Zenspiration Dangles

View a YouTube , Joanne Fink demonstrates how to build a page full of whimsical dangles using vertical patterning and color.

     One of my favorite designs in Joanne Fink's book 'Zenspirations' is her vertical dangle pattern.  Joanne is a truly gifted calligrapher and designer, it was really exciting for me to get a chance to see her in action at CHA.

Joanne Fink with her book 'Zenspirations'

     Joanne loves patterning and incorporates it into her brilliant illustrations and products for the gift, card and stationary markets. In 2008 she was introduced to Zentangle®. Like so many of us she credits the art form with adding to her own development as an artist and the discovery of her own style of pattern and design.
     Her vertical dangles whether simple or ornate are very easy to draw when broken down into small steps. Geometric shapes - like triangles and circles -are great building blocks for patterns. Try adding swirls, filigree and color to the dangles. Before you know it you have a page full of cool dangle designs. A great way to add interest to cards, scrapbooks and journal pages. 
    Joanne draws her dangles on Strathmore® 400 series drawing paper using an 01 Pigma® Micron pen, for color she often uses a Gelly Roll Moonlight® or Glaze® pen. Get inspired and create your own wild and crazy dangles.

Karen Thomas with her colorful batik-like cards at CHA.

     While walking the show at CHA I had to stop and see Karen Thomas. Karen uses a white resist ...  possibly white crayon .... to create tangle patterns then applies watercolor to them.  The effect of this colorful card on a black background is really beautiful.

My visit with CZT's Julie Ough and Linda Thompson.

     I stopped over in Scottsdale, Arizona on my way home from the Craft and Hobby show to meet fellow CZT's Julie Ough and Linda Thomas. They took me on a fabulous studio tour. Julie is teaching Zentangle classes, tangles on cards. Linda Thompson is tangling on gourds.  They both do exquisite work, it is so much fun to visit with other CZT's and see what they are up to. 

Zentangle of the week, enjoy and create!!

Zentangle #100


The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at zentangle.com 


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  • 3/8/2012 2:43 PM Patricia Raygor wrote:
    Dear Susan, I have been a fan of your publications I'm sure since you first started because I am a crafter, sewer, and on and on. I have been since I was a little girl. I'm now 82 and still at it and read everything of yours that comes my way. I made a little tangle kit for my daughter, the art teacher, so we could tangle together. Please keep up the good work and stay forever young.
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    1. 3/19/2012 9:54 AM Suzanne McNeill wrote:
      Pat, I am honored to know you have followed me that long. So happy to know you are still going strong too. Several of my grandchildren have introduced Zentangle to their art teachers...good for you for inspiring your daughter.

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  • 3/30/2012 7:34 AM Susy wrote:
    Hi Suzanne,

    I have been watching some of your youtube vids and in one of them 'Sketchbook Project 2012 and tips for your sketchbook', there was a pop up map page. You did say in the comments that you would do a tutorial on this. I was wondering if you ever did one as I can't seem to find it?

    Really, really hoping you did. I love your work. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Best wishes.

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    1. 4/2/2012 10:14 AM Suzanne McNeill wrote:
      Oh Susy, thanks so much for reminding me...I will put that on my list again. I did plan to do a video on pop ups and will try to get that one up soon.

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    2. 4/3/2012 11:04 AM Susy wrote:
      Brilliant Suzanne, I will keep my eyes open for it. Thanks for the reply. x
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  • 8/13/2012 12:55 PM Diane Foster wrote:
    I have just found this blog for Zentangle. Are there any places in Wichita Ks I can go to learn this? I love this art. Please help. How many people would it take to get someone to come teach this to us if no one in Wichita can do it. Thank YOu Diane Foster
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