Apr 102018

This week is String Theory at The Diva. We were to trace our fingers for a string. Interesting challenge – especially finding a „new“ way to trace them. This was really fun and relaxing. The fingertips made great places for orbs/floral elements. Enjoying spring at last! Tangles are Buddy, Fleurette, Florz, Tipple, Ahh!, and Fescu.


Apr 042018

English text under the photo

In letzter Zeit habe ich wieder viel gezeichnet. Und die Diva hat diesmal aufgerufen, uns mit dem Muster Pickpocket von Thomás Padròs zu beschäftigen. Bei mir mussten Fescu, Quabog and Zinger (alle vom HQ), and Winflo und Rimana by Nadine Roller noch für ein bisschen Auflockerung sorgen. Hat Spaß gemacht.


During the last few weeks I drew a lot. This week die Diva asked us to use the pattern Pickpocket by Thomás Padròs. I had to add Fescu, Quabog and Zinger (all by HQ), and Wiflo and Rimana by Nadine Roller to spruce things up a bit. This was fun.

Nov 162017

The Diva asked us to go big, and I used an apprentice tile (11.5 x 11.5 cm) I cut myself. It was made from Paint-on paper by Clairefontaine, and it has a bit rougher texture than the Bristol paper I usually use, but not too bad. I used micron pen, pencil, and Polychromos colored pencils for this tile.

Tangles used are Dewd, the new tangle from the Headquarter, plus Mooka (also HQ) and Peek-a-boo Daisy (by Tricia Long).


It was really fun to go bigger, and at first I felt a bit lost in such a big tile, so I just started in the usual way with dots, and border, and instantly felt at home again :)

If you want to share your art with me and others, please come to my facebook group Tangling Practice. This group is fairly open to any art form containing either tangling or doodling, also in form of canvasses and mixed media, not only drawings of tiles etc.

Okt 242017

facebook group is online, and it is called Tangling practice. I’d love you to participate :). You’ll find my very own prompt list for Inktober2017 there.

The Diva’s Challenge for this week is to draw in white on black. This is what I got:


Tangles are Danzer and Verdigogh, and I did some Glamourtangling.

Buchbesprechung: Entscheidungsfindung für Zauderer

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Jun 022017

Leg einfach los! von Kevin de Young

Entscheidungen, nichts fällt uns schwerer als Entscheidungen!

Insbesondere heute, wo sich unsere Optionen verhundert- und vertausendfacht haben. Und als Christen fällt es uns noch schwerer, Entscheidungen zu treffen, denn wir wollen ja Gottes Willen tun. Hier ist ein sehr befreiender, locker geschriebener Ansatz, der uns zu mehr Mut in Entscheidungen führen will, und uns den Druck nimmt, insbesondere, wenn es um die „großen“ Dinge geht, wie Berufswahl, Ehe und ähnliches. Aber auch in Alltagsdingen gibt dieses Buch uns die christliche Freiheit zurück, zu der wir erlöst sind. Der Autor steigt bei dem Thema sicherlich auf die eine oder andere Zehe, aber gerade da, wo wir vielleicht am ärgerlichsten werden, wo unsere Zehen wehtun, betrifft es uns auch. Ich empfehle dieses Buch allen Leuten, die Entscheidungen treffen – und das sind wir eigentlich alle – ob Christ oder Nichtchrist, ob jung oder alt.

Aug 232016

This is my take on The Diva’s challenge no. 281. She asked us to use Ing in a tangle. Yesterday I had an idea. It was not the usual relaxed tangling, but I wanted to make a loop with Ing, and that needed some planning. I did two tiles that didn’t look like I wanted to, and then I tangled the end version into a notebook. The notebook has good paper, especially for shading with graphite. I wanted to do another study and then do a final version on a tile. But this one worked very well, so this is the finished version. I added a band of Meer, and doing all the lines of it was the most relaxing part. The shading of Ing was also relaxing, I just went triangle by triangle, and really took my time.


Here is the linework to show the difference some graphite makes:

Diva 281

The dot on the top of the page helped me to keep the direction of light consistent. I drew lots of help lines and some dots to draw this, but I erased most of them. I needed them to get Ing curl the way I wanted and to get the over/under structure to work correctly. The construction part was more work than fun, but all the rest was lots of fun!

Jul 182016

Today I did Joeys challenge. Again the string is a circle, this time with a cross. And she gave us a pattern, B-twixt by Pegi Schargel. This one is new to me, so I started out practicing it first. This is the second try, done in my journal using a 0.5 pen. The designer told us to start big, so I did. This is much easier – especially on the eyes – than using a 0.1 pen.


This is without shading, and you see that I tried several variations; two fillings are done with a 0.1 pen. This was really fun, and I’m going to show you the shading in another post, whenever this page will be finished.

Then I used my Pilot Frixion pen for this tile – done on simple printer paper. I love those pens, because they glide over the paper very smoothly. They don’t have fully opaque ink I love to write with them, and I love to draw with them. As you see, I did different variations than in my exercise. One was in the artwork accompanying the stepout, the one with the dark background. The other is in the exercise in baby stage, now I made bigger spirals to fill the space.

All in all this is a beautiful and versatile pattern. It is also a woven pattern, a category that I really love. So it wasn’t difficult to find two more patterns to combine. The first is Huggins, which is from Zentangle HQ, and the other is Y-Ful Power by Shoshi. The former is an old cherished pattern, the latter is one I have wanted to try for quite some time, but never dared. But it was easier than I thought it would be. I used shading by lines, because I don’t like the look if you use pencil and this blue color of pen together.



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Jul 172016

The next discipline I tried was a duotangle. I’m not sure I did one before. Yesterday I saw Zavatar 2, and fell in love. Easier than I thought, and doable with the stepout. There is also a video showing how to do this. This tangle makes a typical central focus for a tile, and I felt this wouldn’t work as a monotangle. So I decided on one of my go-to tangles, Florz. I didn’t use a frame, but a string to help me draw Zavatar.


Loved this one, so much fun to draw this tile. I’m sure I’m going to practice Zavatar 2 some more, and I’m already thinking about which other patterns to combine with it.

Alphabet A-Y-K

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Jul 132016

(Deutscher Text unter dem Bild).

I almost made it in time this week for Diane and Carolien’s Alphabet Challenge, but the new one is up already. I’ll still share my A-Y-K challenge. I used the patterns Anglefish, Y-Chain and Kelp to make this tile. The frame tangle is Twisted Ribbons by Susan McNeill (from a book). Other than that I threw in a bit of tipple.

I drew a string in Y-form. The background is watercolor (I have had the watercolors for a very long time, they are good quality, and I make backgrounds with a big brush), and for coloring in I used watercolor pencils and a brush pen. The tile is cut from watercolor paper, this has also been in my stash for a looong time.


Der neue Challenge ist schon erschienen, aber ich möchte euch trotzdem den für vergangene Woche zeigen. Die verwendeten Tangles sollen mit A-Y-K anfangen. Ich habe Anglefish, Y-chain und Kelp für meine Kachel verwendet. Der Rahmen ist Twisted Ribbons von Suzanne McNeill (aus einem Buch). Ansonsten hat Tipple mal wieder Anwendung gefunden.

Ich habe einen ypsilonförmigen String gezeichnet. Der Hintergrund ist mit Aquarell-Farben gemalt (die habe ich schon fast ewig rumliegen, sie sind von guter Qualität und ich mache jetzt mit einem dicken Pinsel Hintergründe für meine Tangeleien. Die Kachel habe ich selbst aus ebenso altem Aquarellpapier geschnitten.

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