Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #220

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is also Thanksgiving week here in the United States. 

It is a time of family and friends and feasting and football mixed in with the Macy's Day Parade and all wrapped in a blanket of gratitude for the many blessings God has showered upon us.

After the mealtime prayer at our home, we take turns around the dinner table to say aloud what we thank God for, especially the blessings of the past year.

In previous IAST Thanksgiving week's, we have counted our blessings and incorporated them into our tiles for this two different ways:  we have written them to be viewed along with the tangles and we've lightly penciled them in the string spaces to be tangled over.

This year we will use either option and begin with this string that I drew with a fancy cursive 'G' for Gratitude ~

IAST #220 by Adele Bruno, CZT
The tangles we will use include ~

Z-trick by Yamit Fridman
An angular tangle, it can fill most any space.  I have referred to this tangle often when writing about aura. 

Gra-vee by Laura Sponseller
How could I pass up a tangle by this name when anticipating a Thanksgiving feast?!
This tangle is open for many variations.

Printemps by Maria Thomas
This is simple and round and familiar to us.  Here are my Tips for Tangling Primtemps ~

Use as few or as many of the tangles as you wish.  The option is yours - to either have your words hidden in pencil along with the string, or to write them in Micron and view them with your tangles.

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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries for IAST #219 are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued 

*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' will be 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.  
FOR EXAMPLE:   ADELE BRUNO (FLORIDA)

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, November 20, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #219 Tiles

We are back!

Two weeks flew by, didn't it?  The geometric string along with some "hypnotic" tangles made for some brilliant results. 

Let's take a look~

From Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for this nice challenge! I loved the string and it reminds me a bit of the paintings from Piet Mondrian ;-)
I also liked the patterns you chose and so I had a lot of fun with this tile.
Many greetings from germany
and best regards
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Facets shaded at points and Vortex at the middle
*Tortuca centered Vortex


From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
Voilà: my entry! Just what I needed today, all those angles ;-)

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Vortex shaded to the outside edges with a dark center space
*pretty rows of Tortuca


From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her website ~
I so enjoyed the mix of curve and angle in this week's challenge. Thanks for all you do.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*one large and lovely Vortex - rounded tips and shading add dimension
*string line becomes an elegant feature of the tangles



From Miriam Gresnigt, (Twente) (The Netherlands) and here on Instagram ~
Here's my tile for this week's challenge.
You took me out of my comfort zone with these square grid patterns. I have not done them very much.
Thanks for the challenge and opportunity to think outside my comfort tangles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled Vortex
*wonderful weighted lines, dots, stripes


From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Do you remember me? :o) It feels like forever since I have sent you a tile. I have had the busiest couple of months.
I think things are a little slower so hopefully I am back on track. I have looked every week at the beautiful work even though I have not had the chance to participate.
I’ve missed it. I know we had extra time, but I have it done and wanted to send it in.
Hope you and your family are doing well. All is good in freezing cold NY! Sending hugs your way.
We have missed you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*two part Vortex 'tranzends' the tangles below
*weighted lines, and shades of gray emphasize Tortuca


From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
I decided to do 2 tiles this week. I’m not happy with the string, but I’m not happy with the other tile either. I sure wish there was a teacher in my area, I need help in where to place the tangles so they go together instead of just filling in the string. Any teachers in St. Louis out there?
 Tangled Tidbits -
I hope there is a CZT near you offering classes.  You are doing great!  One of the many wonderful things about IAST is that we can learn from each other's styles and techniques.
*multi-sparkled Facets
*beautiful Vortex center
*great use of white space
*soft shading


From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your challenge this week, Adele. Vortex and Facets were two new tangle patterns for me and I love them both. I’ve always like Tortuca, too. I had to think about how to fill your string for a bit but once I got started, the tangles just seemed to flow onto the tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty balance of black, brown, white space
*Vortex shaded centers add depth
(Nice frame!)


From Tonia C (Rhode Island) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*'x' repeats in Facet and Vortex
*weighted outer curve of Tortuga


From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*large Vortex swirls through string sections
*added horizontal lines create a fascinating variation of Facet


From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
A huge, heartfelt thank you for your giving honors to my tile last week ... your prompts often offer a strong sense inner peace and healing ... and after viewing all the tiles you posted, I believe I was not alone in the calm. Every tile was stunning!
This week’s prompt was captivating in an almost hypnotic way. I’m looking forward to seeing all the interpretations.
Until then, may you find calm in the holiday preparations. Please know, your name will be thought of many times by many tanglers as we give thanks and celebrate family! Happy Thanksgiving ... Cheers and love 
...as I will be thinking of all of you, thank you, Sharyn.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Facet lines run from center Vortex, distinguished by shading - glorious!
Notice how the frame magnets top two of those sections
*little pops of weighted lined Tortuga 


From Jonesy (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Here's my submission for challenge 219. I'm not feeling well this week, but I can always find some solace in my art, no matter the final outcome. Have a great week!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautifully shaded tangles
*delightful degrees of light and dark - white on black, white on gray, black on white


A very warm welcome to Susan Cuss (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) ~
This is my first zentangle, so I'm not sure if I did everything correctly. I think I made Vortex a little too curly, but the idea was to connect one Vortex to the next. I really liked Tortuca, too. I added a bit of watercolour after I finished the tangle. This was fun! Thanks.
Tangled Tidbits - 
How exciting to see your first tangles!
*tight spirals of Tortuga, large and smaller
*light, free floating Vortex 

Welcome to our Tangled Map. We are happy you joined our IAST community, Susan.



From Priscilla DeConti, CZT 28 (Kingston, New York) and here on FB ~
That's what I get for not reading the whole email and skimming highlights. I was going to apologize for being so late and if I could not get in this week it would be ok.
I now see that I am early...
Here is my take and I added my rendition of 4 corner corolla...In any case if I don't do another this is my entry.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading distinguishes the outer edge of Vortex and the points of Facet
*pretty added tangle


From Karen Buse (California) ~
It was a week of "doing for others" which felt good but was exhausting. Friday was my day to chill out and I spent several hours on this challenge which really helped to recharge my batteries. Aaaah, the magic of Zentangle.
 Tangled Tidbits -
It is rejuvenating, isn't it?
*shading along each Tortuga spiral
*filled in line space of Facet and Vortex create beautiful variations


From Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
I'm glad to be able to join this challenge. Because you gave long time to draw. I love the part, when you choose what patterns to draw. Like it or not, I have to love it. And now I know more patterns by joining your challenge. Thank you.
Tangled Tidbits -
I am so happy to know that, Dani.
*Vortex and Facet play from the same grid
*Tortuga integrated into both tangles - very creative!


From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I wanted to try two different versions of this and they ended up being side by side because I liked the paper. I turned the string upside down on one of these, not sure which one.I really enjoyed this week's challenge; each of the patterns was fun to do.
Thanks again for everything, and I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tangled Tidbits -
...and the best to you and yours, too!
*Facet variation flows horizontally and vertically on wonderful colors
*smaller Vortex has fewer lines, larger Vortex features many


A very warm welcome to Susan (Nashville, Tennessee) ~
This is my first challenge...

Tangled Tidbits -
It is an honor to host your first submission.
*background grid is shared by tangles and string spaces
*blue centers emphasize Vortex
Welcome to our IAST community and to our Tangled Map, Susan!


From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
I really liked all these tangles, but putting them together on the string was a challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*striking Facet variation with black triangles
*outlined white center of Vortex pushes all of the other tangles up and outward
Love that backdrop!


From Verena (Germany) ~
This tangle was not easy to manage.
Looking forward. Best regards

Tangled Tidbits -
*beautifully detailed tile
*large and smaller Tortuga in contrasting light and dark
*off center middles of Vortex - wonderful variation!


From Miriam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Am so glad we had two weeks on this one, as the first attempt just wasn't sitting well with me. Something about that string kept drawing me back, and when I sat down with it again it just screamed 'perspective', so I had a little fun with it!
I know... I kind of 'bent' the Tortuga rules, but by the time I realized it, I was locked in! (So maybe the little bends are another tangle pattern, just not sure of what it might be)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and to all the fellow IAST Enthusiasts.
Tangled Tidbits -
You had a lot of fun with this!
*fabulous perspective on a Facet vanishing point 
*grand use of thick and thin lines, depth of shading 


From Vonnie (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Interesting challenge! I was appreciative for the extra time, as I had a few minute here and there to work on this tile. The patchwork look to it reflects it too!
Tangled Tidbits -
*off centered middle spaces of Vortex (just like Verena - how fun!)
*Facet variation features shaded centers like Vortex


From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
Thanks for giving us extra time on this wonderful project. This is a great combination! I used some Fall/Thanksgiving colors to give it a warm appeal but kind of messed up the shadow angle - still love it - mistakes and all!!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Tangled Tidbits -
We call those creative opportunities and they are all beautiful :)
*multi-lined Facet with beautiful sparkle - fine lines repeat around it
*Tortuca grid shared with white and colored spaces


From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
I loved this challenge, but my attention was divided, and I first attempted an angular version according to the string. Think this gave me quite some practice time, but the end- result was too stiff and cold. I softened the string and started again. Made my life difficult with the white auras, and almost put in a black background. Pleased I held back on that one. Vortex by Sandra Strait challenged me for a while, but the rounded effect bouncing out worked well. Tortuca by Maria Thomas became ribbons in hollibaugh style on a shaded background, much softer than black and I had fun with Facets by Nancy Pinke and their variations give and Africany feel to the artwork. The challenge was stimulating and the journey insightful. Loved it.
Hope you are well and I wish you and all participants a wonderful week ahead.
Tangled Tidbits -
That is a happy tangling tale, thank you Felicity.
*string as negative space and shading defines the string spaces
*sparkled Vortex, Tortuga in Hollibaugh fashion, Tortuca tipped Facet - yum!


From Aileen (Singapore) and here on her blog ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*festive red pen and shading
*pleasing mix of curves and angles in the tangles



From Ria Mathuessen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you for this special challenge.
For me, it was a bit coming out of my comfortzone, I have never used those tangles but I'm glad I know them now, especially Facets is a very nice, pleasant tangle.
As you can see, I have used a black tile and worked with my new white Sakurapen and finished with a bit coloured charcoal.
I enjoyed, discovering those (for unknown) tangles in this special string, thank you very much Adele,
Kind regards from Belgium
Tangled Tidbits -
*glowing tangles, bright highlights
*Tortuca centered Vortex



From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for another wonderful challenge with very interesting patterns! On my blog you will find two more tiles under the link
Best wishes from Germany 

Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful variations of all three tangles
*sensational striped and sparkled Vortex


From Ulrike Daniel (Germany) and here on Flickr ~
Dear Adele, thank you for another interesting challenge. I like your strings and tangles you selected.
I wish you a lot of good ideas for following challenges!
Tangled Tidbits -
I like that wish :)
*soft shading carries through all three tangles
*Tortuca shines in various sizes


From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I had a hard time getting to grips with trying to use the string with these tangles. I did one last week but did facets incorrectly. I didn't look properly and did the second row sideways. That caused a problem when I got to the corners. So, back to the drawing board. I got facets right this time but I did use a ruler for all the main lines. I did, however, lose the string. I am not so fond of the end result, but at this stage, it is what it is.
Tangled Tidbits -
It helps to keep in mind that finished tiles are very much the sum of all the lines, not any one in particular.  By some magic they all come together to create something beautiful - just like yours.
*highlights and shading add dimension to Facet
*light and dark surrounding spaces of Tortuca accent the tangle


From Sharon Fite (California) ~
I love Facets, and Vortex and Tortuca were new to me. Mostly, the string was the big challenge. So linear! When I'm stumped, I turn to color. In this case it's watercolor. I wanted to keep the string fairly intact and use all the tangles. So I think I did that. As always, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretation. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating light and dark rows of Facet yield even greater dimension
*Vortex sections share connecting lines


From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Well...I hope you are sitting down--:) It has certainly been quite a while since I participated in your wonderful weekly challenge! I have missed birthdays, anniversaries, sad passings, national tragedies, multiple hurricanes, and cannie corns...but I have been faithfully following along weekly...and not that I haven't been tempted, oh so many times, by so many of your string and pattern choices, but, for whatever reason, now was finally the time, so here I am--:)
My #219 is on a tile I had previously watercolored ...started with Vortex in the middle (seemed obvious, but what the heck...) then did some of the Facets on the bottom...elongated singular Facet along the side and then the other Vortex square in the corner popped out to me so I filled that in...more Facets up top and then I threw in a touch of Tortuca in the interior corners...shaded with graphite pencil and then added a touch of purple colored pencil just to blend in a little.
I must admit, I felt a little rusty...I have been doing a lot of commissioned public mosaic art (a memorial bench at an elementary school; concrete bollards at a playground in Lakewood, CO) and drawing art (I'm actually about to start a big painted piano public art project with Zentangle designs, in Fort Collins, CO, if anyone's in the neighborhood) but I don't normally do many traditional Zentangle tiles. IAST always pushed me to do and try things I would not do on my own and I find that hugely valuable! In the end, I like the balance of the lines, space and color, with just the smallest touch of black on my #219.
Thanks, as always, for everything you do!
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back! It is good to know you are always with us in one way or another. You will have to send photos of your incredible projects when you can.
*lovely light lined Facet in varying sizes
*Vortex lines reach from one to another (like Sharon's above)


From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
...I enjoyed this one. I'm usually more of a fan of the more organic tangles, but I do love the grid based ones too. I particularly found Tortuca relaxing to draw - all those little spirals.
Tangled Tidbits -
*and what a lovely variation of Tortuca that is
*deep dark center of Vortex and a striped one, too!


And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...


Lily (Hungary) and is also here on on her FB page ~

Lily wrote:
... after a difficult month and a long break - here is my entry to your weekly challenge.
Best regards and Zenhug


 Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning depth in highlight and shading
*black and colorful spaces all share white dots
*Tortuca peeks out from the centers of Vortex
*single file Tortuca string lines

Congratulations, Lily!


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 artists behind our featured tangles:

Vortex by Sandra Strait

Tortuca by Maria Thomas

Facets by Nancy Pinke, CZT


Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #220!




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Revisiting a post from 2016 ~


Angels descending, bring from above,


Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
                                                                                   
                                                                                      ~Fanny J. Crosby

Drawings Gilded Tile  by Adele Bruno, CZT

Monday, November 13, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #219 Continues!

Just a reminder that this IAST adventure spans a two week time period.

Click here for all of the delightful detail for IAST #219.

Have a wonderful week!




Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Revisiting a post from 2015 ~

As naturally as the oak bears an acorn
and the vine a gourd,
man bears a poem,
either spoken or done.
  ~Henry David Thoreau


Adele Bruno, CZT
                                                           
Particulars: Renaissance Tile with tangles Gourdgeous and Primtemps by Maria Thomas

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #219

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

This week's IAST will span a period of two weeks instead of our usual one. 
Your tiles will have to be sent in by Saturday, November 18 and the results will be posted on Monday, November 20. 

With the holidays approaching, I think it will be good to have a bit longer length of time to finish our tiles.

When designing this string and challenge, angles (mostly right), kept popping up and so I acquiesced 😊.

We begin with this string ~
IAST #219 String by Adele Bruno, CZT


The tangles we will use include:
Vortex by Sandra Strait
This tangle is both angular and curved and its fine lines will bring to mind O from last week.

Tortuca by Maria Thomas
Again, angles and curves meet with this classic tangle.

Facets by Nancy Pinke, CZT
Simply angular, this pattern will add dimension and it is great fun to draw.

Use as few or as many of the 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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries for IAST #219 are to be submitted by Saturday evening, November 18. 

*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' will be posted on Monday, November 20. 


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.  
FOR EXAMPLE:   ADELE BRUNO (FLORIDA)

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!

"It's a String Thing" #218 Tiles

It is Monday and I remain grateful that we gather here to accentuate the positives in life and spend a bit of time admiring the artwork of our fabulously talented contributors.  This week we concentrated on two tangles that invoked heavenly thoughts: Drawings and O.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Joke Luessenkamp (Eibergen, The Netherlands) ~
Dear Adele and tangler friends,
Although I couldn't become friends with Drawings, O therefore was quite fun to play with.
Not to unhappy with the end result I decided to send this Zentangle.
Greetings from The Netherlands in deep Autumn colors,
Tangled Tidbits -
*oodles of awesome O
*aura and dark background along with shared brown detail lines unite the two tangles


From Verena (NRW, Germany) ~
It was very nice to tangle.
Happy greetings from Germany, NRW
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkle, shading, highlights - all make O shine
*a lovely layering of mirrored Drawings


From Jennifer Wilken (Hudson River Valley Region, New York) ~
I really enjoyed getting to learn and play with “O”. Thanks for another great challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful O variations include dots and rounded corners
*Drawings' open lines allow background to show through


From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Blessings on the days where the worlds come close to offer wisdom from the ancestors.
This week marked the 5th anniversary of my Dad crossing over after a long battle with cancer. His mantra was to never give up, and that he did until he gave me the greatest gift in letting go.
This time of year always brings many visitors in dreams and thoughts...a smile here, the faint scent of a familiar perfume, spoonerisms when you least expect it! I chose to walk a different path than that which I grew up in. There isn’t a name for it, but I embrace it and am so grateful that the fork in the road brought me to where I am today.
Thank you for the opportunity to honor the family and friends on this tile. I decided that a tangleation of Drawings was the perfect way to showcase them.
Blessings again on this time of year.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Drawings with loved ones' names, a beautiful remembrance
*one large, shaded O


From Joan Delony, CZT (Florida) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*plump and rounded Drawings
*pieces of O dot the tile


From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Thank you for another fun challenge, I really love your O tangle.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored Drawings, softly shaded
*light and dark, large and small O


From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~

Here's my tile for this week's challenge. For some reason I'm finding tangling quite difficult at the moment. Whenever I put my pen to the paper I hate the result. I either make lots of mistakes or I just don't find the finished design aesthetically pleasing. But I've been trying to muddle on through. With this tile I found Drawings really hard to get right. The top version looks a mess, but the other two parts I'm happier with. O is a delight to draw because it's so simple but effective. So this tile for me is a real mixed bag. I wanted to submit it though, even though the other tiles you get every week are so much more beautiful.
Tangled Tidbits -
Keep tangling and stay positive - your work is beautiful.
*smiling faces tip Drawings 
*O floats on deep background




From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
the patterns of this week's challenge were not so easy to combine with the string. I drew several attempts until I was satisfied with the result. On my blog you find a second tile under the link . I am always excited how differently a topic is handled by different people.Thank you for your commitment and the time you invest to put together all the submissions.
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*great depth created in O with darkened line sections
*lovely Drawings variations


A very warm welcome to Miriam Gresnigt (The Netherlands) and also on Instagram ~
Thanks for giving the opportunity to be a part of this challenge.
I am a selftought tangler since I discovered Zentangle in November 2016. I had never drawn before, but I am addicted since the day I saw the video Auraknot.
I love challenges with a given string and patterns. This week two new patterns to me, but I like them both. It is true, your O is really zen!
I hope you like the result.
Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious O - wonderful overlapping
*Tipple and Flux compliment Drawings and O
Welcome to our IAST community and welcome to our tangled map, Miriam ~



From Annette (California) ~
Happy Halloween. Thanks for another great challenge and inspiration to create something, here is what I came up with
 Tangled Tidbits -
*tangle covered string lines
*soft blue O


From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #218”challenge.
Many Thanks, Adele, for a great challenge, I enjoyed the Tangles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*flowing Drawing lines
*O really pops with inward shading and dense concentration of line


From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegantly embellished Drawings
*string lines flow over, under, and through O

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
I’m sending my tile before and after coloring. I was totally unhappy with my first version - so dull and sad. Absolutely not the way I’m feeling… I tried to add color to drawings. Now it looks much more to what I liked to express (although I’m still a bit disappointed - don’t know why). This was really a challenge for me.

 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful shading and highlights make O shine
*layered tangles add even more depth


From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Here's my #218. I can't decide if I love or hate this! Sometimes I think I should have done Drawings differently, sometimes I'm pleased with it. I used paper with a background that I had watercolored awhile ago, pen, and colored pencils.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*full and flowing Drawings
*O shines in shades of blue


From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your latest challenge 218, Adele. I love your tangle pattern O and would have happily done a monotangle with it this week but ended up adding Drawings to my tile, too. Thanks for sharing your Halloween tangled houses—they are adorable!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a large, full O for each string section
*tranzending Drawings


From Ulrike (Germany) ~
...this was really a challenge for me. I never tangled Drawings. I tried again and again in different variations, but I am not really contented. It will be not better and so I send you this result. Your O is well, isn´t it? I like it and will use it every once in a while.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large and small O - shaded to the outside
*graceful Drawings


From Miriam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Here is my tile for IAST 218. I still have a little trouble with 'Drawings' and need a bit more practice with it, but I appreciated the challenge. And I always enjoy' O'!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*wispy lines of Drawings
*brown, black, shaded, overlapping and intertwining O


From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
Thanks for another fun challenge! I love your O tangle and will be using it again.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*O filled with gorgeous gems
*golden Drawings


From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
*colorful, layered O
*Drawing blossoms


From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Another busy week and this challenge kept me on my toes. I added another pattern and didn't quite stay with in the string
Hope you are well. I used a little color pencils for highlights for a little spice.
Have a great week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a Drawings for each string section
*shading gives O dimension


From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Hi Adele! It's all finally Autumn here in Oklahoma! Thank goodness! I did my entry this week on black. Yes I should have stayed with white. But i lost myself in whimsy, got out my Sakura stardust gel pens. These are special glitter pens. Instead of adding glitter to the ink like most glitter pens, Sakura uses a super fine ground glass. When you talked about halos I think I got distracted! Here is my tile 2 ways, one to see lines and one for glitter because at heart I'm still a little girl who wants to make things pretty!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Oh, what happy thoughts and happy tangles!
*double lined Drawings complete with sparkle
*multi-colored O


From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Fun but a bit of a challenge! My Drawings and O looked a little lonely, and the Floo (a current favorite) flew in. I'm interested in seeing what everyone came up with. Thanks, Adele!

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*white chalk and a touch of shading add wonderful softness to the tangles
*three shades of O, three string lines of O


From Henrike Bratz, CZT and Ute Andresen (Germany) ~
my dear friend Ute Andresen spent the weekend with me. We’ve been doing a lot of tangling. Together we tangled our tiles for your #218 and enjoyed it al lot. Here come our two tiles.

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How wonderful that you had time to tangle together!
*thin and thicker O string lines
*elegant lines of Drawings
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*spectacular shading, sense of light and dark - especially where tangles overlap
*soft swirls of Drawings


From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
Welcome back, Sharon!
*beautiful bursts of Drawings
*O, in various sizes and thickness, fill in the background


From Jonesy (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Hi Miss Adele! While my submission is late, I had to try and get it in you because of its significance for me.
A few weeks ago, I lost my little sister to gun violence, and I didn't create any art for a while. I started back drawing recently, and decided to join this challenge. While I was drawing it today, I was listening to the news report about the mass killing in Texas, and I knew right away that I wanted to dedicate this one to the people who lost their lives. I'm calling it "Steal-Life".
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I am so sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
*angelic Drawings, weighted lines
*an O stack and many beautiful variations


From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Tile 218 happened at speed, but both these tangles, Drawings by Maria Roberts and O by yourself are amazing patterns to use and I just loved how beautifully they work together. Magical.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*two intertwining, large center tangles - note the zigzag sparkle on O
*weighted, sparkled lines and wonderful shading of Drawings


And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Sharon Penna, CZT from Massachusetts!  Sharon writes:
So, I drew the string, turned the tile 1/4 to the right ... and then the string was abandoned.
I gave a star shape variation to your O tangle (such a simple/elegant, little black dress of a tangle!) and deepened the shading at the centers between the points. Drawing just begs for an influx of Flux!
Cheers and thanks for a prompt that offered a total take-me-away moment.

 Tangled Tidbits -
*heavenly layered Drawings
*weighted lines, wonderful shading
*star shaped O
*string line visible and tangles flow where they may


Congratulations, Sharon!

Thank you to Maria Thomas for her Drawings and to all of you for sharing the tangled joy.

Stop by Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #219!