Monday, May 20, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #291 Tiles

Our belated nod to Mother's Day found us using a new tangle, Tomàs Padrós' Zig Zag Track (below referred to as ZZT), and plenty of orbs.  

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Lisette CZT32 (Switzerland) ~
I really enjoyed this challenge! I love the tangles by Tomas Padros, although they can be very puzzling and demanding. But with Zig Zag Track I came immediately into the Zen Flow and indulged in the process. I drew Zig Zag Track for the first but not for the last time! Thank you for this beautiful and enriching challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*three variations of ZZT and lovely perfs, too
*sublime shading - note the highlights and shadowing in the black perfs

Please note:  In this post, I refer to rounded shapes as perfs.  They are also known as orbs and Tipple.

From Karen Aicken (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
Glad you had such a nice Mother’s Day. While we did as well, my mom’s health is declining rapidly and she wasn’t able to join us. I now have my Zentangle pens and sketchbook packed to carry with me as it won’t be long before she is in Palliative Care and I will be sitting at her bedside tangling to keep calm. It’s all so very sad and my heart is heavy.
I sat down to draw the IAST 291 into my sketchbook and look up the step out for Zig Zag Track, thinking I would take it with me when I visit my Mom today. But I kept drawing lines and orbs and all of a sudden my tile was finished. So … sending it off to you now while I have it on my mind.
I also added some Baton for contrast and sections of Zig Zag Track were just calling for some Fassett while other’s needed extra lines. I enjoyed this new-to-me tangle more than I expected!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Our hearts are heavy for you, how fortunate that you are near your mom.
*wonderful array of tangles to fill ZZT
*darker shading along the string lines adds depth

From Moblue (Bremen, Germany) ~
See here enclosed my contribution for IAST #291. It was fun to draw. And as you see it’s impossible to draw a card for Mother’s Day without any flower.
Thank you for this nice suggestion.
Happy tangling from Moblue, Bremen, Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely corner flower and ZZT Ms
*inner aura accent for ZZT

From Laurel Davis CZT #28 (New York) ~
Tomàs does such wonderful geometric designs and Zig Zag Track is no exception! I filled the center one with Tektonik, which is my favorite one of his. Thanks for another great challenge and for all you do each and every week to inspire us!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*three fabulous variations of ZZT
*perf filled corners

From Ria Matheussen (Belgium) ~
Here we are again with an entry of a pleasant challenge with a cheerful
new tangle: Zig Zag track in the leading role, drawn in different ways.
I added Caviar and Jetties to complete my tile and used an ordinary red
colourpencil for the finishing touch.
I enjoy every week to see how people from all over the world can show us
such wonderful results, thanks to you!
You do a great job Adele, thank you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*touches of red along with shading add even more depth to ZZT
*Jetties, complete with sparkle, pool and float along ZZT

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Zig zag track is such a fun tangle. I tried using fill in some of them, but really like the minimalist look of it unadorned. Thank you for all you do with the challenges, I look forward to doing them every week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*narrower zigzags with highlighted spaces - fabulous variation
*simple and elegant, just as you noted

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
This made me think about my mom today. It’s her birthday today. She passed in 2005 and days like this makes me miss her more. MY birthday is the worse, the woman who gave me life is not there. No more funny cards or off the wall gifts. We were never serious about birthdays. I sang Happy Birthday this morning, just as I do for all my loved ones who are gone. My husband thinks I’m nuts, but it’s my way of coping and remembering.
 Tangled Tidbits -
How very sweet of you to sing in their honor...
*corner bits of ZZT (like Lynn's above)
*varying sizes of ZZT

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Thanks for the opportunity to use this new tangle. I like it a lot.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*perf tipped ZZT makes a lovely aura line
*fields of glowing white perfs

From Ginger (California) ~
Hope this finds everyone well. "Peachy" is my color of this week, so it plays well here with our challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Pokeroot and Pokeleaf filled spaces
*softly shaded lines accent ZZT

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my tile for “It’s A String Thing # 291’ Challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*ribbon like string lines create a marvelous M
*pretty variations feature such a pleasing mix of curve and line

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I feel totally dissatisfied with this really bad effort. But, my challenge is to do your challenge every week. I have to call this a practice piece. I have no time to figure out how to make these two patterns work together. The weather is lovely so that at least is a bonus. My mother's favourite colour was burgundy and her favourite flowers were roses so I attempted some string roses in the circles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Breathe...I am sure you will be pleased when you see it posted here :)
*colorful roses and bright highlights
*sharp contrasts

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
Here is my submission to IAST 291. Best wishes and Happy Victoria Day weekend from Canada!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines and shading give perfs depth
*detail lines, color, and shading for awesome ZZT

From Lin H. (Florida) ~
I’ve missed several of your challenges recently and am on the road again this week but was determined to find some tangling time and am happy that I did! Loved your recent family photos and stories with your grandkids—just precious.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating tangles and wonderful variations flow in a wave of colors
*weighted and shaded string lines

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
on my blog under the link you can find my contribution to your last challenge. Thank you for your good ideas!
I wish you a nice weekend.
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
* rows and rows of beautifully finished ZZT
*striping and highlights, along with a colorful tile

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Celebrations abound in May ... Easter, First Communions, Mother’s Day, college graduations ... no matter how you slice it ... it’s all about family. My youngest received her college degree last weekend. And my one of my sisters has a birthday this weekend.
I’m sending you a sampler of Zig Zag Tracks. Fun tangle to play with!
Cheers to safe travels to and from our celebrations of life and to the future each celebration offers.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Cheers to it all!
*delightful dimension achieved in multiple variations
*perf lined string lines

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
I am a big fan of Thomas Pàdros. He has such beautiful linework.
4 MOM was fun to do. Here in Holland we don't say Mom but Mam. So I made one 4MaM ;)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large, lovely perfs
*happy mix of both tangles

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
I don’t normally attempt Tomas’s tangles, those I have tried in the past seemed too complicated. This one however was quick and easy. Combined with auras, tipple and caviar. I love a linear tangle!
Tangled Tidbits -
*angles, shading, and highlights provide great dimension
*aura between rows of ZZT become an element in themselves

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
I finally had time to do a tile. Yeah! I hope you had a very Happy Mother’s Day. Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration in California.
Always so nice to hear what is going on in your world.
I decided to try this on a tile I treated with watercolor and saranwrap. It had the look of the stripes in your string and I tend to make colored tiles and not use them. Trying to break bad habits this year.
Thank you for all you do!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rainbow hues and four delicately lined variations of ZZT
*wonderful roundness in the perf shading and highlights

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
What fun to be able to attend Xavier’s First Communion! My cousin-once-removed’s daughter also made her First Communion recently. So sweet!
When I sat down to read the results of challenge #290, the first entry was Gale Sherman’s, and she made me (I started to say “ashamed” but there’s no room for shame in Zentangle so I’m going to say “inspired”) inspired — she responded to a crazy hectic week, instead of making excuses to not tangle, by sitting down and spontaneously dashing off a masterpiece. So I determined I was going to participate this week and not let the week get away from me. As this afternoon waned and I finally sat down do my tile, I saw that last week I’d had some fun sketching a “flat” version of Edie, so since I didn’t get to it last week I decided to use it this week (ovals are almost like orbs aren’t they?). I changed the perspective a bit on Zig Zag Track and ornamented it with “flat Edie.” I really liked Margaret Bremner’s “A Million Things You Can Do With Tipple” so I used her “tipple responding to gravity” to fill in the Vs.
The fun never ends (I hope!)!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, inspired is the word!
*'flat' Edie fill for ZZT
*great 3 D line work

From Lynn F. (Florida) ~
Zig zag track was lots of fun!
I added Mofins which is similar and one of my favorites.
I also used Peace out, Ahh, and Printemps.
Since there is full moon I added one in one corner and the sun in the other.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else does with this challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sweet nod to the sun and moon
*grand mix of color, tangle, details

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) !
Too much fun in the sun today with flying orbs aka Frisbees at our disc golf tournament today so the zigs and the zags went a little askew tonight!. But what fun with both. And a great way to wind down after a big day. Thanks as always for an interesting play.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*the fun shows through!
*perfs and more perfs between weighted lines

From Cheryl (United Kingdom) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*smiling ZZT
*highlights, light and dark lines, grand detail

From Gabi (Germany) ~
Here’s my very very free variation of ZIG ZAG TRACK with .... errr ... something like perfs.
Nonetheless: a wonderful Mother’s Day to all mothers!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*bold black and dew drop perfs
*layers of lovely lined ZZT

From Felicity (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Blessings and congratulations on the Blessed milestones your grandchildren are achieving. Such and honour for we oldies to be there, to enjoy the next generation’s accomplishments.
Here technology is still unstable and we dive in whenever we have contact. Sorry for late Tile 290, but when time allowed I had the best time with Sikito and Edie.
Zigzag Track this week somehow was a challenge to let it flow and take direction. The end result however is quite satisfying.
Looking forward to see what everyone made of it. Have a wonderful week.
 I just had to include this because Simone and Laurel will be so pleased to see it.  It is just beautiful.

Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded aura sections add wonderful depth
*eye catching Flux accented perfs

From T. ~
I hope I’m not getting this to you too late.
Thanks so much for this challenge.
I’ve followed Tomàs Padrós’ pattern designs on social media for a while, so it was nice to work on a challenge that included one of his many patterns.
I love the way he takes the time to share detailed instructions for the patterns he creates and that he sometimes does the same for patterns created by others.
This is my first time using Zig Zag Track and I really enjoyed it, especially the different ways it can be drawn by simply adjusting the length of its lines and then embellishing it with colour.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous variety of angle, color, line width, and direction
*detail lines repeat throughout

This is my tile ~
I began this in the upper left corner, working in one string section at a time, treating each section as its own - so much fun!!

Thank you one and all for the fabulous show of tiles, good wishes, updates, and the incredible gift of coming together here every week to share it all.

Many thanks to Tomàs Padrós for his much appreciated Zig Zag Track. 

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #292!

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