Monday, June 18, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #247 Tiles

This week's IAST was a nod to this year's Father's Day (June 17th here in the United States). 

Our string was based after a loopy capital letter 'D' and the first letters of the tangles we used (Dex, A-dalfa, and D'rua) spelled DAD.

Let's take a look ~

This is my tile -
I am a fan of Dex but find it much more fluent to tangle when I start with a grid. 
My finished tile was a gift for my dad, presented on one of my frames.

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
I lost my dad when I was 23 and still feel that gap in my life 40 years later. I hope you and your zentangle community enjoy Father’s Day.
Thank you for another lovely challenge.

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her site ~
Thanks so much for all your hard work in creating challenges and for honoring dads everywhere. This is my first Father's Day without my Dad. It's rather sweet for me to be able to create a piece of art in honor of him. He was a great dad and the memories I have of him make me smile.

From Sally Whiteman (New Zealand) ~
I really enjoyed these tangles. This is a great way to learn. Thanks for all the time you must put into this.

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you for a wonderful fluent string in which the tangles looks very nice. I enjoyed this challenge very much!
Warm regards from Belgium

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Australia celebrates Father’s Day in September,
but I’m more than pleased to participate in the Celebrations of Father’s Day in your Country,
Happy Father’s Day! to all the Dad’s.

From Lily (Hungary) ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge.

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
Today I had planned to send the first tile I made.
My fingers were itching to make one more, but no this is and will remain my entry for this time

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
My entry for the new challenge. A’Dalfa is one of my favourits, the other patterns were new to me. I like the two flowers which are formed with the A-Dalfa-petals.
Thank you one more for the challenge, the patterns, the string and everything!
A big hug

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I didn't use the random little black square step-outs in Maria's example for Dex. I instead drew lines to make squares. Then I messed up a bit by using a ruler across the corners only to find that i had put it across the wrong corners so some of the boxes were not right. So white jelly roll to the rescue. Then I made X's in each square and then drew the little black square where the X crossed. Not perfect, but OK. When I looked at the nearly completed piece it reminded me of a basket of flowers. So I then shaded the "handle" like the zenbuttons we did a couple of weeks ago. I think dad's also like flowers. So, happy Dad's day to all Dads.

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
I have recently been watching ‘Blue Planet II’, a 2017 British nature documentary series on marine life produced by the BBC Natural History Unit, following the series ‘The Blue Planet’ of 2001. I was mostly fascinated by the second episode ‘The Deep’ (Sea)... what a miraculous world! So your D-string inspired me to dive deep...

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you very much for the interesting combination of string and patterns in your last challenge in honor of Father's Day. In Germany this day is in the month of May.
If my dad were still alive, he would be happy about my lot of tangles I have drawn in recent years. He liked drawing graphically himself. He had many honorary posts and has designed some logos for good purpose. Often, he integrated patterns that reminded of today's tangle patterns. If my father were still alive, he would surely be an enthusiastic tangle-fan.
This time again I draw two versions for your challenge. The second one you can find on my blog under the link.
Best wishes from Germany

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
You found a great way to honor the dads that are celebrating this Sunday. I chose to do this in shades of brown which I thought might fit a masculine theme.
I hope you have a nice Fathers Day with your dad and husband!

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Happy Fathers Day to all those dads out there! Thanks for your challenge, Adele.

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Thank you for another interesting challenge. Dex is one of my favorites.

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
Always nice to revisit some favorites!

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Finally found the time to pick up Zentangle again. I love D'rua, couldn't stop tangling it.

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Last week I got so into Helen Williams string I never took any pictures I just kept doing them, lots of fun. My father has been gone many years now but he built the cottage I now call Home and I think he would be very proud of what we have done with it so he was on my mind all week. Hope all the dad's had a great day.

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Thank´s for this nice string-challenge! Two of my favourite pattern, A´Dalfa and Dex! And to me a new pattern, D´Rua which I liked a lot to try! In my blog I write a Little more about this adventure.

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Three tangles that I haven’t seen before. Thank you for the challenge.

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
This is a wonderful tribute to Dad’s on their special commemoration day. I included a couple of balloons in the scape for the celebration.
This is the first time I have worked with D’rua. Very nice tangle! Has so many options for fitting into any space. A-dalpha and Dex are familiar and wonderful tangles
Thanks to all!

From Cat Trask (Oregon) ~
There is a part of me is embarrassed to send this. I’m not happy with the results because I rushed to get it send. However, it’s been so very long since I submitted, and I’m trying to get back on track, so here goes!!! I’ll have to get started earlier in the week so I can get better tiles done to send.
Thanks for always doing this for us, Adele. Even when I don’t submit, I enjoy looking at everyone’s tiles! Such talent!!!

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
Thank you Adele, after a few false starts I very much enjoyed this week's challenge!

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Not much time this week for tangling, so I hit the challenge cold. That is, no practicing tangles, no working things out in a sketch book, no draft tiles. Just four dots and away we go! Worked out pretty well. Three different green pens plus green colored pencils, because green was Dad's favorite color! Happy Father's Day to all!

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Another great challenge this week! I learned and practiced 2 new to me tangles, Dex and A-dalpha. Drua was an old friend! How interesting it will be to see everyone's tiles! Here's mine!

A very warm welcome to Stephanie Christenson (Lexington, Missouri) ~
This is my first submission and I hope I am not too late to participate this week. I am from Lexington, MO, which is about 50 miles northeast of Kansas City, MO. Thank you for offering IAST. I look forward to it every week. I enjoyed these tangles. D'rua was new to me and it was fun to try it out.

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

From Isle Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
I don’t think you’ll still recognize your curvy capital D string ;-)

From Lovelygiraffe (Japan) and on Intagram ~
Here is my tile for your weekly challenge.

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Valddrif, South Africa) ~
...Happiest news! We are finally having good rains on the West Coast and in the Westerncape. Halleluja! Stormy weather last week, rained from Thursday. None so far today but it’s evening now and the weather is threatening to give us a stormy night. Wonderful to see the waterfalls and rivers flowing at last. Dams benefiting, but will take some time before they are at full capacity. Water restrictions remain a daily occurrence.

Thanks to you for the Father’s Day Challenge. The pattern D’rua by Mei hua Teng worked brilliantly as ribbons, outlining the D String. In the middle of the tile it might suggest strong comforting fatherly hugs. Was interesting to give them dimension by shading and using variations of pattern. A-alfa by Bunny Wright was a puzzle until I decided to use it in the spaces of the D. In the end it was a satisfying pattern. Dex by Maria and Rick – I decided that it could easily overwhelm the my work, so I went back to the trusty pencil, opting for a softer background. All- in- all a satisfying experience.
Happy week to you and all the other participants.

Bring on the rain! Oh, Felicity, that is wonderful news and so many prayers answered.

From Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
I have been out of the Zentangle world due to some medical issues, but, I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. But, I have been admiring as always, everyone's beautiful tiles, even though, I haven't been able to participate.
So, thinking of my sweet dad, who I lost 23 years ago, I had to jump in and try out all these new tangles to me. I really enjoyed the process, even though, my tile went in a total different direction!
Thank you for your wonderful weekly challenges! Hope you and your family have a great weekend and Father's Day!

From Shelly St. John (Redwood City, California) ~
I enjoyed learning new tangles again this week plus using one of my favorites, Dex.

Special thanks to the creators of the tangles we used this week along with my string ~

D’rua by CZT Mei Hua Teng’s 

A-dalfa by CZT Bunny Wright.

Dex by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts

Many blessings to dads around the world and for those who live on in our hearts and memories.
Thank you to all of the fabulous tanglers who participated this week and for your gracious notes.  I treasure them - and you!

Tangled Tidbits will return next week.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #248!  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom


This sculpture was recently installed outside the front door of the Casselberry Art House (pictured on the banner of my blog) where I have the pleasure of teaching. 

It is the creation of a local artist, Duke Snyder, who generously donated it to the city of Casselberry.  Made of iron, it stands about six feet tall.

While Mr. Snyder invokes the words of the ancient and familiar hymn, it is his unique play on words coupled with the fact that visitors to the art gallery pass by in their comings and goings, that brings a smile to my face. 


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #247

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

The greeting (above) for every IAST is actually an exclamation my dad uses often.  When I decided to post  new weekly adventures every Tuesday, those words were an easy choice for an introduction.
Tuesdays remind me of my dad, perhaps the biggest fan of my work here on Tickled to Tangle. (Thank you, Dad!)

We are celebrating Father's Day in the United States this coming Sunday, June 17.  Some quick research into the holiday shows that similar days are celebrated to honor fathers in most countries around the world.  Whether you commemorate it in June or another month and day of the year, please join in this week as we honor the men whose fatherly influence impacted our lives in a positive and loving way.

Let's begin a string that I fashioned from a curvy capital letter 'D' ~

IAST String #247 by Adele Bruno, CZT

We will use tangles that have first letters spell D - A - D ~

D’rua by CZT Mei Hua Teng’s 

A-dalfa by CZT Bunny Wright.

Dex by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts

Use as many or as few of these tangles as you wish.  Simply pencil in the string line and let the tangles lead the way.


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 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, June 11, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #246 Tiles

This week we used an elegant and simple tangling technique by Helen Williams that she calls "String Grid".   One pattern, one tile, and lovely ways to accent it -
as Miriam G says below in her note, " was such a lovely change of pace."

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing # 246’ Challenge.
I have always admired Helen’s work, it is so beautiful and elegant,
I don’t know that I have achieve the elegance Helen has but I did enjoy trying.
Tangled Tidbit-
*pretty pedal finishes added to additional intersections

From Sally Whiteman (New Zealand) ~
Attached is my tangle for this week's challenge.
I had two or three goes at this, it's not as easy as it looks on the step out. I found it very challenging.

Tangled Tidbit -
*happy hearts and curly cues

From Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I tried the String Grid of Helen many times but I really had problems with it... But in the end I tangled a zendala and I like the flowery look of it :-)
...Many thanks for this challenge and
many greetings from germany,
best regards
Tangled Tidbit -
* tangles glow on colorful background

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your challenge, Adele, and thanks to Helen Williams for her “string grid.” Was a lot of fun drawing and coloring this one.
Tangled Tidbit -
* sparkles and lovely beads

From Ilse Lukken (Switzerland) and here on her blog ~
Somehow I missed Helen Williams’ String Grid, so thank you for making it your challenge of this week! It’s a lovely way to tangle.
Tangled Tidbit -
* weighted lines and elegant center enthatching

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
My contribution to this week's challenge, with best wishes
 Tangled Tidbit -
* wispy lines, rounded petal finishes, deep centers and outer shading

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
This week’s tile is a big Yin–Yang heart with strings of fluttering petals...
The undiluted re–inking colours for stamp pads are even more saturated on the tile than the photo can show... Might be an idea for those who like a bit of 'colour drama'... And thank you, Adele, for this cool idea of linking us to Helen Williams‘ latest post ... and thank you, Helen Williams, for your great 'String Grid' and tutorial.
 That is a wonderful idea, thank you Jutta.
Tangled Tidbit -
* delightfully detailed four petaled florals

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbit -
* wonderfully varied finishes of the string lines

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
Like you, I was smitten the moment I saw Helen's new technique. And practising it was every bit as pleasing as I hoped it would be. You start with a string that looks a bit messy, and you can't quite imagine how things will resolve. But they do. I chose to fill mine, not with petals, but with Bunzo - filling certain spaces in the string, but not others. Some rounding, shading and a broken frame and there it is. And I'm glad I decided to work on a larger Zendala tile, because I enjoy filling so much space. I know I will revisit this idea again and again and I can imagine the results will be unexpected but attractive every time. I can't wait to see how others use it too.
Tangled Tidbit -
* beautifully finished Bunzo sections make the white space as pretty as the tangle itself

From Gudrun (Germany) ~
It's been a while since I posted anything - here's my post for this week.
Sunny greetings from Germany (BW)
Tangled Tidbit -
* terrific Tipple finishes
Welcome back, Gudrun!

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I did many. My first three looked like a tangle of wool with not much room for the daisies. For this one I did the string in pencil and only did two and a half strings. Then I erased the bits I didn't like. I ended up with two tiles that were OK. The other one was all daisies and as I rather liked Helen's morning glories I tried another and another, etc. This was the final choice. Doing so many was quite relaxing but I wish I could have got closer to Helen's elegance.
Tangled Tidbit -
* a very elegant striped and sparkled variation

From Lily (Hungary) ~ are my tiles for your weekly challenge. I drew two. Thank you for lovely challenge!

Tangled Tidbit -
*shading gives the impression the tangle is stacked
*aura-ed spaces, shaded beautifully

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~

What a nice challenge this week!
Tangled Tidbit -
* ribbon-like finishes accent petal centers

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Just as you do, I liked the idea of a grid string immediately. It is uncomplicated to do, pleasant and beautiful. Everyone can give a personal touch on her/his work.
I have coloured some spaces with ordinary colourpencils and used a few tangles: Jester (Marie Browning), Fescu and Beadlines.
This drawning is made on tan coloured paper.
I enjoyed this challenge very much and am glad to have learned something new and refreshing, thanks to you and thanks to Helen.
Have a nice weekend and I am very curious to see the results,
Warm regards from Belgium

Tangled Tidbit -
* colors and highlights glow on brown paper

From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
What a fun tangle this was, Adele! And another one with infinite possibilities! Thanks so much...
Tangled Tidbit -
*curved, looped, and angled connecting lines - love that!

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
I really enjoyed using one of my Moonlight GellyRoll pens to draw this fun tangle from the very talented Helen Williams. Thanks for this great challenge!
Tangled Tidbit -
* ethereal look of Moonlight on black

From Miriam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I had already watched Helen's video and so was excited that you chose her String Grid for this week's challenge. It's a bit harder than it looks! (either that or I am simply not coordinated enough to get my lines to behave...). After many, many 'scary' looking practices, I finally managed to get one that wasn't too bad, so I stopped right there. Unfortunately, I didn't notice the pen bleed until after I had already finished. I will give it ago again when time allows.
Thanks for featuring this, it was a lovely change of pace.
Tangled Tidbit -
* Mooka like curls and a dew drop - lovely additions

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) ~
Long time no seen… But I am still on the tangling path and I have been checking on IAST most of the weeks gone! But here I am again! I found Helen Williams pattern String Grid very relaxing. On my tile it comes with Purdy (Margaret Bremner) and Beadlines, also from Margaret Bremner.
Tangled Tidbit -
* how very fun to add Margaret's new Purdy
Welcome back, Anita!

From Shelly St. John (Redwood City, California) ~
I love flowers so this week’s tangle was especially enjoyable. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s creations.
Tangled Tidbit -
* curls repeat in corner clusters to frame the colorful florals

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
I’m sending both tiles I created because I can’t tell which one I like best. I bet some of you remember the film Mary Poppins and the song “let’s go fly a kite”. I kept humming this song while tangling. It was really uplifting and great fun. Thank you for this new challenge, Adele.
I can feel the wind!
Tangled Tidbit -
*Betweed - a beautiful filler

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my tile #246 for this week.
With much love and have a blessed week.
Tangled Tidbit -
* graceful lines, subtle shading

From Maria (Canada) ~
Hello from Canadaland!
Love this week's challenge! I considered tangling behind it and overlaying this for something more complex, but I really loved the elegance and simplicity of just the flowers alone. Instead I gave them a nice deep finish with the colour pencils to really bring out the flower look. Couldn't help putting these in the garden for a moment for the picture!
Tangled Tidbit -
*glorious colors, long and wispy lines

These are my tiles ~
I enjoyed the simplicity of this technique and from my first attempt resisted the urge to fill up the white spaces (too much, anyway!)
Thinking a bit more room would allow for more a more graceful flow of line, I used a larger black circle of card stock and tangled with a Gelly roll 10 ~ 

THEN, I saw Ragged Ray's new Miff and tangled this on a Zendala in blue with a bit of shading -

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
...the topic this week was more difficult than it first looked. My first attempt ended up in the trash. Nevertheless, I have drawn two more tiles. I send you the third, which refers solely to the topic "String Grid". On my other I have drawn more patterns. It can be found on my blog at the link .
Thank you very much for this interesting challenge.
Tangled Tidbit -
* large and smaller loops each with its own finishing touches

From Rennee W. (Austin, Texas) ~
I have been a longstanding fan of Helen Williams work. She creates beautiful designs. I thought this challenge should be simpler than it turned out to be. I struggled to get the flow and that 4th line was throwing me. When I finally “permissioned" myself to leave out that last line I felt like I had more room…
As ever, thanks for the challenge.
Tangled Tidbit -
* ample room for beautiful finishes - love the larger leaf with smaller surrounding ones

From Judy Wanner, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
Well hello there dear Adele. Here is my “quick like a bunny” tile. It actually started with a cursive J! I am really anxious to see all the tiles and need to explore more variations.....fits my loopy life right now!
Thank you for all you do, all you are. Love and hugs to all.
Tangled Tidbit -
*soft shading, deep black spaces accent the delicately tangled pattern

From Simone Menzel (Germany) ~
I am happy to take part in your IAST challenge this week. When I saw Helens video on her blog some days before I wanted to draw „String Grid“ soon, and your challenge was a perfect occasion to do it just now.
I had a lot of fun with this tangle and could not stop before the whole tile was filled
Greetings from rather hot and sunny Germany !
Tangled Tidbit -
*an aura for the entire String Grid with fabulous tangles to surround

From Denise Fairbank (Concord, New Hampshire) ~
So excited to try String Grid! Love the flow and openness. Couldn't resist adding the band of Shattuck...the string lined up perfectly just to tuck it in.
Tangled Tidbit -
* marvelous mix of brown and black, highlights and shading

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry!
Have a good week!

Tangled Tidbit -
* four String Grid sections in a row topped with orbs

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
What an interesting idea from Helen. Here is my first attempt, which I decided I liked the best in the end. Have a lovely week.
Tangled Tidbit -
* festive red detail line finishes

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
This was great fun. I love everything Helen does. She has a fluid movement that is unsurpassed. Thank you Helen for this tutorial.
I tried to just let it flow in hopes that I could achieve that fluidity:

Tangled Tidbit -
*rounded details in every enhancement - lovely!

From Sherry Conte (Sanford, Florida) ~
I did this twice. Once in my bullet journal with my General's watercolor pencils. I did it again on watercolor paper using Kuratake watercolors. Which do you like better?
Tangled Tidbit -
* ribbon-y lines between purple petals - and do I spy a cute caterpillar?!

From Barbara Steyer (Germany) ~
a quick partizipation and a big „thank you“ for your steady inspiration!
Greetings from a hot Germany

Tangled Tidbit -
*vibrant colors, pops of black, and deep red florals

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
I love Helen Williams' work, so fluid and lyrical. I've used a few of her tangles, but I definitely have stayed away from her Weaves and Whirls. Because, as much as I admire them, I don't have the line technique to pull them off. So, 246 was a challenge! But I was committed to facing it. After several (okay, many) shaky starts in my sketch book, on to tiles (yes, tiles plural). This was the best of the lot. I added a few Zingers and a bit of Floo in the corners, and we're calling it a good effort for this week.
Tangled Tidbit -
* smooth line flow, soft shading, and white center dots

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Hi Adele from Oklahoma where it is so stinkin' hot it's hard breathe!
Thank you for a wonderful challenge this week! Helen Williams is an absolute favorite of mine and I just couldn't put this down! Unfortunately, my shaky lines struggled with the petals but I enjoyed it thoroughly just the same!
Tangled Tidbit -
* sensational swirls of shaded aura and two versions of String Grid

From Audrie Wiesenfelder (Tucson, Arizona) and here on her blog ~
I really like this new technique from Helen Williams, but I was having some problems implementing it. If I added too many swirly lines, I got lost. So I stopped after just 2 lines, and was able to do it that way. I'll keep playing around with it, and hopefully will be able to get more complex soon.
Tangled Tidbit -
*two lined variation - fabulous idea!

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
This was an interesting challenge, I didn't feel the need to overdo this as it is such a light touch tangle. Instead of shading I used an Elegant Writer calligraphy pen to add a little colour. You add water and the ink dissolves into green and pink hues.
Another new technique - thank you for sharing, Jane.
Tangled Tidbit -
* pretty, inked petals compliment the border

From Ute (East Frisia, Germany) and here on her blog ~
Here is my contribution for It’s a String Thing this week.
I liked it.
Such a light and fluent thing. It was really a pleasure.
Thank you for inspiration and making this connection around the world. From Florida to Australia and then to me in Germany.
Isn't that a remarkable thing to know that we are spread all over the world and united by this love of tangling? 
Tangled Tidbit -
* beautiful sense of movement created with flowing lines

And the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Lynn G  from Florida!

Lynn wrote ~
Thank you for another fun challenge. I just love Helen’s work.
Tangled Tidbit-
* wispy tangles, multiple variations, beautiful balance of light, medium, and dark

Congratulations, Lynn!

Special thanks to Helen Williams for her brilliant idea and thorough explanation of String Grid.
(Click here for Helen's post.)

Thank you to all of the fabulous tanglers from around the globe who participated this week. 

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #247!