Monday, September 16, 2013

"It's a String Thing" #5 Tiles

The tiles sent in this week are just beautiful.  The challenge included tangle patterns that begin with the letter "H".  There was a wide variety to choose from and it was interesting to see that Hurry was used in most every entry.

The first tile arrived from Brenda Urbanik - yes, last week's honoree! 

Brenda's clean crisp lines make this so pleasing to look at.  Notice too, how she incorporates the Hollibaugh lines into her Hibred.  Brenda wrote that she wasn't quite sure what to do with "those loops".  It seems that she worked them out just fine - such a very pretty piece!

The second tile is from our friend Mindy.  Mindy's work is like fresh air, easy to take in and it just fills the spirit.
Her use of Hollibaugh anchors the outside area, it's dense and dark and flows nicely through the Hibred to the wispy Henna Drum.  Her shading makes her lines and patterns dance - very elegant.

Sue Agnew graced the challenge with two tiles and they are as different as they are pretty:
Notice how she followed the string line with Heartvine  and tangled Hurry behind that - very impressive. 
 Of this tile, Sue wrote, "Whew ... don't know what possessed me to do Henna Drum so small or so closely packed. I'm exhausted."   Peacefully exhausted, I'm sure - it's the Zentangle way;)

Deanna Spence has been very busy!  She sent in this piece and used a larger space to tangle.  Her details are wonderful.  The shading on her Hollibaugh adds great dimension.  Deanna used light and dark lines in Hypnotic and that added a nice touch to the tangle - along with that wonderful scalloped edge that she darkened.

CZT Sue Jacobs sent in this pretty tile.  Sue said that she, "loves making alphabet soup."  And I see from her blog that when she uses tangles that begin with certain letters - like this string challenge - she refers to it as alphabet soup :)  You can see Sue's beautiful blog here:  Sue's Tangled Trips
Sue's HiCs look very elegant.  Hurry looks as if it was layered over Hypnotic and Heartvine appears to spiral down through HiCs
A special shout out to Ann Hathaway, fellow CZT Seminar X-er (a new word!)...for sending in the tile of honor this week. 

Ann wrote, "Hypnotic looks a lot like Striping when you color in the bands like that, and I love Striping, so it's all good!"  Ann gave that tangle a whole new look didn't she?  If you look closely you can see the grid, but it is 'absorbed' by the darkening and highlighting on the curves.  The variation she used with Hurry and how she kept that flowing is very impressive. 
You can visit Ann on her blog:  Deep Magic Tangles.
I have a 'little something' to put in the mail for you Ann, congratulations!

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles used in "It's a String Thing" #5:
Heartvine by Lori Howe
Heartrope by Bunny Wright
Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
Hibred - Zentangle
Hi Cs by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
Hollibaugh - Molly, Zentangle
Huggins - Zentangle
Hurry - Zentangle
Hypnotic by Elena Hadzijaneva

Coming tomorrow:  "It's a String Thing" #6.  I can't wait to see what creativity this week brings!


  1. I just love how each piece is so unique, and so beautiful! I learn so much from looking at other people's work, so thank you for sharing! Can't wait for tomorrow! And a big congrats to Ann Hathaway, absolutely gorgeous work!

  2. Yaaaay! I'm so tickled! ;) All the entries are just astounding. I'm learning so much. Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words, Adele and Brenda! What fun!