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!
I am beyond thrilled to be blogging again and to have weathered this latest stressful time! It was so comforting to know I had my drawing and tangles as well as the Zentangle® community. One of the most helpful and awesome things that encouraged me to come out of my shell was a visit/tangle session from my local CZT, Laura Story. It was my first time tangling with another person and my first true Zentangle ® Method lesson from an expert! She was so encouraging and sharing tangling with someone meant a great deal to me! Less than 2 weeks later, I published my first post in 3 months and then my new pattern Marito that I was lucky enough to share with her. How true to the heart of the Zentangle spirit this was! And I know that most of you would do the same were we local to each other. Laura is an amazing representative of CZTs (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and one of the benefits of Rick Roberts’ and Maria Thomas’ Method is the warm support of it’s community. Thank you Laura and thanks to all the wonderful CZTs and artists out there in the world that make the Zentangle® Method what it is! ❤️🌺
You may be wondering what this has to do with It’s a String Thing? I was enjoying Adele Bruno’s (It’s a String Thing HQ) site and reading about some of the projects she does with local tanglers. I often wish I could sit in classes with all the CZTs because I think you would learn something new from each of them. Adele also did a wonderful series of articles about her trip to Fabriano, Italy where the original Zentangle tiles are made. She is a pleasure to read and a talented artist! The first post today was celebratory as she has passed one million views! Wow! As my blog is still small, I understand what a huge honor that is! It got me thinking about CZTs and how I wanted to take a class from Adele but how grateful I am to Laura for her visit. So, I blame Adele Bruno for this love fest! 😄😇 I love her blog and you can visit her at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com and see what I mean!
This week’s It’s a String Thing challenge string is filled with round Os representing her million views. Here’s cheers to you Adele, thanks for your weekly challenge and for being who you are! ⭐️
Here are the 3 tangles for this week!
Lollywimple by Sandy Hunter
Purk by Maria Thomas
Jetties by Maria Thomas
Unfortunately, I have been busy this weekend and couldn’t finish my tile in time to submit it to Adele for publishing, but this tile is in honor of her 1 million hits!