Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Stacked and Tangled

This week’s Diva Challenge by guest blogger  Jane Reiter is to tangle on a Bijou tile and then stack it on progressively larger tiles. I didn't think this was going to take quite a long as it did. And since I started it on Monday and finished on Tuesday I'm not sure what the actual total is but I'm sure it is right around 8 hours! Mind you, it was 8 very fun and absorbing hours so no complaints here :)

Tangles Used: Purk, Triral, Brella, 3-Loops-6, Phirst, and Coil

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Break

This week is Spring Break for me. Since I don't have any classwork to do over break I decided to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time. I bought a book called Notan, The Dark Light Principle of Design about 1-1/2 years ago and have been wanting to do the exercises in in ever since.

So this week is my opportunity to dig in. It is a short book with only 6 projects and my plan is to do one a day. I have done the first two projects so far using 20 year old construction paper left over my children's youth. I bought some new paper yesterday so future projects will be in black and white instead of dark gray and tan.

It is really interesting how such simple exercises can get you looking at things in a different way. I'm looking forward to do these again as well as doing the next projects.

This week's Diva Challenge is to do a monotangle using Shattuck. I decided to do a recursive version where the Shattuck string contains Shattuck which contains Shattuck. I think if you got really loose with this and left out the dark separating lines, you could make an interesting sky.

Here's to a recursively wonderful week!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This is going to be a quick post because I have a portfolio due this week. We are looking at the interactions of color which is fascinating. You can see a bit about it on this site I found this morning.

The Diva Challenge was to use St. Patrick's Day as an inspiration for our tiles. I decided to get out all of my green pens and do a monotangle of Sláinte.

Tangle Used: Sláinte
The tangle was a breeze but the coloring took a while. So much fun though!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Rainy Days and Flowers

It's been raining here which is excellent since last month was hot and dry which is definitely not the way we want this winter to go in our drought stricken state. We are between storms today so I took the opportunity to take a walk and admire the beautiful flowers blooming all over town. The citrus trees are also blooming to imagine a lovely, sweet scent as you wander past these beauties...

White Flowers Against a Stormy Sky

A Fountain of Wisteria 

Yellow Roses on a Wooden Fence

So now that we have enjoyed Nature's grand artwork here are a couple of my (much, much smaller) attempts. This month's Muster Mixer Challenge was to combine Miander and Cubine into a tangleation of the two. I found a couple of different ways to combine the two tangles:

The Diva Challenge this week is a Use My Tangle challenge by Kathrin Bendel. Her tangle, Rautyflex, takes a lot of concentration and deliberate drawing but is well worth the trouble. I really enjoyed the process and although I'm on the fence about this particular tile I did get to try a lot of variations which will be useful on future tiles.