Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #216

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

In yesterday's "It's a String Thing" #215 Tiles post, Sue Agnew sent in a photo of her friends participating in creating a piece for an art show.  The picture shows them adding colorful aura below a line that reflected the top of a mountain range.

That brought to mind the possibilities of adding aura to a string in the same way we would add a tangle.

In addition to this inspiration, I did celebrate a birthday that rhymes with "Rixty" ( the wonderful tangle by Maria Thomas) this week.  Yikes!

Using Sue's note and photo, along with Rixty, let's begin with this string ~

IAST #216 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The step out for Rixty can be found here.

My post about entitled "The Awesome Art of Aura" can be found by clicking here.  It may give you more ideas for using this tangle enhancer.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Feel free to place the string any way you'd like on your tile.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* 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, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' 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. 

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, October 16, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #215 Tiles

What a treat is was this week to play with two new(ish) tangles from two members of our IAST community.  The challenge proved to be a soothing, zen-like experience and loads of fun. 

Lets take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
As I was tangling this tile I felt a disconnect between the string and Delys, as well as Clob and Delys. But, at the same time they all fit together. It wasn’t until I grabbed the grey marker instead of the light blue marker that I saw the connection between them. Many years ago I owned a grey sweatshirt that had A Swedish embroidered design (the most comfortable sweatshirt I might add...I miss it so!). The design kind of reminded me of Delys. Then I looked at Clob...tan corduroy pants ( also comfy and missed!)
Who knew one could find an old memory in a tangle! Thanks!

Tangled Tidbits -
..."an old memory in a tangle"... That is a sweet thought.
*alternating tangles divided by weighted string lines
*soft colors, pretty Delys

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Love this week’s Tangles, they are so versatile.
I tangled my tile with the string in the position you drew it Adele, but after I’d finished I turned it sideways
And I’m now not sure which way I prefer it.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautifully delicate Delys
*Clob flows from several points and along the string's channels

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
I missed last week and I'm going to miss next week! Darn I do so look forward to this. Loved the two Tangles this week, thanks for all your hard work Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
I am happy that you join in when you are able!
*Clob filled Delys
*background and center Clob run perpendicular

From Tonia C (Rhode Island) ~
This was am interesting string. I thought I would be using #Clob more given the string design, then changed my mind. I also added some #CO2 with a silver metallic glaze pen as I felt it needed a little "bling". Thanks for this week's challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*three variations of Delys
*Ahh adds lightness

From Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you so much for this inspiring challenge! When I saw clob the first time I just wanted to try it but I didn't manage it so far. So your challenge came just in the right moment ;-)
I had a lot of fun with the string and the two new-for-me patterns.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Clob outlined and filled string spaces - pretty variations features stripes and sparkle
*blossoms of Delys and lovely perfs

From CZT Ria Matheussen (Belgium) ~
Here is my entry for the 215 th challenge with (for me) 2 lovely new tangles.
I've made my drawing on watercoloured paper and coloured a bit more with ordinary pencils. When I finished the job, I took a picture while putting my tile on another watercoloured bigger one.
I like both patterns and I am glad I could use them, thanks to you.
Kind regards from Belgium
Tangled Tidbits -
*Clob spiral and swirls in lovely shades
*alternating Delys

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I like your given string for this week’s challenge because there are many ways to use it. The two patterns I knew but didn’t use them often. So I could practise them again. My two versions you can find on my blog
Thank you for this interesting challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty details for Delys - cluster of four is beautiful
*striped and sparkled Clob

From CZT Lin H (Florida) ~
Thanks for your challenge this week that included two new patterns for me, Clob and Delys. I really like them both. I’m looking forward, as always, to seeing everyone else’s results.

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful shading brings dimension to Clob and Delys
*white space compliments the tangles

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Here is this week’s tile. It was very soothing drawing all those furrows. I think it looks like a ploughed field.
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura, shading, and dark spaces for Delys
*multiple directions for Clob clusters

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Two tangles I had never done before. Enjoyed the challenge. Thanks Adele for doing one every week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*single and double Clob lined strings, aura-ed, shaded
*two shades of blue for Delys

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Isn't it funny how things turn out? I looked at Clob and thought I didn't like it. But once I started doing it, I had a lot of fun with it and couldn't stop! As you can see, I barely left any room for Delys which is a fine pattern. One of these days I want to do more with it, and I hope a few people made it the star of their tile this week. I'm looking forward to that.
As always, thanks for everything!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Delys is the delightful star of this tile - three times over
*Clob shines in four variations

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Both patterns were new to me and I like both a lot, Clob even better. I’ve been playing with the twested rope lately and think it’s fantastic what you can do with it.
In Switzerland we are enjoying wonderful goldy autumne days. I am so grateful for this, when I see what’s going on weatherwise worldwide. And I hope that no-one is affected by fire or water nor wind. God bless.

Tangled Tidbits -
I second that wish, thank you Lisette.
*spirals of Clob border the tile
*elegant Delys variation

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
So fun to have a challenge with two new patterns. Thanks for all you do.
Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored Delys with lovely curls that repeat along the border and Clob
*soft shading and just a touch of weighted line
From Elena (Russia) ~
Here is my string thing 215. I really like these bundles, ropes and worms. Paper thinned with watercolor. Liked!
Tangled Tidbits -
*dainty Delys graces the center
*beautiful strands of Clob - weighted edges, stripes an sparkle

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Thanks for the challenge Adele. Clob certainly was zenfull, I really enjoyed the challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous highlight and soft shading of Clob
*pretty light and dark variation of Delys

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my IAST # 215 tile.
My scanner shows the tile blacker than it is in reality. I tried to lighten it up, but that was no succes. Anyway, it was nice to play with these, new to me, tangles.
Have a very lovely and blessed birthday and I will be thinking of you!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you!  I was trying to sneak passed my birthday, but you caught me!
We'll play with it a bit tomorrow in IAST #216 😉
Happy birthday to you, too!
*deep shading gives wonderful depth to Clob
*dotted Delys creates a lovely backdrop

From Joke Leussenkamp (The Netherlands) ~
After last week's surprise, winning the IAST #214 challenge, I could not resist too take another go with this one!!
Because of other occupations again I'm very late but I hope it will still be on time.
I hope you like the result!!!!
Thanks again for these challenges
Tangled Tidbits -
*striking details for Clob - how fun!
*black background highlights the beautiful tangles

From Teddy G (Maryland) ~
My entry for IAST #215. Thanks again for another great challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Clob filled large Delys with detail lines and aura - just beautiful
*checkered, striped. sparkled, triangular Clob

From Ilse Lukken ( The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
I hope I'm just in time to enter my tile, the last weeks have been pretty busy to me... I'm happy when I find some time to tangle :-)
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant curves and curls
*dark centers of Delys play well with the lighter Clob and white space

From Ute Andresen (Germany) ~
here I’m sending you the tile for It’s a String Thing # 215.
I like this twisted string and the patterns too. Especially Delys. I think I will go on tangling with it.
Thank you for your inspiration.

Tangled Tidbits -
*lighter line of Delys in the foreground - notice how aura and shading push the others to the background
*lovely layers of Clob

From Juul (France) ~
Chère Adèle
Here is my tile for this week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura along with light and dark sections create beautiful variations of Delys
*Clob lines create sense of movement as they swirl

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Attached is my tile for IAST215. I totally spaced out last week - did my tile, but forgot to send it in. I enjoyed seeing how everyone else interpreted the challenge, none the less. Wonderful work by all.
We are praying for our neighbors in Northern California - family and friends in the area are all safe at this time.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading and sparkle make Delys shine
*narrow, detailed, wonderful Clob

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my tile for this week's challenge.
Have a great week ahead!
Tangled Tidbits -
*lines in each Clob section are independent of the next - lovely variation
*Delys border

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (New York) ~
I am glad for your challenges they really stretch me!!
Here is my offer for this week.
Be Blessed!

Tangled Tidbits -
*Clob lines travel over and under
*fanciful Delys

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Thank´s Adele for this challenge. The patterns suggested were new to me but I loved them at first sight! So here is my entry on a black ATC!

Tangled Tidbits -
*Clob filled Delys
*highlights and lovely aura

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*Clob and Delys blend with shared detail lines
*Tipple accents

From Pat Kennedy (Washington State) ~
I was happy that I was able to take part in this challenge - it was an enjoyable one!

Tangled Tidbits  -
*dainty Delys with light touches of aura and dots
*soft shading and highlights

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
I loved everything about this challenge! Thanks, Adele.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty flowering Delys
*colorful tangles glow on the black tile

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Here's my tile for challenge #215.
While I was playing with Clob I started being reminded of this artist, Sol LeWitt. One of his "things" was wall drawings, which he didn't execute but his part of the art was writing instructions, and then the drawings were executed by various people on various museum and gallery walls. A couple of my friends participated in creating one at the art museum at the University of Arizona several years ago. For the one they did, the instruction was something like "draw a skyline across the wall, and then trace directly under it" using several prescribed colors in a particular order. He used the mountains where he lived, so they used the skyline of the local Catalina Mountains. They found, as I recall you mentioning in a "Tangling Tips" about I believe Nipa, that as you go the line tends to flatten out. So, I did a monotangle with Clob, and turned the string upside down because I wanted to work top to bottom like they did. I tried to throw in some Sparkle but I found it difficult to predict where the "high points" were going to be.
It was fun! Thank you for doing this every week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, it was in my Tips for Tangling Nipa that I mentioned how lines tend to flatten out.  I will reference your note in tomorrow's challenge.  Thank you, Sue!
*deep curves yield great depth
*individually tangled string sections and varied width of line space

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
This was a wonderful challenge. I was doing my layout for the final interpretation of # 215, when I walked away for a few minutes to refresh. Upon returning - BAM! - there it was! An owl, down in the bottom right - staring back at me. Taking some artistic license to embellish him using the Delys tangle premise, I made him (or her) a central focal character of this piece, peeking out of a tree hollow.
Funny what happens when you walk away for a while. You see all kinds of things that you never saw while you were focusing on the matter at hand!
Thank you Adele, Jem, and Jenna for a great combination! Kind of spooky, just in time for Halloween.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a peeping owl - a fabulous find - love those sparkling eyes1
*deep black sections compliment the tangles

From Aileen (Singapore) and here on her blog ~
Thanks for another great challenge! Am rediscovering striping at the moment! Do link my blog pls!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
Tangled Tidbits -
*long, sparkled lines
*flowing white curls

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Here's my contribution for this week. In addition to Clob and Delys, I've added a Cadent variation. Working on a gray-tone tile inspired me to use a little red and white inks to jazz it up a bit.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty combination of tangles
*light stripes and solid, sparkled perfs - lovely compliments

From Kelly Brantley (Kansas) ~
This week's string made me feel happy and gave me the opportunity to use some of my favorite tangles. I wasn't familiar with either Clob or Delys, and mine don't look so nice as their creators'. I found it difficult to keep the parallel lines of Clob curved enough and the same distance apart. I wanted to use Clob in the same place Jem did, so I did a second tangle. I liked how Delys turned out in my first tangle, but decided not to use it in the second one. I was hoping that by putting something dark and small on both sides of the string 'column', it would make it stand out and look more 3 dimensional, which I think worked better with #2. I also added a little color which is very rare for me. Hope you like them!

Tangled Tidbits -
*creative combination of tangles - shading does bring the string section forward
*Clob covered string lines

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
Happy Saturday and happy October...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Delys tipped lines
*lovely layers of Clob

From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
I enjoyed this one especially Clob. That's a really fun one to draw. I think I went a little crazy with the shapes and have lost the string, but I had fun doing it!
Tangled Tidbits -
*stark light and dark Delys with dainty dots
*Clob lines flow in opposite directions from one section to the next

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
I have so often used the concept of Clob in my tiles, it's nice to have a name to apply to the design. Have to try the side-by-side rows sometime; that looks very cool. And Delys is lovely; look forward to playing with variations in the future. Right now I'm up to my eyelashes in mini white pumpkins to tangle for family and friends; these patterns will be fun to add to my list. REALLY need to work harder at getting the waxy film off first though ...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*striking three dimensional look to Clob - shading, overlapping, curling around - YUM!
*lines swirl around and behind - amazing.
*fabulous Delys center flower

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) ~
Back at last and so late as usual. Hope you are all well. Have had a bit of a hectic few weeks of heritage festival and crises, but I’m so happy to be back. Haven’t been completely out of the loop. Took part in Joey van Oordt’s 9 weeks’ challenge.
Anyway, here’s my Tile 215 and I will attempt to catch up on those I missed as a do not like gaps in my album.
Enjoyed the string and Clob by Jem Miller and Delys by Jenns Black.
Tangled Tidbits -
*delightfully detailed Delys variations - aura, sparkle, stripes, perfs, weighted lines...
*fine lined Clob and all against a deep background

 From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~
just a quick mail as I’m late again. I grabbed a zendala tile this time – one you gave me!!!! with a water mark on it. I hope you like it.

Tangled Tidbits -
It's beautiful!
*Clob clusters branch out and morph into Dalys
*sparkled stripes, aura, and wonderful shading

And now...

the tiles for honors this week...

...must absolutely go to the creators of the tangles we used this week:
Jem Miller (Ragged Ray) and Jenna Black.

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
How thrilling to see my tangle included as part of your challenge for this week – thank you so much for choosing it, I can't wait to see what others do with it. And what a wonderful string too, inspired by the one you saw on my blog, which in turn was inspired by the wonderful rope strings that Margaret Bremner uses.
Sometimes I like Clob to be the star of the show, but this week perhaps Best Supporting Actor – following the lines of the string whilst also breaking away, allowing little openings to appear, perfect for fragments of Delys. And across the middle a wide band of Delys – such a versatile tangle – I chose to sharpen the spirals and round and darken and fill.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Clob sprays outward from points along the string
*delicate lines, shadow shading, sparkle, weighted lines, and perfs - all for the love of Delys :)
*deep shading and touches of darker lines balance the white space beautifully

And Jenna Black (North Carolina) ~
Once again, you lured me in from my other projects by using one of my tangle patterns. LOL. I've been really obsessed with color lately, but for this time I went back to black and white on a gray tile. Lots of fun! Thanks.

Tangled Tidbits -
We are thrilled to have you back and with your delightful Delys.
*smooth and squiggly rows of Clob
*sparkle and stripes
*three variations of Delys

Congratulations, Jem and Jenna!
Special thanks to you both for your wonderful tangles:  Clob  and Delys.

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your inspiring work.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #216!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

A grandparent 
will help you with your buttons,
your zippers, and your shoelaces
and not be in any hurry
for you to grow up.

~Erma Bombeck

Button gift enclosure card by Adele Bruno, CZT

Project particulars:
This is a small card designed to given with a gift.  
From my button box, I selected a round purple button with two holes.  
I traced it in the approximate center of the card and then tangled outward.  
Once the zendala was complete, I used a needle and thick cotton embroidery thread to sew the button to the paper and then finished it with a double knot. 

Here's a little trick:  Adding the scalloped edge and then doubling it is an easy way to give the illusion that the round design is centered.  I just adjusted the curves, stretching them to a somewhat equal distance from the edges of the card.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #215

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

After all of those straight lined tangles of last week (weren't they spectacular?!), let's move onto something a little more free flowing.

We begin with this string inspired by a tile on Ragged Ray's blog (link) where she demonstrates her newest pattern, Clob ~

IAST #215 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
We will use two newer tangles this time, both created by IAST friends:

Clob by Jem Miller (Ragged Ray) - and also here on TanglePatterns - Yes, it's the one I just mentioned above!
As Jem illustrates on her blog, this tangle can be adapted to fill most any shape and string space.

Delys by Jenna Black
I think of the words "day-lease" in order to pronounce the name - it may help you too :)
This tangle has curves and curls and plenty of room to embellish and/or create your own variation(s).

Click on the tangle names above for the links to step outs.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Feel free to place the string any way you'd like on your tile.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* 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, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' 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. 

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, October 9, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #214 Tiles

This week we tangled tiles in tribute to Piet Mondrian by using a string inspired by one of his famous block style, primary colored paintings:  Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930.

We welcome two new participants, many Mondrian fans, and even a bit of Mondrian history.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
​a​fter a break that was a little bit longer than I expected before I finally had time and calm to tangle
​ again :-)
I liked your "Mondrian"-string a lot and Hollibaugh and Paradox are two of my favorite patterns, so I loved to tangle this tile!
The two bigger straps on the tile are drawn with a silver pen, but you just can't see it very good on the photograph...
Thank you for this wonderful challenge :-)
Many greetings from germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Hollibaugh and string lines morph
*wonderful shading - notice how Hollibaugh/sting lines are darker in the foreground and lighter as they recede

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Just my sort of challenge – lots of straight lines, and an opportunity for some colour.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pops of color in all three tangles
*dots and dashes for Paradox

From Shriley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
I’m submitting two tiles for this week’s challenge, first is the original no colour,
Second is a copy of the original but with Mondrian colours.
This week’s ‘It’s A String Thing’ # 214 Challenge.
A wonderful idea, Adele, and fun to tangle

Tangled Tidbits - 
*striped sections of Beeline and bold colorings
*Hollibaugh weaves through most every string section

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Herewith my contribution to Mondrian's IAST. I must admit that I like his early paintings better than those in "de Stijl". As I prefer pastels to primary colors and ogee to straight lines. But we are so fortunate with the Zentangle method; it offers abundant patterns for every taste. I'm really curious to see all the tiles next week.
Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, we are very fortunate.
*white on blue Paradox
*shaded Hollibaugh against a bright red background

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I have tried to combine the quiet and straight effect of a picture of Mondrian with the more technical tangle patterns and clear colors. This was a lot of fun again. I am already curious about the submissions of the other participants.
Thank you very much for your wonderful idea.
Best wishes from Germany

Tangled Tidbits -
*a wonderful combination indeed - complete with light, medium, and dark spaces of Hollibaugh
*striped and cross-hatched Beeline

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I was well into this when it struck me that perhaps green speckled paper might not be the best choice for Mondrian inspired tangles. Oh well, it was still fun to do!
As usual, I always learn from your tips. You really have a gift for explaining, so thanks for that.
Tangled Tidbits -
*speckled paper and white dots add a glow to the tangles
*three Beeline filled spaces feature varied sizes, directions, highlights, and shading

From Tharina Etsebeth (Durban, South Africa) ~
Here is my entry for this week. It may not be the most original idea, but I loved doing this! The geometric string and tangles, as well as the primary colours just appealed to me (I am usually more drawn to organic shapes).
Thank you for hosting this challenge - the weekly post with all the amazing artwork never fails to inspire and is a great start to my week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles colored in pretty primary colors
*lovely white space framed with various line widths

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
Something a little different this week, something very geometric! I'm not a big fan of Mondrian's colour schemes – but I found a tile I previously coloured, that had some interesting vertical and horizontal marks on it. Once my tangling was done I quite like the effect, as if looking through a lead beaded window at a rainy day.
I kept the tangling itself very simple, just repeating those thick black lines that I first laid down as string lines. I angled my initial lines for Beeline, for a different look. Basic shading finished the job. And not a curved line in sight – other than the ones made by Paradox!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shining sparkle - note where sparkle is added to the tangles near the lighter spaces of the paper
*elegance in the uniformity of line weight shared between Paradox and Hollibaugh

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you for a very special challenge.
Mondriaan is very famous in Europe but unfortunately I didn't seen his work in reality. Maybe later?
Anyway, I enjoyed this challenge and send you warm regards from Belgium
Tangled Tidbits -
*Hollibaugh lines intersect and blend together
*single line of Beeline with fabulous aura

From Trish O'Leary, CZT 13 (Florida) ~
This was so much fun as I love Mondrian. The most difficult thing was not to grab a ruler (which I did not - yeh)
Tangled Tidbits -
*free floating Paradox along with vertical and horizontal Beeline
*touches of red highlight Hollibaugh

From Pat (Washington State) ~
Thanks for a great challenge Piet Mondrian style!
Tangled Tidbits -
*red, white, and blue Beeline
*string lines incorporated into Hollibaugh
Love the Tickled to Tangle frame magnet in the center of a burst of Paradox!

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your latest challenge, Adele. I am one who enjoys linear patterns so this tile just flowed for me. I’m looking forward to seeing others’ results, too. Hope you’re having a great week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating shaded spaces of Beeline adds to the dimensional feel of it
*lovely little rings added to the Hollibaugh string lines
Nice frame :)

From Gale Sherman (Tucson, Arizona) ~
After you sent ​the string featuring Piet Mondrian’s “Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow, 1930” I was intrigued and did bit of research. I was surprised that he called that piece “static” and didn’t consider it a success. I’m very attracted to ​ his “Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942” which is among his later works (​and ​​which he considered ​“more refined”) and apparently gave him more satisfaction. It is this painting which inspired my Hollibaugh. When I was sharing your challenge with my husband, he told me a story about about Mondrian and Alexander Calder which I didn’t know. And, of course, I had to check it out…

Calder (whose work I’ve always loved) went to visit Mondrian in his apartment in 1930. “I was very much moved by Mondrian’s studio, large, beautiful and irregular in shape as it was, with the walls painted white and divided by black lines and rectangles of bright colour, like his paintings. It was very lovely, with a cross-light (there were windows on both sides), and I thought at the time how fine it would be if everything there moved; though Mondrian himself did not approve of this idea at all.” (Calder “Mobiles,” 1937) Being in Mondrian’s apartment changed the direction of Calder’s art. He created abstract paintings for the next 3 weeks, switching to sculptural works and, within a year, created his first mobiles.
​ I was enthralled with Calder's mobiles which were shown in the Guggenheim in the late 50s or early 60s. They gently moved with the air from the open space surrounded by the spiral ramp. It was magical!

​I'm not pleased with my tile because my Tombows seem to be on their last legs with dull points and drying ink- which bled when I added a touch of water.​ Oh well, it is what it is. I did, however, love finding out about the relationship between these two artists. Thanks for such an interesting challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for that history lesson linking these two wonderful artists.
*blocks of color for Hollibaugh
*complimentary colored, tangled, and white spaces

A very warm welcome back to Anna Houston, CZT (British Columbia, Canada) ~
...I'm baaa-ack after a long absence. And even this one I nearly refrained from submitting as I didn't love it, and then there was that raspberry of course! However, here it is. A belated thank you for your Italy posts; I enjoyed reading them a lot. I also had you in my thoughts during Irma's rampage through your state.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*outlined spaces leave the string white
*tight lines of Paradox create wonderful curves

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Hello from the Emerald Isle. Got here on Thursday. Loved this challenge, but it was difficult to concentrate on three new patterns with all the talking that was going on. I wanted the primary colours to look smoother but didn't have thinners here to use for that.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Have a wonderful time away!
*string spaces broken down into smaller rectangles
*thick and thin Beeline and great movement created with Paradox

From Elena (Russia) ~
Thank you for the interesting assignment. We now have the most beautiful and colorful time. I made shadows colored, under the autumn mood.
 Tangled Tidbits ~
*fanciful Tipple added to Hollibaugh that features a whimsical play of light and dark line and spaces
*two directions for Beeline and Paradox

From Susie (St. Louis) ~
I broke the zentangle rules, I used a ruler!
Tangled Tidbits -
I hope you smiled when you wrote that :)
*two shades of red accent Beeline
*colors and white space give a nod to Mondrian's Composition II

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Here is my IAST tile # 214 for this week.
Yes, I succeeded in doing a tile this week!!!
I have to be honest. Because my hands are not so steady anymore to draw long lines without any wobblyness, I used a ruler to draw the lines of the big Paradox. The rest I drew freehand of course.
It was very nice playing with the string and tangles. It gave me some Zen moments. Grateful for this opportunity.

Tangled Tidbits -
Back-to-back ruler confessions :)
*Beeline framed by Paradox - a very pretty, elongated, thin Beeline
*wonderful depth created with layering and shading

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
This week's challenge used a couple of my favorite tangles. Paradox at first was a puzzle to me and then a CZT showed me how to and it has been a love ever since.
I also like playing with new pens and markers. This week I used prismacolor brush tip markers for the little bits of color that I added.
I also like the the work of Piet Mondrian and I believe that Zentangle fits right into his arena.
Thanks for a great and fun challenge this week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*red string lines and centers of Paradox - weighted lines and shading add depth
*pretty blue Beeline

A very warm welcome to Ulrike Daniel (Saxonia, Germany) ~
Hallo, Adele, here is my Tile for IAST 214. It is my first challenge! I learned Zen-Tangle in August 2017 and I love it!
Dear greatings from Saxonia, Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*perfs break up the black spaces of Hollibaugh - notice how the pattern travels from one string section to the next
*Paradox fills large and small string squares
Welcome to our IAST community and to our tangled map, Ulrike.  It is so exciting to be connected by all things Zentangle®!

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
Thank you Adele for another great challenge, it was great fun as it pushed me out of my routine using soft curvy patterns. Normally I don't pick geometrical or angular patterns and I was surprise of how much I enjoyed creating this tile ;-) I tried to incorporate primary colors in honor of Piet Mondrian which was another thing out of my comfort zone and... I really liked it!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning depth of shading and layering of tangles
*woven lines of Hollibaugh made prominent with shading

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
This was such a fun tile. I have to tell you though the whole time I had the theme for the Brady Bunch in my head while I was working on it.
The division made me think of the opening of that show :o)
Either that or a bento box. I may draw another one with little sushi pieces in it!
So much fun, thank you as always!
Tangled Tidbits -
Your comments bring up happy images :)
*star burst of Paradox
*Hollibaugh pokes out from behind a squared screen - a clever and creative variation

From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Thanks for a fun tile this week! Mondrian is a favorite of mind and the grid gave me the opportunity to draw outside the box, pun intended!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Ever a lover of puns, I appreciate yours!
*Hollibaugh and Beeline cross over string spaces
*Paradox filled spaces take on wonderful shapes

A hearty welcome back to Juul (France) ~
This string and tangles were really a great fun !
Thank you very much!

Tangled Tidbits -
*swirling squares of Paradox
*curved Hollibaugh lines and a balanced mix of light and dark spaces

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
This one was a challenge. I tried something, whether it worked or not remains to be seen…..
It seemed to me that I wanted one of the patterns to be larger in scale. All the roughs I drew were just begging for more variety in size. I drew Paradox in a very large scale. Then, filled each wedge with an echo of the shape, much like the way we fill N’ zepple spaces. The results gave me the larger scale with a totally different look. I used Tombow watercolor markers to fill in the wedges and shadow - some of the red bled into the border. This was not the fault of the marker - it was the mixed media paper. Not the best for watercolor. Once again this was a real learning experience. Loved doing it. Thanks !!!
Tangled Tidbits -
...and the result is beautiful!
*thin Hollibaugh lines flow behind darkened string lines
*red rimmed tile reflects the red colored sections of Hollibaugh

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I'm usually highly in favor of using official Zentangle tangles ... but these three are some that I've found problematic in the past. So it was a "growth week."
I always get confused in Paradox and halfway through forget which way to make my line (wide to narrow or narrow to wide) ... it's definitely a "turn your tile" tangle ... so much so I got dizzy! For some of the squares I used square paradoxes, and some of them I divided into two triangles and used triangular paradoxes.
I haven't ever really gotten into Beeline ... I think it's the drawing of diagonal lines that throws me ... they get weirder and weirder as I go from left to right. This time I reduced the pattern to individual diamond shapes and used them to outline the string lines. (While I was doing that I was reminded of a tangle called Hekzee, in which you draw some parallel rectangles and a few triangles and then magically you have a string of hex nuts ... check it out sometime ... I considered using it but decided it was veering too far out of the guidelines) (my kindergarten teacher).
Hollibaugh is another I've never mastered ... I understand the principle of "drawing behind" (and use it) but haven't been particularly in love with what I've done with it. This time I remembered another official tangle called Hurry, so I did "Hollibaugh in a Hurry" ... in practicing I discovered that making the spaces between the strips wider helped me keep track of what was a strip and what was a space. When I finished darkening the spaces I wished I hadn't because it seemed like too much dark, but honestly it was the only way to figure out the spaces from the strips.
And ... as you usually say, even just seeing it under the scanner I liked it better than I did holding it in my hand, and seeing it attached now I'm happier with it.
Tangled Tidbits - 
...and I can see why you are happy with it :)
*beautiful layering of Hollibaugh
*string lines of single Beeline complete with detail lines

From Aileen (Singapore)  ~
Thanks for the tricky challenge. Here's my ultra geometric contribution! Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Beeline and Cubine share similar shapes and shading
*pretty blue string lines

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
... I recognized the art, but not the artist's name. Thanks for this fun challenge!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*lovely mix of primary colors, white, and black
*horizontal Beeline ties all the colors together

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Always a fan of Mondrian, especially his later work and the exploration of basic line structures and primary colors, not to mention its influence on Frank Lloyd Wright, a fave,and the windows of his Prairie style homes. Can't say I did it justice, but I followed the basic pattern and colors of his Composition II and kept it simple. As always, fun.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautifully tangled and primary colored tangles
*white squares at the intersections of the darkened string lines

From Ute Andresen (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thanks again for a nice challenge.
This week I wanted to try some colour - and then wanted to stop immediately...
But I haven’t tried on a piece of paper. It was an original tile. So I went on and was really surprised.
I think I prefer the classical Zentangle but I also like this orange thing.
Tangled Tidbits - 
It is fun to explore with color and tangles on occasion, isn't it?
*solid red/orange space reflected in Hollibaugh and Beeline
*beautiful highlights and shading throughout

From Talia (London, United Kingdom) ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*deep, dark spaces and shading emphasize Beeline and Hollibaugh
*petite and colossal Beeline

A very warm welcome to Kelly B (Kansas) ~
...I enjoyed this challenge, and found it rather challenging. Thank you for doing this! I look forward to doing more string challenges with you. I find doing Challenges easier than making my own decisions about what to draw because there are so many choices!
Tangled Tidbits - 
Yes, that is so true and one of the great benefits of IAST.
*long lines of Beeline
*large and small swirls of Paradox all accented with Paradox
Welcome to our tangled map, Kelly.  I am so happy that you found us.

From Stephanie Jennifer, CZT 21 (Singapore) ~
Please see attached for my entry for IAST #214. Featuring Beeline and Hollibaugh
Tangled Tidbits - 
*fancy Hollibaugh curves flow from border to border
*bold Beeline background

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here comes my entry! Done in a hurry I am afraid, but the idea with a Mondrian-string is so fun, I had to try it just to keep it in mind further on! Thank´s Adele for your endurance keeping up your wonderful challenges!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*lined shaded spaces of large Beeline
*bullet point string intersections and border corners

This is my tile ~
Tangling in color is not something I usually do, but in honor of Mondrian I tangled Paradox in primary colors and then added the same shade of pencil.  I filled in the usually all white spaces with black penned patterns and shading. It's a bit dark without the usual white spaces...

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Joke Leussenkamp (Eibergen, The Netherlands) ~
Its a long time ago einde i participated in your challenge!
But this time i could not resistentie since the Mondriaan museum is Just 22 km away from my hometown.
You can tell wich pattern is my favourit and i Just couldnot resist to draw some of his victory boogie woogie (a famous canvas of piet Mondriaan)
bring into the string.
Thanks for this wonderful challenge!!!

 Tangled Tidbits - 
*playful colorating of the string lines in Mondrian's style
*large field full of curved Hollibaugh layers
*four squares of rounded Paradox complete with soft shading and highlights
*Beeline darkened and shaded two different ways

Congratulations, Joke!
I have something coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your inspiring work.

Special thanks to Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas for the lovely tangles that we used this week along with my string:   HollibaughBeeline, and Paradox.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #215!