technique · Zentangle

Another String Challenge and a How To Video

This week’s Diva challenge is to use a given string.  I like these because there is more freedom than when we have to use a certain tangle or certain tangles.  After all, a string is just a suggestion…

I like this string, though, and decided to stay within the lines. I especially like the two teardrop shapes since it gives me a place to do purk, which is one of my all-time favorite tangles.  Even though I decided I’d try some tangleations of purk.


One thing I don’t like about this is that I think it is over-shaded.  Instead of getting up and looking for my regular 2B or HB pencil, I just used the 6B that I had on hand.  For me, I get way too much gray with this pencil.  That’s why it is good to know your tools.  (And not be too lazy to get the proper tool for the job.)


Last week, I had several people ask me how I got the highlight effect on my black pearls.  I thought it would be fun (I was wrong) to make a video showing you how I did it.  So, here it is:

What do you think?


And those who asked me to publish the step-outs to icing, I will do it next week.  I am getting ready for 2 full days of demonstrating Zentangle at the Ohio State Fair.  If anyone is going, please stop in the building with the quilts and cakes and say hello.


12 thoughts on “Another String Challenge and a How To Video

  1. I'm too far away to visit the Ohio State Fair, so I'm waving virtually from across the Atlantic. ^^ I wish you a lot of fun at your demonstration. I like your entry for this week's challenge. Great patterns! I like Purk too but I don't know how to do it, yet. ^^ I tried once and failed but I will keep trying. I can't watch your video because I'm at work right now but I will do it later today. Thanks in advance for sharing and the time and work you put in it.


  2. Great job on this week's challenge. I, too really like Purk, and use it a lot. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the challenge for this week. So don't be surprised when it shows up in my entry for this week.


  3. Thanks for sharing your video about making black pearls. I love making pearls, but always make the white ones, now I just have to try a black one too. I like your tile, and I think the 6B pencil isn't so bad at all. I often use this one to let certain elements really pop up, and the 2B just for light grey shading and accents. I'm curious about icing. I live in Europe, and cann't come but I wish you a lot of fun at the fair, and say hello from the Netherlands!


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