Sometime last summer I started sniffing around on blogs where people were talking about Zentangle. I felt a desire to see what other people were saying about it, what they were doing with it, how their work looked. In the process I stumbled across a blog called Tickled to Tangle. The writer of the blog, Adele Bruno CZT, had recently launched a weekly challenge, called It's a String Thing. Each week she posts a string and a chosen selection of tangles from the Tanglepatterns archive. Participants tangle away and return to share their wildly different responses.
For a few weeks I took part within the pages of my sketchbook - but come the seventh week of the challenge I took the plunge and emailed a tile to Adele. She was so encouraging, and continues to be, to each and every participant. I feel that my tangling and the experience as a whole has been improved by a feeling of sharing the fun with a group of other enthusiasts. I still try to take part most weeks - and only missed a few due to the Christmas and New Year festivities!
Below are a couple of digital flipbooks which hopefully show the tiles I've created for the It's a String Thing challenges - including the early ones which have never before seen the light of day.