Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #36

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

"It's a String Thing" #36 begins with TanglePatterns String 042 created by Bunny Wright.  It is pictured here with Linda Farmers kind permission -

Copyrighted image used with permission by TanglePatterns.com

In honor of Bunny (what a wonderful name, especially for Easter week!) we are using four tangle patterns that begin with the letters "Bu" -

Bucky and 
Bunzo - official Zentangle® patterns
Bubbles by CZT Suzanne McNeill
Buttercup by CZT Sandy Bartholomew

These patterns can be found here on TanglePatterns.

Use as few or as many of these tangles as you wish.

Simply pencil in your 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 patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* 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 are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays.
 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.

PLEASE NOTE: I will add a link to your blog or web site with your tile photo, upon request. The site specific URL must accompany your request.

I look forward to your emails.
HAVE FUN!!

Wishing you a peaceful Passover and blessed Easter week.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #35 Tiles

In this week's challenge the string line was somewhat egg shaped and the tangle patterns were lacy and light and so we have some early Easter-y treats - delivered even before the bunny hops down the trail!

Lucy Banta has two firsts this week - her tile was the first to arrive and this is her first time participating in a challenge.

Her details are lovely - Cadent in Crescent Moon, perf border, aura, and great depth with shading. Congratulations and welcome!



Lily Moon achieved a dainty look - 


She used Crescent Moon and Cayke along the string line and aura-ed outward.  Look at how she used Crescent Moon in the inner loop - that is  pretty!  A single moon, aura, many moons and aura again - wonderful idea.  She posted this here on her blog as well.


Joyce Evans' tile is a happy one -
Curved Chillon makes her center loop rise from the tile, sparkle on the aura of Crescent Moon is so light and so pretty.  Cayke compliments beautifully and Cadent is adorned with aura and shading - so much happiness for one tile!

Cheryl Rotnem wrote, "This was surprisingly fun! I like how I combined cakye within chillon. Fun to do."

What a great idea - and so simple and fun, as she said.  Another idea from Cheryl here, are the added dots in Cadent where she added sparkle.  Thank you!


A very warm welcome to Kia Richardson.  This is her "very first submitted tangle!"


Kia wrote:
The tangles I used are Cadent, Chillon, Crescent Moon, and Coil. This is my very first submitted Tangle!. I couldn't help but see an easter egg there in the string (or at least in the way I drew it) and couldn't resist colouring it with Easter/spring pastels. 
The colors are beautiful and so are her tangles - lovely variation of Crescent Moon and Coil weaves a pretty border.

Charlotte Carpentier's comments about her journey to this tile are sure to bring a smile to your face, as they did to mine -
HI Adele,
sooo....this was not my favorite string. I don't like things this roundish. So I decided to get a bit, odd. I watercolored my string in with Niji Pearlesent Watercolors (and it looks all shiny, but not in the scan...) and went for it. As I was tangling, watching baseball, as usual, I kept thinking how odd this looked. It has now been dubbed "the holy hand grenade of Antioch" (insert Monty Python joke here.) I was going for Easter egg, got a hand grenade (maybe its a tribute to my military service...I dunno.) 

She said it was growing on her as she sent it in - what a treat it is to read the stories behind the tangles!

Charlotte does have an 'explosion' of tangles and the aura of Crescent Moon carries the movement right off the tile.  Of note, her tanglation of Cadent and Chillon is amazing.



Finishing up her vacation, Brenda Urbanik wrote:
As you can see, I am still very much in the “light & airy” mood, it must be all the fresh air and lovely sea breeze!
I sort of tweaked Crescent Moon a little and put part of Cayke inside the “moons”. Cadent also went and did it’s own thing, bug hooray….I did stay with the string this time!


It is a very light and lovely tile with all of the touches she spoke of and the touch of pink is perfect!

Chrissie Murphy said that this tile gave her a challenge -

She explains:
This string and the tangle choices this week, were interesting. I turned and turned and turned my tile, hoping to get a feel for the string. It took some time, but finally something came together. This week more than any other I'm looking forward to seeing what my fellow zentanglers have created from this string. Your challenges continue to push my boundaries, making me step out of my comfort zone, and as difficult as I find it at times, I'm loving it!
This did come together!  Chrissie used Cadent on her string line - a fabulous idea and filled in the areas with Chillon and Cayke.  And we are reminded again that pushing through challenges and persevering is rewarding - in Zentangle as in life!

Chrissie also posted her tile here on her blog.

The next tile was sent in by Ragged Ray whose tangle pattern Snag was used in last week's challenge.



As her words are as elegant as her artwork, here is her note in full:
So wonderful to look through last week's challenge tiles. As you can imagine I was poring over each and every one - admiring all the usual beauty but with a look out for my Snag. It was great to see it used in different ways. And to hear people say that although they found it challenging they look forward to working with it more. And I smiled at someone saying it was Christmassy - quite a few of my test tiles looked very festive so I know it will come in handy at the end of the year!
And so to this week. I've attached a tile for you. Cayke seemed a great tangle following last week's Sanibelle. And whether this was your intention or pure accident the tangles gelled well with each other. Those gentle arcs appearing in each tangle. I had all sorts of wonderful intentions of what I might do, but in fact just got so lost in the tile that what came out came out! Including that dark hungry mouth of Crescent Moon in the middle.
I've also posted a second tile on my blog, along with some talks about how the Zentangle process feeds my other creativity. (Click here to view)
There are so many nuggets here, most especially the words "the dark hungry mouth of Crescent Moon" - what imagery!   Be sure to visit her blog for more of the same.


Catherine Wells sent is this wonderful tile -


She described these as "three rather un-egg-like eggs for Easter!"  They are real enough to make me hungry for chocolate :)
Catherine incorporated very pretty details here:  dots - lots of dots!, perfs, lines, shading...lovely!


Colette Horsberg completed this tile -

She used a variety of tangles and did use a nice curvy Cadent in her larger area.  The square photo mounts are a really good idea for displaying tiles - thanks, Charlotte!.  She also posted her tile here on her blog.


A very warm welcome to Joey (Joanne) van Oort.  Joey has a lovely artsy blog - Made by Joey - and has just recently discovered the world of Zentangle.

She has been exploring tangles on brown paper and completed the challenge on a card -


Joey's tangles are lovely and her highlights glow.  She has just organized a weekly challenge as well so stop by her blog to check it out!


Cheryl-Anne Day-Swallow has done it again - taken the string and tangles and her signature bold coloring, and turned them into a masterpiece.  This time, into a delicious mouth-watering masterpiece -

She calls this one "The Georgia Peach".  By striking a line through the center of the inner loop, she could use Cayke on either side and create her 'pit'.  Crescent Moon filled in her fruit and stem - what a yummy creation!

This is Kylie Vitnell's tile -

Kylie made Chillon curve and lift as it turns and it is well balanced with the darker center and Cayke corners.  She posted her lovely tile here on here on her blog as well.


A very warm welcome to CZT Samantha Wunderlich.  This is her first submission -


and what a treat! Her shading really stands out, especially as the background for Chillon - nice touch!  She also posted this tile here on her blog.


Sharyn Penna said she "combined cayke with crescent moon..[and] added a little Mooka to cadent."

She makes that sound so effortless, doesn't she?  The result is just spectacular.  It has very old theater-like feel to it, cascading curtains and ornate balconies - my, my!

Rachel Godbee tangled a beauty -


She tangled Crescent Moon on all sides of the larger orb and as a result gave the aura an even more unique look as it meets in the middle - all wonderfully shaded.

Angela Carstensen's tile cascades with Cadent -


She wrote:
 ...I just love Cadent. It is so versatile and can be made to fit pretty much any shape and then look really elegant. The Chillon ended up nearly unrecognizable, because the overall impression of the tile was so light and bland that I had to add extra lines...
In addition to her elegant tangles, her shading is wonderful.  Angela also posted her tile here on her blog.

Juul Grendeau - artist behind the gorgeous goose eggs of last Friday's post (click here to view) - said this was "great fun."

She darkened the string line along with the arcs in Cayke and Chillon.  This contrasts so nicely with the inner delicate lines.  Juul's tangles are delightfully detailed.   She added, "Vive la créativité."


Sherrill Herron wrote, "Since Easter is upon us I thought about Easter eggs. I have been enjoying these challenges. It lets me venture out of my comfort zone."
Sherrill's tile is full of wonderful details as well - the aura and sparkle on Crescent Moon and many variations of Cadent.  Take note of the line of Cadent where she added the line work - another great idea!


Anna Houston sent in this pretty tile -

She used Crescent Moon along the string lines and notice the look she achieved by adding just a row of dots in the first aura - that's a delicious detail!

Another warm welcome to tangler Jocelyne Pigeon-Bernier from Quebec -
It is quite a fancy tile for a new tangler!  She's created a vortex of Crescent Moon and Cack and added nice compliments to Cadent.


Audrie Weisenfelder wrote:
This pretty much fell into place without much prodding. Sepia, Brown, and Burgundy Microns on Butterscotch colored paper, but felt a little unfinished. Added Cadent as a background, using Prismacolor Sepia pencil for a softer look so it wouldn't fight with the rest of the tile.
That is a great tip - to tangle the background with a colored pencil for a softer look.  Her tangles grow from the middle and reach as they curve - a lovely composition.

Audrie also posted this tile here on her pretty purple blog.


Annemarie added tangles to her personally colored paper -
She swirled Cadent and auras of Crescent Moon and darkened string lines for a lovely effect.  She also posted it here on her blog.

Henrike Bratz chose two tangles for her tile -

While she was well acquainted with Crescent Moon, Cayke was new to her.  It is her shading that makes this stand out  - around her white space, in the aura lines and around Cayke.  Well done!

LonettA wrote:
Here is my tile for this week. I used the tangles Cayke, Crescent Moon and Chillon. Especially I like Crescent Moon and Cayke.
Both have lovely arcs which gave me the possibility to combine these tangles.
Also I love my Kraft paper (Canson XL Kraft sketch pad) very much at the moment.
Therefore I used it for this challenge. So much fun!

The paper is a beautiful color and the white highlights shine as does that perfect shade of blue. Chillon running through the background is a great idea.  Lonett's love of the tangles really shows.  She has her tile posted here on her blog as well.

Jenna Wheatman said that she was rushed a bit to finish this, but she "managed to combine all the tangles."

Week after week, she manges!  Dots, tiny accent lines, and shading are all great details.  She also sent a photograph of something she calls 'fleather', a faux leather effect on paper.  She has combined tangles with this fascinating craft.

You can read more about it here on her blog.


Melanie R, last week's honoree, returns with another jaw dropping entry -


This could be studied for a long time and still more details would be discovered.  A swirl of Crescent Moon is the focal point and the tangled goodness carries on from there.  It's full of fun touches - the single striped Crescent Moon, the stack of Cayke, to name a few.  Melanie also posted it  here on her blog.


Val Brandon said that "Crescent Crescent Moon morphed really well into Cayke."

Yes, it did!  She morphed them into each other so beautifully.  She added that, "It will be interesting to see how many others found the same thing happening."  And it does seem that many found the same to be true.

Val posted her tile here on her blog as well.


Cathy Cusson wrote, "I love Cadent, as it was one of the first tangles I ever learned."


Cathy Cadent fills in her larger oval string line and Crescent Moon hugs the smaller one.  Cathy used Chillon as her back drop, too!


Annie Taylor said she loves tangling egg shapes -

She wrote:
If I'd had more time, I'd have tried to make it a little more complex but time was against me....(eggscuses, eggscuses) but here's wishing everyone who takes part - and you too - a lovely Easter week. We have just got 8 hens so I'm enjoying some really fresh eggs and I'm planning to tangle on some of them for Easter Sunday.
Again, a lovely mix of Cadent and Cayke - and a wonderful white spaces - so pretty!
Annie also posted this here on her blog.


Sue Agnew sent this sparkling piece -
Her note read:

I think I've mentioned before how much I love the mashup of Cadent and Afterglo ... so I decided to mash up the other tangles I used too. So I used Crescent Moon mashed up with Footlites, and Chillon mashed up with Puf. I don't think the Chillon/Puf combo was successful, because you can't really tell it's Chillon and it makes the tile too busy in combo with Cadent/Afterglo ... however, I had a lot of fun doing it (all those lines!).
Many lines, much fun, and Footlite Moons are festive!

Peggy Kohrman's note made me cheer.  She said, "This one was so quick and relaxing that I let it make it's own way. First time for that to happen!!"


She went on to say -

I loved the tangles this week and crescent moon variations really made that one extra fun. Cadent was one of the first tangles I ever tried so it was very comforting to relax with it on the tile.
I don't know if the central area goes down or up with the shading but the movement is amazing. Blue metallic and Fabre-Castell Manga shading pens give a nice dimension too.
Yes to all of the above!  The diminishing size of Cayke draws your eye downward and up again - great movement as she noted.  A beautiful tile!

A very warm welcome to fellow Floridian Sue.  This is her first submission -


She said that she "did this in pencil and then photographed it in "negative" to bring zentangling and photography together."  That is very unique.  It looks very much like a white gelly pen on a black tile - great work!



A N D now, the tile selected for honors this week was created by The Netherlands'
Ingrid Coventon!

Of her tile she wrote:
Except for cadent and crescent moon were the other tangle patterns new to me. Now I love cayke as you can see in my tile. To me my string has turned into one of those little critters that you'd rather not get into your bed. I tried to make some egg like tile, but it turned out different. That is real zentangle. Hahaha.
That is quite an image and yes, real Zentangle too.

Ingrid managed to tangle Cadent and Cayke in such a way that is looks layered and full and tiered like a cake (cayke!).  Her lines of Chillon are very unique, an idea for us all to use.

She signed her note: "Have great week and nice Easter days."

Congratulations, Ingrid!
I have a little something coming in the mail for you to commemorate the day.

Many thanks to the talented tanglers who sent in their tiles for the rest of us to enjoy and emulate.

A special note of thanks to Linda Farmer and Cheri Hartwick for String 047
and the creative minds behind the tangles used this week:

Cadent
Crescent Moon and
Chillon - official Zentangle® patterns
Cayke by Rose Brown

Stop back tomorrow for "It's a String Thing" #36!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Goose That Laid the Tangled Egg

The goose that laid these tangled eggs must have been quite eggs-traordinary -

Artwork and photograph by Juul Gendreau

Artwork and photograph by Juul Gendreau

Artwork and photograph by Juul Gendreau
Aren't they gorgeous?

They really are goose eggs and they were beautifully decorated by self-taught tangler, Juul Gendreau of France.

Juul sent these lovely photos along with her note:

Bonjour Adèle
I'm sending you some photo's of my "tangletree" . Seeing your lovely eggs, I thought of my goose-eggs that I tangled on many years ago!
Well that was long time before tangling was inveted actually.
At the time I used a rotring pen and ink...
I wish you a very nice easter time.
Amicalement
juul

Like so many of us, Juul must have loved patterns and line drawing for a long time before Zentangle® provided a method for her to further explore it.

More of Juul's lovely work is posted on the last four "It's a String Thing" challenges.  Click on the numbers to view:
#31, #32, #33, #34.

Many thanks to you, Juul,  for sharing your eggs-traordinary tangled eggs!  

Joyeuses Pâques


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Layers of Crescent Moon

My little bunny is holding one more egg today -

ZIA Egg   Adele Bruno, CZT

- with  layers and layers of Crescent Moon.    



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eggs-tra, Eggs-tra!

News of the day - still getting ready for Easter and still tangling papier mache eggs...

Here are two more to help make for a wonderful Wednesday ~

The first one I call my white chocolate Cruffle egg (wink).
ZIA Egg   Adele Bruno, CZT

And since we are using this tangle in "It's a String Thing" #35, the second egg features a simple and sweet Cadent -
ZIA Egg     Adele Bruno, CZT
Have a hoppy day :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #35

Good Morning!  It's your good news day - Tuesday.

We begin with String 047 by Cheri Hartwick, pictured here with kind permission from Linda Farmer at TanglePatterns.

Copyrighted image used with permission - TanglePatterns.com
For those of us celebrating Easter next week, this string can be easily manipulated into egg shapes - think of the possibilities!
Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions, so you can 'go with the flow' of your tangles and let them take you where they lead.

In honor of Cheri, we will use tangle patterns that begin with the letter 'C'.
They include:

Cadent
Crescent Moon and
Chillon  - official Zentangle® patterns
Cayke by Rose Brown

Use as few or as many of these tangles as you wish.
There are so many variations of these patterns published on TanglePatterns alone.  I also wrote a post about Crescent Moon - click here to view.

Simply pencil in your 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 patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* 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 are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays.
 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.

PLEASE NOTE: I will add a link to your blog or web site with your tile photo, upon request. The site specific URL must accompany your request.

I look forward to your emails.
HAVE FUN!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #34 TIles

Happy Monday!

"It's a String Thing" #34 featured a curvy string line and some tangles that everyone loved.  Let's take a look~

Angela Carstensen said that she was a "bit stressed" and thought she had no time to tangle.  That is until she decided that "a bit of zen" was just what she needed.  She said, "This time I really felt the flow, even though the result may not be spectacular.
Thank you very much for letting me have such a lovely breather. And an opportunity to practice sparkle a bit ;)"
It is spectacular and the "flow" is very evident looking at her tile.  It's even more wonderful to view knowing that it gave Angela the time to de-stress.

Colette Horsburgh used the string line and tangles she chose for her tile.  It has such a nice balance.  She also posted it here on her blog.


Sherrill Herron said that this is the second time she used this particular string - 
She added, "I really enjoy using these patterns. Once I started I could not stop until I completed it." Again, the flow of the tangles is evident in her lovely work.

Charlotte Carpentier said that she is happy to report that she and her white pen are "getting along much better."

She added:
I tried some different shading with this, using dark grey and light grey along with white. I use the General's Pastel Chalk pencils, and I love how they blend on official Zentangle tiles. And when that didn't quite pop enough, I may or may not have gotten carried away with my glitter pen...again...
A sense of humor is a bonus when tangling - and in all of life :)  Charlotte's comment about her white pen ring true with many of us and her practice shows!


Jenna Wheatman returned this week after recovering from a training injury.  She said that she is slowly getting back to normal and is tangling again.  That is good news for her and for us!

She "loved the look of this week's string and tangles" and when she started, she "couldn't stop drawing."

Ever the masterful tangleation maker, she "used Sandswirl and Sanibelle to make a variation of Shattuck" -

Here she used "a variation of Snag to start off Sandswirl" -
Has your jaw dropped too?  These are stunning.

Dorothy Allison took a bold step this week.  She wrote, "I usually love doing black and white, so stepped out of my comfort zone to make this pop!"
And pop it does - in color and in her placement and choice of tangles.

Lily Moon made her string line appear three dimensional - 
She neatly wove her tangles in each of the sections and added incredible shading.  She also posted her tile
here on her blog.


Joyce Evans sent along this crisp tile - 
Note how she shaded along the string line and left white space around her tangles.  What a fabulous effect.  As with many of the tanglers this week, she added nice line work to Sanibelle giving the pattern a feeling of movement.  The darkened single Snag is very pretty.


Ragged Ray  (aka the creator of Snag!) wrote:
My humble Snag is in good company this week. I adore Shattuck and have done since I first learned it - it's one that works beautifully large or really eye-wateringly small. Sanibelle and Sand Swirl were both new to me - but are both wonderful. Sanibelle works well when kept small and even or more loosely. Sand Swirl also has the potential to fill and area or just work as one or two coils joining areas - although keeping those lines parallel is a challenge. I know I'll use both tangles often from here.
I couldn't resist doing two tiles this week and hoped to just pick one to send to you, but couldn't decide which, so I'll let you take your pick! There's another of my Faberge eggs on the first, and a rather strange creature lurking in the second! And those black pearls were begging to be scattered liberally through both.


 Her work is all that she writes about it - and more.  Her tiles have a dainty, airy look and the black pearls she mentioned "scattered liberally" add just a touch of weight.  I pick BOTH :)



Claudia (Beewatch) said she had fun with this but was "not so pleased" with her tile - and then added, "but it was fun to tangle."
There is so much here to be pleased with - especially her layering and shading.  Of particular note is the single Snag.  It is angled and the added lines give it even more depth.

Cheryl Rotnem also said that she "enjoyed this challenge a lot."  


She used the various tangles in the loops of the string line and alternated light and dark spaces of Snag - very, very nice touches.


Peggy Kohrmann said of this tile -
The string was colored with brown and then Snag in the background. Shattuck just had to have the curls. Love the triangle shapes with Sand Swirls.
A very fun and quite surprising result on both of the tiles.
Of her second she wrote -
I began with Sand Swirl and the shading is so important to make it three dimensional. I was having difficulty with Sanibelle not looking like shells so made only the little triangle a part of it. I enjoyed the changes of the two variations of Snag and making the edges of the central figure from all edges of the outer snags.
Peggy's comments add even more interest to her work after getting a glimpse of her process as she tangled.  Snag does look exceptionally nice the way she used it in the center of an area and then as a border in the surrounding areas.  Both of these are just fabulous.

Kylie Vitnell said this was another fun challenge.  She added, "I'm loving having a goal to aim for when I'm tangling. Feels more meaningful."
She beautifully tucked and curved and blended her tangles together.
She also posted her tile here on her blog.

Brenda Urbanik wrote to say, "I enjoyed the organic feel of this one, my tile is quite light and airy, it makes a change from all the heavy 'black' ink."

She also said that she was relaxing at the beach.  Her inspiration shows.  It is a light and lovely composition!
Note the perfs she added to Shattuck.

Catherine Wells wrote:
I had several attempts at this one and this was the only one I was satisfied with.I did enjoy learning Snag but found it difficult to incorporate with the other tangles...so it will be interesting to see how everyone else met the challenge.Snag also seemed to takeover my other attempts to the exclusion of the other tangles!

That is quite a thought - that one tangle could "takeover" her other attempts.  And further proof that patterns do assume a life of their own as we tangle - as they should.  It adds to the "zen" feeling as you give into the unexpected and are pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
Catherine added lovely details to her tangles especially the delicate dots.

Annemarie is back this week -
 and with so many curves and swirls and pretty shading.  Snag has a marvelous medieval feel to it.
She also posted her tile here on her blog.

Juul writes, "Bonjour Adèle."
She did not know which tile to choose and so sent both - 

Juul varied the size of her tangles for a really wonderful effect.  Her light and dark compliments are lovely too.
She closed her note with -
"Je vous souhaite tous une excellente semaine."  Thank you, we will :)

Cathy Cusson said:
Several months ago when I first discovered sanibelle, I fell in love with it and over used it on everything! Then it sort got lost the way some tangles do when you "meet" new ones. Thanks for bringing my old favorite back to mind. I love this tangle. I also love sand swirl - it reminds me of verve which I am crazy about.
Cathy added wonderful shading to the tangles she loves too.

A very warm welcome to Jane Glotzer!  
This is her first Zentangle submission.  She is mainly a mosaic artist and works mostly with reclaimed materials.  She discovered Zentangle "year or so ago and has been hooked ever since."
She wrote:
I used Sanibelle, Sand Swirl and Shattuck. Was thinking I'd work in some Snag in those triangular spaces, but ended up really liking keeping them white and empty. I have a tendency to use a lot of black, filling in any and all white space, so this was a new approach for me.
The white spaces do compliment the black so well.  The darkened background of Sanibelle is really striking - a great idea.

Jane said, "Thanks for the weekly motivation and also to the amazing, overwhelmingly generous Zentangle community--I'm so very glad I found all of you!"
To visit her website and view her beautiful mosaic work, click here.



Sue Green submitted this wonderful tile -
She created that star effect with Snag as others have, but notice the way she used it in the center as well.  That is pretty!  She wrote, "There are so many ways to adapt Snag. I look forward to using it more."

Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow called this piece Butterfly in the Sky -
She wrote:
The moon was made using Sand Swirl
The butterfly's wings were made using Sanibelle
The butterfly's center body was made using Shattuck
The stars were made using Snag 
The interesting learning experience I encountered this week is that the butterfly and the moon started out being the same color tone. ( I used the same color pencils on both). I had read that you can use a white colored pencil to blend colors nicely together. So I did just that, I colored on top of the entire moon, and it changed the mood and color tone of the moon greatly. It gave the moon a very muted look. I don't like or dislike the results, but I thought it might help someone in the future.
That is very interesting and so good of her to pass along.

Cheryl's finished piece glows, especially against the backdrop of that deep, deep blue. Each tangle has its own collection of glowing golden balls.

Ingrid Coventon emailed:
O I loved this weeks tangle patterns. They all were my favorites except for snag which I have not drawn before, but has also become a favorite tangle now.
Ingrid's tangles catch your eye and move up and outward effortlessly.  Shattuck explodes into Sanibelle.  She achieved wonderful depth with shading too - just lovely.

Chrissie Murphy said that she was "absolutely challenged this week!!
"The tangle choices were interesting and I struggled to achieve harmony in my tile. The end result is one I'm happy with and it's proof that the 11 steps of zentangling need to take place to allow the tile to flow.
Another great challenge, keep them coming!"
Now that is the spirit!  Take on the challenge and conquer it - and she did in royal fashion.
LonettA sent this note with her tile -
Here is my tile for this weekly challenge! It was a wonderful challenge with a wonderful string and wonderful tangles.
Great flow and relaxation during tangling this time!
For me Sanibelle was the only new tangle and I love it

This is a very happy tile - so many graceful curves and bends, just a touch of darkened lines, and very pretty shading.

Judy Wanner's comment is sure to bring smiles as she wrote:  "YEE IKES, stars, a bell.....all I can say is I have never been early for Christmas!"
Now that is a happy comment.  Judy said while she is learning, her challenges are leaving pencil lines and reaching a balance with white space - things all of us can relate to.
Her tile has a really lovely lightness about it.  Judy added, "I am having fun!  Loads of fun!"


Sue Agnew described her experience:
Here's the next one. I enjoyed Snag and look forward to "getting to know it better." I'm looking forward to seeing what others do with Sand Swirl because I haven't quite figured it out. They end up kind of interweaving, which maybe is the point? Anyway, after practicing, I opted for "less is more" and went with Sanibelle (wow it's hard to do parallel lines that lengthy without wobbling!) and Snag (Shattuck is another one I really like what others do but haven't figured it out for myself).
What a wonderful take on this challenge - it has great impact, packs "quite a punch"!


Deanna Spence is back!  She said that she really liked these "swirly, curvy tangles!"
And she tangled them to move and churn.  A wonderful detail is the shadow under the dark lines of Shattuck.


Sharyn Penna said:
 I really liked the tangles combination this week...so many options. And the string just told me to use Aquafleur. I've been playing with Shattuck infused with Mooka and included two varieties. In the end, I think the tile looks sort of Easter-like. Thanks for another fun string thing week! 
Shattuck infused with Mooka - that is brilliant.  This takes some time to savor as there are many, many interesting details!

Val Brandon described her process:
I have only used Shattuck before so it is lovely to try new tangles.
I tried them out and then filled in the string very quickly and thought it was rather scrappy.
The next morning I thought it looked OK so last night I finished it off and I am quite pleased with it now.

Quite pleased, for sure.  Val strikes a beautiful balance between her light and heavy dark spaces here.

Sue Jacobs said it well when she wrote, "Back to Basics. Respecting the string but not worrying about 'staying in the lines'." 
She added, "Sand swirl was fun as I tried to 'weave' the shapes together."
So much loveliness in a small space!  At the top of her tile, with the tangles Shattuck and Sanibelle, note how Sue stopped short of connecting some of the down strokes - what a neat effect!


A very warm welcome to brand new tangler Melissa Lemmons!  She wrote:
I just learned about Zentangle less than a week ago and have been having a lot of fun with it. I'm loving trying out the challenges that I'm finding because it makes me try out lots of different tangles.

Less than a week ago! Melissa used a variety of tangles, swirled the lines of Shattuck, and even added some shading- very impressive.  


A N D now, the tile selected for honors this week was created by
Melanie R!



Melanie's lines are clear and crisp and they glow on the black tile.  Her tangles have the look of lace, so very delicate.  The white charcoal shading highlights and softens.  It is simply beautiful.

Melanie said that she called this "At the Park" and she also posted it here on her blog where she goes by BlackScorpio.

This is the very first time Melanie sent in a tile for "It's a String Thing".  It is also the first time a white on black tile has been honored - even more cause to celebrate!

Congratulations, Melanie!
I have a little something coming in the mail for you to commemorate the day.

Many thanks to the talented tanglers who sent in their tiles for the rest of us to enjoy and emulate.

A special note of thanks to Linda Farmer and Sue Zanker for String 029
and the creative minds behind the tangles used this week:

Sand Swirl by Karry Heun
Sanibelle by CZT Tricia Faraone
Snag by Jem Miller
Shattuck an official Zentangle® pattern

Stop back tomorrow for "It's a String Thing" #35!