It’s a String Thing #51

I can’t believe another week has gone by, but here we are again with another String Thing.  This week’s string was created by Linda Farmer of TanglePatterns.  She created it just over a year ago to celebrate her third anniversary hosting the TanglePatterns site.  “It’s a String Thing” is also approaching its first anniversary, so it’s time to celebrate!

To honour Linda, we can use some tangle patterns that begin with the letters ‘Fa’. They are Facets, Fancy Nancy, Falz and Fandango.  I used all four tangles on a colour washed tile, with a brown pen and brown crayon for shading.

003Thanks for looking….


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My name in Duotangle

Laura is back from her break so this week she has set the challenge on her blog I am the Diva.  The challenge is to do a Duotangle using tangles which begin with our own initials.  So for me that’s L and B.

I love Laced and I use it a lot.  On the other hand I’ve never used Borbz so it seemed like a good time to give it a go.  I used another of my watercolour washed cards.


Recently I was made aware of a Facebook group called Ornation Creation. There are lots of templates on this page and new ones are posted on a weekly basis. The humming-bird template caught my eye and yesterday I copied and decorated it.  It made a change and maybe I’ll try out another template some time, but for me, for a sense of achievement, there’s nothing like starting from scratch with a blank piece of paper!

59That’s it from me, now I’m off to check out the Diva’s blog to see what everyone else has done with their initials.





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It’s a String Thing #50

This week the challenge on Tickled to Tangle uses a string from Cathy Clifford (which can be seen here) and in honour of Cathy uses tangles with two ‘C’s in their names.  I’ve used Cack, Ciceron, Cockles & Muscles and Crescent Moon.

I used some card which I had washed earlier in the week with browns from my tin of Caran d’Ache wax pastels.

002I’ve used Ciceron, Cockles & Muscles and Crescent Moon before and was determined to link them in some way.  I really enjoyed learning to use Adele’s tangle called Cack, playing with different sizes and hiding some behind others.  It’s a great tangle Adele!

Thank you for visiting, I really appreciate your comments :)


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There is another guest challenger this week on the Diva’s blog.  Caroline Broady is one of the world’s youngest Certified Zentangle Teachers and has challenged us to use a tangle which she developed herself, called Truffle.  The step-outs can be found here.

Last week I mentioned that I had been playing with Brusho and cling film to make some coloured background paper at my first workshop with a CZT.  We used one at the workshop and the other was left for us to use whenever we liked.  I decided to use it this week for Truffle.

54I used coloured pencils for the shading but I didn’t find them as easy to use.  More practice needed I think.

Here is the tangle which we did at the workshop using the second coloured background.  We used graphite on this one for the shading

55This week because my Monday night class has finished for the summer I’ve managed to do my tangle much earlier than normal so there aren’t so many others to look at yet.  Will need to keep bobbing back to check out the rest of the entries.  Recommend that you do so too.


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10th Anniversary string

This week the It’s a String Thing challenge marks a very special anniversary in the world of all things Zentangle®. Ten years ago, on July 17, co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas taught their first public class in Providence, Rhode Island.

In celebration of their ten-year anniversary, Adele Bruno has created a celebratory string line which can be seen here.  The challenge this week is to use this string line and any tangles that we wish.

I like that this challenge usually prescribes tangles which makes me try ones that I may not ordinarily be drawn towards, so I included a couple of new tangles to me, they were Quib and Ona.  I also used Crescent Moon, Quandary, Prestwood, and Fassett.


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Bring Your Own Beverage

On Sunday I had my first workshop with a CZT, Mary Jane Holcroft. What an inspirational experience it was.  Already looking forward to the next one.

One of the tiles we did had a coloured background.  We used very wet Brusho and then scrunched up cling film and moved it around on the paint to get some texture before leaving it on top until it was dry.  A great technique which I wanted to use again although wasn’t expecting to do it again so quickly.

Laura of I am the Diva and her family are off to the Moebius Syndrome Conference, so she has arranged some more guest challenges. This week CZT Amy from Tennessee has challenged us to B.Y.O.B – Bring Your Own Beverage – to our tangling session and utilize it in our art.

My regular cuppa is rooibos, a type of tea which is naturally caffeine free.  Yesterday I had a cuppa and afterwards used the wet tea bag to drip and sponge tea on to my tile, then got the cling film out and used the technique I had just learned.  Not quite as effective with a single colour, but happy with it.

022Since I had used tea I decided to use tangles beginning with the letter T.  I wanted to choose tangles which wouldn’t cover too much of the background so used Ticking, Tagh, Tips, Tri-po and Trentwith.

024I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done with this challenge.  Please visit the blog to have a look for yourself.

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Things with wings

Today for a change I’m posting a birthday card which I’ve made.  I started with a blank butterfly gate-fold card from the fabulous WhichCraftUK (you can see the range here).

008The papers are from a pad which I picked up at Walmart.  I used them to cover the front either side of the butterfly, the two halves of the butterfly and also inside.  I decided to use a ribbon to wrap around the front, tied in a bow.

004Once opened you’ll see that what was folded flat now opens out and folds down so that the butterflies appear to be floating behind the sentiment.  I used butterflies from a large Woodware stamp, coloured with ProMarkers, cut them out and attached to thin strips of acetate.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Divas by Design – Things with wings

I Love ProMarkers – Things with wings

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday – Pretty Papers

Thank you for looking.



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