Friday, August 10, 2012

Look Ma, I'm Zentangling!

I thought I would try my hand at zentangles, since it's the challenge at 
Inspiration Avenue this week, brought to us by Jenn.
I never thought it was something I would enjoy doing, 
but I hate backing down from a challenge!

It's supposed to be relaxing and meditative.
But at first, every time my pen would do something I TOLD it not to do,
the tension would appear. It was making me twitchy!
I know, I have control-freak tendencies.
When I look at it, I see every mistake right away.

Eventually things calmed down and I was able to keep going with it,
even relaxed somewhat. But I would not say it was the meditative, zen-like 
experience that some report! I guess I don't lean toward the
pen-and-ink, black and white type of art in the first place.
Although I admire it greatly.
I'm not that exacting. And I need color! I couldn't resist 
putting some green on my mooka-like appendages.
They remind me of tiny plant shoots just emerging from the soil.

So I guess she is a zentangle goddess.
I'm sorry I added the shading to her face.
Would have looked better without it.

See more zentangles over at
Inspiration Avenue Link

And keep tuning in to Inspiration Avenue in the weeks ahead
for some special events! We are adding some exciting new artists 
to our team, and have some fun ideas to share with you!

Enjoy the weekend!


  1. I think your piece is very complex, maybe you see the faults but I certainly don't. Great job!


  2. I think your first zentangle is brilliant, I'd never guess you've never done tangles before. I think the adition of the green really helped make it fun. great job Maggie, thanks for doing something you don't usually do for my challenge.

  3. I think she's wonderful! I've tried them and even though I tend to doodle at meetings and such, I've not been able to relax enough to do them. I also tried it by extending out from face rubber stamps and, even though they turned out cool, I used quite a bit of color. I called them Doodle Divas... Maybe I'll post them.

  4. Hi Maggie! I wrote you a whole story and then blogger had a disconnect and *poof*
    I am trying to control my frustration and also re-write what I had already perfectly written (LOL)

    It is also six hours later, thanks to the 'Toilet Guy"
    He showed up at 5pm...early afternoon to him...never mind, it's not your problem...

    Your zentangle! She is perfectly lovable and I am impressed, because I have tried zen-tangle before, but I didn't find the zen. I was agreeing with you the whole time I was reading.
    I like her shading in her face, and her green pods.

    I would love to stretch myself and join this week...
    I have many zen-doodles started, but in which box of papers are they???

    Love to you my friend♥♥♥

    PS: I received Lisa's book today, thank you...I will write a letter
    to all tomorrow♥

  5. Wow! So intricate and beautiful! I admire anyone who can produce these complex patterns!

  6. Somehow I'm only just finding your blog (thanks for leaving me a comment that led me here) and as I browsed through previous posts, I have to tell you how much I enjoy your art. I love your tangled lady (pretty darn fabulous for someone who doesn't really enjoy the process!) and your book lady drawing with the swirls. She's caught up in the winds of reading - love it.

  7. Wow! The twitching must have worked in your favor, since your Zentangle goddess is gorgeous. I can relate to the control-freak tendencies, because I have them too. However, I am a strong believer in having no art rules, so your shading and addition of color are perfect in my mind. Blessings!

  8. I love it, so exotic! I love her green eye to go with the tips of the Mooka! She appears wrapped in champagne bubbles and net from her fancy hat!

  9. I think she is gorgeous, with just the perfect touch of green! Beautiful!

  10. I love this just like it is. You did a home run with this one!

  11. Maggie, she is terrific and reminds me of Fredia wearing an exotic hat! beautifully done! :D

  12. I love that you've tried a whole new art form and the results are rather gorgeous! I've never tried zentangles either but I may have to have a go - I could look at yours all day, all that pattern and detail! The touches of green are a beautiful touch too x

  13. Gorgeous- I think you did a brilliant job- I love your zentangle goddess!


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