Thursday, August 23, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #256 Tiles

It is a treat to have the results from two IAST challenges posted back-to-back.  There is so much tangled goodness to take in.

IAST #256 featured Mazorito, CZT Ria Matheussen's latest tangle, as well as her Hexa, and Horti - all configured on a circular string - great fun!

The first tile arrived from Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
My favorite tangle of Ria is Vea. So I added this too and gave the rest a touch of Vea:)
Enjoy the lovely things in your family!!

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
I loved the tangle Mazorito, but had trouble figuring out how to add the other suggested tangles into the mix. I figured you can never go wrong with Mooka (thank goodness there is Mooka!!!) and I added some Horti around it.

From Maria B (Canada) and on Instagram ~
Wow, this got really busy looking! I took the prompt and got a little wild. I decided to stretch the simple circular string into a wonky oval and purposefully distorted hexa as my interior tangle with horti as little fillers and mazorito as the border. I have been having fun splashing down some watercolour, although it does make this thin paper cockle, so I can't do it too many pages or else my sketchbook gets fussy to close. I suppose proper tiles would be much nicer this way, but I absolutely love that I have this nice neat little artbook when I am finished.

From Gale Sherman (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Adele, it looks like you were off on a great college trip. I remember the first trip with both of our kids as great fun! This challenge using 3 of Rita Matheussen’s tangles was especially interesting to me since I’d never used them. (I love how she is always searching the world for new potential Zentangle patterns!) I used variations of all three of her tangles to create a circle on a square tile. I’ve recently been using some Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks since I love the “genuine” series with minerals in their tubes. The purplish one is “Moonglow” and the other is “Piedmontite Genuine.” I think I’m not getting as much granulation as I hope for because I’m only applying a wash on the small tile. Graphite was added at the end. FUN!

From Sherry Conte (Sanford, Florida) ~
Mazorito was a challenging pattern for me. I've learned that my pencil and eraser are my friends!

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
I always enjoy drawing in the round and decided immediately to join this challenge. When I continued reading, it was a nice surprise to see appearing Mazorito, Hexa and Horti, suggested to fill the circle!
I'm honoured and grateful you chose these tangles and I hope, tanglers who are going to send in an entry will also enjoy these challenge.
My drawing is made on white paper with a black pen and pencil and finished with ordinary colourpencils.
I wish everybody succes and send you warm regards from Belgium,

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
I love Mazorito. Hexa is beautiful too but in my Zendala it came out quite differently and I am not so happy. I wanted to draw another tile but unfortunately have no time to do so. It’s always a challenge to place patterns in a circle.
Best regards to everyone

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
It was nice to work with color in this tile.

From Lin H., CZT 28 (Florida) ~
Thanks for choosing Ria Matheussen’s tangles for your circle string challenge this week. I had a zenful time with it and ended up with a button Zendala.

From Trudi Taylor (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings Adele! We just had a lovely shower to cool things off and are now looking forward to a nice summer weekend. Hope you are keeping cool.

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
You certainly have been busy, and in such a wonderful way. So many great family events! Congratulations to everyone, especially your parents.
I enjoyed this particular challenge, working in a circle was something different for me, and I really liked the three patterns. Even so I adapted them to fit my “ artistic vision” because I thought simplifying them made the final product look less cluttered.
As always, thanks so much for your hard work with this.

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Autralia) ~
There is no doubt you are having a very busy time, but a most enjoyable one,
‘Congratulations ‘ all round for each happy event.
Attached is my tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #256.’

From Angie Gittles (Maryland) ~
I am usually a light shader, so I’ve been stepping out of my box a bit and trying some darker shading (yes, this is dark for me). I have the same issue when doing decorative painting. My painting instructor (and fellow CZT Michele Wimmers) has been working with me. I’m getting better.

From Sra (India) and here on her brand new blog! ~
Here are my tiles for IAST 256. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I have a Zentangle blog now. More on this week's tiles here. Both the tiles were lessons in how to redo/fix tiles and I'm happy with the way they turned out.

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Here is my contribution for challenge #256. Mazorito is lovely. Hexa is there but just a bit unrecognisable on the outer edge. I’ve never created a circular zentangle before, and enjoyed it very much.

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Sounds as if you had a really busy time with lots of family fun. How does Ria get her hexagons so perfect?! Fun tangles which I need to play with. Mine came out a bit uneven so "when in doubt, aura".

From Gabi (Germany) ~
I’m always surprised how the patters were flowing: Mazorito is great and full of opportunities while Horti had it’s own will and changed to a flower. Hexa refused to my pen and again I was too short in time to do some colour.
Have a nice time with your family

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
this week I really enjoyed your challenge because I like Rias wonderful patterns so much. You can play with them so well and there are always new variations. Another tile one can find on my blog under the link
Thank you for this inspiring challenge! I wish you a wonderful weekend!
Best wishes from Germany

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
This is a left handed attempt as I broke my right arm last week. So excuse the shaky lines.

From Debbie Raaen (Trondheim, Norway) ~
I don't think I've taken part in this challenge since April. Not good! Since then I have actually been to Providence and become a CZT at seminar #30. So exciting! Had a wonderful time. And highly recommend it for those thinking about going. Met so many wonderful people.
So much going on in your life around this time! I wish you all the best with all of your special occassions.
Here is my tile for the challenge and thank you again for all you do. Mazorito!

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

From Jane (Dorking, United Kingdom) ~
I started off with every intention of using all three tangles but as soon as I started drawing with mazorito I saw little fox faces everywhere!! It became an obsession to finish them and by then the tile was full... More ZIA than Zentangle on this occasion!
Thank you as always for the inspiration.

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Today is a palindrome day, Madam (8-18-18).
I’ve been playing Aretha Franklin in the background this week ... Ria’s tangles got a little wiggly since I was dancing in my chair as I tangled.
Cheers to Ria’s stunning tangles! And cheers from the bottom of my heart to the Queen of Soul ... musician, vocalist, activist, humanitarian.

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I found a scrap of watercolor paper and decided to make use of it for this challenge. Unfortunately, it got a little busy; also, my pen choice turned out to be poor as they did not want to write over the paint. But, time ran out so I just let it be. Not fond of it, but I am trying to make sure I participate as much as I possibly can :-)

From Lynn F (Florida) ~
Hope all went well with the family events.
When I was doing my tile somehow Hexa turned into Octa. I got lost in the Zen feeling.
Thanks for another fun challenge!

 From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Fun tangles, especially Mazorito. Thought I might give them a try as a Zenbutton. (Happy face.)

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Love this challenge, Adele. It's inspiring using 3 tangles developed by one artist! I know our community will come up with so many creative tiles!

From Karin Godyns, CZT (Belgium) ~
Please find enclosed my participation for the IAST challenge.
I loved playing with Ria’s beautiful tangles. I started and finished the tile on our way home from France during the 16 hour drive, with our camper (pic enclosed). All of a sudden, the long drive was not so long after all :0)

 How fun!

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
It's my hope that you are still a bit behind so my late entry won't cause trouble! Of course, it is late and if it's a problem please don't hesitate to leave it out.
I loved working with Ria Matheussen's tangles! I've long been a fan of her art and her tangles reflect a certain sophisticated elegance that I adore. I wanted to work on white but used my last black zendala tile instead. Thank you for the awesome challenge!

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
A quick note, since this is a late entry, but since I missed last week after my first time back in a long, long while, I wanted to get this to you--:)
Pretty Mazorito started me off, filled in with some Hexa variations, lots of stripes that I love, some white space (originally thought it would have some Horti, but then decided to leave it plain) and a tucked in circle...that's it in a nutshell--:)
Enjoy all of your wonderful family events...mazel tov!
Thanks for all your tangly dedication!

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here comes my late entry for IAST 256. I have been on the road a lot, not tangling so much, a couple of weeks, but as I found out about this challenge with such exciting patterns I had to give it a go! Here it is in my blog:
Thank´s Adele for such an interesting challenge!

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
...Thanks Ria for lovely, challenging patterns and to you for keeping things going in spite of a hectic family time.

From Nova Belle (Texas) ~
It's been awhile - my scanner broke down. It was 14 years old, so I suppose it's understandable.
I had fun this week, especially with seeing Hexa as a kind of fence. I don't have any circle tiles, so I just continued Hexa to fill the square instead ^.^
Thanks for your work!

Thank you all for this beautiful display of tiles.  I am certain that Ria will be excited to see how much everyone enjoyed her wonderful tangles.

My heartfelt thanks for the many loving wishes for the family celebrations that we were blessed with in the past few weeks.  We enjoyed each others good company as each event was more joyous than the next.  God is good!

Tomorrow's post, "Where I Tangle", will feature Jody Genovese, CZT.
I just love seeing where other's tangle, don't you?

If you would like to share a photo and write up of your favorite tangle space(s), send an email to me ( and I will add you to the schedule.

Click here for all of the delightful details for "It's a String Thing" #257 and join in the fun!


  1. Thank you all for joining this challenge. I looooove all entries, so many beautiful, unique and different results, makes me very glad.
    Special thanks for you Adele to put so much work in the weekly challenges and a wonderful presentation of all the tiles!!!

  2. Thank you, Adele, for the back-to-back round-ups and the advice in the previous one. Love the results of the challenges!