This week’s challenge marks the first anniversary of the It’s a String Thing Weekly Challenges.  Adele does an amazing job with her blog, thinking up the challenges and posting her thoughts on each and every one of the submissions she gets weekly.  Adele you are amazing! =D  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

This week’s tangle pattern selections include:

  • Meringue by CZT Kelley Kelly
  • A-Fog by Kathy Redmond
  • Roscoe by Vicki Bassett
  • Kitl by Jem Miller AKA Ragged Ray
  • Lotus Pods
Happy Anniversary It's a String Thing Challenge

“Happy Anniversary It’s a String Thing Challenge”
4″x4″ Strathmore watercolour tile, Sakura micron pen, Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolour pencils, graphite pencil


This tile called “Hanging Vines” is my submission for This week’s It’s a String Thing Challenge #51. The string is TanglePattern 051.  The tangles to select from are:

  • Facet by Nancy Pine, CZT
  • Fancy Nancy – one of my patterns
  • Falz by Sue Clark, CZT
  • Fandango by Vicki Bassett


Hanging Vines

“Hanging Vines”
4″x4″ Strathmore artist tile, Sakura micron pen, Faber-Castell Pitt Brush pens, graphite pencil



This week’s It’s a String Thing Challenge #48 is to use TanglePatterns String 046 with tangles Purk, Printemps, Pippin and/or Prestwood.  This was a quick tangle for me as I couldn’t sit still for long since it’s really hot, sunny and humid here in Vancouver.  My tile is entitled “Summer Squash”.  Enjoy!

Summer Squash

“Summer Squash”
3.5″x3.5″ official Zentangle tile, Sakura micron pen, Sakura Soufflé pen, Faber-Castell Pitt brush pen, graphite pencil


This week’s It’s a String Thing challenge #47 is to use our challenge hostess’, Adele Bruno CZT’s, July 4th string.  July 1st is our Canada Day so I decided to use red and white in my ZIA.  This was a cute challenge.  The first letter of each tile pattern selected for this week spell our JULY!  The patterns include:

  • Joy  by Jaoyce Block, CZT
  • Unyun  by Carole Ohl, CZT
  • Lightning Bolt by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
  • Yincut  an official Zentangle® pattern
Canada Day Celebration

“Canada Day Celebration”
Strathmore 6″x6″ black tile, Sakura white gelly roll pen, Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils, White charcoal pencil


Canada Day Cake and RCMP


Canada Day Fireworks Vancouver


This week’s string challenge #46 is to use the TanglePattern String #40.  The challenge was to use only the patterns that CZT Sue Jacobs created.  The tangle patterns to choose from were:

  • Bumps
  • Coil
  • Jilli
  • LaBel
  • Looby Loo
  • Plaited
  • Vigne

My piece for this week is named “Lilias Grey”.  I used tangles Coil, Bumps, Jilli, LaBel, Vigne, and Looby Loo.

Here’s how I came about the name.  After studying the completed work, I found that my tile was super feminine.  It reminded me of lace doilies, pearls, ribbons, porcelain tea cups and all things ladylike.  It reminded me of my historical romance novels!  To decide on a name for the piece, I consulted Stuff and Nonsense’s Regency Name Generator and it came up with this surprisingly appropriate name – “Lilias” for the lilies in Vigne and “Grey” for the overall colour palate of the tile.  Enjoy!

Lilias Grey

“Lilias Grey”
Strathmore 6″x6″ tile, Sakura Micron pens, Laurentien pencil crayon in blush pink, and graphite pencil

I was surprised to learn that Laurentien pencil crayons are no longer being produced.  I shall cherish my old box!  Laurentien was bought out by Stanford and then discontinued.  I grew up with these pencils.  Great value for the money!




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