Tangled Ink Art

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Diva Challenge #107: Quandary

The Diva Challenge this week is to use the new official tangle, Quandary!  I had a little trouble when I first tried using this tangle because I wanted to keep making sure the flowers lined up, but if you keep on practicing it and use the tip that Laura gives (One tip i have - i find it easier if you don't concentrate on building the flower, but instead concentrate on building triangles off of triangles, similar to Tripoli.) it is a lot easier!   I also found that making bigger rice shapes on a sheet of paper helped get the flow going and then I could do it on a smaller size.  So keep on practicing, it does get easier, and you will find it's a wonderful tangle pattern with so many possibilities.  Thanks, Rick & Maria for the new tangle!  Thanks, Laura for another challenge

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tangle*A*Day calendar (Feb 4-Feb 15)

Some days things just flow right, and others not so much.  That's how it is with my calendar entries for this period.  I don't practice drawing these new tangles ahead of time before entering them in my calendar.  My calendar is for practice.  If you see a tangle you haven't tried, please go to the source for the directions because they are always a lot better than what you see in my calendar.  I really love the tangle A Bed of Roses by LeeAnn Denzer (Feb 5th), but I just couldn't get it to look as beautiful as she does it.  The closest I came was on Feb 13th on the bottom.  Check out her directions by clicking on the link.  I also messed up when trying out Lantern by Donna Blair (Feb. 8th).  and my circles are pretty wonky on Swirly Dot by Thomas Gallagher.  Both of those tangles are on www.tanglepatterns.com.  As I remind my students, it's not the outcome, but the process that matters, and I am having fun trying out all these new tangles! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Diva Challenge #106: The Year of the Snake

Once again, Laura Harms (the Diva) has come up with another fun weekly challenge!  To celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year, we are to be inspired by the year of the snake.  Here are a few facts I found out about the year of the snake, for those of you born in those years.....

The Snake

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.

Years of the Snake

Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Snake Year actually begins.



The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. They are attractive people who take cries with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time.

Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.

I found this shape online and thought it made a really nice string!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Tangles: FALZ & XENSO

It has been a long time since I've created a new tangle and while playing around with my paper and pen the other night, I created two new tangles to share.  They both start out with the same first two steps, but vary enough that they don't look anything alike when done.  Also, when completed they each can have many different looks, depending on what spaces you decide to color in (if any) and how you shade them.   I hope you like Falz & Xenso.......tangle on!

In the ever increasing volume of tangles that are created each week, it's hard to know if these have been done before or if these names have been used.  If you see that they have, and I've missed them,  please let me know. Thanks!


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Zendala Dare #43

Zendala Dare #43-Feeling like an artist:  Erin, at The Bright Owl blog wrote a great post with her dare this week.  It's all about what it takes to make someone feel like an artist.  Make sure to check it out with the link above.  Erin states "When I create something I thought I could never create, that's when it becomes art for me. Sure, other's may not consider it art, but at that time I consider myself an artist. If you follow that theory, then I am a constantly evolving version of the same artist because (hopefully) my work just keeps getting better and better. " I couldn't agree with her more! Her request for the dare was to fill the template with some of our favorite tangles.  I have so many favorites that I could do this template over and over again, so I just set out to do my best, and yes, when I was done it made me feel like an artist.  Thanks Erin, great post and dare! 

Tangles:  Betweed, Knightsbridge, Printemps, Paradox

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Challenge #105 UMT/Dansk

It's time for the UMT (Use My Tangle) feature at Laura's, I Am The Diva Blog.  This week's challenge is to use CZT Margaret Bremner's tangle: Dansk.  Dansk is a fun tangle to draw and shade.  Laura is also giving away one of Carole Ohl's Tangle*A*Day calendar's on her blog and her facebook page (see the link above for all the info).  If you don't have Carole's calendar yet, make sure to enter....it's great! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tangle*A*Day Calendar (Jan 25-Feb 4)

I am moving along with my calendar and 7 new (to me) tangles learned................

P.S.  If I added (TP) it means you can find them on the Tangle Patterns website.

Friday, February 1, 2013

And the winners are.................

On 1/23/2013 I posted a blog giveaway to celebrate having 250 followers.  The deadline was midnight on 1/31/2013.  The blog post shows I had 61 entries, but I had to delete two of them because they were duplicates and I did not count them when doing the random number generator.  Well, enough with the details, let's get on to the winners!

Prize #1:  The original zendala/zentangle inspired art piece goes to:
                 Tammy!  (stvan3@comcast.net)

Prize #2:   A zentangle inspired glass pendant with matching earrings goes to:
                 emGoodnight!   (emgoodnight71@gmail.com)

 Prize #3:  A zentangle inspired small pink canvas bag & package of  6 note cards goes to:   Char!  (char@charanderson.com)

Congratulations to all the winners!  I will be sending you an email to obtain your mailing addresses so I can get your prizes shipped off as soon as possible. 

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway and for all of the wonderful comments you left!  Once again, it shows me what a kind and caring group tanglers are.

Tangle On!

P.S.  I still have not heard from the 250th follower, Jane M with the cute little white fluffy dog picture.  I would like to send you a package of 6 note cards.  Email me with your address: