Monday, January 30, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #181 Tiles

Every thing is coming up roses this week as we used a string line inspired by Zen Bud by Daniel O'Brien.

While the string resembled a rose, the results were driven by the given tangles and many unique results flowed from our pens.   Let's take a look ~


The first tile arrived from Lily (Hungary) ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled dots in the black spaces of Flukes
*Pozer filled grid spaces


From Amy Barnickel (Florida) ~
Hi Adele! Happy New Year! I am making good on my new year's resolution to tangle every day. I'm having a lot of fun working toward the reward of tangling. It is helping me keep on track with work because all I really want to do is tangle.
I'm running out of cards again and need to re-stock so I've branched out into other papers for some of my new year's designs. But I really just like the plain old original square tiles, to be honest.
Tangled Tidbits -
Kudos to you Amy for keeping up with your tangling resolution.  I agree, there is no substitute for the original Fabriano tiles.
*detail lines for Puf
*curlicue accents for Pozer


From Nelly (Z├╝rich / Switzerland) ~
First I thought: „Oh my god, this String. It’s nothing for me!“ But then, I had to try it. And that’s what came out. Thank you, Adele, for this challenge. It was a lot of fun.
And thank you for taking me in your community. Now, I am for ever on the tangled map!
Till next week and very cold greetings from Switzerland 

Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, you are forever on the map and forever part of us :)
*varying angles for Flukes
*Pozer shaded in the middle swirl


From Gudrun (Germany, BW) ~ 
Here my tile with yellow and a little orange to brighten the winter days


Tangled Tidbits -
*warm and bright colors to accent the tangles
*down strokes added to the string's spiral


From Kate Ahrens, CZT IX (Minnesota) ~
Attached is my tile for the challenge this week. I managed to work in Pozer and Puf, both new to me tangles, but once I got those in, I just didn't want to add the third... I liked it with the white space, so decided to let it be and add a bit of color, so I went pretty literal on the zen bud string.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pleasing use of white space, color, and shading
*weighted down strokes of the string's spiral


From Renee (Tennessee) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful detail lines fan out in Flukes and fill the petals of Pozer
*solid black spaces accentuate the Pozer bouquet


From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
My original plan for this was to feature Puf because I really like the look of it. It can be so dramatic when it's shaded. However, I just couldn't ignore the beautiful string you chose for this week's challenge. So I decided to make that the highlight and painstakingly copied it and drew it with pen. Then I outlined it with Pozer. Afterwards I used a really fine point to draw Puf and Flukes and used them as a kind of wispy background. As always I can't wait to see everyone else's version of this.
Tangled Tidbits -
*'painstakingly' is the key word - and beautiful
*very detailed tangles, small grids, and colorful shading


From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Puf was a new tangle to me. I like it a lot both when it is in a nice square grid and also the fact that it looks good in irregular spaces. So I filled all the spaces with Puf!
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled string lines
*squared and elongated Puf filled spaces


From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
I'm not very happy with my tile, but am sending it since I used your Budlite to accent Poser.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful interpretation of the string and tangles - and I personally love the addition of Budlite :)
*Flukes balances well with Puf


From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
When I looked at your string, then the Tangles you wanted to use I said "WHAT???" I did not think it would work at all. I'm sure others will do a very great job but I was surprised I could actually get it to work. You do push us, thank you.
Tangled Tidbits -
I think most of us thought that at first blush - yet look at the wonderful results, just like yours!
*Puf and Flukes change color as they flow through string sections
*light string spiral filled with floating Pozer


From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) ~
Thank you Adele for another great challenge! This was my first time drawing "Puf" and "Pozer" and I really enjoyed them!! Both very pretty and relaxing :-)Greetings from Canada
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled darker lines of Puf
*Pozer - large, small, singular, and in a cluster



From Karen, The Creative Miss L (Canberra, Australia) ~
I’d forgotten how fun Flukes and Put are to draw.
Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it nice to get reacquainted with tangles from time to time?
*light field of purple centered Pozer
*alternating string sections of Flukes and Puf


From sra (India) ~
One Pozer, several Pufs and Flukes deconstructed and scattered across the sections of the string. That's my interpretation this time.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large Pozer fills the string's spiral
*alternating directions for Flukes


From Sabine (Germany) and here on her blog ~
here is my entry for this week. Pozer was new to me, but it's a funny tangle. The challenge for me this was to bring the string Zen-Bud together with Pozer, Flukes and Puf. First I didn't enjoyed the result, but now - after two days - I'm satisfied with it. Thank you, Adele, for an other great challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
It is true that time and distance give us a greater appreciation of our tangles...
*shading and filled spaces of Pozer
*Flukes develops sharp angles as it comes closer to the center string line


From Linda Goncalves (Pennsylvania) ~
I really enjoyed working with these three. I did two versions and am sending the one I like best.
Tangled Tidbits -
*grid free Flukes
*Puf inside Puf with the curves repeating in Pozer


From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Hello Adele from windy NY...
Attached is my entry for this week. I thought this was a very challenging string..love how you stretch my Zentangle muscles!


Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty fields of Pozer and a lightly penciled one, too
*large and small Flukes with deep black centers


From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Woo-hoo, this really was a challenge. I saw no other way to do this challenge than to ignore several string lines. Sorry for that! Nevertheless, I am not quite happy with the result.
Tangled Tidbits -
There is no apology needed for that - strings invite change and tangles ensure it :)
*large, light Pozer with darker centers for filler
*weighted string lines and soft shading


From Lin H (Florida) ~
Thanks for another great challenge, Adele. Zen Bud as the string was definitely a challenge for me but I like all three tangle patterns that you chose and once I drew Poser, Pufs and Flukes wanted to fit in around it. I just love those Zen moments when tangling.
Tangled Tidbits -
...and it shows :)
*like Ingrid, Lin used the centers of Pozer as filler.
*just a touch of shaded petal for Pozer and one aura-ed section of Flukes


From Gesine (Germany) ~
I found it really challenging to place the chosen tangles on my tile. Still, it was very interesting to use Zen Bud as a string. Thanks for the challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Flukes swirls around the string's spiral
*darkened spaces between Pozer makes the tangle pop and ties in Flukes


From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
My contribution to this week's challenge. I just couldn't think what to
do with the tangles and string you gave us, but time was running out -
it's almost Sunday here in the UK - so I've just had to put pen to paper and hope for the best!
Tangled Tidbits -
...then you joined in the party with the rest of us :)
*white and dark spaces, doubled string lines, and one large Pozer mark the tile's center
*elongated Puf, shaded at the center points



From Barbara Steyer (Germany) ~
you are so kind to find some special notations to each tile. Thank you for your support! My tile to this weeks challenge:


Tangled Tidbits -
I appreciate being able to post such wonderful work...
* a Pozer laced string spiral
*large, dark centers of Flukes


From Sharon Fite (California) ~
A really interesting string this week! Makes me think of a rosebud wrapped in winter's heavy coat. I'm looking forward to see what everyone does with it.Love the tangles, too. Pozer reminds me of my pink "Debutante" camellia blooming in the backyard.
Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, it does look very cozy.
*Flukes flows along the curved string lines
* billowing Pozer center


From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Well, I guess you like to keep us on our toes--:) This was a string that took some working with, for me...I adapted it a bit by simplifying it here and there, and then went to work...
Started with the fabulous Puf...started to look like a cobweb structure, so I added the connecting lines (later realized it was just like my Betweed application a couple of weeks ago!) Used a piece of Fluke in the spiral part of the string...looks like that may be some other pattern, or part of another pattern, but I love how it spirals around...extended those little threads and shaded...no room for Pozer...that was all I needed for this one--:) Has kind of a dream catcher kind of feel...
Tangled Tidbits -
...it does!
*straight lines on a spiral
*dark centered and tapered Puf



From Candie VanderWilt, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
Wow, this was a good stretch. Thanks for helping me reach in, around and beyond the string!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded aura around Pozer and Flukes
*Pozer shaded in the middle and darkened spaces between them


From Simone Menzel, CZT (Germany) ~
This challenge was very interesting for me. I like ZenBud very much and the filling of this curvy string with grid based Patterns is really a challenge…
I wanted to use a black tile for this challenge, unfortunately the pink gelly roll did not work as I expected, but it does not matter… 
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted white string lines and soft highlights
*light and dark Pozer


This is my tile...
I began with the two curved sections of the string and filled them with Puf, a very calming tangle.  I added more lines to Puf along the string line for a more scalloped look.
From there, I treated the entire swirl as one large Zen Bud and filled the spiral in with Flukes.
Pozer filled in the body of the bud. My intention was to leave all the white space, but when I held the tile at arms length, I decided it needed something more and I added aura. I spent some wonderfully quiet time shading and this is how it turned out...


From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
How fun. A string that is a pattern; ingenious. I'll have to try that more often. Not sure I gota handle on Pozer, but I tend more toward the angular, architectural and graphic patterns,and less toward flowers and hearts motifs anyway. Puf has plenty of pasty-time potential and Flukes is always a favorite. In all, a great challenge.
Jonesy's winning tile last week was truly amazing in dimension. And I'm so envious of Mariam (my fellow Californian) and her nesting hummingbirds. Mine just dive-bomb me on the porch if I don't keep the feeders filled!
I am too delighted to be a part of this expanding international community of talented tanglers. Pretty soon you won't have room left for names on your map, Adele. You must be thrilled.
Tangled Tidbits -
I am very thrilled, yes!
*string spiral curves out into a smaller one and repeats in the lower corner
*large, angled and smaller squared Flukes
*a cluster of Pozer to break up the white spaces


From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
...Here in the Western Cape we are experiencing the extremes of Summer. There’s has been a very high percentage of veld fires breaking out, that have caused evacuations and the gutting of several historic farm homesteads and precious vineyards in the Paarl, Stellenbosch area this month. This in the middle of the worst drought ever. Our water supply dams are nearly empty and of course the continued fires place even more pressure on the systems. Cape Town metropole has enforced the strictest water restrictions. It was reported in Cape Town that the firefighters were called out to 75 fires last week! Whether this is all due to natural causes or human interference is now being investigated. So, sad. I’m horrified for all the wild creatures that are terrified and burn to death in such times. 
Anyway, to tile 181. At first glance it was an exciting challenge, but when I finally sat down it was a CHALLENGE I love all the patterns and have used them before, so it became how to get my zen going to keep up with curvy Zen Bud string. Took a bit of doing, not liking and then finally zenning. Result? It’s a vase of floral blooms. ? No. it’s a curvaceous figure in a floral gown. ? Not sure, so all of you can decide what you see. Thank s to Beth Snoderly, Carol Ohl and Suzanne Mc Neill for their super zentangle patterns. To you, Adele for the challenging Zen Bud string.
Tangled Tidbits -
It is admirable that you found time to tangle in midst of the trying times there.  I'll pray for rain.
*curved and straight lined Flukes
*three versions of Puf
all presented with wonderful imagery...

From Michele Wynne (California) ~
I'm still in sketchbook (and Primer study) mode so it's taking longer to complete my pages and that's OK. I'm enjoying taking the extra time to get to know variations of the patterns. This was fun trying a couple of variations and layers of depth. I still feel like I could have taken this further outside-the-box;-)
Thank you for all you do.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines in Flukes
*patterns alternate in the string spaces - so nice to be able to see them side-by-side


And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Shirley from Queensland, Australia ~
Attached is my drawing for this weeks - It’s A String Thing #181
I loved all the patterns you chose Adele, and Carole Oh! Pattern Puf is just magical to draw.
Tangled Tidbits -
*bold contrasts of light and dark
*scalloped string lines
*Pozer spiral center
*pops of Pozer along two border lines

Congratulations, Shirley!


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 encouragements as well. 

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles we used this week along with my string:

Pozer by Beth Snoderly

Puf by Carole Ohl, CZT

Flukes by Zentangle®


Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #182!



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