It’s a String Thing #267

Hello and welcome to The Tireless Tangler everyone! I’m excited to begin participating in my challenges again! I’m still struggling with more pain than normal after my trip to CZT 32 but my spirit and creative energy have been refreshed and I’m so happy to be drawing again!

It’s a String Thing is CZT, Adele Bruno’s weekly challenge on her blog, Tickled to Tangle! This week Adele challenged us to appreciate the purity of the Zentangle ® Method by using the Z string string from lesson one in the Zentangle ® Primer. Also the first string we used at CZT 32 training. I’ve explored this string many times and I really enjoyed another try with the Zentangle original patterns, Crescent Moon, Static, and Poke-root. Step-outs for these tangles can be found on TangleList and TanglePatterns.com

You might assume that using the same string and similar tangles would have similar looks but really they each create their own feel. This was a perfect way to get back into the challenges for me! Sometimes it’s perfect to keep it simple. This tile is black micron on white original Zentangle tile with graphite for shading! Simple 💜

Certified Zentangle ® Teacher Training and CZT 32

Welcome to The Tireless Tangler everyone! I’m Cyndee Pelley and I am a brand new member of the Zentangle ® family! I’m currently sitting at the Delta Airlines gate in gorgeous Providence, Rhode Island, waiting for my flight home to Oklahoma. I’m so very proud to say I am now a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 32)!

This was such an incredible, joyful, amazing week! I will try not to annoy you with my exclamation marks but I am feeling so completely blessed you will probably see a lot of them! I have not been able to post in several weeks. My personal life has been in control and creativity has been lost to me but I knew if I could just get to Providence for CZT 32, I would be inspired! This week was both the hardest and one of the best weeks of my life! Singing in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, driving through an ice covered forest in Germany with the sun sparkling off the icicles, seeing whales and dolphins in beautiful Alaska with my mom, and hugging my little boy are really the only things in my life that come close to rivaling the experience this week in Providence!

The landscape was lovely but I realized last night I had taken only a few pictures of it! So I snapped a pic of the Providence Biltmore last night.

This is the view from the event site on the 17th floor of the Biltmore.

I do, however, have many, many pictures of art and the amazing people I met while there! Many were uncomfortable with sharing their pictures online so with one exception, I’m not sharing my people pics. This one is particularly dear to me! I gave Maria Thomas a compliment one day and she took my hand and said “let’s have coffee”. Wow!

I would like to tell you this cheesy smile was an accident and I wish I looked better, but honestly, I wore this silly grin in all my pictures and it was a true representation of how happy I felt! (Maria Thomas is as wonderful and full of whimsy and joy as anyone I’ve ever met!) I will mention some of the other people I loved meeting but no pics.

I will share some of the art pictures and just a few of the mosaic pictures I took. Honestly, by the time I thought of taking pictures, I had missed some opportunities! We managed to do 26 mosaics in 4 days!

One of my biggest joys this week was meeting in person some of the dearest people I’ve known online in our community! In particular, meeting Anika of Zen.linea, who I was blessed to write about in one of my artist focus posts! What an amazing thing that was! She is an amazing person and now a fellow CZT 32! I was also able to meet 2 friends from India with whom I have been blessed to become close to online, Aish is living in India, and dear Prathima from India but living in Connecticut. Ladies, you own a special place in my heart! Jan from Florida, Leslie from Indiana (can’t remember where you live now) and Judy from Ontario, Canada, you ladies saved me from severe grumpiness last night over dinner! What a fun bunch! I want to especially mention dear, amazing, Juliette, my newest friend from France who now lives here in the states. She is one half of the awesome TanglePod podcast. What made Juliette such a beautiful friend? Besides being an incredible person and having that awesome French accent, she is loosing her hearing and was an American Sign Language enthusiast. She was so fascinating to talk to, we spent many meals together where she translated our conversations into French while I signed! I spoke German, ASL, English, learned a bit more French, a few words of Japanese…what a feast for my language starved mind.

To say this trip was a feast for all 5 of my senses is an immense understatement! I am completely enriched today! And I can now say, I am Cyndee Pelley, CZT32!

None of this would have been possible without all of the artists and CZTs who so generously donated to send me this week. There are not enough words in my admittedly large vocabulary to adequately express my deep gratitude to you all! 💜

It’s a String Thing 261

This week’s IAST tile led me on a frantic search over the last 3 days! To have a tile finished, except for finishing touches, just disappear was a mystery! For the last 2 days I thought perhaps Simba had taken it outside and chewed on it but no sign could be found. I’ve been fighting illness for a couple of weeks now and I just didn’t have the energy to worry about doing another. I figured I’d just miss this week’s challenge, which was due last night. Sigh! However, when stripping my bed this afternoon, there it was, relatively unscathed, beneath my pillow! Don’t ask how it ended up there, but since it was almost finished, I scurried around and put the finishing touches on it and here it is! (Simba is still feeling offended but I gave him a treat and he might forgive me!)

So this week’s start to IAST’S 6th year, includes 2 tangles. 3-loop-6 by CZT, Mina Hsaio, and CZT, Cheryl Moote’s Hexonu. Step-outs for both can be found on TanglePatterns.com. Here’s my tile! As always, you can join the challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog here.

Diva Challenge 368 “Straight Lines”

I’m so glad to have the Diva’s challenges back! In her 368th challenge, Laura Harms has challenged us to use only straight lines in our tiles this week. Although straight is tough for me, I threw in some MicroTangling (from the lesson of the same name by Eni Oken), Baton, and some Shattuck with a bit of Knightsbridge for embellishment and called it done. I have a real appreciation for simple and basic right now so this was great for me. Although, it’s not fancy, I enjoyed the process very much and was pleased as much with the stress relief as with the tile itself. While sitting in the chemo chair today my blood pressure started at 183/90…not good at all, but when finished, after tangling the hours away it lowered itself to 132/85. Perhaps not scientific, but proof enough for me that tangling is great for the body, mind and soul! Here’s my tile!

It’s a String Thing’s 5th Birthday!

I’m in awe of Adele Bruno’s ability to keep her challenges going for 5 years! As a blogger myself, I know the work that goes into scheduled weekly posting and this is a feat! For her birthday string, she created this string.

Adding 4 tangles from her IAST birthday from the last 4 years:

Kitl by Ragged Ray

Prestwood by Margaret Brenner

O by Adele Bruno and

Knightsbridge (a Zentangle original) by Maria Thomas

I’ve been sick this last week and I felt like I was limited on creativity, but I wanted to be sure to participate for IAST’S 5th Birthday. I will now turn off my inner critic! Here’s my birthday tile! I didn’t have room for ALL the languages of participants all over the world, but I included: English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Hindi. So much fun! See you all soon for the next Diva Challenge!

Diva Challenge 367 “N’Zeppel”

Welcome back everyone! This week the Diva, Laura Harms, challenged us to use the Tangle “N’Zeppel” either as a monotangle, or together with others. Zen is the goal here and that fit my week perfectly, as I needed some! I decided to use Renaissance colors, Pigma Micron 01 in brown and black, shading with a pencil and N02 Copic Marker.

Consider me Zenned! Here’s my tile! Come back this week for the It’s a String Thing” challenge 260! Adele Bruno is celebrating 5 years of challenges!

Diva Challenge 365: The Diva’s Return

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! The last 2 weeks have been crazy busy with school starting and preparations for my trip to CZT32. My little one has managed to get through the last week with no problems, so (deep breath) I hope things will even out now (knock on wood!).

Almost by accident this week, I happened to catch that the Diva was back online and had finally issued a new challenge! This was great news, as I have truly missed the Diva Challenges and felt this summer was just lacking something special. Welcome back Laura! You have been sorely missed this summer! Dealing with anxiety and all it’s many forms in life is really hard! Dealing with these things and trying to create with purpose and on a schedule is daunting. It is so difficult to be a creator in any artistic area, but dealing with anxiety and depression while being forced to produce artistically brings a completely different set of problems. What happens to the schedule when the artist is empty inside? I will tell you, it’s a lot of nothing! So, I offer the Diva some encouragement and hope that she is able to start off and keep it up! While I do that, I hope this challenge will put my own emptiness to rest and start my creativity flowing again. Thank you Laura, for your weekly challenges that go back for years! I am in awe!

This week’s challenge was to go “back to basics”. A tile, pencil in dots and border, string and black ink using Zentangle original tangles. I chose to repeat the Lesson One in my Zentangle Primer. I’ve done this lesson many times and was hoping to change the look a bit this time. Instead of doing the tangles in the order of the lesson (crescent moon, hollibaugh, florz and printemps), I switched the order up and started with printemps, then moved backwards along the list. It was a real surprise to see the difference! For fun, I added my other 3 Primer Lesson one tiles. It’s clear to me that “florz” and I have a long-standing issue that hasn’t improved with time! LOL! It’s amazing to see the difference over time!

CZT 32 and It’s a String Thing 257

Welcome to The Tireless Tangler everyone! It is time for this week’s “It’s a String Thing” challenge number 257! This week was a special treat for me as Adele Bruno chose CZT, Jody Genovese’s new Tangle “Twilight“. Jody is very special to me and I had planned to give twilight a try but hadn’t had a chance. Adele gave me the perfect chance this week and I was thrilled!

Here’s my tile! Awesome Tangle Jody! So many possibilities! 💜

Finally, I have the most amazing news! Last week, I thought my dream of attending CZT 32 in October was lost. I still had $900.00 to  raise. I didn’t think I could possibly do it by my August 26, deadline. Then Monday, a CZT who’d already donated sent in $150. A few small donations trickled in but on Tuesday I wrote Zentangle apologizing but canceling my spot. On Wednesday, I contacted my donors to let them know that I wouldn’t be able to attend. I was short about $600. Thursday was full of craziness, my son had a serious problem at school but Facebook was lighting up and the donations started to roll in. My brother made another donation and I was almost there, just $300 to go. God sent an angel in the form of a CZT I knew from the Zentangle ® Mosaic App. She and her wife donated the rest of it! It took another 24 hours for the stunned feeling to wear off!

I am humbled, and so grateful for each and every donor, for all the well wishes and supportive words! About 2 weeks ago, I was scammed for a small amount by someone saying they wanted to help. I could not believe that people were willingly preying on the needy. My faith in humanity took a hit. This week all of you showed me there is hope and goodness still in the world and it lives in the Zentangle community!

Thank you all for your kindness and support! 💜 CZT 32 here I come! 😍 I can’t believe my dream is actually coming true! Stay tuned for more CZT stories and be prepared to travel with me! No way I’m not shooting pics from training for you all!

It’s a String Thing 256

Hi everyone and welcome back to the Tireless Tangler! I had such fun with the String Thing challenge this week! The string was a simple circle and Zendala tiles were recommended. I used one of my precious Zentangle ® tiles in black. Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle chose 3 tiles from Belgium CZT, Ria Matheussen. I’ve always appreciated Ria’s art and the chance to spend time with her patterns was an unexpected pleasure. Mazorito, Hexa, and Horti were full of promise. I wish I had time for a square tile in black and white but…here is my Zendala, using Sakura Moonlight Gelly Rolls and Sakura Stardust in silver.

It’s a String Thing #255

Welcome everyone! It’s been 2 weeks since my last post. Unfortunately, I’m struggling hard with depression. I’ve been drawing and creating but unable to write. Last week’s challenge sat unfinished and I was never able to complete it. So, I was determined to finish this week and hit back. Thank goodness for tangling!

This week’s challenge was a mix of struggle and sublime as we were given a grid pattern, Flog, by Angie Gittles, CZT, and the organic Konk, by Lori Manoogian, CZT. Naturally, given my affinity for the organic, I loved Konk and struggled with Flog. I decided to incorporate Flog into the embellishments and voilà! I used a technique from gem queen, Amanda Rose Rambo, @vitruvianart, with the orbs incorporating Derwent Inktense for the dappled effects. Then, because of Lori Manoogian’s explanation published on TanglePatterns.com, with a picture of a Conch shell, I had beaches on the mind and gave the background a golden brown sand color. Strange how the mind translates input! As always, you can join the challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog, Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com. Here’s my tile!

I am forced to share now that I don’t believe I will achieve my financial goal in time to attend CZT 32 in October. The deadline for my final payment is August 26th, just 2 weeks away. To say I’m discouraged is a huge understatement. I’ll be contacting Zentangle ®, Inc this week about what options I might have for next year. I will also be contacting my donors individually with an update. I cannot express my gratitude for all who offered either financial or emotional support! I am so close but I don’t have the ability to make up the balance. It’s a frustrating situation but I will come through stronger than ever. The campaign will run up to August 25th.

https://www.gofundme.com/Send-me-to-CZT32?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=c55e866fda7d40f182c4b9b08d7871b7