Monday, July 15, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #297 Tiles

Wednesday marks the FIFTEENTH anniversary of the first public class that Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas taught in their now worldwide Zentangle® Method.

To celebrate, our prompt included a string inspired by the Roman numeral XV along with Zenith and our pick of favorite zentangle patterns.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Robin Steinbeck (Painesville, Ohio) ~
I love zenith! My 2 go to’s are Crescent Moon and Farcas
Tangled Tidbits -
*crosshatching in Zenith
*auras add great depth

From Sara BK (Australia) ~
The last challenge I completed was #150. Life got a little busy and my tangling fell by the wayside...
Just the other day I realised I needed an artistic outlet to de-stress and so picked up my pens again. Lucky for me you are still running these awesome challenges!
I have used Zenith and teamed it up with Marasu and Florz.
Welcome back, Sara!
*shining sparkles
*shading adds depth and sense of layering

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
As you can see, I have drawn Zenith in the center. I added Hurry in the
background and Mooka in the right corner below.
The cheerful pattern Jetties is also a fave of me that I use a lot to
cheer up my tiles.
I have used a black and brown pen and finished with ordinary colourpencils.
It was a pleasant challenge that I enjoyed very much.
Thank you Adele. I'm always curious to see your wonderful presentation
of all the entries,
Warm regards from Belgium
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant Mooka
*Hurry adds contrast to the other curvy tangles

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
What a celebration this is. Every time I tangle I am grateful for discovering Zentangle. It brings me so much Zen.
Love Zenith, Tipple and auraing ( is this a word?:)
Yes, we will say that it is!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Zenith in four wonderful variations along the string lines
*Tipple sections shaded along the perimeters

From Lisette, CZT 32 (Switzerland) ~
I hat a lot of fun playing with the “old” patterns by Rick and Maria. Beside Zenith is Rain, Springkle and Florz. The background in pencil with Bales. I love the simplicity of the original Zentangle-patterns. Thank you for this challenge, Adele.

Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, they are simplistic and nostalgic, too.
*lovely layering of tangles
*checkered detail in Zenith

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Happy 15th to Zentangle! A big thank you to them for years of tangling fun and challenges.
Patterns used: Zenith, Floo, Chillon, Huggins (more or less crazy version), Fracas. And, I managed to stick to the string which was important for this XV birthday. Zenith got a bit lost but that is my least favourite tangle. I don't like the version with all the points and balls at all, so I did the more plain version. Maybe with more practice the points and balls would become more appealing. Susie Ng has done a loosened up version which I like but then she has such talent for making just a small change to make a pattern look wonderful. I am looking forward to seeing what everybody else makes of this pattern.
Kudos to Susie!
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkle and highlights add great shine
*simple and elegant Zenith

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Delighted to join in with this week’s challenge. I hope all is well with you. The tangles I have used are pokeroot and pokeleaf, fescu, hibred and umble, as well as zenith. Thank you and best wishes to you and the tangling community.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*colorful variation of Umble
*tangled string lines tipped with tangles - how fun!

From Jane (Indiana) ~
What wonderful news about your new little grandson and your memorable sounding trip! Thank you for sharing! Thanks for coming up with this fun challenge as well. I fiddled with this tile quite a bit, but was finally satisfied with the outcome. The tangles used are: zenith (variation), mooka, tipple, printemps and flux.
Sending blessings and smiles to you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*marvelous Mooka covered string lines with a Zenith border
*dark background accents the tangles and their beautiful details

From Margarete (Germany) and here on her blog ~
your current challenge I drew twice. The version I send to you is a more floral one with the patterns Icantis, Flux, Toodles, Pokeroot and -leaf and Verdigogh. The other more grafical version you can see on my blog under the link.
Thank you for this interesting challenge.
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous mix of organic tangles
*blend of color and contrast

From Gabi (Germany) ~
15 years of zentangle, wow!
So ZENITH changed to be a little more flowery and I also used the more or less classical patterns ORLIQUE, SNAIL and PRINTEMPS.
Tangled Tidbits -
*fancy Zenith variation
*sparkly Printemps, doubled border shaded to the outside

From Laurel Davis, CZT #28 (New York) ~
Wow! Almost to 300! What an amazing gift you have provided to the Zentangling community, Adele! Thank you so much! Along with Zenith, I used Fracas and Printemps for this challenge.
And I thank you as you are close to 100 contributions by now.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading and sparkle on Printemps gives them movement
*colorfully cheerful Zenith

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful curves, sizes, and variations of Zenith
*shading adds dimension

From Moblue (Bremen, Germany) ~
Here comes my contribution to this week‘s theme. As one tile was to small for all the fantastic pattern plus “zenith” I have outlined a tile on a larger sheet and used “zenith” as a border. This time again was real fun and so instructive to me. I’m really eager to see the other results. Thank you for your awesome job.
Happy tangling from Moblue, Bremen, Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*detailed Zenith border
*marvelous mix of tangles, shading, and sparkle

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Zenith is a great tangle. I love all the variations including borders and standalone elements.
Tangled Tidbits -
*clever use of Zenith fragments
*happy variations of Zenith

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
I used Zenith colored with chalk pencils, Icantoo, Poke Root, & Nzeppel. Thank you for the challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*gloriously detailed Zenith variation
*shading adds softness to the tangles and border

From Tina Kaul, CZT (Germany) ~
Thank you Adele, for the anniversary task, a great idea ...
I have used the following tangles:
Festune, Crescent Moon, Meer, Hollibaugh.
Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded and pointed Zenith details
*depth achieved in layering of tangles and with lovely shading

From Karen Aicken (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
So exciting that you had such an amazing trip to Israel!! Hope the jet lag is over now … that ‘walking underwater’ feeling is never fun. While I didn’t get you my finished tile last week, this week I’m squeaking in under the wire.
I was so happy to finally get a chance to tangle last night, I didn’t read the entire description of the challenge. I got as far as ‘use two or more of your favourite tangles’ and I got to work, not realizing the rest of the sentence was ‘by Rick and Maria’. OOPS! But I’m finished and sending it to you with the promise to read the full description of the challenge next time.
Tangles used:
Zenith, Diva Dance, Joki and Maryhill.
I traced a Zentangle tile into my sketchbook and that is where I did the tangling with a blue/black PN pen. It is on my blog...
Thank you, Karen, that is an apt description of jet lag :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*fanned Zenith details, Printemps and Diva Dance fills, too
*pleasing balance of rounded and straight lined tangles

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
Happy 15th anniversary Zentangle Tea. Oh my how Zentangle has changed so many lives in 15 short years, mine included. Our power went out for a few hours yesterday and in the dark of my craft room I decided to grab a pen and do IAST 297 with what natural light was left of the day. And because the black and the purple microns looked the same in the dark of my drawer, I grabbed the purple by mistake and started a line, but as there are no mistakes in Zentangle, I just went with it and this was the result when I finally finished it this morning and using some black too. Besides zenith, I used Punzel, molygon and rain. What fun the surprise of picking up a pen I didn’t intend to can lead to! Thanks for keeping us going in such fun directions.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty purple Zenith like hanging wisteria vines
* tangles share dots and aura

From Angie Gittles (Maryland) ~
Cheers to 15 years of Zentangle classes! Here Zenith is celebrating with Hollibaugh and Crazy ‘Nzeppel.
Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded corners, beautiful shading
*elegant enthatching and sparkle

From Lin H. (Florida) ~
Happy 15th year of tangling to tanglers everywhere! I used Zenith and Mooka to celebrate the occasion. Thanks for a great challenge, Adele.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*plump, Tipple filled Mooka
*three wonderful Zenith variations

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
Great idea to celebrate 15 years of Zentangle! I chose Striping, Hibred and Florz along with Zenith!
Tangled Tidbits -
*delicate string lines of Zenith
*great movement with curved tangles

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Here’s my tile for IAST 297. In addition to Zenith, I used Bales, Cadent, Crescent Moon, Knightsbridge, Paradox and Printemps. These are my “standby” tangles that I use on most of my tiles.
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely, light touch of highlight and shading for depth
*contrast in Zenith mirrored in Knightsbridge

From  Lynn F. (Florida) ~
I became obsessed with Zenith so it’s the only pattern I used. It’s new to me so I enjoyed trying different versions.
Thinking of the folks in the path of the hurricane and hoping the levees hold up.
Here’s my tile.  Thanks for another great challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderfully detailed Zenith variations
*highlights and golden accents

From Allison (California) ~
Here is my version of 297. I used Zenith, Frondous, Noom, Msst, Knightsbridge, Scenario, Jonqal and both Pokes; Root and Leaf. This was such a fun tangle to do.
Tangled Tidbits -
*a lovely line up of tangles
*multiple shades of gray

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Here’s my tile for #297. Hard to believe we are almost to 300!
It was such fun to use “classic” Zentangle tangles. I went through my printed out step-outs and pulled my favorites, and then I had to cull them at least twice! My favorites are the ones in which “magic” happens and they become 3-D. So I was a bit at a loss as to what to do with Zenith. Then I went to my computer to check email and there was an email from Zentangle with step-outs for Doo-Dah. What a fun tangle that is!
I was gathering my stuff to go into the living room (which is cooler in the afternoon than my studio) and thought “my goodness, I have a lot of pens.” Then when I started to draw I realized I’d grabbed a sepia pen instead of a black pen. For awhile I was going through a phase of not liking to shade with graphite, so I bought Pitt pens in a range of cool greys and warm greys, and discovered the warm greys look really good with sepia Micron pens. So today, because there are no mistakes in Zentangle, here is the tile in sepia pen with warm grey Pitt pen shading (it’s only a subtle difference). Tangles include Hurry, Bucky (my absolute favorite, and I pushed myself by using a grid that curved to follow the string rather than a straight grid, which I must say makes it even more confusing) (there’s one mistake but I won’t tell you where), Zenith with Doo-Dah, Cubine, Dex (where Cubine flows into Dex marks the diagonal string line), and a touch of Zinger.
Thank you for all you do to keep this community going! Looking forward to 300. (When I was going through my file folder of printed out step-outs I found your tangle 100, which you created for challenge #100. Doesn’t seem that long ago.)
No, it doesn't seem so long ago!
I am not even going to look for that "mistake" as there are non in zentangle :)
You have clocked almost 300 yourself along this journey.  Many thanks to you, too.
Tangled tidbits -
*Doo-Dah filled Zenith
*Dex flows into Cubine

From Sra (India) ~
I meant to send this off last night but got busy doing another piece of Zentangle! I finished this on Wednesday itself when you announced the theme. I didn't stick to the string, though. Tangles used are Zenith, Mooka, Tipple, Cadent, Arukas and Fescu.
Tangled Tidbits -
*black aura accents brown Zenith border
*wonderfully intertwined Mooka, Zinger, and Fescu

A very warm welcome to Sunshine Day (Minnesota) ~
Hi Adele, I'm new.
It's nice to meet you!
Thank you for the fun challenge.
A thick line makes it look like XVI but I liked that thick line so I left it in : )
Tangles used: Zenith, Meer, Diva Dance, Avreal, Keeko
Tangled Tidbits -
*happy contrasts of bold and lighter spaces and tangles
*tangle filled Zenith

Welcome to our Tangled Map and welcome to our IAST community!

From Kathy Millard (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada) ~
Love, love, love the inspiration you give with your weekly string. I used "Icanthus" and "Onamato" as my tangles to go with "Zenith".
Thank you, Kathy!
Tangled Tidbits -
*colorful Zenith with tapered ends
*graceful Icanthus in each string space

From Gill Green (Israel) ~
This was a great challenge, and a very fitting one for Zentangle’s 15th anniversary. I enjoyed following all all the links you sent and thoroughly losing myself in a tangled rabbit hole.
As well as Zenith I used Tripoli, Florz and Purk.
If this is too late, apologies
All the best
Tangled Tidbits -
*multiple aura and sparkled orbs of Zenith along with detailed shading
*rounded shading for a delicate Tripoli

From T. ~
This week’s challenge was a bit difficult for me, not because of the pattern you chose for us, but because I had a hard time choosing additional patterns I like from among those deconstructed by the Zentangle founders.
I first used Zenith in one of your past challenges. It’s a pattern that I truly love drawing.
Unfortunately, it took a while for me to choose two more patterns to use with it.
In the end, I chose ‘NZeppel and SeZ. ‘NZeppel is a pattern that I use often either as a filler or main pattern when I draw because it can easily fit into any space.
SeZ reminds me of Pixioze that we used in a recent challenge. It’s also similar to a pattern I used to draw long before I ever heard of Zentangle to fill the margins of pages as I sat through meetings or classes that didn’t hold my attention.
Thanks again for organizing these challenges every week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*bursts of beautiful color, tangles, bold and finer lines
*large Zenith plays beautifully with smaller Sez and N'zeppel

Wasn't it fascinating to see which tangles were chosen to be included in the tiles?

Thank you one and all for sending in your inspiring contributions!

Special thanks to Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas for the gift of Zentangle.  It has brought us all together in this wonderful world of tangling.  I continue to be amazed by it all.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #298!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #297

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

On July 17, 2014, I posted a story and pictures of a Tea that my dear friend Sindy P and I organized for a Zentangle® milestone.  (Click here for the link.)  It was the tenth anniversary of the first public class that Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas taught to introduce their new art form.
And we all know the rest of that tale!

If my math is correct, next Wednesday will mark the fifteenth anniversary of that very class.

It is incredible to think of the influence practicing the Zentangle Method has had on all of us here in the IAST community, and on tanglers the world over.

In celebration, let's begin with this string ~

XV - IAST #297 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
Cheers to 15 years of Zentangle!

The tangles we will use include ~

Click here for my Tips for Tangling Zenith, here for the listing on TanglePatterns, and here for the link to Tangle List.
Besides having a fitting name for our prompt, this is a crowd favorite.

Here is the fun part - add to Zenith two or more of your favorite tangles by Rick and Maria.  As noted above, there are several excellent online reference guides to their tangles if you need to refresh your memory with an old favorite or to pick a few new ones!

In your emails, please include the names of the tangles you use.  It will provide a quick guide to tanglers who may want to look up the step outs.

Feel free to use any shape tile you wish - square, Bijou, 3z, zendala...

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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 -
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos and notes 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.


"It's a String Thing" #296 Tiles

This week was just plain fun for the Fourth of July as we tangled with one new and one not-so-new pattern - both a joy to draw.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
I think Tweak is a surprising tangle-pattern.
Different every time you draw it.
That's the nice thing about zentangle

Tangled Tidbits -
*grey marker string lines and a touch of sparkle
*Ahh tipped Tweak lines

From Gale Sherman, CZT (Tucson, Arizona) ~
This tile (lightly marbled ages ago) was unearthed in a tin I carry when traveling. Tweak was new to me and I tweaked it a bit more by adding random triangles. Ahh and #therefore are above in golden splendor. Best to all and, again, Adele THANK YOU for starting and keeping IAST going, especially thru jet lag. Your trip sounds very fulfilling and wonderful.
Tangled Tidbits -
*glowing golden Ahh
*just a touch of shading to the overlaps
Thank you, Gale, your words captured our trip.

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
Has been great reading about your recent trip, I look forward to learning more of your travels. Please find my tile for this week’s challenge. I couldn’t resist adding tweak to the whole string and just a few aah in white gellyroll. I like these grey tiles too.
Tangled Tidbits -
*softness abounds in shading, rounding, and highlights
*Ahh overlaps and peaks from under

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Tweak was a very satisfying tangle. Interesting what a difference it made just leaving one side without an aura.
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely inner shapes of Tweak
*Ahh filled and tipped Tweak

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
It’s been quite some time since I sent you anything, so I’m glad to have finished this before the deadline.
I’ve been doing a lot of gel plate printing lately. For this one, I printed over some old tangles, then I added a bit of one of this week’s patterns on top of that.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful coloring and layering
*Tweak has a rounded look accented by deep shading

From Angie Gittles (Maryland) ~
Thank you for another fun challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*touches of Ahh fill Tweak
*white spaces compliment Tweak dark centers

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Lovely to hear about your wonderful trip to Israel and the fantastic time you had with your brother and his wife.
Also to meet up with Gill Green was just the icing on the cake, I loved Gill’s shop, lots of goodies in there.
Attached is my tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #296’ Challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*softest shading adds depth
*festive multi-lined Ahh
Meeting Gill was definitely "icing on the cake" and I dare say all of us would get happily lost in their beautiful shop.

From Moblue (Germany) ~
See enclosed my contribution for this week. The tile had enough space so I took Tweak as reticula for Aah and also some Star Map and Cracked. Finally I tried some Nzepple in the last corner. So much fun!
Belated happy 4ths of July and happy tangling from
Moblue, Bremen, Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkly Ahh
*wonderful mix of tangles to compliment Tweak

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Sounds as if you had a really good time visiting Israel. Lots of interesting places to visit. Also nice to be able to meet up with one of your IAST contributors. This was a relaxing tangle. My lines ended up being a bit more wobbly than I like. I added a couple of touches of red, white, and blue for the 4th of July. Hope you had a nice celebration.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful angles accented with shading
*Ahh lines reach to fill string spaces
Cheers to the red, white, and blue!

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderfully rounded Tweak and touches of highlight
*multiple Ahh fill string spaces

From Laurel Davis, CZT #28 (New York) ~
Thanks for another great challenge, Adele! I fell in love with Tweak when I first saw it and who doesn’t love to draw Ahhh! (Especially with a white Gelly Roll?) This past winter in St. Augustine, a friend introduced me to a lovely lady named Ellen Albert from Key Biscayne, FL who also just returned from a trip to Israel. She posted lots of pictures on FB while she was there, so I can understand what an amazing experience it must have been for you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*detailed border and fills for Tweak
*explosive Ahh
Thank you, Laurel, I will have to post some more photos when I get them all sorted out.

From Gabi (Germany) ~
What a wonderful trip to Israel you had. Sure you got lots of inspiration, met nice people and saw very interesting places!
I’m also for vacation, spending the time at home and so I had some more time to do a tile and I’m sure this time it’s not the last one you get.
Was puzzled when I saw the string but it’s great for this pattern. Didn’t know Tweak up to now and I think it’s going to be one of my favourite patterns.
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines
*layered Ahh really shines
Thank you for your spot on description of our trip :)

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
this time you have chosen an unusual pattern combination. As a background, I have used a watercolor from my blue-white-red series that fits quite well with your string.Unfortunately, the result is a bit dark. It was a very interesting challenge again. You can also see my result on my blog under the link: .
Thank you for your good ideas and your commitment.
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*happy Ahh variations
*varied inner shapes of Tweak
I can say the same back to you, Margarete.  Thank you!

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Tweak is a wonderful, versatile tangle, I'm glad you chose this one for
the challenge of the week and AHH always cheer up the result.
As you can see I have used besides my pencil and pen a little bit of
blue colours and a white gellypen.
I enjoyed this challenge and thank you very much for your inspiring
posts, I like to join as much as possible!
Wish you all the best and send you warm regards from Belgium
Tangled Tidbits -
*light Tweak centers
*sparkling Ahh and a lovely shade of blue

From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
Hope you're having a wonderful July 4th weekend.
Here's my tile for this week's challenge. I did it super quickly but am quite pleased with how it turned out.
Tangled Tidbits -
*auras and dark spaces around Ahh make it bloom
*soft shading

From Gill Green (Israel) ~
Here's my 4th July tile. Friends in the US are celebrating the birth of their grandson born on the 4th so that's been exciting for us too. Looking forward to seeing how everyone has managed to merge these very different tangles! Greetings from hot and humid Tel Aviv.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large Ahh with aura floats above Tweak
*festive red, white, and blue sections
Cheers to new life, new parents, and to new grandparents, too!

From Lynn F. (Florida) ~
What a wonderful story about your trip and getting to meet Gill.
As we have just celebrated our Independence Day, I decided to use the patterns in a way that would look like the 🇺🇸.
I used Ahh for the stars and Tweak for the stripes. My husband didn’t see the flag when he looked at it but he still thought it was great.
Thanks for another fun challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*patriotic stars and stripes in Ahh and Tweak
*very pretty Ahh variations
Thank you, Lynn :)

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
To all the United States Tanglers Happy 4th of July. And for the rest of the world, have a Happy Day!. Zentangle brings us all together as friends and family and that is always a good day! I kept thinking of fireworks as my AHH’s exploded behind the Tweak areas. What fun and this started a new journal of IAST’s for me. Filled the last one then missed a couple of weeks, but as I say, miss some, do some, but always fun. Thanks Adele and glad you had some awesome family and travel time.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Ahh filled Tweak
*wonderful shading
Thank you, Sue, it is always a good day when tangling is involved!

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Thank you, Adele, for another challenge with all you have going on. You are amazing. are your steady contributions, thank you, Lynn.
Tangled Tidbits -
*waves of Tweak with sparkled center details
*softly shaded bursts of Ahh

From Amy L, CZT (Connecticut) ~
I was very busy this week and the time I found to tangle was in the car in the way to and from Boston, so my lines are shakier than usual. However despite that, and that I found tweak a bit challenging, once I brought it all together with mooka, I decided that the result was shareable. So here it is. Happy fourth, everyone! And welcome back from Israel, Adele. It sounds like your trip was just as amazing as ours was last year!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Mooka is a fabulous addition
*Ahh and Mooka share rounded shading
I am so very happy to know you were there, too.

From Allison (California) ~
Oh, so fun when I get in the zen of tangling. Here’s my offering for #296. One element of this flowed into the next. Thank you for the prompt.
Tangled Tidbits -
*sunbursts of Ahh
*string lines turn to dot and connect to Ahh
Your fun is contagious!

From Kathy Millard and Aida Millard (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada) ~
Again really enjoyed the two patterns that were both new to me. My 11 year old granddaughter, Aida has been here visiting and also loves to zentangle. She tried the tangles as well so I have sent both our tangles along. Thank you so much for keeping me motivated!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*awesome Ahh reflects Tweak lines
*shaded corners and dots of red
How fun to tangle with your granddaughter!


*beautiful borders of Tweak
*Ahh filled center and dots shared by both tangles
Well done, Aida!

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
What a treat and privilege to go to the Holy Land! That must have been so moving and inspiring (kind of gives me chills thinking about it)! Judging from the experience of the folks from my church who went on pilgrimage in May, I'm guessing you got a tattoo in Jerusalem! Apparently there’s a place right on the Via Dolorosa that has been in existence since 1300, called Razzook’s, and the “thing” is to get a Jerusalem Cross tattoo with the year, and then each time you go back you add another year to the tattoo. (I’m just teasing; I’ve never been at all inclined to get a tattoo but the Jerusalem tattoo would be the only one I would ever even consider.)

This tile was a lot of fun. When I saw Tweak I immediately thought of Flukes, which is one of my favorites because just a little shading adds so much layering. Then when I started playing with it the random string reminded me of Margaret Bremner’s Cockles ’n’ Mussels, and the fact that Cockles ’n’ Mussels came about from her drawing N’Zeppel using a random string rather than a grid. So in some of the spaces I put N’Zeppel and then put Ahhhhh inside. I’m not sure what possessed me to do tiny cross-hatching instead of just coloring the spaces black.

Thanks for your inspiring stories!
Tangled Tidbits -
Fortunately, our tour guide left that detail out :)  but yes, it was a privilege to be there.
*Ahh in N'zeppel bubbles - how fun!
*detailed crosshatching adds just right contrast

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for the week. It's early morning in India and this is the first time I've tangled a tile so early!
One of those tiles where I didn't think much and even like the outcome.
Have a happy week ahead!
Tangled Tidbits -
Not thinking too much and liking the outcome - that's a great combination for tangling!
*white on black and black on white Ahh
*interesting angles created with Tweak

From Cheryl (Missouri) ~
This was a fun tangle, but very involved. It would have helped to have read the complete blog and pattern details before starting! Some pictures are worth MORE than thousands words
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty Ahh variations
*rounded and weighted corners of Tweak
Some times directions are overrated :)

From Lisette, CZT #32 (Switzerland) ~
I’m not sure if I’m too late with my tile…
Tweak is a pattern I wouldn’t have chosen by myself. I’m thankful that you proposed it. It’s really worth playing with Tweak.
Best wishes and hugs
Tangled Tidbits -
*long lines and rounded Tweak corners with a touch of shading
*white and black Ahh - pretty contrasts

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
It sounds like your summer is going well!
Tweak was new to me and fun to do!
Tangled Tidbits -
*colorful Tweak accentuates its angles and shapes
*varying sizes and colors of Ahh

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Thank you for an “simple” challenge for tile 296. This word “ simple”inspired me to get going again. 4th July just happens to be our wedding anniversary date. Willie and I were married 52 year on the 4th of July. Here we say married couples figuratively consume one bag of salt every 7 year - cycle of being together, so 52 years adds up to about seven and a half bags of salt so far! Still going strong through thick and thin.

Thank you for the challenge and for Tweak and Ahhh that worked so well together. Stars and Stripes !
Best to all.
CONGRATULATIONS to you and your groom of 52 years!  May you enjoy many more years - and salt - together! 💑
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful roundness in Ahh's details
*a touch of color to compliment the black and white

Many thanks to you all for the inspiring and festive Fourth tiles.

Special thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles we used this week ~

Tweak by Jaqui Bull

Ahh by Maria Thomas

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #297!