Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Penciled Lettering by Adele Bruno, CZT
~Amity Parks Workshop
As a member of the Scribes of Central Florida, our local calligraphy guild, I had the opportunity to take a three day workshop with artist/calligrapher Amity Parks.  Three whole glorious days of being a student immersed in the art of pencil lettering and graphite techniques that Amity loving called "A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye" - it was a royal treat.
The piece pictured above is a result of just one of our projects.

Amity's schedule of classes is listed on her website (Link).  I highly recommend signing up for a workshop if she is planning to be in your area.  Amity is a patient teacher, talented artist, and incredibly generous in sharing the techniques she's perfected over many years of practicing her craft. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #236

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is also Easter week - how did that creep up so quickly this year?

IAST #236 is here to give you a bit of fun and an excuse to make time for tangling in this otherwise busy time - our own tangled Easter Egg Hunt ­čąÜ.

We begin with this string ~
IAST #236 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
The tangles we will use include ~

Zenith by Maria Thomas
This tangle unfolds beautifully one step at a time and will bring a smile to your face. 
I tweaked the step out just a little bit to make it easier to draw - Click here for my Tips for Tangling.

Wavlin by Cyndi Knapp
Detail lines are so soothing to draw. This tangle begins with them and then wave-like lines are added over top.  I was reminded of eggs when I first saw this tangle, and thought Easter week would be a good time to give it a try.

Safflower by Sarah Fowler
This organic pattern when finished is a bit egg shaped and is a perfect addition.

As with all our IAST adventures, pencil in the string keeping in mind that it is a suggestion, let the tangles lead the way, and use as many or as few as you wish.


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, March 26, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #235 Tiles

We returned to the basics this week and what a good time we had.  Simple, classic tangles and a string inspired by Maria Thomas' style...

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Tina Kirchh├╝bel (Germany) ~
This was just what I`ve needed today. Back to the roots with some of my favorite patterns. Thank you for this challenge.
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely shaded tangles and string lines
*sparkled Crescent Moon aura

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
...Thank you Adele I really enjoyed doing these Tangles. 
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura yields pretty variations of Bales and Crescent Moon
*Fescu pops in large white space

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
The weeks seem to roll around very quickly, so here I am with my tile for
This week’s ‘ It’s A String Thing # 235 ‘ challenge.
I really enjoyed these tangles, easy to draw and heaps of fun.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*awesome aura and shading for the lines of touching Crescent Moon
*Hollibaugh string lines - how fun!

From Gale Sherman (Arizona) ~
I'm a bit behind in working with the emerging trends, but I finally got to #tissuepaper staining. Fun! I pondered the string for awhile. But I loved the little picture frame in the center and thought it was perfect for what's growing with spring's arrival- fescue it is, a lovely grass. I thought I would put Bales in the upper left corner, but then decided it would look to busy. I could hear my favorite watercolor teacher saying, "Leave it! Leave it!" Thanks, Linda and thank you Adele. Cheers!!!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Fescu in its own Hollibaugh fashion
*layered aura, beautiful color

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
Here is my contribution for this week.
Thanks for another nice challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*penned and penciled tangles
*fabulous aura

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*fancy Bales variation shaded on the horizontal lines
*layered Crescent Moon

From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
What a great idea to go back to basics with this beautiful string and great choice of patterns! I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did with this.
I doubled the string lines and drew them with a bit of over-and-under Hollibaugh style, and I included bits of Fescue, but I wanted the Crescent Moon and Bales variations to be the stars of this tile.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*multiple "stars" in the tangle variations
*Hollibaugh incorporated in the string

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Fun to get back to the basics. Thanks for another great challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*fancy Bales (like Susie) and multi-lined Hollibaugh
*weighted Fescu and sparkled aura for Crescent Moon

From Ria Mathuessen, CZT (Belgium) ~
What a wonderful challenge with only original tangles. (As you can see, I used wholly Hollibaugh instead of the ordinary Hollibaugh)
The tile is made on grey paper and I have used black/blue colourpencils and pens. To finish, I always need my white charcoal and white gellypen.
I enjoyed this drawing this very much. Thank you very much for this pleasant experience.
Wish you the best and send you warm regards from Belgium
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful blues and tangles
*layered Crescent Moon along curved string lines creates lovely roundness and depth

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
Thank you so much for this cool challenge. It reminded me of my 'early days' of tangling when I started with crescent moon, hollibaugh and fescu and it caused me opening my very first file with my very first tiles…
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous detail and variation - love the repeating dots and orbs
*layering and shading create wonderful dimension

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Hi Adele and Tangle-Friends
I love going back to the roots, just black and white and “old friends-patterns”. It was really a pleasure to tangle this tile.
Tangled Tidbits -
*perfs and wonderful aura for Crescent Moon
*ribbon like string line and beautiful Bales variations

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I decided to try Wholly Hollibaugh. It was fun. Last week I bought two Sharpie pens on sale so I just had to try them too. They remind me of the colours of tulips which have come on sale in the stores. tried to make the curly string sit on top. Not sure if I succeeded. Have a lovely week.
Tangled Tidbits -
*spring colors, light spaces, highlights, sparkle, and touches of tangles
*awesome layering

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
I love that we went back to original tangles this week. Thanks for always keeping this fresh.
Tangled Tidbits -
*perf and aura filled Bales
*lovely layers of Crescent Moon and rounded Hollibaugh border - notice how some of those lines weave through Crescent Moon

From Sue Leslie (New Mexico) ~
A very fun string with just the basics. Loved it and thanks for the weekly challenges even if I don’t get to do them all. And a big shout out to those who share their work every week. Love seeing all the variations everyone comes up with. Happy Spring to all here in the northern hemisphere.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*spring-like bunch of Fescu
*tangles darken as they layer upward

From Simone B. (Germany) ~
this week I like the tangles very much. Thank you for your nice ideas.

Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled string line
*border lines open in string sections and in Hollibaugh - light and airy

From Lily (Hungary) ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge!
Thank you for the challenge and zenhug:
 Tangled Tidbits -
*darkened, rounded corners of Bales
*fabulous Fescu features aura and shading

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
this week I drew three versions for your challenge. First I draw only the patterns because I didn’t really know how to combine them with the given string. But then I spontaneously drew two similar tiles in which I integrated the patterns quite well. Drawing made a lot of fun again.
The two first tiles you can find on my blog...
Thank you for the nice challenge and your effort!
Best wishes from Germany!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Fescu and Bales blend
*'full moons' created with Crescent Moon include pretty details

From Susie (Thailand) ~
Attached my IAST 235 version. When this challenge with its intense string and many tangles came out, we weren't friendly. I had no idea what on earth I can do with 235. I didn't push it. I waited. I let my subconscious mind get used to the problem, play with it and hopefully let an idea grow. I knew when the time comes, I will have a solution (or not). As they say, 'Time will Tell' and it did so Friday night. The rest was easy.
Many thanks, Adele. It was a challenging challenge for me, but I am glad I conquered the urge to quit.
Tangled Tidbits - Wonderful description of your process, thank you.
*Fescu string lines, string spaces curl back around them
*wonderful tangles vary in size and weight

From Sabine (Germany) ~
after a little time out I decided this week to take part on the challenge and I had very much fun with the best known tangles. Thank you , Adele for another great challenge.
Many greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*Bales detailed in alternating sections, light and dark
*a touch of Crescent Moon and Fescu against a softly shaded Hollibaugh and border

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
The challenge for me, this week, was what to do with the curly lines in the middle of the string. I ended up with two, not so curly as yours. But I like the result. It was fun to do.

Tangled Tidbits -
*woven Hollibaugh, deep Crescent Moon, and lovely lines of Fescu
*dense field of Bales, shaded around the perimeter, creates roundness

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
It was good to get back to basics with some of my old favorites. Thanks, Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous light/dark contrasts in spaces and tangles
*stripes, shading, aura - wonderful details

From Stephanie Jennifer, CZT 21 (Singapore) ~
Here is my entry for this week's It's a String Thing. I really liked the possibilities that this string provided. I have recently taught a Zentangle class where I led my students through an exercise on how to expand their tangles from an inner tiny box... So I think that might have had some influence on what I came up with for this week's challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
That is a wonderful class idea - and result here, too!
*Hollibaugh emerges from the string lines
*sparkles aura and soft shading throughout

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Attached my #235 tile for this week. I used only half of the string. That worked for me the best. I'm sorry.
With lots of love and have a blessed and wonderful week ahead
 Tangled Tidbits -
No apologies necessary - strings are just suggestions :)
*fabulous Fescu/Bales variation
*Crescent Moon filled Hollibaugh spaces

From Marian G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Not sure why, but this challenge truly did challenge me! I went through several iterations on white tile and just could not seem to find any balance. The black tile seemed to help, but I'm still not sure it works. At least it felt more like it was leading me, rather than me trying to force it to happen. Thanks for taking me outside my comfort zone!
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkling white on black tangles
*Hollibaugh layered above Bales and Crescent Moon

From HeidiSue (Salt Lake City, Utah) ~
Here is my entry for this week! I had fun with this and the final product makes me giggle...looking like pineapples with funky hairdos peeking through the curtains Hahahaha!
But it was a treat, that string and these old classics. Thanks!
Tangled Tidbits -
That imagery will make everyone smile!
*luscious layers of Hollibaugh and Crescent Moon
*super shading

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Great fun re-visiting old favourites this week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful Bales variations
*layered, aura-ed Crescent Moon and a star burst of Fescu

From Jane (Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
...thank you so much for this return to basics tile. I rarely draw #bales but was interested to see your variations and use a couple of them here. Thanks for another great challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful Bales variations
*dark sections of Hollibaugh and Crescent Moon along with shading, accent the white spaces

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
I could write volumes about this pattern combo! It is jam-packed with detail. I am still not sure whether it would speak louder if it was done in black, gray, and white or if coloring is the ticket. It makes me think of spring/Easter, therefore the springy Easter egg palette.
Hollibaugh is used frequently in the ribbons as they wind around the frames.
Here’s a tip I ran across by accident - I was so pleased with the result, I thought it worth sharing. I did a variation of Bales in the center (yellow/green). I wanted to shade and highlight the pointed rice shape fragments, so I used olive green Prismacolor pencil for the shadow on the bottom and white for the highlight above the olive green. After I colored the highlight in General’s Charcoal white pencil, I found it didn’t stand out very much. I went back over it with a Sharpie, white OIL based pen marker. You can’t see it in the photo, but in real life it left a beautiful shiny finish. It is a perfect touch to the highlight I was looking for! Jumps off the page when the light hits it. It adds another dimension to the piece: shiny rather than matte finish.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this design. Challenging and very rewarding. A learning experience, indeed!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*delightful details throughout - weighted aura lines, sparkle, highlights...
*interwoven ribbon string lines, border

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her website ~
Very lovely artsy string and fun patterns to choose from. I went very simple and used only a couple of them.
You may see my tile here also.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*graceful and elegant lines
*glimpses of the tangles, beautifully shaded

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Thank you, Adele, for bringing us back to our roots! A standard size tile, micron 1.0, familiar, loved tangles, four dots and way we go! So much fun! Wishing everyone who celebrates a blessed Easter!
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles as light and fun as the description!
*Hollibaugh lines run from Crescent Moon and into Bales

From Lisa (Oaklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Here is my tile for Challenge 235. I’ve added Diva Dance and left out the Crescent Moon... Hope you’ve had a nice first week of spring :)
Tangled Tidbits - 
*stunning gems, deep shading
*fantastic Fescu filled spaces - such a pleasing balance of tangled and white spaces

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
A quick note since it's late here and even later there!
Well...since I missed the last one, I wanted to send this week's in, but yikes...
Started off great with some Crescent Moon in the center and liked where that was going...but then it just got totally out of hand--:) Didn't plan too much, obviously, and just kept adding things here and there...some pieces of Bales, some Hollibaugh variation, Fescu all around...but it really it doesn't have much of a composition...there are some pieces/parts I do like, but overall, one for the process as opposed to the product--:)
Tangled Tidbits -
Tangles do have a mind of their own - and these took you in a wonderful direction.
*multiple lines for Hollibaugh and Bales tie into Crescent Moon aura lines
*pops of Fescu, dark spaces, shading

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Hollibaugh lines change direction in each of the four sections
*touch of Fescu and dotted Bales

From Verena (Germnay) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*cascading Crescent Moon
*dark Hollibaugh spaces, shading, add depth

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
The tangles were very much in charge for this one, and I just followed their lead. Nice to revisit ‘beginners’ tangles. The yellow was a surprise as it is not a colour I would usually use - perhaps it is the influence of the daffodils that are blooming at last after such a cold March.
Best wishes to you and the community. 
Tangled Tidbits - 
Don't you just love daffodils?
*billowing Crescent Moon
*Fescu tipped Bales with embellishments to one side of the grid

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Here we are having a coolish, overcast Sunday. It rained a little during the night. Seems just gives us a sprinkling to remind us what rain looks and feels like. Our area is now really close to disaster as the river has dried up even more seriously and our Day Zero is now targeted for 15 May. We’ll keep living in hope and belief that the rains will arrive soon.
Enjoyed this week’s challenge. Was great getting back to some of one’s golden zen oldies. All these patterns feature strongly at the beginning of my Zentangle journey. How perfectly they come together in your challenge this week and meld perfectly with your string, Adele.
Looking forward to seeing what all the other participants come up with...Happy week to all.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...surely more will come in the next few weeks...
*so many pretty variations of Hollibaugh - stripes, sparkle, Tipple...
*Fescu in all directions, sizes, and sparkle

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Thank you for another challenging challenge! Thoroughly confused myself swapping pens throughout the tile but love the outcome!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
Great fun!
*Hollibaugh lines flow from border to border
*Diva Dance changes color from one string section to another

A very warm welcome to Sheryl White (Texas) ~
Just found your Blog.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Bales along string lines
*dark Hollibagh and Crescent Moon sections compliment lighter ones of Fescu

Welcome to our Tangle Map and to our IAST community, Shiryl!

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
I simply loved this prompt! And I can’t believe I nearly forgot to send you my tile.
Happy Holy Week! And cheers to hints of spring!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*long and lovely lines of Bales - stuffed happily with layers of Crescent Moon - notice again the 'full moons'
*Fescu springs up behind Hollibaugh

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Ragged Ray - a.k.a. Jem - (United Kingdom) !
Of her tile, she wrote:
I took the 'returning to our roots' theme to heart this week.
Nothing but an official tile, a Micron 01, and an HB pencil, a stump. No plans, intentions, practice pieces. No attempts to try new things. No need to think about options, colour, or other tricks.
Just time spent letting my pen fill sections, breach sections. Simple versions of well known tangles. A few times when something unexpected happened - a chance to remember 'no mistakes' - just carry on and see where you end up. The velvety surface of the tile, the slight drag of the pen whispering 'slow down, no rush'. The need to go so carefully with the stump, especially near the inks parts.
A welcome reminder that this is a process not a product. Thank you for the reminder!
Tangled Tidbits -
*single line of Bales - or is that a mirrored Crescent Moon along the string lines? - what fun!
*Hollibaugh tucks around and under the border
*feathery finish of Fescu
*sparkle, shading, rounded corners...

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

Endless thanks to Rick and Maria for their beautiful tangles that we enjoyed this week:

HollibaughCrescent MoonBales, and Fescu.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #236!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #235

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

After weeks of celebrating one thing or another, let us take a step back to the basics of the method we all adore:  simple pen, pencil, and paper.

We begin with this string ~
IAST #235 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

When I put pen to paper to draw this string, I thought of Maria Thomas.  It looks like something she might come up with and tangle beautifully, doesn't it?

Since we are returning to our roots, let's use a few of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas' tangles that many of us learned in our early tangling days ~

There are many updated versions of this simple tangle - keep it as simple or complex as your mood strikes.
Crescent Moon
Speaking of simple or complex - the same applies to this beloved tangle.
Click here and here to view my past posts where there are many examples of ways to embellish Bales.
Did you know that fescue is a type of grass?  Isn't that interesting?

As with all our IAST adventures, pencil in the string keeping in mind that it is a suggestion, let the tangles lead the way, and use as many or as few as you wish.


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, March 19, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #234 Tiles

I trust you enjoyed a wonderful St. Patrick's Day weekend.  Our tiles and notes bring greetings from the four corners of the world.  Wouldn't St. Patrick be so pleased?

We used a curly lined string and tangles to fit the occasion.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
This tile is really different than I am used to drawing.
I blame the string for that :)
The result reminds me of spring.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*half and full Lukiline shamrocks
*sweetly dotted embellishments and arcs

From Jutta Gladnigg (NRW, Germany) ~
This challenge again was so fun. It was so interesting drawing Lukiline without raising the pen… Love the inconsistency in the form of the pattern that results from that. Cruze is quite an impressive pattern in itself.
And Lucky is a great tribute to St. Patrick. This time I broke this pattern down… mostly… so let’s make it a spot-the-image puzzle… how many complete ‚lucky’ shamrocks can you find here?
 Tangled Tidbits -
Would three be the Lucky number?
*lovely contrasts, shading, and highlights
*tangles smoothly intermingle

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Thank you for this light-hearted challenge in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. I loved working with the patterns you chose and, of course, had to add a touch of green. Can't wait to see the rest of the tiles! Oh, and I really love your St Paddy's Bumpadox - beautiful!
To you and all the 'Tickled Tanglers' out there -

"Beannachta├ş na F├ęile P├ídraig oraibh"
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and the very same to you!
*striped and sparkled Lucky
*delicate Lukiline and curvy Cruze

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing #234’ Challenge.
So as not to lose your pretty string, I chose to make it part of your pattern ‘Lucky’
With a slight variation, hope I haven’t strayed too far from your pattern.
Happy St Patrick Day, Adele.
Thank you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely Lucky variation - love that layered stem and Cruze band
*shadow shaded Lukiline

From Caren Mlot, CZT (South Carolina), creator of Cruze! - and here on her blog ~
I’ve sent you a couple of tiles for IAST, but usually I am just lurking in the background admiring everyone’s work here. When I saw that my tangle pattern Cruze was one that you were using this week, I decided I’d better stop lurking and send in a tile. So here’s my entry for the week. The color was added using pastel pencils. You can see more in my blog...
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
 Tangled Tidbits -
What a treat to have you join in, thank you for the lovely tangle!  I have always loved your step out for it.
*Cruze in gorgeous shades of green
*white centers of Lukiline

From Gale Sherman, CZT (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I hope you have a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day and thank you for doing this week after week! I think my tile is evident I have not an ounce of Irish blood in me and found the challenge a CHALLENGE! Neither the metallic green or gold (centers of lukilines) show up well in the photo. I think the leprechauns know I'm an imposter... and of course they want all the gold for themselves!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Everyone is a wee bit Irish on this great day!
*Lucky tipped string lines
*Lukiline grid - inventive variation

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
It was nice doing something in green for this St. Patrick's Day challenge. I also added some orange because of the orange in the Irish flag.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful border of Cruze
*Lukiline centers of Lucky - in shades of green!

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
This St. Patricks-Challenge was not easy for me. I started several attempts - I simply couldn’t find a place for Cruze. But with this version I’m quite happy.
A big hug to everyone
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Lucky border, dark background, highlights and aura
*shading, aura, lightly penciled tangles - beautiful details

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
New tangles for me, thank you. Not sure my tile quite works, but it was fun to do.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large grid for a shaded Lucky
*green accented Lukiline weaves around Lucky

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Happy wearing ‘o the green with thanks for another fun challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious shades of green for Lukiline
*four variations of Lucky!

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Couldn't get Lucky to fit this string but had a fun time with cruze and lukiline
Hope everyone is well and Happy St Patricks day to all
 Tangled Tidbits -
*multi-colored Lukiline flows along the string lines
*two variations of Cruze - one with open lines and one connecting

From Di (Mandurah, Australia) ~
Top o' the mornin' to ya Adele!
Please find attached my IAST #234 which I spent a pleasant day drawing and colouring.
This week's drawing is all done in pencil. After sketching my design (which I spend a couple of days mooching over and scribbling around), I coloured in the pearls, then did the celtic-like border, and finally drew the Lucky's in black. But as lovely as the Lucky tangle is, I wanted the green "Pearls of Irish Wisdom" to take centre stage, and the Lucky's stole their trumpet! So I tamed them radically by rubbing them hard with an eraser and they magically faded nicely into the background where they belonged.
This is the first time I've coloured in pencil apart from when I was a kid- I am so new to this art thing but am having a blast! My husband is great at coming up with names and after seeing my pearl stringline, he immediately said "They look like green Guinness bubbles" and then told me that on St. Patrick's day they actually serve green Guinness in the pubs. Only the Irish, hey? So I"m calling my drawing Green Guinness.
Really looking forward to seeing how everyone else went with the Irish theme.
 Tangled Tidbits -
That makes me thirsty :)
*colorful description and tangles - welcome back to the art world!
*pearls taper and enlarge

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
I know I've used your Lucky tangle before, but this week I really noticed it properly. Noticed it's versatility, its personality. It's funny how that can happen with a tangle. And as such I wanted it to be the star of the show, forming a frame for the other tangles. I tangled it into a pencilled grid to allow for even placement of leaves but without the grid itself showing. Some shading and highlighting and I was sorely tempted to stop there. But I popped a curling branch of Lukiline along the string - it looks a bit sparse, but it is only the beginning of the growing season! And a single Cruze dangling from a branch.
Be lucky!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Lucky shines - literally - with highlights, delicate lines, shading, rounded lines that push passed the grid, rounded corners - gorgeous details
*double lined Lukiline

From Jane Goddard (Dorking, United Kingdom) ~
Thanks for an interesting challenge this week, I couldn't get it together with #cruze so ended up using parts of it linked around the edge, which worked better for me. Again used watercolour brush pens, plus a touch of gold gellyroll this time.
Best wishes
 Tangled Tidbits -
*twirling cubes of gold accented Lucky
*creative use of Cruze and dainty Lukiline center

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
All green today for St. Paddy's Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and same to you!
*highlighted green tangles - just beautiful!
*free from rounded Lucky

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
This was a fun Tangle to complete, I love Celtic knots... well once I've got them done sometimes I do get confused as to where I'm to go next but this one seemed to want to cooperate. You choose lovely Tangles to combine I can't wait to see what we've all come up with. Happy St. Paddy's day. May the luck of the Irish be with us all.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles layer above a large Lucky background
*delicate Lukiline covered strings

From HeidiSue (Salt Lake City, Utah) ~
Well, it’s St Patrick’s Day, and I have a family feast ahead of me...everyone at my mom’s, with lots of yummy food, and a WHOLE LOT of hilarity and so much fun. I love St Patrick’s Day. My Irish family is so much fun, we are all friends and enjoy each other immensely.
So I did this in the morning while things were quiet. Cruze simply wouldn’t come, so I let it be. I started with Floose along the border, because it looked kinda Celtic. Lukiline is fun. I made it three-leaved for shamrocks and it grew all along the entire string. Then Lucky did its thing for the other border edged. I colored and shaded with Kelly Green, then added some triskeles in pale green behind everything.
Now it’s time to get up and make my Colcanon for the feast! Thanks for another terrific challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
That sounds so yummy and your gathering, heavenly :)
*festive three leaved variation of Lukiline
*Lucky pairs share a stem

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Top o’ the mornin’ to you, Adele! Hope you had a happy St. Patrick ‘s Day. Thanks for your challenge. It was fun adding a bit of green to my tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant tangles, shading, enthatching, and touches of green
*curved Cruze (you make that look easy!)

From Sra (India) ~
The excitement over understanding how to draw Cruze dissipated rather quickly as I struggled to integrate Lukiline into the tile - and gave up. I tried at least doing the curves of the string as Cruze, but I think I did a mirror image of them! And Lucky has been attempted as a border! I think this is a tile in progress.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*inventive use of Lucky for the border
*layers of shading for bold centered Cruze

From Jody Genovese, CZT (Florida) ~
Wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My tile is a little outrageous this week. The more I tried to tone it down the crazier it got. :o)
Thanks as always for keeping it fun.
 Tangled Tidbits - much fun in one tile - a celebration of color and tangles
*curved Cruze, dark Lukiline provides great contrast
*Lucky filled with swirls and enthatching

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
A simple one this week. I started doing the loops of Lukiline and just carried on until the tile was full. A touch of green and it was done. I also loved Cruze. I am fascinated by Celtic knot type designs but it needs a bit of practice.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Lukiline fills the tile like clover fills a field
*dotted aura and hints of green

From Simone B. (Germany) ~
this is a great String with nice tangles. Thank you for your challenge.
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large and small grids for three variations of Lucky
*great use of bold black spaces

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Happy St Patrick's Day!
Thank you for another great challenge and new tangles to try!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Sh'rock creates a festive background for Lukiline
*green, shaded Lukiline flows along the string

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
What fun for St. Patrick's Day with a great selection of tangles. I always thought Cruze was too complicated for me, but the step-out made it very clear. Thanks, Adele!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful tangles and calligraphy
*shading adds great depth to the tangles

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Happy St Patrick’s day to you and all your family and friends from South Africa.
Here the drought continues, the Berg River that supplies water to Velddrif, has dried up in places and the municipality is having to work non-stop to make sure that the 9 towns under its jurisdiction receives drinking water. Up to now we have been able to save on local usage by 49%, but we will have to make an even better effort to up the water saving to avoid a Day Zero scheduled for the middle of May.

To tile 234. Somehow this was a difficult one for me. Maybe my zen’s a bit unsettled at present. Lucky is a favourite of mine. Lukiline by Mary Masi is a lacy flowing vine that worked, but Cruze by Caren Mlot had me a bit stumped. On second thoughts, maybe I should have left it out of the equation. But there you are. My zentangle is done and I live by the motto, “There are no mistakes.” 
 Tangled Tidbits -
We continue to pray for rain and the relief it will bring...thank you for updating us.
*one large and lovely Lucky
*two variations of a flowing Lukiline

From Verena (Germany) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Lucky grids follow the string's curves - shading gives them dimension
*deep black background accents the shaded lighter Lucky

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
The patterns in this one were challenging. I really loved doing your pattern - Lucky. That has a real punch with a black background. All the patterns were fun to blend together. I especially enjoy working with organic designs so the 3 vines curly Q was so relaxing.
Thanks for a great St. Pat’s Day tribute!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*black background really does light up Lucky, especially so beautifully colored
*flowing Cruze and string curls - lovely coloring

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
here is my contribution for this week. Thank you for the interesting challenge with the beautiful patterns.
Greetings from the snowy Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pleasing mix of light and dark color and tangled spaces
*ribbon wrapped single Lucky

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
My contribution I would like to see what the others did with the string and the given tangles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*little dual Cruze crosses - wonderful idea
*Luckiline string lines and the third of Lucky

This is my tile - tangled by battery powered lamp during a power outage earlier this evening.  The rain is pouring down here in central Florida.  (If only we could share it with Felicity and Susan's part of the world where they need it so desperately.)
I used Prismacolor pencils to accent Lukiline, a large grid of Lucky, and a diagonal of Cruze.

Many thanks to everyone for your beautiful tiles and happy greetings.

Special thanks to Caren Mlot, CZT for Cruze and Mary Masi, CZT for Lukiline - the two tangles we used with my Lucky and string.

It has been a treat to celebrate St. Patrick's Day together.

Stop by Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #235!