Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tips for Tangling Paradox

As promised, here are some Tips for Tangling the pattern Paradox by Rick Roberts.  The page first appeared on my blog post (Link) from August of 2014 ~

Check out "It's a String Thing" #180 (Link) as we are using Paradox this week.  Come join the party!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Learning is not attained by chance.
It must be sought for with ardor 
and attended to with diligence.

~Abigail Adams

Zendala by Adele Bruno, CZT
Created in class with instructor Margaret Bremner, CZT
zenAgain 2016
Rain, Shattuck, Sandswirl, Printemps, Crossview

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #180

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

Last week we worked with spirals and curls, this week we will balance that out with some straight(er) lines and angles...

We begin with this string ~

IAST #180 by Adele Bruno, CZT
The tangles are:

Paradox by Rick Roberts
Check back on Thursday for more Tips for Tangling this wonderful pattern.

Trimonds by Jane Monk, CZT
This is a new tangle for IAST, but has been published for a long time.

Fassett by Lynn Mead, CZT
This is a magical tangle.  Click here for my post about it.

Click the names of the tangles above to link to the step outs - find them on TanglePatterns as well.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! 
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 the suggested pattern(s)
* 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.
*All tiles are posted on Mondays with one entry highlighted as 'The Tile for Honors'. 

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, January 16, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #179 Tiles

'Round and 'round we turned with our tangles and spiraled string this week.  Curlicues ranged from tight and intricate to more loose and relaxed.  Let's take a look~

The first tile arrived from Gudrun (Germany) ~
back in 2017, I wish you a peaceful year with many happy tangling moments.
Since 10 days we have really winter with cold nights (-10° ,--15° C) and really SNOW, for the first time in 10 years we have snow here, what a pleasure for children .
When I am tangling, I can see the winter landscape and enjoy it very much

Tangled Tidbits -
*curved swath of Betweed features a Dust Bunny edge
*Curl tipped lines

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*wispy variation of Betweed
*pretty shading

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
I wasn't sure how all the elements were going to work together. I followed the string lines, but dropped off the string's lead and tail, and added another curve to each spiral. I'm so happy with the results! And I love how the magnet orbs echo the sparkle in the tile.
Cheers to prompts that offer gigantic surprises!

Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines of Dust Bunny and interwoven spirals
*each Curl has its own sparkled orb - love how the frame's magnets blend in
*curved Betweed has graceful elegance

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Here is my tile for IAST 179.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three Betweed corners
*shading and multiple spirals make Dust Bunny pop

A very warm welcome to Nadia (Berlin, Germany) ~
This is my very first entry for your wonderful challenge and I just hope, I didn’t miss something ­čÖé

Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful Betweed - angled, stacked, and starred
*clusters of Curl
Nadia is now on our tangled map.  Welcome! And you didn't "miss a thing."

From Tina Kirchh├╝bel (Germany) and here on her blog ~
This was a difficult challenge. I like the loopy string and the patterns, too. But I had some problems to combine it all. I started in the mood of Zentangle without a plan or an idea. And this is what came out.Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty contrasts: the tangle filled spaces and the white spaces
*straight lined Betweed and curvy Dust Bunny and Curl

From Katrina Handson (Florida) ~
Here's my entry for its a string thing # 179. It was a nice addition to my crazy first week back to school. I enjoyed all the tangles a lot for this weeks challenge. I really think the dust bunny is a neat idea for a tangle :) i included a lot more dust bunnys than I initially intended. ^.^ Hope everyone having a good week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*string line filled with Dust Bunny
*detailed field of Curl, shaded as a whole

From Susan (Untied Kingdom) ~
Loved drawing the dust bunnies – just seems a cheerful tangle, reminds me of rabbit tails. Betweed produces unexpected patterns which I like also.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Curl springs from each dip of Dust Bunny - how fun!
*bountiful Betweed

From Renee (Tennessee) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*detailed Betweed background shaded around each one
*Curl shaded at the base of each stroke

From Jutta Gladnigg (NRW. Germany) ~
This was another unique selection of patterns and a cool string! Thank you, Adele, for this week’s challenge!!This time I drew the string onto a bijou-sized ripped off piece of paper tape (2“x2“) and after completion attached it onto a blank bijou tile which I had covered before in parts with pastel chalks.

Tangled Tidbits -
*a unique technique - very pretty subtle colors
*Dust Bunny string lines filled with thicker lined Curl

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*gem filled string loops with a Dust Bunny accent (much like Gudrun's)
*beautiful effect to Betweed with curvy lines

This is my tile ~
I began with Dust Bunny along one string curve and it ended up inverted as the line spiraled inward.  This 'creative opportunity' gave little points for Curl to spring from.  I left the larger spiral purely Dust Bunny and filled in the other sections with Betweed.  I liked that one Betweed formed a squared corner and one followed the curved string line. It made the tile look better rotated 90°.  My frame magnet created a center point for the string's loop.

From Barbara Stayer (Germany) ~
today I have 2 tiles for your blog. Again I had the pleasure to learn two new tangles to me:
Dust Bunny and Curl. And so I drew two variations of the theme.
Love to be a part of your challenge.Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Curl and Dust Bunny string lines
*opposite Betweed corners
*shaded and penned Curl
*Betweed tucked into the string's loop

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
Another lovely challenge. Thanks so much for the excuse to play and learn.Here's my tile.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large and lovely Curl incorporates the string
*puffs of Dust Bunny and black sparkled orbs

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium )and here on her website ~
Thank you for this challenge.
Especially in wintertime I like to draw on black tiles, therefore I have used one this time. They give special results I really like.
I have used a white and gold gelpen, chalk but also a small touch of colourpencil on Betweed.
Warm regards from a cold and snowy Belgium,
Tangled Tidbits -
I can see where this would warm you on a cold day.
*layered center curve of Dust Bunny
*Betweed anchors two corners and Curls floats through the border

From Joan Omans (Michigan) ~
Attached is my submission for this week's challenge. Dust Bunny and Curl were new to me and turned out to be quite fun to draw. I sometimes have trouble "seeing" how the chosen tangles fit with the string, but thanks to your challenges my horizons are ever expanding. Keep up the great work!
Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating white and Betweed sections fill Dust Bunny, with the addition of little orbs - great variation
*flowing Curl background

From Henrike Bratz (Germany) ~
I tangled my tile today in the morning at about half past four. I couldn’t sleep any longer, so I got up, made myself a cup of tea, lit a candle and sat down at my small table. The house was perfectly still and this was just perfect. When dawn came I noticed that the nicht had brought us some snow.
Tangled Tidbits -
That sounds like it was such a cozy time and place to tangle...
*Primtemps centered Dust Bunny
*radiating lines for creative Betweed variation featuring detail lines, shading, and sparkle
Notice how the string line and border remain visible in a few areas - a wonderful effect

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my tile # 179 for this week.Hope your week will be a good and blessed one!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded and densely lined points of Betweed lend wonderful weight to the tangle
*Curl and shading fill Dust Bunny as it flows along the string line

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) ~
What a beautiful string we got for this challenge and all the patterns very graceful and soft were perfect for it! I really enjoyed it! I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try "Betweed" into the curvy areas, I thought it was going to be difficult, but by doing one stroke at a time it goes pretty straight forward and looks really nice almost like shells ;-) And then after drawing "Dust bunny" I thought it all had a ocean feeling, so I added some blue background and draw white "Curls", and as a surprise they gave a coral appearance ;-) so much fun!!!
Thank you Adele, this was definitely a fun and beautiful challenge!Greetings from Canada!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a very creative sea-like scene - colors reflect the ocean feeling
*beautiful Betweed with highlighted curves and brown hues

From sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for the week. I saw the Dust Bunny as a telephone wire! Also, the shape made by the string was rather like a pot. This week in Many regions in India we are celebrating the harvest festival. One of the traditions is to cook a ritual rice and lentils dish in a pot and have it overflow to signify abundance. Isn't it such a coincidence?
I gave up on two other attempts before finding this one. Thanks for hosting! 
Tangled Tidbits - 
*more imaginative imagery - how fun!
*Tipple filled spaces around Betweed
*Curl overflows

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
This was a difficult one - trying to use the string and the patterns.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Curl string lines and filled spaces, shaded along the string line
*little peeks of Betweed and tight spirals of Dust Bunny

From Karin (Germany) ~
this is my entry to no. 179.
After eliminating the “dust bunnies” in my flat it was easy to tangle them
I hadn´t tangled “Betweed” for a long time and nearly forgot how much fun it brings.
Thank you for the refresher!Greetings from a snowy Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*two versions of Betweed with little black dots that echo in Curl
*Dust Bunny string line and one more "for good measure"

From Donna (Wisconsin) ~
Here it is, do you think it's a little too busy?

Tangled Tidbits -
*not at all "too busy" - looks like you enjoyed the tangles :)
*long lined Betweed around the border
*delightful details in the Betweed string line and Curl filled sections

From Marle (Germany) and the link to her blog ~
Challenge #179 was so much fun! This week the string was easier for me. Dust bunny and Curl were new tangles for me and I really like them, especially Curl. At last I decided to rotate it 90°.
Thank you so much for this Challenge and all the work you do for us.Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*thickened, sparkled string line
*curved Betweed corners
*petals added to Curl - pretty variation

From Lin H (Florida) ~
Hi, Adele! This was definitely a good challenge for me. Dust Bunnies and Curl we're both new to me. I'm anxious to see what others have come up with especially using these two patterns.
Tangled Tidbits -
*dots repeat in Curl and Dust Bunny
*sparkled, dark initial lines of Betweed

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~ very, very interesting! There definitely wasn't any pre-planned idea here...which is always a good process happened pretty organically...
I started with some paper I had previously watercolored (scan never does it justice, but this time I scanned it as a color photo instead of document and it seemed to work better)...loved your string because I am a swoopy, swirly gal...began with Betweed in the top left...a pattern I always love...but when someone else does it--:) I always have such trouble...then, I added the second section...that's when I got stumped...nothing seemed to work...tangles did not want to play together nicely in those spaces...tried a couple thoughts with Dust Bunny and Curl, but, no, not working...that's when I extended the lines of the corners of Betweed and suddenly had some kind of cool pods hanging in a swampy spot...wanted to totally accentuate those spirals in the string, so I aura-ed around and around, added a touch of shading and that was it...I loved it and nothing more was very, very interesting! :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*a glorious journey in tangling with very happy results
*multi-lined rays from the tips of Betweed give them a star-like appearance

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Here is my tile for 178. A bit of a rush job I’m afraid...
Tangled Tidbits -
*dark spaces around Betweed give added sense of depth
*Curl and Dust Bunny shaded around each stroke

From LezliB (Utah) and here on her blog ~
Adele, I have been observing your challenges and even doing some of them for at least a year now. I decided that this year, I was going to try some of the challenges and get with the program to spend more time with me this year. So here is my very first submission to your challenge and I hope it's not too late. I had used Betweed before, but hadn't used Dust Bunny or Curl before. I found that I had quite a time trying to use the string, but it really is in there, just hard to see. My camera isn't showing it up to it's best advantage either, but hopefully next time I can finish sooner so I can utilize the daylight for a better picture. Anyway, I hope to join many more of your challenges this year.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shadowed shading and weighted lines for Curl
*elegant Betweed
Welcome, Lezli, we are happy to have you on the map!

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
What a fun string and tangles! Spirals always remind me of the inspiring work of Michele Beauchamp, CZT. So I added her tangle, Popsicles!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a wonderfully spiraled Betweed
*Curl and Dust Bunny grace either side of the middle tangles

From Jonesy (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Here is my tile for the week. Both Curl, and Dust Bunny, were completely new to me, and quite different from my usual tangle choices. But I think they worked out for me. Thanks for the challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Dust Bunny shaded only on the lower curves adds even more dimension
*shading of the sparkled black orbs of Curl makes them look like little beads on the paper
*beautiful Betweed

From Annie (Spain) ~
Hello Adele and a very happy new year to you and yours.
It's taken me a while to find time to rejoin the regular string thing challenge but here I am again - I didn't go away, I just didn't always make the deadlines.
It is always a pleasure to see the challenges and the entries. This week, I have not only managed to make the time to finish one tile - I've done two! Each tile asked to be rotated...and you have to let them make up their own minds, don't you? Here are my contributions this week. Thank you so much, as always, for keeping us entertained, challenged and in contact with each other.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*a happy thought, and so very true, you must 'let them make up their own minds'
*Betweed filled Dust Bunny spiral
*super shading
*Curl tucked into Betweed
*weighted lines for Dust Bunny

From Lily Moon (Hungary) ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded and penned tangles - how lovely!
*Betweed spiral with a Dust Bunny center

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
...As always, a great challenge, an intriguing string and challenging old, favourite patterns. I decided to highlight Dust Bunny by Margaret Bremner. Dust balls under furnisher are rather mundane objects, so I have dollied Dust Bunny up. Good, they seem to be enjoying the experience of having a lacy highlighted edge. Flowers with Curl by Lu-Marie Laker as the curly foliage and Betweed by Maria and Rick might suggest some delicious succulents in the Magic Garden that is my tile 179. Also on my blog
Gosh, where did all that come from?
Looking forward to see the creative tiles of all the other participants.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a thoroughly enjoyable write-up to accompany a delightful grouping of tangles
*dark, sparkled lines repeat in all three tangles
*beautiful shading

From Robin Steinbeck (Painsville, Ohio) ~
First time using the 3 tangles!!

Tangled Tidbits -
*dark spaces highlight the tangles
*pleasing combination of small, medium, and larger tangles

From Joke Leussenkamp (Eibergen The Netherlands) ~
Its a Long Time ago since i participated in your challenge. But now travelling is over and also renovation of our house.
Finally I find myself tangling again, and it's still so wonderful to do.
I never draw bunny before but I liked it a lot. Betweed is like a good old friend, and I added some flux. Hope you like it!!!
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful shading
*three orientations for Betweed

And now...

the tiles for honors this week...

were sent in by...

Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Well, I'm back finally - after a grueling holiday season during which I did everything that needed to be done and found little time to enjoy or relax - and just realized I've missed ten weeks of challenges; is that even possible? Hopefully I can get back on track now that things have settled a bit.
And what a fun challenge for which to return! Betweed has always been one of my favorite patterns, and while Dust Bunny and Curl are new to me, how great are they in which to lose oneself. And Adele, the string was so enchanting I just had to make it an element all its own in the second tile.
Happy New Year to all from rainy, rainy southern California.

 Tangled Tidbits -
*mesmerizing Dust Bunny spirals
*small and large columns of Betweed

 Tangled Tidbits -
*billowing Dust Bunny - each curve shaded
*doubled string line, weighted lines and shaded on either side
*pretty peaks of Betweed

Welcome back and congratulations, Marla!
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  creative minds behind the tangles we used this week along with my string:

Betweed by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts

Dust Bunny
 by Margaret Bremner, CZT

Curl by Lu-Marie Laker

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #180!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Without love, deeds, 
even the most brilliant, 
count as nothing.

                                                            ~ St. Therese of Lisieux

 by Adele Bruno, CZT
Prestrung zendala from Zentangle®
Tangles:  Paradox and Beadline

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #179

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

This week will put us in a very spiral kind of mood as we begin with this string ~
IAST 179 by Adele Bruno, CZT
...and use these tangles:

Betweed by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts
The link above will take you to the Zentangle® newsletter.  The history of the tangle, Rick and Maria's examples, and a link to a video (their first!) where Maria demonstrates the pattern can be found there.
This is a tangle that I use often and I hope that you find you will too.

Dust Bunny by Margaret Bremner, CZT
This is the second appearance of the tangle on IAST.  Fun to draw, and dimensional when shaded, you will have a good time with this one.

Curl by Lu-Marie Laker
This tangle lends itself to be incorporated into the other tangles and to stand on its own as well.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! 
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 the suggested pattern(s)
* 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.
*All tiles are posted on Mondays with one entry highlighted as 'The Tile for Honors'. 

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, January 9, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #178 Tiles

Our new year is off to a roaring start with this week's lovely tiles.  As you read on, look for:
4 new tanglers to welcome
1 new country represented on our tangled map
43 creative interpretations of the string and tangles
5 tiles photographed on Tickled to Tangle frames.

We paired a curvy string line with one flowing tangle and two square grid based ones.   Let's take a look ~

The first arrived from Amy Barnickel (Florida) ~
...My resolution is to tangle at least once a day for all of 2017! So far, so good.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*little clusters of MySwing accented with curlicues
*diagonal divide between Zonked and Panthe

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario) ~
... nice to be back to my normal routine and doing your challenges. I had just used My Swing recently but the other two were new to me.
Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded edges of MySwing
*very detailed grid of Panthe

From Katrina Handson (Florida) ~
Hi hope your all having a wonderful new year. Thanks Adele for doing these challenges I really look forward to them when I get the opportunity to do them :) wish i kept up better. This weeks was nice and I liked that there were two grid patterns. Its fun to transition between grids these ones made me a little dizzy ^_^ zonked is definitely a favorite tangle of mine even though i haven't quite got it down yet :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*curved grid lines for Panthe and Zonked
*colorful MySwing

From Shirley (Queensland, Australia) ~
... I have attached my drawing for ‘It’s A String Thing #178’ I love the tangle ‘My Swing’ I did have a couple of practice runs before I got it, but it is lots of fun to draw...

Tangled Tidbits -
*graceful lines of MySwing
*Panthe and Zonked share the same grid

From Jutta Gladnigg (NWR, Germany) ~
Greetings from Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*long graceful MySwing lines
*larger grid for Zonked and beautiful shading

From Renee (Tennessee) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Zonked shares Panthe double grid lines
*MySpace curve flows from the grid

From Hilary Merola (Chicago, Illinois) ~
Another fun challenge! At least I had fun doing this. Both My Swing and Panthe are new ones for me. I've always liked Zonked—even with my wonky lines, I think it's such a cool pattern.
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled string line with two clusters of MySwing
*finely detailed Zonked

From Barbara Steyer (Germany) ~
with your blog and your proposed strings and tangles I have so much fun and feel so inspired, that I tried a second one: My favorite is indeed #MySwing, but #zonked and #panthe -both new to me-, will be drawn again.
Tangled Tidbits -
*black perfs accent a multi-layered MySwing
*angled grid for Zonked and single lined grid for Panthe

From Henrike Bratz (Germany) ~
The string given together with the patterns “myswing” and two gridbased patterns, I expected my tile to become quite similar to Simone’s first tile when she discovered the pattern “myswing”. But I thought “OK, why not? There’s noting bad about that!” and just started to draw “myswing” along the string......... And look what happend. I ended up with a monotangle! There was just no space left for any other pattern – just “myswing”, some bubbly cicles an BLACK! It was quite surprising and stunning. But I’m absolutely happy with it. Especially because what I created looks so much like something organic, almost like a creature, perfectly balanced. This was another Zen-Zentangle-experience.
Yesterday night the was a stormtide along the shore of the Baltic Sea, but everybody was well prepared an nothing bad happend. I’m sure this was nothing like the hurricanes you have to suffer in Florida, though.
Today was sunny and cold.So – from a frosty Germany...
Tangled Tidbits -
*striking monotangle
*deep black accentuates the elegant MySwing

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled aura of MySwing
*softly penciled Panthe variation

From Karen Aiken (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
I’m so happy that I could participate in your challenge this week.
I had a bit of trouble with MySwing, but it is a lovely tangle and I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone else drew it combined with the other challenge tangles.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Printemps incorporated into MySwing
*just a touch of Panthe and Zonked with and shaded white space

From Karen (Canberra, Australia) - the Creative Miss L and here on her blog ~
Here’s the best of my two tiles. Looking forward to another year of interesting and challenging challenges from you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*single row of Zonked between sections of Panthe
*multiple perfs fill MySwing

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Happy New Year Everyone!
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled string line with bursts of MySwing
*tangles change along the rows of the curved grid - great details.

From CZT Jody Genovese (New York) ~
I am vacationing in Arizona so I thought only appropriate to photograph my tile with a stucco background and a gecko!
Tangled Tidbits - fun!
*aura-ed MySwing
*Zonked shaded on either side of the darkened curves

From Sabine (Germany) ~
I wish you and your family a happy and peacefull 2017 and I'm looking forward to the IAST-challenges this year. Thank you for a every week interesting and fun challenge.
Here is my entry for this week. All patterns are new to me, but they are so lovely and I had a lot of fun while drawing. With greetings from an icecold, but today sunny Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded Zonked with large dark centers
*long lines and soft shading for MySwing

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for your continued weekly challenges!

Tangled Tidbits -
*large background grid and patterns change on either side of the string line
*rounded Zonked

From Miriam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Happy New Year!
This string was great fun to work with - the flow reminded me of the ups and downs we all face in our lives, knowing that for every dip will be a peak not far behind. ('Zonked' reminded me of hammered copper tiles, so I just had to add some color!) Looking forward with hope to 2017, and to the IAST inspirations you so graciously provide.

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful analogy, thank you!
*highlights, aura, and a touch of color
*touches of deep black repeats in all three tangles

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
Your challenge is a lovely start to a new year. Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to try new patterns and revisit old ones.
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed perfs and elegant curls added to MySwing
*angled grid of Panthe flows into a single Zonked

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
My contribution to the first challenge of 2017 - I hope this New Year
brings you and your family - and those in your extended 'Zentangle
family' - much happiness! 

Tangled Tidbits - 
*curves, curves, and more wonderful curves
*Zonked shaded at the intersecting grid lines

A very warm welcome to Judy O (Concord, Ohio) ~
Thanks so much for all you do in setting up these challenges! I've been enjoying and learning a lot from seeing everyone's tiles each week, so decided that the beginning of the new year was a good time to finally send in a tile!     
Tangled Tidbits - 
*shaded perfs and centers of Panthe
*white space compliments the tangles

And now Judy joins our tangled map, welcome!

From Talia Maynard (United Kingdom) ~
I really enjoyed learning Myswing for this tile. I'm not sure I got it completely right but its certainly a fun one to draw and shade. Panthe is totally up my alley as well. I like a good architectural grid-based tangle to contradict an organic one within the same tile.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Panthe grid flows through the entire background
*softly shaded MySwing

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
I’m totally unhappy with my Zonked - I succeeded much more with this pattern. Unfortunately I haven’t the time to do the tile again. Nevertheless I’m participating at IAST#178 - there are no mistakes :-)
Myswing was new to me and I think I drew it too round but I like it. It is sliding down a Panthe-stair.Love from frosty Switzerland
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Panthe - layered shading, angles for steps
*swirls of MySwing and Perfs popping to the foreground

A very warm welcome to Ria Matheussen (Belgium) and here on her website ~
Thank you for this lovely challenge. I like the patterns very much and I hope to join more challenges in the future.
I wish you a happy 2017.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*grid of Zonked and Panthe interspersed with black and white spaces
*colorful MySwing with aura and shading
Ria is our first contributor from Belgium and now her name and 'banner' are on our tangled map, welcome!

From Karin (Germany) ~
this is my entry to the first challenge of the year.
I really enjoyed it. “MySwing” was not as easy as it looked like. I needed a few times but I like the result!Greeting from Germany!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Panthe on a diagonal grid with dark centers and shading
*roundness of MySwing reflected in Zonked

From Judy Wanner, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
I absolutely love My Swing and thought it would be an easy tackle. Geesh, I struggled with the small curvy string and the curves seemed to go every which way....sort of like my aging body!
Anyway it feels so great, finally, to take much needed time for myself and get back to tangling. I look forward to seeing IAST results....always a fun learning experience.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*just a peek at Zonked
*dark, sparkled aura and a spray of aura for MySwing

From sra (India) ~
Hope your new year has begun well. Here's my entry for the latest challenge. I simply couldn't get my head around MySwing so what you have is half of it here.Thanks for hosting!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*curved black centers of Zonked compliment the square ones of Panthe
*dainty touch of MySwing

A very warm welcome to Marle (Germany) with a link to her blog ~
Thank you for your challenge!
I#m a beginner with Zantangle, but it's so much fun to me and I tried to draw a tangle for IAST #178.
It was a little bit difficult for me, three new pattern and MySwing wasn't easy. Beginning to draw with a string is hard for me. Usual I begin with a pattern on whatever point and let my tangle grow spontaneously.
The completed tile isn't very good I think, but Hubby like it and wants me to send it to you. Many greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
...this is VERY good - so happy you joined in!
*large grid for Zonked and smaller for Panthe
*MySwing with sparkled perfs is shaded along the weighted string line

Marle is now on our tangled map, welcome!

From Lin H (Florida) ~
Thanks for your latest challenge. MySwing took a bit of practicing to get down but I've ended up really liking it. I wish I had seen your tips for tangling the pattern before I had finished my tile but they will certainly help the next time I use it!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Zonked in a Panthe grid!
*MySwing shaded along the outer edges

From Linda G (Pennsylvania) ~
I am happy to be back tangling. I loved working with all three but Myswing was my favorite. Happy 2017 everyone­čśŐ
Tangled Tidbits -
*flowing, aura-ed MySwing
*larger black centers of Zonked

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) ~
...what a wonderful challenge, all three patterns were new for me :-) I Didn't have as much time to play with them as I would have liked to before doing my tile but I will certainly practice more with them, they are all very beautiful and relaxing.
Thanks again for a great challenge!Greetings from Canada :-)
Tangled Tidbits -
*colorful tangles, perfs of MySwing glow
*MySwing breaks from the string line

From Tina Kirchh├╝bel (Germany) and here on her blog ~
First of all a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family.
This week I absolutely wanted to do the challenge. Simone Menzel who created MySwing lives only 30 km away from me so I have a special connection to her although I didn't met her personal yet.
I really enjoyed drawing MySwing and think I will use it more often for future tiles.Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
...that is a wonderful connection.
*Printemps perfs for MySwing - similar to Karen Aiken (Canada) above
*pretty weighted lines of Zonked accented with shading along the grid lines

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
...My #178 looks pretty typical for me--:) I did just a touch of MySwing and then used mostly Zonked, on the bottom half of the string, turning it into a bit of Panthe at the top and then keeping the rest blank...I started to add the weighted lines to my Zonked, but my auras weren't curved enough, so I decided to give that up...(you can see where I started in the corners...) Love how the sections of Zonked turned into petals!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a light touch of tangles with soft shading
*tangles to one side of the string line and white space on the other

A very warm welcome to Sharon Fite (California) ~
I'm a first-time contributor. Love your site!
This was a challenge for me -- to combine the grid patterns with My Swing. But that's the fun, right? Zonked is so graphic, I toned it down with a warm gray Copic pen.Cheers from not so sunny California!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Perf lined string
*layers of lovely shaded aura

And now Sharon is added to our tangled map, welcome!

 From Jonesy (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
...This is my tile for the week. Eni Oken has awakened my interest in metallic watercolors, so this is my first go with them. They shimmer so much that it actually looks like there are white flecks in the shaded areas, but no. That's just a pearlescent color that demands to be seen. Can't wait for more time to play with them.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a beautiful effect, for sure
*great contrast between the gray toned background of tangles and the metallic MySwing

From Audrie Weisenfelder (Tucson, Arizona) and here on her blog ~
Back to the last minute again; as I struggled quite a bit with this one. Had problems trying to get the tangles to play nicely with each other. Until I decided to do it on a gray tile, with My Swing in white as the centerpiece. Then added the other grid-based, more geometric patterns in black and gray, Hollibaugh style. That seemed to make it work, more or less.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a frame of Panthe and Zonked variations
*flowing lines of MySwing and lovely highlights

From Gesine (Germany) ~
...First time since weeks that a finished a IAST challenge again – and MySwing was a real challenge for me. Still, I’m now quite happy with the outcome, although I broke a Zentangle rule and made MySwing kind of “semi-transparent”.
Tangled Tidbits -
*framed border of alternating Panthe and Zonked
*gem like perfs for a colorful MySwing

From Heather Temple (Killingworth, Connecticut) ~
Here is my submission for IAST #178 from snowy (7" and counting) Killingworth CT. Working on other projects and decided to take a break and try your challenge. At 2am this morning, this is what happened to Zonked. I'm pretty sure this is a completely different pattern. Looking at it this afternoon I figured out what I did but as they say... no mistakes! Thanks again for the work you must put into this every week. Love to see what everyone comes up with. So, better late than never, here's my wacky tile!
Tangled Tidbits -
...'wacky' and wonderful!  I am sure you are in good company with this crowd when you say you tangle at 2 am :)
*deep dark filler for MySwing
*layered shading of Panthe

From Donna (Wisconsin) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*one large Panthe to center the tile
*dotted Zonked variation

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
My second attempt to send this ... lots of distractions ... I may have hit send in mid message.
So glad you gave us a Tips To Tangle MyString ... I love this pattern! I mashed together Panthe and Zonked ... they make a cozy quilt. If I were to redo this tile i would change the shading and the angle of the "quilt". But enough of that ...Was this your 50th original string on IAST? Congratulations and cheers on such a milestone!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for keeping the stats, Sharyn.  I am grateful to you.
*fabulous backdrop "mash"
*billowing MySwing finished with a string of Perfs

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Happy new year to you and all my fellow tanglers.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shared grid for Zonked and Panthe with lighter MySpace between them
*soft and even shading

From Brenda Urbanik, CZT (Brenton-On-Sea, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
...Wishing you and your family a superb 2017!!! Continue to motivate us to tangle with your weekly challenges! I enjoyed putting pen to paper and relaxing my mind, even if only for an hour!
Tangled Tidbits -
*curvy Zonked on a curved grid compliments MySwing's curves
*touch of angular Panthe

This is my tile ~
I got so lost in the tangling of this, that when I finally looked up and held my tile at arm's length, it struck me that I drew a manatee, or two :)  The pudgy lines of MySwing look like the creatures that live in our Florida waters.  I added a few detail lines and dots to convince myself I didn't need to feed them any greenery and this was the result...

I realized, too, that I turned the tile upside down.  I had a good laugh and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent drawing this.

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

non other than Simone Menzel, CZT (Germany), the creator of MySwing and here on her blog ~
What a surprise, that you chose MySwing for this week`s IAST challenge! I am so excited and I can`t wait to see all the other contributions next week.
The combination with the two other tangles Zonked (by Barbara Finwall) and Panthe (by Nancy Newlin) is beautiful as the straight lines give a good contrast to the swings.
Thank you so much Adele, for this challenge. I am so proud that you chose MySwing!
I am so grateful for this experience.My best wishes for a nice weekend, many greetings from the winterly, chilly Dresden!
Tangled Tidbits-
*graceful long lines of MySwing cradle the perfs
*shading and black surround add to the dimensional look of them
*alternating sections of Panthe and Zonked
*squared and diagonal grids of Panthe
*large and smaller grids of Zonked

Congratulations, Simone!

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

Thank you for the continued New Year best wishes.  From myself and my family, I wish you all the very best in 2017 - joy, peace, and an abundance of love.

Thank you too, for sending in your beautiful tiles for all of us to appreciate and learn from.

A special thank you to the creative minds behind the tangles used with my string this week:

MySwing by Simone Menzel, CZT

Zonked by Barbara Finwall

Panthe by Nancy Newlin

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #179!