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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: On your mark, get set…

Exactly one week from today – and yes, I’m actually counting down! – I will be embarking on an epic blogging adventure: the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, held annually in April and embraced each year by an ever-growing number of participants.

And I am surprisingly excited about the whole thing!

I think what I’m most thrilled about is the theme I chose for the month – “Tangling from A to Z” (in case you missed it, you can read all about it in this post, and find out more about Zentangle®1 in this one).

Zentangle®-Inspired Art

ZIA 2 by Laurel Regan, July 8, 2013

See, my time over the past few months has been taken up with other things and my beloved tangling has unfortunately fallen by the wayside… so choosing this particular theme was rather inspired (if I do say so myself!). I’m so looking forward to rediscovering the joy of tangling, and all the resulting creativity and learning that this month will bring.

Zentangle®-Inspired Art

ZIA 4 by Laurel Regan, July 14, 2013

It’s not without a whole bunch of pre-challenge work, however – THAT’S for sure! Even though April is still a week away, I’ve already been busily preparing myself and my blog for the upcoming frenzy. Taking the example of many of my fellow A to Z-ers, I’m trying to get as much of the background stuff done ahead of time so that come April I can really focus on the task at hand – learning new tangles, putting them into practice, and then blogging about the process and results. So any “housekeeping” stuff that I can do now will make fulfilling the challenge that much easier.

Zentangle®-Inspired Art

ZIA 5 by Laurel Regan, July 14, 2013

As of today, I’ve:

  • Gone through the A to Z Checklist to make sure my blog is ready for the challenge.
  • Set up drafts and scheduled blog posts for the entire month of April.
  • Chosen each of the three new tangles (following the letters of the alphabet, of course!) I’ll be learning each day.
  • Started setting up my tangle samples sketchbook with instructions and examples of each tangle (so far I’m up to the letter F).
  • Warmed up after my long break by learning a few new tangles (different from the ones I’ll be including in the challenge posts).

So I’m getting there, and once the rest of the preparation of my tangle samples sketchbook has been done, I should be ready to go.

And I can’t wait!

Zentangle®-Inspired Art

ZIA 7 by Laurel Regan, July 20, 2013

I hope you’ll drop by Alphabet Salad throughout the month of April for lots more tangly goodness… it’s going to be a fun month!

Are you participating in the A-Z Challenge?
(It’s still not too late to sign up!)
Please share!

NaBloPoMo March 2014

1 The Zentangle® Method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Crysa
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    March 25, 2014

    You are an example of passion for a subject and where it can take you! I had never even heard of tangling, I had to look it up lol…

    I hope april is a month where your challenge helps you feed your creativity and nourishes your love for tangling and art :)

  • Dayana March 25, 2014

    This is by far one of the most beautiful pieces of work I have ever seen. I have never heard of tangling? How exactly is this done and are your pieces for sale?

  • Jenn March 25, 2014

    I have never heard of tangling either! It’s really beautiful. I think my daughter would be really good at it.
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  • Krystol Diggs
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    March 25, 2014

    I can’t wait until we start! I’m going to write out the first week of blogs because I’m also doing Camp Nano for the month too! Yes, busy, busy!
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  • Linda March 26, 2014

    Hi Laurel
    I read your post about tangling a few days and was immediately smitten. Most of us doodle and this is taking that to a artistic/creative level and I love it. Your work is beautiful and I cannot imagine the time that has gone into creating these pieces. I also can’t imagine how you’re going to produce one of these art pieces for each day of April but believe me I’ll be hanging out to see your creations, they are magical.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      March 26, 2014

      Thank you so much, Linda! The pieces I included in this post are definitely much more complicated and time-consuming than the ones I’ll be doing for the April challenge – for the challenge I’ll stick with 3.5″ x 3.5″ tiles, and mostly just use the three tangles I learned that particular day. I think they’ll still be pretty, just a lot simpler!
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  • Claudia Schmidt
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    March 26, 2014

    Wow, those tangles are beautiful. I’m not familiar with them, where did this artform originate? I see others on line doing them, and they are so interesting but I’m not very artistic….is it some type of APP, or do you need to do them freehand? Love yours shown above!
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    • Laurel Regan
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      March 26, 2014

      They’re all done freehand, Claudia, in pen. There are no mistakes in tangling, though – if something doesn’t turn out quite the way you’d planned, you just turn it into something else and make it work! I believe tangling is something anyone can learn, even if they don’t consider themselves to be artistic. If you’d like some more info on the background and/or how to get started, check out this site: http://www.zentangle.com/
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  • ElaineLK March 26, 2014

    These are so gorgeous. You are very talented. I can’t imagine ever being able to do anything like this. You amaze me–how do you find the time to blog every day, take photos every day, do something like this, all while working and having time for yourself and your husband? I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what you do in April.

  • Kathy March 26, 2014

    I have never heard of tangling but your work is absolutely gorgeous. You are very talented.

    I am not participating in the A-Z Challenge but know of 1 other person who is also participating. I look forward your posts in April

  • Sonia Lal
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    March 30, 2014

    So just read your post on tangling and I have it say, it looks hard.

    • Laurel Regan
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      March 30, 2014

      Oh, it is honestly not that hard! It takes time to learn, but the steps are broken down line by line, so with practice I think anyone can learn it. It’s only when the separate tangles are all put together that it starts to look complicated!
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