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a new room-mate? and further zentangle practice…

I’ve recently got myself a new room-mate, and I mean this in the literal sense; I bought myself a crowntail betta splenden. He currently resides in a 22L Fluval Edge tank (and for those betta fans out there, I did not fill the tank up to the top, so he does have enough breathing room) on a shelf above my desk in my room.


I appreciate the difficulty in taking photos of a pet (I have a black cat, it does hell to the white balance on my camera) but taking a photo of a fish in a tank of water is a whole new level of frustration. I don’t pretend that the above photo is anything to be proud of, but I just want to show off his colours – isn’t he just so pretty?

And now that I’ve splurge so much on my new pet (well to be exact, I spluged it on his tank… $200AUD, urk! But the tank is also really really snazzy), I’ll probably have to eat leftovers for lunch everyday for the next month… I’m not even thinking of buying any new art supplies… =_=

Of course, since my latest project is zentangling, I don’t really need a lot of supplies, just pen and paper!


In this zentangle I was drawing a couple of weeks back, I was practicing featherfall, pais and flux. Looking at featherfall, it reminds me slightly of my betta’s fins (I need to name my fish, I can’t just keep calling him, “my betta”). Perhaps I should try creating a tangle based on his fins…

thoughts about blogging

This blog was supposed to be about my attempts at creating art. But I realised that it’s not really possible to talk about just one facet of my life without other bits leaking in. If I tried, it may result in a very flat, boring blog listing my latest project without putting any of it into context.

I’m not planning on writing entries about my love for tv shows like Bones or House or How I met your mother anytime soon (~aw~ I know, right?), but I figured that I could let the reins go a bit and just generally chat about other things as well.

At the moment I’m also reading up on methods to crafting better blog posts. Of course, blogging about journal pages should come in second to actually creating journal pages, but that doesn’t mean that I should make a shabby job of presenting them either.

I hope to be able to hone my blogging skills a bit more, to take my time in actually crafting my posts as opposed to just banging them out. It should result in a more pleasant reading experience to my subscribers – no longer would you have to put up with my randomness and my phases of inactivity (I hope).

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And just so that this post is not completely without pictures, this is my latest attempt at zentangling.

I’m fascinated with 3D zentangles, the ones with depth or the more organic ones (as opposed to the flat, linoleum patterned ones). I spent quite a number of afternoons in the past week copying down tangles for reference.


I’m currently drawing my zentangles in my organiser which I tote with me everywhere. I don’t know how I’ll incorporate them into my journal pages – I’m against the idea of just filling random shapes on a page with tangles and calling them “zentangles”; it seems that zentangles are pieces of art on their own as opposed to a way of “decorating” pages, but we’ll see how that goes.

zentangle inspired page

Zentangle inspired page - 07/04/2011 Zentangle inspired page – 07/04/2011

A random page in my organiser that I filled with tangle patterns.

I was going to called this a “zentangle”, but after reading this and this, I feel I should learn a bit more about what a zentangle really is before I call my own pages a zentangle.

As credit I should note that I got some of the patterns from and others from random zentangle pictures I found online, but I didn’t really write down the names of the patterns nor where I got them. I don’t think I will for random exercises, but if I ever decide to embark on a huge piece of artwork, I’ll probably mark them down.

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zentangle / mandala / art supplies

So I tried zentangling today and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out (left).

Had to wrack my brains trying for patterns, but there’s plenty of resources online with inspirational patterns/templates.

For the official low-down, you can visit the zentangle website. You can buy a zentangle kit and learn how to apply zentangling to relaxation, education etc.

Or you can learn how to draw a zentangle here.

There’s also plenty of youtube clips, which pointed me to Milliande’s site

. She seems to have some interesting tutorials (haven’t checked them out yet), so will be having a look in the next couple of days.

I’ve become obsessed with drawing mandalas. Okay, not “obsessed” obsessed, but it’s something I really enjoy.

I used a Pilot Petit1 fountain pen to draw this (it’s actually the same pen/ink I used in the zentangle above).

This journal page is not yet finished; I should be adding some journaling to it in the near future.

There’s so many unfinished pages in my journal — I love creating backgrounds, but then end up scratching my head for content.

I want the words to match the background but when I do have the words, they don’t neccessarily correspond with any pages I’ve already created. And when I feel like writing, I don’t feel like painting/collaging/doodling a background.

The only solution I can think of is to write down the words in my iphone so I have the contents for reference in the future. The problem with that is that the words would not be written in the journal on the spur and I would censor them when I put it down on the page.

It’s getting late, I’m ranting again.

Last thing before I sign off. I found a picture of some art supplies I’ve purchased a couple of weeks back. Rubber stamp packs, lace borders and a CarlaCraft Florence Muret craft punch. A Christmas present for myself. =)