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!
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, Tickledtotangle.com. (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 (Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com).
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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:
It’s been 2 weeks since our last “It’s a String Thing” challenge from Adele Bruno at Tickledtotangle.com. 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.😃
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 :
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
Box Spirals by Margaret Bremner
Wind farm by Margaret Bremner
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”
Certified Zentangle Teacher, Adele Bruno has a special challenge every week on her blog. It’s a String Thing (IAST) Challenge gives a pencil drawn string to copy NHin pencil on your tile. Then she chooses specific tangles to use in conjuction with the string. Last, email a picture of your finished tile and Adele will post all of the entries on her blog.
I’ve been wanting to add another challenge to the blog and this was perfect for me as I do better work with some parameters! 😉 Plus, she chose my friend Jody Genovese’s “Patience” pattern to use this week!
Here’s my tile #iast189! Using tangles patience, aura-leah, CO2 and ibit. If you’d like to join the fun you can find it at Adele Bruno’s Tickled to Tangle blog here.