Tattered Tangles Challenge

Canvas Corp Brands Tattered Tangles Challenge

CCB Tangled Challenge 02




Hello, Friends!  Today’s project is a little “different for me.  It’s my project for the Canvas Corp Brands Tattered Tangles Challenge.

Have you been bit by the Zentangle bug yet?  It’s been growing in popularity for the past several years.  Here’s a definition I found online:

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Here’s a link to a YouTube video, if you are interested in learning more.


Now, some of us (ahem….I am referring to myself here) do not find Zentangle easy OR relaxing!  No offense if you love doing it…I’m just really drawing challenged, even if it is Zentangle drawing.  The good folks at Canvas Corp Brands know that some of us, er…..struggle…with this skill, and they have come up with a neat solution.  Their Tattered Angels brand carries a whole series of Tattered Tangles. (Think Paint by Numbers for the Zentangle challenged.)  And, they challenged the design team to create a Tattered Tangles project in their style.

I freaked out.


Big time freak out, hair pulling, laying awake at night, how can I make this work freak out time.

See…I am a vintage gal.  And while I am fascinated by the concept of Zentangle, as I mentioned above….I am Zentangle challenged.  And vintage.  I mentioned, vintage, right?  And Zentangle is so very NOT vintage.  So I got out the piece of Tattered Tangles that CCB tucked into my design team box . The basic shapes are all there, and you are meant to just fill in your own doodles in a playful sort of way.  Unless you are me…and you are freaking out, that is. Then you stare at it, and sweat.  And you put it in a drawer.  And then you take it out and stare at it a little longer. You might even say a bad word.  I am not saying that I did say a bad word…but I sure thought about it. And, well…truth be told, I might have said a bad word.   Maybe.

Time to put on my Brave Boots and give it a go.

And all of a sudden, a little light bulb went off in my brain.  And I began to doodle in a few more very basic shapes…and before I knew it…I had done my very first Tangle…and it wasn’t too hard.  OK…OK…so, maybe we can do this after all.

Then I whipped out my Tattered Angels Turquoise paints and began to play with those.  And when I was done, I thought…this sorta looks like waves.  Yeah, it could totally pass for waves.

So I grabbed my 7 Gypsies Maritime paper, because I am a beach loving vintage gal…and I began to play, and when I got done…this is what I had:

CCB Tangled Challenge 01Now, be kind….this is my very first Zentangle attempt.  And I’m not going to try to pass it off as a masterpiece or anything….but I really do kinda like it…and the tangled bits really do kinda look like waves. And it did kinda end up being fun.  I’m not saying I’m going to become a Zentangle fanatic or anything, but if you have been intrigued by the whole Zentangle craze, these Tattered Tangles are a gentle and fairly easy way to dip your toes into the water.

Here’s what I used to make this project:

And that, my friends, is all I have for you today.  I’d love to hear about your Zentangle experiences.  Share them with me below, won’t you?

Thanks for stopping by.




10 thoughts on “Tattered Tangles Challenge

  1. Nancy Carroll

    Great job on it, love the story, got you way out of your comfort zone, but YOU OVERCAME IT! YEAH.

  2. thecobweboriumemporium

    BRILLIANT! I love that you’ve come up with something which is SO very you!

    When I looked at it, my first thought was … “so where did she do the Zentangling?” … (yes honestly). It took me a moment to see the waves at the bottom and once I’d seen them I couldn’t believe that I’d missed them in the first place! THEN … I saw the circles of zentangles further up and was blown away that I’d missed those too!

    You see … you’ve turned them into a Kathy design – instead of a mere Zentangled pattern of moderness. (I can’t bring myself to liking zentangling because it’s too modern feeling for me).
    You’ve changed them into something brilliant instead of a mass of lines and angles all over the place!

    Well done, you amazing thing! ~ Cobs. x

  3. Carol

    Don’t need to be kind Kathy because you have done a wonderful job my friend. Love the colours you have used and zentangled waves are fabulous x

  4. papermelodys

    Hey, look at you! You did a great job! Apparently I’ve been doing “Zentangling” but calling it “therapy doodling” teehee! And mind are always quite a bit messier than yours 😛 I totally get the waves, and I’m proud of you for tackling such a challenge!

  5. soozyb2013

    Your card is beautiful and your tangles fit right in. I have a couple books on this form of doodling and I didn’t find it “easy”, but I do enjoy doing it at times. It’s not an “all the time” thing for me, but as you get into the designs that you can create, it really does turn out wonderfully sometimes. Enjoy. Variety is the spice of life they say right? That goes in crafts too. 🙂

  6. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, I am late tonight. say, you mastered the Zentangle well. I must admit I have not tried this technique, but do doodle at times, maybe I should look into this more. Hummmm. Your project is beautiful and I can see the waves. great minds go into the same direction they say … have a good evening…. thanks for sharing the unusual.

  7. Brenda Morrison

    Amazing art piece and you met the challenge and WON!! So enjoy your work, inspiration and eagerness to share. Bravo!

  8. Darlene Pavlick

    Well I think you did a FABULOUS job! I had the chance to take a class in Zentangle but opted out figuring I wouldn’t ‘pick it up’ … guess I should have given it a try anyway with someone who knew what they were doing! LOL! I really love how you’ve incorporated your vintage style with the zentangle … BEAUTIFUL!!

  9. Judy B

    Kathy, your card is amazing. I love your choice of colors and the design of your card. Thanks for sharing.

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