Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #142 Results

This week we created a string with a tangle.  Great fun, to be sure.

We also used just two patterns and yet the combinations and variations are each so unique.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Joke Leussenkamp (The Netherlands) ~
My first attempt with these patterns! I feel maybe it's a little to much.
Greetings from The Netherlands
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful balance of black, white, and brown - even with the shading and highlighting
*black and white perfs, aura in Echoism

From Lori Byerly (Washington State and from the road...) and here on her blog ~
What a delightful duo of patterns. It was fun using a pattern as a string (I used it as a border as well).

Tangled Tidbits -
*Quib incorporated as a border as well as a featured tangle
*Echoism springs from Echoism

From Sarah (Michigan) and here on her blog ~
Quib was a tangle I forgot about but luckily could still attempt to draw. I'm not sure if I interpreted the other tangle as well, but it gave me a chance to try out some shading with markers. The sparkles are from a glitter GellyRoll pen.
I thought this was a really inventive string idea. I never would've thought of it!

Tangled Tibits -
*excellent use of grays for shading to add sense of depth
*aura adds added depth to Echoism

and a little while later...

*shaded backdrop for both tangles
*four shades of grey for the final piece

From Cheryl Stocks (Arizona) and here on her bog-
Thank you for this challenge. I'm not sure I got the instructions quite right, but I am pleased with the result. Especially after reading Margaret Bremner's "and then some" on Echoism.
A lot of great stuff there!
And that table is awesome!
I posted this on my blog along with last week's and other trouble I get into, er...goodies:

Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed Echoism, shaded for added depth
*black background of Quib

From Robin (Nevada) ~
Here is my tile for this week’s challenge. I'm really happy with the results. I got lost in the process more with this one than any other I've done. I kept picking it up yesterday and adding more detail and hoping that I wasn’t going getting too carried away. My 005 pen ran out of ink, and I forgot to leave room for my signature (but I did manage to squeeze it on)! Shading was challenging on the Echoism parts! I think Quib is going to be a favorite, I really had fun a lot of fun with this one!
Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious Echoism loops
*squiggly lined Quibs
*bold black background

From Gesine (Germany) ~
once I started this tile, it tended to become somehow um… tangled. Still, I somehow like the outcome had much fun with this challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*embellished Echoism - note the double lines, sparkled stripes, and aura
*Echoism filled Quib lines and Echoism used to accent Echoism

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

Tangled Tidbits -
*Echoism Quib lines
*multiple start and end points of Quib

From Allison Durno (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) ~
Intriguing challenge this week! I practised it a few times before I started this square, though I knew from the start I wanted to twine the Quib strands far enough apart to be able to add the Echoism tangle in the spaces left by the strands. Colouring in some of the spaces black added some drama and I like the effect of making the background light gray with marker. I embellished the Echoism with some simple lines and dots and found myself quite pleased with the result.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Echoism filled Quib - note how they change direction
*randomly blackened sections of Quib and beautiful shading

From Yvette (South of France) ~
 Tangled Tidbits -
*harp like look of Quib complete with music notes
*details galore - note how finely detailed Echoism is embellished

Tangled Tidbits -
*Echoism comes to life, appears to grow from its point and sprout
*Echoism  flows with Quib lines

From Jean Beckstrom (Alabama) ~
This truly was a delightful challenge with the two free-flowing designs. I like that the designs take the space they need almost automatically without having to maneuver them into an odd space. Thank you so much.

Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely aura for Echoism
*large, central Quib - shading adds to the layered look

From Juliane Lopes (Florida) ~
It's been a while since I've actually finished a tile, so I'm excited to be able to submit this one for this week's challenge. It was fun!
Thanks for all you do.

Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines of Echoism just around each lovely loop
*dark aura from Quib, softly shaded

Juliane also photographed her tile on her new Tickled To Tangle frame - LOVELY!

From Sabine (Germany) and here on her blog ~
this week Quib as string on a tile, no matter wether several times or only once. The second pattern are Echoism. Hmmm, both pattern are wonderful in each case for themselves, elegant and rich in variation. But how now do both agree together on a tile? At the beginning I had no idea.But I have stretch my creative muscles a little bit, start to draw Quib on a light-grey tile and then comes the flow.
While I have drawn the first, I had the idea to create a Zendala with both patterns. Therefore, are this week two contribution.
Thank you Adele for a little bit different challenge to stretch our creative muscles.
With many greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*highlights and shading make the tangles shine
*Echoism aura alternates light and dark

Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous tangles pop against the deep black background
*superb shading

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
This was a very interesting AND challenging challenge! I liked to play with quib and echoism but the spaces were too small for me to embellish , so did them both in their pure form. I admire Margaret Bremner 's beautiful art very much.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Echoism flows with the curves of Quib, very lace-like
*shading and sparkle along with variation in tangle widths adds wonderful dimension

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Another spring snowstorm! It's been snowing off and on since Tuesday--just when I thought the apples were safe--:)
Your table is absolutely spectacular! Thanks for the great step by step...
WOW is all I can say!!
Interesting challenge this week with a different approach to the string...I made my Quib "stringy" with a couple of extra Echoism loops...filled in the spaces with a few different Echosims, some lines, some cross hatching and a touch of shading...pretty simple--and it came together pretty quickly...Fun!--I look forward to seeing all the variations...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*drawn tile on paper defined by softly shaded edges
*Echoism variations fill Quib sections

From Lucy Banta, CZT (New Jersey) and here on her blog ~
I cannot tell you how much I LOVE the table you tangled! What an amazing feat and work of love. I hope you kept it to enjoy for years to come!
Fun challenge this week. Thanks!
Tangled Tidbits -
*super shading of Echoism
*dense concentration of Echoism filled Quib contrasts with light wisp of it in the opposite direction

From Becky Welty (North Carolina) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Tipple filled tangles
*shading adds to sense of depth and layering

From Jessie Plouffe (Connecticut) ~
Here's my tile for this week. Using tangos as the string is actually
my favorite type of string, and I like how this turned out!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded corners and aura of both tangles
*deeply shaded lines of Echoism adds a roundness them
*pleasing blend of light, shaded, and inked spaces

From Audrie (Tucson, Arizona) and here on her blog ~
Hope all is well. I had some problems with this one; despite the fact that I really like both of the tangles.
At any rate, I ended up doing 2 tiles. I'm sending them both; do what you will with them. I can't decide between the 2;
although I'm leaning toward the white on black. Once I shaded it, I liked it better than I had originally.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*dark lines for Quib
*deep shading works outward from Quib into Echoism and its outer loops

 Tangled Tidbits -
*white, shaded lines of Quib
*simple and elegant loops of Echoism

From Annie Taylor (Spain) ~
This is one that didn't turn out how I wanted or expected but I am sending it anyway as I enjoyed doing it.
Thank you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*one large and three small points for Quib, capped and decorated with sparkled detail lines and Echoism
*aura for both tangles

From Jennifer Barlow (North Carolina) ~
Once again, It's a String Thing has introduced me to tangles I'd never drawn before--and might not have tried otherwise. I didn't quite fall in love with Quib, though I need to try it again at a smaller scale. Echoism, however, has lots of potential, and I'll definitely be using it again.
*simmering emeralds for May
*Perf filled Echosim lines
*Echoism filled Quib space

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here is my entry for this challenge.I liked to play with Echoism. It is so familiar though I really haven´t used it since I worked through the book of Bekah Krahula! That was about a year ago!

*lovely variations of Echoism
*perf lined Quib points
*detailed shading

From Michele Wynne (California) and here on her blog ~
Thank you for another fine challenge. I started this yesterday as I was having my morning coffee at my favorite neighborhood cafe. It was just to be a little sketchbook play before I got down to business on a proper tile, when a rainstorm suddenly hit, separating me from my proper tiles...so I just waited out the storm continuing on with this.

Tangled Tidbits - ...such a beautiful presentation
*stunning collection of Echoism variations
*colorful Quib shaded in blue

From Tina Kirchhübel (Germany) and here on her blog ~
this week I keep it simple - just the simpliest Form of the two patterns you choose for this week's challenge. For highlighting I took a touch of the rainbow colours to Quib and only a little bit shading on Echoism. Hope you like it.

Tangled Tidbits -
*dark point of Quib anchors the colorful tendrils
*weighted lines and shadows for Echoism

From Aloyna (Elena) Pakhomova (Toronto, Canada) ~
it was an interesting challenge - just two tangles and no string. And an endless opportunities.
I was drawing ribbons, and my son saw a tornado. :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*caps for Quib and a lovely spiral to hold all the tendrils together
*inner aura of Echoism loops

From sra (India) ~
I wondered whether I could ever get my head around Quib but I didn't do too badly though I did make a mistake here and there. Well, by my standards anyway! I didn't like my idea of filling either side of Quib with auras of Echoism but I gritted my teeth and did it for lack of a better idea. I wanted some more black so I ended up putting those little black dots in the Echoism.

I started using the brown pen on a whim and continued to do it and liked the outcome. I wish I had been more creative and imaginative with the filler-tangles but my repertoire is limited. I like how it came out all twisty and stands out because of the brown. I really enjoyed doing this, as I went along. There's very minimal shading as I liked the white, especially the little space along the Quib on either side.
Tangled Tidbits -
*filler of Quib mimics the loops of Echoism
*wonderfully aura-ed Echoism with dark filler and dots

From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
Greetings from a surprisingly cold and wintry London!
Here's my tile for this week. I can't say I'm happy with it at all. I couldn't seem to get my head around how the two tangles would work together and I think it shows. It's a shame because they're both great tangles. Oh well, maybe next week my brain will make something a little more picturesque!
Tangled Tidbits -
*individually embellished lines of Quib filled with pretty Echoism
*wide arua around Quib

From Karin (Germany) ~
thank you for another great challenge. These are two very relaxing patterns to tangle. And the variations of Echoism seem to be quite endless. Think I will use it more often in the future.
Greetings from Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*multiple embellishments for Echoism
*white and sparkled black loops of Echoism
*deep black core of Quib

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
My contribution to this week's challenge - I had fun!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Echoism within the aura of Quib
*striped and sparkled Echoism
*wonderful line movement in Quib

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Thank you for a different type of challenge this week. It was nice to start with a blank canvas. I’ve recently realised that if I view the “results email” on your blog I can leave comments. Sometimes I would like to let someone know that they’ve given me a good idea! Maybe you could remind people about this feature.
Yes, as Susan pointed out in her note, on the right hand side of my blog, under the tab "Labels" - click the first entry.  This will pull up all of the Monday posts for the results of IAST.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*five variations of Echoism
*Quib lines turn from black to white as they pass through neighboring Quib

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*glimpses of Echoism
*wispy lines of Quib - all softly shaded

From Adri Van Wyk (South Africa) ~
This week I enjoy the challenge so much - I couldn't stop - so I have to send all of them. This was a real good one - thank you so much.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*details abound in Echoism variations
 *Echoism loops overlap
*shading adds roundness to the tangles

 *fabulously tangled loops of Echoism
*light loop centers of Echoism give the tangle a new look (toothy smiles come to mind)
*fine-lined details
*touch of red

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
Thank you for sharing your tangled table project ... such a beautiful piece of work.
This week's prompt was so much fun ... I mashed Echoism with Quib going from lower left to upper right corners and made a rib bony Quib flowing from the upper left corner anchored by orbs. There's a sense of music to the tile for me. Can't wait to see all the tiles this week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegantly flowing curls of Quib
*sparkled black dots and shading add sense of depth

From Karen (Canberra, Australia) and here on her blog ~
I hope I’m not too late for this week’s challenge. I found the challenge unexpectedly hard. Echoism did not want to go inside Quib no matter what variation I tried. My best effort ended up with Echoism in the backgroun of Quib instead.
Your ZIA table looks incredible. I’m going to try that but on a smaller scale.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Echoism went just where it wanted to go with curved detail lines, shading, and highlights
*shaded Quib spaces

From Karen Aicken (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
It’s been a busy week but I was waiting for well over an hour at my Rheumatologist appointment and thankfully I had a tile, pen & pencil with me. I have never done Quib before, and am not sure I did it correctly … I was going from memory when I first looked at the challenge. There was no table, I basically held the tile on my lap or in the air to work on it but I enjoyed the process and didn’t worry about ‘perfection’. And it made the wait far more enjoyable.

Tangled Tidbits -
*cone shaped corners for Quib, beautifully shaded
*aura and Tipple filled Quib

And now...
the tile(s) for honors this week...
were sent in by...
Marla Mendenhall from California ~
What a great challenge! I've used both Quib and Echoism before in pretty traditional ways, but what fun to push my creative boundaries.
For Tile One I "echoed" Echoism and wove ribbons of Quib through it, and in Tile Two I wove a wire of Echoism around pillars of Quib and sent little balls down it. For Tile Three I played with variations of Echoism, looping them through each other in rows in the bottom corner, and making the loops triangular in the border on the left and echoing the design in the spaces. (Tis true!)
This was one of those weeks full of meeting life's challenges when I much would have rather spent all my hours playing with these two patterns. Zenlicious!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Auraknot themed Echoism
*woven curls of Quib
 *straight pillars of Quib in a cube
*braided Echoism with sparkled black perfs - looks like a new favorite toy :)

*stunning takes on Echoism
*Quib lines vary in width as they gracefully curve

Congratulations, Marla!  I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to Rick and Maria for the tangles we used this week:

Quib   and  Echoism

Thank you all for your contributions this week.  Please know that I appreciate your comments and encouragements, especially about my tangled table project.

Stop by tomorrow afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #143!


  1. What a wonderful gallery show! Well done everyone. Congrats to Maria-I especially love the Echoism bit in the bottom corner of the last tile. I may just have to lift that;-)

  2. I like the "um... tangled" tile of Gesine of Germany a lot!

  3. Great tiles, thank you for sharing them, Adele.

    Question: Am I looking in the wrong place, or have you not posted IAST #143 yet? Not the brightest crayon in the box, I could be overlooking what is right in front of me, y'know?



    1. IASTs are posted on Tuesdays - usually late in the day. Glad you asked.

  4. So much inspiration! I like the idea of shading the whole tile and drawing against it. Thanks, Adele, for the comments for my tile - I didn't realise the first point till you said it. Thanks for hosting and the hard work.

    1. I wanted to say, amazing work on the table! - Sra