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Tangled Tuesday No. 30 + 100 Happy Days – Day 74

This is totally NOT tangling-related, but… today’s happiness is brought to you by my first ever perfect score on the Wii Fit Advanced Step workout! And before this screen came up to confirm my score I was rewarded with a “Perfect Moves” banner that flashed across the screen, which totally made my day.

100 Happy Days - Day 74

100 Happy Days – Day 74

Such a little thing, but definitely happy-making!

The 100 Happy Days web site
My 100 Happy Days posts

Now on to this week’s Tangled Tuesday – keep reading for plenty of Zentangle®1 goodness!

Tangling Goodies

I have an exciting announcement to make: Ten Thousand Tangles has expanded to a second shop! Now you can get all sorts of goodies featuring a selection of my finished pieces (i.e., four different Zendalas, my Zenletter/tangled alphabet series, and my most recent holiday-inspired Holly & Snowflake design) on Society6 as well as Zazzle.

Holly & Snowflake Throw Pillow on Society6

Holly & Snowflake Throw Pillow on Society6

FREE worldwide shipping today at Society6!

FREE worldwide shipping today at Society6!

I actually ordered some holiday greeting cards for myself this week, and I can’t wait to see them in real life. If you’d like to pick up something for yourself or as a gift for someone else (the holidays are coming, after all!) – or maybe you’d prefer to browse for the moment – I invite you to stop by and take a look.

New Tangles

This week I learned Twizted and Pufff, both from TanglePatterns.com.


I’m currently working on the 8″ x 10″ ZIA I started on Sunday (there’s an in-progress picture in this post, in case you missed it), and hope to wrap it up this week. It’s definitely not turning out the way I had loosely planned at the beginning, but that’s pretty typical when it comes to me and tangling (and also why I would be very hesitant indeed to take on any kind of commissioned artwork).

Finished Projects

As you will have seen if you’ve been following Alphabet Salad this week, I finished this piece during Peter’s recent hip replacement surgery (more about that here):

ZIA 24

ZIA 24

Then it was on to The Diva’s Challenge. This week it was all about “Turning Old into New” – that is, we were to choose a favourite tangle pattern, and then:

If you picked a grid-based pattern, pull it out of the grid and make it a freeform one.

If it’s a freeform pattern, make it a grid-based pattern. That could mean several rows or a single row, drawn as a border.

The idea is to change the structure of a pattern, while still retaining its basic elements.

I chose Henna Drum, which I learned back in April during this year’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge (or, in my case, Tangling from A to Z!).

Henna Drum is what I would describe as a free-form pattern, so I converted it into one that was grid-based. As I progressed through the tile I decided to take pictures at different stages so I could see the various options available – that is, leaving the background open so that the grid would show, colouring in just the edges of the design to form a sort of frame, and filling in the whole background.

Zentangle 78 - Option 1, for The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #195

Zentangle 78 – Option 1, for The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #195

Zentangle 78 - Option 2, for The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #195

Zentangle 78 – Option 2, for The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #195

Zentangle 78 - Option 3

Zentangle 78 – Option 3 (finished), for The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #195

I’m not sure which one I like best – I think they each have something going for them! Which one is your favourite?



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 shops on Society6 and Zazzle. (Pssst… links to my international Ten Thousand Tangles shops on Zazzle are in the Alphabet Salad sidebar – just click on the appropriate flag and you’ll get to the place you need to be!)

So… what made you happy today?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo November 2014

1The 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 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.