Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #201

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

...and the start of our third 'century' together - what a treat!

You won't want to miss the tiles for our 200th celebration.  They will be posted this coming Thursday.

In the meantime, we will be 'channeling' good thoughts as IAST #201 begins with this string ~
IAST #201 by Adele Bruno, CZT
Feel free to turn the string in any direction that appeals to you.

We will use these three channel line grid tangles ~

Beebug by Sarah Fowler
This newly published tangle is simple and sweet, yet open to any number of ways to enhance it.

HekZee by Carole Ohl, CZT (and here on TanglePatterns
You will notice in Carole's step out, that the lines do not necessarily line up.  In fact, the tangle gains a more interesting look when they do not.  The dark spaces of this pattern will add some weight to our tiles.

Leaflet by Helen Williams (and here on TanglePatterns)
It has been a long time since we used this elegant tangle.  Below are a few notes of mine (from years ago!) that you may find helpful ~

Leaflet Tips for Tangling by Adele Bruno, 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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos 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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Time to Celebrate!

This week marks a milestone together:  "It's a String Thing" #200.

Please take a look at the challenge and come join in the fun - click here for all of the delightful details.

I will extend the deadline to Tuesday evening, June 27th and will post the results on Thursday, June 29th.

At first glance, the challenge and featured tangle, C-Perfs, might seem a bit too simple, but I encourage you to give it a try.

Lizette (from Switzerland) wrote this about her entry...
First I was kind of disappointed by the "simple" C-Perfs Tangle, but after playing with it in my sketchbook I fell in love with it. It always amazes me how versatile "simple" patterns can be. I really enjoyed this challenge - thank you, Adele.

I look forward to hearing from you, too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fabulous Fabriano Part VII

Our trip to Fabriano, Italy, continues...
(Here are the links to past posts, just in case you are just joining this journey:  Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart V, Part VI)

We exited the second floor of the museum down a side staircase, walked back along the courtyard, and into the gift shop.  This time, it was packed with eager shoppers.  So many in fact, that we decided to make our purchases when the museum re-opened after lunch.  

It was baffling, still, for us to imagine that this now crowded space was the vary same gift shop that we entered just a few hours earlier, when we were greeted and ushered into a movie viewing room all to ourselves.

Upon the advice of the gift shop's cashier (a younger, very personable, English speaking gentleman), we left the building and headed for a cafe located in a piazza around the backside of the museum.  On the way, as I mentioned in Part VI, we stopped by the car to pick up my tangling supplies as I wanted to make a gift for our tour guide, Claudia.

Our car was parked on the east side of the museum, this street was on the north side:

It opened up onto a quaint cobble stone piazza with a pretty, central fountain (to the left in the photo below) and straight ahead was the corner cafe.  

The cafe was packed.  Many of the patrons wore name tags that identified themselves as the featured watercolor artists (from all over the world) whose work was currently on exhibit at the Paper and Watermark Museum.  Their beautiful pieces were on display in the hallways of the second floor.   So much excitement in so many different languages - it was invigorating.  But there was a line to get a table, and nowhere to sit to wait.

Standing where I took the photo above, this was our view to the left ~

And the museum was to our right...

...the evidence of the once Benedictine monastery in full view.

Just beyond the corner of the building, I noticed a small ledge at the base of an iron fence.   Lou stayed in line for a table and, in search for a quieter spot, I perched myself on the far end of the curb and began tangling.

From this vantage point, I was catercorner from the cafe, in view of Lou when he waved that a table was open for us.  Lou took this picture from where he stood ~
A note here about yet another magical event in this journey.   When I was packing my art supplies for the trip, I opened a bulk pack of zendalas that I had ordered last month from Zentangle®.  To my complete surprise, the top four tiles were watermarked.

That was a first.  In the years that I have ordered and tangled on zendalas, not once have I used, or even seen a watermarked tile.

The standard 3.5" square tiles used in CZT seminars and at zenAgain carry the watermark - a special treat from Rick and Maria.  One CZT told me that one in forty of those tiles are watermarked, as tiles are cut from larger sheets of the Fabriano paper.

When I pulled those watermarked zendalas from the box, I could hardly believe my eyes.  It prompted me to grab one of my Tickled to Tangle frames and stash it in my suitcase, knowing that it would come in handy to display one of these treasured tiles.

Fast forward to Fabriano, and here I was, sitting on a stone ledge, outside of the Paper and Watermark Museum, and now tangling on one of those watermarked zendalas.  Claudia, I was certain, would appreciate the gift of it.

I finished the tile after we enjoyed a delicious lunch - and because we were in Italy - a lovely glass of wine. Yum!
I love how tangles capture moods and moments and this one fit both just right.  My tangle Uncorked sprung from the middle and I embellished it with Zinger and Ahh.

I spread my scarf on the edge of the table, placed my zendala on it and took this photo~

And this one of the back ~

The watermark is visible to the top left.  One little Ann (my first and very sentimental tangle) graced the back.  With so much to be thankful for, I added "Grazie".  When I wrote that bottom line, my eyes stung with tears and I must confess, they still do when I read it.

I mounted the tile on my frame, re-wrapped it, and we headed back to the museum with two goals:  to thank Claudia with this gift, and to purchase paper from the gift shop.

At the Paper and Watermark Museum's front door,
holding my framed, watermarked zendala
in Fabriano, Italy

To be continued...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #199 Tiles

It is good to finally be caught up with posting the results of the most current IAST adventures in tangling.  

Thank you all for you the good wishes for the newlyweds, Catherine and Oswald.  The wedding was glorious and the celebration was absolutely joyous.  Here is photo proof ~

A bubbly send off for the newlyweds - Oswald and Catherine
They returned home from their honeymoon (Catherine to her job and Oswald to medical school) brimful of promise for a bright future filled with faith and love.  It does a heart good and fills the world with hope, doesn't it?  God is good. *sigh*

For this week's challenge, the first tile arrived from Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
It continually amazes me when I see two tangles that I wouldn't put together become such a perfect pair. Thanks for the challenge and opportunity to think outside my comfort tangles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*comma strokes repeat in Wired
*single comma stroke in the center sections of Apacore

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
...Delightful patterns again this week. But for Apacore, I saw strawberries, not apple cores. Then I thought why not modify Wired and have tiny berries hanging down. It was a lot of fun working on this! Thanks for the challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a yummy variation complete with green tops and dotted accents
*curly version of Wired

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
...Thank you for introducing me to Apacore, fun Tangle.

Tangled Tidbits -
*billowing layers of Apacore
*curved Wired border

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
I just loved the tangle ‘Apacore’ and it brought a smile to my face as I can hear littlies saying that.
My Tile started out as Apacore but ended up more like an apple blossom.
I have attached my tile for this week’s ‘It’s A String Thing #199’ Challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*great sense of layering created in the cluster of plump purple Apacore
*wisps of longer and shorter comma strokes

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
A quick entry this week from my notebook. The Tickled to Tangle email came through while I was watching television coverage of the big fire in London this week. I set to the challenge as I continued to watch and it gave me a welcome break to focus on something else for a while.
Our hearts go out to all who suffered losses in that tragic fire...
Tangled Tidbits -
*varied shapes for Apacore centers
*strokes overlap above the initial comma strokes of Apacore

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
Thanks Adele for another fun challenge! This was my first time using "Apacore" and I loved it! I started at the center of the tile with a few "Apacores" and before I knew it became a wedding bouquet....Again Congratulations to Adele's family on her daughter's wedding, how exciting! ... so continuing with the idea, I decided to use the string to create some kind of ribbons and decorate them with "wired" tangle.
Greetings from Canada !
Tangled Tidbits -
*Wired trimmed ribbon
*lovely creative corsage created with Apacore, complete with 'sprays'

From Lin H (Florida) ~
Both Apacore and Wired were new tangles for me and I like them both. I ended up with a simple tile. Maybe I'll be more adventurous next time I use them. Congrats on your upcoming 200th challenge, Adele. Did you ever imagine reaching this milestone?! I continue to enjoy your Italy/Fabriano vacation postings. Keep 'em coming!
Thank you, Lin.  No, I would not have imagined it and I have so enjoyed the ride and meeting lovely people like you!
Tangled Tidbits -
*three variations of Apacore
*shadow shading of Wired

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
I really like this new tangle.
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkled, dark centers of Apacore
*softly shaded tangles

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I'm attaching my tile for IAST199, and also sending along a ZIA that I did of one of our hummer babies from this spring. My husband took this photo on the day they started exploring outside the nest. I had seen the Diva challenge involving tangling around a picture and decided this would be a good way to keep a memory of this little cutie! He(she) and its sibling were the sweetest, most entertaining pair we have had to date. They stayed with us for a week before flying off for parts unknown.Loved learning Apacore - such a fluid tangle. I think it will be in my list of fav's for sure. Cannot wait to see what you have in store for #200!
Thank you so much for sending this beautiful ZIA, Mariam.  What a blessing it must be to watch hummingbirds hatch and learn to fly.   

Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty grouping of Apacore - notice the little comma strokes flitting off on their own
*shadow shading of Wired

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
So happy to hear the wedding was wonderful! Here is my 199 tile..looking forward to 200!!!!
Still loving your Fabriano adventures! Boy, this is a lot of exclamation points…
Yes, that is a lot of exclamation points and I appreciate each one :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*Apacore 'seeds', black and sparkled
*fine lines, sparkle, and shading - beautiful details

From Lynn Gotham (Florida) ~
I did your challenge on a distressed ink tile. Wired looks more like stitched on leather :(. Fun challenge as usual Adele. Thank you.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*beautiful leather stitching, that is
*highlighted centers and curves of Apacore

From Sabine (Germany) ~
Apacore and Wired are new to me. Both are lovely. First it was difficult for me to combine the pattern with the string. But in the end, after shading, I'm satisfied with the result.
Many greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkle, striping, shading, aura - wonderful details
*centers of Apacore free float

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany), a few treats...

Heinrike snapped this photo while traveling in Lisbon, Portugal.  She noticed that the trim on this little building resembled my 100 pattern. (Click here to see the step out)  Isn't that fun?!

She wrote:
This week I’ve been tangling a lot on some tiles I stained with onion skins and red wine. First I did a tile for the diva challenge using Margaret Bremners lovely DANSK, then two more and at last the one for your #199. For this I created a tile with three circles (parts of them) to get a string as similar as possible to the one you gave us. It’s a coincidence that one of them is almost completely filled with color but that’s most welcome. Isn’t his a lovely bright color?! It’s only onion skins...

This is so striking and yes, I do like that one section filled with color.
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning combination of tangles, black and brown, and onion skin colored rings
*in the bottom right tile, notice how Wired rims the circular shapes

From Ellie Miller, CZT (Sint Maarten) ~
Lost the string as I tangled, and combined apacore and wired, and added henna drum and crescent moon done in ink with graphite auras. I lost the string after tangling henna drum along the near side of one string element and the far side of another.
Found this to be a very difficult challenge for me, with several tiles scrapped because they weren't working out and just looked too busy.
Thanks for the opportunity to try this challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
*flowery centers for Apacore
*weighted lines, shading, and aura add depth

From Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
Apacore was so much fun to draw! Thank you so much for pushing me out of my comfort zone with IAST. Life-long learning is a wonderful thing!
Tangled Tidbits -
*airy centers of Apacore with Wired centers
*details of Tipple, shading, and aura

From Tonia (Rhode Island) ~
I used watercolor pencils on this tile as a trial. Apacore was a fun new tangle to learn. I used Trella as it seem to flow with the theme. Thanks again Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
*pleasing combination of tangles
*Wired string lines and single, colorful Apacore

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
Thank you so much for your continuing travelogue! I feel like I'm there with you.
The combination of tangles and string was pretty challenging, I must admit. I like Apacore very much. I love the beginnings of a heart and the little 5-pointed star that results. I was challenged by adding Wired to it. Wired seemed to be named for its "electrical" properties. Then I thought about being "wired together". And with all events of the last week and general state of US and world affairs, I thought about how we're all cobbled together in the world. How we need to start pulling together, to respect each other, to reach out, and, dare I say, start loving each other. Yep, all these thoughts with pen to paper. In the meantime, Wired morphed a bit to Laced, but I like the outcome.
Tangling really does bring peace.
Tangled Tidbits -
*laced lines of Wired
*sparkle and stripes for Apacore centers

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Apacore is a lovely, flowing pattern, similar to the feeling of our recently applied Tint, although to me it felt a bit more floral. So much so in fact that I was inspired to make a corsage when I looked over my sketches (getting those pips right took a bit of exercise). And while Wired is a neat pattern, I was a bit stymied as to how to integrate it with Apacore (can't wait to see what others have done), so I added a variation of it, if you will, like those paper tapes of straight pins seamstresses use... to attach the bouquet to your dress, especially for those of us who either didn't get to go to prom or went with someone other than our heart's desire. Sigh.

Ah, what a image and accompanying thought, thank you, Marla.
True story:  A dear husband of a friend of mine, who never attended her high school prom, threw a prom themed birthday party for her complete with limo, corsage, and gown.  Sigh.
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous variations of Apacore, complete with buds
*straight pins on tape variation of Wired - genius.

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Congratulations and best wishes to your daughter and newest son-in-law! What a joyous season you are having!
An off week for me in many ways ... Apacore gave me a go ... I tried adding enhancements ... meh ... tried various angles and sizes ... meh. I settled for small clusters of 5 Apacore and added Wired as the baby's breath to the nosegays.
Shading was what gave the tile a little life.
I'm going to be looking closely at this week's tiles for alternative ways to approach such a delicate tangle.
Cheers to you and all your family celebrations!
These floral inspirations are wonderful!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*clusters of Apacore, delicately shaded with the initial comma strokes left white
*'baby's breath' variation of Wired is very creative

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
...to this week IAST. I had a wonderful tangle journey with Apacore by Lori Manoogian. The pattern just flowered and grew and as usual, the artwork became, a shading experience. Wired by Suzanne Mc Neill puzzled me for a moment, until I decided to curve the straight lines and embellish them with delicate apple pips and they took on an appearance of leafy tendrils. All in all a great experience.
Happy tangling all
Tangled Tidbits -
*many pleasing light and dark details:  alternating sections of the aura, the Wired 'pips', the orb filled centers...
*curved and 'pip' tipped Wired

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Dear Adele. I want to thank you for being honored in IAST 197! It warms my heart and I feel very honored! Here comes my entry for IAST 199! I loved this challenge. It brought me back to basics and that is what I appreciate the most with tangling!
With warm thoughts and greetings
Tangled Tidbits -
*a shadow shaded Wired border
*large, curved centers of Apacore

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Susie from Thailand ~
Attached my entry to IAST 199 using Apacore and Wired. Not much of Wired, but by the time I was done with Apacore, I couldn’t find a suitable place for Wired, but the border.
A fun challenge again, Adele, and thanks to you a new tangle has joined my collection.
Tangled Tidbits -
*gorgeous blues,
*a long comma stroke for each Apacore curve in the top variation
*one dark, highlighted comma stroke in the center of Apacore
*deep, color infused shading
*pin-like Wired

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

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 the artists behind our featured tangles:
Apacore by Lori Manoogian, CZT

Wired by Suzanne McNeill, CZT

Continued thanks to all for the compliments on the posts of our "Paper Pilgrimage" to Fabriano, Italy.  Part VII is coming on Thursday ♡.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #200 - Woo-Hoo!

...200 challenges and a new tangle to help us celebrate.

It's Tuesday, your good news day!
It is also the marking of our 200th "It's a String Thing".  Congratulations to all you wonderful tanglers who, week after week, send in beautiful tiles. 

I am grateful to each and every one of you - whether you participate occasionally or consistently, you are a cherished member of our community here.  

To mark this special occasion, I have something new for us to play with - a tangle I've named
C-Perfs. Perfs have a long history in Zentangle®.  Maria Thomas introduced them and they are one of the most widely used tangles in the method.  The combination of these orbs and the letter C is what make C-Perf such a happy tangle.

Below is a brief background on the origin of the tangle, multiple variations of it, and the step outs, followed by this week's challenge.  Grab a cup of tea, it is a bit long...

When we celebrated IAST #100, I designed a tangle using the numeral 100.  (Click here to view). When I brainstormed for this milestone, I played with the numeral 200, trying to combine the lines into some form of pattern, but to no pleasing avail.  

It wasn't until I toyed with changing 200 into its Roman numeral CC, that ideas and lines and patterns took shape.  It never ceases to amaze me when that type of tangle magic happens.

I began with a standard, printed C and mirrored it on either side of a single perf. 
The line can be as long as you wish.

A bit of shading adds depth and emphasizes the overlap.

Next, I drew an elongated perf (think of a squished perf) and mirrored elongated Cs on either side.
These examples follow along a relatively straight line, but you can imagine that the pattern will flow along any shape, just the way standard perfs do.

From there, I explored different ways the letter C can be  written ~

...and each one created its own variation.

A cursive lower case C ~
This seems so simple in and of itself, but notice how using this stroke 'dressed up' the center of this tangled flower ~

With perfs in mind, I used that same C chain and closed the curves to create perfs ~

A bit of aura and shading transformed it ~

Next, I connected the lower case Cs as one continuous chain:

This created perfs in one continuous stroke. The possibilities for this make my head spin :)

That open curve C was very intriguing...

Adding aura to just one side accented the perf shapes...

and when this same image is flipped, an entirely different look is achieved...

Using the same approach as in the cursive lower case example above, the curves can be closed in to create perfs, or smaller ones can be added ~

 Here is the same open curved cursive C with aura and sparkled, black perfs ~

Lastly, the cursive upper case C became my favorite for all of its funky possibilities:

 Here is the loop of the C closed up and then lined up in the mirrored, overlapping fashion ~

Doesn't that look like a line up of sweet cherries?!

A perf within a perf appeared when I drew the initial loop more circular than oval ~

And the line up of them was just too cute - 

 like a row of savory olives!

I am having way too much fun here...
I know you will too, so let's use C-Perf along with this string ~

IAST #200 - CC by Adele Bruno, CZT

...and let's celebrate two hundred "It's a String Thing" adventures together!

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 - brunoadelem@gmail.com
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos 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.