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

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.

Christel Foncke art ©️2018
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)

Traveling Tangle with Amanda Rose Rambo
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!

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Diva Challenge #334

The Diva was back in action this week using one my favorite tangles, N’Zeppel. Diva, Laura Harms at Iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com, was back live on Twitch Monday morning and I was lucky enough to finally catch her broadcast. Laura is great and relaxed on the feed, adding coffee and her playlist as she tangles. I enjoyed it and she inspired me to try something I never wanted to do, namely, color black the small areas between the stones (in my case). I like the way the webbed area looks, so I’ve never filled it before. For the colored stones, done with Prismacolor Premier pencils, i liked the black to emphasize the depth between. Check out the link to the Diva’s site and find links to the pattern step-out as well as a great video by Molly Hollibaugh, CZT and daughter of Maria Thomas. Molly’s a great artist and I love the video. (I highly recommend everyone try out one of the many videos out there done by Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas, founders of the Zentangle ® Method, or one with Molly. They have a way of teaching that is second to none, If you want to truly experience a Zentangle experience, check out their videos. A few can be found on YouTube. Look for Kitchen Table Tangles. These are great videos.)


Sorry, I digress! Here’s my diva challenge tile for #334. There’s an extra at the bottom because I’d already done one from Molly’s video the day before the Diva’s challenge and I LOVE N’Zeppel!


This includes the patterns Pixioze, and Eni Oken’s twisted ropes.

 Thank you for stopping by! See you all next week.

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.


Diva Challenge #333

 This week’s Diva Challenge was brought to us by guest bloggers, CZTs Juliette Flessinger and Kellie Fellinge, from the podcast, Tanglepod.  Listen to their diva Challenge here. This week we were challenged to find and use our “cozy” tangles. Tangles we feel relaxed and comfortable with.  I chose flux (Rick’s version) and went with a tile  i had distressed earlier and then shaded using Crayola Super Tips. The Crayola Super Tips are water-soluble and perfect for shading with watercolor, Derwent Inktense or distressed inks. Right now, they sell on Amazon.com for $14.00 USD for 100 colors. A great deal for most wet media projects. All of the guest bloggers this summer have been excellent.



Artist Focus: Alexandria Diaz

Welcome back! This week’s artist focus is on a terrific artist named Alexandria Diaz. You might have seen her YouTube videos or her gorgeous gemstones in Tangle It! Pattern Club on Facebook. Her art caught my eye immediately when I joined the group and I had no idea she was such a busy artist! I cant wait to go check out her Etsy store and YouTube channel for myself! Here is the lovely Alexandria in her own words!


“Hi there, I’m Alexandria (also known as Artzyfartzy on YouTube & Instagram). As long as I can recall, I’ve loved to be creative. I can remember as far back as 6 years old, I would hunt around outside looking for interesting finds that I could add to my little stash of craft supplies. I was very passionate about drawing as a child. Into my twenties I focused mostly on scrapbooking and as time went on I have tried just about every craft imaginable! I enjoy crocheting, sewing, making jewelry and bookbinding. During my early 30’s I started my own crafty consignment shop online called Fashion Compassion. This was way before Etsy even existed! 🙂

About seven years ago I stumbled upon the art of Zentangling and I was immediately hooked. During this past year I started my own Youtube channel to share my Zentangle art. On my channel I demonstrate how to draw different Tangles and Zen Gems. I also do some time lapse videos of my bigger pieces of work.


I recently started another YouTube channel on bookbinding. I enjoy journaling and I love making my own junk journals. I have an Etsy shop with some listings of my handmade journals as well.
Zentangling will always be my favorite form of art. I really love combining color with my Tangles. I love working with watercolor and distress ink to create vivid backgrounds to make my tangles really pop.
Pattern Collections is a fabulous website and I am so honored to have been asked to be a part of the Artist Focus section. And remember, don’t look for happiness – create it!



Where you can find me:

Artzyfartzy on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/eeknmeek

My Etsy shop: http://www.fashioncompassion.etsy.com

Alexandria Diaz Bookbinding Arts on Youtube:


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alexandriaiscrafty

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/artzyfartzy”

Alexandria is so creative and talented! It has been a real pleasure getting to know her and finding out some behind the scenes information, as well as stalking her amazing Etsy store! I encourage you all to check out her work. Alexandria, thank you so much for sharing a bit of your life and art with us! I’m excited to see what you post next!😁

Artist Focus: Liz Drake

Liz Drake’s “Joy”

Meet Liz Drake! Liz is one of a long list of amazing artists I’ve met through Tangle It! Pattern Club. Several weeks back I featured an artist named Barb Masinton from the group. The post included Barb’s “go-to” week one entries. I thought it would be fun to see how Liz approaches the challenges. As we move forward, I hope to have a great collection of different artist’s “go-to” challenges. I’m going to enjoy having them to compare and appreciate! 

Liz Drake

 “Liz Drake here, Artist at large. After raising 4 sons, spending 40+ years in medical imaging as a career, I retired, cashed in enough of my IRA to put a down payment on a semi, obtained my CDL and went over the road with my husband in our 18 wheeler. Living a life of adventure on road offers opportunities to see things I would never see otherwise, it does have some artistic limitations, space for supplies being just one. Two people living in 47 square foot can be quite a challenge in itself. Most art store parking lots are designed to prohibit big trucks entering. I’m not real sure how their delivery drivers manage, but the space allowed for them even is very tight and restricted from customer use. We have no route, no schedule, no structure or calendar beyond the load that is on at the time. On a good day with no major cities involved, we can do up to 700 miles per day. On days we are in major cities, have to load or unload—or both, we sometimes only log 200-300 miles. Sometimes we sit for pseveral days between loads. Life is very unpredictable, getting mail is next to impossible, and the stress levels can become incredibly high when you throw weather, road construction and unreasonable dispatch into the mix. The need for a Zen-like art outlet is more than apparent in my life. Enter Zentangle Inspired Art, I had scratched the surface several years back when my artistic passion was gourd art, (where I was represented in several galleries, vended at several yearly juried shows, and taught classes)


I publish a short “lesson” note each week along with attempting to post a daily doodle on my Facebook Art Page Tangled World by Liz Drake. Go ahead, check it out, oh and give it a “like” while you are there. All comments appreciated.
My next art adventure is to get a few of my favorite pieces printed into note cards and postcards. I hope to package and sell to finance “My Epic Adventure” when I plan to build a pedal vessel and camp and pedal my way from the source of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.” 
One of Liz’s “go-to” challenge tiles. I love her ideas!

I am amazed that Liz is able to produce art like this while working on the road! I want to be around to see the art she comes up with on the pedal trip!
Thank you so much, Liz, for allowing me to share your art and your journey! You’re a fascinating lady and I expect I will be asking to add your art here and there when the opportunity arises! I’m off to check out your Facebook page.


This is my favorite! Of course, if it’s purple I am guaranteed to love it!

 All the art and images on this site are copyrighted by the creating author/artist. They are not to be used, copied or pinned without the creator’s written permission. All rights reserved. 

Child Labor Meets World Watercolor Month (21/31)

wp-1469155437163.jpgI once again conscripted child labor for today’s world watercolor month post. I’m a terrible person and I know it!

This is 3 year old Karson and 7 year old Camden collaborating on a painting using a standard school watercolor set and my aqua brushes. Much fun was had by all! I’m thinking I’m going to need another set for the kids.



World Watercolor Month (17/31)

Minecraft  Steve by Makai
#worldwatercolormonth Makai’s

Creating anything right now is almost impossible so I borrowed 2 young artists and we played with my koh I noor watercolor wheel from dickblick.com about $8.00 USD and my aqua brushes.

Shanell and her first watercolor

Makai did 2 paintings and tried a tree before deciding “Minecraft Steve” was the way to go. He learned a little about wet and dry applications but mostly had lots of fun!

This pretty little miss, Shanell, is 9 years old and loved the layering of colors, as well as drawing dots and designs.

I’ve done a few which I’ll share over the next few days but my creativity is dead. Hopefully, this isn’t over.


World Watercolor Month (18/31) Meets Tangling

I’m so lost I struggle to write.  The thoughts in my head are jumbled, confused, sporadic. Plenty to say but I’m completely unable to form cogent thoughts.  I still seem to be able to create, but not well. So I’m trying to stick with watercolor but needed some zenspiration.

This pattern/ tangle is called ribbon petals and was created (or deconstructed) by an artist from Australia named Helen Williams. Check out some amazing art as well as her wonderful tangle patterns here: Helen Williams site  alittlelime.blogspot.com

I can’t continue so I will see you tomorrow.  Happy #worldwatercolormonth