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Friday, December 13, 2013

Day 11

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My true love got from me
Eleven tiles festooning




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Rick's Notes:
That festooned frame hangs on our porch . . .


. . . and the late summer pink of those now dried hydrangea will linger throughout the winter.

Maria created each "bead" from a Zentangle ATC tile by free hand slit-scoring each tile into quarters with an X-Acto® knife, either lengthwise or width-wise. She then tangled three facets and used some double sided ATG® tape on the fourth facet.


She also uses this particular X-Acto blade to slice open the tubes of gold gouache to use every last little bit . . . hence the golden blade. That candle holder with the wine cork is how she keeps her X-Acto blades safely close at hand.

A "festoon" is described as "a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points" (dictionary.com). We had carefully chosen this word to describe this day's contribution before Maria put this festoon together. But, I didn't expect her to festoon the festoon!


First she threaded each ATC "bead" with silk ribbon and a knot between each "bead." The she threaded a fine green mesh ribbon through those knots, adding a red glass crow bead between each knot.


You may notice some tangling on the glass over that tree. We put a piece frosted glass over the painting, frosted side out, and we're tangling the image. Notice in the first image how we "repaired" this damaged frame!

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82 comments:

Linda Fine said...

Beautiful! I just love all of your imaginative ways to show exciting looks of Zentangling! Thanks for sharing!

Robin White said...

I love all of the ideas that you have.

Jane said...

So clever!

NanW said...

Another clever use of tiles.

Becky R J said...

So beautiful! And so inspiring.

gobarb26 said...

Very Pretty!

Mary Pennington said...

what wonderful imaginations! I can see using red and green pens for seasonal colors. great work!

Valerie said...

The creativity at this site is phenomenal! Very inspiring.

Suzanne Johnson said...

Beautiful idea!

tdbbears said...

Each day is more inventive and creative! I'm looking forward to tomorrow for the twelfth day!

Renata said...

I love the "repairs" on your frame!

Julie said...

Reminds me of making popcorn garland for the tree.

BeverlyBL said...

Love the festooning of the festoon and the black and white and red. Like the stringer too

Melissa Hayes said...

Wonderful idea for a garland! Deck the halls! <3

Judy said...

Lovely festooning!

Didisch said...

What acreative idea to use atcs for making beautiful bads. De frame repare is awesome.

luvhymns said...

Love the art on everything, glass, frame and roping!

floweringmoon said...

Such a beautiful idea....both the festoon and the frame!

Tangly Tess said...

Thank you for the nudge to get inventive with the tiles. My very pragmatic brother-in-law, after very good-naturedly sitting through an impromptu Zentangle class I was doing with my handicapped sister, commented 'well, what can you DO with these?'. I showed him the 11 days and he was very thoughtful afterwards.

1 Art Lady Kate, Tangles and More said...

What a festive festoon! The double ribbons was icing on the cake! Note to Maria: The gold Holbein gouache is on sale at Blick right now. :) Thanks for the tips!

Angela Werner said...

Ummm, I'm wondering what the "frosted glass" will look like when tangling is completed. I hope you post that for us. Like I've said before, never a dull moment in your household...Thanks for keeping us so entertained!

Paula (PEP) said...

Nothing is safe from you two with your pens……..totally intrigued by what might be on your 12th day!
This is great fun. Thanks again.
Paula (PEP)

Grace said...

Lovely as always!

Peg Farmer said...

These are all so wonderful! Each day is more beautiful and fun and clever and creative and awesome and amazing that the day before. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Do you ever sleep...or do you just spend all of your time running around your house, tangling whatever you see? Such inspiration you are to the rest of the world! Merry Christmas to you all!!

Alycia said...

Another beautiful inspiration... Thanks.

Cheryl Kashtan said...

It's so wonderful to see the many possibilities that Zentangle can add beauty to life!


Lynne Koliha said...

LOVE the effect from the frosted glass over the painting...makes it look like an English morning.

Kris Noble said...

Your seemingly endless creativity is amazing!
Thanks so much for all the inspiration.

Kris Noble

Deborah Lee said...

I can see making longer ones for tree garlands. Or have a party where everyone makes a tile and then put it all together as the "hostess gift" - a classroom of kids each making a tile and putting them together for a schoolroom garland. Neat ideas, and your creativity is awesome, baby!!

Becca said...

You could turn these into your own Christmas crackers! (You know the kind you pull open to find a prize inside?)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, as always! So creative. Cheryl C. :)

Kathy said...

Beautiful, as always.

AlwaysInspired said...

I love the look of the rich red ribbon with the tangles. So festive.

Rhonda Miller said...

These make great decorations.

Jennianydots said...

Clever idea

Carol said...

These are so clever. I love to decorate our tree with hand made ornaments. A chain would be perfect. Time to get busy!

tanda said...

Clever.

Corey said...

What an amazing idea! I love garlands. I keep them up all year.

lfd said...

Endless possibilities...

DS said...

Lovely! I'm going to try this today!

Cindy Blake said...

I just love this! Wish I had time to do it for this Christmas but I am running out of time.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

I make paper beads, but certainly never thought to make them this way. Possibilities are endless!!

Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell said...

WOW!!!! Love these!

Gerri Hanus said...

Tangles in garlands - what's next!

Michelle DuBreuil said...

A beautiful twist on the old-fashioned paper chains we all made in school...lovely!

Nancy said...

Great idea...

Laura Francis, "Your Minimal Effort(tm) Guru" said...

A festoon of tangles - I never would have thought of this! The ribbons and beads add so much, too!

Bonnie P said...

Creative people.

Dennie czt9 said...

Love this! So pretty. Thanks!

Taz42 said...

Yet another inspiration! Love them all.

babdu said...

Beautiful and Inspiring

Jan Brandt said...

Such a festive festoon!! Wonderful and whimsical. Cheerily creative. Graceful and glamorous. I'd better stop now ... :)

melanie said...

very clever! Smaller, jewellery sized tangled paper beads would be awesome!

Cathrine Nicols said...

It must be really fun at your house! Another treat!

Amy L. Smith said...

This is just amazing! Gorgeous!

BB said...

I have noticed that I want to tangle ALL of the 12 days -and then some. I get so excited about all the possibilities, but then realize that I am sooo far away from such extraordinary talent. So, I will slow down and revel in the beautiful artwork from each day while taking my time to enjoy my own process. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Ioana S. said...

Interesting idea! I want to make a really long garland and put it on my Christmas Tree!

Eden said...

Very lovely tangles.

Lise Orwig said...

Oh, my what a fabulous trip through these last twelve days! Each day unique on t's own and all a part of a wonderful "verse" of holiday gifting. You have given US all a wonderful gift, Merry merry Christmas to you all!

Nancy Roth said...

you have outdone yourselves on this one. I wil try this at home. thank you!

Ginnyzz said...

These are amazing!

Cynthia Douglas said...

That frame repair, is 'something else'! Is there nothing safe within your pen & ink?!?! I Love it!
Now....where is that old frame I can't toss out?
The frosted glass - over a painting - Tangle is a really interesting idea. Certainly hope you share more of that one!
Thank You for the wonderful 11 days......can't wait to see 12, but hate for it to be the end of the poem!

Chris Titus said...

The frame...great!

Kathy Sustaire said...


No words for this one.....

DJ said...

This is my favorite so far. Love all the details.

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

This reminds me of beads, and I love beads!

Quwatha Valentine said...

What will you think of next?

Alyss Amster said...

These are amazing!

Sue said...

I think maybe you two got some of my share of artistic skills. You are welcome though as long as you keep sharing. xx

Maria V. said...

You are so creative at ZTHQ. All these days have been very inspiring. Thanks

Jennifer Neuman said...

I love banners ... what a great idea to make "beads" with the zentangles!

kaye kittredge said...

I was so inspired by these I quickly made some as single ribbon ornaments to take full to a treetrimming party the next day!

Tenley Johnson said...

Clever, so darn clever!

Ashley said...

What a great idea! Now I know what I'm giving my in-laws for their tree!

ElizabethCan2Tangle said...

"Festooning the Festoon," makes me smile! Plus, it is such a fun word to say, isn't it?!

Holly Moseley said...

So many great ideas! And handy - needed the cork in candleholder one to be safer with my xacto knife - thanks!

Annika Wiener said...

Only ONE more to look at. What a funny "play" ?
Then it will be Chrismas , so what else to say but
Merry Christmas.

Opal Carew said...

What a nice accent for a room.

Susan said...

Not so difficult. I could do that.

Maxine said...

11 festooning tiles! 11:11 is angel time you know

Betsy Budney said...

Making a garland is such a good idea, and I love the candlestick exacto holder!

Pamela Signorelli said...

Love the way you mended your frame, and the ideas of tangling on frosted glass over an image. This day has a multitude of ideas.