Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.                      ~ Henry David Thoreau

IAST #188 Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa)

Last week, IAST regular contributor Felicity Strohfeldt, sent her tile and comments in a bit too late for publication with the rest of the entries. 

Instead of amending the original post, I decided to save both for today's Words of Wisdom.  Felicity's comments and lovely tile bear witness to H.D. Thoreau's quote above.  She wrote:
Anyhow, thought I send my tile 188, that I enjoyed doing out in Nature, surrounded by bird sounds and fresh air. How well the challenge fitted outside under the shady trees. So, my turned out a swirl of floral patterns happily curling and dancing in the “breeze”. This challenge was a pleasure to produce and I’m sure it’s because I was outside in beautiful surroundings.

Thank you, Felicity.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #190

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

Breaking away from the curved lines we have used lately, this week we begin with a straight lined string ~

IAST #190 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
To it we will add these straight lined tangles ~

Box Spirals by Margaret Bremner, CZT
This tangles provides a sense of depth as the squares overlap and shading this will be very interesting.

Windfarm by Margaret Bremner, CZT
While this is not a new pattern of Margaret's, it is new to IAST.  It will be fun to learn it together for this challenge.

Nouvart by Ria Matheussen, CZT
This link will bring you to Ria's blog where her step out for Nouvart is toward the end of her very lovely post.

Use as many, or few, of the tangles as you wish.

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 some or all of the suggested patterns
* 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 -
*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, March 27, 2017

A Gator Glitch...

...or should I say, blame it on a gator?!
I am just back from a road trip to the University of Florida that will delay the IAST #189 results for just a bit.

For the past two days, my daughter Isabella and I were treated to two tours of the University -  
one by our wonderful hostess and friend, Grace (and Sara, too), and the other by the school itself.

It was the fifth and final campus visit for our youngest daughter, and the last one for us as parents of a graduating high school senior.  Isabella is our seventh and last child to go through this decision making process.

"Does it get any easier?" friends ask.
My firm answer is, "No."

If anything, I am more emotional and sentimental about everything - every little thing.
Time is more precious: past, present, and future.

Honestly, how could eighteen years pass by so quickly?!

In the coming week, Isabella will decide where she will study for the next four years.  In the meantime, we will cherish the remaining months of her time in high school...

Isabella at the University of Florida

So while this post is delayed just a bit, please be sure to check back
Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #190 !

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear 
that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, 
not the composer.
                                                                                                           ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

"It's a String Thing" #188 Tile by Adele Bruno, CZT

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #189

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

To continue our celebration of spring, we will explore some organic tangles along with this rather loopy string ~

IAST #189 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The tangles we will use include:

Patience by Jody Genovese, CZT
Jody hit the mark again with the creation of this new tangle.  It begins with a triangular grid and blossoms as it grows.

Aura-Leah  by Carla du Preez
Flowing and leaf-like, shading brings out the best in this pattern.

CO2 by Antonine Megger
This is a very light and airy tangle (pun intended).

Use as many, or few, of the tangles as you wish.

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 some or all of the suggested patterns
* 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 -
*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, March 20, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #188 Tiles

Happy Monday and Happy First Day of Spring!

If the weather in your part of the world defies the season, take heart because these tiles will put you in a sunny mood.   We've taken the '-ing' from Spring and as Jane (Colorado) says below, we have all had fun "Fricling, Zingering and Fescuing"!

Let's take a look.

The first tile arrived from Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
...I Loved these tangles, they all work so well together.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty perf filled doubled Fricle base lines
*tangles push out passed the border

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Everyone loves Zinger, don't they? Together with Fricle and Fescu is this a wonderful challenge that I really enjoyed. Thank you very much.
Again, I have made a background with watercolours and used brown and black pens but also white and green gellypens.
I added a few "Perfs" to finish my tile.
At the moment, we have some nice springfeeling days in Belgium and we all love that!!!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*gorgeous shades complimented by multi-colored tangles
*wonderful highlights

From Amy Barnickel (Florida) ~
Agh! I have missed so many weeks of Zentangling! I hate when life gets so crazy busy. But this week, I have at least done two small tiles. I NEED to do more...
 Tangled Tidbits -
Congratulations for making the time to tangle - doesn't it become a 'need' some how?!
*sparkled black perfs accent Fricle, compliment the dark surround of the white perfs
*Fescu flows around the border

From Robin Steinbeck (Ohio) ~
...Here's my entry for IAST #188. This was fun to do on a snowy cold afternoon.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*striped and sparkled and five other fabulous variations of Fricle
*brown Fescu and Zinger

From Barbara (Germany) ~
this time I knew all tangles and found the string easy to follow. This was a pleasure as spring brings sun, light and colors back to our li[v]es. I love this season!
I wish everybody a wonderful time With greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*plump Zinger, ground patch of Fescu, and a touch of leaves for Spring
*detail lines and sparkled aura - creative variation of Fricle

From Tonia Croce (Rhode Island) ~
Here is my submission. I liked the strong shape. Had some trouble coming up with different ways to do #Fricle tangle, even though it's lovely. Maybe with more practice and patience. I did decide to share the strong and remove the outside lines for a different affect.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*bold and light Fricle
*Fescu and Zinger spring in multiple directions

From Vonnie Schneider (Missesota) ~
Thank you for a wonderful challenge! I usually think of these tangles as fillers and extras, so having them 'be' the tangles had me thinking outside the box a bit. I wanted to explore a bit and see how many variations I could make with Fricle and Zinger, so I started on a piece of paper that was not in my IAST Journal. As I was filling the tile, I was starting to lose what line was for which tangle, which brought out the colored pencils. As always, my purr-baby distracted me and when I looked back at my tile I was astonished! What started out to be my "practice" sheet had now become my submission for the week! Now to figure out how this 5x5 tile will fit in my 3.5x5.5 journal...
Tangled Tidbits - 
Don't you love when that happens?!
*swirls and curls add a wonderful sense of movement
*Fricle tipped Fescu - how fun!

From Hilary (Rome, Italy) ~
Well, I had a lot of fun with this one. I hadn't done Frickle in a long time, so it was good getting reacquainted. I added a bit of Vitruvius at the ends since I just discovered it a few days ago and wanted to practice it.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*mirrored detail on Fricle
*scalloped lines accent both tangles

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her new blog ~
We're still buried in snow here in Washington state, but even hearing about Spring is an encouragement. Looking forward to seeing the ground again and those first few flowers.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*light and airy wisps of Fescu
*cross-hatch detail for Fricle

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
First of all congratulation and thank you for the Celtic Knot Mosaic. What an awesome masterpiece! It must have taken ages to complete it I attach what I’ve tried with this pattern on 3Zs and I’ll definitely try your version too.
And finally my version of #188. It made me happy to draw in this string.
 Thank you for the compliments, Lisette.  (link to the post)
I took the liberty of posting Lisette's 3z tiles (above).  She demonstrates how tangles can be included beautifully into Celtic knot designs.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*such a fun Zinger and beautiful butterflies
*curls and Fescu filled Fricle

From Joke Leussenkamp (Eibergen, The Netherlands) ~
It was very nice drawing this challenge, although I never draw fricle before, I found it really fun experimenting on this one!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*glowing white highlights
*pretty perf lined Fricle and shadow shading

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I tried to do a monotangle of Fescu, but Zinger and Fricle put in appearances too! It is amazing what you can do, one little line at a time.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, it is!
*Fescu forms Zinger and Fricle - great fun!
*Fescu border floats from the base

From Tina Kirchhübel (Germany)  ~
here is my tile for this week's challenge with some fresh spring colours.
I wish you a great day.
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wispy clusters of Fescu and Zinger
*Fricle curls and curved lines

From Lily Moon (Hungary) and on Instagram ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*long, graceful lines of Fescu - and some are tipped with Zinger
*darkened sections feature white tangles

From Linda Goncalves (Pennsylvania) ~
I had much fun putting tangles inside Fricle. I did the black and white one first, then thought I wanted a more delicate "Spring". I am sending both. Happy Spring!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*weighted lines and pleasing balance of light and dark
*five variations of Fricle

 *heart accented Fricle
*vine-like variations of Fricle

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
What a lovely string to celebrate the beginning of Spring. And with your choice of tangles, it made me think of our CA Poppies swaying in the breeze. What fun - thank you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*thin and thicker lines for two variations of Fricle
*lovely, long tapers of Zinger

From Lynn Gotham (Florida) ~
Happy St. Patty's Day Adele. Thanks for the challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful balance of colors on a Renaissance tile
*each Fricle 'frond' boasts its own variation

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada ) ~
Wow did this Tangle ever go fast I drew the string and had no perceived notion at all and I just started drawing, never happened like that before! After drawing Frickle I thought it needed an echo or aura and it just seemed to come together. Took me longer to colour than to draw. Such fun!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for that description of your experience - pure Zentangle!
*layers of aura add depth and movement
*delicate Zinger tips

From Carina (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Here is my IAST #188. Thank you for the new tangle Fricle! I like it very much! For some spring feeling I put some color in the back :)
Greetings from Germany

Tangled Tidbits -
*one large doubled Fricle
*fun curls of Fricle feature individual details

From Terri Dulane, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
My tile for Your latest challenge. Thank you for everything you do to inspire us.
 Tangled Tidbits -
The inspiration is mutual :)
*especially wonderful effect with Fescu and shading on Fricle
*mingling of Fescu and Zinger with shadow shading

From Emily Shelton (Kentucky) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*lines, blue fields accent Fricle
*dotted aura

From Susie (Thailand) and here on her blog ~
Thank you for this fricle, zinger, fescu challenge. The easy patterns and simple string got me inspired to turn it into a dedication.
I made this tile for a friend of mine in Berlin, Germany, her name is Renate. Every once in a while I send her a tile of mine or a link to my website (trying to twist her arm into tangling) and every time she returns with a remark about missing colors. Well, she paints and paints with color - that makes sense. With this tile, however, she no longer needs to get her magnifying glass out to hopelessly search my 9 by 9cm tile for any strokes other than ink and graphite. THERE IS PLENTY OF IT RIGHT HERE.
I am sorry if it looks a bit unfinished (background), but all of a sudden I had an invasion of fruit flies circling my zingers. All shooing didn't help. So I quickly packed the tile - bugs included - into an email and sent it off to you. They are severely pesty little things and might well survive the shuttle through space so better have your pesticide ready, or be prepared to become an unwilling host to some illegal Thai fruit flies immigrants.

Tangled Tidbits -
I think we are safe, they are stuck to the page 🙂
*full, fabulous Zinger
*varying tangle sizes and lengths and shadow shading

From Lin H (Florida) ~
Thanks for your challenge, Adele. I enjoyed using Fricle with Zinger and Fescu. When I look at my results, it feels very playful to me. I think my relaxed state came through. Loved seeing your posted Celtic knot tiles, too. Your work is beautiful!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Lin.
*simple and elegant tangles
*highlighted spaces between Fescu curves

From Sabine (Germany) ~
yesterday we had spring in Germany, but today it's raining and stormy weather like autumn. So I celebrate spring by my own with the tile for this week challenge. I love Zinger and Fescu. Fricle are new to me and I love it too. It's a simple but amazing tangle. I looking forward to the tiles of the other participants.
With many greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*plump, sparkled tips of Fescu
*sparkled dark aura and pretty layers of color

From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
Here's my tile for this week's challenge.
I really liked using such organic tangles for a change and a free form string. I really felt about to zone out and relax with this one.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Fescu filled Fricle - and shading sets it off beautifully
*Zinger sprouts from the four corners and from the string's mid point

From Jennifer Moor (Switzerland) ~
What a lovely string and such twirly tangles! Not only did we enjoy exceptionally warm weather here this week, but spring arrived on my tile as well. A swirling mass of fresh growth that just cried out for some green! Thank you for the inspiration.
Tangled Tidbits - ...twirly tangles, indeed!
*wonderful gems with perf accented Fricle surround
*Zinger tipped Fescu springs from the scalloped edge of Fricle

From Cathy Cusson ~
Since I used my calendar to draw my tile on and it fell on the 17th, it had to be done in greens for St. Patrick's day! Hope you are having a great day!
Tangled Tidbits -
*great shades of spring green
*playful variations of Fricle

From Patricia (Switzerland) ~
I love the tangles, Fricle, being new to me and zinger and fescu are both among my favourites!
I drew some of Maria's flux in the insides of the Fricle curls and some feathery bits with small leaves.
I am sending the one with green colouring, and shattuck, as well : but the black and white tile is my official version!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*straight lined Shattuck brings out the curves of Fricle

*feathery Fricle lines and fuller, perf filled ones
*Fescu branches

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*soft and spiky variations of Fricle
*weighted lines and darkened inner aura

From Sra (India) ~
I keep looking for clever, out-of-the-box ideas for the weekly challenges but end up doing simple stuff. I even started making a list of the unusual interpretations and methods participants here do but that was just a week ago. Nevertheless, I am pleased with my simple effort this time. I got the idea for the string within a round rather than a square soon enough. The Zinger idea came almost immediately and then followed the Fricle. But where do I put in Fescu? That came a few days later and am I happy!
I love Zentangle for how abstract it is, but this time my work ended up resembling a speckled orchid that I've seen. I'm so glad I got the idea for Fescu, it's not unconventional, it's probably even predictable but I feel it lends wholeness and beauty. I find it hard to appreciate my own efforts vis-a-vis all the wonderful work I see here but this is one about which I feel really good, even though it's simple.
And I got a brainwave to fill the gap between the Zingers with my signature!
Tangled Tidbits -
You remind us all that the simplicity is beauty, especially in tangles, thank you.
*Zinger rounded border
*Fescu buds into branches

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Here is my tile IAST # 188 for this week.
I am so glad I was able to do the challenge this week.
I loved the string and I love how this tile turned out.
Thank you for the good and peaceful moments I had drawing this tile.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Tipple filled Fricle with delicate penciled details surrounded with weighted lines - beautiful!
*deep shading, wonderful depth

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
Hello everyone! what an interesting String we had this week. The patterns that we had are so beautifully organic and normally I would have used them randomly in a more botanical setting, but for some reason the Pinwheel String kept calling me, so I let it go and didn't force it, I followed the Pinwheel String creating a kind of order and repetition with the patterns. I realized once I finished that probably I should have use more Spring-like colors, oh well.... although now that i think about it I saw yesterday the first Ladybug of this year, so maybe orange-reddish tones are not so bad after all ;-)
Thank you Adele! ....Greetings from Canada!
Tangled Tidbits -
..."order and repetition" - soothing words to describe tangling
*Fricle used as a filler - that's fun!
*shading and highlights add depth - dew drops are amazing

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
So, we are still thawing out, though it is not as bad. Florida is sounding better by the minute as we are possibly getting 1-4” of snow this evening…you have to just laugh about it. I may be stopping by when you least expect it.
With many family obligations, I felt terrible that I couldn’t submit a tile last week. It was like I skipped school or something. Feels good to be back in the swing of things. Here is my Spring Fling tile. I am hoping it is like a rain dance and moves things along .
Always enjoy your challenges and seeing what everyone creates.
Cheers and your Celtic Knot 3Z was just stunning!
Tangled Tidbits -  Thank you, Jody.  That is a great analogy about skipping school - don't worry though, here you don't need an excuse note to join in again 😉
*delightful details abound - aura, shadows, shading, perfs, dots...
*Fescu and Zinger flow over and under and through

From Donna (Vermont) ~
I almost didn't do the challenge this week because I couldn't come up with a plan that I considered to be creative enough. I finally decided to just go with simple. No color, no shading, no intricate design, just pure black and white and a straightforward plan. I rather like it. Especially because this is actually the first time I've gone with an all black background. I can't wait to see what everyone else does.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful sharp contrasts of black and white
*delicate details in the five Fricle

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Hope St.Paddy's day was filled with all the Luck of the Irish!
I haven't been getting to IAST until the very end of the week lately, but it gives me just enough time to play with something without a lot of forethought, and that is a good exercise for me!
So I played around with a lot of fun, springtime Fricle on a pale watercolor wash (and my scan doesn't pick it all up) with bunches of fun Zingers and some Fescu done with a purple micron! Used the string lines very loosely for some starting points, and then just had a blast Fricling, Zingering and Fescuing from there...and look at that! any tangle can be verbified: I Fricle, she Fricles, we all Fricled, everybody is Fricling--:)
For the moment, we've skipped spring and just jumped right to summer--80 degrees today and tomorrow in Colorado--crazy! The trees are starting to bloom and that's not a good thing...hopefully we'll get a bunch more snow before the real summer's very dry around here and the fire danger is's lovely walking around in shirt sleeves in March but it's important to acknowledge that climate change is a real danger and threat to our planet and hopefully we can all be working to combat that and the current assault on the scientific community!
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the "ing" insights and the smiles it brings Jane.
*loose and tight Fricle curls and individual details
*all curves flow in the same direction adding smooth sense of motion

From Heidi Sue (Utah) ~
HeidiSue from Utah here, with gratitude for this weeks challenge. I enjoyed it so much, I did two. One in color, that reminded me of the beach and a friend with roots in Cali, so I gave it to her, and a black and white with shading, that reminds me of a meadow. Love love!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Fricle curls create little shelves for Fescu and Zinger
*shading adds depth the the layered tangles
*curves and colors do bring the beach to mind
*touches of white, beautiful highlights

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Love this vanishing point string! And I appreciate the chance to add a wonky grid where I can. In addition to Fricle, Zinger, and Fescu, I added Pokeleaf, Margaret Bremner's Dust Bunny, and Genvieve Crabe's Fleuri.
Thanks for all you do!

Tangled Tidbits -
*happy mix of tangles, shading blends them together
*heavier and lighter lined Fricle

From Marla Mendenhall (Long Beach, California) ~
Fun week. Fricle has so much potential I have a full page of possibilities in my notebook. Zinger isn't one of my favorite go-tos, only because I don't think I render it well, but Fescue finds its way frequently into my tiles almost without conscious thought.
All three tiles follow the string with a little variation, which also created an inaccurate pinwheel for Tile #2, given the string had only five "spokes" while true pinwheels have an even number of sections. But what the heck, right? My nod to all things Spring - YEA! - with dandelion fuzz thrown in for good measure. Ahhhh ... chew!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Of all the pinwheels I've made over the years with my kids, I never knew they had even numbers of sections - thank you for that tidbit!
*marvelous variations of Fricle, tight swirls to feathery finishes
*awesome aura
 *fabulous Fricle pinwheel - notice the curves, button and stick details
*Zinger and Fescu centers
*graceful Fescu curls - notice how the lighter curls up and over the darker one
*large, tight, double aura-ed spiral

From Vicki Mitchell, CZT (Moscow, Idaho) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura and detail lines
*Zinger tapers to lines of dots

From Michele Wynne (California) ~
Thank you once again for another inspiring challenge. I was happy to explore Fricle, a pattern I've seen and admired but never used. I actually finished this so early in the week that I almost forgot to send it. I posted it on Wednesdays blog and then thought it didn't quite seem finished. It was;-)
I had a couple of hand painted zendalas I'd created for swap that I ended up forgetting to sign up for (sigh...story of my life;-), so I was saving them for a moment of organic inspiration. Thank you!
Tangled Tidbits -
...and the colors match the photo's background, that is so pretty!
*highlighted perfs along three large Fricle
*swirls of Fescu and Zinger reach to the tile's edge - notice the rounded intersecting lines of Fescu

From Lovelygiraffe (Japan) and on Instagram ~
here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning study in black and white - blocks of alternating dark and light change as Fricle passes through the string lines
*long, flowing Fescu lines

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
Top of the mornin' to yer of this fine shamrock day!
I'm sending you a HUGE thank you for a spring inspired prompt that distracted my attention from the 77mph winds of our (hopefully) last winter storm of the season.
Fricle is high on my favorites list ... it plays well with other tangles. I added Official tangles of Mooka, Flux, and Printemps , along with Rose Brown's Cayke and a strong influence of Sandy Hunter's Akoya. Oh, I can't wait for the tile show!
Cheers to spring!

Tangled Tidbits -
*ingenious way to add other tangles to Fricle
*Mooka waves overlap and repeat from large to medium to small
*Tipple accented gradations of Tipple that suggest a scalloped line
*Cayke encore from last week's challenge
*Zinger and Fescu flow under Fricle
*shading accentuates the neat, clean lines of the tangles
(and what a great frame :)

Congratulations, Sharon!

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

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire all of us and help build this wonderfully supportive IAST community.

Special thank yous to the creative minds behind the tangles used with my string this week ~

Fricle by Julie Evans, CZT

Fescu both by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, Zentangle® founders

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #189!