I’m so glad to have the Diva’s challenges back! In her 368th challenge, Laura Harms has challenged us to use only straight lines in our tiles this week. Although straight is tough for me, I threw in some MicroTangling (from the lesson of the same name by Eni Oken), Baton, and some Shattuck with a bit of Knightsbridge for embellishment and called it done. I have a real appreciation for simple and basic right now so this was great for me. Although, it’s not fancy, I enjoyed the process very much and was pleased as much with the stress relief as with the tile itself. While sitting in the chemo chair today my blood pressure started at 183/90…not good at all, but when finished, after tangling the hours away it lowered itself to 132/85. Perhaps not scientific, but proof enough for me that tangling is great for the body, mind and soul! Here’s my tile!
I’m in awe of Adele Bruno’s ability to keep her challenges going for 5 years! As a blogger myself, I know the work that goes into scheduled weekly posting and this is a feat! For her birthday string, she created this string.
Adding 4 tangles from her IAST birthday from the last 4 years:
I’ve been sick this last week and I felt like I was limited on creativity, but I wanted to be sure to participate for IAST’S 5th Birthday. I will now turn off my inner critic! Here’s my birthday tile! I didn’t have room for ALL the languages of participants all over the world, but I included: English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Hindi. So much fun! See you all soon for the next Diva Challenge!
Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Tireless Tangler! The last 2 weeks have been crazy busy with school starting and preparations for my trip to CZT32. My little one has managed to get through the last week with no problems, so (deep breath) I hope things will even out now (knock on wood!).
Almost by accident this week, I happened to catch that the Diva was back online and had finally issued a new challenge! This was great news, as I have truly missed the Diva Challenges and felt this summer was just lacking something special. Welcome back Laura! You have been sorely missed this summer! Dealing with anxiety and all it’s many forms in life is really hard! Dealing with these things and trying to create with purpose and on a schedule is daunting. It is so difficult to be a creator in any artistic area, but dealing with anxiety and depression while being forced to produce artistically brings a completely different set of problems. What happens to the schedule when the artist is empty inside? I will tell you, it’s a lot of nothing! So, I offer the Diva some encouragement and hope that she is able to start off and keep it up! While I do that, I hope this challenge will put my own emptiness to rest and start my creativity flowing again. Thank you Laura, for your weekly challenges that go back for years! I am in awe!
This week’s challenge was to go “back to basics”. A tile, pencil in dots and border, string and black ink using Zentangle original tangles. I chose to repeat the Lesson One in my Zentangle Primer. I’ve done this lesson many times and was hoping to change the look a bit this time. Instead of doing the tangles in the order of the lesson (crescent moon, hollibaugh, florz and printemps), I switched the order up and started with printemps, then moved backwards along the list. It was a real surprise to see the difference! For fun, I added my other 3 Primer Lesson one tiles. It’s clear to me that “florz” and I have a long-standing issue that hasn’t improved with time! LOL! It’s amazing to see the difference over time!
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.
The Diva Challenge this week took an interesting turn when I applied Eni Oken’s Tangle Enhancers Card Game. The Diva, Laura Harms, challenged us this week to “Use My Tangle” with her pattern “Somnee”. Somnee is a similar pattern to Zentangle’s “Hollibaugh” and I needed some inspiration to dress it up a bit. I used Copic markers for color, and Prismacolor Pencils for shading. Luckily, I have Eni Oken’s new card game, “Art and Tangle Game“! This game is designed to guide creativity when you’re not sure what direction to take and it worked! I chose 3 Tangle Enhancers. Line weight and rounding, fancy border and color a lá line interrupted. If you struggle sometimes knowing what to do next, I highly recommend Eni’s card game. You can find it here!
And here’s my finished tile!
One last thing I want to share with you this week! I have been given the opportunity to attend CZT 32 (Certified Zentangle Teacher training) in October! I’m so excited about this opportunity! Unfortunately, I have to now raise $2250.00 to pay for the trip! Because I live on disability, and am a single parent, raising that much money is a challenge!
This last week, Eni Oken suggested I start a gofundme campaign. Eni generously donated herself, but then went above and beyond by sharing the campaign in her Shading Fearlessly group. In one day, I’d raised more than $500.00! My secret passion for becoming a CZT changed from a distant hope to confidence as I sent $500.00 to Zentangle, Inc, yesterday! My deepest gratitude goes out to all the people who have donated! A very special thanks to Eni Oken for giving me the confidence to create and promote the campaign! As of this post, I’ve raised $655.00!
Adele Bruno (Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com), has issued her “it’s a string thing” challenge for this week and featured her new Tangle, “Mack”. The new grid-based pattern is fun to play with and has lots of embellishment possibilities. Needless to say, I had to do 2 tiles! Congratulations, Adele, on a wonderful new Tangle!
This week’s challenge from CZT, Laura Harms, was to use our fingers as a guide for the string. You can join in at the Diva’s website, iamthedivaczt.com.
I actually thought this was going to be an easy challenge but for some strange reason, I couldn’t find just the “right” tangles. I drew the string 3 times and I’ll show you 2 of them. I felt pretty “meh” about them, but finished anyway. Here they are.
Lastly, I have a new step-out video for my first pattern, Apcorg. It includes a digitally drawn step-out and a hand drawn example of Apcorg in a 4 square setup, perfect for a focal point. I hope you enjoy!
Welcome back to thetirelesstangler.com! It’s been a busy week as my child’s school was out for spring break and keeping him busy is sometimes exhausting! However, we had a great week together filled with fun!
This week we have a “monotangle” which is a term coined by the Diva to mean a tile using a single tangle. I’m always more relaxed with monotangles as they remove the doubt and struggles of merging more than one tangle. The Diva chose “Paradox” as the tangle this week and it’s one of my favorite tangles! It certainly takes practice to get the sections to flow but its worth it! I love the results. 😊
Here’s my Challenge tile for this week’s Paradox monotangle.
Late last week, Zentangle® HQ released another awesome Kitchen Table Tangles video on a different way to do a Cadent Tangleation! I hope you enjoy it as much as did!
Dragons! Something most people would love to be able to draw and now you can! Eni Oken released a new lesson about 3 weeks ago and it was a huge, dragon-filled success! Everyone loved it and I’m so grateful to everyone in art club who offered their dragons for this post! From polished artist to beginner, you will see just how awesome and easy this lesson is to draw! Within an hour of watching the lesson, this was my partially completed dragon! Not bad!
All of Eni’s lessons are great and this was amazing! I couldn’t believe how easy this was. You might be thinking “it wouldn’t be that easy for me. I’m no artist!” This makes me smile because a year ago I would have said the same thing. If you are looking for a great lesson to try, this one is a winner! I will say that this lesson is intermediate level, so some tangling experience is helpful. Eni Oken has a great ebook/video lesson library centered around beginner’s needs, so that may be a better place to begin, however I highly recommend trying a video lesson, like TangledDragons, too. There are so many nuances to the videos, having Eni Oken explain the why and how to while watching her lessons, really brings it all together for me.
This is my first complete dragon! It was really simple and honestly, no one could have convinced me that try number 2 would go this great. In our Facebook group for Eni Oken’s Art Club, we have members who have posted more than 10 dragons already. Of course, I’ve been writing and haven’t had the time to draw more. You will all be amazed at what they’ve accomplished.
Some of the artists in art club wanted to share their thoughts about Eni Oken and Art Club. Each of these artists are at a different place in their journey but we travel the road together.
“Tangled Dragons was one of my favorites of Eni’s lessons (how many times have I said that?), and I’m addicted. But while the dragon drawing addiction was still upon me, I happened on a new addiction of tangling on white canvas sneakers. So I figured I’d combine my addictions for a pair of dragon-tangled sneakers. (Here’s hoping I do a decent job of matching on the second sneaker….!)” – Jenna Black, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club
Visit Jenna’s Etsy store here! Her hand painted pendants are stunning!
“Anyone interested in improving their interest and understanding of art and at the same time become a part of an incredibly loving & supportive group of people with all levels of artist expertise, from beginners like me to more accomplished artist like many in the group, then Eni Oken’s Art Club is the place you want to be. I joined this group about 6 months ago and it was the best decision I have ever made. I’ve not only improved my artistic skills considerably, the joy factor in my life has immensely increased. Now a day with art is like a day without sunshine. Do yourself a favor and look into this opportunity at enioken.com. You won’t regret it!!” -Sallie Binder, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club
“Eni’s classes have constantly challenged me beyond my comfort zone and brought my tangling to places I’ve never thought possible.” – Mabel Yap, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club
“I always look forward to Eni Oken’s videos, every lesson gives you the opportunity to discover new techniques, and make new progress. And what a fun! I never thought I would ever draw dragons!!!” -Violette Kolly, member of art club
“This was my third attempt at a dragon following Eni Oken’s wonderfully inspiring and step by step technique. Really amazed myself, suspend your disbelief and give tangling a try.“ – Carrie James, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club
“I have gone crazy over the dragon challenge Eni Oken threw out there to us! If there are any tanglers out there or someone who would like to learn how to tangle, I urge you to join Eni Oken’s Art Club! Not only do you learn how to draw and shade properly for a low monthly payment but you get at least two videos/lessons a month with a lot of interaction from your new found friends and Eni too (friend) helping, encouraging, and supporting you in you tangling or even personal encouragement if you want to share! It is a fun group and Eni has taught us, me at least, a lot of tiny details! Come and join the fun and learn!!” – Carmen Clayton, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club
“I love Eni’s Art Club. I’ve learned so much from her and my art just keeps getting better. The Tangled Dragons lesson was fantastic! Eni’s videos are the perfect combination of Zentangle art and professional instruction. Her detailed directions and tips are wonderful and easy to follow. Most of all they are fun!” – Vivica R. Chenoweth, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club
Follow Vivica on Instagram: @vrchenoweth
Follow Liz on Instagram @tangledrebel
“I love the Art Club. Without it I would never have tried to draw dragons. I never would have tried them and I love drawing them. It has totally opened new doors for me. And the support I have received from everyone is worth the world to me.” – Sandra Mitchell, member of Eni Oken’s Art Club
This post took on a life of it’s own. The more dragons that came in, the clearer it became how this lesson resonated with members. Click here to get Eni Oken’s TangledDragon Lesson! If you’d like to join Eni Okens Art Club click here.
Now, for one final disclaimer!
This blog is mine, the ideas for posts, words, and intent are all mine. Eni Oken has graciously allowed me to become her first affiliate marketer. Since I’m writing about art club anyway, and I’ve been searching for a way to defray the rising costs of running this blog, this seemed a perfect fit. What does this mean for you? If you should decide to join art club and decide to use the link on my site, I may earn a small commission. This is the only business arrangement Eni Oken and I have. She does not pay me for advertising or for promoting her site, or Art Club. Enioken.com is not responsible for any content on this site nor any mistakes that may be made by me. Eni Oken is an amazing teacher and person and it is with gratitude for her contributions to my life and art that I write so passionately about Art Club! – Cyndee Pelley, thetirelesstangler.com