Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #256

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

Our home is bustling this week with a flurry of family celebrations.  In a large family, there are bound to be overlapping happy times, but this week is especially unique as we move our youngest back to college, mark my parent's 63rd wedding anniversary, celebrate the marriage of our third daughter,  host a baby shower for our oldest son and his sweet wife, and toast to the 23rd birthday of our youngest son.  WHEW!

With Isabella on the long drive back to college.

We are eternally grateful for the many blessings and even more grateful that we still have the energy to keep up!

The results of IAST #255 will be a bit delayed, but we will stay on schedule with new challenges.

Today let's begin with this string ~

IAST String #256 by Adele Bruno, CZT

Ideally, this challenge would be completed on a zendala but can easily be adapted to a standard square tile.  Simply draw the circular sting and have fun!

Since Ria Matheussen, CZT, has the newest pattern posted on TanglePatterns, let's use her creations in our tiles this week.  Her tangles include  ~

This new tangle from Ria makes a beautiful border, hence the circular string.  Use it along the circular string, or in lines across it - the choice is yours.

This dot grid tangle is a nice compliment to Mazorit.

Much like Tagh and Anitdots, this tangle grows freely.  It should flow nicely as a filler.

 Keep in mind that strings are merely suggestions. As with all IAST adventures, simply pencil in the string and let the tangles lead the way. 

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* 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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) posted on the following Monday 

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.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

God is still in the business of miracles.
                                                                                               ~Fr. Ed Thompson

Photograph courtesy of Felicity Strohfeldt, South Africa

This week, I received an encouraging note and photograph (above) from Felicity Strohfeldt about a blessed sight that she and her husband witnessed on a recent trip.  Felicity wrote:
Willie and I took a small trip up north last Thursday and Friday. Approximately 250 km from our town to an little Namaqualand town call Nieuwewoudtville.
They’ve had some showers of rain recently that has quenched the soil’s drought thirst somewhat. Just amazing to see Nature’s gratitude all around. The town and nearby farmlands are ablaze with Spring flowers. Truly amazing.
In response to Felicity's mentions in her IAST submissions over the last several months, many of us have prayed for rain to come to her parched region of South Africa.  It looks as though, as a dear friend of mine was fond of saying, "God is still in the business of miracles."

Thank you for the encouraging news, Felicity!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #255

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

We are diving in this week with two of the newest tangles posted on TanglePatterns.  But first let's begin with this string ~

The tangles we will use are ~
IAST#255 by Adele Bruno, CZT

Konk by Lori Manoogian, CZT
This tangle was captivating at first glance.  Curls, arua, perfs...what's not to love?
My string was inspired by the start of this pattern.

Flog by Angie Gittles, CZT
I thought that a bold grid based pattern would compliment Konk and since this was posted just before Konk, it was a natural choice. 
We all enjoyed Angie's Deeday in IAST #252 and I am certain we will enjoy Flog as well.

 Keep in mind that strings are merely suggestions. As with all IAST adventures, simply pencil in the string and let the tangles lead the way. 

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* 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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) posted on the following Monday 

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, August 6, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #254 Tiles

 This week we used two tangles that flowed off the pen along with an unusual string.
If you look carefully as you admire the tiles, you just may find a few Bijou, a lady bug, and a Winnie the Pooh!

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Anselm Peter (Berlin, Germany) and here on his blog ~
thank you for your great challenges. Here is my tile. I took both patterns and added Checkerstar.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful shading and drop shadow
*sparkled Barquillos

From LynnG (Florida) ~
Fun challenge Adele, thanks.
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkling green gems in the string loops
*rounded corners in Tofube grid

From Trudi Taylor (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings Adele, thank you for such a restful challenge. I found it very soothing doing the Barquillos, a new Tangle for me.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large grid and detailed Barquillos
*purple, puffy Tofube

From Sherry Conte (Sandford, Florida) ~
I'm not very good at drawing Tofube but, I did my best.
Tangled Tidbits -
*just right Tofube
*vertical and angled grids for Barquillos

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing #254’ Challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*rolls and tucks and beautiful shading of Tofube
*Barquillos follows the string curve

From Lily (Hungary) ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful weighted curves, color, and shading in Barquillos variations
*softness of Tofube curls

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
We're having some unusually hot weather here in the UK so it's been good to be able to sit in the shade for a while and work on this week's challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed string line filled with Barquillos
*uniformly shaped Tofube

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Two tangles I have never done before. Didn't really like either too much. Trying to come up with a design was the challenge. My total lack of inspiration meant it had to be simple.
Tangled Tidbits -
*...simple and elegant! - arrow tipped Tofube
*highlights and shading add wonderful dimension

From Lin H., CZT 28 (Florida) ~
Happy August to you, Adele! Summer is flying by, isn’t it?! It’s been nice tangling inside on some of our hot afternoons. I really liked CZT Damy’s tangle Tofube. Barquillos seemed to fit right in with your string and my watercolored tile, too. Thanks much for another fun challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Barquillos filled string loop
*Tofube conforms to string space

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Hi Adele and all,
Missed a couple but back for now..This was a fun challenge and good practice for my line work.
Used one of my own colored background tiles, and added botie and striping to the tangles .
Hope everyone is well!
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely addition of tangles
*weighted center lines of Tofube

From Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
This is for challenge #254. I enjoy barquillos very much.
Thank you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*softly shaded Tofube
*uniform Barquillos lines

From Sally Whiteman (New Zealand) ~
...Without you putting up the challenges each week I would probably not see the new tangles, so I appreciate what you do very much. Thank you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*small grid of Barquillos contrasts well with larger Tofube
*multiple and singe Tofube in the string loops

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
My entry to IAST #254. Thank you, Adele, for those patterns. Both were new to me. I found the string quite challenging and look forward what all the others created.
Big hugs from still hot and dry Switzerland
Tangled Tidbits -
*bold black and white spaces and tangles
*roundness of Tofube complimented by Printemps and perfs

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
at first, I was not very pleased with the two suggested patterns, but then I made two drawings, both are quite interesting. Now I can’t decide which of them to choose, so I send you both. You can find them on my blog under the link... It is always amazing what you can draw from patterns that you would not have chosen yourself.
By trying out new patterns we learn a lot from you. Thank you for your commitment, the time you spend on the challenges and your wonderful ideas.
Thank you for the interesting challenge.

...and thank you for your beautiful work :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*delightfully detailed tangles
*Barquillos variations used as fillers - an idea to remember!

A very warm welcome to Barbara (Texas) ~
Just this week I finally met with a CZT (Victoria McMillen) who lives close to my home. She encouraged me to follow your blog, and this is my first ISAT, #254. I really loved learning Barquillos – it’s so relaxing!
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines for single Tofube
*lovely tangle additions (I'm partial to 'O'!)
Thank you and thank Victoria for referring you here.  Welcome to our IAST community and welcome to our tangled map, Barbara!

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Here is my tile #254 for this week.
With much much love and have a blessed week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*circular, square, and triangular Tofube - so fun to view all together
*weighted string line

From Gudrun S. (Germnay) and here on flickr ~
thanks for your nice challenge.
since weeks it is very hot - 35 to 37 ° C and at night up to 25 ° C - you can hardly sleep properly. So it is not easy to draw - the head is a bit overwhelmed ....... but I enjoyed it.
Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded Barquillos in the string loop along with free floating ones
*Tofube filled string loop emphasized with weighted lines
Wishing you cool breezes!

From Jane Goddard (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
Please find attached my submission for this week's challenge.
I drew a whole zendala filled with tofube once and thoroughly enjoyed the process so great to draw it again. The whole challenge looked to me like a pile of blankets so I added stitching to hold it all together!

Tangled Tidbits -
*stitching - what a wonderful addition
*bold Tofube and lighter Barquillos - thank you for the idea to fill a tile with it, Jane.

A very warm welcome to Karin Godyns, CZT (Belgium) ~
Please find enclosed my participation for the IAST #254
Tangled Tidbits -
*larger string space left white accents tangles
*beautiful shading adds roundness

 Welcome to our IAST community and to our Tangled Map, Karin !

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
Lately I’m into wonky grids. They’re so forgiving! Thanks for another great challenge. Hope you’re enjoying family time.
*wonky grid/wonderful tangles!
*weighted curves of both tangles

From Gabi (Germany) ~
What a great pattern Tofube is! I was surprised what was happening when I started shaping. And I also was surprised by the little snail suddenly appeared out of nowhere...
Tangled Tidbits -
He's cute!
*deeply shaded Barquillos
*multiple Tofube shapes

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for IAST.
I don't like this at all! It looked much better when I practised it. I was tempted to do a new tile but really didn't have the energy to do one. The only thing I congratulate myself for in this tile is the aura and darkening of the Barquillos.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful Barquillos variation
*soft shading and multiple shapes of Tofube

From Cathy C. ~
Perfect day to tangle - rainy and messy! In fact I could use a few of those "tofube" pillows and take me a long nap!
Tangled Tidbits -
That is such a good idea, they do look inviting as pillows.
*Barquillos flows along the string loop
*checkered Tofube and Barquillos grid

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Not sure I have the hang of either of the two patterns featured this week, but I did enjoy working with them. My resulting tile seems to resemble of a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Appropriate, I suppose, as here in CA we are praying for everyone currently under siege from the many fires raging. Some of my own family members are under mandatory evacuation, so it has hit particularly close to home. We could use a little rain to assist our first responders, for sure.
Prayers are coming your way.
Tangled Tidbits -
*highlights give dimension to Barquillos
*triangular inner lines for Tofube

From Lynn F (Florida) ~
I had a great time learning these tangles. When I was done I took a closer look at the small Tofube in the upper right-hand corner and it reminded me of Winnie the Pooh! So I had to add ears, eyebrows, red for the mouth and a gold background.
There he is!
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted Barquillos curves
*Tofube filled string loops

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Not sure who I was channeling with this one..
I’m learning how to use Pan Pastels and I think I got a little carried away. Two great tangles though.
I hope you are having a wonderful time with your grandchildren.

Tangled Tidbits -
I spy Bijou...
*tight lines of Barquillos and wispy accent lines
*pastels lend great dimension

From Maria B (Canada) and on instagram ~
Nice to be able to relax with doodling again. I found this an especially tricky for me starting string! I know they are only suggestions, but it can be fun to embrace a tricky setup sometimes and I often have trouble with the looping ones. Also, I rewarded myself with some nicer pencils for shading and wow, I can see the difference already with tofube
Tangled Tidbits - 
*doubled string line finished in light and dark details 
*soft shading

From Dee (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) ~
Thanks for yet another great challenge! I struggled with the pairing but they are both great patterns I will definitely be using again.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three fun variations of Tofube
*dense curve of Barquillos

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
Interesting challenge. Finished it earlier today and wasn’t sure about it. Came back later and added a little more shading and rounding and then it was good. Thanks for the weekly challenges. I’ll be out of the country to a trip to Nova Scotia the next couple of weeks so see what zentanlge ideas I find on this trip. Will be fun. I love to travel and find new ideas. Have a great August everyone! Hopefully I’ll be back on the weekly challenge in September

Tangled Tidbits -
Safe travels!
*two angles for Barquillos grid adds depth
*large Tofube add contrast

From Sharon Fite (Clafornia) ~
An easy, breezy tile on a very warm day. I added Pepper and Rixty to the two challenge tangles. Thanks, Adele, for another fun challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Barquillos and Tofube conform to tapering grid
*fun mix of tangles

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (Germany) ~
I loved that these patterns in this week’s challenge were so inviting to be minimalistic. Thank you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*deep shading, fabulous white space
*round and sharply angled finishes

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Well, this proved to be a bit more of challenge for me than I'd hoped. TOFUBE was fun, an easy flowing pattern, a mite of mindful pen-zen. BARQUILLOS, on the other hand, gave my synapses and drawing skills a workout. Even when I drew my examples exactly as Maria did, I couldn't see them as accomplishing the same effect.
I know I should cut myself some slack. I am still rebuilding some right brain connections from a series of slight strokes I had at the end of last year, and some of my brain/eye/hand coordination isn't up to snuff yet. Very frustrating though, but it does give me new appreciation in accomplishing things which I used to take for granted. I'm blessed and I know it.
So anyway, I found BARQUILLOS shapes that worked for me, though the triangular one might be even more difficult but it made "sense" to me. Go figure. One thing hasn't changed. I still find myself wondering if I could have pushed my creativity a step farther. Not a bad thing, really, if I can stifle my critical voice long enough to value the ultimate goal of striving to be the best I can be.
My husband says I've still got it, but then he has to say things like that; I wrote it into our vows.
Ahh, it is so good to have you back, Marla.  Continued healing and blessings to you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*mirrored Barquillo
*round and triangular Tofube - dark surround and a touch of white space

From Tina K (Germany) ~
Thank's for the nice string.
Here ist my tile for IAST #254.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a Tofube lady bug in an Abeko blossom - brilliant!
*tapered Barquillo grids

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
I wish I had left the three rounded areas off. I almost filled them in with black after I took the picture, but that have been a BIG disaster!
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted Barquillo curves
*softly shaded Tofube

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Loved the tangle combo for this week’s prompt!!
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled Barquillos background complete with weighted lines
*string line filled with three shapes of Tofube

From Audrie Weisenfelder (Tucson, Arizona) and on her Purple Butterfly~
...here's my tile for IAST #254. I really like all the variations for Barquillos.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*three Barquillos variations
*rounded Tofube features deep,dark spaces and shading

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Here’s my contribution for this week. This was a challenge with two new- to- me fascinating zentangle patterns, Tofube by Mei Hua Teng and Barquillos by Maria Tovar. Thank you for a compatible string. I enjoyed the tangle journey that just seemed to flow.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*inner weighted lines of Tofube flow with the spirals
*looped Barquillos darkened around grid lines

Many thanks to the talented tanglers for sending in their tiles for us to enjoy and learn from.

Special thanks to the creators of the tangles we enjoyed this week ~

Tofube by  CZT Damy (Mei Hua) Teng

Barquillos by CZT Maria Tovar

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #255!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Where I Tangle

Featuring Lisette from Switzerland ~

Lisette writes:
My favourite tangle place is at my desk at home. Here I have everything at hand for tangling, computer (I have no tablet or so), my Zentangle books, pencils, water colours, pens etc. The most common things I store in my beloved "Zippy", this sheath/case you see on the left side on my desk. It was sewn by a tangler friend of our facebook group and I could choose the fabrics. Usually my dog, Lara, snuggles up to my feet when I'm tangling. My cat, Shanti, loves to disturb me when I draw. She lies down wherever my pen goes or on the keyboard. She even managed to uninstall my browser… I often have some music on, soft sounds for meditation, classical or jazzy music. AND I have a daylight lamp which is really worth its price. Your eyes get much less tired and colours are true. It's unfortunately not suitable for taking pictures as the camera would cast a shadow. The view to my left gives a glimpse of the Lake of Zurich. At the office I have a wonderful view on the Lake of Zurich (especially in winter when the trees have no leaves) as you see on the 4th picture. Even here I tangle sometimes. Beside my usual job I have the "duty" to organize birthday cards and little presents for my colleagues. And –time permitting – it's a tangled card. But at the office I'm interrupted all the time what I really don’t like.

Photographs courtesy of Lisette

Thank you for inviting us into the beautiful space where you tangle Lisette.

Until next week, enjoy!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #253 Tiles

Our grandchildren's visit was heavenly from start to finish.  We set out to treat them in every way but I would argue that they spoiled us.  Time with them is a precious treat. 
Thank you for you waiting to view the results of IAST #253.
We tangled a moon themed challenge in celebration of the lunar eclipse.  The tiles are simply spectacular, and the notes are as warm as ever.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
The last challenge I followed was IAST #232. Oh my God, 21 challenges were missed. Looks like I was really busy at the time.
Have a good day.

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Again, a wonderful challenge, Adele, Thank You! I love all these patterns but haven’t used Nipa for a long time. We have a very dry and hot spell in Switzerland. They say that it hasn’t been so dry in the last 93 years… Therefore I gave all my attention to the dewdrops, hoping the weather god may hear my prayer.
Sunny and hot greeting

From Jodi Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Even if we were to be in range of the eclipse we would have cloud cover. :o) My poor husband waits for a particular meteor shower every August and without fail the skies are clear up until that event. It’s become a running joke with anything cool to see in the night sky.
This was fun, and I think a new record for me on completing a tile

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Thanks, Adele, for these great Tangles to Celebrate The longest Luna Eclipse of the Century.
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #253’ challenge.

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
The M of Moon has become a W of crescent moon (in Dutch: Wassende maan)

From Tina Kirchhübel (Germany) ~
It`s been a long time that I have participated in IAST. Every week I`ve been following you on your blog and was looking at the tiles that the other participants had created.
This week you choose this simple string and three basic tangles that I really love. So I had no choice than taking a tile and doing it. I drew two tiles. One on a Renaissance tile. It was a try but the result is not so good as I had hoped. So I drew the second one on a basic white tile with basic black micron and I felt better with it.
Greetings from Germany

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
I hope you have a wonderful time with your grandchildren! Thank you for continuing to post the challenge each week.

From Sherry Conte (Sanford, Florida) ~
I really enjoyed this challenge. I added a spot of color with my prismacolor pencils.

From Lily (Hungary) and on Instagram ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for your weekly challenge.

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
When I think of the moon I also think of Noom Repus. So I used it as a string. I loved this challenge to the moon and back :)

From Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
This was a fun and relaxing string to work on! I added Footlites to shine on!
Hope you are having fun being “Gramma”!
Thank you for another great week of tangling! Looking forward to seeing the tiles for this week!

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you for another lovely challenge; an uncomplicated string and beautiful original tangles, that was fun!
I wish you a wonderfull time with your grandchildren.
In Belgium, but also in many other countries of Europe, we have the hottest summer ever.
After weeks of dryness, finally we will got some rain this weekend.

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Funny thing happened on this challenge, suddenly my Trio became a Duotangle? The bottom left hand corner was supposed to be Nipa but Printemps just wouldn't let go! :)

From Lynn F (Florida) ~
I moved to The Villages (FL) in 2016 and found out about Zentangle from my massage therapist who is a CZT.
I’ve never been artistic but I do have an aptitude for spacial relationships so Zentangle spoke to me.
I took a Beginner class in May of 2017 and my CZT told me about your website.

I’ve been an admirer of the wonderful artwork your IAST community has created for over a year.
This week I decided to “shoot for the moon” and complete the challenge.
I added Ahh. It looks like a solar system to me.
The Crescent Moon in the upper right-hand corner now looks like a chocolate-chip cookie so I think I’ll reward myself and go grab one that I baked recently out of the freezer!
Thanks for taking the time to inspire so many people around the world.

Welcome to our IAST community, Lynn, you are now on our Tangled Map ~

From Nord'zin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Here is my contribution for challenge #253.
I will not be able to join in with next week's challenge as I will be on retreat, but I will check out everyone else's when I get back.
Thank you, as always.

From Pricilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Hi All,
I loved the simplicity of the string and tangles used this week.It was a great challenge.
Take care and look forward to the next challenge!

From Jutta Gladnigg (Germany) ~
Greetings from our vacation on an island in the North Sea. What was meant to be the ideal position to watch the Eclipse of the Moon turned into an overcast sky... revealing the red moon only very late and still clouded. Nevertheless it was a grand event...

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for this interesting challenge.
Again I drew two versions. The black and white one you can find on my blog under the link
Best wishes from Germany

From Gudrun S. (Germany BW) and on flickr ~
It was a wonderful summer night to enjoy this magnificent natural spectacle!

From LynnG (Florida) ~
Thank you Adele

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Photos of the lunar eclipse were spectacular ... looking forward to the 1-21-19 lunar eclipse in the northern hemisphere.
Earlier this week I read about the tectonic plates that border earthquake zones ... then Nipa came to mind.
Nipa is deceptive ... it looks pretty, it looks easy, but it defied my heart and hand. So, I decided to try to overcome that sense of foreboding ... I practiced Nipa for 3 nights before I attempted a tile. (I took frequent breaks to draw a few Mooka to calm me so I could keep going.) I came up with my approach: with a micron 03 draw wavy lines with space between (they don’t necessarily run parallel to the previous line), change to micron 01 to add various orbs and aura lines, shade near the bolder lines, add weight to bold lines and orbs, shade a little more.
Giving Nipa columns allowed me to focus on one section at a time rather than seeing a broader and overwhelming space. The result gives a dimension to Nipa that make me think of those fearsome and always shifting tectonic plates.
Imagine, reading about earthquakes calmed my tangling tremors!
Cheers to all the beauty forces of nature offer ... and cheers to throwing shade to those self-imposed fears!

From VenaC (Whitby, Onatrio, Canada) ~
I used Molly's variation of crescent moon using triangles instead of ladybugs in one section. After doing Nippa, I was left with quite a large space for printemp which I can never get to look how I would like it to. So, I put in Noom which was named for the super moon and which is one of my favourite patterns. I was then left with a smaller space for printemp where I used Maria's variation. Thanks for this interesting challenge.

From Karin (Germany) ~
at the moment here in Germany it is too hot to be outside... so there is more time for tangling
Those patterns were some of the first I learned... really refreshing to put them together again!
Greetings from Germany

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Lunar-Eclipse! I love that theme in this challenge! Thank´s Adele for such a fun challenge. Here are my story from doing this in my blog:
With warm greetings...

From Pat (Washington State) ~
Enjoyed this one! 

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
What fun with some favorite tangles. Hope you are still enjoying those grandkids! Have an awesome week everyone.

 From Hilary (Chicago) ~
The best part of this week's challenge was that there was one of your Tips for Tangling for each pattern! You have the best explanations and variations.
Thanks for all your hard work. The Tickled to Tangle emails are just about the highlight of my week!

 From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri ) ~

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Here is my lunar eclipse. Unfortunately we could not see the real thing as after six weeks of unbroken sunshine and heatwave conditions, last night it was cloudy and rainy. I look forward to seeing everyone’s tiles instead!

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) and on Instagram ~
Well, it's been quite a while, but happily, I've got something to send to you this week!
I've been busy with lots of projects...I finished a large mosaic memorial bench commission in the early summer...then I had to recover from major work-induced carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists!...I had installed my mosaic on the concrete bench and it took almost 40 hours to install and grout, and that was just too, too much--:) My hands were simultaneously numb and painfully on fire. I wore braces 24/7 and rested for a week or two...couldn't even hold my phone, a fork or my toothbrush, and luckily they calmed down...I was beginning to see surgery in my future...
Then I had another large public painting commission on a traffic box in Thornton, Colorado...not Zentangle inspired this time, but large colorful spirals...so fun...Everything's on my instagram @plainjanemosaics ...feel free to check it out--:)

So, although I wasn't able to keep up with your challenges, when I could hold a pen again, I have been back to doing a touch of tangling, here and there, mostly in my calendar/journal, and on coasters I like to make and leave for my servers at my favorite microbrewery in town. In fact, I finished the IAST challenge early in the week, and I used the same tangles for my latest coaster...here's pix of both! Took a pretty straightforward approach to the challenge...started with the Crescent Moon, added the Nipa variations and lastly ended with the Printemps...on the coaster, didn't really use a string, just plopped them in--:)

Have fun with the grandkids!!
Thanks for all you do for us in the Zentangle world!

From Jane Goddard (United Kingdom) ~
I had something totally different in mind when I started but funny how things turn out! Thanks for a great selection of original tangles too.

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
What a trip down Memory Lane — reminded me so much of my very first Zentangle! We used a Z shape rather than an M (which mine turns out to be a W anyway), but the very first tangle we learned was Crescent Moon! I was surprised that Nipa reminds you of outer space — I have always thought of a sandy rippled lake bottom. So I used Margaret Bremner's Cockles 'n Mussels ('n Clams) instead of orbs. After I'd drawn everything it seemed like a preponderance of lines about the same width apart, so I tried your suggestion of darkening the downstrokes of Printemps, which helped (as did the pencil shading).
I'm also getting used to a new glasses prescription, so blame any imperfections on that!
Lots of fun! (I'm sure not as much fun as you're having with your grandkids, though!)

From Cat T. (Winston, Oregon) ~
253 times you have been here for us, bringing us these challenges and giving us an opportunity to focus on our creative side. Thank you. Such a great way to put stress aside for a bit.

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
For this challenge I used the technique shown on Zentangle's Project Pack 2 - Day 9. I took a white tile and a black tile, and cut the string out of both, leaving one tile with a black "M" and a white background and one vice versa. One tile is shown below. In addition to the suggested tangles, I added Arukas and Msst. Lots of fun on a 100+ degree day.

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Hello from Oklahoma Adele! I hope you are soaking up the grandparent love! What a gift from God to have those sweet faces look at you and know you are so loved! Enjoy!
This week's challenge was awesome! I love the chance to find a new take on Crescent Moon! This time I tried merging it with Nipa and the results reminded me of long flowing wigs! what fun!

From Sra (India) ~
Here's the tile for IAST 253! I did at least two tiles and much practice before this to arrive at this.
Have a nice week.

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my tile # 253 for this week. With lots of love and have a blessed week

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~

How blessed we are with our amazing grandchildren. Hope you are having or had amazing time with your Sweeties.
Well the Eclipse has come and gone. Strangely after the excitement, one nostalgically misses all the excitement of this amazing natural phenomenon. We sadly started off with a cloudy West Coast.
I decided to watch a movie and around 22:00 my daughter startled me with a message that the skies over Cape Town were clear. I rushed out and voila! The West Coast skies were starry, cloudless and it was all happening up in the heavens, with the planet Mars in magnificent attendance. Needless, I only came in out of the cold at approximately 12;30. Me and my three cats shivering from the winter night. All worth it. Magnificent, spiritual and inexplicably mysterious. My daughter, Nadine set a message saying: ”Mom, isn’t mind blowing? We are all represented in that shadow made by the earth on the Moon.”
Please forgive my multi-media effort that is not absolutely, scientifically correct, but the Sun is in the left lower corner and the Blue Planet, Earth in the right-hand top corner. Crescent Moon has fun in both, and on Earth, Printemps appears. I imagine I’m the one in the top point of the corner. Then Nipa-like examples of the progress of the eclipse through the night sky of the 27 July 2018. Nipa continues to sparkle in the night sky and I couldn’t resist adding Footlites, as the Sun’s rays. Thank you and Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas and Carole Ohl for your versatile zentangle patterns and your string. I used Micro pens, black, sepia, red and yellow, as well as watercolour pencils and coloured jelly pens. Also, on my blog

Have a great week all.

From Cathy ~
It has been a while since I have participated but I am ready to get back into the challenges.

From Audrie Weisenfelder (Tucson, Arizona) and here on her Purple Butterfly ~
Here's my tile for IAST #253. Sorry it's late, but for some reason I couldn't get it to work till now.
Couldn't quite decide which direction looked best; so this is the one I'm using. At least, this is the one my husband liked; and I decided to go with it:

From Gabi (Germany) ~
Late again - spent some watching the spectacular lunar eclipse and a spectacular read moon.So here is my zentangle version of nightly sky.
Have a nice week

Thank you all!  It was a treat to hear and see first hand accounts of the eclipse and I am in awe of the collective talent on display here.

Many thanks to Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts for Nipa, Printemps, and Crescent Moon.

Click here for the details for this week's IAST #254 and join in the fun.  

Tomorrow my "Where I Tangle" continues - come get inspired!