It’s a String Thing 243

Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com! It’s time for this week’s It’s a String Thing challenge! This week, Adele Bruno has joined the “Zenbutton” craze! It was the perfect excuse to indulge myself in a couple. They are addictive and a bit more challenging, at least for me, than I expected. I’ve started no less than 6! Here are 2 I’ve finished. I’ll be drawing these for awhile!

If you’d like to join Adele’s String Thing challenge you can find more information on her blog here.

If you’d like to learn more about Zenbuttons check out Marguerite Samama’s article published on TanglePatterns.com.

I’ll see you all on Tuesday for the Diva Challenge! Thank you everyone for your support of my gofundme campaign! Today I’m halfway to my goal! After getting additional information, I’m ready to book my flight! How wonderful it has been to be validated by you, fellow artists and friends! A big thanks to my brother as well, for his generous donation!

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It’s a String Thing 241

It’s time for this week’s “It’s a String Thing” challenge #241! As always, you can join us anytime by visiting Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com.

I loved this week’s challenge because I got to revisit an old favorite in “Mumsy” by Sandy Bartholomew, CZT, and a new favorite, Caracole by Lily Moon. I enjoyed it so much, I have 2 tiles to share this week. A very zenful challenge!

 

 

See you next week! Happy Tangling! 

It’s a String Thing 240!

 Adele Bruno’s It’s a String thing Challenges have a way of making me face my weaknesses headon!  This week’s challenge featured straight line tangles (the bane of my existence) and, as usual, When I trusted the process to take me where I needed to go, a surprising but pleasant result came about!  

 

Flukes and Cubine are old favorites, but Elirob was new to me. I couldn’t figure out how to make it “mine” until it reminded me of Eni Oken’s Mooka3D, and Rixty3D so I attempted to 3D it and here is the result.  Thank you Adele, for once again, making me stretch my limits while staying within my abilities. I love your challenges!

 

If you would like to join the “It’s a String Thing” challenge, you can find Adele’s blog here.

 

 

It’s a String Thing 239

Hello and welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time this week for the “It’s a String Thing” challenge from Adele Bruno’s tickledtotangle.blogspot.com. This week’s challenge involed this string …

And these 3 tangles: Tupuk by the wonderful Ria Matheussen, (Ria is always around here leaving wonderful comments! She is so supportive and awesome, its wonderful to have the chance to shine a light on her work!) Flec by Jem Miller (a.k.a. Ragged Ray), and Lynn Mead’s wonderful Fassett (which I LOVE).

Tupuk and Flec were new tangles to me. One of the things I love about these challenges, is the ability to learn new tangles and not worry about which ones to use. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Flec, Tupuk was very friendly and pretty awesome too!

This week I have a very special picture to share with you! This is my dear service dog Simba. He is my constant companion and gets very frustrated with art as it means he’s not getting all the attention. So, here are my two pictures one with Simba and one sans!

I’m hoping to have a new Celtic Knot Tutorial this weekend! This week’s knot is called Triquetra and it’s fun and easy with lots of possibilities!

It’s A String Thing #238

Adele Bruno (Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com), has issued her “it’s a string thing” challenge for this week and featured her new Tangle, “Mack”. The new grid-based pattern is fun to play with and has lots of embellishment possibilities. Needless to say, I had to do 2 tiles! Congratulations, Adele, on a wonderful new Tangle!

It’s a String Thing Challenge 237

Tickledtotangle.com’s Adele Bruno released challenge #237 last Tuesday with 2 new tangles by Tabitha Bedoukian, a longtime participant of the “it’s a string thing” challenge.

Kalakané

KaBoom

These are easy patterns to learn and leave lots of room for embellishment! I enjoyed drawing both and I plan on working more with both (KaBoom is my favorite but don’t tell!). I’d love to have you all join us in the IAST challenge. Start here at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com!

It’s a String Thing Challenge 236

I’ve finally managed to get my IAST 236 tile both finished, and submitted to Adele Bruno! I have the tiles from last week and the week before but completely forgot to send them in. This week’s string was reminiscent of Easter Eggs and included 3 awesome tangles. The Zentangle ® Original tangle Zenith, Sarah Fowler’s new tangle, Safflower, and Wavelin by Cyndi Knapp. Here’s my tile from this week and after, my IAST 235 tile. If you’d like to join Adele’s “its a String Thing” challenge, you can find it here at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

Here is IAST 235:

 

And this is a cool reverse sand version i just love!

Thanks for stopping by! Check in soon for the pattern video on my first pattern, Apcorg!

It’s a String Thing Challenge 231 with Eni Oken’s Blue Sky

I’m finally caught up enough to do the It’s a String Thing challenge this week! Luckily, Eni Oken released a new Blue Sun video lesson the day after the challenge came out and they dovetailed perfectly! Here’s the string with inspiration from the Olympics. The 3 tangles were Golven ( G for gold), Sand Swirl (S for silver) and Barney ( B for Bronze). I’m not sure my tile kept the idea of the Olympics or not but the string was perfect for the Blue Sun lesson from Eni Oken! I used a Bristol vellum tile and a mixture colored pencil and Sakura Pigma Micron and Sakura gelly roll Moonlights. It’s another great lesson for Art Club!

I haven’t been very plugged into Facebook lately, mostly due to behind the scenes work on a new Freeform Celtic Knot Tutorial. It’s almost ready and will include a free pdf with extra Knot configurations! I’m pretty excited to teach it as it has quickly turned very zenful to draw for me. Be sure to check back soon!

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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Diva Challenge 343 and It’s a String Thing challenge 221

 
I have finally managed to get my Diva Challenge and my It’s a String Thing Challenge all finished this week just in time to be late! It’s a very busy time of year for everyone! So I’ll jump right in! 

The Diva challenged us, last week, to do a tile featuring the new Tangle from Zentangle.com, Dewd. I love this tangle and took to drawing it first time out. If you want to find the step-out the link is here.

Dewd tangle on black tile
My first dewd tile from project pack 01

 

My dewd tile from last week.

 

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 It’s a String Thing Challenge 221.

Here’s Adele Bruno’s string for last week’s challenge #221.

 

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String 221

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A new artist focus post will be out this week so please check back soon!