Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Diva Challenge #104: String Theory v. XXIII - Tangle Patterns String #003

This was a fun Challenge to do. I knew I would not have a lot of time so I wanted to do something relatively simple. When I looked at the string started to look at all the spaces and tried to visualize different ways to use them. Did not really want to do a different tangle in each section. That seemed too disconnected/disjointed. Was thinking about a class that I am planning on using tangles as strings. Decided this was a good time to get some practice as I had not done this for a while. Thus the beads. I was a little stumped on what to do next as there were still a lot of spaces. Thought of different things that I could do and started to do Keeko. Liked the way it was looking but after I was about half way up the tile, began to think that maybe just having that would be kind of boring so I began thinking of things that I might do. I did not want to do totally different tangles. As I looked at it it began to remind me or a necklace laying on a table. I thought of other things that might be on a table and decided on the flowers. If I had thought of it sooner I would probably have added a few more.

As is usual, the most challenging part of completing the tiles is the shading. I was not sure what to do but felt I needed to do something to separate out the different elements. Some of the blending did not go as I would have preferred but overall I am pleased with the result. I though about trying to do a little more rounding of the beads but opted not to do it.

Here is the tile:






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28 comments:

  1. Wow! I just love all your patience and beautiful line work! Amazing!

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    1. Thanks. Since Keeko does not have a lot of exact line work it was not as intense. The hard part was trying to match up in the spaces.

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  2. This is great. I like the necklace as a string and your shading works beautifully. the flowers add a nice touch.

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    1. Thanks Jane. The difficulty with not planning out too much is that I did the string first and could not really make the flowers bigger. Think it would have had a different look if the beads were also under the flowers. I guess too much thinking is not a part of Zentangle though. Some time may try it again and purposely make the flowers bigger to see what happens.

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  3. What a cool interpretation of this challenge nicely done. Also liked the background you chose for the photo - really enhances the overall effect.

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    1. Thanks. Honestly, the background was really an afterthought. I have just been photographing on our table, which has a wood veneer on it, or white copy paper. When I went to take a picture of this I grabbed a napkin from the basket on the table and used that just for a little change. I had used one before for another tile so I did like the pattern that was on it. One of those unintended results.

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  4. Very elegant! Makes the eye rove...

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    1. Thank you. Hope what it saw was pleasant.

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  5. Love this and it's great to hear your process. I think your shading is wonderful, it really makes your "necklace" pop!

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    1. Thank you. The shading is always the most challenging for me but I have gotten more comfortable the more I do. Sometimes I think I will always see something else I could have done. That really is not dissatisfaction, just looking for new things to do.

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  6. It does look like a necklace on a table. We are our own worst critics. This is a beautiful tile!

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    1. Thank you. I am getting better at not being as critical. Have to keep reminding myself, it is about the process and there are no mistakes. Somethings are just more satisfying.

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  7. Beads and flowers, very pretty, give this to a lady friend. You are a guy aren't you?

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    1. Thank you. Not sure what I will do with this one. My wife liked it. Am looking at possibly trying to matte some of them and display them in a local gallery. If I decide to do it this may be one that I will use.

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  8. wonderful! just a wow effect to me!

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    1. Thank you. Glad that you liked it. I think that you are developing some nice work also.

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  9. I like your tile very much. A duo tangle with an extra; the flowers. Great idea.

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  10. Beautiful tile. Your background and the braids in the front make a great combination. And I love how you put the flowers in it. Great.

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  11. I love what you've done with this tile, Donald, though it is very "full" with pattern, it has a lovely minimalist look. I'm really enjoying seeing how you are developing your shading techniques. These beads look wonderfully dimensional :)

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    1. Thanks Helen. I keep working at the shading. I figure if I keep practicing maybe I will get better by the time arthritis sets in. Just kidding. I do feel better about it than when I first started. I really did want to keep this simple and was pleased with the result of how the tangles worked with each other.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your process - I love to read about how people get to the end product. Lovely, simple yet very full tile - beautifully done linework.... and I love the added flowers!

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    1. Thanks. I think that the process is as much a part of the tile as the actual tangles.

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  13. I think you did a great job--especially love the daisies amid the pearls! Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks. The flowers were a last minute addition but turned out well.

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  14. I think its al beautyfull result and loved your explanation of how you get to it.

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    1. Thanks. Not sure if people like that or they see it as rambling.

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