Monday, August 17, 2015

Going With the Flow

We had a lovely weekend beginning with a skype session with my son, followed by going to a concert at the winery up the hill from us, (that's Fleetwood Mask, a cover band for guess who?)

and ending with an impromptu backyard BBQ with my daughter and some friends dropping by.

The August Muster Mixer challenge was a fun one. The challenge was to combine the patterns Tropicana and Ixorus into a new tangleation. I came up with a few variations so my tile is more of a sampler exploring the idea.

The Diva Challenge this week was set by guest blogger Sharla Hicks and is to explore patterns that use undulating S and C curves. As you can see by this tangle I did on a place mat while waiting for our meal to be served at a local restaurant the challenge is right up my alley.

I decided to work with patterns that I had used before. Two are favorites and one I haven't explored as much. I enjoyed an opportunity to get into the flow of the piece. Especially after last week's contractor "infestation" when we had solar installed and our back fence replaced!

Tangles Used: Pop Cloud, Scroll Feather, and Pais

Monday, August 10, 2015

Tangling From A to Z (ATCs to Zendalas)

The postman brought a lovely package last week that contained the ATCs from the swap that I participated in with the Stacked and Tangled Facebook group.

They are all so different and beautiful each in their own way. Such exquisite work everyone! Thank you all. I am trying to think of how to display them.

This week's Diva Challenge was set by guest blogger Erin Olson, author of the Bright Owl blog and host of the Zendala Dare. She provided a Zendala template for us to work with. So with template in hand and keeping in mind her suggestion to "do what you feel is right" here is what I came up with.

Tangles Used: Quipple, Flukes, Floerez, and Gra-Vee

In addition, I had noticed a while ago that Erin had provided a template for Diva Challenge 81. I had printed it onto a tile but had never tangled it so this seemed like as good a time as any to do that one too.

Tangles Used: Umble, Mei, Cayla, and Abundies

A really fun challenge. I feel very zen right now!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Positive in the Negative

I have been working on a piece in my studio journal off and on since our vacation in May. I think I am done with it now. At least when I look at it I am not compelled to add "just one more tangle" to it :)

Tangles Used: Antidots, Nzeppel, Printemps, Vigne, Bandola,
Lazy Eights, Poke Leaf, Tipple, and Abundies

For the Diva Challenge this week guest blogger Sandy Hunter challenged us to shift our focus to the negative space, so the white part of the tile is the focus. I used a vaguely leaf-ish sort of string and then drew Pand in the background playing with the positive and negative spaces in the squares. This reminds me that I bought a book about Notan late last year and was going to go through it in January. Maybe it is time to resurrect that goal!

Tangle Used: Pand