Monday, December 11, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #222 Tiles

It's another banner day at IAST - we are now represented in 34 countries!
Take a guess as to where our new tangler is from and then read on to find out.  I think you will be amazed. Our second new artist hails from the United States.  See if you can guess her state.

This week we worked with just one, very elegant tangle:  Marie Thomas' Verdigogh.
Inspired by the evergreens of the season, the tiles are just magnificent.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Amy Barnickel (Florida) ~
I know I haven't been able to do much Zentangling lately, but when I saw that this week was #222, I had to do at least a quickie. #2 is my lucky number. I have never added color to a tangle before so I ventured out a little bit with the green in honor of Christmastime.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*white mixed with glorious green 'needles'
*sparkled black berries

From Miriam Gresnigt (The Netherlands) ~
Here's my contribution to this weeks challenge.
It was fun to draw Verdigogh.
Best wishes from the Netherlands,
with zenhug,
Tangled Tidbits -
*square tipped needles
*a stem of rosy berries

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
This may be a new record for me…I absolutely loved this week’s project. It felt so Christmas-y to me.
Hope you are doing well. LOVE your new ebook with Dorian, beyond adorable. I have mine constructed, but not tangled yet.
Sending warm wishes your way.
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you and please send a photo of your completed house.  I'd love to write a post and include everyone's creation.
*thick needles in three variations of color
*blue, black, and red sparkled berries

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my tile for this week’s ‘ It’s A String Thing #222 ‘ challenge
Thank you Adele, for this challenge, it was a lot of fun.
Tangled Tidbits -
*dot tipped pretty green needles
*shadow shading

From Verena (Germany) ~
Best wishes from Germany.
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely accent tangles
*berry filled branches

From Dani (Semarang, Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
Hi, I join your challenge again. Here is my entry for your challenge. I draw at cloudy Friday afternoon. Feels like I wanna go home soon, meet the kids and forget the work deadline. Tomorrow is weekend. Lets meet Monday with new energy.

Tangled Tidbits -
*lots of energy here! - stippled accents and lovely border
*overlapping needles create depth

From Lily (Hungary) ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile with Verdigogh for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wondrous variation in Verdigogh needles
*Tipple filled spaces and border corners

A very warm welcome to Zhou Yanli from China ~
This is my work on this week's challenge. Thank you!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rounded and weighted lines
*Bijou makes a guest appearance
Welcome to our Tangled Map and to our IAST community.  China, along with your name and red pin, have been added to our map.  There are now a total of 34 countries represented here!

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Hi, Adele, I hope you are enjoying this holiday season. I loved your latest challenge with Verdigogh. I was in a Zentangle class where we were given a sprig of rosemary and told to first savor the sight and smell of the herb (easy to do). Then as a deconstruction lesson, we drew Verdigogh in the shape of the rosemary sprig. I’ve loved the tangle pattern ever since. I ended up putting my tile onto a Christmas card for a special friend. Thanks so much for this challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
You were so fortunate to have that experience in class.
*berries balance beautifully among the needles
*shading and touch of green accent the tangle

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Thank you for another fun challenge Adele. I just kept Verdigogh simple as I love the tangle for what it is.
I also want to thank you and Dorian for your FANTASTIC e-Book on Tiny Tangled Houses. Just finished the holiday version, candy canes and all. Such fun!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you on the book compliments - please send a picture when you can!
*wispy branches and long needles
*clusters of rosy red berries

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario) ~
Wasn't too sure what to do with this so I added a ribbon.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*multi-colored berries on a single stem
*shading and highlights on a flowing red ribbon

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you for this wonderful seasonal challenge.
For the first time, I have made my entry on an eco-dyed papertile. I like the special effects , created by using this technique. It was a real challenge to work on such a tile.
I have only drawn one Verdigogh but followed the two other strings with the lovely pattern CO2.
Congratulations with your book and I wish you success!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Ria!
*Verdigogh glows on the hand crafted paper
*lovely white, black, green, and a touch of red

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Verdigogh in red and green for the holidays!
On a watercolor background,,...simple but effective..
 Tangled Tidbits -
*both red and green fill the tangle
*pretty, softly colored background

From Roseann Popa (Washington State) ~
Well this Zentangle didn’t turn out as I had imagined at first! I started it and realized that my initial vision wouldn’t work. I almost scrapped it to start over, but then remembered there are no mistakes in Zentangling ;-) I’m glad I stuck with it as I’m pleased with it!
I used Verdigough, Morf, Tipple, Hollibaugh, Shattuck, and a Chartz adaptation.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Good for you!
*multiple tangles flow from Verdigogh
*beautiful edge created with aura

From Ulrike (Germany) and here on Flickr ~
Here is my entry for the weekly challenge.
I never tangled Verdigough before. But I like it, and I used also Jetties.
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*split branch Veridogh
*sparkled Jetties decorations

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Dear Adele, thank you for this new challenge. In the beginning of my “tangle-time” I didn’t like Verdigogh but (with many others) I love it by now. I turned the tile on the corner and hope that’s ok for you. I added twisted rope and sandswirl, some pearls and some fading tira in a distance. At the moment I’m in a blue mood - but not figuratively :-)
In Europe we wish each other a happy Advent season at this time of year. I don’t know if you do this in the States. But nevertheless, enjoy the Advent season.
Hugs from snow-covered Switzerland
Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, it is a very happy Advent season here - thank you for your good wishes and many more to you!
*graceful lines in beautiful shades of blue
*pearl-like berries

From Laural D, CZT (New York) ~
I was inspired by the recent Project Pack, with the new Gellyroll pens, to just keep it simple, with a white on black tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*simple and elegant tangle
*touch of highlight for each stem and along the border

From Margarete Gilge (Germany)  and here on her blog ~
your sweeping string formed the branches of my first drawing and reminded of pine branches. My addition with stars and moon is very Christmassy. As a contrast to the Christmas tile, I send you my second version with organic and flowery looking patterns.
Thank you again for this interesting challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*creative combination of organic tangles
*deep background and shading add sense of depth

From Sra (India) ~
The spokes in my Verdigogh just didn't get the bushiness or the elegance I saw on the Internet. After several tries, I felt somewhat better about it and got on with it. Among the many renderings of it that I saw, there was one with a fragment-reticula background that seems to have lodged itself in my sub-conscious. I took out the papers from the F-R class that we did and decided on this fragment because I could tweak the rounds to look like the berries in the Verdigogh.
I had done the main central Verdigogh and done one side of the squares on the tile and gone off to a movie. Sometime during the movie, I remembered that the string had two more string lines, one on either side of the central one. So I retrofitted the one on the left and drew the other before filling in the squares on the right. It just struck me that the one on the left looks rather like a candy cane! Or a horseshoe!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*such a fun combination of concepts - all integrated with Veridogh
*detail lines, weighted lines, shading, sparkle, white space - grand details

From Pat (Washington State) ~
Thanks again for a great challenge. Verdigogh is one of my favorite patterns.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*elegantly tapered needles
*wonderful color, crosshatching, weighted lines, and shading

From Susan (Tennessee) ~
Hi Adele! I grew up in North Carolina in Duke Forest. This tangle brought me memories of walking the beds of pine needles and finding berries in the bushes. I became so entranced in this exercise that I was finished before I could think again! Thank you for the respite in North Carolina.

Tangled Tidbits -
What a sweet respite that must have been!
*aura sets the center branch apart
*larger tangle creates an interesting background

From Susie (St. Louis) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*striking berry colors accent the branches
*rounded edges of the main stem and branches

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
This is a nice wintertime pattern. I love the simplicity of it as well as the opportunity to use Hollibaugh effects. This led me to a simplistic theme of a pine sprig - sort of “realism" - rather than a traditional Zentangle pattern. The dusting of snow, aura and shading was an after-thought, but It does make it stand out on the tile a bit.
Happy holidays to all.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful "dusting of snow"
*pine cone, aura, shading, touches of color - wonderful details

From Tonia C (Rhode Island) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*three pretty versions of the tangle
*aura and darkened spaces emphasize the middle branch

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
First, your little houses are adorable! I wish you lots of success with your book. Thanks for this fun challenge! At this busy time of year, it is great to sit quietly for a bit and be mindful, one stroke at a time!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you - your compliments are much appreciated!
*delightful decorations tip the tangle
*green shading and bright red berries

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
I'm a bit out of the loop. Congratulations with the newly published e-Book,
sounds awesome. Also, I unfortunately did not participate in challenge 221,
but tried my hand at it this week so I've included it.
Tile 222 with Verdigough by Maria Thomas, immediately had me including
Cruffle again this week. Both Patterns immediately bring Christmas to mind.
I love the possibilities that Cruffle has in its bag, so most of my bobbles
are variations of the original Cruffle pattern by Wayne Harlow. Of course,
Christmas also means plenty of colour, so I went wild with my Christmasy
decorated Verdigough. What a fascinating challenge with, I'm sure many
delights to enjoy from the participants this week.
Happy holidays to you and all the creative artists who may take part this
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for your good wishes on the ebook - and for sending in both of your beautiful tiles.
*creatively colorful Cruffle baubles
*overlapping and intertwining Verdigogh

A very warm welcome to Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
I love your string challenges, I do not consider myself an artist as in drawing, but, I'm happy with my tiles as I do enjoy the process and how I feel when drawing tangles! Thank you so much for making my life a bit more interesting with with your IAST! I know it is a lot of hard work and I appreciate it!
Lastly, I purchased your e-book that you and Dorian Eng published together! It is amazing! I love and admire both of your works of art! Also, thank you for all of your tips!
Happy Holidays!

Tangled Tidbits - 
And we thank you for your kind compliments - enjoy the book!
*lovely overlapping - even along the doubled border
*sparkled black berries add depth

Welcome to our tangled map and to this wonderful IAST community, Donna ~

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
My contribution. Me and Verdigogh are not friends. My tile looks so empty, but I did not know what to do to give it a bit of oomp.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*overlapping stems shaded to one side
*uniform strokes create an elegant look

From Aileen (Singapore) and here on her blog ~
Thanks for another challenge. I really needed it.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed Verdigogh
*festive Tipple background, shaded inward

These are my tiles ~
After days of decorating the house for Christmas, this exercise was especially relaxing.  Verdigogh - and Maria's ingenious step out for drawing it - have always fascinated me.  I thought to tangle it in three mediums.  The first, in the traditional way.  I tangled the main stem first, then the left one, and lastly the right one.  After filling the first two so tightly, I decided to leave the last one a bit sparse.  Adding the black berries covered up some spots I felt needed a little extra weight.

Using Maria's step out, I completed this second tile with Prismacolor pencils - three shades of brown and and six shades of green.  Since I didn't plan for the berries, I added blue as they showed up against the green.

The third tile I completed with Tombow markers.  After outlining  the stems and berries with a black Micron, I filled in the stems and berries first.  I chose eight glorious shades of green and using the brush tip, used a flicking motion to create the needles.  

And now...

the winner of the random drawing this week is...

Lisette from Switzerland.

Congratulations, Lisette!

Lisette will receive a copy of my new eBook written with Dorian Eng, CZT - Tiny Tangled Houses.

By the way, exemplary reviews are coming in daily for our book.
To order your copy, click on the photo to the top right and tangle away!

Stop by Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #223 -
Our last one for the year 2017!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday House #2 of 5

Here is the second gingerbread inspired house in my five part series ~

Candy Post House by Adele Bruno, CZT

Tangles:  Twisted Rope, Printemps, N'zeppel, Diva Dance,
Flux, Cayke, Beadline, Florz, Gneiss,
Antidots, Festune, Cack
This was actually the first house that I tangled with a gingerbread house in mind.  I wanted to keep the colors limited to the red and green of Christmas and add enough brown to add to the gingerbread feel. 

I found that Diva Dance is wonderful to use as the trunk of a tree.  The top of the tree can take any shape and any number of tangles can be used to fill it in - in this case I simply tangled Printemps with a perf the middle of each one.

This house was also the spring board for my new eBook written with CZT Dorian Eng.  Click the photo in the top right column for more information.

Have fun creating your own!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #222

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

The fresh evergreen wreath that I just hung on our front door fills the entry way with wafts of glorious pine every time the door opens.

Fresh pine reminds me of the treasured tangle Verdigough by Maria Thomas.
It is a blessedly busy time of year, so let's concentrate on this one tangle for the week. 
And concentrate on creating some time and space for ourselves in the coming week to tangle - a challenge for sure!

Let's begin with this string ~

IAST #222 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

Since Verdigough grows as you draw it, feel free to use this string (in any orientation), one of your own, or let the tangle be your string.

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 #219 are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued 

*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' will be 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, December 4, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #221 Tiles

It is December and what better time to tangle some beautiful trees - just what we did this week!

The release of my new eBook, co-authored with CZT, Dorian Eng, was complete just in time for the Christmas season, too.  (Click the photo to the right for ordering information.)

I am excited to say that I will be giving a book away each Monday to one happy tangler from IAST #221, #222, and #223.  Woohoo!  Merry Christmas!

The winner will be chosen at random from the pool of IAST entries for each week.  Have fun and good luck!

Let's take a look at our beautiful trees ~

The first tile arrived from Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I really liked your string with these christmas trees and I decided to use the patterns Cake, Cruffle and Printemps.
I combined them with Arukas and Tipple and I had a lot of fun with tangling this tile :-) So many thanks for this wonderful challenge!
Many greetings from germany
and best wishes
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Arukas bursts make a gorgeous backdrop
*Cruffle garland

From Joke Leussenkamp (Eibergen, The Netherlands) ~
Dearest Adele and fellow tanglers,
Here's my contribution to the challenge, as always it was great fun.
Although I never draw Cake before it fitted well in the other patterns.
The wishes at the banner are for all the tanglers and there love once.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Flux flows from the center outward in each direction
*beautiful Cruffle/Cake combination

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
I am so impressed with the Cake tangle by Una. This was a fun tangle that has so many applications for it’s use. Christmas time brings us a plethora of things we don’t do at other times of year. Trees and all their regalia is one of my visual pleasures, for sure. I added some drama with Cruffle, some wrap-around greens with Flux and the wistfulness of Cake by making it a see-thru roping affect, while listening to Christmas music. What a perfect way to reflect on the past and get in the mood for this coming Christmas. A great big thanks to Una, Sandy, Rick & Maria for some great tangles to blend into this fun piece.
Thanks Adele!
I am so excited about your book and can’t wait to see it.
Tangled Tidbits -
Oh!  I felt all of the glorious Christmas spirit reading your note - and soaking up this tile of goodies, thank you.
*clever wrap around Cake on a see through tree
*loads of Flux and Cruffle bend the beautiful trees
From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Thought a black tile would be nice for the Christmas trees. Unfortunately it was difficult to photograph and show how shiny it was, but hopefully you can see the idea.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*shimmery tangles
*colorful Cake over white 

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Your North Pole Bakery is so cute. Loved it! I got the idea for using flux in this way for the trees quite a long time ago from a tangler whose name I can't remember. So, I would like to thank her and thanks too to many other tanglers whose ideas I have borrowed. Because of your challenges, I am gradually starting to come up with ideas of my own. It always amazes me that with the same string and the same patterns no two tiles are alike.
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you!
Your note is a great boost for IAST - we all learn from each other...
*fabulous use of Flux
*Cruffle tree toppers

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
This was a lovely idea, giving us a chance to decorate our own trees. I kept mine simple, just a bit of Cake for the garlands and some Cruffle ornaments.
Tangled Tidbits -
*diagonal layers of fine lined Cake
*Cruffle bulbs beautifully detailed

From Susie (St. Louis) -
Happy Holidays everyone❄️­čî▓

 Tangled Tidbits -
*gobs of lovely Cruffle bulbs
*flowing Flux, softly shaded

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
This is a very busy week for me so I knew I only had time to draw on tile, so for this time I decided to mix “I am the Diva’s Challenge” (which was to use the new Zentangle pattern “Dewd”) with my IAST tile. After looking at Adele’s wonderful Zentangle Gingerbread House I was excited to get in the Christmas spirit and decided to try Dewd in color, and to my surprise it almost looks like a fourth tree with lights in its trunk and branches ! …When I first read the post really fast I thought I read to use the pattern Cayke, it was only half way thru my tile that I realized it was Cake instead, so I did both ;-0
Have a Joyful Christmas Season everyone!
Tangled Tidbits -
*...and they work so well together, Cake and Cayke!
*festive Dewd in red and green

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I just loved the tree-string! (I had to feature red white and blue on this tile). I may have to do a few more in variations to tuck into some of my cards this year. :-) Very fun - thank you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple filled Flux and Cruffle
*creative combination of Printemps and Flux

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Merry Christmas!
I enjoyed the patterns and string, with a special Thank you to Una for her delightful tangle ‘Cake’
Attached is my tile for this week’s ‘It’s A String Thing #221’ challenge.
Wishing everyone Season Greetings from Australia.
Tangled Tidbits -
*brilliantly colored tangles and wording
*luscious layers of Flux

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
This was a fun exercise to get me right into the Christmas spirit...
I also used another tangle called cayke and some printemps...
Sparkly gel pens and watercolor for the tree colors...
Hope everyone has a great week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*and they work beautifully together!
*sparkled petals of Flux and colorful Tipple and stippling

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) and on her blog ~
Here is my entry for the weekly challenge.
I enjoyed this drawing very much. We became our first snow this week and this challenge is wonderful for this time of the year. Christmas trees are appearing everywhere!
Beside black, gold and white pens, I also used black and coloured pencils and I added a bit of "snow" to create the right atmosphere.
I send you warm regards from snowy Belgium,
Tangled Tidbits -
*a winter wonderland of tangles, framed elegantly with Cake
*beautiful combinations of Flux and Cruffle

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
I'm running out of time this week. So less is more, in words and in tangling. Your three tree string simply filled with Sandy's Cruffle variation #130 - which inadvertently leaves Bales like spaces between, frosted with chalk pencil on a suitably rich green tile!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*what an amazing result - two tangles in one!
*shading, highlights, and white shine a spotlight on the tangles

From Maragaret G (Germany) and here on her blog ~
as background for my ZIA I used the photo of a church interior. One can see decorated glass windows under a wooden ceiling construction. The result should be used as a Christmas card. I decorated the suggested patterns with all sorts of glittering stars. My card is a little bit overloaded though.
Thank you for this interesting challenge!
Best wishes from Germany,
Tangled Tidbits -
*quite a lovely combination of tangles with an image!
*detailed layers of festive patterns

From Sra (India) ~
Work kept me away from Zentangle and other hobbies all of this past month, but I enjoyed doing this tile for the 'daring' that I did. I looked up a few tangled Christmas trees and got the idea for the little red balls from Google Images - the ones I saw were multi-coloured. At first, I only added the red in the tree on the right, but by and by I added colour one by one - I went to the Printemps next, with the green, then I did the centre tree, green and red. I whitened the whites inside the Cruffle and was enlightened to see that the natural white of the paper got whiter - I had not expected it to show up. Then I filled in the little details on Cake with green and orange glitter pens, and the rest of the scallops with green pencil. Green glitter for the trunk. As I arranged the tile for the photo on my table, something told me to wait. I then took my white pen and filled in the white spaces in the Flux tree on the right with white ink. My drawings look wonky and amateurish, but I'm happy.
Tangled Tidbits -
*top tangles blend into Cake trimmed bottoms - very pretty touch
*curves of the tangles add movement to the trees

From Ulrike (Germany) ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for IAST #221.
I´ve combined Flux with Printemps and Cruffle with Shattuck. And I used Ahh.
It was fun again to tangle this string, thank you for your pattern choice!
Kind regards from Germany.

Tangled Tidbits -
*soft and lovely tangles and shading
*clever Flux and Printemps combination

A very warm welcome to Roseann Popa (Washington State) ~
I used your recommended tangles plus Tipple.
This is my first challenge from your blog. I like the idea of this! I’ve been tangling for almost 2 years on my own.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Flux background
*Cruffle features weighted lines, aura, and shading - fabulous!

Welcome to our wonderful community and to our Tangled Map, Roseann!

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
I’m so excited about your new ebook. Can’t wait to get a copy. Congratulations to you and Dorian.
I wish I knew how to take these pictures in better lighting. There is mica paint on here that sparkles, but you can only see it in person.
I guess you will have to use your imagination :o)
I loved this one…
Hope your Thanksgiving was warm and wonderful!

Tangled Tidbits - 
Thank you, we do hope you really enjoy the book :)
*Cruffle/Flux colorful garland
*evergreen Flux complete with berries 
*shining Indy-Rella star

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
First of all, congratulations on your book publication! I'm excited to see more about it. My sister and I just recently published our mom's memoirs on a print-on-demand site (we called it the "Momoir"), so I understand the satisfaction of seeing your work in print!
I started to do this week's trees in Flux, which would have been a fun stylized look, and then I remembered Verdigogh (Zentangle original), which is SO obviously an evergreen bough. So I tried using it for the trees, but something strange happened. Several years ago a CZT showed me a tangle she called "Fractal Tree," and as I was drawing Verdigogh it started behaving like Fractal Tree. (I haven't been able to find it as a tangle, but if you google "fractal tree" you can see lots of examples, plus what a good tangle it would be.) Instead of stems with needles coming off, it turned into stems with stems coming off with more stems coming off with eventually needles. For decorations it seemed like Ahh (Zentangle original) was the obvious choice for the tree topper. The garlands on the trees are a simplified version of Cake. The tree on the right's ornaments are a simplified version of Jetties, and the tree on the left's ornaments are a VERY simplified version of Printemps. The back tree's ornaments are something I call "black beads" ... they're really handy with Verdigogh because you can use them to fill in and balance empty spaces.
Thank you ... this was fun. The free-est I've ever been with a tile. I just sat down and drew. The only thing I consciously changed was that I put the biggest tree in the front.
Again, congratulations!
Tangled Tidbits - 
I googled "fractal tree tangle" and my notes "Tips for Tangling" came up - too funny!
*stunning fractal trees, lovely shapes
*great tip on the darker garland and bulbs and shading adds sense of dimension
Congratulations on your book too, your mother must have been very special.

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Well, when you see cone shapes in December, they naturally become Christmas trees, don't they? Lots of fun -- the string and the tangles! And a perfect start to the Advent season. Thanks again, Adele!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shading under each row of Cake - and the Cake border
*wispy branches of a Cruffle decorated tree

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Flux hangs like mistletoe
*Cake repeats on the lower end much like Sra :)
*darkened background makes the tangles pop

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma City) and here on her blog ~
Hi Adele from Oklahoma City, USA!
I know it's late but I'm trying to catch up on challenges from last week so here is my iast221 tile. I certainly understand if it's too late but I wanted to wish you the best of luck on your lovely new book venture! It looks wonderful! The houses are so cute and I know you enjoyed creating it with Dorian Eng!
I fractalized flux using Eni Oken's lesson on fractalized tangles, inspired by well well well at
I hope to see you much earlier this week! I'm overhauling my blog and it's proving to be quite time consuming!
Thanks for your challenges! Some days it's just the thing I need!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for your good wishes and yes, Dorian is the best collaborator ever.
*a fractalized Flux - fabulous!
*a starry night and glowing tangles

From Lily (Hungary) and on Instagram ~
Dear Adele, here is my entry for your weekly challenge.

Tangled Tidbits -
*Cruffle adorned Flux trees - shading and highlights add wonderful depth
*outlined white Cake
*white highlights on a very pretty combination of colors

And now...

I am pleased to announce...

the winner of this week's eBook:

Tangling Tiny Houses by Dorian Eng, CZT and myself...

Susie from St. Louis.

Congratulations, Susie!

Thank you all for spreading the Christmas joy with your beautiful tangled trees.
Special thanks to the creators of the lovely tangles we used this week:

Cake by Una Wang

Cruffle by Sandy Hunter, CZT

Flux and Primtemps by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts

Be sure to send in your tiles for a chance to win next week's book drawing.

Stop by Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #222!