Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #231

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

We could all use a little good news and a reason to celebrate, so let's give a nod to the Olympics this week for our challenge.

We begin with this string inspired by the Winter Games logo ~

IAST #231 by Adele Bruno, CZT

Feel free to double the string lines, enlarge the orb, turn your tile, make the string your own.

We will use three tangles that begin with G for gold, S for silver, and B for bronze.
They are ~

Golven by Mariët Lustenhouwer

Sand Swirl by Karry Huen

Barney by Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT

Click the names of the tangles find the step outs.  All tangles can be found on TanglePatterns as well.


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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued 

*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) posted on the following Monday 

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, February 19, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #230 Tiles

Hearts ruled for the second week of IAST.  We used two heart filled tangles paired with the checkered Knightsbridge and you are sure to fall in love with the results.  

And to share even more love, one lucky participant -chosen at random - will receive a copy of 
"Love Shackz", the newest Tiny Tangled House book.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
in my tile I combined to the given patterns my new Herzlich. I enjoyed playing with different hearts and drew two versions. I send you my second one, where I turned your string upside down. The first one you can see on my blog under the link:
Thank you very much for this heartwarming challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted sparkled lines for each heart and thank you for the Herzlich tangle!
*fanned grid for Knightsbridge

From Ulrike (Germany) ~
so many hearts, so [much] love. I wish, there will be so [much] love in the world. Thank you for this challenge!
Many greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
Amen to that!
*changes in tangles for each string section
*shading compliments the open sparkle in each heart

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her website ~
Thank you for sharing the sweet moment with your granddaughter. I just found out I am going to have two more grandbabies. What a treasure they are.
Here's my tile for this week's challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Congratulations, Lori!
*graceful Funsin curls
*single Skelter heart filled Knightsbridge - complete with curls

A very warm welcome to Simone (Germany) ~
My name ist Simone and I am living in Germany
I love your challenge and I am watching it for a long time.
Now it is the first time, that I am (technical) able to send you a scan 230.
Thank you very much for your wonderful challenge.
I liked the three tangles very much.
Greetings from Germany

 Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled Knightsbridge
*Skelter and Funsin accented with pretty aura

Welcome to our IAST community and to our Tangled Map, Simone!

From Debbie Raaen (Trondheim, Norway) ~
Very chuffed and honoured that you chose to include my Skelter tangle, and really looking forward to seeing everyones tiles. Here with Funsin (hadn't tried out that one before, and really liked it!), Knightsbridge as a border and my favourite background tangle Printemps.
Thanks once again for a new and fun challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it fun to view all of the lovely variations of your Skelter?
*plump, sparkled, and striped Skelter
*wonderful shades of gold and brown

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #230 ‘ challenge.
Again another great selection of Tangles,
I found the Tangle ‘Skelter’ the most challenging,
and had a few practice runs before putting it on my tile.
Thanks Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful roundness of Skelter, sparkled and striped
*wavy and straight Knightsbridge and a dainty Funsin

From Lily (Hungary) ~
...here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*double heart version of Funsin - so pretty!
*softly colored Skelter hearts enlarge toward the center

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Here my entry to IAST #230. The hearts were begging for red but at the moment I’m in a black-white-mood. I love classical black-white Tangle the longer the more. I hope it doesn’t matter as Valentine is over…
 Tangled Tidbits -
It is one of the treats of tangling, the simple elements of black and white.
*beautiful Knightsbridge filled Skelter and curved background grids
*aura-ed Funsin border

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
Thanks for another fantastic challenge! The photographs of your granddaughter (and your corresponding pattern) are too sweet!!!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jutta.
*Skelter touches on a fun Funsin variation
*weighted lines and deep shading add incredible depth

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my attempt for this week.
I'm impressed with myself that I thought up the graphite Knightsbridge, but the attempt at combining Skelter and Funsin didn't wow me so much. I actually kept slipping away from Skelter, or was it the other way round? I kept thinking I knew how to achieve the look of it but every time I thought I had it figured out, the next attempt would fox me, rendering me very frustrated.
Hope you had a happy Valentine's Day! I liked the pictures of Pauline that you put up recently! How soon they grow up!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, our children grow up fast and our grandchildren even faster...
*Skelter and Funsin fused together and aura-ed
*softly penciled Kinghtsbridge

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings Adele Happy President's day or as we are celebrating here in Ontario Family day weekend. Anything for a holiday in February is worth celebrating!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Any holiday in February is worth celebrating, especially in the colder climates!
*wavy grid lines of Knightsbridge
*Skelter trios in larger Knightsbridge grid

From Donna Matoi (California) ~
Hi Adele! I just love the story and the pictures of your granddaughter's pig tails! She looks adorable and oh my, she has grown. I'm glad you had a great trip to my state, California with your family! Congratulations to Pauline for her First Communion! I also love your pattern and will have to try it out! I wished I had your tip sheet for Funsin! Fantastic tips and I love how you changed it up! I forget that there are no rules and I should just do what is easier for me! After several attempts and tiles, I cheated and did not draw a border, but I planted my hearts in the corners and worked that way, which was still hard to do, but, it was fun, once I got a rhythm going! This and Skelter were new to me. I had a few opportunities for both! When I thought I was done my Skelter hearts were screaming to be colored! Thank you for the wonderful challenge this week! I enjoyed it! I look forward to seeing everyone's tile for this week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the good wishes!
*clever way to create a Funsin border
*Skelter swath layered over Knightsbridge - all beautifully shaded

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I did this early yesterday, and almost forgot to send it in. I had fun with my watercolor pencils.
PS. I always love your Tips for Tangling. They’re always so good and clear!
 Tangled Tidbits -
I am so glad that they are helpful.
*Funsin border features doubled lines
*curved and colorful Knightsbridge

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Thanks for the tips on Funsin. I had trouble with Skelter. I didn't have time to practice either of the two before doing this tile and I had never done either before. So, a very simple tile but I didn't want to miss a week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*a "V" of Funsin and Skelter for Vena :)
*beautiful shading and highlights compliment the black and brown tangles

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day, Adele. Thanks for your tips on tangling Funsin!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*interwoven ruby red sparkled Funsin
*curves of Kinghtsbridge with a touch of sparkle

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Loved the challenge! Thank you for introducing another new tangle!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wide lines, thin aura, sparkle, shading, and color make Funsin pop
*lovely mix of background tangles

From Judy Wanner, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
Well hello there my dear Adele. Gee whizzers did I ever struggle with this one! Hearts seem to do that to me but I felt the need to send my heart to all Floridians who are hurting from the most recent school tragedy. I am so very sorry. I can’t even.............
Sending big hugs to all. Again, huge thanks for all you do for us Zennies. You’re the best!
 Tangled Tidbits -
We need more love, that's for sure.
*super Skelter variation - weighted outline, long sparkle lines, shading
*dainty Funsin layered atop Skelter

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Loved your grandmotherly moment, the girls are darling.
Thanks for another fun challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you:)
*Funsin frames a field of Knightsbridge
*striking Skelter variation

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Thank you for this nice challenge.
Unfortunately for Skelter there was no room left to implement, so my tile has become a duotangle.
It must have been wonderful to visit your granddaughter and celebrate her First Holy Communion. And yes she is sweet and I can imagine your sigh: and "too much grown up". Yes my dear Adele, time flies. (and we are getting older, but we dont want to know)
 Tangled Tidbits -
...all too true, Ingrid :)
*fabulous array of Funsin - lone red heart, aura, stripes, enthatching...
*beautiful backdrop of Knightsbridge

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
I really enjoyed this challenge. I found drawing “Funsin” and “Skelter” very relaxing and very beautiful. As always it was fun to add a bit of color in the tile. Many Blessings and love (hearts) for everyone ;-)
Tangled Tidbits -
*tightly stacked, sensational Skelter
*Knightsbridge grid curves with Funsin and Skelter

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*added curls and enthatching for Funsin
*single Skelter hearts and pretty details

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Thank you for the challenge this week - I did enjoy the contrast of the patterns. although for some reason I can't seem to do 'Knightsbridge' without messing up at least one square! Thank goodness for white ink.
Am having fun with the tiny houses, as well. I made one for my folks, as I mentioned last week, and am hoping when they receive it that it will pop back into shape without too much trouble. (Created one for us, too; both are 'personalized' with little bits and references to our homes.) So enjoyable to do!
Loved the pictures of Pauline - what a cutie!
 Tangled Tidbits -
So happy you are loving the Tiny Houses and your personalized versions sound so special.  Please send a picture or two if you are able.
*striking shading in the center hearts of Skelter and throughout
* fine details and one sided aura of Funsin

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
Another great challenge! Thanks, Adele!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*explosion of Funsin curls topped with a heart
*Skelter, wonderful in red, layered over Knightsbridge - notice how the grid curves upward and then downward as it passes under Funsin

From Jane Rhea, CZT #27 (Indiana) ~
Mother Teresa said, “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” This challenge made me smile!
Sending a smile to you and the Zentangle community!
 Tangled Tidbits -
What a sweet thought!
*red and black Knightsbridge border
*weighted line aura for both Funsin and Skelter

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Congratulations to your granddaughter on her communion. I loved seeing the picture of the pony tail progression..it’s come a long way :o)
My tile this week is dedicated to all of the victims and families of the horrible tragedy in Parkland. As I was drawing heart after heart they were all I could think of.
 Tangled Tidbits -
And surely they feel the love...
*layers of sparkled, scarlet Skelter fill the Knightsbridge rimmed string sections
*lovely overlay of lightly penned and shaded Funsin

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Thanks for more fun with hearts! These are great tangles. As always, looking forward to seeing everyone's tiles!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Funsin and Skelter - pretty in pink!
*sparkled stripes, perfs, and aura accent Skelter

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Here's my simple version of IAST #230...
Funsin (and a variation) along the string lines, a touch of red for post valentine's, a large scale Knightsbridge in the "background", a few tucked corners--:) and some shading...
sending love and healing to Florida...and to all of us...
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jane.
*fun Funsin variation with red aura
*creative use of Knightsbridge and terrific tucked corners

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Skelter is a beautiful tangle but it took a while before I got the hang of it. Perhaps some of us can use a few tips? Thanks for this challenge. Looking forward to see what the other contributors did.
Regarding the drought in our area: I envy the people who is getting a lot of snow!
 Tangled Tidbits -
We are praying for rain!
*Knightsbridge repeats in Skelter - notice that it fills in every other heart - and in Funsin's aura
*lovely layers of aura

From Verena (Germany) ~
This week was crazy and there was no time to tangle.....till this morning. Hope you [e]njoy...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful waves of small checkered Knightsbridge
*tiny added hearts in Funsin variation - love that!

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Drawing hearts is not my "cup of tea". That is why I love to tangle. One stroke at a time and yes.....I can.
 Tangled Tidbits -
You can and you did!
*fabulous Funsin/Skelter variation
*aura and shading emphasize Funsin

From Simone Menzel, CZT (Germany) and here on her blog ~
after „surviving“ a terrible Influenza I started to tangle again with a series of heart tangles around Valentines Day.
I drew IAST#230 in my Tangle A Day calendar at Thursday,February, 15th.
Thank you for the choice of these lovely tangles , again I realized the beauty and power of Knightsbridge. I use it much too seldom..
 Tangled Tidbits -
Stay well!
*multiple grids and directions for a striking Knightsbridge
*gloriously colored Skelter

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Hope all is well..I did last week and totally forgot to send it..and almost did again today.
Hope I'm not too late Both skelter and funsin..were a bit of a challenge and I will continue to work with them...
Here is my offering for this week
Have a great one!
Tangled Tidbits -
*dainty tangles against a bolder Knightsbridge
*Funsin lines blend beautifully with Knightsbridge

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
I started my tile early this week and was interrupted. I had full intentions of using all three patterns ... Skelter is such a pretty tangle ... but I lost patience with myself through all my clumsy versions as I practiced Skelter. (I think I need a Tips for Tangling!!). Donna Lacy’s Knightspeek, along with a little Beadline filled in and soothed an otherwise heartbreaking week.
If you look closely, you might see a shadowy heart (s)peaking out quietly within the grid for Florida-Strong.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Surely it will be noticed and felt...
*softly shaded Funsin runs in alternating directions
*Knightspeek adds even more dimension

(You have company in a call for Tips for Tangling Skelter - I would be happy to draw some up and post them next week.)

From Heather Temple (Killingworth, Connecticut) ~
I know this is late but I just had my idea while in the shower getting ready for bed. So now it’s way past my bedtime but had to do it while it was fresh in my mind.
Skelter grew on me and when I have more time I’d like to work on shading the main hearts more. Funsin was a challenge and needs more work. Knightsbridge came to me as using your string as the pattern/background.
Thanks again for your time doing this each week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Don't you love those shower inspirations?!
*pretty lines of Skelter under one Funsin line
*Knightsbridge in large string sections - like Jane's - how fun!

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Hope you are well. Congratulations on your granddaughter, Pauline’s first Holy Communion. Our children are special, but our grandchildren are precious,s enjoy each one of them.
Thank you very much for spreading the word about our plight here in the Western Cape of South Africa, where we are experiencing the worst drought ever. Most responsible citizens are doing their best to save water and be compliant to the terms announced by the provincial government concerning our daily water usage. Awareness and personal action is a daily priority. Tuesday, last week no rain predicted for Cape Town, but miraculously the elements all suddenly appeared in the late afternoon and the city experienced a massive electric storm, hail and quick, torrential downpours. Some commuters on the way home, stopped on the highways to praise Lord. A miracle!
Anyway, about this week’s challenge. I found it more challenging than some. Couldn’t get my head around putting the chosen zentangle together, but eventually I managed to produce tile 230!
Lovely patterns, Skelter by Debbie Raaen is a winner. Practise, practise. Fusin, by Yu Ru Chen Is an old favourite as is Knightsbridge by Rick and Maria. My zen was on a short vacation this week.
But I participated that’s the best part of it all.
Happy week to all
 Tangled Tidbits -
Continued prayers coming for more and more rain.
*intersecting Funsin covered string lines
*puffs of Skelter float over a gorgeous Knightsbridge variation

And now...

the winner of the random drawing...

for my new eBook written in collaboration with Dorian Eng, CZT is...

Hilary from Chicago.

Congratulations, Hilary!  I have sent an email to you.

Thank you all for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire and motivate us.

Many thanks to creators of the tanlges we enjoyed this week ~

Skelter by Debbie Raaen

Funsin by Yu Ru Chen

Knightsbridge by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas

We have many intentions to pray for, many blessings to be grateful for, may you keep a happy heart through it all. 

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" # 231!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tips for Tangling Funsin

Our challenge this week includes the tangle Funsin by Yu Ru Chen. (Click here for all of the delightful details for IAST #230.)

My first attempts with this pattern were a bit wobbly, so I spent time getting to know the tangle, determined to find a way to draw it with ease. 
The result is a slight change to the original step out published on TanglePatterns, but I am confident that this small adjustment will make a big difference. 

By beginning with a lightly penciled mid line, Funsin flows with ease along any string line or border.  This step also eliminates the need to plan or measure -  things that typically chip away at the relaxing nature of tangling.

That thought leads me to the next tip that I developed after my first attempt at creating a border with Funsin.  I looked at Yu Ru Chen's border example and thought, "I can do that!"
Well, as you will see below, I tried to do it.

The lines didn't quite meet up the way I intended and the spacing didn't leave much room for the aura.
This particular "creative opportunity" lead me to develop the mid line approach to the tangle explained above.

Below are my Tips for creating a border like Yu Ru Chen illustrated on her lovely tile ~

I used the penciled mid line on my second attempt ~

Notice that I only added aura to the inside of the tangle.  It was just a personal preference once I added red to the hearts.  The inside aura created a natural space to fill and I added Florz.

The tangle itself is very pretty and I do hope you find these tips helpful as you create beautiful tiles with it.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #229 Tiles

Happy Wednesday!

Happy St. Valentine's Day! 

These tiles are sure to fill your heart with love and joy. 
As an added treat, in a random drawing, one lucky tangler will win a copy of "Love Shackz", my newest eBook written with Dorian Eng, CZT.
The winner will be announced at the end of the post.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Ulrike D. (Germany) ~
What a beautiful string and tangles
for Valentine´s Day! I had a lot fun.
Thanks for this challenge, Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple bubbles over deep, dark background
*one large Olluan softly shaded

From Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
This was such a fun challenge! Oscar Hammerstein said, “The love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love ‘til you give it away.” Thank you, Adele, for sharing your love of tangling week after week, and for giving a part of that love to all of us!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for those sweet words, Jane - and I love that saying.
*Tipple filled Olluan - notice how the orbs move from small to large to small and the shading accents them
*Caught hearts shaded on all sides

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
Hello everyone, I am so glad to be back. I have missed several challenges, I was busy with many things, one of them adding my other blog into my CraftyGirl’s website…but finally I had some peace and time to draw. When I saw Adele’s string and the pattern “Tipple”, I thought of drawing something along the lines of “Abundies” one of my favorite tangles. Almost as if the heart just opened letting little seeds of love, joy and hope to come out. So I leave you with that idea…May your heart be full of seeds of joy, hope and love and may you spread them all around you…and of course, May you receive these seeds from others as well…Many Blessings, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
 Tangled Tidbits -
That is so sweet!
*floating pretty pearls of Tipple
*blossoming Olluan corners

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
As I know Tina Hunziker personally it was really a pleasure for me to draw Olluan (pattern by Tina). I added some Tamisolo (by Hanny Waldburger). These two tangles match so well. Thank you, Adele, for this new challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Please tell Tina thank you and that we all enjoy her tangle :)
*beautiful Caught border and inside embellishment of Olluan
*heart tipped curls of Olluan

From Lily (Hungary) ~
Here is my response for your weekly challenge.
Happy Valentine's Day!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely aura and added dots for Caught
*Tipple, white on black, shading - so many beautiful touches

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #229’ challenge.
Fabulous tangles.
Happy Valentine Day! Everyone.
 Tangled Tidbits -
* Tipple accentuates Olluan and the string
*Olluan shines with curved aura and shading

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
This time, I decided to create a few "stacked" tiles. I started to draw the lovely heartstring on a small grey tile and glued it on a bigger black one, followed by a grey and finished with another black one.
I enjoyed this "Valentinechallenge" very much and wish you a wonderful day on the 14 th.
Thank you for all your efforts and I send you warm regards from Belgium
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful composition and layering of paper
*colorful, highlighted heart and sweet tangle accents

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Greetings from snowy Chicago and Happy Valentine's Day!
Here's this week's endeavor. I used pre-colored paper and for the border I used a variation. I wanted it to be a combination of Caught and Olluan.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Olluan tucked into Caught - how fun!
*glowing highlighted Tipple

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Winter wonderland again and more snow in the forecast. I just had to have some colour in my tile. Valentine's and Easter goodies are appearing in the shops and even gardening things! Last week the groundhog said six weeks 'til spring so now it is five. Can't wait. I wish everybody lots of flowers and chocolates for Valentine's Day and, of course, lots of fun.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Stay warm while you wait!
*light, dark, and pink Tipple
*elegant curls and soft shading abound

From Lin H. (Florida) ~
Happy Valentine’s Day, Adele! Thanks for your challenge with Olluan. I love the heart tangle patterns this time of year.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pink accented Caught shaded along the string line
*sparkle and stripes for Olluan

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Happy Valentines Day to you sweet tanglers all over the world. ✌️♥️

Tangled Tidbits - 
*background filled with Tipple
*red shading for Caught and the string line

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Olluan cluster layered atop the tangles
*colorfully accented Caught

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
First, I want to offer a big ‘Thank you’ to both you and Dorian Eng for creating the 'Love Shackz' e-book. What a great idea, not only for Valentine’s Day, but also anytime for you want to show someone 'the love'. (One of these darling little houses would be a fun addition to celebrate my parents’ upcoming 76th anniversary, don’t you agree? J)

And the challenge for this week goes hand in hand with that thought. The string is perfect and I loved working on this tile. Cannot wait to see all the beautiful entries!
Have a wonderful weekend!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the kind compliments on our eBook.  Most of all, hearty congratulations to your parents, what a blessing to share married life for so many years.
*striking light and dark contrasts
*pops of sparkling red, shading, and highlights - wonderful details

From Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
Here is my tile for this week's challenge IAST #229. I was just learning this pattern a few days before your post! I love the pattern! I just love hearts in general! Well, I had a hard time figuring out what to do, but, once I got started, the zen flowed! I appreciate your tip sheet on how to draw "caught", that helped!
I enjoyed looking at all of last weeks tiles! It is just amazing what happens with a pattern! I also wanted to let you know that I purchased your Love Shackz ebook! OMG, I thought the Christmas book was wonderful, but this is like icing on top of the cake! You and Dorian did a fantastic job! So much detail and very easy to understand directions! Thank you for the wonderful material! I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Have a great week! And thank you for all you do!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you so much for the sweet compliments, Donna.  I am so glad you are enjoying the book.
*doubled string line frames oodles of Olluan
*colorful Caught background

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
What a great February challenge! I’ve given myself my own “Valentangle” challenge and have been drawing lots of hearts, so this fit in perfectly. Thanks, Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely layered Olluan along the string line
*pretty variation of Caught - dotted lines, weighted aura, shading...and one red heart
*Tipple shaded 'just so'

A very warm welcome to Lisa (Oklahoma) ~
Here is my tile for Challenge 229. I’ve loved drawing for a long time, but have just recently discovered Zentangle! I was very excited to come across your website!! I added a few extra tangles including shard and luv-a, as well as a few bead strings and fescue.
 Tangled Tidbits -
So glad you found it, too!
*fabulous sense of movement with swirled grid of Caught
*wonderful Luv-a/Olluan combination

Welcome to our Tangled Map and to our IAST community, Lisa.

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) ~
I enjoyed to draw your Valentine challenge. I used your given patterns and my own pattern Herzlich. You can find the instructions for Herzlich on my blog under the link:
Thank you for this wonderful challenge!
Best wishes from Germany and a happy Valentinesday
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Herzlich and Olluan are very complimentary - and beautiful
*straight and fanned grid for Caught

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
What a great Valentine challenge this time! I wanted to make it 3D. True Love goes deep into one‘s heart...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed Olluan filled with Tipple and super shading
*embellished hearts of Caught

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Thanks for the hearty challenge ❤️
 Tangled Tidbits -
*cute Caught corners
*Olluan accents and lovely white Tipple

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
A fun Challenge Adele :).
Thanks so much for your efforts.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*black and red grids of Caught
*Olluan filled string

From HeidiSue (Salt Lake City, Utah) ~
I sure had fun with this challenge. Fun string and patterns. Thanks for putting it out there 🙂

Tangled Tidbits -
*Caught grid curves with the string curves
*weighted, sparkled lines of Caught

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Happy Valentine

In the attachment my Valentine tile #229 for this week. Loved to play with colors this time to pimp up my tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple-d (is that a term?!) string lines filled with colorful Caught
*Olluan floats upward

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
My first attempt at scanning my drawing not taking a wonky photo. Happy Valentines everyone.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*red and black flip flop on pretty Caught variation
*Olluan, Tipple, and heart filled string

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
Another great combination. A bunch of seasonal fun - love the hearts.
On the center focus large heart I eliminated one of the coils that I just couldn’t get to compliment the design of the other heart “flow”.
Thanks to all who participated in layout of this.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulously filled string - color, shading, sparkle, pizazz!
*curvy grid and roundness of Caught

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
This was a fun week! I had guessed that it was going to be "valentine week" and I enjoyed the tangles you chose.
Just last Thursday I went to a demonstration of etegami, which is a Japanese postcard art form, simple and quick. Its motto translates "It’s okay to be awkward. Awkwardness has charm." You use a bamboo brush but dangle it from the end so you CAN'T control it, and the subject matter is simple objects and it often is placed off the edge of the paper. SO I moved the string to the side in an etegami-like way. Also I wanted to use Caught in my "comfort zone" way of putting it in the background (rather than distorting it to fill a string space) and wanted it to show up a little more. I think I've said before that it reminds me of the linoleum pattern at my grandmother's house, so I like to use it. For Olluan, because I know it's your "thing," I drew it in a continuous stroke rather than drawing a heart and going back and putting in the extra spirals. So I never knew exactly how it was going to look (or whether I was going to go the correct direction). I'm glad you pointed out to check out Margaret Bremner's notes on Tipple ... they were thorough and inspiring. I tried a couple of things, filling it with a pattern and the gravity thing. I've always liked puffy heart shapes. Years ago when I worked in a print shop, they needed a heart-shaped die to cut out a heart-shaped menu for a fancy restaurant in San Francisco, so I cut a heart shape and the guys complained that it was too puffy. I'm not sure that hearts CAN be too puffy!
Thanks for another fun week! Happy Valentine's Day!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Ah, Sue, I love to read your descriptions and stories, thank you for your thorough note.
*Caught - neat and even and lightly shaded
*Olluan string line tipped with lovely lanterns - moved slightly to the side (great touch!)

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Happy St. Valentine's Day to all! I can't say no to a heart string and fun tangles! I added a bit of fringe. This was tangled on Fabriano Medioevalis foldover square cards. Cards fold to 4 3/4" square, and you can get matching envelopes. I ordered mine from Dick Blick. They are a different finish than our tiles, but microns work very well on them. Now, who shall I send it to?
 Tangled Tidbits -
When the words Fabriano and paper are together, I know I have to order some.  Thank you for the tip.
*radiantly trimmed string line
*pretty Caught spiral and puffy Olluan (Sue would like those :)

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Wishing you and all of our fellow tanglers a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tangled Tidbits -
*ruby red centers and delightfully detailed spirals of Olluan
*weighted string line curls and wonderful shading

From Dolly Bolen CZT (Morinville, Alberta, Canada) ~
I am happy that I had time to participate in your IAST#229 challenge, love your
challenge for #229! I had not tried the tangles Caught or Olluan before but I thoroughly
enjoyed giving them both a try! I have to admit my tile started to go awry, I didn’t like
the direction it was going at all but true to the Zentangle way, I kept going and my
finished Zendala turned out better than what I ever thought it would be. I gave it a title
“Owl Will Always Love You” because in the end I thought it resembled an Owl, which just appeared in the design, it was not planned at all. Bling is my thing so I dressed up the Owl in sparkles and I added a tangle named Love Script I created last year around this time while doing ValenTangle 2017. Tipple also borders Caught and Love Script. I had so much fun with this after I started to enjoy the process! Sending love to you and all the other tanglers out there this Valentines week! I look forward to all the LOVEly creations from all over the world!
Tangled Tidbits - 
That was a fabulous tribute to tangling - as is your tile.
*Caught grid lines flow with the string lines
*highlights and sparkle

From Pat Kennedy (Washington State) ~
Enjoyed the challenge Adele!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*gorgeous shades of red accent the tangles
*Caught reaches to the edges of the tile making the black diamonds blend into the frame

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
...This week’s challenge was a beauty. When I saw the string for the first time and the patterns, Olluan, Caught and trusty Tipple teamed up together my version of tile 229 popped into my head as if by magic. This week I can truly say it all just happened when I sat down with my blank tile and pens. A wonderful experience. Thank you for a lovely Valentine’s challenge and also Tina, Christine, Rick and Maria for the, beautiful and harmonious zentangle patterns.
Happy week to all who participate
Tangled Tidbits - 
*delightful dimension achieved with Olluan and shading in the doubled string line
*beautiful field of Caught
Felicity's Olluan pours from the string curl - much like rain would fall from a cloud.  Felicity has written several times about how her homeland is suffering from a terrible drought.  Please keep her and all the people of South Africa in your prayers as they pray for rain.

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Cheers to a perfect string to hold orbs ... Tipple is one of my favorite tangles. I got “caught” with the background ... I combined Caught with Olluan and should have left well enough alone ... adding color was that step too far. I broke out of my comfort zone using color ... discovered it just makes this tile too busy ... it distracts and makes the eye work too hard to find a focal point. Can’t wait to see all the prompt interpretations!!
💕 Happy Valentine’s Day 💕one and all!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*fanned grid and weighted lines of Caught - and the color is lovely!
*tremendous Tipple filled string lines complete with shading and sparkle, light and dark
(That is the fifth tile photographed on a Tickled to Tangle frame, thank you all!)

This is my tile ~
After doubling the lines of the Olluan inspired string, I thought it would look intriguing to have the Caught grid curve up and over as it passed the string. After adding the second grid lines to the lower portion, I decided to leave the upper sections a bit lighter to avoid getting too busy. Shading definitely helped.

And now...

the winner of the random drawing for the new eBook, Love Shackz...


Jane Rhea from Indiana.

Congratulations, Jane!   I do hope you enjoy our labor of love.

Have a happy day and remember that everyone is a Valentine on this great day!

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles we used this week ~

Olluan by Tina Hunziker, CZT

Caught by Christine Reyes

Tipple  - by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas

Thank you all for celebrating this love we share for tangling.

Click here for the details of this week's IAST #230 

and be sure to check back tomorrow for my
Tips for Tangling Funsin.