Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #63

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

Today we begin with TanglePatterns String 066 created by Melodie Hampshire.

Noticing that we have paid little or no attention to tangles that begin with the letter 'Q' - I looked over string lines to see which one would be a good companion to the 'Q' tangles that I reviewed.

As it just so happened, String 066 seemed just right.  Coincidentally - and I do believe there are no coincidences in life - tomorrow is my grandmother's birthday.   Were she still here today, she would be 109 years old.  Imagine that!

As a young girl, I distinctly remember when she turned 66 years of age - "schixty schix", she used to say with a wry smile.

Here is a picture of my grandmother and me taken around 1960 ~

Her name was Guellma Gevene - a rare mouth full.  Today, we are blessed with a daughter named Elena Gevene and her daughter, Ella Gevene.  What a glorious blessing that her name lives on.

In this marvelous month of October - one that my grandmother held dear because of our birthdays  - we continue celebrating with String 066 ~

Copyrighted image used with permission from TanglePatterns.com 

The tangles for the week include:
Quandary by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas
Quare  by  Beth Snoderly
Quib  by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas
Quiltz  by  Kym Barlow

The step outs can be found by clicking on the names of the tangles above - or by visiting Tangle Patterns.

Remember, use as few or as many of these patterns as you wish.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away!

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines:
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and 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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #62 Tiles

This week's IAST was a celebration of birthdays. The challenge was to use my new tangle Uncorked as a monotangle for my birthday- or use Uncorked with a pattern of your choice in honor of your birthday.

The results are just phenomenal - each tile a beautifully wrapped gift.  And what fun it is to receive and give gifts for a birthday.  Let's take a look ~

The first tiles arrived from Kristen Kostelnik Killips.  She wrote ~
I hope you had a lovely birthday and thanks for another fun challenge! Our meetup group was just a duo tonight and we decided to tackle both your challenge and this week's Diva challenge on a single tile. Below are our efforts and here is the link to the blog post.

How interesting to see two tiles together with both variations of the tangle - enclosed and open.  Each melds nicely with the surrounding tangles. The embellishments are lovely, especially the scallops and dots.

Lily Moon wrote ~
I celebrate your birthday with this tile. (On my blog) I hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness and that your wishes come true! Happy Birthday dear Adele

A beautiful bouquet of bubbling Uncorked bulging from the tile - that is a happy birthday gift!

Sara Belmont-Kleingeld said, "Firstly, a very happy birthday for yesterday... hope you had a great day.  Here's my challenge #62. I have done a monotangle using Uncorked..."

It is a marvelous monotangle - note how Sara added details to the white space of the tangle as well as the double lines of it (the thick stripes).  Uncorked springs from the string line and looks so festive with the stipple and tipple of the background.

Cheryl Stocks wrote ~
I like your new pattern and a couple weeks ago I found it the same day I found Tina/Akua-Art 'Yuma.' Sooo this is a duo tangle of the two. Your string is loosely described underneath it all. Yes, i involved my computer, as I've been known to do, but all that is disclosed on my blog entry.
To use a word from Cheryl's closing - this is brilliant.  It is brilliant in color, line, and design - yum!

Ilse Lukke wrote~
Happy belated birthday, Adele!
As a present ;-) I used your tangle Uncorked as a monotangle...
It was nice to do a monotangle, I hardly ever do that, but I like the result! I also put this tile on my blog.

Large looming light and dark legs of Uncorked overlapping and changing from space to space - this is very lovely and graceful.

Lori Byerly said ~
Happy Birthday, Adele!
I hope you have a blessed day and that you're very spoiled by your loved ones. :)
Here's my take on string #62 and uncorked (I used Laura Harms' boo*kee as my second pick). You can also see my tile here [on my blog]
How fun to celebrate everyone's birthday.

These tangles are very pretty together.  The orbs of Uncorked as Lori created them here are three dimensional - the detail lines, the shading, the thicker outline - all add to the sense of depth.  The generous white space is the perfect compliment to the tangles.

Carmela sent sweet wishes ~
At first I wish you had a beautiful and lovely birthday with all your beloved people around you.
I like your new pattern Uncorked.
Its very elegant and lovely.
In honor of all the beautiful challenges you make for us, and as a present for your birthday i made a Monotangle with Uncorked.
You can also see it on my blog.

This is a playful and pretty assortment of Uncorked - one more festive than the next.  It looks like a party, doesn't it?!

Cheryl Craver said ,"...loved uncorked the first time I saw it, it has soooo many possibilities but I just had to go with the free form shapes on their own, put 3 baby ones in the tipple !!"

Three baby ones - so very cute!  They compliment the three larger ones and they are fun to spot in the midst of the tipple.  Note how Cheryl dotted off several of the lines of Uncorked - that is a nice touch.

Lucy Banta - soon to be CZT - wrote ~
Happy Birthday Adele!! I hope you've had a good week celebrating as all birthdays deserve at least a week of parties and fun.!

Attached is my Uncorked tile where I also used Paradox. It was fun learning a new tangle, and I see Uncorked could be used to create some fun patterns.

Here's the link to my blog 

Lucy added detail lines around Uncorked that play well into the neighboring Paradox.  Note how she also carried the alternating white space and shading through both patterns.

Annemarie wrote, "I hope your birthday was a day filled with love and presents :-) Here is the link to my blog..."
This is very special - and it does only happen on a rare occasion - when two artists use a similar configuration of tangles.  Annemarie sent her tile in from Holland.  Lucy sent hers from New Jersey, here in the States.   They arrived in my inbox back-to-back.  An ocean apart - literally thousands of tangles to choose from and they both used Paradox - isn't that fun?!

A very warn welcome to Katie Booth who wrote ~
Hi :) This is my first posting to you for your challenge. I've attached a pic and included a link to my blog post. Not sure what you need for an entry, but I think I covered the bases. I really enjoyed your tangle, uncorked!
Katie created a splendidly stark contrast by creating large spaces of black and white.

Ragged Ray wrote ~
Belated birthday wishes – I hope you had a wonderful day!
What a pleasure to spend more time with your Uncorked tangle – I’ve been playing with it a lot lately and I love it. And I have more more more things I want to do with it too! It’s very versatile – the sign of a great tangle! But for now here is my tile. I stopped myself from adding more as I like the way that strange prehistoric beast looked like it was coming in to land!

What fabulous imagery and fabulous tangles...she added sparkle, darkened in spaces, superb shading, and even added Printemps in the larger tangles.

Christine Forrester sent well wishes with a wonderful sense of humor ~
Many Happy returns of the day for your Birthday (was it your 21st?)
This one I intended as a Mono-tangle but while completing the lovely Uncorked, that I have just learned, it called for Diva Dance (I hope you did a lot of this on your Birthday) and N’zeppel, all surrounded by some birthday Tipple.
Christine Forrester (nearer 62 than she would like)

That is a birthday celebration in pen and ink - happy tangles with a very festive feel.

Kelly Rickert wrote~
I LOVE LOVE LOVED this week's challenge!
I started thinking I was just going to do a monotangle and play with "Uncorked," but then I looked through tangles I've used and remembered that Betweed (original Zentange by Maria and Rick) is one of my favorites! I figured "eh, I'll try it, see what happens." I didn't even realize at first how similar Betweed and Uncorked could be when played with. I ended up having a blast putting them together :)

That is a very interesting observation about the two patterns - and even more interesting is the way Kelly morphed them together.  Note the large, darkened Uncorked with Betweed - a fabulous variation.

Sharyn Penna said ~
Happy Birthday Week, Adele!
Uncorked strikes me as the fraternal twin of Mooka.
I thought I had remembered how to do you tangle...I was early to pick up my daughter yesterday, and tangled a tile relying on my memory. It wasn't until I opened my email this morning that I realized I'd omitted the outer circle. But I discovered without the circle the Uncorked pods could overlap, sit behind, unfurl outward and become swirly blades reaching up and out. I got wonderously lost in this tangle. Thank you for your birthday gift to us all! Hope your celebrations continue through the weekend. 
Uncorked without the outer circle is actually in the design of the tangle - and Sharyn's tile is a remarkable study in what it can do when it is set free of the initial circle.  Her descriptive phrases are ones I will archive with the tangle and most rewarding is that she "got wondrously lost" when tangling it.  Delightful!

Jane Glotzer's cheery note read ~
Happy, happy birthday Adele! Hope your celebrations have been wonderful and I'm sending along wishes for birthday love, happiness, peace, creativity, art, and passion!
How generous of you...for your birthday you gave all of us a gift by sharing your fun new pattern Uncorked and giving us a reason to play around with it for this week's challenge--:) I love it...in my exploration I came up with a cool little variation with a swirl as the last flourish in the center, but it didn't make it into my final piece...I've been doodling it everywhere and I'm sure it'll be in my work soon...
I started with the smaller versions and darkened the background for the negative space effect...then the large one filled the right side and I used circles in the background for the variation...the two mirror images pretty much decided where to go by themselves, and then I gave it all a positive/negative contrast by darkening/dotting the pattern "leaves" in that corner and leaving the background light...a little bit of shading (was a little unsure how to approach that here, so as usual, I will be looking at others' work to see what they tried) and I very much like my finished piece--happy Adele's birthday to me--:)

Jane's tile is a gorgeous balance of light and dark. She also added that she likes to celebrate a birth 'week' - and I agree.  These tiles are helping me accomplish that!

Susan Theron's note read, "Love your tangle."

That is an understatement based on her tile :)  Look what she did by growing it from the 'stem' of the string line.  She turned it into a very organic tangle - and adding the green really made it pop.  Note how the detail lines Susan added to the pattern compliment the tipple that surrounds it.

From Carolyn  Russell, CZT ~

I would like to submit two tangles for this week's challenge in honor of your birthday! I love "Uncorked!" Being one continuous line made it so easy to draw. I first thought of my grandmothers snake plants that she dearly loved and always had in a pot by the back kitchen door, so I had to add a touch of green. Then I thought how dramatic it would look with black leaves so I did another tile. I added Fescu and Tipple (Zentangle originals) which always seems to show up in my art work to the second tile. Thank you for this very creative pattern. And may you have a lovely year ahead and get to celebrate every day as though it were your birthday celebration!

I love the connection she made to her grandmother and to snake plants - I remember them well as house plants in the north.  
In addition to the additional tangles, Carolyn added spectacular sparkle to make this pattern shine.  

Ingrid Coventon sent "happy congratulations" along with her tile ~

In the attachment my tile for challenge # 62.
I had such fun playing with your newest tangle Uncorked. Coincidentally I celebrate my birthday ... this week as well. That's why I made a duotangle, and Aura-leah (by Carla du Preez)seemed to fit in perfectly. So here it is.....

That makes me smile to think we have the same birthday week.  It makes me smile too, to see that Ingrid thought of a plant as Carolyn and others did.  Notice how she used tipple in the middle of her Uncorked orbs - it adds to the organic feel.

LonettA sent best wishes ~
...first belated happy birthday to you! I wish you all the best and I hope you had a wonderful day on your birthday.
I´m really glad that I have managed your "It´s a String Thing" challenge this week. This tile is my little present for you!
I hope you like it! I used your tangle "Uncorked" only ... and a little bit of "Tipple"!

To say that I like it would be an understatement.  This is a splendid study of Uncorked.  The grey paper makes both the shading and highlighting shine and plays so well with the red.  LonettA added great depth with her shading as well.

Another soon-to-be CZT, Judy Wanner sent along happy wishes as she prepares for the upcoming seminar - so exciting!

She added that she loves Uncorked and it shows in her work.  She created a beautiful bouquet in the center with wonderful variations of light, dark, shading, and sparkle.  The circular shapes in the center with the angular back drop of Florz  creates an interesting contrast.

CZT Joan Delony wrote ~
Love Uncorked! I drew it with Flora and embellished with a couple Iza leaves. Uncorked reminds me of an onion sliced down the middle or a bud waiting to burst open. I hope I drew it right!
I hope you like your Birthday Gift! I have also posted this on my blog.
Yes, I do like it very much!
And after playing with it a bit more, Joan created a seascape with this tile ~
I love this - at first, I pictured an underwater seascape, but then the more I studied it, the more I imagine this drawn in the sand with the bubbles from a wave floating across it.  It makes me relax just looking at it :)

From Caren Mlot, CZT ~
I’m attaching 2 tiles I did this week for It’s a string thing. I had not used Uncorked yet, but I love it! My first tile, the white one, I used the string, but it totally disappeared in my design. The 2nd one, the black Zendala... I showed both these tiles in my blog and talked about them here.
Can’t wait to use Uncorked again. Thanks for a great tangle.
Many thanks for the kind compliment, Caren.  Her tile is light and lovely and graceful ~

Her zendala is just gorgeous ~ the pattern glows against the dark paper.   

A very warm welcome to Elena Müller who wrote ~
first I want to congratulate birthday.
This is my first participation of your challenge and I realize... I send my Tile you with a warm "Happy Birthday" (subsequently).
For errors I apologize, I do not speak english, I use a online translator.
Für meine Tile habe ich benutzt:
Tangle Patterns string #062, Pattern "Uncorked" by A. Bruno and "Swarm" by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
I admire what it must take to communicate in a language you don't know.  That is another reason Zentangle® is so remarkable - it ties us all together through its own language.
Elena created a tropical feel to her tile and the touch of red is very pretty.

Peggy Kohrmann wrote ~

Happy birthday Adele,
Since I had followed your instructions for Uncorked when you posted it, I was excited to know the tangle for this week. I selected Bilt by Lisa Skeen as my other tangle.
I understand that your tangle closes but my large tangle went off the page and so is open. Love the variations.
I like Hibred but picked Bilt instead since I like the scale effect. Enjoying the white space and shading too.

That is the most wonderful effect - to have the tangle run off through the border and leave it open.  Ditto on the white space and shading!

Annie Taylor said ~

I was so pleased to have the chance to use this lovely new tangle of yours - and I always enjoy a mono or duo tangle challenge. But I actually found it really difficult to do. Yours are so lovely and work so well....and I have practiced and practiced but in the end, I haven't managed to pull off what I wanted to achieve. However, here are my Uncorked Melons, together with a little Yuma, which is another new tangle I've enjoyed playing with.

But these are lovely!  Annie layered the tangles, added delightful detail and splendid shading, too.

Kirsten Bish wrote ~
Here is my tangle "Nature Study". As you can see, I did a monotangle of Uncorked.
I love this tangle and will be using it again.

The details may be difficult to detect in the photo, but her delicate lines are really lovely.  The contrast of her light and dark spaces are as well.

Janice L. Johnson wrote ~
Happy Birthday.
Here is my entry for this week's challenge...I originally did only Uncorked, but decided to add Dragonair as this reminded me of an eye. I have titled it Dragon Awakening. I also did another tile that I posted on my blog here.

A dragon's eye - that is fabulous - as is Janice's choice of the two tangles together.  Her sparkle and shading are really spectacular.

And finally, this is my thank you ZIA for all of the talented tanglers
who got to know Uncorked this week,
who shared their fun with the rest of us, and
who sent along the best of birthday wishes.
It was such a special treat.

I am ever so grateful.

Stop by tomorrow for "It's a String Thing" #63 !

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tips for Tangling Uncorked

Uncorked is the featured tangle in "It's a String Thing" #62 - click here for all of the delightful details.

I have received requests to include a few more tips for the tangle - namely how it is drawn in a continuous line ~

My original post with the step out can be found here.  It is very fun to draw and once drawn, it can be enhanced countless ways.

Give it a try!  Submit your tile and check back on Monday to see all the gorgeous results.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, 
               as the confidence of their help.                  ~Epicurus

I read these wise words and my dear friend Karen came to mind.  

She met up with me just before six a.m. last Sunday to drive to the  Florida Art Educators Conference in Daytona Beach.  

She helped me set up the conference room for class and helped pack up afterward (pictured above).  Now, that is a good friend.

I am truly blessed to enjoy the confidence of her help and I am grateful. 

Thank you, Karen!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #62

UPDATE ON JOANNE FINK'S KICK STARTER:  With just 17 days to go, Joanne is almost at her goal.  If you haven't had a chance to read about it, click here.  If you haven't had a chance to contribute, please do - let's see if my readers can push her past the goal line!

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It's Tuesday and it's my birthday!

I absolutely love birthdays - my family members', my friends', my own.

Not in a self absorbed way, but in a very humble and grateful way. I treasure life.  It is the most precious of all God's gifts and birthdays are the perfect reminder of this fact.  They are cause for much celebration!

Let's celebrate today's "It's a String Thing" #62 by using TanglePatterns String 062 ~ a birthday treat because it is one of mine ~

Copyrighted image used with permission from TanglePatterns

Although I do love when numbers line up that way - 62 and 62, I am not 62 today :)  I am still a bit south of the sixth decade.

As a little present, and because the string line seems so compatible with my newest tangle, we will use Uncorked.  

Here are two options for you ~

1. use Uncorked as a monotangle - or -

2.  to celebrate your own birthday, whenever it may be, create a duotangle with Uncorked and one of your favorite patterns.  (Please include the name and artist of the tangle when you submit your tile.)

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 - 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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #61 Tiles

This week's string by CZT Margaret Bremner provided four rounded spaces in which to tangle, along with some wonderful nooks and crannies.  The tangles to choose from included:  Moonpie, Aquafleur, River, and Gutz.    Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Carmela.  She said ~
This week much linework which I like.
I have used 3 patterns and I tried to spend different thicknesses of the pens and shadows with some grey to create little accents.
U can see it on my blog
All of her details come together beautifully here, especially her shading.

Sarah Hluchy said that she "really enjoyed this one..."

Sarah mixed Aquafluer and River using black and white to create bold and airy spaces. 

Lori Byerly said that she "ended up doing a monotangle with moonpie because I couldn't get the tangle patterns to play nicely together..."

If she was disappointed, we are not because this is a treat to see - a Moonpie monotangle.  Joan Delony (Moonpie's creator) will be happy too.  Note how Lori managed to create a sense of movement by angling her initial crossed lines, elongating the orbs, and shading for depth.  That black, deep sea looking backdrop further accents the tangle.

Along with wishes for a "brilliant day" Cheryl Stocks wrote ~
Attached should be my response to your challenge this week. I think it ended up looking a little bit like a mummy. It's also on my blog.
That is great imagery!  Note her double River on either side of her 'mummy' - that is a wonderful idea.

Kristen Kostelnik Killips said ~
...This week's challenge was tough, but great, as always. It turned out a little busy, but I am still happy with it. I can't wait to see what others have done.
So many fun things going on here - see how Kristen used the detail lines of Moonpie on her Aquafluer.  Her River mid line is dark and thick - a great compliment to the neighboring dark spaces. She posted it here on her blog.

Next is my contribution ~

It is a bit of a departure for me because when I sat down to tangle this, my intention was to tangle the entire tile.  I began with Aquafluer, then the River mid line followed by a single Moonpie.  Once a few Gutz broke away from the 'pack' I stopped, aura-ed in either direction of River, and was suddenly satisfied with the look - a total surprise!

Sue said, "Thought i'd give this one a try. I'm still working on shading and getting many inspirations online."

This is inspiring - a Moonpie center aura-ed with River and wrapped in Aqufluer - fabulous!

Kathryn White said that she "merged Moonpie and Gutz through their overlapping space" adding that "Aquafluer is a new favorite!" ~

What fun to have Gutz ooze between and through Aquafluer (sounds so Halloween!).  River wrapping around is lovely, too.
Kathryn also posted it here on her website.

Juul wrote ~
Bonjour chère Adèle!
Here is my very modeste contribution to this weeks challenge....found the string "trés difficile"!
But she makes it look easy with lovely lines of Aquafluer, gobs of Gutz, and  magnifique shading!

Ilse Lukken said she was curious as well, to see what others did with this challenge ~

She highlighted each of the four tangles in each of the loops of the string line.  She left the other spaces white and that really made the tangles shine.

Joya wrote, "Here's my tile for this weeks' challenge. I also posted it on my blog.

Joya tangled along the border and string line with Gutz - a wonderful idea.  Her curvy Aquafluer and Moonpie spaces are bold and compliment River so well.

Joan Delony wrote ~
What a surprise to see Moonpie in the challenge this week! Thanks. Of course I used it. I did two tiles. The first one, I used Moonpie drawn in a grid as it is shown on TanglePatterns.com.
The second tile, I made Moonpie as a floating pattern. The second tile looks like a day at the beach to me with striped umbrellas and the ocean shore. I can't wait to see all the tiles. Every week, I marvel at the incredible creativity in the Zentangle world.

How fun to have Joan use her own pattern in two different ways.  And how fun to see Moonpie break out of a grid like that - lovely!  See more of Joan's work here on her blog.

Ragged Ray returns (yay!) with this note ~
... I wrapped the sort-of-Aquafleur around the string line. Popped in some Gutz leaving some white space around them. And a couple of large Moonpies - I've loved the way other tanglers use this enlargement approach in your challenges and wanted to try it myself.
A string line of Aquafluer - very clever.  It is true that the single, large tangle idea is something other wonderful tanglers have inspired us with through these challenges.  Moonpie is the string loop, especially with all the detail lines, really shines.

Annemarie wrote ~
In the attachment my entry for your last challenge. I love every second I worked on it. Thanks for giving me some very pleasant zen hours.
She aura-ed her string line and in so doing created well defined areas to tangle.  Note her thick dark line of River and the dark intersection of her string lines.
She also posted her tile here on her blog.

Ingrid Coventon tile was accompanied by this delightful note ~

In the attachment my ST #61. As soon as I saw the challenge I knew I wanted to use Aquafleur for sure. In aquafleur some River and the black worms are supposted to be Gutz. But because I blackened them in, they transformed into some creature-like wormthingies. Well haha, that's the way Zentangle goes. I loved to draw this tile.

Every week I look at the submitted tiles, I'm amazed about everyone's creativity and the load of possibilities to draw the challenge as well. Especially when a challenge is a real challenge to me and I can not come up with something else than what I have drawn and see no other possibilities. Zentangle opens and broadens my horizons. That is a great gift of Zentangle.
Swirls of Aquafluer just pull the eye in and around this fabulous tile.  Ingrid's use of River is very creative as I am sure she has returned the favor and inspired other tanglers with her work.

Susan Theron wrote ~

I've started with tile 1 (string61.1) without the floating Gutz and thought it can be a butterfly and started with tile 2 and after the butterfly was finished something was lacking, so I aura-ed it. And then I looked at the first tile again and thought it also lacked something, so it had Gutz added. I do not know which one I prefer. So I will call them "undecided".
Always looking forward to see what the other tanglers did and what the new challenge looks like.

Both!  That would be the answer - they are both favorites.  Susan's detail lines and sparkle make both tiles stand out and her shading is wonderful.

Jane Glotzer from COLORADO sent this tile.  I wrote that in capital letters because when her tile was honored last week, I mistakenly said she was from Arizona.  My apologies, Jane.

This one didn't give me as much trouble as last week's, but it is still quite satisfying to finish it! :) Although, I think it looks more like a study of the four tangles, as opposed to an integrated "piece."

I started by deciding to let the Moonpie out of its grid, and did it in a more freeform way...
And I like very much how River came out...
This is the first time I could get an Aquafleur to look like anything at all...I watched Ellen Wolter's video and it was quite helpful...she is really amazing, if you are not familiar with her...she has a channel on YouTube that other tanglers should check out if they have not already...I used a bit of Sparkle as she does in her tutorial, but I had a small problem with one of the "arms"...it's pretty obvious which one, so don't look too closely, but I'm trying to focus on the good parts...so very zentangly of me--:)
Lastly, Gutz is not the type of tangle I'm generally drawn to (pun intended) but I decided to try to use all 4 tangles this time, so there it is...I added some dots and border lines to add to the "internal" effect--makes me think of my appendectomy a few months ago!

A great sense of humor and many delightful details - Moonpie out of its grid and shaded as though bent, sparkle, dots, and pretty patterns.

Lucy Banta said ~
This was a fun one. I didn't know about Moonpie, and I think it has lots of possibilities and will become a favorite!
Here's a link to my blog post.
This is a terrific take on the tangles - four Moonpie sections, Aquafluer corners and thick lines on Gutz.

Cat Trask said ~
I don't know why, but this weeks challenge was such fun for me! I soon as I drew the string and looked up the patterns, THEY told me where they wanted to be.
River was the first to jump in, but didn't want me to draw the ripples until I was done. Aquafluer was next, but was a tile hog and wanted to take up two areas... LOL.
Moonpie and Gutz each took their place, and then river let me add a few ripples. This is the first time the patterns and string told me where they wanted to be. I think they do a better job of building tiles than I do!!!
Cat, that is such a happy, zentangle-ly thought!  And just look at the happy result.  Cat's variations of Aquafluer are awesome.

Lily Moon sent this wonderful tile ~

Moonpie wrapped in Aquafluer, accented with brown, dots, sparkle, and shading - all masterful details.  Shading of River and sparkle in Gutz lend such an elegant balance to the other sections.

Peggy Kohrmann wrote ~
This string seemed very busy and I don't always see how to make things flow. Since three of the tangles were new, it is always fun to see how it plays out at the end.
I like the River and Aquafleur because the shading makes depth. The Gutz was fun to play with as I learned it, but this single one Is a disappointment. I will be looking at how others get Moonpie to be three dimensional. I did a bit of color- pink in honor of breast cancer month and because they do color up from their diets.

That is an interesting fact!  Peggy said it well - that shading adds depth to the tangles.  Note how she alternated rows of shading in River and then along the edges of Gutz and Aquafluer.  The dark spaces make the patterns really pop.

Kelly Rickert sent two tiles.  The first is by her sister Becky ~
...This challenge was fun :) And I got my little sister to try it too! She is 16 years old and hasn't quite got the "zen" part of the tangling process yet. But she stuck with it despite her frustrations! I love her tile :) It reminds me of a field of little flowers. (Her name is Becky)
That was an ambitious first tile.  Well done, Becky!

Kelly added ~
As for my tile, it was fun to play with these strings :) I've wanted to use Gutz for a while now, but haven't until this challenge!!!
Coolest part of this one? Seeing how incredibly differently my sister and I approached the string and the selected tangles :D I love how the Gutz looks almost like bacteria through a microscope.

That is fun!  Note how Kelly used the string line for River and also left her lines light in Aquafluer - nice touches.

And now, the tile for honors this week comes to us from South Africa ~

CZT Brenda Urbanik sent this pretty piece ~

Brenda said that she "... just enjoyed playing and tangling (except for Gutz!!!)."

While not her favorite pattern to tangle, she did a fabulous job with Gutz.  She added sparkle and darkened in spaces.  Aquafluer is brilliant - curving and wrapping and shining and stretching across the tile.

Brenda also posted her tile here on her blog.

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

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

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

CZT Margaret Bremner via Linda Farmer at TanglePatterns for the lovely string.

Moonpie by CZT Joan Delony

Aquafluer by Maria Thomas

River by CZT Suzanne McNeill

Gutz by Patricia Cosiano

Stop by tomorrow afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #62 !