Joey’s Challenges

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:

Joey Challenge 122:

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Made By Joey Challenge 122

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.

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Joey Challenge 120

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.

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Joey Challenge 119

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.

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Joey Challenge 117

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.

 

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Weekly Challenges

I got these done really quickly this week and got by the magic scanning machine, so I thought I’d go ahead and post them. Here’s my Diva piece:

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Diva Challenge 266

This used a pretty little tangle called “Crux.” I like grid tangles, and I see a lot of options for playing around with it. I did one section with a normal grid and a Yincut style fill; I also did one warped grid with stars and another even more warped grid with Yincut-y things along the diagonal grid that goes beneath the flowers. On the edge I tried to see if I could get a decent ribbon out of it; it was okay I guess.

Joey’s Challenge is Roman Numeral XI:

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Subimus xi

I Googled the Latin for the caption, by the way.

We were assigned 4 patterns, three of which were totally unfamiliar to me: Zippa (the diagonal ribbon with the up and down arches), Susa (the Greek key looking thing on the right. I don’t like how I did it: Mr. Sharpie Ultra Fine contributed a great deal to clean-up on that one), Shons (the flowers with the starbursts underneath — or is it a starburst pattern with petal-shaped gaps?), and Vache 1 (the patches top and bottom. Its name sounds like a robot from a Manga. I like it, and not just for that reason). The hoops are actually [gets out own horn, toots] my own deconstruction of a carpet pattern from the Holiday Inn in Waxahachie, Texas, where I stayed last month after going to Scarborough Renaissance Festival. In honor of Waxahachie (pronounced WOK-suh-HATCH-ee), I’m naming this one “Hachie.” I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t count as a truly new tangle — I know there are other “circle in grid” patterns — but I had fun making it. Here’s a (very bad) picture of the inspirational carpet:

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