Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom


Zendala featuring the names of IAST contributors ~ Adele Bruno, CZT

I am most grateful this Thanksgiving for all of you, my Tickled To Tangle community.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #120

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

We are also just days away from celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States - a time to pause and thank God for His many blessings.

At our home the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is staple television viewing in the morning and football follows throughout the day.

We celebrate with the usual turkey, stuffing, and all of the "fixin's".  My mother prepares a ham and sweet potatoes, both favorites with the kids.
It is not unusual for us to host twenty guests or more, although this year our count is about a dozen.

One of our long standing traditions - once we are sufficiently stuffed - is to take turns around the dinner table to say what we are grateful for.  By the time the last person finishes, our hearts are as full as our tummies.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let's do something similar for this week's challenge.

Think of something or someone you are grateful for and add a word or two about them, or it, to your tile.  It could be very specific, or very general, something you would like to share with all of us.

We begin with TanglePatterns String 017 by Sabrina Croft ~
Copyrighted image used with permission by
We will use just two tangles this week.  It will leave plenty of time for enjoying company and preparing meals AND give you some incentive to take time for yourself.
They are:

Gourdeous by Maria Thomas, Zentangle® co-founder.  This is Maria's newest pattern and it fits in wonderfully with a fall theme.

Lichen by Jennifer Hohensteiner This is a nice 'filler' pattern.

Step outs for the patterns can be found by clicking their names above and/or 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 -
*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. WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, FEEL FREE TO  INCLUDE YOUR STATE/COUNTRY. 
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 23, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #119 Tiles

This past week, we tangled away with refreshing bubbly on our minds.   With a string that resembled bottles and related tangles, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola's iconic green bottle.

The results were a mix of traditional tiles along with Zentangle®Inspired Art pieces - a very grand celebration.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Jennifer Sparrow (North Carolina) ~
Not a big fan of soda, I decided to go with champagne! That's what I immediately saw in the string this week--champagne flutes. I love Bublz, which was new to me. Your 100 tangle felt like an elegant string of pearls. I got lost in Ripples, and couldn't see where things were going in that small, wonky grid. Must have been the champagne!
Thanks for teaching and challenging us. Have a great week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*champagne - wonderful idea!
100 and Bublz shaded similarly
*large grid for sparkled Ripples

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) ~
An awesome challenge! String no 11 is one of those I have used before and I like it a lot. Ripples was the pattern I had not met before. This tile came out a little bit heavy, but I like it this way. And Dragonair is my own option, it came to me immediately to join the other wonderful patterns!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*dark sparkled spaces repeat in 100 and Ripples
*stipple and shading add depth

From CZT Tonya Barlow ~
I love the string and the bubbles. Well, For that matter, I love Coke too. Pretty sure they were not the first to appreciate this shape but a great call none the less.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*three Ripple variations
*Bublz shines with shading, varied line weight

A very warm welcome to Ranjitha YP (Bangalore,India) ~
Here is my first submission for IAST.
Thank you
Tangled Tidbits -
*pleasing balance of light and dark spaces and tangles
*crowning touch added with "coca cola"

From Sarah Antoinette (Michigan) and here on her blog ~
First I must say- I love these tangles you picked! I was really excited to work with them. The string was really different too, and could've lent itself to so many combinations! I used a 01 Sakura Micron pen in black, with pencil on a 3.5"x3.5" tile. Yes. I tried my hardest to keep up with all of you talented Zentangle artists. I really feel good that this is something I was able to do. 

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Ripples background
*beautifully shaded 100

A very warm welcome to Chimica (California) ~
This is my very very very first time ever making a zentangle. I know it's ugly and weird and no where as good as the other artist you share but I tried really hard to make it nice ( it didn't work ) . I'm a writer not an artist but I'm trying to learn something new and fun.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*kudos for jumping in and joining the party!
*stacked and single lines of 100

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
I live near Durham in the North East of England and last week Durham
hosted its 'Lumiere' festival of light when the city was filled with
fabulous light installations by many talented international artists.
Durham has a beautiful Norman cathedral and this year the huge vaulted
ceiling was filled with the most amazing coloured patterns, constantly
morphing into new designs and colours - a zentangle of light!! I've
enclosed some photographs along with my contribution to this week's
challenge, I hope you like them.

Tangled Tidbits -
*four variations of 100
*free floating Ripples
Thank you for sending the beautiful photos of a "zentangle of light", it must have been spectacular to behold.

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
Here's my entry for this week's challenge. Nice to see the pattern 100 in it, it's one of my favourites!

Tangled Tidbits -
*three wonderful takes on 100
*superbly shaded Bublz

From Joanne Faherty (United Kingdom) ~
Heres the coca-cola edition of its a string thing celebrating 100 years of the brown fizzy stuff ( which I have to add I only like when pregnant!?)
So it didn't turn out quite as planned due to me putting one of the ripples in the wrong way no mistakes right I just made them all the same! No one would ever know. I tried to make the same 'green' as those glass bottles its quite a hard green to get right....and then I thought I know I'll add red coke is associated with the bright red. Well now ripple looks like an Italian flag! Umm so not how I pictured things going in my head but oh well its OK till happy Tuesday, tangle on!

Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating dense and lightly filled string sections
*pretty colors and shading

From Lori Byerly (Washington), the creator of Bublz (applause!) and here on her blog ~
You create the most interesting challenges! :) Thanks for using bublz. It was great fun working it together with 100 and ripples.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*simply elegant combination of the three tangles
*Ripple and 100 filled Bublz

From Sara (Western Australia) ~
This one was fun.  Thanks, Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous variation of Ripples - heart shapes and detail lines
*sparkled, striped double lines of 100

From Elspeth (Pinedale, Wyoming) ~
I know this challenges was inspired by Coca-Cola, but it looked like
wine bottles to me, hence the color purple! Thanks for the challenge!

First champagne, then wine...I like where this is going :)

Tangled Tidbits -
*100 string line and border
*three variations of Ripples

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Here is my tile celebrating 100 years of Coca-Cola. I thought a few dew drops would add to the theme.
Tangled Tidbits -
*detailed Ripples
*lines repeat in Ripples and 100
*wonderful dew drops

From Tina Kirchhübel (Germany) ~
I like this challenge so much. The patterns are so great and relating to the topic "100 years Coca Cola" I had immediately a picture in mind. And because the colours of Coca Cola are red and white I also took a touch of red in my tile and I am very satisfied with the result.
Hope you like it, too.  (Yes, I do!)
Greatings from Germany

Tangled Tidbits - 
*100 string lines aura-ed on one side, shaded on the other
*lovely Bublz and a touch of red for Ripples

From Karen, The Creative Miss L and here on her blog ~
Here’s what I’ve created this week. The bottles look more like wine bottles to me than Coke bottles. Maybe that’s because I don’t drink Coke but do drink wine? I’m struggling to use the Inktense pencils. I’m not getting a smooth finish, even when I blend with the Inktense blender pencil. Mmmm. Need to work on this.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles in every other string section
*balance of light and dark spaces works well with the added touch of green

From Bhamathi (Bangalore, India) and here on her blog ~
Thanks for another fun challenge.
Your pattern 100 was easy to draw. That is a stepout that is so simple to remember and so many variations.
I had a tough time deciding whether I wanted to put Bublz inside the bottle shape or Ripples to look like the glass. Then I decided that since you selected Ripples for the bottle texture, Ripples it would be..
Sad that I dint have much space left for the Bublz.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*curved grid for Ripples adds dimension
*100 string lines with wonderful variations

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Zentangle is truly the "pause that refreshes", so why shouldn't it go better with Coke?
This week, however, I was crippled by a killer head cold. Niagara Falls nasal passages,cacophonous cough, and a mind filled with Marshmallow Fluff. Can't breathe without taking otc meds, and can't rest because they make my legs jumpy. I am quite a joy to be around when I get sick (which fortunately for the whole world is very seldom).
Today I felt a bit better and thought I might tackle this week's challenge (delirium had me anxiously tangling in my sleep, and I didn't even know what the patterns were). While Ripples initially had me stymied, with a bit of practice I found my stroke, and I love the shapes created by alternating the direction of each cube. Doesn't quite look like Helen's example, but then I'm okay with that. Bublz, too fun, and I chose 100 to represent the 'liquid' in the bottles, since it's "the real thing"too.

This week's endeavor took Herculean effort, but I'm pleased with the outcome. And now me and my teddy Chester are hitting the sheets for the next two days...

 Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating the direction of each cube in Ripples - that is genius!
*simple strokes of 100 with shading - a fabulous variation
Get better soon!  Thank you for sharing your sense of humor despite being under the weather.

A very warm welcome to Dr. Shazia who writes from India ~
Here is my first colored tile for coca cola...
Thank you
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful swirls of 100 wrap around the string sections
*Bublz concentrates as the space narrows
*Bublz and Ripples mix in the middle

From Esther (Switzerland) and on her blog ~
 I like the bottle shape idea! All three patterns where new to me and the pattern Ripples was very difficult for me to draw. 
 Tangled Tidbits -
*eight pretty variations of 100
*shading adds depth

From Karin (Germany) ~
this is my entry to no. 119!
I really like bublz! Ripples was new to me und I think I have to pratice more to get a better result.
Enjoy a glass of coke and have a relaxing Weekend!
Greetings from Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded string lines and border
*dark and light rows of Ripples
*checkered 100

A very warm welcome to Anja from Germany and here on her blog ~
This is my first participation in the challenge. I really enjoyed it! I thank you so much for your wonderful Challenge!
Very best wishes to all,
Anja from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rows of delightfully detailed 100 and Ripples
*bubbly Bublz fills the string sections

From Ingrid with lots of love from the Netherlands ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*dense concentration of Bublz gives emphasis on the oval shapes it creates
*alternating detail lines in Ripples
*fabulous 100

From Linda Goncalves (Pennsylvania) ~
This week I had trouble getting these three into a form I liked. I
tried it several ways. In the end, this is what I settled on. I am
still very curious to see what the others have done with it. I am sure
I will be amazed, as usual.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed Bublz with black background
*rows of blended Ripples and 100
...and a very nice frame :)

From Jane Glotzer (Colorado) ~
Hope this finds you well...we have finally had a small taste of winter, with a couple of inches of snow falling last night. We had had a forecast of a foot! earlier this week that never materialized...there wasn't a speck where I was, but there was quite a bit in other places...that's crazy Colorado--:)
Fun anniversary you are celebrating with this week's challenge...the iconic Coke bottle. And, for no particular reason, or maybe because of the bubbles, I used a round coaster to trace my initial shape...
I started with the 100 in the center, but just laid it out to start and didn't do any filling in at first--wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to approach that (I think I missed the challenge where you introduced that tangle when I was working on my bench so I haven't had a chance to play around with it.) Put the Bublz on the outsides (that darn symmetry pulling at me) and then the Ripples easily fell into place in the remaining spaces...I decided to use CZT Katy Abbott's Kuke, a favorite of mine, to fill in the 100 zeroes, with some simple line work on the ones...
Whoa, that made it so very very busy!! And I was not liking it at all...
I usually just go with however the string is presented as my top and bottom, but I started rotating this circle around and with just a quarter turn of the string to the left, all of a sudden, it seemed so much calmer and balanced! A touch of resemblance to Coke bottles at all, but still cool...:)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful waves in Ripples - the curved grid draws the black centers to a point
*Kuke 100 - a new favorite!

From Becky Welty (North Carolina) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored 100 in alternating string sections
*a few free floating circles surround clusters of Bublz

From CZT midori (Florida) ~
i have always been drawn to a 'circle.' drawing, looking at circles connects me to my inner child. circle is universal, all inclusive, a union of heaven and earth. bubbles, glass marbles...a circle is fun and calming. every week, i enjoy discovering new tangles and finding the time to render them.
thank you!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*double lined grid for Ripples and 100
*beautiful Bublz - shading, size variation, layers...

From Joy (Pennsylvania) ~
'Le Bataclan'
This news has left our hearts heavy -- and my vision a rather dark and fragmented one this week. Here's hope for better days and healing to friends all over the world.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Bublz bubble passed the string lines
*rows of 100
all accented with a touch of green

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Tile 119. Great challenge and idea to honour the icon drink Coca Cola. I’m sure other tanglers will also morf the bottle string into stylized coke bottle shapes.
What could be more appropriate? Coke bottles with bubbly patterns like 100 and Bulbz and a background of Ripple. Your 100 suggested the ripples on a
Coca Cola bottle and Bulbz Lori Byerly of course makes excellent frothy Coke bubbles. Ripples is a versatile pattern and works well as a background grid pattern
My lettering is, well, a bit squiffy but it’s a suggestion isn’t it? Anyway I enjoyed the whole exercise. Thank you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*totally refreshing tile - getting thirsty?!
*at least eight variations of 100 tucked in and around Ripples and Bublz
*logo lettering and red bands - fabulous!

From Elisa (Paris, France) ~
Please find attached my tile for Coca-Cola's anniversary. The three patterns were new to me, so I kept it pretty simple, using this tile as a way to practice them!
I like the Bublz pattern very much: it does bring back happy childhood memories ... I also enjoyed your 100 tangle: I plan to explore all the possible variations in another tile !
Tangled Tidbits -
*100 with pearl-like shading and stripes
*Ripples with Tipple and details lines

From smgg (Taiwan) ~
 Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating rows of Ripples
*four fun 100's

From Wanda Amborse (Virginia) ~
...With each tile I'm learning. Ancora Imparo .
I always look forward to seeing everyone's interpretation of the different strings.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tangled Tidbits -
*festive tanglations for the season
*100 and Bublz intermingle

And now, for a special treat this week, there are two tiles for honors.
The first was sent in by
 Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) !

Sharyn wrote:
What a great prompt theme! Whenever I think of Coca Cola, I think of the Coke commercial ... people standing side by side holding hands and singing.
I added my favorite verse from the song to frame my tile. Given all that is happening around the world, it's just a small way to send light and love to all corners of the world. Thanks for a prompt that inspired goodwill to the world! Have a Coke and a smile! Cheers!

(When I wrote the prompt last week that song was playing in my head.  She summed it up beautifully.)
Tangled Tidbits -
*spectacular 100's
*lighter Bublz pops against the darker tangles

The second tile for honors this week was sent in by
Michelle Wynne of California ~

Michelle wrote:
Thanks for another fun challenge. This was one of those challenges that seemed to have a mind of it's own. I had no idea what I was going to do when I put pen to paper but just let it flow. The color was a last minute addition. It did get a little murky in places but that's how I roll;-)
Tangled Tidbits -
*twists of 100
*large sparkled Ripples with pretty detail
*depth achieved with shading, color, as well as size of the tangles
*beautiful color combination

Congratulations, Michelle and Sharyn! I have a little something coming in the mail to you both.

Special thanks to the creative minds behind the string and patterns used this week along with my 100:

TanglePatterns String 011 by Yamit Fridman

Bublz by Lori Byerly
Ripples by Helen Williams

Stop back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #120!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

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 17, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #119

It's Tuesday. your good news day!

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic bottle design of the Coca-Cola Company.
That's a lot of years - and a lot of Coke.

Happy memories and happy thoughts are usually associated with the delectable drink and we could all use more of those these days.

To mark the occasion we will use a sting whose lines suggest a bottle shape and a few tangles that will add to the fun.  Let's begin with TanglePatterns String 011 by Yamit Fridman ~

Copyrighted image used with permission by TanglePatterns
The patterns we will use include ~

100 - one of my tangles   We used 100 just 19 challenges ago - it seemed appropriate for this occasion too.   Click here to see the tiles from IAST #100.

Bublz by Lori Byerly  This is just a happy pattern and what would a Coke be without bubbles?!

Ripples by Helen Williams   This grid based pattern's name reminded me of the feel of the bottle's green glass.

If there is another pattern you'd like to include with the theme this week, please do.  Be sure to provide the name and artist so others may reference it.

While my choice of string, tangles, and theme are associated with Coca-Cola, please let the tangles take you where they may.  They are meant to be non-representational and the experience is meant to be very relaxing.

If creating a Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) piece - adding color, words, symbols, for example - is what you have in mind, please feel free.

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 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 -
*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.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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 16, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #118 Tiles

This week's challenge celebrated all things odd.  It proved to be more than just a relaxing and amusing exercise in tangling however.

I usually post the tiles and notes in the order they arrive, but this week I begin with one I just received yesterday.
As we mourned and prayed for the people of France, our friend Elisa sent her tile from Paris with this eloquent, determined, and hope filled note entitled "I Love Paris" ~

From an oddity, November 13, 2015 turned out to be a tragedy, here in Paris where I live.
At first, I thought I would send you a black tile, as drawing anything did not seem adequate.
But then, I told myself: "No, this is what terrorists are seeking: frighten us to a point where we can't find joy and peace in our lives anymore." So, as an answer to barbarity, I finally decided to take your challenge and use it as a way to share my hope and trust in peace.

Our tangled community shares in your hope and trust in all that is good.  Thank you, Elisa, for your beautiful tribute to peace.  May God bless and keep you.

I had to pause for some time after reading Elisa's note.  It brought tears to my eyes along with renewed hope to my heart.  Here's to a collective deep breath before we read on...

From Cathy Cusson ~
And were you reading Odd Thomas as you relaxed before doing our challenge? I really had some fun with this and as always it was a much needed break from school work - which seems to just pile up.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed Ahh finished in Afterglo fashion
*Acrosstick centered Afterglo

From CZT Tabitha (Quebec, Canada) ~
It's been several months since I've picked up my pen to draw, though I watch your emails go by and wished I remembered every week! Lol I am blessed to currently be accompanying my husband on a business trip to Portugal, and found myself with the right head space to draw. :) It's not my best-ever, but I like it anyway. Feels tropical, like the sunny, seaside place that I am in!
Have a great week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*stripes and detail lines for Afterglo
*center crossed lines repeat in all three tangles

From Joanne Faherty (United Kingdom) ~
Here's my its a string thing 118. When I woke up and looked at the new weeks challenge I was like umm where's it going to go, didn't know acrosstick not sure it will feature in many of my works but I changed one row of diamonds into circles and liked it better. After I finished I thought it was quite wintery I guess that's the afterglo and ahh looking like snowflakes, so I decided to colour it ,afterglo didnt quite go to plan , I used inktense pencils and keep forgetting once there wet that's pretty much where it is staying.
Oh and I added a few black pearls at the last minute just counted them and there are 17 so still in the odd theme. I'll attach a before shading/colouring for fun this one transformed quite a bit.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*tangles run to the edge of the tile
*sparkle, shading, and black add great depth

From Sarah (Michigan) and on her blog ~
I used two of the tangles to try out. Wanted to do something I hadn't tried before. Worked out kind of fun with the squares and the string!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Acrosstick moves from black to white
*Afterglo grid blends with Acrosstick

A very warm welcome to Kate (United Kingdom) ~
Hope this gets to you. I'm new to zentangle and this is my first
challenge response - I've really enjoyed it. Thank you!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*shaded grid lines of Acrosstick
*little perfs repeat in Afterglo and Ahh

From Sara (Western Australia) ~
Here's my tile... it was a bit tough to come up with a design this week. I ended up placing the Afterglos along the string line.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous layers of tangles
*lage grid for Acrosstick

From Anita (Dalarna, Sweden) ~

Hi! Here comes my entry this week featuring string 017! I loved to work with this string. But I had some troubles with Acrossticks! I didn´t expect that when I first tried it but to give it a shape with this string was something else! But here comes the result!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*swirled Afterglo
*black, sparkled perfs repeat in Ahh, Acrosstick, and on the border

From Juul (France) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Ahh bursts from Afterglo
*Acrosstick morphs into flower pots - so very clever

From Sandra (Germany) and on her blog ~
here is my tile for your wonderful String Thing Challenge :-)
I chose Afterglo and Ahh and if you look closely you can "find" the string ;-)

Tangled Tidbits -
*repeated star shapes of Afterglo
*wonderful shading

From CZT Lucy Banta (New Jersey) ~
Greetings from your state of Florida! I've been in Orlando all week for a training conference and am now sitting on the runway, delays back into Newark. Perfect to get in your weekly challenge, bumpy lines and all

Thanks for the opportunity. Love the trash bin you tangled!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*string line flares into a burst of Ahh
*dark centers of Acrosstick

From Tina Kirchhübel (Germany) ~
The last weeks I didn't found the time to tangle and I miss it. But this week I accept the challenge again. I tried to use all three tangles and used a bit of colour and here is the result.
Thank you, Adele for the great challenge and I send you greatings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*great depth created with Afterglo
*Ahh covered string line

From CZT midori (Florida) ~
...recently, i have been going back to basics. as a starter, rendering on the fabriano toothed tiles, to conform to the string (though not necessary) and to stroke each tangle to its original essence and inspirit it with shading. i enjoyed practicing these tangles. and, for me, it is 'perfs, when in doubt.'

Tangled Tidbits - 
*simply beautiful lines
*perfs, perfs, and more pretty perfs - along the string line and in each tangle

From Deb Jacob (Tichigan, Wisconsin) ~
... I added Mr.E to your trio -thought it fit well. Enjoy!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*dark diamonds of Acrosstick
*Afterglo morphs into Mr E

From Jennifer Sparrow (North Carolina) ~
Where has the week gone? I know YOU've been busy restocking your lovely frames! What a festive red bow they have!
Thanks, as always, for this week's challenge. I was not familiar with Acrosstick. (It's funny how I loved grids when I started tangling and now I shy away from them!) I enjoyed using it in this tile. I think it helped to give myself ample room and just keep a straight grid.
I always learn something when I do your challenge!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*shaded string line
*center of Acrosstick finished in four different ways

From Lori Byerly (Washington) and on her blog ~
I so enjoy your challenges. You always have a creative edge and being "odd" this week was a lot of fun. Bless you for all you do to build the Zentangle community.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*tangle grids follow the string curves
*lovely dark and light contrasts

From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) ~
Thank you for a wonderfully "odd" challenge. Some would say that it suits me perfectly.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*comparable scale of all three tangles
*varying sizes of Afterglo

From Lily Moon (Hungary) with a "zenhug" ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*glorious combination of brown, black, and white
*center burst of Afterglo

From Karin (Germany) ~
this is my entry to no. 118. I tangled it on friday the 13th
I really enjoyed tangling “Afterglo” which I never used before and I was really surprised how long it took. But I wanted to make it orderly. “Acrosstick" was new to me too. I like those symmetrical patterns!
Congratulations to your trash can. It looks so wonderful! It´s almost too pretty to put rubbish in it!
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful shading
*sparkled perf topped Ahh

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Here is my tile for this week. I didn't get to finish a tile last week using your beautiful new tangle Sand. So I added some Sand to this tile.
Tanlged Tidbits -
*Sand and Acrosstick work well together
*Ahh and Afterglo compliment each other

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) with "lots of love" ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*black diamonds of Acrosstick
*wonderful shading

From Toby (Chicago, Illinois) ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Acrosstick border
*shaded Ahh string line shaded bring to mind the Milky Way

From Simone Sass (Germany) ~
thanks for that great challenge! Brilliant idea!
When I saw the string and the the pattern my first thought was – interesting, a very organic string and pretty geometric pattern. But I liked the idea to have the contrast between this organic string and the geometric pattern. I had no idea how that could work out –fortunatily I could free my mind and not thinking about it! So I just started tangling Afterglo. When I finished Afterglo the Ahh’s wanted to dance on the string – Ahhhh! – now I had my patterns following the string. Tangleing Acrosstick on the bottom gives Ahh a nice dancefloor. I think my patterns are happy now – and so am I ! You can also find my tile on my blog
Looking forward to the next String Thing.

Tangled Tidbits -
*Ahh string line
*single center Afterglo and wonderful shading throughout

From Jane Glotzer (Colorado) ~
Loved the trash can! I did a hubcap a while ago for an art show celebrating all things auto...
For this week's challenge, I ended up with Afterglo, Afterglo, Ahh...pretty simple, airy and sweet...looked kind of wintry (even though it's sunny and beautiful around here) so I added the chilly ice blue color at the end...something wonky happening where my Afterglos meet up, but, I'm not going to get too hung up about that--:)
Have a great week...
Thanks for all you do... 
plain jane design...anything but plain

Tangled Tidbits -
*shading adds wonderful dimension
*alternating colored center sections of Afterglo

From The Creative Miss L and on her blog ~
My tip for doing these challenges - do a couple of drafts first in your sketch pad. This helps when faced with new Tangles or strings.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*just a touch of color accents the tangles
*shaded string line and shaded circles around Ahh

From Sue Agnew (Arizona) ~
When I was experimenting with Acrosstick the inner squares with X in them reminded me of a tangle in Sandy Bartholomew's alphabet tangle book ... Pinch. Using different shading for each of the triangles formed by the X makes them look like faces on a raised surface. The effect worked better when I was doing it on a regular grid in my sketchbook ... the distortions caused by following the string sort of mask the illusion. Anyway, it was fun to remember an "old friend."

Tangled Tidbits -
*one large swirl of Afterglo that embodies Ahh and Acrosstick
* touch of black balances the lighter lined spaces

From Jackie Becker (Seattle, Washington) ~
I actually started with this week's string and put the Ahh on the intersection. After that, the string totally got lost.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Ahh centered Afterglo
*shading and black background add drama to Afterglo

From Pat (Ohio) ~
This was tough! I struggled with Acrossticks and with fitting the patterns into this string. But I enjoy learning new patterns, and welcome your challenges. Thanks.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*alternating line lengths of Ahh
*super shading

From Becky Welty (North Carolina) ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*alternating light and dark perfs of Ahh
*layers of Afterglo
*soft shading

From Linda Goncalves (Pennsylvania) ~
I really love both Acrosstick and
Afterglow. Of course, as usual, I need much more practice with both. I
am thankful to have these challenges each week and appreciate the work
you put into them. 
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely dark diamonds of Acrosstick
*center shading in Afterglo
(photographed on a Tickled to Tangle frame :)

From Elspeth (Pinedale, Wyoming) ~
I love Aah, but I am not sure I made friends with Acrosstick or Afterglo. But I loved the challenge! I love seeing all the variations that tanglers come up with. So inspiring!

Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed string section of Acrosstick
*string line of delicate Ahh

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Odd week out, eh? Fitting, as I am usually odd and out of it most weeks anyway.
Tuesday arrives, and I refresh, refresh, refresh until the new challenge is posted. I draw the string and patterns in my sketch book and wait for the brain cogs to start spinning. Then I reach for my pen. Amazing. (I'm so easily entertained.)
So...Tile #1 is tangled to the string, but once it was finished I liked the balance better quarter turn counter-clockwise. Tile #2 I just wanted to see if I could integrate all three patterns into one design, no string involved. And I'm loving Afterglo. It's one of those patterns like Frost Flowers that is just all too fun to get lost in and if you're not careful it creeps off the tile and onto every other surface around. A new keeper for my repertoire.

The whole process of Zentangle and the String Challenge tickles me to pieces. 'Thank you' are words too little for the gratitude I feel having both in my life.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*charming words for Afterglo
*Ahh and Afterglo make wonderful companions
*light and dark variations of Acrosstick
 Tangled Tidbits -
*masterful combination of the tangles - Ahh center morphs into Afterglo filled Acrosstick

From Susan Theron (South Africa) and on her blog ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded string line defines the space for each of the three tangles
*wonderful shading

From Felicity (South Africa) and on her blog ~
I love your sophisticated waste paper bucket and of course your frame gifts are magnificent.
Your “ODD” challenge was a great one. Enjoyed the zentrip. Afterglo took some practice, Ahh was great as usual and Acrossticks relatively easy to do. The challenge was the blending of them together.
I’ve called my effort “The Secret Garden” after the well-known children’s story. Afterglo reminds me of magical flowers and Ahh is such a happy one that I’ve used it as a creeper of starry flowers.
Acrossticks crept in at the back and looks like a fancy wrought iron gate one would open to enter the garden.

Tangled Tidbits -
*charming description and tie in to that memorable story
*Ahh string line
*gorgeous line work

From Wanda Amarose (Virginia) ~
I've sent two tiles, which are very much alike. Practice, practice, practice!!!!! I think this weeks string, includes tangles which look very much like snowflakes. And being a true blooded Canadian ( Newfoundlander at that!!!!), I love anything to do with snow!!!!

Tangled Tidbits -
*snow-like Afterglo and Ahh
*ribbon-like string lines

From smgg (Taiwan) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*one large Afterglo
*dark diamonds on dense Acrosstic compliment the lighter Ahh

And now, the tile for honors this week was sent in by
 Bhamathi of Bangalore, India!

She wrote ~
Firstly, My congratulations to you,your family and the newly-weds..
It was a really an 'ODD' challenge and I had fun doing it. If you count the no.of times I used each pattern, you will find I used odd numbers. I used 9 squares in Acrosstick, 5 of Afterglo and 15 of Ahh.
Don't forget to check the date at the bottom of the tile. I waited until Friday to do the tile just so that I could sign that date!! ;)
Also, Thanks a lot for sharing those great tips on how to shade Afterglo and Ahh!!
 (And here on her blog )

Tangled Tidbits - 
*sparkled perfs, dotted lines, and shaded Ahh
*multiple variations of Ahh
*double lined overlapping grid for Acrosstick
*various sizes of Afterglo, softly shaded

Congratulations, Bhamathi! I have a little something coming in the mail to you.

Special thanks to the creative minds behind the string and patterns used this week:

TanglePatterns String 017 by Joyce Burns
Acrosstick  by Ed Gucker, CZT
Afterglo  by Carole Ohl, CZT 
Ahh by Maria Thomas, Zentangle® co-founder

Stop back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #119!