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It’s a String Thing #298

I have surely missed Adele Bruno’s It’s a String Thing challenges every week while my 100 Days of Zentangle project was ongoing! This week, although chronically late, I’ve actually finished a tile! I’m so lost on weekends, now I’m not posting on Saturday and Sunday, I’m glad I have it!

This week’s challenge introduces Zentangle’s newest pattern, Doodah, and pairs it perfectly with KITL by The Ragged Ray’s, CZT, Jem Miller. I’ve had a few tries with KITL now and Jen’s advice really helped me get it right this time! Thanks Jem! She advises to start your stroke at the center cross to help give you a more even looking result! I like the way it turned out! Doodah is a very simple ribbon tangle that doesn’t even need a step out, but here it is anyway!

Thanks for another perfect challenge Adele! If you’d like to join the It’s a String Thing challenge, you can start at Adele’s blog TickledtoTangle.

Next I want to announce a few changes in my upload schedule for YouTube. I have a long-standing Monday appointment and I need to change the live-stream time to 8:00 am CST (GMT -5). I am still doing a trial of my Zentangle Meditation Mondays. If you haven’t tried it out, I invite you to try one out! So far, the feedback has been great and I am thrilled to be able to help you guys relax! Here’s a link to the first week’s live-stream. I’d love to hear your feedback!

Tuesday mornings I will walk you through some new tangles to add to your tangling repertoire. Last week, we did 3 patterns from Brian’s book, and this week, I’m planning 5. They are quite simple and perfect for beginners. Here’s the link for the video.

Finally, join me for our new Zentangle Dingbatz series based on the amazing new book by CZT, Brian Crimmins! This book is a wonderland of ideas and projects for tanglers, experienced and beginners alike! This week we will focus on the very cool “Zine” project in the book, making a Dingbatz sampler for inspiration! We start the project on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9:00 am CST (GMT -5).

Thanks for your support! I’m excited about what the future has in store!

Zentangle ®️ Project Pack 05 with IAST 287

Welcome to The Tireless Tangler everyone! This has been an incredibly busy week with the continuation of my 100 days of Zentangle project (we’re up to day 13 with daily pattern videos), the start of the Zentangle ® Project Pack 05, and It’s a String Thing challenge 287! I’m exhausted just listing it all! It has been so gratifying to have so many artists join the project! I hope you all have seen some of the other’s work on Facebook and Instagram! Look for the hashtag #100daysofzentangle! You’ll find the link for today’s video below. Here’s my progress to day 12!

This week’s It’s a String Thing challenge was Easter themed and used an egg shaped string and 3 great tangles. Hemp by CZT, Sandy Steen Bartholomew , Queen B by CZT, Helen Williams, Henna Drum by CZT, Jane MacKugler. I loved playing with all 3 tangles and though the outcome was darker than I intended, it’s still a fun tile! You can join the It’s a String Thing challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog Tickled to Tangle!

Lastly, this week brought the start of Zentangle ® Project Pack 05. This project centers around decorative matting techniques for keepsakes and photos. The first 2 days and the prep video were released this weekend, leaving us with lots of creative pursuits with which to immerse ourselves. I’ve linked the first 3 videos here for you! You absolutely don’t need the project pack to participate! Good quality cardstock or hot press watercolor paper will work as well.

I hope you enjoy these videos! There is nothing like learning from Rick and Maria!

Thanks for your continued support everyone! It means more than you can imagine! 💜

It’s a String Thing 286

Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle.blogspot.com presented us with a String this week reminiscent of a basketball court. A nod to a hoops saturated March madness. You can check out it’s a String Thing 286 string here. This week’s 3 tangles are great. Mr. E by CZT, Shawn Hayden, Tunnelvizion by CZT, Jody Genovese, and Scape by CZT, Angie Gittles. I enjoyed all 3 tangles but I will admit falling in love (and laugh) with Jody’s wonderful Tunnelvizion! We used it for today’s #the100dayproject prompt and I’m laughing out loud while shooting my step out video this morning! It is so cute! I can’t help comparing the “faces” to Emoballs, the pattern by Tomàs Padrós. I snuck some into my tile. I think they are from the same whimsical place! I put my laughing video link down below, in case you are interested! 😂

On a final note, I’ve been asked if I could provide a printable template for my #100daysofzentangle Celtic knot. I’m working on a digital copy you can print now, and I hope I can link that by tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!

I will see you faithful early tomorrow morning for day 7 of the 100 day project! Your support means everything! Hang in there! We only have 93 more days to go! 😅

It’s a String Thing 285

Welcome to The Tireless Tangler! It’s time for this week’s It’s a String Thing challenge. You can join this challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog Tickledtotangle! This week our challenge was to use Maria Thomas’ Dingsplatz video for inspiration. I’m not going to ruin it for you so I hope you enjoy Maria Thomas and her Dingsplatz! Here’s my tile.

Tuesday begins #the100dayproject! Join me for, what I hope, will be an early morning livestream from my YouTube channel. Each day for 100 days I’ll be filling in a small section with a different. When finished it will be a Tangle index I can hang for inspiration! The preparation video will be up tomorrow on my channel! Have a great weekend and I will see you tomorrow! 💜

It’s a String Thing 284 & a Celtic Border Pattern

This week, Adele Bruno had a lovely string for her challenge number 284. It’s a String Thing 284, with a nod to Spring, brought 3 familiar tangles. Mumsy, by CZT, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, Jasmin by Simone Bischoff, CZT and Crescent Moon by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Here’s my tile!

Also this week, another in my March Celtic Knot Series. This week I’m showing you how to create this border pattern with corners! If you know the pattern Huggins, then you can draw this pretty knot!

Did you all get your project pack 05 from Zentangle.com? The PP05 videos will start April 12th and we’ll be following the fun! If you don’t get it it’s ok! Watch my reveal video and see what you’ll need to follow along!

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 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!

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!

It’s a String Thing #267

Hello and welcome to The Tireless Tangler everyone! I’m excited to begin participating in my challenges again! I’m still struggling with more pain than normal after my trip to CZT 32 but my spirit and creative energy have been refreshed and I’m so happy to be drawing again!

It’s a String Thing is CZT, Adele Bruno’s weekly challenge on her blog, Tickled to Tangle! This week Adele challenged us to appreciate the purity of the Zentangle ® Method by using the Z string string from lesson one in the Zentangle ® Primer. Also the first string we used at CZT 32 training. I’ve explored this string many times and I really enjoyed another try with the Zentangle original patterns, Crescent Moon, Static, and Poke-root. Step-outs for these tangles can be found on TangleList and TanglePatterns.com

You might assume that using the same string and similar tangles would have similar looks but really they each create their own feel. This was a perfect way to get back into the challenges for me! Sometimes it’s perfect to keep it simple. This tile is black micron on white original Zentangle tile with graphite for shading! Simple 💜

It’s a String Thing 261

This week’s IAST tile led me on a frantic search over the last 3 days! To have a tile finished, except for finishing touches, just disappear was a mystery! For the last 2 days I thought perhaps Simba had taken it outside and chewed on it but no sign could be found. I’ve been fighting illness for a couple of weeks now and I just didn’t have the energy to worry about doing another. I figured I’d just miss this week’s challenge, which was due last night. Sigh! However, when stripping my bed this afternoon, there it was, relatively unscathed, beneath my pillow! Don’t ask how it ended up there, but since it was almost finished, I scurried around and put the finishing touches on it and here it is! (Simba is still feeling offended but I gave him a treat and he might forgive me!)

So this week’s start to IAST’S 6th year, includes 2 tangles. 3-loop-6 by CZT, Mina Hsaio, and CZT, Cheryl Moote’s Hexonu. Step-outs for both can be found on TanglePatterns.com. Here’s my tile! As always, you can join the challenge at Adele Bruno’s blog here.