Friday, December 2, 2016

A Slice of Heaven - zenAgain Part 1

Imagine for a moment being in the company of over 200 CZTs from around the world.

Then imagine sitting in a lovely conference room, with your own little creative space that magically fills with the finest of materials and tools each time you leave for a break and return.

Imagine being guided through one activity after another by Rick and Maria and their daughter Molly, too.

Imagine being on the receiving end of the warm and welcoming staff (mostly family members) that surround them.

Then imagine the opportunity to meet and hug, laugh with, tangle with, and share meals with friends for the first time.

Doesn't it make your tangled heart swell?

Add to all of this, new tangles, new tiles, new techniques, along with a sprinkle of angel wings, for a glimpse of zenAgain 2016.

I have poured over my photographs and selected a few to post today with more to follow.  Enjoy!

Florida friends Dorian Eng, Kathryn Crane Theilen, myself, and Joan Delony, all flew in from different cities before we met at the airport in Providence, Rhode Island.

We shuttled together to our hotel and with the few hours before the event began, we took a cab to the Vanderbilt estate, The Breakers, for a self guided tour.  The mansion was so spectacular, the weather just gorgeous, that I had to include just a few pictures.  This is the front gate ~

 Inside, the grand staircase ~
 The details of the home were spectacular.  There were ideas for tangles everywhere - the billiard room marble tiled floor ~
 A view of the mansion from the ocean walk ~

Once back at the hotel, Rick, Maria, and staff hosted a lovely reception for us.  Happy reunions, introductions, good company, good food, and good wine.  Heavenly.

Some photo highlights from the first day include a view of one half of the conference room from my vantage point ~

Meeting Inge (from Bavaria) after corresponding with each other since IAST #138 ~

A sample of my place setting filled with goodies ~

Tiles were collected in baskets and then displayed in a class mosaic.  And there were over 200 of us!

Maria tangled wings against a beautifully painted backdrop for photographs.  Donna Symons (Pennsylvania) and I had the happiest meeting after writing back and forth for over two and one half years.  Isn't that an incredible thought?  We were a double angel :)

I believe it was Mark Twain that said, "In order for joy to be multiplied, it must be divided among friends."  Having my dear friend Dorian Eng as a seatmate (wing women, she dubbed us), and a room full of CZTs to share this experience with - and now you, dear readers - is joy magnified.

More to follow...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Angels descending, bring from above,

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
                                                                     ~Fanny J. Crosby

Drawings Gilded Tile  by Adele Bruno, CZT

Maria Thomas graciously taught her gilding method to the participants of zenAgain 2016.  This was my effort that also included her new brand new tangle, Drawings.

Tomorrow I will post some photos of my time spent in Newport, Rhode Island, with over 200 CZTs from around the world.  It was a heavenly time as you will see...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #173

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

For the first time in my married life, I can say that our home is decorated for Christmas before December first. The upcoming Florida Arts Tour pushed us to get the house ready in record time.

Our home is now brimming with Christmas cheer and the warm feelings of the season have enveloped us.  It is truly the "most wonderful time of the year."

With all of these happy thoughts, we begin with this simple string ~
IAST #173 by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use this week include:

Verdigogh by Maria Thomas, Zentangle® co-founder
This is such an elegant tangle and just right for the season.

Cruffle by Sandy Hunter, CZT
This is a versatile tangle - have fun with it!

Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  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. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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, November 28, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #172 Tiles

This week we used a suggestion from Mary Bartrop, CZT, and lightly penciled onto our tiles what/who we were grateful for especially this Thanksgiving.  The words blended into our tangles but stayed in our hearts.

We enjoyed a fabulous feast and treasured family time.  I hope you all did, too - even if it wasn't Thanksgiving in your corner of the world.  

We have the pleasure of welcoming three new tanglers to our community and welcoming back some old friends.
Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Amy Barnickel (Florida) ~
Hi Adele! Trying to gear up for a day of grading before Thanksgiving ensues...had to get to a Zen place first, though. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Tangled Tidbits -
*bold lines and spaces
*light lines of Fescu topped with bold dots

From Joanne Faherty (Bedfordshire, United Kingdom) ~
I really liked this weeks one Adele and I love the little what we are thankful for idea. Although mine went a little crazy and I actually wrote it. In pen and fescued it. I wonder if you can see the words? They are family, happiness, home and health. There are more in the cubine sections in pencil but I cant remember what they say now....
 Tangled Tidbits -
That is a sweet thought, Joanne.
*corner of Fescu and Tipple anchors white space
*shaded border of Cubine

From Renee (Tennessee) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*center  tangles tuck into pretty corners
*small Cubine grid and large Ennies

From Joan Delony, CZT (Florida) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*circular section of Cubine
*elegant Fescu, sparkled and shadow shaded

From Hilary Merola (Chicago) ~
First of all, Adele, I'm wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. I'm sharing with you a turkey I drew yesterday for one of my sketching groups.
And of course I'm including this week's challenge which was fun to do. One thing for which I'm always grateful is your weekly bit of artistic inspiration.

 Such a lovely tangled turkey - I had to show him off!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed and free floating Ennies
*triangular Cubine

From Miriam G (Port Hueme, California) ~
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Adele!This was a lovely challenge for the holiday - any day, actually. I enjoyed tangling over all my 'thankful' entries, as you said, knowing they are there as well as in my heart. I'm certain all involved are also thankful for you, for stretching our imagination and exercising our creative minds!

Tangled Tidbits - I am thankful for all of you.
*a Fescu bouquet
*double lined grid of Cubine - love the star-like little white dots

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
As I wrote on my blog: To be hon[e]st, I thought about my blessings, but I didn't write them down. I thought I would be distracted too much in wanting to tangle over them, to make them invisible. This doesn't mean I'm not thankful though! ;-)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded intersections of Fescu
*shaded corners make the center looked tucked in behind Ennies corners

From Linda (United Kingdom) ~
Hope you're having a great family thanksgiving celebration.
Managed to find some time to tangle today and enjoyed the simplicity of this week's tangles and string.

Tangled Tidbits -
This is one in a remarkable occurrence in IAST, particularly this week.  I post tiles as they arrive via email and the similarities of back to back tiles is some times very remarkable.
Ilse's and now Linda's feature the same tangles in the same string spaces.

*shadowed Fescu frames lovely white space
*angled grid of Cubine

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) ~
Dear Adele, here is my entry for this challenge. I enjoyed playing with Cubine and Enni; and Fescue has always been one of my favourite tangles. Thanks for the challenge and have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of blessings for you and your family!... We are all very grateful for YOU! You touch all our lives every single week! :-)Cheers from Canada
Tangled Tidbits - you do, mine :)
*highlighted sections of Cubine
*large Fescu accented Ennies

A very warm welcome to Donna (Wisconsin) ~
Hi, I am new to this. I am finding the challenge fun. I did 2 different ones with this string #172.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful coloration and detail
*varied sizes of Tipple

*gem-like Cubine
*Fescu repeats along the border and in the middle string section

Donna's name and red pin have been added to our map.  Welcome!

From Jessie Plouffe (Connecticut) ~
I know I've disappeared off the face of the earth for the last couple of months; I've been too busy to tangle! I did manage to find a few hours to get this one done over the holiday, and I'll hopefully be able to submit more often in a few weeks once the semester's over! None of these tangles usually particularly appeal to me, but I'm really happy with how this composition turned out.

Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*rounded corners and tips of Ennies
*shaded string lines yield a very layered look

A very warm welcome to Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
This is my first time doing the challenge, I enjoy drawing, although I haven’t used tiles, ...Attached is my drawing for ‘It’s A String Thing “ #172

Tangled Tidbits -
*Ennies, softly shaded and filled with Tipple
*Cubine spaces flow into Fescu

Shirley's name and pin are now added to our map...welcome!

From Patricia (Switzerland) ~
Thank you for the new challenge. I'd never done cubine but find it a great tangle. I 've been wanting to do Ennies for a while but never got round to it. Think I need to practise it some more! Fescu is one of my favourites.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wispy Fescu pushes through the border lines
*random Ennies, Tippled between auras

From Christiane (Germany) ~
After I have not participated for a long time, I am back with my tile for this challenge. I like Cubine and found it interesting to combine these 3 Tangles. Greetings from Darmstadt / Germany.
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*Cubine dark squares move from small to large
*dots accent Fescu

From Sravanthi (India) ~
Here's my entry for IAST 172! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*deep shading creates an Ennies frame
*dotted Fescu - yet another happy conincidence!

A very warm welcome to Val Barsevich (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*lined sections of Cubine
*dashes and dots accent Ennies - contrasting dark and Tippled spaces

Val's name and pin are on the map!

From Terri D. (Massachusetts) ~
I tried some triangular shaped cubine here.I'm grateful for friends, faith, freedom, art and health and for this period of time drugs. šŸ˜‹šŸ˜ƒšŸ¤—. Cheers
 Tangled Tidbits -
*triangular Cubine corners
*weighted lines of Ennies with a bit of sparkle

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Attached my tile # 172 for this week.Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled Cubine lines in a curved grid add even more dimension
*multi layers of Fescu

From Martina (Austria) ~
Hi Adele, Hi everybody!
Some known patterns, some new.... here is my creation.
Best wishes again from Austria ;-)

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful Tipple shading
*multi sized grids of Cubine - notice how the large dark spaces add interest

From Talia Maynard (United Kingdom) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*angled Cubine corners
*Fescu accented Ennies and weighted lines

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*detail lines repeat in Ennies and Cubine
*Fescu lines skip where they intersect

From Jonesy (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Hi, Miss Adele! This is my submission for challenge #172. I barely got a moment to get any drawing done at all this week, with my kids out of school for our Thanksgiving holiday. I really enjoyed this one, even if I'm sneaking it in while the kids aren't looking.
Tangled Tidbits -
*incredible dimension to the tangles - great shading and highlights
*Fescu repeats in Cubine and Ennies

From Julie (North Carolina) ~
Hope all had a happy thanksgiving. Here in NC we had warm temperatures and enjoyed it!
Here is my tile for this week's challenge.
Thanks again!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*aura-ed Ennies clusters
*curved grids of Cubine corners

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
I hope you've had a nice a Thanksgiving. Ennies is a new tangle for me, but here is my tile featuring it.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Cubine fades into white space
*Fescu springs from Ennies

From Tina KirchhĆ¼bel (Germany) and here on her blog ~
This was a great and relaxing challenge. All the three tangles were familiar to me and I like them very much. And with this string I had endless ideas how to arrange the tile. I decided to draw two of it. I hope you like it.
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded Tipple and tangles add depth
*dots accent graceful Fescu

*more lovely shading of Tipple - gives a sense of foreground and background
*Cubine shading differs in each of the four sections

A very warm welcome to Kim (California) ~
I'm new to zentangle and thought I'd jump in with this weeks string. I think I need some practice but I thoroughly enjoyed this and will likely continue to do the weekly challenges. :0)

Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome, IAST is a great way to learn and pracitce Zentangle.
*shaded border and Fescu corners
*curved center grid of Cubine

Kim and a new pin in California are on the map...

From Jennifer (Switzerland) ~
Your string brought images of mandalas to mind so I started with a Fescu center and let the other tangles grow outward from there.
The brown, white and black look less Renaissance here and instead remind me of rock paintings by the San (Bushmen). This could easily be part of a tribal themed quilt!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Fescu circular center - clever way to begin
*Cubine highlighted in four directions - much like Tina's is shaded above

From Michele Wynne (California) and here on her blog ~
Hi Adele, I hope you're enjoying a lovely holiday weekend. Fortunately, a rainy day off was just the excuse I needed to stay indoors and draw today. I really like how this turned out in spite of my little gaffe with Cubine. Thanks for all you do!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple filled spaces of fanned Fescu
*mirrored Cubine grids
*wonderful shading and highlights

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Puf,puf. Hiii! Puf,puff Adele
At last I have an entry for this week. So, sorry, I’m so late, (totally pooped and in a tangle of knots this week) too much to do, spring cleaning struck this weekend. Only minutes to tangle. Just finished. So, for better or for worst, tile 172 is on the way. Thanks to Rick and Maria for the great tangles. Thank you for the idea, my thanks are hidden under the patterns as suggested. Also on my blog.
Hope you and the family had a super Thanksgiving celebration.
Also, thank you for my tile of honours for challenge 170. Fantastic surprise, and thank you for all the kind word and compliments.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three variations of Cubine
*multiple finished for Fescu and Ennies, as well
*variation in Tipple sizes along with shading add sense of depth

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) !

Jody wrote ~
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, food and blessings.
As always thank you

Tangled Tidbits -
...and you, too!
*grids of Cubine grow larger toward the corners
*shading shifts with direction of Cubine
*square and triangular Cubine
*lovely lines of Fescu fill Ennies
*Ennies shading adds roundness
*dark and light Tipple

Congratulations Jody!

I have a little some thing coming in the mail for you.

A huge thank you to all of the contributors to this week's challenge.
Please know that I appreciate and treasure your kindnesses and encouragements as well. 

Many thanks to Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas for the three tangles we used this week along with my string:




Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #172!