I skipped out on Diva’s “moving” challenge because I prefer to do my tangling while sitting still. But this week’s challenge, “circles” was right in my wheelehouse (see what I did there?)
I started with this for my string:
The outermost ring is a CD — the template I usually use for the Zendala things I do obsessively and that I’ll get around to posting someday. The other circles are various other round things lying around — a toy cookie from my kids’ play kitchen, the inner circle of the CD, one of those plastic baby ring-stacker rings. So that was fun. Rather than doing any specific tangles, I decided to do a variation of Stricles: I drew a wobbly sort of grid across it, then filled in the cells with various solids and stripes — and one column of Nipa.
I left it unshaded for now. I might go back and shade some more later, but I kind of like the plain look so far.
The focus-tangle for this one is a cool little thing called “Pearly” that I just encountered. The pearls reminded me of Purk, always a favorite of mine, and the star shape of the string made me think of Arukas and Auraknot. I also used a tangleation of Pand I’ve worked up that I call Rzr.
I’ve done a lot of tangling lately but not a lot of blogging. A lot on my mind but no energy to blog about it all, probably because of having so much on my mind. On the other hand, I’ve managed to upload pictures of some of my recent work, including the most recent Made by Joey Challenge plus a few stragglers:
Okay, so the shading’s a little sloppy, but it was fun. I’ve always loved B’Twined. And I figured it would enjoy playing with its BFFs, Betweed and Betwixt.
Girdy is another great fun one. I tried something a little different on the right side — but I got myself mixed up drawing the “platforms” and ended up with a line through the beams. Oh well. I also used some Skye, a new one from a Diva Challenge a while back.That column with spirals is a new one I came up with that I call Psiral. Who knows, maybe I’ll actually post the step-out one of these days.
The tangle of focus for this one is Gnarly. When I was a kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was big, so “gnarly” seemed like “current” slang. It was only later that I realized that all their lingo was recycled 50s/60s surfer slang. I thought it would be fun to do some ocean themed stuff. So here are some waves and squids and … jellyfish? Weird oysters? Caviar? I don’t know for sure.
Socc is the focus here. I worked on this one while I was in Kansas City for the AP English Language reading. Have you ever spent 8 hours a day for a week grading AP Exam essays? Well, I have.
Well, that’s all the ones I can find files of for now. I also did the Maryhill one but I don’t know where it ended up.
The string for the week’s challenge was a peace sign with the suggested tangle “Organic.” This is one that never seems to come out exactly as I want it, but I think I got a good effect this time. I also used Paradox, which has always been one of my favorites.
I had several ideas for what to do with this one. Ultimately, I decided to use the letters P-A-X — Latin for peace — as a string and as the letters for my tangles. Here is the string I started with:
Sorry for the poor picture quality.
I suppose using “Xplode” for a peace-themed ZIA is a bit ironic, but there aren’t a lot of good “x” tangles. I also used one of the newest TP patterns, A-Dalfa, plus one that is not new at all but that I don’t think I’ve ever used before, Pendrils.
I haven’t posted in ages, and this one will be real quick, but I wanted to share that I have been tangling — I just haven’t been sharing. This is for the most recent Diva Challenge, number 274, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” I decided not just to celebrate my native land of the USA, but also the diversity and equality represented by the rainbow flag of the Pride movement. It was fun crafting with construction paper and glue sticks again.