Tangle Time: Drupe – More than a just type of fruit

Last week we played with the tangle Drupe.

In the fruit world, fruits that are fleshy, and have a stone pit, are in the Drupe classification. As I was searching to find where the inspiration came from, the best examples I found was in the peach. I’m thinking it may be a combination of the flower and the natural aura-ing around the pit in the fruit. Either way – this is a super fun tangle. Thank you to Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, founders of Zentangle® and originators of this tangle.

Thank you to everyone that participated in this Tangle Time session!!

Tangle Time: The Hug

The tangle I decided to present on June 4th’s Tangle Time was inspired by how badly, it seems, we all just need a good hug right now. We all know why – so not going there – we all just need a good hug. I have Aunts that give the best hugs. LONG hugs. Hugs of I don’t want to let go of you because I Love you – hugs.

I have read a number of articles all saying similar things about hugs: They reduce stress and because of that, may reduce illness. May lower blood pressure, meaning it’s good for heart health. Scientists have found that touch can reduce fears and anxiety. Lastly, when we are close to (physically), touch or hug someone, our bodies produce a chemical called Oxytocin. Oxytocin is associated with a number of things including happiness and less stress.

If a hug could be represented with pen and ink, it would be the tangle, Mooka by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, founders of Zentangle® Here is a link to a video where Rick and Maria introduce and talk about Mooka. Give it a try and let us see your results in the Facebook Group. Step Out Link here.

Just look at the beautiful hugs we created!

Enjoy!


May 28, 2020 Tangle Time

Every week, we take a small mental vacation with a few tangles. Today we took a walk outside to explore nature. I gave the option to do the 4 corner dots and create a border, and used the tangle Quipple as a string. This week I thought of Quipple as a River bed.

Everyone is open to place the string as they want, I placed mine in the middle of my tile, having it meander diagonally. Next, we added some whimsical Zinger

And then, some of Rick’s Version of Flux.

Finishing with some shading and maybe a touch of color.

Just look at how beautiful!! Thank you all for joining in!!! If you want to join in on the fun – click below the slide show to register for the next (or future) event. (NO Art skill Required!!) Try your hand at these tangles and make sure to share your results on our Facebook Group!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tangle-time-tickets-102287075396

Tangled Cookies!

It’s that time of year again for Tangling on Cookies!!  This is last year’s post from after the event. This year, I thought it would be good to re-post it ahead of time. Check my Facebook page or website for Tangle Cookie event days. Recipes are at the end of the post.

Karen’s:

Heather ‘s:

Diane’s:

Denise’s:

Our “Ugly” sweaters. These had no frosting and the pens worked great, just have to wipe the tip frequently for crumbs. 

We also did an ensemble (we each drew a section) sweater because we had one extra. 

We also had with black frosting inspired by a Pinterest post, but didn’t turn out as described. We had fun with them anyway.

For the tangling, we used Wilton Foodwriters. They have two color sets Primary and Neon. We used fine and extra fine. I believe they may have a brush tip also. We also used a set of Betty Crocker Easy Writers. they are a very loose  brush tip,  where the Wilton’s are a felt tip like Crayola markers.  The Betty Crocker markers were great for blending and background color.

For 3D effects ,  we used Wilton’s Candy Decorating Pens. They come in a set of 4 colors and dry to a hard candy. To  use these you have to keep them in a cup of hot water to soften the candy up so it will flow. This makes it really difficult to draw with as we do with the markers plus the candy cools and hardens pretty fast.

Here are recipes for cookies and the icing – Thanks to my Mom, Cherie Hartwick, CZT, for these!

Rich Sugar Cookie Recipe.jpgSugar Cookie Glaze Recipe.jpg

If you are inspired to Zentangle some cookies, please share photos and stories!

Thanks for reading!

Tangled Cookies!

We had another great afternoon Zentangling cookies. The cookies are sugar cookies, some are frosted with royal icing, some were plain.

Karen’s:

Heather ‘s:

Diane’s:

Denise’s:

Our “Ugly” sweaters. These had no frosting and the pens worked great, just have to wipe the tip frequently for crumbs. 

We also did an ensemble (we each drew a section) sweater because we had one extra. 

We also had with black frosting inspired by a Pinterest post, but didn’t turn out as described. We had fun with them anyway.

For the tangling, we used Wilton Foodwriters. They have two color sets Primary and Neon. We used fine and extra fine. I believe they may have a brush tip also. We also used a set of Betty Crocker Easy Writers. they are a very loose  brush tip,  where the Wilton’s are a felt tip like Crayola markers.  The Betty Crocker markers were great for blending and background color.

For 3D effects ,  we used Wilton’s Candy Decorating Pens. They come in a set of 4 colors and dry to a hard candy. To  use these you have to keep them in a cup of hot water to soften the candy up so it will flow. This makes it really difficult to draw with as we do with the markers plus the candy cools and hardens pretty fast.

Here are recipes for cookies and the icing – Thanks to my Mom, Cherie Hartwick, CZT, for these!

Rich Sugar Cookie Recipe.jpgSugar Cookie Glaze Recipe.jpg

If you are inspired to Zentangle some cookies, please share photos and stories!

Thanks for reading!

For France…

and the world. As we cry and stand with France over yet another senseless tragedy, I decided to channel my emotions into Zentangle. 

As my friends know, I have to have some type of tangle theme in mind, so decided to look for French inspired tangles. You’ll find the new”French Inspired” list on tangleaddicts.com.

Here’s my Zentangle for France. Please share yours if you are so inspired.

Netflix DVD Mailer Challenge

Earlier this month, I went to put a Netflix DVD back in the mail and it noticed that the mailer was blank on the one side. In the lower right, there was a note asking if you like to draw, to use this as your canvas and you may win some swag. I found out later you had to post it on social media with the hashtag #DVDNetflix. I did just that, posting it on my facebook page and my Zentangle page.

Today, they shared the post and had some nice things to say.

Color us impressed! Heather G. from Ann Arbor gave us a step-by-step look at her fantastic #dvdnetflix art.

Posted by DVD.com -A Netflix Company on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Zentangled Christmas Cookies – What we learned

If you’ve been following me or Tangle Addicts on Facebook, you’ll have seen all the excitement as we were inspired by pictures of some henna designed cookies and thought it would be fun to Zentangle on iced sugar cookies. We made several batches with friends and family posting all of our results. Here’s one cooling rack full of ones I did for a business networking potluck. If you want to see all of the designs, check out the albums on my Facebook page.

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What we learned:

  • This is a SUPER FUN activity!!!
  • Monotangles work best. (My first thought was to make these like tiles and we’d tangle on them traditionally with a string and all that – however, one tangle over the cookie for this size was best. These were about 3 inch cookies)
  • Mom’s always know best and my Mom and Zentangle cohort, Cherie Hartwick (her blog) decided to brush on the icing instead of piping it, after I told her about all the challenges I was having with it. She said she let it dry and then did a second coat to get the coverage and look she wanted. I had problems with the pens poking through the icing even letting it set up for 24 hours. Brushing fixed it.
  • Wilton “FoodWriter” pens work best. Especially the extra fine tip. Betty Crocker has some also, but we found that the color seemed to spread after a few days where the Wilton stayed. Be aware that Wilton has 3 size tips – Extra fine, regular marker, and one that looks like a brush tip.
  • You can draw directly on the cookie – so icing is okay too.
  • For 3D effects – Sparkle Gels don’t harden. Wilton Candy Decorating pens worked very well and they harden. The trick is that they have to be warmed up to melt the candy in the tube. We just kept refreshing cups of hot water to let them sit in when not in use. You could make your own icing like you would for making sugar cake decorations.
  • Did I mention this was a SUPER FUN Activity? I had one event with friends and kids and then Mom wanted to do some at our family Christmas celebration, we decorated sweater cookies. It was a blast!

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We may do something again for Valentines Day – If you try some, let us know and share your pics!!