Monthly Archives: April 2018

Using Fingers To Create a String (and An Announcement)…

For this week’s challenge we were to trace around our fingers at different angles to create a string. I traced three of my fingers, turned the tile and traced my index and part of my middle finger along with part of my thumb.

This is the string I used:

I was fine creating the string, but I struggled with the tile. I don’t usually make my patterns this small. I gravitate toward simple strings and use three or four different tangles. So, combining so many tangles was way out of my comfort zone.

This is my tile for this challenge:

Tangles:Jalouise, Drupe, Orb Pods, Joki, Tipple, Purk, N’Zeppe;, Betweed, Diva Dance, fillers without names.
Color: Prismacolor pencils

A friend gave me a pad of Strathmore paper for Colored Pencils. I cut it into a 3 and 1/2” square to use for this challenge. I’m still deciding if I like this paper or not. I’m going to try again with just three tangles and see if it makes a difference. 🙂

As always, this is my first attempt for the challenge and I don’t view the other submissions until I post mine so I won’t be influenced. I am excited to see how others filled their string and the tangles they chose.

Be sure to check out Laura’s blog to see how others have responded to this week’s challenge.  I hope that you find these tiles as inspiring and educational as I do.  I always learn something from those who post their tiles.  Thank you to all of you.  🙂

My Exciting Announcement…

Some of you may have seen my announcement on the Square One Zentangle BaZarr Facebook page. For those who have not seen it, here it is!

I just published my book, Tips for Tangling” and it is available on

The book includes a foreword written by CZT Cris Letourneau, author of the book, Made In The Shade and co-author with Sonya Yencer, of the book Pattern Play.  There are reviews by five CZTs – Kelly Barone, Donna Cyr, Tracy Lake, Chari-Lynn Reithmeier, and Brenda Shaver.

The tips are designed so that readers can take their knowledge of tangling and add to it. It is ideal for beginning tanglers, for those who has been tangling for awhile, for experienced tanglers and CZTs.

The book starts with suggestions of things to do before you pick up your pen and ends with a story about how I found appreciation in an unexpected way that taught me that beginners create art that is worthy and to be appreciated.
The back cover explains that this book offers ways to

   * Get into the “Zen” of Zentangle

   * Prepare before you even pick up your pencil

   * Use what you already know to explore and expand that knowledge

   * Get your hand into a comfortable position to create

   * Consciously create the Zentangle Art elements

   * Play

   * Appreciate who you are and what you create

   * and more…

If you are willing, I would appreciate it if you would help me spread the word about this book by sharing this announcement with those you know who tangle.

I hope you find time to check it out.

Until next time,
Sending smiles,



Learn Zentangle in Vernon, CT
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