Diva Challenge 352

Welcome back! It’s time for the weekly diva challenge and I’m grateful to have it finished early this week! In keeping with her heart “strings” in February, the Diva challenged us to used nested hearts this week. Basically, one heart string inside another heart string. The challenge flowed easily this week and here is my tile. The pattern on the heart is Lily Moon’s Drogon. This has been a “go-to” tangle for me for quite some time and I use it constantly! On the hollibaugh stripes is a half shattuck, and 2 variations on my Marito pattern. I finished off with Printemps, Apcross (Step-out in the menu above), and a background pattern I learned from one of Eni Oken’s lessons (Treasure Frames I believe).

My pattern Marito can be found in the pattern Menu above, as well as a video step out with added embellishments you can find right here! Thanks for stopping by!

Apcross Published Today

I’m very pleased to announce my 2nd pattern, Apcross, was published today by pattern-collections.com! Thanks to the hard work of administrator Nicole Dreyer and the help of Terri Delaune, CZT I can finally stop bugging everyone and focus on art again. (Nicole I know you are happy to hear that!) There are hundreds and hundreds of patterns out there and now there’s one more! I don’t know if anyone will use it but my goal is met and I can get busy with my next artist focus. Ina Sonnenmoser, administrator at pattern-collections.com, has asked me to begin writing the featured artist piece for their blog. What an honor that is! Pattern collections is a huge site with a huge following and I am blessed to be given this opportunity! It has been a busy week and I  still have art to finish before the next post but I’m  moving in the right direction and I’m quite pleased. Thanks to all of you who follow and read! You are very appreciated!


So, here’s my new Apcross step-out. Again, the featured image is by CZT, and good friend, Jody Genovese! Thanks for everything Jody! Your tile is framed and hanging on my wall!

Apcorg Published!

Well, picture me doing the happy dance! Pattern-collections.com published my Apcorg pattern yesterday afternoon! I’m still in a bit of shock but thrilled and excited as this means it was available to the 3,000+ group members as the pattern focus yesterday.  I hope a few more people will give it a try and I’ll have new art to add to the Apcorg gallery. This is what I  hoped for the last year while I sat on the patterns (Apcorg and Apcross). I’ve always wanted to experience what other, more creative minds than mine, could do with these!

Since this this will be my offical Apcorg post, let me quickly describe how this pattern came to me. Several months after starting my Zentangle journey, I was lost in a new website for me, the Antique Pattern Catalog.org, and came across a lovely image from the lid of wooden box from the 1800’s. When I started sketching I was simply trying to render the image by hand as it was quite pretty.

This is my first sketch and fairly close to what I saw on the box top. As I was adding a few tangles around it, I wondered if I could modify it somehow to work in a tile format and like that, I began the process of deconstruction d. The pattern was deconstructed over several weeks. I was quite disappointed when I put it in grid form because the sheer number of orbs were overwhelming and too messy to work. It was during this grid exploration that the meta-pattern Apcross revealed itself. 

Apcorg is similar to the pattern, Skye, in that it can take some practice to get it even and the inner wing form can be be tough until you get the hang of it. There was a comment that it looked complicated so I  will be adding a “tips to draw” page to this post as well as a simple step out to show how to set up the border version. Apcorg is endlessly variable to match whatever other tangles you might use and a variation page will also be added to this post. My heartfelt thanks to CZT Dolly Bolen, for the wonderful mandala in the feature image! This mandala was an instant favorite of mine and Dolly was kind enough to allow it’s use for Apcorg!

Please tag me or the pattern name so I can search for art using this pattern! With your permission, I’ll add your work to the Apcorg gallery on this site.

The True Gift Of Zentangle

I received a beautiful gift today from a wonderful lady and it reached into my heart and squeezed. It was completely unexpected and I know done with great compassion. CZT Jody Genovese sent me a small box delicately filled with small brown and tan crinkled paper ribbons, a new pack of black apprentice tiles (which I’ve wanted to try), 2 traveling Tangle tiles and one wine stained tile (something I’ve never tried), and a note of caring and support that had me tearing up. The absolute best part of tangling is meeting other tanglers. I’ve never met a better person than Jody. I’m learning, after a year, that the true beauty of the Zentangle® Method is in the community of tanglers. 

Jody did one other thing that meant so much to me and that was to tangle my Apcross pattern on a coffee stained tile. It immediately became one of my favorites! Check out how cool this is! This will be my featured image for Apcross! Jody, you did an amazing job! You’re becoming a good friend at a time when I needed it most! Thanks!

Apcross by CZT, Jody Genovese



I had to stop yesterday and breathe, and focus on accomplishments. I am normally frenetic about constantly creating at a high level (that’s a high level for myself not everyone else!) and pretty OCD about getting things done well and on time. Unfortunately, this means I get lost in the journey and forget about the big picture. Me and half the population, right!? Today was a big picture day for me. After slogging along for about 9 months this blog hit 3,000 views and today i had 100 views in about 8 hours. Seems silly but its nice to see your hard work realized even to a small scale.

I wouldn’t be here though, without the encouragement and support of the wonderful people in the Zentangle® Mosaic app, as well as the amazing group of artists and friends at Tangle It! Pattern Club on Facebook. Hmm, this sounds like a bad award dinner speech! Since I’m thanking the academy, let me give a nod first to Barb Masinton for the use of her beautiful art for this post! It’s nice not to need to prepare art for each post and quite honestly her art has been part of the reason my site traffic has been up. It’s simply spectacular! I also wanted to thank Dr. Ellie Miller (who’s off for CZT training next week, Gratz Ellie!🤗) of Tanglesxm.com and Write of Passage. She stuck with me thru a long time during which I couldn’t write or create. We found each other on WordPress then discovered we were both on Mosaic. Since that time, she’s been a true friend in her support and encouragement. Thank you Ellie! I cant forget Terri Delaune, CZT for your help with my pattern submissions. It helps having feedback! Dolly Bolen, CZT, Jody Genovese, CZT, and Sarah Fowler, each of whom have been encouragers, and all of whom created fabulous art using my Patterns so I would be able to showcase them in a variety of ways, thank you all! In honor of their impact on my life, here is some wonderful art by these wonderful ladies! Zentangle is amazing! Everyday, I get visitors from all over the world. April has been my most successful month yet. Thank you all!

Apcorg by Sarah Fowler
Apcorg by Terri Delaune,CZT
Apcorg By Dolly Bolen,CZT ( a favorite!)


Apcross tiles by Terri Delaune, CZT (thank you so much!)
Tangled tile using Apcross by Terri Delaune, CZT
Apcorg by Dr Ellie Miller
Apcross by Dr Ellie Miller
(struggling with this WordPress iOS app. So the photos aren’t set in perfectly and I had 2 duplicates I couldn’t remove without starting over. My quick post changed into a nightmare but I’m still grateful!)

Introducing My 2nd New pattern: Apcross!

Hello and welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com where we don’t sleep, we just continually draw, tangle, and write without cease! I’m very excited to release the step out of my deconstructed pattern, Apcross! Apcross is the grid version of Apcorg. You can certainly do Apcorg in a grid as is, but I found the sheer number of orbs (or pearls) gets to be a mess once it’s done. So when developing Apcorg I discovered  a grid version that looks so pretty,  I became certain it would be more popular than Apcorg. 😃😉 Of course, I am not at all certain it will catch on either! 

This is a temporary step out until I get a yes or no from TanglePatterns.com and pattern-collections.com, where I have recently submitted (and resubmitted) them. Thanks go to Terri Delaune, CZT, for her insights into how to prepare a pattern for submission, as well as her specific thoughts on Apcorg, Apcross and the border version I named Apcream.  According to Terri, Apcross is a meta-pattern. My Zentangle®️ Primer explains a meta-pattern- “You don’t intentionally draw meta-patterns. They just appear as you draw different tangles or parts of tangles next to each other.” This is exactly what happened with Apcross! It needs it’s own step out so it got it’s own name. 

And so, without further ado, here is Apcross! 

Apcross deconstructed by Cyndee Pelley

Please feel free to contact me if you se it! I’d love to publish your art in the Apcorg gallery!

Here are a few examples  of Apcross!