Monday, 30 June 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Maroon

So my mind seems to go off on tangents with these topics.  Maroon is not my favourite colour, but when I thought of Maroon I thought of Maroon Tunes, which is the name of the company Roger Rabbit works for in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."  And R.K.Maroon owns Toon Town.  I love that movie, so I decided to draw Roger Rabbit, as best I can.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Tickled to Tangle #46

Tickled to Tangle  #46  involves using string #40 by Sue Jacobs of Sue's tangle trips  As well, we are requested to use Sue's tangles.  I've used Plaited, Jilli, Looby-loo, Bumps and Coil.  Except for Coil, which I adore, these are all new tangles to me and I found the exercise quite challenging.  I'm working these days on not drawing in the string, which I always want to do.  Overall, I found this an enjoyable and educational challenge.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Every Inchie Monday: Maid

Hello Everyone,

This is my first entry into the Every Inchie Monday    The word for this week is "maid".  Living in Southern Ontario approx. 70 km (43 miles) from Niagara Falls, one of the things that came to mind for maid was "The Maid of the Mist"  -- the boat that takes you very near to the falls, so that is what I attempted to draw.  I discovered, of course, that it is very difficult to draw something in a one inch square.  But, this is what I came up with.  (The blue dots on the two decks are supposed to be the people in the boat wearing the blue rain coats they give to everyone when you get on the boat.)

Hope it's ok for a newbie to participate.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Joey's Weekly Tangle Challenge #14: Flowers

Joey's Weekly Challenge 14 is about flowers.  I love flowers, I love gardening, I love tangling.  I love this challenge!  There are so many patterns that can be turned into flowers, I couldn't pick just one, so I drew a garden of tangles.  I include both the ink only version and the coloured one, using prismacolor pencils.  (The black and white one is taken without the flash on the camera because it washes out all the shading.  The colour shows up better with the flash.  I'm still getting used to my new camera.)

Hope you like them.


Monday, 23 June 2014

Diva Weekly Challenge #173: Redux, Remix, Revisit Your Comfort Tangle

Well, once again this week's  the Diva's challenge  was a little bit difficult for me, mainly because I am fairly new to the tangling world so that it was hard to go back to look for old favourites when I've just begun! 

Nevertheless, I chose a tangle I like - Pais - and did some different things  - for me - with it.

First of all I used watercolour paper and inktense blocks as background colour.  Note to self:  colour first, tangle second.  I had to redraw over the lines (is that a sin in the tangle world?) because I couldn't see the ink under the paint.  It was quite relaxing to go over the lines so maybe I can get away with that one.

I also didn't use a string or restrict myself to any particular size.  I just started drawing and when it felt done, I stopped.  That was hard for me, as I am reassured by restrictions.  It was like a very relaxed practice in my sketchbook and I think that was part of the point of the exercise.  Here it is; hope you like it.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Joey's weekly tangle challenge #13: circle

This week Joey's Challenge is to use a circle as the outline and not to go outside of the circle.  I used the tangles coil, esses, string of beads pax and Shattuck.  I couldn't decide whether or not to colour the circle, so I offer both for your perusal.  Which do you prefer? 

I had to include the third picture with my helper in the frame.  Couldn't have planned that shot if I'd tried!  I'm still learning to use my yummy new DSLR, hence the variety of lighting in the photographs.

Black and white:
With helper;  looks like the cat is kissing the tangle:

Monday, 16 June 2014

Tangle it Tuesday - starting with O

Needing something to do on the weekend, I worked ahead for the usual Artful Creations - Tangle it Tuesdays .  I wanted my string to consist of O's as well as the patterns, so I got out my trusty compass and made a pattern that I used to play with in high school, and decided all the circles were O's.  I used only three patterns:  Onamato, Orbs-la-dee (or a variation thereof) and Ollove.  Hope you like it.

Diva Challenge 172: auraknot vs mooka

My first reaction to this week's Diva Challenge was 'oh no, I can't do this'.  Mooka is a pattern I find very challenging, especially integrating it into a composition.  And Auraknot - well let's just say we are not friends.  So I considered not participating but then decided that was just wimping out and  I should challenge myself (after all it is a challenge).  So here is my very simple attempt at using two tangles I'm not very good at.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

It's a sting thing #44

This is for  Tickled to Tangle  It's a String Thing #44.  I thought this one was too crowded until I made the tiny triangle at the top the same pattern, Neutron, as at the bottom (although it/s a bit difficult to see in the picture).  That little space seemed to unify the tangle.  They are all "N" tangles and I had to use Ninja Stars because it is one of my favourites.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Joey's Tangle Challenge #12: EZ as Pie

This one is for Joey's Challenge #10 by madebyjoey.  Her topic is EZ as Pie, using only tangles that begin with E or Z, and including a pie if you want.  I went in a somewhat tangential direction and used the sign for Pi as my string.  I used the tangles euca, zooyz, zin and zanzee.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Diva Challenge 171: Beads of Courage

The  Diva Challenge this week is about Beads of Courage.  The Diva writes, "Beads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine program that supports children and their families who are dealing with Life threatening or Chronic illnesses.  A child on the program would collect beautiful glass beads in recognition of the things whey have to go through in their daily lives, on their Medical Journey."

I remember once when I was hospitalized as a child, my father would give me a quarter (it was a long time ago) or nail polish, for every blood test, or procedure I had to endure, which seems very much in the spirit of this fabulous program.   I can't imagine the courage it takes for a young child to endure a chronic disease.

If my tangle looks messy, it is supposed to, because it is designed to look like my work surface when I am making beaded jewelry.

I've had a terrible time photographing this tangle.  Flash, no flash -- I can't get the sparkle that is there to show up.  This is the only photo I took that came close to getting the colours, especially the pink, correct.  In fact, my first version used twinkling H2O watercolours, which didn't photograph at all, so I redid it with coloured pencils.  Still, it looks much better in person.

The blue ribbon is for my personal ordeal:  rheumatoid disease.

It\s amazing how many tangle patterns you can turn into beads.  Some of the tangles I've used, with variations:  Maisie, BB, Beadlines, Mak-ra-mee, Sparkle, Stone Necklace, Barney.

Friday, 6 June 2014

String Thing #43

Here is my entry for It's a String Thing #43, from Tickled to Tangle, found here - using sting #37 and the patterns hypnotic, huggins, hibred and hollibraugh.  For the first time I actually managed to use all four of the suggested patterns.  I thought this was going to be difficult, but it surprised me and seemed to flow out of my fingers.  Fun!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Joey's weekly tangle #11 Summer Night Sky

While it isn't totally tangled, this is a response to Joey's weekly tangle #11, Summer Night Sky.  I had the most sublime experience this week coming out of night school and 10 o'clock at night.  The temperature was perfect, with a light breeze, the sky was just amazing: crisp and clear.  The stars sparkled and there was a tiny sliver of moon.  Near the horizon the sky was a pale blue which gradually darkened  higher up.  I felt very small and very lucky to see such a wonderful sky.  So although it's still technically spring, this is my response to that night.  There are some tangles in there - the stars are a variation of Afterglo, and I'm sure the wall has a name, but I don't know what it is.  The cats just asked to be put in there.  Hope you can see the sparkly of the jelly pen on the stars.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Diva Challenge #170: Bugles

Thank you again to the Diva for her wonderful contest, information about which can be found here.  Challenge #170 is to use the tangle Bugles.

  Bugles, or course, made me think of music (even though they look more like the snack food), and Fungees has always looked a little bit like trumpets to me, so it seemed appropriate to put the two together, with a piano keyboard.  (I don't know if that is too representational for tangling.)  Then a couple of the bugles escaped from the  band formation and went off on their own...   I think my imagination got the best of me here.  But it was fun!  (Bugles looks a little bit like a butterfly to me too, so I may be doing another one!)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Joey's weekly tangle challenge: "10"

This one is for the weekly challenge of madebyjoey.   Her challenge is about using the number 10 as a string, then using patterns that use only straight lines or circles.  It was fun to hide the 10 and a challenge to do it within the restrictions of the requirements.  Thanks Joey.