Monday, November 11, 2013

"It's a String Thing" #13 Tiles

Happy Monday and Happy Veterans Day!

"It's a String Thing" #13, despite the number's unlucky reputation, turned out to be a lucky endeavor because the results are just beautiful!

Vicky from Montana sent in two tiles.  She completed the first one in black and white, but "really felt a calling for color and the purple passion emerged!"

She used water color pencils blended with a bit of water for her second tile.  Vicky's Angel Fish has pretty curved edges and Antidots has a nice layered look and the darkened background makes it seem to burst off of the paper.

Jenna Wheatman from the UK said that the tangle were "fun to play with".  She mentioned that it was hard fitting them to a string:
But that is good to keep in of the magical qualities of a string is that it can change, be pushed, ignored even.  It is a suggestion, simply an idea of where to place your tangles.  Once you begin, if a pattern takes you through, under, over, or in a different direction that the string line - great!  Just follow where your tangle leads. 
And Jenna's tile is gorgeous.  Her variations of Antidots are striking, especially with the added sparkle.
Florida's Joan Delony said that she loved both Antidots and Angel Fish so much that she did five tiles using them and had "a grand time!"  Her is a lovely one:

 Antidots has a beautiful lacey feel here.  It's light and pretty and a perfect compliment to her Angel Fish

Marie-Therese Dubois (another happy and proud Grandmother :) sent this in from Alabama:
They way she tangled this tile is reminiscent of an ocean scene - flowing and layered and moving, and very calming.  The enhancements to Angel Fish and the variaions on Antidots are all very thoughtful details.

UK's Ragged Ray submitted this lovely tile:
It is very impressive how she used Angel Fish along the string line.  It effortlessly flows and bends and overlaps - amazing.  Antidots appears teaming with life -  a beautiful tile.
 Mindy, also from Florida, said this one was fun for her.  She wrote, "While enjoying drawing the patterns, the string disappeared!" 
Mindy's use and direction of Angel Fish make her tile team with movement, as though the tangles are bubbling up from the middle and spilling into the corners - spectacular!

Washington state's Jackie Becker wrote to say that she really liked this string and would use it again in the future.
 What a very pretty look she achieved with the variations of Angel Fish, her use of light and dark space, aura, and (yes!) shading.  

Sue Jacobs, CZT from Illinois,  said that it was difficult to start this tile faced with so many sections in the string and just two patterns but she "ended up just going for it."
And her plunge benefitted us - what a happy tile.  She said she added color because it was too busy.  She adds, "It's still busy, but now I think it's a fun busy."  It is!

The tile set aside for honors this week was sent in by Sue Agnew.  Not only is this a wonderful tile, but her determination to tangle also stands out as an inspiration.

Sue said that she didn't get as much time to play with the tangles as she would have liked.  She was at a work related retreat and said, "...taking 'tangle time' for me was really important!" 
This is striking.  The lines in her Angel Fish are as pleasing and relaxing to look at as they must have been to draw.  The strings of Antidots are very graceful. 
Sue made the time to tangle and that is inspiration for the rest of us especially in the face of the happy holidays ahead!
Thank you, Sue, I have a little some thing coming in the mail for you.
Many thanks to:
Linda Farmer and Anne Marks for String 010
Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT for Antidots
Marizaan van Beek, CZT for Angel Fish
Check back tomorrow for a very special "It's a String Thing" challenge.
Please feel free to leave a comment in the space below.
If you would like a response from me, please use the email box located to the right.
Thank you!

1 comment:

  1. Sue's tile was so striking and different - it really showcases how many different directions the basic discipline of Zentangle can take you in.