Diva Challenge 356

Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com! Before we start the challenge tiles I’m excited to let you know about the new Artist Focus out tomorrow on Taiwan’s May Wu! She is amazing and I can’t wait to share some of her art with you all!

The Diva Challenge this week was to use our name as a String! How much fun! If you’d like to join the Diva Challenge each week, you can find Diva, Laura Harms, here on her blog at iamthedivaczt.com. Of course, my crazy perfectionist streak was alive and well so I took 2 tries this week. While I’m not really pleased with either, I did find a few good things to like on each tile. Here they are! Can you tell which one I took at night!? 😂

Diva Challenge 355 and the New Kitchen Table Tangle!

Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time for this week’s Diva Challenge and Laura, the Diva herself, challenged us to use the Tangle “Verve”, deconstructed by JJ LaBarbera. The step out is here on JJ’s blog, TinkerTangles.

I enjoyed Verve, although I’d never used it before, it was easy and fun to use and I suspect it will show up often now! Here are 2 tiles with Verve 😊

Next, I’m so excited to be able to bring you these videos now! Kitchen Table Tangles is absolutely one of my favorite things in this life! It’s basically a personal Zentangle lesson from Zentangle® founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas! It’s always about basic Zentangle values and basic tangles with a new flair or a new idea woven into them. Today Zentangle ® Mosaic released this new video on YouTube called “Articulated Molygon”. Enjoy this new version of molygon and I’m excited to see everyone’s art! #articulatedmolygon

Diva Challenge 354 and a Freehand Celtic Knot Tutorial!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com where Zentangle and freedom of expression rule! This week was a UMT (Use My Tangle) week at casa diva and we used a pattern called Siri by the lovely Simone Menzel, CZT! You can find Simone on her blog “SimTangle” here. Of course, our one and only Diva can be found on her blog iamthedivaczt.com. I enjoyed Siri very much and loved the variation possibilities with the corner flares and inner figures. Lots of fun!



Last week, some of you may remember I did this tile with a stylized Celtic Knot on it. Many were interested in this tutorial on how I’ve been making easy free-hand Celtic knots. This is it! There is as always, room for improvement, but I’m making progress! I’ve done extensive research on Celtic Knots and I haven’t seen anyone else approach them in this way, although the weaving over/under technique remains essentially the same, the stacked diamond technique is mine I think.

I’m very interested in feedback! This knot is called the “Celtic Cross-stitch”. I would like to do a mini-series on these as I’m Irish and they’ve always fascinated me! I would like to invite you all to share your tangled knots with me here or using #tangledcelticknots

I’ll see you next week for a classic Celtic knot form!

Diva Challenge Tile 353 – Heart Zendala

Hello and welcome back to the weekly Diva Challenge! This week is the last of the February heart strings and we were challenged to use a heart string on a zendala tile. I didn’t have one, so I cut one from a stiff A4 envelope. Since I have been working with celtic Knots a lot lately, it didn’t surprise me that a heart shaped celtic knot appeared as my string!

Here’s my Challenge Tile 353! Happy Tangling!

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!

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:



For the Diva’s post on this challenge:


Diva Challenge Tile 344

The lovely Diva, Laura Harms has given us our monthly UMT (use my tangle) this week. She has chosen CZT Carole Ohl’s lovely starlike pattern called afterglow! Here’s the step-out at Carole Ohl’s website.

I’ve never use afterglow before. I tend to enjoy the more organic flowing types. Of course, that is quite short-sighted of me before I even try it! As I progressed I started varying line color and width. I used micron pigma 01 in brown, and sepia, as well as a graphic 1 also in sepia.i then applied several of Eni Oken’s techniques for tiny details, and tan treasure tiles. It didn’t become special though until I shaded the star. I love how it turned out. 😀