Friday, August 31, 2012


I was planning on doing a “Monotangle” of my tangle Meep-Meep, however once I started working on it, and had it where I liked it, I decided it needed a background. As the pattern is based on the cartoons of my childhood, I figured a floor type would work, so I added Florz behind it. I guess this would be a Duotangle? I could have continued to add more and more Meep-Meep to the tile, but I think adding a single background tangle to the tile, brings out the primary tangle. I hope you all enjoy the first of the almost monotangles I’ll be posting of the tangles I am developing.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Diva Weekly Challenge No. 84

This is my work for the Diva Weekly Challenge No. 84 "String Theory v.  XI: Blind-Sighted".  At first I was going to draw the outside borders then do just the string “Blind”, but I decided to do all the pencil marks blind. So I closed my eyes and began drawing, once I had marks for my tile, I opened my eyes and began to tangle. As this is my first Diva’s challenge I decided I wanted to do more traditional tiles filling each area with a different tangle, as I learned in my 1st Zentangle® class.  

For those of you unfamiliar with Zentangle, the string is a line or series of lines you draw on the tile, which serves a number of purposes:
  •   First it removes the fear of an empty tile
  •   It acts as a Guide
  •   It gives you separate sections to work in
First the string....

And the finished Tile....

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Why I am a CZT

Why am I able to proudly display the following logo on my Blog!

Around the beginning of the year my wife sent me an email message telling me that there was going to be a class for something called Zentangle® at the studio run by her massage therapist. She asked if I wanted to go, I kind of waffled, looked it up online, talked with my wife about it, and we decided we would go try it out. The class which was held by Sheryl Lamarand, had me hooked, by the end of the first class I decided to sign up for the second class a month latter. After the second class Sheryl said the next class would be a Zendala class, I was curious we had done a Mandala activity at my company retreat the year before, and the sparked an interest in mandalas. The Zendala class set the hook that had been planted during the 1st two classes. I loved the creation of the Zendala, and how the simple patterns worked together to create the amazing mandalas the students in the class created. Shortly after this class Rick and Maria posted that there would be two CZT classes this year, I quickly emailed Rick and arranged attending the class held in August 2012. Below is the Zendala that I created in that third class, the creation of this is truly the reason I am a CZT today. Though I have not been tangling as long as other, I have developed a deep love of Zentangle, the art, and the creation process.

This is a photo of the Zendala shortly before it was finished, after this photo I added just a touch of shading and blackened in the white crescents.

Workday ZIA

This is a ZIA (Zentangle® Inspired Artwork) that I began before my CZT Class. I found it in my scratch pad and decided to finish it with a number of my favorite tangles. I am very happy with the way the layering worked out. I also like the effect that cubine plays on the edge of the petals. This is one of the strange situations where the photo looks better then the real thing. I love the real paper tangle, but in the photo the layers stand out more than in person. I'll add another shot or two of this tangle soon.