Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pretty Paisley Class

One of my recent advanced classes centered around the pretty possibilities of paisley.  We tangled a few different versions together and took some home to explore as well.

Here are some of the happy results ~

We found that paisleys are very forgiving shapes.  They can be layered inward and outward and easily adjusted.  We alternated curved and straight lines, light and dark spaces.  Great fun!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

'Tis my faith that every flower

Enjoys the air it breathes!
                                   ~William Wordsworth

Mumsy variation by Adele Bruno, CZT

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #103

It's Tuesday, your good news day!
This week we begins with TanglePatterns String 103 by Grace McIntyre ~

Copyrighted image used with permission by TanglePatterns
In honor of Grace, we will use three tangles that begin with the letter 'M'.  They include:

Meer by Maria Thomas  - a "go to" tangle for me
MI2 by Mimi Lempart  - Check the mulitple posts listed on TanglePatterns for this pattern.  While at first it may seem complicated, with a bit of practice it just may become a favorite.
Mr.E by Shawn Hayden  - This is just plain fun to draw.

Step outs for the patterns can be found by clicking their names above, and by visiting TanglePatterns.

Use as many or as few as you'd like.

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 -
*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 YOUR STATE/COUNTRY.

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 

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, July 27, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #102 Tiles

A happy Monday to you!
I am spending this week in the sweet company of our grandchildren.
While my other posts could be written in advance, the results of "It's a String Thing" #102 will be postponed until the end of the week.  My apologies for the delay but - oh my! - we are having the most wonderful time.
Do check back tomorrow for "It's a String Thing" #103!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tangling in the Sand

Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

Most sunsets on the west coast of Florida are spectacular to behold.  The sky floods with brilliant blues, pinks, oranges, purples, and yellows.

On the evening I took this photo, the surf, sky, and sand were uncharacteristically grey.
With a broken piece of seashell in hand, I tangled an Uncorked butterfly at the water's edge.

More grey, but tangles make everything brighter :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

         Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whimsical Mumsy for Paps Birthday by Adele Bruno, CZT

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #102

It's Tuesday, your good news day!
It is also my dad's birthday.  He is responsible for the "good news day" that I open with every Tuesday.   Happy Birthday Paps!

We begin our challenge this week with TanglePatterns String 102 by Anne Marks ~

Copyrighted image used with permission by TanglePatterns

We are in the middle of a steamy hot summer here in Florida, so I would like to explore the newer pattern-
Frost Flower by Karry Huen.
Next, a pattern that I have always liked, but never used in a challenge -
SeZ by Rick Roberts
Lastly, in need of a grid based tangle to finish up our medley, we will use
Graancirkel by Magda Wellens

Step outs for the patterns can be found by clicking their names above, and by visiting TanglePatterns.

Use as many or as few as you'd like.

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 -
*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.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 

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, July 20, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #101 Tiles

On our way to the next one hundred challenges, we began with a string line comprised of three long curves and two tangles with nods to sixtieth birthdays.  Limited choices, limitless possibilities. Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Sabrina (Finland) ~
After completing my first entry for your number 100, I waited impatiently for the number 101. In Finland it is 2 am and I just finished my tile. I am not sure if it's my best work, but it makes me happy. All the best to your husband and thank you for having this amazing challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*heart shaped Rixty
*Rixty weaves in and out of LG
*a single Rixty loop

From Tina Kirchhübel (Germany) ~
this week I was really waiting for your post and the new string. Then, when I read it, I was first thinking:" So many spaces and only two patterns?!" But suddenly, I had an idea how to work it. That's my tile for this week's challenge and this time I really love the result.
Thank you for this wonderful pattern LG and many Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*fabulous darkened spaces behind LG
*LG shaded on one side give great depth
*three shapes for Rixty!

A very warm welcome to Denise Jones (Florida) who with her two sons, attended my class when it was filmed.  You can spot them in the video! ~
Here's my attempt at your challenge. I've done all challenges since your class but haven't felt brave enough to turn one in. I chose to not shade this one and I'm not sure why? Just felt right. Also...late congrats on your zentennial string and new frame! 
Tangled Tidbits - 
*black border features two versions of Rixty along a gentle curve
*a Rixty heart!
*wonderful Rixty spirals

From Joanne Hawes (England) ~
I loved all the tiles from #100 and loved the fact you wrote at what number people joined in from, lovely idea :).
Here is my tile for this weeks it's a string thing. Nice and easy tangles just what I needed after having a sickness bug raging through our house the first half of this week!. All better now though :)
I got my coloured pencils out today for some brightness after raining for 4 days here!
Had fun making LG rixty beads :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*super sparkle and detail lines
*LG and Rixty combined
*sweet variations of LG

From Jai, The Yorkshire Tortoise (Ireland) ~
I loved your thank you tile, so joyous. The string was interesting this week, especially with only two tangles to put in it. To hear how I risked my life to produce this tile please turn over to my blog.
Tangled Tidbits -
*two Rixty at a time
*diverging Rixty
*three versions LG

From Cheryl Stocks (Arizona) ~
I'm so happy for you and for all of us. We are blessed!
Now, to get back on 101
I was embracing the concept of "enoughness." I explain on my blog--
it's from this week's Diva challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*Rixty string lines
*two large LG
*awesome aura and shading

From Sarah Antoinette (Michigan)~
I am drawing with my hand in a wrist brace, so I had to glamorize it up a bit to make up for my shortcomings in accuracy. I enjoyed myself with this challenge so much I didn't notice the pain that much. It was nice! Loved the tangles, Ms. Bruno's and Rixty. They will get a lot of use! my blog
Tangled Tidbits -
*a very glamorous tile it is!
*Rixty string lines
*LG as an elegant filler

From Sally Sheldon (Massachusetts) ~
I had a chance to buy 4x6 black and brown stock card paper so that is what I am enjoying now as you can see by my completed challenge.
So glad you are beginning the next century.
Tangled Tidbits -
*cleverly LG topped lines of Rixty
*white center hearts of LG
*boldly striped LG

From Lynne Harvey (California) ~
I recently discovered two new techniques and was anxious to incorporate them on a tile...
I started with a repeated pattern stack of Triangles (right corner) to compliment the main shape in Rixty, then embellished with a variation of Fescu - I like the little triangles. Rixty is also larger at the top, with a little Tipple as a filler and in the lower left corner. I used LG in the other two areas and added a few Dew Drops too. The middle looked too "white" so I added a few Bubblz. You can read more on my blog 
Tangled Tidbits -
*pleasing blend of tangles
*triangles repeated throughout
*wonderful depth in Rixty

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina)  ~
Here is my tile for this week's string thing. I think it looks a little like a Dr. Seuss illustration.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*cascading LG
*Rixty topped curls
*diverging Rixty

From Efie (Holland) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*multiple aura for Rixty
*a lovely LG Rixty
*wonderful compliment of light and dark

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) ~
This is my entry for challenge #101.
It's on my blog as well.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautiful combination of light, dark, and shaded spaces
*fabulous depth with shading
*very angular Rixty compliments the curves of LG

From Emily Shelton (Kentucky) ~
Here’s what I wrote in my blog
OK, Adele Bruno got a little sentimental this week with her "It's a String Thing"Challenge. In addition to using String 101 (see for all the strings), we were to use Rixty and LG.
Adele says, "Maria Thomas authored Rixty in honor of Rick Robert's 60th birthday and LG is my tangle inspired by my husband, Lou."
Maybe that explains why my tile, morphed from my original intention into this kinda romantic piece. I spent hours, honestly, looking for some patterns that were whimsical and playful because LG was throwing me. All attempts at using it to fill an empty space just fell flat in my eyes. Too messy!
With no clear plan ahead, I went with Dooleedo by Ksenija Vojisavljevic (try typing that 5 times fast!!) along one of the string lines and hoped the Zen-muses would lead me on from there. Because I did Dooleedo with curved lines, I curved up Rixty and suddenly my whimsical direction was out the door. Sweet and romantic it would be! The addition of Grav-ee by Laurel Sponseller and Flux (Z (r)) sealed the deal.
Now where in the heck was I going to put in an LG now? Sloppy sentimentality is one thing...a sloppily aured heart on my lovely tile is quite another. So, look closely for the smallest, single LG ever! I almost abandoned it entirely, but I think it fit the theme just fine when I minimized it.
I've turned this tile around and around and can't decide which orientation I prefer. Let me know which way you would have placed it.
To keep with the flow of things...I'll dedicate this tile to my own sweet hubby John. He always prefers tiles that have more white space, so he should be happy! xxxooo

Tangled Tidbits -
*wispy, wonderful tangles
*curls for the tips of Rixty
*a happy bit of LG :)

From Karin (Germany) ~
This week I really had a lot of fun with “Rixty”. Somehow when I started I nearly coudn´t stop.  But I think at the end there was enough space left to place your pattern LG as well.I am very happy with the result!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Rixty border and string lines that diverge as the lines intersect
*lovely LG filled spaces
*superb shading

From Deb Jacob (Wisconsin) ~
What a great collection of tiles for your 100th challenge. You are inspiring! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my challenge contribution - judging from the amount of tiles submitted, I'm guessing that took up a lot of time. Your blog is great - Love your Wednesday Words of Wisdom. Here's my response to String Thing #101. On with the show!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a happy blend of tangles
*layers of Rixty
*red shaded LG

From Jessie Plouffe (Connecticut) ~
Happy birthday Lou! For this tile, I decided to use a heart
tangleation of Rixty to go with the heart shape of LG.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*heart shaped Rixty string lines that form a heart :)
*really lovely layers of LG
*soft, subtle shading

From Beverly Gotthardt ~
This was quite the challenge. 2 new to me tangles. I was going to try to leave some white space, but just couldn't stop filling in. LOL
Here's my blog post.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*a beautifully filled in tile!
*lovely contrast of straight and curved lines, light and dark
*pops of red

From Annie Taylor (Spain) ~
In haste this week but sent with love. 
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant combination of the tangles
*sparkle, shading, and a touch of color
*cascading LG

A very warm welcome to Lisa Preston (Georgia) ~
I am relatively new to Zentangle (since this past June) and pretty much self taught out of a book and Linda Farmer's site. And my goodness, it's addictive.
I found your blog and love the idea of a weekly challenge to help me keep learning.
These two tiles are my first attempt at "duotangles". Hard to use just two tangles, but definitely an interesting challenge. For my second tile (which I think is showing up as the first attachment) I did a sort of heart tangleation of Rixty as an experiment.
I know we aren't supposed to have an orientation for our tiles, but I stopped when my other one started looking a bit like a butterfly.
Thanks for the challenges. Love your blog. I'm looking forward to taking in all of the creativity.

Tangled Tidbits -
*heart shaped Rixty with lovely aura that mimics LG
*super shading throughout
*wonderful white space

From Sue Agnew (Arizona) ~
The best news on Good News Day was that there's a challenge #101! (I'd feared you might "retire") I know it's a lot of work for you but I (and many others) so appreciate it!
So here's 101. I hadn't spent much time with Rixty so it was fun to play with it using heart shaped openings.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three overlapping Rixty hearts
*LG seems to fold in the middle
*bold black centers of Rixty

From Cathy Cusson ~
This challenge was fun!! I love the tangles you chose and they seem to work so well together.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*lacy heart shaped Rixty tangled over the initial triangle
*lovely layers of LG
*delicate vines

From Sidney Kapinos (Virginia) ~
My entry for this week's challenge is attached [and on] my blog postThis is the first challenge tangle where I added a touch of color. :) Things got a bit tight in the upper left corner with the diverging Rixties because I didn't leave enough room. I managed to squeeze them in though. I tried to vary the presentation of the two tangles so that each section looks distinctive. Overall I'm happy with how my tile turned out and I think it is pretty festive.
As always I look forward to seeing the results on Monday. And Happy Birthday to your husband!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Rixty in all its glory - diverging, spokes, curves...
*varying sizes of LG
*coils tie the tangles together

From Rhonda Roy (Vancouver Island)
Here's my duotangle for It's a String Thing #101. Both tangles were new to me, so it was fun learning them and putting them together.

Tangled Tidbits -
*a gorgeous field of LG
*dark lines of Rixty
*great shading

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
I worked with pleasure on this tile. Lots of zen moments. Couldn't resist to bring some color in the hearts. I love colored hearts, they are so happy and cheerful.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a very happy and cheerful tile indeed
*Rixty spokes at the intersecting string lines
*vibrant colors

From Michele Wynne (California)~
Another challenge emerges from the depths of a "Dud" ;-)
This started out as "Rixty" practice on a throwaway watercolor tile I'd pretty much messed up. I just kept going with it and then put it aside because it got way too busy.
I picked it up again two days later and it didn't look so bad.
I went into a little more detail on my blog.Thanks again for inspiring another fun journey.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a tremendous reminder that there are no mistakes, only creative opportunities - this turned out beautifully
*wispy curls push past the border
*elongated 'petal' shapes of Rixty 

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
A new decade begins ... Yamit's string turned into Hollibaugh branches; LG and Rixty mashed together and wrapped itself over, under, around and through. A little shading, a thank you for another inspirational prompt and a HUGE happy birthday to Lou. Cheers to a week of festive celebrating! 
Tangled Tidbits -
*one word for this tile - yummy!
*thick string line 'vines'
*LG / Rixty intertwining 'vines'

From Linda Gonclaves (Pennsylvania) ~

I really enjoyed working with this one. 

Tangled Tidbits - 
*an explosion of LG in all sizes
*Rixty in multiple forms
*delicately tangled string lines

From Portia Hyde (Michigan) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*LG string lines
*gorgeous deep black centers and shaded 'creases' of LG
*shaded triangles of Rixty

From Becky Welty ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Rixty string lines sprout from one large spoke
*vibrant red LG
*super shading

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Adele, how do you do it? Every week I wonder at your choices, and yet when I see what everyone creates I'm certain of your Mensa membership.
While I'm not overly fond of hearts (I think I drew too many on my notebooks in school next to the names of silly boys) I do love the sentiment of LG so I tried to make it work for me, like 1) having it evolve out of Rixty or 2) as a cloud; while troubles tangle on the Rixty road of life, high above it LG floats. (Gag. I didn't say that. I wasn't here.) 3) I...I...I don't know. All too fun.

Tangled Tidbits -
*Rixty triangles that gradually morph into LG
*an extraordinary  All about V's by Ksenija Vojisavljevic look for Rixty
*double lined aura to one side of LG - that is fabulous
(I can't say that I have ever been accused of being a Mensa member, but I relish the thought :)

From Susan Theron ~
Here is my contribution. I like both tangles and enjoyed this.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*white space is fabulous and makes the tangles stand out
*delicate Rixty string lines
*superbly shaded LG

A very warm welcome to Simone (Germany) ~
I have found your blog and challenge "It's a String Thing" some weeks ago and I follow every week the results with lot of fun!
Last week I read about the celebration of one hundred weeks of this wonderful challenge. And I am overwhelmed about the stunning results and all the good wishes which you have received for that.
So I decided to try my first attention to your challenge this week...
I have watched your Zentangle Promotion video, too - you did a very good job, I love it!
I myself started with Zentangle in January, 2015, and I love to practice it. I wish I had more time for tangling, when I see all the great tiles, I am on edge to learn more and try more patterns!
So this is my first tile for "It's a string thing' - with congratulations from my side for the 100 as well as the birthday of your husband!
[on] my blog
With great admiration for learning on your own, here are a few
Tangled Tidbits -
*layers of LG with a few centers that poke passed the border lines
*super shading
*wonderful movement in Rixty

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) ~
Thank you for the amazing video. Now I can put a voice to the person. Soft-spoken. Fabulous. You are getting closer and closer to us all. Well done friend! Also a happy birthday to your Hubby. Hope he has a blessed new birth year.
Now the tile 101. Rixty is new to me. Found it exciting and versatile. LG is lovely to do and has many possibilities. I landed up following the string line with Rixty and LG floated in ever so gracefully along the line and melted in automatically as part of the partial background and the drifting LG’s separated, creating a balloon-like festival effect. Great for a celebration. Then contradictory to the “hearty tradition” I opted for some blue heart shapes in the middles. Felt little strange to use red in this case. To verify my choice, I researched some of the meanings of Blue. I came up with splendid meanings: dignity, tranquillity, spiritual powers and of course blue has a calming effect on us. I think these great meanings typify the different birthday boys, who inspired your challenge this week.
My blog
By the way we had some rain on the west coast and it’s been a bit frosty, cold during the last week. The Eastern Province has had the heaviest falls of snow in the past 50 years this week. Brrr!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*a beautiful tie-in with the color blue, its meaning, and the birthday boys
*thick flat center line of Rixty decorated with multiple shapes
*tremendous depth of field with LG - its shading, color, sizes, centers, and those breakaway hearts

From Audrie Wiesenfelder (Arizona) ~and on her blog: Purple Butterfly

Tangled Tidbits -
*a single dark line of Rixy
*wonderful cluster of LG
*LG shaded beautifully

And now...the tile for honors this week...was sent in by
Linda Bladen of the UK!

She wrote ~

Herewith a tangle for this week's challenge. I love Rixty and thoroughly enjoyed working with this string. Thank you for helping me find my mojo again 

Tangled Tidbits -
*string lines of Rixty spokes
*circles and triangles of Rixty
*just a few LG, beautifully shaded

Congratulations, Linda!

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

Many thanks for the resources we used this week along with my LG ~

TanglePatterns String 101 by Yamit Fridman 
Rixty by Maria Thomas

It was especially fun to see LG in your tiles.  Thank you for the good wishes for Lou's birthday.  
Here is a recent (and favorite) photo of us  ~

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #102!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Video Treat

A few weeks ago, Sam Flax asked if I would be willing to be interviewed for a "Featured Artist" video that his store was producing.  Sam wanted to further promote Zentangle® where I teach, and I readily agreed.

Truth be told, I had no idea what I was getting into.  "Just show up two hours before your next class begins, and we will be set up for the interview,"  he said.

Early the following Saturday morning, with Kevin (sound man) and Tahnee (who filmed, interviewed, and later compiled the video) we sat and chatted about all things Zentangle.   Fortunately for me - a novice at all of this - my daughter Nancy was on hand to remind me to breathe and to smile.

Tahnee had researched Zentangle and her questions were both thoughtful and thought provoking.  I found it easy to tell my story and share my love for tangling.

After my spot was completed, Tahnee stayed for the beginning of my first class and she captured some scenes of the class in progress.

I was pleasantly surprised at the final result of the morning ~

Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas' first public Zentangle Class.  (Click here for my post about last year's celebration here in central Florida)

I wonder if they ever could have imagined that in such a short time, their idea would have spread so rapidly, so far and wide.  Today, there are well over 1,500 Certified Zentangle Teachers around the world - on all 7 continents.

Rick and Maria not only had the idea of a new art method, they knew just what to do with their idea. They payed attention to it, they nurtured it, and they shared it.  They freely shared it.

I am indebted and I remain tickled to tangle :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

To my wonderful readers and contributors, a very heartfelt...

I would maintain that thanks 
are the highest form of thought; 
and that gratitude is happiness 
doubled by wonder.    
~ G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #101

It's Tuesday, your good news day, and the start of our next 100 challenges.

I am still on Cloud 9 from yesterday's collection of tiles and good wishes, it is difficult to focus forward, but here goes...

We begin with TanglePatterns String 101 by Yamit Fridman ~

Copyrighted image used with permission by 

Next we will use two tangles to significant for today's celebration - my husband Lou's birthday!

Rixty by Maria Thomas
LG by me :)

Maria Thomas authored Rixty in honor of Rick Robert's 60th birthday and  LG is my tangle inspired by my husband, Lou.

Step outs for the patterns can be found by clicking their names above, and Rixty can be found 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 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. 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. 

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, July 13, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #100 Zentennial Tiles

Are you ready for a celebration?

This week marked the 100th consecutive "It's a String Thing" weekly adventure.  We used my string and new tangle, both inspired by the number 100 - a Zentennial Monotangle as Joyce Evans coined it.

Since I posted the details last Tuesday, I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the warm responses and extraordinary tiles.  I have laughed and cried reading your kind words and updates and I am still soaking up all of the good wishes and expressions of gratitude.

Instead of writing my usual Tangled Tidbits after each post, I responded to each email personally. The entries are listed below with the notes that accompanied them.  Where I was able, I included the state/country of the artist as well as the number of the first "It's a String Thing" they participated in.

The lucky winner of my new frame is announced at the end - can you stand the anticipation?!

Grab a cup of tea, a glass of wine, a friend or two, and enjoy the show ~

The first tile arrived from Juul (France) #31 ~
Chère Adèle
Thank you so much for everything you do. I admire your generosity.

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) #53 ~
Congratulations with this milestone you've reached: 100 challenges! Thanks for all the work you do for us tanglers :-))
Love your new tangle as well!
My tile is on my blog 

From Sandra (Germany) #63 ~
​c​ongratulation, dear Adele,
​to the zentennial of your challenge!!! Your String-Thing-challenge is a very special one!!!
Many thanks for your creative ideas and the energy that you spend in the challenge every week!
​This special zentennial challenge was wonderful and I had a lot of fun to tangle it :-)​
In my blog

From CZT Cheryl Rotnem (California) #6 ~
What a fun tangle. So many possibilities! Hope everyone is inspired by this. Just a touch of red to set it off!

From Sarah Antoinette (Michigan) #87 ~
Used the fun new tangle 100 in celebration of challenge 100! Just did a study of it rather than get too experimental. I did color and shine it up pretty for the occasion!
[my blog]  

From Joanne Faherty (England) #79 ~
Joanne Faherty from uk celebrating adele bruno's 100th it's a string thing with a 100 inspired string, plus her new tangle 100 :)
The new tangle is so much fun.
I loved doing the aquafleur one and the big one across the middle they are my 2 favourites and then they all discided to have a party at the bottom with as many variations as I could fit in ( they broke out of line too!)
Till next week. Have fun and keep tangling  [my blog] 

From Ann (Denmark) #76 ~
I love your 100 tangle. Quick and easy, yet with endless possibilities!
This was one of those tiles that just drew it self. I love when that happens.
Congratulations on your 100th challenge, that is quite an achievement!

From Joyce Evans (British Columbia, Canada) #31 ~
This is my entry for It’s a String Thing # 100. The Zentennial Monotangle.
I wanted to try out my new Derwent Inktense Pencils that I got 2 days ago so added some colour.
Thank you for doing this challenge 100 times. Congratulations!

From Jai, AKA the Yorkshire Tortoise (Dublin, Ireland) #96 ~
Congratulations Adele, what a wonderful treat you have given us this week. I think I have said most of what I wanted to in my blog hereI remain amazed at your creativity, I hope you enjoy each and every tile people send you this week.

From Lynne Harvey #96 ~
I have attached 2 pictures as I couldn't decide which position I like it in the best - I will let you decide. (Lynne used my tangles - a tear jerker - and I love both!)
I wanted to do something special since this marks the 100th (zentennial) string challenge. I chose a black 4.5" tile and gold and silver metallic pens. After a bit of research I decided to make an Adele Sampler! You can read more about this tile on my blog -
I am anxious to see how others met this challenge. It was a pleasure to participate in this week and I look forward to the next 100!

From Jessie Plouffe (Connecticut) #95 ~
Congratulations on 100 challenges, and what a great new tangle! I used
some of your tangleations, as well as combining it with Mooka and

From Michele Wynne (California) #74 ~
Congratulations on such a monumental achievement! I had such a fun time with this challenge. I love the string and the pattern and all of it's variations.
I've been in watercolor mode and thought this challenge deserved some festive color.
I've gone into more detail on my blog about how special these challenges are but for me, what sets It's a String Thing apart from other challenges I participate in is the anticipation and joy I get from the Monday email gallery and all of the work you do to make that happen.
You are a gem!
Thank you for all that you do.

From Lucy Banta (New Jersey) #35 ~
Congratulations Adele! I'm happy and honored to contribute to your 100th string thing challenge! I contribute my love of Zentangle art to your string challenges -- you got me started and gave me a weekly goal (even if I missed a few!). Thank you for your generosity, and for your beautiful Zentangle art.
Attached is my contribution to this monumental occasion. And here's the link to my blog

A very warm welcome to Sabrina Kirjavainen - and the first tile to arrive from Lammi, Finland ~
congrats on the 100!!
I am taking part for the first time and I hope all is ok. I had fun with it!!

From Tina Kirchhübel (Germany ) #91 ~
String Thing #100! ! ! That's awesome. I really wanted to accept this challenge. But this time it wasn't as easy as I thought before and I am not perfectly satisfied with the result. But there is no right or wrong in Zentangle and so - here is my tile for the Zentennial.

From Portia Hyde (Michigan) #64 ~
Happy 100!

From Dorothy Allison (Adelaide, South Australia) #33 ~
Thank you Adele for your invitation to contribute to your #100 "It's a String Thing". I have still been tangling, and enjoying your posts even though I haven't submitted anything for a while. I especially like your Wednesday Words. The challenge to do your "100" Monotangle was fun - congratulations on your achievement and for your encouragement to all who visit your site.

From Lori Byerly (Washington) #48 ~
Congratulations, Adele, for reaching 100 in your It's a String Thing challenges! Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents to give us all hours of tangling fun and the added gift of seeing so many tiles from tanglers around the world.
You may also see my tile here.

From Karin Sauerbier (Hagen, Germany) #97 ~
congratulation to the zentennial!!!
Thank you for the weekly adventures! This time it was a very relaxing new pattern and an interesting string. I really enjoyed it.
Because of the jubilee I decided to add some fireworks to the monotangle.
Hope you received many beautiful tiles!

From Cathy Cusson (USA) #17 ~
I love the new tangle! I have been playing with it in my journal for hours. It has so many cool variations. Great job! Also congrats on our 100th challenge!

From Cheryl Stocks (Arizona) #52 ~
For your 100th String Thing, I was drawn to week 99 and Tripoli. Using all the various responses as inspiration, I created this bouquet in your honor. I read that the proper modern gift for a 100th anniversary is a ten-carat diamond. While I am sure you are worthy, it's just a little bit out of my budget at this time.
These simple flowers don't require a vase or water. I hope to post them on my blog before the big event.

From Emily Shelton (Kentucky) #77 ~
Congrats on 100! I know it’s a lot of work. Thanks so much.
Sorry – your string kinda got lost.

From Sidney Kapinos (Virginia) #89 ~
Congratulations on the Zentennial round of "It's A String Thing"! This is quite an important milestone. Thank you as always for the opportunity to participate in the challenge. It's especially fun this time due to the commemorative new pattern and string, and also the giveaway. Can't wait to see the results and announcement on Monday!
[Here is the] link to my blog 

From Heidi Sue W (Utah) # 75 ~

First of all, congratulations on hitting 100! That's pretty nifty. And what a fun pattern to tangle with. I did play with your 100 a LOT, but in the end, what the string told me to do, was a ribbon of 100, sort of twisting around the shapes of the 0's. And it ended up looking like columns, not twisty winding ribbons. Very solid and sober looking, indeed. :)
I used tan and blue/black micron pens in 05, and some blue and gray shading in prismacolor pencil.
Fun challenge, this 100!

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) #91 ~
Congratulations on reaching your 100 milestone and on your new tangle pattern!
I only began tangling earlier this year and "Tangle Tuesday" has quickly become a highlight each week. I look forward to the next 100!
I realized after I finished this tile that I had turned it sideways to tangle it, but I liked the result so here it is anyway.

From Miriam G (California) #94 ~
This one was so much fun that I actually did two before I could stop only sending the second one, as I am sure you will have more than enough to post!
I tried to stick pretty tightly with your string design, but incorporated every circular tangle pattern I could recall, along with your variations.  Too much fun!
Thank you once again for an enchanting challenge.
(Can you spot my 'whoops'? got a little bleary-eyed after doing all those circles)

From Sue Agnew (Arizona) #3 ~
Congratulations on your 100th challenge, and thank you for all the fun and connections you have brought to so many people.
Your new tangle, 100, was full of possibilities for decoration. All those circles (if I were really Zentangley I'd call them "orbs") just begged to be filled in various ways.
Although perhaps I stretched the definition of monotangle, I am going to claim that this is one ... I repeated the 100 motif numerous times ... and just decorated it variously. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
(Sue tangled each of the circles in one of my original patterns - now, that made me cry!)

From Anna Houston (British Columbia, Cananda) #22 ~
I'm not sure I've done your string or tangle much justice but it was fun and done with love and appreciation for your hard work and dedication in bringing us these challenges.
I hope you have a wonderful celebration in your own way for this great accomplishment!

From Linda Bladen (The United Kingdom) #43 ~
Thank you for the nudge have attached my tangle, I'm away from home at the moment and borrowed some pens so it feels a little rough and ready. Sneaked in a roman numeral too.
Congratulations on this significant milestone, looking forward to the next 100

From Annie Taylor (Spain) #15 ~
Congratulation, Adele - a lot of hard work goes into maintaining a blog, never mind a weekly challenge and you're doing a fantastic job. Thank you!
I did two tiles this week. The first one I did whilst 'watching' the latest Mad Max ended up kind of steampunked, too! Wonder why?
The second one I did yesterday and I kept it very simple.
They're definitely not the best I've ever done, but I enjoyed them and for a little while, they managed to distract me from the suffocating heat we have had here for the past few weeks. It's set to last a bit longer, (lol, and then summer REALLY starts) so I am looking forward to more distractions in the shape of String Thing 101!
I'm sure you'll be kept very busy loading up all the entries for this week's challenge - and I'm sure they will be as varied and as interesting as usual.

From Jem - AKA Ragged Ray- (The United Kingdom) #7 ~
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your wonderful weekly challenge! I'm so pleased I've been with you since the very early days. I remember it all so fondly and it's entirely transformed my Zentangle journey!
I've loved playing about with your new tangle and have filled a page with variations to try. I think it will look wonderful played out over long and wandering ribbons. For now, three variations in the chosen string. I'm not sure it's come out quite how I imagined, but I don't think that matters. The joy and the love it was drawn with are what matter!
Thank you for all your time and effort for creating and curating this space for us to share our tangled outpourings. Here's to the next 100!

From Magdalene Lee (Singapore) #74 ~
Congratulations on reaching your 100th challenge! You've put in so much effort into this challenge, giving people something to look forward to every week and then blessing us with personalized words of encouragement and praise.
...I haven't tangled for over 2 months...I became a final year medical student. Life just got busy overnight and while trying to prioritize my time I unfortunately haven't had much time for Zentangle. I have missed it though, and when I saw your email, I knew I had to participate.
I'm rather rusty, so this tile is not one of my best. I did, however, enjoy the tangling process very much. I used to try to achieve perfection with my tiles, but with this one I just let myself have fun with it. You've created a tangle with lots of possibility for exploration, and I look forward to seeing what others do with it.

From Deb Jacobs (Wisconsin) #90 ~
Thanks for your insptration. Here is my rise to the 100 challenge. Carpe Diem!

From Alex (Germany) #93 ~
enclosed you find my entry for the #100! It was really fun to tangle away with all those numbers and I really tried to come up with a tile that does justice to this special event. Thus I incorporated balloons, a candle, a fastoon and lots of color...
Happy Zentennial and warm greetings from
Alex, Germany

From CZT Tracey Lyon (Florida) ~
Congratulations on such an auspicious occasion as a Zentennial. Blessings on your 100th challenge, may the response exceed all of your expectations!

From Tracey McDonald #98 ~
I learned a lot about shading this time. 1. One does not need as much graphite as one would expect. 2. After smoothing with a Q-tip, I realized that shadows generally have strong chrisp edges, unless the item is round. After smoothing my center piece was a bit too dark. But other than that I did get the effect I wanted. Somehow it ended up looking like a "one" though, rather than a "zero". I used a bit of red to liven it up a bit. Hope you enjoy it.

From Jeanine Berry #90 ~
I've only started doing zentangles recently but these challenges have taught me so much. Congratulations on your 100th. I only had time to do this once and would certainly simplify the second time around. Looking forward to retirement soon when I can play more. It's always a great to see so many creative takes on a tangle.

From Ingrid Coventon (The Netherlands) #20 ~
Congratulations with the String Thing Challenge # 100!!!!! and with your new tangle 100!
Wow, what a milestone! and I hope there will be a lot more to follow.
A big, big thank you for all the work you do to provide us week after week with a new string to tangle in. Thank you for the tangling tips, Wednesday Words of Wisdom and of course your Artwork which is always so beautiful and a candy to the eye! Your comments to every tile that has been send and lined up are always so positive.
Enclosed my ST #100 tile that I started in France and finished in The Netherlands.
I wanted to make a festive, colorful and memorable tile, and I hope I succeeded.
To take part in the ST challenges, this past year, [taught] me a lot. In the beginning I was judging my tiles not very positive, and there were a lot of times that I did not wanted to send them in because I felt very ashamed of them. But despite my feelings about the tile, I did not want to be a coward and sent them in week after week. And in recent months, I started to be more and more positive about what I made. They are definitely not masterpieces but I think they are ok and I work with pleasure.
So thank you also for this experience!
I am looking forward to see all the other festive tiles!
With lots of love!

From Becky Welty (North Carolina) #89 ~
Congratulations on #100! I decided to add the celebration into my tangle. You can see party hats, streamers, and confetti. Looking forward to 100 more!

From Linda Goncalves #98 ~
I just wanted to practice the background from Wednesday's inspiration. Happy 100th!

From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) #91 ~
Congratulations on this fantastic achievement of dedication and passion. So many of us are so appreciative of what you have done.
It may be a Zentennial for you but it is a first for me. My first monotangle. It took me a while to get my head around using only one tangle. Nestled in the giant 100 in the background is one tiny 100 that decided to deconstruct itself into a smile, to represent the many hundreds of people you have given smiles to over the last 100 challenges :)
Thanks for all that you do.

From Sally Sheldon (Massachusetts) # 91 ~
This week's string challenge was done as I sat on the deck enjoying the peace and quiet as dusk approached. I continued to tangle happily until some areas did not go together as well as I would have liked. Since it was dusk and I couldn't see too well by then it was easiest to make the areas black. The result was as you can see a marked contrast between the black and white, which I decided to keep without shading since I could still see it. By daylight the next day I decided to leave well enough alone. I had very much enjoyed my evening tangling on the deck and decided not to change what I had done. Thank you for your challenges each week. I hope to be able to complete more in the future. Congratulations on reaching 100!

From Rhonda Roy (Vancouver Island, BC, Cananda) # 92 ~
Thanks for your weekly challenges and especially for this Zentennial challenge!
From CZT Dorian Eng (Florida) ~
A very fun tangle…thank you Adele!

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) #27 ~
Loved the string ... the simplicity of the tangle offers so many variations ... I can't wait to see all the responses to this prompt!
I had a blast celebration your first 100 ... Looking forward to the next 100! Sending you 100 cheers!

From Beverly Gotthardt #95 ~
Congrats Adele on all your accomplishments. Love the frame, such a cool idea.
Wish I had a steadier hand to do your new tangle 100 better justice.
Here's the link to my blog

A very warm welcome to Rae Smith (Queensland, Australia) ~
This is my first try on your challenge and I may be too late, but congratulations anyway on presenting 100 challenges.

From Jackie Becker (Washington) #4
...Even though I haven't lifted a Micron pen for quite a long time, I have continued to follow your posts every week and have enjoyed seeing your participants grow quite a bit since I sent you my first attempt. I could not let this #100 go by without extending my heartfelt congratulations. I still thank you for encouraging me to break out the "real" tiles and give them a try! ...I am sending this tile to recognize and be a part of your wonderful milestone. I have to admit that after so long being away from pen to paper, I feel like I am back at square one...Your new frame looks great! Love the corners matching the tiles. I am such a fan of metal, basic "black" and "minimalist" architecture/decor. I am so excited for you to have this new product. I'm also looking forward to seeing what you have coming up with your new website. 

From Marla Mendenhall (California) #97 ~
Glass, granite, marble, all withstand the test of time - as has Tickled To Tangle's String Challenge, with best wishes for many more centangles to come. Congratulations, Adele. You and your site are a tangler's treasure. Let's Par-Tay!!!
The second tile was just for fun. The strings in the middle of two balloons was supposed to be the 1 - didn't quite happen the way I envisioned; oh well. The colored version was made from a copy onto parchment. 

From Audrie Weisenfelder (Arizona) #8 ~
Mazel Tov, Adele. Happy 100 challenge. I wouldn't have missed this one for the world.
It was a fun one to do. I like all the variations of your tangle pattern. So again, congratulations. Here it is:
Also on my blog

From Charlotte Carpenter, CZT (California) #33 ~
…and here is a tile for your 100th!
Created especially for you, it has an Akuras Bunzo in the middle, and your tangles of 100 and Pauline’s Pigtail. This was a lot of fun, and I wish you all the best!

From Susan Theron (South Africa) #55 ~
I SO wanted to participate in your big milestone challenge, but with moving I did not really have time. I still send you my "I-wonder-what-it-would-look-like-if-I-try-this" tile. Hopefully you can see that I tried to use Uncorked and MelMel. A BIG Congratulations. I do enjoy your challenges because it lets me think outside the box and I learn a lot from my fellow tanglers.

A very warm welcome to  Anita Aspfors Westin (Sweden) ~
Hello there!
I got into the zentanglemethod in the beginning of this year and now I found your challenges with the String Thing, which I like very much... I´ve tried to do the anniversary-challenge and it is posted in my blog, so I send the link hereAll the best and congratulations to you for a nice work!
From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) #65 ~
Hope you are well and enjoying Summer. Now for ZENTENNIEL CHALLENGE 100!! Hmm! Zenpiration, Zenuthusiasm, and Zenvariety seem to Zenwhelm me and I landed up with 3 tiles!! The first has a close connection with Adele’s String 100 and I varied tangle 100 within each band. I incorporated over 12 official tangles like Cayke, Cruffle, Yang,Onamato,Moonpie, Croon and Fire works as I moved along. For the background, I deconstructed 100’s, giving the tile a festive, happy look. Tile 2 the Tangle 100 loosely echoes String 100 and I continued with the Zenvariety method and used Hollibaugh bands using a different version of the tangle as I continued. Still Zenspired, I did Tile 3! Not so Zentisfied with the result, but I thought, take a leap of Zenate and include it. 100 tangle zenvarities as a background and then I “attempted” a Zenshadow of 100. Hmm? Zentastic?? Also on my blog.
Thank you for a fabulous Zenchallenge 100!! Hope you have a peaceful week.

From Donna Symons (Pennsylvania and Idaho) #87 ~
Hope this can still make it in.We are in the Sawtooth Mts. in Idaho and had to drive 15 miles to Stanley to get cell reception to send this!! It tickled me that after I was done and looked at my tile it not only included your new tangle but the trails we hike!! Congratulations and many thanks for being such a creative and positive voice in the Zentangle community!!!!

From CZT Brenda Urbanik (South Africa) #4 ~
Thank you so much for this invitation! Of course I will participate. I have put my entry on my blog, which you can find here.
You have been such great motivation on my Zentangle journey. I wish I could have played in every challenge, but time did not allow it...
Happy 100th sweet lady, you have been the greatest challenge host.

From CZT Margaret Bremner (Saskatchewan, Canada) #41 ~
Well, hearty congratulations! It takes dedication to keep something like this going for so long! I'm attaching two tiles. The first one is the one where I forgot to remember "Oh, it's a STRING thing" and just used a string I had handy. The second one is the one I did properly, following instructions. Yay me!

From Joya (Germany) #52 ~
hearty congratulations on your centennial ♥ 

From CZT Sindy P (Florida) #30 ~
Hope this represents the excitement I have for your accomplishment !!

From CZT Joan Delony (Florida) #7 ~
(I spy her tile displayed on one of my frames :)

And now...the drum roll please...To determine the winner of my new frame...

I wrote out each of your names on slips of paper, folded them once, and placed them in a beautiful ZIA dish by Su D'Alessio.

Next, I placed the dish on my kitchen counter and had my sweet granddaughter - who turned one this week - choose the winner.   With the daintiest of touches, she reached in...

and selected one name...

And the winner is...


In closing, please know that I am eternally grateful to all of you for your willingness to share your tangled journeys with me.  To quote Ragged Ray, "Thanks for the never-ending warmth of a shared passion."

Here's to the next 100!