Tuesday, August 13, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #301

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

After that fabulous display of tiles for our landmark 300th IAST (I am still soaking it all in!), let's take a bit of a deep breath this week and concentrate on just one tangle -  the new Gelijoy by frequent IASThinger, Nadine Roller, CZT from Germany.

Here is our string ~

IAST #301 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
Given the organic nature of this tangle, the string is optional - see how it works for you.

The direct link to Gelijoy can be found here ~

Gelijoy by Nadine Roller, CZT
(and also here on TanglePatterns)

When I saw this tangle, I was immediately drawn to it.  Ivy and all that it represents, has always been one of my favorite plants.  Nadine's write up and very clever step out using arrows makes that tangle even more attractive. 

Feel free to create a monotangle with Gelijoy or if the mood strikes and you want to add more tangles, please do.  The choice is yours.

Either way, as Nadine says, please relax, have patience, and enjoy the tangling process.

Simply pencil in the string line and begin.
Keep in mind that the string is a suggestion 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 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.
FOR EXAMPLE: ADELE BRUNO (FLORIDA)


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.

Enjoy!

"It's a String Thing" #300 Tiles

Happy 300th "It's a String Thing" to all  "It's a String Thingers"* far and wide!

It is a pleasure to present the tiles for this grand celebration.  We used a string inspired by the numeral 300 along with my new Ada and tangles from IAST #100 and #200.

Each tile is a treasure and the loving sentiments that accompanied them are gifts in themselves.  Thank you all.

Let's take a look ~


The first tile arrived from Gale Sherman, CZT (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I'm so sorry I don't have longer to work on this special 300th IAST tile. It is simple, but heartfelt. I got the email instructions today and am packing to leave for a couple week road trip visiting family and friends here and there. It will be great fun visiting AND looking forward to seeing all the great tiles tanglers around the world will produce. THANK YOU so much for keeping this endeavor going. I can hardly imagine how much time, energy and effort you spend challenging and encouraging us. You are such a dear!
Thank you, Gale.  Have a wonderful trip!
Tangled Tidbits -
*glittering gold aura around all three tangles
*Ada shaded on the overlaps and as a whole


From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
What a wonderful foto of your seven children and I also find it a joy when everybody is together.
Congratulations with IAST 300! What a milestone. Thank you for the pleasure you give me every week with your great challenges.
I certainly enjoyed this challenge with your new tangle Ada. So much fun.
Thanks Adèle!
Thank you, Marjan.  The pleasure is mine to have you join in!
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful Ada border
*background 100 with Primtemps 0's



From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Congratulations on IAST 300. That is so much work and very much appreciated.
WONDERFUL picture of your family.
Thank you, Lynn!
Tangled Tidbits -
*three fun versions of 100
*aura and fanned details for Ada


From Sara (Australia) ~
I was disappointed I missed last weeks challenge, but happy to be involved with the 300th. Congratulations and well done for keeping this going for so long.
Cheers
Thank you, and cheers to you, too, Sara.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful waves of Ada with bubbling perfs
*c strokes and soft shading add depth


From Susie (Thailand) ~
Congratulations to yet another milestone! Composing and publishing 300 challenges is just amazing and - we all know - tons of work. A huge thank you for that. Be assured, we IAST tanglers and fans highly appreciate your commitment and we are all looking forward to your next 100 challenges. I am!
Take care, stay healthy and keep us challenged.
Thank you, Susie.  I feel very appreciated :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderfully rounded tangles and details
*pretty thin lined highlights and shading


From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations on your 300th anniversary! Surely not only I do admire your enthusiasm, your dedication and your many good ideas that delight us Tangle enthusiasts every week and challenge to many interesting contributions. I'm looking forward to the next 300!
My tile one can find on my blog under the link...
Best wishes to you and your big family - it was certainly not only a big challenge to make a picture of all your seven, it also was a big task for you to bring up seven children, who have become such pleasant and beautiful young adults!
Greetings from Germany
Thank you, Margarete.
I admire your enthusiasm and boundless energy for tangling, too.
Tangled Tidbits -
*overlapping doubled strings brimming with tangles
*lovely mix of organic tangles


 From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Congratulations with the 300th IAST Challenge. Wow, what a milestone.
Thank you so much for all you did week after week to tickle us to tangle.
Some zentangles flowed straight out of the pen while others were more like brain teasers. But you always keep us sharp and you are always encouraging us with your positiveness and loving words. And as far as I know you never skipped one week to provide us with a challenge. Chapeau.
I love your newest tangle ADA and liked to play with it.
My tile this week flowed straight out of the pen. It is a simple tile with not many embellishments, but I think that the suggested tangles are beautiful of their own and do not need to be embellished much.
I really wanted to participate in this challenge # 300 but I also planned a few days family visit in another part of The Netherlands this week. So I was a bit in time shortage and I am glad that I managed to make the tile.
I loved to see the picture of all your beautiful children together.
Much love and have a blessed week
Thank you, Ingrid, and safe travels to you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines and shading make a lovely Ada
*100 flows nicely around curved spaces and C-perfs adds the cherries on top!


From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
I’ve been away a couple of weeks so haven’t kept up every week however made a special effort to do the 300th IAST! Congratulations Adele. Lovely choice of tangles, I couldn’t resist adding a gem to celebrate!
So happy you could join in, Jane!
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous green gem filled Ada
*beautifully shaded perfs in all three tangles


From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) ~
300th. Wow! Thank you for all your enthusiasm, keeping us inspired and looking forward to IAST each week. Celebrating 300th challenge this week! Really proud to be part of this family of participants. Thank you for making one feel part of the family by sharing your happy events and amazing experiences. Thank you for weekly challenges, such fun and always amazing journeys. Every completed tile is a great surprise!
Thank you and congratulation to all who are part of IAST each week.
You are part of the family from way back - thank you, Felicity!
Tangled Tidbits -
*mesmerizing Ada variation
*finely detailed 100 and C-perfs



From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
CONGRATULATIONS! and CELEBRATIONS! For the 300th It’s A String Thing.
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing # 300’ Challenge.
Thank you, Shirley!
Tangled Tidbits -
*marvelously multi-layered and tangled string lines
*lightly tangled Printemps



From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Good looking family, I know you had fun. Congrats! On #300
We really did have fun, thank you, Susie.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three Ada variations
*fun 300 shaded on all sides


From Laurel Davis, CZT #28 (New York) ~
Congratulations on 300 IAST challenges! And thank you for these wonderful prompts you provide each week. I thought I was finished, but when I looked at it later, I realized the top of the three looked like a party hat. So, what could I do, but add a face and a cake! Let’s get this party started!


Woohoo!  Time to party is right!
Tangled Tidbits -
*such a happy take on the string and tangles, complete with a cake :)
*sparkle and white perfs - great highlights


From Lin H. (Florida) ~
Happy 300th, Adele, and fellow tanglers! Thank you for all that you do to keep this challenge going so strong, Adele. You’re a gem in the Zentangle world. Love the photos of your beautiful family members, too.

...as you are, Lin.  Thank you for the good wishes.
Tangled Tidbits -
*two awesome Ada variations include triangular aura, large perfs, Betweed, and C-perfs
*wash of color and soft shading


From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~
Happy anniversary to you, dear Adele,
This is my delayed entry for your #300 iast.
All the best from Germany
Thank you, Henrike.  It is very good to hear from you again!
Tangled Tidbits -
*spectacular Ada variations - 100, Crescent Moon, petals, aura...
*overlapping curve of C-perfs with aura and weighted tips


From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) ~
WOW! 300 certainly calls for a celebration. Thanks Adele for inspiring so many of us tanglers to play with new strings and tangles. It has been fun, though I’ve not even come close to doing all 300. Maybe I’ll make the next 300 but I’m sure it’ll be ‘do some, miss some’ and as always will be fun. Looking forward to many more IAST’s. I’m sure the gold doesn’t show up very well in the scan, but knew there had to be gold for such a milestone! Enjoyed all 3 of these new to me tangles.

Thank you, Sue, I am happy to have you join in whenever you can.
*celebratory touches of gold
*one tangle for each string line


From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Congratulations on bringing us all to IAST300! You have been so inspiring and creative - Thank You! This was much fun indeed. ( I thought my tile was finished in black and white, then thought 'this is a celebration that calls for color!' So I started in with my Tombow Dual Brush pens. Got a little out of control, but that's okay!)
Your family, by the way, is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your photos. Hope the remainder of your summer is filled with joy and peaceful beauty.
...and yours as well, thank you, Mariam.
Tangled Tidbits -
*interlocking C-perfs with the perfect little sign!
*tipple and black perfs on a lovely Ada variation


From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
What a milestone! A huge thank you to you, for your ongoing commitment and care and for bringing us all together, from far and wide, week after week with your strings and tangle selections!
I don't know what gave me the greatest pleasure - tangling a tile for your 300th challenge, knowing I've been following the challenges for almost the entire time, playing with three of your centenary tangles - or getting to know your charming new tangle. Ada is delightful - and so ripe for variation - here is another for your collection - gently rounded, doubled, then cut through in Wholly Hollibaugh style!
Here's to another 300 if you think you can cope!
Ah, Jem, you make it look so easy - and sound so easy, too - but that Ada variation is just remarkable!
Thank you for the good wishes and for your steadfast company.
Tangled Tidbits -
*delightfully detailed, doubled Ada
*woven ribbon and fine lines tie the patterns together


From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings and congratulations on the 300th IAST challenge!
This was a very fun tile! Thanks, Adele!
Thank you, JoAnne!
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled string lines filled with three splendid Ada variations
*billowing C-perfs surrounds


From Sunshine Day (Minnesota) ~
Happy 300, Adele, for all of us It's A String Thingers!*
Ada, C-Perfs, 100
Thank you for the new name for all of us - I love it!  I used it already in my introduction above and will add it to our vocabulary with kudos to you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*C-perfs cheery cherries
*multiple 100 variations and vibrant color


From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Congratulations on reaching 300! Love the new tangle ADA, and all the things you can do with it. I like the rounded angle one from Susie in Thailand that looks like Sydney Opera House.
What a great photo of your family – they all look so alike and like you!
Many, many thanks for all you do to keep this community going.
Many thanks, Susan.
Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded and doubled Ada
*300 used as a tangle - how fun!


From Lynn F. (from a rainy Florida) ~
Congratulations Adele on your 300th challenge.
For the short amount of time I’ve participated I can truly say how much joy these have added to my life.
Thank you and thanks to all the other Tanglers who participate from around the world.
Here’s my tile for this celebratory challenge. I added a little crescent moon, tipple, and keeko to the mix.
Thank you, Lynn - so happy you found us!
Tangled Tidbits -
*300 repeats to fill in the string spaces with a touch of gold
*wonderful waves of 100 variations


From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
I'm glad to have the opportunity of joining your challenge number 300. I
have learned so much by following those challenges. As I wrote before,
they are sometimes easy, sometimes difficult but always interesting.
I 've made a few sketches with the given string but I was not satisfied
about the result. That is why I chose for something else but I used only
your tangles with addition of the lovely Mel Mel, which is one of my
favorite tangles.
I love to draw in the round and hope you will like this zendala.
Thank you so much Adele for challenging us every week again and
especially for the wonderful presentation of our tiles.
I wish you and your beautiful family lots of happy moments and
especially all of you a good health!
I'm grateful to be a member of the I.A.S.T. tanglefamily.
Warm regards from Belgium
Thank you, Ria, and the same good wishes to you and your family, too.
Tangled Tidbits -
*brilliant orbiting tangles - love the addition of Mel Mel
*touches of highlights, white spaces, dots and a 300!



From Amy Lilien-Harper, CZT (Connecticut) ~
It’s good to be back! Thanks for the extra week. I found the string challenging to use with these tangles, which all seemed to want to go into straight lines. Finally, I used each number for one of the three tangles, and then tied it all together with Tripoli, which seemed appropriate given all of the threes here. I particularly enjoyed both Ada and 100. I hope you like it!
Yes, very much!
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely evenness of line and spacing
*pretty contrast with light and dark perfs


From Cheryl (Missouri) ~
Thanks, as always, Adele for keeping us 'tangling.
Thank you for tangling along, Cheryl.
Tangled Tidbits -
*100 flows smoothly into C-perfs
*weighted lines, a bit of blue, wonderful details


From Gill Green (Israel) ~
What a beautiful family! Would love to see a photo of the extended clan one day.
Congratulations on the 300th IAST, it’s a wonderful achievement and so happy to be a small part of it.
I didn’t submit last time as I wasn’t happy with the result, but after reading the other entries I won’t be doing that anymore.
I enjoyed using all these tangles, and looking forward to taking part in the next 300.
Thank you, Gill.  Your work is wonderful - do send it in!
Tangled Tidbits -
*very dimensional brown, shaded, and highlighted Ada
*perfs and Betweed for a second Ada variation


From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Congratulations on achieving this milestone. It represents a lot of work on your part and it is well and truly appreciated by all your challenge participants. Thank you for hours and hours of fun. I like your new "Ada" pattern. As you showed in your last post, there can be many variations.
I love that you said "fun" because it really is.  Thank you, Vena.
Tangled Tidbits -
*brightly colored details
*Ada corner with 100, perfs, and rays



From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Good morning and congratulations!
I haven’t been tangling for weeks — other artwork is keeping me busy— but I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate your great achievement. It really is amazing how long you’ve been teaching and inspiring a worldwide community!
I used your 300 string and Henrike Bratz's variation of Ada. Then instead of the 100 pattern, I changed it to 300. It was fun and soothing to do.
Once again congratulations and best wishes for 300 more!

Thank you for pausing your other work to join in, we would have missed you, for sure!
Tangled Tidbits -
*300 as a tangle - great fun!
*rows and rows of wonderfully rounded Ada details


From Sra (India) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations on the 300th edition of IAST! Thanks for coming up with the event and hosting it and commenting on the tiles. Here's a link to my post on IAST 300. The picture of the tile is attached. 
I look forward to IAST every week, even when I know I won't be able to participate, or haven't. Do keep it running for as long as you can!
Thank you, Sra.  I appreciate all of your encouraging words over the years.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large orbs of 100 shine with highlights and shading, too
*C-perfs filled string line


From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona - currently on vacation) ~
I'm doing this with one finger on my phone so hopefully will be less wordy!
Congratulations on 300 — that's an almost six-year accomplishment!
The (fun) challenge this week was how to use three border tangles. So I decided to make One Hundred into a grid. Not sure it fades into the background as much as I'd hoped. The "printed c" version of C-Perf reminded me of one of my favorite tangles, Inapod, so I made c's into peas. Then made myself go out of my comfort zone a little to try a cursive variation. Ada was fun. I kept it plain because I was playing with "coiling" it. I also tried a "zigzag fold" version but it took more concentration than I was able to muster.
Thank you so much for years of fun and friendship!
Fun, friendship, and lots of tangling - thank you, Sue!
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles rise over 100 grid
*a light and airy look, with just enough dark spaces and weighted line to ground the tangles


From Kathy (British Columbia, Canada) ~
Congratulations Adele! 300 strings is a lot of work...a huge commitment and I thank you. I look forward each week to seeing the wonderful ideas and inspiration that other amazing tanglers send in. And of course I can hardly wait to see the new string and tangles to try. "Ada" is a wonderful tangle...so many possibilities! Also a name I will remember as my granddaughter is also Aida ( just a different spelling) and she loves to zentangle with me!
Many thanks, Kathy.  I am so happy to know that we share a granddaughter name.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful, alternating rows of arched and straight lined Ada
*horizontal C-perfs beside vertical 100


From Karen Aicken (Alberta, Canada) ~
How exciting that you were able to visit with all of your children at the same time. Such happy memories! Also enjoyed your newest tangle Ada. How lovely that you can have another tangle named after a sweet grandchild.
Here is my participation for the amazing IAST 300. What a huge milestone! Thank you for all you do
I traced a Zentangle tile into my sketchbook and added a touch of gold.
Thank you so much, Karen.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful border of Ada, ringed with C-perfs
*golden 300 is worthy of a celebration :)


From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
CONGRATULATIONS on IAST 300!! What an incredible milestone. A big thank you for all you do for this community and your amazing blog and challenge. It’s my favorite.
I was going to write Thank You 300x but… :)
Loved the picture of your family. What a gorgeous group. The reunion must have been so much fun and so hard to see end. You are truly blessed.
Here’s to many more weeks of IAST. Sending much love.
You are so kind, thank you, Jody.
Tangled Tidbits -
*sublime Ada variation with C-perfs cascades
*striking tangles and glorious grid work to anchor them


From Annette Bode (Germany) ~
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY IAST#300!!
I thank you for your weekly inspiration. I've learned so many new patterns here.
So happy to know you have, thank you, Annette.
Tangled Tidbits -
*bubbling perf filled Ada
*hearts for 100 - lovely!


From Ginger (Oregon, formerly California) ~
In under the wire again! We recently moved 750 miles away and we were without internet. I have been anxiously waiting so I could get this picture to you that I just finished. Congratulations on your number 300 challenge tile!
Congratulations on your move, Ginger - many blessing to you in your new home.
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled and aura-ed string lines with an N'zeppel background
*long lined Ada flows into lines and rows of 100 and C-perfs


From Sharon Fite (California) ~
300 challenges!! That's amazing, Adele! I haven't been able to contribute recently, but I didn't want to miss this celebration. Thank you, Adele, for all you do for this community! (And, yes, I too have sketched out a pattern or two at church!)
Whew!  I am glad to know I am not the only one, thank you, Sharon :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*striking combination of tangles, browns, black, sparkle...
*300 center and Ada detail


From Antony Visconti (Milan, Italy) ~
Congratulations on this remarkable achievement of #300. I've only been participating in the blog for the last few months but it has become my point of reference in Zentangle experience and a highlight in my week. Thank you for this lovely community and here's to many more IAST's.
Thank you, Antony, so very happy to have you here.
Tangled Tidbits -
*C-perfs and 100 combined to create a beautiful border
*Ada filled string lines in bold contrast


From Jane Rhae, CZT (Indiana) ~
Three hundred prompts and strings, thousands of tangles and tiles, hundreds of artists, countless amounts of effort, encouragement, creativity and fun—-what a wonderful milestone to celebrate! You, Adele, have been our guide, our mentor, our inspiration and the one who has made possible this amazing way for us to share and grow.
Sending you sincere gratitude for what you do every week to fill our hearts with joy and keep our microns moving! Marvelous new tangling adventures await us in the next 100!
Thank you for that summary of IAST and for the kudos, too.  I appreciate you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*one lovely tangle variation for each string section
*Ada filled background spaces


Lastly, this is my tile.  I tangled this in three different sessions and now I see that is very apparent.  My favorite is the area around the 3 with rounded corners everywhere.  It was the last section that I tangled, or I would have drawn the entire tile this way.  I added a few stray black perfs in an attempt to tie it all together.





My heartfelt, endless gratitude to each and every 
"It's a String Thinger".  

Week after week, YOU make this fun, eventful, inspiring, compelling.

Cheers our next milestone!




Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tips for Tangling ADA

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

If you missed last week's prompt, there is still plenty of time to join in our 300th challenge. 
Click here for all of the delightful details.  Entries are due Saturday, August 10.

As the tiles are arriving for our banner IAST #300 celebration, the variations of Ada are simply too fun to wait another week to view.

I have compiled the first ten into a Tips for Tangling page here for your inspiration and enjoyment.

Each variation is recreated from a tile of the artist listed.  Hat's off to and a big THANK YOU to all of you!

Try these out for yourself, perhaps these examples will spark an idea for even more variations.

ENJOY!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #300 Featuring ADA

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is also the 300th time I have greeted you with those words.  Three hundred IAST prompts and a world wide community of tanglers later and we are still going strong.  How exciting!

I remain grateful to you and humbled by your enthusiasm, participation, interest, and sharing of this passion for all things tangled.

To mark our milestone, I have been saving my latest tangle (and the story of its inspiration) to include in the festivities and have a themed string ready as well.

Adding to the celebration, please permit me to tell you about a personal milestone and my excuse for the delayed post.
For the first time in over two years, all seven of our children were home at the same time.  If the photograph below included their spouses and children, there would be an additional ten people pictured here!  Needless to say, we had a fabulous reunion and were so grateful to be together ~


Aside from their own amazing lives and accomplishments, I consider being their mom, mother-in-law to their spouses, and grandmother to their children, the greatest gifts of my life.

Speaking of grandchildren, my newest tangle is named for our sweet granddaughter, Ada.
As usual, I ran it by my Knuckleballer CZT group.  They approved (phew!) - I do hope you enjoy it!


My true confession:  I was in church when the inspiration struck for this pattern.  While I should have been listening more attentively to the sermon, my attention was riveted on a decorative arch over a side altar.  Try as I may, I could not manage to deconstruct it in my mind.  I rummaged for a pencil in my purse and scribbled some ideas on the back of a donation envelope (tell me please, that I am not the only tangler to have done this!) until I finally 'got it'.

We will use Ada along with the tangles below with this celebratory string ~
The other tangles include ~

 100 from our 100th IAST  and

C-perfs from our 200th IAST

While I am not sure how these tangles will mesh, the chance to use all three is just too special to pass up.

The deadline for IAST #300 is extended by one week.  
Please email your submissions by Saturday, August 10th. 

Have fun, the string is merely a suggestion so please let the tangles lead the way - especially these.

If these tangles do not flow easily for you, feel free to use ones that do.  It is far more important to enjoy the time tangling than to worry over how to go about it.

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
*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.
FOR EXAMPLE: ADELE BRUNO (FLORIDA)


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.

Enjoy!





Monday, July 29, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #299 Tiles

Our string and tangles this week paid tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing. 
Not only are the tiles illuminating, the memories shared are sweet reminders of its impact around the world.

The first tile arrived from Kathy Millard (British Columbia, Canada) ~
Great fun! The string and tangles really fit together for me. I had fun creating the night sky with our beautiful moon. I used tinted charcoals (one of my favourites) to shade and give a hint of the night sky.



From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) ~
Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since the ‘Man on the Moon’ adventure! My oh my, where the technology from all that has taken us and still evolving today. I can remember being excited about it as I was in my first year of college. Here is my tribute of earthly croon’s escaping to a moon cloud to evolve into celestial twirlies and who knows where they will go. Still an exciting time to be alive.


From Ginger (California) ~
In the midst of packing to move 765 miles away, I pulled out materials to do this week's challenge. I've missed a few weeks but will make them up In my journal.
Twinkies just made me think of little space aliens, so I gave them antennae, and had one "land".




From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Again a wonderful challenge. A very nice way to spend the very hot days here in Holland.



From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing #299’ Challenge.
 From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
It was pleasant to use Jody's new tangle in combination with the
cheerful Croon and Twirlies.
As you can see, Croon and Twirlies are starting on the bottom and are
flying between the empty spaces, created by the beautiful Zangler.
It is difficult to deliver a tile without colour, so again, I took my
coloured pencils and gellypens to finish.
I enjoyed this challenge very much.
It is just too hot in Belgium to go out, we have reached the highest
temperatures we ever had in Belgium, so it is better to stay at ease
inside and tangle... tonight and tomorrow they expect thunderstorms and
finally some rain!
Wish you all the best and especially now a wonderful weekend,
Cheers from Belgium




From Cheryl (Missouri) ~
Through the years, people have seen many changes in their lifetime through inventions, technology, sciences, and the list goes on and on. The tiles we will see this coming up week, celebrating the landing on the moon FIFTY years ago, has really brought back memories, provoked conversations, and excitement for what is next.
My personal challenge with this tile was to do it in a matter of hours instead of days, as usual. I'd used Croon a few weeks ago, while Twirlies and Zangler were new to me. This challenge also found me camping with my 8 month old pup for the first time AND I forgot my reading glasses.........still found the joy in it!      




From Karen Aicken (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
I managed to not only finish my tile, I’m getting it to you before the deadline! Zangler is going to be fun to play with and I just had to add a Doo Dah border.
Once again I traced a Zentangle tile in my sketchbook, and did the tangling with a blue/black PN Micron Pen. I added the gold gel pen details and I love the shimmer.



From Moblue (Bremen, Germany) ~
What a lovely combination you choose for this week. I do adore the work of Margaret Bremner and the Zangler from Jody Genovese is such an awesome pattern. Easy to draw but very lovely to look at. To add both with cute little Twirlies made it a perfect match for me. And here we are, the rising of the Croon.....
Happy tangling from Moblue out of a hot and sunny Germany.



From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
What a nice way to mark the moon landing anniversary.





From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for this interesting challenge! You can find my tile on my blog under the link...
Best wishes from Germany



From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Enjoyed all the patterns. I decided to do Twirlies in a grid. We regularly watch Spacex videos. The latest resupply launch to the ISS was a couple of days ago. Their next step will be to send astronauts to the ISS and then finally (four years away) astronauts could once again land on the moon. Exciting times!



From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) the creator of the lovely new Zanglers! ~
Thank you so much for your kind words and for choosing Zanglers as one of your tangles this week. It’s always such an honor to be included.
I’ve had so little time to participate, which is typical once the warm months hit. I look every week though. I had to make the time this week and I’m in amazing company with Margaret and Nancy.
I added a little extra with a partial ‘chorus’ by Tomas Padros. I had seen a tile that Alexandria Diaz (aka Artzy Fartzy) had done on Instagram where she made this pattern look like aliens and it was so cute I had to try it. So this may not be our moon…but it was such a fun tile.
Hope you are staying cool this summer, it’s been such weird weather this year for sure.
Sending warm (or cool) wishes your way and always many thanks for your hard work!


From Gill Green (Israel) ~
What a beautiful idea to use the moon landing as a string. I’d like to say I’m not old enough to remember it, but of course I do! It was exciting reliving the landing, especially being able to watch on HD screens.
These were all great tangles. Twirlies reminded me of the Jetsons, very appropriate. I also used Crescent moon, Shattuck and Printemps. Like everyone, very excited to see what’s in store for IAST 300!



From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Jody does come up with some great tangles. Zanglers is a fun one. Thanks for another fun challenge.



From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Here’s my tile for IAST 299. This week I learned that I shouldn’t try to tangle just after trying the new coffee shop in town, my lines are all shaky. But fun anyway.


From Annette (Germany) ~
Here my moon, earth and stars ...
Greetings from Germany


From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
… and the suspense builds … #300 is next!
The moon landing happened the summer between high school and college for me. As I remember, I was at work (on the campus switchboard) when the vessel landed, and I was at the Wesley Foundation (campus Methodist student center) for a retreat for the actual moon walk. Hard to believe it was 50 years ago. I am still astounded by a fact I heard on the PBS show about the landing, that the onboard computer had less computing power than one of our iPhones does.
I decided right away using Croon for the moon would be way too obvious. Then I realized — it’s not the moon, it’s the earth — so that was OK. I was kind of “meh” though, until I re-read Margaret’s instructions about blackening the background, which made it pop. I actually considered blackening the entire sky portion, but then when I was individualizing the Twirlies I colored in a couple of them, so (much to my relief — it would have been a lot of work) I couldn’t blacken the sky.
So excited to see what’s coming next! I am traveling — flying Thursday, driving Friday, cleaning and moving in on Saturday — but will definitely make #300 a priority!
Thank you and hope you are enjoying your family time!




From Lynn F. (Florida) ~
Here’s my tile for this week.
Outer space is crowded with all the rockets launching from Florida and a meteor is flying towards our planet.
These were three new tangles for me and I celebrated them with a black tile and colorful metallic pens.
I can’t wait to see all the other tiles.
Thanks for all you do, looking forward to 300!



From T. ~
I wasn’t alive during the Moon Landing. However, I’ve seen countless images of the event throughout my life, and it’s been interesting growing up and hearing the varied (conspiracy) theories about whether or not it happened.
I enjoyed this week’s challenge. Between the challenge theme and the string you gave us, I tried not to be too literal while drawing my tile, while still giving a nod to the Moon Landing.
For me, it’s always good to have at least one uncomplicated pattern included in the challenge, and in this challenge both Croon and Twirlies served that purpose. It was nice to work with Croon again so soon; and although Twirlies was new to me, it didn’t require much time to learn to draw it.
As a new pattern, Zanglers actually felt familiar. Drawing it brought the pattern Flux to mind.
I continue to use what has become my go-to IAST colour palette to brighten my tiles and this week I was inspired to add some metallic shine.
Thanks again for helping us connect with our creativity every week.



And this is my tile ~
I began with Zangler on the string line and followed by using Croon in a Nipa fashion by aura-ing Zangler.  One large Croon and a smattering of Twirlies in a dark sky, ample enthatching throughout, and I was one happy space cadet!
I smiled through this whole tile because I could not help but remember my fourth grade teacher, Sr. Amalia (May she rest in peace).  Her reaction was the opposite of what I had anticipated on a day my dad gave me permission to bring in a magazine that published the first photos of the moon's surface (black and white, of course).
Instead of sharing my enthusiasm, she voiced serious concern about the astronauts' future landings. 
     "How can they be certain that the surface is solid?" she wondered.  "What if it was made of quicksand or something like it and they sink in to it?"



Thank you one and all for sending in your inspiring tiles and notes.

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles used this week ~

Zangler by Jody Genovese, CZT

Croon by Margaret Bremner, CZT

Twirlies by Nancy Newlin, CZT


Check back Tuesday afternoon for our own monumental "It's a String Thing" #300!