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Tangle Refresher 162 – Featuring a random string, plus how to draw Aquafleur, Chloe, B-Twixt, Bep, Ando

Tangle Refresher!Irma Status Update … many thanks for all of your good wishes for our safety during this very scary approaching storm. I can’t tell you how comforting it is to know you’re thinking of us all.

Robert and I are now as prepared as we can be and with hurricane shutters in place feel we are in the best place {other than with my family in Canada but that ship has sailed 😉 } to ride this thing out. We have no illusions, we know it’s probably going to be pretty frightening as it passes by us on Sunday afternoon but we’d rather take our chances here at home in the dark behind our hurricane shutters instead of being on the road somewhere stuck in evacuation traffic. We lived through Hurricane Andrew and were part of that evacuation experience way back then so we know what to expect on that score.

So the past few days we have been in alternating states of high anxiety and calm as we’ve been getting our home and ourselves ready and monitoring the every-changing track of this threat. We do find ourselves running around each other in circles trying to remember what we were about to do. It’s amazing how the stress can turn your brain to mush.

At one point we were looking at the eye (the black line on the image below) passing right over our location which I’ve marked with a yellow dot. However in the last 24 hours or so, the storm track has moved further west over the center of the state. According to Robert’s analysis of the “granular data” (thanks Rachel Maddow for that expression) the storm center/eye now looks like it’s coming across Key Largo and into the Everglades.

This might tend to reduce the severity of the impact for us coastal dwellers somewhat as the Everglades absorbs some of its energy, but unfortunately it still means others will experience the brunt we might have had. And we are luckily looking at the effects of a Category 2 or 3 storm in our area. Thankfully not the Category 5 seen throughout the islands.

So come Sunday around 2 pm Eastern we will personally know EXACTLY what we are dealing with and it should pretty much pass by our home within a few hours. Then all of us in the state deal with the after effects and recharge our emotional energy.

But it looks to us like the major population areas of Florida will largely be spared the worst, and thank God for that.

And now for something completely different …

Many tanglers like to use these biweekly Tangle Refreshers as their Zentangle® challenge-of-the-day.

In that spirit I used the RANDOM SELECTOR in the left sidebar (desktop version of the site) to choose this TanglePatterns String – either to go with today’s Buried Treasure or just to use as a starting point for your day’s tangling.

Think of this as your tangle Challenge, if you’re so inclined. TanglePatterns String 094 is from CZT Linda Fine and was originally posted here.

TanglePatterns String 094. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. All rights reserved.

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Remember that Zentangle strings are always drawn freehand in pencil so that they magically disappear when you’ve finished tangling the tile.

A string is a simple device to “divide your drawing surface into sections to be filled with tangles“.

In the Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1 there is an entire section devoted to Strings which in part explains:

As you tangle, your strings disappear as if by magic. This adds to the charm and unified appearance of your completed art. If you had used a pen to draw your string, you would still see the initial sectioning in your completed creation.

Strings are not intended to be the focal point of your tile.

More String advice from The Book of Zentangle:

A string is a useful reference, but it is not an impenetrable barrier. Practice going outside your string. It will help increase your ability to think outside the box.

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too.

BTW as you visit these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media. Thanks!

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from the tangling past
Zentangle pattern: Aquafleur. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Aquafleur
Zentangle pattern: Chloë. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Chloë
 Zentangle pattern: B-Twixt. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. B-Twixt
 Zentangle pattern: Bep. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Bep
 Zentangle pattern: Ando. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Ando
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 134

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10 comments to Tangle Refresher 162 – Featuring a random string, plus how to draw Aquafleur, Chloe, B-Twixt, Bep, Ando

  • Joyce

    Linda, that just looks too close for comfort. I would be absolutely terrified. Prayer has been sent for you and Robert and your home to be safe, with no damages done. Good luck to both of you!

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    Hi LInda,
    I did not know you live in Florida… You sound so strong as you prepare..Amazing !!! And still on your Web page posting !!! I truly admire your fortitude …

  • Roseanne

    Dear Linda ~
    Sending prayers your way for safety for everyone.

  • Molly Meharg

    My most sincere prayer is on the way for you. May God protect all of people in the path. Molly

  • Many positive thoughts coming your way for you all to be safe in this storm. Thanks again for all you do for us tanglers.

  • Sue Zanker

    Linda and Robert, Hang in there and hang on to each other. Our last really huge Cyclone (hurricane) was Yasi in 2011, we took a mattress into the the toilet (no windows and a sturdy little room!) sat together in each others arms and kept telling each other, there was nothing more we could do, so what will be will be! it was one of the longest and scariest nights we have had as it was a slow moving one, but thankfully we did not cop the “eye”. Once you are prepared, nothing else you can do…….you have hundreds and hundreds of tanglers wishing you well, so I am sure that counts. Stay safe!

  • Oh Linda and Rob, that’s super brave to stay. I’ll be thinking of you all night but I’m sure you know where the safest place is. Batten down the hatches and hold on!! Lots of hugs coming from Tassie. xxx

  • Janie

    Dear Linda, I can’t believe that with all you’re going through with not so dear Irma , you still had time to send out the weekly newsletter. I join all tangelers in praying for yours and Robert’s safety. And of course for all the people who are in Irma’s vicinity. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Melena

    Linda, thinking of you all morning. I’ve been tracking Irma and it looks like you will for sure miss the worst of it. But the storm surge can be devastating. I just hope your house is set higher than the 10 feet storm surge. I’ll keep tracking and sending out good thoughts.

  • Patricia Scott

    Peace be with you all. May God’s hand protect you and strengthen you.

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