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It’s a String Thing Challenge 272

It’s time to focus again on my favorite challenges. Adele Bruno’s “it’s a string thing” challenge is one of my dearest. Adele has a wisdom and an understanding and respect for the Zentangle ® Method that always brings me back to the perfect mindset. If you haven’t visited Adele’s blog, Tickled to Tangle, I highly recommend it! The string for this challenge was quite simple. 2 slightly curved lines that cross. Our tangles are two Zentangle ® Original tangles, Verdigogh and Jetties.

Here’s my tile! I couldn’t resist a bit of holiday license! I’ll see you next week for the Diva Challenge, as well as a look at what’s happening in Eni Oken’s Art Club! See you then!

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12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 12!

Today represents the final day of our Zentangle ® Project Pack 04. If you’ve been following along with us, your spinner is almost finished! Today we had the final lesson with Molly Hollibaugh and Martha Huggins, Rick and Maria’s daughters. The tangles today were again, favorites. Tipple, Zinger, Vega, Verdigogh and Rixty! Upon finishing my tangling, I used my Derwent Inktense Pencils to watercolor the 4 corners, added more to the inner rings and used my Sakura Pen-Touch in gold to finish off the outer ring. I’m still undecided about tangling the corners or letting the color stand alone. Tomorrow is to be a celebration and I’m assuming we’ll be adding the spinners. Once again, if you don’t have the project pack, I’ve seen people use tiles, or larger squares and drawn in the circles. One CZT, Marguerite Samama, put 4 tiles together and did it that way. You can see all kinds of examples on Zentangle ® Mosaic App, just search #PP04. You can do the same on Facebook. I love that although we are doing the same lessons and tangles, the results from each artist are quite different. I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me and have allowed this to give you a few minutes of tangled bliss each day! Here’s my completed Spinner and the link to today’s lesson. Enjoy!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 11

Our 12 Days of Zentangle ® Project is almost finished! One day left, so on today’s section we once again had a lesson from Maria Thomas, one of the founders of the Zentangle ® Method. Each day has been a peaceful island in the storm of my life. I’ve appreciated each one, loved the original tangles and basked in the ever growing beautiful spinner. I honestly can’t wait to use it for teaching a class! Since we have just one more day, after finishing today’s wedge, I added some watercolor to the middle circle. I haven’t decided what I’ll do with the corners yet but we will see tomorrow. Today’s lesson included Knightsbridge, Scena, Purk and Betweed. All of these are favorites. Here’s my day 11 progress and Maria’s video link. Thanks to Maria for bringing such love and positivity to this method that has changed me fundamentally!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 9

Hello everyone! We are fast approaching the end of our wonderful 12 Days of Zentangle ® Project! Today is day 9 and we are treated to another lesson from Zentangle Founder Rick Roberts. If you’ve never seen Rick tangle, it is definitely the worth your time! Rick’s style is definitely different from Maria’s. He has a slow, deliberate way of tangling that has impacted the way I approach several patterns. Today we did hollibaugh, cubine, xyg, and arukas. Rick is the king of straight line tangles! I hope you enjoy the ride! Here’s my spinner with the Zentangle youtube video!

Diva Challenge 379 and 12 Days of Zentangle Day 8

Hello everyone! It’s been a very busy Monday but I was able to finish all my projects! Yay ME! First I want to share my Diva Challenge tile for this week. The Diva has challenged us to create a holiday tile and if you’d like to follow along, here’s the link for the Diva’s challenge. I’ve been playing around with Eni Oken’s lesson on the tangle Peanuckle by Molly Hollibaugh. Peanuckle can be a tough tangle to master and I was one who struggled with it. Then I watched Eni Oken’s video lesson by the same name and it all fell into place. Like so many lessons, Eni put her own spin on things and suddenly the tangle just clicked for me. Here’s where you can find Eni’s lesson on Peanuckle. I recently watched the lesson again and took another stab at the project. Here’s my sketch pad version.

I posted this in Eni Oken’s Art Club for comments and someone suggested it was ribbons and Pine Cones. That stuck in my head and I thought I would do a color version. When the Diva asked for holiday tiles this week, it seemed the perfect solution. Here’s my Diva Challenge tile number 379!

Lastly, I want to share todays 12 Days of Zentangle videos with my spinner progress! Today’s lesson was given by the lovely Julie Willand, an important member of the Zentangle HQ family. We used the tangles Crescent Moon, Bales, Shattuck, Marasu, and Indy Rella. All of these tangles are well known and very enjoyable to use. Here’s my Spinner progress from today along with the YouTube video link. Enjoy and I’ll see you all tomorrow!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 3

Hi everyone! This will be short but I want to continue to share the Zentangle ® 12 days of Zentangle videos along with my spinner’s daily progress. This is day 3 and the tangles used are Florz, Festune, Wadical, and Tripoli. Step-outs for these tangles can be found at TanglePatterns.com, however, there’s nothing like learning them from Maria Thomas! Here’s my day 3 progress and the Zentangle video with Maria. Enjoy!

(my little boy and our dog Simba are helpful when snapping this picture! 😍)

See you all tomorrow!💜

Zentangle ® Project Pack 04 and Diva Challenge 378

Hi everyone! I’m still running behind with my challenges, but for some reason this week, I’m driven! I’ve even been back on Facebook for the first time in months! I don’t know why but I’ve gone from no desire at all to create, to a rabid fanatical! LOL!!!

I’ve been truly enjoying the new Project Pack 04 from Zentangle HQ for the “12 days of Zentangle” this month. In years past, the work was so intimidating I wasn’t able to keep up the pace, but the project this year is actually so zenful and relaxing that I’ve been checking my email for the next lesson everyday often and eagerly! I was lucky enough to get my project pack while I was at CZT32 training in October and it is something brand new and awesome! I want to tell you though, you don’t need the project pack to follow along with the lessons. Those are freely given and can be found on YouTube or you can watch them right here! Even if you use the videos to make regular tiles, it is worth working through them. Having fun, relaxing while doing the lessons with Rick, Maria, Martha and Molly is a real gift. They are just as wonderful in person as they are on the videos! Give it a try! Project Pack 04 is something brand new and will be a great teaching tool for CZTs but also can be made into a fun tangle game when you meet up with other tanglers. The paper is Opus tile size, original tile paper, with a hole in the middle for a little spinner. Each day for 12 days, we are filling in a pie piece (don’t ask why I’m thinking pie!) with simple original tangles. It is SO relaxing and fun. Relaxing in the holiday season is a gift as well!

Here are my day one and day two pictures. In the preparation video we did the watercolor portion. Of course, I went a bit nuts with mine but I gotta do me!

Here are the first 3 videos in order with the preparation day video first, followed by day one and day two. I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!

Preparation Day

Day One

Day Two

Last but certainly not least is Diva Challenge 378! This is a UMT or “use my tangle” week and we are exploring a lovely border style tangle by CZT Antonine Koval. It’s named 123 O’Leary. It’s very easy to understand but for me I needed some practice before I finally got it to flow well. You can find Antonine’s step out here. Here’s my tile.

It’s a String Thing #267

Hello and welcome to The Tireless Tangler everyone! I’m excited to begin participating in my challenges again! I’m still struggling with more pain than normal after my trip to CZT 32 but my spirit and creative energy have been refreshed and I’m so happy to be drawing again!

It’s a String Thing is CZT, Adele Bruno’s weekly challenge on her blog, Tickled to Tangle! This week Adele challenged us to appreciate the purity of the Zentangle ® Method by using the Z string string from lesson one in the Zentangle ® Primer. Also the first string we used at CZT 32 training. I’ve explored this string many times and I really enjoyed another try with the Zentangle original patterns, Crescent Moon, Static, and Poke-root. Step-outs for these tangles can be found on TangleList and TanglePatterns.com

You might assume that using the same string and similar tangles would have similar looks but really they each create their own feel. This was a perfect way to get back into the challenges for me! Sometimes it’s perfect to keep it simple. This tile is black micron on white original Zentangle tile with graphite for shading! Simple 💜

It’s a String Thing 261

This week’s IAST tile led me on a frantic search over the last 3 days! To have a tile finished, except for finishing touches, just disappear was a mystery! For the last 2 days I thought perhaps Simba had taken it outside and chewed on it but no sign could be found. I’ve been fighting illness for a couple of weeks now and I just didn’t have the energy to worry about doing another. I figured I’d just miss this week’s challenge, which was due last night. Sigh! However, when stripping my bed this afternoon, there it was, relatively unscathed, beneath my pillow! Don’t ask how it ended up there, but since it was almost finished, I scurried around and put the finishing touches on it and here it is! (Simba is still feeling offended but I gave him a treat and he might forgive me!)

So this week’s start to IAST’S 6th year, includes 2 tangles. 3-loop-6 by CZT, Mina Hsaio, and CZT, Cheryl Moote’s Hexonu. Step-outs for both can be found on TanglePatterns.com. Here’s my tile! As always, you can join the challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog here.

Diva Challenge 368 “Straight Lines”

I’m so glad to have the Diva’s challenges back! In her 368th challenge, Laura Harms has challenged us to use only straight lines in our tiles this week. Although straight is tough for me, I threw in some MicroTangling (from the lesson of the same name by Eni Oken), Baton, and some Shattuck with a bit of Knightsbridge for embellishment and called it done. I have a real appreciation for simple and basic right now so this was great for me. Although, it’s not fancy, I enjoyed the process very much and was pleased as much with the stress relief as with the tile itself. While sitting in the chemo chair today my blood pressure started at 183/90…not good at all, but when finished, after tangling the hours away it lowered itself to 132/85. Perhaps not scientific, but proof enough for me that tangling is great for the body, mind and soul! Here’s my tile!