Category Archives: Zentangle Method

All things purely Zentangle

Diva Challenges #290 and 291

This week’s Diva Challenge was to create a Halloween themed tile. On my tile I used #dandi, and #Web and the mummy wraps are a sort of #hollibaughsy #aquafluersy looking thing. I used black card stock, Sakura Moonlight gel pens, as well as a white gelly roll, also from Sakura. Also I used a white Prismacolor Premier pencil.

Last week’s challenge was to mix the 2 tangles #n’zepple and #Flux. I thought my tiles were to frivolous to post but when I posted them to the Zentangle Mosaic app, founder Maria Thomas was one who quickly appreciated them (I won’t lie, I’m still a bit giddy!)

This was a complete mistake! I’d meant to add a water drop but was not paying enough attention and got a see thru #Flux. This funny mistake ended up pretty cool looking and is one reason the Zentangle Method doesn’t acknowledge mistakes. It is still part of the creative process! 

This was just for fun! Both versions of Flux with a bit of N’zepple.

See everyone for next week’s challenge! As always the link to the Diva’s site can be found in the menu!  Happy tangling! 

Diva Challenge #288 “Gourdgeous”

This week’s challenge was to do the tangle “gourdgeous”. It’s very fall and quite a lovely result. For some reason I’m awkward when drawing this so I wasn’t as pleased with my results as I would like. So, in keeping with my self- challenge to post even if I’m not satisfied, here are my diva challenge tiles for this week. 


I’ll see you all next week! As always, thanks to Laura for her Diva Challenges. If you’d like to join the challenges, you can find more information on her website at the link in my menu. ENJOY! 

Diva Challenge 287

Last week’s entry was late but this one just sort of drew itself. Thanks Laura for your challenges. It’s just what I needed to get the creativity flowing again!

This ZIA includes “Dreamcatcher” by Daniel Lamothe and the step out can be found here on his blog.

I had so much fun drawing the first one I decided to do another!

This was done on a white tile with green and yellow watercolor wash. I used my Apple Green Prismacolor Premier Colored pencil for shading.

I liked the 2nd design so much I did it on a larger scale in black and white. (I might be addicted to dreamcatcher!)

I’m itching to add color again but I’m sticking with grey scale.

Post-traumatic Art

I’ve been gone, absent, empty, for weeks. I finally have something to post but not many words. 🙂 I know there’s a celebration somewhere! 

This week’s late Diva Challenge #286 is to use only straight lines. This is what mine looked like. 

Straight to it

This ZIA used #tripoli, #dandi, #hollibaugh, #paradox, #steps, and #tri-bine tangles. 

I hope I’ll be back to work here soon. I kind of miss myself! 

(Interested in the Zentangle Diva Challenges? You can find a site link in my menu) 

My Story Hits the Internet

I could never have imagined that my story would interest anyone but me and perhaps my family.  About a month ago I submitted 2 patterns for assessment by Linda Farmer at tanglepatterns.com  (you’ll find the link in my menu). When submitting a pattern, Linda asks for you to write a blurb about yourself in case they decide to publish your patterns. I’d like to say they published my patterns but it can take time for that to happen. Linda emailed me back and asked to use my story on her site and yesterday I saw a mail from her saying they’d published my story.  The wonderful responses and heartfelt messages have really been a balm today as I prepare for my Sean’s funeral tomorrow.  I’ve been deeply moved by the outpouring of support for me and my family and I’m more grateful than I can express. Here’s the story link if anyone is interested.

Cyndee’s Zentangle Story

Introduction: Getting to Know the Blogger

My name is Cyndee Pelley, I’m an amateur artist with a spinal disability and this blog allows me to share my art, tangle patterns and coloring ideas. I’m also bound to touch on dogs and horses as well as family because they’re a big part of my life. My hands shake so my lines aren’t perfect but I’ve found expressing myself through art extremely important in maintaining a healthy perspective when my body is trapped in a bed.  Family,  pets, art and health are all topics that will arise but mostly this is about art.

One of the most significant things to happen to me in the last 15 years was when I accidentally came across the Zentangle(registered trademark)  Method created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Instead of trying to explain their method let me quote from their official website Zentangle.com.

“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. ” (quote from the Zentagle.com website)

These are some examples of simple patterns and what you can do with them.

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This is a tangle using the pattern “SKYE” deconstructed by the wonderful Margaret Bremner, CZT  (enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com)
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This is called a ZIA (Zentagle Inspired Art). Meaning it’s a mix of patterns and ideas based on the Zentangle way but not conforming to the structure and rules of it. Like adding color.
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This tangle pattern is called “pkok” the pattern was deconstructed by Sandhya Manne, CZT at Zen Temple Tangles and I added color for my own flair

I will be talking more about this method in later blogs but for now I’ll just say that Zentangle has changed my life. I’d encourage anyone who wants to draw but doesn’t know where to start to visit Rick and Maria’s site Zentagle.com. I also highly recommend tanglepatterns.com which is Linda Farmer’s collection of tangles including Rick and Maria’s official tangle patterns.

I  will also be chronicling my application process for a mobility service dog. I’ve always loved animals and in particular horses and dogs.  I just lost one of my rescued dogs (Daisy)  after 15 years.

My Daisy Mae (passed in April, 2016)

Her long time companion, Chance, is fading fast though I’m hopeful he will last the year.

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This is Chance, who is also a rescue. His hips are quite bad and winter has me worried.

I also have a foster dog from a local rescue agency.  His name is Jake and he mostly likes to hide from the world.

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Foster dog Jake who was rescued during below zero temperatures 3 years ago. He has serious anxiety issues.

The rules regarding service dogs in the home are usually that no other dogs are allowed to be present in the home. The reason for this is service dogs are working dogs and can get distracted which works against their training.  Having a service dog is a commitment to ongoing training and special care. I have made my application to an organization based in Norman, OK called “A New Leash on Life”.  http://newleashinc.org/ They take donated puppies (usually Golden or Labrador Retrievers for their natural retrieving abilities)  and train them for the specific needs of each client.  This takes between 1 and 2 years because the pups need to be fully grown to support the pulling, balancing and other activities a mobility dog must handle. So, I applied after Daisy’s death making me both sad and excited and guilty about the excited. Their letter to confirm my application was dated May 11, 2016. I’m trying to patiently wait for the next phase!

That’s enough for the first blog. I hope you’ll come back to see what kind of art we’ll be working each week. I also hope you’ll check out the 3 tangle patterns I’ve deconstructed. I’ve sent them to Linda Farmer, CZT at tanglepatterns.com to see if they conform to the tangle rules and can then be published there.  Either way,  feel free to experiment and share your thoughts and comments.