Friday, July 26, 2013

Tangle Card Challenge #3 - Ballenchain

This weeks contest tangle from Sandra Steen Bartholomew is Ballenchain.  See how she came to name this quilting pattern turned tangle here. And here is the Tangle Card:


I actually sighed when I saw this tangle this morning because I have been avoiding it for what I thought was it's complexity and it's busyness. So, up early anyway, I brought out my sketch book to give it a try.  Talk about busyness!  I tried out many ideas, all of which came from Sandy's books Totally Tangled and Yoga For Your Brain. The Tangle Card Packs will be an easy, totable way to have these tangles at your finger tips.

Here is what I played with this morning.  I will post my contest entry later.

Ballenchain, Buoy, ButNZ, Buttercup, Dingbat Heaven designs,(page 26
Totally Tangled, Lacy, Treasure, Omega, Chic

Anyone can enter this contest just post your tangle to Have fun!

With all my excitement about this wonderful tangle I managed to leave myself very little time to tangle an entry for this weeks contest.  To top it off, I was a bit cocky when I did sit down to do it, thinking I knew this tangle and didn't need to step outs in front of me.  Oh how those tangle cards would have come in handy!

Anyway, I managed to place a square on every intersection instead of every other and started to connect them.  When things started connecting oddly I realized what I had done.  Oh well,best laid plans and all, I just went with it.  No mistakes right, just a new tangleation.

Here is what I ended up with.  I did not add much to it because there is already so much gong on. Still pretty to look at.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Weekly Challenge #128: Two-Pencil String

The Challenge this week from the Diva was to make a string with two pencils instead of one.  After drawing several strings in the "ribbon fashion" and not being moved by any of them I put a block eraser in-between the pencils to give me a bit more room to tangle and drew straight lines crossing each other.

I am feeling a bit over whelmed this week so I think the straight lines appealed to me.  Everything in order....kind of.

Newell and Prestwood

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tangle Card Challenge #2 - Annee

As a "non" artist it is very helpful for me to get prompts from others for ideas of what to draw.  It makes me stretch and try new things and hopefully discover something new about my "art" and myself.

Sandy Bartholomew's Tangle Card Challenge is one of those wonderful prompts with the added excitement of possibly winning one of her very cool new Tangle Card Packs.

"Annee" is a tangle which I have loved for some time but, has become lost in the very full sea of tangles out there so I am very happy to have been reminded of this fun tangle.

Here is what her Tangle card looks like, front and back:

So I had some fun with her tangles Annee and Lilah Bean:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Weekly Challenge #127: "DuoTangle v. VII: Cirquital/Opus"

This weeks challenge was to use the tangles Cirquital and Opus. I was sure there would be many circles in this weeks challenge so I chose to use a different shape and see what came about.  I do think I like the results.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"Y.A.F. Yet Another Flower

This is a tangle created by the very talented Sandy Steen Bartholomew author of many books. This is her author page from Amazon, and here is a link to her blog about her newest product, Tangle Cards, being released in September.

Sandy, being creative and generous has created a contest to win one of her tangle card packs. This is what her tangle card looks like and the first tangle (from Yoga for your Brain) in the contest:

 Ta Da! Here is my entry, fingers crossed!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Challenge #126 Stencils as Strings

Challenge #126 Stencils as Strings

I have used stencils by Ed Roth before to use as a beginning as a tile. Here are #1, #2, and #3. I really enjoy this use of stencils and have found it to be rewarding although I never seem to know what to do with the eye space, especially on human type stencils.  Anyway, This time I just used a stencil that is a simple shape:

I used it in the direction shown, then did a mirror image and added just two "leaves" on each side.

I used brown and black micron pens, Faber-Castell cold grey IV Brush and brown colored pencil

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Challenge #125 Use My Tangle: Birdie Feet

Challenge #125 Use My Tangle: Birdie Feet

This weeks challenge is to use the very simple tangle called birdie feet.  I was inspired by Johanna Basford and her new book Secret Garden.  In this wonderful book Johanna has drawn several mazes using flowers, vine, and leaves.  I thought "Birdie Fee" might just make the perfect track for a maze of my own.  I think it worked out well.

My husband informs me, from his vast wealth of knowledge, that if you pick one wall and follow it through the whole maze you will always find your way out.  I never knew that and it really works.  That family that got stuck in the corn maze back in 2011 could have used that little bit of information!

Birdie Feet, Sparkle