Thursday, May 15, 2014

Diva's Duotangle Challenge, (Happy Birthday, Laura), and String Thing #40

This week, this past Monday to be exact, was the Diva's (Laura Harms) birthday. We all hope she had a terrific day, and that it is the start of a wonderful year. Because the Diva loves Duotangles (a tile or ZIA using 2 tangles only), she has chosen to use this format for this week's challenge. And the 2 tangles she has chosen are Punzel and Well. Now, Well is one of my favorite tangles, but I don't think I have ever actually used Punzel. I have tried it out; put it in one of my Tangle Practice Sketchbooks, but I just never was able to get it to look anything like I wanted it to. So I was bound and determined to perfect it, or at least make it presentable for this Challenge. It's a challenge after all, isn't it? 

So I put in a little time working away at it, and finally came up with a version that I was OK with enough to use it as the centerpiece of my tile. The rest of it is made up of 3 different versions (or tangleations) of Well. Which is one of the reasons I like Well so much; it is truly versatile. There are so many different ways to use it.

So here I was, I had a tile using both Punzel and Well, and very happy with the results. Until I realized that one section was very sloppy, and totally detracted from the overall effect, So I spent the next couple of days trying to recreate the tile, and of course you know that I could never replicate what I had done with Punzel, and when I did it fairly well (pun intended) something else wouldn't work. But finally I got it together, more or less, and went to post it. Aargh! I had no trouble scanning it to my computer, but I couldn't get my photo program to import it, and when I finally accomplished that, I couldn't get Blogger to upload it. I spent a lot more time trying to get the tile onto this blog than it took to create it, problems and all. So here it is, warts and all. I hope you like it.

DC#167
If you haven't already, be sure to check out Laura's blog to see all the fabulous entriesIt's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.

The other challenge this week is That String Thing #40, using Beth Snodderly's string #043, one of my favorite strings of all. I really use this string a lot.




and any or all of the following: 
Beadlines by CZT Margaret Bremner
and three official Zentangle® patterns -
Beelite
Beeline and
Betweed

I chose to only use Betweed and Beadlines. In true Zentangle fashion, once I penciled in the string, the rest just followed. What a difference in the ease of doing this challenge compared to doing the previous one this week. 
Adele Bruno presents That String Thing tiles a little differently. Instead of having links to them all week, she presents the tiles themselves all together on Monday. This is the single link you need to access them.  The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. She does, however, post links to the individual blogs so you can see the artist's other work. And for those interested in accepting the challenge, check back on Tuesday, when Adele offers new ones.

Thanks for visiting; please leave a comment, favorable or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's how we learn and grow; and how we know someone out there is paying attention.

Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.

10 comments :

  1. Reading your backstory I wondered if we worry too much about the "warts and all" of the tiles we get. in the end I think the challenge is not to make something presentable but to _make_ something. To sit down and confront that pattern that we never use for whatever reason. (Or to open up to it?) And then to confront our perfectionism and open up to the world and show what we have done so that others can be inspired. My challenge is to stop thinking about the patterns and just let the non-analytical part of my brain take over my hand and my eyes.

    Actually, I do like both of your tiles and find them inspiring. Even more so knowing about the struggle with your Punzel :)

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    1. Thanks for your comments. You are probably right; I'm sure that I'm my own worst enemy. I have to learn to just accept the Zentangle way, and not overthink what I'm doing. The most successful pieces I do just happen, without overplanning and redoing.

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  2. Glad you finally could post this beautiful tile.
    I just looked at your tile for Adele's challenge and as always it's funny to see how different it is compared to mine :-)

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    1. Thanks, Annemarie. I think it's incredible how different the tiles are, considering that they all start out with the same string, and some or all of the same tangles.

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  3. Lovely, Audrie! So nice to see all the well variations :)

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    1. Thanks, Helen. Any comments from you are greatly appreciated.

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  4. I love your Diva Challenge, Audrie - worth all the trouble! And how I agree with you about this week's String Thing! A really lovely one. I too struggled with last week's. Your's is so delicate. Axxx

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    1. Thank you, Annie. I agree about the Diva's Challenge, (worth all the trouble) but I also agree with Jean (next comment). I should have posted it warts and all. I'll have to remember that in future: go with the first attempt. This is Zentangle, after all.t

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  5. Ah, Audrie. Zentangle is supposed to flow and tangles change along the way. That's a GOOD think. I always post my "warts" (and most of them are very warty HAHA} so people will realize that it is supposed to be relaxing. No stress allowed in Zentangle. That said, your finished tile is awesome.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. You're absolutely right. I'll have to remember in future to just suck up the pride and submit the first tile, warts and all. I'll have to remember: this is Zentangle, no stress.

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Thanks for visiting; please leave a comment, favorable or not. I'd love to hear your thoughts. That's how we learn and grow; and how we know someone out there is paying attention.

Have a wonderful day; see you all next time.