Diva Challenge #283: UMT Centre Square

Another post I wrote back in January 2017 which I didn’t get around to post.

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Another year has come but the Diva is still taking her well-deserved break. Time to catch up on some of the challenges of 2016 that I didn’t have time for, the big goal (for this year) is to finish them all so I have a complete mosaic for 1 whole year of Diva challenges. Yeah, another challenge for myself since I already failed like… 1.000. But it doesn’t matter, I’ll get there some day eventually!

The tile for challenge #283 below actually has a long history. Some would say it’s full of misunderstandings, others would say it’s.. giving up too early on a promising opportunity. I was really motivated when the challenge was up and I wanted to incorporate tangleations and all kinds of fancy stuff into this tile. The challenge was to use the tangle Centre Square by Aleesha Sattva and was really eager to try something new since I had just recently gotten myself the wonderful ebook Overlapping Zentangle by Eni Oken and experimented with going over and under. Centre Square looked like a great opportunity to play with this concept. However, after the centre grid was finished, I was absolutely not satisfied with the outcome, it looked not at all like how I imagined it to be. And I put it away. In the months to come I looked at it again and again but it didn’t speak to me until late December 2016 when I finally finished it. I’m quite satisfied with it now (although it is too full AGAIN.. will I ever learn? X’D) but it was a real struggle. Here’s the result of the fight:

Diva Challenge #283
Tangles used: Centre Square, Demi, Marasu (not coiled up – or maybe only very loosely coiled up?), Printemps, Tipple (in a looooong string)

One thing I really like is the combination of Centre Square and Demi in this tile. And how Printemps is such a good contrast to all the straight lines in this tile. Ok, I have to admit it: The tile is not that bad, ok… πŸ™‚ Centre Square is a really nice tangle and I think I’ll use it now and then in the future. Thanks for sharing, Aleesha!

If you want to see all the other tiles everybody did for this challenge, click >>here<< to go to the Diva’s blog entry.

Diva Challenge #276: Space truckin’ – Moving tangles

The Diva took a well-deserved Christmas break, so I felt I had a chance to catch up a little on the 2016 challenges. I’d really love to finish a complete year but I still have a long way to go there: There were 48 challenges in 2016 and I only managed to finish 15 so far (including this one and not counting the tiles for the first year of Diva Challenges), that’s almost one third of the challenges.. I’m happy that I was able to do so many in my first year, but… way to go if I ever want to have a complete mosaic! So let’s take this next step.

That’s what I wrote in JANUARY and never got to actually publish here on the blog. Until today. Better late than never! PLease enjoy!

Challenge #276 was issued by the Diva in July 2016 in the middle of summer and summer vacations. Click >>here<< to check out everybody’s contributions.

When the challenge was up, I was not happy because I like my steady, quiet drawing underground and there’s hardly another thing more annoying for me than an underground that’s moving and shaking in an uncontrollable and not foreseeable way while I’m drawing or tangling. Oh, those wonky lines! I don’t care if it’s ok with Zentangle to draw wonky lines, I’m a perfectionist and I dislike wonkyness in my work. ;-P Oh, and yes, I had no vacations during summer, either, because of the wedding preparations. Since I had no opportunity to tangle travelling, it was hard to do this challenge, too (no, I won’t start tangling on my way to work, this is even MORE bumby that express trains to the other side of the country and too little time at a time, too). However, on January 1st, when we rode the train back to our home from celebrating Christmas and the new year with the family, I remembered the challenge and decided to pick up my Micron and try it anyway. It was bumpy and a bit annoying to tangle in the train, but in the end I have to admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be and I like the result far more than I expected. I'm glad I took up the challenge and pulled through! Here’s my tile:

Diva Challenge #276
Tangles used: Ahh, Fassett, Jawz, Knightsbridge (shattered by a meddlesome Printemps-coil into black and white squares), Paradox, Printemps, Tipple, Trelina

Most conveniently, the tile took the whole train ride to complete, about 4 hours (including some leisure breaks), so I was pleasantly busy the whole time without being pressed for time (kind of magical, huh? πŸ™‚ ). The tangles came easily, too, and if I only had a feeling what I needed, like some “drama” in the end, I quickly found what I needed on the internet (provided for free on all ICE trains in Germany since January 1st, which was extremely convenient). And there was the surprise element in the end, too, so all in all I’d say that everything was just as perfect a Zentangle experience as one could hope for. Thank you very much, Laura, for helping me to leave my comfort zone and for letting me have such an enjoyable time! πŸ™‚

Diva Challenge #301: Kitchen Table Tangles with Paradox & Diva Dance

What a start of the year! Work kept me extremely busy for several weeks and I didn’t get to post anything here in the blog – although I did tangle a little bit since my last post. You’ll see the result soon. πŸ™‚

However, today I’d like to post my tiles (yes, there’s more than one!) for this week’s challenge, which was a special one. Zentangle HQ released the first video of a series called “Kitchen Table Tangles” where they’ll share tipps and tricks while tangling a tile. While the videos will usully only be available through the Zentangle Mosaic app, they shared this first video on their YouTube channel for everyone to see. Click >> here << to watch it (and be sure to come back afterwards πŸ˜‰ ). The video is about twelve minutes long.

This first video was very interesting since it had to do with overlapping, my favourite subject, and he even used two of my favourite tangles! Rick showed there how you can “weave” Diva Dance into Paradox, a very neat trick. The Diva let us play with this idea this week and I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to finally use my Paradox tangleation again. Here’s the first result:

Diva Challenge #301 - 1
Tangles used: Diva Dance, Paradox

I wasn’t overly happy with the first tile because AGAIN I had drawn too small and it looked more chaotic than cool and the weaving doesn’t really show well. So if you haven’t tried it before but are set on trying it now after you watched the video: Draw Paradox bigger. That’s what I did for the second tile and I like the result much better:

Diva Challenge #301 - 2
Tangles used: Diva Dance, Paradox

I guess now you’re asking: “Didn’t she say something about a Paradox tangleation before? What about that?” Well, it’s there, but it doesn’t show that well. Here’s a monotangle of my tangleation of Paradox – it’s pretty much a combination of that tangle and Hollibaugh.

Escaping Paradox
Tangles used: Paradox-variation (I like to call it “Escaping Paradox” ^^)
[Tile ist from March 2016]

I already came up with it almost a year ago, but never came around to post it.. ^^; It’s no ground-breaking new stuff, you actually only apply the concept of drawing over and under from Hollibaugh on Paradox to give it an almst “woven” look. The start of it is a little tricky so f you’d like a step-out, just let me know! Oh, and if someone already came up with this before me, please leave me a note here!

Be sure to check out all the great contributions tanglers from all over the world made for this week’s Diva Challenge!

Have a great Sunday und see you next time!

Diva Challenge #298: UMT Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam

Happy New Year to you!* Let’s hope that we’ve entered a creative, happy and healthy new year. πŸ™‚

Last year certainly was a very busy year – both Zentangle-wise and in other parts of my life. However, at the moment it feels like 2016 was just a warm-up for what hit me this week, work is really crazy at the moment… and I mean REALLY crazy. I mean we all saw it coming but even the most experienced of us underestimated what hit us in the middle of last week. This will probably not change over the next few weeks, too. Fortunately, at least the Diva is back and she and you, dear reader (I’m sure of it), will at least keep me drooling over gorgeous Zentangle artwork which is a little comfort (although not much, since I probably won’t be able to play, too). I started this week’s Diva Challenge before hell broke loose (actually as a warm-up for drawing ATCs) and I wanted to upload the tile before, too, but shading took AGES.

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Tangles used: Barberpole, IX, Orbs-la-Dee, Printemps, Tipple

The intention was to play with going over and under with Orbs-la-Dee and I like a lot how it turned out. This overlapping really caught me since I got Eni Okens book on that subject, it really helped and is an interesting read.

Around Christmas I tangled a few other tiles for Challenges in 2016. I’ll upload them as soon as I have a little time to breathe. In the meantime please do not forget to check out all the great artwork tanglers from all over the world contributed for this challenge.

Hope to be back soon!

*The initial will eventually come. At the moment I’m really pressed for time, so.. please imagine a deliciously tangled inital H, ok? ;’)

Diva Challenge #287: Use My Tangle – Dreamcatcher

initial for the letter "N"o way it’s already this late?! Today Yesterday was a national holiday in Germany (celebrating the united Germany) so I was able to start right away with the Diva Challenge this week. It’s already past midnight which is a fitting time to post my piece for this week’s Diva Challenge (and which is no problem at all since Monday was a national holiday in Germany and another two days of free time are yet to come). It is the first challenge of the month and therefore it’s time for a UMT (use my tangle)-challenge. The Diva’s random number generator was hard at work (ok, maybe not so much) and chose Daniel Lamothe’s tangle Dreamcatcher for us.

I don’t know if I had chosen this tangle if I had discovered it on the internet but after trying it must say Dreamcatcher is really cool and a lot of fun to do! The optical effect is really very interesting, thanks a lot for sharing, Daniel! At first I had some trouble to draw the arcs symmetrically, so I played a little dot first where I thought the arc would peak before drawing a line and this really helped me a lot to get a more appealing result. And I’m really very happy with this one:

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Tangles used: Barberpole (with happy mistake in it *g*), Cruffle, Dreamcatcher, Flux, Hypnotic, ‘Nzeppel, Printemps, Trelina, Wheelz

I’m sure there’ll be tons of great contributions this week, so don’t forget to check them all out on the Diva’s blog! Preferrably after leaving me a comment here if you feel like it. πŸ™‚

Have fun with Dreamcatcher and if you’re participating, too, with Inktober! I guess the next post will be on Wednesday. Hope you’ll be back then.

Diva Challenge #286: Straight to it

intital fir the letter "i"t’s another week and another Diva Challenge. My third week in a row, yeah! This week the Diva Laura Harms asked us to only use tangles with straight lines for our contribution. Since the Diva herself had a few black spaces in her tile, I thought it would be ok to imitate that so I had an easier time to get some darker values into the piece. Since I love many tangles with straight lines like Paradox, Fassett, Cubine, ING, Zedbra, Palrevo or Baton, I thought this would be THE chance to combine them all into 1 picture (well, nearly all of them). I don’t know why I hadn’t thought earlier of that, it was a really great challenge and I really would have loved to tangle more for this challenge. However, I had some time issues this week. Well, at least I managed to to tangle something, here it is:

Diva Challenge #285 - Straight to it
Tangles used: Baton, CO2, DL Sunray, Fassett, ING, Paradox

I tried to overlap but I still need some practice – or maybe the shading is the reason why the parts don’t really “pop”? I don’t know, but I still like the result.

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful pieces of art tanglers from all over the world have tangled for this challenge!

The next initial for Inktober is almost finished, too. I’ll upload a few in the next days again!

Diva Challenge #285: Relax, Bro. And Sis.

Sometimes it’s a good thing to have somebody point out the obvious to you: This week the Diva reminded us Zentangle lovers again that Zentangle is actually about the zen while you “work” and not about the result at the end. While I do know this… I’ll be honest with you: I do care more about the outcome than about the process. Willingly. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the Zen while tangling, that I still have it and enjoy a lot and it is a reason while I enjoy tangling so much. However… if I don’t like my work while I work on it, it spoils the Zen for me. It’s already gotten better, but I don’t think this will ever change for me. By now I almost immediately enter Zen when tangling (at least that’s how it feels like) and even if the flow is broken from stopping after one section of the string, I’ll enter again soon enough. That’s why I don’t fuss over it all too much.

This week’s task, creating a REAL Zentangle therefore was a little difficult for me. But I still managed to come up with something and I think it’s quite interesting. I’ll explain after I have shown you my contribution for this week’s challenge:

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Tangles used: B’tweed, Cadent, Courant, Dyon, Florz, Isochor (which I never will get and simply turned into Indy-rella πŸ˜› ), Mooka, Pepper, Tat, Tipple, Verdigogh

When I thought about how to tackle this challenge I remembered that a real Zentangle is not planned. That’s why I took out my copy of One Zentangle a Day (I WILL continue with it, I haven’t given up hope of ever finishing it.. ^^). I once made an index of all the patterns inside (which if you know me by now OF COURSE isn’t yet finished). I numbered all the patterns in the book (there are 67 patterns) and by using random.org I chose the tangles to fill my string. It USED to be a simple string, but I kept on adding and adding new sections because there were some tangles such as Tat that I never tangled before (no wonder it looks the way it does) and which I tried to hide. Which left so much empty space. Which is something I didn’t really like So.. ok, I do admit it: it’s not completele unplanned. But I did my best! And one unplanned thing actually happened which is quite funny: I seperated the “organic” looking tangles from the more “geometric” looking tangles. This was no conscious decision but one of “I guess it’ll lok good next to XYZ”. In the end, too many tangles found their way onto the tile, again, but whatever. I do find this one quite intresting. And I just love Pepper! ❀

Be sure to check out all the other great contributions for this week’s challenge!

I’ll be off now to prepare for INKTOBER – yes, it’s that time of the year again! I already started thinking about a project a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to get started! I’m SO excited to see what great art will be posted next month! If you don’t know yet about Inktober, check out my introduction post from last year. This year I want to finish Inktober, let’s see if I can finally finish something… ^^; If you’re wondering what I’m going to do: You’ll read more about this on October 1st. I hope you’ll check back!

Are you going to play in this year’s Inktober, too? I’d love to hear about it now so I can add you to my watchlist. I’ll be tweeting Inktober art, too, so if you’re interested in it and are not yet @tangleoflines me on Twitter, think about it. πŸ™‚

Diva Challenge #284: Tripoli

Autumn is coming at us and what brings autumn with it: wasps, colds, the flu and all their little friends! (yes, autumn is okay.. but not exactly my favourite season πŸ˜‰ ) My doctor said that I have a summer flu but I cannot agree, there are signs of autumn everywhere: conkers, the very low temperature in the morning of wonderful warm summer(-ish) days and of course the “autumn pastries” in the shops (that’s what they call gingerbread, spicy Christmas cookies and all the other Christmas pastries nowadays to justify bombarding us with them as soon as it turns September. And when their time has finally REALLY come, it’s sold out. I hate it. But that’s another story).

The upside of being sick (although “upside” might not be right word.. is there an upside to being sick?) is that I can finally write this short post for the Diva Challenge #284. In this challenge the Diva asked us to do a monotangle with Tripoli. What I like about Tripoli is its transformation after shading. Before it already looks nice, but after you shaded it, it gets this whole new look. And it looks like it shimmers.. That is an effect that not many tangles have!
I clearly remember how I struggled with this tangle 2 or 3 years ago and how a tip on a blog somewhere really helped me out (unfortunately I don’t remember where I read it). Until then, I had noticed that a Tripoly circle had 6 elements but I had not looked closely enough how the were spaced and I really strugled with this. Then I read that 3 of the 6 Tripoly triangles form a semicircle and that there is a straight line (kind of) from the edge of the first triangle down the other edge of the last triangle (I do hope this makes sense to you). This really helped me a lot and now I’m pretty confident with this tangle now. Although I rarely use it. I guess there are too many tangles and not enough time avalable to use a large number of tangles a lot.

This is what I came up with for the challenge:

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Tangles used: Tripoli (and also some other tangles for filling – I do hope that it still counts as a monotangle? It definitely was an interesting challenge! I used Fassetts, Hypnotic and Pepper)

If you like it, I’d love to read about it! And be sure to check out the other great contributions for this week’s challenge!

See you next time!

Diva Challenge #281: It’s gett-ING addictive

Although it’s gotten a bit quiet here again, I’ve been quite productive when it comes to tangl-ING since I last posted here. I have no idea why, it just keeps on pour-ING out of me and is such fun since I’m gett-ING closer to the look I’d love to get to. Which is great! I still have a lot to learn, but right now it’s such fun to just tangle and tangle and tangle. Although I’m a bit worried when it comes to shading: Who is go-ING to shade all those pieces and when?? Shading is fine, but drawing is just so much more fun for me (right now and in general) that I skip that part for most artwork and simply start another piece.. Shame on me! πŸ˜‰

I guess that by now you’re wonder-ING why I’m writ-ING in such a strange way? Well, when I read that the tangle ING is this week’s Diva Challenge Laura Harms had prepared for the tangl-ING world, I just knew I had to play. I really like ING although I hardly use it in my work – I wonder why? Maybe from now on it’ll show up more often because once I started tangl-ING, I just couldn’t stop! ING is such an addictive and really cool tangle that offers so much space for variations. If you haven’t already tried it, please do! This tangle really deserves to be tangled more often.
Here are my contributions for this week’s challenge:

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I actually wanted to make a monotangle with ING and different fill-INGs (here: Tripoli, something I invented as a fill-ING, Paradox, DL Sunray, Munchin and Hypnotic), but it felt a bit empty… Then Zedbra crept in, then Printemps and Tipple – then I could finally stop. I noticed I have a tendency to clutter my work and don’t know when to stop… ^^;

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This is a good example of me clutter-ING… I tried to overlap, but to me it looks only cluttered, too full of to much detail and the effect I wanted to get, which is that ING is sucked towards the center, is not eally visible. In the actual tile it looks even more like that than here. Maybe that’s because it is a scan? I don’t know but I hope that Eni Oken’s new ebook on Overlapp-ING will help me to improve here!
Tangles used: ING, Printemps, Flux, Tipple, Cubine, Paradox, DL Sunray, and some fragments I invented.

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Here I tried the exact different th-ING than with the last tile, ING was supposed grow from one spot in a star-like shape. I think I like this tile best, it’s not cluttered and has some interst-ING contrasts and fill-INGs – especially like that triangle-fill-ING in the lower left! Only now I noticed taht I forgot to shade Printemps. πŸ˜€ I’ll leave it like that, it’s not too bad like that. On this tile I used ING, Knightsbridge, Printemps, River, Zedbra, Paradox, DL Sunray and Tripoli.

If you liked my contributions I’d like to hear about that! And please do check out all the other great contributions tanglers from all the world have linked for the Diva Challenge!

Have a great week!

Diva Challenge #265 – Stripes (little sign of life)

Finally a new post.. I’ve been so busy lately with work and other… endeavours that I hardly had time left to tangle since I last wrote. I’m still very much into tangling and into this blog, but most of the time I’m tired and not really in the mood to write here. But that’s nothing that will go on forever so please bear with me here and do come back from time to time. πŸ™‚

I finally managed to tangle a tile for this weeks (whohooo!) Diva Challenge on stripes. I actually wanted to do something with stars and stripes (was that a silly joke? πŸ˜‰ ), but weaving suddenly was much more interesting so that’s how this tile came to be:

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Tangles used: ING, Join, Meer, Onamato, Printemps, Zedbra

It incorporates tangles that have been with me on my tangling journey for quite some time (Meer is such a tangle) or which I really like a lot (Zedbra, Join, ING (although I don’t use it very much, I have no idea why) and Printemps) or which just happened to pop up (Onamato and Barberpole). I really enjoyed this one although I enjoyed the tangling much more than shading it (shading is not my favourite part of tangling at the moment).

Now I’m off to.. yeah, sleep. But tomorrow I’m going to enjoy all those wonderful stripes that have been entered for the weekly challenge. Have you already tangled your contribution for this week’s challenge? If so, I hope you had a good time, too!

Diva Challenge #254: Valentangles

“Let your love shine in….”

“All you need is love…”

“How deep is your love?”

There are SO many songs about this “crazy little thing called love” and their popularity reaches a peak this week: It’s Valentine’s Day! No wonder the Diva took up this theme and made a challenge out of it: “Create a tile or piece with a Valentine’s Day Flair”. And there are some absolutely gorgeous and love-filled contributions this week, do check them out! (preferrably after reading this post and many leaving a like or a comment πŸ˜‰ ) I also want to thank everybody who came over here for the last challenge and left a like or even a comment. It’s such a nice feeling to know that there are people out there who appreciate what you’re doing! πŸ™‚

My tile is somewhat typical and not very inventive. However, I love how it turned out (Join is such a lovely pattern!) even though the illusion of depth didn’t turn out exactly as I hoped it would. But to me it looks good and I hope for you, too!

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Tangles used: Crescent Moon (heart tangleation), Join, Tipple

I’m not sure, though, that I’ll be tangling a lot more with red. I love the combination of black, white and red SO much but red is so hard to scan! This picture is pretty good now, but it took me quite a few tries to get it up this way…
Join took a bit to practise since I haven’t used it for a long time but I’m really happy how it turned out now. Oh, and I used TanglePatterns String 41 for this tile (I love it, might be doing some more tiles with this string). I’m SO bad at strings so I’m very glad that there’s a resource like that out there.

Enjoy the weekend, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with all your loved ones and see you next week for a new Diva Challenge!

New page on the blog: Diva Challenges

It’s gotten a bit quiet here lately but rest assured that my motivation is still in very good condition. However, a cold and life in general knocked me out a bit and left little time for tangling. I hope to be back soon with lots of new stuff and I hope you’ll be back so read it, too.

For today I only have a short announcement: There’s a new page here on the blog! I created a page specially for the Diva challenges. It’s meant as some kind of overview and I’ll include all the challenges I finished so far. Of course you can still search for the posts by clicking on the category “Diva Challenge”, but I thought it might get messy over time with old and new challenges mixing up. I’m also currently filling a flickr album with my contributions. However, these won’t be in the original order and appear as I finish them (at least that’s how it will be for now). I’ll include the link to flickr as soon as there’s 25 pictures or something like that so it will be worth paying the album a visit.

I hope you like the new page! If you do, please let me know. I’m thinking about doing something similar for the “One Zentangle a Day”-project, too (which I AM working on still although I haven’t uploaded anything in quite some time).

Now I’ll go back to “work” – this week’s Diva Challenge is waiting! πŸ™‚

Have a nice evening and keep on tangling!

Diva Challenge #253: New Tangle: Molygon

First of all I want to thank everyone who visited last time and even left a comment. I’m always so happy to read them! πŸ™‚

This week’s Diva Challenge, to use the new official tangle Molygon, came as no surprise since the Zentangle HQ released it only a few days ago. I had lots of fun experimenting with it recently, it’s almost like it is alive and snaking and curling its way all over the paper. And it’s very versatile, too. Although I guessed correctly what the new challenge would be, I’m very late this time “thanks” to a cold I caught last weekend which knocked me out for most of the week. At least I was able to look at alle the other contributions to this weeks challenge and believe me: There’s some REALLY awesome artwork there! Stephanie from Everything is Art shared a pictured from her sketchbook where she illustrated some of the fillings she cam up with. One of them immediately reminded me of citrus fruit slices. So.. I took up this idea from Stephanie’s sketchbook (thank you for sharing, Stephanie!) and this is how it turned out:

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Tangles used: Knightsbridge, Molygon

Be sure to check out the awesome artwork of tanglers from all around the world for this weeks challenge, too!

Diva Challenge #252: A tangled inception

This week’s Diva Challenge was such fun: “String Theory: Tangle within a tangle… it’s like inception… but with tangles” – which means: Choose a tangle, enlarge it and use it as your string. The Diva here referred to the film Inception, which I know and like, too. As somebody who always has had some issues with strings (no fantasy or luck here..), this is like a dream come true. This is what I came up with this week:

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Tangles used: AHH, Beadlines, CO2, Cruffle, Mooka, Printemps, Tipple (some with auras), Triangles

My string was Cruffle, one of my favourite tangles (even though I don’t use it very much these days) and yes, I used a glass for the big circle. Small circles are fine, but such a big one…? Nah… I thought about a strong difference in value for each half of Cruffle, to give it a “Yin and Yang”-quality. I didn’t really succeed there, but I still look the result. Might have gone over the top a little bit with all the Mooka and Printemps, but… it looked so empty without them. And I like it. Since that workshop with Michele Beauchamp, Mooka andΒ  I really have become friends. πŸ™‚

I’d have loved to tangle more than this one tile, but this week my time is a bit more limited than last week. However, all the other tiles already postet are so inspiring andΒ  make me really want to use these kinds of strings again in the future. It’s a great idea! If you want to see what everyone else came up with, click here to go to the Diva’s post.

Diva Challenge #4: Starry Eyed Surprise

Another belated Diva-Challenge! Originally, I wanted to pick something from a little later on the list. However, this challenge caught my eye and when I read how this challenge came to be, I had to to it asap. For this challenge Laura showed us the tattoes she and her husband got for their 5th wedding anniversary: stars. That’s why she wanted us to incorporate stars into our works. Not only the challenge itself (stars!) is great but also the reason behind it.

And because of that and since the challenge was such fun to do, I tangled two tiles:

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Tangles used: Arukas, Auraknot, Fengle, Quipple

I’m really satisfied with this tile and so happy now that I finished it. I love Arukas, but when the parallel curved lines get wonky or not perfectly parallel, I tend to put it away with my other “I’ll finish that someday for sure. Definitely.”-works (some months ago, I even might have thrown the unfinished piece away). But by now I hve learned that this imperfection is not a bad thing at all and that after shading at the latest everything looks astonishingly… cool. Like this one. And I did my first (black and white) gem! Hope you like it. πŸ™‚ And I hope that someday I’ll discover the secret of where to put Arukas’ “arms” to get an (about) even thickness with each one of them.

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Tangles used: Hypnotic, Knightsbidge, Lotus Pods, Quipple

When I put away the first, unfinished tile, I started this one right away with a few stars strewn upon the tile and a few curvy, diagonal lines. I wanted the stars to “pop out” of a dark sky and I darkened and darkened Hypnotic (originally there was very little Knightsbridge involved, it kept growing bigger) further until I was satisfied. I definitely do like the contrast! I read about the black background in a great blogpost this week (tht’s when I read it, I’m not sure if it was written recently or not) which I unfortunately forgot to bookmark. I looked for it everywhere but I couldn’t find it again.. ;-( So if you wrote about how you had to become comfortable with white space first and then started to use black backgrounds or now where to look for, then PLEASE leave me the link in the comments! It was a really good post..