"Winter is an etching,
spring a watercolor,
summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
- Stanley Horowitz
|Spooktacular Cannie Corn House by Adele Bruno, CZT|
Full instructions for assembly and tangling can be found in
our new "Spooktacular Houses", a "Tiny Tangled Houses" eBook
(Order information can be found by clicking the book image to the right.)
Congratulations on your new granddaughter. I love her name.
Best wishes also to Isabella on her 20th birthday.
Attached is my tile for challenge 264. I didn't use B-leaf as I had enough going on in the tile.
Congrats on your new granddaughter and on Iza’s birthday! What a fun set of tangles. They were so leafy and organic that I decided to do a renaissance tile. Figuring out how best to shade them was a challenge, but what an enjoyable one! Mazel tov on the baby and the birthday!
First of all, congratulations on your new granddaughter. How wonderful your family continues to grow. Isabella must feel honored to have a challenge in honor of her 20th birthday. This was a fun challenge, Adele!
This is for challenge #264. Welcome to the world baby Ada. And happy birthday Isabella. Best wishes for whole family.
So here comes my contribution for your IAST#264. I loved drawing this somehow chaotic mass of leafshapes and hearts, merging into one another. The structures remind me of what you might find in the woods with fallen leaves between growing weeds.
All the best wishes
Happy birthday to Isabella and Ada. What a joyful moments in your family!
I added Ada too as a welcome for her to this world.
Warm greetings from Dresden, Germany. Congratulations to your newborn grandchild Ada.
And here is my tile for IAST#264. I liked Isa and Heartswell very much and all three tangles were new to me. But I had some difficulties with B-leaf. That‘s why I tangled only a litte one.
I almost forgot to send in my tile and when I looked at it today I didn’t like it anymore. Why? I looked at it twice - It was the lower right corner which didn’t please me. I colored the background with black and now I’m happy. Therefore I’m sending both versions.
May Michael not cause too much harm! I’m with you in my thoughts.
First of all congratulations for the whole family, especially for the
parents of Ada and thank you for a lovely challenge.
Immediately, when I saw the string, I thought about making a ribbon and
filled it with B-Leaf. Unfortunately by colouring and using my white
gellypen, this tangle disappeared a bit...
I enjoyed this wonderful challenge very much, I'm glad you all are safe
and I wish you and your family lots of pleasure with the new member of
Take care and send you warm regards from Belgium
What a special week for you, a 20th Birthday and a new granddaughter! Congrats to all of you. I had fun with the 20 and heartswell. Poked the other two in there just because I could.
This one is for your granddaughter, congratulations!
In Dutch we say: we're sitting on a pink cloud.
it was a long summer break, but now I startet again with Zentangles.
I love your weekly challenge and I showed it to my daughter. Now we are sitting on the same table in our living room and we are both doing your zentangle exercise. It´s a lot of fun for us.
here is my picture for this week. Happy birthday Isabella.
Grettings from Germany
Many congratulations on the safe arrival of Ada. I hope Isabella had a lovely birthday. I have just used Heartswell this time, so that I could piggyback it on my Inktober contribution for October 12th. For Inktober I am making all my tiles monotangles, and just using black ink and pencil. I’m posting them on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on my blog.
congratulations to your whole family. A new child, a 20th birthday. And a cute picture of your hands. Beautiful.
For the tile i took the suggested patterns Iza and B-Leaf. I prefered to add a Phicops to the loop of the 2. A little bit of black, some shading and your great task was finished.
Greetings from the sunny Berlin. In mid-october we have sunlight and a temperature of 25 °C here. We will have a walk in one of the berlin woods and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Best from Berlin
Congratulations to your newborn granddaughter and your adult daughter. I wish you and your family all the best for the future!
When I was 20 years old, flower power was everywhere around. Your given patterns are wonderful organic and flowery. So I draw a flower power tile for celebration of your daughters 20th birthday.
You can find it on my blog...
Because I love to draw flowery tiles I enjoyed your challenge very much! Thank you for your wonderful idea!
First of all congratulations on your family milestones, and best wishes to both your new granddaughter and your daughter! Much happiness to them both.
Here’s my tile for #264. I did it on Wednesday morning and I can’t remember if I had anything particular to say about it, just that I prefer it upside down!
Hope you didn't have any damage when the hurricane went through. Lovely being there for the birth of your granddaughter and your daughter's birthday. Your Hallowe'en houses are cute. Like the luminous jelly-roll pens. Heartswell and B-leaf were both new to me.
Happy Birthday to Isabella and welcome Ada.
Sorry I didn't have a chance to finish last week's challenge it was just too busy traveling to see our kids and grandkids to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. I hope you weathered the storm Michael ok!
Congratulations on the arrival of your new grand baby and the celebration of your daughter’s 20th birthday!
What a busy week for you.
I had lots of fun with this week’s challenge.
just because of sweet Iza! I love that girl️. So happy to have met her!
Happy Birthday to you too my dear Adele! Surely you do not look old enough to have a 20 year old. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and do not work. Wine and cake it!!! We all can wait!
My first submission to you. I am a beginner, and just getting my feet wet.
20th birthdays are a celebration!
First of all, congratulations on a new grandbaby and an "old" daughter! (I can't remember, is Isabella your youngest?) When my older brother turned 40, I remember hearing my mother say "I'm not old enough to have a 40-year-old son!" I'm sure you're going through a bit of that!
Also — between South Carolina and Florida, I hope you and yours have managed to come through TWO hurricanes relatively unscathed (though traumatized, I'm sure)!
I just now re-read your instructions for this week and saw "I realize it may be challenging to use all three." Well, what was challenging was that Iza really wanted to morph with HeartSwell. I'm sure you've learned from raising teenagers that sometimes you have to just go with the flow. (I didn't put in all the auras because I thought it might become too busy, so I tried using pencil to suggest it, and then didn't feel like erasing it.) The thing I enjoyed most about B-Leaf was the "twistedness" of it, kind of like when you draw a folded ribbon. Not sure I got it exactly, but that's what I was playing with. So then I tried to morph one into a heart shape in the hopes of tying it to the HeartSwell/Iza half of the tile. (Oh, and the string is upside down.)
Thanks for another fun challenge! Oh, also congratulations on yet another book!
Congratulations on your new grandbaby and to Isabella on her birthday! Here's a snapshot directly out of my sketchbook. One and done!
Here is my (belated) tile # 264 for this week with a lot of congratulations this time.
Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter Ada
Happy Birthday to you
A belated Happy Birthday to your daughter Isabella
Congratulations on your and Dorian's newest e-book with the spooky tiny houses
You must be very proud and happy with all these milestones. I am so happy for you.
I run out of time and I am late(again) so,
Have a blessed week,
with much much love
The string was not a suggestion, because it is in honor of your daughter's age. I am a big fan of Thomas Padros and Helen Williams and of course of you as well!
This is my submission for IAST#264. I added the tangle, Copada, because I am little behind on my Inktober tangles!
... thanks for this nice challenge. I was thinking about you because I heard of a new hurricane in Florida. But these are better news! What a joy! Best wishes and congratulations for your family! Welcome to the new born little Ada. And Happy birthday to Isabella. And I hope that you are all ok and healthy.
Congrats on a new baby grand and expanding family! Best wishes to Ada’s mom and dad. And may your daughter enjoy every minute of her 20s decade.
I couldn’t add Heartswell to my tile ... once I completed an Iza vine with B-Leaf my tile said “this is it”. I don’t use colors often on my tiles but ... I had some dressmakers chalk nearby and I wondered how it would work on my tile ... it was fast, easy, blended well. I used graphite first, then added the color and blended with the same tortillon ... chalk is a little dusty and probably won’t stand up to time, but it was fun to experiment.
So, cheers to births and birthdays and all that we are blessed with.
I began with the names of our honorees, Ada and Isa, and then just followed the tangles. It has been too long since I took the time to concentrate on a tile, so I added more and more detail. Finally, I had to stop myself before I got too carried away. Cheers to my October girls!
Congratulations, Adele and Family on the birth of a brand new, little girl in the family. May she bring infinite joy and happiness as she takes on her life’s journey. Congratulations also with your brand new twenty- something youngest daughter, Isabella. May she be wise and spread love wherever she goes.
Tile 264 is a fitting celebration of all the new excitement you’re all having. I began at the back so to speak with your lovely versatile Iza, and then Heartswell fitted well as the spring from which Iza sprang and finally B-leaf floated about reminding me of your Autumn time (Fall) leaves gently floating to earth. The touch of pink is for Ada of course, and blue and green for Isabella’s youthfulness. Wish you all the best in this happy time.
We are having a national holiday in Germany. The weather is mixed here in berlin: Rain and sun changing within minutes with a lot of wind. The weather inspired me for this tile. An Ahh-sun shining on a Sails which is blown across the tile by Msst, riding on a variation of Kettling waves. Finally i added some shading and a border to the tile. What an inspiring task, this week. Thank you.
The tile can be found at my blog
Best from the (at the moment sunny) Berlin
AHH an old favorite mixed with a couple of new tangles for a cool fall day with time to play. Thanks for a fun string and interesting combos of tangles as always. You come up with some great things for us to play with. Enjoy seeing what everyone else does every week, so much fun with all the variations. Here’s to a great week for you and all the tanglers on this adventure together every week.
Kettling was new to me but it was nice tangle Sails again. It has been a long time since I used Sails and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.
Thanks again for all your hard work
Here’s my tile of the week. I’m not s big fan of grid tangles, so sails was a challenge, but I found kettling surprisingly soothing, so ended up using more than expected. I also have a tendency to fill every bit of my tile, but I decided to go outside my comfort zone because it seemed done. Thanks for another great challenge!
Attached is my tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #263’ Challenge.
In this troubled world it is indeed so important to stay positive and enjoy the beautiful moments in life (like tangling)
Have fun this week!
I'm new at this...hope I'm on the right track. So glad I've found your blog :) Here is my very first submission!
I hope you have enjoyed a nice festivity week together with your
family. (We don't have a Colombus day and neither a Thanksgivingday)
It was a nice surprise to see popping up my new pattern Kettling on
this challenge. Thank you very much and I'm honoured with the compliment!
By this way, I wanna thank everyone who joined the challenge and hope
this lovely composition has given fun.
As always, I'm very curious to see the other results. Mine is made on a
white tile with a black and green pen, an ordinary pencil and a white
Warm regards from Belgium and wish you all the best
Kettling is a great new pattern, Sails an old friend and then I confused Ahh with CO2. When I read which tangles we should use the enclosed tile appeared in my mind and I didn’t bother to look up the step outs. When I realised my “mistake” it was already too late. But I think my tile looks good - I set sails :-).
here is my entry to your challenge 263: Kettling connects Sails.
The fingers did not quite want to draw what the head pretended ........
Sunny autumn greetings from Germany
Earlier this week our washing machine broke down. Dirty water flooded out, mopped up by large numbers of towels which we then couldn't launder! A new machine was promptly ordered but then it was tricky to arrange installation as the local water company turned mains water off in our area for 3 hours today for routine maintenance. But thankfully the new machine is now in. A wash has been run. And I'm feeling more grateful than ever for the luxury of running water and powered washing facilities!
And finally a little time to calm myself from the frenzy of the week - what better way than with your challenge. With the watery string line and this tissue dyed tile I reconnected with the wonder of water and started to see my tile as if it were a helix of DNA - the genetic code of an uncharted ocean perhaps.
Anyway, thank you for listening, thank you for the challenge
the combination of your suggested patterns in connection with your string pushed me into a maritime situation. So on the waves a sailboat had to swim in the bright sunshine, surrounded by gulls. Again you can find another version on my blog under the link... Maybe the idea is a bit silly or childish, but I enjoyed to draw your challenge. Thank you for your idea and your commitment!
A nice weekend for you and your family!
Greetings from Germany
Here are my tangles for this week. I had what I thought was a brilliant idea of combining Kettling and Sails where the lines would seamlessly flow together. It didn’t happen. I tried a few versions of this, but I just couldn’t pull it off. I kept losing my direction while doing Sails. The first picture is that one. ( I have more, but I’m not sending them!)
The second version is just Sails done on a grid with Kettling on top of it.
I’m not happy with either one, but it was a good experience. I can’t wait to see everyone's beautiful work.
Here is my take on the latest challenge. Lots of Fun! #IAST263. With Inktober going on, I really had to plan my tangling time wisely!
Congratulations on your celebrations. Happy birthday to Isabelle, and good wishes for the safe arrival of your grandchild. My son and his wife are expecting their second child in December. I think grandmother duties may increase somewhat then.
Nice tangles this challenge. Kettling was new for me, and I really like it.
It is Saturday here, but your deadline's still hours away. So I am really happy I am able to send you in time (!) my tile, which I aptly call "The Rising Sun" for your IAST #263 challenge.
Thanks so much for yet again a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed drawing.
With love and much appreciation
Susie (Thailand or way in the East where the sun rises)
What a wonderful challenge! Ships are Sailing and Ahh gives a glittering in the Kettling waves.
An after summer party!
Attached is my tile for your IAST #263 challenge. It was difficult for me to combine the three patterns. But I like the way it turned out. I‘m looking forward to see all the other tiles.
Greetings from Germany
Thank you for featuring me in “Where I Tangle”. I was on holiday in Nova Scotia when it was published, so it was nice to see pictures of home! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada. Enjoy the celebration tiles.
...Another busy week for me but always try to find time to tangle! Not tangles I would normally use so your challenges are good for this reason, a way to try something different!
Where does the time go? Your challenge, Adele, is the only tangling I do and then I always have to rush to finish on Saturday morning. Enjoyed the tangles. Ahh was the only one I had done before. This has turned out a bit top heavy. I had thought of putting Sails at the bottom but then my chop would have been upside down so I left it this way up.
Happy birthday to your daughter, and happy birthing anniversary to you! (We always forget the mom’s energy that make all the birthdays possible!)
Fun tangles, but after drawing Kettling I had a major head scratch trying to figure out where to fit in Sails. Not exactly a zen moment!
A little wordplay here ... glad you chose Sails ... Major League Baseball playoffs began Friday. Boston Red Sox pitcher, Chris Sale was key for the win against the NY Yankees Friday night. Not saying that Sails influenced Sale, but kismet was in the cosmos!
Cheers to Ria’s Kettling, to kismet, and cheers to you!
Thank you for this nice challenge.
Have a blessed week,
with much love
my name is Nadina. I am 13 years old and I am living in Germany. Last year my mother showed your wonderfull challenge to me. I love your challenge. And now I am trying to send you my first "String Thing". It was fun to draw it, and then I decided to turn it up side down.
Autumn colors were calling to me this week, Adele. Ria Matheussen’s Kettling was a new tangle for me and I like how versatile it is as a border tangle. Happy Thanksgiving to those in Canada and looking forward to a picture of your newest granddaughter, too!
...here is my tile for IAST #263. Thank you for a interesting challenge, I've learned new patterns again.
Best regards from Germany.
Hi Adele from sunny California,
When I first saw this string all I could think of was the ocean which I got to drink in at the beginning of this week, coming back from Santa Cruz and spending time with Rick and Maria at 1440. This was so much fun to do. The only extra Tangle I used was Sea Wave of course.
Hallelujah we actually had somewhat cooler temperatures this week. The early morning and evening hours have been so pleasant.
Here is my tile for this week’s challenge. I love Kettling so I used it twice.
I can’t wait to see everyone’s tiles.
Thank you, Adele
"Ocean blue" came through loud and clear for me. The string and tangles remind me of our favorite West Coast vacation spot, Santa Cruz. Every Wednesday night during fair weather, there's a sailboat regatta beginning at 5:00pm. It is so much fun watching the sailboats coming out of the harbor and sailing around Monterey Bay, while surfers get in some last rides. I added Frunky and Printemps to the 3 suggested tangles, then watercolor with my Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box. Not exactly abstract, and it has a definite orientation, but it brings back very fond memories for me. Happy holidays to those celebrating!
I am happy to report that I am on time with my “Autumn Splendour” Zendala! I stained the tile with tissue paper, then drew the string in pencil to accentuate the areas that were coloured by tissue paper. I was out running today in a park surrounded by the falling leaves in abundance, fall colours radiating how gorgeous the season is at this time in Alberta so I am sure this is where my mind went while tangling tonight. This is the first time I tangled Kettling and Sails, both were fun to try and I put my own flavour into each of them, Sails reminds me of those corn snacks - bugles. I included a tangleation of Twiggy instead of Ahh because it just fit. There are two sides to everything including the world, two points of view, right side up and upside down, each side is individual. We need our individuality so we can decide for ourselves how we want to view the world, our art and that includes Zentangle. It is our choice to decide...Love that sparkle, it could be a sunset or sunrise, two times of day, two spectacular opportunities to see amazing colours in nature. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! 🇨🇦 I am thankful for all that is good and all the positivity in the world, including your blog Adele, this is a weekly celebration I enjoy!️
No rhyme or reason to Sails. I started with a wonky grid and my pen took over....no planning. Think I would do two things differently next time........Sails and not tangle at 3:00 a.m
Here we have experienced an October heatwave for the past week. Temperatures in the high 30’s. Very unusual for this time of year. Seems Nature is still experimenting with change. Water situation is much better, but I believe we will have to learn to conserve at all costs for the future. Water and man are a delicate balance, as the recent situation has proved.
Anyway, to history. How brave explorers like Columbus were, plying the dangerous stormy seas in flimsy wooden sailing ships. Brave captains and crews out to find the new world.
So fitting to celebrate them this week with your challenge. My first thought was that they only had sails and the wind to propel them on often raging water. I knew Kettling would be my waves, and Sails would be sails bobbing up and down between the waves , navigating the journey by the Ahh star. Irregular grids are my nemesis, so it’s Hmm on the result, but I had fun with these tangles Thanks to Ria, Helen, Maria and Rick.
Have great week all.
Though your string seemed simple it became a challenge for me! But I love the patterns you choose which made me go for it anyway! In the end I liked what came out! More comments in my blog...
Thank you for doing this challenge for us, I have learned a lot following them!
so pleased to have found your Blog.
I discovered Zentangle this summer and fell in love straight away.
Here's my first attempt at It's a String Thing.
Thanks for the opportunity to try kettling (a new-to-me pattern). Oh, and congrats on the grandkids. They are always such a lovely gift. I have five and they are a joy to me.