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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!

Artist Focus: Tomàs Padrós

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! This week’s artist in focus is the incredibly talented Tomàs Padrós!  In keeping with my new format, this week there will be 2 YouTube videos featuring Tomàs. One will have most of the text found here in addition to art not found in this post. It is a bit long (just under 20 min) and some sections are difficult to keep up with because of the amount of text and the editing program used to “move the pictures” tends to be a problem with the text. A 2nd video is available if you want to zen out to music and incredible art but don’t want to read while watching. The normal written version is still available here, but what is special about the whole project, is Tomàs has helped to write and edit this post as well as working with me to choose music that would reflect his taste (although copyright laws make it difficult to have exactly what we want, I hope it will keep the flavor of his taste in music, which is exquisite!). Since I also have a background in Fine Arts and music, it was nice to share ideas about what to choose. Tomàs continually impressed me with his knowledge and compassion. His joy in Zentangle is clear and if you pay attention you will see he has a fun side as well. You will want to be sure to watch the video because it is packed with more art than we could share here! It is lovely and I am so excited to share it with you all! I have said before what a humbling experience it is learning about the artists in focus, and not only is Tomàs an accomplished artist and teacher, his work in his community humbles me greatly. It is with great respect that I present you the art, patterns, and story of Tomàs Padrós!

Note* you might have noticed that the accent on his first name appears differently several places.  Tomàs tells me he “feels” the Catalan as well and he doesn’t mind either way. (I had to research the Catalan language, which led me to a region in Spain and surrounding areas called Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the Capitol if my readings were up to date. Catalan is not related to Spanish as many believe but is a rare Latin-based language that stems from the Roman occupation of the area. The people in Catalonia are actively encouraged to speak Catalan.)


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“My name is Tomàs Padrós Cruz. I was born and live in Barcelona. I studied Fine Arts, as did my mother, and I’m a high school and college teacher. I have been teaching visual education, technical drawing, and the History of Art for 26 years. My father was an excellent literary writer, my grandfather was a musician, my great-grandfather, a painter and my brother makes illustrations. My brother and I also studied music. My family loves art. In the left photograph we can see, my mother, my brother and I in between. In the next photograph, I show you, my father.

Mi nombre es Tomàs Padrós Cruz. Nací y vivo en Barcelona. Estudié Bellas Artes, como mi madre, y soy profesor de secundaria y bachillerato. Enseño Educación Visual, Dibujo Técnico y Historia del Arte desde hace 26 años. Mi padre fue un excelente autor literario, mi abuelo fue músico vioinista, mi bisabuelo pintor y mi hermano hace ilustraciones. Mi hermano y yo también estudiamos música. A mi familia le encanta el arte. En las siguientes fotografías podemos ver a mi madre mi hermano y yo en medio, y a mi padre aparte.

Over time I was losing contact with other artists. I suffered a disappointment when I drew many drawings for a project that was canceled. I’m not a fan of social networks either. I didn’t use Facebook, Instagram or know Pinterest, etc. I simply disconnected progressively from art practice.

Con el tiempo fui perdiendo contacto con otros artistas. Sufrí una decepción cuando dibujé muchas ilustraciones para un proyecto que se canceló. No soy fan de las redes sociales. No usaba Facebook, ni Instagram, ni conocía Pinterest. Simplemente desconecté de la práctica artística.

I met the world of the Zentangle by chance in the Holy Week of 2016. I’m a Catholic and I‘m involved in groups of preaching and other parish services, especially listening to and accompanying homeless people. We welcome these people in a space that used to be a chapel and now it serves so that they can rest, feel covered, have a coffee, water, juice or cookies and talk. If we can, we help them or we can refer them to the appropriate social services. In the photograph, you can see me and many homeless brothers in an image of the interior of the church during the celebration of the first anniversary of this “Campaign Hospital” in which we have converted the Church of Santa Anna in Barcelona.

Encontré el mundo del Zentangle por casualidad en la Semana Santa de 2016. Soy católico y estoy implicado en grupos de oración, primer anuncio y otros servicios parroquiales, especialmente escuchando y acompañando personas sin techo. Acogemos a estas personas en un espacio que antes servía de capilla y ahora sirve para que descansen, estén a cubierto, tomen un café, agua, zumo o pastas y puedan charlar. Si podemos, les ayudamos o los derivamos a los servicios sociales apropiados. En la fotografía me podéis ver con barba rodeado de hermanos sin-techo en el interior de la  iglesia durante la celebración del  primer aniversario de este “Hospital de Campaña” en el que hemos convertido la iglesia de Santa Anna de Barcelona.

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One day, I entered a religious bookstore without looking for anything concrete and I found myself with a Zentangle book at eye level. The cover was attractive and it caught my attention. The book was: The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler. I fell in love at first sight and started drawing when I got home.

Un dia, entré en una librería religiosa sin buscar nada concreto y me topé con un libro justo a la altura de la vista. La cubierta era atractiva y me llamó la atención. El libro era: El gran libro del Zentangle de Beate Winkler. Fue amor a primera vista y empecé a dibujar nada más llegar a casa.

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I have always liked to draw patterns. The method and philosophy seemed great to me. I spent more than a year practicing patterns and revising or designing mine with a Zentangle mentality and drawing just a few tiles.

Siempre me había gustado dibujar patrones. El método y la filosofía me parecieron geniales. Pasé más de un año practicando patrones o revisando y creando los míos con la mentalidad del Zentangle. Solo dibujé algunos pocos azulejos.

My brother, Esteban Padrós, makes fantastic illustrations for pleasure and publishes them on Instagram and I decided to do the same. This has become a great impulse to draw tiles and systematize my patterns. This happened this past summer, in June of 2017. In just a few months, I have met a lot of wonderful Tanglers from all over the world from whom I learn a lot by sharing. In the image we can see my brother and me, this summer, drawing to post on Instagram.

Mi hermano, Esteban Padrós Cruz, hace fantásticas ilustraciones por gusto y las publica en Instagram, así que decidí hacer lo mismo. Esto se convirtió en el gran impulso para dibujar azulejos y sistematizar mis patrones. Esto ocurrió el pasado verano, en junio de 2017. En solo unos pocos meses conocí a muchos maravillosos zentanglistas de todo el mundo y de los que he aprendido mucho compartiendo. En la imagen podemos ver a mi hermano y yo este verano preparando dibujos para Instagram.

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In these images, I show some of my drawings before the Zentangle discovery. I love the drawing from life, especially the artistic nude. But I also like the more cartoon style. Here are sketches and finished drawings for various projects or gifts.

En las siguientes imágenes os muestro algunos de mis dibujos anteriores al descubrimiento del Zentangle. Me encanta el dibujo del natural, especialmente el desnudo artístico. Pero también me gusta dibujar en un estilo más caricaturesco. Aquí podéis ver alginos bocetos y dibujos acabados para varios proyectos y regalos.

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I also like to design and build small polyhedrons and pop-ups. Then, my students suffer them as technical drawing exercises.

También me gusta diseñar y construir pequeños poliedros y pop-ups. Luego, mis alumnos los sufren como ejercicios de dibujo técnico.

On January 30, commemorating the death of Gandhi, we celebrated the day of peace and non-violence in my school (DENIP). Each year we paint a PART OF the schoolyard wall with the 16-year-old students. This was the first design. One student had the idea. I made the sketch and the students and I painted it on the wall.

El 30 de enero, conmemorando la muerte de Gandhi celebramos el Dia de la Paz y la No-Violencia en mi esciela (DENIP). Cada año pintamos una parte del muro del patio con los alumnos de 16 años. Este fue el primer diseño. Una alumna tuvo la idea, yo hice el boceto a lápiz y los alumnos y yo pintamos el muro.

Shortly after discovering Zentangle, I was also interested in the design of Mandalas and floral doodles that I met through Pinterest. So I spent a few months with this but I soon returned to Zentangle.

Poco después de descubrir el Zentangle me interesé también por el diseño de Mandalas y motivos florales que conocí través de Pinterest. Estuve unos meses con esto pero pronto volví al Zentangle.

As I said, it took me a long time to draw an authentic tile. I spent months drawing only patterns on my notebooks. I love all these exercises. When I can not think of anything, I look at my notebooks and always come up with some idea. In this picture, we can see some of the first sketches of Zenemone, Fringe 2 Fringe, Clorophylia, Fontana and other exercises.

Como ya he dicho, me llevó tiempo dibujar un auténtico azulejo. Estuve meses dibujando solo patrones en mis libretas de apuntes. Me encantan esos ejercicios. Cuando no me sale nada miro en mis cuadernos y siempre sale alguna idea. En esta imagen podemos ver algunos de los primeros bocetos de Zenemone, Fringe 2 Fringe, Clorophylia, Fontana y otros ejercicios.

Although I had done other tiles before with the basic tangles, this was my first tile with a tangle of mine. It’s in the center and it’s called Masx. We can also see Tipple, Crescent Moon, Punzel and a double Shnek frame. Next, I show the Masx step by step that I prepared a lot of time later to show on Instagram. It was the first tangle that I deconstructed to show.

Aunque ya había dibujado azulejos con los tangles básicos, este fue mi primer azulejo con un tangle mío. Está en el centro y se llama Masx. También podemos ver Tipple, Crescent Moon, Punzel y un marco con doble Shnek. También os muestro los pasos para dibujar Masx realizados bastante más tarde para mostrar en Instagram. Este fue el primer tangle que deconstruí para mostrar.

I drew this tangle soon after and I like it a lot. In it we see an edge with Flux. In the interior we recognize Pais and lobed leaves even without baptizing.

Dibujé este azulejo poco después y me gusta mucho. En el podemos ver un marco con flux. En el interior se reconoce Pais y unas hojas lobuladas sin nombre.

Maybe this is my favorite tile. Because the strings allow me to generate interesting feelings of superpositions and I love all the patterns. It was the first one I posted on Instagram because I like it a lot and it respects all of The Zentangle® Method’s requirements with well-known patterns. It seemed perfect to me as a presentation.

Quizás este es mi azulejo favorito, porque las cuerdas me permiten generar iteresantes sensaciones de superposición y me encantan todos los patrones. Fue el primero que mostré en Instagram porqué me gusta mucho y respeta todos los principios del Método Zentangle con bien conocidos tangles. Me pareció perfecto como carta de presentación.

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I also felt very satisfied with this tile. It contains two tangles of mine: Membranart and Vertebraid. In the upper right margin, I show a kind of geometric cells that I have not named. I think it has a drama and an organic character that I love. Currently, I would intensify more its shadows in the lower layers.

También me sentí muy satisfecho con este azulejo. Contiene dos tangles míos: Membranart y Vertebraid. En el margen superior derecho os muestro unos compartimentos geométricos sin nombre. Creo que tiene contrastes dramáticos y un carácter orgánico que me encanta. Actualmente, intensificaría más las sombras en las capas inferiores.

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I also like to play with well-known tangles, merge them or find new possibilities. In the first image we see how to draw an intricate Diva dance.

También me gusta jugar con conocidos tangles, fusionándolos o buscando nuevas posibilidades. En la primera imagen vemos como dibujar un Diva Dance intrincado.

In the next tile, I progressively merge Margaret Bremmer’s Diamond Panes with Jane Monk’s Trimonds.

En el próximo azulejo, fusiono progresivamente Diamond Pines de Margaret Bremner con Trimonds de Jane Monk.

Here I show the possibilities of a simple looping string adding auras. When I drew this tile, I thought it was a simple and original idea. But I discovered recently that this is called Courant and it’s an official tangle if I’m not mistaken. I happened more than once to “create” a tangle that already exists.

Aquí muestro las posibilidades de una cuerda retorcida añadiendo auras. Cuando dibujé este azulejo pensaba que había tenido una idea sencilla y original. Pero he descubierto recientemente que este diseño se llama Courant y es un tangle oficial, si no me quivoco. Me ha pasado más de una vez “crear” un tangle que ya existía.

In the following tiles, I just have fun with Septembies by Hanny Waldburger and I call it “Septembies vacation” or I play with the contrast of a rounded and a straight Ha-Krall by Holly Atwater.

En los siguientes azulejos simplemente me divierto con Septembies de Hanny Waldburger y lo titulo “Vacaciones de Septembies” o juego con el contraste entre un redondeado y un rectilíneo Ha-Krall de Molly Atwood.

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Also we can see a tile on which I adapted to a hexagonal structure three tangles like X, ‘Nzeppel and Tripoli. Then, I show a merge between W2 and Weben.

Tambié podemos ver aquí un azulejo en el que adapto en una estructura hexagonal tres tangles como X, ‘Nzeppel y Tripoli. Luego, os muestro una fusión entre W2 y Weben.

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I show you now a play with 3D-Room and Dex, a tangleation of Fleavy and an extreme tangleation of Weben, so far from the original tangle. I called it Lattice.

Ahora os muestro un divertimento entre 3D-Room y Dex, una tangleación de Fleavy y una tangleación extrema de Weben, ya muy lejos de su aspecto oroginal. La llamo Lattice.

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My passion for the beauty of each pattern leads me to a certain tendency for monotangle, so from time to time I return to the traditional strings that delineate spaces that fill with known tangles.

Mi pasión por la belleza de cada patrón me lleva a cierta tendencia al monotangle. Así que de vez en cuando vuelvo a las tradicionales cuerdas que determinan espacios que lleno con conocidos tangles.

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Also, sometimes I completely dispense with the strings and develop the drawing directly, step by step. In the first image, we see Dragoneye and Katerpy by Alena Light. In the second image I insert Katerpy and Bunzo-like shapes in a Fleavy tangleation.

También, a veces, me desentiendo de las cuerdas y desarrollo el dibujo de forma directa, paso a paso. En la primera imagen podemos ver Dragoneye y Katerpy de Alena Light. En la seguna imagen he insertado Katerpy y algo parecido a Bunzo en una tangleación de Fleavy.

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In this one, I draw what I call Cross Braided ribbons. Here combined with Tipple, Bedlines and Up and Across.

En este otro azulejo he dibujado lo que yo llammo Cross Braided Ribbons. Aquí combinadas con Tipple, Bedlines y Up and Across.

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But I guess one of the things I enjoy the most is designing or using my own patterns, such as already known Irradial, Membranart, Meshmerize or Chorus.

Pero una de las cosas con las que más disfruto es diseñando y usando mis propios patrones, tales como los ya conocidos Irradial, Membranart, Meshmerize o Chorus.

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Finally, I show you more tiles to my taste, some with patterns of my own that are less known, such as Fontana (here merged with Maizie), Zenemone, Selfeat. Fringe 2 fringe, Vertebraid (with a Crescent moon touch), Buckled up! (here Hybridized with Vertebraid), ZigZagTrack, ZN-tangle or the fragments Mom’s clip, Bow-tie, and Neck-tie. These and some more appear with their steps in my Instagram account: @tomas-padros. I will also be uploading my drawings on Facebook. I have more patterns in reserve that I will show over time. See you!

Finalmente, os muestro más azulejos de mi gusto, algunos con mis propios patrones menos conocidos, como Fontana (Aquí fundido con Maizie), Zenemone, Selfeat, Fringe 2 fringe, Vertebraid (con un toque de Crescent Moon), Buckled up! (aquí Hibridado con Vertebraid), ZigZagTrack, ZN-tangle o los fragmentos Mom’s clip, Bow-tie y Neck-tie. Estos y otros más aparecen con sus pasos en mi cuenta de Insagram. @tomas_padros. También iré mostrando mis dibujos en Facebook. Tengo más patrones en la reserva que iré mostrando con el tiempo. Nos vemos!

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It’s been great working with Tomàs. What an incredible, talented man! I am already a follower, and I decided to check out his brother Esteban’s Instagram account. He is also, amazingly gifted artistically. Follow Tomàs on Instagram @tomas-padros. (Esteban is @esteban-padros). If Tomàs accomplishes half as much in the next 6 months, we’ll be hearing from him for a long time in the future. Thank you so much, Tomás for sharing your life and art!

Happy Mail and a Look Back

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to be back writing this year and nothing can boost your spirits like happy Mail! For me, happy mail has 2 important parts. First, it can’t be a bill! I think that’s on everyone’s list! And secondly, it’s meaningful in some way.

Last year, I participated as much as possible in Adele Bruno’s “It’s a String Thing” challenges each week. If you follow this blog, you know I struggle with courageously posting art that isn’t up to my ridiculously perfect standards. I’m getting better about it  and mail like this is one of the reasons I’m feeling more confident about doing that. I had forgotten completely that 2 of my tiles last year won “best in show” in Adele’s Challenges. This happening was the very first time my art had been recognized in any way, and although it’s not about showing off or being the best, it is about recognizing the effort and attention to detail that goes into the art.

My mail this week included 2 lovely certificates hand-lettered by Adele! These are totally getting framed so that I  remember that creative courage is important and rewarding! It also reminded me hiw much artistic growth I experienced in 2017!

Here are my 2 certificates with the tiles that earned best in show! Always remember that courage is rewarded. I can’t wait to see what we all come up with in 2018! Be courageous! Take the leap and post your art! It might surprise you what happens!

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Eni Oken’s Art Club

Recently I wrote briefly about artist and CZT, Eni Oken and her new Art Club. In this post I want to highlight Art Club, show the amazing lessons offered and share the art I’ve produced since practicing Eni’s wonderful techniques. Eni is a talented artist with a real gift for teaching. My favorite part of this post, however, is the opportunity to learn more about Eni and what brought her to Zentangle. Thanks Eni, for sharing some of your personal history as well as your teaching methods. I’m just an amateur artist but I’m quite pleased with how my art has progressed since starting Art Club. My journey started with Eni’s ebook 3D Tangles: Shading Fearlessly.

 Then I went through her ebook 3D Tangle:  Overlapping Zentangle®

Upon finishing these books, I drew this tangled flower inspired by CZT Helen Williams’ Ribbon Petals. With shading and Overlapping techniques from Eni’s books, I felt I was finally making some progress artistically with these techniques. There is always room for improvement of course! 

I was dying to try more of Eni’s lessons but to purchase them all separately would be expensive and take time. Eni’s art has fascinated me since I started tangling and I think I was just waiting for her to start Art Club. The Art Club experience starts with her most recent book or video then everything new she publishes thereafter. I started with her video on Mooka 3D and Dingbatz. 


I loved it! Since then, her Mooka 3D has shown up in my art over and over becoming one of my “go-to” patterns to draw. Here’s an example of Mooka 3D in a Dingbatz.

 

Next I did Twisted Ropes which I loved as well! It’s not a big secret that I love them all! I was absolutely addicted to Twisted Ropes, and drew it over and over until the next lesson was released! This twisted rope mess is so busy it loses the eye but I had such fun embellishing the ropes I just enjoyed the process and didn’t worry about the composition. I love tangling on cardboard! Recycling at it’s best!

 

 

Ribbon Showgirl is one of my favorites! I’m using the ribbon techniques everywhere! Plus there’s a companion ebook that goes with the video lesson!



 The next lesson was a different way to tackle the very difficult pattern, Peanuckle (by Molly Hollibaugh). At least, it was tough for me! After the Peanuckle video lesson, it’s another go-to pattern for me. 

 

 

It took a lot of practice but now I can do Peanuckle all day! There are more lessons but these were the most successful for me. Even more important, these lessons got me drawing again and that was the biggest job of all! 

The most recent to video to date is on Tangled words. It’s my favorite, of course!


This was a great lesson and though I struggled to draw the letters small enough to fit on a standard tile, I loved how this project turned out! These will make great gifts for the holidays!

 

I’m always interested to know how such talented people come to the Zentangle ®  Method.  Eni was kind enough to share some of her personal history with me for this article. It constantly amazes me how so many people come to the Zentangle ® Method through illness, tragedy or trauma. Let me share a bit about Eni Oken in her own words.

I was born in Brazil, but came for the first time to the US at only 6 weeks of age while my parents attended school in Berkeley. After returning to Brazil, my mother and my grandmother were incredibly encouraging of my inclination to arts and crafts. My first memory of being thinking of myself as an artist was at the early age of 8 years old. My grandmother was especially dedicated in teaching me all types of arts and crafts, knitting, drawing, lace-making, embroidery, you name it. 
 
For some bizarre twist, I ended up getting a degree in Architecture, but that was never my first desire. I continued to work with anything and everything that was related to the design and arts, illustration, window dressing, model making, computer graphics, video game design, jewelry design, costume design, dollmaking, fashion, sculpting, so many I can’t even remember. 
 
About 22 years ago, I came back to the US to live and was one of the early adopters of using online environment to work as a self employed artist. I worked creating fantasy environments for video games, and won a number of awards during that time.
 
Teaching art always came naturally to me, it was almost as if creating art wasn’t complete without the teaching component. I explore art and then have this incredible need to teach what I learned to others. I started teaching art very soon after college and have continued to teach in one way or another throughout my entire career. 
 
Eventually I switched from the grueling schedule of computer graphics to jewelry design, and I developed a very successful educational website called jewelrylessons.com. My path was suddenly interrupted by discovering stage 4 cancer in 2010. During the years of treatment, I could hardly work, could not teach or even produce art. 
 
At the recommendation of my oncologist, I started to draw again while in bed — a collection of works called “muddyglasses”, depicting aspects of the treatment. These were gruesome and weird, my oncologist then encouraged me to find some happier themes 🙂 and that’s when I found Zentangle.”

I got to the end of this post and realized I sound like an advertisement for Eni! This post was my idea as I intend to share more of my art using Eni’s techniques as I move forward. The truth is that I am thriving artistically on these lessons and I just can’t say enough about them. Eni has a dedicated Facebook group just for Art Club members where we can share our trials and finished projects, ask for help in the group, and best get feedback from Eni Oken real-time! I’m looking forward to seeing what is coming up next. I know there is a tangled letter lesson and one on making distressed tiles. 😊 I can’t wait!

 

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.

Embedded Letters and Eni Oken’s Art Club

It’s been quiet….too quiet. I haven’t posted for a couple of months. Last year, between July 4th and August 14th, I lost 3 dear people to suicide. All I’ve done since is to keep getting out of bed every day and to hold my little boy close. I’d like to say it’s gotten easier but really the pain is as fresh as a year ago. I’ve taken a couple of months to get my emotional health sorted out and taken a break to spend time with my grandson who is struggling with the same losses. The good news is that I feel I’m fighting through it and I hope to blog some without stressing myself with a lot of work. Thanks for your support and understanding.

I’m particularly grateful for Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, founders of the Zentangle® Method, and their video series called “Kitchen Table Tangles” (KTT) on the Zentangle ® Mosaic App via YouTube. They took a new look at several classic tangles and I found mine took on a new life! The most recent video was about embedded letters. Basically to camouflage the drawn letters with simple tangles and embellishments making them blend into the art piece. I incorporated Eni Oken’s 3D Mooka into many of mine (I will talk about Eni in a moment) and I’m addicted to drawing them! Here are some of my attempts.

And last I used a simple S curve embellished with Eni Oken’s 3D Mooka.

I recently joined Eni Oken’s Art Club. Eni is a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and artist with 30 years of experience. She has many ebooks and videos for purchase that incorporate the Zentangle ® Method with her art techniques. If you are searching for Zentangle art on Pinterest, you have certainly seen her art. I started with her book 3D Tangles, Shading Fearlessly, added 2 more and then she added Art Club! Art Club allows you access to her newest book or video, plus every new lesson that she releases from that point on, for a reasonable monthly fee. I love it! I’m addicted to her lessons! I’ve spent many happy hours practicing these techniques and I’ll be focusing on my journey with art club as we move forward. If you’re interested in Eni Oken’s Art Club, start here on Eni’s website.

It is good to finally be back to writing! Now that school has started I have more time for art exploration! Come back soon for the step out to my new pattern: Marito!

Fancy Letters a la Illumination 

Hello Everyone 🙂 happy Thursday! I needed a project today that would consume me for a few hours as letting go of my anger from yesterday has proven difficult. So today I chose a project I’ve been wanting to try out. I’ve seen a couple of tutorials on illuminated letters and it didn’t look too hard (😁 not so easy). I played with different styles and finally decided to just do my own version. My biggest concern is that no one will recognize which letters they are!

My supplies today:

  • Black card stock (A4) 8.5 x Prismacolor Premier Soft-core colored pencils :pale sage, Apple green, peacock green, cloud blue, China blue, ultramarine, blue indigo and white.
  • Sakura stardust dark blue
  • Pen-touch silver pen
  • Gamsol blending solution
  • Tiny paper stump
  • Ruler
  • Hb graphite pencil

The design is 5 inches tall by 8.5″ wide. After penciling in the letters, I used the cloud blue pencil to outline the design and then fill all ribbon parts with cloud blue and the straight legs with pale sage. When working on black, layering over white or a light color helps bring out the color of each subsequent layer.


Next I layered apple green over the pale save and China blue over the cloud blue. Then added my first layer of silver with my Pen-touch.


At this time I take the peacock green and give the green parts a nice outline for some depth. Then I used my ultramarine to deepen the blue of the ribbon. Leaving it off any part that will be highlighted.  I used my white pencil to give a good light layer over the parts of blue that are highlighted.

The last steps involved using the indigo blue to shade the blue ribbon, then outlining the part of the blue that is NOT outlined in silver with the Sakura Stardust (glitter pen that uses ground glass in the ink instead of glitter. I did the partial silver outline to bring out the bar of the h. Now I’m hoping you know that’s an H!

The last thing I did is to use the silver Pen-touch to cover the outline again as I frequently make a mess in the lines.  (this is an accommodation for my shaky hands and not required.) And I used my hb pencil to shade the silver where 2 silver parts meet to show some contrast.

One fold later and spray with workable fixatif and call it done. 

My question to you, dear readers, is if the letters are recognizable or not? (okay,  it’s an  L and H 😁)

Leave me a comment on this because i want honest opinions!

Diva Challenge #273

I completely forgot to upload my diva challenge this week, sorry to everyone who stopped by to see nothing! But diligence should be rewarded so here it is! I’m not sure I shouldn’t have left it as it was! I swear I took a picture of my tile before starting but now I can’t find it so here’s the finished product and if I can locate the before pic I will post it.  wp-1467181529703.jpg

New Tangle Pattern: Apcorg

Here is the step-out for my new tangle called Apcorg as the inspiration came from a picture in the Antique Pattern  Catalog. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see in there and looking is free!  .http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/html/warm/

 

 

Apcorg step out
Apcorg step out

If you use this pattern I’d love to see what you did with it! Send me a picture! Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com