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”:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
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.