Simple, really? What in life is simple?! Especially in December. Again... that's why they call it a challenge. I admit I peeked at other's posts on the Diva Challenge before doing my own. Everyone seems to define "simple" differently.
I wanted to do something other than Mooka (my go-to) so I just went up on Tangle Patterns and watched the blocks go by. When I saw Groovy, I just had to go with it.
Merry Christmas and I'll see you all in the New Year!
And so the Christmas season begins. Got all my baking for the nieces and nephews done and boxed up. Ready for the post office!
And on to the Diva Challenge for the week. Glad to have the Diva back and everyone on the mend. I played around with Arukas for a while, but it's... So. Many. Straight. Lines.
My pen started wandering and I just followed along. I considered putting something in the center (Snowflake? Hubcap? Smiley Face?) but I thought the flat white space was a nice balance to all the other chaos.
Pattern used: Arukas
(Antonine, floating pearls! Think I need more practice on those, but a promise is a promise.)
Dolls... never played with them. Sewed clothes for them, but never really got the "girly" thing. I was stuck on this week's guest Diva Challenge as I didn't have the paper doll ju-ju... wait... paper... THAT I can do.
Back pre-kids, a friend and I liked to take card making classes. We did one where you cut a shape out of folded tissue paper, dyed it with food coloring and then opened it up. This is one of our favorite patterns from way back when.
Not sure of the patterns... I may have made a couple up;) Static, Heart... something, Kitl... sorta.
Grid to freeform, freeform to grid. What a fun challenge. I guess these two go both ways, but I like to think of it going from the grid to the freedom of the CO2. It's a happier progression, don't you think?
Looking forward to seeing the other entries in the Diva Challenge this week.
Patterns used: Bateek, CO2
And for all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving!
Patterns used: Paradox, Diva Dance, All About Vs, A-fog, Ambler, Tipple, Static... Sanibelle?
What? Drawing with your non-dominant hand. I'm totally skipping this week's Diva Challenge. (chicken)
Maybe it would be interesting to try. (doubt it)
C'mon... how bad could it be? (bad)
So I ignored me, and did it anyway. I must say my left hand cramped up trying to listen to my brain. I found it much easier to move my whole left arm rather than trying to move my hand. And although it ended up being an underwater, wiggly creation, I'm glad I ignored me and did it anyway.
Well this Diva Guest Challenge was tougher than I thought it would be. Tangling at a meeting. Post-it. Toss. Waiting for dinner. Post-it. Toss. Watching TV. Post-it. Toss. (no... don't look at everyone else's) Mental Post-it. Toss. Talking on phone. Post-it. Toss. They all looked too busy. I really struggled with XYP especially, and my Trio keeps getting lost. This is the best of the bunch, but I think all my attempts might have supported a logger for a year. Sometimes it's like that, I guess.
OK, now I can go look at all the other entries... my favorite part of the challenge!
Went a bit puffy on this week's guest Diva Challenge. It's all good though. If a tangle has straight lines, I like to curve them. If a tangle has curved lines, I just have to try them straight. Blame my upbringing for encouraging me to question authority. (grin)
This week's Diva Challenge was to use Betweed in a monotangle. I love my center, not so sure of the purple outside. It was much more "starry" in my head. Isn't it funny how the pictures in your head and the pictures on the paper rarely match? :)
Pattern used: Betweed
And because it's the last challenge before Halloween, here's some fun I had on my rainy weekend. Happy Halloween everyone!
Always glad when October comes around and breast cancer awareness takes the spotlight. From people wearing pink ribbons to football players with pink cleats, what a great way to support the cause. Looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretations on the Diva Challenge Site.
Busy week, so just did a duo-tangle and played with my new 4B and paper stump to blend the shading. I think it got a bit muddy, but it was a great exercise. Looking forward to seeing the other entries on the Diva Site.
First off, thank you Donald and Betsy for your constructive suggestions for my leaf challenge last week. I updated my post with your ideas, and it made a big difference!
Now for this week. I'm working on picking tangles that have different values. I think I've got too much dark and too much light, but I kind of like how it came out looking like alien sealife. Think I'll have scallops for dinner <grin>.
Patterns used: Beadline, Purk, Paradox, and ? (It was supposed to be Quiltz, but it went decidedly astray somewhere.)
I struggled with this one. In my head, it's always awesome, but in execution it never turns out the same way. I thought to myself... everyone is going to tangle a maple leaf, but what if I tangle NOT the maple leaf... like it's punched out... except I couldn't figure out how to punch it out. FAIL. Oh well. In my mind, it's still awesome.
Patterns used: All About V, Cayle, Aura Lea, Peake Border, Onamato (favorite?) and Leaflet.
So I tried again and realized that Leaflet and Wud don't have any value contrast, so out come the colored pencils. Meh... it's all right, but I can't wait to see what the rest of you have done. Always so humbling.
Patterns Used: Leaflet, Wud
UPDATE: You commenters are the greatest. I'm always afraid too much shading makes my tangles muddy, but I have to admit your suggestions made a difference! I've still got a long way to go to get that "punch" that Hope Martin got on her leaf, but this is better.
Take two... with the NOT leaf outlined, and with more shading: