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:

Diva Challenge 266
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:

Joey Challenge 111
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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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:

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.


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.


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.




Vache 1


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.





Weekly Challenges: High Five and Shattuck

This will be another quickie post because I really do have a lot of work to do. But I got some ZIAs scanned and I really want to post them.

Made By Joey Weekly Challenge 105

Made By Joey Challenge: High Five

I liked this one, and I appreciated the silly pun in the challenge name! I hadn’t used any of the assigned tangles before, and I liked them pretty well. They were:

Puf: This one was tough for me to figure out and I had to really, really slow myself down to do it right. The grid I ended up using was kind of wacky, but I like the effect. I discovered a cool zeppelin shape if you have a sort of rectangle in the middle of the Greek key shape and have the Xs meet at the corners instead of the middle. I also figured out that I had to do each leg of the x separately to have any hope of getting it to work right. Once I got it all figured out, I loved how the final effect looks nothing like what you start with.

Coil: This one I will definitely use again. I love how these elaborate designs can be made from such simple strokes and how much variety you can put into it. I figured out pretty quickly that I wanted to use coil for columns — a thick one in the middle and two thinner ones on the sides. In the middle one, I used the variation with a pole in the middle and striped the pole Btl Joos style. For the coiling part, I decorated it with Stricles. The outer columns have a little bit of Yincut and Knightsbridge on the orbs.

Pais: Okay, so this is one of those leafy/curly ones that I don’t really like all that much, but I feel like I’m getting better at them. I like how it looks with the bit of Tipple in between the layers and surrounding it. Also, the tangles between the columns are meant to be a sort of hybrid between this pattern and Vache 1

Diva Challenge 260:

Diva Challenge 260

The challenge here is a monotangle on Shattuck. I remember sketching this one out a while back, looking at what I got and thinking, “no, that’s not right.” So I’m glad I got challenged to attempt it again. Also, the tangle is featured in Mandala Zentangle by CZT Jane Marbaix , which I picked up at the Half-Price Books flagship store in Dallas last weekend. Her book influenced the shape of this ZIA as well, with the suggestion of using an apple corer slicer as a template for a Zendala. The shapes this creates seemed a perfect match for this tangle, and I like how it turned out.

I think I could have done a little more with the tangle, but I like what I came up with, mostly. Shattuck within a circle frame doesn’t work exactly right, but it at least makes a good background. I like the big variation going on in the wings, and I think it works well with the striping and the Tipple beads. I also like the crinkly variation that’s in the main circle. The spiral-ended thing was a good idea, but it didn’t work exactly the way I wanted it to. I’ll have to give it another go some time.