Friday, July 21, 2017

Fabulous Fabriano Part X - The Finale!

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Our trip to Fabriano, Italy, continues...
(Here are the links to past posts just in case you are new to this journey:  Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VIPart VIIPart VIII, Part IX)

I appreciate round numbers and because of that I will end our time in Fabriano, Italy, with just one more post.  The tenth (X) in the series, this number also coincides with the number of the CZT Seminar that I attended.  It was meant to be...

The Fabriano Paper Company, according to its website, has eight boutiques located throughout Italy and another six scattered across Europe.

On our pilgrimage to Fabriano, my husband and I were able to visit three of them and the museum's shop as well.

The following photographs serve two purposes:  first, to prove that the experience was real and not the dream it feels like now, and second, to give you a glimpse of the shops and hopefully spark an interest in your own visit someday.

The city of Florence was our initial destination.  On our first full day we took a lovely walking tour of the city which included stops to view the museum that housed Michelangelo's David (Dah-vid as our tour guide called him) and the Uffizi Gallery - both full of breathtaking sites.

Tired, yet still determined to find the Fabriano Boutique, we walked even further to find it - and we did!

Nestled along a bustling street of mostly foot traffic, it was a beautifully appointed store.
This was the first gift I purchased.  The wrapping was as impressive as the tablet it enclosed.

Rome was our final stop.  The night before the end of our trip, my husband did an incredible job of navigating our rental car through the streets of the city to find the Fabriano Boutique.

Along the sidewalk leading up to the front door, a neighboring cafe's tables were set for dinner.  It was a lovely site.

I was just a bit excited to be there!!

The red walls of the Rome boutique made quite an impression.  I finished up the last of my shopping there - no small task as I would have purchased the entire store if I were able!

I bought the colorful guest book pictured above on the top shelf.  It was a limited edition made in celebration of the company's 750 anniversary in 2014.

My friend and fellow CZT Dorian Eng brought one home from her trip to Rome just a few weeks earlier, so I knew to look for it.   I am indebted to her for that - and for the idea of leaving behind tangled gifts, as I mentioned in Part III.

I honestly did not have enough suitcase room to bring back all of the niceties that I hoped to buy, so it took some time to whittle down my choices.

When at last I piled my goods onto the counter, and the smiling clerk rung up the sale, I pulled from my purse a little Bijou tile.  (On our way to the store, I tangled a quick thank you in anticipation of the exchange.)

To my surprise, when the clerk looked at it, she let out a little squeal of excitement.
"Ahh, Zentangle!" she exclaimed in her thick Italian accent.

She left the counter, hurried across the store, and from a shelf lined with wonderfully colorful things...

 ...she produced a zendala box that I immediately recognized as Dorian's.

We both laughed and hugged and relished the connection.  She remembered Dorian and her recent visit and treasured the memory of their time along with Dorian's gift.

We posed for this photograph as she held my tile and I held Dorian's box ~

What a presence we felt, what a connection we made - across the miles, the friendships, through Zentangle®, through Fabriano.

I could never have imagined the wonders of that entire experience, I just remain grateful for them all.

The next morning, as Lou and I were walking briskly through the airport in Rome to catch our flight back home, one more treat greeted us:  a Fabriano Boutique in the terminal!

Being the patient man that he is, Lou humored me and took this photograph ~

Still crunched for time, we resumed our rush to the gate.  It wasn't until much later that I realized that a quick history of Fabriano paper is located on the panel to the left.

To think that this pilgrimage began with a dream sparked at CZT Seminar 10, when I first learned that our tiles were made of Fabriano paper.  Along with all things Zentangle®, I developed an appreciation of it that has only grown fonder for our time and experiences in Italy.
I remain one very grateful tangler and wish you happy travels and dreams come true of your own!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #204

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

We continue this week with our wedding theme.  Last week we used "something old and something new" (Click here for all of the delightful details.)
The results of both IAST #203 and #204 will be published on Monday, July 24.  That means you still have time to participate in one or both of the adventures.

This week we include "something borrowed and something blue" (with a little twist) and we begin with this string ~

IAST #204 "I do" String by Adele Bruno, CZT
I may have gotten a bit carried away with the theme here (insert sheepish smile) - so use the string as you wish, let the tangles dictate it for you.

Our "something borrowed" will be 
a tangle of your choosing - one that you wish you could have come up with that you have come across that makes you say, "Wow!  I wish I would have thought of that!"
It will be interesting to see which tangles you choose and it will be a nice tribute to their creators as well.  
Please be sure to include the name of the tangle and the artist you are 'borrowing' it from.

Our "something blue" will be the tangle 
Bluebonnets by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
This is the only tangle on TanglePatterns with the word 'blue' in it, so it was an easy pick.  As noted in the link above, the step out is not available, but can be gleaned through the illustration provided.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 

*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(s) to -
by Sunday evening, July 23.

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. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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, July 17, 2017

Happy Monday!

Just a reminder that the tiles of "It's a String Thing"  #203 (link) and  IAST #204 (check back tomorrow for details) will be shown together on Monday, July 24.

There is still plenty of time to join in the fun.

Have a wonderful week of tangling!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fabulous Fabriano Part IX

Our trip to Fabriano, Italy, continues...
(Here are the links to past posts just in case you are just joining this journey:  Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart VPart VIPart VII, Part VIII)

Along with the wire watermark procedure that was demonstrated in our tour of the museum (pictured above), we also learned of an intriguing process invented in the mid-1800's.  This, as we were informed, is so specialized that only two people in the world practice the art:  Franco Librari and his daughter Annarita, both of Fabriano, Italy.

This watermarking process is better explained on the museum's website - click here for the link - but basically it begins with the detailed and painstaking process of carving an intricate design into wax.   These carvings can take years to create.   From this wax, metal dies are cast and used to imprint the watermark onto paper.

Throughout the Paper and Watermark Museum, examples of these exquisite wax carvings are on display.  Here are just two that I photographed ~

You may recognize these faces...

In most every room of the second level, back lit sheets of paper revealed their treasures.  Here are a few that I captured ~

Not ancient by the Fabriano Paper Company's standard, but my mine, this c.1700's eagle was imprsessive.

My good friend's Katie's last name is Graham, so I photographed this one -

I found this one interesting, along with the first two, because Fabriano was doing business with companies in the United States from a very early time in our nation's history.

This Santa was gloriously detailed...
along with the beloved saint...

The gift shop walls were framed with back lit spaces displaying sheets of paper with these elegant watermarks.  You can see them in the background of this photo of me holding a guest book ~

It was difficult to leave, but our visit to the Fabriano Paper and Watermark Museum, like all good things, had to come to an end.  It was a blessing to realize my dream of being there, getting the chance to add my signature to the guest book, and to purchase some very scrumptious paper.

Once again, our clerk helped us in pointing out that the site of the original factory as well as the   actual factory, were both within a mile of where we were at the museum.  How could we leave this fair city with out seeing both?

Fortunately, on our way out of town, we located the spot of the original factory...

and where the current one is located...

Fabriano, Italy

Both, just as we were told, were within a mile of the current museum.

In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined that our trip to Fabriano would have turned out so marvelously  well.  Lou and I were fortunate in so many ways - from the timing of our encounters, to the people we met, to the experiences shared.

Looking back, I experienced a lifetime of memories in less than twenty-four hours - truly remarkable. It has taken nine posts to convey a glimpse of these dreams come true.  My hope is that our trip inspires you to believe in your tangled dreams, whatever they may be.

Arrivederci, dear Fabriano!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Laughter is the fireworks of the soul.
                                                                                                                       ~Josh Billings

IAST #202 by Adele Bruno, CZT

To view all of the bright and sparkly results of "It's a String Thing" #202, click here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #203

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

In this season of weddings, I thought it would be fun to take one of the hallmark sayings associated with the preparations and incorporate it into our next two IAST adventures.
Traditionally, when a bride readies for her wedding, she tries to include "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue."

This week we will use the first two "somethings" and next week, the last two.

The tiles from this week will be published together with the tiles from IAST #204 on
Monday, July 24.

Join in when you are able - complete one or both challenges - send your tiles together or separately...the choices are yours!

We begin with this string ~

IAST #203 by Adele Bruno, CZT

Our "something old" will be the tangle
SeZ by Rick Roberts (also here on TanglePatterns)
This was first introduced in the Zentangle® newsletter on December 5, 2008.  The roundness of it will add a nice contrast to the angular Trilad (below).
While Rick used seeds to mark the random spots to begin SeZ, dots alone would work just fine.

Our "something new" will be the tangle 
Trilad by Laura Liu, CZT
Since this is the newest entry on TanglePatterns it is fitting for our challenge.
At first glance, it looks similar to other triangle based tangles, but through its step out, it has its own uniqueness.  Elements of those other tangles can be easily incorporated.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 

*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 -

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. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

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, July 10, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #202 Tiles

The skies were ablaze with fireworks in this week's tiles as we celebrated Canada Day and the Fourth of July.  We enthusiastically welcome three new tanglers to our community this week as well, let's take a look ~

The first arrived from Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*dotted surrounds of CO2
*pops of color in centers of all three tangles

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
What a lovely wedding gift for The Almonds! Did you do one for your daughter too? I didn't get to go see the fireworks this year as the running lights on the boat are not working and as there were rainstorms just before and after I didn't complain. So with this week's Challenge we got to make our own! Thanks Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
(Trudi referred to last week's post - Link ) Thanks for the idea, I will have to!
*colorful bursts of tangles
*Pop-Cloud cluster contrasts in black and white

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
A quick but colourful entry this week.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*Xplode springs from the corners of the border and along the string lines
*blue Pop-Cloud tops

From Ilse Lukken (The Netherlands) and here on her blog ~
Happy Fourth of July!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*layers of large, shaded Pop-Cloud
*shaded circle centers of CO2

From Beth Gaughan (North Carolina) ~
I'm continuing to enjoy your trip to Italy, thank you for sharing the trip with us!

Tangled Tidbits - 
*darkened spaces between Pop-Cloud
*two Xplode feature softly shaded center points

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
Thank You Adele for another great challenge. I was so relaxed decorating "Pop-Cloud's" auras that I went a little overboard, but I quite enjoyed it! I think "X-plode" and CO2" kind of look like fireworks ;-)
Greeting from Canada!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*brilliant yellow/green shines along with white on black
*perfs, sparkled stripes, dark centers - delightfully detailed Pop-Cloud

From Jenny Hopkins (Australia) ~
Thank you for another challenging challenge. I hope you have enjoyed your July 4th celebrations.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*multiple layers of lovely Pop-Cloud
*CO2 and Pop-Cloud diminish as they rise toward one large Xplode

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Thank you again for some lovely tangles ‘Pop- Cloud’ is a wonderful tangle to draw, I love it.
Attached is my tile for ‘ It’s A String Thing # 202 ‘Challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*shading accentuates the curves and layers of Pop-Cloud
*short and long lines of Xplode - adds fullness

From Susie (Thailand) ~
Till a few hours ago (it is now 5pm Sat) I had no idea what on earth I am going to draw and subsequently send to you. I played with the idea to send you a blank tile, pretending I attached the wrong one. But then I remembered what my YOGA teacher used to say when he wanted us to do pose everyone in the class wasn’t up to:
Don’t think, just do it.
Voila! Here my tile. Representing the present overcast, grey weather we have with the occasional sun spots through the clouds.
And now I can say: Thank you so much, Adele, for an “ARGH!!” challenge that in the end was quite a lot of fun to do.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*marvelous Pop-Cloud, hints of blue, elegant initial curved lines
*light and dark tips of Xplode - some drifting up and away
*bright a beautiful pops of yellow

From Sharyn Penna (Massachusetts) ~
Oh my word ... the gilded zendala gift is absolutely stunning. I love the subtle heart surround at the top of the A ... just breathtaking.
Firework galore this week ... let the base drum-booms fill our hearts!
Cheers to the 4th!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, Sharon :)
*wonderfully weighted Pop-Cloud lines
*Xplode reaches to the far corners of the tile

From Sra (India) ~
This tile ran amok, it ended up losing the string!
 Tangled Tidbits -
Congratulations for that!
*energy of the Xplode burst carried outward by Pop-Cloud, CO2 and smaller Xplode
*Pop-Cloud shaded centers

From Jutta Gladnigg, CZT (NRW, Germany) ~
This challenge brings back wonderful memories...!
It was IAST 150 when I first found your site and took part in the first tangle challenge of my life! And then... IAST 151... this was the second tile I sent to you commemorating July, 4th! So a year has passed and I am still (and even more) enthusiastic about tangling. You have contributed so so much to that!!! Thank you again, dear Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
...and now you are a CZT - congratulations, Jutta!
*glorious layering, shading, details, and highlights
*triangles in triangles tip Xplode

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
We had our usual 4th here on the coast - upper 'marine layer' (aka 'fog) that masked the fireworks as they went higher. So, decided to depict how our local display appeared. However, I couldn't decide on white or black tiles, so I did both. I'm not thrilled with either, but it was fun. (The black does not show the glitter of the gel pens and on the white you can barely see the shine from my Wink of Stella pen. They are better in person (-: )
Thanks for wonderful challenge. Oh and those lovely little books from Fabriano are beautiful, aren't they? Thank you for taking us on this magical tour with you - so much fun!

Tangled Tidbits -
*CO2 pops through Pop-Cloud
*colorful Xplode
*wonderful imagery of fireworks in a cloudy night sky
Wink of Stella - though not visible in the photo - is a great tool to add sparkle to your tangles.

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
It seems that the 4th of July has become a very (pop)cloudy day in my tile.
Anyway I hope that all Americans had a very festive day on the 4th of July.
And I also had fun doing this tile.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shaded centers and curves of Pop-Cloud surrounded by deep, dark background
*multi-lined colorful burst of Xplode

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Thank you for the friendly and warm welcome to your community and the entry on your tangled map. The new issue was really a challenge, because I didn’t use the three tangle patterns so far. For fireworks in the night sky, however, they are very nice.
Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty colors illuminate the tangles
*Xplode overlaps Pop-Cloud

A very warm welcome to Carol Johnson (Connecticut) ~
Attached is my tile for #202. This is my first time submitting a tile - thanks for the challenge! All of the patterns were new to me and I really enjoyed it.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Xplode stretches between shaded string lines
*lovely shading and detail lines of Pop-cloud layers
Welcome to IAST, Carol, and welcome to our tangled map!

From Teddy G (Maryland) ~
Here's my entry for IAST 202. All of the tangles were new to me; Pop-Cloud was challenging. The combination of Xplode and CO2 reminded me of sparklers which went with the 4th of July. Thanks for the weekly challenges.
Tangled Tidbits -
*CO2 filled centers of Pop-Cloud and tips of Xplode - how fun!
*flag tipped Xplode (Can't you just hear the patriotic music?!)

From Cat (Winston, Oregon) ~
It's been such a very long time since I've submitted a tile. So long, in fact, that as you can see my Sakura Pigma Micron pens are nearly dried out and in dire need of replacement! Needless to say, with dried out pens I'm not terribly pleased with the way this tile turned out, but I decided to send it anyway and help you celebrate Independence Day!
I'm really hoping to get back into doing Zentangle and ZIA, and what better place to restart than with your weekly challenge! I just need a little extra kick in the pants to just DO IT. There are just so many things that I want and need to do, but only so many days/hours to do them.Thanks as always, Adele, for taking the time to do this weekly challenge of yours. I don't know how many people realize how much time and effort it takes for you to do this, but I do... and I truly appreciate it.
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you and welcome back, Cat!  Pens, in all stages of use, add to the character of a tile :)
*Tripoli tipped Xplode
*layers of Pop-Cloud curves

From Priscilla DeConti (Upstate, New York) ~
Ok these were not my favorite tangles LOL yet I did give it a college try with the string
Tangled Tidbits -
*CO2 filled Pop-Cloud
*Xplode shaded on each line

From Sue Leslie, CZT 22 (New Mexico) ~
Thanks for a fun challenge with 3 new tangles for me
 Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely layers of all three tangles
*soft shading adds depth

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Hope you had a safe and Happy July 4th. Still loving your adventures in Italy..this last one with your paper purchases had me drooling!
It must have been so hard not to take home one of each.
Tangled Tidbits -
Yes, it really was ;)
*a festive Xplode party - complete with fun finishes
*CO2 bubbles up, around, and over the tangles

From Sue Agnew (Tucson, Arizona) ~
The world keeps spinning — the #200 celebration is over and it's already time for #202! Fortunately the party continues.
Not sure if I like this one. I was experimenting with oversize, "less is more," and drawing behind (I intuitively want to think background first and then come forward, like in the drip paintings I'm doing, unlike Zentangle). Anyway, it is what it is, and it is far too hot in my office/studio (we're having record heat in Arizona and my office/studio was added on so isn't part of the HVAC system and besides that has a west-facing wall, so it gets hot by mid-afternoon) to do anything more than scan it and send it.
Thank you for continuing your Tickled to Tangle project!
Tangled Tidbits -
(It is refreshing - despite you heat - to be treated to your tangle style again, Sue.)
*sparkled arcs of Pop-Cloud hints
*tips of Xplode lines grace each dip of Pop-Cloud

From Tonia Croce (Rhode Island) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*billowy clusters of Pop-Cloud
*two large Xplode in opposite corners

A very warm welcome to Aileen (Singapore) and also on her blog ~
Hope [I] am in time for my first ever It's a string thing challenge.
Rainbows and raindrops In sunny Singapore

Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely combination of tangles
*shaded string lines and a touch of sparkle
Welcome to IAST and to our tangled map, Aileen.

From Lily Moon (Hungary) ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating light and deep dark string sections filled with beautiful tangles
*Xplode features one white center line and luscious layers of Pop-Cloud top off the tile

From Brenda Urbanik, CZT 13 (Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
I am so happy I got to play with your latest challenge. You can see all the details on my blog post, link below.
I am trying to be a little braver with adding graphite and white charcoal pencil highlights!We are have some much needed rain today so I am feeling very blessed. This should help in dampening some of the lingering fires and hot spots.
Tangled Tidbits -
*spectacular layering and details of Pop-Cloud - dark centers, highlights, shading, brown in between spaces
*smattering of white outlined Xplode lines

From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*one large Xplode reaches over puffy layers of Pop-Cloud
*touch of color for CO2

From Anita A Westin (Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here is my entry for IAST 202. This was a challenge to do, but I am happy I did go for it. Popcloud is my favourite in this challenge. But am happy I made this!
Thank´s Adele for giving us new experiences every week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*dark, sparkled, and shaded string lines
*Pop-Cloud fills the string space to the brim - wonderful contrast to the lighter CO2

A very warm welcome to Laurel Davis, CZT 28 (New York) ~
I have been looking at all the beautiful work displayed on your site and having just completed CZT #28, I now have the confidence to submit something. My sister, a retired art teacher, liked it better turned upside down!
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautifully bright tangles on black paper
*CO2 tipped Xplode and CO2 floating through Pop-Cloud
Welcome to our IAST community and welcome to our tangled map, Laurel ~

From Felicity Strohfeldt (South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Felicity and her husband, Willie, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. CONGRATULATIONS !!  Our best wishes to you both for this rare and wonderful milestone! Tile 202, the Independence Day tile. I enjoyed all the patterns and I see a bit of Willie and myself as described above in the finished tile. The hollibaughing Pop-cloud is the emulsion being shaken up, then comes the Xploding of ideas and the larger Pop-Clouds are the results and the happy, slightly different Co2’s the feeling of achievements and happiness at being able to do all this together even after 50 years. Thank you, Carla du Preez, Antoine Megger and Margaret McKerihan for the lovely patterns and you Adele for the challenge.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*sensational Pop-Cloud - double lined, striped and sparkled, too!
*Xplode explodes between Pop-Cloud layers

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Sharon Fite from California!

Sharon wrote:
Hi Adele, I love the tangles and this one-sided string. I've used PopCloud before, but really enjoyed the process of drawing it this time. I made some tiles with new watercolor pens I got for my birthday last week, and one fit the string to a tee. Reminds me that no matter how dark it may be, a sunbeam will break through. It also reminds me that even though it's 106 degrees today in the Central Valley, we were blessed with lots of rain this spring.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*wonderfully positive sentiment to accompany the tangles
*billowing Pop-Cloud - as it flows along the colors on the tile - moves from dark to light
*sunshine rays of Xplode
*sunny centers of CO2

Congratulations, Sharon!

I have a little some thing coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire all of us and help build this wonderfully supportive IAST community.

Kudos to the creators of the tangles we used this week:

Pop-Cloud by Carla du Preez

Xplode by Margaret McKerihan

CO2 by Antonine Megger

Continued thanks for the compliments on the posts of my "Paper Pilgrimage" to Fabriano, Italy.  Part IX is coming on Thursday ♡.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #203!