Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #235

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

After weeks of celebrating one thing or another, let us take a step back to the basics of the method we all adore:  simple pen, pencil, and paper.

We begin with this string ~
IAST #235 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

When I put pen to paper to draw this string, I thought of Maria Thomas.  It looks like something she might come up with and tangle beautifully, doesn't it?

Since we are returning to our roots, let's use a few of Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas' tangles that many of us learned in our early tangling days ~

There are many updated versions of this simple tangle - keep it as simple or complex as your mood strikes.
Crescent Moon
Speaking of simple or complex - the same applies to this beloved tangle.
Click here and here to view my past posts where there are many examples of ways to embellish Bales.
Did you know that fescue is a type of grass?  Isn't that interesting?

As with all our IAST adventures, pencil in the string keeping in mind that it is a suggestion, let the tangles lead the way, and use as many or as few as you wish.


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 for IAST are to be submitted by Saturday evening of the week issued
*Photos, notes, and the 'Tile for Honors' are (usually) 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, March 19, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #234 Tiles

I trust you enjoyed a wonderful St. Patrick's Day weekend.  Our tiles and notes bring greetings from the four corners of the world.  Wouldn't St. Patrick be so pleased?

We used a curly lined string and tangles to fit the occasion.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
This tile is really different than I am used to drawing.
I blame the string for that :)
The result reminds me of spring.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*half and full Lukiline shamrocks
*sweetly dotted embellishments and arcs

From Jutta Gladnigg (NRW, Germany) ~
This challenge again was so fun. It was so interesting drawing Lukiline without raising the pen… Love the inconsistency in the form of the pattern that results from that. Cruze is quite an impressive pattern in itself.
And Lucky is a great tribute to St. Patrick. This time I broke this pattern down… mostly… so let’s make it a spot-the-image puzzle… how many complete ‚lucky’ shamrocks can you find here?
 Tangled Tidbits -
Would three be the Lucky number?
*lovely contrasts, shading, and highlights
*tangles smoothly intermingle

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Thank you for this light-hearted challenge in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. I loved working with the patterns you chose and, of course, had to add a touch of green. Can't wait to see the rest of the tiles! Oh, and I really love your St Paddy's Bumpadox - beautiful!
To you and all the 'Tickled Tanglers' out there -

"Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh"
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and the very same to you!
*striped and sparkled Lucky
*delicate Lukiline and curvy Cruze

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing #234’ Challenge.
So as not to lose your pretty string, I chose to make it part of your pattern ‘Lucky’
With a slight variation, hope I haven’t strayed too far from your pattern.
Happy St Patrick Day, Adele.
Thank you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely Lucky variation - love that layered stem and Cruze band
*shadow shaded Lukiline

From Caren Mlot, CZT (South Carolina), creator of Cruze! - and here on her blog ~
I’ve sent you a couple of tiles for IAST, but usually I am just lurking in the background admiring everyone’s work here. When I saw that my tangle pattern Cruze was one that you were using this week, I decided I’d better stop lurking and send in a tile. So here’s my entry for the week. The color was added using pastel pencils. You can see more in my blog...
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
 Tangled Tidbits -
What a treat to have you join in, thank you for the lovely tangle!  I have always loved your step out for it.
*Cruze in gorgeous shades of green
*white centers of Lukiline

From Gale Sherman, CZT (Tucson, Arizona) ~
I hope you have a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day and thank you for doing this week after week! I think my tile is evident I have not an ounce of Irish blood in me and found the challenge a CHALLENGE! Neither the metallic green or gold (centers of lukilines) show up well in the photo. I think the leprechauns know I'm an imposter... and of course they want all the gold for themselves!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Everyone is a wee bit Irish on this great day!
*Lucky tipped string lines
*Lukiline grid - inventive variation

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
It was nice doing something in green for this St. Patrick's Day challenge. I also added some orange because of the orange in the Irish flag.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful border of Cruze
*Lukiline centers of Lucky - in shades of green!

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
This St. Patricks-Challenge was not easy for me. I started several attempts - I simply couldn’t find a place for Cruze. But with this version I’m quite happy.
A big hug to everyone
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Lucky border, dark background, highlights and aura
*shading, aura, lightly penciled tangles - beautiful details

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
New tangles for me, thank you. Not sure my tile quite works, but it was fun to do.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large grid for a shaded Lucky
*green accented Lukiline weaves around Lucky

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Happy wearing ‘o the green with thanks for another fun challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious shades of green for Lukiline
*four variations of Lucky!

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Couldn't get Lucky to fit this string but had a fun time with cruze and lukiline
Hope everyone is well and Happy St Patricks day to all
 Tangled Tidbits -
*multi-colored Lukiline flows along the string lines
*two variations of Cruze - one with open lines and one connecting

From Di (Mandurah, Australia) ~
Top o' the mornin' to ya Adele!
Please find attached my IAST #234 which I spent a pleasant day drawing and colouring.
This week's drawing is all done in pencil. After sketching my design (which I spend a couple of days mooching over and scribbling around), I coloured in the pearls, then did the celtic-like border, and finally drew the Lucky's in black. But as lovely as the Lucky tangle is, I wanted the green "Pearls of Irish Wisdom" to take centre stage, and the Lucky's stole their trumpet! So I tamed them radically by rubbing them hard with an eraser and they magically faded nicely into the background where they belonged.
This is the first time I've coloured in pencil apart from when I was a kid- I am so new to this art thing but am having a blast! My husband is great at coming up with names and after seeing my pearl stringline, he immediately said "They look like green Guinness bubbles" and then told me that on St. Patrick's day they actually serve green Guinness in the pubs. Only the Irish, hey? So I"m calling my drawing Green Guinness.
Really looking forward to seeing how everyone else went with the Irish theme.
 Tangled Tidbits -
That makes me thirsty :)
*colorful description and tangles - welcome back to the art world!
*pearls taper and enlarge

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
I know I've used your Lucky tangle before, but this week I really noticed it properly. Noticed it's versatility, its personality. It's funny how that can happen with a tangle. And as such I wanted it to be the star of the show, forming a frame for the other tangles. I tangled it into a pencilled grid to allow for even placement of leaves but without the grid itself showing. Some shading and highlighting and I was sorely tempted to stop there. But I popped a curling branch of Lukiline along the string - it looks a bit sparse, but it is only the beginning of the growing season! And a single Cruze dangling from a branch.
Be lucky!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Lucky shines - literally - with highlights, delicate lines, shading, rounded lines that push passed the grid, rounded corners - gorgeous details
*double lined Lukiline

From Jane Goddard (Dorking, United Kingdom) ~
Thanks for an interesting challenge this week, I couldn't get it together with #cruze so ended up using parts of it linked around the edge, which worked better for me. Again used watercolour brush pens, plus a touch of gold gellyroll this time.
Best wishes
 Tangled Tidbits -
*twirling cubes of gold accented Lucky
*creative use of Cruze and dainty Lukiline center

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
All green today for St. Paddy's Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and same to you!
*highlighted green tangles - just beautiful!
*free from rounded Lucky

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
This was a fun Tangle to complete, I love Celtic knots... well once I've got them done sometimes I do get confused as to where I'm to go next but this one seemed to want to cooperate. You choose lovely Tangles to combine I can't wait to see what we've all come up with. Happy St. Paddy's day. May the luck of the Irish be with us all.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles layer above a large Lucky background
*delicate Lukiline covered strings

From HeidiSue (Salt Lake City, Utah) ~
Well, it’s St Patrick’s Day, and I have a family feast ahead of me...everyone at my mom’s, with lots of yummy food, and a WHOLE LOT of hilarity and so much fun. I love St Patrick’s Day. My Irish family is so much fun, we are all friends and enjoy each other immensely.
So I did this in the morning while things were quiet. Cruze simply wouldn’t come, so I let it be. I started with Floose along the border, because it looked kinda Celtic. Lukiline is fun. I made it three-leaved for shamrocks and it grew all along the entire string. Then Lucky did its thing for the other border edged. I colored and shaded with Kelly Green, then added some triskeles in pale green behind everything.
Now it’s time to get up and make my Colcanon for the feast! Thanks for another terrific challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
That sounds so yummy and your gathering, heavenly :)
*festive three leaved variation of Lukiline
*Lucky pairs share a stem

From Lin H., CZT (Florida) ~
Top o’ the mornin’ to you, Adele! Hope you had a happy St. Patrick ‘s Day. Thanks for your challenge. It was fun adding a bit of green to my tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant tangles, shading, enthatching, and touches of green
*curved Cruze (you make that look easy!)

From Sra (India) ~
The excitement over understanding how to draw Cruze dissipated rather quickly as I struggled to integrate Lukiline into the tile - and gave up. I tried at least doing the curves of the string as Cruze, but I think I did a mirror image of them! And Lucky has been attempted as a border! I think this is a tile in progress.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*inventive use of Lucky for the border
*layers of shading for bold centered Cruze

From Jody Genovese, CZT (Florida) ~
Wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My tile is a little outrageous this week. The more I tried to tone it down the crazier it got. :o)
Thanks as always for keeping it fun.
 Tangled Tidbits -
...so much fun in one tile - a celebration of color and tangles
*curved Cruze, dark Lukiline provides great contrast
*Lucky filled with swirls and enthatching

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
A simple one this week. I started doing the loops of Lukiline and just carried on until the tile was full. A touch of green and it was done. I also loved Cruze. I am fascinated by Celtic knot type designs but it needs a bit of practice.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Lukiline fills the tile like clover fills a field
*dotted aura and hints of green

From Simone B. (Germany) ~
this is a great String with nice tangles. Thank you for your challenge.
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large and small grids for three variations of Lucky
*great use of bold black spaces

From Aileen (Singapore) ~
Happy St Patrick's Day!
Thank you for another great challenge and new tangles to try!
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Sh'rock creates a festive background for Lukiline
*green, shaded Lukiline flows along the string

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
What fun for St. Patrick's Day with a great selection of tangles. I always thought Cruze was too complicated for me, but the step-out made it very clear. Thanks, Adele!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful tangles and calligraphy
*shading adds great depth to the tangles

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Happy St Patrick’s day to you and all your family and friends from South Africa.
Here the drought continues, the Berg River that supplies water to Velddrif, has dried up in places and the municipality is having to work non-stop to make sure that the 9 towns under its jurisdiction receives drinking water. Up to now we have been able to save on local usage by 49%, but we will have to make an even better effort to up the water saving to avoid a Day Zero scheduled for the middle of May.

To tile 234. Somehow this was a difficult one for me. Maybe my zen’s a bit unsettled at present. Lucky is a favourite of mine. Lukiline by Mary Masi is a lacy flowing vine that worked, but Cruze by Caren Mlot had me a bit stumped. On second thoughts, maybe I should have left it out of the equation. But there you are. My zentangle is done and I live by the motto, “There are no mistakes.” 
 Tangled Tidbits -
We continue to pray for rain and the relief it will bring...thank you for updating us.
*one large and lovely Lucky
*two variations of a flowing Lukiline

From Verena (Germany) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Lucky grids follow the string's curves - shading gives them dimension
*deep black background accents the shaded lighter Lucky

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
The patterns in this one were challenging. I really loved doing your pattern - Lucky. That has a real punch with a black background. All the patterns were fun to blend together. I especially enjoy working with organic designs so the 3 vines curly Q was so relaxing.
Thanks for a great St. Pat’s Day tribute!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*black background really does light up Lucky, especially so beautifully colored
*flowing Cruze and string curls - lovely coloring

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
here is my contribution for this week. Thank you for the interesting challenge with the beautiful patterns.
Greetings from the snowy Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*pleasing mix of light and dark color and tangled spaces
*ribbon wrapped single Lucky

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
My contribution I would like to see what the others did with the string and the given tangles.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*little dual Cruze crosses - wonderful idea
*Luckiline string lines and the third of Lucky

This is my tile - tangled by battery powered lamp during a power outage earlier this evening.  The rain is pouring down here in central Florida.  (If only we could share it with Felicity and Susan's part of the world where they need it so desperately.)
I used Prismacolor pencils to accent Lukiline, a large grid of Lucky, and a diagonal of Cruze.

Many thanks to everyone for your beautiful tiles and happy greetings.

Special thanks to Caren Mlot, CZT for Cruze and Mary Masi, CZT for Lukiline - the two tangles we used with my Lucky and string.

It has been a treat to celebrate St. Patrick's Day together.

Stop by Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #235!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bumpadox - St. Patrick's Day Style

 Here is a wee bit o' tangling fun for St. Patrick's Day...

 I combined Carole Ohl's take on Paradox, her very clever Bumpadox, (Click here to read Carole's post and view her step out.) and added shamrock 'bumps'.

A bit o' green and shading to accent the dips and curves and this tangle really comes alive.
I began with a 3z tile since the shape lends itself to a simple Paradox. 
Besides, wouldn't St. Patrick smile to see three leafed clovers on a three sided tile.

I snapped photos as I tangled and this is how it unfolded ~

*a simple border
 *the first lines of Paradox
*lightly penciled shamrocks
 *and traced with Micron
*lines follow the point/space rhythm (click here for my Tips for Tangling)
  as aura moves over and around the shamrock 
*and so on...
*aura tucks under (in Hollibaugh fashion) when lines meet
*until all of the space is filled
*a bit o' green
*and shading finish it off!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #233 Tiles

Happy Pi Day!

We have a plethora of pretty Pi inspired tiles in our round up this week.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Jennifer Wilken (New York) ~
Mmmm.....pie. I suppose that deconstructed blueberry pie with whipped cream would best describe my inspiration. It’s a snowy day here in southeastern NY so I’m embracing the quiet, and the fact that my crafting area is the warmest spot in the house. Thanks for another great challenge!
Tangled Tidbits -
That makes me hungry :)
*scrumptious Soluna - notice the fragments
*large curves and aura for Frunky

From Meridiana (Massachusetts) and here on her blog ~
I haven't had a minute to participate in months, so it was fun to jump back in with this one.
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*flower-like Soluna
*doubled Frunky loops

From Simone B. (Germany) ~
here is my new picture for this week.
Greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Soluna string lines
*fabulous fields of Frunky

From Ulrike (Germany) ~
Thank you for this amazing challenge, Adele. I ´ve tangled Keeko and Frunky for some time and so I had a lot of fun to tangle again.
Many greetings from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful shading
*darkened spaces between a uniform Soluna

From Margarete (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I enjoyed your challenge with your given beautiful patterns! I turned the string upside down and used a round coloured background. A second tile one can find on my blog..
Thank you very much for this wonderful challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
 Tangled Tidbits -
*a pie shaped Pi with pretty variations of the tangles
*stripes and sparkle throughout

From Baafke (The Netherlands) ~
Here is my tile for this week.
I like to work with color in my tiles.
Again 2 new patterns to try.
Keeko I have used before.
I am amazed how everyone draws the patterns in his own way.
So beautiful to look at and get ideas!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous use of Frunky
*colorful Soluna against a detailed Keeko

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my Tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing #233’ Challenge.
Thank you once again Adele for another enjoyable challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*straight lined variation of Keeko
*shading adds to the lovely layering of tangles

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
How exciting that your challenges have been around so long that there are now established traditions!
This turned out a bit busy, but once again it was fun and interesting to do. I love Frunky and Keeko, and I enjoyed learning Soluna.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large and lovely Frunky
*color and fine lines repeat in Frunky and Soluna

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
Some colour today. This was a fun challenge. There must be hundreds of patterns. Every week I get new ones. This week it was Frunky and Soluna.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*gorgeous coloring, highlights, and shading
*sparkled Soluna

From Sandra (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thanks for this nice challenge. I didn't tried Frunky and Soluna before and I really liked to tangle new patterns :-)
Many greetings from germany
Tangled Tidbits - 
*Soluna infused Frunky
*boldly striped Keeko

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
I knew Keeko and Frunky which I like very much. Soluna was new to me and I was struggling a bit with this new pattern - but who knows, maybe we’ll become friends. This happened quite often to me; first I didn’t “understand” a tangle/pattern and all of a sudden we were best friends, like e.g. Mooka or Tamisolo.
Looking forward to the outcome next week.
A big SPRING-Hug from Switzerland
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Soluna centered Frunky - fabulous!
*color, shading, and highlights make the tangles shine

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
Yes, I remember so vividly your pi-challenge of a year ago... and yes, your marvellous IAST has become an “institution”... so cool!
And congratulations to your 34th! What a good reason to celebrate..
My tile somehow reminds me of “The Parting of the Red Sea” as it is described in the Book of Exodus. So this here is the free but narrow passage on a Keeko seafloor amidst towering waves…
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the good wishes!
*wonderful imagery - can see the 'waves' of Frunky
*weighted lines, deep shading, wonderful detail

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Frunky is an interesting tangle, I enjoyed it. Thanks for another fun challenge. Wishing you a Happy Anniversary.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Lynn!
*Keeko blends into Frunky - love that there are three rows of it
*super Soluna with alternating light, lined, and dark spaces

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Pi Pi Pi..what a fun time...
Here is my entry for the week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large field of softly shaded Keeko
*Frunky flows from either side of Keeko and in opposite directions

From Laurel Davis, CZT (New York) ~
When I first looked at the tangles you chose, I immediately liked Soluna. But, after drawing the step outs, I fell in love with Frunky! Keeko has always been a favorite. Fun string and another great challenge. Thanks, Adele
 Tangled Tidbits -
I am a Frunky fan, too!
*sparkled and striped Soluna - wonderful aura
*Keeko filled string lines

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
I really enjoyed this mixture of tangles. I find keeko quite challenging to draw well, but most satisfying when finished.
Thanks for the challenge, and best wishes to you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted aura and colorful background
*pretty Keeko variations features dark sections and deep shading

From Di (Mandurah, Australia) ~
I have attached this week's IAST #233, and have learnt a few things along the way.
We are all our own worst critic, so I find that stepping away from the drawing, doing something physical and outdoorish like mowing the lawn or going for a swim, and then coming back to it later with fresh eyes often draws an internal response of "Well look at that! It's not so bad after all, in fact it's imperfectly fine!"
And another thing I've discovered? Drawings look better when looked at from a slight distance. Scrutinishing and analyzing them close up as you're doing them often invites the judge that loves to point out where you could have done better - this loop could have been more loopy - you didn't touch that line three times in a row!..tch tch. But held at arm's length or even stuck on the fridge and viewed at occasionally, you can observe it as a whole, as one piece of art, and appreciate it more.
Thank you so much for supporting the Zentangle community through your blog. I am inclined to buy a "Zentangle A Day" type of book, but I get a hunch that I will learn more by doing your weekly challenges. One cannot get the encouragement and enthusiasm from a book that you give to all those who email you their tiles. And seeing everyone else's tiles, seeing new and old ways of doing things, reading their stories, I'm really loving it.
I am a bit impatient to want to improve though .
 Ah, Di, your note is so refreshing - and true!  Holding a tile at "arms length" is built into the Zentangle practice and for all the reasons you so wonderfully captured.
Your "imperfectly fine" is spot on. 
The aim of IAST is just what you mentioned and its added bonus is learning from each other.
Tangled Tidbits -
*sparkle and line variation in Keeko and alternating shaded sections of smaller Keeko
*two lovely variations of Frunky

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Have a great pi day everyone! Can’t believe this is the third pi/pie challenge I’ve done. It’s definitely become a seasonal tradition.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Hooray for you!
*two fun variations of Frunky feature multiple curves
*Keeko filled Soluna spaces

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
This was fun. I have a real fondness for Pi. It is a mathematical formula I use for computations frequently in my work. So I really felt compelled to pay it some homage.
After I completed the design I felt it looked more like a pair of mirror lens sunglasses than a tribute to Pi. LOL!!
That’s the price of creativity.
I experimented with several mixed media products in this piece: the background is alcohol marker with gold GelliRoll pen, the Pi symbol Keeko is a Pitt pen in TerraCotta, Soluna and background of the “lenses are colored with Prismacolor pencils blended with odorless thinner and a very fine stump. Shading is done with Prismacolor pencils blended with thinner.
Thanks Adele for this creative string, and to Pegi, Maria, and Katharina for the interesting tangle patterns.
Tangled Tidbits -
*hats off to you for such a creative mix of marvelous media
*highlights, color, and shading add wonderful depth

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
Thanks for your latest challenge, Adele. Soluna was a new tangle pattern for me and I really like it. Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s entries.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*colored bits of each pretty tangle
*straight lined Keeko variation

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Attached is my IAST # 233 tile for this week.
Soon after I started drawing Soluna it turned out that this tangle was not going to be "my cup of tea". The result is not to my liking at all. Well, once in a while these things happen. But I'll get over it.
(I enjoyed looking at the results of last week very much, as I do every week.
Such stunning results time after time!
I fully agree with the new follower Di : "Your blog, to me, stands out. It's not just an instruction thing, you really put your heart into it."
And it can't be said enough: Thank you, Adele, for all you do week after week to keep us tangling.)
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you dear, Ingrid.
*fabulous Frunky - notice how each section of arcs curves in a new direction
*deep black Soluna background and circles

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
It was a fun Challenge I used my coloured pencils on the Frunky then gel pen with nail polish remover to blend them on the background and Soluna. Gel pens can take hours to dry and I often smear them even though I try to make that my last step. Thank you for the time you spend on the challenges.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*softly curved and shaded Keeko
*colorful Frunky features multiple layers of arcs

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
This was a wonderful challenge. I had not been aware of the tangle 'Frunky' prior to this and boy, was it fun! Keeko has always been a favorite, so it was nice to see it on the list. The whole tile feels very organic - very relaxing to work on - thank you!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded layers of Frunky
*detailed variety in rows and rows of Soluna

From Jane Goddard (Dorking, Surrey, England) ~
A little bit outside my comfort zone this week as I worked with my watercolour brush pens again and an aquarelle graphite pencil and it all got a little murky. However, I love drawing frunky but didn't fare so well with keeko and soluna! Thank you for the interesting challenges though as they keep me on my toes.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*such a lovely Frunky
*Soluna filled string - color, weighted lines, shading

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
When I started playing with Frunky, I was trying it in circular form and it kept making me think of a flower, so I went with that. Then Soluna's geometric shapes and radii seemed a bit "industrial" to go with it, so I made it in flower shapes too. Maybe (even in Arizona, where I was looking for shade on my morning walk) I'm in the mood for spring. Drawing Soluna from right to left really threw me. Last night while lying awake in the wee hours I was thinking about Zentangling, and realized I could draw it left to right (as Pegi notes in her blog) ... but when I sat down to draw today I drew it right to left without realizing it. I drew Keeko (an old favorite) without looking it up and I think I got it a bit confused with Nekton (another Zentangle original), so I used straight lines rather than curvy lines and groups of three rather than four. However, it was fun to revisit it!
Thanks for your hard work, and a belated happy anniversary!
 Tangled Tidbits -
and thank You!
*spring inspired Frunky and Soluna
*Keeko in two directions, shaded at the overlap - neat look with three lines!

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Frunky line variation with square, rounded edges
*multiple, creative Soluna variations

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
I love this challenge! The three selected tangles are great. Frunky is so much fun, I will be using it a lot. Soluna seems simple at first, but offers lots of design options. And Keeko has been a longtime favorite. I couldn't resist a circle tile, and added as many pi digits as would fit around the design. I used colors from my favorite pie -- pizza pie! Wishing all a Happy Pi Day!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*great addition of Pi digits around a pie shaped design - makes us all hungry!
*highlighted arcs of Frunky and Soluna

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
I'll keep it short, since it's a late-ish submission, but I definitely had to send you something for Pi day...I think I've mentioned before our younger son is getting his PhD in Statistics at UNC Chapel Hill, so math has always played a huge part in our family...we have celebrated Pi day for many years-:) ...
I went with a pretty basic approach here...I think last year I doubled the string (I'll have to look back and check, but I think I remember Pokeroot cherries and W2 pie crust) so this time I kept it simple and played around with some Soluna, a touch of Keeko, a bit of blank space and lots of graphite--:)
Have a wonderful Pi day and St. Patty's, too! 
 Tangled Tidbits -
I hope you don't mind that I included your good news - congrats to your son!
*bold Soluna filled string spaces
*long lined Keeko and soft shading

From Verena (Germany) ~
This week i have two tiles.
The little Bijou is very sweet but i can not see the Pi. So i tangle the "Jade-Pi". My favorite Stone. Love it.Hope you injoy.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*wonderfully rounded corners of Keeko - love the jade and the narrowing lines
*lighter Frunky framed by Keeko

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! We celebrated our 40th. in December and we realize that it is such a blessing to have a wonderful marriage. It is like Pi: a "constant" in life:)
Thanks for the challenge this week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for that beautiful analogy and congratulations!
*Frunky finished Keeko
*black orbs repeat in Frunky, Soluna, and beyond

From Amy Barnickel (Florida) ~
Hi Adele! It has been such a long while since I've been able to do the challenge. I'm a little rusty. I hope you are well and get to have some PIE on PI day!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*large Soluna filled middle string section - lovely variety of detail
*multiple sizes of fun Frunky

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
I've enjoyed this challenge and again I've realised that "random" tangles like Frunky and Soluna are not my strong point because I struggle to put it randomly so that it looks nice to me - the big inner critic again. Thanks for all of you thinking of us during our severe drought. We had a bit of rain yesterday and usually our raining season starts later in the year, so hopefully we will get much much more.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you for the encouraging news that some rain has come your way - may more come soon!
*wonderful white space as tangles fill in around the string
*long Frunky curls reach past the border

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Happy anniversary!!
Nor’easter 2.0 is history ... feeling deep gratitude for our northern neighbors at Hydro Quebec for restoring power to New England ... and for the 21st century creature comforts we take for granted... lights, heat, running water. Mother Nature sent a strong Lenten message!
My tile shows I had a very heavy hand on both pen and pencil ... my hands are a little stiff and crampy ... but I wasn’t going to let the annual Pi challenge pass by! I’m calling this tile the pillar of strength.
So, cheers to longevity in relationships, good neighbors, brevity in life’s interruptions, and IAST challenges that brighten our days!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Cheers to all of that - and to you.  I do hope that you and yours were spared the worst of the latest storm.  Stay safe.
*all three tangles intermingled, overlapping, blending beautifully
*white spaces draw attention to the tangled pi

Our daughter Isabella is home for her first college spring break.  We spent some wonderful quiet time tangling these tiles at the kitchen table - after we enjoyed a pizza pie, of course!  Here is Isabella's ~

 ...and this is mine ~

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Happy Anniversary! I hope you and Lou had a wonderful weekend. Sounds like it was terrific.
Happy PI day to anyone who celebrates that…me, it just makes me crave actual pie :o)
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and I do hope you enjoyed some, Jody, and thank you for the good wishes, too!
*towering Frunky features delicate details
*lighter, and shaded Soluna with darkened in between spaces
*a touch of Keeko along with shading adds a greater sense of depth to the tile

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

Many thanks to all of the contributors this week, it is a treat to view your work.

Thank you to the creative minds behind the tangles we used this week in our Pi tribute ~

Frunky by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb, CZT

Soluna by Pegi Shargel, CZT

Keeko by Maria Thomas

Have a blessed St. Patrick's Day this coming weekend and come celebrate with us by joining in our celebratory IAST #234  - Click here for the delightful details.