Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

ZIA by my nephew Aaron Anater

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.    ~ William Blake










Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #99

It's Tuesday, your good news day, and the last double digit challenge :)

I am working on some wonderful treats for next week - "It's a String Thing" #100 - including a new string, a new tangle, and a new product - a frame that I have developed specifically designed to display Zentangle® tiles.

In addition, one lucky "It's a String Thing" entrant will win a fabulous give-a-way, the first ever on my blog.  I am so excited!

Get ready, get geared up, schedule some time for yourself, and tune in next Tuesday for all of the delightful details.

Lest we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's dig into this week's fun.

We begin with TanglePatterns String 099 by CZT Jane Dickson ~


Copyrighted image used with permission from TanglePatterns.com


It reminded me of the letter 'T' so we will use three tangles that begin with a 'T'.  They include:

Tearce by Pan Pincha-Wagener
Tracery by Dianne Krumnow, CZT
and
Tripoli by Maria Thomas


Step outs for the patterns can be found by clicking their names above, and by visiting TanglePatterns.

Use as many or as few as you'd like.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

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: 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!






























Monday, June 29, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #98 Tiles


This week we explored some very summery tangles and tucked them into a curvy looped string.  My newest tangle Mel Mel was included and what a treat it has been to see one beautiful tile after another come through.
Let's take a look ~


The first tile arrived from Sarah Antoinette (Michigan) ~
I really just became so enamored with the tangle Mel Mel, I felt 'she' didn't need to share the stage with any other tangle besides Whiffles. My version of Mel Mel is quite rough at this point but fits my love of all things horticulture by being so ambiguous in what she can or could be.
She's a plant I would want in my garden to have wander about and self seed amongst the other flowers and weave herself between all the other garden flowers. Thanks for the tangle!
[my blog]
Tangled Tidbits -
*a purple garden of Mel Mel
*the tangles 'grow' out of the border line


From Juul (France) ~
Your "mel mel" looked so much like big tangle-fun that I threw myself on it immediately!!!
I really love it a lot and I could find another 100 variations .....
Congratulations to this new "baby"

Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous Mel Mel variations - and I would love to see the other 100!
*string lines of Cruffle and Curl
*note the amazing effect line thickness gives to Cruffle

From Jessie Plouffe ~
... Here is a rather simple tile featuring all three Tangles (and the string is somewhere in there too!) I'm loving the Mel Mel.

Tangled Tidbits -
*note the single loops of Mel Mel
*one large Cruffle along with a cluster of them
*detailed variation of Mel Mel


From Beth Broadway ~
Here is my submission for #99. Need to practice your Mel Mel more..seems to want 5 petals not 6. First time using all 3 patterns.
Tangled Tidbits -
*it does work well with five loops
*string line of shaded Cruffle
*pretty Curl


From CZT Kath G (New Jersey) ~
I haven't submitted anything since April, so I thought it was about time I did.
I really liked Cruffle, Curl was okay, but Mel Mel really got away from me. It morphed into something unknown. Something seemed to be missing, and then I remembered the sage advice I gleaned from the workshops, "When in doubt, aura." So I did.
Tangled Tidbits -
*star-like Mel Mel
*string of Cruffle
*lovely aura


From Lynne Harvey (California) ~
These challenges are great as they are helping me learn new patterns! This week I like them all! Cruffle has the opportunity for many variations (I used two). I found Curl to be quick, easy, and fills in nicely. Mel Mel is awesome! For me, I still need a little practice, but know I will use it again. I made it large, but think it would look good smaller too. It has a lot of embellishing possibilities, several that I incorporated. This one was fun and I look forward to seeing the others!
My blog link
Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautifully shaded Mel Mel
*Curl repeats in Mel Mel
*loops of Cruffle

From Catherine Wells (England) ~
Having had a bit of a break from Tangles I suddenly started to tangle again last week and can't stop now! I remembered having joined in with some of the previous Its a string thing challenges so thought I had would have a go at the latest one.
I really enjoyed this challenge as I do like tangles that are more botanical and organic rather than the jazzy geometric types.I sat yesterday afternoon tangling away looking out into my garden and ,as it was actually quite warm and balmy for a change,smelling the lovely perfume of the roses, mock orange and honeysuckle.This is the result.I used all of the suggested tangles and added a bit of Knightsbridge and some perfs......the string is in there somewhere.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Catherine's description of her tangling time sounds so relaxing
*fabulous variation of Mel Mel with Knightsbridge and perfs
*curly coils


From Sandra (Germany) ~
thanks for a wonderful challenge :-) I decided to turn the string upside-down for tangling and I loved the patterns this week.
My result is a bit busy in my eyes, but I had fun to tangle it :-)
In my blog 
Tangled Tidbits -
*cluster of Cruffle is light and airy
*highlights for Mel Mel
*Raindotty accents


From Kai (England) ~
I really enjoyed this week. Your tangle pattern flows from the pen so easily I ended up using it in three areas of the string. I expect I shall use it a lot in the future, whereas Curl I struggled with. I put most of my thoughts about this challenge in a post on my blog , so here is my tile for this week.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*pretty stems of Mel Mel
*variation in sizes of Cruffle
*nice pop of black space for Cruffle


From Cathy Cusson ~
After playing a while with these 3 tangles, I really found myself enjoying them. I am not sure that curls looks exactly like it should or any of them for that matter, lol! But it was a challenging bit of fun. Odd, how these 3 seemingly simple tangles can give me the most fits?! Believe it or not, the string is there . . . just really lost.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*perfect description of a string - "lost"
*creative touch to blend Cruffle and Mel Mel and Curl
*pretty shading


From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) ~
Lovely pattern, Mel Mel! I tried to combine it with Cruffle and Curl in String 90. Nice way to get to know three new patterns.
I put the tile on my blog as well

Tangled Tidbits - 
*each section of the string is treated individually - from light to shaded to black
*lovely variations of Mel Mel
*Cruffle border and triangle


From Beth Gaughan ~
Here's this week's challenge. Thanks for the fun!

Tangled Tidbits -
*Cruffle pushes passed the string line loop and gives a scalloped edge
*Mel Mel with aura and wonderful details
*pleasing mix of patterns


Audrie Weisenfelder (Arizona) said she completed her tile while on a visit "back home" and "it turned out to be kind of fun...It's on my blog "

Tangled Tidbits -
*marvelous minimal use of the tangles
*great white space
*varied line width


From Ingrid Coventon (The Netherlands) ~
It was such pleasure to draw your new tangle Mel Mel.
When I tried to incorporate the small upper loop in Mel Mel, I made a mistake and forgot to create an inner space. To make the loops of Mel Mel a little more balanced I shall have to practice a bit more. To honour your new tangle and summertime I made a colourful tile this time.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*no mistake - a creative opportunity with wonderful results!
*outstanding variations of Mel Mel - details galore
*concentration of Cruffle with a few 'floating off'
*Curl spins into three Mel Mel

From Karin (Germany) ~
this week I needed two attempts to be satisfied… I think the first tile got a bit too dark. The second one is more lightly. I hope you receive many nice tiles containing variations of your new pattern.
Greetings from Germany


Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful contrast from the first to the second tile
*light and airy Mel Mel
*various sizes of Cruffle push past the string loop and shine with black behind them


From Becky Gentry (Florida) ~
So happy to get back to tangling!
As I was learning the tangles this week I was thinking that Cruffle was not going to be a favorite to draw. But I decided to focus on the chaos factor and found that I enjoyed the freedom of just putting them along the string wherever I wanted. And I love the whimsy of Curl and your Mel Mel and they work perfectly together. Overall a fun whimsical tile. Thank you for providing these challenges each week and forWednesday's Words of Wisdom, I look forward to seeing your beautiful and inspirational work!
   
Tangled Tidbits ~
*superb shading
*details for Mel Mel - tipple, lines, aura
*Curl-filled spaces

From Alexandra Henrich (Germany) ~
here comes my entry for this week's challenge - it turned out somewhat girlishly pink I have to admit... ;-)
Can't wait to see what all the other tanglers made of all those lovely flowers and tendrils!

Tangled Tidbits -
*a very pretty pink touch
*Mel Mel 'grows' from Curl
*simple and sweet line of Cruffle

From Michele Wynne (California) ~
Here's #98. I loved this challenge because it was both fun and frustrating. The best challenges are. I had a heck of a time getting Mel Mel to cooperate. It looked so simple, yet...story of my tangling life:-) I just had to give into the organic turn it wanted to take and I'm happy with the way this turned out. It's also here on my blog.Thank you for all that you do!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*line thickness and shading add great interest - love the bit of border as well
*Cruffle-d Mel Mel
*Cruffle tucked into Curl


From Ann K (Denmark) ~
Popping by your site for the mail and I just realized that I missed a line in the string when I drew it!
But I guess it doesn't really matter as I did not follow it much this time.
As you can see I'm in a spring kinda mood - it's all flowers here. And a cruffle-curl butterfly wanted in too.
Thanks for the challenge!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*elongated Cruffle topped Mel Mel
*super sparkle and shading
*Curl vines tipped with Cruffle
*sweet Cruffle butterfly


From Becky Welty ~
This weeks challenge was fun. I really enjoyed the flow of the string. It worked well for the stems of Mel Mel. I tried to shade the string so you could tell where it was. Thank you so much for each weeks challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful idea to use Mel Mel along the string line - and shading makes it very eye catching
*four corners of large Cruffle
*alternating dark and sparkled perfs with Cruffle


From Sally Sheldon ~
This was a challenge! I did not expect to use cruffle as a grid but it was the only way I could use mel mel and curl with it. I was surprised at what happened!



Tangled Tidbits -
* a very fun result!
*great dark spaces in the centers of Cruffle and Mel Mel
*smaller dangling Cruffles


A very warm welcome to Linda Goncalves ~
All of these were new to me. It felt that it would be too "busy" for
my taste, so I made MelMel bigger. I am not quite satisfied with the
light to dark balance. ( I would probably make
some bits darker next time) 
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Cruffle-d Mel Mel
*circles for Curl
*lovely darkened stems of Mel Mel

From Sue Agnew (Arizona) ~
I really enjoyed the chance to mess around with Mel Mel. Actually, to be honest, I didn't get around to doing last week's string because I was messing around with Mel Mel. I'm still not "best friends" with the area between the "petals" ... haven't quite decided how I like to do that part. I found it easier to draw small, spaced "petals" and then aura them to make the "flower," so that meant I went over the joining line a couple of times. When I added a "leaf" it reminded me so much of Curl that I used it in that way. Cruffle is one of my favorites. I've never used it to fill an area (always use it like beads in a string), so I spent a lot of energy debating whether the "yin/yang" line should be parallel from one circle to the next or random. I finally decided to make it parallel until the circles started rolling away from the clump.
Thank you ... for Tickled to Tangle and especially this week for Mel Mel!


Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulously sparkled Mel Mel
*wonderful study of Cruffle and its yin/yang orientation - both are fabulous
*morphing of Curl and Mel Mel

Sue followed up her email with another note and this photo ~
This is one of my Christmas candles (battery operated) that I haven't put away because I like the way they look on the hearth ... anyway, my boyfriend and I were sitting listening to music this evening and watching them flicker and I suddenly realized the pattern is Curl.
How fun!


From K Bish ~
Enclosed please find my newest Tangle "Fairy Garden". This was a very fun tangle you can kinda guess that I had fun by my flowers. Took my inner child all of about 3 seconds and color was on board. CURL I had found not long ago and it became one of my instant favorites. Cruffle is always fun. And as for MEL MEL, what a fun tangle - it did take me a moment to get the hang of it but when I did, I just had a blast!

Tangled Tidbits -
*contagious enthusiasm!
*colorful 'garden' of Mel Mel
*lovely lines for Cruffle

From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) ~
Congratulations on your upcoming centenary - a fantastic achievement.
I have had fun working on the challenges but somehow never to manage to send them. I can't seem to get my head around the time difference and always end up late. I enjoyed this challenge but it always wanted to be on black paper. It gives a very different feel to those on white paper and I just went with the flow.
Of course, in this part of the world (Australia) it is winter, so flowers and summer fun are just a memory for now!
Thanks for all you do.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*simple and elegant lines for the tangles
*dainty dots for Mel Mel
*large aura-ed spaces


From Susan Theron (South Africa) ~
My contribution. I like all the tangles and had a fun time doing this. I will just have to practice MelMel more. On my blog


Tangled Tidbits -
*Mel Mel cluster springs from Curl
*loops of large Cruffle
*wonderful shading


From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
I just love your new tangle, but I think I need more play time before I'm satisfied. Since my week got away from me, I just jumped in and drew without asking myself ... do I make my loops right to left or left to right ... do I draw the pattern right side up or upside down ... Where's my comfort zone? I'll be playing with this tangle a lot this summer! Hope Mel Mel makes a return to your prompts! 

Tangled Tidbits ~
*Cruffle clusters bubble up from the tile
*Cruffle aura-ed on one side gives an airy touch
*light and lovely Curl and Mel Mel



From Joanne Hawes (United Kingdom) ~
Love your new tangle Mel Mel :) it's very pretty filled the inside of mine with tipple to hide the 'non' circle bit in the middle they may take a bit more practise. But I nearly ran out of time on this one, so rushed it quickly. Hope it gets to you in the time limit?. Curl is fun too I think that shall get use again :). Also on my blog

Tangled Tidbits -
*tipple in Mel Mel - so pretty
*pretty bunches of Mel Mel wonderfully shaded
*variations of Cruffle - in size and detail


From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) ~
...thank you for the lovely Mel Mel. I tangled away using your original method as the focus of my tile. Then I decided on embellishing the rest and came up with the cruffled Mel Mel. This worked very well.
Also one I call “ let’s go to town” Mel Mel. The result was lacy and delicate so I left it black and white to emphasize the artistic impact of your lovely new zentangle pattern. Further I think Curl is ideal for all the curly foliage, but I added some original Curl to the two lower corners right at the end of my effort. This was a wonderful challenge. My Blog

Tangled Tidbits -
*brilliant variations of Mel Mel - tipple, sparkle, curls, perfs, shading...
*Curl corners
*soft shading



And now...the tile for honors this week was sent in by
Marla Mendenhall 
Marla's witty note made me laugh and her tiles were just fabulous.  From Marla ~
Once again - or should I say twice again, given this is my second string challenge - your inspired combinations of patterns and string design were gray-matter boggling.
My first tangle tangos turned out a bit more like a Dancing With The Stars performance of Gregory Hines and Charo - both wearing toe shoes - contorting to a salsa rendition ofOver The Rainbow. Not a pretty sight. (BTW Ruined tiles make great Frisbees for cats, apparently.) But my pens would not be stilled, and I soon had one tile which conformed precisely to the string, one which morphed of its own volition (from the "wallpaper" pattern I used on the first), and one which I'm certain was channeled from a tangler on Alpha Centauri.
This is all too fun. Thank you giving me something more to look forward to than Seinfeld reruns. (Sad, isn't it?)
*Curls, Cruffle, and Mel Mel beautifully combined
*dark border of Mel Mel tips
*baubles of Cruffle
*rounded intersections of Curls

Tangled Tidbits - 
*sensational shading
*Cruffle-d string line appears to rest on top of the Curl and Mel Mel background



Congratulations, Marla!

I have a little some thing coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles we used this week ~

TanglePatterns string 090 by Carol Koesters
Cruffle by CZT Sandy Hunter
Curl by Lu-Marie Laker

Lastly, my heartfelt thanks for the compliments on my newest pattern,  Mel Mel


Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #99!


















Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

There is beauty in simplicity.

Adele Bruno, CZT



On occasion, when I want a very relaxing time tangling, I choose a pre-strung Zendala tile from Zentangle®.  I aura each section of the string line in a different direction and then shade.  

It takes very little time and is extremely rewarding.  As the saying goes, it is very simply beautiful - the experience and the result.  Do give it a try.






Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #98

It is Tuesday, your good news day and this week we (many of us) find ourselves in the first week of summer.

We begin with TanglePatterns string 090 by Carol Koesters ~

Copyrighted image used with permission by TanglePatterns.com


In honor of Carol, we will use two patterns that begin with the letter "C" -

Cruffle by CZT Sandy Hunter
Curl by Lu-Marie Laker
and
with flowers and summer fun in mind, let's explore my new pattern Mel Mel  
It is always such a treat to see what other artists create with a new idea - I can't wait to hear from you:)

Step outs for the patterns can be found by clicking their names above, and by visiting TanglePatterns.

Use as many or as few as you'd like.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away!  Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

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: 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!


Monday, June 22, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #97 Tiles

Happy second day of Summer and happy "one day after Father's Day" as well.  This week we used a string line that suggested the word DAD and tangles that began with the letters D and A along with Maria Thomas' Umble.  Let's take at look ~

Please note that the pattern names will be abbreviated as such:
Double D's - DD
All About V's - Vs
Diamonds and Squares - DS

The first tile is mine - a Father's Day gift for my dad.  He is a faith filled and loving father to my six brothers, myself, and our families: twenty-two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren to date. He would add that it would not be possible without my mother and they celebrate their sixtieth anniversary this year.  A remarkable life and a remarkable man...

Tangled Tidbits -
*string line of DD
*Vs poking out from two corners
*lined variation of DS

From Sarah Antoinette ~
Here is my entry. I was a bit shy about such what seemed to be a difficult string but once I had sketched my tangles it all melded together and I'm quite pleased that I did it! Great tangles this week! [my blog]
Tangled Tidbits -
*very organic look to the tangles
*creative variation of Vs
*good use of shading to color in the patterns


A very warm welcome to Jai aka The Yorkshire Tortoise ~
This is my entry for this week's Challenge. Very clever of you to make the string look vaguely like the word DAD although when I had finished I preferred it upside down. Mine looks almost as if a zip is being undone and revealing the Umble. I have managed to do all four tangles this week and the diamonds and squares I did in two different variations.
 find it here [on my blog]

Tangled Tidbits -
*two lovely variations of SD
*rows of a doubled DD that merge into single ones
*multiple layers of Umble

From Carmela ~
I liked the string and the chosen patterns.
Also the new pattern Umble is very beautiful.
Thanks. my blog 

Tangled Tidbits -
*dark, sparkled loops of Vs
*aura-ed DD
*lovely layers of Umble


From Annie Taylor ~
I really enjoyed this week's string thing challenge - and I have since made the tile into a card for my dad for Father's Day.
There were some new tangles for me and I liked the intricacy - if rather busy - of my finished tile. I expected to make more of Double D, which I thought had so much potential, but I didn't have space. I will definitely be using that one again.
Great combination and lovely string.


Tangled Tidbits -
*beautifully intricate tangles
*four finishes for Umble
*super sparkle and shading


From Cathy Cusson ~
I love this string! It was so much fun to play on! I used umble, diamonds and squares, and double d's. Lots of fun this week!


Tangled Tidbits -
*DAD is beautifully clear
*single rows of DD along the string lines
*lace-like look to Umble

From Juul with "Gros bisous" ~
...I really like "umble" very much and will use it more often for sure.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*dark and doubled DD
*aura-ed Vs
*thick dark lines of Umble


From Sally Sheldon ~
This week's challenge was fun! I wanted to keep a sense of the DAD so with the patterns which were new to me and lots of shading I think I did this. It gave me a good chance to practice shading and I like how the A turned out. Thank you so much for each week's challenge. 


Tangled Tidbits - 
*DD string lines
*dark sparkled loops of DD
*wonderful shading


From Beverly Gotthardt ~
I managed to get all 4 tangles on my tile. I had not attempted these tangles before but I quite liked the result that came out of my pen.
Thanks for the great String.
Link to my blog 

Tangled Tidbits -
*delightful rows of DD
*marvelous maze of Umble
*curly Vs

From Deb Jacob ~
... String Thing#97 - pretty close to 100! Loved these mostly new to me tangles. Double D is so versatile - I think I'll be using it a lot. Umble is lovely as well. I didn't think I would like the Squares and Diamonds pattern - I'm more a fan of curvy and round lines, but it is wonderful as well. Congrats on Mel Mel. Love it - I'm also a big fan of nature tangles and do so love flowers. Here's my rise to your challenge. I used a larger tile for this one. The challenge to me was leaving some white spaces. I seem to want to fill every inch of space on the tile...

Tangled Tidbits -
*DD string line
*light and dark variations of Umble
*vanishing point of SD

From Ingrid Coventon ~
Congratulations with your newest and very lovable tangle pattern Mel Mel. It is a lovely one with all it's variations. I will use it a lot because I love organic tangles.
Enclosed my tile for challenge # 97.
I left some lines out of the string and intended to use all suggested tangle patterns but somehow it ended like this. I am ok with that. The patterns I used were new to me. Umble is interesting to draw and see how it ends up in a tile.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*the tangles defined themselves!
*aura for DS
*highways of Umble



From Lynne Harvey ~
Thanks for the welcome last week - my first submission.
This one WAS a challenge - not sure about it yet ... Maybe it was the colors I chose, or the fact that I tried to emphasize the "string" with pattern, or the number of spaces the string created ... but it feels too linear to me - not the soft flow that I usually get ... I started it over three times. I wanted a masculine look - even though two of the patterns were very scrollie (is that a word?), so I chose tan paper, and black and brown Micropens. I decided to emphasize the string line. I took some liberties with the enhancements and made up a few of my own variations. Then it looked dark, so I decided to give it a "glow" with white charcoal pencil ... maybe a little out there ... The colors photographed well I think. I did enjoy trying out these patterns. My blog


Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful glow created with white highlights
*lace-like Vs
*light look of DS

From Jane Glotzer ~
...Sweet new pattern for your daughter-in-law to be...hope to try it out soon!
Fun string for the dads for #97...Had just learned Umble, so I jumped in with that...love it, so I kept at it for a while--:) tried a teensy variation or two...was headed for a monotangle once again, but threw in a touch of the Double Ds in the corners at the end.
Wishes for a great father's day to all the great dads out there!!

Tangled Tidbits -
*shading defines the string areas
*in the middle string space, two variations of Umble with the same details lines
*just a touch of DD


From Portia Hyde ~
It turned into the traditional “Father’s Day Tie” when I wasn’t looking!
I think my hubby might have one with that design!


Tangled Tidbits -
*I have seen that tie before myself :) - great image!
*DD and Vs in Umble
*dark and dotted border for Vs - and inside Umble, oh my!


From Joanne Hawes ~
Dad string took me until I started drawing out the string to realise what it was! Lol my brain isn't working tonight! So here I am back ( since I forgot to do last weeks!) learning 4 new tangles and I like umble though mine needs some practice before I start trying to put it in a non square hole! Double ds are a nice border pattern with so many different ways to do them. :). 100 is getting closer :) :) so excited to see what special thing you end up doing for it!?

Tangled Tidbits -
*vibrant Vs
*string lines of DD
*super shading

From Sidney Kapinos ~
It's fun to mark Father's Day with a challenge tangle!
My entry is attached [and on] my blogLooking forward to seeing the results.


Tangled Tidbits -
*DD along the string line and as a filler
*delicate rows of Vs
*Umble weaves through two string sections

From Sharyn Penna ~
I am sooo looking forward to trying my hand at your new tangle ... Hope it will be in the next prompt!
This week's prompt had an awesome string! I've seen but never used any of the tangles. I got carried away with Double Ds and found it makes a pretty neat grid. All About Vs filled the Ds in half circles. I'll have to work with Diamond and Squares another time.
Happy Father's day and first day of summer celebrations!


Tangled Tidbits -
*Mooka curls of DD in a DS grid - very creative
*Vs in varied directions!
*Tipple and great shading

From Becky Welty ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*DAD sweetly spelled out with tangles
*eye-catching alternating DD
*orbs for Umble

A very warm welcome to Marla Mendenhall ~
Newbie, I, one month into the exploration of the mystery and magic which is Zentangle, I came across your site yesterday and delighted in your string challenges. What beauty. What talent. What imagination. Mightn't I give it a try?
Perhaps not. The string was daunting - yipes - but more, three of four patterns were new to me, and I hadn't tried the fourth. Sigh - then ... What did I have to lose, other than several ruined tiles and a few handfuls of hair? Gung ho.
My first attempt was chaotic and forced, but when I awoke this morning I muzzled my left-brain critic and allowed my enthusiastic child out to play. I think the result is très fun and a bit Art Nouveau-ish. The second one was just a lark.
My beloved father has passed, but I'm sure he'd be pleased I'm making use of tuition he paid for art school four decades ago.
Thank you for being such a gracious hostess for this beguiling and liberating craft. Quoth the Arnold, I'll be back.


Tangled Tidbits -
*such lovely tiles to accompany even lovelier prose (if that were possible!)
*DD small and large
*Vs cleverly tangled into and A


From Susan Theron ~ and on her blog...

Tangled Tidbits -
*curved and straight lined grids for DS
*sparkled Umble
*floating DD


From Peggy Kohrmann ~
...I had a bit of difficulty with double d's and when it did get used it is tiny. All about V's seems to be tough to make in anything but a single line but I enjoyed the variations. I love Umble and all the crisscross.
Tangled Tidbits -
*delicate single DD
*continuous Umble, beautifully shaded
*pops of red hearts


From Lily Moon ~
...here's my tile for your weekly challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
I have a new name for Lily - Tangle Master :)  
*breathtaking variations of Vs - note the puddle-like circular aura
*sparkled and shaded aura
*Printemps in Umble



From Karin ~
thank you for the challenge!
Today it´s cold and rainy outside, so it´s really relaxing to tangle and enjoy a cup of tea.
For me this challenge was a very difficult one and I tried to use all patterns.
I really liked “umble”!
Greetings from Germany

Tangled Tidbits -
*dramatic dense Umble
*Vs run lengthwise between the string lines
* two variations of DS

From Felicity Strohfeldt and here on her blog ~
As It’s Father’s day in SA and many other countries, your string was perfect. Dad in this home is a very, creative person with many talents, but always humble, so Umble by Maria Thomas was very appropriate. Then for the A of my tile I used All about V’s by Ksenija Vojisavljevic, they reminded me of hearts and the love we all owe the DADS in our lives. Now our children’s DAD is Willie, who made a career of music - a music teacher and organist all his working life. Even to this day he plays the organ in our congregation here in Laaiplek, Velddrif. He’s a innovative choirmaster and stage director. For many years, he produced the Passion of Christ, at Eastertime, along with many a school production in our town. He is passionate about good music and although the hearing is not so good, he still listens to the great classical composers, only a little louder these days. My Double D’s by Judy Murphy doubled up as pretty, musical harps to celebrate Dad’s musical genes. He also makes wooden toys. Artwork that needs precision, so Diamonds and Square by Deanne Stewart-Mills were the way to go to honour Dad’s talents and celebrate Father’s day.
To all fathers wherever you are: Happy Father’s day!!
... Oh yes by the way, I practising Mel Mel right now!


Tangled Tidbits -
*a fitting tribute to such wonderful Dads
*lyre looking DD
*fabulous depth with dark rounded angles of Vs
*two awesome takes on Umble

From Efie van Rekum-Derksen "wit love from Holland" ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*interlocking loops of Umble
*Vs string lines
*creative combinations of patterns



And now the tile for honors this week was sent in by...
Ilse Lukken ~

Ilse first joined "It's a String Thing" forty-four challenges ago.  She wrote:
Voilà: my entry for this week ;-)
I had fun tangling!
Tangled Tidbits -
*bold contrast of white and black
*super shading
*SD fit into a triangular string section
*rows of delicate Vs


Congratulations, Ilse!

I have a little some thing coming in the mail for you.

Thank you all for sharing your work so generously with the rest of our tangling community. 


Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles we used with my string ~


Double D's by Judy Murphy

All about V's by Ksenija Vojisavljevic

Diamonds and Squares by Deanne Stewart-Mills

Umble by Maria Thomas  


Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #98!
It will feature my new pattern Mel Mel.