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Made By Joey Challenge 114

Roman Numeral XIV

As I understand it, this is the penultimate Joey Roman Numeral challenge. But hey, I can always continue them: it’s not like I’ll run out of Roman Numerals, although it will probably be hard to string something like MDCCCLXXII.

I decided pretty quickly that the big spaces above and below the numeral should be great big barber poles, then it was pretty easy to decide on barber poling the rest of the string as well. I tried a variety of patterns for the poles — not certain how well it worked, but it was interesting. There’s also Bunzo and Shattuck — both of these are ones I initially had a really hard time with but have really enjoyed now that I have the hang of it. There were two new-to-me background tangles — Papyrus and Cheesecloth. I like the look of Cheesecloth but I’m not so sure I enjoyed drawing MDCCCLXXII teeny tiny lines. Also, the Cadent didn’t show up quite as well as I would have liked.

Diva Challenge 269

Diva Challenge 269: Ellish

Before I talk about this ZIA, I want to introduce you to my daughter. She’s the youngest of my three kids, two and a half years old. We call her “Lala.” There is no way I could describe how incredible she is: she’s bright, funny, self-confident, smart. Here are some representative conversations with her:

Me: “Good morning, little lady!”
Her: “Me not little lady! Me just Lala!”
“Okay, good morning Just Lala.”
“Me not Just Lala me just…Lala.”

Her: “I’m a puppy! Woof woof!”
Me: “Woof woof.”
Her: “Daddy, you’re not a puppy: you’re a bee!”

Anyway, since this new tangle is based on the letter “L,” I figured it would be fun to play around with the name “Lala.” So the ribbon at the bottom is a tangelation on Eke with a cursive “l” and “a.” I also tangleated “Ix” with the Anglo-Saxon runes “lagu” (l) and “Ac” (a). Speaking of which, at some point I really should post the rest of my Tangle-Saxon things. I’ve also got something — to be honest, I don’t know what it is — with “lala” in cursive with auras around it.

The centerpiece is, of course, the new tangle Ellish which I think its pretty groovy. I played around with a couple of variations on it. The description of the tangle calls it “Betweedy,” which I don’t really see, but I put in a little Betweedy something in it. It reminds me more of Auraknot, so I did one of those. Oh, and I tried to do a straight-line version of it below the main Ellish. It did not work the way I’d planned, but it’s something I may work on.



Tangle-Saxon Runes, cont.

I want to apologize for that horrible pun. No I don’t: I never apologize for puns. Read here for an introduction to this project; I want to post some runes!

Rune #4: ᚩ [o], Os, “deity”

Old English Runes #4: Os

“Os” is a peculiar rune: in its oldest form, it referred to a specific ancient Germanic deity; in other contexts it was used to represent another god, Odin. The Christian poet of the Old English Rune poem substituted “mouth” from the Latin, although the verse would make more sense if it referred to a deity.

Unlike Ur and Thorn, the transliteration of Os — o — has a lot of tangleated representation.  Starting from the bottom, you have Omen, fancied up with a number of variations including some Cadent-like touches. I’ve found that pretty much anything can be accented with S shapes.The chain of bug/eye things is Ojo, which crosses over a panel of (o) before wrapping around a bent column of Ovy. On the left is the ever-useful Onamata and some Organic, which ended up looking like cool butterfly things. Topping it all off is some Oybay, another good organic-looking one.

I know it’s not considered polite to boast, but when you spend a lot of your day combating relentless negative self-talk, you earn the right to crow a bit: I think this tangle looks damn good.

Rune #5: ᚱ [r], Rad, “ride”

Old English Runes #5: Rad

Okay, I maybe went a little overboard with this one, but it was fun. Up top is Rysa, whose name makes me think of the Fantasy Island planet from Star Trek. Inside of that, I snuck some Roscoe. To the left is Riki-Tiki and oh great, now I have that song stuck in my head, along with a bit of Ragz and some Ripple. And then for the crazy: I decided that River would be a natural fit, and I decided I could have some ink flowing out of the Ripple to feed the river. This may or may not have started to cover up some unplanned penwork in the Ripple; I honestly don’t remember. Then once I discovered how crazy easy and cool Rixty was, I went pretty wild with it and soon there were tributaries all over the place. Good times, good times.