Taken from The Beauty of Zentangle by Suzanne McNeill and Cindy Shepard

Taken from The Beauty of Zentangle by Suzanne McNeill and Cindy Shepard
1. Tangle - A repetitious pattern that is used to fill a space, they can be simple or complex.
2. Zentangle - A true classic zentangle is created on a custom Zentangle die-cut paper tile measuring 3.5" X 3.5" or round 4.5" diameter. They are drawn with a graphite pencil and your signature should be in a pigment ink. The artwork is created using the Zentangle Method, a series of steps developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas that are designed to focus your attention.
3. ZIA - This is art that incorporates tangles but is not a true classic Zentangle.

How I came to Tangle

How I came to Tangle:
Throughout my middle and high school years, I have always been interested in art. Doodling in the margins of my paper was an everyday occurrence.
In 2010 I remember watching my 3 1/2-year-old son playing on his baby quilt and wanting to get back into making quilts, painting, and drawing. I grabbed one of my sketchpads and remembered reading about something called Zentangles so I thought I'd give it a try. I had read that it was a meditative practice with an "artistic" twist. With two little ones under foot, I knew I needed some meditation in my life!

I drew my first tangle in May of 2010 and haven't stopped. I may go months without drawing and then, in a matter of weeks, I may have a few dozen new tangles. I am up to about 140 tangles so it's going to take me a while to post them all here but I will try to post at least three a week until I reach my current one.
I have another website dedicated to my other artwork, but here I just want to focus on everything tangles.

Monday, August 27, 2018

A new idea

Whenever I create something, whether it be an art quilt or a paper mache bowl I always think of a way I could alter it or do something to it that is unexpected.  (You should see some of my Altered Barbies).  I am a stay-at-home mom but I love to create.  I sew, I quilt, I paint and I draw these zentangles.  All summer my boys and I hung out at the pool and while they swam I drew. After my 175th one I thought..."How can I change these up?"

Let me introduce you to my new notecard line with these ACEO size (2.5" X 3.5") drawings on the front and blank inside.  I have so many ideas right now that I can't draw fast enough! Here is a sample of my first one:

I decided to put a few embellishments on these cards and draw around them:

I decided to put foam squares on the backs of these two.  You can't tell by the photo but it gives it more of a shadowbox feel:

I have sewn through paper before so that gave me another idea! With these two I used the decorative stitches on my sewing machine for the borders:

There are two more things I will need to do with these (before I sell them) and that is to sign them and put my name and my website on the back.  (I already have nice display bags from previous photo notecards I've made). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

#32, 33, 34 (missing #31, 35 and 36)

#32  Apple Juice boxes
(because I laid my boy's apple juice box down and traced around it a few times and used those lines as a guide.)

#33  Every Rose Has it's Thorn


#34 Soaring





Friday, May 25, 2018

#27, #28, #29, #30

#27 Stained Glass

#28 And the Green Grass Grows All Around

#29 Snail Tracks

#30 Methodical 





Thursday, May 24, 2018

#21, #24, #25, #26 (missing #22 and #23)

#21 Drifting Away

In 2011 I was part of Olde Towne Art in Portsmouth, VA where I framed and sold some of my zentangles.  I think I may have sold numbers 22 and 23. 

#24 Orange You Glad You Looked At This?

#25 Candy Canes and Ribbons

#26 Corsets and Pearls




#17, #18, #19, #20

#17 Cracked!

#18 After all of these years I still haven't gone back and finished this one.  Mine and my husband's hand plus our two little boys hands.


#19 Purple Dragonfly

#20 I Heart Nature




Sunday, September 3, 2017

#13, #14, #15, #16

#13  In Life... Stop and Smell the Roses


#14  Christ the Lord is Risen Today
This was not drawn around Easter but the three tangles that look like trumpets reminded me of this beautiful song.

#15  Ocean Waves II
I normally can't tell where I started drawing on the page but this one is easy because I colored it blue.

#16  Pink Potion
At this point when I was drawing these (again it was 2010) I decided that, instead of coloring in the designs, I would draw them a different color.  Since my favorite color is pink I naturally grabbed the pink marker which turned into Pink Potion.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

#10, #11, #12

#10 World's Collide

#11 Tumbling Down

#12 The eye's have it!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

#9 Adding color

#9 Lace
This was my first time adding color


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#6, #7, #8

#5 Is missing but, for a time, I was selling these at an art co-op so I may have sold it.

#6 Fairy Rings


#7 Ring Around the Rosie


#8 Moonbeams


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#2, #3, #4

#2 The Shack


#3 Sunflower

#4 All Mushrooms Aren't Ugly (May 18, 2010)


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