Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Zentangles Large and Small!

I’ve been busy making some ATCs for my belated entry into the WOYWW special 3rd anniversary ATC swap. Also, we have a craft exhibition coming up soon at our church, and I am making some cards for that, and hoping also to exhibit (and possibly sell) some of my zentangle art.

My latest large piece (10 x 8 in) is of poppies, coloured with my Inktense pencils.

Large Poppies

Not so much zentangle about this one – just a few patterns on the leaves and stems.

For the cards, I have returned to a more traditional zentangle approach, taking a 3 x 3 in. square and filling an abstract shape with pattern. So far I have done six of these, and I shall be using prints for the cards, rather than the original drawings. Some of these suggest a particular theme or idea, such as this one, entitled “Leaf”;

13 Leaf

and this one, entitled “Heart.”

08 Heart

The remaining four are abstract.

09 Abstract 1

10 Abstract 2

11 Abstract 3

12 Abstract 4

To these I shall add the six zentangles I did a while back, on the same 3 x 3 in. squares.

I have also done a couple of 3 x 3s with colour – I shall be doing more of these in the coming days.

More poppies:

01 Poppies

and a yellow fish:

02 Yellow Fish

I really like this marine theme – there is so much beauty and diversity under the ocean surface and I want to draw it all!!

Now for my ATCs. The marine theme is continued in some of these.

Three Fish with Seaweed 1

Three Fish with Seaweed 2

Seahorse 1

Octopus 1

The next one may not be strictly marine, but it suggests a wave to me.

Purple and Yellow Waves

This one looks a bit like a purse to me:

Pink and Red Purse

and the final one is pure abstract.

Blue and Pink Abstract

Edited: Forgot to put the poppies ATC in!!

Poppies 1

I may make up cards with prints of some of these ATCs too.

This is definitely a work in progress – I have soooo many ideas for more! – so watch this space!


  1. Wow! Really creative!!! Go, you!

  2. Great art there Shoshi - BJ#8

  3. WOW . . . these are are all amazing. I'm sure I said this before . . . but they really are incredibly detailed.

    Happy WOYWW

    Hugs, Sarn #4

  4. Speechless in Northumberland!

  5. So many, many days your blog makes me say "oh my gosh - how does she have time to get all that done, much less the talent!" Amazing works of art, Shoshi!

  6. These are stunning hun, so loving the flower ones..

  7. WOWOWOWOWOW how beautiful your drawings are! Really sorry I missed the ATC trade!
    Thanks for the peek!
    #153 on this week's WOYWW

  8. I love the subtle zentangling in the poppy picture. Those colors are indeed intense. I agree that the marine life leans itself to zentangles very well. I love the seahorse one!

  9. Hi Shoshi. Your zentangles are lovely as always.
    As you are a follower of my blog I have stopped by to tell you that today I was upset to find that my blog has been removed by blogger.As a visitor you will have seen that there is nothing on my blog to cause offence so it must be in error I have appealed so I will have to wait and see what happens.
    I will continue to drop by and follow what you are doing.

    1. Hi Fuzzie - I'm replying on here just in case you pop back and see it. Devastating about your blog - of course there's nothing offensive on there! I had a problem like that not long ago - my whole google account was blocked, so my blog disappeared, and Google+, and my Youtube account! I complained and got it back OK - I can't remember the details now but I may have written something about it on here. I do hope you get it back soon - if it's down permanently, it will be a very sad loss for Blogland!! I'll keep trying, and hope to find you alive and well in Blogland soon!

      Glad you like the zentangles.


  10. Hi Shoshi! My you have been busy, some beautiful cards and ATCs there. You are so good at those zentangley ones! Happy WOYWW Cindy #39

  11. Shoshi, these are really good.Thanks for posting.

  12. Totally stunning as always, Shoshi! You are a very remarkable person!!

  13. I have so enjoyed browsing through these. They are really beautiful. I've dabbled in zentangle for ages and even branched off into "just doodling" but I really like your coloured ones. Never heard of Inktense so will go look them up!

  14. Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  15. beautiful, i started wanting to tell you how i especially liked the first, bold red poppy. but as i scanned down i fell in love with the sea animals. love the way you combine the zentangle with more free hand drawing.


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