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Tattered Tangles Challenge

Canvas Corp Brands Tattered Tangles Challenge

CCB Tangled Challenge 02




Hello, Friends!  Today’s project is a little “different for me.  It’s my project for the Canvas Corp Brands Tattered Tangles Challenge.

Have you been bit by the Zentangle bug yet?  It’s been growing in popularity for the past several years.  Here’s a definition I found online:

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Here’s a link to a YouTube video, if you are interested in learning more.


Now, some of us (ahem….I am referring to myself here) do not find Zentangle easy OR relaxing!  No offense if you love doing it…I’m just really drawing challenged, even if it is Zentangle drawing.  The good folks at Canvas Corp Brands know that some of us, er…..struggle…with this skill, and they have come up with a neat solution.  Their Tattered Angels brand carries a whole series of Tattered Tangles. (Think Paint by Numbers for the Zentangle challenged.)  And, they challenged the design team to create a Tattered Tangles project in their style.

I freaked out.


Big time freak out, hair pulling, laying awake at night, how can I make this work freak out time.

See…I am a vintage gal.  And while I am fascinated by the concept of Zentangle, as I mentioned above….I am Zentangle challenged.  And vintage.  I mentioned, vintage, right?  And Zentangle is so very NOT vintage.  So I got out the piece of Tattered Tangles that CCB tucked into my design team box . The basic shapes are all there, and you are meant to just fill in your own doodles in a playful sort of way.  Unless you are me…and you are freaking out, that is. Then you stare at it, and sweat.  And you put it in a drawer.  And then you take it out and stare at it a little longer. You might even say a bad word.  I am not saying that I did say a bad word…but I sure thought about it. And, well…truth be told, I might have said a bad word.   Maybe.

Time to put on my Brave Boots and give it a go.

And all of a sudden, a little light bulb went off in my brain.  And I began to doodle in a few more very basic shapes…and before I knew it…I had done my very first Tangle…and it wasn’t too hard.  OK…OK…so, maybe we can do this after all.

Then I whipped out my Tattered Angels Turquoise paints and began to play with those.  And when I was done, I thought…this sorta looks like waves.  Yeah, it could totally pass for waves.

So I grabbed my 7 Gypsies Maritime paper, because I am a beach loving vintage gal…and I began to play, and when I got done…this is what I had:

CCB Tangled Challenge 01Now, be kind….this is my very first Zentangle attempt.  And I’m not going to try to pass it off as a masterpiece or anything….but I really do kinda like it…and the tangled bits really do kinda look like waves. And it did kinda end up being fun.  I’m not saying I’m going to become a Zentangle fanatic or anything, but if you have been intrigued by the whole Zentangle craze, these Tattered Tangles are a gentle and fairly easy way to dip your toes into the water.

Here’s what I used to make this project:

And that, my friends, is all I have for you today.  I’d love to hear about your Zentangle experiences.  Share them with me below, won’t you?

Thanks for stopping by.




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