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.

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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!

 

 

It’s a String Thing #218 and Diva Challenge #339

 

It’s been a crazy week with mom stuff putting the challenges a bit behind. Therefore, I’m going to combine my tiles this week into a single post.

First, the Diva Challenge 339. This week we were challenged to do a fall themed tile. I did Gourdgeous a Zentangle® original, of course, and Helen Williams’ leaflets, as well as a few Joki. Honestly, I wasn’t excited by my results but here’s diva challenge tile #339.

 

 

Next, it’s a String Thing challenge #218. Here’s the string. 

 

Only 2 tangles were chosen this week, Drawings, a Zentangle® original, and Adele Bruno’s own O.

  

Now I was thinking, practice more with black for this one. 😀 Yes I should have stayed with white. But i lost myself in whimsy, got out my Sakura stardust gel pens. These are special glitter pens. Instead of adding glitter to the ink like most glitter pens, Sakura uses a super fine ground glass. It makes them smoother and are easier with which to draw and write. The glass makes the shine gorgeous and they don’t soak or bleed through like so many. My favorite feature is how quick to dry they are.

 

 

Check back on Monday for the new Artist Focus, England’s Philippa Napper! 

 

 

It’s a String Thing #217

In case you dont know what candy corn is, it’s a chewy candy made shaped like corn kernels. Colored yellow at the bottom, then orange and white on top, it’s traditionally seen during Halloween.  At Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com, Adele Bruno is a fan of candy corn. To read Adele’s post on the candy’s history, check out her blog entry from 2014 here. This week’s It’s a String Thing string is based on this candy’s shape. Seen below is Adele’s string.

 

I did the purple on an extra distress ink tile I had first, then realized I was completely missing the point. So, the orange, yellow and white above was my 2nd try. I like the purple best! 

The next Artist focus has been delayed due to unforeseen family circumstances (by my next 3 people!). Here’s hoping everyone is feeling better, back home, and not so swamped at work. Check back soon because they are worth the wait!

Journey into Art

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When I began this post, I had a completely different direction in mind, but the more I wrote, the more it morphed into what it is.  I want to share with you something encouraging to me. In the Facebook groups centering around the Zentangle® Art form, there is always a pivotal moment when new artists finally start to post their art publicly that requires a courageous first step to overcome the fear of artistic rejection. Art is intensely personal and this type of rejection can hurt the soul. This is a much discussed topic and comes up over and over in these groups. I’ve been in Eni Oken’s Art Club about 5 months. I’ve been posting about Art Club here on thetirelesstangler.com for awhile and this weekend, when I posted my latest lesson art on Facebook in the Art Club dedicated group, it occurred to me to compare my first published tiles and the ones A.E. (After Eni) 😁 The next few images are my art from a year ago right after I started blogging. This was about 3 months after I began drawing in hopes of doing something productive to break depression. 

  

 

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I was a beginner. It’s not awful, but as if I were in middle school! Though the kids could probably outdraw me! Move forward about 7 months March – May, 2017 still just before I added Art Club. At this time, I purchased the Zentangle ® Primer, volume 1. Everything changed for me with that book. I finally understood the point of Zentangle isn’t the art but the meditative state you reach with pattern practice of each unhurried stroke. Beautiful art is simply a wonderful by-product  I started this blog a year ago after being fundamentally changed by The Zentangle ® Method, created and nurtured by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Find the answers you are seeking at Zentangle.com! (I sound like I drank the kool-aid…and perhaps I have!) My point is, I began posting my art in a public blog, not in our caring, safe online groups! This is why my tagline is “Creativity takes Courage” by Henri Matisse. It took so much courage for me to take that step and post my very crude beginning art. It will be a year and a half since I picked up my yellowed sketch book from 1976. Then I did what many of us did, used TanglePatterns.com and Pinterest.com and pattern-collections.com shamelessly for their wonderful free resources and practiced (and practiced and…), finally discovering the peace and mental and physical Zen in the drawing of these “tangles”.

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I LOVE Jody Genovese’s lovely Patience Tangle! Find the step-out in the menu above. I bought Eni’s ebook Shading Fearlessly just before doing the above. Big difference! 

 

 

 

 

 

I see great improvement! I’m pretty happy with my progress. Honestly, I should have done this comparison long ago because I’m really encouraged! Here are some of my better tries since joining Art Club and here’s where I am learning be brave and say “I’m an artist!” The picture captions tell which of Eni’s lessons I was working on while drawing each piece of art (I can’t believe I just called them art!).

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Let me just say Eni Oken has no idea I’m doing this post, I am simply passionate about Art Club and it’s my blog! I’m allowed to gush if I want! I think her lessons have greatly changed my artistic understanding and growth!

Tangled Letters

 

 

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Tangled Words and Shading Fearlessly (this was Adele’s best of show at It’s a String Thing the week her blog hit 1 million views! I was beyond honored! When I look at this though, I am worrying about how the word is scrunched and doesn’t have enough contrast to be clearly read. Self doubt is a sickness! 😗)

 

Tangled Words, Dream Big (this is my favorite made for my son)

My message to myself and to all who read this is not to worry about being perfect, best or comparing your work! Trust the process! Stop worrying about perfection and the level of others’s art. This is impossible but we are works in progress as well! Adele Bruno says she’s a reformed perfectionist and I love that description! I’m attending perfectionists’ anonymous right now in an attempt to get help! Thanks Adele! I frequently get meaningful bits of personal growth from your blog Tickledtotangle.com! The Zentangle ® Primer volume 1 changed the game for me. It’s described as CZT training in a beautiful book! I agree completely (but my dream is still to be a CZT myself. Physical barriers and financial obligations may not allow that dream but this book is a great substitute!) Honestly, I wish I’d bought the primer first but when the pennies count we do what we must. There are hundreds of amazing books out there, but if I did it again the primer would be my first purchase (after the new sketchpad and Pigma Micron of course!). Look at what practice, a few basic supplies, and some zen can do in a year and a half!  I wonder how relaxed and satisfied I’ll be in another year? To quote little Bijou, “breathe, slow down, gratitude and appreciation!” Smart Snail! (Bijou’s fan-page is found at Zentangle.com!)

 

If anyone is interested in sharing your art progressions please email me  at Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com. I’d love to post them here. I’m proof you can be an artist, even when you don’t believe it yourself! Thank you for your visit and check back soon for the new Artist Focus!

It’s a String Thing 213

Welcome to thetirelesstangler.com! It’s time for Adele Bruno’s It’s a String Thing challenge for this past week. This week we were given a simple string, seen here, and then a single tangle to use. This week’s tangle was Fassett by Lynn Mead, CZT.

I love doing monotangles (simply using one tangle) because it removes some anxiety about how to combine the tangles and helps me to focus on pen strokes and zen, which is the point right?

This week’s string: 

 

And here is my IAST 213 entry!

If you are interested in joining Adele’s It’s a String Thing challenge, and would like to participate then visit Adele’s site, Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com, click on the It’s a String Thing button on my website which will take you there! 

Stay in touch as I’ve got a wonderful post coming up next week featuring our friend and “resident gem queen”, Amanda Rose Rambo! She has some spectacular faceted gems to show, as well as featuring some before and after pictures of her student’s work. You dont want to miss it!

It’s a String Thing #212

Adele Bruno was in the path of the latest hurricane to hit Florida. After finally receiving their electricity back and other services she was back this week with It’s a String Thing challenge #212. This week’s string is pictured above and the 3 tangles used were:

Wrapped by CZT Gale Sherman (stepout)

Danzer by Prairie Kitten (stepout)

Ok-Rah bt CZT Lisa Buckley (stepout)

 

I really liked the tangles but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t manage to find my zen and both of these were a disappointing mess! But here is my confusing picture of both tries together.

 

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I am beyond thrilled to be blogging again and to have weathered this latest stressful time! It was so comforting to know I had my drawing and tangles as well as the Zentangle® community. One of the most helpful and awesome things that encouraged me to come out of my shell was a visit/tangle session from my local CZT, Laura Story. It was my first time tangling with another person and my first true Zentangle ® Method lesson from an expert! She was so encouraging and sharing tangling with someone meant a great deal to me! Less than 2 weeks later, I published my first post in 3 months and then my new pattern Marito that I was lucky enough to share with her. How true to the heart of the Zentangle spirit this was! And I know that most of you would do the same were we local to each other. Laura is an amazing representative of CZTs (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and one of the benefits of Rick Roberts’ and Maria Thomas’ Method is the warm support of it’s community. Thank you Laura and thanks to all the wonderful CZTs and artists out there in the world that make the Zentangle® Method what it is! ❤️🌺

You may be wondering what this has to do with It’s a String Thing? I was enjoying Adele Bruno’s (It’s a String Thing HQ) site and reading about some of the projects she does with local tanglers. I often wish I could sit in classes with all the CZTs because I think you would learn something new from each of them. Adele also did a wonderful series of articles about her trip to Fabriano, Italy where the original Zentangle tiles are made. She is a pleasure to read and a talented artist! The first post today was celebratory as she has passed one million views! Wow! As my blog is still small, I understand what a huge honor that is! It got me thinking about CZTs and how I wanted to take a class from Adele but how grateful I am to Laura for her visit. So, I blame Adele Bruno for this love fest! 😄😇 I love her blog and you can visit her at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com and see what I mean!

This week’s It’s a String Thing challenge string is filled with round Os representing her million views. Here’s cheers to you Adele, thanks for your weekly challenge and for being who you are! ⭐️

Here are the 3 tangles for this week!

Lollywimple by Sandy Hunter

Purk by Maria Thomas

Jetties by Maria Thomas

Unfortunately, I have been busy this weekend and couldn’t finish my tile in time to submit it to Adele for publishing, but this tile is in honor of her 1 million hits!

It’s a String Thing #195

It’s a String Thing challenge this week included a special treat for me! The challenge features my good friend and artist, Sarah Fowler’s “Strutz” pattern. I’ve played with it many times but never completed a tile featuring Strutz. Of course, being in a pretty big artistic slump made forcing the tiles uncomfortable. That said, I love her pattern and its hollibaugh effect. It’s funky bends and embellishment possibilities make it lots of fun to play with. Sarah is an amazing artist and such a positive person, it was a real pleasure to feature her art and story on my blog a few weeks back! 

Strutz was a perfect fit for this week’s string and it works great with Maria Thomas’ Printemps. I’m hopeful I can relax enough to get next week’s tile finished before Saturday night!

It’s a String Thing #194

This week’s “It’s a String Thing” challenge is something a bit different. Adele Bruno is premiering a new Tangle called “Trella” on her Blog, Tickledtotangle.com. (click the It’s a String Thing button on the sidebar to quickly link to Adele’s Site) If you would like to see the Trella step out, here is the direct link to it. Adele has had some of her CZT group as well as her advanced tangling class trying the Tangle out and has tasked us with using it or a variation on a simple curved X string. The 2 patterns chosen to supplement Trella are both Zentangle originals and classics by Maria Thomas, N’Zeppel, and Florz.

Anytime I start a new Tangle, I get out the sketchpad and after practicing the steps I make a Tangle “play” page. Basically, this allows me to explore different variations or ways to draw it that would make the Tangle mine. So instead of posting the steps this week, I’m going to show my early tiles and play page because something interesting happened when I finished up my first tile. This is my first play page for Trella.

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Next I started my tile (first tile), shown next, but I stopped after adding Florz and shading it. It looked good but as I was thinking about whether or not to add a fill in the blank florz squares, I began to wonder if Trella would work as a fragment in a reticulum (turning it into a grid form).

So, I took the sketchpad back out and began playing with Trella in a grid. Here’s the sample tile with a few variations I tried out.

I liked the heart shaped one best and that’s what I used on my final tile. I hope this post isn’t too technical but I thought some might want to see the process I used to arrive at the grid form. As always, your comments and questions are welcome either here in comments or by email (Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com).

I’m excited by how quickly this site is gaining interest! Thank you all for stopping here and please leave a like if you enjoy a post! Each one I get is very much appreciated!

It’s A String Thing #193 (for Lily Moon)

This week’s, It’s a String Thing, #193 is chosen to support the artist Lily Moon. Lily recently posted on her blog about the deadly brain tumor plaguing her daughter, for which she was given no hope. Her granddaughter is 12 and Lily’s son is autistic and depends on her completely. She stated that she is dealing with this tragedy alone and therefore is struggling to create anything. Her grief is palpable and breaks my heart. Lily has been a mainstay in the Zentangle world for quite some time and her blog and Facebook groups are extremely popular. What happened last week was that almost every Zentangle challenge was dedicated to her and calls to use Lily’s wonderful Tangles, found here on her blog, were everywhere.  I was not at all surprised  by the thousands of artists from all over the world using her patterns in their art. The thing that gives me pause, again and again, is the clinging to tangling as a means to persevere through physical and emotional pain by hurting people everywhere. This isn’t just me, or Lily or even a dozen here or there. The more artist focus articles I write, the more it hits me that almost every person out there tangling has the same story of the Zentangle ® Method saving them in some way. I find this extraordinary! I know that it’s true for me and every Tangler I’ve talked to. With this thought in mind I would ask you non-tanglers out there to consider if this is something that could help you, or someone you know? You don’t need a lot of money to do this. You don’t need a lot of time the projects are small. You just need the will to begin. I don’t get paid for these statements. I just believe with my whole heart that this method can change us for the better and give us a great coping mechanism for pain, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and lots of other conditions. Food for thought!

Okay, sorry, back to IAST #193. Adele Bruno choose for string this week a modified version of Lily’s “chop” or her artist’s mark. It looks like this.
The tangles chosen for this week were:

Try doing a hashtag search for these tangles! The sheer number of tiles will astound you! 

My Iast#193 tile