16 Tangles All in A Row
This week’s Diva Challenge was to do a white on black tile or tangle on a found object. As my white pens rarely cooperate with me, I went with the found object.
My house is still under construction so finding something just lying around waiting to be attacked with a pen wasn’t much of a problem!
All I had to do was stand up & turn in a slow circle before my eyes landed on a lovely bit of cut wood on our contractors work table, so that’s what I tangled.
For no particular reason, other than it felt right, I used 16 tangles. None repeating. It took four days to complete, everyone thought I was crazy. Two pens sacrificed their lives before it was finished. There were funerals to commemorate their sacrifice. Everyone knew I was crazy.
The 16 Beautiful Tangle Patterns
Diva Dance, Sand Swirl, and Groovy were probably the hardest for me.
Keeping the accent lines in order with Groovy was pretty tough & I seriously messed up the auras with Sand Swirl. With Diva Dance I was never quite sure that I was doing it correctly but I just kept on swimming anyway!
I’m proud of this one, which, of course, means that it’s already been given away!
I really love how the dark sepia looks on the pine, it’s so organic feeling. I liked it so much that I really didn’t think I was going to add any color… until I couldn’t help it, but I tried to stick with minimal shades of brown and tan in order to maintain the organic feel.
Though I did get tired toward the end & wished that I’d chosen something a little smaller to tangle on, this challenge ended up being a lot of fun.
Alphabet Challenge – S, T & U
Well, I used most of String 125. As I was only using 3 patterns, I wanted the diamond in the center so I left one line out of the string.
I’m in a grey scale kind of mood this week, so I left the tile in black & white. That and I like how the starkness really seems to make the design, especially the Sand Swirls, pop.
For the letter S, I used Sand Swirl by Karry Huen, for T I used Twile by Lesley Scott-Gilliland, and for U I used Undling by Susie Achter.
Sand Swirl came out quite a bit better in this tile than it did on the Found Object “tile” I did for The Diva’s Challenge, of course I’d had a bit of practice by the time I started this one!
While I like the tile, if I were going to do it again I would probably switch where I used Undling and Twile, mostly because I think having the larger patterns on the outside and the tighter pattern in the center would have looked a tad bit better.
Either that or I would have found a tighter pattern that started with an S… not that it matters since I wasn’t thinking that far ahead when I started and it turned out fine anyway!
Tangleation Vocation – Night Blooms
This is another tangle pattern that I’ve never tried and it looked kinda complicated, so I was a little bit nervous about trying it. Once I got started though, I realized that it’s much easier than it seemed at first. I can see myself using it more often now that I’ve got the hang of it.
When I first started adding “texture” to the odd loops, they looked like cartoon mummies so I was going to make the other ones little ghosties. It would have been cute, but now that it’s finished I’m glad I didn’t go that route because I really love the goofy little daisies!