This week’s Diva Challenge #173 is to redux, remix and revisit our comfort tangle. I was very excited to do this challenge! I like to use many tangle patterns in my tiles but I have tended to incorporate new ones in all my recent works. I’ve been wanting to revisit my favourite official patterns and my comfort tangles that I used to use often when I first started tangling back in November.
(I’m diverting a bit from the challenge ask to use one main tangle intertwined with a secondary tangle. I may submit another this week that will be a duotangle.)
I also wanted to try something I’ve never done before – use my watercolour pencils on my black Strathmore tiles. I tend not to use my black tiles because I get frustrated with the thick white lines of the gel pencil. With this challenge, I knew I’d be forced to keep it simple. I would also have to try new techniques with colour to keep the tile interesting.
I call my piece “Starfruit”. I’m craving one now. Luckily I live in multicultural Vancouver, BC where exotic fruits are available from time to time. The tangles I used are: Fengle, Tripoli, Umble, Paradox, Florz, Keeko and Shattuck. I really enjoyed the smoothness and vibrancy of the soft pencils on the black tile. Now I’ll be less intimidated and more inspired to tangle on a black background.
I started out with TanglePattern string #097.
I then did a practice black tile to figure out which tangle pattern to use and to see what my watercolour pencils look like on black paper.
Tomorrow, I will go hunt for starfruit!
The Diva’s Weekly Challenge #166 is to use the Diva’s new yet un-named tangle. This one was a quick and fun tangle for me. My zentangle tile submission is called “Brain Cog”. The tangles used were the Diva’s new tangle, Axlexa, Caviar and a tiny bit of Fengle.
This reminds me of my brain. The wheels are always churning in my head. I can be both analytical and creative. I like organizing and connecting dots. I probably have lots of missing brain cells too hence the holey spots in the tile. Enjoy!