Friday, 25 February 2011


I have received more stock of Zentangle Kits ... to order visit 

It's just like Christmas ... Zentangle Kits everywhere!

Taming Tangles with Colour

 Adding colour is something that I love to do.  It gives those tangles more dimension, a playful feel if you will.

I started with "J"
Then came R ... I love how my pattern "Swirly Blossom" looks coloured in with the background of  "Printemps", add in a few "Zingers", "Nouveau", "Tadpegs" and it is done.  Then I thought about just using colour to do the tangles ... so A appeared from the end of my pencils. I used "Tadpegs", "Fern", "Nerfy", "Finery", "Verdigogh" and "Sedgling".  A mix of my own patterns and the official Zentangle patterns.

In these three drawings I have used  Black 005 and 01 Pigma pens, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and Prismacolor Pencils.  I am still a bit miffed that my box of Prismacolor Pencils have lots of broken lead in them - this is the second box - I figure the postage process must not be very good for them!

Then an "R" with both graphite and colour shading.  I have also used a Black 01 Pigma pen and a pale grey Staedtler Triplus Fineliner with a touch of Blue Prismacolour pencil.

I do love the colour, but I like the simplicity of B&W tangles. 

Happy Tangling everyone ... have a nice weekend ... Jane x

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Jane's Pattern "Fern" and introducing "Nerfy"

I see that Tangle Patterns (aka Linda Farmer) has put directions up for my pattern Fern (thankyou Linda)  ... I do love this pattern - very versatile ... I thought I would show you a project that I have underway ... with a better example of "Fern" and introduce to you his little brother "Nerfy".   Nerfy is the fern before it gets to being a fern, that little tendril that comes up first.

The Fern pattern has lots of opportunity for drawing in other patterns inside it ... here I have used my pattern "Raindotty" and a basic circle pattern with a dark background.  I love the effect.

Also today I had a comment that a few of my patterns were like other peoples patterns ... this is bound to happen as we are all influenced by the same nature and things that abound on Mother Earth.   However ... I would like to say that my patterns "Connectors" and "Loave It" were first "published" in July 2010, before the other pattern came out.  Having said that ... there are subtle differences and in the long run, I don't think it really matters ... just enjoy the patterns.

I am looking forward to the weekend ... I am teaching a full two day workshop incorporating Illuminated Letters into your tangling as well as Shading and Colouring ... I can't wait.   If you want to book your own private workshop (minimum of 5 people)  contact me ... I'd love to hear from you and can be contacted here at Jane Monk Studio....  Happy Tangling for now ... Jane x

Monday, 14 February 2011

Zentangle Galaxies

I have been working on this piece over the weekend on and off and 2 hours today at the doctors saw it finished.    I had images of worlds and galaxies full of Zentangles whirling through my mind.  I like it.
And last week I added some colour to the front page of my A3 journal.   Still considering colouring the letters in red or grey ... not sure yet.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone ... hope your sweeties bring you flowers and kind words....Jane x

Friday, 11 February 2011

Something A Little Different

I love the "free fall" look that this drawing has.  I have stacked tiles in drawings before but this time I have drawn different size Zentangle tiles to give depth.

I could say I drew 19 Zentangle tiles early this morning!

Happy Tangling for now ... Jane x

PS .. I have just added some photos to  my quilting blog purrfectlyquilted showing my Zentangles on Fabric ... hop on over and have a look. 

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Shading - try it, you'll like it!

There has been a bit of chat lately about using a tortillon for shading.   Personally, I like to use a blending stump which is a denser roll of paper.

You can really use anything - a tissue, a piece of paper folded or rolled like the tortillon, a piece of chamoise or fabric.

To see which method you like, get a piece of your favourite drawing paper...lay down some graphite and experiment with the different methods to see what you like.   You may like different methods for different effects.  Try different grades of pencil as well.

I sharpen my blending stump on a piece of fine grade sandpaper.  Although I do have one stump that I keep dirty (with graphite) so I can just add a smidge of shading without putting the pencil on the paper.  I also use the edge or side rather than the pointed end.

Heather P (on a Zentangle group) found this link with Google - how to make your own tortillon  - try it with different weights of paper for even more different effects.  By the way (for those of you who want to pick me up on spelling - smiling at Kit here!) you can spell it tortillion or tortillon, either way it is a stick of paper.

In my two day workshops, I go into depth with shading techniques - so if you are interested in attending a workshop, or organising a group of your own, let me know.  (minimum of 5 people in Tasmania - and other States can be organised.  I am currently in NSW in March and VIC in April/May) 
And remember I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher ... one of three in Australia and currently the only one in Tasmania.  You can see more on my web site

Happy Tangling for now ... Jane x

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Work in Progress ...

 I have started working in my A3 Moleskine - not one to leave a blank page blank for very long, I couldn't resist.

Here is my front page ... it looked pretty cool with just the bubbles that are coloured in, before I added more ... but I didn't take a photo.
 Bubbles coloured in - I use a Graphic 1 pen to colour in all that black (you can buy them from my website

This is with all the background coloured in.

I am contemplating the next step ... the words are not quite defined enough for me and I am considering putting a touch of colour around the bubbles, or ... using a light coloured ink to put Zentangles in the letters - much like my Shades of Grey drawings below here ...

I have used Black Sakura Micron Pigma 01 & 005 pens here with two grey shades of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners.

And if you were wondering how I got those circles all so nice and round ... I have a Celco Circle Template with lots of circles ... so I thought I might as well use the tools that I have.  It works a treat!

Happy Tangling for Today ... Jane x

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Look what arrived yesterday ....

 A huge A3 sized Moleskine Water colour Notebook ... yep A3 - 72 pages of 200gsm beautiful paper.

And a little baby one too!

I have put the Micron pen there so you can see the sizes.  (free postage worldwide and pretty good prices too!) (wish I was affiliated with them, because they have a heap of my money - lol!)

 I couldn't resist that huge expanse of creamy thick paper and started to draw last night.   This book will be my own journal of bigger drawings - for posterity I think!

Not to be egotistical but I would like something of my art to remain for my family when I am gone ... what better way to do it than in a beautiful book form.
I have another little one and I use it to keep all my own patterns in ... I know you haven't seen some of these ones.   I currently have over 60 patterns of my own design and more in my head waiting to jump onto paper.

So there you have it ... a quick visit to the book depository online and I have a couple of beautiful Moleskines to draw in ... what more could a girl want (other than pens of course!)

Happy Tangling for now ... Jane x

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Decorated Zentangle Inspired Letters

 The Auction items for the QLD Flood Appeal have all been mailed off and the funds have been directly paid to the Premiers Appeal for the QLD Floods ... total raised by my auctions was $865 - thanks to everyone who participated.

I realised I hadn't shown you the finished items .... so here they are

Chrisee asked for a "C" with some silver highlights - I hope you like it Chrisee.

Nancy asked for an "N" and I hope you like this too Nancy.

The Zentangle kit was received with great delight and the quilt I auctioned was also well received by the new owner.   I really hope you all enjoy your auction items ... it is a great thing you have done by bidding on these and donating to a much needed fund.

Let me know ladies when your Alphabet letters arrive in the mail.

Happy Tangling ... Jane x

Friday, 4 February 2011

New Pattern "Calipo"

Sometimes it is good to have a slow day ... I haven't been doing much at all but I did come up with a new pattern.

So to celebrate February (why not) ... I would like to share with you "Calipo".    I haven't had much time to play with it yet but I'm sure it is going to be a lot of fun in my tangles.

Enjoy....Jane x

Thursday, 3 February 2011

I've been Quilting

I did this little Zentangle Tile today while waiting for a friend ... it would make a lovely thankyou card or something like that ...  I have really enjoyed playing with borders lately.

But ... I have been quilting ... which is my daytime job really ... you can see over here at my other blog if you like to see what I do.  

I have also been doing the Diva's challenges but haven't posted them yet ... why does life get so busy sometimes.  I swear someone is taking hours off my days and giving them to someone else.
Happy Tangling for now ... and if you want to post me some pics of your border tangles - feel free as I would love to set up a gallery on my blog.

Jane x