Diva Challenge 352

Welcome back! It’s time for the weekly diva challenge and I’m grateful to have it finished early this week! In keeping with her heart “strings” in February, the Diva challenged us to used nested hearts this week. Basically, one heart string inside another heart string. The challenge flowed easily this week and here is my tile. The pattern on the heart is Lily Moon’s Drogon. This has been a “go-to” tangle for me for quite some time and I use it constantly! On the hollibaugh stripes is a half shattuck, and 2 variations on my Marito pattern. I finished off with Printemps, Apcross (Step-out in the menu above), and a background pattern I learned from one of Eni Oken’s lessons (Treasure Frames I believe).

My pattern Marito can be found in the pattern Menu above, as well as a video step out with added embellishments you can find right here! Thanks for stopping by!

Diva Challenge 351 AND Kitchen Table Tangles with Rick and Maria

Diva Challenge 351 came very late this week. I should have been inspired by the Olympics but I lost focus when trying to tangle the rings! It became more about weaving the rings and not the Olympic games. I eventually got it but I didn’t feel it represented games, instead it became about the result. Bad tangling karma, yet it happens!

Here’s my finished (finally!) tile.

I love the Kitchen Table Tangles video series published via YouTube by Zentangle ® founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas! I always finish in a better mood than I started and I always gain a different perspective on whatever tangle or technique they present. They usually stay with the basic tangles but then help you to see it in a completely different way. This video is called Wholly Hollibaugh and talks about a new way to tangle the Zentangle ® Original pattern, Hollibaugh. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

 

Diva Challenge 350: UMT Rimana

The first Monday of the month is the Diva’s “Use My Tangle” (UMT) week, where she chooses a tangle developed by one of her blog followers. The Diva can be found at iamthedivaczt.com. February’s UMT tangle is Rimana, by one of my most favorite tanglers and Zentangle®️Mosaic friends, Nadine Roller, found here on her wonderful blog “Tangle dich glücklich” (Tangle yourself happy! (translation is probably happily, but I think I got it right! 😉).  Nadine is one of the kindest, most encouraging people I’ve met in the Zentangle community, and I loved her post on this tangle, whose name came from a grateful mix of RIck (Roberts), MAria (Thomas), and NAdine’s (RIMANA) names. (Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas are the founders of The Zentangle®️ Method) It’s about finding the joy and gratitude in one’s life in the small things. I highly recommend giving it a read. The post is in German but carefully translated into English as well.

Congratulations Nadine! It couldn’t have made me happier to give your tangle a try! I’ll be adding this to my stem tangles (zinger, mooka, pokeleaf, etc).

Diva Challenge #349

Hi everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! This will be a short post as I dont want to distract from the artist focus I published yesterday! This week the diva, Laura Harms challenged us to use the new Zentangle ® official Tangle called Rumpus! You might be asking, why Rumpus? Because Rick and Maria’s granddaughter Indy “just likes the word”! Its a good enough reason for me!

Take a minute and enjoy the Zentangle video on how to Tangle Rumpus!

 

I worked on a square Renaissance tile this week and stayed pretty much with the standard Tangle. I like this tangle but I couldn’t figure out (yet) how to make it my own!

Here’s my tile!

Artist Focus: Tomàs Padrós

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! This week’s artist in focus is the incredibly talented Tomàs Padrós!  In keeping with my new format, this week there will be 2 YouTube videos featuring Tomàs. One will have most of the text found here in addition to art not found in this post. It is a bit long (just under 20 min) and some sections are difficult to keep up with because of the amount of text and the editing program used to “move the pictures” tends to be a problem with the text. A 2nd video is available if you want to zen out to music and incredible art but don’t want to read while watching. The normal written version is still available here, but what is special about the whole project, is Tomàs has helped to write and edit this post as well as working with me to choose music that would reflect his taste (although copyright laws make it difficult to have exactly what we want, I hope it will keep the flavor of his taste in music, which is exquisite!). Since I also have a background in Fine Arts and music, it was nice to share ideas about what to choose. Tomàs continually impressed me with his knowledge and compassion. His joy in Zentangle is clear and if you pay attention you will see he has a fun side as well. You will want to be sure to watch the video because it is packed with more art than we could share here! It is lovely and I am so excited to share it with you all! I have said before what a humbling experience it is learning about the artists in focus, and not only is Tomàs an accomplished artist and teacher, his work in his community humbles me greatly. It is with great respect that I present you the art, patterns, and story of Tomàs Padrós!

Note* you might have noticed that the accent on his first name appears differently several places.  Tomàs tells me he “feels” the Catalan as well and he doesn’t mind either way. (I had to research the Catalan language, which led me to a region in Spain and surrounding areas called Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the Capitol if my readings were up to date. Catalan is not related to Spanish as many believe but is a rare Latin-based language that stems from the Roman occupation of the area. The people in Catalonia are actively encouraged to speak Catalan.)


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“My name is Tomàs Padrós Cruz. I was born and live in Barcelona. I studied Fine Arts, as did my mother, and I’m a high school and college teacher. I have been teaching visual education, technical drawing, and the History of Art for 26 years. My father was an excellent literary writer, my grandfather was a musician, my great-grandfather, a painter and my brother makes illustrations. My brother and I also studied music. My family loves art. In the left photograph we can see, my mother, my brother and I in between. In the next photograph, I show you, my father.

Mi nombre es Tomàs Padrós Cruz. Nací y vivo en Barcelona. Estudié Bellas Artes, como mi madre, y soy profesor de secundaria y bachillerato. Enseño Educación Visual, Dibujo Técnico y Historia del Arte desde hace 26 años. Mi padre fue un excelente autor literario, mi abuelo fue músico vioinista, mi bisabuelo pintor y mi hermano hace ilustraciones. Mi hermano y yo también estudiamos música. A mi familia le encanta el arte. En las siguientes fotografías podemos ver a mi madre mi hermano y yo en medio, y a mi padre aparte.

Over time I was losing contact with other artists. I suffered a disappointment when I drew many drawings for a project that was canceled. I’m not a fan of social networks either. I didn’t use Facebook, Instagram or know Pinterest, etc. I simply disconnected progressively from art practice.

Con el tiempo fui perdiendo contacto con otros artistas. Sufrí una decepción cuando dibujé muchas ilustraciones para un proyecto que se canceló. No soy fan de las redes sociales. No usaba Facebook, ni Instagram, ni conocía Pinterest. Simplemente desconecté de la práctica artística.

I met the world of the Zentangle by chance in the Holy Week of 2016. I’m a Catholic and I‘m involved in groups of preaching and other parish services, especially listening to and accompanying homeless people. We welcome these people in a space that used to be a chapel and now it serves so that they can rest, feel covered, have a coffee, water, juice or cookies and talk. If we can, we help them or we can refer them to the appropriate social services. In the photograph, you can see me and many homeless brothers in an image of the interior of the church during the celebration of the first anniversary of this “Campaign Hospital” in which we have converted the Church of Santa Anna in Barcelona.

Encontré el mundo del Zentangle por casualidad en la Semana Santa de 2016. Soy católico y estoy implicado en grupos de oración, primer anuncio y otros servicios parroquiales, especialmente escuchando y acompañando personas sin techo. Acogemos a estas personas en un espacio que antes servía de capilla y ahora sirve para que descansen, estén a cubierto, tomen un café, agua, zumo o pastas y puedan charlar. Si podemos, les ayudamos o los derivamos a los servicios sociales apropiados. En la fotografía me podéis ver con barba rodeado de hermanos sin-techo en el interior de la  iglesia durante la celebración del  primer aniversario de este “Hospital de Campaña” en el que hemos convertido la iglesia de Santa Anna de Barcelona.

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One day, I entered a religious bookstore without looking for anything concrete and I found myself with a Zentangle book at eye level. The cover was attractive and it caught my attention. The book was: The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler. I fell in love at first sight and started drawing when I got home.

Un dia, entré en una librería religiosa sin buscar nada concreto y me topé con un libro justo a la altura de la vista. La cubierta era atractiva y me llamó la atención. El libro era: El gran libro del Zentangle de Beate Winkler. Fue amor a primera vista y empecé a dibujar nada más llegar a casa.

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I have always liked to draw patterns. The method and philosophy seemed great to me. I spent more than a year practicing patterns and revising or designing mine with a Zentangle mentality and drawing just a few tiles.

Siempre me había gustado dibujar patrones. El método y la filosofía me parecieron geniales. Pasé más de un año practicando patrones o revisando y creando los míos con la mentalidad del Zentangle. Solo dibujé algunos pocos azulejos.

My brother, Esteban Padrós, makes fantastic illustrations for pleasure and publishes them on Instagram and I decided to do the same. This has become a great impulse to draw tiles and systematize my patterns. This happened this past summer, in June of 2017. In just a few months, I have met a lot of wonderful Tanglers from all over the world from whom I learn a lot by sharing. In the image we can see my brother and me, this summer, drawing to post on Instagram.

Mi hermano, Esteban Padrós Cruz, hace fantásticas ilustraciones por gusto y las publica en Instagram, así que decidí hacer lo mismo. Esto se convirtió en el gran impulso para dibujar azulejos y sistematizar mis patrones. Esto ocurrió el pasado verano, en junio de 2017. En solo unos pocos meses conocí a muchos maravillosos zentanglistas de todo el mundo y de los que he aprendido mucho compartiendo. En la imagen podemos ver a mi hermano y yo este verano preparando dibujos para Instagram.

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In these images, I show some of my drawings before the Zentangle discovery. I love the drawing from life, especially the artistic nude. But I also like the more cartoon style. Here are sketches and finished drawings for various projects or gifts.

En las siguientes imágenes os muestro algunos de mis dibujos anteriores al descubrimiento del Zentangle. Me encanta el dibujo del natural, especialmente el desnudo artístico. Pero también me gusta dibujar en un estilo más caricaturesco. Aquí podéis ver alginos bocetos y dibujos acabados para varios proyectos y regalos.

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I also like to design and build small polyhedrons and pop-ups. Then, my students suffer them as technical drawing exercises.

También me gusta diseñar y construir pequeños poliedros y pop-ups. Luego, mis alumnos los sufren como ejercicios de dibujo técnico.

On January 30, commemorating the death of Gandhi, we celebrated the day of peace and non-violence in my school (DENIP). Each year we paint a PART OF the schoolyard wall with the 16-year-old students. This was the first design. One student had the idea. I made the sketch and the students and I painted it on the wall.

El 30 de enero, conmemorando la muerte de Gandhi celebramos el Dia de la Paz y la No-Violencia en mi esciela (DENIP). Cada año pintamos una parte del muro del patio con los alumnos de 16 años. Este fue el primer diseño. Una alumna tuvo la idea, yo hice el boceto a lápiz y los alumnos y yo pintamos el muro.

Shortly after discovering Zentangle, I was also interested in the design of Mandalas and floral doodles that I met through Pinterest. So I spent a few months with this but I soon returned to Zentangle.

Poco después de descubrir el Zentangle me interesé también por el diseño de Mandalas y motivos florales que conocí través de Pinterest. Estuve unos meses con esto pero pronto volví al Zentangle.

As I said, it took me a long time to draw an authentic tile. I spent months drawing only patterns on my notebooks. I love all these exercises. When I can not think of anything, I look at my notebooks and always come up with some idea. In this picture, we can see some of the first sketches of Zenemone, Fringe 2 Fringe, Clorophylia, Fontana and other exercises.

Como ya he dicho, me llevó tiempo dibujar un auténtico azulejo. Estuve meses dibujando solo patrones en mis libretas de apuntes. Me encantan esos ejercicios. Cuando no me sale nada miro en mis cuadernos y siempre sale alguna idea. En esta imagen podemos ver algunos de los primeros bocetos de Zenemone, Fringe 2 Fringe, Clorophylia, Fontana y otros ejercicios.

Although I had done other tiles before with the basic tangles, this was my first tile with a tangle of mine. It’s in the center and it’s called Masx. We can also see Tipple, Crescent Moon, Punzel and a double Shnek frame. Next, I show the Masx step by step that I prepared a lot of time later to show on Instagram. It was the first tangle that I deconstructed to show.

Aunque ya había dibujado azulejos con los tangles básicos, este fue mi primer azulejo con un tangle mío. Está en el centro y se llama Masx. También podemos ver Tipple, Crescent Moon, Punzel y un marco con doble Shnek. También os muestro los pasos para dibujar Masx realizados bastante más tarde para mostrar en Instagram. Este fue el primer tangle que deconstruí para mostrar.

I drew this tangle soon after and I like it a lot. In it we see an edge with Flux. In the interior we recognize Pais and lobed leaves even without baptizing.

Dibujé este azulejo poco después y me gusta mucho. En el podemos ver un marco con flux. En el interior se reconoce Pais y unas hojas lobuladas sin nombre.

Maybe this is my favorite tile. Because the strings allow me to generate interesting feelings of superpositions and I love all the patterns. It was the first one I posted on Instagram because I like it a lot and it respects all of The Zentangle® Method’s requirements with well-known patterns. It seemed perfect to me as a presentation.

Quizás este es mi azulejo favorito, porque las cuerdas me permiten generar iteresantes sensaciones de superposición y me encantan todos los patrones. Fue el primero que mostré en Instagram porqué me gusta mucho y respeta todos los principios del Método Zentangle con bien conocidos tangles. Me pareció perfecto como carta de presentación.

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I also felt very satisfied with this tile. It contains two tangles of mine: Membranart and Vertebraid. In the upper right margin, I show a kind of geometric cells that I have not named. I think it has a drama and an organic character that I love. Currently, I would intensify more its shadows in the lower layers.

También me sentí muy satisfecho con este azulejo. Contiene dos tangles míos: Membranart y Vertebraid. En el margen superior derecho os muestro unos compartimentos geométricos sin nombre. Creo que tiene contrastes dramáticos y un carácter orgánico que me encanta. Actualmente, intensificaría más las sombras en las capas inferiores.

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I also like to play with well-known tangles, merge them or find new possibilities. In the first image we see how to draw an intricate Diva dance.

También me gusta jugar con conocidos tangles, fusionándolos o buscando nuevas posibilidades. En la primera imagen vemos como dibujar un Diva Dance intrincado.

In the next tile, I progressively merge Margaret Bremmer’s Diamond Panes with Jane Monk’s Trimonds.

En el próximo azulejo, fusiono progresivamente Diamond Pines de Margaret Bremner con Trimonds de Jane Monk.

Here I show the possibilities of a simple looping string adding auras. When I drew this tile, I thought it was a simple and original idea. But I discovered recently that this is called Courant and it’s an official tangle if I’m not mistaken. I happened more than once to “create” a tangle that already exists.

Aquí muestro las posibilidades de una cuerda retorcida añadiendo auras. Cuando dibujé este azulejo pensaba que había tenido una idea sencilla y original. Pero he descubierto recientemente que este diseño se llama Courant y es un tangle oficial, si no me quivoco. Me ha pasado más de una vez “crear” un tangle que ya existía.

In the following tiles, I just have fun with Septembies by Hanny Waldburger and I call it “Septembies vacation” or I play with the contrast of a rounded and a straight Ha-Krall by Holly Atwater.

En los siguientes azulejos simplemente me divierto con Septembies de Hanny Waldburger y lo titulo “Vacaciones de Septembies” o juego con el contraste entre un redondeado y un rectilíneo Ha-Krall de Molly Atwood.

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Also we can see a tile on which I adapted to a hexagonal structure three tangles like X, ‘Nzeppel and Tripoli. Then, I show a merge between W2 and Weben.

Tambié podemos ver aquí un azulejo en el que adapto en una estructura hexagonal tres tangles como X, ‘Nzeppel y Tripoli. Luego, os muestro una fusión entre W2 y Weben.

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I show you now a play with 3D-Room and Dex, a tangleation of Fleavy and an extreme tangleation of Weben, so far from the original tangle. I called it Lattice.

Ahora os muestro un divertimento entre 3D-Room y Dex, una tangleación de Fleavy y una tangleación extrema de Weben, ya muy lejos de su aspecto oroginal. La llamo Lattice.

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My passion for the beauty of each pattern leads me to a certain tendency for monotangle, so from time to time I return to the traditional strings that delineate spaces that fill with known tangles.

Mi pasión por la belleza de cada patrón me lleva a cierta tendencia al monotangle. Así que de vez en cuando vuelvo a las tradicionales cuerdas que determinan espacios que lleno con conocidos tangles.

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Also, sometimes I completely dispense with the strings and develop the drawing directly, step by step. In the first image, we see Dragoneye and Katerpy by Alena Light. In the second image I insert Katerpy and Bunzo-like shapes in a Fleavy tangleation.

También, a veces, me desentiendo de las cuerdas y desarrollo el dibujo de forma directa, paso a paso. En la primera imagen podemos ver Dragoneye y Katerpy de Alena Light. En la seguna imagen he insertado Katerpy y algo parecido a Bunzo en una tangleación de Fleavy.

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In this one, I draw what I call Cross Braided ribbons. Here combined with Tipple, Bedlines and Up and Across.

En este otro azulejo he dibujado lo que yo llammo Cross Braided Ribbons. Aquí combinadas con Tipple, Bedlines y Up and Across.

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But I guess one of the things I enjoy the most is designing or using my own patterns, such as already known Irradial, Membranart, Meshmerize or Chorus.

Pero una de las cosas con las que más disfruto es diseñando y usando mis propios patrones, tales como los ya conocidos Irradial, Membranart, Meshmerize o Chorus.

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Finally, I show you more tiles to my taste, some with patterns of my own that are less known, such as Fontana (here merged with Maizie), Zenemone, Selfeat. Fringe 2 fringe, Vertebraid (with a Crescent moon touch), Buckled up! (here Hybridized with Vertebraid), ZigZagTrack, ZN-tangle or the fragments Mom’s clip, Bow-tie, and Neck-tie. These and some more appear with their steps in my Instagram account: @tomas-padros. I will also be uploading my drawings on Facebook. I have more patterns in reserve that I will show over time. See you!

Finalmente, os muestro más azulejos de mi gusto, algunos con mis propios patrones menos conocidos, como Fontana (Aquí fundido con Maizie), Zenemone, Selfeat, Fringe 2 fringe, Vertebraid (con un toque de Crescent Moon), Buckled up! (aquí Hibridado con Vertebraid), ZigZagTrack, ZN-tangle o los fragmentos Mom’s clip, Bow-tie y Neck-tie. Estos y otros más aparecen con sus pasos en mi cuenta de Insagram. @tomas_padros. También iré mostrando mis dibujos en Facebook. Tengo más patrones en la reserva que iré mostrando con el tiempo. Nos vemos!

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It’s been great working with Tomàs. What an incredible, talented man! I am already a follower, and I decided to check out his brother Esteban’s Instagram account. He is also, amazingly gifted artistically. Follow Tomàs on Instagram @tomas-padros. (Esteban is @esteban-padros). If Tomàs accomplishes half as much in the next 6 months, we’ll be hearing from him for a long time in the future. Thank you so much, Tomás for sharing your life and art!

Diva Challenge: How to Draw the Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day String

Hi everyone and welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! Today’s post includes a video on how to draw this week’s Moebius string for the Diva’s 348th Challenge Tile. Internet connection problems have plagued me for over a month now which has put me way behind on my Artist Focus posts and I’m dying to share this one with you but unfortunately, we will have to wait for the video upload! 😫

In the meantime, we are back with this week’s Diva Challenge, #348. Every year this time we celebrate Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day in honor of Laura’s little boy, Artoo, who was diagnosed with Moebius Syndrome at birth. Moebius is a disorder of the nerves that frequently affects the face. It is not a disease! I think that Artoo is correct when he says he’s very smart! Let’s support Artoo and others with Moebius! Get informed! This will be my 3rd try to participate. I did them the last 2 years but each time struggled to draw the string. With no printer and fitting it on a tile, I never came up with anything I wanted to publish. Of course, a lot of that was my lack of courage! This year, with new confidence running through me, I made a video on a simple way to draw the string free hand. Camera issues are being solved! Each video is a learning process and I’m hopeful the quality will improve over time!

Here is the YouTube video along with my tile for this week! I’m hopeful this will help someone out and if not you can smile at my silliness! You will find a donation link for the Moebius Syndrome Foundation in the video and links below! It’s a worthy cause so please give generously! As always, please remember to subscribe!

Here’s my tile!

 

For more information on Moebius Syndrome:

Http://moebiussyndrome.org

 

For the Diva’s post on this challenge:

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Happy Mail and a Look Back

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to be back writing this year and nothing can boost your spirits like happy Mail! For me, happy mail has 2 important parts. First, it can’t be a bill! I think that’s on everyone’s list! And secondly, it’s meaningful in some way.

Last year, I participated as much as possible in Adele Bruno’s “It’s a String Thing” challenges each week. If you follow this blog, you know I struggle with courageously posting art that isn’t up to my ridiculously perfect standards. I’m getting better about it  and mail like this is one of the reasons I’m feeling more confident about doing that. I had forgotten completely that 2 of my tiles last year won “best in show” in Adele’s Challenges. This happening was the very first time my art had been recognized in any way, and although it’s not about showing off or being the best, it is about recognizing the effort and attention to detail that goes into the art.

My mail this week included 2 lovely certificates hand-lettered by Adele! These are totally getting framed so that I  remember that creative courage is important and rewarding! It also reminded me hiw much artistic growth I experienced in 2017!

Here are my 2 certificates with the tiles that earned best in show! Always remember that courage is rewarded. I can’t wait to see what we all come up with in 2018! Be courageous! Take the leap and post your art! It might surprise you what happens!

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New Brand, YouTube and an Inktense Gem Tutorial

It’s a great new year! I’ve had a lot happening behind the scenes and time off with my family. First and most importantly for me was the gracious gift from the incredible digital artist Christel Foncke, allowing me to use one of her beautiful pieces of art to brand this website and all it’s social media sites. This incredible piece of art is just a hint of what Christel can do with her Apple Pencil! I will have her Artist Focus soon! Thank you, Christel! I can stop worrying about it now and I love it as much today as I did the day I added it! Follow Christel at @Christeldraws on Instagram.

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Christel Foncke ©️2018

I have been in “school” at the YouTube Creator’s Academy because I’m slowly changing the format for this blog to include video. The more artists I focus on, the more I want to spotlight their work using video. Since my next artist in focus will be the incredibly talented Tomàs Padrós, I wanted to be sure I spent time learning to edit video, add audio and learn about copyright laws. I’ve been absorbing a lot of information and I needed to practice. This move was much more complex and involved much more time studying and practicing than I anticipated! I practiced by FINALLY doing the Inktense Pencil gem tutorial for which I’ve been trying to find the time about 6 months! So, I present my Derwent Inktense Gem Tutorial Part 1, which involves laying down and activating the Inktense bottom layer as well as 6 of my favorite color combinations. It features a traveling tangle tile with Amanda Rose Rambo, the “Gem Queen”, and myself. She has a great YouTube channel at Vitruvianart. Her content on creating gems is outstanding! So check her out! I’ve done two posts on her work if you’re interested (ZenGems: Meet Amanda Rose Rambo!, and Amanda Rose Rambo, Faceted Gem Master Class)

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Traveling Tangle with Amanda Rose Rambo

When I finished the first video, I uploaded it to “Gem Ho’s” the FaceBook group for Amanda’s VitruvianArt. They gave me some great feedback which I then used to make a part 1.5 which includes a complete gem using the new highlight technique I developed based on the feedback of the group. I would very much appreciate any feedback, positive or not. If you like the video please remember to like or comment and subscribe to my channel! It is pretty empty now but I have plans for it! I will be remaking the artist focus videos (with their permission) and uploading them both here and YouTube. I’ll be adding my pattern videos and anything else that seems interesting. My goal is to make each one better than the last! I need your help my friends! Give me honest feedback and comments. I can work on my accent if it’s too annoying but not if you don’t tell me it’s making you crazy! Thank you so much for all your support last year and Happy 2018!

Please remember to like, comment and subscribe!

 

 

Artist Focus: Anica of Zen Linea

Hello and welcome to The Tireless Tangler!  It’s been awhile since I posted here and a lot of changes are in the works! One thing that hasn’t changed and won’t change is the Artist Focus posts highlighting these incredible artists and the personalities behind the art. I’ll be honest and say that I sometimes am stunned and amazed at who these artists are and how they arrived on my radar! I’ve been admiring the artist this week for quite some time. Her lovely style and composition always combine to create something incredibly beautiful! As I prepared this focus, I was almost speechless at the wonderful person behind the art. This week’s artist in focus is the talented Anica of Zen Linea! Many of you will recognize her art from Facebook and Instagram. I will let you see for yourself what she has to say. Let me introduce you to Anica aka (also known as) Zen Linea!
 
 
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“Hi, my name is Anica and I’m very happy to be the featured artist on thetirelesstangler.com.

 

 

 

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I am a 42 year old living in Croatia. If you asked at least 90% of my friends and acquaintances to describe me, they would tell you that I’m a wife and a mother to a teenage girl, that we own a beloved Maltese dog. They would also know that I’ve been working in the financial industry for 15 years, taking the CFO roles for the past 12. My husband’s and my love for music and traveling has brought us to many cities, countries and a few continents, seeing dozens of concerts of our favorite rock bands and getting to know fellow concert goers with which we share our passion. 

 

 

 

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Then there is also that precious area of my life that I tend not to disclose to everybody. My nearest friends know just how passionate I am about arts and crafts, as well as those fellow artists that know me from some craft forums, closed Facebook groups or other social network outlets.

 

 

 

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As a kid I loved to draw but my professional life took me into other directions so I doodled on every little paper at hand, while keeping my nose stuck mostly in spreadsheets or specific software I used for work. After I gave birth to my daughter, who will soon turn 16, I got the sudden urge to make something with my hands. I purchased some beads and wires and made a set of Christmas ornaments that I use to this day. Later I decided to develop the wire working skills and started making jewelry. I connected to a group of Croatian crafters through an internet forum and spent hours making intricate jewelry pieces. At that time I stumbled upon Eni Oken’s web page and invested in her stunning tutorials. After I decided that it is a shame to waste so much time on craft materials, I started purchasing silver supplies and gemstones and finally decided to take a formal class so I now own a title of a Contemporary Jewelry Designer that accompany my Master of Economics title. I was smitten with jewelry making for a few years, but my daily job started to occupy me more and more, which led to less and less jewelry making.

 

 

 

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Fast forward a couple of years and two years ago I came across Eni Oken again, only this time it was to find out that she switched from silver and pliers to pens and pencils!!! You can imagine my excitement when I found out that there is this structured doodle art form called Zentangle! I was immediately hooked, started an online search and tried to get my hands on as many books and art supplies as possible. I discovered many talented and supporting artists which inspire me on daily basis. So here I am today, with an album full of drawings, drawers full of supplies and a brain full of ideas.

 

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I started from the old-school white tiles with black pen for line drawing and graphite pencil for shading. Then I discovered tan and grey tiles and fell in love with the use of white pens and pencils. Getting good quality art supplies can be a challenge in Croatia so on a trip to the US I purchased a big set of Prismacolor pencils. They sat on the shelf and challenged me to try them out for some time, before I finally grabbed them and fell in love with using them for coloring and shading tiles. It is so important to be curious and fearlessly try different directions. I find that my interest in art making is helping me face challenging life decision that not only affect my hobbies. I’ll try to explain why that is so and what Zentangle means to me.

 

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There are many things that I love about Zentangle. Not being a patient artist who works on the same piece for days, weeks or months, I appreciate the small format with a standard 9×9 cm tile size. It is so comforting for me to see a small blank paper tile, as opposed to a big white canvas. You can have only a few fairly cheap supplies, carry them in a purse and draw almost everywhere. You can pick and choose among working on an intricate piece or a simple drawing that can end up being as impressive, or even more so. And even if you opt for a complex piece, you can finish it at one take, right after getting back from work. I tried meditation as a means to relax and recharge but I find my mind wandering and obstructing the process. With Zentangle I suddenly find myself breathing calmly, focusing on one line at a time and everything seems to be so peaceful and simple, just as life should be. My alias that I use on social media sites is Zen Linea (linea is a Latin word for a line) and I believe that those two words are the nucleus of Zentangle art form. There is a lot to learn from mindfulness practices, and Zentangle is a perfect choice for those who tend to express themselves through art. There are many who believe that they can’t draw even a straight line and change their mind while using Zentangle method, getting self-assured and taking back the power, not only to tackle paper and pen, but also other life challenges. That is the power which Zentangle represents to me.

 

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My goal is to keep exploring, try new techniques and art forms and never stop being a curious child with a passion for making things. There is nothing more rewarding than taking something raw and simple, being that a pen and a paper, a piece of wire, an acrylic paint tube, some modeling clay, a piece of fabric or a wire, and turning it into something new, giving it a new life. That’s what everything is about and I’m confident that it pays off to pursue this passion and share it with others. 

 

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I have an Instagram account (instagram.com/zen.linea) and a Facebook page (facebook.com/zen.linea) so you can check and see what I’m up to. I am not a traditional artist by profession but I’ll be delighted if my work sparks someone’s inspiration for creating. I am so grateful to many great artists I stumbled upon through all the past years that led me to what I am and what I’m yet to become.”

 

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Anica is so wise in so many ways! It has been a real honor and privilege to get to know her better! I’m a real fan of her art and I encourage you all to follow her social media!  It’s always a wonderful surprise to see her newest posts! I also invite you to see my first video featuring Anica’s art on YouTube! This is where I beg you to like and subscribe to my channel! Anica’s art is so awesome with music! https://youtu.be/J-K6Tfdi5l4
 
I have so many new artists to share and you will love them all! As always, dont forget to leave a comment or like! That’s how I know I’m doing the right things, or complaints are also a chance for improvement! See you soon for the next Artist Focus!

About Me!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my website, thetirelesstangler.com! My name is Cyndee Pelley and I am the voice of this site. It is my hope that you will find this site useful and informative, but also meaningful! There are a lot of Zentangle sites around and most of them are amazing places. One of the things that makes this site special, I believe, is the artist focus posts. These written pieces about the life of the artist, mixed with the beauty of their art are often inspirational to me. I feel by sharing these things together we peek into the souls of these wonderful people. This leaves me feeling deeply privileged!  The lives they touch and their personal philosophy can make you think twice about your pain or how tough life is for you, yourself! I know I’ve been personally humbled to know the people with whom I’ve spoken. Art has become my passion and I’m excited and driven to share something special!I have written, to date, 12 focus articles. The first on an amazing artist from the Zentangle®️ Mosaic App, Sarah Fowler, in the United Kingdom, but I also have written of artists from Spain, Canada, South Africa and Taiwan to name a few! I’ve realized this is something important I’m meant to do. I hope you will agree! A special thanks to each of the artists who’ve given their time and shared their art! 

I also haven’t arrived here without a lot of encouragement from the wonderful Zentangle®️ Mosaic App community. CZT, Ellie Miller, Sarah Fowler, CZT, Terri Delaune, CZT, Jody Genovese, CZT, Laura Story, and so many more have all had a hand in giving me the courage to take this step! My life has literally been transformed by the caring support and encouragement of these people! I’m truly blessed! 

So, about me!😊 I’m 56 years old and I’m a single mom of an 8-year-old boy. I’m an artist (you have no idea how hard it is to say that but it’s getting easier!), and a blogger. I’m also completely disabled with a degenerative spinal disease that has left me with nerve damage on my left side. This makes walking straight and not falling down a nice surprise every day! 😚 2 years ago, I lived in my room and didn’t leave the house. I was seriously depressed and hopeless. I felt without purpose and that I was a burden on others. I knew I needed help because I was in a dark emotional place. I signed up for a counselor and I’ve seen her ever since. My beautiful German Rottweiler, Simba, keeps me smiling! He never lets me sit too long without a break and is always encouraging me with his love and attention. He may never work as a public access service dog but he definitely qualifies as one as he can help me stand and walk straight. No words about me are complete without him in my life. 

Here’s my best friend and companion, Simba!

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My first sketchpad was dedicated to my counselor because it was she who put me on this journey. We have tangled together a couple of times because I feel it’s so important she be aware of the positive effect of Zentangle for others like me she may come across in her practice!

Skip the adult coloring phase and go to drawing my own pictures (although I learned a LOT about colored pencils and blending.) I was drawing a dragon for the grandkids and wanted a pattern to put on her wing. You may notice she is unfinished because here I found Zentangle!

Color dragon by Cyndee Pelley

Fast forward through Pinterest and to TanglePatterns.com and there I found the Zentangle®️ Method! How that moment fundamentally changed me. I began drawing patterns about 18 to 20 hours a day. This is how my blog was named. Drawing became my sole focus. It was like a dam burst and suddenly I was free! My art wasn’t very mature (still isn’t) but it’s improving! Here’s the first thing I uploaded to Mosaic.

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This is called a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art). Meaning it’s a mix of patterns and ideas based on the Zentangle Method but not conforming to the structure and rules of it. Like adding color.

My next pivotal moment was reading Dr. and CZT, Ellie Miller’s blog post (tanglesxm.com) about the Zentangle Primer, vol. 1 and why it was the best Zentangle purchase she had made. I finally spent some precious cash and there, I truly began to understand the Zentangle®️ Method. It is a method and not just for drawing. My most important attitude shift happened with this beautiful book, whose dustcover had to be removed because I was using it constantly. 

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My second try! After this, my addiction to Zentangle and art were permanent! After, buying Eni Oken’s books and joining Eni Oken’s Art Club, I am finally courageous enough to say “I’m an artist”. 

Last year, I experienced the tragedy of suicide, 3 times in 6 weeks. It was months before I was calm enough to draw, much less write this blog. I didn’t think I’d survive. But I kept trying, thanks to my counselor and the Zentangle community, I’m back and determined not to give up. My life is unrecognizable from last year at this time. It is always filled with adversity but I have managed to find my joy again thanks to Zentangle and the support I can always find with you, my dear readers! 💔 Thank you for making my life rich and full again. Each of you is dear to me!

This is my disclosure section: unfortunately, I now need one, but it is a sign of progress. 

I am currently an affiliate marketer for Amazon (US) but i hope to add the UK, CA, and DE.

I’m also an affiliate marketer for Eni Oken’s Art Club. 

What does affiliate marketing mean? Basically that I host ads for things I think are useful to the artistic community, or, as with Eni Oken’s Art Club, I may earn a small commission if you join art club using the link on my website, or make a purchase on Amazon using my link.

I am in the process of branding this website. Making choices in how I want it to look and be set up. Please give me your feedback if you love or hate anything. If something doesn’t work, I want to know so I can fix it! It will probably undergo several transformations before I’m happy with it. I would ask your patience for my growing pains. I want to switch to a business plan and I need to figure this out before I begin offering anything. Being an affiliate may help pay for some of my costs moving forward. 

Most important is to tell you that this site and blog are mine. The decisions on what to write and what to say are solely mine. Neither Amazon.com nor Enioken.com is responsible or liable in any way for my words or mistakes. All content is my responsibility alone.

Lastly, and most importantly, if you’re enjoying the posts here, please leave a like or a comment so I know how I’m doing! I’m very close to 15,000 views and I would love to reach that goal before January 1st, 2018.

Thanks to all my followers and readers! You make this worthwhile!

This picture is my pride and joy. Thank you Eni Oken for this amazing lesson! Tangled Dragons

Tangled dragon image by Cyndee Pelley