Zen Monograms

If you are new to Zentangles, as I am, I suggest you try incorporating monograms into your art. The reason I’ve enjoyed these so much is because it has given me a creative launchpad for inspiration. You know lots of people, have kids or family, I’m sure, so use one of their names to create your tangles. You won’t ever run out of new ideas this way, and it’s fun to create custom gifts, coasters or magnets…whatever you desire…with your piece.

I’ve used mine, my kids’ or my granddaughter’s name to begin. (I still have one more monogram to make for my son.) Here are steps I use to create my monogram pieces:

1. I freehand the letter to provide an outline for my tangles. (You can use an alphabet template if you don’t like your own drawing!)

2. I add the small rectangles for the names, erasing the pencil lines underneath.

3. Then I use my Micron .05 and outline in black. I draw my “strings” on the inside of the letter to fill in my tangle art. (In Zentangles, “Strings” are simply random lines that you create that give you a border or a stopping/starting place…I’ll try to demonstrate this more in my next post.)

4. With a pencil, I draw more “strings” or a pattern to fill in the background. If you’d like, you can choose to stop at the monogram alone, because it is perfect that way too!

5. Using my pencil & a tortillion (a drawing tool that’s perfect for smudging graphite), I add my shading. Shading can be tricky & never photographs well!! I plan to discuss tips I’ve learned on shading more in a future post. In my opinion, a Zentangle is not complete without shading. Shading gives you the illusion of depth, which I think is what completes the piece.


On Ashlyn’s piece, I wanted to try something new, so I used the Wink of Stella black pen to add a creative touch, giving the “A” a bit of shimmer.





Zentangle…my first attempt…


I used Pitt & Micron pens in varying sizes from .01-.08. These are permanent & produce a perfect line with no skips. I had bought a Micron Zentangle kit from Amazon, and it included the tiles (basically just pre-cut 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ cardstock). I think the book I used to get started was the Zentangle Basics book by Suzanne McNeil.

2014…another new year…

I thought last year when I posted that the previous 5 years had been difficult that things would start looking up. In March, 2013, I lost the job that I loved when the company I worked for filed bankruptcy after over 50 years in business. I struggled financially the whole year because of it. But on August 6, 2013, the worst, most unimaginable thing happened…my oldest son, Logan Dale Evans, age 23, was killed suddenly & tragically in a flash flood. I have spent the past 5 months trying to get the pieces of my life back together in some way.

I started a new blog, On Angel Wings as a form of therapy to try to talk about the loss and to help others in the same situation. My children have always been my life, so this loss was one I could have never been prepared for. My son had a little 3-year-old girl that I love and cherish…probably more now than ever, if that is possible.

Since this tragic accident, I have slowly tried to get back into creating small pieces of art. I’ve recently discovered Zentangles, which has allowed me to focus intently on something other than sadness, grief, depression & loss. It has helped me tremendously to have an outlet. If you haven’t tried Zentangling, then I recommend you do. I have creative friends that say, “There is no way I could do that!” But it is so easy, and I promise you CAN do it! There are lots of books, videos & photos online with instructions.

I’m gonna post mine here…keep in mind that I am BRAND NEW at this, but I really have loved my results. Ask me questions if you’d like…I’ll lead you to the places that have helped me.

happy new year!

Keepin it short & sweet…I have to make this year count! The past 5 years have been difficult ones…full of ups & downs. I have to get in the mindset that I will change myself in order to make changes in my life. I’ve already started…so let’s see how it works out this year…

2012 digital wallpaper

Every year I design a calendar to hang on my wall for myself and for friends & family as Christmas gifts. For the year 2012 I designed a desktop calendar for my MAC instead due to lack of time. Since I wasn’t blogging then, I didn’t add them to my blog, but I thought it’s never too late. I will probably update these a little & use them again for 2013. OH, I didn’t mention that they are PSD layered templates so that I can alter them as I need to. I used Basic Grey digital collections for each one. Comment or like so I will know if I should add the rest of them…I’m only going to post the past few months.

desktop wallpaper

august 2012

desktop wallpaper

september 2012

desktop calendar

october 2012

desktop calendar
november 2012
desktop calendar

december 2012

it’s been awhile…

Wow…I’m ashamed! I haven’t updated or posted anything in over a year! I have so many digital images that I’m willing to share, so hang on…I’ll be uploading those soon. I also have been obsessing over mixed media art, so I hope to be creating my own projects to upload for inspiration soon.

I’ve had major surgery 3 weeks ago, and I still have 3-5 weeks of recovery. I hope to take advantage of that time to be SUPER CREATIVE! We shall see. 🙂