Monday, September 1, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #54 Tiles

Happy Labor Day!

 In the States, the first Monday in September is set aside to honor the achievements of the American worker. It is a Federal Holiday and many people enjoy the day off - but thankfully that doesn't apply to tangling!

This week's string by Sue Agnew was a lovely loopy one and we used a single pattern by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts called Striping, along with the tangle enhancer called sparkle.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Sara Belmont-Kleingeld.  She wrote, "I hope my tangling counts as "Striping"... since it ended up looking just like barberpole."


Yes, it does "count" and yes, it does look like Barberpole.  Sara tangled along the string line, leaving a narrow space to alternate her pattern.  The two patterns must be close cousins :)

Deanna Spence sent the next tile ~


Thick lines and beautiful shading give this marvelous movement.

Joan Delony wrote ~
This was a fun String Thing. I love working with stripes and have really been into coloring this week. Therefore, I really enjoyed working on this tile. It is also posted on my website .
Joan used a mix of thick and thin lines, pretty sparkle, and even lined her white spaces for a tremendous result.

Cheryl Stocks wrote ~
Thank you for the opportunity to "sparkle." I am mighty grateful for the chance to focus on just one pattern. I applied the sparkle liberally and with boldness; my thoughts are etched at my blog...
Have a brilliant day!

Wishes for a brilliant day - and a brilliantly sparkled tile, too!  Cheryl used a variety of line widths to define her string sections.


CZT Charlotte Carpentier said ~
I simply couldn't pass up doing some Stripes. I have never tried to sparkle, so I hope I did it justice. I am on a bit of a tan tile bender these days, playing with single tones on it seeing how they look. 

Yes, she did sparkle justice - note how she used a jagged edge type of sparkle and used a pale shade of her red in the lighter stripes to follow through.

From Lily Moon ~


Lily tangled along her string line and then added colorful stripes in some, but not all sections.  Note how she added white highlights to create delightful depth.

K. Bish called this "Zebra Dreams" as she has been "playing with color lately" ~

That is a very colorful piece indeed!

Janice Johnson wrote ~
Attached is my submission for this week's challenge. I had to really leave my comfort zone and do this tile. I have only attempted Striping once and did not even include it in my book of tangles. You can see my blog for this tile.

Look what Janice did to the edges of her striping.  By curving the lines around her spaces she added dimension and added to a fabulous feel of layering.  

From Ragged Ray ~
So here's where I usually ramble on about how I found the challenge and the tangles, and what I've done with them. But this week I found I had even more than usually to say, so I popped it all in a blog post ...
Suffice to say I had a great time, love the tangle, the string, and am learning to love Sparkle!

She added a pop of color, various ways of darkening in her alternating lines,  sparkle, shading, highlights, and a bit of whimsy.  That is delightful.

From CZT Sue Jacobs ~

A study in blue...her curved lines, sparkle, and shading, give Striping the look of being folded and tucked and bulging.  It brings to mind pulled taffy - just delicious!

Carmela wrote, "This one was a bit difficult to me and i don’t know if I did it right??
I made sparkle in [the] curvy lines and stripes between it. You can see it on my blog."

Carmela completed her tile in her own way and therefore it is "right".  That is one of the wonderful things about zentangle® - there is no wrong way to do anything! 

Carmela used a thick pen to make her strokes for Striping and the string sections really pop because of that.  She used the actual tangle pattern named Sparkle in her loops and the whole thing turned out just right!

Lori Byerly said ~
What an interesting challenge. With a string and one tangle pattern, it really forced me to think creatively.
My tile is also shown here... 

Lori used very wide and very narrow lines, alternated the darkened spaces from her loops to her other spaces, she added shading and sparkle.   That is extremely creative.

Christine Forrester wrote ~
The black and white one was my first real attempt at sparkles, I liked it better in the gold colour and then looked at the rain running down my living room window and produced the blue one, which I think looks like sparkles on water and rain on my window.
She also added that she didn't expect to have all three posted, but after that lovely description, how could one, or two, be omitted?



 It is a triple treat!
Christine used sparkle and shading in each of her tiles and in such a variety of ways.

From Joya ~
This is my contribution to this weeks' String Thing. I'm not really satisfied with how the sparkle came out, I have to practise that much more I think. But I love the String Number 55 ♥.


Bold and striking with tapered sparkle spaces, shading, and bands of black extending off the tile, this is just gorgeous.
Joya also posted it here on her blog 


Ilse Lukken also used the tangle Sparkle.  This is what she wrote:
Hmm, I'm afraid I didn't read the assignment well - and I'm not sure what a 'tangle enhancer' is... So I created this tile and had lots of fun doing it, but afterwards I'm not sure if I did it 'the right way'. Well, at least it was right for me :-) I put the challenge on my blog.

And that is the take-a-way...it was right for her and she had fun doing it. Her bold Striping lends a wonderful contrast to her white space and daintier Sparkle.

Sue Lin wrote~
...Tried #55 three different ways to practice my shading, I'm still waiting to see the "POP" overwhelm me and to see that my depth has grown! Until then, a tangling I will go, a tangling I will go, high ho the merry oh, a tangling I will go!!


What a merry way to approach tangling!
Sue delved into the tangle and came up with some creative variations, added some complimentary tangles, and explored bold lines.  

Lucy Banta said ~
Happy Labor Day weekend! I don't know about you, but this summer went by way too quickly! I was happy to end the summer with your monotangle challenge. I haven't really done much monotangling, but it's fun and the result is amazing. I may even try this one again varying the widths of the stripes.
Here's the link to my blog post...

The result is amazing, especially the way Lucy aura-ed around the border and added sparkle, not to mention shading!

Ingrid Coventon wrote, "...So nice to work with this tangle and bring in/out the sparkle.  Much love from the rainy netherlands."


The rain must have inspired Ingrid.  The curves of Striping are lovely, but it is her sparkle that absolutely steals the show.  Feathered edges between the black of the lines and the white of the highlight are striking.


A very warm welcome to Susan Theron from South Africa.  Along with "kind regard" she sent her first tile for the challenge ~
Unfortunately the photograph is a bit out of focus, but the contrast and sparkle shine through on her pretty piece.

Kathyrn Crane-Theilen noted that "the sparkle really adds to the tangle."


It really does.  And like Ingrid, Kathryn beautifully added sparkle in feathered lines.  Her scalloped edge gives a dainty look to the finished tile.

Jane Glotzer wrote ~
Hope this finds you well...what a great challenge this week...got me to finally explore this whole "sparkle" idea, which I had been resisting--:)
I reread Sue's post and checked out a lot of Margaret Bremner's work to look at her techniques for this enhancer...and it all helped a bunch...
So here is my Striping (with sparkle) all over the place!
As always, looking forward to seeing everyone's stripes!!


So many feathered sparkles in a row - how fun!  Jane created a tile within a tile and added was able to add more lovely detail.  
Links to the helpful sites that she mentioned are referenced on this past post.  

Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow said using one tangle made her think "real hard."  She created this ~


She attached the above file in the direction of the original string line.  Here it is flipped for a better view ~
She included this poem:

We were flying over head, in an airplane
We scouted the lands, and all the dry plains
What did we spot?, as we flew real slow
A Zentangle Elephant, down below

That is so sweet - Cheryl will have to keep "thinking real hard" - it is a treat to see what she comes up with!

Linda Bladen wrote~
I initially did a tile which had Striping in each of the spaces created by the string but I was showing my other half and saying that I thought it may look good with just the loops filled in and he said that my little loops reminded him of a bumble bee so this is how my second tile came about.
Bees - that is fabulous!  How fun that they appear to have made the string line in Bijou style.  

From Juul~
She also pushed her tangles passed the sting line and to the edge of her tile.  So many swirls and turns and lovely movement in one place!

And from the string's creator and sparkle aficionado, Sue Agnew ~
 Thank you again for using this string, and for "calling me out" -- it really was a week-brightener.
When I submitted that string I was in my "tangle the string line" phase, and I liked loopy strings because once you tangled the string line it left a nice little spot to put a tangle without having to worry about finishing the edges. So I wanted to honor that by tangling the string line, but I also wanted to honor your challenge to make a monotangle. So I striped the string line -- although I guess technically I used "shine" rather than "sparkle" on the stripes of the string line. Anyway, it was great fun!
Happy Labor Day weekend!
Sue chose to line the tangle instead of darkening it in.  Her tangle curves beautifully along the edges and that sparkle is just beautiful.

From Kia Richardson ~ 

She included a variety of line width, curve, and sparkle.  She also posted her tile here on her blog.  

Audrie Weisenfelder said ~
Another week gone by, and I'm still playing catch up. I almost didn't do this week's challenge, as I didn't feel very comfortable with Striping. I've only played around with it in my sketchbook, to mixed results. And I've been a total washout at using Sparkle on a tangle like this. But a funny thing happened when I tried putting them together; it sort of worked...
So here it is. It is here on my blog.
Thanks again for setting up these challenges; they keep the brains in gear.

Yes, it really did work beautifully.  Note the way Audrie interwove the lines on the right side of her tile and how she elongated the lines in that right loop.


Marita said ~
...after struggling too long with the straightness of string #54 I thought string #56 would by easy! But with using only tangle and the challenge to create glimmers it was another exercise on my perseverance. The result I liked only after creating the shadows!
But now I love the movement and the feeling of depth!
It has a great sense of movement and depth that clearly came to life with shading.  The thicker lines in the loops lend a nice contrast.

Rachel Godbee  said she hasn't participated for awhile, so she is "back on board with this submission" ~

She traced her string line for a very defined look.

Jenna Wheatmann said that she loved the string but really did not gel very well with striping...


She created a different look for the tangle in each section of the string line - that is remarkable.  Note where the string line loops through the bands of the tangle - that is yummy.

Caroline Moore wrote ~
This is my first monotangle, and I really enjoyed it. I did a few tangelations in the small ovals, a little crescent moon version of striping on the bottom left, and a little tried & true striping for the rest. It was lots of fun. I have posted the challenge on my website.
Thanks again, and happy labor day!

Now that is a lot of fun for one tile!  While not purely a monotangle, (only one pattern would be used)  it is a lovely collection of tangles that compliment Striping very well.


Brenda Urbanik said that Striping is one of her "faves" ~

Her tangles appear to rise off the paper, curve and return only to bulge up again in another direction.  That is remarkable.  Brenda also posted it here on her blog.


Peggy Kohrmann sent this wonderful tile ~

New to Striping and to sparkle, she made both shine.  The direction of her curves along with shading and sparkle give her tangle great depth.  The cross hatched lines in the center tangle are a great touch.


And now, the tile for honors this week was submitted by
Sharyn Penna of Massachusetts!

Sharyn sent in two tiles and wrote this about her process ~
This week I'm sending two tiles--one in pencil the other in pen. I did the pencil first...and I have to confess my eraser was a very helpful tool in learning where to place my sparkles. And I can honestly say the eraser was stowed away before I started the tile completed with a micron. Sparkle is an enhancer I'm still not comfortable with just jumping in cold...finding the right spot for Sparkle is the trick...I need to practice more before I take the big plunge. This was a great exercise for me...and in the end, the two tiles look nice one above the other or side by side.



Sharyn included many of the niceties that most tanglers used this week - the lovely sparkle, shading, curves around the border, and so on.  What makes this so unique is the direction of the lines she chose for the loops in her string line.  Sparkle add tremendous depth to them as well as all the others.

CONGRATULATIONS, Sharyn.  I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to all the talented tanglers for sending in your treasured tiles.

Thank you to Sue Agnew, via Linda Farmer at TanglePatterns for String 055 and to Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas for the spectacular Striping.

Stop back tomorrow afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #56 !

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tips for Tangling Striping

This week's "It's a String Thing" (click here for all the happy details) is a monotangle using the tangle Striping.

Here are a few tips for tangling the pattern that you might find helpful ~


Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom


If you do what you love,
it is the best way to relax.
~C. Louboutin


Fassett monotangle on a prestrung Zendala tile by Adele Bruno, CZT



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #55

It is Tuesday and it is your good news day!

This week "It's a String Thing" # 55 uses the TanglePatterns String by the same number.  String 055 was created by our friend Sue Agnew ~

Copyrighted image used with permission from TanglePatterns.com

The assignment is to create a monotangle using the pattern Striping by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and the tangle enhancer sparkle in honor of Sue.

I affectionately call Sue the "Queen of Sparkle" - and she wrote a great piece last March on the topic.
Click here to read it.

Striping can be found here on TanglePatterns.

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!!


"It's a String Thing" #54 Tiles

This "String Thing" was an adventure in the straight line.

The string, a collection of triangular spaces, could be filled with any or all of the four straight lined tangles.


Let's take a look ~


Lori Byerly's tile arrived first ~


As she noted, it is more of a ZIA (Zentangle® Inspired Art) piece - and such a colorful one.  Paradox butterfly wings and Bilt succulent plant leaves, how delightful.

And my readers know how much I love when this happens...

The next tile arrived from Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow ~
Yes, another beautiful butterfly - this time with Rosewood wings.

Cheryl wrote:

Butterfly wings were created using Bilt & Rosewood
Flower leaf was created using Paradox
Flower stem was created using Bitten

Title: Zentangle Riddle

The little butterfly enjoying the blue sky
Fly's by the flower and asked himself why
Why does the flower bloom each and every day
It’s Zentangle power that helps keep it that way

This tile arrived from Juul who said it was unusually cold in France for this time of year ~
Here is my contribution.....as you can see,I couldn't stop drawing "paradox" anymore. Its a tangle that I really love to do. Paradox is antistress for me haha!
So sorry for the other tangles....its not because I didn't like them but suddenly there was no more place in the string for them.
That is a delightful description of the 'zen' that Zentagle brings - anti stress and a pleasantly pleasing ending!

Carmela wrote ~
This String and Patterns were much linework, but they all are patterns that I like.
Bitten and Rosewood are both new for me and I have never heard or see them before. I like [to] tangle new patterns.

It is a treat to learn new tangles.  Note how she blended Rosewood and Paradox and the darkened end points of Rosewood are a nice touch.


Kristen Kostelnik Killips said~
This one was hard! (In a good way.) I worked on it over the course of a couple days rather than all at once. I thought the softer tones of a Renaissance tile might be a good balance to the sharp edges of all the tangles. I wasn't sure about it the whole time I was working on it, but now that it's done, I love it! I also picked up a few new tangles in the process.

Kristen chose some different, yet still straight lined tangles for her tile.  The mixture of the brown, black and white is fabulous on the Renaissance tile.


Christine Forrester wrote ~
... I don’t like the linear tangles as much, and had only learned Rick’s Paradox before, but I was amazed as I experimented last night. The attached tangle reminds me of the Hall of the Mountain King and I didn’t fill in the Bitten squares to keep that pattern light and airy.


A wonderful look she gave to Bitten by not darkening in the alternating squares.  Again, Rosewood and Paradox blend together well.


Sal said that there was "no template needed this time!" - making reference to her last few fabulous entries...

She did create a template of sorts as she repeated the string line four times to form the pinwheel like center piece - very creative.

Ilse Lukken wrote ~
This really was a challenge to me, drawing all these straight lines. All patterns were new to me, so all together this was a journey on an unknown path ;-)
I'm not really satisfied with the result, and I'm very curious what other people created!
It was a fruitful journey to be sure.  Ilse alternated dark and light spaces in Rosewood, a very nice detail.


From Anna Houston, CZT ~

She achieved the feeling of great depth with her tangles and the dark Bitten in the middle is yummy.


Deanna Spence wrote ~
My tile of the week is attached. I had planned to use all of the tangles, but once I put Paradox in one space of the string, I had to put it in all of them! I did make a border so that I could use Bitten and Bilt a little bit. Looking at the finished tile, I would never guess that it started out as just a bunch of triangles. It's kind of amazing!
Yes, as so is her tile - "kind of amazing" :)  Using Bitten as a border with Bilt interspersed is an ingenious idea.


From Janice Johnson ~
I am submitting my entry for this week. I have played with Rick's Paradox and Rosewood a lot in the past. I have also used Bilt quite a bit. I am going to need to play some more with Bitten as I am not quite as comfortable with it. I attempted this challenge 3 times and finally committed to my third attempt. For the most part I like it, and now want to play with Paradox some more. I opted to do Rosewood in the only 4 sided space amidst all the triangles. Not a square but I like the wonkiness obtained.
That is a wonderful wonkiness.  Notice, too, Janice's varied details with Paradox - alternate shading, darkened spaces, and fun shapes.

From Joya ~
...here's my tile for "The String Thing #54". I'm still beginner and the straight lines were difficult for me to handle, but I'm glad I tried it out and now I know how to draw them :-)

...yet another example of tangling building confidence!  Notice her cascade of Bilt.  It hugs a curve in a triangular shape for a beautiful effect.


From Ragged Ray~
And here is my attempt at this week's challenge. While I enjoy straight line tangles, they offer up their own problems. When I used a lot of one, like your Paradox Zendala they can look stunning. And of course they can offer great contrast when used with curvy tangles. But I find it a challenge to make them stand out by themselves.
I knew this week I wanted to leave lots of negative space, to have the triangles looking really sharp. I found Rosewood very appealing to draw, and know I'll use it again. But Bilt misbehaved a bit in the triangle shape! Paradox was a joy as ever - a lesson in concentration and turn-turn-turn your tile. A bit of darkening here and there and a bit of Bitten-bunting and there you have it!


So many extraordinary details - curved corners of Rosewood, Bitten unhinged, sparkle on Paradox and Bilt and that lovely, lovely white space.


Kirsten Bish wrote ~
Enclosed please find my newest Tangle, I call it "Hidden Secret".
While Paradox is one of my favorites, I wasn't sure how it was going to look next to some of the others. bitten has turned into one of my new favorites, and Rosewood is just cool and fun to play with...
Her sense of fun tangling can be felt through her words and in her tile.  She cascaded Bilt as well and the alternating light and dark spaces are striking.


Lilly Moon slipped this in~


...with outstanding details.  Note the contrasting dots in Bitten, the complimentary direction of Paradox, the dots and lines of Bilt, just to name a few.

Lucy Banta said ~
I've always loved Rick's Paradox, and I enjoyed learning Bilt, Bitten, and Rosewood. I thought Bilt would be difficult, but it really isn't--this will become one of my favorites!

Here's the link to the post on my website.
What a very pretty piece!  The Bitten border is beautiful as are the rows and rows of Bilt.

From Annemarie ~

She tangled and shaded and added a bright patch of purple - so pretty.  She also posted it here on her blog.


Linda Bladen wrote ~
I just couldn’t get my mind working with two tangles let alone three, or even four with this string. I’ve enjoyed using Paradox before because I do like doing tangles with lots of lines, but I’ve never done a monotangle with it so today was the day and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent doing it.
As usual it is on my blog and here is the link
It is a marvelous monotangle complete with a touch of blue shading.


Shary Penna wrote ~
I really liked your tangle choices this week. Each one compliments the others...I wanted to use them all.
I made one tile...at the halfway point I was pretty happy with it. Every other section was filled with Rosewood triangles that had centers of Paradox. It looked like stained glass. I debated leaving it or using another tangle and went with the latter. While I completed the tile, I kept thinking, Rosewood needs rounded corners...what if the whole tile was just Rosewood filled with Paradox? So last night I did just that. Someday I'll repurpose parts of the first tile...sometimes it's good to listen to the inner voice. Thank you for another inspiring prompt!

What Sharyn came up with is inspiring - rounded edges of Rosewood filled with Paradox. The adjustment to Rosewood is so subtle and yet it yields such a huge difference in the look of the tangle - that is brilliant.



Ingrid Coventon wrote ~
Hereby my tile # 54. It became a monotangle. I love Rick's Paradox and once I start drawing, it takes over and I can't stop. It is such a fascinating tangle. All those curvy lines that appear by drawing only straight lines. I intended to draw the other tangles as well, but I started with Rick's Paradox and it took over like I said before. So I let it happen and I hope you will enjoy my tile.

Ingrid is another tangler, who this week, fell under Paradox's spell.  Her delicious, deliberate lines and and dark shading bring the pattern to life!


From CZT Joan Delony ~

Her tangles are framed with beautiful black Pearlz, highlighted and shaded just so.

Nathalie Marinoff said ~
Here is my submission: I realize that the string and tangles you chose should have "straight lines" and that "straight lines" are used with Paradox which produces the curve (hence the name) but, I add a little curve to the lines to make it swirl a bit more. There is a rhythm to Paradox which I find relaxing and makes it difficult for me to stop. I was determined not to submit a monotangle, so, used Bitten by Carole Ohl, CZT, which was new to me.
Seems Paradox is quite habit forming :)  But see what Nathalie did with hers ~

~ and what a stunning look she achieved.  She added a curve to the line, as she said, to make it swirl and she also gave the ends a bit more weight.  That is just amazing.  Stunning.


Cathy Cusson said, "I remember doing rosewood back when it first "hit". I loved it then it sort of got forgotten with other new tangles being posted. It was nice to go back and visit with this old friend. Fun challenge!"

Along with Rosewood, Cathy tangled Bilt along the middle string lines and it contrasts nicely with her white space.


CZT Sue Jacobs returns with this lovely tile ~


There is so much to see here - layers of tangles, alternating light and dark spaces, and patterns that link lines to neighboring patterns, oh my!

Jane Glotzer wrote ~
Whoa...what a sharp, pointy string this week after last week's round curves! You are always keeping us on our collective toes, Ms. Bruno--:)
It's a String Thing #54 ended up a duo-tangle...there were just so many lines in all the suggested patterns, I didn't think I could make them all harmonize in one piece! So, I stuck with the amazing Paradox in the one top right squarish space, and then also in three of the triangles. I added a bit of Bitten for the last three spaces, but since I kept my grid in the same orientation all the way through them, it looks like a cool background with the Paradox floating on top. (I'm thinking the squares could have been a bit smaller, but I still like the final result.) And shading always adds such a pop!
The squares are just the perfect size for the floating Paradox.  Not only that, but the bold Bitten contrasts so well with the lighter Paradox.  Well done!


CZT Kathryn Crane-Theilen said~
I am running out of white tiles, so I resorted to a Renaissance tile and I am quite pleased with the results. I used the brown and black Micron pens and highlighted with the chalk pencil after shading with the lead pencil.
Kathryn illustrates here the benefits of the Renaissance tiles - shading and highlights, brown and black ink - and the pretty possibilities.

A very warm welcome to JJ.  She sent in two tiles~



It is a good study to note the differences in her tiles.  For instance, the dark corners of Bilt in the first tile and the lighter ones in the second.  Even the way she shaded Paradox in each made a difference.  Welcome!




Sue Agnew said ~
...it was fun to have the chance to play with Paradox. Your tutorial was immensely helpful. I usually get mixed up partway through and zig when I should be zagging. I wasn't able to combine it successfully with other tangles, so finally I Paradox-ed every other space and then filled the empty spaces with concentric lines, then joined the corners a la Puf.
Rising Paradox columns - that is very striking!

Peggy Kohrmann wrote ~
Since I like grids and architectural tangles, this was a great week of learning. Not sure which I like best but Bilt, Bitten and Rosewood were great fun to learn.
The Rosewood triangles used the string with Paradox in the center. Used Paradox again with the triangle space and Bilt and Bitten on either side. The shading helps give depth.

A hearty yes to everything Peggy said!  Kudos to her for the variation of Rosewood .  Note that instead of darkening in the entire corner triangles, she filled them partially - very complimentary to Bitten.


From Audrie Weisenfelder ~

Her tile features stark light and dark spaces, and a beautiful Bitten centerpiece.  She also wrote about it here on her pretty purple blog.


Jenna Wheatman said ~
Here is this weeks string challenge. Was very close to not doing this one as the string really did not inspire me but I really liked the tangles. It took me a few attempts to get them to flow together and I used some inspiration from Chelsea Kennedy's blog
 I just love how she manages to really make the tangles flow and its really hard to work out where she started lol!
I have managed to fit all the tangles in.
Jenna is the one who can make tangles flow.  She doubled the lines of the string and framed her tangles and tangleations beautifully.  Her patterns peek out from the corners, large and lovely.


Jackie Becker said Paradox is one of her favorites ~

She added some whimsy to Rosewood and dark lines bordering Bilt and finished it up with some very nice shading.


Annie Taylor wrote ~
It was a difficult string for me, being so very straight-lined and triangular but I enjoyed the process and learning a couple of new tangles. The final result...? Well, it's the process that counts, isn't it!
Annie's lines dance across her tile.  Her details are many - lines in Bitten, cascading Paradox, and a lovely edge on Bilt, to name just a few.

Donna Flynn said that she sent this "along in the spirit of Wabi Sabi" as she was not so sure of the result ~


...yet, it is a very fun piece.  She used all four patterns and worked in colorful shades of blue and green.

A very warm welcome to Jen Morey.  She wrote ~
This is my first-ever String Thing, and I'm tickled (pun intended) to have found another weekly challenge! Thank you (and all the other wonderful CZTs who issue the various challenges) for doing all the hard work so we can sharpen our skills as well as our pencils. I've only been tangling for a year but plan to take the CZT course as soon as possible, because when I retire next year I want to teach Zentangle classes (as you can see from my signature)!
Blessings,
Jen Morey
Future CZT
(Certified Zentangle Teacher)
Her enthusiasm carries from her words to her art work.  A tower of Bilt and supporting tangles make for one pretty piece.  Welcome and keep us updated on your certification!

AND now, the tile for honors this week was sent in by 
LonettA!

She wrote~
...here is my tile for this week...
This time I´m tangling on my grey toned paper ... it´s my favorite paper at the moment!
Have a wonderful day!
Best wishes from Germany


She also posted it here on her blog.   

LonettA created a masterpiece of detail.  She shaded and highlighted along string lines, double some and darkened others.  By highlighting and shading patterns, she gave them beautiful dimension.  Of particular note is her whimsy with Bitten as it breaks away from its grid.

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

Many thanks to all of the talented tanglers who sent in their tiles for all of us to appreciate.

Thank you to the creative minds behind the string and tangles used this week ~

TanglePatterns String 052 created by Barbara Finwall

Bilt   by Lisa Skeen, CZT
Rick's Paradox   by Rick Roberts
Bitten   by Carole Ohl, CZT
Rosewood  by Sandra Strait

Check back Tuesday for "It's a String Thing" #55!