Friday, February 15, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #297 Tiles

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Our IAST #297 featured the suggestion of a heart in the string and three love-ly tangles.  I trust the results will add the cherry on top of your sweet celebrations.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
Here's my tile for this week's challenge. I always enjoy around Valentine's day because hearts are my favourite shape. They're everywhere! And drawing them is my usual go to doodle so I love all 3 of these tangles. I enjoyed making this very much. Thank you for a fun challenge.

From Simone (Germany) ~
Thank you for your Valentinsday Challenge. I love this 3 hearttangles, it was sooo much fun to draw them. So I was in the mood to make it pink, and more and more and more pink.
A big hello from Germany

From Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
Thank you for sharing your love through IAST! You are so grows!

From Dani (Indonesia) ~
This is for IAST challenge #279. Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you.

From Antony (Milan, Italy) ~
Happy Valentine's day.
Much love to all.

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Happy Valentines Day to all.

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A string Thing Challenge ‘ #279
Happy Valentine Day everyone!

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I drew your last challenge incredibly spontaneously and so for Valentine's Day no red, pink or pink hearts but blue and turquoise have emerged. Sometimes it is very interesting to draw without goal and plan and the result can look quite pleasant! You will find my tile on my blog under the link
Thank you for this interesting challenge.

From Gabi (Germany) ~
Hearts all over and everywhere! I’m not the kind of a romantic woman - maybe you can imagine what a challenge IAST#279 was to me...
By the way the suggested string is great and I tried “heart box” first time and used my Polychromos as well as the watercolour pencils. Not really pure Zentangle but my contribution to Valentine’s Day!

From Gudrun (Germany) ~
„Happy Valentine“ and best regards from Germany

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Happy Valentines Day, Adele

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Happy Valentine's Day.

From Cassi (Illinois) ~
This one was quite a challenge —especially Heartbox, which is why there is only a tiny bit of it! Happy Valentines!

From Jane (Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
Lovely challenge, thank you for such lovely tangles and also for reminding me about #funsin, such a happy tangle!
I treated each in a different way and was pleased how the red watercolour showed up on the tan tile.

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Love these heart challenges! I got a bit carried away and it's a tad too busy, but it was fun nonetheless. Have a lovely Valentine's day!

From Laurel Davis, CZT28 (New York) ~
Sorry I couldn’t use your string! The tangles led me in another direction! LG was new to me, but I’ll be using it again as it was lots of fun to draw. Thanks!

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
I can heart-ly control myself! I wondered ... LG as a chain ... Heart Box mashed with LG ... and what would Funsin look like in a fragment on point? The fragment meta design offers another heart.
Valentine cheers to the what if’s in tangling!

From T. ~
I had no plan for how this tile should look when I started working on it, which literally got me lost drawing the chosen patterns.
I drew Funsin first using the curves of the string as its midline and adding bright colour to its hearts.
Heart Box didn’t exactly get boxed because I drew the grid lines in pencil then forgot to outline them in ink.
LG was my favourite of the patterns to draw because of its repeating auras; and being able to add so much shading, more colour, and touches of gold to the tile.
Thanks for another fun challenge Adele!

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Happy Valentines Day! I hope yours is a very happy one.

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) and here on her blog ~
Happy Valentines Day! Heart month is a favorite of mine and always so much fun to play with heart tangles. Thanks Adele for always making the week so much more fun, tho I do some and miss some but always a great challenge. I will post some of my other heart zentangles to my blog... also an announcement of a Zentangle cruise I am planning/organizing for November if anyone would like to come tangle with me this fall.

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Last week I didn’t get to do Ratoon (it’s not exactly “poor me,” I had a Gelli printing class all day Saturday) so I wanted to use it this week. So I did kind of a “less is more” and used Ratoon with your LG. I admire everyone whose Ratoon was smooth and symmetrical. After several tries I decided lopsidedness was charming.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

From Allison (California) ~
Here is my offering for IAST #279. I had fun with these tangles and all the blue pens I had. The shading with colored pencil was needed for definition.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Allison from rainy California

From Lynn F. (California) ~
Here’s my tile for this week’s challenge. Heart box and LG were new to me so I really enjoyed learning them.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

From Elke (Bremen, Germany) ~
What a beautiful string. Even if you have no time to tangle you can not resist. So here is my heard. :-)
A lots of greetings from the north of Germany

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I love an excuse to get out the red pen! I often admire tiles where people have left lots of blank space “less is more”. I find it hard not to fill the tile but I have tried to leave some space here.

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Here is my contribution for this valentinechallenge. I love the three
tangles, but I would never think to use just these 3 ones on one tile
but thanks to you I did and I am satisfied about the result. I just
added fragment K14 in the corners that I painted black before.
We just moved and I have no scanner at the moment, I just made a picture
and the final results are always better with the scanner and the use of
Photoshop. That is why, I think the parts with the white charcoals and
gellypen, looks blue, but it is not so bad... Anyway, I'm glad to have
joined I.A.S.T. 279 and I'm looking forward to see the other tiles.
Wish you all the best and take care!
Warm regards from Belgian

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
You chose some lovely tangles for this week’s challenge!

A very warm (and warmth is needed!) to Kathy Millard (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada) ~
Kathy wrote:
Currently minus 27 degrees Celsius

Welcome to our IAST community and welcome to our Tangled Map.  If I could bottle up some of this Florida weather and send it to you, I would!

From Ginger (California) ~
...Hearts are one of my favorite subjects but my first year doing Zentangle hearts. Hope this meets everyone's okay.
From Ginger in very rainy and snowy California!

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
I wasn't quite done with Ratoon, I guess. I love it's adaptability, and I think it worked well with the heart tangles. This weekend I attended my first CZT-led Basics class. A shout-out to Kim Kohler, CZT, in the Sacramento area. She is very Zentangle knowledgeable, and the time flew by. Wishing everyone a Happy St. Valentine's Day!

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
...Here Summer is flexing its muscle to ward off the coming Autumn, so we are having sweltering heat. So tiring.
Anyway tile 279 is a reminder to us that love is in the air with Valentine’s just around the corner. Maybe also a wake-up call to love one another, no matter what, throughout the year. I enjoyed the experience revisiting the theme, as well as the old favourite patterns - so soothing to draw.
Have a wonderful Valentine week Adele and all the tanglers out there far and wide.

From Moblue (Bremen, Germany) ~
Here we are again with my tile for the Valentine Challenge.
Once started, I could not stop scetching one heart after the other.
And as Love and Spring come together, I have added some nice Printemps to fill the gaps.
Thank you for the wonderful string and those perfect matching patterns.
Happy tangling and lots of love for everyone

From Barbara (League City, Texas) ~
In Zentangle class yesterday our CZT challenged us to do IAST #279. This morning I tangled lots of hearts and love with my mother in mind. She passed away 6 years ago today.
All of these patterns are new to me and I enjoyed the challenge.

From Gill Green (Israel) ~
Thanks for the extra time Adele! Had a bit of trouble with my heart boxes but a friend and I had a great time heartangling! Happy Valentine's Day to all

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Glad I had a little more time this week. I have had some eye problems and tangling was not possible. My eyes are now on the mend and although it is not my greatest, I was able to get this week's challenge done.
I am sorry to hear about a fellow tangler, may she rest in peace.
Have a great week all!
Happy Valentine's Day!

From Donna Symons (Pennsylvania) ~
All We Need is Love Yes .. and friendship ..and creativity ...and chocolate..and Zentangle just to name a few! So very grateful to have time to participate this week. The weatherman predicts another 2 feet of snow here in the west tonight. We are snuggled in and enjoying watching the snow fall. Thank you for everything you do for our community!


From Joanne (New Brunswick, Canada) ~
Thanks for extending the deadline for submitting #279! Here it is. Again, some challenging and new to me tangles.
Happy Valentines Day!

So much love in one place!  Thank you all for the glorious show of tiles and Valentine wishes.

IAST #280 is extended until the 28th.  Have fun exploring those tangles and don't forget to check out my 3G step out for Mi2.

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tips for Tangling Mi2

3G Mi2 - An Alternate Step Out for CZT Mimi Lempart's Popular Mi2

This step out began at zenAgain 2018.  

On the last day of the conference I had the pleasure of sitting next to - and thoroughly enjoying the company of - Nancy Domnauer from California (  We were paying attention (as best we could) to Maria Thomas as she taught a concept she called Vining. It consisted of linked 'C' strokes and organic tangles.

While I enjoyed the exercise, my mind wandered to other tangling possibilities and suddenly to
a EUREKA! moment.

I hurriedly grabbed a piece of paper, fumbled for a Micron, and nudged Nancy to watch what I was drawing.  

"That" she exclaimed in an excited whisper,"was worth the three grand it took me to get here!" and we both doubled over in muffled laughter.

Nancy's exclamation was priceless (pardon the pun) and forever linked to the moment and this discovery.  So in honor of Nancy, I have named my step out 3G ~

While I kept the examples very simple, as Mimi illustrates on TanglePatterns, shading and embellishments make the tangle come alive.

Tangling Mi2 in this manner eliminates the need to begin with a dot grid, angled lines, or even seeds. 

Once you can relax your hand and mind to 'go with the flow', you will just love the freedom it provides.

I do hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #280

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

While this is a post to introduce the next IAST, the tiles for #279 will be posted on Thursday, February 14, for Valentine's Day.  (I can still add more tiles if you haven't emailed yours yet.)

As we continue on this tangled journey with gratitude for the time together, we begin with this string ~

IAST #280 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use include ~

Mi2 by Mimi Lempart, CZT
This is one pattern that can be challenging to draw.  Proof of that are the two additional links included in the TanglePatterns write up.  One is by Rick Roberts and the other is an updated one by Mimi.

I am doubly excited about including this pattern because I have developed Tips for Tangling Mi2 that are sure to make it a pleasure to tangle - no need for planning out shapes or lines, just pure ease in achieving the desired look of this seemingly intricate pattern.  Check tomorrow's post for details!

Cat-kin  by Mimi Lempart, CZT
By pure happenstance I selected a second tangle by Mimi.  It has a beautifully organic nature and can be delicate or bold.

Opus by Maria Thomas
This tangle is a natural accompaniment to Mi2.  The lines from one tangle can flow into another.

There will be a delay in the deadline as I will be off enjoying "Gramma time" again and away from my computer.
Please send in your tiles by Saturday, February 23.  That gives us plenty of time to explore these tangles.

To recap, look for posts on ~

Wednesday - my Tips for Tangling Mi2 - you won't want to miss it!
Thursday - Valentine themed tiles of IAST #279 - sure to warm your heart

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 (Sunday for this challenge) of the week issued.  #280 is extended for an additional week.
*Photos and notes 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 11, 2019

A Tribute to Juul

The IAST community joins us together from all parts of the world and has become a very special place for me and I trust for you as well.

As writer of this blog, it is a precious thing to be on the receiving end of so many heartfelt emails, inspired tiles, and invitations to share lives.

Friendships blossom through a mutual "love of all things tangled".  Zentangle proves itself to be a universal language.  It transcends culture, language, faith, distance, and even time itself.  It draws (pun intended) out the best in those who practice it.

My previous post featured a tile from my dear friend Juul and a request to pray for her.  I thank you all for your prayers.  I trust in God's providence and protection, too, as He now has gently welcomed her home.

It is a curious thing, a remarkable thing, a humbling thing, that we were united worlds apart by an art method.  But truly it was much more than that.  It was an appreciation of life, of family, of creativity, of giving, of gratitude, of love itself, that united us. 

May she, and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

From and For Juul...

Our faithful IAST community member, Juul from France, sent a tile in for IAST #277 a bit too late to be included in the regular collection.  Instead of amending the previous post, I wanted to give it its own space.

Juul wrote ~
Finaly I manage to send you a tile; i am so happy,some one here lent me a pencil,so i could makesome shadows.....
IAST #277 Tile by Juul

Juul's first tile was for IAST #31 - 248 challenges ago.  Through the years her cheery notes and beautiful tiles have inspired me and the rest of our community, too.
Tangling united us as friends - as it often does with those of us who wallow is this world of line and pattern.

Juul's notes occasionally mentioned challenges with her health, but always with an admirably positive attitude.  Those challenges are getting more difficult and I know that she needs, and would so appreciate, our prayers.

Prayer is powerful and I know she will feel wrapped in ours.

I am grateful to - and for - all of you.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #279

It is one day after Tuesday, your good news day!

We are also six days into the month of February already and that means Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

In anticipation of this love filled celebration, let's begin with this string ~

IAST String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use include ~

Heart Box by Helen Williams
For the grid lover in all of us - well, most of us!

LG one of my tangles
This flowing tangle will compliment the grid based Heartbox.

Funsin by Yu Ru Chen
My Tips for Tangling Funsin can be found here.

Since this is posted a day later than usual, I'll collect the tiles through Sunday evening.

Have a LOVELY time tangling!

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 
(Sunday for this challenge) of the week issued
*Photos and notes 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.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #278 Tiles

This week we had the privilege of playing with Molly Hollibaugh's new tangle, Ratoon.

It is truly amazing how just one tangle yielded so many happy variations and embellishments.

My "Tips for Tangling" that are mentioned frequently in the notes below can be found here in my previous post.  I am so pleased that they were helpful.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from my friend Joan Delony, CZT (Florida) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely Ratoon tipped with Uncorked(!)
*Knightsbridge border

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Ratoon is a wonderful pattern, everyone likes it! This week I drew five versions of it, sometimes in combination with other patterns. One of them is a big zendala. I send you my flowery version. The others you can find on my blog under the link
Thank you for this wonderful challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulously flowery Ratoon
*aura-ed Ratoon

From Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
This is for challenge #278. I like this tangle pattern. Hope I can explore more and more. Thank you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*darkened Ratoon loops
*wonderfully rounded corners and weighted curls

From Monblue (Bremen, Germany) ~
such a lovely pattern.
I hope the image is good enough. My scanner was unwilling to scan the round size....
Anyhow, it was a pleasure to tangle this pattern and it won't be the last time, I will use it.
Happy tangling
Tangled Tidbits -
*center Ratoon finished in Auraknot fashion
*beautiful Ratoon border

From Lisette, CZT 32 (Switzerland) ~
This is not the first time I've drawn Ratoon and it is definitely one of my favourite patterns at the moment. I drew on a Renaissance-Zendala with Microns, pencils and chalk and embellished with Mazorito and Icantoo.
Thank you for this beautiful challenge, Adele.
Hugs from Switzerland
Tangled Tidbits -
*delicate tangles, lovely layering
*shining highlights

From Simone (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I love this challenge and I love Ratoon. I decided to use a little bit colour. It was a lot of fun. Thank you sooo much for this.
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant Ratoon simply embellished
*paper cut to accent Ratoon

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Extremely fun tangle, Adele. Thanks for the challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning Renaissance Ratoon
*white highlighting shines

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Hi Adele - happy 2019!
I have been unable to participate for a bit, but am glad you presented this challenge for the week - it inspired me to get back on the bandwagon! Ragoon is a tad intimidating I must say, but after several attempts, I think I got the hang of it. And since Valentine's Day is coming soon, I could not resist the urge to use hearts :-)
It's raining in CA - yippee! Hope everyone across the country is staying indoors - dry and warm - as much as possible.
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*gleaming gem center
*heart shaped embellishments

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) and here on her blog ~
Happy Heart month! How did February get here so quick. Ratoon may be getting addicting! Have done several, but here is the one I did just for IAST 278 on a 5 ½ inch square. Used some curly’q and paradox along with some stippling. A fun play for sure. I’ll put some of the others on my blog page later this week so if anyone wants to see more you can check them out there.
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ing creates spaces for beautiful embellishing
*pretty Ratoon corners

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
A wonderful Tangle, I enjoyed the challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*orbs inside and outside of Ratoon loops
*lovely aura

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
I love Ratoon, I needed a bit of exercises but after trying a few
times, this one is an easy and a beautiful pattern.
On my zendala, I have chosen to draw Ratoon in the middle, followed by
a connection with a variation on my pattern Zanda with a few aura's,
than followed Bubbles , Beadlines and the fragment K14.
I have used ordinary colourpencils to finish the tile. This was the
first time that I used Ratoon and enjoyed it very much. Thank you Adele
for giving us this opportunity.

Tangled Tidbits -
*outer loops finished like pretty flowers
*colorful finishes

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*darkened loops with white orbs
*soft shading

From Kate Ahrens, CZT IX (Minnesota) and here on her blog ~
Hi Adele, I made it through the extreme temperatures of the polar vortex. It gave me some extra time to tangle this week as we were out of school do to the extreme cold, so wanted to send my contribution for Ratoon. I have really been enjoying using this tangle since I learned it while at zenAgain too. You can also see it ... on my blog

Tangled Tidbits -
*Mooka accented Ratoon
*gorgeous coloring and shading

From Cassi ~
Hi! I had just heard about Rantoon and tried it out before you set this string :-) I’ve attached the tangle I did on Monday, plus a smaller one that I did later in the week. Very fun!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple rimmed Ratoon

*colorful enthatching
*sparks of CO2 in both tiles

 From Barbara (League City, Texas) ~
I did mine on a 5.5” round tan tile with Betweed and some embellishments. I really like Ratoon and I’m really happy that the step outs have been published.
Tangled Tidbits -
*white dots and central spiral shine
*Between makes a wonderful Ratoon filler

From Vena C (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I find it really difficult to find just the right pattern to fit the space. There are hundreds, maybe that is part of the problem. I get bogged down looking at all the lovely patterns. I finally chose "Y-Chain" by Damy which I messed up and had to fix. Then I chose "Bonnie" by Jennifer Jones. I enjoyed drawing "Ratoon". Once you figure out where the lines go on the first loop you just follow the rhythm of it. Thanks for your hints. I had already done mine when I read the hints, but I think I will do another tile with different patterns accompanying "Ratoon".
Tangled Tidbits -
*complimentary mix of tangles
*beautifully blended shading

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
One word ... obsessed! I love Ratoon! I’ve been playing with it ... adding extra orbits ... adding different fillers. If I don’t see another new pattern for the rest of the year, Ratoon will be my fix.
As I tangled this tile, my daughter and I watched a video on the minimalist lifestyle ... Reducing consumables in life to bring more joy to life.
Cheers to Ratoon and keeping it simple!
Tangled Tidbits -
Simplicity is freeing especially when it comes to tangling, isn't it?
*marvelous Mooka filled Ratoon accented by the darkened spaces
*perfs diminish and enlarge

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my tile #278 for this week.
What a wonderfull tangle Ratoon is to play with.
Your tips for tangling Ratoon were very helpfull. Thank you very much for that.
All the time tangling this tile my dear little sister was in my mind.
She is going through a very difficult time.
Tangled Tidbits -
*more marvelous Mooka - how fun to see these back-to-back from across the globe
*rounded corners and bubbling Tipple
Your sister is in my/our prayers.

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
First, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get in a tile last week to honor your mother’s birthday. Please wish her a belated happy birthday for me.
What a beautiful picture of her!
Here is my tile for this week. Ratoon is one of my favorite new tangles. I felt like a little color to break up all of this snow we have now.
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, I will pass your good wishes along ♥
*glorious technique using color, white spaces, and tangles
*highlights add depth and shine

From Gudrun (Germany) ~
two weeks ago I found a Step Out on Pinterest and I'm thrilled - thank you very much for the challenge
Best regards from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful blue hues and gleaming gems

*small, off centered Ratoon blossoms exponentially

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Once again your Tips for Tangling came to the rescue! My Ratoon is still a bit lopsided, but it’s so much better than my first attempts. Thanks so much, and thanks for providing us with these challenges. I would not have tried this one without your inspiration!
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely mix of color and tangles
*repeated seeds used for embellishing - wonderful idea!

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
I almost let this one pass as ratoon and I don't quite get along yet. Thank you Adele for your tips today as that did help a lot!
So even though it is a bit wonky and a work in progress, here is my ratoon for the week. It is on tan paper with red color and white highlights.
Hope all have a great week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*spinning Ratoon created with slightly off centered outer seeds
*depth created with shading on each overlap

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
I cheated slightly with this challenge as have been doing a Ratoon tile for #ValenTangle day 2 and hope you won’t mind me entering it for this one too. I love this versatile tangle and all the things you can do with it.
Tangled Tidbits -
I am glad to blend the two!
*rounded corners on each Ratoon loop and happy Knightsbridge center heart
*wonderful details - is that the word "Ratoon" in the border ?!  How fun!

From Lynn F (Florida) ~
I enjoyed learning this new tangle. I started it before you sent out your tips so it looks a little “wonky” to me but I had fun.
Once I had the tangle drawn I decided to look for inspiration elsewhere.
I ended up opening my box of “Yoga for your brain” cards from Sandy Steen Bartholomew and found what I needed in her Bauer card.
Here’s my tile.
Thanks for another fun challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*great tangle to compliment Ratoon
*bright bursts of yellow

From Amy Lilien-Harper, CZT (Connecticut) ~
I was so excited to get to to tangle ratoon! I just love this tangle. I did it on a new surface: I was making a card, so that affected my colors and shading a bit, but I still had a great time.
Additionally, my instructor just had us do ratoon in class, and I was delighted to discover that the screen shot Molly includes on her page in the newsletter includes the tangle I did in class! It is the one 3 from the left and four from the top, done on a Renaissance tile. You can see my end result was somewhat inspired both by you and by the one I did in class.
I’m looking foreword to trying out your new tips next time I do this fun tangle!
Tangled Tidbits -
*white initial lines of Ratoon and a wonderful mix of color and shading
*Zinger and Fescu finishes

From Ginger White (California) ~
I certainly did appreciate your tips for this new tangle! This will be a good one to practice several times.
Attached is my simple version, sent from very rainy southern California.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Crescent Moon and aura filled spaces
*Tipple rimmed border

From T. ~
Ratoon is a new to me pattern that was a little tricky for me to learn to draw – as patterns with loops and curves often are for me.
Difficulties aside, as soon as I saw it, I knew I was going to use colour in whatever it led me to create.
I decided to work on a larger tan tile, which presented so many options for colour combinations.
This challenge also presented an opportunity to use coloured pens and pencils I hadn’t used in ages.
I’m happy with the results considering that drawing Ratoon put me a little out of my comfort zone.
Tangled Tidbits -
*simply beautiful in line and color
*stunning Mooka, aura, and darkened background

From Sharon F. (California) ~
Wow! So glad you introduced us to Ratoon! It is a fussy one, though. I tried several times, but it was your tips, Adele, that helped so much. The "inner" and "outer" tip especially helped. It does take a lot of focus to get the initial loops set up, but it's so rewarding. And I finally got one that I wanted to share. Looking forward to seeing everyone's.
Tangled Tidbits -
*double loops of Ratoon, darkened seeds, and beautiful use of the three colors
*lovely, lace-like outer border

From Rebecca (Stamford, Connecticut) ~
I haven’t had much tangling time lately, as life keeps getting in the way, but I have so missed participating in your weekly challenges! I am hoping to get back into the swing, and what better tangle to start with than Ratoon, which I just learned. Mine is still a bit wonky, but such fun to draw and embellish! Thanks for another great challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*inner aura and Tipple
*Crescent Moon, Printemps, and lots of pretty aura

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
I unfortunately haven’t much time at present to tangle, but challenge 278 was enticing and when I made time to sit down, it was definitely a challenge Took some time to get into the swing, but at last there is an attempt. Ratoon is a gorgeous versatile pattern and I’m sure that with more practise the most amazing results will be coming up.
Thank you and Molly for this one. Have a wonderful week.

Tangled Tidbits -
* intertwined Ratoon - that's awesome!
*delightfully detailed Ratoon sections

From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
Every week I see the tiles that others send in and there is always quite a few that use colour. They look so pretty and unique so I decided to give it a try myself with this week's challenge. The centre of Ratoon was crying out for a zen gem so I got out my pencils. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Using colour also made me feel more comfortable with not filling every bit of space with tangles, so this is quite different tile for me.
Thank you for the challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful blue gem Ratoon center
*sparkles, stripes, and aura wrapped in pretty purple hues

From Sra (India) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*a bouquet of Ratoon accented with white Tipple background
* highlights, multiple aura, weighted lines 

Wasn't that a fabulous show of tiles and tangles from some of the kindest people in the world?

Thank you all very much and special thanks to Molly Hollibaugh for Ratoon, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

The very next post will be "It's a String Thing" #279!