Artist Focus: Anica of Zen Linea

Hello and welcome to The Tireless Tangler!  It’s been awhile since I posted here and a lot of changes are in the works! One thing that hasn’t changed and won’t change is the Artist Focus posts highlighting these incredible artists and the personalities behind the art. I’ll be honest and say that I sometimes am stunned and amazed at who these artists are and how they arrived on my radar! I’ve been admiring the artist this week for quite some time. Her lovely style and composition always combine to create something incredibly beautiful! As I prepared this focus, I was almost speechless at the wonderful person behind the art. This week’s artist in focus is the talented Anica of Zen Linea! Many of you will recognize her art from Facebook and Instagram. I will let you see for yourself what she has to say. Let me introduce you to Anica aka (also known as) Zen Linea!
 
 
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“Hi, my name is Anica and I’m very happy to be the featured artist on thetirelesstangler.com.

 

 

 

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I am a 42 year old living in Croatia. If you asked at least 90% of my friends and acquaintances to describe me, they would tell you that I’m a wife and a mother to a teenage girl, that we own a beloved Maltese dog. They would also know that I’ve been working in the financial industry for 15 years, taking the CFO roles for the past 12. My husband’s and my love for music and traveling has brought us to many cities, countries and a few continents, seeing dozens of concerts of our favorite rock bands and getting to know fellow concert goers with which we share our passion. 

 

 

 

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Then there is also that precious area of my life that I tend not to disclose to everybody. My nearest friends know just how passionate I am about arts and crafts, as well as those fellow artists that know me from some craft forums, closed Facebook groups or other social network outlets.

 

 

 

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As a kid I loved to draw but my professional life took me into other directions so I doodled on every little paper at hand, while keeping my nose stuck mostly in spreadsheets or specific software I used for work. After I gave birth to my daughter, who will soon turn 16, I got the sudden urge to make something with my hands. I purchased some beads and wires and made a set of Christmas ornaments that I use to this day. Later I decided to develop the wire working skills and started making jewelry. I connected to a group of Croatian crafters through an internet forum and spent hours making intricate jewelry pieces. At that time I stumbled upon Eni Oken’s web page and invested in her stunning tutorials. After I decided that it is a shame to waste so much time on craft materials, I started purchasing silver supplies and gemstones and finally decided to take a formal class so I now own a title of a Contemporary Jewelry Designer that accompany my Master of Economics title. I was smitten with jewelry making for a few years, but my daily job started to occupy me more and more, which led to less and less jewelry making.

 

 

 

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Fast forward a couple of years and two years ago I came across Eni Oken again, only this time it was to find out that she switched from silver and pliers to pens and pencils!!! You can imagine my excitement when I found out that there is this structured doodle art form called Zentangle! I was immediately hooked, started an online search and tried to get my hands on as many books and art supplies as possible. I discovered many talented and supporting artists which inspire me on daily basis. So here I am today, with an album full of drawings, drawers full of supplies and a brain full of ideas.

 

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I started from the old-school white tiles with black pen for line drawing and graphite pencil for shading. Then I discovered tan and grey tiles and fell in love with the use of white pens and pencils. Getting good quality art supplies can be a challenge in Croatia so on a trip to the US I purchased a big set of Prismacolor pencils. They sat on the shelf and challenged me to try them out for some time, before I finally grabbed them and fell in love with using them for coloring and shading tiles. It is so important to be curious and fearlessly try different directions. I find that my interest in art making is helping me face challenging life decision that not only affect my hobbies. I’ll try to explain why that is so and what Zentangle means to me.

 

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There are many things that I love about Zentangle. Not being a patient artist who works on the same piece for days, weeks or months, I appreciate the small format with a standard 9×9 cm tile size. It is so comforting for me to see a small blank paper tile, as opposed to a big white canvas. You can have only a few fairly cheap supplies, carry them in a purse and draw almost everywhere. You can pick and choose among working on an intricate piece or a simple drawing that can end up being as impressive, or even more so. And even if you opt for a complex piece, you can finish it at one take, right after getting back from work. I tried meditation as a means to relax and recharge but I find my mind wandering and obstructing the process. With Zentangle I suddenly find myself breathing calmly, focusing on one line at a time and everything seems to be so peaceful and simple, just as life should be. My alias that I use on social media sites is Zen Linea (linea is a Latin word for a line) and I believe that those two words are the nucleus of Zentangle art form. There is a lot to learn from mindfulness practices, and Zentangle is a perfect choice for those who tend to express themselves through art. There are many who believe that they can’t draw even a straight line and change their mind while using Zentangle method, getting self-assured and taking back the power, not only to tackle paper and pen, but also other life challenges. That is the power which Zentangle represents to me.

 

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My goal is to keep exploring, try new techniques and art forms and never stop being a curious child with a passion for making things. There is nothing more rewarding than taking something raw and simple, being that a pen and a paper, a piece of wire, an acrylic paint tube, some modeling clay, a piece of fabric or a wire, and turning it into something new, giving it a new life. That’s what everything is about and I’m confident that it pays off to pursue this passion and share it with others. 

 

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I have an Instagram account (instagram.com/zen.linea) and a Facebook page (facebook.com/zen.linea) so you can check and see what I’m up to. I am not a traditional artist by profession but I’ll be delighted if my work sparks someone’s inspiration for creating. I am so grateful to many great artists I stumbled upon through all the past years that led me to what I am and what I’m yet to become.”

 

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Anica is so wise in so many ways! It has been a real honor and privilege to get to know her better! I’m a real fan of her art and I encourage you all to follow her social media!  It’s always a wonderful surprise to see her newest posts! I also invite you to see my first video featuring Anica’s art on YouTube! This is where I beg you to like and subscribe to my channel! Anica’s art is so awesome with music! https://youtu.be/J-K6Tfdi5l4
 
I have so many new artists to share and you will love them all! As always, dont forget to leave a comment or like! That’s how I know I’m doing the right things, or complaints are also a chance for improvement! See you soon for the next Artist Focus!

About Me!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my website, thetirelesstangler.com! My name is Cyndee Pelley and I am the voice of this site. It is my hope that you will find this site useful and informative, but also meaningful! There are a lot of Zentangle sites around and most of them are amazing places. One of the things that makes this site special, I believe, is the artist focus posts. These written pieces about the life of the artist, mixed with the beauty of their art are often inspirational to me. I feel by sharing these things together we peek into the souls of these wonderful people. This leaves me feeling deeply privileged!  The lives they touch and their personal philosophy can make you think twice about your pain or how tough life is for you, yourself! I know I’ve been personally humbled to know the people with whom I’ve spoken. Art has become my passion and I’m excited and driven to share something special!I have written, to date, 12 focus articles. The first on an amazing artist from the Zentangle®️ Mosaic App, Sarah Fowler, in the United Kingdom, but I also have written of artists from Spain, Canada, South Africa and Taiwan to name a few! I’ve realized this is something important I’m meant to do. I hope you will agree! A special thanks to each of the artists who’ve given their time and shared their art! 

I also haven’t arrived here without a lot of encouragement from the wonderful Zentangle®️ Mosaic App community. CZT, Ellie Miller, Sarah Fowler, CZT, Terri Delaune, CZT, Jody Genovese, CZT, Laura Story, and so many more have all had a hand in giving me the courage to take this step! My life has literally been transformed by the caring support and encouragement of these people! I’m truly blessed! 

So, about me!😊 I’m 56 years old and I’m a single mom of an 8-year-old boy. I’m an artist (you have no idea how hard it is to say that but it’s getting easier!), and a blogger. I’m also completely disabled with a degenerative spinal disease that has left me with nerve damage on my left side. This makes walking straight and not falling down a nice surprise every day! 😚 2 years ago, I lived in my room and didn’t leave the house. I was seriously depressed and hopeless. I felt without purpose and that I was a burden on others. I knew I needed help because I was in a dark emotional place. I signed up for a counselor and I’ve seen her ever since. My beautiful German Rottweiler, Simba, keeps me smiling! He never lets me sit too long without a break and is always encouraging me with his love and attention. He may never work as a public access service dog but he definitely qualifies as one as he can help me stand and walk straight. No words about me are complete without him in my life. 

Here’s my best friend and companion, Simba!

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My first sketchpad was dedicated to my counselor because it was she who put me on this journey. We have tangled together a couple of times because I feel it’s so important she be aware of the positive effect of Zentangle for others like me she may come across in her practice!

Skip the adult coloring phase and go to drawing my own pictures (although I learned a LOT about colored pencils and blending.) I was drawing a dragon for the grandkids and wanted a pattern to put on her wing. You may notice she is unfinished because here I found Zentangle!

Color dragon by Cyndee Pelley

Fast forward through Pinterest and to TanglePatterns.com and there I found the Zentangle®️ Method! How that moment fundamentally changed me. I began drawing patterns about 18 to 20 hours a day. This is how my blog was named. Drawing became my sole focus. It was like a dam burst and suddenly I was free! My art wasn’t very mature (still isn’t) but it’s improving! Here’s the first thing I uploaded to Mosaic.

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This is called a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art). Meaning it’s a mix of patterns and ideas based on the Zentangle Method but not conforming to the structure and rules of it. Like adding color.

My next pivotal moment was reading Dr. and CZT, Ellie Miller’s blog post (tanglesxm.com) about the Zentangle Primer, vol. 1 and why it was the best Zentangle purchase she had made. I finally spent some precious cash and there, I truly began to understand the Zentangle®️ Method. It is a method and not just for drawing. My most important attitude shift happened with this beautiful book, whose dustcover had to be removed because I was using it constantly. 

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My second try! After this, my addiction to Zentangle and art were permanent! After, buying Eni Oken’s books and joining Eni Oken’s Art Club, I am finally courageous enough to say “I’m an artist”. 

Last year, I experienced the tragedy of suicide, 3 times in 6 weeks. It was months before I was calm enough to draw, much less write this blog. I didn’t think I’d survive. But I kept trying, thanks to my counselor and the Zentangle community, I’m back and determined not to give up. My life is unrecognizable from last year at this time. It is always filled with adversity but I have managed to find my joy again thanks to Zentangle and the support I can always find with you, my dear readers! 💔 Thank you for making my life rich and full again. Each of you is dear to me!

This is my disclosure section: unfortunately, I now need one, but it is a sign of progress. 

I am currently an affiliate marketer for Amazon (US) but i hope to add the UK, CA, and DE.

I’m also an affiliate marketer for Eni Oken’s Art Club. 

What does affiliate marketing mean? Basically that I host ads for things I think are useful to the artistic community, or, as with Eni Oken’s Art Club, I may earn a small commission if you join art club using the link on my website, or make a purchase on Amazon using my link.

I am in the process of branding this website. Making choices in how I want it to look and be set up. Please give me your feedback if you love or hate anything. If something doesn’t work, I want to know so I can fix it! It will probably undergo several transformations before I’m happy with it. I would ask your patience for my growing pains. I want to switch to a business plan and I need to figure this out before I begin offering anything. Being an affiliate may help pay for some of my costs moving forward. 

Most important is to tell you that this site and blog are mine. The decisions on what to write and what to say are solely mine. Neither Amazon.com nor Enioken.com is responsible or liable in any way for my words or mistakes. All content is my responsibility alone.

Lastly, and most importantly, if you’re enjoying the posts here, please leave a like or a comment so I know how I’m doing! I’m very close to 15,000 views and I would love to reach that goal before January 1st, 2018.

Thanks to all my followers and readers! You make this worthwhile!

This picture is my pride and joy. Thank you Eni Oken for this amazing lesson! Tangled Dragons

Tangled dragon image by Cyndee Pelley

Art Club: Here Be Dragons!

Disclaimer: All Art included in this post is copyrighted by the artists who created them! Most are watermarked but even the ones that aren’t, are still protected under copyright laws. They may not be downloaded, pinned, used or replicated by anyone other than the submitting artist. All artists here retain all rights to their creations. ©️2017, thetirelesstangler.com

Dragons! Something most people would love to be able to draw and now you can! Eni Oken released a new lesson about 3 weeks ago and it was a huge, dragon-filled success! Everyone loved it and I’m so grateful to everyone in art club who offered their dragons for this post! From polished artist to beginner, you will see just how awesome and easy this lesson is to draw! Within an hour of watching the lesson, this was my partially completed dragon! Not bad!

All of Eni’s lessons are great and this was amazing! I couldn’t believe how easy this was. You might be thinking “it wouldn’t be that easy for me. I’m no artist!” This makes me smile because a year ago I would have said the same thing. If you are looking for a great lesson to try, this one is a winner! I will say that this lesson is intermediate level, so some tangling experience is helpful. Eni Oken has a great ebook/video lesson library centered around beginner’s needs, so that may be a better place to begin, however I highly recommend trying a video lesson, like TangledDragons, too. There are so many nuances to the videos, having Eni Oken explain the why and how to while watching her lessons, really brings it all together for me.

This is my first complete dragon! It was really simple and honestly, no one could have convinced me that try number 2 would go this great. In our Facebook group for Eni Oken’s Art Club, we have members who have posted more than 10 dragons already. Of course, I’ve been writing and haven’t had the time to draw more. You will all be amazed at what they’ve accomplished.

Some of the artists in art club wanted to share their thoughts about Eni Oken and Art Club. Each of these artists are at a different place in their journey but we travel the road together.

Jenna Black

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“Tangled Dragons was one of my favorites of Eni’s lessons (how many times have I said that?), and I’m addicted. But while the dragon drawing addiction was still upon me, I happened on a new addiction of tangling on white canvas sneakers. So I figured I’d combine my addictions for a pair of dragon-tangled sneakers. (Here’s hoping I do a decent job of matching on the second sneaker….!)” – Jenna Black, member of  Eni Oken’s Art Club 

Visit Jenna’s Etsy store here! Her hand painted pendants are stunning!

Night Magic, available now!
Descendant: the Complete Nikki Glass Series, available now!
Hand painted pendants: www.Etsy.com/shop/JennaBlackZen
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 Visit Tandika.com and check out her terrific blog!

Sallie Binder

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Sallie Binder

“Anyone interested in improving their interest and understanding of art and at the same time become a part of an incredibly loving & supportive group of people with all levels of artist expertise, from beginners like me to more accomplished artist like many in the group, then Eni Oken’s Art Club is the place you want to be. I joined this group about 6 months ago and it was the best decision I have ever made. I’ve not only improved my artistic skills considerably, the joy factor in my life has immensely increased. Now a day with art is like a day without sunshine. Do yourself a favor and look into this opportunity at enioken.com. You won’t regret it!!” -Sallie Binder, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club

 

Mabel Yap

 

Mabel Yap

 

Mabel Yap

“Eni’s classes have constantly challenged me beyond my comfort zone and brought my tangling to places I’ve never thought possible.” – Mabel Yap, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club 

 

Violette Kolly

“I always look forward to Eni Oken’s videos, every lesson gives you the opportunity to discover new techniques, and make new progress. And what a fun! I never thought I would ever draw dragons!!!” -Violette Kolly, member of art club 

 

Carrie James

“This was my third attempt at a dragon following Eni Oken’s wonderfully inspiring and step by step technique.  Really amazed myself, suspend your disbelief and give tangling a try.“ – Carrie James, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club 

 

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Carmen Clayton

 

Carmen Clayton

 “I have gone crazy over the dragon challenge Eni Oken threw out there to us! If there are any tanglers out there or someone who would like to learn how to tangle, I urge you to join Eni Oken’s Art Club! Not only do you learn how to draw and shade properly for a low monthly payment but you get at least two videos/lessons a month with a lot of interaction from your new found friends and Eni too (friend) helping, encouraging, and supporting you in you tangling or even personal encouragement if you want to share! It is a fun group and Eni has taught us, me at least, a lot of tiny details! Come and join the fun and learn!!” – Carmen Clayton, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club

 

Vivica Chenoweth

 

Vivica Chenoweth

“I love Eni’s Art Club.  I’ve learned so much from her and my art just keeps getting better.  The Tangled Dragons lesson was fantastic!  Eni’s videos are the perfect combination of Zentangle art and professional instruction.   Her detailed directions and tips are wonderful and easy to follow.  Most of all they are fun!” – Vivica R. Chenoweth, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club 

Follow Vivica on Instagram:  @vrchenoweth

 

Magda Wellens

 

Magda Wellens

 

Magda Wellens

 

Liz Brott

 

Liz Brott

Follow Liz on Instagram @tangledrebel

 

Sandra Mitchell

 

Sandra Mitchell

Sandra Mitchell

 

Sandra Mitchell

“I love the Art Club. Without it I would never have tried to draw dragons. I never would have tried them and I love drawing them. It has totally opened new doors for me. And the support I have received from everyone is worth the world to me.” – Sandra Mitchell, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club 

 

Philippa Napper

 

Philippa Napper

  

Debra Huff

 

Debra Huff

 

Debra Huff

 

Tracy Lucero

 

Tracy Lucero

Tracy Lucero

 

Annie Taylor

Follow Annie’s business here  http://www.merakistudioalcala.es/ Or here on her personal blog http://www.stillchocolateannie.blogspot.com/

Karen Stedman

 

Karen Stedman

Karen Stedman

Karen Stedman

 

 

Denise Dineen

Denise Dineen

 

Vicki Fassett

 

 

Mary Hicks

Jana Bauer

Tara Provost

Tara Provost

 

Tara Provost

 

Tara Provost

 

Ann Barbro

Ann Barbro

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Heidi Litzke

 

This post took on a life of it’s own. The more dragons that came in, the clearer it became how this lesson resonated with members. Click here to get Eni Oken’s TangledDragon Lesson! If you’d like to join Eni Okens Art Club click here.

Now, for one final disclaimer!

This blog is mine, the ideas for posts, words, and intent are all mine. Eni Oken has graciously allowed me to become her first affiliate marketer. Since I’m writing about art club anyway, and I’ve been searching for a way to defray the rising costs of running this blog, this seemed a perfect fit. What does this mean for you? If you should decide to join art club and decide to use the link on my site, I may earn a small commission. This is the only business arrangement Eni Oken and I have. She does not pay me for advertising or for promoting her site, or Art Club. Enioken.com is not responsible for any content on this site nor any mistakes that may be made by me. Eni Oken is an amazing teacher and person and it is with gratitude for her contributions to my life and art that I write so passionately about Art Club! – Cyndee Pelley, thetirelesstangler.com