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

It’s a String Thing #253

It’s a new week in the “It’s a String Thing”challenge from Adele Bruno at Tickled to Tangle! I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s challenge which included all Zentangle ® original Tangles. Crescent Moon, Nipa and Printemps were on the Tangle list for this challenge. The string was a zigzag M shape and it reminded me rather strongly of the string and tangles from the first lesson in the Zentangle Primer. I’ve repeated that lesson many times and I really enjoyed merging crescent moon and nipa! My shading is a mess but overall, I’m pleased with the result! As always, you can join the challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog here!

Here’s my tile!

It’s a String Thing 252

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time for the weekly It’s a String Thing challenge number 252. This week, Adele Bruno challenged us to explore the Tangle “Deeday“. DeeDay was new to me and I really enjoyed the challenge to use DeeDay in 2 ways. One, as a String, and another using the string provided by Adele. Eni Oken’s MicroTangling lesson is still very much influencing my tangling at the moment, as evidenced by the 2nd tile. I encourage you to explore DeeDay in your next tile! As always, you can join the “It’s a String Thing” challenge by visiting Adele’s blog, Tickled to Tangle!

Here is this week’s string.

It’s a String Thing 251!

Hey Y’all! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! I am certainly missing the weekly Diva Challenge! Luckily, with challenge 251 from It’s a String Thing, we are sure to stay active!

Here are the tangles used this week:

Stikz by Laurel Sponseller (Step-out)

Munchin, a Zentangle ® Original (Step-out)

As usual, my tile is reflects the influence of Eni Oken’s new 3D grid lesson!💜 Here’s my tile!

Also this week, I finished a fun tangling project and posted a 10 sec video to Instagram which really got a lot of attention! Since then, I posted to Facebook with an even greater response with requests to know how it was done. 💜Naturally, I made a tutorial! It’s live on Facebook now. Here is the first video and a link to the tutorial on Facebook.

This is called a Flextangle. It’s an Oragami kid’s toy that many of us played with as kids. I’ve added a Zentangle flair for you!

Independence Day with It’s a String Thing 250!

I’ve completed my IAST challenge early this week as the challenge was Independence Day themed for those in the USA. As I have needed to crawl under my bed for weeks this time of year, I decided to post today before my eventual hiding takes place. Here is my tile. A heartfelt congratulations go out to Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com. This is her 250th challenge!

This is the most difficult holiday for me to handle. 2 years ago, a young man I loved as a son, took his own life setting in place a heart breaking series of events. A month later, his girlfriend took her life and 2 weeks after that I lost a dear friend to suicide. This was the worst year, worst pain, worst losses I’ve experienced. 2 years later, I have very few answers and I’m still very angry. I’m saying this in a public forum to share these few thoughts.

First, suicide is a huge guilt trip for those left behind. We go over and over events wondering how we could have changed things or said something different to save them. Most of the time, we couldn’t have changed it and we have to remember that their choices were not ours. We couldn’t have stopped them. I need to remind myself daily of this!

Second, the pain is something I try to deal with but can’t. It does dull a bit over time but is right there roaring back to consume me at any moment.

Last, it is okay to be angry at their choices. I hope this is true as that is still the way I feel most days.

If someone is telling you they want to make that choice, don’t wait. Call a hotline, get help, take advice from doctors. Do NOT wait and hope for the best. Whether or not they are serious, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is tel:1-800-273-8255

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, find some useful information here.

Rest In Peace my beautiful Sean.

It’s a String Thing 249

Hey Everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! It is time for Adele Bruno’s weekly “It’s a String Thing” challenge. This week’s challenge included a string with loops and 2 great tangles, the Zentangle ® Original tangle, Diva Dance and CZT, Lynn Mead’s Abeko. As always, you can join the “String Thing” challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog, Tickledtotangle! Here’s my tile!

 

 

 

Also, this week, I published the next in my series on Celtic Knots! You can find an edited version on my new Instagram TV channel, in addition to the full version on YouTube! I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

It’s a String Thing 248 a lá MicroTangling

It’s time for the weekly “it’s a string thing” challenge! Number 248 was to draw a monotangle using the Zentangle ® Original Tangle, Drupe. I love Drupe but wanted to find a new take on an old favorite! Enter Eni Oken’s new lesson called MicroTangling. I enjoyed this lesson and the techniques it teaches very much! Here’s my Drupe tile with a MicroTangling flair. It was much more zenful than I expected, given my issue with straight lines! Join the “It’s a String Thing” challenge at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com

I haven’t talked about Eni Oken’s Art Club for awhile as my efforts have been going into my YouTube channel, but I’ve still been enjoying the lessons Eni is offering to Art Club. Because I’m struggling with my concentration, I haven’t caught up with posting the tiles. Here are a couple from MicroTangling, Fragmented Windows, Zenbuttons, and Blue Starfish. You can find Eni’s lessons here!

It’s a String Thing #247

Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com! It is time for the new “It’s a String Thing” challenge  number 247! This week, in honor of Father’s day, we used a “D” shaped string and 3 “D” tangles! Drua by CZT, Mei Hua Teng, A-dalpha by CZT, Bunny Wright, and the Zentangle original pattern, Dex by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

 This one turned out quite a bit different than I thought it would, however, I’m pleased with the result!

If you’d like to join the fun, start here, at Adele Bruno’s blog, Tickled to Tangle!

Zentangle ® Project Pack 3

Hi everyone! There seems to be no Diva Challenge again this week. I’m hoping they are enjoying a vacation and that no one is sick! I’m sure we will see her back again soon!

In the meantime, Zentangle ® brought us Project Pack 3 (https://zentangle.com/collections/project-packs/products/zentangle-project-pack-no-03) this weekend and I’m so excited to share it with you all.

I happened to have the necessary supplies for this project and didn’t need to buy the pack.

Each video is short and brings great new insights to existing tangles. I love these videos. I’ll be doing another mosaic on Renaissance tiles.

Here is my mosaic followed by links for each of the 9 videos! I hope you enjoy them as much as I!

Also, I received my welcome kit for CZT 32! I’ve paid in $745.00 already and need to raise the final payment of $750.00 by August 28, 2018. Thanks again for all your support! 🌸 My fundraising efforts will need to increase for the next 2 months, please be patient! I will try hard not to spam everyone! Here are some pictures of my welcome package!

It’s A String Thing 246!

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s been a slow week with no Diva Challenge, but Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com, gave me a wonderful gift with this week’s challenge! CZT, Helen Williams, was a strong influence when I first started drawing. Her organic style really speaks to me and I am a big fan of Helen’s Tangles! This week’s challenge was to try out Helen’s new video “String Grid.”

Here are 2 of my many, many tiles. I’m addicted! I challenge you all to give it a try!

A quick note for everyone. I’ve got a tough anniversary coming up in a few weeks. I’ve already noticed that I am struggling to concentrate and dwelling on things a bit too much. I want to promise I will be able to force my way through this tough time without a break, but I can’t. If for some reason I am unable to post for a while, I will let you know. I can promise I’ll be back. Hang in there with me! Thanks for understanding!