Echoes. Even though they aren‘t exact, I feel like the three center elements kind of echo each other. I like the effect they created all together. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Fengle Nipa Kathy‘s Dilemma Opus Scena Snail Squill Vermal

Upside down. Originally, when I started drawing this tile, it was oriented 180 degrees from this position. As I was working on it, and rotating it around to draw various parts, I realized that I liked it better this way. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bronx Cheer Cyme Emingle Inapod Isochor Keeko Sedgling Sh-Rock

Fire. Black opals are the most valuable opals in the world. The most beautiful examples of these come from the Lightning Ridge mining area in Australia. Opals are classified according to the pattern of the fire within the stone. This example is a cross between pinfire and palette. While some lists show that Tourmaline or Pink Zircon is the gemstone for those who were born in October, opal is actually the traditional stone.

Humpf! Ok, this is the Zentangle version of a “bad hair day”. It was fun to do because I didn‘t think about how any of it was going together. But when I was all done and looked at it at arm‘s length, I could see that it was a mish-mash of tangles that didn‘t go together all that well. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen.

Sizzle. It‘s hot here. The other day, the outside temperature on my car dashboard was 108˚. And it‘s not even summer yet! I think that‘s part of what influenced the coloring on this monotangle. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using Copic Multiliners and Sharpie no-bleed art pens. Coloring done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Polychromos colored pencils. Highlights and other markings done with various gel pens.

Graphic. I love this paper! Using a tan paper allows me to add both high and low lights to the various designs. In addition, this combination produces a very graphic effect. I bought a large sheet of this paper for a few dollars and cut out my own “tiles. This makes using the paper very affordable. Zentangle drawn on BFK Rives tan print making paper using brown, sepia and black Micron pens.

Something fishy. This tile didn‘t start out to be an underwater scene. I was trying to decide which tangle to put in the space where the “eye” is. In the process of rotating the tile around and thinking, I realized it looked a bit like an underwater scene and the Shattuck reminded me of scales. So I added the “eye” (which is now a tangle called Caviar!) and the Fescu to look a bit like a fin.

Turquoise. If you ask Google to show you images of turquoise stones, you‘re going to see a very wide range of colors and a large range of markings. This is because these stones are found all over the world, and each location has it‘s own special characteristics. This stone has long been used for protection against traumatic injuries. It was thought that the stone would shatter, thus warning the wearer of imminent physical danger.

Which way? Here, after drawing the string, I‘ve used ribbon tangles to define spaces that are filled with other tangles. For me, this is a simple way of creating a Zentangle from randomly chosen designs. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Deco Border Dex Isochor Juke Meer Snail Tipple Umble Yincut

Study in Blue. Dansk is a simple tangle, yet it can be quite effective. Here, I decided to use it as a central motif and as an edge structure. Note: This design isn‘t completely an original idea on my part. I copied a similar design by Michele Beauchamp, which you can see here. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using Zig Memory Writers. Coloring done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Polychromos colored pencils.

Just add fish. This reminds me of the view into a nicely landscaped aquarium. I guess I still have OdySea on my mind! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a sepia, Micron pen. Tangles: Borbz Coral Pods Quabog Reef Roxi

Leftie-Louie. This tile was done entirely with my non-dominant hand. That includes the shading and even the date and signature on the back. I was actually surprised at how well it turned out! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Crescent Moon Echoism Fescu Florz Nzeppel Pokeleaf Tipple

Orbs. I wanted to do a Zentagle with lots of different orbs. I ended up using Keko in the background, though. I felt that any more orbs would cause everything to blend so much that the individual tangles would be lost. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Apollonian Waves Inapod Keeko Kuke Marbles

Blues. This tile was inspired by delft blue china pieces. It didn‘t actually turn out the way I hoped, but it‘s interesting in it‘s own right. It was fun experimenting with all the different shades of blue, and the Sand Swirl in the center makes a distinctive contrast with the rest. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a variety of markers with blue ink. Coloring done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Poloychromos colored pencils.

Ticklish. Every time I see this tangle, I think about how ticklish it would be if it was a real feather! This is one of my favorites to draw, with all the curves and swirls. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using Zig Memory Writers. Coloring done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Poloychromos colored pencils. Tangles: Scrolled Feather