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It’s a String Thing | Shamrock Knot Tutorial

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s been a busy week. I’ve been working hard on my weekly video tutorial featuring a pretty lucky Shamrock knot! This lovely, intricate knot is easy to draw and fits nicely on a Zentangle ® Apprentice tile. it would help a lot if you guys would check it out, and like, comment and tag me with your art! So many of you guys tried last week’s knot and that was incredible! Thank you all! 💜

Next up, it’s a String Thing challenge last week. You all know I’ve been completing tiles but I have been falling asleep while writing my post on Saturday night and then feeling bad for not submitting them on time or worse, not submitting them at all! Well, this week I’m biting the bullet and writing Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com to apologize and offer my tiles at their usual late time with her usual option to leave them out! Poor Adele!

I wanted to share this week’s string with you before the tiles and tell you I redid this tile 3 times and still felt I was missing something. Finally, I finished with 2 and said done.

Here’s the string this week!

String 283 is by Adele Bruno and is from her blog post “It’s a String Thing 283

The tangles used this week were

Sh*rock by Diane Lachance, CZT

Bumpadox by Carole Ohl, CZT

Sláinte by Kate McIlreavy

This turned out to be a true challenge for me! Bumpadox (a version of Paradox) and Sláinte are very much square grid type tangles, and Sh*rock is organic. I thought it would be pretty straight forward. Each time I added the Sh*rock it, together with the grids, were just too much. Now that I look back, the answer was “negative space”. Anyway, here are two of my 3 tries. Negative space…something to keep in mind!

Remember, Friday is a new knot video! This week we will be doing a border knot pattern! See you soon!

Diva Challenge 387 & A New Celtic Knot!

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! There is a whole lot happening so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the fun! It’s good to get back in the swing of things! I’ve been really busy behind the scenes here on my WordPress site. I have many plans and I expect there will be growing pains but I am excited about the possibilities in the coming year!

March 17th is St. Patrick’s day and this is the perfect time to share some new Celtic Knot Tutorials. I’ve been hoarding some knot designs and I have some good ones for you this month. Below is a YouTube link for this week’s tutorial.

First though, let’s stop and enjoy this week’s diva challenge! The Diva, Laura Harms, challenges us to use CZT, Holly Atwater’s intriguing Tangle, HaWy. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this Tangle. It looks high focus but it truly isn’t. It’s all about recognizing the star shape and working from there. I also like how it can look like 3D blocks or something entirely different depending on how you envision it. Thanks Holly for deconstructing this amazing pattern!

Here are 2 tiles that are very different.

This pretty Celtic knot represents sisterhood which is a perfect fit for Women’s History month. Be sure to subscribe to my channel or check back next Friday for a wonderful lucky Shamrock knot with hearts woven into the leaves!

Diva Challenge 386

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! Life is a Sydney Pollock painting. Splat! Anyway, this week’s challenge by the Diva, Laura Harms, was to finish a tile that was already started but, for whatever reason, was not finished. Since I have multiple boxes filled with started but unfinished tiles, you’d think this challenge would be perfect for me. And it is…but not a single tile leaped from my boxes begging to be finished. Not one called “pick me! Pick me!” To make my life easier! So I’ve gone around and around and ended up with 2 I finished. I should be pleased but I was just happy to make a decision and finish! So, here are my 2 tiles!

I also completed my “it’s a string thing” challenge #280 and forgot to send it in! Here’s that tile as well.

I’m preparing now for my March celtic knot videos! You’ll love them and I can’t wait to show you the Shamrock knot we will be doing in 2 weeks!

Diva Challenge 385 💜

Hi everyone and welcome to The Tireless Tangler! My personal life has continued to keep me focused elsewhere but thankfully I’ve been creating a lot! You might have noticed this website looks different and I’m pretty pleased with the new banner! But before all else, I want to thank once again, digital artist and wonderful friend Christel Foncke for allowing me the use of this lovely art over the last year on this site and all my other social media profiles. It gave me so much confidence to have this site looking great! Thank you so much Christel!

So for my first post in awhile, here is Diva Challenge 385 dedicated to Valentine’s Day. The Diva challenged us to choose something from the day to be mindful of while tangling. I love the lace paper hearts and was working on a Ratoon tile for a tutorial video this week. (Ratoon is one of the newest tangles to come out of Zentangle ® HQ). I was adding auras strangely reminiscent of lace and decided to use the tile for the pearls and the lacy look.

The diva challenge a week or 2 ago was to use the Tangle Ratoon. I intended to do a tutorial right away because I saw the celtic knot potential in this lovely Tangle. I am about a week late but here is the art from the video followed by the video link. As always, I’d love your feedback!

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!

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 5

Greetings everyone! I’m back with day 5 of the 12 Days of Zentangle ®. Today’s tangles include Bunzo, Quabog, Zenith, and Ing! Join Maria Thomas for the 5th day’s lesson. I get so zenned out with these small sections and it’s a really nice way to spend about 30 minutes! Here’s my progress and the Zentangle video featuring Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. Enjoy!