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Tangled Tuesday No. 71

Even though a bunch of December socializing meant that I didn’t have time to put a Tangled Tuesday post together for last week, I have been fitting in some tangling in between all the other fun, and am here today to catch you up on what I’ve been creating. Hope you enjoy!

New Tangles

Since my previous Tangled Tuesday post I’ve learned Quickzly, Bala, Wedge, and Plop, all from TanglePatterns.com.

I also learned Deco Baubles by Neil Burley of perfectly4med, and Ruffel by Helen Williams of a little lime.

Finished Projects

A few weeks ago I spent quite some time tangling four bookmarks as a little Christmas token for the members of our trivia team. Each featured the initial of the person for whom it was created, and I was really pleased with how they turned out – until I took them to the office supply store to be laminated. All four bookmarks fit nicely into one plastic sleeve, but as it was fed through the laminating machine they shifted and two of them ended up overlapping and, therefore, were ruined. What a disappointment!

After all the effort and love I’d put in to creating these little gifts I had a hard time not crying when I saw the mess, and was actually on the verge of tears a few times throughout the day as I made my way from store to store doing the rest of my Christmas shopping. So very silly to be upset over a couple of pieces of paper, considering all of the tragic things that are going on in the world today – and I knew it – yet I struggled with bouncing back from the sadness of losing my little creations. I’m sure there’s a lesson to be learned from the situation, but I’m still not quite sure what it might be.

Anyway, here are the two that came out fine:

ZIA Bookmarks 11 & 12

ZIA Bookmarks 11 & 12

…and here are the two that were ruined:

ZIA Bookmarks 13 & 14

ZIA Bookmarks 13 & 14

The bookmarks needed a covering of some kind, as I didn’t want the pencil shading to smudge the pages of my friends’ books – but I can’t actually say that I love the end look of the laminated bookmarks (even the ones that worked!) as, though you can’t really tell from the photos, the coating just seems too shiny/glossy to me. Perhaps if there was such a thing as matte laminating plastic, that might work better? And of course, should I choose to laminate anything again, I’d pay extra to have each item put through in its own sleeve so as to make certain that no overlapping takes place.

Ah, well – live and learn!

Challenges

I started out with Diane & Carolien’s Weekly Challenge #35: Tangle with K-U-C, choosing the tangles Kollide, Uptown, and Cornman. All three patterns were ones I’d previously learned but had not yet had a chance to use in a finished project, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so.

Next was the following week’s challenge from Diane & Carolien, Weekly Challenge #36: Tangle with X-P-I. I chose the tangles Xeni, Pop-Cloud, and Inchworm. I’d worked with the first pattern before, but the other two were ones I’d learned but not yet used.

Then I moved on to joey’s weekly tangle challenge #90, which was to start with a template of hanging Christmas tree ornaments and fill in the shapes with tangles.

Finally I completed joey’s weekly tangle challenge #91, which was another template – this time of a group of trees – to be filled in with tangles.

And OH!… though I didn’t “officially” complete The Diva’s Challenge #248 – which was to “Give the Gift of Zentangle” – well, I’m going to take the liberty of giving my poor sad bookmarks an Honourable Mention as my attempt at the challenge. I really did try…

Now on to a new week of tangling!

P.S.

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.

Previous posts in this series are all tagged Tangled Tuesday.

For background on how I discovered and got involved in Zentangle, and links to further information and resources, check out my blog post For the love of tangling.

You can browse my entire tangle gallery at Ten Thousand Tangles.

And, if you’re interested in having a little piece of my art for yourself, please click on the GoFundMe button below for more information and also visit my Ten Thousand Tangles portfolios and shops on ArtofWhere, DeviantArt, Etsy, Redbubble, Society6, Spoonflower, and Zazzle. (Pssst… links to my international Ten Thousand Tangles shops on Zazzle are on my “shop!” page – just click on the appropriate flag and you’ll get to the place you need to be!)

How have you been creative this week?
Please share!

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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