Sunday, September 13, 2015

Zentangle Freehand Style

9/16/2015 Update: "Zentangle" finished in the Top Three at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #124!
We are preparing to go out of town for a few days so I barely made the AHSC challenge deadline, which provided the design inspiration. I don't like to be rushed! After I posted the photos I noticed that in my haste a piece of thread lint from the sewing machine was left behind and a tangerine smudge on the bottom edge, perfectly photographed for all to see - grrrrr!

I am entering the card in three challenges:
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #124, Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge #267 and Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #220.

The Zentangled panel is totally my own design. In fact, it was a scrap of practice Zentangling and a friend suggested I use it for the challenge. The fun thing about freehand Zentangling is there are no restrictions or limits, no right or wrong. There is an excellent tutorial HERE. The Zentangled panel was adhered to yellow-toned cardstock and adhered to a panel of Pool Party. The same yellow-toned cardstock was run through the sewing machine and adhered to add a textured strip on each side.

The buttons were sewn on by machine because I don't like naked buttons! The top button has some bright hemp laced and tied through it. The "stamptangled" pumpkin was stamped, fussy-cut and adhered to tangerine cardstock, then fussy cut again to define the image. It was popped up with Dimensionals. The entire Pool Party panel was adhered to a white card base. The inside was decorated with the a stamped off pumpkin image in Tangerine Tango.

Don't hesitate to visit the challenge sites to see all the fabulous creations!
AHSC124, PPACC267 and HSSCC220

Techniques: Zentangling, stamping, stamping off, fussy cutting, machine sewing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp: Just for Fun Stamptangle Pumpkin (medium size)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Black Journaling Pen
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, yellow from stash to represent Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry
Misc.: Buttons and orange hemp from stash, Bernina sewing machine, Gutermann black upholstery thread


  1. You are SO creative! I love the zentangle effect. Thanks for using our color combo at HSS! ~Erika

  2. Wow, your Zentangling is amazing! I will have to try that technique some time. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC.

  3. What a pretty card Melanie! Your Zentangled panel is so pretty and I love your buttons! Too funny about the thread...I have things like that happen all of the time. :)

  4. Very very cool! Love all of the patterns.... and I can hardly call that artwork doodling... thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  5. What a unique card! Love the Zentangling, if that is a word! Very fun! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

    Linda -DT AHSC

  6. I love the doodling, you are so creative! This definitely makes it One of a Kind!

  7. Wow, I wish I had the courage to do some doodling, I do not trust myself and my artistic abilities! Looks great! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  8. Wow!!! This is the Zentangling! Great use of the colors too! Thanks for playing along at HSS!

  9. Doodle, doodle, doo Melanie. Love it! Thank you for playing PPA267 with Pals Paper Arts this week.

  10. Wow, your zentangle is pretty amazing! I think it takes tons of imagination to put something like that together! thanks for sharing with us at HSS!

  11. Wow, Mel, when I saw your doodling on the table I told you if you didn't submit that technique this week I would and it just fit the style of the sketch...I knew it would be a winner. Congratulations, great job. Since you didn't mention it in the blog, was the pumpkin zentangled too, or was the stamp already designed as such.

    1. Sorry for the omission. I thought the description of the stamp listed with the materials was sufficient. The pumpkin is a "Stamptangle" product from Just for Fun Stamp Co.

  12. Very original!!! Congrats on being in the Top 3 with AHSC!!!

  13. Wow, Melanie, I LOVE this card and your Zentangles. What a fabulous job! Hugs!

  14. Wow! I love the mix of patterns. Great job with our color challenge. Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  15. Fabulous Zentangle! Love the look with the colors. Thanks for playing with us at HSS.