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My Favorite Tangles

My Favorite Tangles

Molly writes...

I was recently thinking about my favorite tangles. Not my “mac and cheese” tangles or the tangles I find myself drawing the most, but my all around favorite tangles. Favorite tangles for me are the ones that I always love when I see them in tiles. These tangles could be attractive to you because they are challenging to draw or maybe they lure us in because of their simplicity. Perhaps there are tangles we love because they evoke an emotion. Whatever the reason is there are definitely tangles that each of us connect to more than others and what is great is that we all connect to different ones.

I have a long list of my favorite tangles but top on my list has always been jonqal. Every time I see it I just love it. I find it both so basic yet I love how it can offer complexity. I find its contrast to be classy and eye-catching. I use it often so I know that it can be time consuming to create. I find the time investment worth its result. I love to shade jonqal and play with the illusions. If tangles were friends …Jonqal is that friend that lights up the room, gets along with everyone and brings out the best in others.

When I was thinking about favorite tangles I somehow got side tracked and found myself thinking about favorite things … and this happened:

Sing the below lyrics to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music. And yes you should sing it out loud.

Dewdrops on pokeleafs
And tipples on florz
Bright copper mookas and warm woolen rixties
Tan paper tiles all tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream-colored tiles and black inky splatzes
Primtemps and way-bops
And keeko with quandry
Festunes that fly with some flukes on drawings
These are a few of my favorite things

Meer in white pendrills with black satin static
Jetties that stay on my braze and noom repus
Silver-white bunzos that melt into sprinkle
These are a few of my favorite things

When the pen leaks
When I’m stressed out
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember there are no mistakes

And then I don't feel so bad

(Thanks to Indy and Mazzy for helping me with the lyrics)

Molly Hollibaugh

41 comments

  • Molly, you never fail to amaze me! Teacher extraordinaire, artist fantastic, and now lyricist!!! Are there no end to your talents???

    Lise Orwig on

  • Thanks for the grin and morning inspiration. I need to print that out and hanging it near my 12 Days of Zentangle spinner!

    Josephine Wood on

  • This is such a cute 😍 song :-) It can’t get out of my head!

    Vandana Shenoy on

  • I was grinning from ear to ear as I sang ‘My Favourite Tangle song.’ I love it. Mmm, I would have to say my favourite tangle is knightsbridge. It is so versatile and can be very striking.

    Lianne on

  • Molly!! You are SOOOOO talented. Next ZenAgain I’d love to have a group sing your Zentangle anthem together. I’d be way too much fun.

    My all time favourite is MOOKA. I’ve loved Alphonse Mucha’s for years so it’s a perfect fit. I really enjoy how I can layer it and make it very detailed when I want to.

    Deborah Lawton on

  • I am sitting at a lake in Madison WI as the sun goes down humming and singing this awesome song! Love it. Creativity is inspiration in action!!!! And guess what …. I have my Zentangle t-shirt on. Meant to be..,. Donna

    Donna Danowski on

  • I am sitting at a lake in Madison WI as the sun goes down humming and singing this awesome song! Love it. Creativity is inspiration in action!!!! And guess what …. I have my Zentangle t-shirt on. Meant to be..,. Donna

    Donna Danowski on

  • I wonder if someone will attempt to create a tile including all the tangles in the song … might have to be an Opus … and don’t forget to include, “the jetties that stay on my braze and noom repus” … omg I crack myself up. Only in Zentangle land.

    molly on

  • Zentangle fun with one of my favorite songs! Thanks for sharing this.

    Sue Leslie, CZT on

  • Okay ear worm of the day! Beautiful lyrics and beautiful tile!

    Sherryl on

  • Now I can’t get this out of my head…wait, that’s another song! Love your lyrics, Maria! Thanks for sharing

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • So cool!! Thank you for sharing!

    Peggy m on

  • Love and Zentangle – peas and carrots.

    Kathy on

  • You all should have seen and heard Molly and Julie singing this at teatime for the rest of the staff. . . Priceless.

    Maria on

  • Whow! Love that zentanglemusic!!! Beautiful lyrics! I´ll sing this l o u d!!!

    Anita Aspfors Westin on

  • Whow! Love that zentanglemusic!!! Beautiful lyrics! I´ll sing this l o u d!!!

    Anita Aspfors Westin on

  • What fun! A snappy zentangle tune. Thx for sharing.

    Carol Parry on

  • I find myself wanting to tangle with all the tangles in the song, perhaps on an Opus tile… hmm, maybe grouping the tangles with the stanzas each shares… so many possibilities, so I must get busy…

    Leslie Hancock on

  • WOW, girls. What a great song Tangier’s around the he world will be singing it. “”Around the world in 80 days …”

    Gale Sherman on

  • WOW, girls. What a great song Tangier’s around the he world will be singing it. “”Around the world in 80 days …”

    Gale Sherman on

  • WOW, girls. What a GREAT song.

    Gale Sherman on

  • This is awesome, Molly! Thank you!

    Julie Keimig, CZT 24 on

  • Oh man you are cracking me up! I didn’t think I knew that song but when I started singing, I realized that I knew how it went. Very creative!

    Kim Kohler on

  • I’m sitting here grinning after asaulting my husband’s ears with your delightful lyrics to “My Favorite Things!” Such fun! Zentangle IS about favorite things, no mistakes, imagination, new tangles, creativity, relaxation, empowerment, and just plain fun and laughter! Thank you for this wonderful, and yes, chuckle worthy, reminder!

    Jane Rhea on

  • I Love it!!!! I love your so very striking jonqual tile and I love your lyrics!!!! Zentangle is so very much fun – and so healthy too!!! (Anything that can put so much joy into one’s live has got to be healthy!!) I just had an apostrophe! I think that your lyrics may be the recipe for my Summer Opus Tile!!! Thank you!

    Pam Stevenson on

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