Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #159 Tiles

Spirals were theme this week as we used a string inspired by the very lovely Printemps by Maria Thomas as well as Printemps itself.  We paired it with one free form tangle and one grid based tangle and the results are very festive. 
We welcome first time contributors from Switzerland, Canada, and the United States - and there is even a birthday to celebrate!

Let's take a look ~

The first email arrived from Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Once again these are not Tangles I would have used, you keep us on our toes. Palrevo I had to keep repeating to myself left upper, left lower...no other left! My fingers just wanted to put them in the wrong corners, left or right.

Tangled Tidbits -
*clusters of Printemps fill the string
*Palrevo features multiple line configurations

From Talia (London, United Kingdom) ~
Please find my tiles for this week and last week attached.
I have really enjoyed doing both of these. Printemps is one of my favourite tangles and I almost used it in IAST 158! Luckily I chose to use Navaho instead otherwise I might have had Printemps overload!
I have also decided that in order for me to really like a tile I've drawn it has to have a lot of black in it. So both of these times are very pleasing to me (and hopefully everyone else too).
Tangled Tidbits -
*large Palrevo features thick lines
*sparkled Printemps pop on top of black string spiral

Tangled Tidbits -
*Navaho layering stands out against the deep black background - wonderful dimension
*Drogon lined string line

From Renee (Tennessee) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*dotted highlights for Printemps - makes them look so happy :)
*alternating brown and black lines for Palrevo

From Linda (United Kingdom) ~
The sun is out and we have a bank holiday weekend coming up here in the UK so Partay is a particularly apt tangle
Tangled Tidbits -
*Partay and Printemps mingle - notice how each one is shaded
*Palrevo fills the strings doubled lines

From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
Another challenging project! This is my third attempt; I kept getting lost in the string. Even now I'm not sure I got it right.
I decided to go with tiny bits of Printemps and Partay in the scrolling parts and a minimalistic version of Palrevo. Palrevo was new to me and I even enjoyed practicing it.
As always, thanks again for your great challenges and your help with the enhancing our tangles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*very detailed fields of Printemp and Partay mix
*uniform details of Palrevo make for a pretty variation

A very warm welcome to Patricia (Switzerland) ~
Her's my tile for challenge 159!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*curved Palvero grid
*Printemp covered string lines filled with Partay -notice how the dark squares repeat in Palrevo and Partay

A very warm welcome to fellow CZT, Vicki Mitchell (Moscow, Idaho) -
As this is my first try at this, I hope I interpreted the rules correctly. My string might have been better, but round things are not my forte. I wasn't sure how I was going to fit Palrevo into such small curves, but the next thing I knew, I had three sections filled. Printemps similarly appeared where it is, and Partay filled the border. By then, I was free-associating on other patterns that began with P -- Pepper, Pokeroot, and Pokeleaf. Ria Matheussen's Paravan, crawling out of the border in the upper right corner, tried to crowd too much in too little space.
For shading, I chose my trusty Prismacolor watercolor pencils for the colors and and a graphite pencil for the black. Partay needed something extra, so it was colored with my Derwent metallic watercolor pencils
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkle and shading for Palrevo
*lovely lines and sparkle of Primtemps

From Rebecca I (Stamford, Connecticut) ~
This was SUCH a fun challenge this week! Really enjoyed putting these tangles together, and in this really fun string! Think I'll have to do another tile with a completely different combination - lots of,possibilities!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Printemps changes size with the string's spaces
*Partay plays outside the string
IAST #159, round 2!
Liked this one so much, had to do a second one! ;-) 
Tangled Tidbits -
*layered Printemps along the string with added sparkle
*smaller grid for Palrevo with thick black lines

From Amy Barnickel (Orlando, Florida) ~
I'm making a series of art cards that feature hearts, a la Donna Dowless, Orlando's official ambassador of love. So I decided to weave some hearts into my printempts pattern this week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*heart lined string filled with Partay bits - how fun!
*shading along the string's curves seems to magnify Palrevo

From Aloyna Pakhomova (Toronto, Canada) ~
I love this challenge! The string was not simple, but interesting and really challenging. And I like the result.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shading along all curves gives the illusion of roundness
*each Primtemp is shaded

From Val Steele (Johannesburg, South Africa) ~
I really wasn't sure how to tackle this weeks string and tangles. A grid based tangle in curves and crescents? Well I just picked up my pen and started. And I'm very please with the final product.
Thanks Adele for making me not have to think, but to go with the Zentangle flow.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*don't you just love when that happens - and the results are as happy as the experience
*black lines and shading for Palvero
*shaded background for Partay

From Henrike Bratz (Germany) -
tomorrow is my birthday. Between today’s baking and cooking I sat down at my small table at the window and enjoyed tangling #159. It seemed to be quite a challenge to make the tangles and the string meet in a natural and oranic way. I just started with some printemps at the bottom of the tile, a bit of partay here an a spuare of palrevo in the corner and bit by bit it became easier to go on. You just have to begin SOMEWHERE. So thats another lesson or the same lesson over and over again actually ... One stroke...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shading defines the string lines
*large sparkle and weighted down strokes make Printemps pop
*Tipple flows from Printemps into Partay

From Sabine (Germany) ~
it was a really challenge this week for me and my brain:)) But at the end I drew two tiles.
The first is an Renaissance-Tile which didn't make me satisfied. For me it looks too restless.
One day later I drew a pure black and white tile and I enjoy it.
With many greetings from a very hot and sunny Germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*layers of Printemps shine with highlights
*Palrevo grid curves with the string
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Palrevo tapers to a point - grand sense of movement
*Printemp - overlap, change direction, and stand out against the black background

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Thank you for the warm sunshine you send to the Netherlands! Finally we enjoy some warm/hot lazy summer days here and it feels so wonderful and relaxing!
Also relaxing was this week's tile to make. At first it puzzled me how to do it, but I picked up my pen and started. Curious to see how it would end. That is always the best way to make a tile! I blackened the background of Partay instead of Printemps.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*very pretty negative Partay - compliments the dark circles around Printemps
*shading adds depth to Printemp clusters and bold Palrevo

From Gesine (Germany) ~
this one definitely wanted to become a Palrevo monotangle. I just couldn’t help it – sorry, Printemps and Partay ;-)
Greeting from hot Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous vortex of Palrevo
*single sections of the tangle accent three corners

From Pat (Florida) ~
I enjoyed these patterns and strings
 Tangled Tidbits -
*ribbon like string lines filled with Printemps
*large grid for Palrevo contrasts with dainty Partay

From Linda Goncalves (Pennsylvania) ~
I had fun working with all three. Would have liked to make the Palvrevo with smaller squares but didn't have time.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*larger Palrevo compliments the tinier Printemps and Partay
*sparkled Printemps

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) ~
I have been following your challenges for a while now but have always been a little bit shy of showing my tiles, so this is the first time I have summoned the courage to finally send my work. I loved this organic sting and it was really great working with the patterns. Thank you for posting all of the challenges; I really enjoy them.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rows of neatly fitted Printemps fill string's sprial - segmented, shaded, and highlighted!
*circles and squares of Partay - notice that each is shaded

From Michele Wynne (California) ~
Thanks for another challenging challenge. Getting these 3 patterns to play nicely with each other was not easy for me. I love this string and I will definitely save it for future use. The watercolor on the tile seemed to want to function as a second string. I don't really know what I was going for here but I really enjoyed drawing it.
Thank you for all you do.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*remarkable sense of depth created with shading, tapering of Printemps, and the spiral curling through and over the band of Palrevo
*colorful sprinkling of Partay

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
This week I was determined to get out of my comfort zone and use a wonky grid for Palrevo. However ... it just didn't happen with this string, so I'm back to "grid behind, string in front." I appreciated your Printemps tips ... the one thing I did differently is I first drew the outside circle and then started the spiral from the middle. I like the way Partay looks, especially more sparsely scattered as in the bottom space. So it was a fun (and smudgy) exercise.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*straight grid compliments the Printemps lined string
*'sparsely scattered' Partay accents but does not overwhelm the white spaces

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Love how my #159 came out...although my shading looks much harsher in the scan than in real life, but what can you do?
Wasn't sure I'd be able to get this one done, but I love, love the Palrevo pattern...and I haven't done it in a while...so that's probably what convinced me to get it done last minute! A touch of Printemps...no official Partay, but there's definitely a celebration in there somewhere--:) Love how the spiral string is emphasized and how the empty space sets off everything else...(and I have used coffee ink before and was also reminded by your IAST contributor two weeks ago about using it, so this is photo paper stained with coffee!)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*white space accents the tangles - black background highlights Printemps
*detail lines for Palrevo (like Amy's above)

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Mine. I loved this challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*single grid spiral of Palrevo features thick and thin lines, shaded curves
*Printemps tapers to fit the string

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Tuesday... A new challenge is posted. I get out my little notebook, sketch the string, and sample the assigned patterns. And then ... I stare into space. Maybe minutes. Maybe longer. Maybe I go to bed "staring" into my inner space. At some point in the next day or so an image forms in my mind. Once the first tile is done, I find myself thinking of alternate placements for the patterns, and it starts all over again. Staring into space ...
Tile #1 was my first "Ah-ha": Palrevo on the squares of Partay. In Tile #2 Palrevo took on an a more arrowed form, and placement for the confetti pattern didn't immediately present itself, so I threw a bit of a Partay in the corner (pun intended). In Tile #3, Palrevo's angles morphed into curves (hopefully not trespassing on another pattern unknown to me) and Printemps spacecraft flew in for some fun.
I do love these challenges (You can't tell, can you?). Better than the New York Times crossword, even more so since I have an increased chance of finishing!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Palrevo Partay squares - ingenious!
*shadowed string
*weighted lines under spiraled Palrevo
*perfect touch of Partay
 *saucer shaped Printemps
*curves repeat in all patterns
(Marie Thomas' Beelight is similar to the curved and ever so pretty Palrevo)
*Partay filled double string line
Thank you, Marla!

From Julie Bazuzi (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
I'm trying something new (to me!) this time... renaissance tile style.Your Tips on Tangling Printemps was very inspiring and I used tons of overlap in this tile. I think it looks a bit like a layer cake!
Tangled Tidbits -
...a very yummy layer cake!  
*aura-ed Partay - a great variation
*layers and layers of tangles bubble up - delightful dimension added with shading and highlights

From Lin H. (Florida) ~
It was fun this week tangling on a Renaissance tile for a change. I love learning new tangle patterns and Partay and Palrevo were both new to me so thanks for including them in the challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*black and white perf filled double string lines
*Palrevo border with white and brown lines
and I must add, beautifully presented on a TTT frame!

From Anita A Westin (Dalrna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here comes my entry for this week...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*white on black and black on white Partay
*sparkled, golden Printemps

From Ulrike Brenn (Germany) ~
From the beginning I saw Palrevo as decorative edge. Over a starry sky from Party. I thought so around the spiral would certainly be nice. Unfortunately Palrevo was too small and lost its charm.
I had almost given up the idea with the decorative edge. Suddenly the idea was there, to place them around the edge ... and is not really a nice decorative edge?
Reminds me this tile on a birthday card and Palrevo are many gift. Or houses with trees.
Sometimes I encounter patterns, where I think, they are so striking that you should shade in no way ... and so it is here.
It's just simple a small simple Birthday card...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*varied size of Palrevo around the border as Printemps softens the angles
*delicate spiral of Partay circles and squares

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Challenge 159 was so exciting. Printemps by Maria Thomas is of course a favourite and the pattern is always rearing to be of assistance in many ways. Your string is fascinating and begs to be seen, so I kept to it. The Printemps really suit the circular movement. Partay by Margaret Bremner, amazingly worked in the rounded lines and Palrevo by Karry Huen, although only a small section remained to try it in,has provided a stable background for the circular swirling feel of the rest. Was great to shade the final drawing. Thoroughly enjoyed this challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
That is a delightful description of your tile, Felicity.
*Printemps rimmed string lines, shaded into the white spaces
*pretty variety in Partay

A very warm welcome to Jennifer (Switzerland) ~
Attached is my tile for challenge 159. I just found your blog yesterday – it’s very inspiring. Still very new to tangling: I started on 3 August and am going to do a basic tangling course next weekend at Zenjoy with CZT Hanny.
It was fun and challenging using your guidelines. Hope you have a great weekend!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*incredibly detailed spiral of Palrevo
*sprinkle of Partay softens the corners

From Simone Menzel, CZT (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Your string for IAST#159 is just beautiful and inspiring, as well as the tangles you chose:
Attached [are]the result...

 Tangled Tidbits -
*white on black Printemps
*gilded Palrevo
*shadowed Partay pieces

From Karin (Germany) ~
back from holiday I can join your challenge again
This is the result.
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines help define the string against Palrevo
*black background of Printemps
Welcome back!

From Denise Fairbank (New Hampshire) ~
I loved working with the oversized Printemps string and using the three P's for tangles! Palrevo is new to me and was fun to use on a smaller scale within the string. I like how it adds a lot of detail while being so simple to create. Thank you for another interesting challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*clusters of Printemps, shaded deeply and sparkled pause along the string's curves
*dense Palrevo and light white space

From sra (India) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*brown Printemps lined strings
*one shaded aura near each Palrevo black square

From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Palrevo in the doubled string line spaces, follows the curve
*lightest touch of Partay's triangles accent the string line
*bubbly field of Printemps

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Traci Frogley (Missouri) !

Traci writes ~
Good afternoon from Missouri where it's hot and sticky! I'll be so glad when Fall arrives.
I took two stabs at this week's challenge but certainly don't expect you to show both. Just wanted to share.
The first one seemed so busy once I finished it, so I decided a second, simpler tangle was in order. I definitely prefer the second

Tangled Tidbits -
*Printemps lines each string line - with aura and shading
*simple and elegant Palrevo

and speaking of simple and elegant...
*each tangle takes its turn in the doubled string sections
*addition of a vanishing point and shading adds wonderful sense of depth

Congratulations, Traci.
I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Thank you to all of the contributors to this week's challenge.

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangles we used along with my string:

Printemps  by Maria Thomas, Zentangle® co-founder  

Partay by CZT Margaret Bremner

Palrevo by Karry Heun

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #160!


  1. Wow! What a delightful accompaniment to my morning coffee;-) Once again, I'm mesmerized by this week's stunning gallery of inspiration. Well done everyone!

  2. How exciting to have the honor this week! Thank you!! All of the tiles this week, like every week, are so beautiful. I truly enjoy seeing everyone's "take" on each challenge. Thank you so much for hosting and challenging us!

  3. Such a fabulous variety of takes on the challenge.