12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 11

Our 12 Days of Zentangle ® Project is almost finished! One day left, so on today’s section we once again had a lesson from Maria Thomas, one of the founders of the Zentangle ® Method. Each day has been a peaceful island in the storm of my life. I’ve appreciated each one, loved the original tangles and basked in the ever growing beautiful spinner. I honestly can’t wait to use it for teaching a class! Since we have just one more day, after finishing today’s wedge, I added some watercolor to the middle circle. I haven’t decided what I’ll do with the corners yet but we will see tomorrow. Today’s lesson included Knightsbridge, Scena, Purk and Betweed. All of these are favorites. Here’s my day 11 progress and Maria’s video link. Thanks to Maria for bringing such love and positivity to this method that has changed me fundamentally!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 9

Hello everyone! We are fast approaching the end of our wonderful 12 Days of Zentangle ® Project! Today is day 9 and we are treated to another lesson from Zentangle Founder Rick Roberts. If you’ve never seen Rick tangle, it is definitely the worth your time! Rick’s style is definitely different from Maria’s. He has a slow, deliberate way of tangling that has impacted the way I approach several patterns. Today we did hollibaugh, cubine, xyg, and arukas. Rick is the king of straight line tangles! I hope you enjoy the ride! Here’s my spinner with the Zentangle youtube video!

Diva Challenge 379 and 12 Days of Zentangle Day 8

Hello everyone! It’s been a very busy Monday but I was able to finish all my projects! Yay ME! First I want to share my Diva Challenge tile for this week. The Diva has challenged us to create a holiday tile and if you’d like to follow along, here’s the link for the Diva’s challenge. I’ve been playing around with Eni Oken’s lesson on the tangle Peanuckle by Molly Hollibaugh. Peanuckle can be a tough tangle to master and I was one who struggled with it. Then I watched Eni Oken’s video lesson by the same name and it all fell into place. Like so many lessons, Eni put her own spin on things and suddenly the tangle just clicked for me. Here’s where you can find Eni’s lesson on Peanuckle. I recently watched the lesson again and took another stab at the project. Here’s my sketch pad version.

I posted this in Eni Oken’s Art Club for comments and someone suggested it was ribbons and Pine Cones. That stuck in my head and I thought I would do a color version. When the Diva asked for holiday tiles this week, it seemed the perfect solution. Here’s my Diva Challenge tile number 379!

Lastly, I want to share todays 12 Days of Zentangle videos with my spinner progress! Today’s lesson was given by the lovely Julie Willand, an important member of the Zentangle HQ family. We used the tangles Crescent Moon, Bales, Shattuck, Marasu, and Indy Rella. All of these tangles are well known and very enjoyable to use. Here’s my Spinner progress from today along with the YouTube video link. Enjoy and I’ll see you all tomorrow!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Days 6 and 7

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I’ve been looking forward to my daily Zentangle emails for project pack 04! Today I am posting day 6 and 7. It’s amazing how many original tangles I’ve never used before. Let’s see if I can list the tangles we used for the last 2 days! Day 6 Molly and Martha showed us Swarm, Poke Root, Bronx Cheer, Huggins, and Pepper. Day 7 Rick showed Printemps, Rain, Avreal, and Fracas. 5 of these tangles were new to me! This project has been awesome for increasing my tangle knowledge! Here’s my progress picture for the Spinner and links for the Zentangle ® videos for the last 2 days. I hope you are enjoying them!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 5

Greetings everyone! I’m back with day 5 of the 12 Days of Zentangle ®. Today’s tangles include Bunzo, Quabog, Zenith, and Ing! Join Maria Thomas for the 5th day’s lesson. I get so zenned out with these small sections and it’s a really nice way to spend about 30 minutes! Here’s my progress and the Zentangle video featuring Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. Enjoy!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 4

Hi everyone! Here’s today’s edition of Zentangle’s “12 days of Zentangle ®”. This is day 4 and the tangles used are Static, Noom Rebus, Molygon, Umble and Mooka. Everything is better with Mooka! Join Maria for another great exploration of original tangles! Enjoy!

12 Days of Zentangle ® Day 3

Hi everyone! This will be short but I want to continue to share the Zentangle ® 12 days of Zentangle videos along with my spinner’s daily progress. This is day 3 and the tangles used are Florz, Festune, Wadical, and Tripoli. Step-outs for these tangles can be found at TanglePatterns.com, however, there’s nothing like learning them from Maria Thomas! Here’s my day 3 progress and the Zentangle video with Maria. Enjoy!

(my little boy and our dog Simba are helpful when snapping this picture! 😍)

See you all tomorrow!💜

Zentangle ® Project Pack 04 and Diva Challenge 378

Hi everyone! I’m still running behind with my challenges, but for some reason this week, I’m driven! I’ve even been back on Facebook for the first time in months! I don’t know why but I’ve gone from no desire at all to create, to a rabid fanatical! LOL!!!

I’ve been truly enjoying the new Project Pack 04 from Zentangle HQ for the “12 days of Zentangle” this month. In years past, the work was so intimidating I wasn’t able to keep up the pace, but the project this year is actually so zenful and relaxing that I’ve been checking my email for the next lesson everyday often and eagerly! I was lucky enough to get my project pack while I was at CZT32 training in October and it is something brand new and awesome! I want to tell you though, you don’t need the project pack to follow along with the lessons. Those are freely given and can be found on YouTube or you can watch them right here! Even if you use the videos to make regular tiles, it is worth working through them. Having fun, relaxing while doing the lessons with Rick, Maria, Martha and Molly is a real gift. They are just as wonderful in person as they are on the videos! Give it a try! Project Pack 04 is something brand new and will be a great teaching tool for CZTs but also can be made into a fun tangle game when you meet up with other tanglers. The paper is Opus tile size, original tile paper, with a hole in the middle for a little spinner. Each day for 12 days, we are filling in a pie piece (don’t ask why I’m thinking pie!) with simple original tangles. It is SO relaxing and fun. Relaxing in the holiday season is a gift as well!

Here are my day one and day two pictures. In the preparation video we did the watercolor portion. Of course, I went a bit nuts with mine but I gotta do me!

Here are the first 3 videos in order with the preparation day video first, followed by day one and day two. I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!

Preparation Day

Day One

Day Two

Last but certainly not least is Diva Challenge 378! This is a UMT or “use my tangle” week and we are exploring a lovely border style tangle by CZT Antonine Koval. It’s named 123 O’Leary. It’s very easy to understand but for me I needed some practice before I finally got it to flow well. You can find Antonine’s step out here. Here’s my tile.

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 💜

Certified Zentangle ® Teacher Training and CZT 32

Welcome to The Tireless Tangler everyone! I’m Cyndee Pelley and I am a brand new member of the Zentangle ® family! I’m currently sitting at the Delta Airlines gate in gorgeous Providence, Rhode Island, waiting for my flight home to Oklahoma. I’m so very proud to say I am now a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT 32)!

This was such an incredible, joyful, amazing week! I will try not to annoy you with my exclamation marks but I am feeling so completely blessed you will probably see a lot of them! I have not been able to post in several weeks. My personal life has been in control and creativity has been lost to me but I knew if I could just get to Providence for CZT 32, I would be inspired! This week was both the hardest and one of the best weeks of my life! Singing in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, driving through an ice covered forest in Germany with the sun sparkling off the icicles, seeing whales and dolphins in beautiful Alaska with my mom, and hugging my little boy are really the only things in my life that come close to rivaling the experience this week in Providence!

The landscape was lovely but I realized last night I had taken only a few pictures of it! So I snapped a pic of the Providence Biltmore last night.

This is the view from the event site on the 17th floor of the Biltmore.

I do, however, have many, many pictures of art and the amazing people I met while there! Many were uncomfortable with sharing their pictures online so with one exception, I’m not sharing my people pics. This one is particularly dear to me! I gave Maria Thomas a compliment one day and she took my hand and said “let’s have coffee”. Wow!

I would like to tell you this cheesy smile was an accident and I wish I looked better, but honestly, I wore this silly grin in all my pictures and it was a true representation of how happy I felt! (Maria Thomas is as wonderful and full of whimsy and joy as anyone I’ve ever met!) I will mention some of the other people I loved meeting but no pics.

I will share some of the art pictures and just a few of the mosaic pictures I took. Honestly, by the time I thought of taking pictures, I had missed some opportunities! We managed to do 26 mosaics in 4 days!

One of my biggest joys this week was meeting in person some of the dearest people I’ve known online in our community! In particular, meeting Anika of Zen.linea, who I was blessed to write about in one of my artist focus posts! What an amazing thing that was! She is an amazing person and now a fellow CZT 32! I was also able to meet 2 friends from India with whom I have been blessed to become close to online, Aish is living in India, and dear Prathima from India but living in Connecticut. Ladies, you own a special place in my heart! Jan from Florida, Leslie from Indiana (can’t remember where you live now) and Judy from Ontario, Canada, you ladies saved me from severe grumpiness last night over dinner! What a fun bunch! I want to especially mention dear, amazing, Juliette, my newest friend from France who now lives here in the states. She is one half of the awesome TanglePod podcast. What made Juliette such a beautiful friend? Besides being an incredible person and having that awesome French accent, she is loosing her hearing and was an American Sign Language enthusiast. She was so fascinating to talk to, we spent many meals together where she translated our conversations into French while I signed! I spoke German, ASL, English, learned a bit more French, a few words of Japanese…what a feast for my language starved mind.

To say this trip was a feast for all 5 of my senses is an immense understatement! I am completely enriched today! And I can now say, I am Cyndee Pelley, CZT32!

None of this would have been possible without all of the artists and CZTs who so generously donated to send me this week. There are not enough words in my admittedly large vocabulary to adequately express my deep gratitude to you all! 💜