Zentangles – Tangled Pursuits & Diva Challenge Wks 214 & 221

Tangled Pursuits

It has been a long time since my last post on this blog, and this is my first since becoming a CZT [ after completing Seminar 18 in April ]. After the seminar, I spent 3 weeks in Japan and finally got back home on 5 May. It often seemed like everything needed urgent attention and all at once. These past few weeks have simply flown by. One of the cats was also ill and I had also received a large handmade custom order. [ These pieces have since gone up on the FB album 🙂 ]

Sometime during the mess that was the month of May, I managed, not without multiple re-edits, to put up my CZT business website and FB page ^^

tangled pursuits

It took me a really long time to come up with a name before finally deciding upon ‘Tangled Pursuits’ because like much of everything I do these days, Zentangle is part of my development as an artisan and crafter. In a good way, I am finding myself tangled up in creating and crafting like never before. This entire creative experience is an on-going adventure for me, and I am relentlessly in pursuit of a better, more soul-satisfying and ‘mindful’ lifestyle.

Last Friday I also had a MAAD Pyjamas booth and used this opportunity to feature official Zentangle products. Most of the people attending had never heard of Zentangle, save for two ladies, and we chatted at length about the method.

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Diva Challenge Week 221 

I hope to end my hiatus from the Diva Challenge with this week’s post 🙂

This week’s challenge is very inspirationally titled, “Beads of Courage“, after the Beads of Courage non-profit organisation in Canada. This cause was created “for children who are coping with serious illnesses by helping them to record, tell and own their stories of courage through beads”.

I am always grateful for having discovered the Diva Challenge, especially when I participate in challenges that encourage me to take time out from my day (week!) and spend time thinking about meaningful causes. Causes that I’d otherwise never even heard of. Beads (especially pretty and shiny glass ones!) are close to my heart – I am a crafter after all, and reading about this beautiful idea of a cause, really touched something within me more so than the usual challenges.

I incorporated ‘glass beads’ onto a heart which needs mending (early this morning, I had a panic attack and needed some mending, myself. Mending in the form of tea, honey and tangles!).. I did not stick to any particular string, just a shape in mind. I kept it simple with just a few tangles: Barney, Beadlines, Cadent (in silver), and lots of Tipple with hidden hearts in the negative space 🙂 And I finished it (for now!) off with a pop of shading and glitter 🙂

Here we go… (as always, clicking on the images will take you to Flickr)

Diva Challenge 221 - Beads of Courage

Another shot from an angle to (hopefully) show a bit more glitter ^^

Diva Challenge 221 - Beads of Courage

And.. last but not least.. I do realise I have a tile from the Earth Day Challenge Week 214 that I’ve not put up yet. Before it gets lost in the big, virtual mess otherwise known as my archives.. here it is 🙂

Diva Challenge Wk 214 - Earth Day

P.S. Thanks for all the visits and comments. They are always much appreciated ❤

P.P.S If you should require a response from me, or have any questions, I may be contacted at hesedetang[at]gmail.com 🙂 Have a great week!


  1. Debbie, first, congrats on the website and business pursuits! Second, does Zentanle actually help you with panic attacks and if so, would you be willing to do a guest blog about it on ZenHenna???? Pretty please?

    Lastly your Beads of Courage tile is OMG beautiful. I love your ideas, your style and your embellishments!!! ❤️


    • Hurrows Cari ❤ Thank you for popping in 🙂

      Yes – I personally use tangling for anxiety, pain and calming. I started when I was trying to avoid medication and the side effects that come with being medicated. It's pretty effective – I have not felt the need to go back to medication!

      Hehe and thankie much for the compliments on my tile. I certainly felt a lot better after putting this one together ❤

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  2. It is so good to see you again after so long, and good to know that your absence was for good reasons, not unhappy ones. Your almost heart shaped tangle is lovely and the use of silver highlights works really well. Glad to have you back…

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    • Hiya! Thank you!
      We might not all have had to endure medical journeys like Artoo & other kids like him, but we all definitely have broken hearts that need mending.. and ALL our hearts are as beautiful ❤


  3. Hi and thank you for popping in 🙂 I am so pleased you took the time to leave a comment 🙂

    P.S. I just love squeezing negative-space hearts into Tipple.. It often adds a delicate, lacy effect to whatever pieces I have at hand 🙂 And it is super quick to fill out space too! Perfect for me ❤


  4. Wow, congratulations on setting up your CZT business! Your display is just stunning! I love your heartbroken tile with the dangling beads! What a beautiful composition, and really shows off what a talented tangler you are! I can’t wait to see updates as you report on how your business and classes are going. All the best!

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    • Thank you very much Antonine 🙂
      I must say that it wasn’t that great a turnout at the craft market this time – there are good months and there are .. bad 😛 I was fortunate to have just a handful of sales, but none of the Zentangle items went. People are just learning about Z here in Singapore.
      Thanks for liking my tile 🙂 I must say that it is when I am not feeling 100% that my tiles actually seem to “fall in place” better. Something similar to the beads of courage idea, maybe. Except instead of collecting beads each time, I collect Z tiles ❤ ^^


  5. Debbie, I know how discombobulating extensive travel can be—wonderful, but stressful in its own way. You have accomplished an enormous amount since you returned home. I really like the tile you did for this week’s Diva’s challenge. I wish I could see it IRL (in real life). It combines the “beads of courage” and with the hearts, the love of the friends and family of those who are earning those beads. Very nice work.

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    • Hiya Suzanne – yeah you’d definitely know how it is, for sure 😉
      I’ve been home a little over a month now and it really has been something after another 😛 Most things needed fixing or replacing 😛 Setting up everything, too, has been a big challenge. There were many days each week where I needed to put in 13-15 hours just working on stuff. Hopefully that has passed and I can pace myself slower now and get to enjoy the process 🙂
      I definitely wish I could show this tile IRL!! The best part of it doesn’t show up – there’s actually glitter all around the heart and on some of the dangles… ❤ Have a great week, S!


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