Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #155

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

We are just one week away from our third birthday celebration and the beginning of year four.  Let's get ready, limber up our fingers, uncap our Microns, and warm up with this last challenge of year three...

We begin with this straight lined string inspired by CZT Margaret Bremner's St. John's Cross (used in IAST #154) ~

IAST #155  String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use include ~

Cadent and

Bales by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, Zentangle® founders
Click here and here to view my past posts on Bales.

Z-Trik by Yamit Fridman

All three tangles are grid based, so this should be a wonderful exercise.  Keep in mind that even though the lines of the string are straight, the tangle grids do not have to be.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! 

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


Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  
FOR EXAMPLE:   ADELE BRUNO (FLORIDA)

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.
HAVE FUN!





"It's a String Thing" #154 Tiles

This week we used a string with two loops and four unique patterns.  While we are quite used to diversity in each of the tiles, wait until you see these...

Vacationing tanglers sent tiles from the Isle of Skye and the Black Forest, while another, just home from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Game Reserve between South Africa and Botswana, caught up with past challenges.
We also welcome three new tanglers - two from Florida and one from Spain.  In all, eleven countries from around the world are represented below.
"Where else is there such a place?", I ask with awe.  The community we have here is wondrously unique, thank you for being an invaluable part of it.



The first tile arrived from Karin (Germany) ~
Today is scheduled to be the hottest day of the year so I decided not to go to the fitness center but rather spend my time tangling in a cool room
I only used three of the four proposed patterns and this week I am more satisfied with my result again.
Now I am waiting for the thunderstorm to come… it´s already grumbling.
Have a nice and sunny week!
Greetings from Germany!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Cat-kin lined strings
*St. John's Cross in both a square and diamond grid


From Rebecca I (Stamfrod, CT) ~
I'm loving the string for this week, but at first I'm looking at the tangles and I'm thinking, no way, there is no way this tile is going to turn out pleasant in any way shape or form. They all looked pretty challenging, especially Zen Bud! But once I started, I was just amazed at how the tile was coming together. That's one of the many things I love about Zentangle - when a tile turns out so unexpectedly pleasant. Thanks for introducing me to these great new tangles! (Esp. Cat-kin, which I really loved.)
Tangled Tidbits -
Don't you just love when that happens?!
*Zen Bud filled string loops
*Leaflet lines parallel St. John's Cross


From Jean Beckstrom (Alabama) ~
...Thank you for the fun tangle today. I was just familiar with these, but had never used them in a tile. So here is my offering for today...
Tangled Tidbits -
*St. John's Cross filled with smaller ones
*lovely Zen Buds and shading


A very warm welcome to Lynn Gotham (Palm Coast, Florida) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*St. John's Cross grid lines flow from the string's curves
*single Leaflets accent Zen Bud



From smgg (Taiwan) and on her Istagram ~
Have a nice day!!!

Tangled Tidbits -
*Zen Bud fill string loops
*pretty contrast between St. John's Cross and Leaflet - straight and curved




From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
A delightful selection of tangles this week which seemed to fall into place naturally with the loopy string. I simplified Leaflet - finding that less detail lines kept it neater to my eye. And I exaggerated the cornering in St John's Cross. With a couple of contained sections of Cat-kin I think the overall tile has a very calming and zen look about it.
Already looking forward to your challenge birthday!

Tangled Tidbits -
*dramatic variation of Leaflet
*detail lines for St. John's Cross
*Cat-Kin inspired string line



From Hilary Merola (Chicago, Illinois) ~
This one was fun! I was strongly tempted to color this in purple and orange because it reminds me of wallpaper from the 1970's.
Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating Leaflet and Cat-kin - fabulous look
*St. John's Cross back drop for an elegantly shaded Zen Bud


A very warm welcome to Montse Martin (Madrid, Spain) ~
Here's my tile for string thing 154. I enjoyed playing with colors...

Tangled Tidbits -
*trellis-like St. John's Cross
*wispy vines of Cat-Kin, dotted to keep the flow


From Sarah (Michigan) ~
I call this 'the great divide'. It warped my poor brain. My knees have been causing me great discomfort as I heal from 'the fall'. Ha ha. Just glad to be sitting up in a chair tangling today.
Tangled Tidbits -
Best wishes for continued healing, Sarah.
*single, large Zen Bud
*St. John's Cross fills one string loop, leaving a balance of white space



From Anna Houston, CZT (Armstrong, British Columbia, Cananda) ~
...I didn't like it somehow and nearly trashed it at one point but put it aside and came back to it a couple of days later. After I finished it I don't mind it so much anymore. I couldn't resist adding a bit of color.
Tangled Tidbits -
Tiles always look better with time and this one is beautiful.
*cluster of colorful Zen Bud
*weighted line aura for Cat-Kin
*detailed shading



From Annie Taylor (Spain) ~
Feels like a long time since I took part in IAST, but it's good to be back, though a tad rusty. And glad you mentioned the special celebration coming up. Count me in!
This week's challenge was a good reintroduction for me. Two new tangles to try. I think I still need to practice Zen Bud and I'm going to be studying the entries this week. St. John's Cross was more my thing, so glad to try it out here.
Thank you and hugs from a rather hot Andalusia.
Tangled Tidbits -
*simply beautiful shading
*Leaflet rimmed Zen Bud
*flowing Leaflet along curved lines


From Val Steele (Johannesburg, South Africa) ~
This was done in quite a hurry, as I need to submit before going to meet cousins for lunch.
Cat-Kin, St John's Cross and Zen Bud.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*pops of Zen Bud in St. John's Cross
*rounded Cat-Kin on thin string line



From Jutta Gladnigg (Germany) ~
Is it a space shuttle with a zen bud fin breaking through the stratosphere...?
... or a flower in a cat-kin vase on chequered ground...?


Tangled Tidbits - 
Either way, it works!
*one string loop filled with Zen Bud, one edged with Cat-Kin
*thick grid lines of St. John's Cross
*multiple lines for Leaflet


From Sabine (Germany) and here on her blog ~
here is my contribution for this week. Zen Bud was new to me and first I thought "Oh no, can't draw it, it's to difficult!". But Zentangle is Zentangle and ... step by step it's possible to draw.
Greetings from Germany


Tangled Tidbits -
*St. John's Cross grid follows the string loop curves
*rounded edges in alternating spaces of Leaflet
*shaded border lines



From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
I've missed the last three or four of your weekly challenges so to make
up for lost time I'm sending two contributions this week - two summer
posies!
Tangled Tidbits -
*narrowing grid of St. John's Cross becomes Zen Bud stems
*Leaflet lines taper to single leaves

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Cat-Kin stems flow from Leaflet lines
*super shading



From Simone (Germany)
Thank you for that wonderful challenge, the tangles which you chose this week are beautiful!
And thank you again for your beautiful, inspiring blog which I follow regularly.
I send you this tile from my summer holidays which I spend on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
This is such a beautiful, peaceful area, it is my paradise!
As the weather here is not perfect any time I have some time for tangling, which makes me very happy!
Incidentally, the inspiration for CZT Margaret Bremner's new tangle Skye came from the cover of a game named Isle of Skye.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*parallel curves for three tangles - must be the inspiration from the ocean breezes :)
*Zen Bud filled string loops



From Anja, CZT (East Frisia, Germany) and here on her blog ~
Thanks for the great Challenge!
Many Greetings from Germany!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Cat-Kin framed Zen Bud
*Leaflet lines curve toward the edges giving a more rounded look
*signed with a lovely mark


From Sra (India) ~
I liked my idea well enough but felt my Cat-Kin could have been bigger to show off the shading. I tried shading the squares as per your recent Wednesday Wisdom post on quilts but couldn't achieve the same raised effect. I liked all the tangles this time as they came easily to me. :)
Tangled Tidbits - 
*touch of Cat-Kin in each St. John's Cross square
*Cat-Kin weaves through St. John's Cross
*Leaflet side borders



From Ingird (The Netherlands) ~
Whoot whoot, this was so much fun to do. Nice string, nice tangles. I saw no other possibility than to combine Leaflet with St. John's Cross. The outcome is very surprising I think.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Leaflet combined with St. John's Cross along the upper and lower border - wonderful edge with the small black triangles
*pretty shading and detail added to Zen Bud



From Jessie Plouffe (Connecticut) ~
I'm back!! The last several weeks have been busy, and every time I sit
down to do an IAST tile, it's too late! Anyway, here is my tile for
this week. I am pleasantly surprised about how much I like each of
these tangles, and how they fit together.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*wonderful rounded lines of Leaflet
*aura-ed Cat-Kin
*shading adds dimension 



From Allison Durno (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) ~
Some fun tangles this week! Really liked the 3-D effect of St. John's Cross and Zen Bud was a fun and easy way to make roses. I didn't quite get Leaflet into this tangle, but I added a few leaves to my Zen Buds to give a nod to leafy goodness, anyway. Have a good week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*St. John's Cross shaded to the left and top of the initial doubled grid lines adds great dimension
*St. John's Cross grid lines loop creating a scalloped edge
*Cat-Kin suggests the string's loops



From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
These four tangles are new to me, and I don't think I did justice to them. I do plan to try them again, and I look forward to seeing the tiles created by others.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Cat-Kin stems for Zen Bud
*aura and shading layer the foreground to the St. John's Cross background



A very warm welcome to Amy Barnickel (Florida) who just took her first Zentangle class with me earlier in the same day that she sent this in ~  (I couldn't be prouder.)

Tangled Tidbits -
*clusters of Cat-Kin fill a lovely shaded center
*St. John's Cross shaded in the doubled grid


From Becky Welty (North Carolina) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*Leaflet border, weighted lines, shaded white space
*St. John's Cross trellis with Zen Bud and Cat-Kin weaving throughout



From Aloyna Pakhomova (Toronto, Canada) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*fanned grid for St. John's Cross, shaded to add roundness
*lovely Leaflet leaves
*very nice grid of St. John's Cross and single Zen Bud
*softly shaded string line, Leaflet lines filled with other tangles, and bold St. John's Cross



From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) ~
These were four new tangles for me this week so thank you once again for extending me. I enjoyed them all in different ways. I am constantly amazed by how many talented people there are designing and using different tangles - and constantly grateful to you for helping us to grow and share in the precious art of Zentangle.

Tangled Tidbits -
*larger corner triangles of St. John's Cross create a Knightsbridge look
*Zen Bud blooms from Cat-Kin
*center swatch of Leaflet




From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Thanks for another challenge although I found this one difficult deciding where to put the tangles.

Tangled Tidbits -
*Cat-Kin string line separates the tangles
*billowy Leaflet
*white space in the strings loops accents the pretty shading



From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
What to do with this jolly medley of tangles? I’ve used St John’s Cross morphed with Leaflet as a lattice for my climbing Zen Buds, Catkins as rose buds(fab). Was worried how this would work, but I am chuffed with the result. Thanks to you for the String and to Helen Williams, Mimi Lempart, Margaret Bremner and Danni O’ Brien for their lovely tangles.
Tangled Tidbits -
*ditto to all Felicity said in her delightful description, with compliments to her shading

Unable to participate in the last few weeks, Felicity also sent tiles from past challenges.  She is just home from a family vacation in Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Game Reserve between South Africa and Botswana.  She wrote:
...  Lions by day at close quarters and roaring males at night at the waterhole right next to the rest camp where we had set up our camp. Sighted a mother Cheetah and her five cubs on a high ridge also close by. What a privilege. On returning there were so many things to attend to that tangle time went out the window.

Anyway I have made up all the challenges that I missed. Hope you don’t mind me including them. Starting with Tile 151, the tile celebrating the 4thof July, Independence Day; also Hubby and my 49 Wedding Anniversary! I enjoyed Floatfest and Ahh and added some jewels too.
Tile 152, I couldn’t resist adding your O to the mix. Lenche and Kitle worked great with your string about Summer. Mexican feel to this tile. Tile 153 a monotangle with variations of Crescent Moon – great!



Absolutely beautiful tiles, one more fascinating than the next.  Thank you, Felicity.



From Elsab├ę Visagie (South Africa) ~
Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement every week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*one large Zen Bud loop, one filled with multiple Zen Buds
*Leaflet accents the large Zen Bud
*splendid detail throughout


From Michele Wynne (California) ~
Thanks for another fun challenge. I started this on an extra watercolor tile I'd made several weeks ago for a swap. The Zen Bud wanted to go in the lighter area and the rest just followed. It was a fun tile to create.
Thank you for all you do.

Tangled Tidbits -
*Zen Bud blossoms from Leaflet
*curved grid of St. John's Cross add feel of height
*white highlights glow



From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
Squeezing this tile in following a short-lived and cherished family gathering last week. Still thinking family, Zen Bud repeats six times to represent siblings and myself. A nice way to end a moving week.
Cheers to family!
Tangled Tidbits -
Cheers!
*Zen Bud and Cat-Kin flow from lines and grids of Leaflet and St. John's Cross
*weighted lines of Leaflet
*straight and rounded corners of St. John's Cross


And now...
the tile for honors this week...
was sent in by...
From Gesine (Germany) ~
greetings from the Black Forrest where I spend three weeks with my family during summer holidays.



Tangled Tidbits - 
*alternating black and brown tangles
*white highlights, shading, and bold black spaces make the tangles shine
*layered Zen Bud and Cat-Kin add more sense of depth


Congratulations, Gesine!
I have a little some thing coming in the mail for you.


Thank you to all of our participants this week.  We appreciate being able to learn from you and are inspired by your beautiful work.

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles used with my string:


Leaflet by Helen Williams

Cat-kin by Mimi Lempart, CZT

St. John's Cross by Margaret Bremner, CZT

Zen Bud by Danni O'Brien, CZT



Please feel free to leave a comment, a tangled tidbit or two :)

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #155!

We are just one challenge away from our third birthday celebration - #IAST156.  Let's all plan to join in the celebration.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tangled Table Number Cards

When our son John and his bride-to-be, Melissa, were planning their wedding, they asked if I would tangle their wedding reception table cards.  It was a privilege and a way to create something personal for their reception.

I decided to use four inch squares (diamonds) that would sit on end in little place card holders.  I created a border using an elongated cursive and words that read:  JOHN AND MELISSA  WED THIS DAY   NOVEMBER 6   TWENTY FIFTEEN.
It took a few tries to get an even spacing, but once complete, I copied two to a page before continuing.

Next, I drew a number in the middle of each border - one through nineteen. Using Teenos and Mel Mel, the two tangles I created and named after the John and Melissa, I added a touch of their tangles around each number.



Once they were all completed, I made two copies of each page onto Bristol paper. My printer took the paper well on an advance setting for 'thick plain paper'. I cut out the four inch squares and set them back-to-back since they had to be read from either side. A bit of double sided tape and a paper punch to round off the corners, and the cards were complete.



I kept the design simple - bold numbers, light and airy border and tangles.  In a large reception hall, the numbers needed to stand out for easy recognition.  The words and tangles were viewed and appreciated once the guests were seated.  

This is what they looked like, propped on their silver stands, and grouped for a photograph ~


Now our daughter Catherine is planning her wedding.  I just so happen to have patterns named after her and her fiance...stay tuned (smile).








Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Friendship, like an old quilt,
stands the test of time.
Alternating Fragments by Adele Bruno, CZT
Inspired by Zentangle® Primer Volume1 by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #154

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

I know that summer can slow our schedules down a bit, so I encourage you to plan ahead and consider IAST #156 (two weeks from today).  It would be wonderful to celebrate our third birthday and the beginning of our fourth year (can you believe it?!) with a record number of entries.

But first, let us concentrate on this week...

We begin with this string ~
IAST#154 string by Adele Bruno, CZT


The patterns for the week include:

Leaflet by Helen Williams
My notes about the tangle can be found here in a post from a few years ago.

Cat-kin by Mimi Lempart, CZT
This is a personal favorite and will work well with Zen Bud.

St. John's Cross by Margaret Bremner, CZT
This will give us a grid based tangle to use with the other more flowing ones.

Zen Bud by Danni O'Brien, CZT
This tangle creates a beautiful rose bud.


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 patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 


Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  
FOR EXAMPLE:   ADELE BRUNO (FLORIDA)

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.
HAVE FUN!


Monday, July 18, 2016

"T's a String Thing" #153 Tiles

This week, we reconnected with the classic tangle, Crescent Moon.  While a monotangle may seem limiting, the results are delightfully diverse and dramatic.

Let's take a look ~

This first tile arrived from Sarah (Michigan) ~
I just mirror imaged some of the crescents.
It turned out to be a lot of fun to take the time to draw the shapes carefully. Great string!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*prominent string line where the moons meet
*some shared aura lines between string sections


From Katrina Handson (Florida) ~
Here's my entries for its a string thing 153 I love crescent moon it's one of my favorite tangles.I enjoyed playing with the color :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*light/dark variations
*shaded, tippled, and sparkled aura

Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored black and white spaces
*pretty pops of color


From Jean Beckstrom (Alabama) ~
I have rarely done this tangle since my first beginner tile because I did not care for it. I think it is better mixed with other tangles. Since I did a whole tile of this, I hope my unlike does not show up too much.
..quite the contrary!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*various sizes of Crescent Moon line the string
*shading adds depth to the aura



From Karen, The Creative Miss L (Canberra, Australia) and here on her blog ~

Thanks for this challenge. Crescent Moon is an oldie but a goodie. My first tile draws inspiration from the Zentangle Primer (page 30) while the second draws inspiration from Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s Yoga for the Brain (page 42) plus my own idea of adding blue Crescent Moon ripples. Hope you like them.

Tangled Tidbits -
*brown and black sections yield a layered effect
*lovely use of white highlights
Tangled Tidbits -
*petal shaped aura
*stacked Crescent Moons



From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
How nice, a Crescent Moon monotangle! I loved creating it.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three pretty variations
*detailed shading and aura add wonderful depth



From Denise Fairbank (New Hampshire) ~
I don't use Crescent Moon as much as I should and this challenge reminded me just how versatile this pattern can be. Using oversized Huggins as my string, I added several variations of Crescent Moon as the fill. It was fun creating different combinations. Needless to say...I plan to use Crescent Moon more often! Thanks for the challenge.
Instagram: string.then.tangle
Tangled Tidbits -
*Huggins as the string line - very clever use of the tangle
*very pretty variations and pleasing balance of black and white spaces


From sra (India) ~
I have been busy with several things the last couple of weeks and will be busy during the weekend too. So I had to think of something quick if I wanted to be able to participate this week. It hit me suddenly that Narwal is a fillable pattern in Zentangle, and I did some rough work with Crescent Moon inside Narwal to check. It also struck me that I could use the two arcs in the string as part of Crescent Moon itself and that's what I attempted.
I recently took a class on layering in Zentangle and realised that outlining the shape of a pattern with graphite and drawing it out can offset it from the rest of the design. I tried that here.
Tangled Tidbits -
*very creative use of Narwal in the string and then to accent it with Crescent Moon
*black sparkled aura and two large black moons on either side



From smgg (Taiwan) and on Istagram ~
Have a nice day!!!

Tangled Tidbits -
*light and lovely, even aura lines
*moons filled with loops, lines, Tipple




From Sabine (Germany) ~
Crescent Moon was one of my first tangle I've learned and I often use it. This week I had so much fun with "Back to the roots". I also used your new tangle O.... Oooh I am fall in love with them, since I saw it for the first time. Thank you for sharing. Back to the roots means for me also drawing on a white tile only with black Micron and shading. Thank you for an other great challenge.
Many greetings from Germany

Tangled Tidbits -
*your enthusiasm shows in your tangles - beautiful!
*fabulous use of large and small moons, aura, and sparkle
 - and I love the "O" filled string :)



From Hilary Merola (Chicago) ~
I've gotten away from doing your great challenges, so this week I told myself I had to do it no matter what. And as you can guess, I had fun doing it! I added to your string and just did my own variation on the tangle.
Thanks for the opportunity,

Tangled Tidbits -
*creative Crescent Moon seems to spin on the string
*deep shading where the moons meet



From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
What a fun tile! I added a little accent of Printemps to mine.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty Printemps filled centers
*pattern varies in each string section



From Matt W. (Princeton, New Jersey) ~
This week's string has a nice familiarity to it ­čśü­čśü!
Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating moons line the string - M for Matt, of course!
*shaded white space accents the aura-ed moons



From Tina Kirchh├╝bel and here on her blog ~
This week the pattern you choose was a real challenge for me. Crescent Moon is one of my favorite patterns and I wanted to do something special with it in a monotangle. So I decided to draw a normal and a negative version of it and added another version with full circles that look a bit like moon phases. I hope you like it.
Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful takes on the tangle, especially the waxing and waning moons
*striking positive/negative effect


From Michele Wynne (California) and here on her blog ~
Thanks so much for a great challenge, though it wasn't too challenging since both the string and the pattern were right in my comfort zone.
I love Crescent Moon. I'd created a tile using a version of this string along with Crescent Moon back in my early days of Zentangle. I've used this string frequently in swaps as it represents both of my initials M and W. I've included some of that work on my blog this week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*slim sparkled moons along the string line - M and W for Michele, too!
*aura moves beautifully from black to white, shading to highlights


From Hilary Gibbons (Southern Spain) ~
Here is an entry for IAST #153
Last week I bought a set of Inktense pencils and some artist tiles that were claimed to be suitable for watercolour, fineliners etc. When I saw this week's challenge I thought of the red moons we get here in Spain. First nervous go with the Inktense and tiles but the surface of the paper broke down even with very little water and when totally dry the Sakura pen then bled into the broken surface. I had put this tile in the rubbish bin because I was very disappointed and disheartened but when I told someone, who has been so very kind and helpful, she suggested giving it a second look. So this morning I raided the trash! I've tried to tidy the lines a little and added some shading and, well, it has grown on me :)
I am truly overwhelmed with how sweet everyone has been to this complete and utter beginner. I have even set up a blog page which I had never imagined doing. Not without help of course and I'm really grateful for the generous spirit of the real artists involved in tangling.
P.S My blog is called 'Anoia, Arising From the Cutlery Drawer' named after the 'masterpiece' painting in the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett :D

Tangled Tidbits -
*encouraging story of revisiting a tile with renewed conviction - thank you, Hilary
*doubled string line weaves in and out of full moons
*one blackened aura line for each moon
*shadowed string line


From Jutta Gladnigg (Germany) ~
Crescent M-oon by M-aria Thomas, m-onotangle with M-string...
M-arvellous challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*great find with all of the M's in this challenge!
*full moons appear to burst upward
*each arua is shaded


From Anja (East Frisia, Germany) and here on her blog ~
I had a lot of fun with this great Challenge! Just in time I finished my tile.
Many Greetings from Germany!



Tangled Tidbits -
*dainty to dark versions of Crescent Moon
*dot filled aura
*each string section filled with a different version of the tangle


From Karin (Germany) ~
this is my entry to challenge no. 153.
“Crescent Moon” also was one of my first patterns. However I am not really satisfied with my result but I am looking forward to see the other entries!
Greetings from Germany

Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored moons along a doubled string line
*beautifully aura-ed moons



From Val Steele (Johannesburg, South Africa) ~
Crescent moon, B-Dylan, Bunzo and Ixorus.
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles play very well together
*Crescent Moon and aura repeat in Ixorus



From Ingrid  (The Netherlands) ~
Here is my IAST tile # 153 for this week.
It has become a busy one, but it was very nice to do Crescent Moon as a mono tangle. I like how it worked out with high contrast, unlike my tile last week.

Tangled Tidbits -
*deep black and white contrast
*alternating light and dark aura
*five fabulous moon centers



From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) ~
Thank you again for another interesting challenge. It is lovely to revisit an original tangle and to come up with new ways to present it. I enjoyed the challenge. It was a good balance of focus and just letting it happen one stroke at a time.

Tangled Tidbits -
*moons mirror on either side of the doubled string line - notice how different they look, even though they begin with the same arc
*awesome aura - overlapping, Tippled, sparkled, striped, dotted, shaded



From Becky Welty (North Carolina) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*Crescent Moon border
*marvelous moons filled with perfs, lines, curves
*soft shading



From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
My contribution.  Loved his challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*center string section features layered Crescent Moon
*use of lovely aura makes the variations pop
*string line left white


From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) ~
Last day in ├ľsthammar! Here comes my Crescent moon! This challenge was perfect for me to do here, sittning in the gallery waiting for people coming in. Crescent moon was one of the first tangles I learned and one of those I have used a lot! I like it very much!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*two large Crescent Moons fill the center - notice the aura even includes a touch of Crescent Moon
*light and dark moons
*aura and shading add wonderful movement and depth




From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Monotangle challenges really give one the opportunity, albeit through enforced coercion, to explore the depth of one's imagination (or lack thereof). The result...I never know what might come out of my brain, why or how (so don't ask), and I can count on at least one night of tangle dreaming during which I create the most amazing tiles for which I have no hope of wakeful reproduction. But eyes open or closed, do I have fun!
Naturally I've incorporated Crescent Moon in my designs before, but only in the simplestedition. This was a stretch! Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Printemps filled moons
*kaleidoscope effect with beautiful aura
 Tangled Tidbits -
*waves of Crescent Moon
*Marla said "don't ask" but my goodness! How does she do what she does?!

Tangled Tidbits -
*long, tapered lines of aura
*a moon filled spiral




From Adri van Wyk (Upington, South Africa) ~
Love a monotangle.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Crescent Moon shadows in the doubled, white string line
*alternating brown and black aura-ed moons
*beautiful shading and sparkle



From Rebecca Isenstein (Stamford, Connecticut) ~
...When I started tangling, Crescent Moon was definitely one of my "go to" tangles. But then as I learned more and more tangles, I really hadn't been using Crescent Moon very much. This week's challenge reminded me of what an interesting, versitile, and fun tangle it is!
Tangled Tidbits -
*white aura-ed moons line the string
*layered moons fill the center


From Allison Durno (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Crescent Moon shines on a black tile (like a night sky)
*aura accented with dots and lines


From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
I'm humbled beyond measure ... first receiving the stunning frame and then having my tile highlighted last week. IAST is one of my favorite weekly rituals ... I learn so much from the many interpretations of a prompt ... I appreciate the vast IAST community.
This week's prompt ... I loved the string (my maiden name begins with "M").
Crescent Moon is a tangle I don't use often ... I love how it looks ... I love the sharp contrasts ... I think I just try to conserve on ink. The prompt sort of gave me permission to let go of my reservations. I added Striping, Tipple, Printemps, Flux, and Maryhill to my dizzy mix.
Huge thanks and cheers to a lesson in loosening the reigns!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous deep black spaces
*simple moons, layered moons, tangle filled moons - wonderful variety
*pattern variation changes in each string section
(Nice frame :)


And now...
the tile for honors this week...
was sent in by...

Ragged Ray A.K.A. Jem from The United Kingdom ~

What a wonderful idea - to ask us to truly go back to basics. This ties in so well with conversations I've been having this week with someone fairly new to tangling. I've been considering my tangling roots, my beginnings - and the ongoing journey, always a journey, never a destination.
I started my Zentangle journey 3 years ago. It seems like forever, it seems like yesterday. And on the 9th tile I drew up popped something special. A section of Crescent Moon that I dared to do slightly differently than the basic step out method. And in that, a hint of the endless possibility that even the simplest tangle holds. I remember writing about my tile (http://raggedray.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=gypsy) and saying that my Crescent Moon section looked like a gypsy table cloth. (Second tile below)
And so I revisit that idea today, with more confidence, more passion and just as much wonder about what black lines and grey shadows can achieve.


 Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored moons on either side of the doubled string line
*aura of the inner moons takes on a life of its own as it moves downward
*outer moons aura-ed in various widths
*detail lines, perfs, shading, and white space lend beauty and dimension


*tassels accent the outer ridge

Congratulations, Jem, and thank you for eloquently describing your tangled journey - you give voice to ours as well.

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

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated this week, your work inspires all of us.

Kudos to Zentangle® co-founder Maria Thomas for the fabulous Crescent Moon.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #154!