Monday, March 31, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #33 Tiles

This week's challenge was certainly a celebration of spring.  We used a flower-like string line and a lovely variety of tangle patterns.

The first tile arrived from Lily -

Lily has many nice touches here, especially her shading on Diva Dance.  She said that she used water-soluble colored pencils for shading. She also has it posted here on her blog.

Chrissie Murphy said that she loved the "infinite possibilities" in this week's challenge - 
The additional patterns works well together here, most notably the larger centered tangles against the smaller ones of the background.

Colette Horsburgh also used a variety of tangle patterns -

The bold contrast is very striking.

Cathy Cusson said that she loved this string - 
Her Diva Dance is very eye-catching.  Cathy also added that she would like to "find the time to do one in color like a tulip."  You are in for a treat as you scroll down because other tanglers did just that...

Joan Delony said of her first tile that she wanted the center string line to stand out more, so she added just a touch of color - 

Of her second tile, she writes:
 I modified the string. When I first saw the pattern japan diamond, then looked at the string with that in mind, all I could think of was a cut crystal egg. Therefore, I had to draw it the way I saw it.

This is really lovely.  I especially appreciate that Joan was compelled to draw this once she had an image in mind.

Kylie Vitnell said that she never used Tagh or Japan Diamond before, but is now "in love with them" - and it shows:

She came up with a very clever use of Diva Dance, didn't she?
Kylie also posted her tile here on her blog.

A very warm welcome to Dorothy Allison from Adelaide, Australia - (a place I've always wanted to visit!)
 She used the Fox Trot version of Diva Dance.  It is very pretty and shaded just so.

Another very warm welcome to first timer, Rachel Godbee.
She just recently attended her first Zentangle class.  That is very exciting and so is her tile - her Diva Dance really does dances, doesn't it?!

Joyce Evans said that this was a "real challenge" but she managed to get it done -
The end result belies the sentiment because it is beautiful.  Tagh really shines as it pushes upward and the depth Joyce's shading add is very nice.

Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow titled this one "Pretty Peacock" -

She writes:
the ground was made using diva-dance
the peacock feathers were made using tagh
the frame was made using Japan-Diamond
There is so much beauty to take in here - Tagh layered in vibrant color and Japan Diamond as a frame just to name a few.

Peggy Kohrmann said that this string reminded her of Easter.
She adds:
The Japan Diamond seemed the perfect design. I really like W2 and basket-weave types so added that.
I wanted to do another tile and chose black and white and copper gel pens. Diva Dance Rock seemed to fit best and I loved making each petal different.
It is gorgeous in its simplicity.

Ingrid Coventon sent in this tile -

She wrote:
It was fun to work on this tile, but I’m not so happy with the result. But in the zentangle spirit that is not important. I hoped it would become a spring-like tile, but it's not as light and agile as I had hoped for. Anyway I learned some new tiles and I am already looking forward to next week’s string.
While Ingrid may have had something else in mind, her finished tile is very pretty.  She added detail to W2 and Tagh too!

A very warm welcome to Sarah.  This is the first time she has submitted a tile:

She worked on a black tile and added two of her favorite tangles to the mix.  While Diva Dance proved "a little challenging" on the black, all the tangles came together beautifully!

Ragged Ray said that when she used Japan Diamond in the center string section she "essentially created a Faberge egg."

She adds: "Which made me smile because I've long been fascinated by Faberge. I tried to carry the diamond shape into Diva Dance but I'm not sure it worked that well. A little border of W2 and I'd made a neat little spring basket! I used a bit of colour this week and a water soluble graphite pencil for shading, which I don't have complete control of yet!
It is just bursting with the feeling of spring!   

Angela Carstensen expressed similar sentiments to other tanglers this week when she said that she liked the tangles and the string line, but had more of a challenge making them flow all together.

Perhaps is the sunny spring in Germany with the flowers blooming that inspired her because the end result is very happy.  Angela adds some special touches to her tangles - the inserts of Diva Dance and Japan Diamond in W2 along with the curls in Diva Dance - great ideas!

Catherine Wells expressed her misgivings about working with this string too.  She pressed on though and has some fabulous work to show for it -

Catherine achieved a very light delicate look with Japan Diamond especially in her first tile.  It looks as though W2 is pushing up from the center through Diva Dance and against Japan Diamond.  It is such a pleasing mix.

Her second tile feature more fun - especially the added detail lines of W2.

A warm welcome to Val Brandon who writes from the UK.
She was inspired to participate by fellow tangler and blogger Annemarie.
Val added bold color to her piece.  She also came up with a unique detail - a wonderful idea for the rest of us to use - she created a  highlight by using Tagh from either direction in the string space and leaving the center blank.  Now, that is striking!
Val also posted her tile here on her blog

Sue Jacobs sent this beauty -
She centered Japan Diamond and her added sparkle makes the tangle bend and shine.  Sue contributed a fabulous piece to my blog last week on the tangle enhancer SPARKLE.  To read it, click here - it's a treasure trove of information.

Audrie Wiesenfelder chose a tinted paper for her tangles -
She used soapstone and white charcoal pencil to hightlight the patterns beautifully.  Diva Dance looks as though it could just wiggle up and off the tile.  It's so very pretty.   Audrie posted it here on her blog as well.

LonettA was another tangler who worked through her misgivings with the pairing of the patterns and string - and she found a wonderful balance -

Look at her lines in Diva Dance - lovely, lovely movement.  Upon finishing, she decided to add color -
She used a variation of Japan Diamond that looks a bit like Ragged Ray's new tangle, Snag.  It has a nice, delicate feel.
LonettA also posted her work here on her blog.

Juul Gendreau said that this is the first time she added shading to her work -

She wrote:
Here is my contribution. Now I tried shadowing for the first time.That's why its a bit dark...
This string told me all the time that it needed flowers so I added " flowervine". As you can see I completely messed up "w2" but I actually liked the outcome so I left it how it had developed itself.....
I liked the string so much that I had more inspiration as place on my tile!
Juul's work is delightfully detailed especially where Tagh gradually gets smaller and smaller adding a sense of depth and distance.  Juul ended her note with this:
Merci beaucoup pour l'organisation chaque semaine.  We are learning a bit of French as we tangle ;)

Annie Taylor said this of her tile -
Last minute as ever - I had to dash this one off so nothing sophisticated or clever about it. Pure Zentangle for 20 minutes - one line at a time. It was a lovely string and some really beautiful tangle options. If there were more time, I would definitely do another and spent a bit of time on it. But I look forward as always to seeing what others make of the challenge - it's one of the hightlights of my week!!
It is a great benefit to us that she didn't have more time!  What a great thought that she "dashed it off" in pure Zentangle® fashion.  It is the beauty of the method, is it not?  Thank you Annie for reminding us.

She also posted her colorful tile here on her blog.

Sherrill Herron said that she calls this "CORN wrap"-

That is a wonderful reference - and tile.  Sherrill's Diva Dance waltzes gracefully from one side to another.

Just after reading Sherrill's note, Sharyn Penna sent this:
 I played around with the string intent was to create a rolled leaf affect with Diva Dance.  Using Tagh with it I instead got a couple ears of corn. I'm going to have to play with that rolled leaf idea ... 

Shayrn did get a really nice effect with Diva Dance and Tagh used in a downward direction is delightful   Japan Diamond makes a very delicate backdrop, too.

Rhonda Koplin said that this was the first time she tried W2 and is sure to use it more often now -

She tangled it so well.  She also created wonderful variations of Diva Dance with smaller sections of her string line.

Amy Curtis slipped in this blue beauty - 
This pops with color and with shading - especially in the way she darkened the centers of Japan Diamond.

Sue Jacobs said that she is calling this her "Spring String" - and even sent along a photograph of her inspiration:

Sue added
I know traditional zentangle is not supposed to be representational of anything but when I saw this string and looked out my window I couldn't resist. My crocus flowers are finally starting to emerge. So I had to add the colors to this string!
It is amazing to see how she captured the feel of her flowers in pattern and color.  Happy Spring!

Anna Houston, with a nudge from her husband, sent in her tile this week.  We have them both to thank because we get to see it!

While it is true that tiles are meant to be viewed from every angle - this one just oozes movement from the bottom upward and Diva Dance pops from behind.  Anna's Japan Diamond is lovely and lacy.

A N D now, the tile selected for honors this week was created by Charlotte Carpentier!
Charlotte said that said that she thinks Diva Dance is her "new favorite tangle" - and it shows.  She has created a lovely version of it here and her shading is wonderful.  Charlotte also fashioned a unique tangleation of Tagh and moved from smaller to larger arcs to create depth.  W2 holds its own in the center as a sort of anchor for the rest of the happy things going on around it.  

Congratulations, Charlotte!
I have a little something coming in the mail for you to commemorate the day.

Many thanks to the talented tanglers who sent in their tiles for the rest of us to enjoy and emulate.

A special note of thanks to Linda Farmer and Jadie Wright for String 034
and the creative minds behind the tangles used this week:
Japan Diamond by CZT Laura Liu
and three official Zentangle® patterns:
Diva Dance
W2 and

Stop back tomorrow for "It's a String Thing" #34!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tangled Nightlight

If you've ever been to IKEA, you know that the bins and shelves near the check outs are always full of wonderful, albeit frivolous things.

I've taken to entering the store through the exit doors (shhh, don't tell anyone!), sliding through the check out lanes in the opposite direction and spending most of my shopping time perusing those sections for things to tangle.

One such unnecessary necessity was a cone shaped nightlight. It had a plastic top similar in feel to the plastic of a milk carton only much thicker.  A blank canvass!

My grandchildren immediately came to mind.  I bought several and brought them home to tangle.

Not sure if my Sukura Identi-Pen would work on the surface, I tested it out on an empty milk jug.  To my delight the pen took very well to the plastic.  It withstood my attempts to rub and scrape it off, so I knew it would work well on the light.

Here is my grandson, Xavier's light -

ZIA Nightlight by Adele Bruno, CZT
The shade was not detachable, so I had to tangle it as pictured.   I found that I had to work a bit slower and still did not have the best of control on my lines.  The lines that appear darker were retraced.

I trimmed the shade with my new pattern Xav  (since it is for the boy himself!) and added a few variations of Sandy Bartholomew's Sweed - simple and sweet.

The light is wonderfully designed because it turns on by pressing down on the top of the cone.  Once charged, it illuminates for about twenty hours.  Although my photo gives the light a greenish tint, it is actually has a pleasing yellowish cast to it.
ZIA Nightlight by Adele Bruno, CZT
And here is the best treat of all...the kids will think the lights are for them - and they are - but they are really a treat for me.  We live so very far away from each other and I know they will have another reminder of me when our visit is over ;)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

*Sparkle* and Shine and Many Thanks to Sue

Recently, an avid tangler (who is mostly self-taught), wrote to ask me about the term "sparkle".  She had read about it, particularly on my Tuesday posts, but was not quite sure of what it was all about.  By definition,

Sparkle is the deliberate skip in a line to add highlight to a tangle pattern.

Sparkle is a tangle enhancer.  That is, it is a special little extra added to a tangle pattern to make it - in the case of sparkle - shine!

For more fabulous information on the subject, I turned to Sue Agnew.  Sue has been a regular contributor to my "It's a String Thing" challenges since they began last fall.  I've affectionately crowned Sue "Queen of Sparkle" because of her signature style of tangling.  I appreciate her love of adding sparkle to most every tangle she draws.

 She was happy to explain how she came to be such an avid sparkler -
I have always greatly admired Maria's [Thomas'] work, and noticed right off that she used the sparkle technique (not knowing what it was called) to highlight certain areas. I know it is very un-Zentangle to compare yourself to someone else, particularly if they are a professional calligrapher and artist -- but anyway I could never get the sparkle technique to work for me. Also at the time I was getting frustrated because I would do a tile and like everything about it except one tangle or another, particularly if it was a new tangle ... so I decided it was "OK" to practice tangles before using them in a combination work. And I started practicing adding sparkle to everything. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. But I'm probably comfortable with it now because of that time spent in total immersion or one might say total obsession.
Anything with parallel repetitive lines can be "sparkled". It's easiest when they are straight or nearly straight lines. The main "tip" I would have is to be sure the stop and re-start are all in the same line (the sparkle is just a break). I particularly had (and still have) trouble with Printemps because with curved lines it's difficult to break and re-start the line without hooking the ends.

Sue graciously sent five scans of her work along with brief notes on which tangles work well with sparkle. She said,"Until I started doing your challenge I used Aquabee Super Deluxe 4 x 6 inch sketch pads for my tangles ... I still do, and then for the challenge I tear out a page and cut it to 3.5 x 3.5 inches."

Here is the first of her pages -

Study in Sparkle by Sue Agnew
She was pleased with sparkle on Puf and Chaining - Meer as well, but "not nuts" about Warble.

Sue followed with this picture along with her observations about how sparkle behaved with the tangles -

Sparkle Study by Sue Agnew
Beelight -- OK (that's one of those hard ones with curved lines -- you can see how the ends sometimes "hook" instead of continuing smoothly); Footlites -- curved part OK, rays what's the point; Avreal -- OK; Ixorus -- not so much.
Sparkle Study by Sue Agnew
And more wonderful commentary -
Snood -- love, love, love; Inapod -- one of my favorite tangles and the sparkle works on the "pod" but on the inside it looks creepily like an eyeball; Bucky -- why (I love to draw Bucky but the sparkle doesn't do anything); Tuftid, not so much; Cockles & Mussels -- I like it but it's hard because of that curved line thing and the lines really need to be closer together I think.
Sparkle Study by Sue Agnew
Of the picture above, she noted that W2 works OK, Pea-Knuckle is well suited to sparkle while Ixorus is not.

And her notes about the following picture speak better than I could recreate -
Socc -- yes; crescent moon -- OK; Bucky -- nah; Avreal -- OK; Nekton -- nah; can't remember what I outlined the string with but it works fine; Cadent mashed up with Afterglo -- yes .
Sparkle Study by Sue Agnew

What a treasure of information and inspiration - and a rare treat at that.  It is a  privilege to be privy to Sue's learning process, to walk through her discoveries, and to view her notebook pages.

Many, many thanks to Sue, "Queen of Sparkle", for the special treat and for enLIGHTening us!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

I should rename today's post because 'Personal Observation' might be a more accurate title...

In the past when faced with a new art project, I tended to procrastinate - but not out of laziness as the word tends to suggest.

A certain trepidation would set in - would it turn out the way I envisioned?  Would I be disappointed with the outcome?  What if I 'messed up'?  These questions would lead to a bit of nervousness and therefore a reluctance to begin.

In a gradual steady manner, as I have tangled most every day of the last two and a half years, I have noticed a welcomed change in my approach to the creative process.

A sense of freedom and excitement, even eagerness to begin, has replaced my old mindset.  Tangling is a chance to explore line and pattern, and delight in what unfolds.

Ruminating about this happy change, I spent an afternoon playing.  I dipped into my tin of prestrung Zendala  tiles and pulled out two designs, one with straight neatly angled lines and one full of curves and bends.

For the first one, I decided that I would use only straight lined tangle patterns - Paradox, Fassett, and Hurry.

Adele Bruno, CZT

For the second one, I used only curvy, spiraled and round tangle patterns - Mooka, Jetties, Ennies, Circfleur,Crescent Moon, and Printemps.

Adele Bruno, CZT

It was interesting that the curved string line yielded a more detailed design - but then again, it did have more sections to tangle.

I encourage you, as you tangle, to "go with the flow", enjoy the process, and I am certain you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #33

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

We begin this week's challenge with a spring-like string to celebrate this glorious time of year.

String 034 was created by Jadie Wright and published by Linda Farmer on TanglePatterns.  With Linda's kind permission here is the string -

Copyrighted image used with permission from  

In honor of Jadie, we will use four tangle patterns this week with letters from her name -

Japan Diamond by CZT Laura Liu
and three official Zentangle® patterns:
Diva Dance
W2    and

Use as few or as many of these tangle patterns as you wish.

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

Step outs for these patterns, along with String 034 can be found on Linda Farmer's wonderful TanglePatterns.

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 -
*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.

PLEASE NOTE: I will add a link to your blog or web site with your tile photo, upon request. The site specific URL must accompany your request.

I look forward to your emails.

Monday, March 24, 2014

"It's a String Thing" #32 Tiles

This week's challenge again brings together tanglers from all over the world.   Along with many regions of the United States, tiles were submitted from Canada, Australia, South Africa, England, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and thanks to our first tangler - Hungary!

A very warm welcome to Lily who writes that she is self taught in English and is a beginner at tangling.  Both come as a surprise after reading her note and seeing her gorgeous tile -

Lily managed to use all six of the suggested tangles in her piece.  She used shading and white highlights to add depth, especially with Warangaie.
She posted her tile on her blog as well.  Click here to see more of her talent on display.

I have Joyce Evans to thank for correcting my spelling on Warangaie in my initial post last Tuesday.  I appreciate the heads up!

Joyce said that Warangaie is an "ambiguous pattern" to shade.  She gave it an almost tile like look by shading in the dotted X squares -
Joyce said that the yellow color in Worms was done with a Stabilo pen.  She achieved such a wonderful look with this placement and combination of tangles.

Catherine Wells said that her tile "ended up looking completely different" to how she thought it was going to look.  And that serves as a timely reminder that in Zentangle, a tile is begun without a preconceived notion of what it will look like.  So she did well to "go with the flow", as she said, and finish with something she was pleased with - 
Catherine used just two tangles and added her touches to them.  Note the dotted circles on Wired and line work on Warangaie.

Another warm welcome goes to first time participant, Chrissie Murphy.  She said she had fun with this -

She not only has very pretty renditions of the tangles here, her shading gives them great life.
You can see more of Chrissie's beautiful work here on her blog.

Angela Carstenson said something we can all identify with when viewing the variety in each week's challenge results.  She wrote,"It is still fascinating to me how what seems to be an obvious choice to me is not what other do."

And what she did with this is fascinating!  She used one large tangle of Warped Eggs, then added her own touches to it with dots and darkened, sparkled lines.  What a nice touch of whimsy to have Wirly Bird peek out from behind.

Vicky Brison said that she loved these tangles and the movement she was able to achieve with them - 
They do dance, don't they?  And they seem to catch the energy from the large and lovely Wirly Bird churning in the center!

Colette Horsburgh used a variety of tangles on her string line -

See how she used a negative/positive take on her tangle in the middle?  That is a great idea.  Colette also posted her tile here on her blog.

Rosanne Cannito said that these challenges are " stretching" her brain!  We can all relate to that, and perhaps that's what keeps us coming back!

Her Warble is neat and graphic.

Claudia (ka beewatch aka busyTanglebee) said that these tangles were "quite a challenge."

She added, "I like the renaissance tiles because of the highlighting with the white charcoal pencil. It gives them a special look."

She did achieve a very special look.  Note how she considered the space created by Wired as a new area and filled it in with white - great idea.

Cheryl-Anne Day Swallow returns with her signature, colorful variation on the theme.  She calls this one Hootie with a Heart.
Her particulars:
the upper tree was made using Warts & Wobbles
the tree trunk was made using Worms
the flowers were made using Wirly Bird
the flower stalks were made using Wired and adding leaf edges
the stars were made using Wirly Bird
the ground/grass area was made using warped eggs.
These are wonderful ideas, especially for tanglers who love Zentangle® Inspired Art.  Thank you, Cheryl-Anne.

Kylie said that she used Worms, Warangaie, and Wired for this string -

She added her own special details to Warangaie.  Especially nice is the reverse, dark background and white dots.  Shading here is fabulous!

Juul Gendreau sent in this striking tile -
The dark, dark background lends stark contrast the the white spaces as well as the lined areas.  Just beautiful!  Thank you, too, Juul for I'm learning a bit of French with your notes :)

Ragged Ray said that she is "learning to love the unexpected outcomes" when she is tangling.
She added:
I liked Worms so used a lot. My Wirly Birds were decorated with little nods to Warangaie and Warts & Wobbles and all mounted on a couple of Wired spears! It all looks a bit static, but I think if the wind got up it could be quite lively!
Oh!  There is a lot of tangle goodness here.  Every thing that Ragged Ray noted, and then some.  Can't you just picture it coming to life in the wind?  It's just so lovely.

Annemarie said that I made the challenge "quite difficult" for her, but she still wanted to send in her attempt -

Another great moral for our Zentangle story - some tangles are a bit difficult to get to know, some strings are more challenging than others - yet in the end we have a finished work of art.
Annemarie faced the challenges and has a very pretty piece to show for her efforts.
She also posted it here on her blog.

Joan Delony said that she had so much fun with this challenge that she ended up doing six different tiles - "all different."  She sent this one first - 

Using Warble in the corners was a great idea and see how she used a single line of Warangaie down the middle?  It seems to be held in place with Wired and Wirly Bird swirls from the tips.  What fun!

She sent her second tile with just one word - "Minimalist"

It's pure tangle happiness.  Minimalist, yes, yet it has great details!

Brenda Urbanik said that the names of this week's tangles "just crack" her up.  (Me too!)
This week she "decided to bypass the string and use Wirly Bird as the string for the other two tangles."

Wow!  This this turned out to be such a pretty combination of tangles - and a great idea for the rest of us to use - Wirly Bird lends itself to be decorated beautifully with other tangles.  

Anna Houston said that some of her tangles "insisted on playing outside of the lines. So this tile ended up with a mind of its own."  Now, that is a happy tangle thought and this is happy tangled tile!

Anna achieves great dimension here, a layered, overlapping of the patterns.  Wirly Bird seems to float over the stippled surface.  She uses such a lovely balanced blend of black, brown, and white.  Yum.

Cathy Cusson said that she never really used Warped Eggs before, but really liked "how it began to flow" for her...
It is fun to see it warp and wriggle behind Warts and Wobbles and come out the other side!

LonettA wrote:
A new week ... another wonderful new It´s a String Thing Challenge.
I enjoyed to learn all the seven tangles. Especially I love Warped Eggs, Warble and Wirly Bird.
And I look forward to the other tanglers´ tiles! It´s so inspiring!
Her tangles are beautiful and see how they come to life with her shading?
Worms tucked into Warts and Wobbles, all sprouting Wired is just fascinating.

Lonett posts her lovely work here on her blog as well.  

Cheryl Rotnem was a fan of this string line and the tangles, too - 

What a pretty piece - especially with the shading she added.

Charlotte Carpentier said that she likes the "idea of learning a few tangles every week."  She learned these very well!
Warped Eggs and Warts and Wobbles look so fine drawn in brown Micron.  Charlotte added just the right touch of black, shading, and white highlights.  

Celeste Hickey said that her tile started off "plain Jane" - she wanted to keep it delicate.  Adding that she is "usually scared to add color" she took pictures of the process.  Here are the before and after photos - great fun!

Annie Taylor sent this a bit reluctantly, it seems, but added that she "loves seeing what everyone has done with the challenge and the more the merrier!"

Yes, the more the merrier!  Among her many details, she used large sections of Warangaie, varying directions of Warble trimmed with Warts and all a treat to see.
Annie posted it here on her blog as well.

Amy Curtis used white on black for her tile -

She adds great interest here by giving just a glimpse of Wirly Bird - love it!  She said that she had fun with last week's challenge as well but was too late to submit it.  You can visit her blog here to see it.

Sherrill Herron submitted this lovely tile framed in the prettiest blue - 
Sherrill's details are delightful - the folding back of Warangaie, Wirly Bird inside Warts and Wobbles just to name a few.

Rhonda Koplin added pink to her tile in honor of this week's Cherry Blossom Festival in her town of Macon, Georgia.  It must be a sight to see because her tile is -

She added that Warped Eggs was her challenge this week.  She must have mastered it because it sits very pretty in pink here - as do the rest of her happy tangles.

Sue Agnew said that the top half of her tile "uses a mashup of Warangaie, Wired, and Wirlybird, which I was kinda proud of :-)" well she should be!

That is a wonderful "mashup" and it shines with her added sparkle.  Another great idea to store and use again!

Jenna Wheatman sent an understated note -
Here is this weeks entry. The string gave me a great starting point for wirley bird which I got a bit carried away with but I manged to combine it with warangate, wired, warts and wobbles, and warped eggs.
I think that if there were super powers associated with combining tangle patterns, Jenna would have the "corner market" on them.  What a feast for tangled eyes this is!  Take time to study this because it is a rare treat.

Sue Jacobs said that is was fun "to play with new tangles and glad to go back to some old friends!"

And it is fun to look at as well!  Sue's lines are so neat and crisp and the shading, especially around Warts and Wobbles and Worms 'lifts' the tangles off the tile.

Ingrid Coventon wrote:
What fun to work with these patterns this week. I love Warped Eggs which I knew already before. The other patterns were new to me but I also had fun with them. On my tile spring is in the air, spring is everywhere. This tile seem to have no up or downside. Every side looks good.
And that is a true mark of a tangled tile - it is meant to be viewed from all sides.  And Igrid's is equally pleasing from any angle as she said. Warped Eggs is wonderful with shaded, darkened centers.
Ingrid's tile is a happy spring celebration!

A N D now the tiles set aside for honors this week 
were submitted by Sharyn Penna.

The first showed just a few of the variations of Warped Eggs she came up with -
This could be called a "Study in Warped Eggs."  Her takes on the tangle are fascinating - both in line and in shading...

Of this she said, "The second gave me a chance to try shadowing a string. I've seen it done by others but haven't tried it till now."
Sharyn used a large format of Warts and Wobbles in the spaces of the string line and then added Warped Eggs.  That is a lot of tangle delight to digest...amazing!  

Congratulations Sharyn!  I have a little something coming in the mail for you to commemorate the day.

Many thanks to the talented tanglers who sent in their work for the rest of us to enjoy.

Special thanks to Jadie Wright for String 024 from and used with Linda Farmer's kind permission and to the creators of the patterns used this week that include:

Warangaie - Sandra Strait
Warble - a Zentangle® pattern
Warped Eggs - Livia Chua
Warts and Wobbles - Cindy Straight
Wired - Suzanne McNeill, CZT
Wirly Bird - Cathy Clifford
Worms - Carolyn

In closing, here is a ZIA piece that Charlotte Carpentier sent along with her tile.  It was International Happiness Day last week and this is her celebration.  Thank you for sharing Charlotte!

Do stop back tomorrow for "It's a String Thing" #33!