Wednesday, 5 October 2016

WOYWW 383–Zentangle

I seem to get later and later posting for our regular “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday” hop! I’ve got less than half an hour to go until it’s Thursday so I need to get my skates on.

Some art done this week but absolutely none in the studio – another very busy week and getting too tired in between to cope with anything except recliner time, but at least I’ve done some Zentangles this week.

Here’s my desk, this evening.

WOYWW 383 5-10-16 Zentangle

Again, over in the drawing zone. You can see my large Zentangle album open on top of my light panel, with my box of pens at top right. On the left hand side of the album I’ve got my recent tracings stacked up, with the sheets of card cut ready to make the pages for my Mamhead Woods album – I haven’t made any further progress on this.

Here’s a closer shot of the open page of the album, showing the tangles I did over the past few days. I’ve got the Zentangle bug again!

WOYWW 383 Zentangle Album

This album has clear pages with pockets to take ATCs, and I cut ATC-sized pieces of card which fit in the pockets. Each one has a separate tangle on it, with the step-outs (instructions) on the back, and I can take them in and out easily when I’m doing an art piece. This is a very useful resource and it is easy to use, with all the patterns visible at a glance. I have tried to make each one into an art piece, often drawing a shape inspired by the pattern itself, so that it is not only a useful tool, but something that is nice to look at, too. I am gradually working through the Tangle Patterns site, choosing ones that I like and adding them to my album.

I’ve been busy for most of today and in between, have scanned these recent tangles, and also a lot that I have done over recent months and years – I realised it was a long time since I’d updated my blog with these album tangles – you can see them on my previous post here.

For now, here are the ones I’ve done over the past few days.

Recent Zentangles 1 5-10-16

Zentangles x3 5-10-16

On each one, I have added the name of the tangle and the artist who designed the particular pattern. I like to give them credit, and it’s also useful information for me to know who has designed them. Each little card is my own interpretation of their pattern.

Other news – my Ileostomy Association meeting on Saturday was brilliant, and I’m really glad I went. It was a lot of fun, including the cake competition, for which I made these little stoma cakes:

01 Stoma Cakes

Unfortunately I didn’t win the competition (I wasn’t really expecting to) but the stoma cakes got an honourable mention and they raised some laughs. For me, to make people laugh and to help them see the funny side of life with a stoma is better than a prize anyway!

Here are the cakes on display.

18 Cakes for Competition

Our visiting speaker was an absolutely amazing lady who had a stoma after suffering with ulcerative colitis. She decided to get fit after surgery and has ended up as an ironman triathlete – the most gruelling sport you can imagine. You can read about her, and about the rest of our day here, on my Gutless Bag Lady blog. It was a great day out and well worth the effort of driving all the way to Taunton.

I’ve been pretty tired since then, and today I have developed a cold, which is a humungous bore. I probably picked it up on Saturday.

Have a great week, everyone, and happy WOYWW.


  1. I thought that I had commented earlier but…thats what I get for thinking. Love all the tangles and fun stuff. I used to make unusual cakes etc when I was a nurse…never made a stoma cake though…good idea! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #1

  2. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope you get over it soon! There seems to be a lot of it going around right now - both over there and over here.

    Glad you got to go to your meeting. Sounds like it's a great support mechanism. Your Zentangle looks great - so inspiring.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #46

  3. Those Zentangle patterns are great.Love the way you are storing them.
    Those cakes are FUN!!Glad they got a laugh.That lady is amazing to be so fit with such a challenging inconvenience.
    Judy #5

  4. Some of those tangles are very intricate and what a great idea to incorporate the artists' names. You cakes may not have been the most "prim and proper" but they were definitely the ones with the most character! Glad you had a good time at your meet-up and you're quite right: making people laugh and help them see the funny side of things trumps any prize!

  5. You say you haven't created any art, but both the Zentangles and the cakes look like art to me. I'm still in awe of your Zentangling and need to just get off my butt at some point and start it. But, it's all. . .one day, one day.
    As for the cakes, they brought a smile to my face. I used to work with a little girl with a stoma so I immediately thought of her when I saw your creations. They totally deserved the honorable mention!
    Hope #36

  6. Your Zentangle patterns are gorgeous - I love the jug handle, the shading makes it look 3D - so clever of you. The storage folders are a great idea, you are so organised - I have been trying to find a way to store my ATC's and must look out for these, I think they look like the best idea I've come across so far. Well done for getting an honourable mention with your cakes - I bet they were the most creative ones there, and you're right about helping people see the funny side of things - it can get you through a lot.
    Hope you have a good rest of the week, and thanks for the earlier visit,
    Diana x

  7. Happy Belated WOYWW. I did a few blog comments on Wednesday, but ran out of energy and pain relief since then. Up 'sort of early' today (7 am!) to watch the F1, so grabbed my laptop whilst my right hand/wrist is not hurting too much. You are the Zentangle Queen! Your album is incredible. Hope you are getting plenty of rest now and the cold is gone soon. Ali x #26

  8. Hi Shoshi, sorry I missed you last week but it sounds as though you were very late posting so maybe I can be forgiven. Pleased you had a good time at your meeting. The Zentangles are brilliant and the folder is rather useful to, I haven't seen one like that before and could do with one for all my ATCs. Have a lovely week, Angela X


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