Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #171 Tiles

Today is truly a happy Monday as we have the results of two IAST challenges to view.
(If you missed IAST #170 Tiles, scroll down to the previous post or check the "Past Posts" menu to the right.)

When I chose the patterns for IAST #171, I didn't realize that a supermoon was on the horizon.  Wasn't it beautiful by the way?

Coincidentally, when Rick, Maria, and the fabulous staff of Zentangle® settled on the date for zenAgain, they also didn't realize the timing of the moon's special appearance.

This was the view out of my hotel window at sunrise after the night of the supermoon.
Cresent Moon and Sea Wave were in full view...one more magical thing about zenAgain...
Full Moon over the Atlantic, Newport, Rhode Island  Photo by Adele Bruno, CZT
The tiles are as special as all of the coincidences surrounding the special show of the moon this week.  Let's take a look ~

The first arrived from Sandra (Germany) and is also here on her blog ~
thank you so much for a lovely challenge. I didn't use Sea Wave before but when I saw it for the first time, I just wanted to try it soon. And now I'm really fascinated of this pattern - it was a big joy to tangle it.
For my tile I also used Crescent Moon and added the patterns Agua, Dust Bunny and Msst. In the end my tile became a scene by the sea I think ;-) I love the sea so I had much pleasure to tangle it!Best regards from germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Crescent Moon morphs into fishes!
*very creative use of tangles 
From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings Adele! Hope you had a terrific time at the reunion. I'm going on vacation on Monday for a few weeks and not too likely to have internet for most of it.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*aura and shading = fabulous dimension
*detailed filler for Crescent Moons



From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
I am in a hurry these Days, but here is my Daily meditation as an entry for IAST 171.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Tipple filled Crescent Moon
*shading adds great dimension



From Amy Barnickel (Florida) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*weighted lines for Sea Wave
*happy mix of additional tangles


From Renee (Tennessee) ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*spectacular shading and highlighting of Crescent Moon
*sparkled Sea Wave


From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Sea Wave was new to me. I like this pattern. Looking forward to seeing your contributions.
And thank you, Adele, I hope you enjoyed your zentangle workshop and got a lot of new ideas.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*border of perf topped Crescent Moon
*wave of Crescent Moon in a field of Sea Wave


From Julie (North Carolina) ~
This was fun..thanks I enjoy learning these meetings tangles
Tangled Tidbits -
*Crescent Moon filled Sea Wave
*perpendicular directions for Sear Wave


From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
I like the composition of the first tile, but I like the waves in the second.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Crescent Moon folds into Sea Wave
*irregular border lines add interest
*white space accents the tangles


A very warm welcome to Holly Morales (Toulumne City, California) ~
This is my first post to IAST, maybe. I’ve attempted to post before, but without success-lol.
I recently discovered Sea Wave, which is a very fun tangle with lotsa zen. C’moon is always a favorite.
I love the challenges and beautiful artwork at IAST, keeping me inspired and tangling. Thanks for all you do!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*positive and negative - black/white - perfs
*weighted aura lines of Crescent Moon
Holly's name and pin are now added to our map ­čśŐ


From Donna (Maine) ~
After a long absence, here's my submission.
Tangled Tidbits - 
Welcome back!
*Sea Wave floats under a watercolor sky
*Betweed like aura for Crescent Moon


From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I liked the SeaWave tangle but in the end decided I liked it better when I rotated the tile, so it is now a vertical wave, maybe a tree or a root!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Crescent Moon changes as it crossed through the doubled border line
*vertical Sea Wave


From Terri Delaune, CZT 25 (Massachusetts) ~
This is my very first challenge ever. I haven't attempted before because I'm not very good at coming up with clever new ways to draw patterns.
But, its for fun, and it won't be wrong, and it will give me practice with patterns I might otherwise not use.
My first time to draw sea wave and I found it thoroughly zen, I tried a line technique that Maria mentioned while drawing shattuck and I was quite pleased. It definitely slowed me down and required more focus and I lost track of everything else (mostly my laundry).
So, here I go.
I do have a couple of questions...
do they need to be done on the 3.5 inch white (No, you can use any zentangle tile, or create your own with paper you prefer to use.)
do they need to be done in black pen can you add other patterns or just the ones you suggest (You may use the usual black, brown, and white pens and when inspired, add color too.  The purpose of the challenges is to learn and use the suggested tangles - as many or as few as you wish - you may also add others.)
Tangled Tidbits - 
*sparkled Sea Wave
*two aura lines for Crescent Moon and darkened centers
Terri is now on our map ­čśŐ



From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
Thanks so much for always keeping your challenges fresh with new patterns to try.


Tangled Tidbits - 
*consistent spacing of lines in both tangles
*soft shading gives a great sense of depth and layering


From Jutta Gladnigg (NRW, Germany) ~
So great you're back... I am glad that you were having such a fine time at ZenAgain...
For a change... this week's challenge has been scratched into a rainbow coloured scratch tile. It was fun!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*unique way to tangle - and it looks like so much fun!*multiple layers of Crescent Moon


A very warm welcome to  Marjolaine (France) ~
I'm submitting my tile for the weekly challenge. It's the first time I'm doing it :) I wasn't very comfortable with Sea Wave, but I enjoyed playing with Crescent Moon. I'm eager to see what everybody has done with this week's challenge.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*full Crescent Moons
*weighted lines of Sea Wave bring it to the foreground
Marjolaine is now on our tangled map ­čśŐ


From Talia (London, United Kingdom) ~
I hope you are well and had a great time at your reunion.
I really enjoyed this week's challenge. I am in love with the pattern Sea Wave. It's fun to draw and it looks amazing. I can imagine I'll be using it a lot in future.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*very wavy lines of Sea Wave - beautiful
*Crescent Moon border with light and dark aura


From Martina (Austria) ~
Hi Adele, Hi everybody!
Second try :-) I love this challenges.
In this way I learn a lot of new patterns ;-)
Tangled Tidbits - 
*light and dark Sea Wave
*lovely aura repeats in all patterns


From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
Hope you had a great visit to RI, and hope you got to see the super moon over the coast!
And speaking of coasts, Ginny Lu's Sea Wave is beautiful and pairs so nicely with Crescent Moon. I'm going to need more practice with it though, (and I need to file my tortillon).
Thanksgiving week is upon us. Sending thanks your way for all your IAST prompts, and to all the tanglers who send you their inspiring tiles every week. And I am thankful for a certain little black frame that holds my tile. I highly recommend your frames for a holiday gift!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Crescent Moon tucked into Sea Wave
*lovely white spaces on either side of the tangle cluster
Thank you, Sharyn for the good word on my frames - click here for more information ❤Side note:  To restore a point to your tortillion, unbend a large paper clip, insert it into the open end of the blending stump, and rotate as you push toward the point.  


From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) ~
Hi everyone!
I enjoyed this challenge so much that I couldn't help myself and did two tiles. This was my first time using the "sea wave" tangle and the challenge string lines seem perfect for it. For the first tile, I thought the string and "sea wave" together could represent a perfect winter storm blowing over, so I changed crescent moon a little bit to include the snowflakes inside and instead of continues lines I used dot lines ;-) For the second tile I started with the sea waves and then thought this tangle could also look like farmed hills, and from there it reminded me of the hobbits and their lush beautiful hills so I tried to create the hobbits houses by variating a little bit the "crescent moon" tangle again ;-).... So much fun, thanks Adele! Cheers from Canada
Tangled Tidbits -
*creative Crescent Moon variation
*lovely color combination
Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautiful color, sparkle, shading, highlights
*Crescent Moon Hobbit hut doors - how fun!


From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Attached my IAST tile # 171 for this week. I am glad being able to do a tile...
Tangled Tidbits - 
*full tile of aura and tangles
*white Crescent Moon and dense lines of Sea Wave


From Gesine (Germany) ~

Here's my tile for IAST #171. Sea waves is really a Zen experience!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*aura-ed string lines, great shading
*multiple layers of Crescent Moon


From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Here is my tile for challenge 171. I added Printemps to the tile, I have a tendency to mix Printemps with Crescent Moon.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*sparkled Crescent Moon and Printemps
*Sea Wave flows through the center


From Danita (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Here is my tile for this week's challenge! It's the first time I've used an official tile to tangle on, and it was such a treat!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Crescent Moon within Crescent Moon - aura-ed inside and out
*tight and long curves of Sea Wave


From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Was bummed to miss last week...but I love what happened with my tile this week, although unfortunately, my photo does not do it justice--:) I even had to photograph it this week instead of scan because the scan didn't show up the colors at all! I do love the simplicity of the traditional black and white, but I really enjoy tangling on a watercolor background...I make a lot of birthday cards this way...Went with some greenish/blueish thinking ocean/underwater. Started with Sea Wave on the bottom...very fun...the kind of pattern I enjoy...Crescent Moon in the center...more Sea Wave at top...left a lot of space...some tiny dots and shading finished it off...definitely has a bottom of the sea feel to it...I really love it and it's even better in person--:)

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Crescent Moon aura disappears into the blue mist
*dots repeat in both tangles
*wonderful use of color, space, and tangles


From Jody Genovese, CZT 25 (New York) ~
...it was SO great to meet you in person at ZenAgain. Truly one of the highlights for me. You are as sweet as I imagined you would be.
I sort of rushed this one just to make sure I got it done as I was frantically trying to get my outside Christmas lights hung. Today 60 degrees, tomorrow snow..go figure. Of course, half the strands wouldn’t light and the other half knotted themselves like pretzels even though I was careful to organize everything when I put them away last year…my lights look like my Sea Wave!
I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
(And it was wonderful to meet your sweet self too!)
Tangled Tidbits - 
*alternating details for Crescent Moon layered between Sea Wave
*weighted lines of Sea Wave along with the stark black and white sections add great depth


From Michele Wynne (California) ~
Hi Adele, Just getting this in under the wire again. This was such a great challenge. Seawaves is new to me and was truly Zen to draw and Crescent Moon is one of my Mac 'n Cheese faves. I used a watercolor tile that had an aquatic feel and tilted the string to follow the contours of the colors.Thanks so much for all you do.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*elegant flow of the tangles in form and color
*touches of pure white sparkle make the tangles glow


From Julie Bazuzi (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
I fell in love with Seawave at first sight, but I have to admit that I've never really embraced Crescent Moon. So, I went looking for inspiration and I found a be-fescue'd version that I find delightful. I have to give credit to Mary Bartrop (CZT13) at tropitangle.com for making me a Crescent Moon convert!
As always, thank you for the challenge, Adele.
(Mary and I spent some fun times together at zenAgain.  She is delightful!  We are also going to use one of her ideas in our next challenge - stay tuned!)

Tangled Tidbits - 
*lovely Fescu accented Crescent Moon 
*dots repeat in both tangles - tiny, they make a big statement


From Patricia (Switzerland) ~
I am sure it must've been lovely having a CZT reunion and hope you had a super time.
The new tangle Sea Waves was great. The sea is my most favourite part of our planet!Crescent moon is always enjoyable too.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*decorated aura of Crescent Moon
*wonderful Sea Waves 


From Joan Delony, CZT (Florida) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*large trios of Crescent Moon - with unique aura
*Sea Waves flow behind Crescent Moon


From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Hope you enjoyed your Zentangling reunion last week.
This week’s challenge had a stellar focus, and seeing as we all experienced the super moon all over the world on the 14th of Nov, I decided to go down the road of a moon-like tangle. With Crescent Moon and Sea Wave, I saw them as the perfect patterns to celebrate the super moon that we will not see for the next 20 years!
Crescent Moon by Rick and Maria works well to decorate the suggested moon. Mysteriously Sea Wave by Ginny Lu creates billowing clouds across the moon’s surface. Shading and highlighting added to mystery. A challenging, but mystically enjoyable challenge this week. Thank you Adele
Tangled Tidbits - 
*a moon created with Crescent Moon - fabulous
*sparkled, dotted lines add the moon glow to Sea Waves


And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...


Jennifer from Switzerland!  She wrote ~
This past Monday we expected to see a supermoon - extra large! - here in Switzerland. But dense clouds and mist meant we didn't catch a glimpse at lower altitudes. But I did encounter the supermoon in this latest challenge! Seawaves form undulating hills and the zenstone helped bring out the mist of the start of winter.


Tangled Tidbits - 
*mystical mix of light and dark, shadow and highlight
*stippled white dots light up the dark tile
*white, black, stippled, and layered Crescent Moon
*multi layered Sea Waves

Congratulations Jennifer!

I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

A huge thank you to all of the contributors to this week's challenge.
Please know that I appreciate and treasure your kindnesses and especially your good wishes on my recent trip to zenAgain.
Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles we used this week along with my string:


Sea Wave by Ginny Lu

Crescent Moon
 by Rick Roberts and  Maria Thomas, Zentangle® founders


Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #172!






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