Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Meaning of Life

First, I have a bonus for "Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy" fans. I looked up from my parking space at the doctor's office and, "What's that on the tree?"

Well now we know!

The Diva's husband had the idea for us to use a Spring as a String for this week's challenge. I drew my spiral and then worked Shnek around it. It needed something else so I added Fans in the background and then did some shading.

I'm afraid I am suffering from what a friend calls "cricket brain" so haven't gotten much done this week despite being inspired by many, many things. Hopefully this is just a prelude to a prolific period! (That alliteration is for you Keith)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Global Tangling

This week's Diva Challenge was to a globular grid. I had intended to make the cells fairly big but that isn't how it wound up! I must say that distorting the patterns in the edge cells was very challenging but the result is pretty cool.

Tangles Used: Slice, Sails, Ta-Da, Heartfully and Waax

I have spent the last 4 days working on pieces for my art class. The assignment was to do pieces that demonstrate a particular color combination (analogous, complementary, etc.) I used a template I created for an earlier assignment, filled it with the combinations using Illustrator, printed them out onto glossy paper and then drew on them using gel pens. The photos don't capture the metallic or dimensional pens well but you can see the general idea. Thank you TanglePatterns.com for being an invaluable resource!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tiling and Shading

I wanted to play around using tan paper. I see so many beautiful pieces done on the Renaissance tiles and wanted to see what I could do with it. I started to tangle in a notebook I bought a while back and was really enjoying the process. Then I added a cluster of 3-Loop-6 and felt that the balance of the piece was thrown completely off. To salvage the situation I got out a small hole punch (it makes 1/8" size holes) and some black paper. After punching out a dozen or so dots, I scattered them on my piece until I felt the balance was restored and then put a 3-Loop-6 where each dot was. I like the result and am happy that I didn't give up on the piece.

Tangles Used: 3-Loop-6, Gra-Vee, Mumsy, and Nzeppel

Some one mentioned The Mosaik Projekt in their post two weeks ago and I was really intrigued with it. I had actually played around with the idea of tiling doodles a year ago but didn't take it very far so this was definitely something I had to try. I have now done the first two months worth (although well past the deadline) and had so much fun!

Tangles Used: Pand, Fission, and Molygon

Tangles Used: Sand Swirl and Barberpole

Tangles Used: Lazy Eights, Isochor, Pax and Yuma
I'll have to try and make mosaics out of them and see how it looks.

And then there is the Diva Challenge this week which was to use the tangle Fassett. I don't think I've used this one before and decided to use a string from TanglePatterns to get me started. I chose String 192 and after drawing it in I realized it had three, large triangular shapes that could be used as "biggified" Fassett areas. So I would up doing a monotangle!

That's it for now. I'm going to The City to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the De Young Museum and a Bonnard exhibit at the Legion of Honor tomorrow. So I should be exhausted but blissed out on art by the end of the day!