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

In between. The hedges peek around the garden patches. The tree has been trimmed into a sculptured beauty. We‘ve walked all along the wall and the lizards are beginning to sun themselves. Summer is almost here. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Archer Emingle Flux Hamsix Isochor Vermal Xircus

Elegance. This tile is unusual in that it doesn‘t have my regular border around it. I wanted to try a very rounded, loopy design because I thought it would appear more elegant with the black and gold tangles. Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Cyme Ennies Ibex Purk Squill Tink Ynix

Inner ocean. Another one by the sea! This tile makes me think of viewing under the deep ocean on a microscopic basis. From single-celled creatures to tiny plants and even prismatic organic elements, they all seem to float towards a net that was cast from a vessel above. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Vellum Bristol using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Angel Fish Black-Eyed Peas Blooming Butter Chillon Locar Tidings Vitruvius Zander

Tidal pool. I went to a huge aquarium over the weekend. It was so much fun to look at all the animals that came from the sea. From tiny snails all the way up to huge sea lions, they were each so interesting in their own way! Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Cockles 'N‘ Mussels Marasu Narwal

Knot work. I love this beautiful tangle because it reminds me so much of decorative Asian knot work. This tangle can be done large, as it is here, or several smaller ones can be added “on top” of other tangles. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a Zig Memory Writer. Coloring done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Poloychromos colored pencils. Tangles: Mak-Rah-Mee

Field mice. Even though the tangle is called Birds on a Wire, every time I draw it, I think of mice, not birds! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Afterglow Birds on a Wire Fassett Floo Garlic Cloves Lettuce Farm Msst Quare Waves Wiking

Back Yard. Is this a view of the back yard from an odd angle? I couldn‘t resist adding the legs to the Worms and hanging the Bulb Lanterns from a hanger. And that gave the tile an outdoor feel! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen. Tangles: Bulb Lantern Fescu Onamato Pods Unyun Worms

Old fashioned. This tile has several tangles that I haven‘t drawn in some time. And the style is more like what I did years ago than what has evolved since then. Every so often, I think it‘s a good idea to reflect on the past. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Echoism Emingle Finery Florz Inapod Quandry Sedgling Static Stiritup

I figured out, right away, when I first started drawing Zentangles that I would need a method for keeping track of how to draw specific tangles. After a bit of experimentation, I settled on testing the pattern in a small sketch book. I could draw it once or several times, just to see if I could do it, and if I would like working with a particular design.

Jetties is a wonderful tangle that can be used as a fill, a focal point, or scattered into the nooks and crannies of a tile. Here, I‘ve made them all different sizes and given the impression of them falling into a pile. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Coloring done with distress inks, distress markers and colored pencil. Tangles: Jetties

Land of two suns. Whenever I look at this tile, I see plants growing on an alien earth; a planet with two suns. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Bales Betweed Eke Evoke Pepper Warble XYP

Silliness. Every once in a while, I think my brain falls into some kind of alternate reality of silliness. I wasn‘t sure how I was going to tie all the different random tangles into the string I chose. So I just started drawing with the Btl-Joos… and things kind of evolved from there. The end result was weird but fun! Zentangle drawn on Official Zentangle tile using a black, Micron pen.

Favorites. While I have many tangles that I really like, Pais and Papyrus are two that I love to draw. Then send me into a meditative state right away and I really enjoy the way they look when they are finished. Instead of selecting tangles at random, I chose all of these specifically to experiment with differences and similarities. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen.

Struggle. Sometimes the random tangles that pop up on a given day struggle with each other for attention. And then, sometimes I struggle drawing them. Waybop landed on this tile, but it‘s struggling to fit in. Zentangle drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using a black Micron pen. Tangles: Cadent Dansk Fracas Sharalarelli Unyun Waybop