Every moment is a fresh beginning.
~T. S. Eliot
|Tile by Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa)|
Completed for IAST #236
|IAST String #240 by Adele Bruno, CZT|
I found Tupuk’s lack of regularity challenging, so opted for Flec and Fassett instead, and went pretty simple. This was the first time for both tangles, but I enjoyed them both. I thought there wasn’t enough contrast so colored in the smallest “rocks” in flec. I am loving these challenges and stretching my tangling! Thanks so much!
...here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Recently, I've been having fun making my studio (and hands) very messy with mono printing, lemon juice, tissue paper dying, various pens, pencils, acrylic paints, etc. I drew this week's string with a Speedball 2mm black Elegant Writer and moved the ink with a wet brush. For tangling I turned the tile on it's side and and went to work with various Microns and Tom Bow pens. I liked all the patterns, but had the most fun with Tupuk tonight. You can see I went a bit wild there... Thank you for another great challenge!
I’m sure you were delighted with all the great examples of your pattern Mack. I know I really enjoyed seeing them and I know it’s going to be a very popular tangle.
Here’s my tile for this week. I'm not happy with how it turned out since I just couldn’t get the patterns to work well together. Oh well, that’s how it goes sometimes!
Hope all is well with you. We’re still enjoying the bright sunshine here in Salerno.
Some days ago I had distressed a blank tile with brusho colours and yellow ink. This IAST 239-string seemed to be quite fitting for the accidental colour distribution on that specific tile.
By the way - I had intended to use ‘flec’ around the ‘orbs’, but when I had finally finished around midnight suddenly some hours later there came a thought in the middle of the night... Have I used all the suggested patterns? I went through them in my mind only to find that one was missing... so this time the emphasis is on those other two beautiful patterns. So fun again! Thank you all!
I discovered you website a couple of weeks ago and subscribed to get the string thing emailed.
What a fascinating challenge and the variety of tiles is amazing.
I hope mine is good enough to be displayed as I am self taught because there are very few CZT's in New Zealand.
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing # 239’ Challenge.
Many Thanks, Adele.
Flec reminds me of our wonderful holiday in Norway.
Greetings from Baafke from a sunny Netherlands!
It was a nice surprise to discover that Tupuk was included in your challenge of this week. I do appreciate that very much.
As always, but now especially, I'm curious to see the entries of the other tanglers. With every challenge, I learn something.
I have chosen to draw on grey paper. I have used a black pen and coloured the tile with purple, pink and blue colourpencils.
This was a special challenge for me and I enjoyed it very much. I wish everyone succes!
Thank you Adele, for this wonderful challenge and for all the work you do, every week again,
Warm regards from Belgium
it’s been far too long since I last sent you a tile. So here is mine for #239. Some more Information is...on my blog
I hope I can make it more often again in the future!!
Spring has finally arrived after a very long winter and it’s now hotter than summer! Nice to sit and tangle in the sunshine.
Thank you for picking my tangle to feature in the challenge this week. It also reminded me of the fact that I rarely use my own tangles. I wonder why that is? I wonder if I'm the only one? I know that somewhere I have a sheet of Flec ideas, but I can't find it - never mind. I draw a stack of repeating Flec, rounded instead of aura-ed this time. It was lovely to work with Ria's Tupuk - a single line, stippled (a technique I remembered earlier this week). And Fassett, which makes me smile - I remember how hard I found it the first times I drew it, the amount of concentration it demanded. And now it seems to flow so easily from my pen. That's what happens with Zentangle - we absorb the knowledge, the technique, the pen control. And before we know it we can do things that still surprise us!
The sun is shining, it's been a few glorious days of unseasonably warm weather. What a change from the last time I emailed you!
I really like Tupuk, which was new for me, and while I just followed the string with it this time, I hope to do more with it in the future. I’ve always liked Flec and Fassett and really enjoyed your challenge with them. As always, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s results.
Thank you for introducing me to Tupuk - what a cute little tangle he is! (makes me think of 60's style outer-space drawings, a bit)
Looking forward to the new book, it looks like a lot of fun!
Have a Happy Earth Day
Thank you for another challenge Adele. I must admit I found it very challenging.
Thank you for challenge #239. I did not know 'Fassett'. What a great tangle! I think it will become a favourite. We have had a wonderful warm and sunny week in South Wales and my tulips are glorious.
Here's my submission for # 239. As usual, it's went nothing like as planned. lol I had also realized that I hadn't even included any Mack in last week's challenge, so I added it to this one. :) I have actively avoided Fassett for the longest time because I just couldn't get my lines steady enough for it to look right, so it's encouraging to me that I think I finally got it! :)
I stuck to the string, but I should have given this more thought. I am not too fond of this one but time has run out to do another. Your fairy houses are very cute, Adele.
Attached please find a tile. I tried to cohesively link (can you say that?) the 3 tangles you tickled us with this week, but I ended up having one here, one there and the 3rd creeping along the bottom. But I admit, I like Flec as a flower.
Still, love your challenge and thus show my appreciation by sending you my cohesiveless contribution.
Thanks again for another interesting, fun and absorbing challenge and such a different combination of tangles. I particularly liked discovering Flec. I added some drama by inking in the Tupuk. Fassett I know but haven't used much.
Thanks for another fun challenge, Adele!
Whole week I was trying to get it ALL on a tile... and finally did what Rick recommends at Kitchen Table Tangle: I used TranZending. Now the string follows the tangle...
Not a real masterpiece but finally satisfying :))
I‘m very curious to see what the others have done with this!
this week I draw three versions of your challenge. I send you the second one. The others one can find on my blog...
I enjoyed drawing this interesting challenge very much because I didn’t combine the patterns yet. Thank you for your inspiration!
Best wishes from Germany!
And my IAST 239 is so cute--:) When I saw the suggested tangles, I immediately thought mine would probably be a Fassett monotangle because I love that pattern and all that it can do--but in the end, this one really led me. I started playing around with the very fun Tupuk on the bottom string line and before I knew it, I had a whole cosmic clothesline collection--:) Tried filling in some of the spaces with Fassett, but liked the emptiness more...almost left it just as it was, but ended up adding the little Fassett portal up top so she could be represented...no space for Flec, today.
Hats off to Ria for a stunning new tangle ... and to you for creating a playful string ... and for choosing to two tangles that compliment Tupuk perfectly.
...feeling better this week but I still almost missed the deadline!
Fun Tangles I used shading and just a hint of blue on the Flec. Thank you for the Challenge.
I really enjoyed learning these 3 new tangles. Thanks again!
I had fun integrating this week's tangles with some of my other favorites. Looking forward to next week's challenge.
I loved the challenge this week! I always love Lynn Mead's wonderful Fassett, but Ria's Tupuk and Jem Miller's Flec were new to me. I loved them both! I hope the weather in Florida makes more sense than here! We've had both snow and 90's back to back in the last 2 weeks. Now it's just cold and rainy!
I wish you and your readers many blessings! See you next week!
Thanks for exposure to Tupuk and the repeat on Flec. I love Fassett, one of my go-to tangles. I like making all triangles and drawing the connecting lines all at one time and watching the final imagine appear. I added Tripoli and N'zeppel for good measure. Your Fairy Garden Houses look adorable! Wishing you much success with this latest book!
I began this with a Flec border, then drew Tupuk along the string line. Once I decorated and darkened that, all hope of maintaining the string's original orientation vanished. The grid for Fassett, even though I thought it was large enough, got busy quickly so I left some of the spaces blank and others filled with just a few lines and one holds a bit of Flec.
|IAST #239 String by Adele Bruno, CZT|
The mornings are starting to feel a little cooler here in Australia - some mornings are not t-shirt weather anymore.
Mack is a fabulous tangle, full of endless combinations of patterns and angles. Upon seeing Mack, it being such a symmetrical pattern, I almost immediately knew I wanted to experiment with negative imaging. I particularly wanted to see how shapes would change when black met black and white met white and I achieved that somewhat, but for that to fully occur I would have had to eliminate the demarcation lines in the diamond shaped centre, and I had already inked them in. It gives me an opportunity to explore more with this pattern in the future.
If I look at this image for too long, I get dizzy.
Adele, do you recognize one of the tangles in the centre section? Your orange tree is still yielding fruit!
Thanks for heaps of fun with Mack.
Thanks for the preview of your fab new tangle with such a great step out and lots of variations. Your attention to detail is admirable! I will certainly try #mack again as a monotangle as I love to use a wonky grid. This time however I framed it with #shard and added lots of rounding.
Congratulations with your new pattern.
It is a very interesting tangle with lots of possibilities. I used it in a few different ways on this tile with also Mack as a string.
I have chosen for a combination of Mack, Featuring Ribbon and Sea Weed.
Almost I delivered a black/white tile but at the end I couldn't resist to add a little accent of fresh green.
Thanks again Adele for a wonderful challenge that I enjoyed very much.
Warm regards from Belgium
Thank you for the interesting new tangle. I’m not entirely happy with my tile this week, but here it is anyway. Thank you and good wishes to everyone.
Congratulations on your beautiful new tangle!
I really enjoyed making this tile.
And I am very curious about all the results.
Wow! What a super Tangle is ‘Mack’ I love it Adele, there are so many wonderful variations possible,
I can’t wait to see everyone’s Tiles. I have submitted two entries, the second one being the expansion of the tangle I drew.
Thank you so much for your new tangle Adele
Greetings from sunny Italy! We are staying in Salerno and it really is sunny, such a nice change from what we left in Chicago.
Congratulations on your new pattern! It’s a great one, with so many mesmerizing possibilities. I tried it this way, but I kept thinking about other ways I could be doing it. Those are the best patterns!
Thank you so much for your new pattern! Herewith my entry for IAST #238. I had a lot of fun although I usually prefer wavy lines. It’s always a challenge to leave your comfort zone.
Hugs from Switzerland (finally Spring is coming)
This tile is in gold and green, the team colours of the Humboldt Broncos and is in memory of the 16 young lives lost as they were on their way to an ice hockey match in rural Saskatchewan when their bus was hit by a big truck last Friday. Canada is in mourning. Flags are flying at half mast and hockey sticks are being placed in public places and also on front porches of private homes. May their parents, family and friends find the strength to get through this. I can't end this post on such a somber note. The catkins are for the first little fuzzy "flowers" of spring. The lilacs have buds and the green leaves of the tulips and daffodils are popping up. I like your tangle Adele, but I did find it needed a lot of concentration. The string is a bit hidden, but I did start off with it.
Somehow I didn’t participate in your challenge for a while, but I’m back :-)
Mack was quite a discovery ;-) and it inspirerend me to add patterns that also have straight lines and black little squares.
The combination with Flukes and Capeangle is maybe a little dizzying ;-) but I like the result, which is on my blog as well
Absolutely love Mack! I trimmed with some Mehndi.
I love your new tangle 'Mack'. So much fun to play with that I rather lost control of it all! Can't wait to incorporate it into more scenarios. Thank you for the pattern and for the challenge. Oh, and happy Friday the 13th!
I love that new tangle of yours. I instantly had to try it out in a wonky grid, partial, overlapping, with a different kind of stroke....and then I realized, I forgot to draw the real Mack. I promise (! cross my heart and hope to die!) I will do so on a later tile. So attached my packaging Mack monotile.
Thanks for this wonderful challenge, Adele, and Mack!
Thank you, Adele, for introducing us to ‚Mack‘, a new member of your great pattern family!
My tile this week remains unshaded, nevertheless at close sight there are different 3D-perspectives to be recognized.
I was inspired to this by the latest art exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany, “Pictures without Shadows“.
As explained there the paintings do not have shadows because what they show is independent of the real world and has an existence of its own.
Those pictures represent a state beyond time.
Congratulations on designing this fabulous new tangle! I love grid designs and this one is so bold and dramatic. What fun!
The black and white tile is way too busy, so I decided to try another. I’m not sure I like it. Before I shaded it, it was OK, then I kept darkening the shading a little at a time, then was too dark so I added a touch of white. EH!!
Oh well, always next week...
Adele, I love your new tangle pattern, Mack. Was fun embellishing it with other tangles like Barberpole by Suzanne McNeill, plus an original pattern Emingle and some orbs. Thanks for sharing Mack!
Mack is a wonderful pattern. I enjoyed to play with it and so I drew three versions. I send you the second one, the two others you can find on my blog...
Thank you very much for this interesting challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
I really enjoyed working with your new tangle/fragment. I’ve been playing with fragments a bit lately so the timing was perfect.
A happy birthday to your brother! It’s a great honor to have a tangle named for you.
Sending warm wishes your way!
A very simple version of IAST #238 with your very fun, very dimensional Mack...the striped kind below and and the inked kind above...and that's about it--:)
...Thanks for everything zentangly, always!
Thanks for another great challenge! I thoroughly enjoyed playing with Mack! When playing with wonky grid I couldn't find a solution that pleased me, however when doing my tile I had a true Zentangle moment with a mistake. Because I kept drawing, reminding myself of the "no mistakes, only opportunities" rule. I know this rule but internally I still make "mistakes". Yesterday, after the "opportunity", I forged on and behold as I worked, the opportunity presented itself. I swear, my adrenaline spiked when I realized the perfect solution was there. A true opportunity. What a moment for me! Mack is a great Tangle and I can't wait to use it as I move forward!
You have hit a new tangle design pinnacle with Mack!! I LOVE THIS TANGLE !!!
This was a real challenge. When I did it straight I got it fairly quickly, BUT when I decided to do it on a wonky grid, that was a different story. It was so difficult to keep track of the pattern components. Took me several attempts to begin to see what was before me without getting confused. Grids are not the easiest patterns for me. There are still incongruities in the pattern. It was so much fun.
Love the way it turned out. I used a pattern on the upper center called Diskbee by Beate Wilkinson which is a great filler. The lobes in the left triad, are a pattern of mine that I use often. It is similar to something I saw Rick Roberts do in a tutorial a while ago. They remind me of slightly filled balloons. It is not an official Zentangle pattern but I refer to it as “Balloonies”.
Thanks so much for such a challenging and very engaging pattern.
You have so much talent!!
Lovely new tangle. I look forward to trying it out in it's more "regular" form! I'm not really a straight line kind of girl, so I tried to make sure that at least some of them remained straight. ;) I used the tangles Jalousie, Florez tangleation, headlines, Olé and Eddy/Henna Drum combo.
As a ballroom dancer, I also enjoyed your reference to the Waltz, which is still one of my favourite dances. I have always thought of the waltz as a curvaceous dance, but you have shown me otherwise. In the basic step, we create a box in our steps, and this is definitely a "box" tangle! Bonus! :D
I enjoyed this one. Thank you for all you do!
Well - Mack and I tangled but I am not sure who won. This is my first time back for a String Thing Challenge in many months. I have missed it.
Here’s my entry for the week.
Fun with Mack! So much so, I needed two tiles. As I was working on the first tile, I wanted to get out my striped fabric, cut it up, and re-sew into lots of triangles and then squares. As I was working hard on keeping those lines straight, I began wondering what Mack would look like with intentional wavy lines. So the second tile has a wavy Mack variation, along with Diva Dance and Squid. That's when you know you've got a really good tangle -- adaptability in lots of formats. Thanks for the inspiration, Adele!
Hi, Adele! Here’s my offering for this week’s challenge. I did a straight set in order to get good practice on the tangle. Lovely pattern, but by the time I got to the shading stage, my eyes were about done in! Kind of a kaleidoscopic effect. Reminds me of quilt blocks pieced out of two different striped fabrics. Hmm. Now I want to make that quilt…
Really enjoy your new tangle. It is so wonderful and really relaxing. It is like meditation by doing the single lines....one, two, tree.... Mack will be in my top ten tangles.
Best wishes from very Sunny Germany.
A few years ago my brother passed away ... his nickname among his friends was Mac. Your tangle warms my heart!!!
I used Mack as a fractal in a single orientation throughout the tile. I dressed it with perks; added Knightsbridge; gave a curved grid to the large section. This is one versatile tangle who promises vast interpretations!
I can see it as a celebration of patriotism... red, white, blue ... so it’s appropriate that Mack was presented this week! Monday is Boston’s state holiday, Patriot’s Day (Paul Revere’s Ride) marked by the annual Boston Marathon which has become a worldwide symbol of physical and spiritual resilience.
So, cheers to you, and to all that is good ... Mack lends strength this tangled world!
I hope this is a case of better late than never! Not as much time as I would have liked this week. But getting to know Mack has been a joy. Such calming precision in those lines. I need to know Mack better before I start wild variations. So a simple tile - with a main section of basic Mack, with one Cubine moment, and then a band of Beadlined Mack. A wild application of graphite. And there we are. I hope you like it! And I can't wait to see where others take it to!
My sister has been here visiting and time got away from us this weekend, so I know I'm past the deadline, but I couldn't miss sending you a tile with Mack. How funny is it that last week (knowing you were working on a new tangle but not knowing anything about it) I sent you a scan of a table runner at Crate & Barrel that's made up of squares subdivided into twos, threes, and fours. Mack takes a different approach than the Crate & Barrel design, but the beginning thought is the same. My sister and I did go to the nearby Crate & Barrel store and found both a pillow and a napkin with that pattern, but still couldn't determine the motifs' repeat (and the sales associate thought we were nuts). The thing I like about Mack is it's folded-ness (like a pocket square), so I tried to retain that, rather than mirroring the fragments which creates an "op" effect.Thank you Sue, it was a happy coincidence.
Congratulations on your new tangle!
Thanks for that challenge and the new pattern :))
I don’t like grid patterns and so my first thought was: what a f.... ascinating pattern.
But surprise: so logical and easy in construction and a nice by-the-way 3D-effect so I did the pattern without any variations. Made three different versions but this is my favourite one (posted the others at Instagram).
Sunny greetings from Germany