Friday, July 18, 2014

My Summer Project - Part 1

I will be away from my computer for the next few weeks.  The results for "It's a String Thing" will be posted, but just a bit delayed.

There will still be a new challenge issued on Tuesdays - so keep up the good work and send in your tiles!

I am very excited to say that I am posting a ten part series on my latest summer project - I am anxious to show you what I have been tangling.  Have fun following the progress and you may just want to try one yourself!

Part 1

I love the summertime for many reasons - time at the beach, visits from family and friends, a more relaxed schedule around the house - not to mention watermelon, corn on the cob, my husband's amazing burgers on the grill...yum!

It is also a time when we can get caught up on a project or two.

This summer, I was determined to complete a Zentangle® Ensemble that I purchased about two years ago.   Yes, it has been sitting in my desk calling my name for a long time.  I've finally given it the attention it deserves and over the next few weeks, I will post my completed tiles one at a time.  When I am finished posting all nine of them, I'll frame them for the grand finale.  There is nothing like a sense of accomplishment, is there?!

These ensembles are available on the Zentangle website.  The two sets of nine pre-strung tiles, feature a string line by Maria Thomas - one curvy and one straight lined.

I chose to complete the curved one.  This is what the package looks like - note the definition that Rick and Maria include~
"...all the parts of a whole taken together, such that each part is considered in relation to its whole."

Those words were both direction and inspiration.  Each day I selected a tile at random and tangled it individually, knowing that in the end it would become part of the larger whole.

There is something very magical about working with a string that Maria drew.

Here is my first completed tile ~
Ensemble Tile 1 of 9 by Adele Bruno, CZT
Fassett, Purk, Flukes, Braze,and my own Lanie filled the space.

When I finished tangling this, I added Beadline to finish off the edges.


  1. Last summer I started a sort of ensemble - basing each tile on a book I was reading - it started well but sort of petered out. But I was new to Zentangle then and still getting to grips with it. Maybe I'll try something similar this year with more success - thanks as always for your encouragement!

    1. I love the idea of merging a tile ensemble with books - that would lend a whole new twist to the idea of a book club.
      Please let me know if you do something with the idea.

  2. I love the variation you put into purk. What a cool idea!

  3. I actually did that ensemble about a month ago as a birthday gift to my father. It's a challenge, but a lot of fun, especially if you don't put it all together until you've finished all nine. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

    1. You will have to send a picture of yours, I would love to see it.