Inktober – Day #14

The end of the second week of Inktober is here. Wow, two weeks of drawing and tangling on a daily basis! I’m really proud I made it to this point, but I’m quite sad that this project needs all the time I can spare at the moment and that other articles I want to write and other projects like tangling through “One Zentangle a Day” by Beckah Krahula will have to wait until November.. Maybe I can treat Inktober as a warm-up to what will come?

Today I have the third male character in a row, which is another thing I’d never thought would happen before I started Inktober. Men are not my specialty (as you can deduct from this guy’s anatomy…), but it is a welcome change! How do you like my Djinn?


Tangles used: Ahh, Auraknot, Cruffle, Hollibaugh, Hypnotic, Something unnamed

When I had inked the Djinn, I thought that some tattoos would look good on him – tangled tattoos, of course. Finding the “right” ones was a bit harder this time. Auraknot and Hypnotic were easy, the rest was hard. This chain of spiky circles was an invention of mine since I couldn’t find anything that fit here for my taste. I’m not sure if I will name it or play a bit longer with it. What is your opinion?

I also thought about “violating” my black&white colour scheme here and give him a golden earring. But I think that some things simply should stay as they are and black&white  (and a little grey) are quite enough right now.

Inktober – Day #13

The string of today’s Zentangle-inspired Bijou tile for Inktober was a hard one, again.. It took me at least five or six tries to finally get something I could work with. Sometimes the drawing got too small and detailed, sometimes I had the impression it’s the same shape that I’ve already erased like 100 times before this month. Here’s something new: second guy in a row for Inktober:


Tangles used: Cadent, Cruffle, Paradox, Points and Curves, Tipple

To me it’s incredible that I haven’t used one of my favourite tangles yet for Inktober: Paradox. It is not only simple and easy to draw, but comes with just SO many ways to modify and to use it – I love it. If you haven’t yet read Margaret Bremner’s brilliant article “And then some… Paradox”, then I think now is the time to do so (she wrote even more “And then some…”-articles which are ALL great and a must-read for every Zentangle enthusiast).

Then I remebered something I wrote in this blog about tangle transitions and combinations and mixed some Cruffle into Tipple. Looks nice. Then I tried a tangle I’ve never used before: Points and Curves. It has a nice optical illusion and is easy to draw, I might use it again in the near future. Cadent I added because I then had circles, squares (or something similar) and triangles – I liked this idea a lot.

Inktober – Day #12

Isn’t a snotty-nosed prince the first thing you think about when it comes to Inktober 12th? No? Well… maybe you can/will/want to reconsider after meeting him:


Tangles used: CO2, Cruffle, Knightsbridge, Pixioze

Apart from my recent favourite CO2, I like Knightsbridge best here. Doesn’t it look as if his hat was coming out of the picture? It is a lovely effect that I really want to play with more. But I don’t really know any more tangles with this effect – do you?

Inktober – Day #11

New day, new Inktober drawing! I still didn’t get to draw anything für the “Zentangle a Day”-project.. or this week’s Diva Challenge… But let’s be positive that I can get around to do it (or at least one of them) today. I somehow have the feeling that the drawings for Inktober are getting a little harder. Of course, I don’t want any repetitions since that would be boring, but my method for drawing the basics of these little bijou tiles seems to run into a dead end.

You ask how I’m doing it? Well, it is actually quite simple and similar to some of the first few steps of the original Zentangle method:

  1. I put a dot in each corner and then connect the dots to get my frame.
  2. Then I start from the bottom line and draw a squiggly line up and down again (that’s something like Zentangle so far).
  3. Now I look at the shape and think about what this looks like:
    • Is it a female or male shape?
    • In which direction does the person look?
    • Is that the hair or do I have to add a shape for hair (or a hat 😉 )?

    And so on. Sometimes it is very easy and I see something in my “string” (that’s what in Zentangle this squiggly line is called) immediately, but recently the strings look either quite similar to something I’ve drawn before, or I just can’t see anything in it – and erase it (the dirty word in Zentangle! ;-D) and start again until I see something.

  4. Then I modify the squiggly line to my needs and start inking and tangling – that’s it.

Looks a little like divination with tea leaves, doesn’t it? Maybe my third eye has gotten tired? *g* I don’t know. I guess I’ll have to think of something to freshen this “technique” up a bit. I already used a geometric shape in the middle of the tile once and tried to draw my squiggly line from the top. But I wasn’t THAT excited about the result. Do you have an idea?

Today’s drawing is a… little different than the ones before. The person portrayed today didn’t want to be recognised and put a mask over his head (please, no comments on anatomical (in)correctness here.. I know that this is not quite correct anatomically..). So here’s the Frog(wo)man:

Inktober 2015-11

Tangles used: Msst, Lotus Pods, Pokeroot

As for the tangles, this was a very easy one: I immediately knew which tangles I wanted to use for the Frog(wo)man. But what might be striking you if you’ve followed my Inktober drawings so far: No CO2 today! But tomorrow is another chance to use it. 🙂

Tomorrow I’m off to work again, too. I sincerely hope that Inktober won’t keep me awake for so long like last week.. I’m happy I hung in there, bu it definitely was exhausting.

Inktober – Day #10

Finally a drawing for Inktober that I can post on the same day it was drawn (and “supposed” to be drawn) without falling asleep doing so, yay! I hope you like my Zentangle-inspired “Elvis”:

inktober 10

Tangles used: CO2 (what else! XD), Diva Dance, Tipple

Do you remember being in a concert and the lights are very low and the band/singer starts to sing a live song and everywhere lighters (in the good ol’ days) or smartphones (like at the last concert I went to) were held into the air? Well, that’s what I had in mind with “Elvis” here. And what would have made a better way to draw the lights than CO2? I also thing Tipple works really great as sequins. As for the breast hair: Sorry to all fans, I just couldn’t resist… 😀

(Hope to) See you tomorrow for Inktober 11th!

Inktober – Day #9

Another late post for Inktober. I as simply too tired to post this yesterday after drawing it late in the night. This is yesterday’s Zentangle-inspired portrait:


Tangles used: CO2, Beadlines, Hollibaugh, Msst, Reticulated, Triangles

I wonder how many more uses of CO2 I can find! 😀  This time I used pencil shading again because I thought that the softer shading would be more appropriate for the young lady. I think it was a good decision.

But thanks to the weekend I’m positive that I’m back to the normal rhythm of posting it on the same day. At least for two days.

Inktober – Day #8

Start of the second week of Inktober! And a late upload again.. but better late than never! First week of Inktober was a lot of fun – not only tangling my own bijou-sized tiles, but also enjoying all those wonderful drawings everyone else has made for the challenge. I retweetet a few for you to enjoy (Zentangle, Zentangle-inspired and more). You can look up my favourites from all those pictures I saw on Twitter under my Account @tangleoflines. It’s only a very small number compared to all the drawings that people link via Twitter, the sheer number of tweets with #inktober is absolutely amazing!

Here is my drawing for Inktober 8th:


Tangles used: CO2 (it looks good just everywhere! XD), Cat-Kin, Diva Dance, Keenees (dress)

Like this on a lot! Finally a chance to use one of my favourite tangles, Diva Dance.  It find of looks like she has flowers in her hair, don’t you think? And Keenees just looks SO different since the circles seem to vanish into nothing and the bright parts seem to make up a whole different pattern.

I really love this challenge, but I wish my busy private life would leave me a little more free time to continue my “One Zentangle a Day”-project, too.. I’m sorry that I have nothing else for you at this moment than Inktober, but promise I haven’t forgotten about the other project or all the other interesting stuff I have in mind for this blog! I already pretty much finished the tile for the third day last weekend, but “have” to draw a new one. Why? Well, you’ll see and understand when I show you… 😉 I hope that I have time to tangle the second tile this weekend.

Inktober – Day #7

Wow, that was fast: The first week of Inktober is already over! How was it for you? Did you manage to squeeze in a drawing every day? I’m very proud to say: YES! Although I didn’t get to upload it on the same day and even though it was a bit of a hassle sometimes, I’m very happy with the decision to participate in Inktober and with my results so far. The Zentangle bijou tiles from day 4 and 6 are my personal favourites so far, but I really like day 7, too. What do you think? Here is grumpy granpa:


Tangles used: CO2, Flux, Join, Pixioze, Tipple

Actually, I wanted the rainbow to get lighter going “up”. I’m not sure I really got the result I wanted but it still looks nice to me.

Just like yesterday, this is another tile without pencil shading. I only added a little (sloppy, I’m afraid) hatching and cross-hatching here and there. I like the effect and I guess it is more truthful to the original idea of Inktober.

I hope your Inktober challenge has been a success and a lot of fun, too! And if not: Tomorrow is another day to jump in! Hope to see you here then, too.

Inktober – Day #6

Here’s Inktober drawing #6, this time without pencil shading but with a (very) little crosshatching. I guess that so many people doing a Halloween Inktober has influenced me a bit. Meet… a romantic Mr. Frankenstein:

Inktober 6

Tangles used: CO2, Join, Trentwith

Really like the result! Especially that for three days in a row, the tiles have a somewhat consistent look to them. It might only be one person drawing after all, right? And I also like his face and how the tangles used fit in.

Again, I’m afraid it was too late to post my drawing for Inktober on the right day… This might continue to the weekend, we’ll see. But the format of small Zentangle tiles (bijou) works really well for me and so far I never missed drawing my bijou before going to bed. That’s why I still consider this a success!

Inktober – Day #5

Fifth day of Inktober and the first day I was really struggling. Other things kept me very busy so if you want to be very strict, I’d have to skip day number 5 and make this my drawing for day 6 because most of this bijou wasn’t drawn on Inktober fifth. However, since I finished it before going to bed, I’ll still count it for the fifth. ^^ Here it is:


Tangles used: Bubbles (tangleation), Knightsbridge, Zinger

It’s so cool how many possibilities you have to use the tangles for hair and clothes and background. I love playing with it! I played the 5 drawings next to each other yesterday and it is striking that they are all so different… I don’t even think they look like they were drawn by the same person! This is a bit awkward actually, it would be nice to have a recognisable “style”. Maybe Inktober will help me to make a few steps in the right direction.. that wouldbe great!

Today I’ll probably have as little time as yesterday, but I still hope to squeeze today’s bijou in earlier.

Hope to see you later!

Inktober – Day #4

Day 4 of Inktober and I’m still confident I can make it. The format works well for me, even on busy days I was able to finish a drawing. Keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps going like that! I hope Inktober is going well for you, too. Here’s my Zentangle-inspired portrait on a bijou tile (2″x2″) for today:
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Tangles used: CO2, Cruffle, Meer, Nekton, Tipple

Nekton is definitely becoming a favourite of mine. Really like Meer für her hair and Tipple as a sequined dress!

See you tomorrow/later for number 5!

Inktober – Day #3

Yesterday I talked about how these portraits just appeared before my eye when I had drawn a string or a short time after I had started tangling my drawing for Inktober. Today I thought a bit more about this and decided to consciously stick to the theme: bijou-sized Zentangle-inspired art portraits. I’m already looking forward to putting together a picture of all the portraits at the end of the month! But there’s one thing I wanted to change: I wanted to draw men’s portraits, too, since drawing men is always a bit awkward for me. An this month is about learning, isn’t it? That’s why I decided to go for a guy to today. It actually isn’t that hard and I already have lots of ideas for doing beards.. this will be fun! But before I warmed up with a well-shaved fellow:

Inktober #3

Tangles used: Cruffle, Fescu, Nekton, Tipple

Hm.. might be a(n older) woman, too, don’t you think? I guess there’s some room for improvement here – but I still like Cruffle as a curly hair. I especially like Fescu here, it was just the perfect tangle for the background.

Tomorrow I’ll let you take over again, subconsciousness, and let you decide what it’s going to be. Although a child would be nice, too….

Inktober – Day #2

Did you already experience this feeling that it’s not up to you what you’re doing but that someone / something’s deciding for you? I had it just a short time ago when I started today’s drawing for Inktober. Yesterday I did a bijou tile (2×2 inch for all those of you who are not into Zentangle) and although I wanted it to be something abstract, I changed plans when I had the vague idea that it might become the portrait of a woman. I went for that and wasn’t all that happy with the result. Well. Today the exact same thing happened after I had drawn the string. Right away, I had this picture in my head with all the tangles already in it and I liked the result. This is a very rare thing to happen but here it is: ANOTHER Zentangle-inspired portrait of a woman on a bijou tile.

Inktober #2

Tangles used: CO2, Cruffle (without filling), Gneiss and Nipa

Let’s see if I can produce something different this month or if I end up with 31 bijou-sized portraits! 😀

Zentangle: The Journey so far – Part 1

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog!

Here I’ll showcase my small works of art and my thoughts and ideas about other stuff, too – most of it probably on Zentangle ®. My art is small, because I’m mainly drawing Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), which are 2.5 x 3.5″ or 6,4 x 8,9 cm respectively. But I also enjoy tangling regular a Zentangle or a Bijoux tile. For someone as impatient as me these formats are simply perfect because they are finished in a short time!

In August 2011, while browsing the internet, I stumbled upon Zentangle, a creative art form coined (and copyrighted) by the Americans Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts (you can check out their blog here). In principle, this art form is about drawing repetitive patterns (called “Tangles”) which leads the drawer into a relaxing, meditative state. Since I’ve always liked patterns a lot, I got hooked quite easily. In the beginning, I prefer Zentangle-inspired Art, where Tangles are incorporated into “regular” works of art. To give you an impression of my kinds of works I’ll post a few older works of mine first before I’ll show you some new stuff.

Here you go: