Tag Archives: Zentangle

Creative Juice #236

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Creative Juice #236

Some of these links will improve your creativity; some will improve your life.

Creative Juice #231

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Creative Juice #231

Enjoy these twelve creative articles.

Creative Juice #230

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Creative Juice #230

Twelve tantalizing articles to spark your imagination this weekend.

Valentangles 2021

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Every year around this time, my artwork focuses on the theme of hearts. Here are some of my tangled creations.

This heart is filled with sea waves, a pattern designed by Jinny Lu.

This next one is filled with frost flower by Karen Huen:

The next one is filled with walk the line by Chris Titus. As I was working on this, I expected it to come out looking like a double oval spiral; but instead, it looks sort of like angel wings. Happy accident:

I love grid patterns. Sometimes they look like quilt blocks to me; other times they look like tiles. This one is called heartangles by Vandana Krishna. I especially like the web design:

This heart is filled with another grid pattern, trellis by Alice Hendon:

The next one uses printemps, auras, stripes, and dots:

I used sprigs by Michele Beauchamp to form a heart:

And this one is my favorite. I adapted cosmic flower by Nicole Dreyer and shaped it into sort of a heart. To me it looks “hippy.”

If you’d like to see my Valentangles from previous years, here they are from 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, everyone. I hope you get to spend it with the one you love.

Creative Juice #229

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Creative Juice #229

These articles will challenge your intellect while satisfying your need for beauty.

Creative Juice #226

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Creative Juice #226

It’s the beginning of a new era. Hallelujah!

19 More Best Zentangle Sites on the Web

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19 More Best Zentangle Sites on the Web

In my recent post, ARHtistic License: 2020 in Review, I mentioned that my 6th most visited post in 2020 was my article 10 Best Zentangle Sites on the Web, which was actually published in 2018. It needs updating, because I’m aware of many more Zentangle blogs that are also awesome.

As I worked through as many tangle blogs as I could find, I discovered something interesting: some of the blogs on the original list have not been updated in many months, or even years. And some of the blogs I wanted to put on my new list had also been abandoned.

I know that at least one CZT (certified Zentangle teacher) has had issues with her hands and is not drawing very much anymore. I suspect that blogging became a burden for some of the others.

I decided not to list any site that has been inactive for more than three months, even if I love it so much that I draw from it for Creative Juice.

In no particular order, here are the best ones I found that still seem to be updated regularly:

Now it’s your turn. Do you know of another great Zentangle blog that is not listed (and is still being updated)? If so, please share in the links below.

Creative Juice #223

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Creative Juice #223

Happy New Year! (May it be better than last year. Please, God. Amen.)

Creative Juice #222

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Creative Juice #222

Merry Christmas! May God’s Love indwell you today and always.

  1. Beautiful (and humorous) embroideries.
  2. Zentangle + pottery.
  3. A quilter grows through the years.
  4. An Andy Warhol exhibit from two years ago. I missed this article when it was first posted, but I was happy to come across it now.
  5. The story behind Handel’s Messiah.
  6. I love libraries. Here are how some decorated for Christmas.
  7. The story behind “Silent Night.”
  8. A quilter photographs her many quilts.
  9. The prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen.
  10. Verdigogh always looks so Christmasy to me. Here’s how several artists interpreted it.
  11. This blog definitely gets the best reader comments. You guys are all going to have to step it up on ARHtistic License. (Let that be one of your New Year resolutions.)
  12. This might be too late for you, so you might want to bookmark it for next year: how to sew gift bags.

Christmas Tangles

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Every December I create some Christmas-related Zentangle designs. Here’s what I came up with this month.

This was a string that was suggested in Tangle All Around, the Zentangle group I’m part of on Facebook. I executed it with the patterns florz, IX, therefore, tipple, hurry, cubine, echoism, Hollibaugh, ixorus, ynix, doo dah, fescu, moonpie, mooka, springkle, drupe, dyon, tagh, dribbetz, onamato, three & three, sez, Kathy’s dilemma, and knase:

Because the string above is circular, I decided my theme for December 2020 would be Christmas balls.

Fellow blogger Alice Hendon, who administers Tangle All Around, came out with a new book last month, Life in Tangles, which is a collection of designs created by Tangle All Around FB group. Of course I bought it, and I thought this design, reel, by Sandra Strait, would make a good Christmas ball:

Here’s a ball based on the pattern drupe:

The next one uses the patterns puffle, huggins, bucky, and flux:

And this ball is my favorite, using arukas, sweda, snail, coil, and printemps:

If you’d like to see my Christmas tangles from previous years, click on the links for 2019, 2018, and 2017.