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Tangled Tuesday No. 39

This has nothing to do with Tangled Tuesday, but… remember yesterday’s Snow Day? And how Peter and I worked really hard together to clear our path and the sidewalk in front of our house? And how every last muscle in our bodies aches because it was a LOT of snow to shovel at one time? Yes, well, at some point today someone (we don’t know who) dug out their car from a spot in front of our house and chose to dump ALL the resulting snow onto our section of the freshly-shoveled (by US) sidewalk instead of throwing it just a little farther onto the pile on our lawn. And now I am fuming.

I want to cry when I think about going out there again to re-do something we’d already taken care of… but we have no choice, as if we leave the snow on the sidewalk we’ll be ticketed by the City.

People are generally pretty great – but thoughtless, inconsiderate, self-centred actions like this really have a way of taking the shine off one’s outlook.

Anyway, on to happier things. It’s been a rather full and busy week for me, but Zentangle® has NOT taken a back seat – I am back in the saddle again, with plenty of tangling goodness to share with you. So let’s get on with it!

New Tangles

When it comes to learning new tangles I’ve kind of been pacing myself lately, as I’m around 3/4 of the way through my fifth tangle practice sketchbook and don’t yet have Book 6 ready to go. (Never fear, however – I managed to earn enough Swagbucks to purchase TWO new sketchbooks, which I ordered yesterday and should now be on their way to me. New tangle learning will soon resume at its usual pace!)

So anyway, this week I learned just one new tangle – Athitzi (from idiloewenherz) – so that I could participate in The Diva’s Challenge.

Tangling in Progress

I started tangling a new Zendala this week. This one is a little different (for me) in that I’m doing it all out of my head rather than referring to my practice sketchbooks for pattern inspiration… so it’s ending up with fewer “official” tangle designs and more of my own tangleations. Still, I’m liking it so far! Here’s a work in progress picture so that you can get a taste of how it looks.

WIP

WIP

Hopefully I’ll finish this one up over the next few days (if we’re snowed in, I definitely will!) so that I can share the finished piece next week.

Finished Projects

Last week I shared another work in progress zendala, and I’m happy to say that this week it’s complete!

ZIA 29

ZIA 29

I suppose it’s rather busy, but I’m happy with it – to me, it has a sort of ornate stained glass window feeling.

Now, moving on to The Diva’s Challenge, which this week was a UMT (Use My Tangle) Challenge (i.e., where participants learn and use a tangle created by one of the readers). As I mentioned earlier, this week’s piece was to be based on Athitzi from idiloewenherz. Here’s what I came up with:

Zentangle 86, for The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #203

Zentangle 86, for The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #203

Athitzi is a new pattern to me and, in spite of what you might think, it’s hard! I’m not overly pleased with my tile – on reflection, I think it would have been better if I’d left some white space around the paisley shape, and also possibly within the shape itself, to create a bit more definition and interest. Next time I’ll know better!

And now, I guess I’m off to shovel some snow…

P.S.

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Previous posts in this series are all tagged Tangled Tuesday.

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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Vinitha
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    February 3, 2015

    So sorry to hear about that, Laurel. It is really bad when people get so self centered. Loved you zentagles. 🙂
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    • Laurel Regan
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      February 4, 2015

      Thank you! Yes, it’s rather unbelievable at times. Thankfully our neighbour came outside and helped me shovel up the mess, so I feel a little better about the whole thing. 🙂
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  • Snarky Momma With Love
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    February 3, 2015

    Some people are just mean, though I would think neighbors would be nicer to each other. Especially during the weather happening right now.
    I am jealous your patience with z-tangler. I can’t do anything like that anymore. I look at yours and get dizzy.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      February 4, 2015

      Thankfully our immediate neighbours are great – I’m pretty sure this was done by someone who lives across the street. Still, you’d think everyone on the street would be considerate, since we’re all in this together!
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  • Sammy D February 4, 2015

    Laurel – i truly like your tangle just the way it is. Right now it looks like woven fabric – a rough, almost burlap feel if I’d touch it. And it’s a beautiful weave pattern – very intricate – i can only imagine what a challenge this one was.

    In addition to woven fabric, i can visualize it being a sculpture of tiny metal tines, painstakingly laid in that pattern.

    It comjures up all kinds of images for me.

    It wiuld look completely different with white soace. And I’d love that one too
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    • Laurel Regan
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      February 4, 2015

      Thank you so much, Sammy! Funny, I had a feeling of mini staples when I looked at the whole picture – not far off from the tiny metal tines you mentioned. Isn’t it amazing how a series of lines can convey so much (even when the drawing isn’t my favourite ever!)?
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  • 1 Art Lady Kate Tangles February 4, 2015

    Boy, I would be fuming too. My first thought was to go out and shovel it all back in around the car! (Ha), or one of those really hard to remove sticky notes that you can leave on the windshield, thanking them for covering your freshly shoveled sidewalk. Even though that is what I thought I wouldn’t ever do it…. Your tangle work this week is lovely!

    • Laurel Regan
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      February 4, 2015

      I am not a particularly vindictive person, but I confess that I had some similar thoughts, LOL! It’s a good thing I didn’t know for sure which car belonged to the culprit. 😉
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  • Annemarie February 5, 2015

    All are beautiful, you have really been busy and not only with the snow 🙂 I’m glad your neighbor cam out to help you! Some weeks ago, before we started shoveling the snow, I heard a noise and our neighbor had done our part too.

    • Laurel Regan
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      February 5, 2015

      Thank you – tangling is a great winter activity! That was so kind of your neighbour – one of ours has done the same thing on occasion, and it’s such a nice treat.
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  • LonettA February 5, 2015

    Lovely Athitzi tile! Especially I like your finished Zendala … it´s absolutely gorgeous!
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