Musings and Amusings

Tuesday Tangles


Laurel at Alphabet Salad features her tangles on Tangle Tuesday. I decided to join her today.

You can click on images below to enlarge them.

This first tangle was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers. She works in a zoo with tortoises and turtles, and her posts like The Secret Keeper are delightful.


Turtle Tangle

Turtle Tangle


Frondly (Spring Ferns and Other Blooms)

Frondly (Spring Ferns and Other Blooms)


Baobob Tree

Baobob Tree


Clover, Callas and Web

Clover, Callas and Web


I find I sit down to write and end up tangling a tile instead – something I didn’t even know existed three months ago!

Comments on: "Tuesday Tangles" (32)

  1. Wow, Sammy, I really love these. The turtle is my favourite though, lovely! x

    • Thanks, Lainey. I liked working on him, and will try more animals. I still have a lot to learn and more practice, plus learning which supplies work best. Sometimes the ink isn’t flowing smoothly ane sometimes the tile surface is funky, but that’s life, eh? Never quite what we expect or want !

  2. What cool drawings. I have never heard of tangling

    • Thanks, Paula. It’s weird because I’m not crazy about the finished pieces (even experts) but it’s such a relaxing practice to create them. I’ve even started coloring again – much easier with today’s gel pens than our old crayolas, and also very relaxing.

  3. Those are awesome! Of course I love the turtle, but it think the ferns and fronds are my fave ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing!

    • Thank YOU, Kelli, for your enthusiasm which fuels my own. I made a major boo-boo on the frond one, but i like those patterns and will try them in other designs.

  4. Wow! These are amazing.
    Is it difficult to learn?

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ if I can do it, anyone can! It’s just patterned doodling and you can make up your own or follow others. Google “tangles” or “zentangles” or look at Alphabet Salad’s website. Zentangles has some “official” rules, but YOUR tangling is up to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cool designs, Sammy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Tangling sure is catching on.

  6. Guess who’s back? Missed you and all of the other yous. Fantastic! I am so glad you are pursuing tangling. You have me so fired up about it I found an instructor in PDX that said she would come out here and give a class. I lined up a few friends and we are going to have our first tangle party in two weeks. I realize the class is not necessary because there is so much on the web, but it’s a way to get a few friends together and have fun. I will take pics and tell you how it goes. I will have more time tomorrow I think to catch up. Have been dealing with the next procedures for my new teeth. Hugs!!!

    • Oh Linda, that sounds like such fun! I hope you find some patterns in your gardens and tools to incorporate! I look forward to seeing your photos.

      Ooh the teeth! I sure hope this goes smoothly for you. I never appreciated what a complex apparatus our jaws are, and can only imagine your stress of mouth wide open plus the whole teeth work. Be extra gentle with your time and chores!

  7. These are so cool. I love all the different patterns you’ve borrowed from nature. I’ve been thinking about doing a spiderweb as well. Right now I’m working on a tree though. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m so glad that thanks to you I’ve discovered this fun way to draw!
    Of course I will be checking out Alphabet Salad as well. It’s become a bit obsessive for me–in a good way of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LOL in a good way, of course! Another blogger just told me she’s so jazzed about this new discovery, she’s going to have a tangling prty in a couple weeks with a few friends AND a tangle teacher!!

      I can’t wait to see your goodies ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love your tangles, especially clovers, callas and web!

  9. Awesome!!! I like the last one with the callas a lot – this looks like so much fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you, Marci. That is a fun pattern I will use again!

      PS today’s bike ride was a different route, and I saw several yuccas with old and new stems. Curious and curiouser! They are so sharp-edges, I can’t get into them to seek the very origin of the stems, but will keep watching to see what evolves.

  10. I love the concept of tuesday tangles i shall look forward to that if it is to become a regular features as I love your zentangles i am not sure which is my fav, hard to chose i think poss the turtle just because I am a four legged breathing lover hehe xx

  11. I wanted to commend you on your bloggroll too, its the first ive seen for a while which isnt distracting hehe and you quite obviously put time in to having all the names and bits of info on them not all have that. I was having a nosy as you can guess, so it worked, grins x

    • You nosy nut :-). You are so funny – it’s there to have a look, so nose away, my dear! But I didn’t do anything to get names etc on there. In fact, I wish I could make the pictures a little smaller but I don’t know how to do much with the theme widgets ( just no patience to learn!)

      • yes im not good with that technical stuff either, i am too easily distracted as well so havn’t got a blogroll or i would never get any posts written ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. I LOVE that Turtle Tangle!

    Wow! Thanks for linking to me. I appreciate it!

  13. These are lovely, Sammy! I totally know what you mean about tangling instead of writing. In some ways I feel as though I’ve lost my voice since I started tangling – my creativity is coming out in a different way, I suppose. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. That turtle is gorgeous! And the baobab is pretty cool too. You’re so good at these!

    • Blush!! Not really – I have so much to learn. It’s harder now than it would have been in earlier decades as worsening eyesight and creaky fingers interfere, but I am still glad I discovered this little passion.

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