It’s a String Thing 256

Hi everyone and welcome back to the Tireless Tangler! I had such fun with the String Thing challenge this week! The string was a simple circle and Zendala tiles were recommended. I used one of my precious Zentangle ® tiles in black. Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle chose 3 tiles from Belgium CZT, Ria Matheussen. I’ve always appreciated Ria’s art and the chance to spend time with her patterns was an unexpected pleasure. Mazorito, Hexa, and Horti were full of promise. I wish I had time for a square tile in black and white but…here is my Zendala, using Sakura Moonlight Gelly Rolls and Sakura Stardust in silver.

It’s a String Thing #255

Welcome everyone! It’s been 2 weeks since my last post. Unfortunately, I’m struggling hard with depression. I’ve been drawing and creating but unable to write. Last week’s challenge sat unfinished and I was never able to complete it. So, I was determined to finish this week and hit back. Thank goodness for tangling!

This week’s challenge was a mix of struggle and sublime as we were given a grid pattern, Flog, by Angie Gittles, CZT, and the organic Konk, by Lori Manoogian, CZT. Naturally, given my affinity for the organic, I loved Konk and struggled with Flog. I decided to incorporate Flog into the embellishments and voilà! I used a technique from gem queen, Amanda Rose Rambo, @vitruvianart, with the orbs incorporating Derwent Inktense for the dappled effects. Then, because of Lori Manoogian’s explanation published on TanglePatterns.com, with a picture of a Conch shell, I had beaches on the mind and gave the background a golden brown sand color. Strange how the mind translates input! As always, you can join the challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog, Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com. Here’s my tile!

I am forced to share now that I don’t believe I will achieve my financial goal in time to attend CZT 32 in October. The deadline for my final payment is August 26th, just 2 weeks away. To say I’m discouraged is a huge understatement. I’ll be contacting Zentangle ®, Inc this week about what options I might have for next year. I will also be contacting my donors individually with an update. I cannot express my gratitude for all who offered either financial or emotional support! I am so close but I don’t have the ability to make up the balance. It’s a frustrating situation but I will come through stronger than ever. The campaign will run up to August 25th.

https://www.gofundme.com/Send-me-to-CZT32?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=c55e866fda7d40f182c4b9b08d7871b7

It’s a String Thing #253

It’s a new week in the “It’s a String Thing”challenge from Adele Bruno at Tickled to Tangle! I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s challenge which included all Zentangle ® original Tangles. Crescent Moon, Nipa and Printemps were on the Tangle list for this challenge. The string was a zigzag M shape and it reminded me rather strongly of the string and tangles from the first lesson in the Zentangle Primer. I’ve repeated that lesson many times and I really enjoyed merging crescent moon and nipa! My shading is a mess but overall, I’m pleased with the result! As always, you can join the challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog here!

Here’s my tile!

It’s a String Thing 252

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time for the weekly It’s a String Thing challenge number 252. This week, Adele Bruno challenged us to explore the Tangle “Deeday“. DeeDay was new to me and I really enjoyed the challenge to use DeeDay in 2 ways. One, as a String, and another using the string provided by Adele. Eni Oken’s MicroTangling lesson is still very much influencing my tangling at the moment, as evidenced by the 2nd tile. I encourage you to explore DeeDay in your next tile! As always, you can join the “It’s a String Thing” challenge by visiting Adele’s blog, Tickled to Tangle!

Here is this week’s string.

Independence Day with It’s a String Thing 250!

I’ve completed my IAST challenge early this week as the challenge was Independence Day themed for those in the USA. As I have needed to crawl under my bed for weeks this time of year, I decided to post today before my eventual hiding takes place. Here is my tile. A heartfelt congratulations go out to Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com. This is her 250th challenge!

This is the most difficult holiday for me to handle. 2 years ago, a young man I loved as a son, took his own life setting in place a heart breaking series of events. A month later, his girlfriend took her life and 2 weeks after that I lost a dear friend to suicide. This was the worst year, worst pain, worst losses I’ve experienced. 2 years later, I have very few answers and I’m still very angry. I’m saying this in a public forum to share these few thoughts.

First, suicide is a huge guilt trip for those left behind. We go over and over events wondering how we could have changed things or said something different to save them. Most of the time, we couldn’t have changed it and we have to remember that their choices were not ours. We couldn’t have stopped them. I need to remind myself daily of this!

Second, the pain is something I try to deal with but can’t. It does dull a bit over time but is right there roaring back to consume me at any moment.

Last, it is okay to be angry at their choices. I hope this is true as that is still the way I feel most days.

If someone is telling you they want to make that choice, don’t wait. Call a hotline, get help, take advice from doctors. Do NOT wait and hope for the best. Whether or not they are serious, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is tel:1-800-273-8255

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, find some useful information here.

Rest In Peace my beautiful Sean.

It’s a String Thing 249

Hey Everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! It is time for Adele Bruno’s weekly “It’s a String Thing” challenge. This week’s challenge included a string with loops and 2 great tangles, the Zentangle ® Original tangle, Diva Dance and CZT, Lynn Mead’s Abeko. As always, you can join the “String Thing” challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog, Tickledtotangle! Here’s my tile!

 

 

 

Also, this week, I published the next in my series on Celtic Knots! You can find an edited version on my new Instagram TV channel, in addition to the full version on YouTube! I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

It’s a String Thing 248 a lá MicroTangling

It’s time for the weekly “it’s a string thing” challenge! Number 248 was to draw a monotangle using the Zentangle ® Original Tangle, Drupe. I love Drupe but wanted to find a new take on an old favorite! Enter Eni Oken’s new lesson called MicroTangling. I enjoyed this lesson and the techniques it teaches very much! Here’s my Drupe tile with a MicroTangling flair. It was much more zenful than I expected, given my issue with straight lines! Join the “It’s a String Thing” challenge at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com

I haven’t talked about Eni Oken’s Art Club for awhile as my efforts have been going into my YouTube channel, but I’ve still been enjoying the lessons Eni is offering to Art Club. Because I’m struggling with my concentration, I haven’t caught up with posting the tiles. Here are a couple from MicroTangling, Fragmented Windows, Zenbuttons, and Blue Starfish. You can find Eni’s lessons here!

It’s A String Thing 246!

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s been a slow week with no Diva Challenge, but Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com, gave me a wonderful gift with this week’s challenge! CZT, Helen Williams, was a strong influence when I first started drawing. Her organic style really speaks to me and I am a big fan of Helen’s Tangles! This week’s challenge was to try out Helen’s new video “String Grid.”

Here are 2 of my many, many tiles. I’m addicted! I challenge you all to give it a try!

A quick note for everyone. I’ve got a tough anniversary coming up in a few weeks. I’ve already noticed that I am struggling to concentrate and dwelling on things a bit too much. I want to promise I will be able to force my way through this tough time without a break, but I can’t. If for some reason I am unable to post for a while, I will let you know. I can promise I’ll be back. Hang in there with me! Thanks for understanding!

Diva Challenge 364 and It’s a String Thing 244

Hey Y’all! Welcome back to the Tireless Tangler! I’m crazy late this week with everything! My son successfully (yay!!) completed 2nd grade with a stellar performance in his school musical as Derio the pig! This was his first ever performance and first speaking part and he did awesome! He has also achieved his Kung Fu green belt, and started his sparring classes this week! That boy was obsessed with his new mouthguard! I guess that’s the boy version of ballerina slippers? 😂  I was SO proud of this young man who has overcome so much and is beginning to shine! Congratulations my little man! I’m so proud of you!

During the chaos of the end of school, I’ve still been creating like a mad woman, I just haven’t had the time to write and post like I should! The other incredible thing is that my gofundme for my trip to CZT 32 has reached the halfway point! What an amazing group of people you all are! Thank you, not only for the donations but for those who couldn’t donate but still sent me messages of support! I’m energized by the knowledge that this will happen and I’m totally stoked! There will be an upcoming post on what is going on with CZT 32!

On to this week’s Diva Challenge! This week, we were challenged to “remake a classic”. Basically, take a tile from the past and do a new version. Check out the Diva’s post here!

Here is the first tile I ever uploaded onto the Zentangle Mosaic App! It was a design by Deliberately Creative’s, Stephanie Bergeron. Stephanie has an amazing set of Gem Tutorials on YouTube you should check out!

And here’s my remake for this week’s challenge! What fun to revisit your artistic journey!

Because I was late this week, here’s my tile for “It’s a String Thing” 244. This week we revisited the Zentangle ® Original Tangle AuraKnot with a simple star shaped string. I embellished this to leave an “A” stand out in honor of Adele’s name! A happy accident!

I didn’t get my Celtic Cross video ready in time but expect a new tutorial up on Tuesday (God Willing! Summer is busy!)

It’s a String Thing 243

Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com! It’s time for this week’s It’s a String Thing challenge! This week, Adele Bruno has joined the “Zenbutton” craze! It was the perfect excuse to indulge myself in a couple. They are addictive and a bit more challenging, at least for me, than I expected. I’ve started no less than 6! Here are 2 I’ve finished. I’ll be drawing these for awhile!

If you’d like to join Adele’s String Thing challenge you can find more information on her blog here.

If you’d like to learn more about Zenbuttons check out Marguerite Samama’s article published on TanglePatterns.com.

I’ll see you all on Tuesday for the Diva Challenge! Thank you everyone for your support of my gofundme campaign! Today I’m halfway to my goal! After getting additional information, I’m ready to book my flight! How wonderful it has been to be validated by you, fellow artists and friends! A big thanks to my brother as well, for his generous donation!

https://www.gofundme.com/Send-me-to-CZT32