Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Love makes a house a home.

 Home by Adele Bruno, CZT
3.5" square tile and 3Z tile
Tangles: Heart Box, Drupe, Opus, Knightsbridge,
Flux, Tipple, LG, Amore  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #228

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

I am really excited about this challenge because we will mix something brand new with some thing familiar.  But before I tell you about that, let's begin with this string ~

IAST #228 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

The new and not-so-new tangles we will use include:

Bumpadox by Carole Ohl, CZT
This is Carole's brand new tangle - and very clever, adaptable idea.
Click the name above for a direct link to her blog and/or find it here on TanglePatterns.
I fell instantly in love with the look and the idea of adding bumps to tangle lines, I think you will, too.

Paradox by Rick Roberts
Because Carole's new tangle is related, it will be great to see what happens when we pair the two.

Keep in mind that the string is a suggestion.  Position it in an orientation that appeals to you, divide the spaces into even more triangles if you wish, and let the tangles lead the way.

I cannot wait to see these tiles!

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 for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued 

*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) posted on the following Monday 

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. 

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, January 29, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #227 Tiles

Happy Monday!  Isn't it a treat to begin each week together with an incredible show of tiles?
This week's show is particularly enchanting.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
this time I drew two versions of your challenge again. I enjoyed drawing Bubbles, Bales and the other patterns on a coloured background. I send you my second version, my first one you can find on my blog under the link: .
Thank you very much for this very interesting challenge. I didn’t know Bubbles yet. I didn’t draw the other patterns very often and never in this combination.
Best wishes from Germany

Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautifully detailed Bubbles and Jester
*fine line detail for Bales

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for IAST this week. Have a great week ahead!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*sparkled detail lines accent Jester
*light, dark, and shaded spaces of Bubbles

From Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
Here is my tile for this week's challenge. I have never tried out Jester and Bubbles, I like both of those patterns and will have to try to use them more often! My Bubbles needs some work, but, I enjoyed making this tile!
I enjoyed all of the beautiful Rumpus tiles! I loved how you used yours in a heart shape for your mother's birthday card! Happy Birthday to her! What a great family gathering of four generations!
Thank you for another great challenge and I look forward to next weeks challenge!
Have a great week!
Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, Donna.
*dark dots repeat in Jester and Bales
*pretty variation of line weight throughout

From Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
Thank you for the challenge. I know more zentangle pattern by joining your challenge every week. And it's challenging how to interpret pattern into string you gave.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*lovely lace look of Jester
*finely detailed Bales

From Victoria (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) and here on her blog ~
Thank you for the interesting task. To connect the given tangles into a single composition was interesting :)

Tangled Tidbits - 
*fabulous depth created with shading, aura, and darkened spaces
*Bubbles and Tipple blend beautifully

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I hope all is well with your family, and happy belated birthday to your mom!
I used my new sepia and burgundy pens on a tinted tile for this week's challenge. I hope they show up well in the photo because it was fun using them.
Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, Hilary.
*dark spaces make Bubbles pop
*fine lined star burst details

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
My contribution for IAST#227. I’ve never used Bubbles before because they didn’t appeal to me. But I might change my attitude in the future… I was really intrigued by Jester which I’ve never used before either. I really appreciated this new challenge.
Hugs from Switzerland
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Jester shines with triple loops, weighted lines, sparkle, aura, shading, light and dark spaces
*dew drops over Bubbles

From Debbie Raaen (Trondheim, Norway) ~
...thanks for this fun challenge. Here's my entry for IAST#227.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*lovely loops, aura, and shading of Jester
*fine lines, dark spaces accent Bales

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for -- It’s A String Thing # 227 Challenge.
Adele, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful project of the Christmas Story, it is fabulous, what a wonderful
Idea and so many helpers, you live in a very close communal area.
Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, Shirley, I will pass along the compliments to our friends.
*fabulous variation of Jester
*shaded layers of the tangles add wonderful depth

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Filled with color and glitter
Here is my tile for the week...I stayed mostly within the string...bales, jester and bubbles...
Used glitter pens glitter acrylic and plain old black pen and pencil ....A bit lively if I may say so,...
Thanks for a great challenge
Tangled Tidbits - 
*lovely and "lively" tangles
*weighted lines for Bales

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
Thank you for this cool string and pattern selection... For this tile I used a black Micron 01 and a black/blue Micron PN. All the best for 2018 to you and your family and to the IAST community!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*deliciously deep shading and dark spaces
*just two grid lines for Bales, large and small arcs

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
I had a lot of fun with IAST 227.
Thank you!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*splendid variation of Jester
*enthatched Bales

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Always glad to send you my entry.
I've made my drawing on a white tile and finished with a little bit of colour on those three wonderful tangles.
Thank you for a nice challenge and send you warm regards from Belgium
 Tangled Tidbits ~
*beautiful Bubbles fade from colorful to lightly lined
*elegant Jester variation

From Jami Lawniczak (Ohio) ~
I have not participated in a while, and I am happy that I finally have a tile finished in time to submit. It was relaxing to let go and let the tangles flow.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Jester aura moves from white to black
*weighted lines and lovely layers

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I enjoyed this week’s tangles. I liked last week’s idea of shading with a pen so I had another go at that with my purple pen. It has nearly run out, but I think that sort of helps the effect.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautiful Bales - colorful enthatching, weighted lines
*free floating Bubbles

From Karin (Germany) ~
this is my entry to challenge no 227.
Somehow the tile does not look like I expected… I am looking forward to see the other ones!
Tangled Tidbits -
*two variations of Bales
*alternating light and dark spaces of Jester

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings from a warmer and sunnier Whitby.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely variations of Bales and Jester
*colorful, sparkled, light and dark Bubbles

From Judy Wanner, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
Why is it photography always shows what I “could” have done? You know, sort of like a 75 year old woman looking into a magnified mirror sans make up!
Anyway, it was fun tangling!
Please give your Mother a huge birthday hug from me. You wrote lovely, meaningful words to describe her and she wears them well.....even way back when there were only the 7 of you. Your Rompus Zendala is a beautiful gift I know she will treasure. And one has to love a grandchild gave that to her! (Yes, it was Isabella :)
Hope this finds you enjoying and not working too hard. We tanglers so appreciate all you do.
As always I send my love to all.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Judy ­čĺŚ
*  touch of Bales tips Bubbles
*shading leaves pretty highlight in Bales and Jester

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
...I'm am so happy to be vertical again and able to Tangle! If you ever see a dark circle starting to eclipse your eye go right to your eye specialist. I waited a few days as I already had an appointment scheduled and she was upset I didn't come in right away. I had two retinal tears and she sent me to Toronto that day for surgery. I was lucky they managed to repair my eye with a gas bubble and laser treatment. I had to spend the next week , 23/24 hours lying on my left side. Still very blurry in my right eye but I'm hoping it will improve in time. It's been lovely to be able to sit up and get back into Tangling.
Thank you for having this available to us.

Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for that advice, Trudi - sending prayers for your continued healing.
*colorful layers of tangles
*inner aura repeats in Jester and Bales

From HeidiSue (Salt Lake City, Utah) ~
This was a fun challenge. First time I’ve ever played with Jester and I’m going to be exploring it some . Thanks for the challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*splendidly detailed Jester
*oodles of overlapping Bubbles

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my tile # 227 for this week. I nearly forgot to send it. I hope I'm still on time. Therefore my note will be short. Thank you for this challenge, it was nice to do.
Lots of love and have a blessed week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles glow against deep black
*touch of shading for Bales midpoints

From Ulrike (Germany) ~ is my transmittal for challenge #227. Thank you for good ideas you always have!
Many greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled detail lines of Jester
*two pretty variations of Bales

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
This one reminded me of a ribbon sampler. The Bubbles pattern on the V shape ribbon in the foreground is similar to a ribbon I used in a fabric layout about 25 ears ago. When you view the reverse side of that ribbon, it is a complete opposite of the colors on the front. Nice nostalgia in this piece.
Thanks goes to Suzanne - I love doing Bubbles, Cyndi for Jester, and Maria for Bales. Thanks to Adele for your ever-challenging ideas!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious Bubble 'ribbon'
*large swath of Jester divides the space into many diamond shapes

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*two lined inner aura of Bales
*touch of shading on each Bubble

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Hope this finds you well. Enjoyed hearing about your mom a heartfelt Happy Birthday to her.
Your heart shaped rumpus tile was just gorgeous. I bet she loved it. Can’t imagine being the only girl with 6 brothers!
Here is my entry for this week. As always a big thank you for all you do.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jody.
*rounded inner spaces of Bales, elegant shading
*stunning variation of Jester - notice the shading on the weighted line side of those aura-ed diamond shapes

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Fun IAST! Fun mix of tangles - new and old! Fun string! Thanks, Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pleasing balance of light and dark spaces and lines
*two pretty variations of Bales

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
We just returned from a mini-vacation. I was so 'tickled' to find, while sorting out my e-mail, that I was the recipient of your 'tile with honors' last week! Thank you for the honor, and for giving us all such great inspiration. I learn so much from each and every contributor.
I hope I am not to late to submit this week's tile - only had today to play with it. I left 'Jester' out - just could not find a place for it in the end. Hope everyone had a great week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*see through sections of Bales
*Bubbles weaves in, out, under, and through

From Verena (Germany) ~
Here my tile #227
 Tangled Tidbits -
*two detailed variations of Jester
*bunches of Bubbles

From Dolly Bolen, CZT (Morinville, Alberta, Canada) ~
I hadn’t tried Bubbles or Jester before this challenge and I enjoyed tangling both of them. I drew a tangleation of Jester with Bales inside
which was a fun way to include both tangles. Then I drew Bales with an inside aura similar to the way it was tangled in the Zentangle Project Pack 1 – Part 2. After I added colour with Derwent Watercolour Pencils and Derwent Inktense Pencils, I added Black crosses to the centre of the coloured Bales with Sakura Glaze Pen in Black, along with a number of colours in Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll Pens to add bling to the gradient of colours. Finally I added Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen 10 highlights then went over with Sakura Stardust Pen in Clear Star to add sparkle to the White highlights. I decided I would like to add grey and silver to Bubbles to balance out the stark white and black of Jester/Bales tangleation and the rainbow of colours on Bales. The white areas left on the Apprentice tile were not to my liking so I tangles a few Bales falling from the rainbow of Bales streaming across the tile. I also drew a Bubble falling from the burst of Bubbles across the tile. It is kind of my signature to have single elements of a tangle falling from the full drawn tangle, something I have developed in a lot of my tiles. I created
reflections in the adjacent colours on the sides of the tangles touching the rainbow of Bales which added an interesting touch.
I photographed my tile on a colourful piece of scrapbooking paper under a pot light, direct light which is why the sparkles showed up so
nicely in my photo.
What I love about this tile is the different contrasts, colours and movement. I didn’t have an image in mind when starting this, it just really
flowed. I can’t wait to see what other tanglers around the world come up with, that is the best part of the fun, like opening a gift, seeing what is inside! I am thankful for your challenges, that I am able to participate. This is a fairly new experience for me, joining in on challenges such as your IAST. I am grateful for all your hard work you put into doing this for all of us, every week! Thank you so much and God Bless!
Tangled Tidbits -
*creative flow and coloring of tangles and tile
*sparkle, shading, weighted lines, and aura add dimension

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
thanks for the challenge!
Warmest regards
Rainbows ans raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glowing white lines and highlights
*shaded overlap of layered tangles

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*lined and solid spaces in one lovely Jester
*two variations of Bales

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Sending very happy birthday wishes to your mum!! Such a large family ... I'm sure the celebrations will last quite a while!!
The tiles from last week were all so beautiful ... I'm glad you posted the two tiles that almost got away ... they were like icing on the cake ... or in this case, your mom's birthday cake!
Loved this week's string ... and the combination of tangles ... can't wait to see the tile show!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Sharyn.
*beautiful tangles spread to the edges of the tile
*Bubbles oozes into Bales

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Lovely to get back to tangling, loved the tangles this week by Cyndi, Maria and Suzanne. I am rather rusty, but intend to be participating full out from now on and, also getting the challenges done that I missed.
Tangled Tidbits -
*delightfully detailed Jester - two variations in one
*thick and thin lines for Bales, beautiful shading

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Karen Buse from California ~

Karen wrote:
When I drew the string, rather than "hollibaugh-ing" the lefthand "C" behind the central "S", I drew it right on through. And look at that…they made the beginning "><" of Jester. I just carried on from there. Thanks as always for your seemingly endless well of inspiration.

Tangled Tidbits - 
What a lovely happenstance!
*fabulous combinations - Bubbles and Bales in Jester
*bits of Bales in Bubbles
*soft shading
*filled in loops of Jester, with just a bit of rounded white space

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

Thank you all for sending in your fabulous tiles and for inspiring us all.

Many thanks to the creators of the tangles we used this week along with my string:

Jester by Cyndi Knapp

Bales by Maria Thomas

 by Suzanne McNeill, CZT

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" # 228!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Few More Gems from "It's a String Thing" #226

At times, glitches in emails prevent some notes and tiles from reaching me in time for Monday's post that features the IAST results. 

There were two this week and I didn't want them to be missed.

The first is from Lisette (Switzerland) ~
My Rumpus turned out rather symmetrical and reminded me of the Flower of Live. Therefore I added Quandary in the form of the Flower of Live. I think it shows a bit my "addiction to harmony"...

And the second is from Joke Leussenkamp (Eibergen, The Netherlands) ~
It's been quite a while since I participated in your challenge.
The holidays and being ill prevented my contribution.
I draw immediately Rumpus after Zentangle Headquarters came out with this beautiful new Tangle...
I hope you like my drawing!
Tangle Hugs and greetings,

Aren't they striking? 

If you missed the other tiles from IAST #226, click here to view them.

Click here for all of the delightful details of IAST #227 and come join in the fun!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #227

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is also another "double post day", so if you missed the results of "It's a String Thing" #226,
click here to see the stunning tiles featuring Maria Thomas' new Rumpus.

For this week, we begin with the following string ~
IAST #227 By Adele Bruno, CZT
The tangles we will use include ~

Jester by Cyndi Knapp
I love loopy tangles, and this tangles combines loops with grids and is wide open for embellishment.

Bales by Maria Thomas
Click here and here to view my past posts on Bales.
It will be fun to revisit this classic.

Bubbles by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
With loops grids covered with the first two tangles, this one adds some roundness and randomness to the mix.

Keep in mind that the string is a suggestion.  Position it in an orientation that appeals to you and let the tangles 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 for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued 

*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) posted on the following Monday 

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. 

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.

"It's a String Thing" #226 Tiles

This post is a bit delayed, but I do have a wonderful reason for my tardiness. 
Yesterday, we celebrated my mother's 84th birthday.  Four generations of us made sure her day was very special.

My mother's motherly statistics are quite extraordinary - she and my father raised 7 of us (I have six brothers), they have 22 grandchildren, and their 9th great grandchild is due this week.  When added to her incredible artistic accomplishments, her creative and loving heart has grown exponentially with each passing year.

Our challenge proved timely as I used Maria Thomas' masterful Rumpus to create a birthday zendala for Mom~

I found that Rumpus came to life as the background was filled in.  It did take some stick-to-itiveness, especially when first drawing the many connecting lines.  I had to push through misgivings and continue "one stroke at a time", until I just fell in love with how the tangle unfolded.  I added shading, two shades of pink Prismacolor pencils, and birthday greetings.  
My tile is one of five tiles photographed on a Tickled to Tangle frame and that tickles me to no end.  Read on to find the other four. 

The first tile arrive from Lily (Hungary) ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge.

Tangled Tidbit - 
*gorgeous perfs, wonderful depth

From Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
Here is my tile for IAST #226, Rumpus!
This was much more comfortable for me, so, I decided to push my comfort zone and added Derwent Inktense pencils, since I had used the Micron PN Blue pen and was a bit dull! This was my first time using these pencils on my Zentangle tiles! Not the best work, but was fun!
Thank you for a fun pattern this week!
I also enjoyed seeing everyone's Dewd tiles from last week!
Tangled Tidbit -
*lovely coloring and blackened in between spaces

From Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
I got headache at lunch time in office.
And I took my tile and drawing pen, played with rumpus.
Amazingly, my headache disappeared.
I love rumpus.
First attempt tangled with rumpus.
It was fun, even my rumpus still the original style.
Thank you Adele for this challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*darkened perf surrounds and wonderful shading

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
this time i drew my tangle for a change on oval flipchart papers. I didn’t use Rumpus before. It is a very interesting pattern. One can play in many ways with it. I will try it more often in the future. A second version you can find on my blog...
Thank you for this new challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbit - 
*uniquely embellished elegant Rumpus arcs 

From Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
many greetings from a very stormy place in germany ;-) Just a perfect day to stay at home and tangle!
I didn't tried the pattern Rumpus before and so I had fun to draw it for the first time. I used a zendala tile and painted it with watercolours.
Then I tangled with a white pen on it.
 Tangled Tidbit -
*white Rumpus glows atop a deep background

From Ulrike (Germany) ~
Here is my tile for weekly challenge #226. RUMPUS is a pretty tangle pattern. I did it for the first time, but certainly for the last time.
Many Greetings from stormy Germany
 Tangled Tidbit -
*Rumpus, pretty in pink and aura-ed around the entire tangle

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
I summit my Tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing #226 ‘ challenge.
Although I loved the tangle, I found it to be most challenging,
Maybe because I had to remember the steps from a video, and
My old brain doesn’t remember so well these days
Thanks again Adele for all your hard work in putting up these challenges.
Tangled Tidbit - 
*fabulous, rounded Rumpus with warm brown enthantching

From Verena (Germany) ~
Thank you for this Challenge!
Rumpus is one of my favorite tangles! I do it few weeks ago in DIN A5 and fall in love.

Tangled Tidbit - 
*two amazing renditions feature slender highlighted arcs

From Victoria (St. Petersburg, Russia) and here on her blog ~
Thank you for the interesting task! The first time I tried to draw RUMPUS. And it was exciting :)
 Tangled Tidbit -
*elegant variations add flair and depth to Rumpus

From Ria Mathuessen (Belgium) ~
Rumpus is a wonderful tangle and I'm glad to send you my entry.
This drawing is made on grey paper and finished with ordinary colourpencils and a white gellypen.
It was my first attempt to draw Rumpus but I'm sure I'm gonna use this pattern more in the future.
Thank you for this lovely challenge.
Warm regards from Belgium
 Tangled Tidbit -
*brightly colored center strokes and lighter, thinner accent ones - all beautifully highlighted

From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
I'm so impressed with your neighborhood project! Lots of hard work and dedication, but such splendid results. It must be a real joy seeing it all come together!
I went a little crazy with Rumpus. I mean the past few days have been a blur, all I remember is thinking what colors can I use, what variations can I use, how can I make it better.

 Tangled Tidbits -
How fun to be so totally absorbed in a tangle!
*beautiful and unique Rumpus variations

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
I was absolutely blown away by your ‘Christmas Story’. What an amazing community you live in.
You were already very high up on a pedestal, but it grew even higher after this. I got chills as I read through the scrolls.
Here is my rumpus entry. I love this tangle. It’s so versatile I decided to beckon Spring with a tile I colored using Koi WaterBrush pens.
Oh..and 3 for 3! Go me!! :o)
Tangled Tidbit - 
*glorious layers of color, shading, and highlights, and wonderful wispy finishes

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I’ve a created a rumpus!

Tangled Tidbits - 
Indeed you have!
*Rumpus reaches off the circular string 

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York)~
Still trying to make friends with rumpus..It is coming slowly..
Here is my entry for this week's challenge done in red and black
 Tangled Tidbit -
*wonderful red perfs and enthatching

From Sra (India) ~
When I was practising Rumpus yesterday, I ended up putting one small Rumpus over a big one. It reminded me of one of those cut glass perfume bottles with several facets and I knew I had my entry. The Dewd I put in the practice tile - I missed IAST last week and wanted to include it this week - didn't look half as good and neither did the enthatchment with the brown pen, so I spent a couple of very Zen hours this afternoon doing this tile, and did the shading with black colour pencil. I don't want to do anything more with it - I think it's great as it is and I've left it well alone. It's not often that I'm pleased with my tiles, this is one such occasion.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*absolutely beautiful grouping of Rumpus

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your challenge with Rumpus, Adele. It was very relaxing just taking one stroke at a time with this tangle pattern. I really enjoyed the photo journey of your Neighborhood Christmas Project. I’m looking forward to driving through your neighborhood next December!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*awesome aura to accent Rumpus and single perfs to fill the dark spaces

From Judy Wanner, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
...I had this done before your challenge! I bet you will have numerous one just like this too. Meant to do another one but it was another wicked crazy week! At least I got to show off your wonderful Zendala all three sizes of your frames.Oh my....WOW....Your neighborhood Christmas story is beautiful...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large and lovely perfs make the negative spaces of Rumpus as important as the tangle itself

From Karin (Germany) ~
thank you for another wonderful challenge!
Rumpus is absolutely amazing. I tried it a few times and every time -in the middle of progress while connecting the orbs- I thought that I will not like the result… too busy! But I didn´t want to give up and started to add the circles… and wow: the whole tile calmed and looked very regular and structured in the end.
Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbit - 
Yes, the whole tangle does "calm" when the background is added, that is well said.
*dark, sparkled orbs anchor the tangle

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
I like Rumpus as a frame, too bad this was a mono challenge.
Loved your neighborhood decorations. What a JOB!
 Tangled Tidbit -
*fabulous frame of Rumpus, brown enthatching and perfs

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Thanks for the challenge! My first IAST this year!
 Tangled Tidbit -
*large and small spaces between the initial orbs make for a beautiful tangle

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Maria's video was easy to follow for this pattern. I started four times, this being the fourth. I found that the random nature of the little circles made it difficult to end up with a pleasing pattern. With each tile, I placed the circles in different spots, but didn't end up with a happy result. This one I found he most pleasing. I did the enthatching with a Staedtler fineliner in a turquoise colour, but went over that with coloured pencil. It was a fun tangle and I enjoyed the process.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*wonderful white perfs, highlighting, and complimentary colors

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
And, well, Rumpus - what a wonderful tangle. One of those that I can't get enough of - even though I'm struggling to get quite as much overlap as I'd like! A precious original tile for a precious original tangle. A single band of it stretched across the middle. Those 'petals' almost look like I could pluck them and they might make a tune! I wonder what they would play?
 Tangled Tidbit -
*colorful thoughts, fabulous swath of light and dark

From Ingrid Coventon (The Netherlands) ~
Wow, this tangle is so nice to do!
It's a pity I ran out of time, so I couldn't explore more possibilities.
This tangle asks to play with more often!
Which I certainly will do.
 Tangled Tidbit -
*Tippled fill, deep enthatching and heavenly highlights

From Susie (Thailand) ~
Here my contribution to your IAST Challenge #226 with tangle Rumpus.
Thanks for yet a great challenge.
 Tangled Tidbit -
*sensational stack of Rumpus, intertwining colors, lovely filler tangles, all topped with a beautiful butterfly

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
I guess, there's a huge Rumpus right about now in your inbox--:)
How can anyone not love this new pattern from Maria? Her work is simply mind-blowing...I'm always amazed!
I took another simple approach to my IAST this week...there's so much going on with just the most basic ideas in this tangle. So, I only added the "highlight" line to the middle petals, and although I practiced some enthatching in my journal, I decided to go with graphite shading...and kept the background simple too, just adding some colored pencil...and I love this light, airy, green Rumpus!
Have a great week...thanks for all you do for the Zentangle world!
 Tangled Tidbit -
*lovely, lovely, "light and airy green Rumpus"

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
My contribution to your challenge - a bit of a panic when my brown pen seemed to be dying but fortunately it lasted just long enough for me to finish!

 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautifully bulbous Rumpus variation

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Love this new tangle from Maria Thomas.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*dashed accent lines, star-like centers, pretty purple colorings

From lovelygiraffe (Japan) and on Instagram ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge.
This tangle was very difficult for me. I am still practicing.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*delicately detailed, light to dark variations of Rumpus

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Rumpus -- a fun word and a fun zentangle! After several explorations in my sketchbook, I wanted to go with a light and airy version. I chose a slightly larger format (6"x6") and used an 01 black micron, a Staedtler triplus fineliner for the wispy blue lines, and blue colored pencil for the shading. So much fun! Sending warm wishes to everyone suffering through a cold winter!!
 Tangled Tidbit -
*beautiful blue touches to a wispy Rumpus variation

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
Here is # 226, which I enjoyed working on so much. Somehow I saw a black background for this one (it is a white tile). Once complete, I was going to go in with a white marker to do the perfs. However, when I saw the striking contrast, I just couldn’t complicate the focus. So, I took some artistic license on the perfs: minimized them and put them mostly on the outside, with just a smattering in between the petals. The enthatching was done with HB pencil - the only color is in the center vain on each petal: Terra Cotta Prismacolor.
It’s all in the artist’s eye…….
Thanks again to Maria for providing another captivating tangle and to you for the format and getting us all together!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Rumpus floats above a sensational starry, deep black background

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Thanks for sharing the story of your neighborhood Christmas project. An undertaking like that, where everyone joins in, means so much more than the finished project, even ... the lives that are touched by the project itself. We experienced that at my church with the Icons in Transformation installation I told you about last fall.
This week's tangle was another fun and relaxing one! I was skeptical ... first about the "enthatching" ... it looks so easy when Maria does it ... but sure enough it worked! This is the first time I've ever used color in combination with black ink. I went through a phase of tangling in other colors, but it was one other color at a time (I even bought Prismacolor pencils to shade with instead of graphite ... maybe just an excuse to buy Prismacolor pencils?). Enthatching has so much more impact when color is used (although I found it "works" when using black ink too). So I got to use some of my colored Micron pens! The second thing I was skeptical about was filling in the negative space. Again it looks so easy when Maria does it ... I didn't think my negative spaces were big enough but I decided to just try it, and really liked the effect.
So here you go ... thank you for another fun week!
 Tangled Tidbit -
*colorfully enthatched (I think I just coined a new word!), blooming, perf filled Rumpus

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
It was fun trying Rumpus. The weather is very gray over here so I needed to use some colour. I used soft pastels, brown pen and brown pencil. It brightened my day.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sunny, shiny, simply elegant Rumpus

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
My contribution. I'm including the tile before adding the "side" curves, but after enthatching, because I think Rumpus also look stunning at this stage.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*stunning Rumpus at both stages, and so good to see the 

From Donna Symons, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
Keeping it simple and focusing on learning the tangle prompted my return. While I'm grateful for our busy life and fun adventures, finding time to tangle remains a challenge. This wonderful community and your special contributions encourage and motivate! Thank you for all you do!!!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*hearts, hearts, and more hearts - stole my heart!

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
First, thank you for the honors on IAST #225 ... there were so many beautiful tiles that offered so many ways to change up Dewd. I'm hoping to explore the tangle more this week.
And thank you for sharing your Neighborhood Christmas Project ... very inspirational and heart warming.
for this week's prompt I reined in Rumpus in a heart string ... I'm sending the tile to someone near and dear to my heart who recently broke their wrist.
Thank you again, and cheers for a prompt that highlights Maria's beautiful new tangle.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*sensational stippling with highlights and shading - this would cheer up anyone!

From Heather Temple (Killingworth, Connecticut) ~
Hi Adele and a belated Happy New Year!
Finally some time to submit again. Have been playing a bit with Huggins and realized with the circles as starting points maybe I could blend it with Rumpus.
As always thanks for doing this each week. I don’t send in much but I love to look at what everyone does. It still amazes me every week how we all start with the same parameters and then these beautiful creations come together from all over the world.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*dynamic thick lines, shadow shading, brown enthatching, and highlights

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) and here on her blog ~
late again here comes my RUMPUS...
I did this one on a page in my sketchbook. I felt rumpus is a pattern that needs some patience. In the beginning it feels quite chaotic. Only when the background is colored in or filled with tangles it comes to life and enfolds its depth and beauty.

Tangled Tidbits -
*filler perfs and perf filled orbs along with glorious touches and a spot description of the tangle

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California)!
Mariam wrote:
I have been intrigued by this tangle since it was shown during the 12 days. I love this pattern, but it took 3 tries to create a tile that seemed to be alive (the rest were dull and non-dimensional - my hubby agreed!). Finally got with it and loved the outcome - it reminds me of a vintage illustration in a childhood book. Thank you - very cathartic after these very 'chaotic' last few months.
I look forward to seeing the rest of your neighbor hood Christmas story - what a wonderful place to live!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*random sized initial orbs and spacing
*sensational hues, shading, perfs, and Tipple

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

Isn't it remarkable that tiles arrived from around the world?

Huge thanks to Maria Thomas for her brilliant new tangle, Rumpus.
Thank you all for your sharing your beautiful artwork.  You motivate and inspire us all.

Thank you, too, for the kind compliments on our Neighborhood Project.

Check the next post for "It's a String Thing" #227!