Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

“If you would be loved, 
love, and be lovable.”
                                                                                      ~Benjamin Franklin

The photographs to accompany today's quote were sent in by Mariam G (California).
Inspired by "Love Shackz", written by CZT Dorian Eng and myself, Mariam created these two Tiny Tangled Houses ~
Love Shackz by Mariam G
 One was a gift for her husband and the other was a gift for her parents.  Mariam included special details on each house that were meaningful to her loved ones.   
Love Shackz by Mariam G
Many thanks to Mariam for permission to post her beautiful creations and for sharing the love💗

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #232

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

This week's challenge is sure to please.  We are using just two tangles - both very free moving and elegant.

But before the introductions, let's begin with this string ~

IAST #232 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
The tangles we will use include ~

Roloflex by Pilar Pulido, CZT
This tangle begins with an 'S' shape and the detail lines bring it to life.
Hint:  When drawing those inner lines, you may find it helpful to begin at the points and fan up and outward, instead of the other way around.

Inapod by Carole Ohl, CZT
This tangle is almost eight years old - ancient for this art form ☺.  
I especially like the fact that the step out begins with a wavy line and builds from there - quite unexpected when viewing the finished tangle.

Since the string has wavy lines as well, feel free to add to it as you tangle.  This string is just a suggestion, let the tangles lead the way.

Click the names of the tangles find the step outs.  All tangles can be found on TanglePatterns as well.


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, February 26, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #231 Tiles

The Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, have come and gone - and with great fan fare.  The closing ceremony featured dancers in black and white with accompanying graphics on the expansive illuminated floor - tangling on a grand scale.  It was beautiful.

Speaking of beautiful, the tiles created this week to honor the Olympics are just that.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Hilary (Chicago) ~
Every week following your ideas, I always end up with something totally different from what I originally intended. I don’t always like my creations, but they are fun to do and a good learning experience. This week I learned that I don’t know the difference between a hexagon and an octagon, so don’t look too carefully at my border!
Thanks again for everything, including my wonderful prize! Your tiny house book is so well done, beautiful pictures and really clear explanations.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Barney center and border variations
*pretty Sand Swirl aura

A very warm welcome to Nord'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
I have only just found your blog and love a challenge. I find it great to zentangle with others. I am in Wales, UK and have been tangling for a couple of years. Mostly I post my pieces on instagram.
Thanks for challenge #231 - here is my attempt.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*detailed Barney, wonderful sense of movement
*alternating red and green and weighted lines for Sand Swirl and Golven
Welcome to our IAST community and welcome to our Tangled Map ~

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Well, in keeping with the theme, I worked on this tile while watching the games last night. It appears that all the swooshing, and turning, and flipping, and falling may have influenced the outcome a tad ('chaos ensued'). But it was fun! And how 'bout that Women's Hockey Team?! Girl Power!
Thanks for the fun challenge, and enjoy the rest of the games.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*small and large fields of Barney
*terrific tranzending tangles

A very warm welcome to Sherry Conte (Sanford, Florida) ~
This is my first time entering. I'm still a beginner. I'm home sick all week so, I had time to Zentangle.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Golven filled string lines - angles create wonderful perspective
*darkened areas surrounding Sand Swirl add to sense of depth
Welcome to our IAST community and to our Tangled Map, and a speedy recovery to you, Sherry ~

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
A snowy day here in northern New Mexico, so a snowy tangle for the Olympics. A little bit of windy sandswirl for the wind they have had. Some snowy looking Barney for all the snow that has fallen and some drifty gloven for the piles of snow both there and here today. This was a fun one. Thanks for all you do to keep our minds sane in the winter!!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty snow and swirls and highlights and lovely metaphors
*weighted Barney lines

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘ It’s A string Thing #231’ Challenge.
Thanks Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*interwoven Barney and Golven
*Sand Swirl curls around itself - love that!

From Jutta Gladnigg (Germany) ~
Thank you for this interesting Olympic Games challenge! What came out of this is my track for downhill skiing or ski jumping... A medal always in the (here) center of attraction...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*varying lengths, weighted lines, deep shading, make Sand Swirl shine
*beautifully detailed Barney

From Susie (Thailand) ~
I missed last week's deadline, so I hurried up doubled to make sure I have something to send to you this week. I love your 3 medals theme. Sometimes a clever theme makes all the difference and ideas pour in uncontrollably...and sometimes disastrously. However, this tile sports 3 Gold, 15 Silver, and 2 Bronze 'medals'. And one got 2 'medals'.
Thanks for a great challenge, Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*gleaming tangles - so many medals!
*Barney variations fade into - or rise from - the tile

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Herewith my contribution to the new challenge which I liked very much - thank you, Adele. I chose gold and silver Sandswirls. Unfortunately I have no Bronze pen. Therefore I took the Sakura Stardust Gelly Pen (which unfortunately is almost unvisible in the picture. I hope you don’t mind that I tangled on a Zendala. But the string was kind of begging
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glistening gem and tangles beautifully presented on a Zendala
*floating Barney orbs

From Lily (Hungary) ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Golven arcs, center pearl, and striped Sand Swirl
*each center of Barney features one shadowed and shaded triangle - fabulous detail

A very warm welcome to Jane Goddard (Dorking, Surrey, England) ~
I'm a great fan of your blog and regularly try out your weekly challenges, and post them on Mosaic app. I've now figured out how to send them to you. Just love the challenge and the opportunity to try new strings and tangles.
Please find attached my entry for this weeks Olympic string. I enjoyed doing #golven as a border. I used #watercolourbrushpens to add some muted colours, and a few gold dots with gellyroll.
I look forward to contributing in future.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Golven border and added inner border (similar to Verena's above - wonderful how that happens!)
*Barney corners surrounded by Sand Swirl
Welcome to our Tangled Map and to our IAST community, so happy you found us!

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your challenge during these Olympic Games, Adele. I didn’t get the circles logo to fit on my tile but did get my colored pencils out for the Olympic colors. It’s been so much fun watching the games and rooting the athletes on.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Barney grids follow string line angles
*swooping Sand Swirls
What a colorful way to tie in the Olympic theme!

From Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
All this past week it has been wonderful to see how the Zentangle community has been sharing ideas and expertise to help ease the suffering in Parkland, Florida. Zentangle really can be a gift of comfort.
As always, thank you for a fun and creative challenge! What a good way to mark the closing of the Winter Olympics. Gloven and Barney were new tangles for me, and I know I’ll be drawing them again. I really tried not to think too hard about this tile or plan ahead, but just to enjoy drawing each line. My tangling time was a welcome gift.
Sending a hug
 Tangled Tidbits -
*sensational Sand Swirl - shading and highlights, dotted finishes
*black spaces emphasize the tangles

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Had a play with all 3 tangles. Initially thought that Sand Swirl looked rather simple, but I ended up getting into a nice rhythm and using it in a monotangle.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*softly shaded Sand Swirl filled string sections separated by Olympic colored lines
*Barney filled center orb

From Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
Here is my tile for this week's IAST#231. I was challenged by Barney, but I hung in there with my wonky lines, but I liked it! And, it was nice to leave some open space!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*two pretty variations of Barney 
*detailed Sand Swirl and Golven compliment the white spaces

From Sra (India) ~
I like Sand Swirl a lot but simply cannot draw it gracefully. I didn't think the tile done entirely in ink was a bad effort, though. I noticed that I was drawing the tangle much better with a pencil, so decided to one with a pencil background. I was surprised to notice a Tranzending-like effect.

 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful Golven borders
*Barney floats above Sand Swirl - a treat to view in pen and pencil

From Heidi (Utah) ~
Creating this entry was so relaxing and fun! Golven is a favorite of mine and I really enjoyed playing with it. I tried to follow the string but ...I guess the center circle is still in place. Oh...I drew the string on a page of my sketchbook rather than a tile. The second perl over from the left is the circle from the string. Hahaha!
It reminds me of surf so I titled it Jewels on the Beach.
Thanks for another great challenge! Much fun!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*intricately woven Golven
*intermingling Barney and Sand Swirl variations - yum!

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Love the inspiration for this week’s tile. Golven was new to me and really fun. Sandswirl is a favorite, and I had an opportunity to take an illuminated letters class with Sadelle last fall so it’s fun to use a tangle from people you actually know.
 Tangled Tidbits -
That is a treat.
*Barney bubbles up around and through Golven and Sand Swirl
*graceful Sand Swirl lines and elegant shading

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
the combination of your three patterns was a real challenge for me. Thank you very much for this interesting idea! I send you my second version. The first one you can find on my blog...
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
* 3-D Barney variations, wonderful angels
*black filled spaces and striped details for Sand Swirl

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
Here's my tile for IAST 231. I like these tangles, and I look forward to seeing everyone's tiles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pearl like center orb
*shading and similar line spaces unites the tangles

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
My contribution to this week's IAST. I love 'Barney' and decided to go with the circle version this time.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Barney bubbles over a sea of Golven - notice how every curve is shaded
*Sand Swirl curves in all directions

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
Thanks for another great challenge, Adele! Golven has always been a favorite of mine.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*penciled Sand Swirl with shaded centers
*penciled Barney framed elegantly with aura-ed Golven

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
...My retina is attached again and healing but I'm still not seeing very well so my nose it about an inch from the paper as I draw. I meant for this to be in black and white but suddenly the Sand Swirl was yellow so then I had to throw in silver and bronze.
 Tangled Tidbits -
So happy to know you are doing much better and able to tangle.
*curvy frame of Golven weaves in and out of Barney - notice how the inner aura sections are shaded from dark to light
*golden Sand Swirl

From Simone (Volz, Germany) ~
I love your world map and I am so proud to be now a part of it in this wonderful strong oceanwaves. Here ist my picture for this week. Greetings from Germany
And again from Simone ~
when I was sending your the scan yesterday, I was thinking about your wonderful ocean. And my hands just started to colour my picture waterblue. This blue River is not a olympic theme, but my hands could not stop drawing.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the joyful words, Simone, and the beautiful blue to match.
*Sand Swirl infused Barney
*Golven morphs into Barney

Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Here's my take on #231...used only a little bit of a Barney variation and a whole lot of Sand's actually one I've been revisiting lately, so it was a nice surprise to see it in your line up this week...sorry, though, no room for Golven...
And it's a pretty basic take at that...filled in the string created spaces and the interesting borders that happen when the swirl sections are butted up against each other...and I tucked in a couple of my corners...nighty night--:)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*softly shaded pearl orb center (our third!)
*each section of the four Sand Swirls sections tangled independently create interesting intersections

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (New York) ~
HI Adele and all,
This week used 2 of my favorites and one not so much lol
Yet all in all it was a fun time...Filled tile up which I don't usually do...
Thanks for a nice challenge
 Tangled Tidbits  -
*awesome angles in each string section
*each Barney center carefully shaded

From Pat (Washington State) ~
Thanks for another great challenge
 Tangled Tidbits -
* wavy Golven border (our fifth!)
*long, deep Sand Swirl - weighted curves, sparkle, shading, and spaces darkened

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Every time I send you a tile I vow not to write so much. Let's see how I do today. I had to do my tile in a hurry because I'm playing at church tomorrow so had to allow time to practice. That actually made the process more spontaneous and fun, rather than striving for perfection or some original and clever variation.
I had a breakthrough on Sandswirl. I discovered I was aura-ing it as you would with Hurry or Ixorus, putting one aura at a time around each element, which creates a stacking or interwoven effect, making it difficult to decide where to shade. So this time I aura-ed one swirl all the way and then another, and liked the result much better. With Golven, although I like the little divots at the sides, when I tried to do them I ended up with something that looked like the Michelin Man, so I omitted them, which makes a more continuous wave from one triangle to the next. I couldn't master the stairsteps-turn-into-hexagons technique that begins Barney (steps 1 and 2), but when I read back on TanglePatterns, I looked at the tangles that were inspirations, and they had a bit simpler way of creating hexagons. The hardest part actually is drawing a smaller hexagon inside the first and ending up with six sides (especially if you try to do it randomly)! I shaded the smaller hexagons a la Pinch, and then tried to shade three edges of the large hexagons (OK the other hard part is remembering WHICH three edges you decided to shade).
Thank you! This was fun! I've enjoyed the Olympics also!
 Tangled Tidbits -
"original and clever" - there is no other Sue Agnew kind of tile :)
*long reaches of Sand Swirl with shaded overlaps
*great detail pattern in Barney variation

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

 Tangled Tidbits -
*grand Olympic medals, colors, and a nod to the USA
*flower-like Golven variation

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Thanks for this challenge! I was familiar with Gloven and Sand Swirl, but Barney is new to me. Once I got started, the string got away from me, and the barnacles look at bit like soccer balls. But lots of fun, nevertheless! Warm wishes to everyone suffering a cold winter.
 Tangled Tidbits -
What fun!
*Golven filled string lines
*two Barney variations - notice how the grid curves downward and gets smaller

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Hi Adele from Oklahoma! I've finally managed to participate again this week!
I sort of mixed the string and Golven with a new lesson from Eni Oken, CZT called Blue Sun and ended up with this not sure it's very Olympic but it worked really well!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*colorful layers of Golven create a star burst variation
*pretty details throughout - dots, lines, curls...

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
This is really late. I had a wonderful two week visit from my son and daughter-in-law so didn't get much tangling done. I hadn't done any of these patterns before. I need to do a lot more practising with Barney. Watched quite a bit of the Olympics. The Canadian athletes did so well. Of course I am biased. It was wonderful watching all the athletes from all the different countries.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it grand to have your children visit?  And yes, you are entitled to your bias :)
*thin colorful string lines and Barney 'medals'
*softly shaded and striped variations of Sand Swirl

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
...I don't think I've ever used Golven before, and Sand Swirl is one I always forget, and Barney is thoroughly new to me. I've used the first two in straightforward ways and Barney broken into little bits. The tile looked fairly cluttered until the magic of the pencil pulled it all together, and made Barney seem to rise up off the page.
Unexpected warmth, unexpected pleasure.
 Tangled Tidbits -
..."the magic of the pencil" - lovely thought
*open centers of Barney show tangles below
*sparkled string line adds to sense of movement created by the tangles

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Cheers to Olympics celebrations!
This prompt gave me a go. All I saw was chaos on my three abandoned tiles. While this till is overdone on shading, it makes me smile. Golven is one of my favorite tangles. Looking forward to seeing the tile show!
Thank you for one terrific challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Golven, curved and shaded, runs along both sides of each string line - notice the star effect it creates around the center Barney orb
*dainty Sand Swirl lines weave through Golven and into their own dark spaces

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
...I enjoyed this challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Barney and Golven blend together beautifully
*delightful details in line and shading

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
... Thanks for an interesting challenge and for the lovely patterns from Mariet Lustenhouwer, Karry Huen and Sadelle Whitshire.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Barney takes center stage and attention - incredibly detailed variations
*three gorgeous Golven lines
...and our prayers continue for much needed rain...

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Thank you again for another challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating rows of Barney, softly shaded
*golden touch for striped and sparkled Golven

This is my tile ~
I tangled this on a flight to visit Isabella (in college at Belmont Abbey in NC) and John and Melissa (in SC) - a royal treat to see them! Barney became the Olympic rings and a Golven variation followed the aura of them. I may have added color if I had the tools on hand.
Nonetheless, it was a thoroughly relaxing time of tangling. 
(And the fifth tile photographed on a Tickled to Tangle frame this week.)

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...
Verena (Germany).  She wrote ~
It was very nice to tangle this week. Love it. Best wishes
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful Golven border -notice the how the framework lines curve to create petal shaped corners
*rounded corners and shading for each Golven curve
*burst of Barney surrounded by Sand Swirl filled string sections

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

Thank you all very much for sending in your tiles for the rest of us to enjoy and learn from.

Special thanks to the creators of the tangles we used this week ~

Golven by Mariët Lustenhouwer

Sand Swirl by Karry Huen

Barney by Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT

Check back Tuesday afternoon for IAST #232!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #231

It is Tuesday, your good news day!

We could all use a little good news and a reason to celebrate, so let's give a nod to the Olympics this week for our challenge.

We begin with this string inspired by the Winter Games logo ~

IAST #231 by Adele Bruno, CZT

Feel free to double the string lines, enlarge the orb, turn your tile, make the string your own.

We will use three tangles that begin with G for gold, S for silver, and B for bronze.
They are ~

Golven by Mariët Lustenhouwer

Sand Swirl by Karry Huen

Barney by Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT

Click the names of the tangles find the step outs.  All tangles can be found on TanglePatterns as well.


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, February 19, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #230 Tiles

Hearts ruled for the second week of IAST.  We used two heart filled tangles paired with the checkered Knightsbridge and you are sure to fall in love with the results.  

And to share even more love, one lucky participant -chosen at random - will receive a copy of 
"Love Shackz", the newest Tiny Tangled House book.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
in my tile I combined to the given patterns my new Herzlich. I enjoyed playing with different hearts and drew two versions. I send you my second one, where I turned your string upside down. The first one you can see on my blog under the link:
Thank you very much for this heartwarming challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted sparkled lines for each heart and thank you for the Herzlich tangle!
*fanned grid for Knightsbridge

From Ulrike (Germany) ~
so many hearts, so [much] love. I wish, there will be so [much] love in the world. Thank you for this challenge!
Many greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
Amen to that!
*changes in tangles for each string section
*shading compliments the open sparkle in each heart

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her website ~
Thank you for sharing the sweet moment with your granddaughter. I just found out I am going to have two more grandbabies. What a treasure they are.
Here's my tile for this week's challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Congratulations, Lori!
*graceful Funsin curls
*single Skelter heart filled Knightsbridge - complete with curls

A very warm welcome to Simone (Germany) ~
My name ist Simone and I am living in Germany
I love your challenge and I am watching it for a long time.
Now it is the first time, that I am (technical) able to send you a scan 230.
Thank you very much for your wonderful challenge.
I liked the three tangles very much.
Greetings from Germany

 Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled Knightsbridge
*Skelter and Funsin accented with pretty aura

Welcome to our IAST community and to our Tangled Map, Simone!

From Debbie Raaen (Trondheim, Norway) ~
Very chuffed and honoured that you chose to include my Skelter tangle, and really looking forward to seeing everyones tiles. Here with Funsin (hadn't tried out that one before, and really liked it!), Knightsbridge as a border and my favourite background tangle Printemps.
Thanks once again for a new and fun challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it fun to view all of the lovely variations of your Skelter?
*plump, sparkled, and striped Skelter
*wonderful shades of gold and brown

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #230 ‘ challenge.
Again another great selection of Tangles,
I found the Tangle ‘Skelter’ the most challenging,
and had a few practice runs before putting it on my tile.
Thanks Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful roundness of Skelter, sparkled and striped
*wavy and straight Knightsbridge and a dainty Funsin

From Lily (Hungary) ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*double heart version of Funsin - so pretty!
*softly colored Skelter hearts enlarge toward the center

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Here my entry to IAST #230. The hearts were begging for red but at the moment I’m in a black-white-mood. I love classical black-white Tangle the longer the more. I hope it doesn’t matter as Valentine is over…
 Tangled Tidbits -
It is one of the treats of tangling, the simple elements of black and white.
*beautiful Knightsbridge filled Skelter and curved background grids
*aura-ed Funsin border

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
Thanks for another fantastic challenge! The photographs of your granddaughter (and your corresponding pattern) are too sweet!!!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jutta.
*Skelter touches on a fun Funsin variation
*weighted lines and deep shading add incredible depth

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my attempt for this week.
I'm impressed with myself that I thought up the graphite Knightsbridge, but the attempt at combining Skelter and Funsin didn't wow me so much. I actually kept slipping away from Skelter, or was it the other way round? I kept thinking I knew how to achieve the look of it but every time I thought I had it figured out, the next attempt would fox me, rendering me very frustrated.
Hope you had a happy Valentine's Day! I liked the pictures of Pauline that you put up recently! How soon they grow up!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, our children grow up fast and our grandchildren even faster...
*Skelter and Funsin fused together and aura-ed
*softly penciled Kinghtsbridge

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings Adele Happy President's day or as we are celebrating here in Ontario Family day weekend. Anything for a holiday in February is worth celebrating!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Any holiday in February is worth celebrating, especially in the colder climates!
*wavy grid lines of Knightsbridge
*Skelter trios in larger Knightsbridge grid

From Donna Matoi (California) ~
Hi Adele! I just love the story and the pictures of your granddaughter's pig tails! She looks adorable and oh my, she has grown. I'm glad you had a great trip to my state, California with your family! Congratulations to Pauline for her First Communion! I also love your pattern and will have to try it out! I wished I had your tip sheet for Funsin! Fantastic tips and I love how you changed it up! I forget that there are no rules and I should just do what is easier for me! After several attempts and tiles, I cheated and did not draw a border, but I planted my hearts in the corners and worked that way, which was still hard to do, but, it was fun, once I got a rhythm going! This and Skelter were new to me. I had a few opportunities for both! When I thought I was done my Skelter hearts were screaming to be colored! Thank you for the wonderful challenge this week! I enjoyed it! I look forward to seeing everyone's tile for this week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the good wishes!
*clever way to create a Funsin border
*Skelter swath layered over Knightsbridge - all beautifully shaded

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I did this early yesterday, and almost forgot to send it in. I had fun with my watercolor pencils.
PS. I always love your Tips for Tangling. They’re always so good and clear!
 Tangled Tidbits -
I am so glad that they are helpful.
*Funsin border features doubled lines
*curved and colorful Knightsbridge

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Thanks for the tips on Funsin. I had trouble with Skelter. I didn't have time to practice either of the two before doing this tile and I had never done either before. So, a very simple tile but I didn't want to miss a week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*a "V" of Funsin and Skelter for Vena :)
*beautiful shading and highlights compliment the black and brown tangles

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day, Adele. Thanks for your tips on tangling Funsin!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*interwoven ruby red sparkled Funsin
*curves of Kinghtsbridge with a touch of sparkle

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Loved the challenge! Thank you for introducing another new tangle!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wide lines, thin aura, sparkle, shading, and color make Funsin pop
*lovely mix of background tangles

From Judy Wanner, CZT (Pennsylvania) ~
Well hello there my dear Adele. Gee whizzers did I ever struggle with this one! Hearts seem to do that to me but I felt the need to send my heart to all Floridians who are hurting from the most recent school tragedy. I am so very sorry. I can’t even.............
Sending big hugs to all. Again, huge thanks for all you do for us Zennies. You’re the best!
 Tangled Tidbits -
We need more love, that's for sure.
*super Skelter variation - weighted outline, long sparkle lines, shading
*dainty Funsin layered atop Skelter

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Loved your grandmotherly moment, the girls are darling.
Thanks for another fun challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you:)
*Funsin frames a field of Knightsbridge
*striking Skelter variation

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Thank you for this nice challenge.
Unfortunately for Skelter there was no room left to implement, so my tile has become a duotangle.
It must have been wonderful to visit your granddaughter and celebrate her First Holy Communion. And yes she is sweet and I can imagine your sigh: and "too much grown up". Yes my dear Adele, time flies. (and we are getting older, but we dont want to know)
 Tangled Tidbits -
...all too true, Ingrid :)
*fabulous array of Funsin - lone red heart, aura, stripes, enthatching...
*beautiful backdrop of Knightsbridge

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
I really enjoyed this challenge. I found drawing “Funsin” and “Skelter” very relaxing and very beautiful. As always it was fun to add a bit of color in the tile. Many Blessings and love (hearts) for everyone ;-)
Tangled Tidbits -
*tightly stacked, sensational Skelter
*Knightsbridge grid curves with Funsin and Skelter

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*added curls and enthatching for Funsin
*single Skelter hearts and pretty details

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Thank you for the challenge this week - I did enjoy the contrast of the patterns. although for some reason I can't seem to do 'Knightsbridge' without messing up at least one square! Thank goodness for white ink.
Am having fun with the tiny houses, as well. I made one for my folks, as I mentioned last week, and am hoping when they receive it that it will pop back into shape without too much trouble. (Created one for us, too; both are 'personalized' with little bits and references to our homes.) So enjoyable to do!
Loved the pictures of Pauline - what a cutie!
 Tangled Tidbits -
So happy you are loving the Tiny Houses and your personalized versions sound so special.  Please send a picture or two if you are able.
*striking shading in the center hearts of Skelter and throughout
* fine details and one sided aura of Funsin

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
Another great challenge! Thanks, Adele!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*explosion of Funsin curls topped with a heart
*Skelter, wonderful in red, layered over Knightsbridge - notice how the grid curves upward and then downward as it passes under Funsin

From Jane Rhea, CZT #27 (Indiana) ~
Mother Teresa said, “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” This challenge made me smile!
Sending a smile to you and the Zentangle community!
 Tangled Tidbits -
What a sweet thought!
*red and black Knightsbridge border
*weighted line aura for both Funsin and Skelter

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Congratulations to your granddaughter on her communion. I loved seeing the picture of the pony tail’s come a long way :o)
My tile this week is dedicated to all of the victims and families of the horrible tragedy in Parkland. As I was drawing heart after heart they were all I could think of.
 Tangled Tidbits -
And surely they feel the love...
*layers of sparkled, scarlet Skelter fill the Knightsbridge rimmed string sections
*lovely overlay of lightly penned and shaded Funsin

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Thanks for more fun with hearts! These are great tangles. As always, looking forward to seeing everyone's tiles!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Funsin and Skelter - pretty in pink!
*sparkled stripes, perfs, and aura accent Skelter

From Jane Glotzer (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Here's my simple version of IAST #230...
Funsin (and a variation) along the string lines, a touch of red for post valentine's, a large scale Knightsbridge in the "background", a few tucked corners--:) and some shading...
sending love and healing to Florida...and to all of us...
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Jane.
*fun Funsin variation with red aura
*creative use of Knightsbridge and terrific tucked corners

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Skelter is a beautiful tangle but it took a while before I got the hang of it. Perhaps some of us can use a few tips? Thanks for this challenge. Looking forward to see what the other contributors did.
Regarding the drought in our area: I envy the people who is getting a lot of snow!
 Tangled Tidbits -
We are praying for rain!
*Knightsbridge repeats in Skelter - notice that it fills in every other heart - and in Funsin's aura
*lovely layers of aura

From Verena (Germany) ~
This week was crazy and there was no time to tangle.....till this morning. Hope you [e]njoy...
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful waves of small checkered Knightsbridge
*tiny added hearts in Funsin variation - love that!

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Drawing hearts is not my "cup of tea". That is why I love to tangle. One stroke at a time and yes.....I can.
 Tangled Tidbits -
You can and you did!
*fabulous Funsin/Skelter variation
*aura and shading emphasize Funsin

From Simone Menzel, CZT (Germany) and here on her blog ~
after „surviving“ a terrible Influenza I started to tangle again with a series of heart tangles around Valentines Day.
I drew IAST#230 in my Tangle A Day calendar at Thursday,February, 15th.
Thank you for the choice of these lovely tangles , again I realized the beauty and power of Knightsbridge. I use it much too seldom..
 Tangled Tidbits -
Stay well!
*multiple grids and directions for a striking Knightsbridge
*gloriously colored Skelter

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Hope all is well..I did last week and totally forgot to send it..and almost did again today.
Hope I'm not too late Both skelter and funsin..were a bit of a challenge and I will continue to work with them...
Here is my offering for this week
Have a great one!
Tangled Tidbits -
*dainty tangles against a bolder Knightsbridge
*Funsin lines blend beautifully with Knightsbridge

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
I started my tile early this week and was interrupted. I had full intentions of using all three patterns ... Skelter is such a pretty tangle ... but I lost patience with myself through all my clumsy versions as I practiced Skelter. (I think I need a Tips for Tangling!!). Donna Lacy’s Knightspeek, along with a little Beadline filled in and soothed an otherwise heartbreaking week.
If you look closely, you might see a shadowy heart (s)peaking out quietly within the grid for Florida-Strong.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Surely it will be noticed and felt...
*softly shaded Funsin runs in alternating directions
*Knightspeek adds even more dimension

(You have company in a call for Tips for Tangling Skelter - I would be happy to draw some up and post them next week.)

From Heather Temple (Killingworth, Connecticut) ~
I know this is late but I just had my idea while in the shower getting ready for bed. So now it’s way past my bedtime but had to do it while it was fresh in my mind.
Skelter grew on me and when I have more time I’d like to work on shading the main hearts more. Funsin was a challenge and needs more work. Knightsbridge came to me as using your string as the pattern/background.
Thanks again for your time doing this each week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Don't you love those shower inspirations?!
*pretty lines of Skelter under one Funsin line
*Knightsbridge in large string sections - like Jane's - how fun!

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Hope you are well. Congratulations on your granddaughter, Pauline’s first Holy Communion. Our children are special, but our grandchildren are precious,s enjoy each one of them.
Thank you very much for spreading the word about our plight here in the Western Cape of South Africa, where we are experiencing the worst drought ever. Most responsible citizens are doing their best to save water and be compliant to the terms announced by the provincial government concerning our daily water usage. Awareness and personal action is a daily priority. Tuesday, last week no rain predicted for Cape Town, but miraculously the elements all suddenly appeared in the late afternoon and the city experienced a massive electric storm, hail and quick, torrential downpours. Some commuters on the way home, stopped on the highways to praise Lord. A miracle!
Anyway, about this week’s challenge. I found it more challenging than some. Couldn’t get my head around putting the chosen zentangle together, but eventually I managed to produce tile 230!
Lovely patterns, Skelter by Debbie Raaen is a winner. Practise, practise. Fusin, by Yu Ru Chen Is an old favourite as is Knightsbridge by Rick and Maria. My zen was on a short vacation this week.
But I participated that’s the best part of it all.
Happy week to all
 Tangled Tidbits -
Continued prayers coming for more and more rain.
*intersecting Funsin covered string lines
*puffs of Skelter float over a gorgeous Knightsbridge variation

And now...

the winner of the random drawing...

for my new eBook written in collaboration with Dorian Eng, CZT is...

Hilary from Chicago.

Congratulations, Hilary!  I have sent an email to you.

Thank you all for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire and motivate us.

Many thanks to creators of the tanlges we enjoyed this week ~

Skelter by Debbie Raaen

Funsin by Yu Ru Chen

Knightsbridge by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas

We have many intentions to pray for, many blessings to be grateful for, may you keep a happy heart through it all. 

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" # 231!