Sunday, February 9, 2020

Zentangle Process Share - We are Memory Keepers



Zentangle Process Share Video

This was a blast to create.  I love the We Are Memory Keepers Punch Board.  I have a million ideas swirling in my head on how to use this cool craft tool.  Not just for Zentangling either.  I do like to scrapbook a little bit and I think this neat punch board will make my photos stand out.  Please check out my video above for more tips on how I created this tangle.


Click the image above to check out the ADORABLE paper dolls I used in the video.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Tangle Pattern - Ocean's 13

More Zentangling fun!

Today I focused on a new tangle for me.  Ocean's 13 is a fun tangle that is so easy to do!  Check it out here on Tanglepatterns.com.

Zentangle Supplies used:


I started my background with a Gelli print in my handmade art journal.  I keep the print very light so that my pens can go on top without much effort.  (Gelli printing is traditionally done with acrylic paint.) I decided to make a very lopsy uneven grid for my tile.  I think it added some whimsy to the drawing.  Lastly, I used a white gelly roll pen and gold Uniball pen for the circles in the middle.  



Excellent price for these! 
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Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Ragged Ray

Tangle Pattern Divi

The Ragged Ray is a wonderful Zentangle blogger!  Please check out her blog here.  She has a bunch of cool tangle patterns on her blog.  I love her beautiful artwork too, total eye-candy!  Today I worked on trying out her pattern Divi on this tile. You can check it out on tanglepatterns.com by clicking here.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

It's been over a year since I've done a Zentangle video

Zentangle Tutorial ( Time Lapse )


I took a very long hiatus from Youtube (especially Zentangle videos) - but I finally sat down and fired up the camera and did some taping.  I hope you like it!  It is a teeny tiny tangle but it's easier that way so I can get it completed in one video.  I'd love a comment on Youtube to let me know what you think.

I have so many Zentangle ideas (and so little time!) Please consider subscribing to my channel if you haven't done so already!

I'm new to Redbubble

I've been having so much fun with Redbubble!

I recently started a Redbubble page and I've been having a blast seeing my designs on all sorts of apparel.  The above tote is adorning one of my acrylic paint pour designs.  I have a playlist of tutorials on how to paint pour (with a bunch of tips and tricks) you can check out some of my Youtube tutorials here.

Here's the specific paint pour video on Youtube:


If you want to check out my Redbubble page you can visit it at http://www.mikadiaz.redbubble.com - I will be adding tons more stuff as time permits.  I encourage you, artists, to sign up for a page too, its loads of fun!

Friday, December 27, 2019

Zen gems with Prismacolor pencils

Zen gems are killer on my poor hands!

I don't draw zen gems that often because they take so long to blend which results in sore fingers!  I used Prismacolor pencils for this gem. Although, Polychromos are even better in my opinion. Polychromos colored pencils are expensive though and I tend to hoard my art supplies.  Kinda crazy I know, I should just use my art supplies. (which is already an addiction lol)

Zentangle background


If you follow my blog you will remember I made this background for this Zentangle awhile back and talked about it in this post.  I also show another finished Zentangle with the same background in that post.  I like to make a bunch of backgrounds at once so I can just pick one and I quickly have a great starting point for tangling!

Zentangle gem highlight TIP


Whenever I use red or orange or pink in my gems I notice that the color eventually seeps through the white highlight.  No matter what white pen I use, gelly roll or uniball this always happens.  I found a solution to this though.  If you take a paintbrush with teeny bristles and dip it in white acrylic paint you can "draw" the highlight that way.  And voila! It will stay perfectly white!  It always drove me crazy when my highlights would turn light pink! arg!  I really hope that helps!

Monday, December 23, 2019

I'm still working on Zentangle Project Pack 6 lol

Zentangle Project Pack No. 6

Zentangle Project Pack No. 6

How did a year go by already?  I am still in love with Zentangle Project Pack #6 which you can view this particular tutorial here.  

...but I didn't use Zentangle's Project Pack!


Instead, I used Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers for most of the background color.  I love pink, brown and red together.  I also added little bits of orange gelly roll pens for interest.  Zentangle's Project Pack No. 7 is already on Youtube and you can check it out here. :)

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Border Designs to draw on paper | new Border Designs





Tangle Pattern Columbine




This border design video is based on the tangle pattern Columbine.  You can check out the step out here (or just watch my Zentangle inspired border design above!) :)  I'm finally back to making Youtube videos - so I hope you subscribe to my channel!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

This post is filled with Christmas Art!

Tangle Pattern Taiga

What a fun pattern Taiga is!  This itty bitty Zentangle is only about 2 inches big.  I like practicing new tangles on small surfaces to see if I can draw them or not.  Zentangle pattern Taiga is a keeper.  You can check out Zentangle pattern Taiga here.

I'm back to drawing on Youtube!


I have been making Youtube videos on art tutorials for almost 3 years now.  I took a six-month hiatus recently.  For lots of reasons, but one of them was to focus on my own artwork a bit more.  That's why I started this blog as well.  I just really like showing how I make my artwork.  I finally got the itch to make another Youtube drawing video.  It's a Christmas themed artwork tutorial.  I really think drawing gnomes are fun, so I hope you enjoy it!