Zentangles – Diva Challenge Wk 224

Tangles, Tints and Tiles 

I am currently working on lesson plans for more classes and really enjoying myself at that. I never knew planning for any class could be so fun and rewarding. This past week I played a lot with colour. I have never been big on colour, but I have had a great experience, experimenting with colours and different pens for these pieces… (Clicking on the images below will lead you to Flickr…)

My first coloured Zendala…

Pre-strung goodness… before and after 🙂

I used a combination of 05 coloured Sakura microns [ green, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple and brown] and Pilot G-tech 0.5mm and 0.25mm [ in teal, blue, pink and red hues ] to achieve this. The 0.25mm being the most tricky to use 😛

First coloured Zendala First coloured Zendala The Flux Capacitor

The Flux Capacitor

A peek into my journal…

A certain page from my journal badly needed a wash of black to cover some parts I was displeased with. I had looked and re-looked at it many times, but I just could not reconcile any of it, no matter how I looked at it.

Finally, when I had a bit of free time, I went over the offending bits with a Sakura Graphic 1 micron. This seems to be my go-to method to recover my pieces now, not that I mind! 😛

I was reluctant to go completely black, so I’d left half unwashed. Then, whilst waiting for it to dry, I had an epiphany – I used water soluble colour pencils and a wet wipe [sans alcohol] and tinted the rest of the page 🙂

It was really quick to tint – took me less than 5 minutes in all.. and I am so pleased with the effect 🙂

A glimpse into my journal..

Because that the journal page so successful, I then decided to apply the same method on a few of my tiles, before adding tangles 😛 Here are both my attempts 🙂

Tinted tiles :)
Tinted tiles :)

Diva Challenge Wk 224 – Tipple Monotangle

I love using Tipple. This is probably an understatement.

Friends who are familiar with my tangles, know that I love using Tipple to emphasise negative space. I use tipple to create negative space hearts a LOT, and have even taught this in class – they loved it 🙂 The end result always looks so layered, lacy, complicated, intricate and complex, but it is SO easy and fun to do. Not to mention, addictive 😛

Since it is really hot and sunny, I picked one of the tiles I’d tinted with yellow, orange and blues – Summery hues… and here we go……

Diva Challenge Wk 224 - Tipple Monotangle

Diva Challenge Wk 224 - Tipple Monotangle

I sign off now to visit all the other Diva Challenge entries 🙂

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

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Zentangles – 101 Class & Diva Challenge Wk 223

Package to Romania

Sending over some <3

This little stash of paper goodies is going to a wonderful tangler friend in Romania that I have met over Swapbot 🙂

I am constantly impressed at how Zentangle has become such a large part of my life, in such a short time.. and how it has allowed me to make firm friends with so many people that I’d never otherwise get to connect with!

June Zentangle 101 Class in Singapore

I had the privilege of teaching my very first Zentangle 101 class last Saturday.  I had spent many weeks preparing for it, and wow, it was an amazing experience in itself 🙂

The class went so well, I was SO pleased! So proud of what we accomplished in just an afternoon! I basically learnt a lot about myself as a CZT as well.

Here are some photos from the class… (as always, clicking on the images below will take you to Flickr)

Tile One..

June Zentangle 101 Class

Tile Two..

June Zentangle 101 Class

Tile Three..

June Zentangle 101 Class

Tile Four.. our grand finale ^^ This became everyone’s favourite tile in the end 🙂

June Zentangle 101 Class

Diva Challenge 223 – Umble

This week the challenge is to play with Umble, an official tangle.

I was quite ambitious with my first attempt and made so many mistakes that I decided to colour all my strokes in with a Graphic 1 pen to create a thick border 😛 It hid everything, nicely, and I then used a white Sakura Gelly Roll to tangle Tidings over it. For my Umble I then used a combination of Black (01), Purple, Pink, Orange and Yellow 05 Microns.. Then out came the Sakura Gelly Roll again, to add Keeko and Shattuck on top of the Umble strands..

For my second attempt, which was tangled on a Bijou tile, I wanted to try tangling Umble (Umbling?) within a teardrop shape to see how it looks.. I think I definitely need more practice 😛 (……………. and I also forgot to shade :P)

Diva Challenge Wk 223 - Umble

I sign off now to visit all the other Diva Challenge entries 🙂

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!

Zentangles – New tangle Cabbit and Diva Challenge Wk 222

It has been a busy week, and a very warm one here. I spend the days working on class materials and trying to stay as cool as possible (but failing!). So much to do, yet I have successfully squeezed in a fair amount of tangling.

Here we go… (as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr)

Tiles for Kelly

Tiles for Kelly

This little package is enroute to Kelly Barone, CZT. She has recently opened a new studio and has invited CZTs from around the world to send her tiles with a Z-string.

She has a wall in her studio which she intends to cover with all our tiles 🙂 What a great idea! I think that could easily become the feature wall in her studio 🙂

I went a bit overboard (too many different tangles!!) with my first tile, pictured here with a simple card I made, and I ended up sending her two tiles instead so she could decide on which would be more appropriate for her use.


I do really like how this tile turned out though..  Perhaps I should re-explore the use of Z-strings! 🙂 Here is a closer look.. Amongst other tangles, I used Ipso by fellow CZT 18, Jennifer Hohensteiner, for my border.

Tiles for Kelly

I’d met Jennifer through Flickr and had absolutely no idea we were attending the same seminar, till after! We connected ‘properly’ finally over Facebook.

Ipso was one of the very first tangles I’d learnt when tangling. It is so great to know the person who came up with it 🙂 It adds meaning to my drawing experience.

Ipso is a very fun tangle, and I always add ‘eyes’ to it. I think it makes it look cute, friendly and cheerful.

So – Kelly actually asked for a simple tile with just a couple of tangles on a Z-string. My first tile was so complex, I felt it might not fit her concept.

I then made up a second tile, using just the Z-string with LOTs of light and space (as can be seen, lol!), only tangling up the Z.

Tiles for Kelly


As it turned out, this tile too, looked really pretty!

I might have to duplicate it for my own collection sometime.

I am now putting together more ZIA and Zentangle tiles so that I can feature these at classes or at my MAAD booths. I had previously been giving tiles and ZIAs away as mementoes and swaps. Snapshots were all I’d kept, on Pinterest and Flickr.

I also figured that in our high humidity, our paper items don’t store very well. I am now trying to find ways to preserve them all that won’t break the bank 😛


Other recent pieces

Meanwhile… here are some of my recent pieces…

For the Old into New ATC Swap


My first Zendala since coming home from seminar… This is going into my collection 🙂

Completed Pre-strung Zendala

A tile with a coiled string, drawn for me by the husband. He’s quickly becoming my string consultant, though he has no interest whatsoever in Zentangles 😛

A Coiled String

Cabbit – a new tangle

Last week, I finally put up the step outs to my tangle Cabbit on the Tangled Pursuits site and FB page.

I have been drawing Cabbit since July 2014, but I always had doubts about it being a true tangle so I never dared to publish it until recently. In its basic form, Cabbit uses repetitive, slightly rounded ‘M’ shapes.

[ Please feel free to use the step outs to recreate Cabbit in your tangles. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! ]


Tangleated, one may choose to swap out the Ms for any base shape to create different ‘animals’ such as cats, bears, hamsters or aliens 😛

Here is a real life Cabbit example 😉 featuring our own hamster pups and here’s a complete Cabbit infestation…


Diva Challenge 222 – Colours of the Rainbow

This week the challenge is to incorporate colours into our tiles.

Because I often tangle to counter pain or anxiety, I am often tangling on the bed, before bedtime. Hence, due to a limited amount of lap-space, I am not a big fan of using colour in my pieces.

However, I have been asked about holding kids’ Z classes recently, so I ran out to purchase a bucket of Faber Castell connector markers. I will be very likely using these pens for future classes, so I appreciated this opportunity to test them out! I’d also been recently given a packet of colourful copic (yum!) – but these ones are finer and I will be saving for myself.

I’ll admit it – I had fun with these. More than I thought I’d have 🙂

Diva Challenge Week 222 - Colours of the Rainbow

I stuck to my “go-to” tangles for this piece. Cabbit, Crescent Moon, Flux, Indyrella, Pokeroot, Printemps a little bit of Mooka and one of my feathery feathers.

I am so pleased that the glitter managed to show up on this photo! Yay!!

I sign off now to visit all the other Diva Challenge entries 🙂

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!

Zentangles – Tangled Pursuits & Diva Challenge Wks 214 & 221

Tangled Pursuits

It has been a long time since my last post on this blog, and this is my first since becoming a CZT [ after completing Seminar 18 in April ]. After the seminar, I spent 3 weeks in Japan and finally got back home on 5 May. It often seemed like everything needed urgent attention and all at once. These past few weeks have simply flown by. One of the cats was also ill and I had also received a large handmade custom order. [ These pieces have since gone up on the FB album 🙂 ]

Sometime during the mess that was the month of May, I managed, not without multiple re-edits, to put up my CZT business website and FB page ^^

tangled pursuits

It took me a really long time to come up with a name before finally deciding upon ‘Tangled Pursuits’ because like much of everything I do these days, Zentangle is part of my development as an artisan and crafter. In a good way, I am finding myself tangled up in creating and crafting like never before. This entire creative experience is an on-going adventure for me, and I am relentlessly in pursuit of a better, more soul-satisfying and ‘mindful’ lifestyle.

Last Friday I also had a MAAD Pyjamas booth and used this opportunity to feature official Zentangle products. Most of the people attending had never heard of Zentangle, save for two ladies, and we chatted at length about the method.

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Diva Challenge Week 221 

I hope to end my hiatus from the Diva Challenge with this week’s post 🙂

This week’s challenge is very inspirationally titled, “Beads of Courage“, after the Beads of Courage non-profit organisation in Canada. This cause was created “for children who are coping with serious illnesses by helping them to record, tell and own their stories of courage through beads”.

I am always grateful for having discovered the Diva Challenge, especially when I participate in challenges that encourage me to take time out from my day (week!) and spend time thinking about meaningful causes. Causes that I’d otherwise never even heard of. Beads (especially pretty and shiny glass ones!) are close to my heart – I am a crafter after all, and reading about this beautiful idea of a cause, really touched something within me more so than the usual challenges.

I incorporated ‘glass beads’ onto a heart which needs mending (early this morning, I had a panic attack and needed some mending, myself. Mending in the form of tea, honey and tangles!).. I did not stick to any particular string, just a shape in mind. I kept it simple with just a few tangles: Barney, Beadlines, Cadent (in silver), and lots of Tipple with hidden hearts in the negative space 🙂 And I finished it (for now!) off with a pop of shading and glitter 🙂

Here we go… (as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge 221 - Beads of Courage

Another shot from an angle to (hopefully) show a bit more glitter ^^

Diva Challenge 221 - Beads of Courage

And.. last but not least.. I do realise I have a tile from the Earth Day Challenge Week 214 that I’ve not put up yet. Before it gets lost in the big, virtual mess otherwise known as my archives.. here it is 🙂

Diva Challenge Wk 214 - Earth Day

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!