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!

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