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!

The True Gift Of Zentangle

I received a beautiful gift today from a wonderful lady and it reached into my heart and squeezed. It was completely unexpected and I know done with great compassion. CZT Jody Genovese sent me a small box delicately filled with small brown and tan crinkled paper ribbons, a new pack of black apprentice tiles (which I’ve wanted to try), 2 traveling Tangle tiles and one wine stained tile (something I’ve never tried), and a note of caring and support that had me tearing up. The absolute best part of tangling is meeting other tanglers. I’ve never met a better person than Jody. I’m learning, after a year, that the true beauty of the Zentangle® Method is in the community of tanglers. 

Jody did one other thing that meant so much to me and that was to tangle my Apcross pattern on a coffee stained tile. It immediately became one of my favorites! Check out how cool this is! This will be my featured image for Apcross! Jody, you did an amazing job! You’re becoming a good friend at a time when I needed it most! Thanks!

Apcross by CZT, Jody Genovese

 

Diva Challenge 274 (#dc274)

This week’s Diva challenge was to make a tile that shows your allegiance to your country (wherever that may be). Here’s mine: 

I’ve kinda been phoning this stuff in since the death of my son.  I hope in the weeks to come I’m able to put a lot more into them.  Still too fresh. 

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I hope I’m not so depressing very long! 

Diva Challenge 273 Revisited 

So I really was unhappy with my diva challenge submission this week so I decided to go through my tiles and try to get it right.  The result was interesting to say the least for several reasons. Here’s my before and after tiles:

This is a white tile with a burnt ochre watercolor wash. I started with my Sakura micron brown pen and was disappointed in the contrast but this made a perfect tile for #273. 

I have several sets of Sakura pens that I’ve never used so this ended up being a bit of an experiment. I used my set of Sakura glaze pens for the colored in sections of the aquafleur and what is supposed to be Veezy I believe. So what I learned is that the glaze Pens have a large nib I’m assuming to allow the ink to flow smoothly which it certainly does. It goes on extremely smoothly and when it dries it leaves an upraised glossy look to what’s underneath to give it a 3D look. Unfortunately this means that fine lines and drawing with them can become rather a gloppy mess so having tried those,  I really liked the dark brown aquafleur but the other was a mess! But in keeping with the Zentangle® Method  I kept working and finished the rest of it. I used a burnt ochre,  a dark brown and a terracotta prismacolor soft core pencil for shading which, as always, helped a lot. This tangle includes #opus #aquafleur #mookah #veezy and #fescue. (I’m terrible at remembering the tangle names so forgive me if I don’t list everything.) 

See everyone next week for diva challenge 274! As always you can find a link to Diva’s blog in my top menu. 

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

Introduction: Getting to Know the Blogger

My name is Cyndee Pelley, I’m an amateur artist with a spinal disability and this blog allows me to share my art, tangle patterns and coloring ideas. I’m also bound to touch on dogs and horses as well as family because they’re a big part of my life. My hands shake so my lines aren’t perfect but I’ve found expressing myself through art extremely important in maintaining a healthy perspective when my body is trapped in a bed.  Family,  pets, art and health are all topics that will arise but mostly this is about art.

One of the most significant things to happen to me in the last 15 years was when I accidentally came across the Zentangle(registered trademark)  Method created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Instead of trying to explain their method let me quote from their official website Zentangle.com.

“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. ” (quote from the Zentagle.com website)

These are some examples of simple patterns and what you can do with them.

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This is a tangle using the pattern “SKYE” deconstructed by the wonderful Margaret Bremner, CZT  (enthusiasticartist.blogspot.com)
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This is called a ZIA (Zentagle Inspired Art). Meaning it’s a mix of patterns and ideas based on the Zentangle way but not conforming to the structure and rules of it. Like adding color.
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This tangle pattern is called “pkok” the pattern was deconstructed by Sandhya Manne, CZT at Zen Temple Tangles and I added color for my own flair

I will be talking more about this method in later blogs but for now I’ll just say that Zentangle has changed my life. I’d encourage anyone who wants to draw but doesn’t know where to start to visit Rick and Maria’s site Zentagle.com. I also highly recommend tanglepatterns.com which is Linda Farmer’s collection of tangles including Rick and Maria’s official tangle patterns.

I  will also be chronicling my application process for a mobility service dog. I’ve always loved animals and in particular horses and dogs.  I just lost one of my rescued dogs (Daisy)  after 15 years.

My Daisy Mae (passed in April, 2016)

Her long time companion, Chance, is fading fast though I’m hopeful he will last the year.

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This is Chance, who is also a rescue. His hips are quite bad and winter has me worried.

I also have a foster dog from a local rescue agency.  His name is Jake and he mostly likes to hide from the world.

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Foster dog Jake who was rescued during below zero temperatures 3 years ago. He has serious anxiety issues.

The rules regarding service dogs in the home are usually that no other dogs are allowed to be present in the home. The reason for this is service dogs are working dogs and can get distracted which works against their training.  Having a service dog is a commitment to ongoing training and special care. I have made my application to an organization based in Norman, OK called “A New Leash on Life”.  http://newleashinc.org/ They take donated puppies (usually Golden or Labrador Retrievers for their natural retrieving abilities)  and train them for the specific needs of each client.  This takes between 1 and 2 years because the pups need to be fully grown to support the pulling, balancing and other activities a mobility dog must handle. So, I applied after Daisy’s death making me both sad and excited and guilty about the excited. Their letter to confirm my application was dated May 11, 2016. I’m trying to patiently wait for the next phase!

That’s enough for the first blog. I hope you’ll come back to see what kind of art we’ll be working each week. I also hope you’ll check out the 3 tangle patterns I’ve deconstructed. I’ve sent them to Linda Farmer, CZT at tanglepatterns.com to see if they conform to the tangle rules and can then be published there.  Either way,  feel free to experiment and share your thoughts and comments.