Joey and Diva’s Weekly Challenges

Okay, so I finally got to the fancy scanning machine and I’m ready to share my challenge attempts for the week. First, Diva’s.

The challenge this week was to use the tangle “Rautyflex”:

Diva's Weekly Challenge 258
Diva Weekly Challenge #258

Okay, “challenge” was right. Based on what else I’ve seen from the other entries, this tangle confounded a lot of people. But a challenge I wanted and a challenge I accepted. I chose to do this as a Zendala, divided sort of like the first steps of the tangle — the circle is quartered and the top left and bottom right quarters are divided horizontally again. In each section, I tried a variation on the basic tangle. Going counterclockwise from the bottom left:

  1. For this I used a sort of radial grid. That sort of angular S shape is the one that came out the most to me, so that’s what I colored in.
  2. I did the least with this section, and it came out (I think) the best. Maybe there’s a lesson in that somewhere? I just did a more or less straight take on the pattern then colored in alternating cells, Knightsbridge style. Looking at it now, it seems like I got the 3d pop that I was going for in other sections without really trying to. If I ever use this tangle again, I think I’ll stick to this varietal. Also, I filled in the shapes with an extra-fine tip Sharpie from a set I got for Christmas and I like how it came out.
  3. This was my attempt at a ribbon/border version of the tangle. I’m not altogether displeased with how it turned out, although I’d probably do it much smaller given the chance.
  4. This was my first idea with the tangle. I was trying to get the Q*Bert style steps that I saw in this pattern when I first took a look at it, but I don’t feel like they really came out the way I wanted.
  5. This one is a lot like section 2, but with different coloring, and now that I think of it I’m not a hundred percent sure I remember what pattern I was doing.
  6. When I drew this, the hatchmarks were supposed to be lining the front of some steps. But now when I look at it, all I can see is the hatchmarks as the back of the steps. It’s hurting my head to think about it.

Okay, now Joey’s Challenge, which this week was Roman numeral III:

Made By Joey Roman Numeral Challenge III
Made By Joey Weekly Challenge #103

I will freely admit that I had a lot more fun with this one. Again Joey assigned tangles I probably wouldn’t have chosen on my own: Tipple, Fescu, and Buttercup and again I found a way to enjoy them. I tried out a negative-image thing with the Fescu and I’m pleased with how it turned out — the ones on the right were drawn with Sharpie; the left side was outlined with my regular pens then filled around with the Sharpie. I had the most fun with Buttercup, which I decided to draw in a crazy warped grid thing. Pretty wild, right?

The other sections include three patterns suggested by the number “3”: the triangle-based Phroze and Tringle, and the number-3-containing-in-name 63y. I intentionally did 63y “wrong” — you’ll notice that the cells don’t line up into hexagons. I like it this way.

In the middle is JaJazz, in disguise: Instead of filling in the rounded triangles as usual, I filled around them in alternating cells. I like it a lot. The ribbon across the top is a kind-of original tangle I’m calling “Just Lala.” I suppose it’s really just a sort of tangleation of Eke.

But where, you might ask, is the Tipple? Well, I guess I kind of cheated — I used it as filler around the corners of the JaJazz, in some of the cells in 63y and in some of the triangles in Tringle.

Overall, I feel good about this one.




I Am the Diva Weekly Challenge #257

Diva’s Weekly Challenge #247

This challenge sent me in a new direction: color. The challenge was to incorporate “metal” into a tangle; the way that made the most sense to me was to use metallic colors. As it happens, I got a Star Wars art kit to share with my family for Christmas. I was hoping to get my kids (ages 5, 3, and 2) involved in this one, and I still hope to do so eventually but for now I’m presenting what I have so far. I basically started with Zenbud (which I absolutely love) then garnished it with a few tangles (specifically Purk, Heartline, Cadent, Bookee, and Fracas), then colored it using metallic markers, colored pencils, and one crayon. So here it is!

While I’m here, I have a question for the community, if that’s okay: is there an acceptable way to shamelessly self-promote ones own blog? I know it’s not okay to submit a challenge with the sole purpose of getting views, and I’m guessing that posting “Hey, look what I did!” in the comments all the time is frowned upon? Are there open threads for that kind of thing? Any helpful hints would be appreciated. Apologies if this paragraph comes across at a surreptitious form of self-promotion; I really would like to know and I promise I’m not just trying to surreptitiously lure in visitors.

Joey’s Weekly Challenge 102: Roman Numeral II

Tangles used: Japonicas, HiCs, Flux (Rick's and Maria's with a Purk that snuck in somehow), and Jajazz
Et Two?

For the second week, I’ve tackled Joey’s Zentangle challenge. And hey, this one was also great fun! This time, the numeral was strung askew, which makes for good practice disrupting the normal sense of up and down and giving room for some productive chaos.

Here was my creative thought process (and what follows is probably way overthinking it, but it helps me to write stuff like this out):

Like pretty much everything I’ve done, this is ZIA, not “real” Zentangle — mainly I’m not sticking to the tile size: I like being able to work all over the page.

The three challenge tangles this week were Japonica (the one in the middle), Hi Cs (on the left, the flowerdy things), and Flux (top and bottom — er, above and below — um, the apostrophe things and the leaf things). I really dig Hi Cs and I want to use it again sometime soon. I had originally intended to do them all in the star/flower pattern at the top of that section, but I got thrown off somehow and ended up going for an allover chaos pattern. I kind of wish I’d managed to stick with the pattern, but to tell the truth I kind of like the wildness. I decided to just pencil in the grid lines for this one, and I think it comes out looking better for it.

Japonica, a ribbon-type pattern, seemed a natural for the space within the II. I didn’t have quite enough space to set up a full grid pattern, but it seemed too wide to just do a single column. So instead, I put two side by side, then realized I could get a pretty cool looking “reverse” pattern by putting Xs in the middle. Some black-and-white alternation (which I have decided to call “Harlequinning”) felt right for it, and when I added some diagonal lines to some of the inner circles, I realized it created little cones, which I hopefully managed to bring out with some shading (when I get time and money to take in some real Zentangle training, I know I need to work on shading technique).

Flux is given in two varieties, and I definitely like the plain leaf/teardrop shape (Rick’s version) better. The filigree things are just never came out looking right to me. But I’m glad that these challenges are pulling me out of my comfort zone a bit.

The other grid pattern I used was JaJazz. I honestly have no idea what’s going on at the edge there. I guess a couple of the grid seeds broke loose and decided to go for a dive and fell into a portable hole or something.