Friday, September 22, 2017

"It's a String Thing" # 211 Tiles ...& Life Goes On...

We celebrated the ampersand with this challenge - the fun and functional symbol that proved to be a fitting metaphor for all of the uncertainties that life has to offer. 

Thank you all for your patience for the time it took to have our electricity and Internet restored after Hurricane Irma.

We used an ampersand shaped string and in most cases, tangled with ampersand shaped tangles.  In fact, there are quite a few new ampersand inspired tangles introduced here.  It's so exciting!

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
I’m hoping I have read your instructions for this week’s Challenge correctly,
I have chosen five Ampersand characters to use on my tile, at least two maybe three could be used as tangles.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful variations turned tangles
*large ampersand features bold lines and lovely curves

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Saying prayers for all in the way of hurricane Irma hope it just goes out to sea and misses everyone but I know that's not too likely. We have a friend who is leaving cottage country early to get back to Clearwater when others are leaving. If you are a visitor to the area the instinct is to leave but when it's your home you want to be there. I hope you are safely battened down and everything goes well.
 Tangled Tidbits -
I hope your friend fared well!
*elegant ampersand
*contrasting brown background

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
This was an interesting challenge, as I have not intentionally tried to 'create' a pattern before. The best part is that with all the experimentation, I now have a few other patterns to revisit and work on. I don't know if what I have here is new, but I will be using it again (a set of four of the grid squares would make a nice frame for a gem...may have to try that later today!) I could not stand the thought of covering that beautiful string you created, so I went for the background - yet another challenge!
Again, your inspiration always leads us to new discoveries - THANK YOU!
(PS: as a nod to your adventures this past spring, the tile is made from Fabriano Tiziano paper)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful grid based tangle
*soft shading gives a rounded look to the string lines

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Congratulations for all your achievements. It is so nice to read such positive things.
For me this tile represents all the darkness and forces happening at this moment & the safety net (florz) that Zentangle brings us. Finishing a tile always brings you a happy end.
All the best and strength to everyone!
Greetings from a cold and windy Netherlands
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful textures, especially in the use of Tipple
*deep, dark, star filled center

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I decided to start by printing this string. I thought the printer was noisy, and just managed to call a halt as it printed out copy “26 of 89”. No idea why that happened, but it means I had lots of templates to try out ideas!
Even with practice my hand doesn’t quite get drawing ampersands. I discovered a mirror image ampersand is a cursive S, which I sometimes use in my signature so that was easy. There are also sections of British Pound Symbols (hashes?) which seem to appear if I didn’t concentrate. Drawing As came much more easily.
Keep safe in the coming storm
 Tangled Tidbits -
You will have much practice!
*pretty mix of ampersand variations
*weighted lines and a touch of blue

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
What a fun challenge for this week. I've been somewhat obsessed with symbols, letters, type and fonts since a young age. I remember subverting one of our art projects at school into a way for me to copy various type styles from newspaper headlines. I still regularly browse font sites to download new and interesting designs. I have books and magazines dedicated to the wonders of the humble letter! And yet, how tricky to tame this wild symbol into tangle form! I think I just about managed it - with lots of mirroring - forcing the brain to draw a familiar symbol in reverse takes some practice. A great lesson in focusing on the stroke and nothing more.
But more importantly, I want to send you my best wishes and thoughts and hopes for your strength and safety over the coming days as Hurricane Irma reaches you. It's so hard to comprehend such wild and damaging weather when I've lived my entire life in the UK - but the news does a fair job of informing me. I can only imagine how scary it must be, knowing it is coming, but not knowing the impact it might have. I am sure your faith helps to keep you somewhat calm. I will be thinking of you dearest Adele, and hope you and your loved ones and your home and community come through this safely and relatively intact.
 Tangled Tidbits -
You are so right in every observation you mentioned.  Thank you for thinking of all of us the the path of Irma.
*such a versatile tangle - from dainty to bold
*aura and detail lines add drama and a lovely scalloped edge
*single ampersand on a bead line, each holding a gem

From Tonia C (Rhode Island) ~
Very fun challenge!!!!! Got out my Calligraphy book and did "&" in various calligraphy styles with pens used for Zentangle. Calligraphy styles: brush, bamboo, wait, beatty, hatching, & various medieval scribes. I filled the string with #pokeleaf, #Cheesecloth, #jalousie & a fragment. If you look at the ampersand with quotes, that is my chop as well (TLC). Have a great week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*creative ampersand chop!
*wonderful blend of calligraphy and tangling

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
the task this week was a real challenge! First I learned the meaning of the word Ambersand and then by recherche at the PC its variety of variants in different fonts. Since I like to play with patterns, I had a lot of joy to tangle. I have drawn three versions and show two on my blog...
I send you my colored tile.
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lively collage of endless variations
*ampersands flow in all directions against the deep, black background

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT 28 (Kingston, New York) ~
When I saw the gold letter you did for your parents anniversary, it sparked something in me for this weeks challenge.
I just received some gold acrylic paint I've been wanting to try and I did...and I kept the tangles simple. I am sorry I did not use the AA(because I don't always read everything..bad habit LOL)
Yet I did use R2, paushalov, paradox, swim, a cruffle attempt and one I can't remember ...All in all I think it came out good...
Thanks for the challenge
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious gold ampersand
*tangles in black anchor the backgroun

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for IAST 2011
I took a tranzending class recently and attempted that on a coloured tile. Not sure if I've tranzended :) but I like it. I loved the idea of using the ampersand.
Have a safe and good week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled ampersand, wonderful tranzending
*light and airy background of dual colored Sandswirl

From Thekla (Berlin, Germany) ~

and here is my tile for IAST #211 with
Florz, Pok Leaf, Kuke from Katy Abbot, Krul from Maria Vennekens
Greetings from Berlin, Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful white spaces
*wispy ampersand curves

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
While we still have power, thought I'd get my IAST 211 tile off to you. I'm sure posting the challenge is low on your priority list right now. I will say that luckily I did my tile right after you posted the challenge (lucky because ever since then we have been scrambling preparing for Irma). I didn't come up with any original Ampersand tangle patterns but I had fun filling my drawn Ampersands with patterns that I really like--AA's by Judy Murphy, Braid by Blaine Liddick, Brayd by CZT Michele Beauchamp, and Rixty, a Zentangle original.
Sure hope we all make out okay with Irma hitting the whole state and more. My husband and I are staying home and have prepared as well as we can. I hope you and your families stay safe, Adele. Good luck to us all!
Tangled Tidbits -
*four fabulous ampersands on a zendala - on a Tickled to Tangle frame - not that is FUN
*shading and lightly penned and scattered ampersands fill in the background

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Hope everyone in the hurricane area is safely sheltered. tangles. My thoughts are with everyone. Simple tangles for a simple string.
Tangled Tidbits -
*...and simply beautiful
*delightful details - white space, shading, small detail lines

From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Thank you for the challenge! As I was creating tangle patterns, I realized that the ampersand wasn't one I normally use. I actually had to find an old journal to see which one I use! I like how the border look like little butterflies and the background are like snowflakes...kind of describing our cooler than normal temps this year in Minnesota! Hope you are staying safe !
Tangled Tidbits -
How fun to rediscover!
*twirls and chains of ampersand
*weighted lines and touches of color

From Sue Leslie, CZT 22 (Vadito, New Mexico) ~
“And” life goes on. So appropriate for the times we are in with the hurricanes etc. We will preserve & life really does go on My tile incorporated firecracker, Nexton, slalom and laced all which go with today theme of AND life goes on: firecracker to the fire of life, nexton to what may come next, slalom to the race of what we do and laced as it is all laced together no matter what happens next. To all in the storms this week stay safe and it has affected many of us including us as we have changed vacation plans from Puerto Rico to Park City this next week.
Stay safe & rock on everyone.

Tangled Tidbits -
That was beautifully expressed, thank you, Sue.  The ampersand on its side seems so appropriate for the times, too.
*weighted string lines
*pleasing mix of patterns

From Karen Buse (California) ~
I managed to create a focal, grid and border pattern using both of the common ampersand symbols…fun!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Whoa! - fabulous, flowing ampersand tangles
*elegant border, lines, and details

From Aileen (Singapore) and here on her blog ~
This is my challenge #211 contribution done predominantly with tangle Cudad that I learned from Yoga For The Brain Totally Tangled Edition Tangle Cards from CZT Sandy Steen Bartholomew and a hidden Pingline Steps penguin from the Kids Edition Tangle Cards.
Thanks for the challenge!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
Tangled Tidbits -
Sandy's book that you mentioned remains one of my favorite.
*ampersand woven in and around the fascinating city scape
*outlined string is shaded on the outer edges highlighting the white space

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I was like a kid in a candy store when I looked up images. What to choose, what to choose!! This ended up being like a sampler. I chose a different ampersand for each border, a big one and a small one in the middle. It was a fun experiment. Thinking of you and all the Floridians through hurricane Irma.

Tangled Tidbits -
*stripes & sparkle & shading
*beautiful border created with multiple styles of ampersand

From Talia Maynard (United Kingdom) ~
I'm sending this to you with much love and hope that you, your family and friends manage to stay safe in the wake of hurricane Irma. I can't believe the destruction that is being caused by it. I will be praying that it passes by quickly and quietly.
Here's my tile for this week's challenge. It's been a little while since I tangled, and this was done with my newborn asleep on my lap (he's nearly 7 weeks now).
I decided the keep the tile simple, with a ribbon design for the ampersand string, and lots of perfs for interest. It's a bit rough around the edges but it works. I hope you like it.

Tangled Tidbits -
Congratulations! Enjoy that peaceful time with your new little one.
*aura along the ampersand lined string lends a laced edge
*tone of Tipple - can imagine how relaxing that was to draw

From Denise Fairbank (Concord, New Hampshire) ~
Hello Adele, I hope you are safe and have been spared devastating damage of Irma. I loved this week's challenge--the ampersand! Love symbols and their beauty. I chose to do a curvy ampersand that had "natural" mookas where the pen starts and stops. Looking forward to viewing the many versions.....
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely, lovely ampersand - light, dark, sparkled, shaded
*elegant curves and weighted lines

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
I was very inspired by Adele's words about thinking positive thoughts, and was thinking on them while I tried different things with Ampersand, suddenly by echoing some of it's lines a pattern with some kind of nice mystical seeds and angels appeared! I added little dots and circles around them as the seeds of happy positive thoughts they are spreading everywhere. I hope you all like it and if you wish to try it you can find the step outs by visiting my blog post. Maybe we can all join together spreading some positive thoughts full of love, compassion, kindness and joy! ;-)

Tangled Tidbits -
This pattern is as charming as the thoughts behind it - just beautiful.  Be sure to visit Gabriela's blog for the step out.
*ampersand inspired angels - wonderfully creative
*sparkle and touches of color and soft shading

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Hello Adele, I'm hoping that you and yours have weathered Irma without incident. We're wishing the best for everyone in Florida and Texas!
Regarding Ampersand, I didn't give it much hope. The string alone was a bit dicey, and creating my own tangles? Wait, what? I thought this might be the week I take a pass. Trying to accept the challenge, I let it percolate a bit, and I came up with a number of viable, usable tangles. Wahoo! Here's my tile with 5 newbies. Can't wait to see all the contributions!
Tangled Tidbits -
You pushed through your hesitation and look what you accomplished!  Congratulations!
*one variation flows in to the next
*soft shading and white space highlight the tangles

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
So glad to hear you came thru the rough visit from Irma. Best of luck with the clean-up. Being in Atlanta, we survived the storm fairly well but the mess remains. The inconvenience of loss of power always makes me so forever grateful when it is restored. Oh! the things we take for granted! I wish you the best.
While studying Calligraphy a couple decades ago, I learned this style Ampersand. Love its rhythmic flow, and try to use it whenever I can. Ampersand # 211:
Tangled Tidbits -
*ribbon lines of a lovely, loopy ampersand
*fine lined background - vertical and horizontal - bring the ampersand to the foreground

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~ 
Happy to hear that IRMA didn´t carry you away from us! So my Ampersand is a very happy one!

Tangled Tidbits -
*scalloped string lines
*Stripes gives wonderful dimension to the inner string spaces

From Ute Andresen (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I hope you are well and you and your family have overcome the storm Irma in healthy condition. For me this name is a little bit strange, because this is the name of my mother. In Northern Germany we also had a big storm yesterday (called Sebastian). Two big trees broke down across the way leading to our house. What a pity! They are completely uprooted. Half an hour before that I went right there with my car. Oh my God. ...
The Ampersand. It is the first time, that I read that name. I’ve heard “Ampersand” but never saw it. In German we don’t have a name for that. We just call it “Und-Zeichen” (what means “and sign”)
What do you think of this pattern that I created with the ampersand? (Might this be my first tangle pattern?)
I think it may be a nice, airy and delicate border. It is also possible to oppose it, if this is the right word in this case.
I call it Upers, the U is standing for Ute and the pers is standing for the ampersand.
Here is a special tile with this. The string was a 17, because, when I draw it yesterday, September 13., I celebrated my 17th anniversary of my Atelier. With Upers I made the lateral lines of the number. Flux had to be there too, Fleavy and Tipple.

But also another (official) tile with the ampersand as a string again. Upers, Pearls and Tipple and many Auras. Thank you so much for you inspiration!

Tangled Tidbits -
Congratulations to you, Ute, on a beautiful new tangle in Upers!
Be sure to visit Ute's blog for more on her new tangle, including the step out.
*wave-like movement created with Upers
*awesome aura and tremendous Tipple

From Robin Bort (Nevada) ~
I was so glad to hear that you and yours made it through Irma!
For this week’s challenge I did two tiles. Being a graphic designer, I am a fontaholic. I love ampersands and had such fun finding just the right ones!
The top tile contains a pattern that I drew based on the swooshy loop in the upper right of the ampersand I drew in the foreground. I just repeated that simple loopy swoosh on the interior of all squares on a grid. It was intimidating to create a new pattern, but ultimately fun!
For the bottom tile, my 12-year-old son wanted to try his hand at creating a pattern for me to use, and he did such a nice job! This one starts out with drawing a hexagonal grid (and he came up with a clever way to do that with parallel zig zag lines,) with overlapping half circles on the interior of each hexagon. He even named it Belooop and drew a step out for me with colored pens! He created it with such enthusiasm, it was a joy to create the tile and it made him so happy!

First of all, congratulations to you for your lovely tangle and to your son for his creativity in coming up with Beloop. Way to go!  
Tangled Tidbits - 
*light and dark ampersands feature graceful ampersands
*beautiful backgrounds and shading
"Fontaholic" - I think many of us can relate to that :)

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
National Ampersand Day? Go figure. To whom does one apply to have such as a logogram recognized so? And who would have thought I would have had such fun tangling the same, and found myriad ways to do so? Not I!

Tile #1 is a graphic rendition with Linda Farmers Chard (pronounced 'Shard') underlay. Tile #2 was inspired by my husband's "What about one with...", colored and textured by Photoshop. For tile #3 I've included the original pen rendering with the ampersand shaded (the rest of the design is a combination of upside-downs and backwards) because when I showed my husband the Prismacolored one he said, "I don't see it."
Tile #4 is one of those "it just evolved" moments, thinking how I might create a mandalla-ish design, with a touch of pen coloring, and tile #5 is again one with an ampersand right-side up and one upside-down and backward with a bit of a Jacobean-ish flower pattern hued with pencil.
And (&) while I didn't choose the epsilon rendition as an option, the final tile does pay homage to the endless possibilities this celebrated symbol has to offer ... & on & on & on!
My prayers go out to all those who have suffered through recent natural disasters.

 Tangled Tidbits -
Oh my goodness, Marla!  These could be a post all to their own.  Brilliant work.

 *intertwining ampersands in a continuous line
 *ampersands begin on a ring and interlock moving outward
*"Jacobean-ish" embellished, mirrored ampersands - whew!

*a high honor and homage for the beloved ampersand

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
I was so glad to read that you and your family came through the hurricane safely! After the path took a western turn, we were minimally impacted here in central NC.
Here's my tile for this weeks challenge. (I am pretty confident that this is not what you had in mind using the ampersand string, but it's the only thing my brain could come up with.) I used Wist, Mooka, Flux, Cadent, and Paradox.
 Tangled Tidbits -
It's what you had in mind, so it is just right :)
*variety of rounded tangles are pretty compliments to the string
*touch of aura and shading

From Teddy G (Maryland) ~
Adele, I'm so glad that you and your family got through Hurricane Irma safely. Attached is my tile for the challenge. It was fun trying different variations of the ampersand to come up with a tangle. I'm looking forward to seeing the other tiles.

Tangled Tidbits -
*flower-like mirrored ampersand - so pretty!
*ampersand line with loops darkened in and sparkled aura

These are my tiles ~
The first I completed early in the week, while the anticipation of Irma was building.  It provided a much needed sense of accomplishment.
I used acrylic medium and paint to gild the ampersand, trimmed it in a continuous line of ampersands, added aura, shading and penciled in larger symbols in the background.
Our family spent last Sunday huddled in our home together awaiting Irma.  It was an anxious time.  (Once all the preparations are complete, the waiting can be really unnerving.)  My mother, daughter, and granddaughter sat together at the kitchen table for some drawing time.  It provided some calm and an excuse to share a glass of wine and "appa juice", of course.
With a love for continuous line, I tangled this mirrored version of the ampersand, filled the string line with it, and then added it to a square grid in the background.  Weighted lines, sparkle, and shading finished it off.

In the wake of Irma on Monday morning, we were grateful our home was intact despite the loss of electricity and a yard full of debris.  A city curfew was in effect to stay indoors until the heaviest winds ceased.
Again, we sat around the kitchen table and drew.  It provided a distraction from the temporary inconveniences we faced as well as a quiet time to take in just how fortunate we were that they were minor in the grand scheme of things.
When I outlined the string and then doubled it, my lines were so wonky (must have been nerves) that I was compelled to thicken in the lines.  It was much too bold for my taste though, so I added Primtemps and some shading to soften it a bit.
My favorite is the ampersand/Pokleaf combination - a simple but happy combination.
Msst reminded me of the constant rain and so it graced the top of the tile.

Thank you all for your prayers, concern, good wishes, beautiful tiles, creative tangles, endless inspiration.  I know our prayers continue for those still facing other hurricanes and natural disasters.

Be sure to visit the links to the blogs listed in this post.  There are many new tangles to add to your repertoire.

Thank you for your patience while waiting to view these results.  It was worth the wait, wasn't it?!

Check out the details of "It's a String Thing" #212 (link) and send in your tile!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #212

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

Yes, we have electricity and internet access again here in Central Florida.  It is such a treat to be back.

The tiles for IAST #211 will be posted on Thursday - I can't wait for you to see the ampersand inspired tangles and tiles!

In the meantime, let's get back to our weekly routine and begin with this string ~

IAST #212 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use include ~

Wrapped by Gail Sherman, CZT
This brand new tangle looks inviting, especially if you enjoy free flowing, curved lines.

Ok-rah by Liza Buckley, CZT
This grid based pattern will work nicely on the string's curves.  It is exciting to use Liza's first tangle as she is a friend of mine and a fellow Floridian.

Danzer by Prairie Kittin
This is another new-ish tangle.  It has a basic step out with endless ways to embellish.

Use as many or as few of the suggested tangles as you wish.
Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! 

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings. 

*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are posted on Mondays. 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 

If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request. 
Please include the site specific URL. 

I look forward to your emails.

Have fun!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Good-bye Irma

A quick update after Hurricane Irma:

My family and friends all came through the rough winds and the damage that Irma left in her wake.

Thank you all for your prayers.  I am confident that we escaped the worst of the storm's wrath because of them.

Some subsequent inconveniences are more difficult to live with, but remain minor in the big scheme of things.  Electricity and every wonderful perk that comes with it are sorely missed - hot water and air conditioning are at the top of that list.

Even as I write that, and in lieu of the fact that so many have lost home and in some cases life, these things are trivial.

It does regretfully leave me without internet access though.  I hope to resume my posts and "It's a String Thing" by the middle of next week, provided our power is restored when promised.

In the meantime, please keep emailing your tiles for IAST #211 - The Ampersand.  
I managed to tangle three: one before the hurricane, one the day of, and one the day after.  Now they are a snap shot of a weekend I will long remember.
It will be wonderful to see what all of our tiles look like together.

Again, thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. 
                                                                 ~Matthew 6:21

A gilded anniversary Zendala for my parents in honor of their
sixty-two years of happiness together.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #211

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

...& it is a reminder that every day holds good news despite the difficulties we face - if it isn't anticipating a hurricane (as we are here in Florida), or recovering from one in Texas and Louisiana, or a dire drought (as Felicity mentioned) in South Africa,  then it just might be something else even more troubling. God forbid.

That is precisely why I focus on the positives of life here and on creating beautiful artwork together through the wonder of the Zentangle® method.

It gives us time and space and direction to focus on the simple and the elegant.  
Let us continue in that same spirit with our latest challenge...

Friday just happens to be National Ampersand Day here in the United States.  I am not quite sure how National Days are appointed but there are well over one thousand such celebrations in the U.S.
Why question, anyway?!  Let's just make the most of it.

We begin with this string inspired by this fun and functional character ~

IAST #211 by Adele Bruno, CZT

Once I drew this string, it reminded me of a tangle we used long ago in IAST # 38 based on the upper case letter 'A' - Judy Murphy's AA's (link)
My Tips for Tangling AA's can be found in this post from May of 2014 (link)
Judy took the basic letter and flipped it, layered it, stacked it, darkened it in, etc. and created a tangle with it.

Why don't we try something new together?
Let's take the ampersand and develop tangles using the character.  Draw it as is, or in various styles, directions, combinations, orientations, & so on.  (See what I did there?!)

The ampersand that I patterned the string after is only one of many varieties of the symbol.
A quick Google search (enter "ampersand" and then click images on the top bar) brings up a plethora of possibilities.

If that task seems too daunting (but I urge you to give it a try!), you can do something as simple as darkening in the string and adding enhancers to the white spaces (aura, tipple, shading, etc.).

I get goosebumps thinking of what the results will look like!

The deadline will be extended until Thursday, September 14, just in case we loose our power here in central Florida early next week.

HAVE FUN with this.  Trust your creativity & send in your tiles for the rest of us to admire.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Feel free to place the string any way you'd like on your tile.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings. 

This week's entries are extended until Thursday, September 14.
*Photos, notes, and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

Watch for these after September 14.
Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 

If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request. 
Please include the site specific URL. 

I look forward to your emails.

Monday, September 4, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #210 Tiles

This week's challenge celebrated a Tickled to Tangle milestone - 1,000.000 views - woohoo!
The string contained six orbs and the tangles were all round in nature.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
I liked all these Tangles so to me this was a fun endeavor. Thanks for the great ideas Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkle and stripes
*lovely details for Purk

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
congratulations, one million visitors are fantastic! My little tile cannot adequately reflect this incredible number. But perhaps all the submissions together can celebrate this wonderful jubilee. Thank you for your engagement!
I enjoyed to draw my tile with the combination of your given patterns. Especially I like Jetties. They always remind me of christmas balls.
Best wishes from Germany,

Tangled Tidbits -
*Christmas cheer in Jetties and it carries into Purk
*deep black background and sparkled black orbs of Lollywimple

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Wow, Adele, 2017 has been a banner year for you! Congratulations again. A million views, that's so amazing. Of course I'm sure I'm responsible for a lot of them while searching for your tangling tips.
Here's my # 210. My Lollywimple and Jetties just sort of merged, but I think they go well together. I like it when Purk has really dramatic shading, but I didn't think that would work with my bright paper, so I went with a lighter touch.
Thanks again for the opportunity and most of all best wishes on many more successes!

 Tangled Tidbits - 
I thank you for all of the visits, Hilary :)
*very creative morphing of Jetties and Lollywimple
*aura-ed orbs of Purk

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
HAPPY 1,000,000+ views..oh my goodness that is super duper amazing!!! Congratulations to you. I can think of no one who deserves to be looked at more ;o)
Here is my tile. I had to resist putting purk in every circle as it is one of my mac n’ cheese tangles. I decided to challenge myself and use it as a background. Kind of interesting.
This was a fun one. Here’s to a million more!

Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, Jody!
*Purk background and Purk on Purk - awesome ideas
*Lollywimple bands for Jetties

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
I enjoyed this week’s set of Tangles, especially Sandy Hunter’s Lollywimple,
Such a versatile Tangle, I’m looking forward to seeing all the different variations on each tile submitted.
I have drawn Maria Thomas’s Jetties and Purk Tangles before and was delighted to use them again.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*gorgeous variation of Lollywimple - light, airy, and finished with curls
*Jetties and Purk share deep, black spaces

From Aileen (Singapore) and here on her blog ~
This is my IAST #210 contribution! I don't think I've ever used quite so many tangles in a single tile! Thank you for the challenge!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
Tangled Tidbits - 
*pretty array of tangles fill the string orbs
*shading and sparkle make them shine

From Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
Congratulations on your "tickled" milestone! How wonderful! A million thanks for your inspiration, enthusiasm and creativity that encourages us to explore our artwork in new ways! Cheers to you!

Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, Jane!
*gorgeous look to Lollywimple with alternating white and black spaces
*Purk borders and Jetties accent

From Susie (St. Louis) ~
I tried the string and the spaces were just too small. Then, I put too many jetties in and the top looked neckeed! So I added stuff at the top. Then there was just toooo much white so I added the black on the sides. Now, it's just too crowded and busy looking, eeh! Any suggestions are welcome.
Tangled Tidbits -
I'll wager that when you look at this pretty tile now, you can see the beauty in it.
*light Lolllywimple pops against dark borders
*Purk rises from a base of Jetties

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
I had so much fun with this challenge, Thank you Adele!. I loved trying Lollywimple in different ways, it is such a beautiful tangle! Purk and Jetties were fun too, I added a little bit of Printemps to one of the Jettie's spheres just to bring a little bit of more texture and color. Congrats on the 1,000,000 visits!!!!
Greetings from Canada!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Gabriela!
*fancy variations of Lollywimple
*Perk filled Jetties - all with beautiful blends of brown and blue

A very warm welcome to Aishwarya Darbha (India) - tile also here on her blog ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*circular Lollywimple
*pretty Perk infused Jetties

Welcome to our IAST community, Aishwarya, and to our tangled map ~

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT 28 (Kingston, New York) ~
Sorry I missed your 5th year celebration but I was there in spirit and am glad for your milestones!!
Here is my entry for this week...again challenging but fun
Here is to another 5 years and more!!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Priscilla!
*sparkle for all three tangles
*dark background of Purk accents the playful colors

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario) ~
This truly was a challenge. This is my fourth attempt. Thanks for all you do to put these challenges together. I had never used a string until I started doing your challenges.
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Vena.
*wispy variation of Lollywimple
*stacks of Jetties and spiraled variation of Purk

From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Congrats on the milestone!! Thanks for the fun challenge, helped me unwind after a full week of moving classrooms and setting up for the coming school year in after school care.
Tangled Tidbits -
Cheers to a wonderful school year!
*three delightful directions for Purk
*Jetties filled Lollywimple

A very warm welcome to Christine Courtois (France) ~
I used only the string because i did’nt read Tangles propositions in your post. Sorry.
The mono Tangle used is “MESMERISE” by Tomas Padros
Tangled Tidbits -
*deep black background
*sparkled orbs and rounded corners
Welcome to our tangled map and to our IAST community, Christine!

From Denise Fairbank (Concord, New Hampshire) ~
Congratulations Adele on "one MILLION views"!! Like you said...that's a lot of zeros and what better way to celebrate than to tangle with them. It was bittersweet to see that you suggested purk as one of the tangles.....I've struggled with purk for so long. It was time for me to embrace it and give it what I had. I look forward to viewing how others celebrated with you and adding to those zeros.....

Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Denise.
*Perk shines in many variations (it pays to push passed your comfort zone!)
*wonderful shading highlights Lollywimple orbs and the other tangles, too.

From Lynn Gotham (Florida) ~
My take on your 210 IAST challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*outlined and aura-ed string spaces
*beautiful brown, light, Lollywimple with just a touch of shading

From Thekla (Berlin, Germany) ~
and here is my tile for IAST #210.
Greetings from Berlin, Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded arua of Lollywimple adds depth
*Jetties tucked into pretty Purk orbs

From Sra (India) ~
I saved the back of a wedding invitation that came in pale lavender and used it to draw this week's piece. I hesitated about using the white but I told myself to take a leap and I am glad I did. Miles to go, I know, but still ... I signed the tile but it's way down.
Have a nice week! Congratulations on the milestone!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Sra.
*lovely Lollywimple border
*black and white Jetties with varied details

From Lily (Hungary) and on her Instagram ~
Congratulations for the fantastic milestone! Here is my tile for your special challenge:
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Lily.
*glorious shading and highlights of all three tangles
*Lollywimple and Purk used along string arcs and orbs
*beautifully pleasing mix of brown, black, and white

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
A rather belated congratulations on your 4th birthday and also your 1
million milestone!!
My tile doesn't quite have a million o's but it did seem like it at
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Kate.
*Jetties pops into Lollywimple - wispy lines at a light touch
*spiraling Purk, beautifully shaded

From Cha'Co (France) ~
This is my contribution to IAST #210. I discovered PURK and I love it: it's like a shell, a jewel or a strange animal... I have already used LOLLYWIMPLE and I love it too, even if it gave me a hard time for this challenge. I did not know JETTIES but I now adopted it: too fun I have a lot of fun with this challenges. Thanks to you !
Tangled Tidbits -
*sensational Lollywimple orb complete with highlights, shading, and curls
*varied sizes of Jetties

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
Another noteworthy celebration! What a wonderful milestone.
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Karen.
*fabulous shading and highlights, soft and illuminating
*deep black background adds to the glow of the beautiful tangles

From Wendy Hoffman (Eugene, Oregon) ~
This is only the second time I've managed to get a tile in for IAST. Hope to do more...In doing this one, I really got to expand my thinking about ways to draw Purk! I think I'm learning to love it!

Tangled Tidbits -
*highlights and shading pull all the tangles together against the black background
*brown and black aura for Lolllywimple

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) ~
Fun with orbs of all kinds including trying a few dew drops with it too. Thanks for the challenges even tho I don’t get to do them every week on time to submit them to you. I still do some of them later and is always fun. Happy Labor Day weekend!

Tangled Tidbits -
*layered and light and lovely Lollywimple
*Purk and Jetties filled string orbs

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
A million views?! It boggles the mind, doesn't it? I love all the tangles, but the tile got a bit busy, and Jetties didn't make it in this time. A tangle for another day. Thanks for all you do, Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
*round Lollywimple, aura-ed to the center and finished in Mooka style
*black surrounds anchor the Purk alternating corners

From Jill Clements (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I had to add some ripped screen because otherwise the tangles seemed to be floating out there. Each of the tiles for this week were new to me to do. I had seen Purk and Jetties but hadn't done them before. I want to try Lollywimple as a border.
I am trying to figure out how you each take your photos to submit because they all seem similar. Is there some program you are using? If someone could email me ( or post a PM to me on FB (Jill Plotner Clements) that would be awesome.
I am enjoying having a string and patterns to use to challenge myself. Thanks Adele.
Tangled Tidbits -
As far as photos, I use my iphone on the square setting.  Perhaps others will have more suggestions for you.
*two large, lovely Purk
*Jetties in varying sizes and a light Lollywimple

From Ute Andresen (Germany) ~
best wishes and congratulations for 1 Million views! How many zeros are that? How many views of people getting inspiration there at your home of tangles. Thank you!
Here comes my tile for It’s a String Thing #210.
It was really joyful for me to draw one small ball after one other and making these ribbons and something sculptural. And I realized myself whispering Ooh and Mmhh. It made me smile.

Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Ute!
*Lollywimple along the string lines and shaded spaces accent all the tangles
*dark spaces of Jetties and Purk make them stand out

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Boy oh boy. If anyone isn't thrilled with circles or has difficulty drawing them (I'm raising my hand), this week's String-Thing was quite a challenge. There's nothing like getting shoved outside your comfort zen-zone trying to make circle ends meet.
I do struggle sometimes with not taking each week's suggested string literally, so for Tile #1 I instead wove Lollywimple around the string's circles, more or less, and added a couple of circular variations of it. Playing with possibilities led me on to the variant forms in Tile #2. I'm rather pleased with both tiles, though I could wish my circles were rendered, well, more circular (perfectionist that I am). But I'm rather proud of the Border Queen, who creates surrounds out of patterns that aren't even meant to be borders, for abstaining from her usual easy go-to. (And what restraint it took too!)
Lollywimple, Lollywimple, Lollywimple Gotta love that name, and is it too fun to say or what? Have a Lollywimple day. Well I'll be aLollywimple. Up your ... well, you get my gist.
Dearest Adele, congratulation on another milestone. That's several in the last few months, you lucky lady, and all well deserved. Now cut it out.
 Tangled Tidbits -
I'm laughing too hard to write...thank you, Marla - once again!
*Lollywimple strings, Purk accents, crescent aura, Fescu finishes
*tumbling Jetties and wonderful shading to top it all off
*incredible variations of Lollywimple - and yes, the name is that good :)
*Lollywimple, Jetties, and Purk nestle in Lolllywimple spaces

From Brenda Urbanik, CZT (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Thank you for this challenge, I needed a break from all my other sketching.
Have a blessed day!
Tangled Tidbits -
*each string orb features a different tangle and/or variation
*aura, shading, and black background give the tangles wonderful depth

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Congratulation on your millionth viewing. Well done, it’s all down to your amazing efforts every week.
We’ve been following the devastation from Hurricane Harvey this week. Hope that it has abated and that things can return to normal. So much water there and still so little here.
Tile 210 kept me mulling for a while this week, but, eventually I went into intrepid zenmode and dove in. Lollywimple by Sandy Hunter and Purk and Jetties by Maria Thomas are beautiful patterns, ideal for this celebratory challenge. As always the end product astounded me, especially when I’d completed the shading. All in all, a whirling happy tile.
Hip,Hip Hooray for Adele’s 1 million milestone.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Felicity!
*a whirling, whimsical, happy blend of tangles
*multiple stripes for Jetties, and shading accentuates the beautifully detailed tangles

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Holy septuple digits, Batman! How awesome is it that it coincided with the IAST zenniversary and onset to a half-decade, oh my!
Speaking of zenniversary ... I haven't mentioned how much I liked/appreciated your thank you zendala (posted August 16) ... it reminds me of 45rpm records from way back when.
Would a million tipple fit on a tile ... and how long would it take ... and who would count all those little orbs? That's what went through my mind as I tangled my tile.
Loved the six orb string and the many variations of each tangle. Can't wait for the big reveal!
Cheers and a great big thank you for your continued energy and creative prompts and posts.

 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Sharyn - I could feel your enthusiasm just reading your words!  Your mention of one million tipple sounds way too tempting...just sayin'!
*Lollywimple and Purk variations in rows, crisscrossed, and basic
*lightly penciled aura compliments the wonderful shading

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

 Cyndee Pelley, The Tireless Tangler (Oklahoma) and her tile is also here on her blog ~
...You have been inspirational in the last few months while I was unable to write. I have been with you despite my inability to blog or draw much. It's wonderful to know everyone is still here now that I'm back! I'm in awe and more than a bit envious of your million! Congratulations on your success and I'll be looking forward week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading, highlights, deep colors, black background - all add wonderful depth
*different tangles and variations fill each string orb
*Jetties bubbles up from the bottom corner - each one finished with its own details
*rows of Lollywimple accented with dots

Congratulations and thank you, Cyndee!
I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire all of us and help build this wonderfully supportive IAST community.

Kudos to the creators of the tangles we used this week along with my string 

 Lollywimple by Sandy Hunter, CZT

Jetties by Maria Thomas

Purk by Maria Thomas

Cheers to the next milestone together!

Check back tomorrow afternoon for IAST #211.