2021: monthly drawings

I draw a lot and I love going through my social media feed and also through all the paper tiles. Each drawing reminds me of a phase in life or creative journey. I thought that it might be interesting to collect my favorite monthly Zentangle inspired drawings. A mosaic of 9 photos sounded like a reasonable idea. I’ll briefly reflect on what was the inspiration, which supplies were used etc. 

MAY 2021
A collection of monthly Zentangle inspired drawings

I would say that May 2021 was mostly marked by using my new-found favorite paper – 100% cotton, hand-made Khadi paper. I love its rough texture and I’ve used it for most drawings (including the sketchbook that you can see below).

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This style of using the blue color for coloring and shading reminds me of my early days of tangling.

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Another sea-themed stained glass technique drawing. The combo of blue and orange seems to be the perfect one.

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One daily prompt, featuring Dingbatz, from new Zentangle’s Project pack 14. There were many beautiful proposals.

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One of the pages of my Khadi sketchbook. I decided to dedicate this sketchbook to exploring Zentangle’s original tangles.

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The vibrant magenta details bring out the best in this olive green color. Such amazing contrasts.

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My take on maptangling technique – tangling on a colored stain. Black ink on the stain, grey on white paper.

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I was really enjoying Well explorations. This play with shadows and lights was the one I really liked.

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Three drawings I prepared for the live online stained glass technique class. Love these color combos.

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Blue shading on a grey tile is something I did a lot when I first started adding color to my drawings.

APRIL 2021


April 2021 was a month with a special dedication to my new free class and to the stained glass tangling. But of course there were other interesting drawings sessions. Check out the selected drawings below.

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Stained glass technique seems to be a perfect fit with these small 3Z tiles by Zentangle.

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After Zentangle’s Project Pack #13 I really felt inspired to use the Gelly Roll Glaze pen.

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Ludmila Katz is my regular tangle-buddy and we had a great time drawing this project that she proposed.

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This is a variation of my special Easter-themed project. It features a cute combo of illustration and Zentangle inspired art.

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It seems that with the stained glass technique I feel much more freedom with color choices. Namely, my usual color schemes are not this bold.

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A combo of a colored rim with some more traditional tangling in the center really appealed to me.

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This was actually my first stained glass technique piece I created. It evolved from my love of adding roundings to all shapes and tangles.

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This was created during a lovely meetup led by a friend Karin Mavridis CZT. It featured a “zenbossed” central part.

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This is one of the pieces inspired by the Project Pack #13 by Zentangle. I followed Rick’s drawing but added some personal touches to it.

MARCH 2021

March 2021 was a month of big projects – just look at the examples of monthly Zentangle Inspired drawings below. Mostly I’ve been creating some new Glow on Black pieces but, no matter how focused I am on a certain technique, I have a need to use different supplies to break the routine.

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This color combo is so not typical for me but I just loved it. Another piece done on a black paper tile, with the Glow on Black technique.

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I participated in a class led by my dear friend and fellow CZT Maria Tovar. We used the Alhambra-inspired stencil by CZT Marieke Sanchez.

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 I loved the glow that I achieved in this drawing that combines classical tangling with the Glow on Black technique. The gold is divine!

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I just love the sea and usually during winter we don’t visit it. This one was a result of my longing to see the seaside.

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Another big project of the month – 8 square tiles that form this shape, all created with the Glow on Black technique.

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My third big project was drawing on 9 tiles to create the “8 steps of Zentangle” drawings. You can see them all here.

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I was a guest teacher in a class by CZT Anna-Maria Meinhardt. We played with the Zenbossing technique (faux-embossing).

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Another one from the class by CZT Maria Tovar, using the Alhambra-inspired stencil by CZT Marieke Sanchez (on a big, Opus-size tile).

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Another one of the pieces inspired by the Project Pack #13 by Zentangle. Simple black and white look so beautiful on this blue paper.

FEBRUARY 2021

I was really productive in February – busy with my own Glow on Black creations and participating in other challenges and projects.

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An SF-looking piece on a 3Z tile, that was a part of the Valentangle challenge, prepared and inspired by Marguerite Samama CZT.

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One more piece on a black tile, using the Glow on Black technique. Each of these shiny pieces really amazed me!

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Some of the Glow on Black pieces were created in a way that they can form mosaics by using phone apps. This is one of them.

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This Glow on Black piece was created on the back of a Zentangle paper tile. It was where my idea about a new free class occurred. 

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A mosaic that was created from one Glow on Black drawings – one single photo is rotated and flipped in an app to form a mosaic.

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Another drawing that was inspired by the Valentangle challenge by Marguerite Samama CZT.

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I was obsessed with drawing these Glow on Black drawings that I later used for creating colorful mosaics.

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This Glow on Black drawing was created on a white paper – a big part of the paper was colored black after drawings some tangles.

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The third drawing that was inspired by the Valentangle challenge. Going big with shades and highlights.

JANUARY 2021

Looking back on the drawings from January, it seems to me that it was not as productive as some of the months that followed. However, there are some drawings that bring out fond memories.

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A classical black and white Zentangle drawing, starring a new tangle by a friend, Tomas Padros CZT.

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This is one of my favorite Glow on Black drawings – an inspiration behind one of the video classes.

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A gift for a lovely girl, made with the Tangled Monograms technique, from one of my classes.

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One of the tangles that I deconstructed. This one was inspired by an Alhambra detail.

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A Glow on Black mosaic from one of the video classes that were launched in January.

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A drawing in which I used mostly the tangles that I deconstructed

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Another piece from the Glow on Black series. This one features the Tranzending on Black technique.

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A simple but effective (hello dramatic shades!) drawing that featured a new tangle launched by Zentangle, Narfello.

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One of the examples from the Tangled Monograms series. This color combo was very unusual for me.