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!

 Image of service dog, Simba Image of service dog simba outside

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. 

My first Zentangle Primer lesson. wp-1489265276348.jpg

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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

New Pattern: Marito

Two months ago as I was playing with the pattern Trefoil, it occurred to me to try and make the triangular framework into more of a curved ribbon style. The day before I’d seen CZT, Suzanne McNeill’s pattern Wavy Border on Pinterest and somehow that experimentation plus the Wavy Border visual became my new pattern, Marito. It is a nickname for my little boy who was very much on my mind while I was working that day. While Marito has a similar look to Wavy Border, it’s a different process as well as having many ways to vary the look. Marito has 2 versions, one using a more triangular shape and one that is rounded. It is great for borders as it allows for a wide variety of embellishment possibilities. I love it particularly for gem borders. It can be as simple or fancy as you want. A special thanks to Amanda Rose Rambo for contributing the feature image!

As with my other 2 patterns, I am very interested in seeing and posting any art you might create using Marito! Email me your pictures at Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com and I’ll add an album with everyone’s Marito art! If you have seen this pattern elsewhere, please let me know and I will remove it.

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.