Sunday, August 20, 2017


I decided to combine all my tangles in to one easy to find place so here they are. Use the links to go to the stepouts.

4MOM is the tangle on the outside edge of the zendala. Other tangles here are Socc by Erin Olson and Diva Dance by Maria Thomas


8's Parte Dos

8's Parte Tres and Parte Cuatro

Ah, Love you!


The Little Zen Menu

Due to the popularity of The LITTLE Summer Project, my Facebook group, Zentangle: Tangled & Journaled, Too!, will be starting a very similar new project. It will be called The Little Zen Menu. There will be 25 prompts per month on the menu, some released every Saturday before midnight MST USA.
Grab your journal, and come play with us. You don't have to do all the prompts, just the ones you want to order from the menu. You can see examples from The LITTLE Summer Project now to get an idea how it works.
Please be sure to read the PINNED POST at the top of the page for the links you need to get all your questions answered!
Join us here:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

It's the LITTLE Summer Project!

In my Facebook group, Zentangle: Tangled & Journaled, Too!, we are working away on what we call The LITTLE Summer Project! Each week 7 little prompts are issued for people to try out during the week. It runs from June 1 - August 31, but you can jump in any time you wish! No participation is required, but the artists love likes and comments if you just wanna peek around. Included in the project are weekly links to pins, inspirations, tutorials, etc. you can join us here. When you arrive, check out the PINNED POST at the top of the page for more information.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Wanna Play Along in our Book Study for the Zentangle Primer Vol. 1?

My facebook group, Zentangle:Tangled & Journaled, Too! is done with our yearlong adventure with Tuesday Tangles just having done the 366th tangle of 2016 yesterday. This year, now that we have a great resource of tangles, we are doing a book study of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas's book, Zentangle Primer, Vol. 1. Each week, either my partner in crime :) , CZT Fran Elliott or I will post the pages we are reading and the exercise we are doing with the book. Others will do the same then share their thoughts and tangling. We expect to finish some time in June or July, possibly with a fun culminating activity which will be a surprise. We have over 2500 members but we love to squeeze as many people in to our not so little community every chance we get!

Monday, May 23, 2016

FREE Zentangle Classes

1. FREE Zentangle Classes * A neighboring city to mine, Sun City, AZ, has a group called Friends of the Library. This group is paying for classes so others can learn about Zentangle for free. There will be two sets of classes, and each is 4 weeks long. Using Apprentice kit materials, students will be learning basics and more over the course of each class, culminating in the tiles created each session being made into an accordion book. The first session is on June 9, 16, 23, and 30, and the second session is scheduled for July 7, 14, 21, and 28. These are all Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 pm at the Fairway Branch Library. 10600 W Peoria Ave (602) 652-3000 If you live close by, come join us! You do not have to be a member of the donor group or a resident of the city. You can register here:You can register here: Click on events in the blue bar at the top, then click on Fairway, then click on June or July in the purple bar at the bottom of the page, depending on your preference. Participants should be sure to sign up for all 4 classes in a session, as each will build upon the previous week's learning.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

How To Make a Simple Book to Hold Standard Size Zentangle® Tiles and ATCs

This post was created for my facebook group: Zentangle: Tangled & Journaled, Too! If you are not already a member, come join the fun!

1. For standard size (3.5 in square) tiles, cut 6 pieces of paper that are 9 X 4.5 inches. For ATC size (2.5 X 3.5 in size), cut 6 pieces of paper that are 7 x 4.5 inches.
One will be for the cover and the other 5 will be for pages. Use whatever weight of paper, color, pattern, etc. you wish. If you plan to write directly onto your pages, you probably want to use paper thick enough so that whatever pen you are using will not bleed through. You don’t have to have all the same paper for all the pages and cover. ATC size is shown in the photo.

2. Fold each piece of paper in half so each side of the standard size is 4.5” X 4.5, “ and each ATC size half pipe is 4.5” X 3.5.” ATC size is shown in the photo.

 3. Stack all the pages atop one another, lining up the creases. ATC size is shown in the photo.

4. Using a pencil, mark a tiny dot in the center of the crease of the page on top of the pile and then one more dot about 1 inch over from the center dot on each side of the center dot. These will be where the stitching takes place. I have marked the dots as A, B, and C to help explain but you should NOT write these letters on your pages. ATC size is shown in the photo.
 5. Poke a hole through all pages at once using a sharp object such as a paper piercer, bookbinding awl, or sharp needle. ATC size is shown in the photo.
 6. Thread a needle with heavy cord or thread such as waxed linen thread or waxed polyester. You can wax string or embroidery floss by running it over the end of a candle. The wax gives it strength and will keep your book together longer before the thread wears out. If you have no access to this, use something else strong. Do NOT knot the thread on the end. Starting on the inside center page, put your needle down through hole B and pull it through leaving a long enough tail to be used to tie a knot LATER. Bring the needle and thread up from the cover side into hole A, then back down through B, and up from the cover side through C, pulling these stitches tight each time.

7. Tie together the two loose ends into a tight secure knot after making sure all stitches are tight. Cut off loose ends. leaving a small length of thread past the knot, to help keep stitches from coming undone. A tiny little dot of glue may be applied to the knot if you are patient enough to let it dry thoroughly before closing your book. ATC size shown in the photo.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tutorial: How To Make a SIMPLE Accordion Book

This tutorial was made as an Optional Idea for Participation for my Facebook Group: Zentangle: Tangled & Journaled, Too! It can be altered to house other types of art besides tangling, so feel free to play with it, and have fun! To learn more about our tangling group that works in journals, please go here:
1. Cut strips of paper. You may use any sturdy paper you wish; white, colored, scrapbook paper, cardstock, etc. For 2 inch square Bijou Size Tiles, cut your strips 3 inches tall.  For Standard Size Tiles, cut your strips 4.5 inches tall. (You could also do this for ATCS or other size pieces by altering measurements, but to keep the directions simple, we will only be doing two different sizes in this tutorial.

2. For Bijou size accordion books/mini journals, mark and fold your strips of paper in 3 inch increments. (3in., 6 in., 9 in., etc.) Do not cut off any excess paper yet. The leftover part will be used to bind additional pages into your mini book/journal. For standard sized tiles, mark and fold your strips in 4.5 inch increments (4.5 in., 9 in., 13.5 in., etc.) again not cutting off excess. Fold your marked sections back and forth like an accordion.

3. Combine as many strips as you wish to make your book as long as you wish. Simply glue the last section of the first strip underneath the first section of the strip you wish to add on. When you have added all the strips you want, cut off any extra paper in the last strip that you do not need. 

4. Tangle your tiles. They can be zentangles, zias, monotangles, wherever your tangling takes you. (Depending on the look you want and the paper you use, you might be able to tangle right on your book pages without gluing anything on your pages.)

5. Tangle your tiles. Attach your tiles to the pages of your mini accordion book in one of two ways. A) Glue them to the pages. or B) Cut small diagonal slits in the corner of the pages when the corners of the tiles will be and then tuck the corners under the slit. You can do this with two or four corners.

6. Optional: Tie a colorful ribbon to the outside of you book to keep it shut. If your accordion book is thick enough and your paper is sturdy enough, you may be able to secure it closed using the type of pony tail holder that stretches like a rubber band.