10,000 Views!

This past week was rather special for me! I had the last artist focus in Chinese, which was a great challenge! This post was the highest viewed post since I began blogging! Alone, it gathered nearly one thousand views! Ching Weng (Snow) and son, Simon Hsieh, thank you for promoting my site! Thanks to you all for sharing the post and being so supportive and helpful.

 

This post has managed to push my site views well over 10,000! Thank you all who’ve taken time to read, like, and share this blog! What started as a way for me to express and share my art and some heartache, has grown into something of which I’m very proud! Now I’m excited to see 100,000!

 

Thanks again for your support and time!

 

Your Tireless Tangler,

Cyndee Pelley 

Artist Focus: Ching Weng

我備感榮幸可以為這位禪繞畫認證教師同時也是藝術家的Ching Weng(白雪老師)寫一個專題。她來自台灣,我覺得在不同語言中要一起努力合作是很有趣也富挑戰性的。我們都是用Google翻譯來溝通,雖然常常翻譯不精準,我們還是試圖用這個方法一起合作完成這篇文章。
以下是這位亞裔藝術家Ching Weng(白雪)用她的語言-中文,翻譯給使用中文的人們閱讀的,包含他的家人、朋友與粉絲們。在中文文章的下方,是我用英文撰寫的文章給所有Ching Weng(白雪)在英語世界的粉絲與朋友們閱讀。(希望也有一點我的粉絲)
我當一位翻譯者已經許多年。當然,其中不包括中文 ! 對我來說能夠用這種方式跨越文化跟語言的隔閡真的十分有趣。
這裡有翻譯的按鈕可以給讀者直接點擊,但是基於我想要能妥當的傳達在這次合作中的文化多元性,我希望讓白雪老師親自用他的母語來撰寫翻譯中文版本。再者,儘管距離很遠,但是在心靈上和冥想作畫以及畫禪繞圖樣的方式也會是大家所能共享的一個經驗。也許這些文化與地區的不同就是所有禪繞畫愛好者最大的共通點。

I am incredibly honored to focus this week on Certified Zentangle Teacher, and artist Ching Weng (Snow).  She is in Taiwan and it has been especially fun and challenging working between languages! We are using Google Translate to communicate and while it isn’t perfect, we’ve still managed to come up with a post by working together. Below is Asian Artist Ching Weng(snow)’s translation in her language for her friends, family and fans! Following the Chinese post, is my English translation for her English speaking friends and fans (and hopefully a few of mine)! I’ve been a translator/interpreter for many years! Not in Chinese of course! This is so fun for me to cross language and cultural borders in this way! I have a translation button here for people to use but I felt to adequately convey the vast cultural diversity in this case, I wanted Ching Weng to have the chance to have this in her language first! More telling, perhaps, than the differences are the similarities between tanglers, despite the vast distances, in spirit as well as in the shared experience of meditative drawing and the Zentangle ® Method.

CZT, Ching Weng in Taiwan

白雪的禪繞寶石作品是我看到過最可愛的寶石設置!她精確的線條和細膩的優雅帶給了大家一場視覺盛宴!她是一個不可思議的藝術家,我愛她表達的言語和想法。這是藝術家和禪繞認證教師 Ching Weng(白雪)談到禪繞畫,藝術和她的生活!

These are some of the loveliest gem settings I’ve seen drawn! Her precise lines and delicate, graceful figures attract the eye to a visual feast! She is an incredible artist and I love how expressive are her words and thoughts. Here’s what artist Ching Weng (Snow) says about Zentangle, art, and her life!

我非常高興和榮幸能成為你藝術家專輯的焦點人物。

我一年前開始學習禪繞畫,禪繞畫改變了我的思想和生活,也使我更有自信,我在去年年底成為禪繞認證教師(CZT Asia#1),現在致力於禪繞畫延伸藝術(ZIA )的創作與教學,特別是畫禪繞寶石,這是我想專研的藝術領域,希望你們能喜歡我的作品。

“I am very happy and honored to be your artist focus.

I started learning Zentangle over a year ago. Zentangle painted my mind and life, and made me more confident. At the end of last year, I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT Asia #1). I am now committed to creating Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) and teaching. I especially like creating Zengems, which is the art field I want to study. I hope that you will like my work.

嗨!我是Ching Weng(白雪),住在台灣,是一位高中老師和禪繞認證教師(CZT),熱愛文學與藝術,從小就很喜歡塗鴉,但是從來沒有接受過美術的訓練,後來因為升學考試的壓力,讓我放下了畫筆,也停止了藝術創作,甚至遺忘了畫畫時的平靜與美好。

I am living in Taiwan, and I am a high school teacher and a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). I love literature and art. In childhood I liked free hand drawing but never received formal art training. Because of the pressure of an entrance exam, I put down the pens and pencils, but also stopped creating art completely, even forgetting that art can be calming and beautiful.

直到2016年的5月,我任教的學校舉辦了一場Zentangle初階研習,當時的我對Zentangle 不了解也沒有興趣,但是因為我14歲的女兒想參加這個研習,我就陪她一起上課了,經過了四個小時,我對Zentangle深深著迷,愛上了畫畫時專注而放鬆的感覺。之後我每天都會抽空畫畫,我的女兒也不斷給予我鼓勵,還建議我設立FB的粉絲專頁,讓我透過分享作品而得到更多成就感和創作的動力。


In May 2016, I taught at a school that held a beginning Zentangle class. At that time, I did not understand Zentangle and was not interested, but because my 14-year-old daughter wanted to participate in this course, I accompanied her to the class. After four hours, I was deeply fascinated by Zentangle, and fell in love with drawing and focusing on the feeling of relaxation. After that, I took the time to draw every day. My daughter also continued to encourage me, but suggested that I set up a Facebook fan page that lets me share my work and gives me more of a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

 

      從此我的創作能量又被重新啟動,並源源不絕,因為創作和分享讓我變得更有自信,生活也更豐富充實。

Since then my creative energy has been restored, and is endless. Creating and sharing my art allows me to be more confident, as well as enriching my life.

Shih Misha是我在禪繞延伸藝術(ZIA)上的啟蒙老師,她的作品和為人都很有個人風格,她曾經跟我說:「如果你想成為一位傑出的禪繞藝術家,就要保有自己的風格和特色,不要盲從,也不要隨波逐流。」這番話對我影響很深,也讓我更清楚自己的路要怎麼去走。

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1645269925730856

And instgram: shihmisha

CZT, Shih Misha is the teacher who inspired me to start creating Zentangle Inspired Art. She focuses on ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) creation as well. Her art and demeanor have a bold personal style.  She told me, “If you want to be an outstanding artist, focus on your own style and characteristics, do not follow blindly like sheep, do not follow the crowd.” These words affected me deeply, let me know how to go my own way.

在我的創作歷程中,我最喜歡畫禪陀羅(Zendala)和禪繞寶石(Zengem)。我喜歡禪陀羅的均衡美,而寶石和禪繞圖樣結合之後,會顯得更有生命力,因此我的作品中,大部分都會出現寶石。許多人稱讚我的寶石畫得很逼真,其實這是不斷練習而成的,我至今已經畫了超過300顆寶石,只要你有熱情並且能堅持下去,一定能畫得跟我一樣好,甚至更好。 

In my art career, I like Zendalas and Zengems. I am obsessed with the balanced beauty of the zendala. After combining Zendalas and Zengems, the combination is even more beautiful. So in most of my work, gems will appear. Many people have praised my gems as being very vivid. In fact, this is from constantly practicing. I have already painted more than 300 gems! As long as you have the enthusiasm and can stick to it, you will be able to draw as well as me, and maybe even better! It is good.

不為自己設限,就能創造無限的可能,將心動化為行動,就能看到人生的另一片風景。


Without placing restrictions upon yourself, you have the potential to do anything. Actions speak louder than words, and if you put what’s in your mind into practice, you can know this world from a totally different perspective.





感謝Cyndee Pelley的賞識,讓我可以在這裡和大家分享我的故事,如果你們喜歡我的作品,歡迎到我的粉專和IG看看。 ”

Thanks to Cyndee Pelley’s appreciation so that I can share my story here with you. If you like my work, you’re welcome to visit my Facebook and Instagram to see.”

Facebook Fan Page: https://m.facebook.com/Snow.creationpack/

or my Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/zendala.snow/

Author’s Note:

Author: Ching Weng (Snow)

Author : Cyndee Pelley (Thetirelesstangler.com)

Translator extraordinaire: Simon Hsieh

這個專題是從一篇小文章開始的。我原本完全沒料想到要完成這項任務是那麼的艱鉅且耗時,然而Google翻譯軟體於中文翻譯上的謬誤與文意不通使我們的合作更加困難。不過我有幸得到Ching Weng(白雪)的兒子的貼心相助,協助我們在語言的溝通上更為順暢,這意味著我們可以對文章加上一些細微的修改而讓文意更通順、也更貼近中文表達的美感。

This article began as a simple profile. I had NO idea how difficult and time consuming it would be. Google translation and the Chinese language do not work well together! I was very lucky to have Ching Weng (Snow)’s son, Simon Hsieh, volunteer to help with the translation. This meant that we could add subtle nuances and stay closer to the beauty and meaning of the Chinese language and culture.

Thank you to Ching Weng and her son Simon Hsieh for making this a wonderful project!

Artist Liz Drake’s “The Things I’ve Done”

Yesterday, while working on a Chinese/English artist focus, I was taking a much needed break and happened to check my Facebook notifications. One was a post from artist, and friend Liz Drake. You may remember Liz from her artist focus article several months ago. Here’s the link if you are interested in seeing her amazing art! Her post yesterday was so deep and meaningful, I just had to share it here.

The Things I’ve Done by Liz Drake 

Wanting to do something EPIC makes me want to think about the things I’ve done already in this life of mine. Not just the ordinary things that most anyone has done by the time they hit my age, but the things that make me unique. I acknowledge everything I have done int he past prepares me in some way for something I will do in the future. With that in mind, I thought I would just randomly list things I have done (In no particular order). It will be interesting, educational, exciting and sometimes heartbreaking to see where the future will take me. Bring it on!
I have lived in a home on the historic register that was once owned by clowns.
I have swam in the Ocean, I have dipped a toe in both Lake Superior and the Gulf of Mexico
I have worked in the field I attended college for for 40+ years
I have worked in a prison.
I have worked in a doctor’s office where I learned to assist with minor surgical procedures, remove stitches and casts, give immunizations, draw blood for labs and do simple lab tests.
I have also managed a garbage company at the state fair.
I have had the honor to serve my Lord on Alter Guild in my home church.
I have managed a florist company while the boss was on vacation.
I have done telephone soliciting for a local newspaper.
I have been paid to scoop ice cream and wait tables.
I have lived happily for 2 years in 47 square foot with my spouse.
I have been a hockey mom, gotten involved, kept score and laced more skates than Heinz have pickles.
I have been camp leader with the boys at scout camp for a week.
I have had poems and essays published in magazines.
I have won contests.
I was once voted one of my town’s “Ten Most Interesting People”
I have single handed taken 11 kids between the ages of 16 and 6 camping for the week end.
I have lived in a small town, in the middle of nowhere and in the cities. I prefer small town.
I have driven a stick shift in a car and taught my children to do the same.
I have driven a semi truck—forwards as well as backwards.
I have piloted a boat. I have rowed a canoe, a kayak, a john boat and pedaled a pedal boat.
I have flown a light plane….with much coaching, but I was in control.
I have won blue ribbons at the state fair, for art, for gardening, for floral design, for baking, showing rabbits and for hobbies. I have collected several silver platters for “Best in Show” at the state fair.
I have owned a milk cow–and milked, and made my own butter.
I have sheered a sheep.
I have managed a salt water fish tank and several fresh water tanks as well.
I have been represented in several art galleries.
I have grown, frozen, canned and put by fruits, vegetables and meats for winter. I have made jams, jellies, and dehydrated foods.
I have rendered tallow to make candles.
I have made funeral arrangements for someone I love.
I have stood sentinel over a very dear friend while she waged her personal war on cancer.
I have held vigil and been present when someone took their last breath.
I have sewn my own clothes and too many costumes to count. I have even done the sewing for a couple weddings–as well as my own.
I have changed the oil in my car and made minor repairs.
I have repaired the lawn mower–successfully a few times.
I have written and self published a book that has sold over 200 copies.
I have written and maintained a bimonthly professional column in a nationally distributed magazine.
I have published and edited a state wide newsletter with a circulation of about 350 families.
I have been part of a team teaching vacation bible school in both Canada and Alaska.
I have re-wired and re-plumbed my home.
I have heard the heartbeat of the ocean, smelled it rain in the desert and felt the night come alive in the mountains.
I have been divorced more times than I care to admit to, but when I finally got the getting married right, I got it right!
I have given birth to and had the opportunity to herd four amazing sons and enjoy their journey from babes to amazing young men. I have had the opportunity to watch them enjoy the journey of parenthood and to share in their joys with my amazing grandchildren and even now great grands.
I have had the opportunity to watch my siblings chase their dreams and have even been included on a few occasions.
I have watched The Magic Flute performed at Semper Opera House in Dresden, Germany.
I have at least driven through parts of every state in The United States of America.
I have flown “stand by” and learned the inner workings of commercial flight.
I have encouraged others to dream the impossible dream through public speaking.
I have learned to laugh at myself.
I have been the first person on a young horse’s back. (Not as dramatic as it might sound as my sister literally had him eating out of the palm of her hand before plunking me up there.)
I have started an art club, that continued to meet and grow even after I was unable to attend.
I have taught art classes, and enjoyed watching people do what they didn’t think they could.
I have learned to walk again when I was told I never would.
I have learned to trust in God, not religion.
I have learned to embrace hope and to look for the light.
I have enjoyed sunshine and danced in the rain, I have dreamed dreams and chased them down. I still struggle with not sweating the small stuff. I have learned that life is a journey, not a destination. I am determined to enjoy the journey.
Liz Drake
Facebook Art Page Tangled World by Liz Drake

I think you can see why this moved me to think about my experiences and accomplishments as well as heartaches! As I thought of some of the things I would put on my list, I decided that writing the list would be a great personal growth exercise. So here’s my list of things I’ve done:

  • I have sung/performed in 12 states and 6 countries.
  • I sang a gospel spiritual as part of a choral performance in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and in the Cathedral in Riems, France. Amazing acoustics!
  • I’ve rattled windows with my sung high notes.
  • I’ve interpreted classes from preschool to advanced university courses.
  • I have earned fluency in 3 languages (though sometimes I think I should remove English from the list).
  • I have earned 2 college degrees.
  • I don’t have biological children but have always raised others’ kids.
  • I drove a school bus for 5 years.
  • I’ve worked as a bilingual secretary for a relief organization.
  • I’ve studied Music in the German language.
  • I’ve performed in the opera including roles in Don Giovanni and La Traviata and Die Fledermaus.
  • I have sung in churches across a 6 state region. I felt at the time that it was Every church in the region!
  • I’ve driven on the Autobahn at speeds so fast it scares me to think about!
  • I have learned to play the violin, piano, kettle drums, electric bass and the trombone.
  • I’ve been a manager at McDonald’s.
  • I worked as a Sign Language Interpreter for 15 years.
  • I’ve been abandoned by a parent and rediscovered them after 31 years.
  • I’ve experienced the grief of losing 2 careers to illness.
  • I’ve been the choir director in a church.
  • I sat and sang to my mother as she slipped into death.
  • I have ridden a Tennesee Walker, an Appendix (quarter horse/thoroughbred mix) and an ornery palomino.
  • I have mucked stalls, fed, hayed and groomed horses.
  • I learned to drive on a stick shift (manual transmission).
  • I’ve experienced youth hostels in 4 countries.
  • I have been a foster parent.
  • I’ve worked as a travel agent.
  • I’ve taken an overnight ferry between Maine and New Brunswick Canada
  • I’ve traveled through Alaska, eaten Caribou sausage, stood in Denali and ridden a tram up the side of a volcano. I have seen the Aurora Borealis, whales and been herded by dolphins.
  • I’ve stood at the foot of the Swiss Alps unable to see the tops.
  • I have fostered abused and rescued dogs for the shelter and the rescue agencies.
  • I’ve volunteered in the local animal shelter.
  • I’ve worked as a legal secretary.
  • I’ve become an artist and blogger.
  • I’ve been a college football fan and attended Oklahoma University home games from about 1972-1982, as a child with my younger sister. We watched Billy Sims’ heisman trophy season and several National Championship years.
  • I started working as a sacker in a grocery store at age 14 years.
  • I experienced the shaking and boom of the explosion of the Murrough building bombing in downtown Oklahoma city.
  • I sang in the National Memorial Service for those lost in the bombing.
  • I’ve traveled and camped in most states in the union.
  • I have lost 3 people to suicide.
  • I have learned to care about God’s opinion and ignore those of organized religions.
  • I have learned to focus on the good and survive the bad.
  • Most importantly though, I’ve found that you can still find happiness and fulfillment even after your dreams and hopes are crushed. It’s all about the willingness to open up to new experiences and possibilities, and having the right attitude about the change.

I can only imagine the amazing lists you all might come up with! I encourage anyone interested to use the comments section and post your own lists! It’s a fascinating experience and you will feel much more accomplished and interesting when you finish! I look forward to reading your comments! Write in your own language and I’ll post a translation. If you have questions, please contact me at Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com.

It’s a String Thing Challenge #210

 

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!

Diva Challenge #331 Petoskey Stones

This week’s Diva challenge was brought to us by guest blogger Jane Reiter. Jane challenged us to tangle the pattern on the Petoskey Stone.

The above image is a close up of the radiating pattern on the Petoskey stones. This image is thanks to Wikipedia. The first thing was to figure out how to draw the pattern accurately. This is how I did it. There’s no right or wrong way but the perfectionist in me wanted it to be as accurate as possible.

Here’s my tile.

 

 

Eni Oken’s Art Club

Recently I wrote briefly about artist and CZT, Eni Oken and her new Art Club. In this post I want to highlight Art Club, show the amazing lessons offered and share the art I’ve produced since practicing Eni’s wonderful techniques. Eni is a talented artist with a real gift for teaching. My favorite part of this post, however, is the opportunity to learn more about Eni and what brought her to Zentangle. Thanks Eni, for sharing some of your personal history as well as your teaching methods. I’m just an amateur artist but I’m quite pleased with how my art has progressed since starting Art Club. My journey started with Eni’s ebook 3D Tangles: Shading Fearlessly.

 Then I went through her ebook 3D Tangle:  Overlapping Zentangle®

Upon finishing these books, I drew this tangled flower inspired by CZT Helen Williams’ Ribbon Petals. With shading and Overlapping techniques from Eni’s books, I felt I was finally making some progress artistically with these techniques. There is always room for improvement of course! 

I was dying to try more of Eni’s lessons but to purchase them all separately would be expensive and take time. Eni’s art has fascinated me since I started tangling and I think I was just waiting for her to start Art Club. The Art Club experience starts with her most recent book or video then everything new she publishes thereafter. I started with her video on Mooka 3D and Dingbatz. 


I loved it! Since then, her Mooka 3D has shown up in my art over and over becoming one of my “go-to” patterns to draw. Here’s an example of Mooka 3D in a Dingbatz.

 

Next I did Twisted Ropes which I loved as well! It’s not a big secret that I love them all! I was absolutely addicted to Twisted Ropes, and drew it over and over until the next lesson was released! This twisted rope mess is so busy it loses the eye but I had such fun embellishing the ropes I just enjoyed the process and didn’t worry about the composition. I love tangling on cardboard! Recycling at it’s best!

 

 

Ribbon Showgirl is one of my favorites! I’m using the ribbon techniques everywhere! Plus there’s a companion ebook that goes with the video lesson!



 The next lesson was a different way to tackle the very difficult pattern, Peanuckle (by Molly Hollibaugh). At least, it was tough for me! After the Peanuckle video lesson, it’s another go-to pattern for me. 

 

 

It took a lot of practice but now I can do Peanuckle all day! There are more lessons but these were the most successful for me. Even more important, these lessons got me drawing again and that was the biggest job of all! 

The most recent to video to date is on Tangled words. It’s my favorite, of course!


This was a great lesson and though I struggled to draw the letters small enough to fit on a standard tile, I loved how this project turned out! These will make great gifts for the holidays!

 

I’m always interested to know how such talented people come to the Zentangle ®  Method.  Eni was kind enough to share some of her personal history with me for this article. It constantly amazes me how so many people come to the Zentangle ® Method through illness, tragedy or trauma. Let me share a bit about Eni Oken in her own words.

I was born in Brazil, but came for the first time to the US at only 6 weeks of age while my parents attended school in Berkeley. After returning to Brazil, my mother and my grandmother were incredibly encouraging of my inclination to arts and crafts. My first memory of being thinking of myself as an artist was at the early age of 8 years old. My grandmother was especially dedicated in teaching me all types of arts and crafts, knitting, drawing, lace-making, embroidery, you name it. 
 
For some bizarre twist, I ended up getting a degree in Architecture, but that was never my first desire. I continued to work with anything and everything that was related to the design and arts, illustration, window dressing, model making, computer graphics, video game design, jewelry design, costume design, dollmaking, fashion, sculpting, so many I can’t even remember. 
 
About 22 years ago, I came back to the US to live and was one of the early adopters of using online environment to work as a self employed artist. I worked creating fantasy environments for video games, and won a number of awards during that time.
 
Teaching art always came naturally to me, it was almost as if creating art wasn’t complete without the teaching component. I explore art and then have this incredible need to teach what I learned to others. I started teaching art very soon after college and have continued to teach in one way or another throughout my entire career. 
 
Eventually I switched from the grueling schedule of computer graphics to jewelry design, and I developed a very successful educational website called jewelrylessons.com. My path was suddenly interrupted by discovering stage 4 cancer in 2010. During the years of treatment, I could hardly work, could not teach or even produce art. 
 
At the recommendation of my oncologist, I started to draw again while in bed — a collection of works called “muddyglasses”, depicting aspects of the treatment. These were gruesome and weird, my oncologist then encouraged me to find some happier themes 🙂 and that’s when I found Zentangle.”

I got to the end of this post and realized I sound like an advertisement for Eni! This post was my idea as I intend to share more of my art using Eni’s techniques as I move forward. The truth is that I am thriving artistically on these lessons and I just can’t say enough about them. Eni has a dedicated Facebook group just for Art Club members where we can share our trials and finished projects, ask for help in the group, and best get feedback from Eni Oken real-time! I’m looking forward to seeing what is coming up next. I know there is a tangled letter lesson and one on making distressed tiles. 😊 I can’t wait!

 

New Pattern: Marito

Two months ago as I was playing with the pattern Trefoil, it occurred to me to try and make the triangular framework into more of a curved ribbon style. The day before I’d seen CZT, Suzanne McNeill’s pattern Wavy Border on Pinterest and somehow that experimentation plus the Wavy Border visual became my new pattern, Marito. It is a nickname for my little boy who was very much on my mind while I was working that day. While Marito has a similar look to Wavy Border, it’s a different process as well as having many ways to vary the look. Marito has 2 versions, one using a more triangular shape and one that is rounded. It is great for borders as it allows for a wide variety of embellishment possibilities. I love it particularly for gem borders. It can be as simple or fancy as you want. A special thanks to Amanda Rose Rambo for contributing the feature image!

As with my other 2 patterns, I am very interested in seeing and posting any art you might create using Marito! Email me your pictures at Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com and I’ll add an album with everyone’s Marito art! If you have seen this pattern elsewhere, please let me know and I will remove it.

Embedded Letters and Eni Oken’s Art Club

It’s been quiet….too quiet. I haven’t posted for a couple of months. Last year, between July 4th and August 14th, I lost 3 dear people to suicide. All I’ve done since is to keep getting out of bed every day and to hold my little boy close. I’d like to say it’s gotten easier but really the pain is as fresh as a year ago. I’ve taken a couple of months to get my emotional health sorted out and taken a break to spend time with my grandson who is struggling with the same losses. The good news is that I feel I’m fighting through it and I hope to blog some without stressing myself with a lot of work. Thanks for your support and understanding.

I’m particularly grateful for Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, founders of the Zentangle® Method, and their video series called “Kitchen Table Tangles” (KTT) on the Zentangle ® Mosaic App via YouTube. They took a new look at several classic tangles and I found mine took on a new life! The most recent video was about embedded letters. Basically to camouflage the drawn letters with simple tangles and embellishments making them blend into the art piece. I incorporated Eni Oken’s 3D Mooka into many of mine (I will talk about Eni in a moment) and I’m addicted to drawing them! Here are some of my attempts.

And last I used a simple S curve embellished with Eni Oken’s 3D Mooka.

I recently joined Eni Oken’s Art Club. Eni is a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and artist with 30 years of experience. She has many ebooks and videos for purchase that incorporate the Zentangle ® Method with her art techniques. If you are searching for Zentangle art on Pinterest, you have certainly seen her art. I started with her book 3D Tangles, Shading Fearlessly, added 2 more and then she added Art Club! Art Club allows you access to her newest book or video, plus every new lesson that she releases from that point on, for a reasonable monthly fee. I love it! I’m addicted to her lessons! I’ve spent many happy hours practicing these techniques and I’ll be focusing on my journey with art club as we move forward. If you’re interested in Eni Oken’s Art Club, start here on Eni’s website.

It is good to finally be back to writing! Now that school has started I have more time for art exploration! Come back soon for the step out to my new pattern: Marito!

Artist Focus: Carlos Cano

Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com! This week I’m bringing another incredibly talented artist, Carlos Cano, from Spain! I’ve had plans to feature Carlos for weeks and I’m so glad I can now showcase his amazing art! Carlos’ story is a fascinating tale of artistic progression. Personally, I am a big fan of the first picture below! Let’s get to know Carlos Cano!


“Hi, I’m Carlos Cano, and  live in Madrid, Spain. Since I was young I liked art in general, and drawing in particular. My initial attempts were drawings with ballpoint pen, first only in black and white, and little by little I introduced some color. I have to say that I have always been a simple amateur, I have never received any kind of art (except zentangle, I will get to that). My drawings were always abstract, in somewhat twisted ways, so much so that some friend always said that what I drew was “guts.” Sometimes I relied on something from my surroundings, but I always experimented with it: I was looking for shapes to attract me.
One of the things I always tried to achieve was color gradients, which took me for hours with the ballpoint pen. I also started to test gradients with stippling, but with this technique I did less drawings
I have always enjoyed experimenting with shapes and techniques, and always tried to go to all the art exhibitions that I have been able to. After each exhibition, when I got home, I came back loaded with inspiration, and I turned in blocks of drawing trying to do something similar to what I had seen (which I never got, but that really amused me).

 

Let me show you some of my old drawings, with ball point pens, and one stippled: 


This is an amazing example of stipple (using tiny dots to shade or make pictures). I’ve done these and they are incredibly time consuming but the effect is very cool!
 

 

In 1988 I left up drawing and began to try many other unfinished activities (including learning Japanese, or play rock guitar)

Three years ago, I took again a pen thinking on try some idea. In this case I used fountain pens, also drawing with dots. I did four drawings. The next is the one I prefer:


 

 

But it’s not good idea stippling with fountain pens: the ink always dries, and it changes color. And the nibs, well, they oxidize and also change the ink color.

Then, I discovered zentangleand before I learned the technique, I made the next attempt, also with stippling and fountain pens:



 



This astounded me! All small dots! I can’t imagine the time this took! Stunning!  

 

Since 2005 I have been attending Zentangle classes with María Pérez-Tovar, and I have always tried to experiment with the different tangles, modifying them and trying different ways to use them. For example, these are some personal versions of three tangles. Tri-BeeInapodNiuroda


 

 

I’ve used also some sense of humor in my drawings (the first is a version of the tangle Drawings, the second was for Halloween:

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I’ve mixed different media in a drawing, as in this hand I’ve used micron, alcohol markers, color pencils and stippling:

 

 

Spend a minute looking at this. There is so much subtext and the attention to detail is to be appreciated! I think my favorite element is the single Printemps on the index finger. A perfect example of the line weighting we’ve been working on in in various groups! Perfection!

 

Recently I have recovered the desire to experiment with other techniques, and I have redrawn with colored ballpoint pens. This has been my first attempt for more than 30 years.

 

Ballpoint pens are what’s really amazing about this and all of them. With a pen like Pigma Micron or other technical pens there is a nib with ink flow like a felt tip pen. Stipple takes a light touch down for each dot. Ballpoint requires pressure with a circle movement each time. No big deal. Until you work on this scale. Incredible!

 

In this drawing I’ve used Copic markers as color background, and ballpoint pens:

 

 

 

 

One technique I discovered recently is that of shaving cream. With it you get backgrounds of random colors very interesting. I use it with liquid watercolor, although you can also use food coloring, even acrylic paint. My way of drawing on these backgrounds is not very orthodox: I try to draw shapes following the colors of the background and then modifying and adding figures as they occur to me. I must say that my way of drawing is formed by 90% of improvisation, and some previous idea that I quickly modify as I discover possibilities in what is coming out.

The following sequence shows more or less of what I’m talking about:
 
 

 

The next example correspond to a version of StaubKorn’s Pico:



 

With patience and imagination, you can transform any background in what you want. For example, I transformed a partial blue tile in a “tree of life”:



I’m still in awe of Carlos’ techniques both old and new! I’m going to try the shaving cream trick for sure! I’m so excited and blessed to have the opportunity to get to know these artists from across the world! You are a fascinating bunch and I cant wait to show you who is next!

 

 

Diva Challenge 317

Welcome back to the new weekly “I am the Diva” challenge #317! This week was something completely different that CZT Laura Harms hasn’t done before. We are to cut or print a picture from a magazine or newspaper, afix the picture to a tile and tangle around it. It is an interesting challenge and I’m sure the tiles will be fascinating to see. I loved the idea but it presented a challenge for me. I don’t do print as I am a clutter bug so it left me with a problem as to what picture to use. As I went through my coloring books I ran across one of my beginning Zentangle books by CZT Suzanne McNeill. Zentangle 11 workbook edition is the book and on the back there’s a word, “Tangle”, thats been colorfully tangled. It was the perfect size and I decided to use it. I started worrying about copyright infringement about the time I finished the tile, so I went to Suzanne McNeill’s blog and asked her permission to use it. I haven’t heard back but of course she’s a busy lady and I am ready to post. So here is my Diva challenge tile 317 and I hope Suzanne wont mind my using her image! If you are interested in Suzanne McNeill’s blog here is a link! In the USA her wonderful books are available on Amazon.