My interest in Zentangle (R) started when I was looking at adult colouring books and decided I'd rather draw the pictures. My husband bought me a book about Zentangle inspired art for Christmas and my latest interest was born.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

An anxious cat

Hi all, hope you are all having a good week. Things have been less busy for me and I've also deliberately taken the pressure off myself with keeping up with challenges and travelling tangles. Getting myself stressed over it like I did last week is not very zen lol.

I feel like I've rediscovered my mojo somewhat thank goodness. I had a lovely relaxing time doing both the diva and joey challenges this week, in fact my diva tile this week is actually much more suited to last week's challenge in terms of my attitude when drawing it. I've also had a lovely morning tangling today. We are midway through a "super storm" forecast to be one of the worst in 50 years. I'm not sure it's delivered what was promised, at least not locally (thank goodness) but it did successfully black the whole state out for a few hours last night.

As a result we have a highly anxious cat. He hates thunderstorms and is going to be exhausted tomorrow because he just can't settle. He woke my son up at 4am trying to have a cat fight through his locked cat flap door. We assume there was another cat in the back yard lol. I did manage to get him to settle on my dressing gown for a couple of hours this morning, but there must be another system on the way in because he's agitated again now.

Made by Joey #132

Here is my tile / page for this week's finish my tangle challenge. I've taken a before and after shading shot, amazing the difference it makes. I invested in Eni Oken's ebook on layering this week and am trying to use some of her suggestions. Click on the heading to see what others have done.

Diva challenge #286

The Diva challenge was just to use straight lines, so I used Ing, a tangle from a previous challenge that I previously disliked and now love, with the relaxed mindset I wanted to achieve last week and drew this:

Again you can click on the heading to see other lovely work.

Travelling Tangles

If you want to see some more tiles I started that have been completed by another tangler, pop over and visit Anita at One Stroke at a Time. She did a lovely job of finishing the tile starts I sent her. I especially love the autumn one because she has finished it completely differently to how I would do it.

I also posted some lovely examples of finishing zen gem tiles in my blog last week. If you missed it, you can catch up by visiting here. Again, a couple of tiles finished in ways I would not have thought of and I love them. 

That's all for now, thanks for dropping by, and for all the lovely comments. I appreciate every one!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Relax bro'

This was the diva's challenge for the week and boy did I struggle with it.

There has been a lot on this week taking up mental space - a bit of taking on more than I should on one hand, then being asked to take on more than I'd planned with something else. So this week's post nearly didn't happen. I didn't even make it to Joey's challenge this week.

Another birthday for Mr 16 was one of the reasons. A nice zentangle spiral there lol.
However it's Sunday, last week is all done and dusted fairly successfully on the whole and I decided to sit down and share some of what's been happening.

I'm self taught at zentangle due to no CZTs in my home town. I would love just one lesson with a qualified CZT to help me get my head around the mindfulness side of this beautiful craft. This diva challenge did teach me a lot though. The main thing being that just diving in with no plan or idea is NOT relaxing for me. In fact quite the opposite. I have great difficulty pulling tangles out of thin air and I discovered I grit my teeth. I got quite stressed by the experience and I think that has come out in the tile.

So then I decided to do a tile I'd been planning for Square One including fife which was the featured tangle. Much better, and much easier to get into the zone with a little bit of structure in place.

So I've learned an important lesson, when I want to draw just for the sake of drawing, things go much better with a bit of a framework around it.

Travelling Tangles - looking back

One of the things I like sending people as travelling tangles are gems - I get great ideas from seeing what other people do with them! The following two I was quite blown away by. I sent both these ladies facetted gems rather than round or curvy ones, and I love what they did with them.

Finished by Sandy in the USA

I love those little extra hints of red. And this one

Finished by Kim in the Netherlands
I love how Kim continued my paradox start (have I mentioned before that I LOVE paradox?)

That's all for now. Toby says hi! He has been stealing offcut strips from when I cut my own tiles out of the bin to play with lol. No pics of him this week, but here's one of the other member of the family, Pikatiel (from Pikachu and cockatiel) otherwise known as Pika. He belongs to Mr 16 and is about 5 years old now!

Keep on tangling and thanks for commenting xox

Thursday, 15 September 2016


Wow, that's a great milestone! Thanks to everyone who has come to visit my blog and look at my work and especially leave comments. It's lovely to get feedback and constructive suggestions too!

It's supposed to be spring here and we had one day of promise last Sunday but since then have had three days of heavy rain, wind and flooding not to mention cold (9 degrees in the middle of the afternoon for September is not spring).

The sun is trying to come out as I type, so I'm hoping for some nicer days though there is apparently more rain on the way next week. Most telling is that neither Toby or the bird have started their spring moult yet! Obviously they know something about the weather we don't lol.

Anyway, on to some tangling!

DC#284 and Made by Joey #130

This week's challenges I've done as a combined piece in my sketch book. The Diva challenged us to a monotangle of tripoli. Not one I've done before, and I should have taken a simpler approach for my first try. It's definitely a tangle I'll be trying again.

Joey continued with her finish my tile challenge using a start with some tipple in the 4 corners. I turned this into one of my favourites, ennies and then added another new to me tangle, Relly Telly Two in the centre, plus the focus tangle from the Square One Facebook group for this week, CreZendo. Please go and check out all the other creative people out there by clicking the links in the heading above!

I quite like CreZendo and will be playing with it some more I think. Here is a tangle I did for the Square One: Purely Zentangle Facebook group. It's a versatile tangle that can be used in a lot of ways and I enjoy doing it.

Travelling Tangles 

I have had a couple of lots of happy mail this week so if inspiration strikes I will show you some results in my next post. Here is one I finished about a week ago. Janet's start was so beautiful it took me a while to get brave enough to touch it, and also to work out what I was going to do with it. I wrecked a couple of pens filling in all that black but it was worth it.

I added blooming butter by Michele Beauchamp. A lot of the Travelling Tanglers use creative and beautiful ways to package their tangles for postage. Janet was no exception, she made this lovely holder and tangled my name on the front.


For those of you who liked my new tangle from last week I have since refined the way I draw it and done a step out which you can find here. It also now has a name. 

 I used it in this travelling tangle start which I posted across the world last week with some henna drum. I really like it on black!

That's all for this post, thanks for persisting through to the end if you made it this far lol. 
Happy tangling!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Stree - a new tangle?

The following tangle is something I came up with for the Made by Joey finish my tile challenge last week. It seems to be a new tangle so I've done a step out for it. Since doing the Joey challenge I've refined this a bit and made it easier. I'd love to know what you think.

I'm happy for people to copy and save this
for their own use, but if you want to repost
this please link back to this blog.

I've called it "Stree" because it was inspired by a seed pod on a street tree!

Oh, if anyone knows of a similar tangle already in existence, please let me know!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Centre Square and Sprigs

Happy Thursday tangle folk!

Where do you get your tangling inspiration from? I have a desire to do a ZIA piece based on this photo of Toby but whether it's because I don't have enough confidence in my skills yet, the zentangle muse hasn't hit or just not having enough time it has yet to make it's way to pen and paper.

Joey's Challenge #129

Some of my inspiration for Joey's complete my tile challenge this week came from a photo I took on my walk. I'm not sure if this is already a tangle or not, but when I got home and had a look at it, I just had to try deconstructing it into a tangle. If anyone knows if this is already a tangle can you let me know in the comments? The other tangles are sprigs, from Joey's challenge and Rainking, a new one I tried out.

Edited 11/09/16 - Since publishing this post I have refined the step-out for this tangle and given it a name "Stree". If you want to see how I do it you can find the step-out here.

Joey's challenge #129 Sprigs, Rainking and ???

DC# 283 UMT (Use My Tangle)

This week's challenge from the Diva was a UMT of "Centre Square" by Aleesha Sattva CZT. I used it as a border then did a kind of sampler through the centre square of some 3D (mostly) type tangles. I tried to take my time and use careful shading.

Centre Square, Jaws, Roscoe, Meer, A-dalfa, A-fog, Fandance
I've decided to go back to the basics for while. Joining the Travelling Tangles Project got me all excited about colour but after some frustration I've decided I'm not ready for that yet. Not that I won't use any colour at all, but I'm going to concentrate just on microns on white paper, at least for my own work.


One lovely thing about taking up a new craft is being able to use it to gift others with something unique. I did this drawing for a lovely lady at my work who has recently achieved 40 years of service, in addition to having an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Guides and children with disabilities. 

An owl for an Owl

I've also done name cards for the girls I work closest with at work. This is a fun thing to do as a gift for someone or for a card. If you want to see what I mean, have a look here.

That's all for today. I hope you enjoyed your visit and happy tangling!