Thursday, July 30, 2015


Zendala Dare 

   I think this is my first time entering the Zendala Dare challenge. I may have once, but it's my first time as The Art Zenter. I'm still getting used to how a Zendala works. They're fun, it just getting used to working in a circle and keeping things symmetrical.
   I'm hoping to be a part of this challenge weekly, hoping!!!
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   Tangles used, 'Ooples', 'Paradox', 'LinQ' 'Tipple', 'Ansu'
Have a great weekend and I'll see you next week!

Go put 
into this


Monday, July 27, 2015

List of Three Word Zen-isms

Three Word Zen-isms

  • Think Happy Thoughts
  • Believe in Yourself
  • Nothing is Impossible
  • Knowledge is Power 
  • Follow Your Bliss
  • Follow Your Passion
  • Pray it Forward
  • All is Well
  • Be your Best
  • Believe You Can
  • Believe, Achieve, Receive
  • Change is Good
  • Count Your Blessings
  • Do Your Best
  • Dream, Believe, Achieve
  • Health is Wealth
  • Keep the Faith
  • Laugh out Loud
  • Love Your Enemies
  • Never give Up
  • Today's a Gift
  • Smile, Sparkle, Shine
  • Be the Change
  • Remember to Live 
  • Try Something New
  • Forgive and Forget
  • Prayer Changes Things
These Zen-isms are listed for all to use. 
We all know so many, so if you have any you'd like to share,
please post them in the comment section and I will add them to the list.
Think Happy Thoughts


Welcome Everyone, to my new blog!

   Don't worry, it's still me, Annette Carlo, and Call it What You Quill, will still be around. It is just, now, the sister blog to The Art Zenter. When I first started blogging, I hadn't yet met Zentangle. Well, once I did, thanks to Pinterest, my quilling got put to the back burner and my Zentangle journey began! As I still love quilling, I am on fire about Zentangle and all the other artistic venues it has to offer. My relationship with Zentangle, has strengthened my confidence in art. Being a self taught artist, I have never had the confidence one needs to really feel free to create. I feel I am gaining new confidence now, ( with lots and lots still to learn) to be inspired, create and hopefully 'inspire'! 
   Back in January, before I went to my CZT seminar in June, I had been on a frenzy to create this new blog. With the help of my husband, we brainstormed and came up with this title.  Which led me on this fun and creative whirl wind.  
   Thank you Rick and Maria, and the family of Zentangle!!! Without this relationship I would still be stuck in that place, that I will never go again!!! I am free to create and I'm loving' it!!!


Weekly Challenge #228
Guest Blogger, Cari Sultanik, CZT @ ZenHenna blog

   I was so excited when I read what Cari was going to challenge us with today. Organic!!! I just love organic tangles and the possibilities they have. Although, so many grid tangles can be freed and become organic, (which is the beauty of deconstructing a pattern). Anyway, I used 'Showgirl', 'Narwal' and 'Rashell'. What wonderful tangles these are to use!!! 
click on image to enlarge

   If you have any suggestions, and or, just want to give your input to my new blog, I would love to hear what you have to say.
   I am so blessed and grateful to have become a part of this fabulous Zentangle family that I just want to let you all know how much it means to me!!! THANK YOU! (((hugs))) to all!!!

Remember to
Go out
put some
into this


Sunday, July 26, 2015

List of Quotes, and Larger than Three Word Zen-isms

Quotes, and Larger than Three Word Zen-isms

  • Happiness is not by chance,...but by choice.
  • Let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile!
  • If you stumble, make it part of your dance!
  • I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing.
  • tho sign of a beautiful person, is that they see beauty in others.
  • Release my wild soul!
  • Start each day, with a grateful heart!
  • Live with promise, Love with passion, Laugh with Pleasure.
  • Be Awesome,...Be You!
  • This girl is on fire!
  • Don't let someone dim your light, simply because it's shining in their eyes.
  • Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind!     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Smiles are free, but they are worth a lot!!!
  • Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me
  • Everyone you'll ever meet, know something, you don't!
  • Live your life and forget your age.
  • There is no key to happiness, the door is always open.
  • It's not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy
  • Go outside and get some,...Sunshine!
  • One small positive thought in the morning, can change your whole day!
  • Everything grows better with Love!
  • Breathe In, Breathe Out,....Move On!!!
  • Kindness comes from a place in the heart!
  • Kindness starts with Me!
  • Be Yourself,...everyone else is taken!!
  • One kind word can change someone's entire day!!
  • Let you past make you better,...not bitter!
  • Don't let anyone, dull your sparkle!
  • Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust! -Tinker Bell
  • What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
  • Do all things with love.
  • Train your mind to see the good in every situation.
  • You know you've made the right decision, when there's peace in your heart.
  • Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened! -Dr. Seuss
  • BElieve THEre is GOOD in the world!
  • Stay humble, work hard, be kind
  • If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.
  • It always seems impossible until it's done. -Nelson Mandela
  • A head full of fears has no space for dreams.
  • Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. -Albert Einstein
  • Think positive and positive things will happen.
  • Stay true to You,...and you will be incredibly happy.
  • Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.
  • Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. -Mark Twain
  • Life has no remote,...get up and change it yourself!
  • You are somebody's reason to smile.
  • Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything.
  • God gave us mouths to close and ears that don't,...that must tell us something.
  • This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!
  • You are you. Now isn't that pleasant? -Dr. Seuss
  • From there to here and here to there, Funny things are everywhere! -Dr Seuss
  • Oh the thinks you can think -Dr Seuss
  • Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. -Oprah
  • Be happy, it drives people crazy.
  • Strong people don't put others down,...they lift them up!
  • Be the reason someone smiles today!
  • Worrying doesn't take away tomorrows troubles, it takes away today's peace.
  • My favorite place, is inside your HUG!
  • May you live, all the days of your life.
  • If you are too busy to laugh, are too busy!
  • A.S.A.P. - always say a prayer
  • Faith is not believing that God can, it's know that He will.
  • Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil......No Point!
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  • Peace begins with a smile. -MotherTeresa
  • Every time you smile at someone it is an action of love, a fight to that person, a beautiful thing. -MotherTeresa
  • Give you hands to serve, and you heart to Love.-MotherTeresa
  • Do not wait for leaders: do it alone, person to person.-MotherTeresa
  • I am a little pencil, in the hands of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.-MotherTeresa
  • Bloom where you are planted. -MotherTeresa
  • Yesterday is ton, Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let's get started!!-MotherTeresa
  • Pray hardest, when it is hardest to pray.
  • Jesus is the key to heaven, but Faith unlocks the door!
  • Fear Less/ Hope More
  • Hate Less/ Love More

These Zen-isms and quotes are listed for all to use. 
We all know so many, so if you have any you'd like to share,
please post them in the comment section and I will add them to the list.
Have a Gratitude Attitude!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

List of Two Word Zen-isms

Two Word Zen-isms

  • Be Yourself
  • Dream Big
  • Have Faith
  • Move on
  • Start Living
  • I Am...
  • Define Yourself
  • Be Happy 
  • Be Fearless
  • Accept Yourself
  • I Can
  • Stay Positive
  • Be Honest
  • Gratitude Attitude
  • Stay Strong
  • Enjoy Life
  • Thank You
  • Eternal Sunshine
  • Know Thyself
  • Inhale/Exhale
  • Just Breathe
  • Just Dance
  • Happy Thoughts
  • Hugs Heal
  • Be Bold (thank you Zoe Brenner (My Specialist))
These Zen-isms are listed for all to use. 
We all know so many, so if you have any you'd like to share,
please post them in the comment section and I will add them to the list.
Share Love

List of One Word Zen-isms

One Word Zen-isms

  • Love
  • Laugh
  • Smile
  • Blessed
  • Hope
  • Focus
  • Live
  • Forgive
  • Trust
  • Faith
  • Awesome
  • Inspire
  • Believe
  • Amore'
  • Friendship
  • Passion
  • Play
  • Sparkle
  • Relax
  • Wish
  • Xperience
  • Zen
  • Peace
  • Namaste'
  • Serenity
  • Courage
  • Joy
  • Grace

These Zen-isms are listed for all to use. 
We all know so many, so if you have any you'd like to share,
please post them in the comment section and I will add them to the list.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


My New Tangle


My inspiration! 
   About 2 months ago, when my husband and I had a little getaway to Las Vegas, (for a recycling convention), I saw so many inspiring tangles just waiting to be deconstructed.  I had to "quickly" take this picture before we passed it by. So I kind of modified the word "quickly" to make it a little more Zen friendly! Here are the step outs! Hope you like it!!!

click to enlarge    (This tangle is from a sister blog, Call it what you Quill and is from the same owner of The Art Zenter) 

A little Duotangle. 'Quickzly' and 'Mooka'

Go put
into this


New Tangle


   As you may all know, I have three children. They are all excited about Zentangle, and some nights or extra hours on weekends, you can find all of us sitting at the table tangling, drawing, and/or coloring. I just love those times! (I just wish there were enough hours in the day to have more of them.) Anyway, my kids are always trying to come up with new tangles. (Most of the time, I have to tell them that their new creation, is in fact, already a tangle.) They are always coming up with ideas for new inventions too. (I'm just hoping that one day, it'll be something that will actually work and we can take it to Shark Tank (the TV series). ) It always amazes me how kid's brains work.
   So that takes me to the reason for this post. My middle child woke up one morning, so excited, telling me he thinks he created a new tangle. So he explained it to me and then tried drawing it out. I got his idea, right away, but he had a few glitches. But together, we were able to figure it out and create step outs for it. 
   Since it is actually creating mazes, ones that people can actually try and figure out, we agreed that it should be called 'aMAZEn'. I hope you like it!  (And if there is something like it out there already, please let me know.) 
   Actually, I forgot to mention, I don't really even know if it would be considered a true tangle. (I know there is a name for this kind of pattern, but I can't think of it.) Anywho, here it is!

As you can see, it works great as a space filler! Click on image to enlarge   (This tangle is from a sister blog, Call it what you Quill and is from the same owner of The Art Zenter) 
   I hope you give it a try! I worked in Helen Williams' 'Tumbleweed' with this Zentangle.
Have an aMAZEn, day everybody!!!

Go put
into this 



My New Tangle

   It is funny how we get our inspiration! Especially in the Zentangle world. There are tangles out there in nature, on clothing, wrought iron, jewelry, ..........You name it!!! They are out there just waiting to be deconstructed and put into simple, easy step outs for all of us to have fun with.
   Take for instance this chair,........

The upper part on the back of this folding chair is what inspired me.
   So here I was sitting in, on a meeting for my daughter's preschool class. The information from this meeting was a waste of time. (Well, I guess not entirely, because I had gotten distracted and noticed this beautiful pattern on the back of the chair in front of me.) WOW!!!
   There was a lady just 'sit'zen there on my inspiration, so I couldn't really take of pic of the back of that chair. So on my way out, after I had figured out how to deconstruct 'sit'zen', and I had had enough of the meeting, I was able to snap this pic of a chair stacked on the wall.
   Here are the step outs and ta-dah,........... Here is 'Sit'Zen'!!!

(This tangle is from a sister blog, Call it what you Quill and is from the same owner of The Art Zenter) can click on images to enlarge!

This is my original that I had worked on during the meeting.

Please give it a try!
   Have an awesome day!



   Back on my July 28 post, when I posted my new tangle 'Ooples', I mentioned that my inspiration was a woman's blouse in church. (Of course I could not take a photo of her blouse, being that I was in church,......!!) So as soon as I got in the van, I sketched out what it looked like. Her blouse also had another design on it and so I drew that one too, knowing I would have to come up with a way to deconstruct it. 'Ooples' was an easy one to deconstruct, but this other one would take some figuring out!!!
   Anyway, this is what I came up with. If you think there might be a better way of deconstructing it please share your link in my comments so that anybody can see it. I found that it is one of those tangles that can take on many variations. It's quite fun! So give it a try!!
These are actually more variations of this tangle. It really is endless!!
In the above picture, the big 'X-DID' all by itself in the lower right, was the actual design that I had seen on that lady's shirt. The whole shirt and pattern had an American Indian look to it.
   I chose this name because I used, 'X's' as the main part of my deconstruction. It just kinda fell into place! Enjoy!!!
(This tangle is from a sister blog, Call it what you Quill and is from the same owner of The Art Zenter) deconstruction, with 3 variations.

4th variation and completed tile.
This is my outline before I filled it in!

If you look at the first pic, you can see my light string of graduated circles. Then I just turned my paper and added 'X-DID' in each circular strip. 

And the outcome after adding weight to lines and shading, it looks like a flower! Pretty cool, huh?

This was one of my trials before actual doing my final drawing, on how-to deconstruct, for you. Kinda neat how they line up and create a whole new design vertically too!

   I would love to hear if you like it! So please drop me a lil message, if you can!

In the meantime,........
............go put some Zen 
into this Tangled world!




   Two Sundays ago, in church, there was a lady sitting in front of me with a blouse on that had a kind of crochet pattern running along the back. I thought, wow, that would make a great tangle! Then I started studying the rest of the material on her blouse and I saw another tangle pattern! (Really,............ I was paying attention to what I should in church.) Oh, and the other tangle I will share with you at another time. Anyways, here is 'Ooples'!

(This tangle is from a sister blog, Call it what you Quill and is from the same owner of The Art Zenter)

Notice the difference in the petals, once I used the burnisher pencil. It actually smoothes out colored pencil.

Final picture.

The background pattern in this tile is called 'Block'd' by Jane Eileen. Go here to see step outs.

   I hope you like this tangle and have as much fun as I did with it! I believe there are a lot of possibilities with it too. Give it a try!!!
And remember, 
Go put some Zen
in this tangled  world!!


'120 Ribbonz'

'120  Ribbonz'

   This is a new tangle that I created, inspired by my niece, and her battle with brain cancer! The title of this is to let people know that their are 120 different types of brain cancer. And the color of brain cancer awareness is gray! Please use this tangle and help promote Brain Cancer Awareness, and/or any other cancer! Let's spread the word! Let's show our compassion!!!
Again, let's show support to our loved ones and/or anyone out there that is battling cancer!
Tangle '120 Ribbonz' and show we care!!
Start that 'Ripple Effect'!
My new tangle: "120 Ribbonz" (This tangle is from a sister blog, Call it what you Quill and is from the same owner of The Art Zenter)

Click to enlarge The outer border is a variation of '120 Ribbonz'


'hugz IN kizzez'

hugz IN kizzez

   Here is my very first tangle of my own. I always sign letters and cards with an XO. So with Valentine's on the way, I figured it would be a good time to share this tangle! There are many ways to show different variations of it too, but I have just included one finished tangle. I hope to add a Zia that suites Valentine's Day!
Here is the deconstruction.

(This tangle is from a sister blog, Call it what you Quill and is from the same owner of The Art Zenter)
This was just a fun Zentangle. As you can see I keep on using Aquafleur! I can't seem to get it out of my system!!
For this one I used Tangle Patterns String 016 and Tangles hugz IN kizzez, Angels Fish, and Bubbles

Ps. If you have a moment, you might want to check out this fun little ditty about XO's. It's kinda cute! How XO came to be Kisses and Hugs and then this one too, Urban dictionary: XO. Both are probably senseless info that might help you out with Trivial Pursuit, someday! hahaha
And now, since first writing this post, I have now come up with some Valentine's influenced Zias!

   This tangle contains, hugz IN kizzez, Mooka, and Jailed Johnny!

Without any red!

With a touch of added red!!
   This Zia is a Helen Williams, inspired piece! Man,......she is amazing! You must check out her blog and see all the other impeccable Zias and tangles that she creates! She definitely has a style, all her own! But it's fantastic!!! Anyway, her tangle is Heartline and then I added my creation of hugz IN kizzez!
   I do hope you try this tangle and let me know what you think!

Go put some Zen, 
into this Tangled world!!