If you want to see the sunshine,
you have to weather the storm.~ Frank Lane
|My response to IAST #212|
Ok-rah, Danzer, and Wrapped
Adele Bruno, CZT
|IAST #213 String by Adele Bruno, CZT|
Hello, me another time! And I am so glad to add my second tile to your project.My tile is attached for tickled to tangle.
Thank you, Adele, for these fun Tangles.
Attached is my Tile for It’s A String Thing #212.
this week’s challenge was very interesting for me and I enjoyed drawing very much. Your given patterns are not exactly my favorites and I would never have drawn them myself in combination.After four versions they are more familiar to me. Two of the tiles you can see on my blog under the link.
I am very curious how the other participants use the three patterns. It is fascinating to see the different ideas arise on the same topic.
Thank you for this interesting challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
I'm so glad you came through the hurricane with only " minor" problems. Let's hope there's no repeat performance from Mother Nature!
I know once you look at my entry for this week the first thing you'll notice is that there's no sign of your string. That's definitely true, and here's my excuse.I've been stuck at home with my bathroom being remodeled, and if they're not demolishing something, they're drilling away. It's really hard to concentrate, so I took the easy way out and put this week's patterns in boxes. It's been great having just enough to keep my mind focused!
Here is my entry for the challenge 212.
I tangled on a black tile but also on a piece of watercoloured paper that I have glued on the black one.
I enjoyed this challenge with the lovely new patterns very much.
Thank you Adele for another interesting challenge, I am so glad to see you back and that you and your family are all fine after hurricane Irma, you were all in my prayers. The three patterns in this challenge were new for me and I really didn't know how to tackle them in your beautiful spiral string, so I decided to divide the spiral into curved sections. As I was filling the sections with patterns it was looking pretty strange and without any balance at all and I almost gave up on the tile...but a voice kept telling me to keep going one step at a time. I am glad I did, it was until I added all the shading that suddenly the tile came to life and now I really like it ;-) I guess I have to learn that never know until the very end and the result might surprise you!
Greetings from Canada
after spending a horrible time in my personal life and outside in nature, I feel much better now and love to take part of your wonderful challenge.
Here is my tile:
Greetings vom Germany
I am the creator of WRAPPED and am thrilled you have included me in your challenge this week. I don't know how, but I had never heard of your Tickled to Tangle blog until this week when you posted the challenge. Shortly after you posted I got an email congrats from Jody Genovese, a friend from Mosaic, and a message from a Sue Agnew who lives in Tucson and saw I was also in Tucson. She tracked down my website down and sent me a lovely letter. We have now communicated several times and I think I'll be joining an art club she belongs to and I've thought about for years. The Zentangle community is an AMAZING place...
You were much, much missed during your hurricane-enforced absence. I'm so pleased you are through the worst of it. Welcome back!
So, this week's challenge. Wrapped was one of those tangles that I really didn't get... until I started drawing it. And then the wonder of those simple curves and curls. They became the star of my show, which demanded a lovely big Zendala tile to work on! Thick black auras and the framework of Ok-rah without the seeds. A little cream coloured pencil, a little white gel, a little graphite and there it is!
Thanks for another great challenge!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
Love when I get out of my way when I tangle! When I started I kept trying to force the patterns in ways they didn't want to be. When I finally let go and just drew...wow! The end result was so much better that I could have planned. Thanks for the opportunity to remember to do this in my everyday life too!
I am not fond of this one. It looks a bit busy.
Tried out some new ballpoint pens on this one; not sure I like them for small areas, but overall they weren't bad. Always fun to explore new tools!
So glad you are getting back to normal - a slow process I am sure, but just happy you and yours did not suffer any severe damage. Let's hope things calm down a bit out there...
I'm Elena from Russia
I'm interested in zenart recently. Your marathon inspires - many interesting works, interesting assignments. I decided to take part.
here is my contribution for It’s a String Thing #212.
Again it was joy. I like this string and the new tangles. It was a playful experience. Thank you.
Hi Adele! I'm so happy you were able to weather the storms with a minimum of discomfort (no air conditioning would be at the top of my list!).
As often happens, I wasn't able to find my zen this week. I loved the tangles but just couldn't get them to play well and my tile and my sketchpad version were both a mess. My son informed me his art teacher told him "there are always mistakes in art, and that's OK" he liked the tile so in keeping with the Zentangle ® Method, here they are. Here's hoping next week will be awesome!
Welcome back! I'm glad you made it through relatively unscathed. I'm not pooh-poohing extended power outages — when I lived in Washington state a couple of times we were without power approaching a week, and the "spirit of adventure" wears off long before the power comes back on. I can't even imagine what it must be like for the people in Puerto Rico.
Here's a fun Zentangle story — when I looked up Wrapped I discovered that Gale Sherman lives in Tucson. So I went to her web site and used the "contact" form to send her a message. We've communicated back and forth and are friends on Facebook now. Her life is extremely busy, so we're not sure when we will be able to meet face-to-face. But isn't the world small when you share a passion for Zentangle!
This week's contribution feels more like a case of three tangles side-by-side rather than interacting and coordinating. I started playing with Wrapped in zigzag form thinking I could combine it with Danzer — but it was so pretty and fancy by itself I didn't want to mix it up with another. However, the bottom of the "skirts" in Danzer, with an orb in a marquise shape, reminded me of one of my favorite tangles that I can never find, because I always think it's called "String of Peas" but it's actually called "Inapod" (Carole Ohl) — so I combined Danzer with Inapod. And, being from Oklahoma, I love fried okra (we never had it at home because my parents didn't grow up in Oklahoma, but it was a favorite cafeteria choice until I learned to make it myself), so I enjoyed using Ok-rah (no cornmeal though).
Thank you for getting up and running so efficiently! We appreciate your efforts!
So glad to hear your life is somewhat normal after the ravages of Irma. Thanks so much for sticking with us thru the worst of it. You are a real trouper!
This was a challenging task. Loved it! Here is my interpretation of this expression of creativity.
Thanks for the challenge this week.
Hope things are getting back to normal for you. So glad you came through the storm safely.
Here is my tile for 212. Such fun tangles this week.
Before and after Irma, all my tangling involved ocean inspired and circular patterns. It's nice to move on to something new!
I enjoyed exploring the new tangles Wrapped and Danzer in combination with Ok-Rah. Thanks for the curved string line which encouraged a lovely flow of these curvy patterns. I can't wait to see what others do! Thank you for continuing to offer a wonderful way to practice and share Zentangle Adele!
I almost didn't make it this week...
Not my best....had a time figuring how to use the tangles in the string...so it kinda went its own way...
Some lopsided ok-rah, henna drum with some wrapped on the side and then a small slice of danzer to complete it...Wink of Stella glitter pen highlights the whole thing giving it a bit of a glitter feel to it.
Sooooooooooooo here is my take on this week..Hope all is well
Hugs and blessings
Hi Adele, another great challenge! Getting these three so different tangles play nice together was tricky, and I'm not sure how successful I was. But I can't resist a spiral!
Whether unconsciously drawn or by intention, Adele's string suggested the whirlwind she had just been through, at least it did to me. And so I used a single Ok-rah to symbolize the open, passive eye of the storm, followed by a row of chaotic Wrapped, a layer of pulsing Danzer and tailing outer swirls of Wrapped. Perhaps a bit simplistic, but I've been caught in one of those mother storms before, and believe me I wish it had felt more like a tangle of patterns than a tangle of nature vs nerves!
I'm not at all happy with this one. Drawing and photo are bad. I'll have to do this again and see what I come up with. Comments welcome.
Thank you for another challenging challenge Adele. Wrapped is an interesting tangle
I know I'm later, but wanted to share my commitment to get back to tangling.
So nice to hear that life is getting back to normal for you and others in the wake of Irma.
Here's my tile for this week's challenge. (The string looks a bit like a hurricane!)
I’m hoping I have read your instructions for this week’s Challenge correctly,
I have chosen five Ampersand characters to use on my tile, at least two maybe three could be used as tangles.
Saying prayers for all in the way of hurricane Irma hope it just goes out to sea and misses everyone but I know that's not too likely. We have a friend who is leaving cottage country early to get back to Clearwater when others are leaving. If you are a visitor to the area the instinct is to leave but when it's your home you want to be there. I hope you are safely battened down and everything goes well.
This was an interesting challenge, as I have not intentionally tried to 'create' a pattern before. The best part is that with all the experimentation, I now have a few other patterns to revisit and work on. I don't know if what I have here is new, but I will be using it again (a set of four of the grid squares would make a nice frame for a gem...may have to try that later today!) I could not stand the thought of covering that beautiful string you created, so I went for the background - yet another challenge!
Again, your inspiration always leads us to new discoveries - THANK YOU!
(PS: as a nod to your adventures this past spring, the tile is made from Fabriano Tiziano paper)
Congratulations for all your achievements. It is so nice to read such positive things.
For me this tile represents all the darkness and forces happening at this moment & the safety net (florz) that Zentangle brings us. Finishing a tile always brings you a happy end.
All the best and strength to everyone!
Greetings from a cold and windy Netherlands
I decided to start by printing this string. I thought the printer was noisy, and just managed to call a halt as it printed out copy “26 of 89”. No idea why that happened, but it means I had lots of templates to try out ideas!
Even with practice my hand doesn’t quite get drawing ampersands. I discovered a mirror image ampersand is a cursive S, which I sometimes use in my signature so that was easy. There are also sections of British Pound Symbols (hashes?) which seem to appear if I didn’t concentrate. Drawing As came much more easily.
Keep safe in the coming storm
What a fun challenge for this week. I've been somewhat obsessed with symbols, letters, type and fonts since a young age. I remember subverting one of our art projects at school into a way for me to copy various type styles from newspaper headlines. I still regularly browse font sites to download new and interesting designs. I have books and magazines dedicated to the wonders of the humble letter! And yet, how tricky to tame this wild symbol into tangle form! I think I just about managed it - with lots of mirroring - forcing the brain to draw a familiar symbol in reverse takes some practice. A great lesson in focusing on the stroke and nothing more.
But more importantly, I want to send you my best wishes and thoughts and hopes for your strength and safety over the coming days as Hurricane Irma reaches you. It's so hard to comprehend such wild and damaging weather when I've lived my entire life in the UK - but the news does a fair job of informing me. I can only imagine how scary it must be, knowing it is coming, but not knowing the impact it might have. I am sure your faith helps to keep you somewhat calm. I will be thinking of you dearest Adele, and hope you and your loved ones and your home and community come through this safely and relatively intact.
Very fun challenge!!!!! Got out my Calligraphy book and did "&" in various calligraphy styles with pens used for Zentangle. Calligraphy styles: brush, bamboo, wait, beatty, hatching, & various medieval scribes. I filled the string with #pokeleaf, #Cheesecloth, #jalousie & a fragment. If you look at the ampersand with quotes, that is my chop as well (TLC). Have a great week!
the task this week was a real challenge! First I learned the meaning of the word Ambersand and then by recherche at the PC its variety of variants in different fonts. Since I like to play with patterns, I had a lot of joy to tangle. I have drawn three versions and show two on my blog...
I send you my colored tile.
Best wishes from Germany
When I saw the gold letter you did for your parents anniversary, it sparked something in me for this weeks challenge.
I just received some gold acrylic paint I've been wanting to try and I did...and I kept the tangles simple. I am sorry I did not use the AA(because I don't always read everything..bad habit LOL)
Yet I did use R2, paushalov, paradox, swim, a cruffle attempt and one I can't remember ...All in all I think it came out good...
Thanks for the challenge
Here's my entry for IAST 2011
I took a tranzending class recently and attempted that on a coloured tile. Not sure if I've tranzended :) but I like it. I loved the idea of using the ampersand.
Have a safe and good week.
and here is my tile for IAST #211 with
Florz, Pok Leaf, Kuke from Katy Abbot, Krul from Maria Vennekens
Greetings from Berlin, Germany
While we still have power, thought I'd get my IAST 211 tile off to you. I'm sure posting the challenge is low on your priority list right now. I will say that luckily I did my tile right after you posted the challenge (lucky because ever since then we have been scrambling preparing for Irma). I didn't come up with any original Ampersand tangle patterns but I had fun filling my drawn Ampersands with patterns that I really like--AA's by Judy Murphy, Braid by Blaine Liddick, Brayd by CZT Michele Beauchamp, and Rixty, a Zentangle original.
Sure hope we all make out okay with Irma hitting the whole state and more. My husband and I are staying home and have prepared as well as we can. I hope you and your families stay safe, Adele. Good luck to us all!
Hope everyone in the hurricane area is safely sheltered. tangles. My thoughts are with everyone. Simple tangles for a simple string.
Thank you for the challenge! As I was creating tangle patterns, I realized that the ampersand wasn't one I normally use. I actually had to find an old journal to see which one I use! I like how the border look like little butterflies and the background are like snowflakes...kind of describing our cooler than normal temps this year in Minnesota! Hope you are staying safe !
“And” life goes on. So appropriate for the times we are in with the hurricanes etc. We will preserve & life really does go on My tile incorporated firecracker, Nexton, slalom and laced all which go with today theme of AND life goes on: firecracker to the fire of life, nexton to what may come next, slalom to the race of what we do and laced as it is all laced together no matter what happens next. To all in the storms this week stay safe and it has affected many of us including us as we have changed vacation plans from Puerto Rico to Park City this next week.
Stay safe & rock on everyone.
I managed to create a focal, grid and border pattern using both of the common ampersand symbols…fun!
This is my challenge #211 contribution done predominantly with tangle Cudad that I learned from Yoga For The Brain Totally Tangled Edition Tangle Cards from CZT Sandy Steen Bartholomew and a hidden Pingline Steps penguin from the Kids Edition Tangle Cards.
Thanks for the challenge!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
I was like a kid in a candy store when I looked up images. What to choose, what to choose!! This ended up being like a sampler. I chose a different ampersand for each border, a big one and a small one in the middle. It was a fun experiment. Thinking of you and all the Floridians through hurricane Irma.
I'm sending this to you with much love and hope that you, your family and friends manage to stay safe in the wake of hurricane Irma. I can't believe the destruction that is being caused by it. I will be praying that it passes by quickly and quietly.
Here's my tile for this week's challenge. It's been a little while since I tangled, and this was done with my newborn asleep on my lap (he's nearly 7 weeks now).
I decided the keep the tile simple, with a ribbon design for the ampersand string, and lots of perfs for interest. It's a bit rough around the edges but it works. I hope you like it.
Hello Adele, I hope you are safe and have been spared devastating damage of Irma. I loved this week's challenge--the ampersand! Love symbols and their beauty. I chose to do a curvy ampersand that had "natural" mookas where the pen starts and stops. Looking forward to viewing the many versions.....
I was very inspired by Adele's words about thinking positive thoughts, and was thinking on them while I tried different things with Ampersand, suddenly by echoing some of it's lines a pattern with some kind of nice mystical seeds and angels appeared! I added little dots and circles around them as the seeds of happy positive thoughts they are spreading everywhere. I hope you all like it and if you wish to try it you can find the step outs by visiting my blog post. Maybe we can all join together spreading some positive thoughts full of love, compassion, kindness and joy! ;-)
Hello Adele, I'm hoping that you and yours have weathered Irma without incident. We're wishing the best for everyone in Florida and Texas!
Regarding Ampersand, I didn't give it much hope. The string alone was a bit dicey, and creating my own tangles? Wait, what? I thought this might be the week I take a pass. Trying to accept the challenge, I let it percolate a bit, and I came up with a number of viable, usable tangles. Wahoo! Here's my tile with 5 newbies. Can't wait to see all the contributions!
So glad to hear you came thru the rough visit from Irma. Best of luck with the clean-up. Being in Atlanta, we survived the storm fairly well but the mess remains. The inconvenience of loss of power always makes me so forever grateful when it is restored. Oh! the things we take for granted! I wish you the best.
While studying Calligraphy a couple decades ago, I learned this style Ampersand. Love its rhythmic flow, and try to use it whenever I can. Ampersand # 211:
Happy to hear that IRMA didn´t carry you away from us! So my Ampersand is a very happy one!
I hope you are well and you and your family have overcome the storm Irma in healthy condition. For me this name is a little bit strange, because this is the name of my mother. In Northern Germany we also had a big storm yesterday (called Sebastian). Two big trees broke down across the way leading to our house. What a pity! They are completely uprooted. Half an hour before that I went right there with my car. Oh my God. ...
The Ampersand. It is the first time, that I read that name. I’ve heard “Ampersand” but never saw it. In German we don’t have a name for that. We just call it “Und-Zeichen” (what means “and sign”)
What do you think of this pattern that I created with the ampersand? (Might this be my first tangle pattern?)
I think it may be a nice, airy and delicate border. It is also possible to oppose it, if this is the right word in this case.
I call it Upers, the U is standing for Ute and the pers is standing for the ampersand.
Here is a special tile with this. The string was a 17, because, when I draw it yesterday, September 13., I celebrated my 17th anniversary of my Atelier. With Upers I made the lateral lines of the number. Flux had to be there too, Fleavy and Tipple.
But also another (official) tile with the ampersand as a string again. Upers, Pearls and Tipple and many Auras. Thank you so much for you inspiration!
I was so glad to hear that you and yours made it through Irma!
For this week’s challenge I did two tiles. Being a graphic designer, I am a fontaholic. I love ampersands and had such fun finding just the right ones!
The top tile contains a pattern that I drew based on the swooshy loop in the upper right of the ampersand I drew in the foreground. I just repeated that simple loopy swoosh on the interior of all squares on a grid. It was intimidating to create a new pattern, but ultimately fun!
For the bottom tile, my 12-year-old son wanted to try his hand at creating a pattern for me to use, and he did such a nice job! This one starts out with drawing a hexagonal grid (and he came up with a clever way to do that with parallel zig zag lines,) with overlapping half circles on the interior of each hexagon. He even named it Belooop and drew a step out for me with colored pens! He created it with such enthusiasm, it was a joy to create the tile and it made him so happy!
National Ampersand Day? Go figure. To whom does one apply to have such as a logogram recognized so? And who would have thought I would have had such fun tangling the same, and found myriad ways to do so? Not I!
Tile #1 is a graphic rendition with Linda Farmers Chard (pronounced 'Shard') underlay. Tile #2 was inspired by my husband's "What about one with...", colored and textured by Photoshop. For tile #3 I've included the original pen rendering with the ampersand shaded (the rest of the design is a combination of upside-downs and backwards) because when I showed my husband the Prismacolored one he said, "I don't see it."
Tile #4 is one of those "it just evolved" moments, thinking how I might create a mandalla-ish design, with a touch of pen coloring, and tile #5 is again one with an ampersand right-side up and one upside-down and backward with a bit of a Jacobean-ish flower pattern hued with pencil.
And (&) while I didn't choose the epsilon rendition as an option, the final tile does pay homage to the endless possibilities this celebrated symbol has to offer ... & on & on & on!
My prayers go out to all those who have suffered through recent natural disasters.
I was so glad to read that you and your family came through the hurricane safely! After the path took a western turn, we were minimally impacted here in central NC.
Here's my tile for this weeks challenge. (I am pretty confident that this is not what you had in mind using the ampersand string, but it's the only thing my brain could come up with.) I used Wist, Mooka, Flux, Cadent, and Paradox.
Adele, I'm so glad that you and your family got through Hurricane Irma safely. Attached is my tile for the challenge. It was fun trying different variations of the ampersand to come up with a tangle. I'm looking forward to seeing the other tiles.
The first I completed early in the week, while the anticipation of Irma was building. It provided a much needed sense of accomplishment.
I used acrylic medium and paint to gild the ampersand, trimmed it in a continuous line of ampersands, added aura, shading and penciled in larger symbols in the background.
Our family spent last Sunday huddled in our home together awaiting Irma. It was an anxious time. (Once all the preparations are complete, the waiting can be really unnerving.) My mother, daughter, and granddaughter sat together at the kitchen table for some drawing time. It provided some calm and an excuse to share a glass of wine and "appa juice", of course.
With a love for continuous line, I tangled this mirrored version of the ampersand, filled the string line with it, and then added it to a square grid in the background. Weighted lines, sparkle, and shading finished it off.
In the wake of Irma on Monday morning, we were grateful our home was intact despite the loss of electricity and a yard full of debris. A city curfew was in effect to stay indoors until the heaviest winds ceased.
Again, we sat around the kitchen table and drew. It provided a distraction from the temporary inconveniences we faced as well as a quiet time to take in just how fortunate we were that they were minor in the grand scheme of things.
When I outlined the string and then doubled it, my lines were so wonky (must have been nerves) that I was compelled to thicken in the lines. It was much too bold for my taste though, so I added Primtemps and some shading to soften it a bit.
My favorite is the ampersand/Pokleaf combination - a simple but happy combination.
Msst reminded me of the constant rain and so it graced the top of the tile.