Weekly Challenges

Hello one and all! I’m actually posting challenges from the last 2 weeks because my life has been so crazy lately. I suppose I’ll start with the more recent ones:

Diva Challenge 268

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Diva Challenge 268

This challenge was called “A bit-o-black.” I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to do something with a lot of black pearls. so I focused on orb-y patterns. The string, randomly selected from Tanglepatterns.com, is number 142. It was fun, because I got to play with some of my favorite tangles — Boo*Kee, Oybay, Purk, and Onamata. I also worked in some Quibble, Akoya, and one non-orb pattern, D-Vine. The part that was less fun was filling in all the orbs. My ultra-fine-tip black sharpie was all like, “ha ha, nope,” so I ended up using a gel-ink pen, which I think ended up okay. For shading I went with a darker pencil than the HB I usually use — I think it was a 3B.

Made by Joey 113

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Made By Joey Weekly Challenge 113

This one was a lot of fun. It’s based on a Roman Numeral XII; the number is a lot more obvious than it is in a lot of my others I’ve done for this challenge series. The tangles were Chemystery, Cruffle, Garlic Cloves (really they look more like watermelons or beach balls to me, but I like the pattern anyway), Ipso, and Verdigogh. All of these are fun except for Verdigogh which I’ve never gotten along with for some reason. I think it ended up working for me this time, though. The real fun was the coloring. For the atoms or whatever they’re supposed to be in Chemystery, I used my Sharpies. I wasn’t actually expecting them to be so translucent, but I kind of like how they look like multi-colored bubbles. For the “ladders” of Chem and the “stalk” of Verd I used some metalic Crayola markers, and I’m pleased with how they turned out. For the rest I used my favorite colored pencils: before I started Zentangle earlier this year, I was on a real coloring kick. Looking at this now, I realize that I never really shaded it, but I actually kind of like it this way.

Now let’s step in the wayback machine:

Diva Challenge 267

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Diva Challenge 267

This one is a duotangle of Drupe and Pokeroot. I’ve never been a huge fan of Pokeroot, to be honest, but I like a good challenge. Once again, the coloring was the real fun here. Oh, and yeah, some of those are actually Pokeleaf instead of Pokeroot.

Joey Challenge 112

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Made By Joey Weekly Challenge 112

This one is a Monotangle on Knightsbridge. It’s one of those basic patterns that I actually try not do too often so that I don’t get too much in a comfort zone with it. I took some inspiration from Margaret Bremmer’s expanded guide to the tangle — if you haven’t checked those out you really should. I made an attempt at Knightspeek, which I thought was really cool since it resembles a pattern I learned and loved in elementary school — and I kind of screwed it up made it uniquely my own through unplanned variations. I also attempted some mashups of my own — Knightsdox (Paradox with alternating Black and white — needs some work) and K’nzeppel, which should be self-explanatory. I also did a “Knightsbridge inside of Knighstbridge” I’m calling “Knightsception” (and yes, I know that’s not really what “Inception” means). And since this was all otherwise black and white, a little color up top.

Diva and Joey Challenges

Man, what a week.

All week it’s been either raining or looking like it’s about to rain. Today (Friday) and tomorrow are the only days in the next two weeks that didn’t have rain forecast. Welcome to Spring, Texas style.

And speaking of Springs, here’s my ZIA for Diva’s most recent challenge:

Spring!
Diva Challenge 264

Did I go a little overboard with it? Probably. But it was fun. For the string, I started by tracing the lid to one of my kids’ snack cups in 4 interlocking circles, then drew a freehand loopy spiral running through it. The result was the sort of wild double spiral thing I think I ended up with.

The Tangles:

BB Okay, weird tangent — This is one of the first tangles I taught myself way back a couple of months ago. Later, when I read the description on TanglePatterns I was surprised to see it described as looking like “a picket fence gone wild.” I’d always pictured it as an uneven string of disc-shaped beads seen from the side. Interesting the different tricks perspective will get you when it comes to tangles.

Binda

Btl Joos

La Bel When I copied this one out the first time, I wasn’t real careful with my handwriting and spent a while wondering why this tangle was called “label.” I added a little hook thing to it to make little tear drop shapes.

Mooka

Organic This one didn’t come out quite like I wanted it to — the colored in part is supposed to look like a hole the leaves are coming out of — I didn’t get that this time.

Ovy

Pokeroot

Purk

Vache 1

Zedbra

And now on to

Joey Challenge 109: Roman Numeral IX

Joey Challenge 109
Joey Challenge: Roman Numeral IX

Seven tangles suggested this one, and I think I used all of them. My Kewpie doll can be sent to my office at UT Arlington, in Carlisle Hall. These sere a good mix of ones I’d never used and ones that I consider some of my favorites. They are:

Betweed One of my favorites

Demi My first time using this one. To add a little interest, I turned the striping around on it.

Gingham Truth in advertising on this one.

Mei Meh.

Mooka Gotta admit that this isn’t one of my faves. Still, I think I managed to do okay with it.

Ragz Another one I really like. This would be a fun one to monotangle some time.

Zinger I must admit that I had scoffed at this one a bit. Aren’t tangles supposed to be non-representational, thereby disqualifying ones that are pretty much just pictures of flowers? But I ended up having more fun than I expected drawing it.