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 know how that 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'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!


  1. Thank you, Adele, for a lovely string and the round-up - Sra

    1. Thank you for participating - we all learn from each other...

  2. I wasn't able to play along this week but I was looking forward to your post showing the work of everyone who did. It didn't disappoint!

    1. I agree - fascinating entries, as always...

    2. I agree - fascinating entries, as always...

  3. I'm still, learning Cant and found all of these very inspiring. Thank you! I'll keep at it.

    1. If I can help in any way, please email (box to the upper right) and let me know.