UMT – Brella

The first Monday of each month the Diva selects a pattern submitted by their creators in what she calls the “Use My Tangle” (UMT) challenge.  She usually selects the pattern randomly.  However, this month she was looking for a ”darker looking tangle” and chose Brella by Bunny Wright, CZT.  You see, May 4th is Star Wars Day, which is a BIG DEAL in Laura’s world and she tangled the image of Darth Vader.  You can see Laura’s tile, read more about Star Wars Day and find a link to the step outs for Brell on her blog.


I really like grid patterns, so this one was really fun for me.  I’ll be using it again in the future. I was happy that we didn’t need to relate the tile to Star Wars because it would have taken me a long time to figure out how to do that!   Thanks, Laura and Bunny!

Here is my tile:

Tangles Used:  Aura-Leah, Brella, Tipple, and Antidots Colored with Prisma Colored Pencils

Tangles Used: Aura-Leah, Brella, Tipple, and Antidots
Colored with Prisma Colored Pencils



As I looked at the tile, I thought that if I turned it, it would look like little umbrellas.  What do you think?

UTM Brella rotated

Now that I have submitted my tiles I am going to Laura’s blog to see how others interpreted the challenge and to see how anyone who incorporated the Star Wars theme did it.  I encourage you to look at the submissions too.

As always, I am so grateful to all who leave me comments.  They contribute so much to my journey with Zentangle.  THANK YOU!

Until next time,
Sending smiles,

24 Responses to UMT – Brella

  • Oh wow, the colors are so vibrant! I LOVE this!

    • Thanks, Antonine. I used light, dark aqua and Copenhagen blue along with yellow, yellow orange, orange and pumpkin orange. Glad you liked them. 🙂

  • I am a fan of grid patterns, too. I tend to migrate to them, so I remind myself constantly to stretch myself…

    • Thanks Beth. I like structured patterns and find it a challenge to do the more organic patterns. I like that I have a border and a string. My personal challenge is to become more fluent and less structured. Thanks for the comment and support. 🙂

  • Lovely tile, love the colors.

  • Yes, I do see the little umbrella’s! I love your tile and the colors you used.

    • Thanks Annemarie. It wasn’t until I posted the photo in the blog that I realized that turning the tile created this illusion. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  • I really like your colors too, and the way that simply reorienting the Brella totally changes the look of the tile. Nice work!

    • Thanks Suzanne. It is one of the things I love about Zentangle. When we turn out tiles another way it changes…pure magic! Right? 🙂

  • Pretty tiles–I like the colors you used!

    • Thank you Suzanne. I really like to use color. For about 18 months I would only use black and white…and then I was introduced to color and have loved it ever since. 🙂

  • I, too, love those colors. They really grab your attention. I’m not generally too fond of grids, but I do like this one and you used it well in your composition.

    • Thanks, Jean. It is versatile pattern and I think it has great appeal to many of us. 🙂

  • These colors are so pretty! They make your tile ‘alive’, love it.

  • Beautiful tile 🙂

  • OH…whoa! This is gorgeous with those vibrant colors. My prisma pencils are really old…I think I need some new ones for a more lively effect. Thanks for pushing me over the edge.

    • Thanks, Lynell. I am happy to inspire. My prisma pencils are also old – at least 30 years old, but I have replaced some of the colors as the pencils have been used up. The first key is to have really sharp pencils. The second key is to layer many, many, many light layers until they build up to the color you want. The third key is to use more than one color and blend them together using a lighter color. For example, on this tile I started the orangey part of Antidots with yellow orange. After eight or ten light layers of yellow orange I layered orange around the outside of the Antidots. I then blended these together with yellow. I added the darker shading with pumpkin orange and then blended the whole thing with yellow or cream. The aqua colors were the same process. Using colored pencils is a slow process. I find it to be so relaxing and it brings me back to my younger self. I hope this helps. 🙂

  • Isn’t it amazing how just turning a tile totally changes your perception of the look? I love your interpretation of Brellas and the colors used. Your pencil work is exquisite here and when the tile is turned to see the little umbrellas, it almost looks as though the antidots are raindrops. Stunning piece!

    • Hey Leslie, I love that you saw raindrops! Cool!!!!!! Thanks for that perception and for your kind words. :o)

  • No original comment, but do like the colors.

    • Thank you Don. All comments are welcomed and treasured. Glad you liked it. 🙂

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