Day Twenty Seven, Creation Twenty Seven


Okay, so I was really hoping that I would finish my One Zentangle a Day self-imposed challenge in 2013. Alas, this was not meant to be. Life always prove that we may not always accomphlish our life’s ambitions, but that does not mean that we stop trying. I learned it is best to brush of the dust of dissapointment and carry on with renewed enthusiam.

So here we are on the fourth day of January 2014 and I am ready to continue my little challenge. Trust me, I was really tempted to throw in the towel and stop blogging about this challenge completely. But what would that prove?

You may have noticed that I returned to using a black art tile with white ink. This choice was not a morbid reflection of the new year nor is it reflecting my feelings of my recent losses. The choice of using a black tile it is because that it is simple and elegant which shows my three newly learned tangles beautifully.

In exploring these tangles in my art journal, I learned to love herring bone look of “Meer” and loved challenging myself to combine Meer with the Japanese style tangle of “Enyshou” and the triangular style of “Reef”.

All in all, I really like my first art tile of the new year and look forward to continuing and finishing my One Zentangle a Day challenge.

Til next post…


Day Twenty, Creation Twenty

Photo(1)Wow! Twenty days ago I started the journey of taking the challenge of creating “One Zentangle A Day” from the self-same titled book by Beckah Krahula. I have been keeping up with my visual journal and creating more completed Zentangle tiles than I thought possible. Even though it has been more than twenty days since my first post, I have proved to myself that I can actually stay committed to something and not let life get in the way of creating art. Instead, art has worked itself back into my life and I love it!

Upon reflection, I am more at peace and more satisfied with my daily meanderings than I have been in quite awhile. Before I would almost be sad or depressed with the daily hum-drum that my life became. Wake up, Work Out, Go to Work, Eat, Work Around the House, Sleep – rinse and repeat. How boring!

At least now I have been “creating” between the “working”. I have even been inspired to pick up knitting again. Now I have a plethora of options when I decide to have some “me” time. What a difference art has made to my life. I highly recommend anyone reading this to truly make time for yourself, it doesn’t have to be art related- any hobby will do. I find that I am more productive at work and working around that house when I have something to look forward to. It makes me happy ­čÖé

Well, I should talk about today’s tile before I keep rambling into oblivion- right?

Today’s tile incorporated curvilinear and organic style tangles. The tangles that were recommended in the book were “Jetties” which are the round orbs, “Sampson” which is a lettuce-like pattern and “N’Zeppel” which is the tangle with multiple small organic triangles.

This tile came together as I sat at a picnic bench in our local forest preserve area overlooking the small lake there. Geese floated by, fish pecked at the lake’s surface and gentle clouds glided across the water’s reflection. It was awesome! When the weather is right (which is incredibly hard to come by in the Chicagoland area -it’s either too hot or too cold) there is nothing better than to sit outside and be inspired by the world around you.

I finished this tile in record time and was sad to leave such a beautiful place. I will definitely have to revisit soon.

In the meantime, I hope you take a moment to go outside, take in a lungful of air and be inspired by the world today.

Until next time…

Day Fifteen, Creation Fifteen

photo Ah! Day Fifteen, you’re finally here!

Okay, so I know I am not posting consecutive days. Heck, I am not even creating these on a daily basis, but I do know that I have accomplished one of my goals. That is say that I have proudly been posting my creations (somewhat) consistently for the past month or so.

I’ll be the first to admit that working around my “work” schedule is a major hurdle. First, my job entails A LOT of computer work. Most of the time when I get home the last thing I want to do is see another computer. However, this is for myself and not for work. THIS is what I try to tell myself as I drag myself over to the computer to begin my next blog entry.

In a perfect world I would not be working on computers all day long. I would be in my studio creating and selling my art. However, there is some truth to the whole “starving artist” mentality that seems to plague any artist who admits to what they do for a living. You really do have to work hard at being a moderately wealthy successful artist in a world full of very talented people. It’s incredibly difficult to stand among the throngs of competing artists and say my work is so much more unique and different then any other when there are many times I feel my work is barely adequate. I am however content to create art for art’s sake which is primarily for my own sanity. Suffice to say, I am okay with maintaining my current status quo of “working” to pay the bills and “playing” at art when I get back home.

So what does my little rant have to do with today’s tile? Absolutely NOTHING! ­čÖé

So onto what today’s post is really about… Today’s little creation encompassed using more organic tangles. I learned two new organic style tangles called “Locar” and “Verdigogh”.

BY THE WAY, Don’t you love the play on names Zentangle artist’s come up with to name their unique tangles? I sure do!

Anyway, to round out this tile I was encouraged to use the more geometric new tangle called “Yincut” which stands out against the organic forms. On a whim, I decided I would create this tile using white ink on black paper. I played around with shading on this tile by using a cream colored shading pencil and sepia brown toned pastel pencil. The deeper chocolate pastel pencil created more depth and gave the selected areas more vibrancy.

I am very happy with my shading experiments on the black tile and warrants further play time the next time I feel like creating a white on black tile.

If you made it this far, congratulations, you made it through my rant with your mind intact. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and as always, please “like” this post.

Until next time…

Denielle Noe

Day Nine, Creation Nine


I was so excited when I turned to day nine in my “One Zentangle A Day” book. Day nine brought something I haven’t done before; working with a white pen on a black tile!

This day’s challenge required me to do a little shopping. First , the black tile. Acquiring black tiles that were readily available was out of the question, so I headed down to our local Paper Source (a store totally dedicated to all things paper and then some) to purchase precut black card stock. While I was there, I was able to play around with an assortment of open stock white pens. I settled on Sanford’s Uni-Ball Gel Pen in a white silver color. This pen totally popped off the page!

Armed with my new supplies, I got down to the task of creating my new tile. With a little inspiration supplied directly from the book, I decided to re-create “Day One, Creation One” tile. Choosing to re-create the tile allowed me the chance to directly compare the original to the new white-on-black tile.
The recreated tiled used the same tangles from day one: Tipple, Static, and Crescent Moon.

This tile ended up being a lot of fun to make since I had to think about creating this one a little differently. For shading I used a white pastel pencil with a hint of dark blue for contrast. I posted both tiles so you can see the difference between the two. Let me know what you think? And as always, I hope you “like” this post.

Denielle Noe