's challenge this week is to use pink, in honor of her grandmother and everyone who's dealt with breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month.

I used a two-pencil string to get the main ribbon. (You can search the Labels in the sidebar for more posts about two-pencil strings.) I wanted a very pink ribbony look for the whole thing so I began with a pink wash over the entire paper, then pink, black and white ink, and shading in pink.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE - a new tangle!

Tangles: Black Pearlz, Charlotte, Emingle, Florz,
Knightsbridge, Tipple, Tortuca
Back in April I had a flight layover in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I noticed this simple pattern on a wall beside a highway near the airport. I have since noticed it here in Saskatoon. Funny how we seem to be more aware or open in an unusual environment. You can see two variations of Charlotte in the top and bottom right corners below.
Tangles: Charlotte, Plum Leaf, Sqaro and elements of Tripoli
Here's how to draw Charlotte:
As with many tangles, especially those with lots of white space, this lends itself to many embellishments and variations. Here are two more variations of Charlotte with a little more detail. In the top left I used elements of Cubine and small black squares. In the bottom right I added stripes.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Charlotte, Seljuk, Tipple
BTW: It's getting harder and harder to keep track of tangles and names. If this pattern has been presented elsewhere, or if the name has been used already, please let me know!

Friday, October 17, 2014


Yuma is an interesting and lovely tangle from Tina-Akua Hunziker, a CZT in Switzerland. It's this week's challenge from the Diva.
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Knase, Tipple, Yuma
Perhaps it was the branch-and-leaves type of beginning for this tangle, but I thought it would make an interesting tree. I had drawn most of the black ink portions when I was possessed to make the sky pink. Then the tree needed pink. Then I decided it was a cherry tree in blossom and have called it Sakura.
Tangles: Diva Dance, Printemps, Tri-dots, Yuma

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Circles strings

I've done a few tiles using a continuous line of circles as the string. I think of them as circles but I suppose they're really more like loops. Here's what such a string could look like, and then in color to show the various loops. These all loop in the same direction, but you can also change direction randomly.
Here is the first one I did. I was seeing a number of taichi (yin yang) symbols so I went with that idea. Originally the bottom was white but it seemed better that it be black.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Pearlz, Tipple,
and a few other things. :)
And again. This time I focused on the circle shapes that appeared and you don't much see the loops. Then some wide Auras on the sides, filled with other tangles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Circfleur, Cruffle, Daggerly, Drupe,
Gneiss, Ing with Rounding, Pearlz, Splice, Tripoli,
and a variation of Drobbles
I tried one on a Renaissance tile, using three rows of continuous-line circles.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Cack, Cirquital, Crescent Moon,
Crossview, Drupe, Fleurette, Pearlz, Tipple
Something like this is a terrific way to try lots of ways to fill a circle!

Here is the example I showed at the beginning, now filled with tangles. It's turned 90 degrees clockwise from what you see above.
Tangles: Bunzo, Caviar (a name I have for this Tipple variation),
Zinger, and ghostly Bunzo

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


To read how this week's challenge came about, I'm going to send you to the Diva CZT's blog, here. I love rainbow colors so I used that for this tile. Drupe seems like an explode-y, "going public" kind of tangle, and I wanted to use only that, but change colors as I crossed string lines. Here's my effort:

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Gibson's Fish and Chips is one of the best fish'n'chips establishments in Saskatoon. RoseAnne Gibson is one of my zentangle students and I've occasionally delivered supplies to her at the restaurant. The last time I was in, my husband and I stayed for lunch, and next to the till I noticed this wonderful ZIA she had done. She gave me permission to share it with you.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A little shut eye

I really appreciate blind strings and use them a lot. I tend to be very controlled so I like something that will give me a surprise to work with. Thanks to the Diva, that's the challenge this week. I often don't do the dots and border - generally these days, but especially with a blind string - so this time I did. It's fun to have things run outside the official picture area.
Tangles: Beadlines, Bunzo, Tipple, Windfarm, Zewm
Windfarm is one of my tangles, a wild variation of Hollibaugh. You can see the drawing instructions here.

Tangles: Palrevo, Sqaro, and stripes with highlights
Squaro is a new tangle from one of my students. You can find the drawing instructions in this blog post.

I'm not as pleased with the next one. It seems too busy. But I wanted to try Meer going around a corner, and I haven't used Spinners or Marasu for quite some time.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Crescent Moon,
Marasu, Meer, Spinners, Tipple