It’s a String Thing 213

Welcome to! It’s time for Adele Bruno’s It’s a String Thing challenge for this past week. This week we were given a simple string, seen here, and then a single tangle to use. This week’s tangle was Fassett by Lynn Mead, CZT.

I love doing monotangles (simply using one tangle) because it removes some anxiety about how to combine the tangles and helps me to focus on pen strokes and zen, which is the point right?

This week’s string: 


And here is my IAST 213 entry!

If you are interested in joining Adele’s It’s a String Thing challenge, and would like to participate then visit Adele’s site,, click on the It’s a String Thing button on my website which will take you there! 

Stay in touch as I’ve got a wonderful post coming up next week featuring our friend and “resident gem queen”, Amanda Rose Rambo! She has some spectacular faceted gems to show, as well as featuring some before and after pictures of her student’s work. You dont want to miss it!

It’s a String Thing #212

Adele Bruno was in the path of the latest hurricane to hit Florida. After finally receiving their electricity back and other services she was back this week with It’s a String Thing challenge #212. This week’s string is pictured above and the 3 tangles used were:

Wrapped by CZT Gale Sherman (stepout)

Danzer by Prairie Kitten (stepout)

Ok-Rah bt CZT Lisa Buckley (stepout)


I really liked the tangles but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t manage to find my zen and both of these were a disappointing mess! But here is my confusing picture of both tries together.


It’s a String Thing Challenge #210


I am beyond thrilled to be blogging again and to have weathered this latest stressful time! It was so comforting to know I had my drawing and tangles as well as the Zentangle® community. One of the most helpful and awesome things that encouraged me to come out of my shell was a visit/tangle session from my local CZT, Laura Story. It was my first time tangling with another person and my first true Zentangle ® Method lesson from an expert! She was so encouraging and sharing tangling with someone meant a great deal to me! Less than 2 weeks later, I published my first post in 3 months and then my new pattern Marito that I was lucky enough to share with her. How true to the heart of the Zentangle spirit this was! And I know that most of you would do the same were we local to each other. Laura is an amazing representative of CZTs (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and one of the benefits of Rick Roberts’ and Maria Thomas’ Method is the warm support of it’s community. Thank you Laura and thanks to all the wonderful CZTs and artists out there in the world that make the Zentangle® Method what it is! ❤️🌺

You may be wondering what this has to do with It’s a String Thing? I was enjoying Adele Bruno’s (It’s a String Thing HQ) site and reading about some of the projects she does with local tanglers. I often wish I could sit in classes with all the CZTs because I think you would learn something new from each of them. Adele also did a wonderful series of articles about her trip to Fabriano, Italy where the original Zentangle tiles are made. She is a pleasure to read and a talented artist! The first post today was celebratory as she has passed one million views! Wow! As my blog is still small, I understand what a huge honor that is! It got me thinking about CZTs and how I wanted to take a class from Adele but how grateful I am to Laura for her visit. So, I blame Adele Bruno for this love fest! 😄😇 I love her blog and you can visit her at and see what I mean!

This week’s It’s a String Thing challenge string is filled with round Os representing her million views. Here’s cheers to you Adele, thanks for your weekly challenge and for being who you are! ⭐️

Here are the 3 tangles for this week!

Lollywimple by Sandy Hunter

Purk by Maria Thomas

Jetties by Maria Thomas

Unfortunately, I have been busy this weekend and couldn’t finish my tile in time to submit it to Adele for publishing, but this tile is in honor of her 1 million hits!

It’s a String Thing #195

It’s a String Thing challenge this week included a special treat for me! The challenge features my good friend and artist, Sarah Fowler’s “Strutz” pattern. I’ve played with it many times but never completed a tile featuring Strutz. Of course, being in a pretty big artistic slump made forcing the tiles uncomfortable. That said, I love her pattern and its hollibaugh effect. It’s funky bends and embellishment possibilities make it lots of fun to play with. Sarah is an amazing artist and such a positive person, it was a real pleasure to feature her art and story on my blog a few weeks back! 

Strutz was a perfect fit for this week’s string and it works great with Maria Thomas’ Printemps. I’m hopeful I can relax enough to get next week’s tile finished before Saturday night!

It’s a String Thing #194

This week’s “It’s a String Thing” challenge is something a bit different. Adele Bruno is premiering a new Tangle called “Trella” on her Blog, (click the It’s a String Thing button on the sidebar to quickly link to Adele’s Site) If you would like to see the Trella step out, here is the direct link to it. Adele has had some of her CZT group as well as her advanced tangling class trying the Tangle out and has tasked us with using it or a variation on a simple curved X string. The 2 patterns chosen to supplement Trella are both Zentangle originals and classics by Maria Thomas, N’Zeppel, and Florz.

Anytime I start a new Tangle, I get out the sketchpad and after practicing the steps I make a Tangle “play” page. Basically, this allows me to explore different variations or ways to draw it that would make the Tangle mine. So instead of posting the steps this week, I’m going to show my early tiles and play page because something interesting happened when I finished up my first tile. This is my first play page for Trella.


Next I started my tile (first tile), shown next, but I stopped after adding Florz and shading it. It looked good but as I was thinking about whether or not to add a fill in the blank florz squares, I began to wonder if Trella would work as a fragment in a reticulum (turning it into a grid form).

So, I took the sketchpad back out and began playing with Trella in a grid. Here’s the sample tile with a few variations I tried out.

I liked the heart shaped one best and that’s what I used on my final tile. I hope this post isn’t too technical but I thought some might want to see the process I used to arrive at the grid form. As always, your comments and questions are welcome either here in comments or by email (

I’m excited by how quickly this site is gaining interest! Thank you all for stopping here and please leave a like if you enjoy a post! Each one I get is very much appreciated!

It’s A String Thing #193 (for Lily Moon)

This week’s, It’s a String Thing, #193 is chosen to support the artist Lily Moon. Lily recently posted on her blog about the deadly brain tumor plaguing her daughter, for which she was given no hope. Her granddaughter is 12 and Lily’s son is autistic and depends on her completely. She stated that she is dealing with this tragedy alone and therefore is struggling to create anything. Her grief is palpable and breaks my heart. Lily has been a mainstay in the Zentangle world for quite some time and her blog and Facebook groups are extremely popular. What happened last week was that almost every Zentangle challenge was dedicated to her and calls to use Lily’s wonderful Tangles, found here on her blog, were everywhere.  I was not at all surprised  by the thousands of artists from all over the world using her patterns in their art. The thing that gives me pause, again and again, is the clinging to tangling as a means to persevere through physical and emotional pain by hurting people everywhere. This isn’t just me, or Lily or even a dozen here or there. The more artist focus articles I write, the more it hits me that almost every person out there tangling has the same story of the Zentangle ® Method saving them in some way. I find this extraordinary! I know that it’s true for me and every Tangler I’ve talked to. With this thought in mind I would ask you non-tanglers out there to consider if this is something that could help you, or someone you know? You don’t need a lot of money to do this. You don’t need a lot of time the projects are small. You just need the will to begin. I don’t get paid for these statements. I just believe with my whole heart that this method can change us for the better and give us a great coping mechanism for pain, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and lots of other conditions. Food for thought!

Okay, sorry, back to IAST #193. Adele Bruno choose for string this week a modified version of Lily’s “chop” or her artist’s mark. It looks like this.
The tangles chosen for this week were:

Try doing a hashtag search for these tangles! The sheer number of tiles will astound you! 

My Iast#193 tile

It’s a String Thing #192

It’s been 2 weeks since our last “It’s a String Thing” challenge from Adele Bruno at I appreciated the break and I’m excited to see her pictures from Fabriano, Italy! As I wrote in an earlier post, Fabriano is the city where the original Zentangle tiles are made. Original Zentangle® tiles are something very special. Their quality is beyond high. I would love to see it and how they are formed! Yes, I’m a nerd. 😉 We will be talking about them in more detail in a future post, as they are worth some discussion. 

So! For this week’s string, Adele drew a stylized version of part of their watermark. It looks like this. 

And here are this week’s 3 tangles to use.

My IAST #192 Tile (the lovely bell is Venetian glass in honor of Adele’s trip!)

    Here’s what I did with mine. If you are interested in doing these along with me, I will add your  entries to this post and show your gifts! What would you do with this string and those tangles? Artists all over the world participate in these challenges so if you’re interested in the other entries and what they did, you can find Adele’s site here

    Easter Weekend Catch Up

    This week’s “it’s a string thing” from Adele Bruno is going to be delayed a week. The lovely Adele, is taking a magical trip to Fabriano, Italy. This lovely Italian city is the place where the original Zentangle®️ tiles are created.  Luckily this gives me, and others, time to catch up on their art, spend time with families and enjoy the weekend. I know I literally have dozens of projects awaiting my attention!
    First on the list is to work on this week’s go-to library submissions. One of the talented artists in the group, Barb Masinton, did her first week’s tiles tangled together on a journal page. I loved the design and wanted to give it a try myself. Let me show you how awesome Barb’s art is and why it was so inspiring! As I’ve posted before, there are 7 strings per week with a focus pattern to use with your go-to tangles. Here are Barb’s 7 posts and a final picture of it all together. I just loved it!

    I’m really blessed to be able to share this wonderful piece of art with you all! Barb is one of the people I’ve run into that is so encouraging and inspiring, it makes it a treat to login everyday!

    I almost didn’t post my work after these great pieces, but…unafraid… here are my first 2 tile/journal entries. 

    I would like to invite everyone interested to join the Tangle It! Pattern Club on Facebook. Lots of great people and tangling fun!

    It’s a String Thing #191

    On Tuesday, another “it’s a string thing”  weekly challenge from Tickled to Tangle’s Adele Bruno was  released. This week we’re doing string number 191 with an Easter flair! Let me show  you the Easter string and tangles used this week and then one of my 3 tries!

    It’s a String Thing (IAST) #191

    This weeks tangle selections are:

    Zenith by Maria Thomas

    Keeko by Maria Thomas

    Mel-Mel By Adele Bruno

    Echoism By Maria Thomas (link to Margaret Bremner’s site for “echoism and then some”.)


    This tile struggled to come together and began as a real mess. My zenith was/is messy, I forgot to change the size of keeko at the edge of the egg shape, and I couldn’t manage to do much creative with Mel-Mel. This year, with my resolution not to “give up” on messy tiles, I marched on to the end trying to pay extra attention to the shading. (Don’t ask where the light was coming from, I have no idea!).  As usual,the problems disappear when the shading is good. I find it very interesting now and though never perfect, I’m pleased with the result.😃

    Check back soon for more tangled zen!

    It’s a String Thing #190

    It’s once again time for Adele Bruno’s “It’s a String Thing” challenge and it was a definite challenge for me! This week’s string looks like this : wp-1490745718970.jpg

    The 3 tangles chosen were all straight line type tangles. This was bad news for me as my hands shake badly and straight lines are the bane of my existence! The 3 tangles for this string are

    1. Box Spirals by Margaret Bremner
    2. Wind farm by Margaret Bremner
    3. Neuart by Ria Matheussen

    These tangles all have straight lines and it was a true challenge trying to do 1 tile I wasn’t embarrassed to post! I caught myself several times changing the straight lines to curves! Finally, here is my tile. I’m really glad this one is finished and I’ll look forward next week’s “it’s a string thing”