Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #209

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

IAST #209 also marks the beginning of our 5th year - congratulations one and all!

This week we will create a monotangle with the latest pattern by Maria Thomas:  Spoken.
Won't it be a treat to take some dedicated time to explore this tangle?

For a string, begin with one or multiple circles as Maria illustrates in her step out.  Something like this ~

IAST #209 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

(That looks rather solar eclipse inspired, doesn't it?!)

There is no need for corner dots and a border this time.
Use this suggestion or create one of your own.

The step out for Spoken can be found here (link) in the Zentangle newsletter.  Maria's tiles pictured there are full of inspiration.
Spoken is also referenced on TanglePatterns.

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 are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos, notes, and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

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. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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 21, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #208 Happy Birthday Tiles

Everyone loves a party - and a birthday party is always extra special.

This week we celebrated the fourth birthday "It's a String Thing" by working with some wonderful tangles and my string inspired by four birthday candles.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this wonderful display of celebratory tiles and very sweet sentiments.  Yes, I am blushing.

Thank you all so very much for your outpouring of love and good wishes.  I will keep these notes in a special place and revisit them often.  I treasure this wonderful community of tangling friends.

The first tile arrived from Lily (Hungary) ~
Here is my tile for your fantastic anniversary challenge.
I wish you a Very Happy 4th IAST Birthday!
Sending a big, sincere thanks for all you do and best wishes for the future.
A lot of hugs

From Lori Byerly (Washington State) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations on making four years. What an amazing milestone. Thanks so much for all you do to bless the Zentangle community with your challenges, insights, talent, and generous heart.

From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Happy 4th Birthday!!!! I kept working through this tile, reminding me that there are no mistakes in zentangling (though I am highly rethinking how I did the Wud/Knightsbridge flames). Guess that's what happens when you start a tile and you stop part way! I love the bottom half, which wouldn't have happened if I had not stopped! A reminder of what a difference a day makes!

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
A VERY HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY ! from Australia.
I haven’t been with ‘It’s A String Thing’ for the 4 years but have thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve participated in the challenges.
I love seeing everyone’s lovely tiles and being inspired by them.
And to you Adele – the star of the show for making this happen – you do a marvellous job – Well done!
So I’ll raise my glass and send cheers and best wish to everyone for another 4 years.

From Jutta Gladnigg (NRW, Germany) ~
many, many thanks to you for more than 200 awesome and inspiring challenges!!! Congratulations to this special birthday! Happy 4th!

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
Well, well - here we are at another birthday of your wonderful challenge. I feel so lucky to have been with you for much of the journey - and indulged myself by gazing back over my past celebration tiles. I thought you might like to see them too!
And then to the latest tile - 4 candles, 4 tangles that each deserve the spotlight. But Wud decided to dominate this week, with little pops and twists of the other tangles around each candle.
Well done on 4 years, well done on an enduring and entertaining challenge. Thank you for your commitment, your time, your effort and your love.

From Stephanie Jennifer (Singapore) ~
Happy fourth birthday to your blog. I just had to send in a tile to show support to your wonderful effort of keeping up these IAST challenges. Thank you so much for the work you put in. :)

From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
Congratulations on this major milestone! I've enjoyed every moment I've been part of this. It's always fun and challenging to participate.
I did this week's challenge on a a piece of origami paper. A few weeks ago I found a book full of brightly colored squares. I don't know anything about origami, but the squares look perfect for zentangles!
A big Wow!! for your thank-you card. It's just so amazing!

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Happy Birthday to all! Participating in IAST is always a highlight in my week; I love that it pushes me to learn new patterns and to 'discipline' myself to use a string (I generally just go free form). Seeing the variations in all the submissions inspires me and amazes me - so many talented folks out there! And your kind and encouraging words are the icing on the cake.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with the IAST family!

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations! Wow, 4 years of challenges... You're doing an amazing job!
Keep up the good work!

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Wow 4 years! I started just before your 3rd Birthday and I couldn't believe it when I saw another year had gone by. When I was a kid a year was an enormous amount of time now they flash by. I did one Tangle but I wasn't happy with it so I did a second.
Thank you for having the patience to keep coming back for us each week.

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations Adele on this IAST Fourth Birthday!!! The amount of love, work and dedication you give week after week bringing us this challenge and then posting all the challenge entries with your beautiful encouraging comments is truly incredible!!!... I loved your "Thank you Mandala" with all the IAST participants names , it felt really nice to see my name there and other participants I am familiar with, but I was thinking that WE are the ones that need to thank you for bringing us the joy of Zentangle and allowing us to become part of this amazing loving community. THANK YOU ADELE!!

From Jennifer Wilken, CZT (Hudson Valley, New York) ~
This was a really interesting string to play with! Thanks for the challenge!

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Happy birthday IAST! And congratulations Adele to the celebration. 4 years! That is fantastic! You make such a great job with these challenges and it is a great inspiration to follow them! Thank´s so much giving me the opportunity to be a part of this celebration! I can´t stop wondering what you will do next time!

From Thekla (Berlin, Germany) ~
First wonderful gratulation for your 4 th anniversary!! And a very big Thank You for your marvelously Work for us!
I also want to say thank you for your incredible story of your trip in Italy. I always say, when you are so excited and glowing for your passion, you will see every thing in a different color and everyone will be glowing back to you and you get fortune moments. Myself dreamed of visiting the Olympic Games and we did it in London and it was a so happy weekend with nice and astonishingly people and events.Everything [went] well.
So and by the way my tile for IAST #208. It was suprising a little on the colorful side...

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
I’m back! I feel like I haven’t posted to you in ages. The last few weeks have been very busy, but I couldn’t miss this week because I had to wish you a Happy 4th Birthday!
As it turns out the day you posted #208, Tuesday, was my birthday too! So, Happy Birthday to both of us!!!
Thank you for all you do. I appreciate your challenges and all of the work, time and effort you put in to this for us. I so enjoy participating each week and looking at everyone’s beautiful tiles.

From Aileen (Singapore) and on her blog ~
Happy 4th! Glad to partake in the celebrations! Thank you for the weekly challenge! Rainbows and Raindrops in Sunny Singapore

A very warm welcome to  Cha'Co (France) ~
First, I want to apologize because my English is not very good. My name is Cha'Co (it's my nickname but all my friends call me that) and I live in France.
This is the first time I have participated in this challenge and I loved it ! I don't no if I will participate in every challenge every week but I will try: it will be good for my english !!!

Welcome to our IAST community and welcome to our tangled map, Cha'Co!

From Tharina Durban (South Africa) ~
Happy 4th birthday to "It's a string thing", Adele! I enjoy the weekly challenges and the results tremendously. Hope you will continue to host IAST for many more years to come.
When I saw the post for this week, I felt very festive, so I grabbed my colour pens and had myself some fun!

From Sabine (Germany) ~
A very HAPPY 4th. BIRTHDAY dear Adele!
Thank you so much for all your efforts and creativ ideas to challenged us weekly.
This week 4 lovely pattern, Trella and Wud are new to me and I like them both. After drawing I take a look at the tile and I thought, there is missing something. And so I decided to give the new technic TranZending a try. It's easier as I thought and I like the result.
With sunny greatings from Germany

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for IAST 208.
Congratulations on the fourth anniversary and please keep this going. Thank you for everything you do here.

From Ute (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for your welcome. I’m happy to be on the IAST-World-Map. What a nice idea. And also the Mandala with the names.
Congratulations to your 4th anniversary.
Thank you for your work and passion.
Here is my tile I chose for this week’s challenge.
I made three of them. This one was the second one.
It was really a challenge.
I show the three versions in my blog

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
A very Happy 4th Birthday to IAST. Attached are my wishes in illustration form. I am so impressed with the visuals on the world wide exposure. How wonderful. So glad to be a tiny part of this!!! Thanks.

From Nadine Roller, CZT (Germany) and here on her blog ~
...I am soooo sooooOOOO happy that i could take part at your special challenge this week!!! MANY CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!!!
I appreciate your Blog and Challenge so much!!!!
Here is my contribution to IAST#208, i hope you like it :-)

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Thank you so much for this weekly string challenge! I always marvel at how enthusiastic and positive you are about each entry and how you find original and different things to say about each one. What a lot of work it must be!
A friend from high school recently posted results of her first Zentangle class, so I recommended your site and explained that it had given me back the joy of Zentangle, because I had turned it into something I was trying too hard with. Also, it's good "discipline" (kind of like being in a book group) to be "assigned" certain tangles to use, instead of always just falling back on favorites. Leads to some fun surprises!
This week ...
Copada I never do anything more creative than I did, because I like it so much ... the converging lines give it kind of an automatic 3-D effect, although I shaded it just a bit to enhance it (that's why I doubled up Candle #1, because of the natural curvature). With Knightsbridge (Candle #2) I always enjoy doing the dew-drop, and I thought black would stick out too much so I filled in half of the squares with fine lines. For Wud (Candles #3 and 4) I did a modification so I could write you a message (hint, if you can't see it turn it on its side). And for some reason Trella wanted to "hold hands" so I let it (don't we hold hands to sing "Happy Birthday to You"? If not, we should!).
Thank you ... and thank you for the lovely thank-you Zendala!

From Michele Wynne (California) and here on her blog ~
Congratulations on 4 years of inspiring challenges. Thank you for all you do for this group and the community by presenting It's a String Thing in such a unique and generous format. I love looking forward to the gallery show every Monday whether I've been able to participate or not.
You are amazing!

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Congratulations on 4 years of strings, tangles and tiles! You make it look easy, Adele. Thank you!

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~

Happy 4th anniversary celebration of It’s a String Thing weekly challenges to you. See what I’ve attached as my South African bouquet for you. This is what a shower or two of rain can do in a drought - strickened, area on the west coast of SA. Two and a half weeks ago this indigenous, town garden was bone dry and there wasn’t a flower in sight. Now this photo, taken on Friday, 18 August is my gift to you for all your tireless enthusiasm, creativity, (delicious peaks into your world) and, all your hard work over the last four years, to keep us all participating each week in IAST. I’m sure I’I can vouch for all and say that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed all these zenterludes over the years. Good luck Adele with the new year of IAST.
Thank s to Adele, Margaret, Maria and Joni for this week’s inspiring challenge. I have one concern, Adele what happens on our 5thbirthday with your traditional birthday string? That’s a challenge I’m looking forward to!!
Happy anniversary all.

From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) ~
Happy 4th birthday. Four years of enriching the lives of people all around the world; four years of sharing your talent, passion, love and life with people you haven't even met; four years of kind words and encouragement; four years of being a treasure to the Zentangle community. Please enjoy the celebration.

From Ria Matheussen (Belgium) ~
Thank you so much for the great job you are doing for us tanglers all over the world.
Congratulations for your 4 th birthday. I hope to join very regulary in the future.
Warm regards and all the best from Belgium

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
... Happy fourth birthday to your baby ... It's A String Thing ... and many more!!
Fun, fun, fun prompt ...
Cheers to all that is good in our world!

From Simone Menzel, CZT (Germany) and here on her blog ~
First of all I send you my congratulations to your 4th anniversary with the IAST challenge. Four years are a long time and I am proud to say that I have shared two of them with your challenge! I remember my first contribution very well.... it was IAST#101, shortly after the 100 (I know I saw your 100tangle and decided to take part to IAST soon..)
I drew the tile with two candles (#104), with three candles (#156) and now with four candles .I wonder how the time will run and we draw five of them ;-).
Thank you very much for the motivation and encouragement, for your beautiful "Words of Wisdom", your "Tips For Tangling..." and the insights into your tanglng life.
Sometimes it seems like I know you for ages, like a good friend...
This is now my contribution to your IAST#208. I hope you enyoy it! The background has been created by my CZT-friend Sabrina, she dyed the paper with soft pastell and gave me some tiles to use. I thought it were appropriate to this challenge

From Vena C (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Happy 4th Birthday IAST. What is a party without colour and some balloons!

From Susie (Thailand) and here on her blog ~
Happy birthday to IAST and thanks to you for giving birth to this great idea 4 years ago. Please forgive my candles. They got a bit soft in their knees and almost melted off the tile. However, I managed to get Knightsbridge in; Wud as well; remaining Trella pieces at the top and bottom; and Copada…it’s in flames.
Also tons of thanks for that amazing contributor wheel. Needless to say, I had to check whether you may have forgotten my name, but no, it is there! West of the middle, 9th row; or 10th row from the outside in. It didn't have the (Thailand) identifier, but I take just "Susie" anytime.

From Lynn Gotham (Florida) ~
A Very Happy Birthday IAST.

From Jessie Plouffe (Connecticut) ~
It's been a looong time since I've submitted a tile, and this week seemed like a great time to send one in instead of just lurking and admiring :). Happy fourth birthday to IAST!

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Happy 4th Birthday to the IAST Community! What a wonderful accomplishment, Adele. Thank you so much for your challenges. This week's Wud tangle was new to me and I love it. I got my pastels out and had a zenful time adding color to my tile.

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
A hale and hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Adele on this anniversary, and a joyous celebration to all fellow IASTers!
That said ... a string of candle shapes with flames and a bit of negative background, and four (count them, FOUR) tangle patterns - oh my - and my brain nearly exploded. Try as I might (several ruined tiles later) I couldn't get all four patterns to happily interact (not that they can't, and I'm anxious to see how others accomplished the feat). So I thought I'd try to see the string as merely spacial shapes and not "candles" and I'm rather pleased with the result, especially Knightsbridge which on a curved grid became more harlequin than checkerboard.
Tile #2 incorporates all four patterns too, albeit in a more festive fashion. Alternating strips of "vanilla" and "chocolate" cake form the four layers of the celebratory confection (I actually saw this done once - yummy) decorated with cream cheese frosting and delicate Trella swirls. (Sadly, among my other myriad talents - HA! - cake decorating is not one of them, as all can tell.)
The Grecian-look border just inside the Copada surround is actually the numerals 5 and 2, ie. 52 weeks in a year, both right side up and upside down (for as anyone with too much time on their hands at work can tell you, the numerals 5 and 2 are mirror images when you turn the calculator upside down). And even though there are four sides, I placed the number 4 in each corner too.
Four years of fifty-two IAST challenges - Hazzah - and looking forward to that, and many, many more to come. You're the best, Adele.

We have been treated to all manner of birthday surprises - even birthday cake!
Thank you all so very much.  It warms my heart to belong to such a loving and talented community.

Many thanks to the creative minds behind the patterns we used along with my string and Trella ~

Knightsbridge - by Maria Thomas

Copada by Margaret Bremner, CZT

Wud by Joni Feddersen, CZT

IAST #209 - The beginning of our 5th year will be pushed back one day - tune in on Wednesday afternoon for the details.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Thank You

My Thank You Zendala - For each and every contributor to "It's a String Thing" over the past four years.
Made with love and gratitude by Adele Bruno, CZT

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #208 - A Very Happy 4th Birthday!

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is also the two hundred eighth time we have met here to learn new tangles, renew aquaintences with old ones, and delve into creating tiles together with the same string in mind.

Week after week, the inspiration is astounding.  Thank you one and all for your creative and generous hearts.

This week we begin - as we have on our previous birthdays - with a celebratory string ~

Above is an illustration of how to draw the string in one continuous line - one of my favorite things to do.

The tangles we will use include several that we have used in past challenges ~

Knightsbridge - by Maria Thomas
My Tips for Tangling Knightsbridge can be found here.

Trella - my latest tangle on TanglePatterns

Copada by Margaret Bremner, CZT

Wud by Joni Feddersen, CZT

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns 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 are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos, notes, and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

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. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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

"It's a String Thing" #207 Tiles

This week we concentrated on one new tangle by Jenna Black called Cross-Ur-Heart.

One tangle, one string, and each tile brings its own spin on both - simply amazing.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
here is my contribution to your challenge 207. I enjoyed to draw it.
Thank you for your engagement.
Best wishes from Germany.

Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely variations of the tangle 
*hues of blue in tangles and shading

From Jenna Black (North Carolina), the creator of Cross-Ur-Heart - thank you for your beautiful tangle!
Hi, Adele. It's been a long time since I've done an IAST challenge, but how can I resist when you're doing my tangle? (Also, for once I was not in the middle of some other piece when I got the email.) This is my Cross-Ur-Heart monotangle. The background is done with Distress Ink, and the shading is done with colored pencils with just a few white gel pen highlights. I have a whole pile of Distress Inked tiles waiting to be tangled on, and this one just seemed to lend itself perfectly to this week's string. I can't wait to see everyone's finished tiles!
Tangled Tidbits -
*perf filled hearts
*weighted lines, sparkle, and complimentary colors

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I was delighted by your choice of tangles this week. I've been wanting to do some circular patterns, and just this Monday I bought a compass. So Cross-ur-Heart made a perfect beginning for me. Yes, it's not a monotangle and I didn't follow the string, but I'm very happy with my results.
Tangled Tidbits -
* glorious zendala - begins and ends with Cross-Ur-Heart
*tangle creates a scalloped outer edge

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant elongated center hearts tipped with smaller ones
*Tipple filled variation

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Another great tangle this week, I had so much fun I just wanted to keep tangling and tangling.
Thanks Adele.
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed center tangle billows outward
*gorgeous dimension, pops of perfs, and vine-like curls

A very warm welcome to Alma Sánchez (Spain) ~
Here's my version of this week's pattern Cross-ur-heart with a variation of Backflip.
Tangled Tidbits -
*one large section of the tangle with dot accents
*additional tangle adds a fancy aura
Welcome to IAST and welcome to our tangled map, Alma!

From Lily (Hungary) and here on FB ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*each string section features its own beautiful version of the tangle
*shading and aura add wonderful sense of depth

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Thank you for adding me to the tangled map. It is such a pleasure looking forward to your e-mails every week.
This weeks challenge is all about hearts and I can't draw hearts, I thought. stroke at a time.......and yes, I can.
Regards from the heart:)
Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it remarkable how that works?!
*center cluster reaches to the outer four corners
*tight to wider line spacing, along with soft shading, add wonderful depth

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I continued with my mandala theme this week as the Cross Ur Heart seemed to fit quite well. I also did my first white on black design for a few years. I bought new white and silver pens last week and I am quite pleased with the results.
Tangled Tidbits-
*another beautiful zendala - very lace-like
*elements of the tangle repeat from the center outward

From Aileen (Singapore) and here on her blog ~
Here's my cross-ur-heart monotangle!
Never tried it before so thank you for the challenge :)
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning layers of Cross-Ur-Heart
*variation in line direction, dense and light spaces, light and dark, touches of color

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Thank´s Adele for one more great challenge! To me it was a challenge to use Cross-ur-heart with this string! But I did go for it and this is the way it Went.
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangle bursts through the border and creates a stunning edge
*wonderful details and aura

From Michele Wynne (California) and here on her blog ~
I've been so sadly truant from IAST in recent weeks with all other manner of distraction, but I was so inspired by the opportunity to use 'Cross-Ur-Heart" since seeing it pop up here and there in my various feeds (a surprise considering I have a curmudgeonly aversion to heart shaped patterns).
I've been a bit obsessed with some new pens (which I had absolutely no business buying) that prompted me to explore uncharted territory when I discovered that the pens were not waterproof. I did some process pics on my blog this week of how this tile evolved.
Anyhoo, thanks so much for all you do here.
Tangled Tidbits -
*soft, beautifully highlighted and shaded perfs float above the tangles
*a different version for each string space

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
The path of love doesn't always run smoothly - and the heart can skip a beat from surprise or fear. I lost my way a number of times drawing Cross-Ur-Heart - a tangle I'd drawn before with seeming ease. But I still enjoyed getting lost in all those little lines, and some heavy shading helped to obscure some of my larger mistakes!
Tangled Tidbits -
*gloriously shaded tangles billow off the edges of the tile
*thickened border weaves creatively through the tangles and gathers littler ones

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I sketched out another one and it looked too crowded. Now this one looks a bit sparse. This was another new tangle for me to practice.
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning stripes and sparkle
*curls and curves topped with flower-like Cross-Ur-Heart

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
My Cross-Ur-Heart is not quite aligned right but, oh well, I tried. I really like the new tangle and hope to draw it a bit better in the future. My background was created with Color Burst powders. Was fun working with colors this week. Thanks for your challenge, Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
*contrasting line work in the tangle - rounded and straight
*aura, doubled string line, and C-Perf center line

This is my tile ~
I had all good intentions of adding sparkle and striping when I began Cross-Ur-Heart, but the soothing rhythm of filling in the hearts was so relaxing that I just gave way to it. I love this pattern and I especially love the art of adding aura in this fashion.
After aura-ing the smaller ones to one side, I added curls, a few dots, and some shading.

A very warm welcome back to Juul (France) ~
You can not imagine how happy I am to finally participate again. I allways follow all the challenges ofcourse and enjoyed your italian journey!!!
Last week I loved the Pach so much that I used it in this weeks tile....
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back, Juul!
*deep dark and light contrasts
*two beatuful variations of Cross-Ur-Heart

From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
* bold stripes and sparkles
*red fill for the string sections

A very warm welcome to Ute Andresen (Germany) ~
here is Ute Andresen from the North of Germany. For the first time in your challenge of It’s-a-string-thing.
For three years I’ve been tangling from time to time. But now the time has come I think I’m “really tangled”.
It was great joy and pleasure for me to tangle this string thing # 207. Thank you!
Here is the link to my blog page, where I have written some more about this experience:
 Tangled Tidbits -
*flower-like variation - each beautifully detailed
*black background highlights the tangles

Welcome to our IAST community and to our tangled map, Ute...

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Just in time! Herewith my entry for IAST 207. I’ve never tried Cross-Ur-Heart, it’s a great pattern. Thank you for the inspiration, Adele. I tried gems in heart shape, which was quite a challenge. I shaded with a dark brown pencil which creates softer shadows than graphite but it’s more difficult to smudge.
Looking forward to Monday (i.e. Tuesday in Switzerland :-)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful detail added with additional tangles
*shading, sparkle, and a touch of color

From Susie (Thailand) and here on her blog ~
Sawasdee Adele, and greetings from Thailand,
Attached my contribution to your IAST 207 challenge featuring the tangle Cross-Ur-Heart. I made 3 tiles and it was hard to leave the two others at home. My decision which to send to you fell on the somewhat off version of Cross-Ur-Heart with the Ginkgo leaves and an attempt to the now popular TranZending trend. I am sure you will get a lot of them for this challenge; the simple string is too inviting to miss out. And no, I vehemently object, I did not forget to color that one Ginkgo leave in the corner. I have no idea why it is there in the first place. I certainly didn't put it there! I absolutely did not. "Cross-My-Heart" and hope to die!
I loved this challenge, Adele. Kop Khun Maa Kha (Thank you)
 Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it funny how those lines take on a life of their own?!
*a symphony of color, line, shading, and highlights
*tranzending adds even more depth

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~
here comes my tile for iast #207. I chose to use cross-ur-heart along the string rather than create some flowerlike shapes. I then enjoyed auraing again an again.
All the best wishes from rainy Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*very creative use of the tangle
*rounded corners of the angular aura lines and wonderful shading

From Lovelygiraffe (Japan) and on Istagram ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles grow from one central cross
*middle string space filled with line lined blushing tangles, highlighted and shaded

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I have been experimenting with colored pencil on Dura-Lar Matte film this past week (have you worked with this film at all?). I had a small piece left over, so I decided to cut it to size and use it for this week's challenge. Micron pen on the front - pencil shading on the back. I love the smooth finish and the buttery feel of the pen upon this film, it just flows! (Hope it's okay that I used this rather than traditional paper) I was tempted to add color, as the pattern wound up looking a bit like stained glass, but I like the contrast of just the black and white. Lovely challenge and pattern, as always!
Tangled Tidbits -
I have not worked on this film, it takes shading beautifully.
*two pretty versions of the tangle, both with aura
*wonderful white space

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely line work - so many detail lines and aura
*deep shading of the overlapping tangles

From Veena Arun, CZT (Redmond, Washington) and here on her blog ~
Here’s my tile for challenge#207. I had a lot of fun doing this tile. I had never used this tangle before and doing a monotangle was a lot of help in understanding the possibilities. So, thank you for this challenge 
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous variations of Cross-Ur-Heart - striped, sparkled, curved and straight-lined
*in the top left, notice the line detail, especially in the hearts

A very warm welcome to Lynn Howell (New York) ~ 
This is my first submission to your tangle challenge and I really enjoyed this one. (I would’ve touched up a bit today, but it appears my cat helped herself to my blue micron pen last night, so it will have to do as is.)
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful blues, highlighted and shaded
*variation to the left, has a flowering center
Welcome to our tangled map and to our IAST community, Lynn!

From Gesine (Germany) ~
I think I missed every single challenge since IAST #189 – just too much to do since our flat has now been restored to normal (and we “only” have to put back everything in place :-/). Now I finally managed to get one done again. Thanks for the motivation!
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangle radiators from one corner of the tile - plant-like inner aura
*white spaces add to the lightness of the tangle

From Teddy (Maryland) ~
Thanks for the new challenge. It was fun trying different embellishments for the Cross-Ur-Heart tangle.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three variations of the tangle - wonderful use of light and dark in the details
*shaded aura

From Pat (Washington) ~
Thank you once again for a great challenge
Tangled Tidbits -
*one small and one larger, lovely tangle
*lines and dots, shading and color

A very warm welcome to Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
I am a new-bee. Just joined your group about 10 days ago. This is my first submission. Love doing these challenges, although I have a lot to learn about submitting them.
Thanks, this is a fun and talented group!
Here we go with # 207: Thru the Looking Glass
Tangled Tidbits -
*tranzending continues as curves move outward
*deep background and dots added outside the border
Welcome to our wonderful world here and to our tangled map, Karen!

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
I loved monotangle #207. Mostly because I 💜 hearts!
Tangled Tidbits -
*three layers of hearts for each tangle and one large rounded border of single ones
*just one layer sparkles

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
After several days as a no-show (and dashing my hopes that he had succeeded elsewhere), my little red dragonfly is back. One must have sympathy for this lovesick Sympetrum, especially since he has but seven short months to find his true love, and instead he spends his mornings flirting with himself in my windshield.
Or perhaps he's merely narcissistic? In any case I honored him in my first tile, flitting amongst a variety of blooming Cross-Ur-Heart flowers. What a fun pattern with myriad variation potential, I must admit, even though I could almost hear Adele saying, "And you know who you are, Marla," when she mentioned hearts not being one's favorite shape. And the way the placement develops into a circular pattern naturally gave rise to the desire to work it into a zendala.
I do so love exploring the different ways of rendering a pattern ... even if it is hearts! Thank you, Adele, for nudging me outside my fondness zone.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Oh, that poor red dragonfly - our hearts go out to him!
*three versions of the tangle - each with its own beautiful details
*glorious burst of the tangle - love the little white inner hearts
*a zendala inside a square, complete with beautiful detail

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Lovely challenge this week. Cross-ur heart by Jenna Black is a super zentangle pattern with masses of possibilities. Will become a favourite of many I’m sure. Thank you as always for stretching my hand. Also on my blog
Have an amazing week Adele and all this week’s participants.
Tangled Tidbits -
*countless wonderful details for each version of the tangle
*clusters and single file hearts - all softly shaded

From Robin Steinbeck (Painesville, Ohio) ~
Love ❤️ this week's challenge ‼️
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura surrounds the overlapping tangles
*stripes and perfs - stripes run in various directions

From Karen Buse (California) ~
I knew I wanted stripes on the hearts but after I colored them in I thought "Oh no, too much black, now what?" Counter intuitively I added more black. That seems to have solved the problem which tells me it was more an issue of balance and contrast then too much black. I wish my brain had been in a space to leave gaps in the black for the highlights but I just couldn't see where I was going at the time. Thank goodness for white jelly roll pens!
Thanks for another great challenge and learning experience
 Tangled Tidbits -
*a wonderful contrast of light, dark, and in between
*cross-hatched background
*added curls flow from the tips of the tangle and also create a beautiful border

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire all of us and help build this wonderfully supportive IAST community.

Kudos to Jenna Black for her fabulous  Cross-Ur-Heart.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #208 -
our 4th Birthday Celebration!