Wednesday, February 27, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #280 Tiles

I thoroughly enjoyed my "Gramma time" and I gleaned from the notes below that many of us share that same joy - and what joy it is! 

The combination of tangles Cat-kin, Opus, and Mi2 made for some especially beautiful tiles for IAST #280.  Many thoughts turned to spring with these more organic patterns.  I am glad to know that my Tips for Tangling Mi2 (3G Mi2) helped make that magical tangle easier to draw.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Joanne (New Brunswick, Canada) ~
I too have been on grandma duty....just got back from visiting my first grandchild in Toronto...a little girl called Sofia. I'm in love!  Here is my submission - yes, MI2 was a bit challenging, I must say.
Happy Valentines Day!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*inner striped aura in Opus
*soft shading of Cat-kin

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Typical - you give us extra time and then I complete the challenge in record time! I am continuing with the “less is more theme” and I think Cat-kin is joyful and spring like in a simple monotangle. I now have lots of time to practise Mi-2 – thank you for the extra notes.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted stem lines
*wonderful monotangle

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you dear Adele for this wonderful challenge that reminds me
already of the coming spring with these 3 wonderful tangles.
I simplified Me too and Opus a little bit, let's call it a "tangleation"
but I enjoyed both tangles very much in this easier form and I love the
uncomplicated string!
After a dark month, we enjoy the first real sunny days of 2019 and that
gives us an extra boost for the coming weekend.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*delicate Cat-kin flows along the string line
*color and shading blend beautifully

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
it was very interesting, to combine the given patterns of your current challenge. Thank you very much for your good idea! You can find my tile also on my blog under the link. I think the frosty atmosphere in my tile fits to our weather. In the morning, the cars are icy, in the middle of the day the sun is shining and it looks like spring.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful imagery, color, and tangles
*elongated, highlighted Cat-kin puffs

From Simone (Germany) ~
this week it was a little bit difficult to me to make a combination of all the 3 pattern.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Mi2 aura flows into Opus
*Tipple filled Opus

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
I hope you’ve had fun with your grandkids during this challenge—how can you not, right?! I was happy to be able to complete this challenge after having missed a few lately.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shading and dark centers add great depth
*pretty roundness to each tangle

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Thank you Adele for your very helpful step out for the tangle pattern Mi2, magical.
Also wishing you lots of fun with your Grandbaby.
I’d like to send my deepest of sympathy to Juul’s family and friends
In their reason sad loss of their loved one, RIP, Juul.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant Mi2 finished in curls
*fabulous Tipple and aura

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Thanks for the tips on Mi2, very helpful. Thank you for the challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*super shading and highlights - they become an element of Opus
*sparkled striping

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
Hope you have a wonderful " gramma time"
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines and sparkled shading for Mi2
*mirrored aura in Opus and Mi2

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*shared aura as in Baafke's tile (I love when that happens!)
*shading along the left side of Mi2 lines adds dimension

From Gabi (Germany) ~
Maybe my tile get a little psychedelic - I blame it to springtime!
Mi2 is a wonderful pattern and maybe you also can discover Opus. Tried to follow the string which is hidden somewhere in the entanglement. Thanks for the nice idea and have a wonderful week!
 Tangled Tidbits  -
*Opus flows from Mi2
*layered tangles, shading, and line variation add greater depth

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) ~
A couple of new tangles for me. Cat kin makes me start dreaming of spring and I sit here with snow and 4 degrees on our thermometer this morning so spring is a long way off. I do thank you Adele for a great weekly challenge keeping me inside and warm for a few hours this weekend. Glad you gave us the extra week this time as didn’t get it done until Sunday morning so would not of made the normal Saturday deadline.
 Tangled Tidbits -
A warm tile for freezing temps...
*wispy Cat-kin
*Mi2 and Opus filled string space

From Karen Buse (California) ~
I have a strange relationship with Cat-kin; I hesitate to use it but love the way it turns out every time I do. Something about the implied boundary of those dots and dashes is both scary and exciting. (Is it weird to talk about drawing that way?) I decided I wanted to be able to use white on the Cat-kin buds so I used a mid-toned tile…for the first time! I used a white colored pencil but I think I would have been happier with a white chalk pencil. Something to try next time!
Thanks as always for providing inspiration!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Not weird at all, thoroughly enjoyable and accurate! 
*bold lines envelope white Cat-kin puffs
*beautifully detailed Mi2 layered in the background

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Herewith my entry for IAST #280. I love the patterns but had not idea how to bring them together... I started with Opus and suddenly the rest fell into place.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous morphing of tangles
*Cat-kin tipped Mi2 lines

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
Attached is my entry for this challenge. I was having fun with gold ink this weekend so have added gold ink highlights and edging, although not all that visible in the photo.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lightly lined Mi2 and Cat-kin contrast with bolder Opus
*wonderful coloring, curves, and shading add dimension

From Allison (California) ~
Here is my entry for IAST #280. I wish I had more contrast in mine, but this is what wanted to happen. I am anxious to see what others came up with.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Cat-kin filled string lines
*3D aura in Mi2

From Cassi (Illinois) ~
New-to-me tangles, I had to practice Mi2 a lot and still made a rather glaring mistake. I found your step out really helpful, though! And I really love Cat-kin.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple lined Opus
*marvelous Mi2 border

From Gudrun (Germany) ~
many thanks your wonderful ideas – here is my contribution
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*repeating dark sparkled orbs unite the tangles
*layered branches o Cat-kin

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
I loved Cat-Kin and Opus but when I added the Mi2, the tile was way too busy, so I covered it over in blue. You can still see the remnants under the blue! Your Mi2 tangling hints were helpful and one day I will try again!!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious results as the tangles led the way
*weighted lines, dark orbs, soft shading

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
First, I absolutely loved your breakdown of Mi2! With the dot grid, it always felt so rigid, for some reason. This method does indeed create more flow and freedom. So once again - thank you for the enlightenment!
Hope your visit with your Grandchildren was filled with laughter and love!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*flowing Mi2 with aura and shading
*Opus full and halved

From Vena C (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
My sympathy to Juul's family and friends. It is always hard to lose someone.
I hope, Adele, that you had a wonderful time with your grandchildren. I am sure they kept you on your toes and that now you are looking forward to a bit of a rest and some tangling time.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautifully shaded tangles
*Cat-kin's dashes and dots extend outward

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
As I settled down to work on my tile for your challenge I expected to have fun tangling ornate versions of Mi2. But that's not what happened. Instead a minimal fusion of Opus and Cat-Kin. Engrossing and relaxing with rounding, auras and soft shading. The thrill of unexpected results is still one of the things I love most about Zentangle.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*delightful details abound
*aura tapers in size on each curve

From Lynn F. (Florida) ~
I hope you had a wonderful time visiting your family.
These were 3 new tangles for me. I love Cat-kin, it’s so delicate.
Here’s my tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*a spot of white for each delicate Cat-kin
*Opus with aura, striping, dots, highlights, sparkle, and shading

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I hope this finds you well and that you’ve been having a wonderful “ gramma “ time. I can’t imagine it’s anything but delightful!
Here’s my submission for this week’s tile. As you can see, it’s in three parts. I thought I’d try something different and while I was assembling it, preparing to glue everything down, I thought the shadows added some interest. So I snapped the photo and didn’t add the glue.
Thanks so much for these assignments. Yes, sometimes I think of them as difficult homework, but I’m always glad that I try each challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lighter Mi2 background
*layered Opus and Cat-kin create a shadowed effect - how fun!

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
I must say that none of these tangles were on my top ten I was stretched just a bit
Thank you Adele for the tip on MI2 which really helped.
Great challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles flow in each string section
*colorful tile and shading

From Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
Thank you for the inspiring string and the “Tips for Tangling 3G Mi2”! Your tips are absolutely the best and always add zen to my tangling! For some reason, I just could not stop fussing around with this tile. Once I start tinkering around, it’s hard to stop!
Hugs all around
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Cat-kin border with darkened aura
*Mi2 tucked under full and halved Opus filled with shaded Tipple

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~
I tangled this tile one early morning with trouble on my mind. The tangles lifted me up. I like opus and cat-kin is just so lovely and soft. It kept with those two. There wasn’t any space for a third tangle. I think the tile “Smells” like spring and that’s what we all are longing for.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*soft, lovely tangles
*shaded border and a touch for the tangles

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I really like Mi2, I think because of its three-dimensional-ness. Your “tips” did make it easier to get the initial layout going. Not perfect, but easier! Even with 2 weeks I could have used more practice time on it — but I’m also trying to be more spontaneous and less studied which I believe is the point of Zentangle. I took up so much space with Mi2, I ended up just putting a nod to Opus in the stems that Catkin is growing on.
Thank you! Hope you enjoyed your gramma time!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Opus curls flow from Mi2 lines
*dainty Cat-kin with a touch of shading

From Moblue (Bremen, Germany) ~
here's my tile for IAST#280.
I hope I'm not too late yet. Because of a violent bronchitis I have spent the whole Saturday in bed thinking jealously of your Granny Weekend last week. Mine should have been this actual one, but both Nana and Granddad cough like crazy. It sounds like there are 2 big dogs barking all over the place. So we had to postpone the Granny Weekend. I just woke up this early minute and it occurs to me that I still wanted to send the tile. And here we are now.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Oh!  I do hope you feel better soon and get you Nana time in!
*an explosion of aura-ed Opus
*rows and rows of Mi2

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Thank you, thank you, Adele, for the tangling tips for Mi2! I've tried the tangle several times, but was always unhappy with the "seeds" placement. You really hit the nail on the head with the C curves. I'll be using Mi2 more often. Thanks for selecting Cat-kin and Opus as well. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's tiles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*flowing Mi2
*Zinger tipped Opus and wispy Cat-kin

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
It is nice to participate again in IAST and your tips for Mi2 were very welcome. It is more easier to play with now.
Thank you for sharing the sad news about Juul. It still warms my hart that we are such a warm and respectful community. Thank you for making this possible.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*awesome Opus with alternating details
*spray of Cat-kin and Mi2 corners

From Kathy Millard (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada) ~
I'm having a lot of fun with the's really got me back into Zentangling daily.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful fill of Tipple
*weighted string lines and a touch of Cat-kin

From Gill Green (Israel) ~
Had such fun doing this. Love the simplicity and "Japanese" look of cat-kin compared to the complexity of the other tangles. Hope you are having a great time with your family Adele.

Tangled Tidbits -
*'spot on' description of Cat-kin
*grand aura and shading to accent it

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Hope you’ve had the best quality time with your grandaughter this past week.
Please excuse this late arrival. Unfortunately the gremlins are in both my technology and life at the moment. Don’t know where to begin, so I won’t even try.
Only got around to tangling late on Sunday, but here is an effort even if it was rushed and my tile is a bit wonky.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Cat-kin tucked into both Opus and Mi2
*shading and penciled Cat-kin add softness and depth

There were so many references to spring in the notes.  I do wish everyone that needs it, a speedy return to warmer weather, the sweet aroma of flowers blossoming, and many more pleasurable hours tangling.

How very dear, too, that Juul was remembered...

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

Mi2  and  Cat-kin by Mimi Lempart, CZT

Opus by Maria Thomas

Thank you everyone!

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