Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Diva Challenge #229: "+/ - ", Guest Blogger Sandy Hunter,CZT

These week's Guest Blogger is Sandy Hunter. She may be best known for some of her tangles and her tangle remix. They are fun to do . Her challenge is not just to have some negative space, but to make it the focus of the tile. This was harder than I thought. I have not used strings for a while. I usually just pick a tangle and start. I though about doing this and seeing what negative space was left. I decided to not do this and settled for a string with a basic star/flower shape. I had some ideas of what I wanted to do but I am not sure that it ended up leaving the white space as the star of the tile. I decided to use the black/brown color combo and this may have taken away from having the negative space be the focus. The tile itself, I like but not sure that it was successful in addressing the challenge. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it.

Tangles used: Zander, Shattuck, Merryweather
Shading done with HB, 4B graphite pencils. Color highlighting done with Prismacolor Pencils (Golden rod, Burnt Ochre, and White. 

When I decided to use Merryweather, did not realize that it was a tangle developed by the Sandy Hunter. Went to check the step-out and then saw it. Decided to keep it as it seemed to fit. If you  have not all ready done so, would encourage you to go to I am the Diva to look at the pieces of art that have been posted. 

Thanks for visiting. As always, comments are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.

Go Tangle !! 


  1. Hi Donald, I love the use of colour in this. It looks woven and that somehow enhances the white space. The colour looks superimposed on the black and white. Great tile.

  2. Nice use of negative space, Donald. I was so very pleased to read that you seldom use a string. I usually only use them for teaching purposes as I find them annoying. They just get in my way and are so confining. They're great for beginners since they do make for less stress, but once the strings themselves become stressful, I say "out the window" with them LOL!

  3. Lovely tile Donald! I think the colour is inspired, and really makes your negative space float above the woven-looking background.

  4. This star space is beautiful and does draw your attention. Nowadays I also hardly use a string, I totally agree with Jean.

  5. Absolutely beautiful tile! Wonderful star framed with Zander! Fine idea!

  6. Very lovely tile, Donald. I do like the use of colour and the relative simplicity of your choice of tangles. Merryweather was inspired!


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