Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tangled Thursday - Coloured Ornaments

Tangled Thursday is a new occasional post on this blog. Heather at Books and Quilts is hosting these challenges in which we share our latest Zentangle inspired creations.

Since the challenge this week was to do ornaments in colour, I figured it was a good time to try out a couple of Zendalas (outlines downloaded from The Bright Owl), which look like ornaments to me already. I didn't know how I was going to tackle the colour part exactly, so I came up with three different methods. Here they are with my work:

1) Create the Zentangle pattern, then fill in some colour
Tangle: Auraknot
This first one is obviously not a Zendala.  I used a star stencil for this one, but in the past I've done a number of these freehand.  It's one of my favourite patterns to do.   I deliberately kept the colour minimal. 

2) Use coloured pens

Tangles: Keeko, Bales, Tipple, Knight's Bridge, Beadlines
3) Colour the shape first, then create the patterns afterwards

Tangles: Purk, Holibaugh, Mooka, Tipple, Pippen, Mr.E

I did both of the Zendalas on plain paper because I downloaded and printed out the outlines.  Besides they were my first one and I didn't know how they were going to turn out.  My pens didn't bleed through, but I much prefer working on cardstock or something much thicker.    I'll have to figure out a transfer method if I'm going to do more. 

I started a few others that weren't Zendalas, but didn't get to finish them. If I do, I'll present them in a post further down the line.

I believe it's my turn to pick the challenge for next week, Dec 5. I think we should all do monotangles. That is, your whole creation should contain one tangle pattern. Yep, only one tangle pattern. That doesn't mean you have to start with one shape and fill it in the same way. You could start with numerous shapes or a string and do many variations on the same tangle in each of the spaces. A quick Google search turned up several examples if you need inspiration.   I have a couple of tangle patterns that I just love, so I'm going to be playing with them to see what I can come up with this coming week.   

Be sure to check out the other Ornaments in Colour creations on Books and Quilts.   If you'd like to join us, please do so by linking your post to the Mr. Linky on Heather's post.  


  1. Great exploration of colour. I must get myself some coloured pens as an early Christmas present. I was planning a trip the art store anyway. I like the auraknot and am going to try it today in the star as shown in the Bright Owl tutorial. Thanks. Great minds really do think alike as I was considering a future challenge of a monotangle. Thanks for the Challenge. It's going to be even more fun.
    Thanks for linking up for Tangle Thursday.

  2. I love all three of your ideas, but the last one is my favorite. It never occured to me to color first and then tangle. One more idea stolen. :)

    I have had fairly good luck with printing zendalas and tracing them on to sketch paper. Obviously you can't use paper that is TOO thick, but with some back light, it's pretty easy. Idea from Pinterest that I want to try: Put a string of white christmas lights inside a plastic box (Rubbermaid, etc.) with a clear lid. Plug in lights - instant light box. Would certainly make tracing easier.

    Next weeks challenge sounds fun. I already have a favorite pattern in mind that has several variations.


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