Weekly Challenge #158: “Duotangle: Diva Dance + Crescent Moon”

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on March 11, 2014 in Pens, Photos, Zentangle |

Was looking for some inspiration for doodling and came across Laura Harms’ website on Zentangle. She’s a certified Zentangle teacher who gives a weekly challenge, so I thought to give it a try.

I’ve never taken a class, but I find the pattern creation relaxing.

This week’s current challenge requires the use of two specific types of tangles, the Crescent Moon and Diva Dance.


I see in a lot of posts on Zentangle that they show use disposable felt tipped tech pens. I like that they’re easy to care for, but their disposable nature is so wasteful. I can easily use up one pen less than a few weeks. For my drawings, I use refillable Staedtler tech pens. Most of the lines were done using a 0.1mm tech pen. The larger inked areas were done with 0.5mm and 1.0mm tech pens. The additional light shading effects done with a Staedtler clutch pencil filled with HB lead.


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  • Annemarie

    You did very well with this challenge. Great to ‘meet’ you here, I hope to see more of you.

    • Louise L. Hagedorn

      Thank you! I enjoyed doing this, and look forward to doing more.

  • Welcome to our weekly group Louise, you have created a delightful design!.

    • Louise L. Hagedorn

      Thank you!

  • Glad that you could join us! Lovely design.

  • Very lovely! And welcome here!

  • Like to just look at your tile and look at all the different nuances and directions that it takes you. I think some of the use of the Microns is due to the ink and the CZT training. Most people have their individual preferences which are partly influenced by what there background is. Many do not come from art backgrounds, like myself and are not aware of all the different things available.

    • Louise L. Hagedorn

      I agree! that’s why I like using tech pens.

  • I love that you use refillable pens. In doing art I always feel torn between seeing what others do with different media and trying to keep my environmental impact low. I do my drawings with a normal school-type fountain pen with a refillable cartridge and black fountain pen ink. In the long run I am looking to buy refillable pens with finer tips so thank you for the info on what type of pens you use. Is the ink you fill them with water proof?

    • Louise L. Hagedorn

      For fountain pens, I use Noodler’s Heart of Darkness. It’s waterpoof when dry, and safe for fountain pens. It has a very deep black color. Noodler’s has other colors that are waterproof, look for their bullet proof inks and warden inks. They even have a white ink. For tech pens, paper drawing ink is waterproof.

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