Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #239

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

Monday's IAST featuring my new tangle Mack just posted today, so if you missed viewing those glorious tiles, click here.

This week's challenge is inspired by CZT Ria Matheussen's latest tangle, Tupuk.  It was featured on the March 2nd post of TanglePatterns (link to follow).

Let's begin with this string ~

IAST #239 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use include ~

Tupuk by Ria Matheussen, CZT
What fun to use a tangle designed by Ria, a frequent contributor to IAST.  Ria takes time to leave the nicest, encouraging comments on many tangled blogs.  It will be a treat to treat her!

Flec by Jem Miller
This tangle is similar in its inspiration, but different in its nature.  It will compliment Tupuk well.
This is the second time we've used Flec in a challenge, a tangle by IAST VIP, Ragged Ray.

Fassett  by Lynn Mead, CZT
Ria used Fassett in one of her examples, so I thought it would be a good idea to include it here.  It is always a 'fan favorite' - and one of mine, too!

As with all our IAST adventures, simply pencil in the string keeping in mind that it is a suggestion, and let the tangles lead the way.


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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) posted on the following Monday 

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.

"It's a String Thing" #238 Tiles

What a fabulous week this was as emails came through every day with spectacular tiles featuring my new tangle Mack.  It is such an incredible perk I am afforded in hosting IAST, isn't it?!
I am one grateful tangler...

The first tile arrived from Western Australia - Di wrote ~
The mornings are starting to feel a little cooler here in Australia - some mornings are not t-shirt weather anymore.
Mack is a fabulous tangle, full of endless combinations of patterns and angles. Upon seeing Mack, it being such a symmetrical pattern, I almost immediately knew I wanted to experiment with negative imaging. I particularly wanted to see how shapes would change when black met black and white met white and I achieved that somewhat, but for that to fully occur I would have had to eliminate the demarcation lines in the diamond shaped centre, and I had already inked them in. It gives me an opportunity to explore more with this pattern in the future.
If I look at this image for too long, I get dizzy.
Adele, do you recognize one of the tangles in the centre section? Your orange tree is still yielding fruit!
Thanks for heaps of fun with Mack.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for that sweet thought!
*striking black and white contrasts
*angled outer lines

From Jane (Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
Thanks for the preview of your fab new tangle with such a great step out and lots of variations. Your attention to detail is admirable! I will certainly try #mack again as a monotangle as I love to use a wonky grid. This time however I framed it with #shard and added lots of rounding.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jane.
*remarkable results with rounding
*highlighted frame - as though Shard is under glass - accents Mack beautifully

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Congratulations with your new pattern.
It is a very interesting tangle with lots of possibilities. I used it in a few different ways on this tile with also Mack as a string.
I have chosen for a combination of Mack, Featuring Ribbon and Sea Weed.
Almost I delivered a black/white tile but at the end I couldn't resist to add a little accent of fresh green.
Thanks again Adele for a wonderful challenge that I enjoyed very much.
Warm regards from Belgium
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Ria.
*varying direction and beautiful finishes for Mack
*pretty pops of green, shading, and highlights

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Thank you for the interesting new tangle. I’m not entirely happy with my tile this week, but here it is anyway. Thank you and good wishes to everyone.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Nor'dzin
*Mack in Mack - how fun!
*spiral provides contrast in color and line

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
Congratulations on your beautiful new tangle!
I really enjoyed making this tile.
And I am very curious about all the results.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*radiating grid lines from a center Mack - wonderful wonky-ness!
*string line highlighted in yellow and tangles reach to the edge of the tile

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Wow! What a super Tangle is ‘Mack’ I love it Adele, there are so many wonderful variations possible,
I can’t wait to see everyone’s Tiles. I have submitted two entries, the second one being the expansion of the tangle I drew.
Thank you so much for your new tangle Adele
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Shirley.
*tangles in each Mack section move from light to dark and accent the widening lines
*elegant lines, shading, and tangles - so crisp!

From Hilary (Italy) ~
Greetings from sunny Italy! We are staying in Salerno and it really is sunny, such a nice change from what we left in Chicago.
Congratulations on your new pattern! It’s a great one, with so many mesmerizing possibilities. I tried it this way, but I kept thinking about other ways I could be doing it. Those are the best patterns!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Hilary, the Italian sun shines in your tangles.
*beautiful Renaissance tile and coloring
*shading and highlights together add great depth

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Thank you so much for your new pattern! Herewith my entry for IAST #238. I had a lot of fun although I usually prefer wavy lines. It’s always a challenge to leave your comfort zone.
Hugs from Switzerland (finally Spring is coming)
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Lisette.
*stunning Mack variation enhanced with orbs and lines
*wonky grid for Mack looks like its lifting off the paper

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
This tile is in gold and green, the team colours of the Humboldt Broncos and is in memory of the 16 young lives lost as they were on their way to an ice hockey match in rural Saskatchewan when their bus was hit by a big truck last Friday. Canada is in mourning. Flags are flying at half mast and hockey sticks are being placed in public places and also on front porches of private homes. May their parents, family and friends find the strength to get through this. I can't end this post on such a somber note. The catkins are for the first little fuzzy "flowers" of spring. The lilacs have buds and the green leaves of the tulips and daffodils are popping up. I like your tangle Adele, but I did find it needed a lot of concentration. The string is a bit hidden, but I did start off with it.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the mention and tribute those lost in the terrible tragedy.
*large dark center spaces for Mack
*colorful surrounding tangles compliment Mack

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
Somehow I didn’t participate in your challenge for a while, but I’m back :-)
Mack was quite a discovery ;-) and it inspirerend me to add patterns that also have straight lines and black little squares.
The combination with Flukes and Capeangle is maybe a little dizzying ;-) but I like the result, which is on my blog as well
 Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back, Isle!
*line thickness, direction, spacing - all wonderfully changing from grid section to grid section
*shading accents angles

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Absolutely love Mack! I trimmed with some Mehndi.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Lynn.
*so many glorious details and accents for Mack and beautiful Mehndi
*three small corner Mack

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I love your new tangle 'Mack'. So much fun to play with that I rather lost control of it all! Can't wait to incorporate it into more scenarios. Thank you for the pattern and for the challenge. Oh, and happy Friday the 13th!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Mariam.
*lined, lightly penciled, and boldly penned sections of Mack
*Mack border direction flows from the upper left corner

From Susie (Thailand) ~
I love that new tangle of yours. I instantly had to try it out in a wonky grid, partial, overlapping, with a different kind of stroke....and then I realized, I forgot to draw the real Mack. I promise (! cross my heart and hope to die!) I will do so on a later tile. So attached my packaging Mack monotile.
Thanks for this wonderful challenge, Adele, and Mack!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Susie - as the host on an old television show used to say, "Will the real Mack please stand up?"
*Mack variations shine with highlights and golden hues
*wonderful deep black sections

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
Thank you, Adele, for introducing us to ‚Mack‘, a new member of your great pattern family!
My tile this week remains unshaded, nevertheless at close sight there are different 3D-perspectives to be recognized.
I was inspired to this by the latest art exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany, “Pictures without Shadows“.
As explained there the paintings do not have shadows because what they show is independent of the real world and has an existence of its own.
Those pictures represent a state beyond time.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jutta.
*cheerful colors mixed with white and black spaces - love that inspiration
*larger, independent triangles mix with large and small Mack

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
Congratulations on designing this fabulous new tangle! I love grid designs and this one is so bold and dramatic. What fun!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you Laurel - this looks like fun!
*bold and colorful Mack - lovely contrast of color against black and white
*larger Mack divided by random lines - very dramatic

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
The black and white tile is way too busy, so I decided to try another. I’m not sure I like it. Before I shaded it, it was OK, then I kept darkening the shading a little at a time, then was too dark so I added a touch of white. EH!!
Oh well, always next week...
Tangled Tidbits - 
*three pretty variations of Mack - can't even pick a favorite!
*open triangles give the illusion that the vertical lines of Mack tuck under the horizontal ones

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Adele, I love your new tangle pattern, Mack. Was fun embellishing it with other tangles like Barberpole by Suzanne McNeill, plus an original pattern Emingle and some orbs. Thanks for sharing Mack!

Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, Lin.
*bold, elegant, beautifully embellished Mack
*softly blended shading

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Mack is a wonderful pattern. I enjoyed to play with it and so I drew three versions. I send you the second one, the two others you can find on my blog...
Thank you very much for this interesting challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Margarete.
*pretty tangles fill Mack spaces
*clusters of smaller, embellished Mack in each of the string's sections

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
I really enjoyed working with your new tangle/fragment. I’ve been playing with fragments a bit lately so the timing was perfect.
A happy birthday to your brother! It’s a great honor to have a tangle named for you.
Sending warm wishes your way!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jody.
*highlighted penciled Mack border frames the center grid - so dimensional!
*grid of bold Mack with larger single Mack center

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
A very simple version of IAST #238 with your very fun, very dimensional Mack...the striped kind below and and the inked kind above...and that's about it--:)
...Thanks for everything zentangly, always!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shading add dimension along the long lines
*airy lined Mack

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Thanks for another great challenge! I thoroughly enjoyed playing with Mack! When playing with wonky grid I couldn't find a solution that pleased me, however when doing my tile I had a true Zentangle moment with a mistake. Because I kept drawing, reminding myself of the "no mistakes, only opportunities" rule. I know this rule but internally I still make "mistakes". Yesterday, after the "opportunity", I forged on and behold as I worked, the opportunity presented itself. I swear, my adrenaline spiked when I realized the perfect solution was there. A true opportunity. What a moment for me! Mack is a great Tangle and I can't wait to use it as I move forward!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for that wonderful reminder, Cyndee!
*tangle filled lines of Mack
*golden tangles glow with highlights
*blue layer of Mack rises over the embellished Mack below
*wonderful shading, overlapping, color, and highlights

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
You have hit a new tangle design pinnacle with Mack!! I LOVE THIS TANGLE !!!
This was a real challenge. When I did it straight I got it fairly quickly, BUT when I decided to do it on a wonky grid, that was a different story. It was so difficult to keep track of the pattern components. Took me several attempts to begin to see what was before me without getting confused. Grids are not the easiest patterns for me. There are still incongruities in the pattern. It was so much fun.
Love the way it turned out. I used a pattern on the upper center called Diskbee by Beate Wilkinson which is a great filler. The lobes in the left triad, are a pattern of mine that I use often. It is similar to something I saw Rick Roberts do in a tutorial a while ago. They remind me of slightly filled balloons. It is not an official Zentangle pattern but I refer to it as “Balloonies”.
Thanks so much for such a challenging and very engaging pattern.
You have so much talent!!
Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, Karen.  Balloonies come alive with color and shading, don't they?  
*wonky and wonderful Mack - in brown and black (Looks like a minty confection, doesn't it?!)
*silvery shading ties the string sections together, not to mention the corner details

From Tabitha Bedoukian (Montreal, Canada) ~
Lovely new tangle. I look forward to trying it out in it's more "regular" form! I'm not really a straight line kind of girl, so I tried to make sure that at least some of them remained straight. ;) I used the tangles Jalousie, Florez tangleation, headlines, Olé and Eddy/Henna Drum combo.
As a ballroom dancer, I also enjoyed your reference to the Waltz, which is still one of my favourite dances. I have always thought of the waltz as a curvaceous dance, but you have shown me otherwise. In the basic step, we create a box in our steps, and this is definitely a "box" tangle! Bonus! :D
I enjoyed this one. Thank you for all you do!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Oooh!  Thank you for that waltz connection, Tabitha.
*beautiful tangles mirror in the smaller string sections
*fancy tangles fill the larger string section
*wavy border makes an elegant frame

From Renee (Austin, Texas) ~
Well - Mack and I tangled but I am not sure who won. This is my first time back for a String Thing Challenge in many months. I have missed it.
 Tangled Tidbits -
And we've missed you - thank you for the smile, we'll declare you the winner!
*pleasing balance of size, color, black and white
*dot and dash aura

From Sra (India) ~
Here’s my entry for the week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*four large Mack filled with tangles, pretty blues and greys
*lovely shading on perfs and throughout

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Fun with Mack! So much so, I needed two tiles. As I was working on the first tile, I wanted to get out my striped fabric, cut it up, and re-sew into lots of triangles and then squares. As I was working hard on keeping those lines straight, I began wondering what Mack would look like with intentional wavy lines. So the second tile has a wavy Mack variation, along with Diva Dance and Squid. That's when you know you've got a really good tangle -- adaptability in lots of formats. Thanks for the inspiration, Adele!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Sharon.
*multiple variations of Mack - a Mack quilt!
*shading in select elements adds emphasis
*wonderfully wavy Mack flows effortlessly into neighboring tangles

A very warm welcome to ARHuelsenbeck from Arizona ~
Hi, Adele! Here’s my offering for this week’s challenge. I did a straight set in order to get good practice on the tangle. Lovely pattern, but by the time I got to the shading stage, my eyes were about done in! Kind of a kaleidoscopic effect. Reminds me of quilt blocks pieced out of two different striped fabrics. Hmm. Now I want to make that quilt…
 Tangled Tidbits -
You will have to meet up with Sharon and quilt!
*mesmerizing, detailed grid of Mack
*shading adds wonderful depth
I found a spot where your name fit on our Tangled Map - welcome to the IAST community!

From Verena (Germany) ~
Really enjoy your new tangle. It is so wonderful and really relaxing. It is like meditation by doing the single lines....one, two, tree.... Mack will be in my top ten tangles.
Best wishes from very Sunny Germany.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you so much Verena.
*captivating juxtaposition of lined, large and small Mack
*each Mack shaded to accent a different element

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
A few years ago my brother passed away ... his nickname among his friends was Mac. Your tangle warms my heart!!!
I used Mack as a fractal in a single orientation throughout the tile. I dressed it with perks; added Knightsbridge; gave a curved grid to the large section. This is one versatile tangle who promises vast interpretations!
I can see it as a celebration of patriotism... red, white, blue ... so it’s appropriate that Mack was presented this week! Monday is Boston’s state holiday, Patriot’s Day (Paul Revere’s Ride) marked by the annual Boston Marathon which has become a worldwide symbol of physical and spiritual resilience.
So, cheers to you, and to all that is good ... Mack lends strength this tangled world!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, cheers to all that is good - thank you for that, Sharyn.  I will always remember your brother and mine when I draw this now.
*fabulous fragments accented with orbs and squares
*curved, bold lined fragments look like a standing stack of Mack

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
I hope this is a case of better late than never! Not as much time as I would have liked this week. But getting to know Mack has been a joy. Such calming precision in those lines. I need to know Mack better before I start wild variations. So a simple tile - with a main section of basic Mack, with one Cubine moment, and then a band of Beadlined Mack. A wild application of graphite. And there we are. I hope you like it! And I can't wait to see where others take it to!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jem.
*breathtaking beauty of line and shading
*rounding of the lines on the outer rims - an incredible enhancing of the tangle

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
My sister has been here visiting and time got away from us this weekend, so I know I'm past the deadline, but I couldn't miss sending you a tile with Mack. How funny is it that last week (knowing you were working on a new tangle but not knowing anything about it) I sent you a scan of a table runner at Crate & Barrel that's made up of squares subdivided into twos, threes, and fours. Mack takes a different approach than the Crate & Barrel design, but the beginning thought is the same. My sister and I did go to the nearby Crate & Barrel store and found both a pillow and a napkin with that pattern, but still couldn't determine the motifs' repeat (and the sales associate thought we were nuts). The thing I like about Mack is it's folded-ness (like a pocket square), so I tried to retain that, rather than mirroring the fragments which creates an "op" effect.
Congratulations on your new tangle!
Thank you Sue, it was a happy coincidence.

Here is the photo Sue sent of the pattern referred to in her note ~ quite a beautiful pattern, isn't it?

 Tangled Tidbits -
*...and those fragments fill in a line space
*sparkled lines and detail lines

From Gabi (Germany) ~
Thanks for that challenge and the new pattern :))
I don’t like grid patterns and so my first thought was: what a f.... ascinating pattern.
But surprise: so logical and easy in construction and a nice by-the-way 3D-effect so I did the pattern without any variations. Made three different versions but this is my favourite one (posted the others at Instagram).
Sunny greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
So very happy to know that Mack won you over.
*bold and beautifully shaded Mack
*sparkled Printemps with a dotted reverse under the clever curls

Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic responses to Mack - my heart is full. 

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #239!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #238 and Time to Meet Mack

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is doubly good news day as we begin IAST #238 with my new tangle, Mack.  Last week I mentioned that I was developing a step out and after consulting with my Knuckleballers, tweaking a few details, and finishing up my drawings, it is now ready for "prime time"!

Let's look through the step out first, view a few examples, and then delve into IAST #238 ~

There is a lot of information to squeeze in to this format, but I love the look of these pages that Zentangle provides CZTs for tangle step outs.  The basic tangle reads down the six squares on the left-hand side.  While this illustrates one section of the tangle, the real magic happens when those sections are combined.

Mack can be tangled one square at a time, or it can easily begin with a grid.
This is the first tile I completed with it ~

First Tile with Mack - Adele Bruno, CZT

I didn't intend to draw the grid so square, so I purposely added wonkier lines toward the bottom.  Mack looked great both ways, especially once shaded.

I found it was important to draw the parallel lines in one section at a time and they magically met each other on the grid lines.

Here are a few variations from my journal:

 Mack with rounded corners -

Mack with sparkled lines -

This one reminds me of long time IAST contributor Sue Agnew (Arizona).

My Knuckleballers really liked Mack (whew!).  None of us could recall a similar step out on the web, so with their blessing, I continued to develop it.

Tracey Nicholson, CZT noted that it was very rhythmic and soothing to draw the detail lines.  She is the one that likened  the "one, two, three" count of the lines to a waltz.  I hum when I draw this now, thanks to Tracey.

She also sent along a few examples from her sketchbook to expand the possibilities of the tangle.

 Once Tracey tangled eight sections of Mack, she embellished the larger triangles with more tangles.

 Look what Tracey did with this one.  I love it!

Dorian Eng, CZT (with whom I have another book coming out later this month - yay!) suggested that Mack would make a fabulous fragment.  When the squares are not mirrored, the pattern creates intriguing possibilities.

Whew!  So much fun in one little place!

Speaking of fun - let's get to IAST #238 and begin with this Mack string ~
IAST #238 Mack String by Adele Bruno, CZT

Please feel free to use only Mack or to fill Mack with other tangles as Tracey's did (pictured above).

As with all our IAST adventures, simply pencil in the string keeping in mind that it is a suggestion, and let the tangle(s) lead the way.


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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) posted on the following Monday 

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.

Oh!  Before I forget, this tangle is named for my brother Matt whose nickname (since our childhood) is Mack.  It was on Matt's birthday that I first drew this tangle in my journal ~
Happy Birthday, Matt!

Monday, April 9, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #237 Tiles

The first note this week came from Tabitha Bedoukian herself, the creator of the two tangles we used in IAST #237.  Tabitha said that she was "delighted and honoured" to have her tangles Kaboom and Kulacane chosen for this week's IAST while anxious to know if they are liked.
After this week's glorious display, I can confidently say the answer to that is a resounding YES!

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
I chose to follow your string and to use only Kaboom. Both patterns you chose were great, and I’m eager to see everyone's work once again. I always look forward to Wednesday mornings!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*two bursts of Diva Dance filled Kaboom
*colorful backdrop

From Lily (Hungary) ~
Often when I see your string and tangle patterns I'm sighing: " My God, this will be difficult to solve... what do I do with these?" That's what happened now too. Eventually, however, I succeed in creating something. Thanks for the challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Don't you just love the tangling process?!
*shades of grey and brown accentuate five different variations
*weighted lines, highlights, and rounded corners for Kulacane

From Ria Mathuessen, CZT (Belgium) ~
This was a very pleasant one, in the beginning I didn't know how to manage and have drawn the string very pale. When Kaboom was appearing, I knew how to go further. As you can see, I have made the string more stronger (with a green gellypen) on the left side. On the right sight, the string is not visible anymore, caused by the shadowing and the tortillon. I brought a little bit of colour into the drawing for giving this tile a real Springfeeling.
I wouldn't make a tile with only these two patterns but thanks to you I did it and enjoyed it very much, thank you,
Warm regards from Belgium
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Kaboom explodes in color, sparkle, and shape
*curved ends of Kulacane

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
Last Sunday I saw these 2 patterns in the newsletter of TanglePatterns.com and I decided not to put them in my personal collection of patterns yet.
Funny that I now encounter them here, and yes I have now added them....
Enclosed the result.
When I finished drawing I saw that the string was completely gone.
That does not happen to me that often.
I thought this was a nice challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles filled with tangles - how fun!
*Kaboom tucks under a Kulacane corner

From Sherry Conte (Sanford, Florida) ~
I really loved doing this tangle. It’s stretched me which is why I love these challenges. Both of these patterns were new to me. I wanted to do something about the blank spaces but I didn’t want to overdo it so I left it alone.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty tangles and lovely white space
*Kaboom and Kulacane flow from the string lines

A very warm welcome to Amy L (Connecticut) ~
I have been tangling for 2 years now and am taking CZT training in the fall. A friend told me about this blog and I am enjoying the challenges. I included two tangles from last week’s challenge here, too. I am loving the way it stretches me to try out new tangles. So much fun! Thanks!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*burst of Kaboom, lightly shaded
*happy mix of tangles wrapped in a Zenith border
How very exciting that you will soon be a CZT, congratulations!  Welcome to our IAST community and welcome to our Tangled Map , Amy ~

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
I managed to get this one done pretty quickly. Both really fun patterns by Tabitha.
Hope you are warming up in FL because we definitely aren’t in NY! Ha ha..snow is actually forecasted for Friday and next week. Oh well.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...if I could only mail this warm sunshine to you, I would!
*doubled, tangle filled string lines - great perspective as they narrow toward Kaboom
*multiple and varied details for Kaboom

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
I started with some ideas in mind, to focus just on Kaboom, to have it bursting out from the places where your string intersects, to have various wonderful fills. But when I started drawing things took a different direction. I listened, I followed - and this is where we ended up. With a tangle that is Kaboom, but also Kulacane. With the tangle pouring along the string lines, curving with it sometimes. And then when I'd finished, when I'd rounded and shaded and signed - I see two strangely feathered dancers reaching for each other.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...how fine a pair of dancers they are!
*wonderful morphing of Kaboom and Kulacane
*dark and light aura and shading for the entire tangle

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
We had a really strong and wild wind blow through for a few hours on Wednesday. Some tiles blew off our roof. Still waiting for the roofers to come and fix them. They are very busy. Many fences also blew down, luckily not ours. So, Kulakanie was an apt tile. I can't find an accent on my iPad for the "e" so I put in an "i" to make the pronunciation right. I love KaBoom. Reminds me of the first attempt to land the first stage from a rocket onto a drone ship. It failed and the word Elon Musk used to describe the failure was KaBoom. So I used orange and red for the explosion. I did two tiles both were fun. This is the second. The first one looked a bit busy. Thanks for this challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and that is a very fun description, thank you.
*Kaboom bursting in color and detail
*Tipple corners and details

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for your last challenge. I did enjoy it very much to tangle the given patterns. I send you my second tile, the first one you can find on my blog under the link
Best wishes from Germany

Tangled Tidbits - 
*curved lines lend movement to Kaboom
*tower of Kulacane compliments curvy Kaboom

A very warm welcome to Gabi (Germany) ~
Also want to join the string thing community... first try with KABOOM - that’s a dangerous pattern! It wants to take all the space :))
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
* rounded strokes tip Kaboom and repeat in Primtemps and Zinger, along with the string
*scrumptious shading
Welcome to our IAST community and to our Tangled Map, Gabi!

From Barbara Steyer (Germany) ~
here comes my tile with these beautiful patterns. It was a pleasure to try both!
Thank you for the pretty string.
Sunny greetings from Germany and have a nice weekend
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Kaboom glows in yellow and sparkle
*Kulacane moves across the tile in three directions

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for this week’s ‘ It’s A String Thing #237’ Challenge.
Two new tangles for me, I enjoyed both of them, lots of fun
Thank you, Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled and tapered, tangle filled string lines
*overlapping in both tangles accentuated by wonderful shading and details

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your latest challenge. Your string kept me stumped for awhile and I finally decided to just let it go. Both tangles were new to me and it was fun embellishing them. Hope you’re enjoying your Spring season.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded background lines add even more movement to the tangles
*touches of black add even more depth

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*orb/line combinations
*lovely variety of finishes for Kabooma and Kulacane sections

From Sra (India) ~
Here’s my entry for the week. I couldn’t figure out Kaboom though I thought I had, but I don’t think it looks too bad.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*a wonderful Kaboom!
*Kulacane fills in from the top and from the bottom

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Trudi wrote to say that she is recovering after cancer surgery.  Please join me in wishing her well and sending prayers for a speedy recovery.  It is good to know that she is able to tangle as she improves.
... No pain but I've had good days and bad since it takes a lot out of you.
Thank you for providing us with these wonderful Challenges.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*string sections filled with fields of colorful Kaboom and Kucalane
*focal point of large Kaboom

From Shelly St. John (Redwood City, California) ~
I really enjoyed this week’s string and tangles. It’s fun to pick and choose which additional tangles to use. I’m really starting to look forward to “new string Tuesdays”
Thanks Adele!
 Tangled Tidbits -
...I like that name "new string Tuesdays" - thank you!
*happy mix of tangles
*floral details for Kaboom

From Jennifer St. John (San Mateo, California) ~
My sister Shelly and I had fun again with the string this week. Thanks so much!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Knightsbridge filled Kaboom packs a visual punch
*Kulacane border

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I enjoyed playing with both of these tangles this week. I think it's "literal week" because Kulecane kept reminding me of a cityscape ... so I played with ideas and then got bogged down in too much realism. So then I experimented with doing the pattern both directions instead of just up (if that makes sense) ... starting in the middle rather than at an edge ... and it reminded me of something laced. So I exaggerated that effect and ended up with sheets of decorative paper laced together. (Did I mention it's Literal Week.)
Thank you for another fun week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored Kulacane, detailed as whole sections - how fun!
*delightful details - all 'wrapped' in ribbon

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Hello from Oklahoma!
Thanks for another great challenge this week! I really enjoyed both tangles and they were so easy draw and embellish, they were truly zenful! Thanks to Tabitha for 2 great tangles!
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty variations of Kulacane and Kaboom
*detail lines, dots and Tipple accents

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Interesting tangles this time! I had fun filling in the swatches with some of my favorite tangles. I love the string and hope to use it again with different tangles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and how fun that the Kaboom makes its own string
*overlapping horizontal and vertical Kulacane
*larger Kaboom filled with tangles

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Have recently been playing around with the combined black and white tile idea that ZentangleHQ presented last holiday season...actually have been obsessed--:)...such fun...and was waiting for a good IAST to try it with.
This seemed like a worthy candidate, since part of your string bisected the tile in two...I cut along that line and continued from there...
...and it turned out much more like my usual style than my last couple of submissions...a monotangle, with just the Kaboom version, although Kulacane is very kool too--:) and a lot of empty space... shading and a double line frame finish it off...I really love the combo of white on black and black on white in the same tile...
Tangled Tidbits -
*oh so pretty light/dark combination
*double lined border frames Kaboom

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Spring seems to have arrived at last in Wales. The tangles immediately told me where they should go with this one. The finished tile looks a bit like a futuristic city to me!
 Tangled Tidbits -
It does!
*Kulacane covered string lines
*detail lines and grid in string sections add amazing dimension

From Di (Western Australia) ~
Enclosed is my finished IAST #237. At first, as usual, I had no idea how to start. So I just put pencil to paper to see what would evolve and the pencil wanted to do raggedy lines on Kulakane. Then I thought that it looked kinda watery so I added some wavy lines. This suggested an underwater current and so I smudged it all a little and my underwater theme developed. The shell came out of a semi-circular KaBoom and it was only then that I remembered the string. The string? Hmm. How can I fit my rudimentary sketch into the string? The best fit came when I turned the string 90 degrees anti-clockwise, and I then very loosely followed its outline. The mermaid in the background's scales are Kulakane though you can't tell as they are very small and smudged.
I had a lot of fun creating this scene. Tom has titled it Mermaid's Garden.
Wishing you, your family, and all the other tanglers a great week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
...that was a happy tale - thank you for taking us on that journey.
*jagged lines of Kulacane - notice the penciled lined tangle for added depth
*Kaboom makes a lovely shell

From Verena (Germany) ~
I keep it simple. Sunny greatings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*simple and elegant tangles
*Kulacane filled string lines that morph with Kaboom

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
A fun challenge with a fun duck, compliments to Dorian Eng
 Tangled Tidbits -
*center, tangle accented Kaboom - with a delightful duck :)
*Kulacane, rounded and shaded

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Started this challenge not sure what it would look it and it eventually looked like a poofy flower (in an orientation different from the original 'upright')! The magic of zentangle (and rotating your tile)!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Mooka accent for a Kaboom 'flower'
*dimension added with a smattering of radiating detail lines and soft shading

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Hope you are all well there, far over the seas. Some slightly positive news from Velddrif. We had a reasonably good bout of rain, Thursday last week. Of course, it was only an extended shower, but we are very grateful for every drop that falls. Date for day zero is still 15 May. The rest of the country is having downpours and extreme weather. Our province will take many years to recover from this terrible drought.
Challenge 237 was great this week. Tabitha’s pattern Kaboom is a pattern that is easily mastered giving lively results. I will investigate different ways of using Kaboom in future zen artwork. Kaboom seems to explode, so my tile has one and a half explosions and I’ve used the fillers Onamato, Fescu and Tipple all old Zentangle Originals favourites used often. Kulacane appeared as, perhaps delicate tubes , containers for more fireworks. I enjoyed this challenge. Thank you, Adele. Looking forward to seeing all the efforts from the week’s participants.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...taking every bit of good news we can!
*glorious details and shading - Onomato shines
*wonderfully detailed Kaboom flows with the string's curves

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Kaboom and Kulane were a lot of fun to play with. I added Diamant by Mariet Lustenhouwer to Kaboom; to Kulane I added Mofins by CZT Betsy Wilson and the official tangle, Mssst.
I debated which orientation to hold the tile ... a 180 degree turn to the tile was a bit realistic for me ... it suggested a palm tree with a city scape background.
Cheers to another fun prompt and to Tabitha Bedoukian for two tangles I’ll be adding to my play list.
Diamant Mofins
 Tangled Tidbits -
..both orientations are beautiful
*geometric details compliment Kaboom and string curves
*lovely details for Kulacane

From Shiryl White (Texas) ~
Thinking of Spring.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*colorful tangles for spring
*burst of Kaboom

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Debbie Raaen (Trondheim, Norway) ~
...must admit to being a little sceptical of this challenge. I thought perhaps the tangles were too alike to go together and actually wondered whether to just used one of them. But I decided to just go for it and try not to over think it, which I have a habit of doing. I used my fairly new Sakura micron PN pens, which I love by the way, in two different colours to separate the tangles and was quite surprised at the result.
Your challenges often push me out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing! Thanks for this challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful tangles, beautiful colors
*delightful sense of direction for each section of tangles

Congratulations, Debbie!
I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Thank you to all of our participants this week.  Your work inspires and motivates the rest of us and we appreciate you.

Many thanks to Tabitha Bedoukian for her versatile and lovely tangles
Kaboom  and Kulacane.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #238!