Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"It's a String Thing" #167 Tiles

This week's IAST featured relatively new tangles from two CZTs - Damy from Taiwan and Nadine Roller from Germany.

We also welcomed two brand new contributors - applause, applause!

Thank you all for your good wishes on my upcoming show.  (Click on the yellow and green rectangle to the right of this column for more details.) I appreciate your love and support.

Now, let's take a look at this week's tiles ~

The first email arrived from Amy Barnickel (Orlando) ~
I worked hard all morning, so I rewarded myself with a little tangled afternoon.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*horizontal lines in Ponio variation make for a lovely border
*curved lines for Winflo 'stems'

From Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thanks again for a nice challenge :-) When I saw the two patterns first I just wanted to try out them and so I had a lot of fun to tangle this tile. Many greetings from a rainy germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*two beautifully shaded variations of Ponio
*free floating sparkled orbs of Winflo

From Hilary Merola (Chicago, Illinois) ~
Well, I had to decide to either follow your lovely string or not to do anything at all. I kept looking at it and nothing happened. So I just dove in and came up with my own idea.
I did this Wednesday night while watching the debate and frantically switching back and forth to the Cubs game. Zentangles are not always done in a calm atmosphere! But at least it's done.Thanks again for the opportunity. I really appreciate all your hard work.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded inner arcs of Ponio along the border
*light and airy Winflo features four 'wings'
Congratulations to the Cubs!

From Lily Moon (Hungary) with a "zenhug" ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning shading and highlights make tangles 3-dimensional
*soft blues and burgundies illuminate the tangles
*checkered center lines of Winflo

From Renee (Tennessee) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled and colored orbs repeat in both patterns
*shadowed shading
*curves and curls carry through both tangles

.From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
Another great challenge. Thanks so much for including new patterns. It makes the challenge that much more interesting and I grow my collection of patterns at the same time. :)

Tangled Tidbits -
*Winflo 'wings' feature detail lines, oval orbs, rounded angles, and wonderful shading
*Ponio aura flows outward in longer streams

From Val Steele (Johannesburg, South Africa) ~
I looked and looked at the string and the tangles and didn't know how they could possibly work together. Well with one stroke at a time this is what I came up with. Simple and clean.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Isn't it magical to keep that "one stroke at a time" belief and dive right in?!
*Ponio 'constellation'
*Winflo branches out from Ponio orbs and is shaded around its own center orbs

From Jonsey (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Here's my entry for the week. I added a new - to - me tangle, St-rap, to go along with Ponio and Winflo.

Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles flow smoothly from one to the next
*inner orbs of Ponio are weighted on one side,shaded, and fade into white space
*Ponio shaded to the outside

From Simone (Germany) ~
The tile for this week`s string thing challenge I drew in my hotel room during a business trip this week after a dinner and a glass of wine with some nice colleagues.
It is so beautiful to know that you can have a calming hour also on such a trip because you need so little material for practising Zentangle in its original style...
The tangles which you chose this week for IAST#167 are new to me and I like them very much. So I had a nice evening, and now I am back home again ;-)

Tangled Tidbits -
You gave us a refreshing image of tangling, thank you Simone.
*multiple waves of Ponio, decorated and aura-ed
*Winflo flows from Ponio

From Julie (North Carolina) ~
Hello! Missed last week's challenge, I just wasn't able to finish my tile. So I'm sending you two this week! I really enjoy your challenges every week and look forward to them. Thanks for all you do teaching us new tangles. I also look forward to seeing all the other tiles that are sent in. It's amazing to see all the different ways each one is done.

Tangled Tidbits -
*detailed Winflo variation - weighted lines, darkened arcs, aura, shading
*background filled with Ponio orbs
*Ponio variation boasts triple orbs

From Jutta Gladdig ~
Thank you, Adele, for another marvellous challenge!
Having drawn the string, I turned the tile several times and the idea came to my mind to use the string's 'K' for one big 'double' winflo. Finally I added rivets and it got a slight steampunk touch...
What a cool idea of yours to mix these two tangles! It was great fun.
And from here greetings from Duisburg to Cologne, to my dear friend Nadine Roller CZT, who created this beautiful pattern winflo which is giving us wings...
Tangled Tidbits -
*a lovely compliment to Nadine, as she truly has "given us wings"
*elongated center 'wings' of large Winflo - notice the alternating black and white as well as shaded and white sections
*large sparkles in the black orbs and tiny 'rivets'

From Mariam G (Port Heuneme, California) ~
Not sure why, but I struggled with this one...in the end, simple seemed the best way to go. (I do love the little Winflo's - they just make you smile, don't they?)

Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, they do!
*center line of Ponio becomes wider as it intersects the orbs
*happy, flowing Winflo

From Trudi (Woodview, Ohio) ~
Hello Adele, once again two Tangles I was not familiar with. This is really helping me learn new Tangles. I'm now trying hard not to just replicate so after doing a fairly standard Ponio with stripes I tried to branch off and do a variation which I enjoyed then added shading. This is helping me grow :). Thank you.

Tangled Tidbits - 
That is wonderful news!
*striped and sparkled Ponio with shaded orbs
*Ponio, pretty in brown

From Karen - The Creative Miss L - (Canberra, Australia) and here on her blog ~
This tile took a few attempts to get right. I found it hard to combine two tangles that look to me like they both suit borders.

Tangled Tidbits -
*intersecting Winflo create a Fassett (tangle by Lynn Mead, CZT)
*light aura and Tipple accent Ponio

From Patricia (Switzerland) ~
Thank you for the new tangles. I especially like Ponio. I did a tangleation of Winflo (I think), making the lines curvier and added Hollibaugh.
Tangled Tidbits -
*creative idea to incorporate Hollibaugh
*dots accent Winflo

From Jennifer (Switzerland) ~
I really love Ponio so I did a monotangle and completed it with auras. As I did the Ponio, my mind was filled with beautiful black ponies swishing their glossy manes about!
Congratulations on being chosen for the Florida Arts Tour! I love the way you tangled an image of your studio and the way you added color. So looking forward to your photos as it is a little too far away for me.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Ponio shaded deeply to one side of each arc
*lovely aura with a sampling of shaded areas

A very warm welcome to Therina (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) ~
I have been following IAST for a while and love your challenges! The "reveal" every week is so exciting.
Well, this week I decided that I was going to take part - no matter what the challenge. And what a challenge it was! Not only are the tangles not ones that I would normally use, but the sting also had me stumped for most of the week. But I was not going to give up, and this morning I sat down and produced this tile. I am so glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed the process, the string and the tangles! Thank you for pushing me to stretch myself - I learned so much!
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome and congratulations for plunging in and thoroughly enjoying the experience!
*interlinking Ponio with dark, sparkled orbs
*delicate, shadowed Winflo

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) ~
Hello everyone! I have to say that although I enjoyed the challenge I found it a little bit tricky, or maybe it is just because I was press on time since I couldn't start drawing until Saturday. I loved the patterns but they were all new to me, Ponio looks beautiful once shaded and Winflo for some reason reminded me of a wallpaper I used to have as a little girl in my bedroom, so I gave it a little twist to look more like it. Greetings from Canada :-)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant pearl like centers of Ponio
*diamond grid for Winflo
*soft touches - shading, highlights, dots

From Gesine (Germany) ~
I'm sending this one from a little village in France near Taizé, where I spent a week with my family and a group of very different people attending most of the prayers at the communité. Unfortunately, we're leaving tomorrow already...
Tangled Tidbits -
...must be a very relaxing place to tangle...
*glowing white on black tangles
*Ponio in clusters along the string line

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Using up some of my watercolor scraps--when I make cards, it's hard to throw anything away--I went with a quick, teeny, Bijou size tile...

Whipped off the string line Winflo on Wednesday--that has a ring to it--:)--without much thought...seems obvious...fully intended to do a Ponio version, (love that pattern and all its varieties) but here it is already Saturday and I think I'll just send this quickie in...I do love how tangling on top of watercolors creates such cool shading and highlighting...added a touch of pencil shading, too. I can't wait to see what everyone (with more time!) does with all the other possibilities!
Tangled Tidbits -
*marvelous monotangle follows the shading and highlights of the watercolor
*tangle flows along the string lines

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
So glad I was able to make time to tangle this weekend! I decided while drawing Ponio that I liked it better without the dividing line (that joins the circles) ... what that meant was that I had to do one circle and then the arching lines, mentally bringing them only halfway around the circle, and then the next circle, and then the next set of lines, and so on. A little Halloween bonus (which you can't see when it's completed) is that the circles with the half-arches kind of look like spiders until they're joined up with the arches coming around the other way.
One of the variations for Ponio had little lines with beads on the ends, which were similar to those in Winflo ... so I did those and kind of a minimalist Winflo.

Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the illustration of a string-free Ponio - great variation!
*Ponio features Sue's signature sparkle
*Winflo orbs incorporated into Ponio

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Attached is my tile for challenge #167. So excited for your upcoming art adventure. I think you will be amazing!
Tangled Tidbits -
*so many happy Winflo, shadowed, arua-ed, springing from Ponio
*four fabulous variations of Ponio - note the triangular threesome!

A very warm welcome to Heather Temple (Killingworth, Connecticut) ~
I finally had time to do one! And as you will see wanted to do two. I took much liberty with your string but as I looked at it I kept seeing a giant Winflo. Then it came to me to just add more orbs like how you start Winflo and do Ponio right down the middle. Both new to me. I especially liked Ponio. First time trying some white charcoal for some highlighting. That's going to take more practice. Then after I started my tile I looked at your string again and drew out the second "tile" on a post-it while at work. No time to execute a real one but wanted you to see what I was seeing.
Thanks again for these challenges. I can't participate often but love to see the possibilities each Monday.

Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful perspective achieved with one large Winflo
*shading and highlights create depth in the tangles
It's a butterfly!!

From Audrie Wiesenfelder (Tucson, Arizona) and here on her blog, The Purple Butterfly ~
Here I am at the 11th hour, as usual. I didn't get around to this challenge till today; but luckily, it just sort of fell into place in true Zentangle fashion. After I finished the first one (white ink on black tile), I decided to try adding color. I had seen a tile that Ria Matheussen had done using colored pencils on a white on black tile. I thought it was quite effective, and had to try it for myself. I also flipped the tile on it's side for a totally different look. I'm sending them both.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*diamond shaped centers for Ponio
*curved stems of Winflo
*vibrant colors
*totally different look achieved by rotating the string

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Adele, thanks for giving my tiles a nod last week. They were great fun to produce.
I LOVE learning new patterns. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes me a while to install them into my right-brain abstract library, and this week I was pleased with the outcome of only one tile (and trust me, the string really is in there somewhere, but I can't remember where). I'll definitely be adding these patterns to my tangles in the future. As much as I didn't like my other tiles, I did enjoy playing with variations of Ponio especially. These challenges are the very best part of my week!

Tangled Tidbits -
*luscious layers of Winflo -   The pattern begins with the corner of a larger one then diminishes in size as it grows in number.
* border of Ponio - top arc of each section morphs into a Winflo silhouette

From Anita A Westin (Rättvik,Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here come my entry for IAST 167. I love to learn about new patterns and I might not have tried these if it wasn´t for this challenge. I had fun doing it and here are more about it in my blog:
Thank you for a great challenge. It means a lot to follow this every week even if it happens I don´t participate exactly every time!

Tangled Tidbits -
*one large center Winflo and Ponio
*weight added by darkening in alternating sections of Ponio
*Winflo dots accent the border lines

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*evenly sized tangles, beautifully shaded
*two pretty versions of Winflo

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
See that you are up to lots of exciting arrangements. I’m fascinated by the artist tour website of which you are part. So much talent in your neck of the woods. Good luck with the great plans for December.
This week’s challenge was certainly quite a challenge. Lovely Ponio by Mei Hua Teng (Damy) and Winflo by Nadine Roller. I turned your String once to the right and then what? Two tangles; one a border and the other more floral or fanlike, but no filler pattern. Anyway I persevered and low and behold, it actually turned out quite satisfactorily.
Thank you Mei Hua Teng (Damy)for your lovely Ponio and Nadine Roller for Winflo. As always Adele, thank you for your enthusiasm and the love you put into each week’s challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty Ponio variations line the border, the string, Winflo curves
*Winflo tipped strings, a large central one, and even a touch of free floating wings

From Julie Bazuzi (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
Huge congrats on your news about the Florida Arts Tour!
I enjoyed seeing everyone's pumpkin tiles for last week's prompt. With all the variations available for Ponio, I'm excited to see what this group will create. I think I used 5 or 6 variations in this one drawing. In contrast, I used Winflo in it's most basic form. I am sure we will see some great innovations there as well.
As always, thanks for a great string adventure,

Tangled Tidbits - 
*dark centered Ponio with rounded corners
*awesome aura throughout - shades of gray add remarkable dimension
*black Winflo orbs repeat throughout

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
Your participation in the 'Off the Beaten Path' art studio tour sounds like a perfect way to ring in the holidays. It will be fun to trod along the path of your virtual tour in December!
This week's prompt was a tough one for me. Aura filled in for my lack of vision. I'm sooo looking forward to seeing how others make the two tangles boogie down!
Cheers to living vicariously through others!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*diamond, round, and oval sparkled centers for Ponio
*gracefully curved lines and aura, along with the softest shading, lend a silken look to Ponio

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Ragged Ray from the United Kingdom ~
I was so pleased you chose to use Ponio this week - it's one I use often. Such a pleasure to draw and so happy to blend into other tangles. I kept the tile quite simple, choosing to consider which areas to leave light and which to darken, to create contrast. And then Winflo added a little bit of movement into the quite solid surroundings. I also turned the tile so that the string seemed to form an almost Art Deco vase! Lots of shading. Lots of fun.

Tangled Tidbits -
*dark sparkled aura surrounds Ponio and pulls it into a grid
*shaded Ponio centers with a touch of highlight give off a glow
*elongated, black centers of Ponio accented with three small white dots
*precise fine lines of the grid contrast with the wispy lines that accent the vertical Ponio
*shadow shading of the long and elegant Winflo

Congratulations, Ragged Ray!

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

A huge thank you to all of the contributors to this week's challenge.
Please know that I appreciate and treasure your kindnesses and encouragements. 

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the tangled we used this week along with my string:

Ponio by CZT Mei Hua Teng (Damy)
Winflo by Nadine Roller, CZT

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #168!

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