Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #147

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is also the last day of the merry month of May.  Let's give it a fond farewell by tangling with flower-like patterns this week.

We begin with this string ~

IAST #147 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

It's a bit of a departure from our usual strings, but it should work well with these tangles:

Pixioze by Margaret Bremner, CZT
This is our second time using Margaret's Pixioze in a challenge.

Blooming Butter by Michele Beauchamp, CZT (also on TanglePatterns)
I have often admired this pattern and am happy to have a designated time for all of us to learn it.

Zinger by Maria Thomas, Zentangle ® co-founder
This is a wonderful tangle to add to any tile.

Feel free to adapt the string to your liking...

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.  

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* 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 are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

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. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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.

Monday, May 30, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #146 Tiles

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day to all!

Our freedoms are precious gifts and today we honor all military men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.   May God bless them richly for their sacrifice.

This week we tangled along a billowy string with some playful patterns.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Sarah (Michigan) and here on her blog ~
Let them eat Cayke!
That's about all I've got folks!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*delicious layers of Cayke ;)
*aura-ed fans of Cayke

From Joke Leussenkamp (The Netherlands) ~
Dear Tanglers,
Maybe I violated many zentangle rules, but using this cloudy string I found myself using blue for the first time. Besides drawing CanT, Cayke and Cubine
I put Cuddles and a bit of Hollibaugh inside.
Thanks Adele, again a great challenge!!
Tangle Greetings,
Absolutely no "violation" - you simply created a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) tile by introducing color...
Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple and aura in CanT
*two directions for Cubine grids
*Cayke flows along the sting line

From Karen (Canberra, Australia) and here on her blog ~
I like the choice of Tangles this week. I’ve been learning how to decorate cakes lately, so doing a Tangle called Cayke is fitting.
I’ve created two tiles for this week’s challenge. In the first I layered tiles on top of each other, then cut them to fit. I did this because I couldn’t see the Tangles well enough to get them to fit inside a string. I ended up leaving the top layer off as I really liked the look of sunset coloured Cant. That tile gave me confidence to have another go at Cant, this time fitting it into a string.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty variation of CanT sans grid lines

*rounded centers of Cubine
*lovely layers of Cayke
*large CanT center

From Hilary Merola (Illinois) ~
Once again another fun challenge, emphasis on the word challenge! I even found the beautiful cloudy string a challenge. But it was a great experience and I'm really eager to see what others have created.
As always, thanks so much for the opportunity!

Tangled Tidbits -
*curvy Cayke rises from the straight grid of CanT
*Cubine blends the curve and straight angles of both

From Isle Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
Here's my entry for this week, a difficult one for me for some reason ;-)
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading highlights the circles created in CanT
*shading also compliments the inner string line
*darkened fans of Cayke

From Joanne Faherty (Bedfordshire, United Kingdom) ~
Finally I got back to one .
Couldn't see where to fit cubine and canT in such a rounded string but I managed it by just starting and not thinking about it there are two big cubine poking out from the big cloud.

Tangled Tidbits -
*nice way to tie-in Cubine
*sparkled curves of Cayke
*black dots repeat in Cayke and CanT

From Jean Beckstrom (Alabama) ~
Thank you for the wonderful tangles and string this week. CanT was new to me and very lovely with lots of ways to do it. I once before studied Cayke and Cubine, but this is the first time I have actually used them in a tangle / I really enjoyed them today and will use them all much more often.

Tangled Tidbits -
*double lines for Cubine
*light and darkly shaded sides of Cubine
*flower-like version of CanT

From smgg (Taiwan) and on her Instagram ~
Have a nice day!!!

Tangled Tidbits -
*bold, straight, Cubine
*lovely layered Cayke

A very warm welcome to Val Steele (Johannesburg, South Africa) ~
My first time submitting a tile. CANT CAYKE and CUBINE.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Cayke shaded lightly under the curves and darker at the base of the fans
*deep shading of CanT compliments the deeply shaded Cubine

From Antia A Westin (Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here is my tile. I needed a Little color, the weather is so gray and rainy here! I left comments in my blog...
Thank´s for a nice challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*light and dark fans of Cayke
*buttons at Cubine corners
*shading defines the CanT filled inner string section

Anita also sent this LINK to her Mother's Day post - a beautiful tribute to her mother.

From Sra (India) ~
I got the hang of the tangles mentioned here pretty fast, even Cant which looked a little fuzzy initially. I tried this several times over three days and I am enclosing a picture of the collage I made of my various attempts - the tangles are placed in different sections in each attempt. You can use it if you like.
I'm so pleased with how this turned out - I was getting tired of my attempts. Initially I didn't like the bit of Cant I put in the corner but when I photographed it it looked better! I don't know if there's some life lesson there about having to be able to stare reality directly in the eye but for now this is how I'll look at it.
I even photographed it from a different angle and it looked better, but my little niece, whom I'm visiting and whose drawing book I borrowed for the purpose, preferred the original version so here it is!

Tangled Tidbits -
*compliments for sending the photos of your process
*Cayke flows from the string line
*darker CanT and a lighter Cubine

From Sabine (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for an other great challenge. I had so much fun to play with Cayke, Cubine and Cant (was new to me) in a cloudy string. Here is my contribution for this week added with a little bit blue coloured. Have a nice weekend.
With greetings from Germany

Tangled Tidbits -
*Cubine shines in three variations - including a peek into the starry night sky...
*doubled string line
*softly shaded rows of Cayke

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Two new tangles for me this week. CanT turns out like an optical illusion if
you draw a lot of it. You had a lovely wreath last week and I found that
Cayke also looks good drawn in a circle. Thanks for the Cubine tips, that's
really helpful in getting them straight.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*CanT variation with added orbs
*beautiful Cubine rimmed with Cayke

From Kate (United Kingdom ) ~
Thank you for this week's challenge. I love Cubine but the other two
were new to me. I've sent two contributions this week - couldn't decide
between them. I had hoped to make them very different but still ended
with Cant in the middle and Cayke round the edge!!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded CanT
*spoke-like Cubine
*doubled string line
*detail lines repeat in all three tangles
*outer string line rimmed with pearls and a few finish off Cayke

From Anja (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I haven't been here for a long time. The Challenge was a lot of fun! Thank you very much for all your tips and your inspiring page!
Tangled Tidbits -
*darker shading along one side of Cubine adds even more depth
*black, sparkled fans of Cayke
*carefully shaded CanT

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
But for now, one for this week! Cayke is so charming, so much theatrical swagger about it! And I tried something different by sticking bits of Cant within Cubine! And I've ended up with some kind of Wonderland vision where we discover that clouds move due to tiny internal propellers!
Tangled Tidbits -
*creative Cayke - note the aura, detail lines, sparkle, dots...
*CanT filled Cubine
*bit of Cubine in the lower corner with large inner squares

From Michele Wynne (California) ~
Thanks for another challenging challenge. I figured it was time we were due a puzzle of sorts;-)
I started out in my sketchbook playing with a "Cayke" flower and trying to figure out how I was going to fit the two grid patterns into the billowy string and seeing if I could get one to transition to the other. It sorta worked. As usual I had every intention of moving on to an actual tile to finesse it a bit but ran out of time.
I like how this turned out.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*inner fans of Cayke create a flowered center
*flower theme repeats in CanT with delightful detail dots
*Cubine flows from CanT grid

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Well...this is my third attempt for #146, and I'm still not that pleased, but wanted to get back in the game--:)
For my 1st attempt, I used a piece of paper I had ready with the most lovely watercolor wash blue sky filled with puffy little clouds, so it seemed like a good place to start...I tried Cubine in the center area, surrounded by Cant...was going great until I messed up a part of Cubine, and then tried to fix it...you know how that goes...it doesn't...
So I tried anew with another watercolor wash that was waiting for something...approached it the same way, and my Cant ended up much too small to do anything with, so I scrapped it again...
Number 3 eliminated the Cubine completely...who doesn't love that pattern? but I was just not able to get it to cooperate with me this time! Put the Cant in the center "cloud" (tangle-ated it a bit) and then just gave it a touch of Cayke embellishment, and called it done...
Unfortunately, my scanner doesn't scan watercolors very well, but there you have it...it's growing on me...maybe a little...
Enjoy the holiday weekend...honoring our service men and women...

Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles float like clouds
*multiple versions of CanT
*watercolor 'sky' background

From Becky Welty (North Carolina) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*plump fans of Cayke
*Cubine filled background
*detail lines unite Cubine and CanT

From Allison Durno (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) ~
I went with the cloud theme and added some raindrops bordered in silver, but they got kind of lost in the Cayke design. The Cayke pattern inspired the scallop along the bottom and the tassels. Added some gray shading to my Cubine pattern- that's always a fun pattern to draw and see how 3-D it can become! Cant was new to me and I enjoyed drawing it, too.

Tangled Tidbits -
*dense layer of Cayke complete with tassels
*shaded CanT mimics Cayke curves

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Cubine spokes (much like Kate's from the UK)
*Cayke curves follow the string line
*shaded string lines

From Adri van Wyk (South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*varied line width - dramatic black curves
*Cubine filled CanT inside of Cayke - amazing!

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Another week of crafty tangles.
One of my sketches of Can T reminded me of a kaleidoscope view. Maybe I had optics on the brain; I found three handcrafted kaleidoscopes last week at my local Goodwill. Amazing! Even though they were fairly elemental, I sort of passed over these types when I started my collection, so I was thrilled. Tile #1 is my nod to these wonderful instruments of transforming images, just like clouds change form from a flock ducks to prancing unicorns. (I'm pretty sure the string is still in there somewhere!)
The following day was overcast and gloomy, like my imagination, until I saw a bright circle of light poking through the clouds, highlighting wispy tendrils of crisscrossing vapor. Tile #2, Can T took on a delicate lacy look, and Cubine is always fun, gray day or no.
And Tile #3 is the result of a bright, sunny, breezy day.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Cubine in the round
*beautifully detailed Cayke

 *thick grid lines for Cubine
*Cakye is layered over CanT

Tangled Tidbits -
*curved, double lined grid for Cubine
*Fescu details of Cayke
*CanT border - notice the 'L' shaped strokes that add highlight and movement

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
I hope the hectic pace you were dealing with the past few weeks has calmed a bit.
Can'T captured me. It's been in the back of my mind to give it a try ... I'm happy with the undulating illusion created when adding double diamonds and single triangles shapes to the base pattern. A little rounding to the squares gave some depth. Oh, it's the cheap thrills in a small town that get me every time!
Cheers to those happy tangles that have so many costume options! They're the paper dolls for grown ups! 

Tangled Tidbits -
*such a delightful outlook on tangling - thank you Sharyn
*spectacular variation of CanT created with aura
*larger inner squares of Cubine and shading add depth

And now...
the tile for honors this week...
was sent in by...

Carol Bourret (Oregon) ~
Thanks Adele! I haven't participated in a while, but this was fun. Cheers from Medford, Oregon!

Tangled Tidbits -
*simply elegant combination of the tangles
*black sparkled centers of CanT
*billowy layers of Cayke
*awesome angles of Cubine

Congratulations, Carol.  I have a little some thing coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to all our contributors, and special welcome again to Val.

Kudos to the creative minds behind the tangles used this week ~

Cant by Chris Titus, CZT

Cayke by Rose Brown

Cubine by Maria Thomas, Zentangle® co-founder

Stop by Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #147!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tips for Tangling Cubine

Maria Thomas' dramatic Cubine is featured in IAST #146 this week.
(Click here for all of the delightful details.)

When I teach Cubine in my classes, I make one little adjustment to Maria's original step out.  My students appreciate it, so I thought I'd draw up a Tips for Tangling for you ~
In drawing the diagonal lines before the inner squares, the angles line up no matter how straight or curved the initial grid is.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting,
small but approachable, 
butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. 
And everyone deserves a little sunshine.

                                                                               ~ Jeffrey Glassberg

Delicately Detailed Dish by Su D'Alessio featuring my pattern, Ann
This petite dish is the creation of Su D'Alessio - one of her pieces featured this month in the Tickled To Tangle Art Show.

The hearts around the rim are actually cut out (difficult to appreciate against the black background) and the dish curves ever so slightly upward from the center.  It is especially sentimental because Su pointed out that the rim of butterflies is patterned after my tangle, Ann.  


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #146

It's Tuesday. your good news day!

This week we begin with a fluffy string inspired by today's particularly beautiful sky ~
IAST #146 by Adele Bruno, CZT
The tangles we will use all begin with the letter 'C' for cloud.  They include:

Cant by Chris Titus, CZT
This grid pattern has limitless possibilities and Chris illustrates countless ones on her step out page.

Cayke by Rose Brown
I've long been a fan of this pattern - maybe it's the pretty look of it, or just the delicious name :)

Cubine by Maria Thomas, Zentangle® co-founder
This tangle can adapt to any straight or curved grid.  I didn't realize until I saw the note on Maria's post that 'cubine' is French for cubicle.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and patterns that begin or contain the letter(s) indicated
* 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 are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

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. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #145 Tiles

This week, we explored CZT Margaret Bremner's new tangle SKYE and proved that the "sky(e) is the limit" when it comes to tangling.

Read on to find a participant with fond memories of the actual Isle of Skye and one scheduled to visit there this summer.  We are also treated to not one, but two tiles from Margaret herself and welcome five new tanglers from the USA, Canada, and South Africa.  So much excitement for one week!

Let's take a look ~

The first email arrived from K. Bish (Michigan) ~
Haven't been around for a while. I wanted to check out the newest "String Thing" challenge. So, I'm back.
This one was really fun! I love Celtic art and the Knot-work is one of my all-time favorite's!
Enclosed please find my newest Tangle "Fighting the Dying Light".
Thanks for the challenge!
(Still cold MI)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large, dramatic Skye
*lighter Anitdots with curls and dots

From Lori Byerly (Washington) and here on her blog ~
I love Margaret Bremner's new pattern skye. I've always enjoyed Celtic art and now I get to make some myself. :)
Thanks again for all you do to give us a weekly challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*border picks up pieces of Skye
*interwoven loops and free form loops of Skye

From Sarah (Michigan) and here on her blog ~
I had given up and beat myself up over my 'failure' on the first tile. But a new day came and I knew I had to try to make a go of this tangle if not for me, but Ms. Bruno who leads us along each week on an adventure of strings and mix of creativity.
So here is a tile finished with pride,-- for you Ms. Bruno.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*a fabulous first tile with Skye - tangling eliminates the negatives, so we will count this as a success :)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*white filled aura of Skye
*lovely Antidot layers

From Miriam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I love the Skye pattern - maybe one day I will master it! HA! Anyway, I have a fondness for black, brown and white patterns, and since I had already pre-cut some old card stock for another project, I decided to use my scraps. Unfortunately, it does have a texture, so shading/burnishing with colored pencil was a little hit-or-miss, but I am still happy with it! Thank you for these challenges as it helps to expand our artistic horizons - the 'Skye' is the limit!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*layering and shading add wonderful depth
*tangles shine with highlights

From Aloyna Pakhomova (Toronto, Canada) ~
Both tangles were new to me. I found Skye really tricky.

Tangled Tidbits -
*inner aura, lined and black backgrounds for Skye
*dotted Antidot background

A very warm welcome to  Karen Lloyd (Ontario, Canada) ~
I am so excited! This is my first challenge! I hope you like it. It's a bit wonky in some places, but I think I'm happy with it.

Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles flow over shaded string lines
*split lines of Skye - some shaded, some filled with Antidots

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here comes my Skye! A beautiful pattern indeed. Thank´s to Margaret Bremner working it out from a traditional Celtic pattern!
All the best!

Tangled Tidbits -
*four pretty versions of Skye
*Skye weaves in and out of the tile
*bursts of Antidots

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
Another great challenge, thank you! I love Skye :-)
(I turned the string around)

Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous contrasts - light/dark, small/large
*shading adds depth

From smgg (Taiwan) and on her Instagram ~
Have a nice day!!!
Tangled Tidbits -
*flower-like Antidots
*thin lined Skye with large black arcs

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Hi, Skye was quite a challenge this week. Thank you for the additional notes, I will practise some more. I enjoyed Antidots which was new to me. I liked how it looked like shellfish when it was small, but when I drew it bigger it came out like Madonna’s bra!
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous imagery :)
*inner aura of Antidots and aura of Skye

From Kate Ahrens, CZT (Minnesota) and here on her blog ~
... I sure had fun with this string, and Skye was so fun to play with. I used a clear Gelly Roll pen for the Antidots, and then a watercolor wash over it. Added some extra color with some colored pencils and the rest is just standard tangling. Thanks for the fun this week.

Tangled Tidbits -
*brilliantly colored ZIA - white Antidots
*reversed, intertwined Skye lines

From Michele Wynne (California) and here on her blog ~
Here's this week's tile. I've been noodling around with "Skye" since first seeing on Margaret's blog earlier in the week. I love it and was quite excited to see it appear here. I did a Renaissance tile version which was really fun to draw...Thanks for all you do.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading, highlights, and Tipple add softness and depth to Skye
*lace-like Antidots

From Joke Luessenkamp (The Netherlands) ~
Hello Tanglers,
With just little time this week I had serious trouble to draw Skye, with last explanation and a video from Ellen Wolters I finally succeeded.
Besides Skye I used the tangles Serpi, Mooka-grid Seed and of course Antidots, all this on a new paper which was very pleasant to draw on.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple, aura, stripes, sparkle, and shading - yum!
*lovely layers of brown, black, white, shaded and white spaces

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Here is my tile # 145
Skye is a beautiful tangle. I need more practice to feel quite familiar drawing this tangle. I drew mostly freehand. Have to study the step-outs better next time.
Have a blessed week with lots of love!
Tangled Tidbits -
*large Tipple at intersections of Skye with aura moving outward from them
*darkened string lines
*shaded Skye with inner arcs left white

From Sabine (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Skye the new tangle by Margret Bremner is beautiful but also difficult to draw. First I have knots in my head but after practice and with your Tips for tangling I drawing my contribution for this week.
With greetings from Germany

Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple filled Skye, aura, light and dark spaces, too
*Antidot rows - wonderful shading and sparkle

From Jean Beckstrom (Alabama) ~
Skye was my first attempt with such a complicated tangle. I did it before your Tips came, but that was good for me to work it out. I was so involved with my first try that I did it pretty well on my first pencil attempt, but low and behold it was on your send out sheet and not on the tile itself. Well good, it gave me another practice. The antidots were just plain FUN. I made up a new version on Antidots with an outer heart shape. I guess I should say new to me, because I have been tangling just about a year now and have not seen it before. It would be fun to say I made it up! Your tips were great though.

Tangled Tidbits -
*heart tipped Antidots, dots and curls, too
*great shading of Skye

From Karin (Germany) ~
this time it really was a hard challenge. I don´t think that I can tangle “Skye” without having this pattern right by my side… and at the end I was quite surprised how good these two patterns match together!
Greetings from Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*two sizes of Skye overlap
*every other loop of Antidots is shaded

From Becky Welty (North Carolina) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*three pretty versions of Skye
*thin and wide striping

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*thin strands of Skye with lovely backgrounds
*one version of Skye features thicker curves
*shaded and striped Antidots

From Gesine (Germany) ~
here is my contribution for this week. SKYE was quite a challenge for me…
 Tangled Tidbits -
*tight loops of Skye
*Tipple filled as well as light and dark loops of Antidots - all beautifully shaded

From Jenna Black (North Carolina) -
I really struggled with Skye, and wasn't having any success at all drawing it until Adele posted the tips for tangling it. I had much better success starting with the S shapes, although it was still a struggle. I debated whether to send this one in or not, but here goes!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lined and aura-ed Skye
*Antidot filled Antidot - great version

A very warm welcome to  Leslie (Utah) ~
I've been enjoying your challenges and finally got up the nerve to submit something. This was a fun one! I added the "emerald" gems as a nod to the Irish origins of Skye. Thanks for offering these--they really challenge my creativity.
Tangled Tidbits -
*split curves of Skye
*Antidots surround multiple versions of Skye
*glimmering green gems

A very warm welcome to Rebecca (Stamford,Connecticut) ~
Whew! Skye was challenging, but fun! Took a little practice, but in the end, I really love how it looks. Before I tried it with Antidots, I paired it with one of my favorite classic tangles, N'zeppel, so I've included them as well. One sort of looks like it was done in a moving vehicle and the other after a few glasses of wine, ha ha, neither of which was the case, but when I look at them, they do make me happy. Thanks for the great challenge!

..either way, I'd choose the glass of wine :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty Skye variations - all black, aura-ed, Tipple filled, varied line width...
*overlapping Anitdots
*curved grid lines

A very warm welcome to Julie Bazuzi (Washington) and here on her blog ~
This is my first time participating in one of your challenges, though I've enjoyed your blog for a while. Here's my take on Skye with Antidots. It seemed like a perfect time to practice some cast shadows!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely shadows
*wavy aura made prominent with shading
*large and small Antidots - darkened spaces between them

From Karen, The Creative Miss L (Canberra, Australia) ~
.... I chose to use a Renaissance tile as I wanted to add white highlights to Skye.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*highlights and shading for both colors of Skye
*Antidots forms around middle section of Skye
*striped and dotted backgrounds

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Mine and thanks for the tips for drawing Skye.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large and small Skye - Tipple and white backgrounds
*sparkled dark bands of Antidots

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
That Margaret accomplished the deconstruction for Skye...simply GENIUS! Especially after looking at her preliminary sketches. Of course, it took me several more scratch pages to get my flow going, but oh what fun. Tile #1 contains an OOPS, a loop-through on the large central Skye, that turned out kind of neat. I freely admit to furious pencil and eraser activity to make it even faintly resemble the pattern, but after accomplishing the other corner design, I wasn't about to give up the tile unless I absolutely had to. With Tile #2 I played. The central Skye design is actually flipped backward (or is it upside down?) (or both?). The lower right design is a squared-off version, but still the same pattern. And I used Antidots as embellishments rather than the more plant-like groupings as represented in the first tile.
Once again, most excellent choices Adele. How do you do it? And thank you to all the talented contributors each week. You encourage and inspire me to reach ever further with my craft.
Tangled Tidbits -
*double looped center of Skye
*lovely branches of Antidots

Tangled Tidbits -
*sensational angled version of Skye
*thicker "S" curves of Skye
*delicate Antidots

From the brand new CZT, Simone (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Now to this weeks challenge. Thank you also for the Tips for tangling Skye. I love this pattern, as I love the celtic patterns. This summer we will spend two weeks on the Isle of Skye! So it was no question to take part to the IAST challenge this week.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*dark aura followed by aura-ed arcs, shaded for depth
*pink and black filled Antidots flow toward each other

From Annie Taylor (Spain) ~
...Skye is such a fascinating tangle... but I need a lot more practise.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*weighted, highlighted lines of Skye
*Tipple filled aura-ed spaces

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
I was thrilled when you chose Skye for this week's prompt. Last Sunday night I got acquainted with the tangle and made a wreath, but I struggled choosing which version to use. So, when ST#145 arrived, I decided to do a Skye sampler and included the variations I thought of using in my wreath with fillers of rounding, striping, Pendrills and Mooka. I'll probably make a few more wreaths this week using my sampler options and probably other variations that appear in your review. Can't wait!
Cheers to Margaret Bremner's and your thought-filled and detailed step-out and tips.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Pendrills and Mooka  - beautiful variations of Skye
*gorgeous Skye wreath outlined in Tipple (I know what my Christmas cards will feature, thanks to Sharyn :)

From Adri van Wyk (South Africa) ~
The Skye is the limit ! I love doing this!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*fabulous explosion of Antidots - curved, highlighted, and shaded detail lines
*Tipple and aura for Skye
*shading adds tremendous dimension

A very warm welcome to Elsabé Visagie (South Africa) ~
Thank you for an inspirational blog!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*multiple, interwoven Skye 'S' curves
*sparkled Antidots and Tipple
*Tipple lined Skye

From CZT Brenda Urbanik (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
I really love that SKYE tangle and I can see why it's so popular, but it's going to take a lot more practice for me to feel comfortable with it. I want it to be more free flowing and less calculated, you know, having to make sure I colour those little angles correctly so that the loopy parts don't get squished! Thanks for your added tips though, they are helpful!
It's been really nice to see some South African participants!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*elongated loops of Skye
*dark background for lightly shaded Antidots

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
The Isle of Skye has special memories for me as it was one of the places that my daughter, Martina and I visited in 2001, when she invited me over to tour the British Isle with her. I have fond memories of the beautiful isle and a warm woollen jersey to prove it.
The challenge of course this week was to conquer the beautiful namesake pattern Skye by Margaret Brenner. Wish I could have practised a bit longer before getting down to the actual tile. Anyway it was still an enjoyable journey, just like my visit to the fair isle. Your string was spot on and I love Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, so overboard I went!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*four variations of fillers for Skye
*fabulous interest in Antidots created by different sizes of the tangle

And now...
the tile for honors this week...
was sent in by...
Margaret Bremner, CZT (Canada) and mastermind behind the superb Skye ~
Well, how could I resist? :)
Three attachments, one black on white, one brown on tan, one of both tiles together.
I wish I had the time to participate more frequently!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*three sparkled black Tipple accent a Skye curve
*striped, sparkled, and shaded Skye
*sensational shading
*Antidot lined string lines weave in and out of Skye
*highlights, shading, and brown background yield delightful depth

Congratulations along with our collective thanks and admiration, Margaret.

Thank you to Anita Roby-Lavery for the always lovely Antidots.

Many thanks to everyone who shared their creative work with us this week.  You inspire and encourage all of us.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #146!