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.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #234

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

The results of our IAST #233 tribute to Pi will be posted tomorrow, March 14.  It was just too fitting to pass up.

For today, and since this time of year brings out a wee bit o' Irish in us all, let's begin with a string that celebrates St. Patrick (another of our IAST traditions!) ~
IAST #234 St. Patrick's Day String by Adele Bruno, CZT
The tangles we will use include ~

Lucky by me, Adele Bruno, CZT
Click here for more pattern possibilities.

Lukiline by Mary Masi, CZT
This tangle is just plain fun. 
(As an alternative to Mary's step out, I draw a vine first, add the little X's to the vine, and then four heart shapes to create a clover in each X.)

Cruze by Caren Mlot, CZT
This tangle reminds me of a Celtic knot even though its origins are not related. 
The step out unfolds in a very unique way.

Use one, two, or all three of the tangles - the choice is up to you.  Pencil in the string and let the tangles lead the way.

Click the names of the tangles find the step outs. All tangles can be found on TanglePatterns as well.


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"It's a String Thing" #232 Tiles

IAST #232 used a wavy line string with two wavy lined tangles - simple ingredients, remarkable results.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from The Netherlands and a brand new member of our IAST community,
Baafke.  She wrote:
Looking for inspiration to tangle last week, I found your website.
A lot of inspiration there, thank you!
It was quite a challenge for me to use just two tangles in this tile.
But I had fun making it.

 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful movement in Inapod aura
*touches of pink highlight both tangles
Welcome to our Tangled Map, Baafke, and to our IAST community ~

From Lynn G (Florida) ~
Inapod is one of my favorite tangles, now Roloflex will be added to my go to for sure. Thanks for a great challenge and introducing me to Roloflex.

 Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it so versatile?
*very pretty details in Inapod
*all sizes and shapes of Roloflex

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
Thank you, Adele, for challenging me to enter a “Fantasy Wonderworld“… and all that without graphite… just ink…
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious light and dark elements
*Roloflex molds itself around and over Inapod

From Ulrike (Germany) ~
Last week I missed the deadline, so I hurried, and here is my tile.
Thanks for a nice challenge again, Adele.
Many greetings from Germany. 
 Tangled Tidbits -
*light perfs for Inapod, dark ones for Roloflex
*darkened spaces between Roloflex, shading, and a bit of Fescu

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Attached is my tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing #232’ challenge.
I enjoyed both these tangles, Thanks Adele.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*yummy sparkle for Roloflex
*Inapod finished off with overreaching aura (reminds me of my own Uncorked)

From Dani Mulyaning (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
Glad, I can join your challenge again. Here's my tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*star-like Inapod - notice the diminishing perfs
*pretty Roloflex border

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you for a wonderful string and two beautiful tangles to start a tile.
I enjoyed this challenge very much and used pens, pencils and charcoal on a grey tile.
I didn't use those two patterns very much but thanks to you, I will use them more in the future. I like the combination of these two ones very much.
At the moment, it is snowing very fast and it better to stay in the house and tangling...
Wish you a nice weekend and send you warm regards from Belgium
 Tangled Tidbits -
Stay warm!
*three shades of Roloflex
*ribbon finishes for colorful, highlighted Inapod

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*Inapod perfs repeat around the tangles
*Roloflex covered string lines

From Donna Matoi (Long Beach, California) ~
Here is my tile for this week's IAST#232. I enjoyed working with the string and patterns! I love Inapod and Roloflex was new to me. At first I wanted to make figure 8's rather than an S, but then as I was in the moment, it just flowed!
Thank you again for another great string and thank you to Pilar Pulido and Carole Ohl for there lovely tangles!
Wishing you a great week ahead!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura for both Roloflex and Inapod
*wonderfully wavy Inapod

From Hilary (Chicago, Illinois) ~
I hope I can remember all the twists and turns that I came up with doing this so that I can explain my variations. Earlier this week I saw a new pattern called Wavlin. At first I thought it was weird, but it kept calling my name. Then when I saw Inapod, I decided to put Wavlin in the inside section. And somehow the interior of Inapod migrated over to the middle of Roloflex. And that’s how my patterns are neither one nor the other! I have to say I was smiling the entire time I worked on this!
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and I'm smiling looking at it!
*weighted aura lines, enthatching, sparkle - great details
*Inapod sprouts in a Flux manner

From Verena (Germany) ~
My tangle of the week.
Thank you for your nice words Last week. Greatings from Germany.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful ball of Roloflex
*Inapod perfs layer outward from the center

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my tile # 232 for this week.
It was a nice and fun challenge that gave me much zen.
So thank you for this zenmoment.
Much love from a frozen and chilly The Netherlands.
Have a blessed week
 Tangled Tidbits -
Wishing you warm Spring weather!
*elegant Inapod - notice the multi-layered perfs in a few
*perfs surround well shaded Roloflex

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Herewith my entry for challenge 232. Thank you, Adele, for string an patterns. I added Cubine as I needed some “structure” in these weavy lines :-)
Love from Switzerland
 Tangled Tidbits -
*great addition of Cubine
*soft perfs, sparkle, stripes, and sprouting lines - gorgeous Inapod variation

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
All black and white today although I think that Roloflex would look more beautiful with colour. Again you have presented me with two tangles I have never done before. I love Roloflex. That is going to be one of my favourites.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*stack of stunning Roloflex
*Inapod perfs repeat throughout

From Jane Rhea (Indiana) ~
I think my tile should be titled, “Alien Inapods Invade Roloflex Compound.” My pen went on a totally unplanned journey with this tile! Thank you for a fun challenge and all that you do for all of us every week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
..."a totally unplanned journey" - I like that!
*Inapod features enthatching, wonky aura, and floating perfs
*Roloflex border with shaded aura

From HeidiSue (Salt Lake City, Utah) ~
Here is my entry for this week’s challenge. It was my morning quiet zen time, and I really did get into a zone with it. Just went with the flow, no second guessing myself, just doing what seemed good. SO enjoyable! Thanks for another delightful challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Inapod variation has lovely lines, curls, shading, perfs...
*perfs repeat in Roloflex tower

From Jane (Dorking, Surrey, England) ~
Please find attached my tile for this week. Lovely tangle choices, have used #inapod before but never tried #roloflex. I used watercolour brush pens to add colour, lots of graphite and tiny #therefore.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous zendala with Inapod along the string lines
*varying sizes of wonderfully shaded Roloflex fill string sections

From Simone (Germany) ~
here is my picture. I was drawing it, while I was watching Star Trek. Maybe it looks a little like a dark part of the universe.

Tangled Tidbits -
*bold contrasts of light and dark
*shaded aura for Inapod and Roloflex

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
When I finished drawing the tangles for this challenge I was surprised to find a scene had emerged... I picture Japanese lanterns hanging over a bustling street and the footprints of those who passed beneath them on their way.
Another fun challenge - thanks!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful imagery and shining perfs of highlighted Inapod
*Roloflex footprints - of course!

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Really enjoyed these two new tangles. I liked making the pods fatter to get more seeds in. Thank you also for the extra guidance on Skelter. That comes out beautifully now.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*fat and fabulous Inapod centers
*shading and black surround accentuates Roloflex

From Jane (Boulder, Colorado) ~
Hope you've had a glorious week!
Here's my #232...I can't imagine anyone not loving the adorable Inapod...haven't done it in a while, so I enjoyed the couple I put along the string lines--adapted those bumps in the string, as you suggested, to fit the ups and downs of my pods...almost thought that was going to be it :) but I decided to add some varied Roloflex in the top right corner and then went to town with my "magic pencil"--who was it that called it that?--so true--:)
Have a wonderful week!
Thanks for all you do...

Tangled Tidbits - 
I believe that was a Ragged Ray quote :)
*Inapod along the string lines with Fescu finishes
*contrasting light and dark background spaces

From Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
After sketching up about 6 thumbnails to get a design I felt good about, it occurred to me that each triangle component didn’t necessarily have to be filled up!
This was a great challenge where I feel I learned a great deal about the use of space - positive and negative. Would love to see some color on this one. I may try it.
Thanks Adele, Carole, and Pilar for a wonderful combination!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*delightful details - Inapod runs on select string curves, weighted lines, shading, inner circle
*Roloflex lines create sense of movement

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
Hi Adele and all.
I will be glad when this winter is over..but it is not letting go easily or it seems soon...although I like the inside time for tangling..I also like to get out for the sunshine.
In any case I had fun doing this challenge and added a little bit of "and" in there just because
Have a great week all!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*light and sunshiny background
*dark surround for Roloflex and soft shading

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
Again I didn't have as much time to fuss with my tile as I would have liked, because the "constructive" thing I made myself do first took longer than I'd hoped. But I think not-fussing is probably a better Zen practice anyway!
I adore Inapod, as you can probably tell (even though I keep thinking it is called String of Peas). So I wanted to do Roloflex in even rows and columns. Surprisingly, considering how many S's I've written in my lifetime, I couldn't make even rows and columns of S's without making a grid. After I gridded the tile I realized that I had intended to make oblong grid shapes rather than square, so the tangle wouldn't look like Cruffle (turns out it doesn't anyway).
Thanks for your hard work and your tangling tips, and for bringing this community together!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*a grid for Roloflex - clever variation and it still holds its own
*elongated and elegant Inapod

From Susie (Thailand) ~
Well, Susie wants to let you know that she thoroughly enjoyed this week's IAST challenge, drew me even earlier than usual and took my picture right after she had finished me, but...she had forgotten to send me to you. She is really not so forgettable, but this week, oh, like so many of them, was a mess which she let go to turn into an even messier week and it got out of her control. She sends her apologies with lots of OOO and XXX and promises not EVER, yes, NEVER ever, to let a week turn messy again!
IAST 232 from Thailand and Susie
 Tangled Tidbits -
*rich jewel tones of color add to the beauty of striking Roloflex variations
*perf lined Roloflex aura

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
March came roaring in here! It's cold, windy, and rainy in our part of California. Doesn't compare with what lots of folks have to deal with (no snow, for instance), but cold for us nevertheless. Another fun challenge, Adele! I 've used Inapod in the past, but Roloflex was new to me. Instead of thinking of it as a chubby "S", I thought of it as a chubby figure 8. It worked out really well and I'll definitely use it again. I'm also pleased with my progress with Renaissance tiles. Adding a little extra color can really change things up from black ink on white tiles with graphite shading. This has sepia, brown and black ink with dark sepia, white, and red chalk for shading and highlights. Of course we are own worst critic: I would have preferred my Inapods a bit less stiff, but that's how the curvy line straightens! I added tendrils to help out. Looking forward to seeing everyone's tiles and next week's challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*"chubby 8" variation of Roloflex yields even more of a twist to the tangle
*graceful Inapod with Ribbon accents

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Greetings Adele, no potluck this Wednesday so I was able to work on my IAST :). Somehow the pod just wouldn't go into Inapod, I seem to really like Stripes and sparkles. We are experiencing a very weird February my unheated sun room has been over 80 the past two days and our snow is melting fast. The lake still has a lot of ice as it still goes below freezing each night. A friend told me her maple trees have been running sap for over 2 weeks and they have started boiling their Maple syrup, that's usually mid March!
 Tangled Tidbits -
...the weather has proved unpredictable for most of us...
*very pretty Inapod variation
*Roloflex fills the entire background space

A very warm welcome to Di Phipps (Australia) ~

(I was so moved by Di's email that I include it in its entirety here.  I am grateful to her for her kind words that capture what I hope to convey through my blog.)
I feel compelled to write to you after stumbling across your blog.
My name's Diane, and I live in Australia. I am so new to zentangling that I have only tried out a few so far - tipple, brax, paradox, n'zepple, that's about it. But I have been enjoying reading your blog so much, that I thought, even though I may be sending you this week's challenge a bit late and it's certainly not following the guidelines, I'd send it anyway not to enter it into the challenge so much but rather as a way of saying thank you for all the work you put into your blog. Not only your time, but your heart.

Your blog, to me, stands out. It's not just an instruction thing, you really put your heart into it. I am reading it right from the beginning and am still in the year 2013! There are many insights and sharings from you that make me continue to read, and of course the entries of the weekly challenges are so inspiring and beautiful!

I am still at the stage where I am just copying patterns that appeal to me, and practicing. This "tile" is only my second self-created drawing. I've never considered myself an artist but always wanted to be good at drawing, and zentangling is a way for me to be that artist :). It's wonderful!

Roloflex, Inapod, and Pokeroot I've never tried before. I thought I'd just draw two big Inapods, and then put Roloflex inside them, see what it looked like. I never intended the drawing to look like a "thing", but it does look like a thing to me, so I turned it into more of a "thing" :). It looked rather sad, so I drew in two small Roloflex tears under its eyes. It's amazing how you really don't know how a drawing will turn out, you just go with the flow.

I want to write so much more, and maybe I will, later. Once again, thank you for your delightful blog, for the challenges, and for sharing.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Di.
*Roloflex and perf filled Inapod
*large and small free floating Roloflex
Welcome to our IAST community and to our Tangled Map, Di!

From Susan Theron (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
Thanks for the skelter tips.
My contribution:
Tangled Tidbits -
*black filled background accents the tangles
*shading makes Inapod shine

From Heather Temple (Killingworth, Connecticut) ~
I’m so proud of myself for actually getting two of your challenges done this year. Go me!...
As always have a great week and thanks for this weekly work you do.
Tangled Tidbits - 
Go Heather!
*fabulous sea of Tipple for Roloflex
*alternating light and dark striped Inapod

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
...Thank you für this interesting challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*endless details, especially in Inapod variations - tangles in tangles!
*touches of deep black between Roloflex compliment centers of Inapod

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
A nor’easter has come and gone ... power lost and found ... a couple inches of water in the basement remedied with a wet vac ... we’re counting our lucky stars even through cloudy grey skies.
I’m going to keep practicing Pilar’s Roloflex tangle ... I’d like a more twisted seashell ... got close, but not quite there. Thanks and cheers for a calming prompt in a mighty stormy week!
 Tangled Tidbits -
...and I do hope you escape the latest storm...
*beautiful shading on all sides of the tangles gives them a sense of floating above the tile
*Tipple adds to the airy feel of the tile

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Hope you and yours are all well and making positive waves as always. Thank you and everyone who participates in this weekly challenge for your thoughts and prayers for drought relief here in the Western Cape of South Africa. Thank you too for this week’s challenge. I love Inapod by Carole Ohl with all its possibilities. Roloflex by Pilar Pulido is new to me and still needs more practice and exploration. Didn’t quite make the cut for me, but time will tell. But, as always, the experiences of producing a completed zentangle tile was worth it and rewarding.
Looking forward to seeing everyone’s artwork.
Have an amazing week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
We are still praying, please keep us updated.
*super Inapod variations with endless aura
*Roloflex shines with sparkle and stripes, too

From Nor'dzin (Wales, United Kingdom) ~
Thank you so much for posting my attempt at #231. It was such a thrill seeing it posted there with all the other fabulous is my #232.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Inapod filled with orbs - notice how they escape the end pods
*color contrasts with the penciled background tangles

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Lily (Hungary) ~
here is my tile for your weekly challenge. I used Derwent Inktense and Derwent Procolour pencils for coloring. Thank you for the great challenge!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*glorious shades of subtle color, shading, and highlights
*curved inner detail lines of Roloflex add greater dimension
*pearl-like finish to perfs
*grid variations for Inapod and Roloflex

Congratulations, Lily!

I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

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

Many thanks to Carole Ohl, CZT for Inapod and to Pilar Pulido, CZT for Roloflex, the two curvy tangles we coupled with my string.

To check out all of the delightful details for IAST #233 - our tribute to Pi - click here.

The Skelter "Tips for Tangling" that were referred to several times can be found by clicking here.