Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Two things came together recently and left me with a lovely peacock drawing.

First, Ben Kwok, on his Ornation Creation Facebook page, posted a line drawing of a peacock.
Second, clearing out some art drawers I discovered this very old watercolor and thought I should do something else with it (upcycle!)
I used the right side and traced the peacock template placing the eye in the white area. First I added some more color wash to zing it up. Here's the whole piece - and a detail - in the early stages.
Tangles thus far: Black Pearlz, Flying Geese, Opus with Aura, Tipple

I finished the tangling, added shading and some tiny gems for sparkle. It was pretty much finished when it caught my eye from across the room. There were things I didn't like. Mainly, it was too mid-tone, not enough good darks. I felt that either the tail or the oval shouldn't be there - but impossible to remove one of them! - so I needed to try to make them work together better.

Here's the final version, and a detail shot showing some of the bling in the blue background. I'm still not really satisfied with it. I don't seem to be able to get it as dark as I'd like in some places, and the oval and the tail are there to stay. You can tell from the detail shots that the color in the scans is inexact.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Finery, Flying Geese, Jonqal, Khirkee, Opus, Sunflower (AM), Tipple,
and one I invented because I needed a pattern for the tail!


  1. Your Zentangle style has evolved into some beautiful art and I love the fact that you have continued to incorporate it in your art. It is interesting and gorgeous! I look forward to seeing more!

  2. This one is amazing! Love the color and your new tangle too!

  3. I agree with Lorraine - it IS breathtakingly beautiful!!

  4. Oh, Margaret! You are so creative, industrious, deliberate and just plain amazing! I am so happy for you to have created this. Thanks for keeping us hopping. You've done it again.

  5. Margaret, this caught my eye the first time I saw it in on one of the Facebook groups. This is absolutely gorgeous - this has got to be the most beautiful art I have ever seen incorporating patterns - kudos! I admire your work greatly, you are very talented. blessings

  6. Do you know that Ben Kwok is having a book produced and he's looking for people to send him drawings, for inclusion in his book, as examples of what people have done themselves using his templates. As far as this template is concerned, you have beat out any and all runners. I'm sure Ben would like to see what you have done.