Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"It's a String Thing" #85 Tiles

Spring is in the air (for most of us) and this week's tiles are proof positive.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Joanne Hawes.  She said ~
Loved doing this challenge. It reminds me of spring. I love mumsy it's a new tangle to me , as is kelp. I think it will be appearing in other work soon. Printemps I love it's my relaxation tangle really get zoned out drawing them. Even if I do get cramps in my hand after a while! :)

Tangled Tidbits - 
*a pretty pink posy of Mumsy
*shading grounds the tendrils of Kelp

Debra wrote ~
I look forward to this all week!
I did two tiles.
The first one is ok but felt forced.
I had an immediate vision of the outcome and I just couldn't relax and let the image flow on its own.
The second one (with kelp as the string line) I relaxed a little more.
I look forward to seeing all the different beautiful submissions.

Tangled Tidbits -
*a great reminder from Debra that the experience of tangling is more relaxed when the patterns flow as you draw
*two variations of Kelp
*wonderful overlapping of tangles

Ilse Lukken said, "Thanks for another nice challenge! I found it quite difficult what to put where; this is the result. I put it on my blog as well..."

Tangled Tidbits -
*absolutely fabulous shading of Kelp
*corners of Mumsy and Printemps

With "many greeting from Germany" Sandra wrote ~
thank you so much for this wonderful challenge! I fall in love to Mumsy that I didn't know before and Printemps is one of my favourite patterns. To draw this tile was very relaxing for me :-)
I posted it in my blog too.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*a light and airy array of tangles
*wonderful shading
*bits of Kelp follow the string line

From Arizona, Suzanne Moshier said, "It was hard to fit these patterns together, but I think it turned out all right."
(...and here on her blog)

Tangled Tidbits - 
*pretty colors for the patterns
*Printemps flows with Kelp

From California, Michele Wynne said ~
This was a fun one. Printemps is one of my favorite fills but it's the first time I've used it in larger spaces. Mumsy and Kelp are both new to me and I love how they all work so well together. Here's my blog link.

Tangled Tidbits -
*rows of shaded Kelp
*great fields of Printemps with sparkle and darkened spaces

From London, Talia writes ~
Thanks so much for this challenge. Sadly here in London, Spring seemed to be here for just 2 days and now it's cold and wet again. But these sunny patterns brought some cheer to my week.
I absolutely love Printemps. It makes me smile drawing all those circles. I'm very pleased with this tile, and it's the first time for me I can say that.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*flowing vines of Kelp
*great depth achieved with layers of Printemps
*sparkle and shading

Also from Arizona, Cheryl Stocks wrtote ~
Thank you once again for a challenge. I created this with the parameters drawn out for us this week. It's here on my blog too.
Much appreciated. Happy Spring!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*alternating light and dark 'leaves' of Kelp
*Printemps and Mumsy beautifully combined

From Singapore, Magdalene Lee said ~
After drawing the string, I kept turning my tile this way and that, trying to find a place for Mumsy to fit in. Finally I drew Kelp along the string, and then just drew Mumsy without caring about the string borders at all, and finally coloured in Mumsy and added Printemps according to the string. Thanks for the challenging string which forced me to try out something new!
It's up on my blog too.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large loops of Kelp 'leaves'
*light and dark stripes for Mumsy
*coloring changes as the tangles pass from one string section to another

From New Jersey, CZT Kath G said ~
Ok, so this may sound hokey...but...
I have recently completed my certification as a "Master Gardener" and have spent the past two months working in the greenhouse getting plants ready for our big sale.
My tangle started off in the upper left hand corner...dark...like seeds in a pot. Next came tendrils and "roots." These merged into "flowers" which eventually went back to "seeds" to be replanted next year!
Yikes! This was so not planned!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*how fun that the tangles reflected her gardening
*nice mix of light and dark spaces

Our third tile from Arizona comes from Audrie Wiesenfelder

Well, this has been the week for spirals as strings. First the Diva had us using spirals, and then you popped up with String #85. I really like spirals, so I had no trouble coming up with a few. Although the first one I did for It's a String Thing was not so hot. Then I read your Tips for Tangling Mumsy, and after playing around with it, I got all kinds of ideas. I finally settled on spiraling the petals on the string line (how many others have come up with that idea?) Any way, this is it:
It's also on my blog.

Tangled Tidbits -
*a Mumsy spiral - ingenious
*bold and lighter line weight

From Lily Moon with "hugs" from Hungary ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*Mumsy spills over to one side
*Printemps seems to bloom from Kelp
*dense white Primptemps at the bottom and less dense sections at the top

 From the Netherlands, Carmela loved Mumsy~
I looked at the spiral string and saw the patterns and thought that i never could make something about it. When i was drawing Mumsy i could’nt stop making petals around and around, hahaha.
Then I loosed the stringline and the only piece u can see i tangled with Kelp.
In the empty corners a little bit Printemps.
U can see it here.

Tangled Tidbits -
*a large and lovely Mumsy center
*a wonderful description of allowing the tangle to fill a given space and push the string line passed its suggested confines

From Michigan, Portia Hyde said, "Light, airy like Spring. I forgot that printemps was supposed to be a spiral!"

Tangled Tidbits - 
*circles for Printemps are lovely sparkled
*dark Kelp lends a beautiful balance to the lighter patterns

From Florida, Betsy Gentry said ~
I can't wait to see all of the tiles for this challenge, it was very interesting. Had fun drawing these patterns and like the other tiles I have done it just kind of developed on its own as I went. Where to use Kelp? That was the question this week.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*alternating layers of Mumsy and Printemps
*gorgeous detail
*Kelp winds over and under the tangles

A very warm welcome to Clémence who wrote, "This was fun! I loved the way Kelp and Mumsy combined to form flowers. I did not expect this at all!"

Tangled Tidbits - 
*what joy there is in the unexpected!
*lovely aura for Kelp
*dramatic dark arcs in Mumsy

From the Netherland's Ingrid Coventon ~
I enjoyed very much doing this tile. Very relaxing. I think it has become very light and airy. A spring like tile I think. After finishing and shading with pencil, I thought that throw in some green color would also have been a good idea, but I was too late.
It's still cold and rainy here in The Netherlands. We yearn for warm spring weather.
Happy greetings to all.

Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty variation of Printemps with dark centers
*double aura for Kelp 'leaves'
*fun details for Mumsy

Also from the Netherlands, Annemarie wrote, "I did not make it for some weeks, but here I am again. I'm not fond of this tile, but working on it was very nice." (Here on her blog as well.)

Tangled Tidbits -
*green for spring
*a doubled string line filled with Kelp
*color for Mumsy

From Colorado, Jane Glotzer wrote ~

Well, this was a very serendipitous tangling week (both you and the Diva challenged everyone with spiral strings!) And, as you can see, I was doubly productive this week...
I am usually such a "filler-in-er" that I often don't see the string as a place for a tangle, but this week's Kelp seemed such an obvious choice when I first looked at the lovely, looping string...I started there...and when I finished, I loved the simplicity. I saw no place for the fabulous Mumsy and Printemps...I thought anything would have ruined the space and flow, so in true Zentangle spirit, I let the tile decide that it was done. (I went back later and added the auras around the petals/leaves and the green color and simple shading.)
I moved on to a second try because I do like those other tangles. In my more typical fashion I started with Mumsy in the center...wow! I haven't used it in a while and I love it so much...great tips on your blog, too...alternated that with Printemps..love that one too...anything spiraling...but didn't realize "officially" they only spiral in one direction...I have them going both ways--:) A little black background, a bit of white space, a dash of shading and I love my minimalist and maximalist string thing #85s!!
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful descriptions
*great contrast between the "minimalist and maximalist"
*superb shading

From New Jersey, CZT Lucy Banta wrote, "I'm back! I missed the last two weeks, and had to get you this weeks before the deadline in a few hours! It's posted on my blog."

Tangled Tidbits - 
*great timing :)
*Mumsy that flows in to Primtemps
*aura for Kelp

From Susan Szathmary ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*a tangled beautiful spring garden
*Kelp blooming into many different patterns

From Arizona and Sue Agnew~
First, I just want to say that spring has more than sprung in Arizona. It's highs of over 90 this weekend! WAY TOO SOON!
Anyway, here's this week's challenge. I was messing around with Mumsy and remembered how I used to love drawing daisy-type flowers (junior high-ish age) ... and that I always included one that had only part of its petals ... so I tried that with Mumsy and liked it. I "Printemps-ed" the petals, and tried to make the flower unraveling along a Kelp line.

Tangled Tidbits -
*very clever partial Mumsy
*Kelp aura-ed in the same manner as Mumsy

From South Africa, Susan Theron said, "This is my minimalistic contribution. Looking forward to see the other tiles. Also on my blog:  Have a nice day."

Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating light and dark 'leaves' of Kelp
*clusters of Printemps
*very nice shading

K. Bish said ~
Attached please find "Springtime Tempest ". I really enjoyed this tangle, MUMSY is a tangle I have tried in the past, but hadn't had much success until this challenge. I have also played with PRINTEMPS and like it very much. KELP is new to me but, I love it! What a great challenge!!! Thank you so much!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*wonderfully named tile :)
*colorful Mumsy
*bold black swirl for Primtemps

Cathy Cusson said ~
What an interesting week you gave us! The three tangles themselves were no problem. The string was just fine. It was getting them all to work together! What a challenge! Thanks for your work in putting this all together...

Tangled Tidbits - 
*lovely clusters of Printemps 
*pretty Mumsy center and swirls of Kelp

From Spain, Annie Taylor wrote ~

I love spiral strings and this was a great one. I was also totally confident that I would enjoy this week's tangles - heavens, Kelp is very straight forward and Printemps one of my favourites. And Mumsy looked like my sort of tangle. How wrong I was! I couldn't do Mumsy...and whilst there's no failure in Zentangle and I didn't let it get me down, there is no doubt about the fact that I need a lot of practice to get Mumsy right. I loved your Tangling Tips for Printemps and my pleasure with how different I got mine to look this week made up for the Mumsy thing...
I've posted this on my blog.

Tangled Tidbits- 
*we can call that a very pretty tangleation of Mumsy!
*aura-ed Kelp
*superb Printemps - weighted line on the down stroke and a bit of sparkle

Daniel sent two tiles this week ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*dotted string lines
*flowing Kelp 
*clusters of Printemps that compliment Mumsy

From Germany, Joya while still battling a cold, made time for this beautiful tile ~

Tangled Tidbits - 
*thick black stem for Kelp accented with perfs
*Kelp weaves in a around Mumsy
*black background makes the tangles stand out
*wonderful shading

From Missouri, Traci said, "... I'm still enjoying your challenges. Often, my time tangling is the only relaxation I find in the chaos of work and family..."

Tangled Tidbits - 
*sentiments we can all relate to :)
*varying sizes and line weight for Primtemps
*Kelp stems for Mumsy

And now, the tile for honors this week was sent in by
Felicity Strohfeldt from South Africa~

She wrote ~
A Happy Spring to all tanglers in the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy the birth of new life and spare a thought for us here in the south, as we prepare for our winter months. Adele, your world looks gorgeous. Luckily here on the West Coast the next few weeks will be pleasantly mild and we will continue to enjoy outside “braais” and evenings out of doors.
This week’s challenge was so good! Printemps was one of the first tangles I learnt at my first and only Zentangle class with CZT, Marizaan van Beek, but it was great to brush up my technique using your Tips. Mumsy was new, but this mumsy jumped in and with a little H(Kelp) I was off. The patterns just flowed and Spring seemed in the air. Printemps helped to finish off the abundance of Mumsy and the whimsical splash of Kelp. I loved coming to grips with the shading and I ended off by adding a little extra white with a Hybrid Gel pen.
With this one my enthusiasm really took over a bit. See it on my blog

Tangled Tidbits -
*a multitude of marvelous Mumsy
*pops of Primtemps
*very creative tangleation of Kelp
*dark background and shading give the tangles depth

Congratulations, Felicity!  Thank you for sharing warm spring thoughts even as you face winter in your part of the world.  I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Thank you to everyone for sending in your wonderful tiles this week.

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the string and tangles we used ~

TanglePatterns String 085 by Cheri Hartwick
Mumsy by CZT Sandy Bartholomew 
Printemps by Zentangle® co-founder Maria Thomas
Kelp by Nancy Domnauer

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #86!

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