Challenges

Two really fun challenges this past week!

Diva’s Challenge #270: Skye

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Diva’s Challenge 270: Skye

Skye  is a new tangle pattern that’s pretty tricky but has a bold look that I really like. I decided it would play nicely with the most recent string on Tanglepatterns.com, number 211. I also figured this would be a fun time to play around with some “sky” themed tangles. I’ve got the sun (Sonnenband, Sundy), clouds (Cloudfall, Popcloud), rain (Rain), the moon (Crescent Moon, Eclipse [technically I suppose this also would include the sun]), and stars (Star Map, Starawn).

Made By Joey Challenge 115

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Made By Joey Challenge #115: Roman Numeral XV

Joey gave us a theme for this one with her selected tangles: Seedings, Black Eyed Peas, Chard, Corn Rows, and Garlic Cloves. To this I added some Verdigogh and Bluebonnets, sticking with the theme. And I believe this is the last of the Roman Numerals. I can’t wait to see what we have next week.

Stormy Weather

I’ve completed ZIAs for Joey’s and Diva’s challenges this week, and I’ve tangled up a handful of new runes. I’d love to post them, but it’s not happening tonight. This morning after my early morning class, which I teach at a high school, a big storm blew through. Like, massive big. The storm was moving fast, and moving east — which happens to be the same direction I would go to get to the University I teach at (U Texas Arlington). And this also happens to be the place with a really nifty scanning machine in the library that I’ve been using to document my new obsession. So I didn’t make it there today. I tried to get some pictures with my good digital camera, but I’m not thrilled with how they turned out. So none of those tonight. For fun, I’m going to pull something out of my gallery — say, this one:

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Zentangram

I call it a Zentangram: The outlines are traced from the seven pieces of a Tangram set; the overall shape they form is from a book. Yes, I cheated and looked up how to assemble the shapes.

I was trying a lot of different things here and to be honest I’m not sure how much success I had. Up top is Gneiss, which is one of my favorite tangles (also apparently one not freely available online; I got it out of a book I bought). The Huggy Bear to the left of that, mashed up with a bit of Yincut, ended up looking really nice I think, as did the Funls down below and the Eez ribbon.

Off to the right is Girdy, which came out looking okay, though not quite what I intended. The other three are Minline, which ended up looking like a squashed wedding cake, Eclipse, and Tink, both of which ended up way too cramped to work. Those will need some practice before I get real comfortable with them.

But you know what? Overall I’m pleased with how it came out, even if it’s far from perfect. I’m still pretty amazed at the amount of stuff that can be created with just a few basic strokes.