Sunday, January 20, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #275 Tiles

IAST #275 was inspired by a post written by Molly Hollibaugh about her mother's positive outlook on doing the household chore of washing dishes.

We used a cheeky choice of tangles, Pots-N-Pans (PNP), along with Zeppo and CO2 to create some very inspiring tiles.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
New Year’s Greetings, Dear Adele!
Except for my first apartment, all the kitchens I have inhabited have been blessed with a window right over the sink. What wonderful birds and furry wildlife I’ve been fortunate enough to see while washing up. Last winter even a coyote loped through the back yard, and we live on the outskirts of a northern Indiana town! Several years ago a doe brought her two teenaged fawns to eat at the bird feeder less than 10 feet away from the house. It was snowing—-simply magical.
I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s adventure. All three of the tangles were new to me!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for helping us 'see' out your window, too.
*Zeppo corners frame the tile
*pretty trim on each PNP

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her website ~
Thanks so much for another great weekly challenge and the encouragement to stay positive. It's a life changer. :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely PNP trimmings
*CO2 shaded around the outer an inner circles

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Here my contribution to IAST #275 and happy New Year to every one!
When I read your post yesterday I burst out laughing because of your poem about the dirty dishes. The day before yesterday we received a huge and creamy chocolate cake at our office. Yesterday morning I had to clean all the greasy, chocolate clotted plates and spoons, as I was the first to arrive at the office. When my colleages arrived I complained about the chore I had to do... When I was done I sat at my computer. In order to reward myself for the cleaning I opened your post and the first thing I read was "Thank God for dirty dishes" - God's answers do come fast, indeed!
Thank you for this new challenge!
Oh, Lisette, what a well timed story!  Thank you for the smiles.
Tangled Tidbits -
*PNP along the border and tucked into a larger one
*big, softly shaded Zeppo

From Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
This is for challenge #275.
Thank you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*stippling adds even more effervescence to CO2 and Zeppo
*bold dark spaces

From Val (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Simple acts of love like washing dishes are peacefully Zentangle!

Well said, Val.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful PNP stacks
*sweet words and sparkly background tangles

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
Quite a busy tile, but cheerful.
This was really a challenge
Tangled Tidbits -
*cheerful tangles, indeed!
*clever corners created with the first steps of PNP

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*single PNP mingle with CO2 and Zeppo
*CO2 shaded centers

From Moblu (Bremen, Germany) ~
here we are with my tile for #275.
It was really fun. Except 'CO2' the pattern have been new for me, but they went well from my pencil.
For me the challenge is a good opportunity to improve my skills and allthemore it is a great pleasure to see all the other ideas born by the same string....
Awaiting your next string with anticipation.
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely, large sparkled Zeppo
*PNP decorated with all three tangles

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
Wow #275 and this one gave me strange vision of Alice in Wonderland with lots of tea cups overflowing with bubbly and holey biscuits. Oh what our minds do sometimes with all the data put into them over the years. What fun!. Have a wonderful week.

That is so true, Sue - and entertaining.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*wonderful field of Zeppo
*PNP along the string line curve

From Lin H.,CZT (Florida) ~
Happy New Year, Adele! I think Ria Matheussen’s latest tangle Zeppo is a lot of fun to draw. Thanks for your challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*fun to draw and fun what you did with it :)
*pretty PNP variation

From Priscilla DeConti,CZT (New York) ~
What a fun challenge...Thanks...
It is done on a colored tile by me...using all the prompt tangles...
Have a great week all!!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Zeppo linked together with a double lined string
*pops of CO2 on a colorful tile

From Joanne (New Brunswick, Canada) ~
Here is my submission with 3 new to me tangles.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pearl centers for CO2
*darkened spaces between Zeppos add depth

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) ~
again it was an interesting challenge. You see, especially i liked Pots’n Pans!
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*delightfully detailed PNP
*aura and darkened background accent the tangles

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) and creator of Zeppo (Our hats off to you, Ria!) ~
Thank you very much for this wonderful challenge where Zeppo gets a
place beside the beautiful CO2 and the cheerful Pots 'n Pans. (very
nice quote and original to use in this challenge)
I have made my tile on grey paper with a black, turquoize and white pen
and used a lot of white charcoal.
Congratulations for your fantastic Pumkin, I like that very much.
Warm regards from Belgium and I hope to join as much as possible during
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful balance in the use of dark, lighter, and highlighted spaces
*soft roundness and shading

A very warm welcome to Christelle who writes from Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France ~
I live in the South of France with my husband and our 3 boys.
Zentangle I practice for a few months and I love it!
This is the first time I participate in a challenge offered on the internet and I hope I did !!

Tangled Tidbits - 
You did a great job!
*highlighted string line of Zeppo
*dots accent CO2
Welcome to our IAST community Christelle, and to our Tangled Map!

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
I haven't yet drawn a tile for your 19 string challenge, but I'm jumping to this one. I've tangled Pots-n-Pans before but it was only this time that I noticed it's a curved relation to Ing. Zeppo proved more tricky than I first expected - my bubbles tended to squash together or drift apart, but when I realised I didn't need to tame them, I could just enjoy following where they would lead me. Darkening some sections, aura at the touch of shading and there it is.
Here's to another year of string-based challenges, as well as a wonderful world of tangled adventures.
Tangled Tidbits -
It really does have a "curved relation to Ing".  That is so well said.
*Zeppo and CO2 fill an aura-ed plane
*fancy trim for PNP carries over to the aura and border

From Renee W. (Austin, Texas) and here on her blog ~
Again, thank you for the challenge. I often feel like I am breaking the rules somehow as the drawing evolves and then happily remind myself that's the point. Can’t seem to shake my sharpie habit, oh well. And, I enjoy doing dishes too!
That is a "win, win!"
Tangled Tidbits -
*two stacks of PNP merge
*tethered Zeppo

From Jutta Gladnigg (Germany) ~
Thank you for your lovely post together with that nice plaque!
Cool challenge again!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded PNP through white spaces
*'zillions' of Zeppo - awesome!

From Gudrun S. (Germany) ~
many thanks for this nice challenge – lots of fun and ZEN
Best regards from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*Zeppo border corners
*colorfully decorative finishes for PNP

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
You chose 3 really good tangles that were all new to me! I especially liked Pots-N-Pans! It was a fun tile to do!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Zeppo and PNP concentrated in the string spaces - detail lines repeat in both
*CO2 fills the background

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Pots-N-Pans is not yet my friend, so only small token on this tile. I found Odir by Sue Schneider. It is pronounced "O dear", so that too could apply to the dreaded sink full of dirty dishes. Sue has shown several variations so I am keen to try a few more. It is an easy and fun pattern. I used CO2 on the challenge with the Christmas tree that I didn't get to post so it was a surprise to see it pop up again. I like it. It makes a great filler. Zeppo it also fun to do and if one thinks of all the goodies it looks like one can get quite hungry while tangling! Best late wishes for a good new year to you too, Adele.
Tangled Tidbits -
*colorful tangles, soft shading
*delightful details throughout

From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~ 
Two thank you’s are in order today. I loved the gentle reminder about how we should count our blessings. Even dirty dinner dishes are a blessing! And thanks for your new year’s greetings. It was so interesting seeing how your card has evolved over the years.
I’m probably going to regret not shading my tile for this week, and maybe I will add some shading later on. I just wanted to get it in on time.
Thank you, Hilary.
Tangled Tidbits -
*cross hatching and wavy lines add depth
*bubbly orbs sprinkled through CO2

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
My entry attached for challenge #275!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*striped and flowered PNP
*highlights and shading add even more depth to tapered PNP

From Amy L, CZT (Connecticut) ~
I found these tangles difficult. Neither Zeppo nor pots-n-pans seemed to want to come out looking consistent. I was also rushing a bit to get it done on time. So I decided to embrace the concept of it being about the process not the product and making time to tangle regularly. So I am submitting it anyway. Thanks as always!
 ...and it's great!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading around the outer rims of Zeppo and PNP
*non shaded CO2 pops in the background

From Lynn F. (Florida) ~
I love Pots N Pans! Thanks for using this pattern this week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*three lovely variations of PNP
*Zeppo variations include arua-ed rows

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
A few things got in the way of me doing ‘ It’s A String Thing’ but I’m hoping that it is all behind me now and I can be a more regular participant.
Attached is my Tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing ‘ Challenge # 275.

So glad you could join in again, Shirley.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large PNP fills and follows along the string lines
*Zeppo pushes passed the border

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Fun challenge, thanks Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*unique details for each PNP section
*Zeppo string line with aura

From Juliane Lopes (Florida) ~
Attached is my submission for IAST #275. This one came together quickly....funny how that happens sometimes.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and two Tickled to Tangle frames in a row :)
*alternating horizontal and vertical stripes make an elegant PNP
*Zeppo spills out of PNP

From Ginger White (California) ~
Happy New Year to you! It's my first NY as a tangler, so your idea of an annual tangle design is attractive! Thank you for being here for us.
Here is my IAST 275, looking like a stack of bowls under the msst from cloudy zeppos, drops of CO2 bouncing off the rims. It has been raining here in Covina [CA] most of the day, which prompted the tile. Simple, but effective, I think.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large PNP accented with CO2
*cloudy Zeppos with Msst

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Well, this looks nothing like the assigned tangles. At least you can see the string, a little (it's upside down). What happened is that CO2 reminds me of your O, and then I was playing with putting little orbs around it like Zeppo, and it came out looking like Ahhh, so I was thinking it was going to be Os and Ahhhs. But then when I went to make the tile, it just took on a life of its own, and even morphed while I was working on it. I'm thinking it sort of looks like barnacles, the sea creature, not a tangle. I sure did have fun, though.
Happy new year! It seems like we are SO FAR ALREADY into the year, but it's still (technically) early January. Looking forward to another good year!
 That looks like FUN!
Tangled Tidbits -
*extended CO2 lines
*little pops of color add to the fun

From Allison (Rocklin, California) ~
Just getting my offering for #275 in under the wire. I had fun with the cheeky one.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*corner cluster of PNP along with tapered lines of it
*CO2 'floats' upward

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Well, my tile wound up a little busy, but I had a good time! I did much better with Pots-n-Pans than last time, and Zeppo is a nice addition to our tangle collection. I added Diva Dance, Ponio, and Pop-Cloud for good measure.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*festive mix of tangles
*detailed accents for PNP

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*Zeppo reflects PNP's darkened sections
*two variations of PNP and shading unifies the tangles

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*aura and weighted line aura for PNP along the string lines
*shaded spaces between Zeppo

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Well, my tile wound up a little busy, but I had a good time! I did much better with Pots-n-Pans than last time, and Zeppo is a nice addition to our tangle collection. I added Diva Dance, Ponio, and Pop-Cloud for good measure.
It is addicting!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Ing look to PNP
*dark spaces, shading, and added orbs - fablulous Zeppo

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Loved the new year cards! They were great inspiration for effervescent pots n pans.
Here’s to a year of tangly sparkles and cheer!

Tangled Tidbits -
*PNP along the string lines brimming with CO2 and Zeppo
*soft lightness to CO2 created with short lines and larger inner circle spaces

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tile 275 was an enjoyable journey to get me hopefully back in the saddle. You made it easy with your choices of Pots-N-Pans, Zeppo and Co2. Thank you.
Regards to you and all the regulars
 Tangled Tidbits -
*dark sparkled orbs repeat as details in PNP
*wonderful shading

From Simone (Germany) ~
here is your new challenge Picture.
I was in the mood to draw auras.
Thank you for all your creative ideas.
A big hello from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sunshine-y CO2
*aura creates interesting spaces and unites Zeppo and PNP

From Gill Green (Israel) ~
Here's my entry for IAST #275.
Thank you so much for giving me such a lovely welcome and I was thrilled to see my name on the map. I loved your beautiful champagne greeting as well.
These tangles seemed simple but were actually quite tricky to do. But it's great seeing all the different variations.
 Thank you, Gill!
*alternating variations of Zeppo
*pretty perfs repeat throughout

Thank you all for the visual treat.

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

Pots-N-Pans by Sayantika Ray

Zeppo by CZT Ria Matheuseen

CO2 by Antonine Megger

I have been away this week soaking up more Grandmother time with our newest granddaughter Ada (and her parents!) Thank you for your patience in waiting for this post.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #276

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

We've managed our way to the midpoint of the first month of the new year and I'll chalk that up as a major accomplishment ­čśä

For this week's challenge, we begin with this string ~

IAST #276 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use include two of the newest posted on ~

Sistar by Hanny Waldburger, CZT
I like the name of this tangle as well as the tangle itself.  It reminds me of many others, yet it has its own charm and character.  It can stand alone and works beautifully in a grid, too.

See by Joan Stark
This free form tangle will be a nice compliment to Sistar.  In Joan's example, note her mark made with a star and the letter K - how fun!

The results of "It's a String Thing" #275 are almost completed.  Check back soon!

Keep in mind that the string is a suggestion, let the tangles lead the way.

Feel free to use any size and color of tile. 

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.


Friday, January 11, 2019

New Year Greetings

If the first eleven days of 2019 are any indication, I will be running behind on most of my good intentions.  
Fortunately, at this stage of my life, I am comfortable with that thought (said with a wink).

This is my belated New Year greeting ~

Happy New Year by Adele Bruno, CZT
May you have a blessed one full of happiness, good health, and an abundance of tangling time.

Since 2014, I have used the same champagne theme and lettering with a different mix of tangles.  With six completed, there were enough to create a collage ~

Six Years of New Year Greetings by Adele Bruno, CZT
Thank you for tangling along with me over the past six years.  Cheers to the New Year!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #274 Tiles

Happy New Year 2019!

We are off to an exciting start this year as we welcome two new tanglers and add the thirty-sixth country to our Tangled Map.  Read on to see which one!

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Amy L, CZT (Stamford, Connecticut) ~
What a lovely way to start the new year. I always find grid tangles challenging—maybe someday I will learn to draw straight, even grids—but for now I will just embrace the unevenness as character and interest. Centipede was great fun. Happy New Year everyone! May it be happy and healthy and full of tangling!
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful shading along each grid and aura line
*Centipede pushes passed the border

From Simone (Germany) and on Flickr ~
I wish you a happy new Year 2019. Greetings from Germany.
Here is my tile.
It was fun using this string and I like Lex and Centipede. Thank you for beginning the year with such a nice Challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*multiple sizes of both lovely tangles
*border line follows Centipede

From Gale Sherman, CZT (Tucson, Arizona) ~
This TZ (tiny zendala) is hovering of a universe of printemps, ahh and therefore. While on our earth, centipedes are working side-by-side pulling 2019 into place. Wishing all of you the BEST from chilly Arizona!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading adds depth, especially to those wonderful "working centipedes"
*lovely layering of dark/light/ and tangles

From Allison Armstrong (Rocklin, California) ~
Here is my offering for the new year. I had fun with these two tangles. The whole thing just came to me. I guess I did follow the tangles.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three Centipede variations
*multiple directions and sizes of Lex grids

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I did last week's challenge but before I could send it I had a problem with my iPad. The Apple support line was really helpful but it took a few days to get up and running. Too late for my challenge.
I saw somewhere about doing a pattern over a pattern, so I first filled the background with Lex in brown, and then did the string and centipede on top of it. It didn't end up looking very interesting but it was a peaceful experience, no stress.
Tangled Tidbits -
*great idea and very nice layering
*soft brown shading of Lex

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
My IAST 274, Lex was new to me and I enjoyed doing a grid tangle. Thanks for all the work you put into the challenges, Adele. I used a General’s charcoal, Burnt Carmine, for a bit of color on Centipede. Fun!
Happy 2019 to you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*one adorable centipede
*overlapping tangles (like VenaC referenced!)

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
You started the year with a nice challenge.
I have decided to number my tiles this year. I am very curious where I will end on 31 december
I have bought the " tangle-a-day" calendar this year.
Is is so nice to use this calendar.
I had already started to tangle in it in december. ( could not wait to januari)
Tangled Tidbits -
There may be times that you can combine the challenge with the calendar, have fun with it.
*Lex variation shaded on one side of the grid diagonal
*smaller Lex grid is finished with dots

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
first of all I wish you and your family a happy healthy new year full of joy and creativity.
I enjoyed your first challenge of the year 2019 very much, even though the patterns are not exactly my favorites. I drew two versions. The second one you can see on my blog under the link...
I am looking forward a year of interesting challenges and would like to thank you for your commitment.
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful movement, color, and details for Centipede
*both tangles finished with aura and surrounded by beautiful patterns

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT 28 (Kingston, New York) ~
Happy New Year and Happy New You!
Here's looking forward to another year of great challenges and fun.
Thanks Adele for all you do!
Have a great week all!
Tangled Tidbits -
*tiny dots accent Lex
*double aura for three lines of Centipede

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Happy New Year! Lex made me think of a medi├Žval window, so I went with that. The tile feels like I’m peering into 2019 and wondering what it has in store for us all!
Tangled Tidbits -
...looks like snow is in the forecast!
*string line visible through a double lined Lex
*pretty border created with Centipede and Lex

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
Happy New Year Adele!
What a great start to the tangling year. I think it was obvious how these two would be used on the string so that made for an easy, enjoyable tangle-time!
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous coloring and shading
*Centipede floats over Lex

From Gudrun (Germany) - along with a special greeting - and on Flickr ~
I wish you all a wonderful year with peace, health, happiness and lots of creativity
Best regards from Detuschand
Tangled Tidbits -
*white spaces divide large and smaller versions of Lex
*shading and pops of pretty pink
And Gudrun sent this happy greeting, too ~

Thank you!

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
I'm glad to wish you and all the other tanglers by this mail a good
start of 2019!
Thank you for this first challenge of the new Year.
I made my drawing on a Rennaissance tile and used a black an white pen.
To finish I added some grey, white and orange colours with oridinary
Let's go for a new year, full of tangle pleasure.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*tangles layered over colorful grid
*happy highlights, shading, and weighted lines 

From Laruel Davis, CZT 28 (New York) ~
Happy New Year! And I’d just like to say that, not only did I enjoy drawing the tangles you chose, but I love the string!

Tangled Tidbits -
*subtle colors, pretty border reflects Lex
*Centipede tapers as it curves

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Happy 2019 everyone!
Tangled Tidbits -
*thick dark aura accents Centipede
*lightly marked cross grids for Lex

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) and here on her website ~
Happy New Year on this first Saturday of 2019. 101 orbs in my centipede for the 101 other things I should probably be doing today or do this year! But instead I choose to tangle today and intend to tangle more this year. Plus teach more Zentangle classes to share this wonderful method and passion. And a new adventure this year started with a new blog and web page for all my Crafty Adventures...I have posted a gallery of all my work which includes all the IAST’s I’ve done last year. Have a great 2019 everyone!
Tangled Tidbits -
*purple Lex and shading, too
*detailed Centipede

From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
Wishing you a prosperous, happy and healthy 2019. Hope you and your family had a wonderful christmas. Thank you for all you do for us in your community. It is very much appreciated.
Tangled Tidbits -
*bold contrasts with a touch of sparkle
*alternating sizes of Centipede orbs make a lovely variation

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
No, you are NOT the only one who has been getting confused about which day is which. Until the Saturday before Christmas I was thinking Christmas was on Wednesday and Christmas Eve on Tuesday, so I had to do a quick last-minute grocery shopping binge when I realized my mixup!
I appreciated being able to see Maria's demo of Centipede. When I played with stacking them, I drew them as complete rows of circles with scalloped borders, so there was a little black scallopy line between the rows of Centipedes, if that makes sense. However, when I drew my tile Centipede had a different plan. Lex, however, cooperated and came out the way(s) I'd envisioned.
Happy tangling in 2019!
Thank you for all you do!
Tangled Tidbits -
*great angles and dimension for both tangles
*3D Lex - brilliant!

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Here’s my #274. I think I used the wrong Centipede pattern. I didn’t have time to watch the video, so I googled Zentangle Centipede and found this pattern. Since I liked it, I decided to use it.
I hope this finds you and your family well .
Tangled Tidbits -
What a fun way to find another tangle!
*colorful Lex grid covers the entire tile
*multiple details for Hilary's Centipede

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Happy 2019! Love this challenge.-- you can't go wrong with a spiral in my opinion. I did a variation of Lex that reappears as a Rixty variation, ending in Zinger. Centipede crawled up a stick, and I finished the tile with Indy-Rella and Joki in white. Good fun! Thanks, Adele!
Tangled Tidbits - adventure in tangling, to be sure! 
*wonderfully woven cross lines of Lex
*spiraled Centipede

From Katarina Sasse (Germany) and here on her blog ~
First I wish You many bessings for this year.
I had lots of fun with Lex and Centipede.

Tangled Tidbits -
*striped sections of a green Centipede and a shiny blue versions crawling underneath :)
*two fabulous versions of Lex

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Happy New Year one and all!
I have mixed feeling for grids. They certainly offer order and offer contrast. For me, sometimes too many straight lines confuse/distract my eye as I tangle.
In the smaller version of Lex I added the secondary grid in shaded pencil ... in the larger version I just omitted the secondary grid lines completely and Aura’d the primary grid with stitch lines, which reminded me of quilts. Still having order and contrast with calming and warming notes of trust and peace ... which is the definition of the color blue and my wish for the world in the new year.
Cheers to tangles and their tangleations!
Tangled Tidbits -
*warm and cozy Lex variations - love the stitching
*Centipede variation with added curved aura

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Happy New Year to you and all participants.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large grid backdrop of Lex
*darkened "1" and a light Centipede, both aura-ed and shaded

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
Tried a little colour on this one!
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty checkered colors of a larger Lex grid
*blue Centipede pops without aura

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*a tangle for each string section with a single line to join them
*softly shaded tangles

This is my tile ~
My first thought was to tangle Centipede along the string line.  I went with my second thought and used Lex and then trimmed with Centipede.  I left some white space as the aura was taking over too many other sections :)

A very warm welcome to Gill Green our very first contributor from Israel ~
This is the first tile I have ever submitted, anywhere, so hope I am not too late. I have been following all things Zentangle for about 2 years now and am so glad I came across your wonderful site. Wishing all tanglers a very happy 2019

Tangled Tidbits -
*golden Centipede and aura
*colorful and detailed Lex
Welcome to our IAST community, Gill, and welcome to our Tangled Map!  I am so happy that you found us.

A very warm welcome to our second first time contributor, Moblue from Germany ~
I recently discovered ZENTANGLE for me.
It seems to me, that this is just the one thing, I was looking for all my life. And now I have found it, it makes me happy and calm inside.
Today I popped into your page and instantly decided to try the challange. What a wonderful idea.
This is my second try, which I think is the best one. Maybe you will have fun with it, too.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*great variations of Lex and a fanciful border
*straight lined aura for both Centipede and Lex

Welcome to our Tangled Map, Moblue and welcome to our IAST community of tanglers!

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Best wishes to everyone, have a good year with inspiring tangle challenges.
In the attachment my tile # 274 for this week.
It was nice doing this tile and having more time to be really Zen while drawing.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*shadowed shading gives great dimension to Lex 
*bold aura makes Centipede pop

Lastly, a tile from Lynn F (Florida) with an added treat ~
Happy New Year!
I hope I’m not too late with this past week’s challenge.
I really enjoyed doing it.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*golden glow for Lex
*shaded aura for Centipede
From Lynn:
I was late getting this done because I was working on my pumpkin from the Halloween tiny tangled house book. (Link)
I’m so pleased on how it turned out.

Hopefully I’ll get a house done by next Halloween.
Thanks for a great start to the new year.
Thank you for the added treat!

Thank you everyone for the fabulous show of tiles to begin our New Year.  Thank you for the many good wishes and words of encouragement, too. 
I appreciate you!

We thoroughly enjoyed the tangles we used, 
Centipede by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts and
Lex by Angie Gittles, CZT and we thank you for creating them.

This week's challenge was posted earlier, click here to view IAST #275 and send in your tile!

Cheers to a healthy, happy, tangle filled New Year!!