Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Joanne Fink's New Project

Two weeks ago, I mentioned that Joanne Fink was soon to announce a new venture.  Today, she published the idea for her new book When You Loose Someone You Love
as well as an invitation to help her.

For many personal reasons, Joanne decided to self publish this book born from the grief of mourning her husband after his sudden death.

First read what Joanne has to say about the project.  This is from her blog ~ 
I wanted to share some exciting news— I’ve decided to self-publish, “When You Lose Someone You Love”, an illustrated book of excerpts from the grief journals I kept after my husband died unexpectedly three years ago. I want to publish this book to reach out to others going through the grieving process because I know first-hand how devastating it can be to lose someone you love. Connecting with those who were further along on their grief journey made a difference to me… and I’d like to help make a difference for others. It helps to know that you are not alone, that there will be days when you feel overwhelmed, nights when you can’t sleep, and times when waves of sadness wash over you unexpectedly. “When You Lose Someone You Love” is a gift of comfort, offering hope without sugar-coating the challenges of losing a loved one.

I’ve actually had offers from several publishers, but they all wanted to change the book in some way. Since I feel those changes would weaken its ability to help people who are grieving, I've decided to self-publish instead and will be launching my first Kickstarter tomorrow!

In case you aren’t familiar with crowd-funding, Kickstarter funds independent, creative projects, such as books, films, and inventions. Supporters of a project help bring it to life; in return, the supporters receive rewards if— and only if— the project is completely funded. Backers select the amount they wish to contribute (often based on which reward they wish to receive), and then are asked to provide either an Amazon account or a credit card. If the funding does not reach the amount necessary for the project, then the project will not move forward, and no funds will change hands.
Most successful Kickstarter projects have two things in common: getting support the day it launches and having friends and family share the project. Immediate support is important because when the Kickstarter website sees initial momentum, they then feature that project on their site so it gains maximum exposure. Sharing is important because the more sharing about the project that is done by friends and family, the more likely it is that the project will be funded. Please help me spread the word. Blog if you can, share via social media- and/or forward the link to those who might support the campaign. Please use the hashtag #WhenYouLoseSomeone on social media so others can find your posts.

Then listen to her story ~ click here to view her Kickstarter page and her video.

Finally, you can do what I did and pledge to support her venture.  (Besides, her incentives for pledges are awesome :)

I was able to see the book when I visited with her a few weeks ago.  It is truly a labor of love.  It is full of truths about loss that are comforting to read.  They leave you with the sense that you are not alone in your sorrow and conversely not alone in your effort to carry your loss and move forward.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #60

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

This week we begin with Tangle Patterns String 061 by Diane Sexton ~

Copyrighted image used with permission from
For the first time in sixty consecutive Tuesday's (unbelievable!) we are going to use tangles that begin with the letter X.

They include ~

Xav - my own tangle.  (located on the pink tabs at the top of this page)
X by Lila Popcheff
Xplode by Margaret McKerihan
Xeni by Jacqueline Janssen

Click on the pattern names for step outs, or you can find most of them on TanglePatterns.

Use as many or as few of these tangles as you wish.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away!

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines:
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays.

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.

PLEASE NOTE: I will add a link to your blog or web site with your tile photo, upon request. The site specific URL must accompany your request.

I look forward to your emails.

"It's a String Thing" #59 Tiles

This week's challenge brought home the fact that it is indeed a fabulous fall so far!

The string comprised of intersecting, long s-curves and only two tangles were used.  Three simple elements and a world of possibilities as this week's tanglers prove.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Sarah Hluchy.  She wrote ~
...I decided that Oke was enough for this tile. Oke is one of those patterns that I would never have chosen to record in my zentangle reference sketchbooks. but I like it, I'm glad you made me do it!

A very simple and sincere Oke it is!

Kathryn White said ~
The design isn't anything note worthy, but the coloring was quite satisfying.
The slicci gold pen didn't roll on smoothly. Had to go over it several times.

It is very note worthy, beautifully detailed and the color is gorgeous.

Kirsten Bish wrote ~
Here is my tangle for the week "Lacy" . This one was really fun! I totally let my mind go, and about half way through, looked up and said to myself "Self, this is really pretty, keep going!"
And  I agree with herself - this is really pretty - a very beautiful look using white on black.

Cheryl Stocks chose a Zendala for her tile ~

She tangled Oke and Meringue into one cleverly added acorns.  Note how she thickened some lines to add weight to the tangles.  She also posted it here on her blog.

From Carmela ~
Very great idea to use Oke also as a string.
I like Merinque very much and could practice it in this tile , because i never used it before.
I choose to shadow the merinque and not the tipple in between.
Her fondness of Meringue shines through and choosing to shade that gave the tangle great movement.
She also posted it here on her blog.

Lori Byerly said ~
The string you picked pushed me toward a zendala-like tile (repeated patterns in a round). I have never done anything like that, so it was great fun. I'm going to have to get some round tiles and experiment.
My tile is also posted here.

This is a fabulous twist.  Lori tangled Meringue along the string line and then added bits of Oke - that is wonderful!

From Sara Belmont-Kleingeld ~

Wow - this is fun.  Sara aura-ed the spaces around Oke and cleverly added a tangleation of Meringue complete with sparkle.

Ilse Lukken wrote ~
I love Oke, it's such a beautiful pattern! Meringue was new to me too, I found this one a bit harder to do, but the combination with Oke is wonderful.
I put this tile on my blog as well.

Ilse's combination is wonderful - the shaded tipple and the thicker lines around Oke especially.  

Joya said ~'s my contrbution to your challenge. Meringue was really challenging to me, I like straight patterns much more, but I learned to deal with it so I have to thank you very much for this challenge :-)
There's a post on my blog, too. 
Joya tangled Meringue inside of Oke and added perfs along the string line.  Again, we see thicker lines and great shading - how lovely!

Kia Richardson said ~
Now this one was lots of fun to do. I love Oke. I had quite a time with Meringue and am not particularly happy with the way I have drawn it, but your learn as you go. I couldn't resist colouring it with those glorious fall colours.

She added acorns along with those glorious fall colors for a very pretty tile.

Christine Forrester said ~
I was so excited about this challenge. One of my favourite Tangles – OKE and learning Meringue – that looks so like falling leaves.
 I started within my comfort zone with the black and white one, and then inspired by other peoples’ posts, from previous challenges, I mashed the two tangles – I wanted to see what OKE looked like with Meringue in the spines and was sooooooooo amazed. Then thought that the shapes formed by Meringue reminded me of the helicopter seeds that come from the Maple Tree in my front garden so had to draw the last one. Again I had some help from the cat, she is really taken by my Tangling – or maybe it’s the movement of the pen/pencil, so some of the colouring is a bit outside the lines in the middle one, perhaps I should have called it Cat up a Tree.

She described her work so well, I can only add that is is beautiful!

Annemarie said ~
Thanks for a great challenge this week, I really enjoyed it. On my blog I wrote this about it:
...[the tangles] Both new to me and a big challenge to make them 'fit'. I took a tile in fall colors, that I had colored before with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and tangle on it. I made the string pop up by using the thick side of a Dual Point Identi pen.
She tangled Meringue in three of the sections, and Meringue in two others.  Aura and shading and a bit of green are very nice touches.

From Janice L Johnson ~
I had a lot of fun doing this week's challenge. Oke has been one of my favorite tangles since I first saw it. Meringue, on the other hand, was more of a challenge for me. When I first read the challenge I thought we were supposed to use just the string and Meringue. I later re-read it and realized that we were to use Oke also.I did 4 tiles for this challenge and am submitting my two favorites. The others can be seen on my blog here 

Two very beautiful variations, each one featuring a different tangle along the string line.  The contrast is just wonderful to see.  Shading in the first, and line thickness on the second really make them stand out.

Lucy Banta wrote ~
Timing was perfect for this autumn themed challenge! It's been brisk and beautiful in NJ all week!
For the life of me, I couldn't get meringue to round and twist. Any tips? :-)
Here's the link to my tile.

Like Joya, Lucy tangled Meringue in Oke - so much fun.  Meringue looks just great here - maybe seeing everyone's will give Lucy confidence in hers.   Shading and Tipple are just amazing.

Cheryl Craver said, "I almost passed on this one because I’ve never really liked oke but I’ve been reading Cris Laterneau’s great book and decide to give it a “pattern play” try"

Cheryl is referring to the book Pattern Play.  It is a great resource and I am happy to see it also proved an inspiration for Cheryl to send in this splendid tile.  She tangled Oke and Meringue with a Florz backdrop.  She has some delightful details here and great shading.

Sharyn Penna said that she found the two tangles - both new to her - to be a "perfect combination." ~

This is just gorgeous - Oke on the string line with more tucked behind and a swirling, shaded Meringue dancing around.

Nagy Ferenc sent this pretty tile ~

She tangled a smaller Oke and folds and folds of marvelous Meringue.  She also posted it here on her blog.  

From Lily Moon ~

Lily tangled on black - grey and brown billows of Meringue with a white background, a bit of Oke and a dotted border.  That is delightful.  She also posted here on her blog.

Annie Taylor said ~
Seasons of mist and mellow's feeling autumnal here now, so this was a lovely appropriate String Thing and I felt a Renaissance tile was fitting too.
The string was Oke, I couldn't begin to think how to make it anything else and as this is the first time I've used it, I just did what it said in the instructions! And where else could meringue go but as a delicate white background? A tile that did itself and was a pleasure to do.

Her note is a poetic description of the joy of tangling - such a pleasure to read.  Her tile is all that she describes and such a reflection of the mood she captured in her words - beautiful!

Susan Theron wrote ~
Here in South Africa it it now supposed to be spring, but there is still a bit of winter chill and rain. We have an oak tree in the garden and it spring green, so it was a great tangle to try.
The spring must be lovely there.  Susan's tangles swarm and swirl and are shaded just so.

Ingrid Coventon said ~
I have submitted a very organic tile which I loved to do. Usually I stick very close to the challenge, but not this time. I am sorry, but I had to throw in some Fescu. For some reason, don't know which one, Merinque and I don't "click". Merinque appears in this tile as one of the last butterflies in this Indian Summer days as we are enjoying in The Netherlands.
What a beautiful tile and the idea of using Meringue to make a butterfly is so clever.

Jane Glotzer wrote ~
Happy Fall!...Here in Colorado we don't get as much of the really bright reds and oranges of the northeast but we do have a lot of beautiful golds and rusts. So, for this week's challenge, along with the chosen tangles and string, I took inspiration from the colors of autumn and started with a watercolor wash before I did any tangling...unfortunately, my photo does not do my colors justice--:) but I love how it looks in person!
...I decided to just go with one very large Oke to fill the entire area, and used a bit of Meringue inside the leaves. At first, I only had some small circles in the background coming up from the junction of the leaves, and I liked very much how that looked, but they were so "zenifying" that before I knew it, I had circled all over every empty place!!
Didn't really need too much shading with my colored background, so I added just a touch around the leaves...

The colors are true to fall,  Thicker lines as well as shading make her Oke float above all the Tipple of her background - very nice.

Kristen Kostelnik Killips said, ",,,I had tried Oke before, but was a little intimidated by it. It seemed to come together this week in the combination of your string and Meringue. Fun!"

It did all come together for one lovely tile.  Meringue  is so striking in white.

Deanna Spence said that she added "a little fall leaf color to her Renaissance tile ~

Deanna created pleasingly plump Oke 'leaves' with Meringue aura, white highlights, and delightful details - yum!

Sue Agnew wrote ~
I so admire Michele Beauchamp's artistic flair with her Zentangle-inspired art! It was really intimidating this week, using her tangle, which is so uniquely suited to her style. So I tried to not be totally obvious and "just copy."

This tile is quite a compliment to Michele's flair and Sue's work as well.  See how she created an Oke type tangle out of Meringue and even added sparkle to it.  That is fabulous.

Joan Delony said, "...a little Halloween fall fun! See it on my website ."

Like Ingrid, Joan created a Meringue butterfly.  She added a gorgeous fall orange and some Halloween guests :)

I liked that there were only two tangles this week and I knew one of them. This is my first attempt which included both tangles. The Oke with Meringue veins and the center veins in the upper corner are variations of the two.

Peggy Kohrmann said ~
This is my first Renaissance tile and the sepia Micron seemed to be the perfect media for the Oke tangle. Used my new Intense ink pencils for the sepia pencil to shade. A Little aura and the variation of veins on the sides finish it.
That captures the feel of fall.  Note how she used aura around the outside of Oke and outward from the center of it.  

The 'variation on the veins" is a great detail as is Peggy's wonderful shading on Meringue.

Cat Trask said, "I thought I would try my hand at adding a little colour, try out my new colour pencils.  Fall has such beautiful reds and oranges and yellow as the leaves turn."

Sections of Oke and dancing Meringue - that is a very pretty tile.

Audrie Weisenfelder wrote ~
I really enjoyed this week's String Thing. As I said on my blog Purple Butterfly, I'm not a big fan of Oke, but I do love Meringue; which, to my way of thinking, has a bit of an Aquafleur feel to it. And to my surprise, when I set Meringue on your string, Oke just fell right into place around/behind it. So here it is:
That is a terrific blend of the two tangles - great shading, too!

From Juul ~
Juul's curved lines around the sections of Oke. the variation of thickness of the lines, and her shading - not to mentions those delightful dark perfs - add up to one beautiful tile.

Sue Agnew said
...did this one late at night and photographed it on my kitchen table. I swear I used a black pencil for my shading - not purple. The gremlins in my computer changed it. But in the interests of full disclosure .......
It's on my blog 
Computer gremlins are mischievous - but the purple is pretty any way as are Sue's tangles.  She tangled smaller Oke sections in lovely layers alongside twists of Meringue.  That is very pretty.

And now, the tile for honors this week was sent in by 

Kelly Rickert.  
Congratulations Kelly!

She wrote ~
Unlike Last week, this week's string and patterns just shouted out to me and I didn't even know what was happening as this tangle appeared on the tile in front of me!
Seriously, I felt like "The Tangle Whisperer" while working on this one :)
Also, In a lot of my work I never know when I've finished. But this one told me when to stop drawing! This was the most relaxing and fulfilling tangle experiences I have had!
What a fabulous description - puts the 'zen' in zentangle!

Kelly tangled twists of Oke and Meringue that are just captivating to follow - large ones and a cluster of smaller ones.

Congratulations, Kelly, I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Thank you all for sending in your fabulous work and many thanks to Michele Beachamp, CZT and Kelley Kelly for their pretty patterns.

Stop back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #60!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In Excellent Company

Last month, I was invited to teach Zentangle® to the Citrus Ridge Decorative Artists.  It was a wonderful day - so much talent in one room!  It was happy mix of new and familiar faces.

My friend and fellow CZT, Sindy P, graciously agreed to accompany me and we had a fabulous time.

Here is a collage of some of our first finished tiles ~

And here is photo of our happy group ~

The above photograph was taken by our fellow CZT Kathryn Crane-Thielen who is the 2nd Vice President of the group.  Sindy and I have her to thank for our delicious lunch.

Many thanks to 1st Vice President Vicki Brison all the wonderful women of the CRDA for your warm welcome, gracious hospitality, and for sharing the joy of all things tangled with us.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Uncorked - A New Tangle!

This is an exciting day.  After sitting on the initial idea for this tangle for months, I now have it ready to publish.

First the tangle and then the story ~

Uncorked is drawn in a continuous line, much like Mooka.  The wonderful thing about it though, is that once tangled, the pattern has closed spaces (unlike Mooka) that can be shaded and embellished.

Once the pattern is learned, it becomes very easy to get into a relaxed rhythm when drawing it.
It can be layered in Hollibaugh fashion, or tangled side by side.  It is versatile in that it can be confined to a rounded shaped with the initial line, or it can break free and roam.

The inspiration?  The idea first came from a fabric design - a stark black and white pattern with varying sized circles filled with curved lines.  Instead of taking a picture of it, I studied it and later tried drawing a version I could morph into a tangle.

Weeks later, while visiting our daughter Nancy (of Fancy Nancy fame!), we sat on her living room floor and covered pages and pages with ideas until this one was 'born'.   After pouring a glass of wine, and tangling some more, the idea of 'uncorking' the tangle from the initial circle came to mind.

The tangle just flew off the pen and filled the paper with possibilities after that - so much fun!

I've searched for other tangles that might be similar and did not find any.  If I missed something, please let me know.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Uncorked as much as I do!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Fall inspired ZIA by Adele Bruno, CZT

...September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.

                                                                    ~Helen Hunt Jackson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #59

It is Tuesday, your good news day, and this week we are celebrating the beginning of the fall season.

I poured over my book full of patterns to find one that reminded me of autumn and was delighted to find Michele Beauchamp's Oke.  

We begin with a string line of mine that was inspired by Oke ~
"It's a String Thing" #59 by Adele Bruno, CZT
In an effort to learn a newer pattern, we will also use Meringue by CZT Kelley Kelly.

Two wonderful patterns to explore this week.  To read all about them, click on TanglePatterns as well as on Michelle's blog and Kelley's blog.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away!

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines:
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays.

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.

PLEASE NOTE: I will add a link to your blog or web site with your tile photo, upon request. The site specific URL must accompany your request.

I look forward to your emails.