Zentangle is...

The Zentangle® Method, created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Diva Challenge #359: Finger String

Most of my art time this week has been in the company of my art journal, with very little Zentangle involved. I have mixed feelings about this. I'm having so much fun working on a larger surface, problem-solving, playing with paint and glue and paper and ink and sparkles and text and...everything! The Pinterest pages and the youtube videos just delight the senses! Michele's recommended creationsceecee videos are so relaxing and instructive. But I am missing Zentangle, too, with its structure.
So this week, I decided to combine the two, or at least try! (Yesterday, after subbing in a sixth grade class, I needed something quiet and soothing!) I traced my hand in the journal, and immediately thought, "That's a lot to tangle!!!" So I drew a stacked string behind it. The bands were wide, so I picked up my gold Shadow Gelly Rolls. Filling them in, I made some mistakes, but just kept going. This hardly thrilled me!! The empty hand puzzled me. I had thought I would leave the negative space, but the dots from the Rhodia paper just didn't work.  The journal52 theme for this page was "Release". I hesitated, but put down some blue acrylic for a sky.  Clouds, then some shading,  highlights and my reminder to "Let go".

(5.5 x 8 in. /14 x 21 cm) 
I like how it finally came together.

Thank you for visiting! I look forward to seeing your tiles!


  1. Like that you chose to tangle the background rather than your hand. I did a similar thing.

  2. I think the blue in the hand is beautiful.

  3. This Zia is an absolute wonderful combination of different art-styles. I love the original idea behind this compostion, the colours, the chosen tangles and the contrasts you have created.

  4. I love your journal page. The clouds we're a great solution and I totally get the need to get Zentangle back into the greater art exploration. I love how Ceecee's morning pages manage pen and ink over the water colored background. That's what's inspired my current attempts at doing the Diva challenges in my DIY journal 😉


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