Thursday, October 24, 2013

Challenge 141: Duo-Tangle

This week's challenge is to create a tile using two specific tangle patterns: Fengle and Quandry.

I have always liked Fengle, but seem to be in a quandary about Quandry. I don't know what it is, but trying to line up the little triangles seems to be beyond me most of the time. As I was playing around with it last night I decided to start with lines and then, BAM!, it worked. Phew.

So, here's what I came up with:

I'm trying to loosen up my drawings a bit. It's not easy, but I think it's working....small steps.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

That's the Point!

Weekly Challenge #140! "Monotangle, Pointillism style!"

Well, I was almost going to forego this round, but I finally attempted the pointillism-style zentangle tile and surprise, surprise....I had fun! I didn't quite do a monotangle, but I did use the pointillism.

So, what do you think? Do you see spots before your eyes? I certainly do.
I will definitely try this again sometime. Thanks to Laura for coming up with a fun, different, and creative challenge for us. Yay!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Weekly Challenge #139, Cranberry Picking, and CSA pick-up

I started the day picking up my weekly CSA order from Clear Brook Farm. I was so happy that it included a Romanesco cauliflower among the box of goodies. I love this plant! It is a pattern girl's dream veggie; it's filled with wonderful fibonacci patterning. Click on pictures to enlarge.
On to the Diva Challenge #139: 8s Parte Dos is a new tangle created by Jane Eileen and that is our challenge this week. I enjoyed creating a tile, monotangle style: using just one pattern. It was fun to make each one look a little different. I changed the size and the tangleations.

Today I got back in my kayak after being away from it for a while. My younger son and I went out to a local lake to go cranberry picking for a couple of hours. We have a good time adventuring together. As you can see, Grahame got out of his canoe to go pick. I picked from my kayak most of the time, but did get out and walk in the bog too, mostly because I love walking on bogs. I am happy to report that it didn't hurt as much this time around to get out of my kayak. Yay! I'm seeing (feeling) progress.

The cranberry plant with berries

The bog and Magic Mtn ski area
On the way home from the lake I spotted some more cairns. They seem to be popping up all over our community. Here's what I found: Click on pictures to enlarge.

What a great day!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Watching for borders

Hiya folks!

This week's Diva Challenge is to look around and start noticing potential borders to tangle. I have an old mirror I got at a tag sale and wanted to use the frame as a tangle border. Here's the frame (sorry, I see that it's blurry):

Frame on mirror
It has an interesting pattern and I attempted to recreate it, zentangle style. Here's my attempt:

Mirrormirror border
I might have to work on it a little more, but I do like the idea. We'll see where it gets me.
Earlier in the week I created the following tile, using Kuke: 

Kuke border
I do like the boldness of it. It has a nice balance of black and white.

I wonder what next week will bring!

Tangle on......