Saturday, April 21, 2018

Russian Leaf Earrings - Light Cranberry & Hematite

  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Metallic Hematite" (DB1)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Blue Grey" (DB301)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Matte Light Cranberry" (DB1841F)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)

The cranberry color in these earrings isn't quite as bright as it appears in my photos. Below is the color chart for this design but I haven't typed up the step-by-step instructions yet for when to pick up each bead color.

To learn how to make "Russian Leaf Earrings", watch Jill Wiseman's YouTube video tutorial HERE and download her free PDF HERE. You will need to follow Jill's tutorial but make them with seven rows instead of nine as Jill instructs.

You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Jill Wiseman Designs.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Russian Leaf Earrings - Red, White & Blue

  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Nickel Plated" (DB21)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Limestone Luster" (DB211)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Opaque Dyed Navy" (DB2143)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Opaque Dyed Jujube" (DB2119)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Nickel Plated" (190)

I've been trying out a few new colorways with this pattern and today's is a somewhat patriotic one. I used the color chart below to make this design. You can download the PDF for the chart HERE.

I made two more pairs of "Russian Leaf" earrings that I will blog about tomorrow and on Sunday. I also tried the colorway below but haven't decided if I like it well enough to make the other earring. I haven't put nail polish on the back of that one yet in case I end up taking it apart. Below is the color chart that I used to make this sample earring but it shows different colors.

  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Metallic Light Bronze" (DB22L)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Aloe Luster" (DB263)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Semi-Matte Rusty Brown" (DB794)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Opaque Dyed Juniper Berry" (DB2135)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)

To learn how to make "Russian Leaf Earrings", watch Jill Wiseman's YouTube video tutorial HERE and download her free PDF HERE. You will need to follow Jill's tutorial but make them with seven rows instead of nine as Jill instructs.

Download my free earring color chart for the earring design at the top from THIS post. It's not a tutorial for making Russian Leaf earrings so you will still need to follow Jill's tutorial if you don't already know how to make them. My color chart describes when to pick up each bead color to make the design on these earrings. Bear in mind that I used different color beads than on the color chart but it shouldn't be too difficult to switch them out.

You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Jill Wiseman Designs.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tangles - Bits & Pieces

Most of today's examples are tangles that I wanted to try out but didn't complete or I wasn't sure how I would use them on a finished tile. I drew the one called "Cruze" just to see if I could do it because it looked very complex. It turned out really cool but I know that I never could have drawn that pattern back when I first tangling last summer. If you think you can't draw Zentangles, you should give it a try anyway even if your lines come out wobbly at first. You will get better the more you practice.

I don't remember if I've posted this drawing before but it was my very first attempt at drawing a Zentangle:

I had watched one of Melinda Barlow's videos and copied what she had drawn. My lines look a little shaky but I was quite pleased with it considering that I hadn't done any drawing since I was young. If I were to re-draw the same one today, I'm sure that it would look very different.

HERE is the link to Melinda's video that I mentioned.

The step-out for Carole Ohl's "Baton" is HERE on her blog. I found two videos for this pattern, HERE and HERE.

"Cirque" is by Christianne Gerstner CZT and her step-out is HERE on her blog. On my first attempt, I only managed to get four petals to fit around the center instead of six. I had to draw the center circle a little larger to get six petals around it. There is a video tutorial for this pattern HERE at Christianne also has her own video HERE.

CZT Caren Mlot’s "Cruze" is HERE on her blog.

"FEDR" is by Christina Vandervlist CZT and the pattern is HERE on her blog.

"Fractal Seedling" is by Diana E. Marshall and her pattern is posted HERE at This tangle is a lot of fun to draw.

It seems like I always blog about at least one pattern by YuRu Chen whenever I post about tangles. Well, "HigherS" is from YuRu Chen and you can download the step-out HERE on her blog.

"Pomcoco" is also by YuRu Chen and this pattern can be found HERE at and also HERE on her blog. There is one video link at too.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A few tangles for Tuesday

I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately, especially ones about beading. I've been working on some beadwork projects for a birthday present so I haven't had a chance to make any new things to blog about. I did make a few "Russian Leaf Earrings" samples the other day and I hope to make the mates to them today which will give me something to blog about later this week. However, after that, it might be a while before I blog again because we're having company from out of town for several days next week and the week after. That means that in a few days time I will have to move all of my beading stuff out to the garage until after our company leaves. In the meantime, I will blog about some tangle patterns whenever I have a chance.

Also, if you have visited my Zentangle Pinterest board, which you'll find HERE, you may have noticed that recently the pattern names have disappeared from below my tangle images in board view. I have been in contact with an expert at Pinterest about how to restore those captions and the issue will be resolved soon. She said it could take up to two weeks for all of the captions to be restored. In the meantime, you can open the pins to see the pattern names. And, as always, you can click to go to my blog posts about the patterns from there as well.

YuRu Chen's "Beikesi" pattern is posted HERE on her blog. She has two versions of this pattern and my example was drawn following version #1.

There is no step-out for this pretty tangle called "Ferngally". Alena Light shows how to draw her tangle HERE in her YouTube video. You'll be mesmerized watching her draw because she makes it look so effortless. I drew this tile that I'm posting today to practice drawing "Ferngally".

"Festune" is an unpublished official Zentangle pattern. I found a step-out on Pinterest but it doesn't link back to a website. However, I have found three video tutorials for this pattern HERE, HERE and HERE.

"Knot" is also by YuRu Chen. Her step-out is HERE on her blog and also at HERE. MimiXY has a YouTube tutorial HERE. My example tile shows some variations that I tried with this pattern.

Go to The Tao of Tangling blog HERE to find the step-out for Maureen Stott's "Orb Pods" tangle.

You will find Linda Farmer's "Rosé" step-out HERE at

I'm having trouble tracking down the creator of this pattern called "Shasta". I found one step-out HERE and another one HERE on Pinterest. The second one has the name "Arsenika.Zen" on the photo but I don't see a YouTube video for it HERE on her YouTube channel. Alena Zen Art does have a YouTube video HERE but I don't know if she is the creator of the pattern. This pattern is a tangleation of the official Zentangle tangle called "Cadent" and Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s "Buttercup".


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday Tangles

After I blogged about "Curved Pickpocket" HERE on Wednesday, I decided to draw another tile in the same colorway to give to someone. I was surprised to see how different the second one came out compared to the first one. One difference was my own fault. I accidentally picked up a slightly different color piece of cream cardstock and that affected the colors that I used a little. The most obvious difference is how very neat and tidy the second one looks because I was being extra careful not to make any mistakes. Although I like it, I think it looks kind of stiff and lacks the look of spontaneity of the original. When I drew the first one, I had no idea how I was going to color or embellish it. I would give the original tile to my friend except that I scribbled on the back of it. I often try out my colored pencils on the back to see how they will look on the paper.

See Wednesday's post for info on where to get the step-out for this pattern. Below is my original drawing:

I also drew another "Pickpocket" tile last night. This time I wanted to try using dots instead of triangles like some other tanglers have been doing. I have to say that it was easier to draw this way. After I was finished coloring the design, I added a spot of metallic silver Gelly Roll pen over each of the black dots.

"Pickpocket" is by Tomás Padrós and his pattern is HERE on Instagram.

Lastly, I drew two more "Mooka" tiles using the "Window Grilles" method that I mentioned in THIS post. "Mooka" is one of my favorite Zentangle tangles but I have trouble drawing it as well as I'd like. I'm getting better at it over time but something about drawing it in this configuration helps me to draw it more neatly. Normally my lines come out too wiggly and wonky when I try to draw "Mooka" the official way.

I especially like the example below. I wanted to fill the spaces between the tendrils with something so I started filling them with "Tipple". After filling in the largest area, I grew weary of drawing little orbs so I ended up filling some areas with "Tipple" and the rest with either stripes or large orbs. I like how that worked out better than if I'd only used "Tipple". This has been good "Mooka" practice for me and I think I might be ready to try my hand again drawing it the official way. I just re-watched the video that Maria and Rick posted HERE and watching Maria draw "Mooka" has me itching to try drawing it the way that she does in the video.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Native American Fringe Earrings - Teal & Bronze

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Metallic Light Bronze" (DB22L)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Galvanized Meade" (DB1163)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Luster Newsprint" (DB261)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Dyed Opaque Eucalyptus" (DB2131)

I previously blogged HERE about the long earring in the center of the photo below. I love the design and colors but I'm not comfortable wearing such long earrings. I'd been wanting to come up with a shorter version that I like as well as the long one and I finally had a chance to do that. Although the design isn't exactly the same, it's close enough to make me happy. I made the top section a little narrower and the fringe a whole lot shorter. 

Because I put so many hours into making the longer earring, I probably won't take it apart. I will keep it and maybe one day I will be brave enough to make the second earring and wear them.

You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Jill Wiseman Designs.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tangle Variations

Today I thought I'd show you some tiles where I've used different colors and effects to draw the same tangles. It's pretty amazing how different a pattern can look depending on the colors that you use.

I blogged about the tile above HERE. As I mentioned in my previous post, I don't know the name of this one or if there is a pattern for it. I thought it was very pretty so I drew it again in the colorway that you see below.

I recently blogged about the "Laceflower" tile above HERE. The step-out is posted HERE at HERE. I thought it would make a pretty birthday card so I copied my original composition onto a new tile that you can see below. This time I made it fit the tile better. The crazy thing is that I couldn't figure out which colored pencil colors I had used on the first tile. I ended up using slightly different colors but I think I like it even better than the first one. A nice thing about re-drawing the same design is that I was able to tweak things that I wasn't happy with the first time.

"Curved Pickpocket" is Lila Holter's take on Tomás Padrós' "Pickpocket" tangle pattern. She posted her step-out HERE on Facebook and you'll find the step-out for the original "Pickpocket" by Tomás HERE on Instagram. 

After drawing the original "Pickpocket" several times, I found that Lila's version is a lot easier to draw and looks quite a bit different than the original. I used very bold, dark colors on my first tile above. For my second tile below, I went with pastel colors on darker cardstock. I love them both but they look very different from each other. I used a metallic gold Gelly Roll pen to draw the embellishments on both tiles. What you can't see in my scan is the clear glitter on all of the vertical lines on the tile below.

I tried "Window Grilles" for the first time the other night and it's a lot of fun to draw if you like drawing spirals like I do. The pattern is by Mei Hua Teng and you'll find her step-out HERE at

The tile above shows the basic tangle drawn as directed. In the next example, I drew it with a white Gelly Roll pen on a black tile as you can see below. Below that is one where the way that I colored and shaded it completely changed the appearance.

After drawing "Window Grilles" several times, it dawned on me that drawing the long swooping spirals felt a lot like drawing Mooka. That gave me the idea to follow the steps of the pattern but with "Mookas" in place of the spirals. As you can see below, that worked very nicely.