Wednesday, August 21, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #302 - A Very Happy Sixth Birthday!

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

"It's a String Thing" challenges began on August 13, 2013, which means we have a birthday to celebrate!

6 years, 
302 strings, 
nearly 1,000 tangles, 
9,000+ tiles, and 
hundreds and 100's of "It's a String Thingers" from 36 different countries - 
and we are still going strong.  


That calls for a celebration, doesn't it?

Let's begin with our traditional birthday string, this time with six candles ~

As with past years, this is my step out for drawing the string in one continuous line.  Please pencil in the string (pictured in Step 4) in a way comfortable for you. 

The tangles we will use include ~

Decoo by Ria Matheussen, CZT

Firecracker by Suzanne McNeill, CZT

Jonqal by Maria Thomas

Joy by Joyce Block, CZT

That group of tangles should give us more than enough contrast to work with, but please feel free to substitute, and/or add more if you wish.

If you would like to view the birthday celebrations from previous years, here are the links ~

IAST 1st Birthday  and 1st Birthday Tiles
IAST 2nd Birthday and 2nd Birthday Tiles
IAST 3rd Birthday and 3rd Birthday Tiles
IAST 4th Birthday and 4th Birthday Tiles
IAST 5th Birthday and 5th Birthday Tiles

We are creating quite a library, aren't we?!

Simply pencil in the string line and begin.
Keep in mind that the string is a suggestion and let the tangles lead the way.  

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines:
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos and notes 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, August 19, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #301 Tiles

This week we were able to concentrate on one beautiful new tangle by Nadine Roller, CZT (Germany), Gelijoy.

Reminiscent of ivy, it is a wonderfully organic tangle that was readily adapted to the black/white contrasts that Zentangle's new Project Pack #6 featured. 

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Moblue (Bremen, Germany) ~ honest congratulations on 300 times IAST challenge. Even though I am only a short while with you, I have already learned so much here! All the more it saddens me to have missed the deadline for the anniversary issue. So that this may not happen again here comes my contribution to the 301st IAST. Inspired by the current PP I blackened 2 corners and spread the GELIJOY with a white gellyrol on them.
Thank you Adele for your awesome work and your dedication to keep this community rolling.

From Amy L, CZT (Connecticut) ~
I loved Gelijoy in the step-outs, but not so much when I did it. But I liked how it married with happy, which I just love doing. So here it is.

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
What a fabulous Tangle ‘Gelijoy ‘ is, I enjoy this tangle and will certainly use it again.
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing # 301’ Challenge.

From Cheryl (Missouri) ~
Here we go heading to setting our next milestone with our Zentangle challenges! I love being part of this Zentangle loving group. I am constantly checking my email on Mondays and Tuesdays, looking at the results AND chomping at the bit to see the next string challenge.
My tangle features Gelijoy and Checkerboard, with a bit of colored pencils for a hint of color.

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Well, now I’ve done two weeks in a row, and I have to say I’ve enjoyed getting back to tangling! Thanks for providing this opportunity and choosing a great pattern for this week.

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Again a wonderful challenges with lots of possibilities.
My tile is inspired on work, seen in the last Project Pack, "no mistakes".
I also chosed to paint a big space of my tile black and tangled in
Besides Gelijoy, I have combinated Nadine's tangle with my own Javik,
Crescent Moon en a few Fescu-patterns.
A very pleasant challenge that I enjoyed very much. Thank you dear Adele
and wish you a nice weekend,
Greetings from the heart

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I decided to use Rick and Maria's no mistakes idea. Some time ago I was given a bottle of black acrylic ink. It had a dropper so I dropped some ink on in a few places and tried tipping the paper to make it run. It didn't run, so I used a plastic straw to spread the ink around. I then had a most beautiful dense and smooth black. Almost too beautiful to draw on! I really enjoyed drawing Gelijoy. Then the "mistakes" started. The Generals white charcoal pencil didn't really take on the black. I tried a Prismacolour premier white and that didn't do much better. So I ended up with very little white shading. Then, after I had done my chop I didn't like the orientation, so I tried painting it out. Then I decided to add a bit more beautiful black and the white paint over my chop hadn't completely dried, so I tried dabbing it with a Kleenex. In the no mistakes philosophy I now have some clouds in the top right and my chop is in the right spot. All part of the fun!

From LynnG (Florida) ~
Gelijoy is a fun tangle. Thanks for the introduction to it.

From Lisette, CZT 32 (Switzerland) ~
I managed #301 - things are a bit off kilter at the moment. Gelijoy with another pattern by Nadine Roller: Naaki.

From Nadine Roller, CZT (Germany), the creator of Gelijoy! ~
I am so proud that i really got this tile at time. I am also so happy and grateful that you have chosen Gelijoy for your IAST 301! Thank you so much!
It is such a lovely gift to me next week, seeing all the Gelijoys!
I am sure i will enjoy it very much :-)!
We are about to drive to Belgium for holidays.
My best wishes to you and all the tanglers of IAST301 for trying out my pattern.

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Viewing everyone’s celebration tiles was a lot of fun, Adele. Nadine Roller’s tangle Gelijoy was fun to work with, too. Hope you’re staying cool this hot summer!

From Kathy M, (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada) ~
This week went by awfully fast. I really enjoyed this tangle and the step out made it so easy to follow. It seemed like the perfect tangle to use as a border for a card. I very often make my tangles on paper that will fit easily on the top of a pre-made blank coloured card. Seems like a great way to use my tangles. Looking forward to many more weeks of fun!

From Sara (Australia) ~
I have two tiles this week, the first is a simple one learning the new tangle. I got a bit more experimental with the second tile.

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Gelijoy is a very nice pattern and I enjoyed tangling it. I like floral patterns and so I combined it with some of them on a watercolored background. One can see my tile on my blog under the link... Thank you for this interesting challenge!
Have a nice weekend! Best wishes from Germany

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona - "currently glamping in the woods of Onatario", Canada) ~
I had intended to do something completely different with this challenge... but all week I have had a song running through my head (inspired by the ivy motif), Tell Me Why. We used to sing it at college in a ceremony called a "candlelight" ... the girls would sit in a circle and a lighted candle would be passed around. The person who had "news" would blow it out after it had been around enough times (one time for a drop, two times for a pin, three times for an engagement ring) ... then there would be much screaming and someone would be thrown in the shower. So anyway, last night as I lay awake trying to convince myself the noises I heard were normal cottage sounds and not a furry woodland creature, it occurred to me to abandon my previous plan and put the words to the song into the spaces in the trellis.
Thank you for #301! Every new week is a gift!

From Ginger, CZT (Oregon) ~
In honor of the major yard clean-up we did, here is my contribution for this week's tile. Onamoto for the fence, henna drum for the plants we left behind. Now we can see the mountains of trees!

From  Lynn F, (Florida) ~
This tile reminds me of Fall. Looking forward to cooler weather.

From Jane Rhea, CZT (Indiana) ~
WOW, Adele! The first IAST of the next one hundred was so much fun! Even though Zentangle is non-representational, the tangle Gelijoy is reminiscent of an ivy vine. Like ivy, may we all grow in creativity, joy, inspiration, friendship and peace through our tangling!
Sending smiles to all

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Whew, it's been a hot one in the Central Valley! It was 108 on Wednesday, but the heat wave broke today, thankfully. Here's a bit of summer sunshine to share. Gelijoy is a fun tangle, easy to learn and fun to use.

From Antony Visconti (Milan, Italy) ~
Thanks for another lovely challenge.

From Gill Green (Israel) ~
Sorry this is late, we were away for a few days and I just finished.
This was a fun challenge and I enjoyed doing it. Arukas is in the middle and I added pokeroot, a sort of Mooka and weighted Printemps which I love after seeing it in the latest Zentangle videos.
Keep thinking we’ve had the worst of the heat, but I know it’s not true!

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
... Loved Gelijoy when I managed to get the hang of it.
Have super week.

Lastly, this sentiment and photograph from Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I haven’t completed a tangle this week but did play around with the ivy inspired shapes. It reminded me that last week I took a photo of ivy in an English churchyard. I liked the way the ivy framed the inscription “firm hope of enjoying beyond the grave that peace that the world could not give”. Here’s hoping that Zentangle helps us to find some of that peace here in the world.

 Amen!  I wonder if Mr. Cook could have ever imagined that his inspirational inscription would reach so many two centuries after his passing.  May he rest in peace.

The day escaped me and rather than delay the post, Tangling Tidbits were not included. 
I humbly thank you all for your notes and the gorgeous show of tiles.

Special thanks to Nadine for her lovely Gelijoy.

Check back tomorrow afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #302!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #301

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

After that fabulous display of tiles for our landmark 300th IAST (I am still soaking it all in!), let's take a bit of a deep breath this week and concentrate on just one tangle -  the new Gelijoy by frequent IASThinger, Nadine Roller, CZT from Germany.

Here is our string ~

IAST #301 String by Adele Bruno, CZT
Given the organic nature of this tangle, the string is optional - see how it works for you.

The direct link to Gelijoy can be found here ~

Gelijoy by Nadine Roller, CZT
(and also here on TanglePatterns)

When I saw this tangle, I was immediately drawn to it.  Ivy and all that it represents, has always been one of my favorite plants.  Nadine's write up and very clever step out using arrows makes that tangle even more attractive. 

Feel free to create a monotangle with Gelijoy or if the mood strikes and you want to add more tangles, please do.  The choice is yours.

Either way, as Nadine says, please relax, have patience, and enjoy the tangling process.

Simply pencil in the string line and begin.
Keep in mind that the string is a suggestion and let the tangles lead the way.  

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines:
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos and notes are (usually) posted on the following Monday
Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world. WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate.

If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request.
Please include the site specific URL.

I look forward to your emails.


"It's a String Thing" #300 Tiles

Happy 300th "It's a String Thing" to all  "It's a String Thingers"* far and wide!

It is a pleasure to present the tiles for this grand celebration.  We used a string inspired by the numeral 300 along with my new Ada and tangles from IAST #100 and #200.

Each tile is a treasure and the loving sentiments that accompanied them are gifts in themselves.  Thank you all.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Gale Sherman, CZT (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I'm so sorry I don't have longer to work on this special 300th IAST tile. It is simple, but heartfelt. I got the email instructions today and am packing to leave for a couple week road trip visiting family and friends here and there. It will be great fun visiting AND looking forward to seeing all the great tiles tanglers around the world will produce. THANK YOU so much for keeping this endeavor going. I can hardly imagine how much time, energy and effort you spend challenging and encouraging us. You are such a dear!
Thank you, Gale.  Have a wonderful trip!
Tangled Tidbits -
*glittering gold aura around all three tangles
*Ada shaded on the overlaps and as a whole

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
What a wonderful foto of your seven children and I also find it a joy when everybody is together.
Congratulations with IAST 300! What a milestone. Thank you for the pleasure you give me every week with your great challenges.
I certainly enjoyed this challenge with your new tangle Ada. So much fun.
Thanks Adèle!
Thank you, Marjan.  The pleasure is mine to have you join in!
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful Ada border
*background 100 with Primtemps 0's

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Congratulations on IAST 300. That is so much work and very much appreciated.
WONDERFUL picture of your family.
Thank you, Lynn!
Tangled Tidbits -
*three fun versions of 100
*aura and fanned details for Ada

From Sara (Australia) ~
I was disappointed I missed last weeks challenge, but happy to be involved with the 300th. Congratulations and well done for keeping this going for so long.
Thank you, and cheers to you, too, Sara.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful waves of Ada with bubbling perfs
*c strokes and soft shading add depth

From Susie (Thailand) ~
Congratulations to yet another milestone! Composing and publishing 300 challenges is just amazing and - we all know - tons of work. A huge thank you for that. Be assured, we IAST tanglers and fans highly appreciate your commitment and we are all looking forward to your next 100 challenges. I am!
Take care, stay healthy and keep us challenged.
Thank you, Susie.  I feel very appreciated :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderfully rounded tangles and details
*pretty thin lined highlights and shading

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations on your 300th anniversary! Surely not only I do admire your enthusiasm, your dedication and your many good ideas that delight us Tangle enthusiasts every week and challenge to many interesting contributions. I'm looking forward to the next 300!
My tile one can find on my blog under the link...
Best wishes to you and your big family - it was certainly not only a big challenge to make a picture of all your seven, it also was a big task for you to bring up seven children, who have become such pleasant and beautiful young adults!
Greetings from Germany
Thank you, Margarete.
I admire your enthusiasm and boundless energy for tangling, too.
Tangled Tidbits -
*overlapping doubled strings brimming with tangles
*lovely mix of organic tangles

 From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Congratulations with the 300th IAST Challenge. Wow, what a milestone.
Thank you so much for all you did week after week to tickle us to tangle.
Some zentangles flowed straight out of the pen while others were more like brain teasers. But you always keep us sharp and you are always encouraging us with your positiveness and loving words. And as far as I know you never skipped one week to provide us with a challenge. Chapeau.
I love your newest tangle ADA and liked to play with it.
My tile this week flowed straight out of the pen. It is a simple tile with not many embellishments, but I think that the suggested tangles are beautiful of their own and do not need to be embellished much.
I really wanted to participate in this challenge # 300 but I also planned a few days family visit in another part of The Netherlands this week. So I was a bit in time shortage and I am glad that I managed to make the tile.
I loved to see the picture of all your beautiful children together.
Much love and have a blessed week
Thank you, Ingrid, and safe travels to you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines and shading make a lovely Ada
*100 flows nicely around curved spaces and C-perfs adds the cherries on top!

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
I’ve been away a couple of weeks so haven’t kept up every week however made a special effort to do the 300th IAST! Congratulations Adele. Lovely choice of tangles, I couldn’t resist adding a gem to celebrate!
So happy you could join in, Jane!
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous green gem filled Ada
*beautifully shaded perfs in all three tangles

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) ~
300th. Wow! Thank you for all your enthusiasm, keeping us inspired and looking forward to IAST each week. Celebrating 300th challenge this week! Really proud to be part of this family of participants. Thank you for making one feel part of the family by sharing your happy events and amazing experiences. Thank you for weekly challenges, such fun and always amazing journeys. Every completed tile is a great surprise!
Thank you and congratulation to all who are part of IAST each week.
You are part of the family from way back - thank you, Felicity!
Tangled Tidbits -
*mesmerizing Ada variation
*finely detailed 100 and C-perfs

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
CONGRATULATIONS! and CELEBRATIONS! For the 300th It’s A String Thing.
Attached is my Tile for ‘It’s A String Thing # 300’ Challenge.
Thank you, Shirley!
Tangled Tidbits -
*marvelously multi-layered and tangled string lines
*lightly tangled Printemps

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Good looking family, I know you had fun. Congrats! On #300
We really did have fun, thank you, Susie.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three Ada variations
*fun 300 shaded on all sides

From Laurel Davis, CZT #28 (New York) ~
Congratulations on 300 IAST challenges! And thank you for these wonderful prompts you provide each week. I thought I was finished, but when I looked at it later, I realized the top of the three looked like a party hat. So, what could I do, but add a face and a cake! Let’s get this party started!

Woohoo!  Time to party is right!
Tangled Tidbits -
*such a happy take on the string and tangles, complete with a cake :)
*sparkle and white perfs - great highlights

From Lin H. (Florida) ~
Happy 300th, Adele, and fellow tanglers! Thank you for all that you do to keep this challenge going so strong, Adele. You’re a gem in the Zentangle world. Love the photos of your beautiful family members, too. you are, Lin.  Thank you for the good wishes.
Tangled Tidbits -
*two awesome Ada variations include triangular aura, large perfs, Betweed, and C-perfs
*wash of color and soft shading

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~
Happy anniversary to you, dear Adele,
This is my delayed entry for your #300 iast.
All the best from Germany
Thank you, Henrike.  It is very good to hear from you again!
Tangled Tidbits -
*spectacular Ada variations - 100, Crescent Moon, petals, aura...
*overlapping curve of C-perfs with aura and weighted tips

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) ~
WOW! 300 certainly calls for a celebration. Thanks Adele for inspiring so many of us tanglers to play with new strings and tangles. It has been fun, though I’ve not even come close to doing all 300. Maybe I’ll make the next 300 but I’m sure it’ll be ‘do some, miss some’ and as always will be fun. Looking forward to many more IAST’s. I’m sure the gold doesn’t show up very well in the scan, but knew there had to be gold for such a milestone! Enjoyed all 3 of these new to me tangles.

Thank you, Sue, I am happy to have you join in whenever you can.
*celebratory touches of gold
*one tangle for each string line

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Congratulations on bringing us all to IAST300! You have been so inspiring and creative - Thank You! This was much fun indeed. ( I thought my tile was finished in black and white, then thought 'this is a celebration that calls for color!' So I started in with my Tombow Dual Brush pens. Got a little out of control, but that's okay!)
Your family, by the way, is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your photos. Hope the remainder of your summer is filled with joy and peaceful beauty.
...and yours as well, thank you, Mariam.
Tangled Tidbits -
*interlocking C-perfs with the perfect little sign!
*tipple and black perfs on a lovely Ada variation

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
What a milestone! A huge thank you to you, for your ongoing commitment and care and for bringing us all together, from far and wide, week after week with your strings and tangle selections!
I don't know what gave me the greatest pleasure - tangling a tile for your 300th challenge, knowing I've been following the challenges for almost the entire time, playing with three of your centenary tangles - or getting to know your charming new tangle. Ada is delightful - and so ripe for variation - here is another for your collection - gently rounded, doubled, then cut through in Wholly Hollibaugh style!
Here's to another 300 if you think you can cope!
Ah, Jem, you make it look so easy - and sound so easy, too - but that Ada variation is just remarkable!
Thank you for the good wishes and for your steadfast company.
Tangled Tidbits -
*delightfully detailed, doubled Ada
*woven ribbon and fine lines tie the patterns together

From JoAnne (Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings and congratulations on the 300th IAST challenge!
This was a very fun tile! Thanks, Adele!
Thank you, JoAnne!
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled string lines filled with three splendid Ada variations
*billowing C-perfs surrounds

From Sunshine Day (Minnesota) ~
Happy 300, Adele, for all of us It's A String Thingers!*
Ada, C-Perfs, 100
Thank you for the new name for all of us - I love it!  I used it already in my introduction above and will add it to our vocabulary with kudos to you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*C-perfs cheery cherries
*multiple 100 variations and vibrant color

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Congratulations on reaching 300! Love the new tangle ADA, and all the things you can do with it. I like the rounded angle one from Susie in Thailand that looks like Sydney Opera House.
What a great photo of your family – they all look so alike and like you!
Many, many thanks for all you do to keep this community going.
Many thanks, Susan.
Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded and doubled Ada
*300 used as a tangle - how fun!

From Lynn F. (from a rainy Florida) ~
Congratulations Adele on your 300th challenge.
For the short amount of time I’ve participated I can truly say how much joy these have added to my life.
Thank you and thanks to all the other Tanglers who participate from around the world.
Here’s my tile for this celebratory challenge. I added a little crescent moon, tipple, and keeko to the mix.
Thank you, Lynn - so happy you found us!
Tangled Tidbits -
*300 repeats to fill in the string spaces with a touch of gold
*wonderful waves of 100 variations

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
I'm glad to have the opportunity of joining your challenge number 300. I
have learned so much by following those challenges. As I wrote before,
they are sometimes easy, sometimes difficult but always interesting.
I 've made a few sketches with the given string but I was not satisfied
about the result. That is why I chose for something else but I used only
your tangles with addition of the lovely Mel Mel, which is one of my
favorite tangles.
I love to draw in the round and hope you will like this zendala.
Thank you so much Adele for challenging us every week again and
especially for the wonderful presentation of our tiles.
I wish you and your beautiful family lots of happy moments and
especially all of you a good health!
I'm grateful to be a member of the I.A.S.T. tanglefamily.
Warm regards from Belgium
Thank you, Ria, and the same good wishes to you and your family, too.
Tangled Tidbits -
*brilliant orbiting tangles - love the addition of Mel Mel
*touches of highlights, white spaces, dots and a 300!

From Amy Lilien-Harper, CZT (Connecticut) ~
It’s good to be back! Thanks for the extra week. I found the string challenging to use with these tangles, which all seemed to want to go into straight lines. Finally, I used each number for one of the three tangles, and then tied it all together with Tripoli, which seemed appropriate given all of the threes here. I particularly enjoyed both Ada and 100. I hope you like it!
Yes, very much!
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely evenness of line and spacing
*pretty contrast with light and dark perfs

From Cheryl (Missouri) ~
Thanks, as always, Adele for keeping us 'tangling.
Thank you for tangling along, Cheryl.
Tangled Tidbits -
*100 flows smoothly into C-perfs
*weighted lines, a bit of blue, wonderful details

From Gill Green (Israel) ~
What a beautiful family! Would love to see a photo of the extended clan one day.
Congratulations on the 300th IAST, it’s a wonderful achievement and so happy to be a small part of it.
I didn’t submit last time as I wasn’t happy with the result, but after reading the other entries I won’t be doing that anymore.
I enjoyed using all these tangles, and looking forward to taking part in the next 300.
Thank you, Gill.  Your work is wonderful - do send it in!
Tangled Tidbits -
*very dimensional brown, shaded, and highlighted Ada
*perfs and Betweed for a second Ada variation

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Congratulations on achieving this milestone. It represents a lot of work on your part and it is well and truly appreciated by all your challenge participants. Thank you for hours and hours of fun. I like your new "Ada" pattern. As you showed in your last post, there can be many variations.
I love that you said "fun" because it really is.  Thank you, Vena.
Tangled Tidbits -
*brightly colored details
*Ada corner with 100, perfs, and rays

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Good morning and congratulations!
I haven’t been tangling for weeks — other artwork is keeping me busy— but I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate your great achievement. It really is amazing how long you’ve been teaching and inspiring a worldwide community!
I used your 300 string and Henrike Bratz's variation of Ada. Then instead of the 100 pattern, I changed it to 300. It was fun and soothing to do.
Once again congratulations and best wishes for 300 more!

Thank you for pausing your other work to join in, we would have missed you, for sure!
Tangled Tidbits -
*300 as a tangle - great fun!
*rows and rows of wonderfully rounded Ada details

From Sra (India) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations on the 300th edition of IAST! Thanks for coming up with the event and hosting it and commenting on the tiles. Here's a link to my post on IAST 300. The picture of the tile is attached. 
I look forward to IAST every week, even when I know I won't be able to participate, or haven't. Do keep it running for as long as you can!
Thank you, Sra.  I appreciate all of your encouraging words over the years.
Tangled Tidbits -
*large orbs of 100 shine with highlights and shading, too
*C-perfs filled string line

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona - currently on vacation) ~
I'm doing this with one finger on my phone so hopefully will be less wordy!
Congratulations on 300 — that's an almost six-year accomplishment!
The (fun) challenge this week was how to use three border tangles. So I decided to make One Hundred into a grid. Not sure it fades into the background as much as I'd hoped. The "printed c" version of C-Perf reminded me of one of my favorite tangles, Inapod, so I made c's into peas. Then made myself go out of my comfort zone a little to try a cursive variation. Ada was fun. I kept it plain because I was playing with "coiling" it. I also tried a "zigzag fold" version but it took more concentration than I was able to muster.
Thank you so much for years of fun and friendship!
Fun, friendship, and lots of tangling - thank you, Sue!
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles rise over 100 grid
*a light and airy look, with just enough dark spaces and weighted line to ground the tangles

From Kathy (British Columbia, Canada) ~
Congratulations Adele! 300 strings is a lot of work...a huge commitment and I thank you. I look forward each week to seeing the wonderful ideas and inspiration that other amazing tanglers send in. And of course I can hardly wait to see the new string and tangles to try. "Ada" is a wonderful many possibilities! Also a name I will remember as my granddaughter is also Aida ( just a different spelling) and she loves to zentangle with me!
Many thanks, Kathy.  I am so happy to know that we share a granddaughter name.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful, alternating rows of arched and straight lined Ada
*horizontal C-perfs beside vertical 100

From Karen Aicken (Alberta, Canada) ~
How exciting that you were able to visit with all of your children at the same time. Such happy memories! Also enjoyed your newest tangle Ada. How lovely that you can have another tangle named after a sweet grandchild.
Here is my participation for the amazing IAST 300. What a huge milestone! Thank you for all you do
I traced a Zentangle tile into my sketchbook and added a touch of gold.
Thank you so much, Karen.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful border of Ada, ringed with C-perfs
*golden 300 is worthy of a celebration :)

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
CONGRATULATIONS on IAST 300!! What an incredible milestone. A big thank you for all you do for this community and your amazing blog and challenge. It’s my favorite.
I was going to write Thank You 300x but… :)
Loved the picture of your family. What a gorgeous group. The reunion must have been so much fun and so hard to see end. You are truly blessed.
Here’s to many more weeks of IAST. Sending much love.
You are so kind, thank you, Jody.
Tangled Tidbits -
*sublime Ada variation with C-perfs cascades
*striking tangles and glorious grid work to anchor them

From Annette Bode (Germany) ~
I thank you for your weekly inspiration. I've learned so many new patterns here.
So happy to know you have, thank you, Annette.
Tangled Tidbits -
*bubbling perf filled Ada
*hearts for 100 - lovely!

From Ginger (Oregon, formerly California) ~
In under the wire again! We recently moved 750 miles away and we were without internet. I have been anxiously waiting so I could get this picture to you that I just finished. Congratulations on your number 300 challenge tile!
Congratulations on your move, Ginger - many blessing to you in your new home.
Tangled Tidbits -
*doubled and aura-ed string lines with an N'zeppel background
*long lined Ada flows into lines and rows of 100 and C-perfs

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
300 challenges!! That's amazing, Adele! I haven't been able to contribute recently, but I didn't want to miss this celebration. Thank you, Adele, for all you do for this community! (And, yes, I too have sketched out a pattern or two at church!)
Whew!  I am glad to know I am not the only one, thank you, Sharon :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*striking combination of tangles, browns, black, sparkle...
*300 center and Ada detail

From Antony Visconti (Milan, Italy) ~
Congratulations on this remarkable achievement of #300. I've only been participating in the blog for the last few months but it has become my point of reference in Zentangle experience and a highlight in my week. Thank you for this lovely community and here's to many more IAST's.
Thank you, Antony, so very happy to have you here.
Tangled Tidbits -
*C-perfs and 100 combined to create a beautiful border
*Ada filled string lines in bold contrast

From Jane Rhae, CZT (Indiana) ~
Three hundred prompts and strings, thousands of tangles and tiles, hundreds of artists, countless amounts of effort, encouragement, creativity and fun—-what a wonderful milestone to celebrate! You, Adele, have been our guide, our mentor, our inspiration and the one who has made possible this amazing way for us to share and grow.
Sending you sincere gratitude for what you do every week to fill our hearts with joy and keep our microns moving! Marvelous new tangling adventures await us in the next 100!
Thank you for that summary of IAST and for the kudos, too.  I appreciate you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*one lovely tangle variation for each string section
*Ada filled background spaces

Lastly, this is my tile.  I tangled this in three different sessions and now I see that is very apparent.  My favorite is the area around the 3 with rounded corners everywhere.  It was the last section that I tangled, or I would have drawn the entire tile this way.  I added a few stray black perfs in an attempt to tie it all together.

My heartfelt, endless gratitude to each and every 
"It's a String Thinger".  

Week after week, YOU make this fun, eventful, inspiring, compelling.

Cheers our next milestone!