Friday, December 28, 2012

CZT Love Heals Update

It has come to my attention that Sandy Hook is no longer accepting gifts as they
are overwhelmed:\

So now for the next question what would all of you like to do with the originals
that I have and will be getting? Here are some very quick minute ideas: we donate
them to another place on behalf of the victim's, somehow hold an auction, or
create a scrapbook with all of them that could somehow be displayed to Zentangle
groups (ex. CZT seminars with Rick and Maria). We could certainly move forward
with creating a book with all of the images and donate the proceeds. I am open
to ideas...


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Possible book for Sandy Hook Families

Hi everyone! For all of those participating in the CZT Love Heals event for Sandy Hook Elementary - could you please also let me know if I have your permission to possibly put them in a book for Sandy Hook Elementary. Rho Densmore suggested a brilliant idea! To put all of the images into a book and then give a book to the family members. This also led to the idea that if we do this we could also sell these books and have all proceeds go to one of the many scholarships that have been created in honor of some of the victims. So if you are sending in an image, please let me know if I have your permission to share in a book. Thank you all so much for participating!

Love and Hugs,

Monday, December 17, 2012

Love Heals III & IV

I am so excited a lot of people have decided to participate in this CZT Love Heals Event for Sandy Hook Elementary. I will certainly scan them in as I receive them and post them here to share the love emanating from each one.

In the mean time here are the last two I have done that will be sent on...

Peace and light to everyone,

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Healing Zendala 1 and 2 for Sandy Hook Elementary

Here is the first Healing Zendala I have done that I will be forwarding to Sandy Hook Elementary. Again if anyone is interested in participating please contact me and I will forward you my address. You do not need to be a CZT to participate. What matters is that loving and healing thoughts go into your Zentangle, ZIA, or Zendala.

With love and light,
Denyse, CZT7

Here is the second Zendala done tonight...

Friday, December 14, 2012

CZT Love Heals Event

CZT Love Heals Event - Due to the mass shooting at a grade school here in Connecticut that has killed 20 children (grades K - 4) and 6 adults I would like to host a CZT Love Heals event for them. I know it's a busy time of year, but I would like to deliver Zendalas, ZIA's and/or Zentangle tiles to the school. The main requirement is that with each stroke your thoughts, prayers, positive energy and/or well wishes for the friends and family go into it. If you are interested please let me know and I will e-mail you my address. I would like to be able to send them out in the next 2 -3 weeks.

Even if you are not a CZT and would like to participate please feel free to do so. Any act of kindness for these families, friends, and children would be appreciated.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Afreeka - New Tangle

Hi everyone! As promised here is my new tangle Afreeka. It was inspired by the Dover publications books of cliparts, vectors, etc. This tangle as many tangleations that can be done and it does take a little more focus. This pattern was unveiled Monday night at the class at CVH. As soon as I get my phone hooked up to my computer I will post the pictures of their wonderful tiles. I would really like to thank CVH for providing me with the opportunity to teach Zentangle some of the clients. I had a lot of fun with a wonderful group of people!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ganesha for Dilip

I came across Dilip Patel's quest for collecting a hundred Zentangle Ganeshas. Of course I had to lend a hand! Unfortunately, this morning I don't have a lot of time to explain who Ganesha as I need to get to work, but I really wanted to contribute and I have to get ready for a Zentangle Class next Monday night. I will learn and post about Ganesha at another date. Dilip this is for you :)
Tangle: Paizel by Angie Vangalis, CZT. Image used from the internet
under a Google search for "Ganesha line images"

I am also happy to announce that I will soon be releasing a Tangle I created called Afreeka. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I Am The Diva's Challenge #94

This pattern SOCC (by Erin Olson, CZT) is a wonderful demonstration on how there are no mistakes in Zentangle® (Every time I say this I think of Tom Hank's character from A League of Their Own, when he says, "There's no crying in baseball!"). Through her unique version of her own tangling she developed SOCC which was "intended" to be Puff by Carol Ohl, CZT. If you click on the SOCC it will bring you to Erin's blog page where she explains the funny situation.

When we say there are no mistakes in Zentangle we mean you cannot erase what you have done. Like in life you cannot travel back in time and redo the situation where the mistake occurred. Instead you accept it as part of the road you are travelling, you keep going with it, and it will work out. You are now looking at challenges and obstacles from a different perspective and you realize you can work with it and get through it. Some of the greatest inventions have happened by mistake. Embrace "mistakes" as who you are, or were, at that particular time and remember you can change the outcome.

Diva Challenge #94 SOCC Tiles:

not shaded yet.

Friday, November 2, 2012

I am the Diva Weekly Challenge #93 - Bunzo

Since I discovered Zentangle® I love taking vacations. It's nice to curl up at home and just draw the hours aware while creating a sense of tranquility and sipping on tea. This week, after getting power back from the after math of Hurricane Sandy, I was able to sit down and have the time for the Diva's challenge! This week was the tangle Bunzo created by none other than Maria Thomas, co-founder of Zentangle.

I will admit I was hesitant about this tangle and had doubts that I would like it.Wow! Was I in for a surprise. I have absolutely fallen in love with the simplicity of it and the fact that it really does have limitless possibilities. Each one has a different look to it and really any other tangle fits perfectly with it.

The original tile for the challenge...

Wanted more Bunzo so I created a bookmark...

... and this morning after being woken up at 5:00 AM by my bulldog, Bart, an ATC...

I have also been working on RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) cards to leave around for people to find. Once I start leaving them around I will post pictures.

Enjoy your day! Bunzo Time Again!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

ETSY Store Coming soon!

Today I decided to take the leap and started creating an Etsy shop. I am accumulating way too much art work :) I will keep everyone posted as it continues to near completion.

And... since I haven't posted a freebie for awhile, you will be able to find this one posted there for your tangling/coloring pleasure ;)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Enjoying vacation...

I am so thankful I have had this week off! It allowed me time to sit down and do the things I enjoy doing... Zentangle® and Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA). A while ago I had bought a book, Zenspirations: Letters & Patterning by Joanne Fink and Published by Design Originals, as the title was snazzy and it was another way to use Zentangle. When it arrived and I opened it two things happened: First, I was intimidated by the lettering and thought I could never create lettering like that! Second, I didn't have the time to really sit and read the book and enjoy it for what it truly is.

This week I looked at the book and thought I am ready to give it a try; what's the worst thing that could happen? If I didn't like what I produced I could either set it aside and leave it or keep practicing until I found my own flair with it. Besides she had some wonderful tangles in there that I needed to draw out on ATC cards and stick in my binder of tangles. As I was recreating the tangles I also started to really read into the book.

I became so engrossed in this book and wanting to try her lettering style that I am just realizing I got completely side-tracked from creating my tangle binder! LOL. Anyway, I had made these little art journals out of some beautiful scrapbooking paper and card stock - it would be a great place to practice this lettering.   I drew out the letter "D" and thought to myself, "ok, it's alright..." and kept going. I created the word "Dream" and added the patterns Joanne Fink shows in her book. It turned out pretty decent, but what if I try larger...

Above was my final result: 8" x 10" on Bristol Board paper colored with Prisma color pencils. I have done several more with quotes and names that will be Christmas gifts, so I cannot post them at this time. It didn't take long for my own flair to come through - I can see a difference already in the ones I have done and I am happy with the results.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Visual Imagery - Sandy tangles

Here is another guided visual imagery that I hope all of you enjoy. It mixes the beach and Zentangle® together. It's been festering in my mind since one day I had posted a comment that I would love to be on a deserted beach and a friend replied back that I would want my Zentangle stuff with me. I laughed and said, "No. I wouldn't need it..."

Get yourself in a comfortable position and take a few deep breaths. Relax your shoulders and take a few more deep breaths, notice any place that is tense and consciously relax the muscles and take a few more deep breaths. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine that you are on a beach by yourself. Feel the sea breeze pass over your face and the salty smell it carries with it. Hear the hum of the wind as it sweeps across your ears. Let the breeze wrap around you like a blanket, helping you to feel lighter, more relaxed. Hear the sounds of the waves gently lapping the shore. Feel the sun warming your body on this beautiful day; your toes in the warm, damp sand; the sun glistening of the waves.

The tide is out and has left a great area to be able to create on. Walk straight ahead, one foot in front of the other, creating a line. When it is to the size you want, stop and pivot 90 degrees to your right. Again walk the same length, one foot in front of the other. Stop and pivot 90 degrees to your right and walk the same length as the first line. Stop and pivot 90 degrees one more time and walk one foot in front of the other back to the original line. You now have a complete square.

Walk around the square looking at it from different angles. Let your thoughts go... Visualize one of your favorite tangles. Using only your body ask your self how you can create this tangle. Maybe you will want to use your hand to create the outline of the tangle, your fingers to give texture, overlapping your footprints to create the repetitive patterns, your arm or leg to create a sweeping motion? Stay here for awhile allowing yourself the freedom to create your tangles with your body. Feel at one with the tangle. Why is it your favorite? Does it have lots of curves or lots of straight ridges? What do these feel like to you as you are creating them? Watch the sand move and transform as your skin comes into contact with it. How does it feel? Does it have a scent to it? Can you hear the sound it makes as it transforms under your skin?  Really experience it.

When you have finished creating your Zentangle in the sand look at it from different angles. How does it look seeing it from the ground perspective? From a standing perspective? Let's take to the air and view it from above. Extend your arms out and feel the wind gently lifting you from the sand. Allow the wind to take you as high as you feel comfortable. How does it look? Float all around it and look at it from different angles. What does it say to you? Take your time.

When you are ready to come down, allow the wind to gently place your feet back on the ground. Allow yourself to smile at the unique beauty you have created. The tide is coming back in. Stand in front of your Zentangle so it and the water is in front of you. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. When you are ready... welcome back.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Final version of "Magical Mermaids"

This is the final version of "Magical Mermaids". To the left you can see some shiny spots from the flash. This was caused by the Sakura Clear Glaze Gel I used for the bubbles and to add highlights to the mermaids and other areas through out the picture. Mermaid Stamps from Faerie Song Rubber Stamps and Prismacolor pencils. 

If anyone is interested in prints of any of the art work please e-mail. All 8" x 10" prints are $10.00 each. The copyright logo will not be printed on the prints.

What is Mindfulness?

Now that I am able to sit longer than a few minutes at a time after injuring my back I started surfing the net for "Mindfulness" and came across this wonderful write up: by Jim Hopper, Ph.D.

"Psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn has simply defined mindfulness in this way: 'paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.' This sounds simple, but mindfulness is a skill that takes practice to cultivate and maintain."

Enter Zentangle®! Zentangle allows you to reach this level of mindfulness without realizing it. You are focused on the feel of the paper and the pen in your hand; you pay attention to the ink flowing from the pen and follow the ink roads that create easy repetitive patterns.

I encourage you to read this article as it is a little lengthy to be able to copy. In my opinion it is the epitome of what the basic practice of Zentangle is. As much as I love seeing Zentangle Inspired Art (and I am completely guilty of creating ZIA's) I find Zentangle at it's basic original form is best for achieving the mindfulness state.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

So many ideas... so little time

I still haven't got pictures scanned in, but I did take pictures of what I am currently working on and one of the last ones I completed. I am also looking at opening up an Etsy store.  Stay tuned for that...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Been Busy...

Since discovering rubber art stamps mixed with Zentangle I have been on a roll with so many ideas! As soon as I can I will get pictures posted. I have been having such a wonderful time creating beautiful images.

This weekend I picked up my very first copy of Rubber Stamp Madness (RSM) - I needed to find where the really good stamps are! When I finally got to page 68 of the magazine it tells you what the Fall 2012 issue will include. Imagine my surprise when I read, "How to combine Zentangles with Stamp Art". I have no idea which of my fellow CZT's are contributing to that article, but I am ecstatic to say the least.

I'm not sure what I have actually posted, so here is the last picture I scanned in.

The stamps used: from Inkadinkado - the fairy, mushroom, and Believe. Unknown stamp - pumpkin. The rest is based on Zentangles. Enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mojo is back

I have been in a little bit of a funk for this last month as well as creatively restless. No matter what I did I wasn't happy with it and I just wanted to create. Today (on my hubby's birthday) I decided to try Zentangle® and stamps together. I have seen fellow CZTs create beautiful images by combining these two techniques. And wanted to learn.

On May 19th I attended the NUTZ (pronounced newts; aka New England CZTs) gathering in Massachusetts. Betty Abdu demonstrated how to use polymer clay to create Zentangles (probably try this tomorrow now that I have the necessary materials) and Melissa Hoopes demonstrated how to properly stamp and how to use the stamps with tangles... and yes, there is a proper way to stamp to make it look professional, clean and beautiful.

As a practice today I ended up creating this (below). I was tickled with how it came out and I even sold it! My first piece of art sold - so exciting! Hope you enjoy Angels at Play.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Random Acts of Art

Good afternoon everyone! What a lovely day today. So many things to be grateful for. This morning I created several invitations for a "Cupcake Tangle" a friend of mine will be hosting. She is throwing it as a late Birthday party to herself (lol) and hopefully we will have a great turn out. Now the fun begins to sit down and start cutting out cupcake shapes from watercolor paper to be able to tangle on.

Most people have heard of "Random Acts of Kindness" (RAOK). Yesterday on FaceBook a wonderful art friend posted about a group she joined called "Random Acts of Art" on FB. I just had to check it out and I am so happy I did. I encourage anybody who creates anything to join this group and spread the smiles (and also see what's around your house that can be recycled). It can be as simple as painting a heart on a rock or sewing a tiny fairy quilt. Let your mind expand and see what you can create.

The purpose of this group is to create little forms of art and leave them in random places for strangers to find (I like to see it as being someone's guardian angel for a moment). It has been cleverly mentioned to attach a little note stating that this is a gift for someone to find who may need a smile and they can choose to keep it or pass it on in the same manner. You can also attach little quotes to them.

Of course my mind went immediately on overload and I started thinking of all the things I can do (especially with crafts items that I have been hoarding for about 15 years that my dear husband I'm sure would be relieved to get rid of).

I hope you choose to at least view the group and find out what it's about and start spreading the art. You may be giving someone a smile who really needs it at the present moment, you could be their guardian angel!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Freebie Zendala

I hope everyone is having plenty of sunshine like we are here in New England. I am hoping it will be this beautiful out for my vacation at the end of May. I have so many projects started and craft items everywhere that I spend more time hunting for stuff then creating stuff. I would like to get it somewhat organized. In the meantime I hope everyone will enjoy this Zendala. It is for personal use only and CZT's may distribute in their classes if they wish. I'm hoping to see some beauties out there :)

If you would like a PDF version please e-mail me and I will send it to you. At this time I am not able to figure out how to attach a PDF file to these posts.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

A little something different

Glorious day everyone!!! Beautiful day to be outside creating art! After I attended the CZT training in October, I decided to take an on-line art class by Adriana Almanza, called Doll Dreams Basic. My intent was to incorporate Zentangle with Doll Dreams. I thought I would share some of the ATCs that I have done. I hope you enjoy these. (I think next I need to find a colored-pencil class!)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A free Spring Zendala

Here is a free spring zendala for you to color or add your own tangles to. I would love to see what you come up with :) HAPPY SPRING!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

C-Yeah Tangle

I have a new tangle that I came up with based on a design from Dover Publishing. I have been creating some beautiful ZIA's and would love to see what others come with using this tangle. As always there are numerous variations that you can do to this... this is just the basic :) Enjoy!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rainy Day Freebies

Here in Connecticut it's a drizzly, foggy day, I'm not feeling well and would like to be in bed working on my next Zendala. The computer beckons and I can't resist creating more computer generated Zendalas. Trip down memory lane... "Mom I'm bored! There's nothing to do..." So for all you moms and dads out there I am creating a Rainy Day Freebie Page of Zendalas for you and your children to color (and if your adventurous you might decide to add some of your own tangles to them, too).

There are many ways to turn coloring into well meaning family time. Create challenges for each other that become a game, for example: "You can only use shades purple;" "Color all the round objects in yellow;" etc. And best of all once they are finished get creative in hanging them up through out the house. You could use some twine and clothespins; you could frame them; you could even create a family collage.

I hope all of you will enjoy this free page. Get Creative!

Bee Zen

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Zendalas to Color Coloring Book

On President's Day I decided to post on Facebook some free zendalas for parents to give to their children to color. I had such a wonderful response to them, I decided to give a try at creating my own Zendala coloring book for all ages. The coloring book contains 40 zendalas created from a few of my original zentangles and altered in the computer. If you are interested in checking this out please visit:  Also at the botton of my page you will see a Lulu button where you can get to it from there. I hope you all enjoy this book. A zendala a day will keep the doctor away :)

Zendalas to Color

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Zentangle and Visual Imagery

I am sitting here listening to my deaf bulldog bark incessantly this morning (and for the last few days), and I wondered how there are times that it seems like I completely tune his barking out and keep my blood pressure from sky rocketing as well as my temper. I started to reflect on this and realized I create Zentangles®

I have found that even if I'm in a situation where I cannot access pen or paper or anything else for that matter, I can still nearly achieve the same effect through visual imaging of creating tangles. I have created so many Zentangles that I can visualize in my mind's eye the feel of the paper, the scratching of the pen across the surface, seeing that moment when the ink flows from the pen, and of course the patterns for each tangle. My mind automatically allows me to go to that safe haven, if you will, and creates a very similar response. The key is to see every detail, smell, feeling... I think one of these days I will try visiting one of my Zentangles in an imagined 3-D world - really get to know the tangles from a different perspective :)

As a challenge and to help deepen your experience of the Zen I encourage you to sit for awhile with a Zentangle tile; run your fingers over it and get the feel of it; notice every indentation of the paper in it's mini mountain and valley depths; look at it from every angle and direction - spin it in your hands. Now close your eyes and try to see it in detail as you hold it in your hands. Can you see it clearly? Every nook and cranny? Wording? Shadows and highlights?

Now pick up your pencil and create a string - really be present. Visualize yourself as the graphite point. Taking a journey that you don't know where it will lead. You are climbing the peaks and valleys of the paper and leaving a light trail of your footsteps behind you.

Now pick up your pen. Notice the detail of the pen. How it feels, how it looks. As you take the cap off the pen imagine that your are lifting the caged doors to your creativity - your are about to be freed :)

As the pen tip hits the paper, again, imagine the new little world you are delving into, this time you are creating intricate trails in the mountains and valleys. Watch as the ink flows out of the pen - it's leaving a trail of the past and ahead is your future yet to be explored, you are in the moment.

As you practice this, try closing your eyes afterwards and recreate this in your mind's eye as detailed as possible. With practice you will be able to achieve the same state of relaxation by taking a deep breath, visualizing the details and the person or thing giving you difficulty will never even know how you are remaining as cool as a cucumber :)

Bee Zen

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Linda Farmer, CZT, has developed a badge to link to her site:  I am thrilled to be able to include this badge on my blog over to the right hand side.

Linda has done an amazing job with the Tangle patterns site and I really encourage anyone with an interest in Zentangle® to peruse through this incredible world created at It is great for beginners and CZT's alike. It is loaded with many tips and tricks, how to organize your zentangles, zentangle books, and of course the 100's of patterns created by CZT's, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, and even people who claim they cannot draw! This site truly is for everyone.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stay safe this weekend and tangle away

Wow. I thought after the holidays I would have time to relax and tangle away and find some great stuff to post, and I have been busier than before the holidays! I haven't even had a chance to work on Bee Zen! At some point I will get all of the Zendalas I've done scanned into my computer, along with the Zentangle Ensemble Swap that I participated in. I received a total of 16 gorgeous tiles from other CZT's that I will post here as soon as I get a chance.

I hope everyone is having a great January and sticking to your New Year's Resolutions. For everyone in the Northeast starting tonight and through the weekend please stay safe with the snow storms they are calling for. Throw some wood in the fireplace, gather up your Zentangle supplies, make a cup of tea (or coffee, cocoa, wine...) grab a blanket and Tangle to the gentle roar of the fire, while the orange and yellow flickers of light dance across your tiles :)