Zentangles – New Tangle ‘Angeleafe’

Somewhere in January this year, I am not really sure when [ ..chalk the bad memory up to age or this really bad flu I can’t seem to rid myself of! In fact, January has been one big haze, as I spent a lot of it in bed. ], I started drawing repetitive “S” strokes whilst at various talks and functions.

At some point, these started evolving into a leaf of sorts, and when they got addictive to draw, I decided to share them with my CZT chum Stephanie Jennifer over at Everything is Art. It was she who encouraged me to quickly put up these step outs 🙂

This is my third tangle, and a very different feel, compared to Cadenza and Cabbit.

Here are some photos of how I’ve incorporated this new tangle in my tiles. [ Clicking on the images will take you to Flickr. ]

Angeleafe - a new tangle

Angeleafe cluster, or as a border..

Travelling Tangles Project

Individual Angeleafies!

I’ve even used it on my custom notepaper and envelopes… [ can you spot it? ]

Travelling Tangles Project

This lovely loot is going out for the CZT-only Travelling Tangles Project 🙂

I love how organic this tangle feels, and I feel like it has a life of it’s own, much like a seedling coming into Spring!

Since this is an opportune ode to Spring, I decided to google up plants 😛 I eventually picked this name because I think it has the potential to look like [ not identical to ] the leaves of the Angel Wing Begonia plant, if you tangle both sides asymmetrically.

There are many ways to adjust this tangle to fit any space and shape, just explore the width and lengths of each “S” stroke, including the main one; ie. Step 1.

Here are the step-outs! Enjoy 🙂

Angeleafe - a new tangle


On a Bijou tile and embellished differently 🙂


[  Please feel free to refer to the step outs to recreate Angeleafe in your tangles, or link back to this page. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18   ] 

I don’t always check in. If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com or via the Tangled Pursuits page on Facebook 🙂 Have a great week!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge 236 and Cadenza

Diva Challenge 236 – Tangle Unexpected

I have been busy – a good sorta busy 🙂

Since I have not been having much down time this couple of weeks, I am featuring past postcards and ATCs that I have made with old book paper (one of my favourite mediums because it is SO good to advocate upcycling this way!), including a larger piece on good old scrapbooking paper.

Here goes 😉 Starting with a few ATCs… [ clicking on the images will take you to Flickr ]


Spoiler Alert ^^Postcards…
ZIA Postcard ft. FIFEZIA PostcardsZentangle Inspired Art PostcardAnd lastly, an Opus-tile-sized wall art on scrapbooking paper …

Zenuari Challenge Day 11 - Zendala SundayNew tangle – Cadenza

I am pleased to unveil my latest tangle discovery, the Cadenza or CadenZa. The emphasized Z being Z for Zentangle 😛

Those familiar with me and my tangling style, would probably know that I am not a huge fan of grid-based tangles. Nevertheless, this one really started to grow on me. Something about it makes me think of oriental lanterns! I have been filling all my tiles with it since I came across it earlier this week.

It is thus named, because when I deconstructed this pattern, I found that it could be built upon an official Zentangle pattern called the Cadent

[ EDIT: This tangle was not originally intended as a filling for Cadent, but I am aware it does look that way from the step outs 🙂 The pattern that inspired this tangle did not resemble Cadent until I was deconstructing it. In other words, it was only as I was creating the step outs that it became apparent to me that using Cadent as a first step would greatly simplify the process, as well as help to even out the very curvy shapes. Here is the image of the original pattern as seen in real life: http://goo.gl/MdISbQ  ]

Without further ado… I give you, the CadenZa 😉 Have fun!  [ clicking on the images below will take you to Flickr ]

Cadenza - a new tangle

Since the Cadent is an official tangle that was created by Rick and Maria, I decided to include a statement in my stepouts as a mark of respect.

The trick to this tangle is to insert parallel lines in Step 4., rotate the tile and insert another parallel line in Step 5. Another tip is to add the inner strokes in a clockwise direction in Step 6, because it can get very confusing if added on a whim.

Here are more examples of Cadenza in action 🙂

Cadenza - a new tangle

A closer look…Cadenza - a new tangleCadenza - a new tangle

In blue, just because 😉
Cadenza - a new tangle[  Please feel free to use the step outs to recreate Cadenza in your tangles, or link back to this page. However I reserve my rights to these images and they should not be copied or reproduced. Thank you! – Debbie New CZT 18   ] 

Now I am off to visit everyone’s Diva Challenge entries 😉

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

P.P.S I don’t always check in. 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!

Updates & Zentangle Diva Challenge Wk 186 – Leaves

New-Old Digs

I am very behind my usual routines as I have just moved my old desk out of the utility room, which used to be my personal craft studio until my cats came along. I am trying to carve out a little workspace in the spare room.

We shut the meows in the utility room at night, and they have grown a little too fond of this room – they see it as theirs! I have tried to sit there, only to be sat on in turn. So because I can no longer work in there, lest I get cat hair on everything, I considered myself properly ousted.

I tried to put up with this ‘arrangement’ for the past half a year – sitting and working on the floor in the spare room, mostly. It is a very uncomfortable arrangement and I’d get neck and backaches from long crafting sessions, especially if I had to prep items for my flea markets. I simply did not have enough storage or desk space to work elsewhere in the apartment and I do not have the budget to purchase additional furniture (because everything is funneled into booth rental and material costs, until things stabilise).

I finally gave up decided that a more comfortable working space will result in a more efficient working pace and fewer bodily aches will be a lot less distraction too, so I can really focus on my craft. Not to mention, I just felt really guilty for the mess that had accumulated in the spare room 😛 My poor spare room also houses the Hamstery, food and bedding supplies for the Hamstery, food and cat litter supplies for the meows. So to include my shop inventory and stash of beads, charms, spare parts, etc etc etc…. it just became really cluttered and stifling, despite being the largest room in our apartment.

This month seemed like an ideal month to make the shift because I have nothing on the shop schedule until 10 October 🙂 I had also greatly reduced the number of swaps I am participating in, as I know I would be more tied up this month than usual.

Most of my stuff has been moved – yay! I have tons of film (I am old skool, and used a film camera right up until 2003) and photographs (I still enjoy printing photos too.. there’s something special about holding a photo in one’s hand xD) that I still need to go through, but the overall mess is nowhere as epic as it once was.

I hope to get everything back on track as soon as I can 🙂

Potato Pearls

I am not sure but it sure seems that pearls are the latest trend around these parts 🙂 It is just that I seem to be continuously crafting up more and more items featuring freshwater pearls! No complains from me 😛 I just never knew so many people liked pearls, especially chunky ‘potato’ pearls, until I started receiving many custom requests for pearl bracelets and earrings.

Here are some of my more recent creations featuring pearls. (Clicking the images will take you to Flickr.)

Custom Order - Freshwater Potato Pearls Custom Order - Tibetan Silver, Pearl and Glass Hair-tie
Custom Order - Freshwater Potato Pearls Custom Order - Rose Quartz and freshwater seed pearls

I also finally photographed my friend’s heirloom pearls. They are still waiting to be cleaned and upcycled into something wearable and loveable, but I must admit I like them in their original state, as much as I am excited about how they will look after upcycling 😀

Vintage pearls Vintage pearls


Diva Challenge Week 186 – String Theory – Leaves Leaves Leaves!

For the challenge this week, we were to use leaves in our string and use leaf inspired tangles 🙂

I knew instantly that this challenge would be one of my favourite ones 🙂 One of the reasons I enjoy Zentangles is because I deeply appreciate how organic and nature-inspired the art method is. I never thought I would be able to create my own piece of art-mimics-nature until I started tangling in July this year.

For my string, I decided I wanted a ‘leafy pile’ 🙂 [Leafy piles are nearly non-existent here, our nation employs very efficient cleaning services. Fallen leaves get swept up even before they are allowed to form a pile, even in our parks.]

I penciled in about 8 leafy shapes for my string, which I then filled and lined with more leaves, leafy tangles, and tangles shaped to look like leaves 😀

Diva Challenge Wk 186 - Leaves
Diva Challenge Wk 186 - Leaves

I truly, truly enjoyed this challenge 🙂 I enjoyed it so much, I nearly forgot to include my hammy insignia xD

Cabbit – a tangle by hesedetang *

Before I go back to working on my messy spare room/craft space/etc, I thought I might just share my own tangle here.

Cabbit is a tangle featuring a mystery animal, a hybrid between a cat and a rabbit 😛

Depending on the length of those ‘ears’, the tangle may resemble either animal 😛

I will probably post step-outs soon, but here is a monotangled Cabbit just for fun 🙂

Cabbit - a tangle by hesedetang * Cabbit - a tangle by hesedetang *

Seeya later!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge #184 & #15

It has been quite a productive week since I last posted ^^

Over the weekend, I was contacted by the BFF to do an impromptu meet-up. She doesn’t normally do this in recent years, as she has a toddler to tote around, so when she called on Saturday asking to meet up on Sunday, I was quite surprised.

Basically the company she works at (which shall stay unnamed) is holding a fundraising event to benefit their adopted charity. Whilst this event is not open to external sellers, employees are encouraged to donate cash or items for an in-house auction (happening later this week).

BFF thought it would be fun to participate by purchasing earrings from me and donating them for the organising committee to either sell off or auction. So she contacted me (so thoughtful of her) and I agreed to give her 20 pairs of earrings at cost 🙂 It was a deal and we met for tea on Sunday (truly a rarity!) to make the transaction.

So sweet of her to think of me 🙂 I was so pleased to be able to do this with her and for a good cause too!

Here are some of the stuff that went to her:

summer cacti by hesedetang * the Silver Garden Earrings in Cyan

BFF and I have been BFFs for 25 years, this year 🙂 How time does fly!

I had a bit of spare time on Sunday evening so I had been tangling my take on Week 15’s Mooka. It was also my first opportunity to play with ING so I included that, just for fun.

It did occur to me that this week’s challenge most likely would be “ING” too, but I decided you can’t have too much of a good thing 😛 So in all, I ended up with three ZIAs featuring this new tangle – two were done before the announcement was posted and a third one after 😛

In the end I just decided to put them all up XD

Week 15 – Mooka

This is Week 15’s Mooka featuring a bit of ING. (Clicking the ZIA images below will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Wk 15 - Mooka

Week 184 “ING”

This ZIA is a test piece on Muji Kraft Postcard paper, which I bought on Saturday.

I like making ZIA postcards, for swaps and for keepers, so I was excited to find a kraft paper version. Previously I was already using Daiso-store-bought postcard blanks.

There were no samples in the Muji store, so I just decided to give it a go being a long time fan of  Muji. Big mistake!

I found the paper really thin despite being labelled ‘postcard’. It is just a tad thicker than normal copier paper so I was very disappointed. Waste not want not.. I decided to tangle on it anyway and found that it was quite smooth and it was quite nice to draw on despite my own misgivings.

Eventually, I might mount each one on a Daiso postcard blank in the end, just to placate myself 😛 😛 Or it could go into a new journal I am building… ^^

Diva Challenge Wk 184 - ING #1

And here is my ‘official’ entry for this week’s challenge, which was drawn on another old book page. I did this one last night before bed 🙂

By now it is probably pretty obvious that I am fairly hooked on drawing Mooka, Lily Padz and Knot Rickz 😛 I was itching to “do something more” with Lily Padz 😛 They are so cute!

Diva Challenge Wk 184 - ING #2

It is kinda rare for me to have just three tangles on a tile 😛 Also, I really like how the lines in ING contrast with the rest of the “plant life” ^^

A closer view…

Diva Challenge Wk 184 - ING #2

Signing off for now..

[In case anyone is bored interested, my other Diva Challenge Responses have been collated here ^^]


Zentangles – Diva Challenge #183 “X-Did”

After flea-ing the past two Saturdays, and rushing out custom orders on Monday, I am happy to say that even though I am exhausted in body and mind, I never imagined that all of this crafting and selling could be such a huge part of my life. (I am a former civil servant and have worked in several public service institutions during my career days.)

When I first started crafting in 2005-2006, I’d never thought any of my creations would sell so I usually gave them away for birthdays and Christmas. I am very thankful for those years as they allowed me to hone and practice my craft and wire work. Developing designs is something that is not second nature to me, so those experiences of crafting specific styles and designs to suit the receiver were indeed very vital, now that I am looking back 🙂

My little shop last Saturday 🙂

Some of the visitors at the flea commented that my pieces were very well-thought out and there was a good variety. In fact, I think there were so many differing styles, some thought they were made by more than one person, or that they might have been mass produced. I guess I can see why they thought so – crafters often have a trademark or signature style that they incorporate into everything they design. It is rather unlikely to see many differing styles by one artist.

Whilst I can see how this practice lends brand identity, it can be a bit too much of the same thing. My take on this is to maintain as impartial as possible whilst designing, in terms of materials, colours, textures, etc. Each piece should ‘speak’ and have its own charm. I mean, Nature itself has such a great abundance of designs and patterns, and everything has its place and its own beauty.

Likewise, when I tangle, I like my pieces as organic and ‘flowy’ as possible. I am not very fond of tangles that look too rigid or encourage right angles 😛 I love the curvy and the more the tangle mimics nature, the better.

That said, I did have a great time with Week 13’s “I walk the Line” where I turned my often used tangles straight 😛 It was really fun, but it made me appreciate curls and curves all the more 😛

I am adding it here for fun 😛 (Clicking the image will take you to Flickr.)

Diva Challenge Wk 13 I walk the line

This week, the Diva challenged us to try out X-Did, a tangle by Annette Carlo.

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed (from the busies and also because one of our cats is sick) so I just had to tangle away before bedtime. Upon first glimse, I honestly thought I’d dislike it as it appeared a little too grid-like for my preference 😛 However, after a few attempts on scrap paper, I decided it actually looked pretty and loved those faceted shapes 😛 We were watching Running Man (which was hilarious as always) at the same time, and this eventually led to a few blunders on my ZIA 😛

Diva Challenge Wk 183 UMT X-Did


For my string, I layered 3 Bijou tiles over each other randomly 😛 I often get stuck when coming up with string ideas so I might do this again as it really helps get me unstuck 😛

In the middle of my Ixorus is blunder #1 (blame it on Running Man!!) and I had to add in a line of Cockles and Mussels. And in order to complement that line, I decided my Ixorus’ “blades” would also incorporate the same tangle instead of my usual shading 😛 And actually, I can’t seem to locate blunder #2, hooray 😛


Diva Challenge Wk 183 UMT X-Did

I truly enjoy looking at the outcome and I’d never have used it if not for this wonderful challenge 🙂 It looks like the X-Did is a tangle I’d certainly feature again ^^


P.S. I’ve spell-checked a few times and this fog in my head isn’t helping.. Do forgive any typoes or grammatically criminal acts your keen eyes may find within my text 😛

Zentangles – Diva Challenge #182 Stripes

I had a lot of fun at the flea on Saturday, meeting people and talking about my creations. Despite the gloomy weather, the crowd was fantastic. We had human traffic even past 11pm! I was amazed and awed.

The venue was huge (multiple spots within an entire downtown precinct in our island-state) and Festival Village (where we were) was adjacent a chill-out area that was so pretty and sparkly that it was truly a pity I had to stay at my booth all night 🙂

In all it ended really late on Saturday night and I only got to bed at 4am.

I was all talked out and my calves were tender from standing the entire time. All I wanted to do was sleep in on Sunday and hibernate till Monday (or until the meows demanded their next meal which is actually more likely to happen haha). Unfortunately we have some really enthusiastic neighbours in this apartment block who often wake me up with their erm, home improvement projects, this time, at 7am on a Sunday morning 😦

I tried to drown out the noise with a pillow over my head but it didn’t work. I reluctantly got up, fed the meows and went to the wet market and got groceries to make brunch. Since then, I have been trying to overcome my sleep debt. (Note the emphasis on ‘trying’.)

Despite feeling like a slightly more articulate zombie, I have been working non-stop to restock my little shop. Some items had sold out and needed urgent replenishing, whilst others required inventory orders to be put in with my supplier.

In all, I somehow managed to make 3 necklaces, 10 key rings and 21 pairs of earrings just yesterday. I was so engrossed.. and half awake.. that I hadn’t even realised that I had cut myself twice and was bleeding from my pliers @_@ Eeek.

As a sort-of treat, today I decided I would just take it easy and do a scheduled post run later this afternoon. Downtime is probably necessary, before I do more harm to myself XD

I very gladly took to this week’s challenge last night. It was a simple theme: “Stripes”, and one that my tired brain could happily wrap itself around without too much exertion 😛

I decided to use another old book page. I felt that the lines upon lines of words went very well with the “Stripes” theme and it seemed to make a lot of sense. My string had a total of 8 stripes – 4 diagonal stripes on the lower half, and another 4 intersecting stripes on the top.

(Clicking on the images below will take you to Flickr.)

Diva Challenge Wk 182 Stripes

I hadn’t anticipated how busy the tile would look in the end because the Diva’s tile was so serene. And I must have made some of the stripe-sections too fat, because they don’t look like stripes anymore 😛

I like this second photograph better because it looks (I think) a little closer to what I had in mind, in black and white 🙂

Diva Challenge Wk 182 Stripes


P.S. It seems I make a pretty efficient zombie – I have also somehow managed to update Flickr and Facebook even whilst running on insufficient sleep. This is my Flickr album for all things Zentangle and this is my shop’s Facebook page where I post updates every week.

P.P.S. I need to remember to create a new discount code for September soon – note to self.

Ta, for now!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge #181 Water

This Saturday, I have an upcoming flea booth to host, so I have been quite busy. It is funny though, that when I am busy, I find myself tangling on the fly, whenever I find a spare moment or two. Thus, I managed to get through quite a few past challenges this week including this week’s “Water”.

I might be slow on the uptake, but I realise that I have been merging all my interests lately 😛

I upcycle not just old jewelry items, but book pages and old papers now too. I use these regularly as swap items, as is, or I make notecards, ATCs and bookmarks out of them, also for the occasional swap (it is tough to swap when you’d love to keep them all especially the tangled ones :P).

It feels very different when I tangle on an old book page, the paper is a wonderful, aged texture and I always love the outcome. The thing about old book pages is that it encourages the use of bold, constrasting lines. Thin and weak lines get swallowed up in the sea of words. This makes some mistakes less visible whilst other mistakes more obvious. In all, a very different feeling compared to a blank medium.

This week’s attempt is my largest ZIA on an old book page to date, though the actual tangled portion is similar in size to an official tile.

For my piece I chose a page that had a few mentions about water, though these became somewhat hidden after my tangling 😛 so I thought I might just share them here (because I have a thing for words):

“down the bank”
“the milky stream”
“foamed over the rocks”

Here goes: (clicking on each image will to take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge Wk 181 - Water

Diva Challenge Wk 181 - Water

Oh and have I said so already? My official tiles finally made it here last Friday!

Bye for now, I am rushing off to do a post run ^^

Mid-week Updates

It has been a very productive day here! I decided it was time to update as many of my sites as I could, including the shop ^^

New to the shop today…. (click the image to visit the shop’s inventory page)

Southern Seas by hesedetang * the Lorelei by hesedetang *

I have finally put up my tangles page as well as entries for the Diva Challenge, which has been helping to add some spice to my before-bedtime tangling routine. (Not that I was really running out of ideas yet :P) I have also created a new Flickr album to house my growing collection of tangles 😛

I am also preparing more variations of my lariat necklaces for the upcoming fleas – these did really well previously and it seems like they are really popular ^^

Lariat Necklace in Goldsand

Sneak previews of the Lariat necklaces.These are also known as “Y” necklaces in some circles.

These will not be listed on my virtual shops, but will be available at my booth or custom orders 🙂

Butterfly Lariat Necklace in Indigo by hesedetang * Butterfly Lariat Necklace in Indigo by hesedetang * Glass Lariat Necklace with rainbow faceted suncatcher by hesedetang *Glass Lariat Necklace with rainbow faceted suncatcher by hesedetang *

I am signing off now 🙂

Happy, excited and feeling ultra pleased!

Zentangles – Diva Challenge #4 + #180

Whoa.. I was adjusting something on my blog just before this post and somehow everything looks completely alien right now. Is it me or did the entire WordPress interface just change without warning?

Anyway, not that it really matters. I’ll just have to get used to where everything is (again).

Week 4 – “Starry Eyed Surprise” (Click to view on Flickr)

Diva Challenge Wk 4 - Starry Eyed Surprise Diva Challenge Wk 4 - Starry Eyed Surprise

Week 180 – “UMT MacDee”

Okay, just when I was beginning to feel like each attempted challenge brought out the best in my tangling, I ran smack into one that I didn’t like at all. It was such a pity – I was looking forward to this week’s challenge, it being the first one I’m doing “in real time”.


P.S. I just realised that I haven’t even bothered to watermark it though it still bears my hammy trademark. I am usually fastiduous to a fault about watermarking. Guess it only goes to show how much I dislike it xD

Diva Challenge Wk 180: UMT - MacDee

A Foray into the world of Zentangles

Growing up, I never had a single drawing or sketch turn out the way they were “supposed to” and I always, always got my art teacher into a frenzy because I would always get some technique or other wrong 😛

Deflated, I never really thought of myself as an artist or that I was creative in any way. After years of struggling through the school system failing art, this mindset was rather set in stone until recently.

I discovered, through Swap-bot, the Zentangle method.

Zentangles feature abstract, repetitive patterns to form a work of art. I was motivated to try it out for myself after reading that it was “fail proof” and that imperfections were fine and erasing “mistakes” was discouraged.

I was skeptical at first too, because tangling was claimed to be calming and meditative, but even I could see why from the first few attempts.

I was further lured in by the fact that there are TONS of free material online, shared by a passionate community. Two such great resources that I have found indispensable, is the TanglePatterns website and The Bright Owl (home to the Zendala Dare). The massive compendium of tangles, strings and templates make for endless combinations. No two attempts ever come out the same.

Essentially, all you need to begin is a good ink pen (some people prefer pencil, but with penciling comes the urge to erase every mistake…) and some paper. I basically dug up all my old stationery items and made use of some of the journals that were given to me over the years as gifts. I started out using a regular gel pen but found my old Copics (one of my current copics is from my diploma days!! Which makes it about 14 years old, zomg! And it’s still ‘alive’ XD) and bought a pair of Sakura Microns, the 05 and 01.

I am probably not the first to note that many of these tangles resemble the Asian batik paintings and henna art, but I was surprised at how easily it was to immerse oneself in such a short time, even if one had never tried tangling, batik painting or henna art.

I am going to pause my gushing here and present to you my humble attempts at the Zentangle artform 🙂

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‘All things bright and beautiful’ by hesedetang * All rights reserved.